JUNGLE AND MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE FESTIVAL OF TIHAR (FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)

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 festival of Tihar.

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 immutable Nepal
- Views of the Himalayas from Luwang, Dhulikhel, Pokhara and Bandipur
- Tihar, the festival of lights
- Homestays in Panauti and Luwang
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: 25 October - 05 November 2019
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Number of walking days: 3
  • Highest Altitude: 1800 Meters
  • 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
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: As previous day
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: As previous day
- Meals on own
Morning transfer to Namo Buddha, important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists.
Through a rural setting we reach the monastery of Namo Buddha which houses a small stupa commemorating the sacrifice of Buddha who donated his body to a hungry tigress and her babies. Visit to the monastery of Namo Buddha. Then, optional walk to Panauti.
Night on the spot to participate in the ceremony of Mha Puja at one of the local families.
Tihar, the festival of light is a time of rejoicing. It takes place at the time of the new moon of Kartik (Nepali month) and corresponds to the Newari New Year’s Day according to the Nepal Sambat calendar. It is a celebration time for five days.
- Accommodation: Home stay with full board
Night on site to attend and participate in the Mha Puja ceremony at a local family home. Tihar: the festival of light is a time of rejoicing that takes place at the time of Kartik's new moon and corresponds to the New Year New Year according to the Nepal Sambat calendar. These five days of rites are undertaken to avoid being called back by Yama (the god of death) during the new year. It is also at this time that rice is harvested and you can measure your luck by playing. Laxhmi (the goddess of fortune) is not faithful and it will be necessary to know what will be the fate of each one for the year to come.
The first day of the year begins with the cleansing of the body during a ceremony where the gods are thanked for asking that all organs of the human body continue to function well.
Traditional dinner with the family and night on site at inhabitant.
- Accommodation: Homestay with full board
We visit Panauti in the morning. At noon transfer to Bhaktapur for the sumptuous pedestrian city which is 15 km from Kathmandu, the most beautiful of the three imperial cities of the valley. Visit and overnight in Bhaktapur to stay when all visitors are gone !!!
- Night in Khwopachen with half board
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: Old Inn on Half Board
Easy Hike 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: Lake Side Retreat 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.
- Ascent: + 460 m.
- Hours of walking: 1.5
- Accommodation: Homestay
After enjoying the sunrise on 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: Lake Side Retreat on a B&B basis
Morning flight to Kathmandu. Free day
- Accommodation: Nepali Ghar on a B&B basis
Airport transfer for the return flight.
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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
- 1 night at Khwapa Chen on half board in Bhaktapur
- 1 night in Panauti homestay with full board and participation in the festival of lights
- 1 night at the Old Inn in Bandipur with half board
- Trek of 2 half days full board at homestay
- 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
- French-speaking tour guide during the whole trip

What's not included

- Meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Visa for Nepal to get at the airport
- Flights
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Paragliding in Pokhara, rafting (optional activities)
- Tips, personal expenses, drinks, sleeping bag, hot shower during the trek etc.

Suppliments

> Flight supplement Pokhara - Kathmandu: $.122 / person (variation possible without notice)

> Single room supplement: $.375 / single room

> Trishuli rafting supplement option : ($.35) / person (on the way from Katmandu to Bandipur)
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