At a glance:
|Day 01||Arrive in Kathmandu||Hyatt / Gokarna|
|Day 02||Sightseeing KTM city & Patan City||Hyatt / Gokarna|
|Day 03||Fly KTM / PKR and trek to Sanctuary lodge||Sanctuary lodge|
|Day 04||Trek to Mala lodge||Mala lodge|
|Day 05||In Mala lodge||Mala lodge|
|Day 06||Trek back to Pokhara||Temple Tree Resort|
|Day 07||Fly back to Kathmandu||Hyatt / Gokarna|
|Day 08||Final Departure||———|
DAY 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
Welcome to Nepal!
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, a Yeti Holidays representative will receive you then you will board our luxury coaches that will take you to your designated accommodation right through the city’s heart- the localized view outside your window is sure to grab your attention, new place and people.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF KATHMANDU CITY & PATAN CITY
After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal’s art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation. Among the chief places you visit is the Hanumandhokha palace museum, Mahadev & Parvati temple. At the southern end of Durbar Square is one of the most curious attractions in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. This gilded cage contains the Raj Kumari, a girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. After the main square’s tour continue towards the local bazaar with colorful array of stores selling daily household commodities. On your way will fall the famous Kasthamandap, the temple believed to have been built from a single tree.
Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Patan is believed to have been built in the 3rd century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Lichhavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. Among sites of your visit include Taleju temple, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple and the famous Mul Chowk that also houses an age old Museum.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 03: FLY TO POKHARA – SANCTUARY LODGE (3750 FT / 1150 M)
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Our representative will assist you till the departure terminal at domestic airport just in time before you will board a short-sweet 25 minutes flight to the beautiful Pokhara.
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Upon arrival in Pokhara we transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point [1-hour]. Our walk to Sanctuary lodge will follow a ridge line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley (Trek time 3-4 hours).
Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge
DAY 04: TREK TO MALA LODGE, MAJGAUN (4740 FT / 1445 M)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Mala Lodge at approx. 1450 meters. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
Trek time to the Lodge is about 3-4 hours.
After lunch, you may choose to go for a hike to the local village of Tanchok, where there is a traditional house now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. There will also be a visit to the school. Trek time is 1-2 hours
Overnight at Mala Lodge
DAY 05: IN MALA LODGE, MAJGAUN
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The day’s chief highlight is that you will get an opportunity to closely peek into the ‘day-in-the-life’ of the local villagers from the famous Tamejung village – famously called the Bee village. The walk upto the village is about an hour. Here you will receive a warm welcome from the local mother’s community group and then escorted to the courtyard of a local house. Here the secretary of the community customarily elaborates about their motto and their contribution to their village so far. (Your guide will interpret her explanations).
You will have a chance to know about the living styles of the hill people and their practices which are very different than the city dwellers. A visit into their houses, local farms, kitchen and shades to witness their actual and authentic style of living is worth something.
Overnight at Mala Lodge
DAY 06: TREK TO POKHARA
After early morning tea and coffee served on your veranda, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the stunning scenery of the Annapurnas from several different locations around the COMFORT IN THE ANNAPURNAS Lodge. After breakfast we trek to the village of Chandrakot through forests with surrounding views of the valley and mountains. Chandrakot is at an altitude of 1580 m/ 5200 ft. After a further 30 minute walk we arrive at the village of Lumle, which is situated at 1620 m / 5300ft. This is where we meet our vehicle. From Lumle we will return to Pokhara, a journey of about 1-hour. En route we can stop to visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp upon request.
After lunch, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bindabashini temple, Old city and Devi’s fall.
Pokhara old bazaar: Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is bright and colourful, as are its ethnically diverse traders. Located around 4km from Lakeside, it is a pleasant, shady spot, strewn with shops selling everything from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold!
You will then be escorted to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines, located in the middle of the Bazaar. Known locally as the Bindhyavasani Mandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, one of the many manifestations of Shakti. On Saturdays and Tuesdays, devotees flock here to offer sacrifices, giving the area a festive feel.
Seti River Gorge: It is carved by Seti River and is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. KI Singh Bridge at the Bagar, Mahendra Pool & Prithivi Highway Bridge near Bus Park provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water like milk.
Devi’s fall Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s fall), Devi’s fall (also known as David’s) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
Later go to the lakeside for 01 hour boat ride. Phewa Lake: The ultimate lake for boating where an island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Another attraction is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal clear water of the lake. While boating in Phewa Lake, you can see several varieties of fish. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavor to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of reflected mountains. Paddling out into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon. After boat ride, free to stroll around lakeside.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 07: RETURN TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu
With lifetime worth of memories of trek to city tours, having in the influence of nice local Nepali people all along, you are sure to miss Nepal’s charm while you fly back to the capital for an overnight stop over before final departure. After arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa.
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon): Also known as city of devotees, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 kilometers/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th Century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4,600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon, you will visit the Durbar Square with the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The famous five-storied Nyatapol temple on the terraces of which stands a pair of figures – two goddesses, two strong men, two elephants, two lions and two griffins is the tallest temple in the valley and was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is one of the best examples of Pagoda styled temples.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 08: FINAL DEPARTURE
Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for onward journey.
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, a Yeti Holidays representative will receive you near the immigration counter. You will be assisted with the visa formalities and baggage check-out procedure- a VIP service that we can exclusively render for your convenience (The CIP room could be reserved for the clients to rest and avoid standing in a queue). Thenafter you will be escorted towards arrival terminal where a traditional welcoming with garlands or Khada will highlight your visit. Then you will board our luxury coaches that will take you to your designated accommodation right through the city’s heart- the localized view outside your window is sure to grab your attention, new place and people.