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Best of Nepal tour is combined of a relaxing way to view the great mountains during trekking, adventurous activities, natural panorama, wildlife exploration, the whitewater rafting in the Himalayan rivers and stunning mountain flight experience. This tour package is especially designed in a way to cover famous places of Nepal to visit. This is a popular tour of Nepal as it combines sightseeing, culture and nature together for your enjoyment. Visitors will enjoy most part of Nepal in a single visit by our tour package. The main highlights of Best of Nepal tour package are the spectacular Himalayas, the beautiful countryside, the heritage sites in Kathmandu, the wildlife safari in Chitwan National park and the whitewater rafting in the Himalayan rivers. This can be an educational trip full of discoveries with visit in Nepal's heritage sites, cultural exposure, and an experience of hiking in the classic Annapurna foothills trails. Especially the sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas are truly memorable.

Any group size with any age can do this trip. Visiting Kathmandu valley will cover most world heritage sights as amazing art and architecture in the temples, monasteries and the old royal palaces. Kathmandu valley always welcomes to the visitors and Pokhara tour will cover the Annapurna region Mountains as Pokhara refers to the city of natural beauty and another paradise for tourists to visit. Boating in Phewa Lake and Begnash Lake with the view of Annapurna Himal and Fish Tail (Macha Puchre) Himal are really amazing in Pokhara. There are many adventure activities, including Paragliding, Zip flyer and Ultra Light, for tourist to enjoy. The Chitwan national park will provide you a great wild life experience as Chitwan National Park is full of adventure and very rich in flora and fauna.  The diversity in Nepal’s nature and a range of exotic culture makes this country ideal for tour and travel activities with family and friends. You will visit the Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley including Buddhist Stupas, Hindu Temples and Old Durbar Squares or Royal Palaces. The trip of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel offers you the views of beautiful Himalayan range. Enjoy the classic Annapurna trail via Ghandruk with the magnificent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Experiencing the traditional Nepalese life and their lifestyle during your Best Nepal tour passing through beautiful Rhododendron forests and fascinating conventional villages.

Best of Nepal tour makes you enjoy an exciting with river rafting adventure on the Trisuli River on your way to the Chitwan National Park where you will have an action packed jungle adventure, including an elephant back safari and bird-watching program. The regular one hour mountain flights from Kathmandu approach very close to Mount Everest and other beautiful mountains. Tourists can visit these places in Kathmandu valley throughout the year. It offer the best way of witnessing the shining snow capped Himalaya. These 13 days of Best of Nepal tour with us is going to be the most memorable days of your life you spend in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot - hiking to Changu Narayan and back to Kathmandu
Day 04: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
Day 05: Pokhara trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 06: Ghandruk trek to Jhinu Hot Spring (1750m)
Day 07: Jhinu Hot Spring trekking to Pothana (1990m)
Day 08: Pothana trek to Pokhara    
Day 09: Pokhara - River rafting – Chitwan National park
Day 10: Exploration Chitwan National Park.
Day 11: Chitwan Flight or Drive to Kathmandu
Day 12: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. As you freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and have discussion about the program. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square takes you to the ancient Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle.

Day 3:  Drive to Nagarkot – hiking to Changu Narayan and back to Kathmandu

This day involves waking up in the early morning hours in order to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan range. We'll have a drive of about 2 hrs to Nagarkot. The first rays of the sun firing the peaks glowing a multitude of pink, gold and red hues as it slowly lights up the Himalayas. After breakfast, we will have a small hiking down to  ChanguNarayan Temple-dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built in the 4th century and has a stone inscription which is the first recorded history of Nepal. Its one of the UNESCO recognized heritage sites of Nepal. We will walk through a cool dense forest and local villages exploring the Nepalese village life. Spend your beautiful night in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 4: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Or if you wish you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. In the evening, you can walk in the lake side on your own or you can take  a boating trip on Phewa Lake where  you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake.

Day 5: Pokhara trekking to Ghandruk (1940m)

A car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti (1065m). The trail follows the main street winding through the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools inviting you for a refreshing swim. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after 3-4 hrs walking. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of   Annapurna, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiuchhuli. There will be time to explore, rest, and enjoy some lunch, before settling into your accommodation for the night.

Day 6: Ghandruk Trekking to Jhinu Hot Spring (1750m)

Hiking through a flat level for an hour passing through terraces, streams and the green sceneries, we will work down to a bridge over Kyuri Khola at 2010m. The trail starts ascending to Kumrong Danda. Very almighty rhododendron forests and fine terraces went passing through our trail to the Chhomrong village. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with lots of Lodges providing good faciities. From here you can also trek down about 1 hour to Jhinu. A Natural hot spring at Jhinu is an inviting place to spend time splashing in the small pool beside the natural hot spring.

Day 7: Jhinu Hot Spring trek  to Pothana (1990m)

After breakfast next morning, the trail continues on to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village which provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha and continues towards Pothana. The view of Machhapuchhare (6997m) is excellent from here, except that from this angle it looks more like Matterhorn than a fish tail.

Day 8: Pothana trekking to Pokhara    

Today we will walk along a paved stone trail through Rhododendron forests arriving at Dhampus (1750m). This village is inhabited by a mix of people from different Nepalese cultures, Gurung, Brahman, and Magar communities. After a rest here we will walk mostly downhill through fields to the forest and on to the Phedi. A 30 min drive from Phedi brings you to Pokhara. We spend a beautiful night in beautiful Pokhara city. 

Day 09: Pokhara - Trishuli River rafting – Chitwan

After breakfast drive to rafting site (Trisuli River for White water Rafting). It takes approx. 2 and half hrs drive from Pokhara to our point of departure for our rafting adventure, at Charaundi Village, on the bank of the Trisuli River. This River is popular as access to the Prithivi Highway makes "breaking off" the journey easy. We begin rafting in a languid pleasurable fashion to get the feel of the motion on a raft. The scenic passage past the river banks and the life taking place along the way is interesting and intriguing, an added bonus to the rafting experience itself.
After lunch, drive to Chitwan National Park. There will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities. An exciting elephant ride (Jungle Safari) offered for guest to explore the jungle and wildlife at the evening. You will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger.

Day 10: Exploration of Chitwan National Park.

After tea or coffee, a nature walk on foot to encounter with the environment will introduce the main features of eastern Chitwan; Sal forest, open grassland and reverie jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife. Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants). After lunch, traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. At the evening, farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.

Day 11: Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu

Early at morning, after tea, you can have bird watching or another elephant ride. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety. After lunch we will take you to the Bharatpur Airport for a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure

If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again. 

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Trekking guide and Porters with all their expenses, your daily meals during the trek ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) guest house accommodation
  • Chitwan all the meals, accommodation, nature guide, park permit and all jungle programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot showers for trekking.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • 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 a up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. You can read more here and can download the visa for here
http://www.abovethehimalaya.com/important-info/visa-and-passport.html

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 back up. 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.

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 for how to booking please read here
http://www.abovethehimalaya.com/important-info/how-to-book-a-trip.html

 

 

Clothing for the Tour:
· In Nepal you will experience a wide range of climates, so take both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles. You can check your traveling time and can bring the clothing accordingly for the tour. Mostly warm clothes do works. If you are going for trekking you need trekking equipment and accessories.
For lower altitude places such as visiting Chitwan, Bardia, Koshi Tappu light cotton clothing are the best one.

· Comfortable walking shoes are recommendable for the tour and if you are doing hiking as in the itinerary, trekking shoes are recommended. A pair of light sandals is recommended. Our advice is to make sure you ‘wear in' your walking boots/shoes for a number of weeks before your trip – you'll be so much more comfortable if you do so. Sandals with the rugged bottom are good for hiking around town and to wear in showers.

· You will need your own toiletries and towels. And you'll also need your own little medical kit, sewing repair kit and a good head lamp with extra bulbs and batteries. Nepal is facing load shedding problem so everyday electricity cut off occurs. It is longer hours in the summer time, most of our chosen hotels have Generator back up but at night it may not run so bring the head lamps for convenient.

You can store the luggage in the hotels so you can also bring the better clothing for looking good while around the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Sunglasses are a must. A warm hat, gloves for winter for hiking, swimming customs for rafting and Elephant bathing at Chitwan, good socks and a sun hat are very useful for Jungle safari tour and for warm sightseeing days in town too.

Clothing’s Suggestion for Women Travelers:
Wearing a bikini/revealing bathing suit when rafting/swimming is an offensive mistakes unless it is in your own hotel swimming pool. At swimming pools, women wear bathing suits with skirts around the bottoms. And for rafting and kayaking, we recommend you were surfing type shorts and sport shirts that dry easily. If you want to wear your bathing suit underneath it is fine.

Here are some things you might want to bring from home depending on your planned activities:

• Walking/hiking, trekking, river shoes – broken in.
• Clothes you can layer. Jacket, T-shirts, fleece, windbreaker, shorts, lightweight pants, sport pants, gloves & sun hat (for summer and autumn season, not a lot of clothes).
• A nice shirt/pants for nightlife
• Good camera – this country is a feast for the eyes, and a photographer’s dream!
• Pocket size Flashlight (you can buy it here if need be, but there are always power cuts, so have it handy! (It seems like the lights go off whenever you are in an unfamiliar toilet.)
• A sarong (for girls) and/or a light weight towel.
• Ladies, if you like wearing a little make-up when you go out, bring it. It is hard to find here. Most of the make-up here is really weird, cheap stuff. Just bring a couple things that make you feel happy for the party nights!

Shopping in Nepal:

If you want to buy some new clothes in Kathmandu, you can go for out of Thamel. You can get Western style clothes in Durbar Marg, Asan, Kathmandu Mall and various other new rising shopping centers. You can get designer label clothes for literally a few dollars, custom made jeans, the price is much cheaper here but the quality compromises that never meets the Western Standards.

 

Best of Nepal Tour December 2015

I booked a tour with Mr. Puru for 10 day visit to Nepal. The driver Hari was superb as we drove with him for 10 days. All the arrangement from the beginning to the end of the tour were great and stress free. The guides provided in all 3 cities (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara) were very knowledgeable and specially guide in chitwan was excellent. Mr. Puru took great care as he called and emailed to make sure that our tour was going smooth. He even changed our hotel in Kathmandu on our last day as we didn't like the previous hotel. He treated with a dinner on our last night in Kathmandu which I thought was very sweet. I can highly recommend this tour company to anyone visiting Nepal.

Best of Nepal Tour
2015-12-28
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Best of Nepal tour September 2008

Dear all
We had completed the 5 days trekking with lots of joyful. Thanks to Puru and his team for all the help during our stay in Nepal , include the trip to Chitwan

Best of Nepal Tour
2013-03-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Trip Facts & Figures:

Tour Duration: 12 days from arrival to Departure

Climate during the tour:
September to Nov: Autumn very pleasant and clear weather, the mountain views are the best. (Maximum 30 Degree Minimum 2 Degree)

March to May (warmest months) the temperatures are mildly warm ((Maximum 33 Degree Minimum 13 Degree)

December to Mid February (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 19 Degree Minimum -2 Degree)

June to August: Summer/ Rainy Season (July/August has more rain) (Maximum 34 Degree Minimum 19 Degree)

Tour Visiting Places:
Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Pokhara, Annapurna trekking visit, Ghandruk, Pothana, Chitwan National park

Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for tour with good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.

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Meals during the tour:

Breakfast is available in the hotels in 2 to 5 star hotels offers a buffet breakfast with choice of foods, for lunch our guide will take you to good restaurant with choices of food from Nepali to western menu, you can tell them  what sort of food you like  and can choose the restaurant accordingly. For Dinner in the city you can go out there are plenty of nice restaurant for out of Kathmandu and Pokhara you can eat at the hotels.

Hotels Standards:

Budget to 5 star hotels are available during the tour, we can choose the hotels  as per your interest and budget, all the hotels we choose are located centrally and with unique charm, clean room and friendly staffs.

Our Tour Leaders:

All our tour guides are professional. They are trained and examined by Government of Nepal and have excellent English and other languages such as French, Japanese, Spanish and German. All our guides have a deep knowledge of local culture, religion, arts and architecture, monuments and temples with their historical and cultural value.   They will provide you all needed help during your tour.