With sundry sceneries and variety of culture, a delicious food and timeless heritage, Nepal offers a true travel experience for any tourist thronging from different parts of the world. Nepal Experience trip lets you explore bustling cities, unique culture, diverse landscapes, enticing Himalayan Vistas (including Everest & Annapurna) and offers adventurous wildlife experience in a single trip.
It is the country of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. There are over 100 different ethnic groups residing within a dramatic landscape that rises from 150 meters in the south to 8,848 meters at the summit of Mt Everest in the north. Our Nepal Experience Tour is an exciting mix of adventure to experience and explore the rich and diverse Nepalese landscape and culture that will satisfy both mind, body, and spirit. This 12-day tour begins by visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a scenic Mt. Everest flight among the high and mighty Himalayas. We also trek in the beautiful Annapurna region, one of the most popular trekking regions in the world, visit popular landmarks in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and end our tour with eye-catching nature walks and a jungle safari in the tropical jungles of Chitwan. Nepal Experience Tour is indeed a tour fit for anybody who wishes to look into the beauty of this small but naturally rich country in a limited amount of time. Being a combination of adventure and spare time, this tour guarantees its visitors fun to the fullest.
This trip is in-fact a complete amalgamation of every highlight that Nepal has to offer. This trip a complete journey in the sense that we are covering huge distance and explore many destinations along the way. Get yourself prepared for long days – that includes mountain hike, jungle adventure, mountain flight and sightseeing and pack accordingly.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at hotel where you can take a rest. We will meet you at the evening and will be greeting you with our local delicious Nepali food.
Day 02: Scenic Mt. Everest Flight and Kathmandu Sightseeing
Early in the morning we leave our hotel for an hour-long mountain flight and acquire the closest possible aerial views of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, the world’s second highest peak, Kanchenjunga and other high Himalayas along with a clear glimpse of the Tibetan Plateau. In the afternoon, we tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek
After breakfast, we will fly to Pokhara, the most sought touristic city of Nepal. We can catch amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. After taking a rest, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.
Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2750 m/ 9020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek
After breakfast, we will continue up towards Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. You will find new small shops and stalls; set up by locals to sell products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860 ft): 6 - 7 hours
A pre-sunrise climb up to Poon Hill Ridge ensures the amazing view of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest peaks including up-close view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 06: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360 ft): 3 - 4 hours
From Tadapani, we walk on a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek goes through old rhododendron trees, that when are in bloom, actually turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the majestic views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we will get opportunity to explore rich culture and tradition of Gurung community. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 4-hour trek and 1-hour’s drive
Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. Then we walk on a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village followed by terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without any break from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour's walk takes us into Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun and Himalayan peaks. After breakfast, we will drive down to Pokhara and start touring the city's landmark. Davis Fall is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near to Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Barahi temple, located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft): 134km/4-5 hours
After breakfast, we will bid farewell to northern Nepal and head towards Chitwan, a city located at the foot of the Churia range. The city is famous for housing Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During nature walks we enjoy the company of a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching. In the evening, there will be a presentation on the wide range of flora and fauna of CNP. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 10: Chitwan National Park
Today, we will start our day hoping on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grassland to discover the wildlife in their natural environment After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can either drive through the jungles by Jeep or followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During the safari, we go deep into the jungle and spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, along with other wild animals. If lucky, we may even spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger Crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for birding or nature walk and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 11: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu: 127km, 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Our journey will be on the Terai plains while in and near Chitwan and gradually move to a more winding road as we come closer to Kathmandu. Along the way, we can enjoy the beautiful hilly terrains and small houses. We reach Kathmandu in the evening. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 12: Final Departure
Your 12 days Nepal Experience Tour Comes to an end today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (1-12 pax)