Our NepalCultural Tour is a most delightful way to see all of Nepal's most famous destinations in an efficent and fun way. The memorable tour kicks off in Kathmandu, where you will explore the city's several UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambunath (also known as Monkey Temple), Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Each place is rich in culture and history. Swoyambunath, one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal (over 2000 years old!), gives an amazing panoramic view of Kathmandu, with mountains lurking in the background. Pashupatinath Temple is the most famous Hindu temple in the country, and a famous pilgrimage sight for Hindus all over India and Nepal. Here, you’ll see sadhus (spiritualascetics) meditating and bodies being cremated on the banks of the sacredBagmati River.Boudhanath is a massive stupa that Buddhist devotees circumnavigate in a clockwise direction. The place, though near to the main road, has an exceptionally peaceful feeling about it.
The next day, we hop on our ride to Pokhara. En route, we stop for a brief, but adventurous whitewater rafting excursion on the Trishuli River. The same day, we reach Pokhara, beautiful lakeside city and popular destination for adventure tourism. The air is refreshingly clean and there is plenty to explore in the area. We'll visit Sarangkot for an exquisite tour of several famous sites: Bindawasini Temple, David's Fall, Gupteswar Cave, and Seti Gorge. After our full day of sightseeing, we head back to Pokhara and relax at the lakeside before heading to Chitwan the following day.
Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves, famous for its multitude of animal species, including the one-horned Indian rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. We’ll take a ride on the back of an elephant and get close encounters with deer, wild boars, and more. There is plenty to do in Chitwan National Park, and we’ll show you the best of it. On our second evening in Chitwan, we see a fascinatingTharu cultural dance and have a delicious dinner. The next day, we head back to Kathmandu.If you would like to spend extra time at any of these places, let us know and we can extend the package to fit your interest. Junket Nepal arranges the tour with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepal and taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your tour and clear up any questions you might have. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then give you a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which includes several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast early in the morning, we drive to Charaudi, approximately 2.5 hrs from Kathmandu. From here, we begin our rafting excursion. After the crew assembles the raft, they will explain the safety equipments and proper procedures. After 2 to 3 hours of rafting, we have a beachside lunch. After, we proceed towards Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.
Early in the morning, we drive to Sarangkot for the sunrise. Sarangkot is the one of the best places in Nepal to see the sunrise with panoramic mountain views. After, we drive back to hotel for breakfast then head out for our sightseeing tour. First, we go to Barahi temple, one of the most important temples in Pokhara where devotees can be seen carrying male goats and fowls across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity. Then we go to the majestic Seti Gorge. Aftewards, we head to David's Fall, a lovely waterfall situated about two km southwest of the Pokhara airport along the Siddhartha Highway. Lsat, but not least, Mahendra Cave, a large limestone cave and one of the few stalagmite/stalactite caves found in Nepal. We return to Pokhara in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel.
After an early breakfast, we begin our scenic drive to Chitwan. After arrival, we proceed to Elephant-back safari: You will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife you will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours. Overnight in hotel.
We spend our day sighseeing, bird watching, canoeing, and/or any activities that interest you. In the evening, you will get to see the Tharu culture dance show: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast, we drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu, which takes about six hours. While driving from Chitwan to Kathmandu, we enjoy the views of mountains, green hills, and terraced agricultural fields. We have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Junket Nepal as your tour guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:
Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.
Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.
Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.
Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.
High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.
The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.
In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.
Best Season for Trekking:
Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.
Types of Trekking:
Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;
I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.
II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered. Types of trekking permits are as follows:
I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)
II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.
III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration. Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.
Trekking Safety and Security:
Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.
Junket Nepalis not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.