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Nestled between the giants India and China, in the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal has established itself as one of the most visited countries in the world, owing to its mind-boggling beauty. Nepal invites you to explore its beauty, spread across its nooks and crannies. Nepal as a whole is impressive, and the perfect example of the beauty that this country holds can be experienced in a short 12-day journey to experience Nepal.
An impressive combination of topography rapidly changing from the snow-capped Himalayas to hills to the plain Terai, Nepal can aptly be called “Heaven on Earth”. Come and breathe in the ancient culture, heritage, architectural masterpieces and ethnic inhabitants of this beautiful country with the Experience Nepal tour package.
This tour can be carried out by people of all ages and backgrounds. From the capital in the central region to the beautiful Nagarkot tower, from the exquisite flora and fauna of Chitwan to the historically significant birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Experience Nepal packages covers aspects that make this country so great. Embark on the journey to experience the beauty of Nepal and return home with a feeling of pride and spiritual awakening in this beautiful peace loving country.
Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the raw and mystical Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.
You have the option to stroll around in the warm and welcoming streets of the throbbing capital. Another option is the relish the unique and the world famous Nepali cuisine. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and become strong for the adventure to follow.
This day is scheduled for sightseeing around the beautiful capital of Nepal. After a tour briefing by the tour leader, you will be equipped for the trek accordingly before we move on to visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with old temples and palaces. Kathmandu Durbar Square is where Kings of Nepal are crowned and solemnized. The major attractions of this architectural masterpiece include the beautiful Taleju Temple, Temple of Kumari the Kalbhairav as well as the Basantapur Durbar.
You will be excited to visit the Patan Durbar Square next. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Lalitpur, the Patan Durbar Square is an excellent specimen of Newari architecture, the major attractions of the trek are the MulChowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk, SundariChowk etc. Other attractions include the Krishna Mandir and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna along with the scenes Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Nagarkot is the nearest viewpoint in the Kathmandu valley. We reach Nagarkot by passing through the “city of devotees” Bhaktapur. Located 32 km east of Kathmandu, it is known for hosting the best sunrise and sunset views of Nepal. The scenic beauty of this location makes it a popular hiking route for tourists.
Nagarkot offers the broadest views of the Himalayas in Kathmandu valley. it showcases the views of 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal. The ranges include the likes of Langtang range, Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Mahalangur range, Number range, Rolwaling range, Jugal range, Langtang range among the 13 ranges that Nepal possesses.
Nagarkot is packed with hotels, stacked up on a ridge facing the views of the snow-capped perfect peaks. Its strategic location makes it even more alluring. Nagarkoteas previously an ancient fort built to monitor external activities. Time at this international hill station is surely well spent and refreshing. 1-hour drive.
This day starts with an early morning rise to witness the views of the sun shining over the tops of the snowy, flaky mountain peak ranges like the Ganesh, Langtang, Annapurna, Jugal and even the Everest on a clear day.
Nagarkot is a perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Nagarkot eco trail and the Nagarkot panoramic hiking trial are the popular hiking destinations in Nagarkot. We will move on to embark on a sightseeing journey around the naturally set villages of Nagarkot to witness the style of living of ethnic people.
Drive towards the oldest national park of Nepal in Chitwan. Today we will rise up early in the morning, in order to reach the destination of Chitwan in time. An approximately 5 hours’ drive from Nagarkot brings us to the city of Chitwan, home to the famous Chitwan National Park. The enjoyable and scenic drive is followed by a briefing by the Guest Relation officer in the lodge inside the national park. After the exciting briefing, a choice of activities will be arranged for you.
The background information about the Chitwan National Park lies in its name itself. Chitwan stands for Chitwan, meaning the leopard. Chitwan National Park is a preserved wildlife location which comprises of the great one-horned rhino, 2 species of crocodile, 2 species of monkeys, 4 species of deer, sloth bear, wild boar and the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are particularly lucky, you might even get a chance to look at this specimen of an animal from up close. 450 species of birds and various reptiles are added attractions of this naturally preserved region.
In the afternoon, an elephant safari or nature walk will surely be an experience, different from the one experienced in the trek a few days ago. Depending upon the time of arrival, activities will be set for you.
Before dinner, flora and fauna slide presentation will enlighten you about the Chitwan National Park and all of its surrounding glory. If possible, the traditional Tharu dance will be the perfect ending for the day. Tharu is the ethnic inhabitants living in the area. 6 hours of drive.
Home to gharial crocodiles, rhinoceros, different species of birds, species of flora and the Royal Bengal Tiger, jungle activities in Chitwan are exciting and adventurous. Today is yet another exciting day as it will be full of jungle activities. Guests will be mounted on elephant back and 2-3 hour jungle safari will be done in the early morning. Dense grasslands offer the unobstructed views of the wildlife in their natural habitat. The dense elephant grass is the perfect spot for tiger and rhinoceros to stroll around in.
After breakfast, a senior naturalist will be called over to brief around the habitat of elephants. The second of the elephants taking a bath is surely interesting to look at.
After lunch, there is the opportunity to either relax in the resort or embark on optional a jeep safari. Another activity worth carrying out is the canoe ride on the Rapti River. Gharial crocodiles, dolphins, water birds, and otters are present in the beautiful Rapti River. Another option is to go for a nature walk and explore the different species of birds that adorn Chitwan.an evening Tharu dance is an added attraction, giving us an insight to the living style, culture, and traditions of the ethnic Tharu people living there.
We drive to Lumbini via Palpa today. Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site situated in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gaumta on 563 BCE in this place. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lumbini holds a great spiritual significance and attracts a lot of Buddhists all around the world.
Upon reaching the epitome of peace and beauty, we embark on a rickshaw ride to explore sacred holy sites like the Ashoka Pillar, the sacred pool of Puskarni, Sanctum Sanctorum of the Birthplace, the statue of Mayadevi and the eternal flame. Approximately 5 hours of drive.
This is a well-earned day to explore the Buddhist pilgrimage spot of Lumbini. We take a rickshaw ride and visit the Ashoka Pillar, the sacred pool of Puaskarni, the stone slab in Sanctum Sanctorum, the Maya Devi shrine etc.
The spiritual heart of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple which marks the spot where Siddhartha Gautam was born. The Ashoka Pillar is situated in the adjoining sacred garden. The garden also comprises of ancient ruins and monks congregating under a Bodhi tree. The Maya Devi Temple is situated in the middle of the Lumbini Development Zone which was designed by Japanese architect KenzoTange. The stone slab in Sanctum Sanctorum is believed to be the exact birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The Holy Pond, known as Pusakarini is where Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth, and also where he had his first bath. If time permits, we also visit the Lumbini International Research Institute.
Drive to the beautiful “Lake City” of Pokhara, which is situated under the lap of the Annapurna Himalayan range. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. You can also explore the nightlife of the city by visiting the nightclubs and buzzing streets of the tourist destination. Approximately 7-8 hours drive.
Pokhara is a picturesque city which showcases the backdrop of the entire Annapurna range. It is also home to exquisite sightseeing locations. We will embark on a drive to Peace Stupa in the early morning and hike for 30 minutes to return back to the hotel. 1-hour boating in Phewa Lake followed by the visit to the Davi’s Fall, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Mountaineering Museum, Gorkha Museum, Gupteshwore Cave, Mahendra Cave etc.
In the morning, we will be visiting some monasteries located in Pokhara itself, before moving on to pay a visit to the World Peace Stupa. The World Peace Pagoda, known better as the Pokhara Shanti Stups is located atop the Ananda Hill above Pokhara. it overlooks the entire city of Pokhara and the famous Phewa lake. Along with the panoramic views of Annapurna Range, the peace and serenity of the Stupa are worth mentioning.
In the evening, we explore ideas about Tibetan Buddhism by visiting the Tibetan Refugee Center. There are four official containment camps for refugees in Pokhara. These refugees have been denied the opportunities to own land, drive a car or work. They are hence placed and settled by the HNHCR. Many Tibetan refugees sell handmade jewelry carvings, trinkets and carpets to earn a living, while some people spend time tending to crops. The items being sold in these Tibetan refugee camps are genuine in terms of being handmade. You can buy souvenirs for loved ones back home.
To witness the close-up views of the mountain ranges around the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region, we start off today with an early morning drive to Sarangkot, the highest point of the Pokhara valley, for sunrise views of the perfect looking mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Macchapuhccre, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, LamjungHimal and much more.
The views from atop Sarangkot are almost a religious experience. The panoramic sweep of the Himalayan peaks from the west to the east, the views from atop the viewpoint in dawn or dusk is extremely alluring. Experience the sun picking out the peaks and transforming from a purple-pink glory to celestial gold beauty. It is finally time to return back to the capital. Drive to Kathmandu.
Early morning Mountain flight is optional, to witness the views of the mighty Everest and the northern mountain panorama from Kathmandu Valley. For those interested, a sightseeing journey around UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath will be managed.
The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
After experiencing the major things that Nepal has to offer, it is time to bid goodbye to the topographically, ethnically, religiously variant and peace-loving country of Nepal, only with a promise to come back for more.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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