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Journey to the Heart of Nepal

  • 13 Nights /14 Days
  • All around the year

Highlights

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  • 13 Nights /14 Days
  • All around the year
  • Hotel and tea house during trek
  • Private Car
  • Tour with short trek


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude, approx. 30 minutes drive from airport to hotel
  • Day 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by evening Aarati: 8-9 hours (B)
  • Day 3 Drive to Dhulikhel: 1 & ½ hrs and hike to Namobuddha: 1750m & 3-4 hrs walk: Participate in chanting program at monastery (B)
  • Day 4 Hike to Panauti, approx. 2-3 hrs: Lunch with host family: Drive to Bhaktapur, an hour drive: Sightseeing at Bhaktapur for max. 3 hrs (B, L)
  • Day 5 Drive to Bandipur: Newar community village, 165 km & apporx. 5-6 hrs drive (B)
  • Day 6 Drive to Pokhara, 80 km & approx. 3 hrs drive: Sightseeing at Pokhara city & Boating at Phewa Lake, 3 hrs (B)
  • Day 7 Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk (B, L)
  • Day 8 Drive to Hemja, 30 minutes’ drive: Trek to Astam Village, approx. 6 kms & 3 hrs walk (1600m altitude ) (B, L, D)
  • Day 9 Trek to Dhampus village, a small Gurung Village, approx. 13kms: 4-5 hours walk (1650m altitude) (B, L, D)
  • Day 10 Excursion to Australian Camp (2070m altitude): Drive to Pokhara from Kande: 3-4 hrs walk & 1 hr drive (B, L)
  • Day 11 Drive to Chitwan: 150km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
  • Day 12 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
  • Day 13 Chitwan-Kathmandu: 175 km & approx. 5-6 hours drive: Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with live cultural show: 3 hours (B, D)
  • Day 14 Departure (B)

Includes

Cost Includes of above program:
1. Transport in Private car with A/C
• Airport transfers
• One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Aarati at Pashupatinath Temple
• Transfer to Dhulikhel and Hike to Namobuddha
• Transfer from Panauti to Bhaktapur
• Sightseeing at Bhaktapur
• Kathmandu-Banidpur-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu transfer
• Half day sightseeing & boating at Phewa Lake
• Transfer to World Peace Pagoda & hike to Kalabang
• Transfer from Kalabang phedi to Pokhara
• Transfer to Hemja and trek to Astam Village
• Transfer from Kande to Pokhara

2. Chitwan 2Nights/3Days Package:
• Village walk, Sundowner, Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers, Bird watching, Canoe ride, Jeep Safari, Nature/Jungle walk, Slide show presentation

3. Accommodations:
• Kathmandu (3Ns):
• Namobuddha (1N):
• Bhaktapur (1N):
• Bandipur (1N):
• Pokhara (3Ns):
• Astam Village (1N):
• Tea House Accommodation (1N) at Dhampus/ Dhaulagiri View Hotel
• Chitwan (2Ns):

4. Meals:
• All breakfasts
• Lunch: 6 lunches (2 with hosted family, 2 during trekking, 2 in Chitwan)
• Dinner: 4 dinners (2 during trekking, 2 in Chitwan)

5. Guide:
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel from arrival and departure assistance
• English speaking guide during sightseeing/hiking in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur & Pokhara
• Naturalist guide in Chitwan

6. Taxes, Permits and Service Charges:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes, CNP, ACAP

Excludes

Cost Excludes of above program:
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. Meals not listed in the itinerary
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
7. Payment Transfer Charge
8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue

Detail Itinerary

1Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude, approx. 30 minutes drive from airport to hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, one of our representatives from Aarya Village Travel shall meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. You will enjoy welcome drinks while you will be briefed about your Nepal Travel Itinerary. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude, approx. 30 minutes drive from airport to hotel
Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude, approx. 30 minutes drive from airport to hotel
2Day 2 - UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by evening Aarati: 8-9 hours (B)

After Breakfast start full day sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage sites; After breakfast drive to Patan, Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can be see Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.

Swayambhunath Then onward, the tour is headed towards Swayambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, a tribute to Buddhism, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome.

Bouddhanath Stupa- From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area, it is one of the largest unique structures in the world. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).

In the evening drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dating back to the 5th century. While the main temple interior is off limits to non-Hindus there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Legend says that whoever comes here to worship Shiva will be reborn as an animal. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries.

Observe an 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.

UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by evening Aarati: 8-9 hours (B)
UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by evening Aarati: 8-9 hours (B)
3Day 3 - Drive to Dhulikhel: 1 & ½ hrs and hike to Namobuddha: 1750m & 3-4 hrs walk: Participate in chanting program at monastery (B)

After Breakfast drive to Dhulikhel for 1 & ½ hour and start our hike to Namobuddha: a 3-4 hour walk. On the hike you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains whilst passing many Buddhist Stupas on the Hilltops. Famous for farming rice, mustard and millet, during this hike you will walk through terraced farms. You will also come across many temples, different types of landscape and a rich diversity of the people living in harmony.

Once we arrive at the monastery we can participate in a chanting program which starts from 3 pm for around an hour. The opportunity to interact with monks & trying out monastic food is a truly a unique experience. Tonight we stay at the Monastery Guest House

Drive to Dhulikhel: 1 & ½ hrs and hike to Namobuddha: 1750m & 3-4 hrs walk: Participate in chanting program at monastery (B)
Drive to Dhulikhel: 1 & ½ hrs and hike to Namobuddha: 1750m & 3-4 hrs walk: Participate in chanting program at monastery (B)
4Day 4 - Hike to Panauti, approx. 2-3 hrs: Lunch with host family: Drive to Bhaktapur, an hour drive: Sightseeing at Bhaktapur for max. 3 hrs (B, L)

After Breakfast hike down to the beautiful historic town of Panauti, that permeates with an ancient ambiance. Here you can witness first-hand, the authentic village life of the Nepali people, you can also socialize with the villagers of Panauti and breathe the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley.

In Panauti we will have traditional lunch hosted by local community members who are charming and welcoming people.

We then drive to 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 tantricism. 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.

Hike to Panauti, approx. 2-3 hrs: Lunch with host family: Drive to Bhaktapur, an hour drive: Sightseeing at Bhaktapur for max. 3 hrs (B, L)
Hike to Panauti, approx. 2-3 hrs: Lunch with host family: Drive to Bhaktapur, an hour drive: Sightseeing at Bhaktapur for max. 3 hrs (B, L)
5Day 5 - Drive to Bandipur: Newar community village, 165 km & apporx. 5-6 hrs drive (B)

Today we drive (for around 5-6 hours ) to a Newar Cultural Village called Bandipur. Bandipur offers a heavy mix of history, architecture, unbelievable views, splendid caves and pristine landscapes. You can view the beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. In the evening take a walk and admire the beautiful vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and witness their simple local way of life

Drive to Bandipur: Newar community village, 165 km & apporx. 5-6 hrs drive (B)
Drive to Bandipur: Newar community village, 165 km & apporx. 5-6 hrs drive (B)
6Day 6 - Drive to Pokhara, 80 km & approx. 3 hrs drive: Sightseeing at Pokhara city & Boating at Phewa Lake, 3 hrs (B)

In the morning we will take a short exploration of Bandipur then we will drive to Pokhara. Located 210 km west of Kathmandu, this beautiful lakeside city is a prime tourism destination in Nepal offering with spellbinding and hypnotic natural beauty, stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The drive on the way itself is going to be amazingly unique experience as you travel besides the mighty river with some strong current almost throughout your journey with scenic greenery on both sides of the road along with human settlements thick and thin at different places. Afterreach Pokara you check in to your hotel, get yourself refreshed and have some rest.

We then head out for some sightseeing to Bindhyabasini temple, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Rituals and pujas are performed on different occasions to please goddess Bhagwati. We then head to Devi’s Fall, a waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. It is known as Patale Chango, which means underworld waterfall.
Gupteshwor cave is recognized as one of the longest caves in Nepal with a length that exceeds 2000 meters and the cave interior consists of deposition of calcium carbonate and surrounding limestone

Boating & Barahi Temple - Today try out some boating at Phewa Lake for about an hour, visit Tal Barahi temple while boating. Tal Barahi Temple, situated in the middle of the lake on an island on the south east section, also known as Lake Temple, is a two-story pagoda temple located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone in western Nepal. It is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga.

Drive to Pokhara, 80 km & approx. 3 hrs drive: Sightseeing at Pokhara city & Boating at Phewa Lake, 3 hrs (B)
Drive to Pokhara, 80 km & approx. 3 hrs drive: Sightseeing at Pokhara city & Boating at Phewa Lake, 3 hrs (B)
7Day 7 - Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk (B, L)

Today we will drive to World Peace Pagoda which takes 25 minutes. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.

After a short excursion at Peace Pagoda, we start hiking to Kalabang. The quaint location offers an alternative to the crowded viewpoint at Sarangkot, with spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Fewa Tall’s waters stretch out disappearing into the surrounding hills. On certain seasons the horizon is blurred between the sky and the lake.
Here we will have lunch hosted by a local family and later, escorted by a local, we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to lakeside. Rest of the day free on your own.

Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk (B, L)
Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk (B, L)
8Day 8 - Drive to Hemja, 30 minutes’ drive: Trek to Astam Village, approx. 6 kms & 3 hrs walk (1600m altitude ) (B, L, D)

Today you journey will head toward Astam, it is located on a small ridge, allowing the visitor a 360 degree panorama of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as well as Pokhara Valley. To reach Astam you need to drive to Hemja, it is a 40 minutes’ drive from Pokhara. Hemja is the starting point of your hike which you will start by climbing stairs. After the stairs your trail will pass through forests, villages, farmland, where you will meet local people doing their work on their fields. After 3-4 hours of walking you will reach Astam village. Overnight at Annapurna Eco Village

Drive to Hemja, 30 minutes’ drive: Trek to Astam Village, approx. 6 kms & 3 hrs walk (1600m altitude ) (B, L, D)
Drive to Hemja, 30 minutes’ drive: Trek to Astam Village, approx. 6 kms & 3 hrs walk (1600m altitude ) (B, L, D)
9Day 9 - Trek to Dhampus village, a small Gurung Village, approx. 13kms: 4-5 hours walk (1650m altitude) (B, L, D)

Aftera delicious and healthy organic breakfast at Annapurna Eco Village, you start your trek to Dhampus. Today you walk for 3-4 hours to reach Dhampus. The trail too passes through scenic villages, farmland and forests. Dhampus is a small beautiful, ethnic Gurung village. The Gurung are known for their welcoming nature and their bravery. A hike to Dhampus will give an opportunity to watch the daily lives of these villagers from milking the buffaloes to other daily chores on their farms.
Here you will find your hotel/lodge with all modern facilities.
Overnight at Tea House

Trek to Dhampus village, a small Gurung Village, approx. 13kms: 4-5 hours walk (1650m altitude) (B, L, D)
Trek to Dhampus village, a small Gurung Village, approx. 13kms: 4-5 hours walk (1650m altitude) (B, L, D)
10Day 10 - Excursion to Australian Camp (2070m altitude): Drive to Pokhara from Kande: 3-4 hrs walk & 1 hr drive (B, L)

Walking through villages you will reach to Australian Camp after 3-4 hours from Dhampus. The camp is in center of Dhampus. The Australian Camp is a popular spot that provide great scenery and amazing views of Annapurna South, Fishtail, Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri and Himchuli.

From Australian Camp we will hike down to Kande and drive back to Pokhara

Excursion to Australian Camp (2070m altitude): Drive to Pokhara from Kande: 3-4 hrs walk & 1 hr drive (B, L)
Excursion to Australian Camp (2070m altitude): Drive to Pokhara from Kande: 3-4 hrs walk & 1 hr drive (B, L)
11Day 11 - Drive to Chitwan: 150km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)

After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4-5 hours. After checking in to your hotel and getting refreshed, you will be briefed about full nature programs by our experienced naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities;-
• Guided tour to Tharu village (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Walk on the bank of Rapti river
• Sundowner
• Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers (one hour)

Drive to Chitwan: 150km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
Drive to Chitwan: 150km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
12Day 12 - Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)

Wakeup call with a cup of hot tea or coffee. After a leisurely breakfast start a full day of jungle activities of your choice-
• Bird watching with naturalist guide (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Canoe ride (half an hour), an opportunity to see 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial
• Jeep safari at National Park/Community forest (3-4 hours), you will have an opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and the Royal Bengal Tiger
• Nature walk to see different floras and faunas in National Park (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Slide show presentation by expert naturalist on the history of the park and wild-life conservation.

Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
13Day 13 - Chitwan-Kathmandu: 175 km & approx. 5-6 hours drive: Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with live cultural show: 3 hours (B, D)

After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours (depending on traffic).
Check in hotel. You can rest and relax for an exciting evening out.

In the evening we will enjoy in a Typical Nepali Dinner with a live cultural show performed by different ethnic groups. It lasts for around 3 hours.

Chitwan-Kathmandu: 175 km & approx. 5-6 hours drive: Farewell dinner at  authentic Nepali restaurant with live cultural show: 3 hours (B, D)
Chitwan-Kathmandu: 175 km & approx. 5-6 hours drive: Farewell dinner at  authentic Nepali restaurant with live cultural show: 3 hours (B, D)
14Day 14 - Departure (B)

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.