Nepal is one of the most beautiful places rich with natural resources and beautiful scenario. Nepal has numerous places for walking inside and outside the valley. It will be one of the mesmerizing memories to walk around watching the nature with naked eyes. Nepal Walking Holiday Tour offers excellent walking options to the visitors where the visitors will be astounded with the viewpoint for the best mountains range, sunrise and so forth. The Walking holiday tour is designed to explore the mystifying culture and tradition of Nepal and its people, the historical development, art and culture, economy and education, nature and adventure and many unknown facts of Nepal. Also, you can find the abundant wildlife, floral forests, terraced farms carved off the hillside, gushing rivers, waterfalls and the ever-present aura of the Majestic Himalayas which will certainly make your holiday awesome.
Not only nature but you will get a chance to explore the religious places and heritage sites of Kathmandu valley including Buddhist Stupa, Hindu Temples, Old Durbar Square and Royal palaces. The main highlight of this holiday tour is to experience the ancient temples, beautiful monasteries, lakes, springs with the stunning view of the Himalayas in the Land of dream city Pokhara. Apart from this, the Chitwan National Park provides an exciting river rafting adventure on Trisuli River with the action packed jungle adventure including elephant safari, bird watching, and lovely surroundings for photography.
The combination of the easy tour, short hiking and jungle safari with one hour Mt. Everest flight is what make the Nepal walking holiday the most popular among the normal trekking and city sightseeing tour. This holiday is suitable for anyone with the family, partner or a close group. The Holiday Tour in Nepal ensures an ideal introduction to trekking in Nepal, with outings to hilltop viewpoints and places of cultural interest and returning at the end of each day for comfortable lodgings and delicious food. We "Above the Himalaya" have launched the walking holiday trip which suits every travelers and adventure seeker who has limited holiday duration with any age group desiring to hike or walk around nature.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Tour of Bhaktapur and Drive to Nagarkot (2,195m)
Day 04: Nagarkot walking to ChanguNarayan and drive to Ktm.
Day 05: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
Day 06: Walk to Viewpoint Sarangkot (1592m)
Day 07: morning sunrise view hiking down to Pokhara afternoon short tour of Pokhara city
Day 08: Pokhara drive to Chitwan
Day 09: Exploration of Chitwan National Park.
Day 10: Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu
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. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. 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 ( Monkey Temple) , very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Patan ( the city of fine arts) 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: Tour of Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
Today after breakfast we will leave for to Bhaktapur the city of Devotees, about an hour drive from Kathmandu, In addition to exploring the many temples we can wander around the Potters Square and shops. A short drive follows to Nagarkot, 2175m above the sea- level beautiful spot which provides an excellent view of the sunset over the Himalayan range From here you can see the breathtaking aerial view of the major Himalayan peaks of Nepal, like Manaslu(8162m), Sisa Pangam (8013m), Langtang (7246m), GauriShankar (7145m), Mt. Everest(8848m). The terraced farmlands on the sloping hills, green hills and the views of the river valleys are superb!
Day 4: Nagarkot walking to ChanguNarayan drive back to Ktm.
This day involves waking up in the early morning hours in order to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan range including Everest. 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 becomes extremely beautiful, after breakfast we will hiking 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. It is easy hiking about 3 hours depends on your walking speed, 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. from ChanguNarayan Drive back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Flight or Drive to
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. During the short flight to Pokhara you will have majestic views of the glorious Manaslu peaks and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range, as well as the Langtang Himalayan range.
You will be transferred to the hotel, after rest, you will be free to explore the lakeside street, you can boating in the lake also if time permits on late afternoon.
Day 6: Walk to
Viewpoint Sarangkot (1592m)
Today we will walk to the Himalayan viewpoint at Sarangkot. The mountain views are incredible and amongst many others we can see Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Annapurna III (7555m)after having a lunch at Sarangkot, you can have a small walking to the local villages at Sarangkot. Overnight in Sarangkot at local guest house.
Day 7: Sunrise at Sarangkot walking down to Pokhara afternoon short tour of Pokhara city
Early morning sunrise wake up call for a magnificent Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri to Annapurna ranges sunrise will afford you spectacular views as you see the sun rise, draping the great Annapurna Range in a golden, deep purple, and rose cloak, before the brilliant clear blue sky emerges for yo. After breakfast we will hiking down to Pokhara transfer to hotel, late afternoon we will go for half day tour of Pokhara city with visiting famous David's fall, the Tibetan refugees' camp, on time permit you can enjoy the boating in beautiful Phewa lake.
Day 8: Pokhara - Drive to – Chitwan National park for Jungle Safari adventure
Today after breakfast we will Drive to Chitwan National park which is about 4 and half hour drive, on arrival hot lunch will be served at the resort and there will be a short briefing on the program and facilities.An exciting elephant ride (Jungle Safari) offered for guest to explore the jungle and wildlife at the evening. The wildlife of Chitwan includes the endangered Greater One Horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, the marsh mugger and Gharial crocodiles, over 450 species of birds, leopards and the elusive, Royal Bengal tiger. 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 9: Full day exploration of Chitwan
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. you will visit the Elephant Breeding center where you will be able to see the baby Elephant and get to know the work doing to save and increase these animals.
similarly we will do the canoeing in Rapti river.
At the evening,Tharu cultural show will be performed.
Day 10: Chitwan National Park drive or flight to Kathmandu evening Nepali dinner
today early morning we can go for bird watching, chitwan is bird paradise, return to hotel have a breakfast and ready to leave for Kathmandu. we can take a 5 hour private car or bus drive or just 20 minutes flight also back to Kathmandu.we will have fare well dinner at the evening.
( Note: the programme in Chitwan is fixed by the hotel/lodge you will stay and it can be changed due to season, you will brief in the hotel for exact timing and programme on arrival)
Day 11: Final Departure Drop off to Airport
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.
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
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
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
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.
If you want a custom-made trip, Above the Himalaya Trekking is the company for you. Not being an experienced hiker, I was concerned that some of the hill-walking would be a stretch for me. I need not have worried! My son and I were considered and cared for at every step - Durga and Prakash made sure we went at a pace we could cope with and also had the opportunity to interact with people in the villages through which we walked. Minu, in Kathmandu, was a knowledgeable and fun guide to spend time with. And HAri, our driver for much of the trip, was always prompt and made us feel totally safe on our travels. But, most of all, I cannot speak too highly of Puru, the Managing Director of Above the Himalaya, who met us each day in Kathmandu, ensuring that we were on board with our itinerary and that all was well. The whole two-week schedule went off without a hitch. All of the above ensured that we had a wonderful experience in this beautiful country!
We we have nothing but praise for Puru. He arranged our month long trip accommodation all our requests with efficiency and attention to every detail. The visit his home villages of Pursuk was the highlight of our stay. The people were warm and very friendly. We felt so welcome and saw real Nepalese life. We also highly recommend our guide Dhurba Bista and Our Porter Basu Duiwadi, They were always courteous and friendly. We are in our 60?s and they were both most patient and helpful. At the end of our trek we regarded them as our Nepali Sons!
Thanks Puru for a fantastic vacation
I normally do not write reviews of trips I have taken, but my recent trip to Nepal with my daughter for her college graduation was so superior to any other that I had to put it into words. I do my diligence when booking trips and I was struck by the variety and diversity of trips offered by Above the Himalaya Trekking (P) Ltd. and by its managing director, Puru Timalsena. I started corresponding with him almost a year in advance of my May-June trip. He was always very responsive to my many emails and always offered good, sound suggestions for a successful trip. We had limited time 9 days which is very short for a country like Nepal. I had traveled to Nepal 3 times before in the 90’s for business so I basically knew what I did and didn’t want to see. It was my daughter’s first trip there, so I really wanted it to be special. We were professionally met on time at the airport by Puru along with traditional Marigold traveler garlands. We stayed in a five star hotel while in Kathmandu. We were able to tour the whole Kathmandu valley with all of its temple sites with a wonderful tour guide, Koumara, who was well spoken in English and a wealth of knowledge about the Buddhist and Hindu cultures and religion. We also toured the walled city of Bhatkapur. We then flew on the Mountain flight past Everest and the rest of the Himalayan range. Then, a quick flight off to Pokhara, again all connections were met on time by representatives of the company. Due to the heat of the season and my health, we opted last minute, to change our trekking plans and remain in Pokhara. Puru completely altered our itinerary and within 1 hour our plans were changed to accommodate our new schedule. New tours were added and all worked seamlessly. All for only a nominal charge since we were adding nights in a good hotel and not staying in tea houses as originally planned. My daughter then flew on a Micro light aircraft into the Annapurna range, truly a once in a lifetime experience! We toured the Pokhara valley and explored around Fewa Lake, truly a beautiful calming place after the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. We then again were met by our driver for our drive to Chitwan Park. While en route we had a wonderful white water rafting experience on the Trisulli River (Class 3). We saw the diversity of the countryside and the way of life of the people of the region, everything was so GREEN! After the raft ride we drove on to Chitwan Park. We stayed in a brand new hotel with beautiful grounds, rode camels and then elephants! We then saw an excellent cultural show of the Taru people, half dance and half martial arts! The next day our elephant safari was terrific, although no tigers were spotted, we saw Asian Rhino’s and spotted deer and a multitude of birds. My daughter then went for an Elephant Bath, where you ride an elephant bareback into the river and you get the full elephant trunk shower experience! She then rode her elephant back into town. After a wonderful meal prepared by our hotel staff, we packed for our flight back to Kathmandu for our last evening in Nepal, again staying in a five star hotel. We woke already packed and did a final walking tour of the city to Durbar square and some last minute shopping. Again we were met on time and whisked off to the airport for our trip home to NYC. As a parting gift we were each given a silk scarf as a token of friendship and safe travel. I would recommend Above the Himalaya Trekking to anyone wishing to go to Nepal. The itineraries can be combined or custom designed by Puru and fit into any travel schedule. They also have well designed preplanned treks throughout the region. They are a responsible, professional, honest, safety conscious organization, which you can rely on when booking from continents away. His prices are extremely competitive and a great value. I have visited over 52 countries and have never had better service!
Tour Duration: 11 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 10 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, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan, Chitwan, Pokhara.
Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for tour with good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.
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.
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.
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.