The Best of Nepal tours and Annapurna Trek is one of the popular and most desired tour programs of Nepal. This well designed program offers the “Must Do” tours and trekking activities in Nepal. The World heritage sightseeing around Kathmandu valley takes you back to 4th century civilization of Nepal. You get the Newar history of Architecture and culture blended with excellent Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The arts and pottery Square to Monkey Temple are some memorable visit of this Trip. We have included the most visited short and sweet Annapurna Ghorepani Trek with the stunningly spectacular Everest Mountain Flight in this 22 days Annapurna combination holidays.
Hiking up into the Hillside for the Central Mountain views of Nepal takes you into the peaceful and lush countryside accommodation and offers opportunities to see the lifestyle of different cheerful ethnic groups along with the serene and legendary landscapes.
Kathmandu, our start and end point for this trip, offers a wide range of interesting cultural sites and heritages to discover. Founded in the 8th century, Kathmandu is comprised of three royal cities, Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur.
Trekking through Rhododendron Forest to Ghorepani
Your trekking adventures take you to Poonhill and Ghandrung, with spectacular mountain views. The Annapurna and famous “Fishtail” mountain peak of Machhapuchhre tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara.
We continue your adventure with two nights three days exciting safe personalized white water Rafting in Trishuli river. Trishuli River is safe yet offers exciting rapids for the beginners. We organize riverside camping accommodation in this trip for the best memories. Chitwan National Park Jungle activities followed by exploring exclusive animals of the World on elephant back as you hunt for Asian One-Horned Rhino, Leopard, and the Royal Bengal Tiger with cameras! Home to over 400 species of birds and the Gangetic Dolphin, Nepal’s first national park is an ecological treasure.
The Trek Cost Includes:
- All the International Arrival and Departure Transfers
- Pre and Post Trek 6 nights 4 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and similar deluxe 2 nights in Pokhara, 1night in Gorkha, Manakamana, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Hotel and Resort
- Domestic airport Transfers
- Stunning Everest Mountain Flight
- Half Day Guided Cultural Sightseeing in Kathmandu and all the sightseeing listed in the Itinerary
- Comprehensive Trekking Map
- Authentic Nepali Welcome Dinner
- All the available best accommodation and full board meals and hot beverages on the trek
- Full board meals included in Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Gorkha and in Manakamana
- Annapurna Area Trekking Permit
- Our Extensive Knowledgeable Licensed Guides & porter services with porter gears
- Our Expert Tour Officer accompanies the personalized and group all the time for your service
- Field Staff Insurances
- Domestic Airport Taxes
- All the Historic Sightseeing Entrance fees listed in the Itinerary
- Private Vehicle all the time where required and listed in the Itinerary
- Domestic Private Car Transfers to Rafting and to/from Chitwan Jungle activities.
- Two nights three days Rafting full board and river side camping accommodation and Food with Transportation and crews
- Two nights three days Chitwan Jungle safari activities in full board and accommodation.
- Down Jackets, sleeping bag, walking poles, duffel bag, loan facilities provided
- Extensive First Aid medical kit
- Quick Rescue supporting services in case of Emergency
- Satellite phone/Communication services in case of Emergency(We provide Satellite Phone services above 4000 m trekking)
- Applicable government Taxes
- Himalayan Eco Trek Team Management
The Trek Cost Excludes:
- All the personal expenses like Alcoholic beverages, Bottled drinks etc.
- Medical and Travel Insurances
- International Airfare and taxes
- Visa Fees
- Gratuities / Tips
- Emergency Helicopter Rescue charges
- Main Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
Today is your arrival day. We welcome you upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in, a short briefing will follow about your tour and trek program ahead. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby historic/countryside areas or resting.In the evening traditional Nepali welcome dinner in an authentic Nepali Restaurant with the cultural dances. Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu World Heritage sites wherein your guide will accompany you on a tour of UNESCO enlisted temples and palaces that are a unique fusion of Newari architecture, Hinduism and Buddhism. There is enough time to explore the city’s major places of interest with your guide and at your own pace. Our Trek Leader/Guide meets you in the afternoon for trek briefing and for the final trek preparation. Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning transfer to the airport for a mountain flight around Mt. Everest and the surrounding region. Get a close-up and comfortable view of these spectacular mountains from the air. After breakfast we will drive to the Kopan monastery on a hilltop overlooking Bodnath, then continue the drive down to Boudanath for a tour of the stupa, its monasteries, stalls and market. Afterwards we head off to tour the Pashupatinath Hindu temple.
We start our day driving to Patan Ancient Historic Area after the Breakfast. Our extensive Tour Expert takes you to this city of fine art. The major attraction of this city are well squared architectural palace, metal crafts, sculpting, Typical Newari Buddhist Golden Monastery, Temple of thousands terracotta temple. After this we drive to another ancient historic city Bhaktapur which is also known as the City of Devotees where you will be mesmerized with the wood carving, ancient architectural five storied Pagoda Temple, the Palace area with Golden gate and the fifty five window palace. Pottering is still practiced and created thousands of attractive clay pots in Pottery square. Visit stunning Peacock window and Shiva Temple at the end of the tour.
Our cultural and activities starts today after driving to Bhaktapur. We start our day hiking through the ancient villages and agricultural farm toward the west. The trail takes us to the hillock where we introduce you the oldest Temple of Nepal at Changunarayan. The temple was established in fourth century where you find yourself overlooking spectacular ancient valley around you. Then your guide takes you through countryside walking trail to the most natural hillside in Nagarkot. Naldum the name of Nagarkot is quite famous for the landscape hillside, Langtang ranges of Mountain views and the spectacular Sunrise View. Overnight in Nagarkot. (5hrs)
Today we walk across the hills past terraced farmlands and a green landscape to Dhulikhel, an ancient town more than 1500 years old. Local habitats of this is Newar people who immigrated to this place for the trade between Nepal and Tibet. Newars are known for their artistry, and houses feature carved lattice window frames.(4hrs)
Today we travel from Dhulikhel to Historic Monastery in the Hillock of Namobudha and hike back via Ancient Town Panauti which is also known as the Earthquake proof city back to Kathmandu.
We start early in the morning driving into 175 km west of Kathmandu to Gorkha District. Gorkha has historic palace and the fort in the hillside with the glory of integrating broader Nepalin the 17th century. It is in the scenic parallel mountain side of Manaslu (8156 m), Himalchuli and the Lamjung Himal. Overnight Hotel in Gorkha.
Drive back to Khaireni near the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara where we start another exciting hillside walk to the Temple Manakamana, the goddess of wishes. It’s approximately three hours gradual to steep uphills through the nice villages, flora and fauna which was previously used by the Nepali pilgrimage. The Manakamana temple side is in the hillock where thousands of people pay homage to this goddess of will fullfiller. The Mountain views from this historic site is abundant of Annapurna Mountain ranges and Manaslu above 8000 m. (3 hrs)
We take you around the hillside viewpoint before the breakfast to head towards the exciting steep down and up cable car to the base of River Trishuli to head towards the naturally beautiful Pokhara. We take you the Mountain Museum and Boating before we take rest for another exciting part of our Best of Nepal trip. (6 hrs)
Our Local trekking guide cum Leader will meet you at the Hotel to pick you up for 1 hour drive by car to the trekking put in point at Nayapool. We will be ready to hit the trail within few minutes having optional tea break while in last minute preparation to Birethanti via the large village besides the river Modi Khola for about 25 minutes, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through mixed forests, terraces, ethnic people along up the river Bhurjung Khola(river). Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches green terraced Grurung area called Hille where you have lunch. After lunch, climb gradually up side of the valley, reaching Tirkhedhunga. It is an exciting about an hour steep up hills to Ulleri from thirsty stone at 1695m.We stop the first night of our trek in this spectacular view point ridge for next day’s easy trek to Ghorepani (4:30 hrs).
Having had breakfast in the morning, we arrange our porters and pack to start trek around 8 am. From Ulleri the trek starts gradually up to Nagethani viewpoint through this historic trader’s route with Tibetan stone-laid Gurung cottages, streams, mixed forests, bird’s song and butterflies encountering caravans of the ages old transportation in mules back. Having stopped over for optional tea breaks the trail goes through the deep rhododendron forest to Banthanti and to Ghorepani(Horse Drink).The views in between this trek are the highlights of this superb trek that makes all of us excited for the coming major mountain views. The lunch can be taken on the way or in the scenic balcony at Ghorepani. In the winter this place gets lots of snow adding extra fun on top of this trek. This place always welcomes the spectacular butterfly Mountain panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Nilgiri (7193m). Our day trek to Ghorepani provides plenty of time to rest, reading, walking around to meet local people or to retire to bed early for next exploration. Overnight in Ghorepani (4:30 hrs).
We start an early morning hike to Poonhill (3150m) which is also a maximum altitude to be in this trek for the majestic mountain views of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri in the spectacular sunrise. The viewpoint also provides you to see the Mustang valley behind the highest mountains. The God of Salvation. After spending an hour on the top with hot drinks, descend to Ghorepani for breakfast before we head to Tadapani. The trail to Tadapani is best for exploring unique and the colorful orchids. The trail leads along another scenic ridge and through mixed rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). Then we start the descend and ascend through another tranquil rhododendron mixed forest through the gorges to Banthanti, leading to another close to Mountain -Tadapani. The Fishtail and the Annapurna south is best viewed here(8 hours altogether).
The trek to Ghandruk trail descends steeply comfortably through the rhododendron and mixed forests to the village of Ghandruk. There are lots of chances to hilly monkeys and colorful birds occasionally tracing Leopards footprints. We arrive around noon so that we will have plenty of time to explore the village of brave and the unique style of thatched roof houses and the village itself. Our guide will show you the museums, local carpet weaving. If you were interested to another top then the Barah temple could be interesting height for next morning tranquil and mountain panorama to view the gorges trail to Annapurna Sanctuary. (3hrs).
Today we descend from Ghandruk to the Modi Khola River, throughout the stone staircase overlooking the terraces, ethnic Hurung people and their lifestyle. Here you can find the Mount Fishtail incredibly soaring high up. From river Modi, the trail passes through the rough wide road to Birethanti and to the Nayapool in another half an hour walk in the steps after crossing the river at Birethanti. We end our Trek here and drive to Pokhara. Overnight Hotel in Lakeside Pokhara (5 hrs).
Having had the breakfast we then take you to Charaundi west from Kathmandu nearly three hours drive to start Rafting where our crews will be waiting for you to start the exciting raft to Kuringhat. On the first day you will have exciting raft briefing by your captain to raft nearly three hours experiencing white water rapids like Twins rock, upset, s –band, Ladies delights etc along with the accommodation in the river bank with the excellent cuisine prepared by our rafting crew.
We continue our raft 10 am in the morning from Kuringhat with the light rapids first and then various exciting rapids on the way to Terai region of Nepal Our rafting crew serve you very delicious meals on the picturesque sandbank. Normally rafting ends at Gaighat in the sand beach and time to relax, reading, chatting with the rafting crew.
Today we pick you up from Gaighat to the Chitwan National Park where you start the Jungle exploration that includes Elephant riding, National park briefing and slide show followed by typical Tharu Cultural Dance. (Tharus are the aborigines of the area).
You will start the jungle safari from early Morning as per the schedule of the Jungle resort having the break for the meals in between the scheduled Jungle Safari Activities. Nature walking, Canoeing, Elephant bathing, Elephant cookies serving, Bird Watching are the regular in schedule.
After the Breakfast we will be transferred by Lodge to drive to Kathmandu. It’s a short nearly 5 hours Prithivi Highway that offers you scenic and stunning drives to Kathmandu. We meet you at Kathmandu to transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. You have rest of the day free or can join one of our guided Cultural tours around Kathmandu valley.
Leisure Time in Kathmandu. It’s indeed time for the souvenir hunting around Kathmandu’s noted places having optional trip to tranquil historic Heritages on your own or with us or with our versatile guide. We provide extra drive and drop services anywhere.
Our Tour officer meets you in Hotel for the Departure as you will be transferred to Kathmandu’s International Airport. We will always be waiting to welcome you back to Nepal for various other stunning Trekking.