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Nepal is a country full of natural beauty and is known for the country surrounded by the great Himalayas. It is a land of eternal beauty and attraction, filled with colorful cultures, ancient history, and picturesque scenery. The rivers and rivulets, flora and fauna, forests, panoramic mountains, Historical and cultural places, distinct ethnic societies are what makes Nepal Unique from any nation in the world.

Himalaya Vacation Tour package is designed for those who loves traveling to new and naturally surrounded places. This Tour will surely take those people very close to nature that enchants the beauty of Nepal. It also covers the main cities, most of the significant places in Nepal including the major sights of the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur, Patan, Dhulikhel, Pokhara, and Lumbini. The main highlight of this tour is the chance to experience unique Nepali rural life style and meet local people. 

Himalaya Vacation Tour starts from the Kathmandu (the capital city) where the Historical and cultural places with ancient art and architecture will delight your day. Cobbling down the stoned streets, we will take the route of Bhaktapur, Patan, and Dhulikhel, for a breath of mountain air, views of the rice terraces and views of the great Himalaya. Leaving Dhulikhel, we will travel to the exotic city, Pokhara. Pokhara is the ideal place for all either you are a regular tourist, an adventure trekker or with your family on a tour. Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, the gorge of the Seti River, breathtaking Annapurna, Davis Falls and boating on the calm Phewa Lake are the major attraction of the beautiful city Pokhara. You will experience nature at its best, amidst the enchanting natural beauty and snow-capped peaks surrounding Pokhara. After that, continuing the tour the next destination will be Lumbini (the birth place of Gautam Buddha, also known as the light of Asia). Lumbini is situated on the plains of the Terai, in southern Nepal.  Feel the peace of mind and piety of locals when they prostrate in prayer or spin the prayer wheel beside you. The middle way he preached is more appropriate now than ever before. You will get the chance to see the splendid garden embedded with Stupas and monasteries in Lumbini. 

Himalaya Vacation Tours can be a different version of Tour for you with unlimited fun, enjoyable views, and for the peace of mind. The Vacation can be arranged according to your schedule and comfort. 

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival, transfer to hotel
We will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you have had time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight. You will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and process other documentations.

Day 02: Full day Sight seeing of Kathmandu valley
After breakfast we will embark on a full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. The tour includes a visit to the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal at Boudhanath. We will also visit Swyambhunath, a 2000 year old temple (known as the monkey Temple). You will be returned to your hotel after the full day tour to relax and use your free time as you wish.

Day 03: From Kathmandu tour of  Bhaktapur and drive to  Dhulikhel:
After breakfast, we will drive to Bhaktapur, (known as the city of devotees). Bhaktapur lies 14 km east of Kathmandu. We will visit Durbar square in Bhaktapur to view beautifully and richly carved woodwork, both on the temples in the square and the surrounding homes. After visiting a Bhaktapur Durbar Square we will proceed to Changu Narayan, one of the oldest temples in the valley, and also World Heritage listed. We will then drive to Dhulikhel. This is a good opportunity to experience the Newari culture and slow down to breathe to crisp clean air of the Himalayan foothills in Dhulikhel.

Day 04: Dhulikhel  drive to  Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara:
After breakfast we will drive you to the Domestic airport to board a flight to Pokhara. After checking in to your hotel we will take a sightseeing of Pokhara city. We will visit Bindavasini Temple, Seti George, Devis Falls, Mahendra Caves, and enjoy a restful time boating on the Phewa Tal (lake).The evening will be yours to spend as you wish.

Day 05: Pokhara drive  to Sarangkot hiking down to Pokhara:
Early morning drive to Sarangkot to see Sunrise over the Himalayan Peaks, Sarangkot provides one of the best sunrise view and best Himalayan and country side view. Trek down to Pokhara and stay at hotel.

Day 06: Pokhara drive  to Lumbini:
After breakfast, drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, the enlightened one, s the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism, overnight in the hotel

Day 07: Tour of Lumbini evening fly to Kathmandu :
The main attractions are the sacred garden, Maya Devi temple, the Ashoka Pillar, the sacred pond, Puskarni, where just before giving birth to Buddha, Maya Devi took a bath. In the afternoon fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Day 08: Final departure
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation throughout the tour including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour as per itinerary with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • 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/flights


Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Tips and gratitude
  • 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.

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Trip Facts and Figures

Tour Duration: 08 days 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 10 Degree)

December to Mid February: (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 24 Degree Minimum -2 Degree)

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

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

Tour Visiting Places: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Pokhara, Sarangkot, Lumbini.

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Himalayan Vacation Tour