BETWEEN JUNGLE & MOUNTAINS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BISKET JATRA FESTIVAL

Discovering the historic cities of the Kathmandu Valley. Getting lazy in Pokhara. This diverse journey holds moments of wonder and contemplation from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the jungle of Terai. This trip combines cultural discovery, participation in an important festival of Nepal, ride and sports activity (mountain biking & rafting).
We first immerse ourselves in the Kathmandu Valley:

We dive into the bustling valley of Kathmandu. The fascinating visits to Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath (the two oldest Buddhist stupas in the valley) and to Pashupatinath (a 12th century Hindu site dedicated to Shiva) illustrate the two religions that are often one in the Nepalese syncretism. Still more emotions in Bhaktapur, the most beautiful medieval city of the valley and immersion during a homestay Panauti where we will be associated to the celebration of the big festival of Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur. This joyful day of festival also corresponds in the Nepalese calendar to the New Year's Day.

Then, we head to Pokhara and have two days of excursion in the villages sheltered by Machhapuchhare!

HIGHLIGHTS

- UNESCO classified sites of the Kathmandu Valley
- Country walks to discover everlasting Nepal
- Possible views of the Himalayas from Luwang, Dhulikhel, Pokhara and Bandipur
- The Bisket Jatra Festival
- Homestays in Panauti and Luwang

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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: April 7th - April 20th 2019
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 3
  • Flights: Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel and check-in. Free time for the rest of the day.
- Accommodation: Nepali Ghar Hotel on a B&B basis
- Meals on own
In the morning, visit to the Swayambhunath stupa located on the top of a hill dominating the city. Then, visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and the old town.
- Accommodation: As previous day
Visit to Patan, one of the three ancient royal cities of the valley, mostly Buddhist, known for its statues-makers. Night on the spot.
- Accommodation: Hotel on a B&B basis
- Meals on own
Today, we visit Kirtipur. Stretched on a ridge at 5 km from Kathmandu, this small village retains a peaceful atmosphere, out of time, despite its close distance to the capital. From the top of Kirtipur, we discover Kathmandu with the Himalayas in the background.
Pharping, located at 19 km South of the capital, remains a wealthy traditional Newari village. The place is famous for its pilgrimage sites, originally for Hindus but today Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are predominant.
- Accommodation : Hotel on a B&B basis.
- Meals on own
A day to discover the jewels of the Kathmandu valley. First of all, we visit the great stupa of Bouddhanath surrounded by many Tibetan monasteries. Then, visit to Pashupatinath, a Hindu site dating back to the 12th century where the Hindu cremations are done. This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There, pilgrims come to bathe in the holy Bagmati River.
- Accommodation: Hotel on a B&B basis
- Vehicle + French Cultural Guide
- Meals on own
Early morning transfer to Dhulikhel to visit. Beautiful view of the Himalayan range. Then, transfer to Namo Buddha, important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. This is where Buddha would have donated his body to a tigress and her hungry little ones. Visit to the monastery of Namo Buddha then optional walk to Panauti.
- Accommodation: Homestay with full board
In the morning, visit to Panauti then transfer to Bhaktapur, 15 km far from Kathmandu, a splendid pedestrian town and the most beautiful of the three royal cities of the valley. Visit and overnight.
- Accommodation: Family Guest House in half board
Day of cultural immersion in the festive atmosphere of Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur at the time of the Nepalese New Year.
-Accommodation: Family Guest House in half board
- Lunch on own
Drive to Bandipur, sumptuous village of Newari traders. Superb view of the Himalayan range. We will stay in a homestay, simple rooms near the residence of our host.
- Hours of driving: 3.5
- Accommodation: Hotel in half board
Easy stroll between Bandipur and Chirkini via the authentic Magar village of Ramkot, then transfer to Pokhara where we will spend the night in a charming and peaceful hotel overlooking Lake Phewa.
- Hours of driving: 2.5
- Hours of walk: 3
- Accommodation: Hotel on a B&B basis
In the morning transfer (45 min) to Khoramukh (1000 m.). From the bridge, we have a short nature walk with a lot of steep steps to reach the beautiful Gurung village of Luwang (1460 m.) specialized in tea culture. Nice view of the valley and the surrounding villages. North-facing panorama of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhare and Annapurna III. Welcome, afternoon and night at homestay
- Ascent: + 460 m.
- Hours of walking: 1.5
- Accommodation: Homestay
After enjoying the sunrise on the Mardi Himal and Lamjung Himal, we have a half day trek through the hillside rhododendron forest to the Gurung village of Dhampus. Lunch there and steep descent upto Phedi where we find our vehicle for a return to Pokhara. Late afternoon is free.
- Ascent: + 200 m.
- Descent: - 520 m.
- Hours of walking: 3
- Accommodation: Hotel on a B&B basis
In the morning, fly to Kathmandu. Then, transfer to the hotel and free time.
- Accommodation: Hotel on a B&B basis
Transfer to the airport for return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to the program
- 5 nights at Nepali Ghar Hotel on a B&B basis in Kathmandu
- 2 nights at Lake Side Retreat in Pokhara on a B&B basis
- 2 nights at Shiva Guest House half board in Bhaktapur
- 1 night in Panauti Homestay with full board
- 1 night at the Old Inn in Bandipur with half board
- Trek 2 days in lodge full board
- Trekking team: 1 sherpa for a group of 4 or more
- Staff Insurance
- Annapurna National Park Permit (ACAP and TIMS)
- Domestic airport taxes
- Entrance tickets according to Kathmandu visits
- 1 h of boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara
- Tour guide during the whole trip
- 1 farewell dinner

What's not included

- Meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Visa for Nepal to get at the airport
- Flights
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, recharging batteries during the trek etc.
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