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Everest Panoramic Trek & Chitwan Safari

These packages let our clients and families experience special places easily during their holiday. Not everyone wants to trek to eighteen thousand feet or stand on the top of a mountain summit as part of their journey to Nepal. Many have discovered this colorful land has a lot more to offer than just the mighty Himalaya peaks. The tours have been designed to allow a broader experience of the kingdom, its bio diversity, culture and wonderful people at a more leisurely pace. These tours have proved popular in the past especially with families and those that wish to do some trekking but do not necessarily want to venture too much into the thin air of the Himalayas. The packages are complete from the transfer to your hotel on arrival and tour briefing, to your departure at the end of your experience. We use a combination of four star and resort hotels with private transport throughout and internal air flights where mentioned in the itinerary as well as a support crew, guides etc when appropriate.

 

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,300m)

Travel from your homeport to Kathmandu. You arrive in Kathmandu, then check in to the hotel located in the popular Thamel district. Your hotel is conveniently located near great food, fabulous shopping, and Durbar Square which has numerous temples and markets.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley (1,300m)

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.

Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.

Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.

Day 3: Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2,804m)

We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (9,350 feet) we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding. Here we will meet up with trekkers who have participated in the Jiri extension.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar the gateway to the Khumbu region.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day (3,441m)

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewards climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another, Sherpa high altitude climbers are presented.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m)

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. If our group is lucky, we will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.

Day 7: Tengboche to Namche (3,441m)

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) which takes about four and half hours. From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

Day 8: Namche to Lukla (2,886m)

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m) and it takes about five and half hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monj

Day 9: Fly from Lukla To Kathmandu (1,300m)

Trek from Phakding to Lukla and it takes about three hours. Your final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. There can be seen route which leads to Mera Peak. There is a small old monastery down the area.

Day 10: Kathmandu – Chitwan (drive) via Rafting (224m)

A drive to Trishuli River places you in the expert hands of our rafting guide, who will lead you through one day of white water fun. A change of pace will find you high a top and an elephant in the Chitwan National Park, as you use many rolls of film capturing the jungle rich of wild life including Rhino and Tigers!!

Day 11: Jungle Safari (224m)

Wake up call followed by tea coffee and then you will enjoy jungle walk. After lunch you will enjoy elephant ride, dinner Tharu stick dance.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m)

Early morning bird watching and Drive to Kathmandu. Evening sightseeing can be done.

Day 13: Free Day in Kathmandu

Rest day This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping. In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 14: International Departure (1,300m)

All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.

 

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