Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in the heart of this fascinating city.
Today you have a full day tour of the sites of Kathmandu. You'll see temples, squares, a Tibetan craft centre and markets. Your tour will also include Patan (the town with a thousand golden roofs) and the Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath, better known as the monkey temple for the many monkeys which clamber around the stupa. Tonight you will have dinner at the Bhojan Griha, a restaurant offering tasty Nepali food and enjoyable entertainment.
Kathmandu To Pokhara
We take you to the airport for your short, scenic flight to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara you'll be taken to your lakeside hotel, with time to explore the shops of the lakeside district, walk in the surrounding hills or just enjoy the fabulous mountain views.
Today you will be driven the short distance to the foothills of the Annapurnas to start your 5 day trek. The exact route you take is flexible and should be discussed with your guide in advance. We can make the walk more or less challenging depending on what you prefer. Here we just give you an idea of what is possible. Your route climbs steadily uphill through farmland and villages, with great views of the valley spreading out beneath you. Stay overnight in a local tea house.
Your path leads slowly uphill through forested hills. The forests are home to a variety of birds and if you're lucky you may see larger mammals such as deer. The highest point on today's trek is Deurali at an altitude of 2,100m, located on a ridge with fine views of the Annapurnas. After stopping for lunch at a tea house, it is an easy downhill hike through lush forests to the village of Landruk at an altitude of 1,560m, in the steep-sided valley of the fast-flowing Modhi Khola.
After breakfast, cross the river on a suspension bridge - easier if you don't look down. On the other side of the Modhi Khola, your path zig-zags up the slope to Ghandruk at an altitude of 1,940m, your destination for today and you should arrive by lunch time. After lunch you can explore the village and its surroundings and if you feel up to it enjoy an afternoon walk in the hills above the town, for some truly unforgettable views.
Leaving Ghandruk, your path follows the top of the valley of the Modhi Khola before descending through its forested slopes to Syauli Bazar where you can enjoy lunch by the river. From here, your path continues along the river to Birethani (altitude 1,025m) where you spend a final night in a tea house.
The final morning of the trek will take you along the river to the small town of Nayapul where your car will be waiting for you. We drive you to the small hill town of Bandipur, once an important stop on the trade route between India and Nepal, but bypassed by the highway between Pokhara and Kathmandu in the valley below. The town was only finally connected to the highway in 1998, so it has retained its traditional character.
Start Rafting Trip
You stay for the early morning in Bandipur followed by a drive of about 1½ hours to the Trisuli River. You will have a briefing and be familiarised with the equipment before starting your river journey. You should be on the river for about 5 or 6 hours depending on the conditions. Then you'll camp overnight on the riverbanks. This is not a difficult rafting trip, so it is fine even for beginners in rafting.
After another enjoyable short morning's rafting you dry off and drive the short distance to Chitwan. You are staying at a hotel just outside the National Park boundaries.
Days 11 & 12
You have two full days at Chitwan. Chitwan was Nepal's first national park, established in 1973 to protect the rare Asian one-horned Rhino, then on the verge of extinction. There are many other large mammal species here, including tigers, sloth bears, wild boars, and rare antelopes. During your stay you can take part in various exciting activities such as jeep safaris, walking and canoeing safaris.
Chitwan To Kathmandu
A final morning at Chitwan for your last jungle activities then you'll be driven back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. This should take about 5 hours. You'll be staying at Kantipur Temple House again.
There is still more to see in this amazing valley! Today a highlight is the mediaeval town of Bhaktapur, famous for its fine carvings. You'll see some of the fantastic architecture, including the Golden Gate, the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, and the Pashupatinath Temple with its tiered golden roof and silver doors. On the way back to Kathmandu, we stop at Boudhanath, which has become a centre for Tibetan culture since the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
This morning we will take you to the airport in time for your flight home. The end of an exciting trip through Nepal.
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