“Tour of temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard, scenic mountain view and world heritage sites Buddhanilkantha, Phasupatinath, Boudhanath, Patan / Lalitpur with tour of medieval Bhaktapur city, scenic drive to picturesque Pokhara trekking on the mid hills of world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna range of peaks
stunning sunrise views over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range
trekking through traditional villages and pristine rhododendron, pines forest.
Tour standard: Hotels & Lodge on treks.
Tour grade: Leisure with moderate short walks.
Trek grade: Moderate with high climb
Highest spot on trek: 3, 210 meters at Poon Hill
Trek duration: 06 nights / 07 days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip: 11 nights & 12 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season: Nepal for all season but July / August wet / rainy monsoon time.
EncountersNepal grand sightseeing tour of famed and renowned places leads you to various scenic and cultural sites in and around Kathmandu beyond to picturesque Pokhara valley a popular tourist destination on the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” that dominates this beautiful and scenic valley with pristine lake Phewa, journey continues with a drive to start in of the scenic Annapurna region to Ghorepani and Poon Hill for fabulous panorama of worlds’ three highest mountain range 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m. with interesting tour of Pokhara valley before Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek.
On arrival in Kathmandu with authentic Nepali cuisine dinner with local folk and cultural dance program, Kathmandu a historical, cultural, scenic valley and capital of Nepal with Multi party government a Republic Nation.
Kathmandu Valley, a unique valley with exotic setting 25 centuries back it stood as a large lake. It is completely surrounded by a level of Green Mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snowcapped peaks during the winter.
It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest.
Kathmandu city with its wonderful green valley slowly emerging into a metropolitan city and towns, however old temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard and world heritage sites still retains its past time glory and artifacts with ancient culture, traditions, religions and way of life as it was in past earlier old periods.
Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley has much more to offer our guests and travelers to taste our rich culture and traditions with warm friendly hospitality of Nepali people showing you the wonders of Kathmandu arts, historic monuments with colorful festivals.
All our guided sightseeing tour offering from half day, a day to a week or more at places of main attraction and interest in and around Kathmandu valley.
Beside Kathmandu being a bustling city but steeped in history with amazing terracotta artifacts, pagoda temples and dome stupa Buddhist monuments with ancient royal king courtyard with various impressive tours within Kathmandu valley where one ca marvel day to day.
Next day starting after breakfast with short drive to famous Hindu Phasupatinath Temple with golden tier pagoda roofs with four silver sided doors, the temple is busy every day with pilgrims and disciple from all over Nepal and India the main occasion is in mid February “Shiva Ratri” birth anniversary of lord Shiva.
From here a short drive to Little Tibet at Boudhanath, declared as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chorten built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. With series of three terraces and from the bird's eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world.
The chorten surrounded by a circular market of Tibetan influence, the chorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana faith of Buddhism known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
EncountersNepal Tour continues with short drive to Patan city, situated south of Kathmandu separated by a bridge over the River Bagmati. Patan also known as Lalitpur meaning city of Arts, visit the old palace courtyard (Durbar) fascinating tall terracotta house with intricate window carvings, and stone temple of Krishna with a pillar of Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and as well of Lord Krishna.
Then heading back with a drive to Kathmandu with a tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square with full of arts and culture. There are many monuments of historical significant places to see over here are five storey Temple Nytapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate and many more. After a grand interesting time here drive back to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Encounters Nepal includes the old 2,550 years old Swayambhunath (monkey temple) located on a hillock west of Kathmandu city with awesome views of the Kathmandu valley and the city with snow capped mountains towards north beyond the green hills that surrounds Kathmandu valley.
After an interesting time with tour of Kathmandu next day a scenic and interesting drive on Nepal main highway with fabulous views of rolling green hills, valleys dotted with typical Nepali farm villages with snow capped peaks to the north passing several villages and towns reaching picturesque and scenic Pokhara taking about six hours of good drive with the scenery of farm villages, towns, farm fields with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains, then reaching at Pokhara by the lake Phewa for overnight stop
At Pokhara tour begins early morning with a short drive to a hill side at Sarangkot for stunning sunrise view over array of snow capped mountains from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m including range of smaller peaks with ever present majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” standing high at 6,993 meters.
Sarankot hill top the tallest spot at 1, 460 meters with super views of mountains, Pokhara green valley and its city with Phewa lake below, beside the fabulous panorama famous for paragliding which is one of the most popular adventure sports around this scenic place.
In Pokhara with two nights over stop marvel the beautiful scenery and with tour of
Bindhyabasini Temple, Devi’s water fall with Gupteshwor Mahadev cave all this program are done in a day before breakfast and after breakfast and lunch on route sightseeing places with boating in the serene lake Phewa in the backdrop of the mountains.
Encounter Nepal starting the trek from Nayapul in the warmer area and then to cooler areas on the old trek leads to beautiful Gurung villages of Tirkhedhunga, Ulleri, Bhanthati through heavily forested area of tall rhododendron, magnolia and pines tree lines with constant views of snow capped mountains, then finally reaching the highlight of this trek at Ghorepani on the bottom of Poon Hill, from Ghorepani amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains.
Next day early morning hike to Poon Hill at 3.210 meters highest point of this wonderful trip, at Poon Hill view of stunning sunrise over high mountains from Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri’s peaks to Annapurna range of mountains with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” and extends across Lamjung Himal, Manaslu range and beyond. After an amazing panorama on this wonderful spot Poon Hill walk back to Ghorepani to continue trek to Tadapani through beautiful forested area of rhododendron trees with fabulous views of snow capped mountain range all the way, with great overnight stop at Tadapani located in the middle of fascinating forest and views walk leads downhill to famous and largest Gurung village in Ghandruk for overnight stay and explore the traditional Gurung villages and its museum of Gurung way of life as it was for many centuries and then finally ending this overwhelming trek back to Nayapul with a drive back to Pokhara by the lake Phewa.
Next day drive back to Kathmandu on the same road and in Kathmandu with another free day to explore the busy markets and shopping and concluding this memorable and fascinating trip to Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek with historical and scenic sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara, then leaving this amazing country for international flight back home with enjoyable time with EncountersNepal great service and management.
Arrival Kathmandu, reception at the airport by a representative of Encounters Nepal, transfer to a Hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drink. Meet the Manager from Encounters Nepal for tour briefing.
After breakfast, guided city tour to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath (Oldest Buddhist Stupa in the World), Pashupatinath (Hindu’s Temple), Boudhanath (One of the biggest Monastery in the World), Patan Museum, Golden Temple (Buddhists’ Monastery), Tibetan Refugee Camp. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
After breakfast, drive by car for 200kms through the scenic highway on the bank of the Trisuli River to Pokhara, transfer to a Hotel.
After breakfast, city tour in Pokhara such as Devi’s Fall (Natural Water Fall), Gupteshwor Cave and boating on Fewa Lake for one hour in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1577m): About 45 kms drive from Pokhara via Naudanda, Kande, and Lumle village up to Nayapul. From where the trail descends steeply to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola. Lunch will be served at Ramghai and finally reaches to Tikhedhunga. Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga at a teahouse. Walking distance is 5 hours.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m): The trail ascends to Ulleri village more pleasantly through Rhododendron forest arrive at the top of Ghorepani pass & stay overnight at a teahouse. Walking distance is 6 hours.
Ghorepani – Poon hill (3210m) – Tadapani (2650m.): The guide will wake you up early morning for 6-hour walk up to Tadapani via Poonhill. Poonhill is one of the best viewpoints in Nepal from where one may witness the sunrise for a lifetime memory & 30 snow capped peaks including the whole Annapurna range. Stay overnight at Tadapani at a teahouse. Walking distance is 6 hours.
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1960m): This area is the finest & most famous trekking area of Nepal. The Annapurna ranges & Machhapuchre (Fishtail) dominates the mountain views through glimpses farther east to Lamjung Himal & the Manaslu range. The trial descends through huge boulders into the maze of trails around Ghandruk at 1960 meters. Stay overnight at Ghandruk at a teahouse. Walking distance is 4 hours.
Ghandruk to Pokhara via Birethanti (1040m): Descending Pokhara via Birethanti one can see mules loaded with goods en-route. Walking distance is 5 hrs. Continue walk up to Nayapul (New-bridge) & drive to Pokhara for two hours.
After breakfast, drive back for 200kms through the bank of the Trisuli River to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
Rest day and shopping in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Farewell and transfer to international airport for onward flight.
USD $900/ per person
Trip Cost Includes:
Tour/Trek pre-departure information, Guide
Hotel accommodation as per mentioned in the itinerary on a twin share basis with breakfast at Standard Hotels
All internal transport by private car
All group airport transfers
Gear package including sleeping bag, jacket and rain poncho
All meals while trekking, tea or coffee
Safe drinking water in a refilling bottle in order to avoid plastic bottles in the mountain
Accommodation on a share basis in teahouse on trek
An insured Porter to carry all personal and group equipment
All entrance fees to the monuments and parks
Emergency first aid kit box
Welcome drinks in Kathmandu
Trip Cost Excludes:-
Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
International air fare.
Nepal entry visa fee.
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
Personal trekking Equipments.
Bar and beverages
Nature of personal expenses
Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
Tips to the staff
Meals during journey and in Kathmandu