Hiking Through Villages and Hills with Panoramic Himalayan view
6 N/7 D
All around the year
Sightseeing, sunrise view, Observe Mountain ranges, Hiking
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude: 30 minutes drive to Hotel
Day 2 Sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage Sites: Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by Aarati (B) Duration: 8-9 hours
Day 3 Drive to Changunarayan: 1 & ½ hrs: Trek to Nagarkot (2175 m altitude): 3-4 hrs walk (B)
Day 4 Witness Sunrise early in the morning: Trek Nagarkot- Dhulikhel (1550 m): 5-6 hrs walks (B)
Day 5 Trek Dhulikhel-Namo Buddha (1750 m): 3-4 hrs of walk: Buddhist chanting at monastery (B)
Day 6 Trek to Panauti: 2-3 hrs walk: Drive to Bhaktapur: 1 & ½ hrs: Sightseeing at Medieval town: 2-3 hrs (B)
Day 7 Departure (B)
1. Transport in Private car with A/C
• Airport transfers
• One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Aarati at Pashupatinath Temple
• Transfer to Changunarayan & trek to Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Panauti
• Transfer from Panauti to Bhaktapur
• Sightseeing at Bhaktapur
• Kathmandu (2N):
• Nagarkot (1 N):
• Dhulikhel (1 N):
• Namo Buddha (1 N):
• Bhaktapur (1N):
• All breakfasts
• Home hosted lunch at Panauti
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel for arrival & departure assistance
• An English speaking guide during throughout the trip.
5. Taxes and Service Charges:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes
1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($30 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
3. All entrance fees during sightseeing
4. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
5. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
6. Payment Transfer Charge
7. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
8. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu you will be met by one of our representatives and then transferred to your hotel. As you enjoy your welcome drinks you will be briefed about your program. The rest of your day shall be at your leisure.
After breakfast, start a full day sightseeing at UNESCO World heritage sites:
Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for the visitors as they witness well-preserved temples, monuments and palaces, built during the Malla period between the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. While at the durbar square premises, you shall visit and explore the Durban Square, the museum and the Golden Temple.
Then we move towards Swaymbhunath, a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine which has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for both the Buddhists and the Hindus from all over the world. Also known as the "Monkey Temple", this is a 2500 years old stupa believed to be self evolved out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of a lake that once spread across the Kathmandu Valley once was. The stupa is situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level and over looking Katmandu valley.
From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa which is also the center of faith for local as well as international Buddhists. One might be able to explore Buddhist art and cultural heritage influenced by the Tibetan culture to some extent.
During the evening you shall visit Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, "The God of Destruction". The temple lies over the bank of the Bagmati River. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries.
Later that evening observe "Aarati" (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. The "Aarati" at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening ritual with chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, keep the people spellbound throughout.
Your tour on the third day begins with the drive to Changunarayan Temple in Bhaktapur in a private car. The temple of Changunarayan dating back to the fourth century is enlisted to UNESCO World Heritage site. On reaching there, you will be able to observe a two-story pagoda-style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and surrounded by ancient carvings and statues. Having survived the devastating earthquake in 1702 and 2015 respectively, it is said to be the oldest Hindu temple still in use in the Kathmandu Valley today. From there we walk towards Nagarkot, a beautiful hillside scenic spot with some exquisite hotels which may take us around 3 hours. The village is a vantage point for panoramic Himalayan scenery as well as unobstructed sunrise and sunset views. Furthermore, you will also be able to witness the captivating landscapes and the Kathmandu Valley. We stay overnight at Nagarkot
As you wake up early in the morning, you will enjoy the sunrise view over the major eastern Himalayas from your hotel room; a spectacular sight of the mountains turning gold with the early morning rising sun's rays. Right after breakfast, we start our walk from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel passing through the captivating scenic landscape and across dense forests. On your way, you might be able to capture some stunning views of the Langtang Range, the Jugal Himal and other snow capped peaks. We stay overnight at Dhulikhel.
Your hike starts after Breakfast as you continue to walk towards Namo Buddha for the next 3 hours. Located on slightly elevated land, it is a pleasant and out-of-the way place.
On this hike, passing through tiny villages, Buddhist stupas on the hill-tops you will catch fantastic panoramic views of the mountains. On your way you will see beautiful landscapes, dotted with terraced rice, mustard and millet fields.
Overnight at guest house at Monastery premises
Early in the morning today, right after a leisurely breakfast we head descend towards Panauti. Panauti, dating back to the 13th century, is a historical town of great cultural and religious importance and one of the oldest towns in Nepal. Many temples that are still present till this day date back to the 15th Century. This will take us approximately 3 hours.
We then head to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, a living museum of medieval art and architecture, is a unique old town famously known as the "city of devotees," as this landmark has a great influence over religion, culture and tantraism. It is a collection of pagoda and Shikhara-style temples assembled around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The durbar square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces.
Pottery: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk at the Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made in a traditional way. Clay pots are spun and fired in the ancient ways preserving Bhaktapur's thriving trade-craft. You can indulge and fashion a clay pot and learn about this fascinating process.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for your onward Journey.