Itinerary & Map
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Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.
You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening.This gives you time to relax or explore this bustling city.
Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows.
Hotel Manaslu (AAAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool
After breakfast we'll visit the Swoyambhunath (a.k.a The Monkey Temple), perched on a pedestal high on the hilltop, it is acclaimed to be the oldest stupa in the world and is influenced by both Nepalese and Tibetan forms of Buddhism.
In the afternoon we'll drive to the secluded rural village of Nuwakot (approx 4 hours) for a delightful stay in a converted farmhouse. This is a charming and ideally located farm where we will have a Nepalese dining experience.
At Nuwakot we can spend a few hours in the late afternoon exploring the village and surrounding area on foot including the Nuwakot Bazaar, a centre-piece of the Nepalese story, embellished by the rich history behind the 16th century fortress and royal palace.
The Famous Farm Guesthouse (AA) - 1 night (B,L,D)
Bandipur Village Stay
TThis morning we set off west for the four-hour journey to the small village of Bandipur.
Continuing on through the foothills of the Himalayas, as we approach Bandipur, keep an eye out for views of the high peaks. We arrive in Dumre, turn south off the main highway, and continue to a ridge set at an altitude of 1050 m, where lies the village of Bandipur.
Winding its way up and down hills, Bandipur's main street is lined with three or four storey brick buildings with carved wooden windows. The small temples in the town add to the atmosphere in what is a traditional Nepali hill village, still relatively untouched by modern tourism; few foreigners find their way up here. Sit and relax, or stretch your legs with a walk through the village and out into the surrounding countryside for superb views up the Marsyangdi River valley, to the Himalaya beyond. Many of the range's giants can be seen - Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the distant Annapurnas.
Tonight we stay in a restored traditional house where we can play chess on a giant board and play local games in the late afternoon with the local kids on the traffic free street of Bandipur bazaar
The Old Inn Guesthouse (AA) - 1 night (B,L,D)
This morning we drive to the lovely lake-side town of Pokhara. We have free time to explore here and will take to the lake for a boat trip. In the evening we have a movie-night and our accommodation for tonight has great grounds and a swimming pool to relax or play in.
Hotel Barahi (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Strap on those walking shoes and get ready to experience a full day of trekking in the incredible Annapurna Mountain Range. Navigate rural trails used to link remote farming communities and meet the villagers of these isolated communities. Spend the night camping high in the Himalayas and witness a spectacular sunset over the snowcapped peaks. Continue the trek, stopping off at picturesque tea-houses and saying ‘Namaste’ to smiling farmers along the way. In the afternoon, arrive in Pokhara – a hippy haven with a laid back atmosphere and some seriously cool sites to explore.
Camping (with facilities)- 1 night (Bx1, Lx1, Dx1)
This morning after breakfast we drive to the start of our 2 day rafting Adventure on the Seti River. This is a great family exercise as you need to work together as a team to navigate through the chutes and channels. Its not just a rafting experience as the river lies in an isolated gorge surrounded by jungle. We pitch the tent at the end of the day by the river on the white sandy beach to spend the night.
Hotel Barahi - 1 night - (B) Camping (with facilities)- 1 night
The following morning our rafting concludes around lunch time. We say goodbye to the rafting crew and drive down to the lowlands and Chitwan National Park. We will stay here for 2 nights and we will enjoy a game drive, a float down the river in a dugout canoe and the opportunity to take birdwatching walks before settling down at night in our country villa. There will also be some great opportunity for cultural interaction here.
Machan Country Villa - 2 nights- (B)
We have the morning free to explore the jungle a little more before taking a short transfer followed by a flight to Kathmandu. If you wish, we can take you for a wander through the backstreets and vibrant local markets to Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are plenty of bargains to be had, but haggling is essential.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Hotel Manaslu - 1 night (B)