“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
views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range with Mt. Machhapuchare.
trekking through traditional hill villages and pristine rhododendron, pines forest.
Tour standard: Hotels & Lodge on treks.
Tour grade: Leisure with moderate short walks.
Trek grade: Moderate with uphill climb.
Highest spot on trek: 1,960 meters at Ghandruk village.
Rafting duration: 02- 03 hrs of float with lunch on rafting.
Trek duration: 02 nights / 03 days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip: 10 nights & 11 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 Ghandruk / Landruk, Tolka and Dhampus villages with 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 Ghandruk trekking.
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.
Encounter 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.
EncountersNepal journey continues to famous, picturesque Pokhara valley on the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway following Trisuli River and then to rafting put in point at Fisling village, here meet our River guide who will brief on safety measures on rafting and regarding exciting rapids, then raft on the great river Trisuli fed from the glacier of Ganesh and Langtang Himalaya, float for few hours encountering white water and rapids and then ending this thrilling rafting by the bank of the river and then continue journey to Pokhara.
Drive leads past many rural farm villages and towns then reaching at Pokhara by the pristine Phewa Lake after 5-6 hours of interesting drive. In Pokhara tour of wonderful areas exploring deep caves and Seti River deep gorge and other places of interest and then starting the trek from Nayapul in the warmer area and then to cooler areas on the old trek leads to beautiful Gurung villages at Ghandruk the highest spot of this trip at 1,960 meters through 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 Ghandruk a large Gurung tribe village 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 to Landruk / Tolka and Dhampus village with constant views of magnificent chain of Himalayan peak and 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 Ghandruk / Landruk and Dhampus village 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, guided city tour to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Kathmandu Durbar Square (Old Palace), Swoyambhunath (Oldest Buddhist Stupa in the World), then visit Bhaktapur city, the ancient town in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
After breakfast, drive by car through the scenic highway on the bank of the Trisuli River. Stop at Fishling for 3 hours rafting on the Trisuli River. Continue drive to Pokhara, transfer to a Hotel..
After breakfast, city tour in Pokhara such as Devi’s Fall (Natural Water Fall), Gupteshwor Cave and visit Mahendra Pul to view the underground Seti River and International Mountain Museum. Boating on Fewa Lake for one hour in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
Pokhara to Ghandruk (1960 m) via Birethanti (1040 m): Drive to Nayapul (New-bridge) for two hours. Trek starts from Nayapul. Ascending Ghandruk via Birethanti (1040 mtrs.), one can see mules loaded with goods en-route. Walking distance is 5 hrs. Stay overnight in Ghandruk.
Ghandruk to Tolkha (1770 m): Descend through the paved courtyards of Ghandruk village passing several teahouses. After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge, the trail emerges into the main Modi Khola valley & reaches to Tolkha, a small settlement at 1,710mtrs. Walking distance is 5 hours. Stay overnight in Tolkha.
Tolkha to Pokhara (850 m): The trail descends a forested trail paved with stones. The trail descends passing several teahouses at Bheri Kharka, and then descends further to the head of the canyon & to the ridge at Dhampus (1510mtrs). Continue a few hundred meters along a trail to the road that descends to a taxi stand. Walking distance is 6 hours. Drive from Phedi to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
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 $1200/ 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