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Bandipur Hiking

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Bandipur is a pleasurable and attractive hill town situated on a hill-crest that offers a splendid view of the central Himalayas. Bandipur Hiking is a combination of cultural tour and village hiking tour which will help travelers understand actual hidden history from the ancient Nepal. The route is highly rich many temples and shrines which are important religiously. The important temples in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi temple with its exquisite woodwork and Khadga Devi temple. Kathmandu Bandipur hiking trail is untouched by modernization with primitive life style and livings. This can be a great journey to discover some hidden and antique culture. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.

Bandipur is in the western development region of Nepal, the Gandaki Zone and in the eastern part of the Tanahun district. A drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur by bus or by private car for about 3.5 hours commences the hiking. We will follow the old trail of Bandipur enjoying ang mingling in the old villages of Magar, Gurung, Bahun, Chhetri, Damai and Sarki, all contributing to the cultural diversity of the region. Hiking of Bandipur not only overlooks the incredible expanse of the Marsyangdi river valley, but also offers a breathtaking sweep of the Himalayan range, from Langtang in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. Also explore the newly discovered Siddha cave, probably the biggest in the Asia region. Hiking in Bandipur becomes more amazing as passing through hill forest of dense rhododendron full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Bandipur
Day 4: Hiking up to Ramko
Day 5: Explore Siddha Cave
Day 6: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 7: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the trip. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Bandipur
After breakfast take a drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur by bus or by private car for about 3.5 hours. Follow the old trail of Bandipur and take a Sight seeing tour of old villages. Neighboring Magar, Gurung, Bahun, Chhetri, Damai and Sarki villages all contribute to the cultural diversity of the region. Spend overnight in Lodge of Bandipur.

Day 4: Hiking up to Ramko
Today we will explore the Bandipur village as we continue our hiking up to Magar village Ramko or hiking to the Mukhundeswari. The hilltop town not only overlooks the incredible expanse of the Marsyanngdi river valley, but also offers a breathtaking sweep of the Himalayan range, from Langtang in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. At the evening we will have an easy nature walk in Raniban forest. Spend overnight in Lodge of Bandipur.

Day 5: Explore Siddha Cave
Today we will experience and explore the Siddha Cave. This is recently discovered and probably the biggest cave in the Asia region. You will explore dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys. Night at lodge.

Day 6: Drive back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast we will take a drive to Kathmandu. Have some rest in your hotel in Kathmandu. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 7: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hours to do some shopping or sightseeing. If you are not continuing your journey, we will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Tour & Hiking guide.
  • Twin sharing Accommodation in Bandipur
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Transportation from kathmandu to hiking start point and finish point to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner during the trip.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.all personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 7 Days

Grade: Easy

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay

Transportation:  Private Car/Van/Hiace

Activity: City tour, Walking

Hike Start / Finish: Kathmandu / Kathmandu

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Nepal Bandipur Hiking

Trek/Hike Leader and Staffs:

Government certified tour and hiking guide 

Accommodation/Lodging:

Twin sharing hotel accommodation 

Daily Meals on the Hike:

Breakfasts is included on your hotel, lunch and dinner you can buy at hotel or nice restaurant.