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Discover Nepal

Slow Adventure - Medieval Bhaktapur - Annapurna Skyline mini-trek - Trisuli River Rafting - Rural Nepal - Chitwan

All meals 'on tour' included

Duration

13 Days

Grade

Easy / Moderate

Max Altitude

1500m

Accommodation

6 Nts Hotels 3 Nts Guest Houses - 1 Nt Riverside Camp- 2 Nts camping

Trip Overview

This personal Nepal adventure tour is intentionally designed to afford delightful cultural experience opportunities at an unhurried pace.

From frenetic Kathmandu to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, the rurality of the Himalayan foothills at Nuwakot and to life in the Terai region. There's no doubt that on this custom Nepal journey you'll encounter a great diversity. After exploring Bhaktapur you head to the dreamy, relaxed pace of life at the beautiful hill village of Nuwakot before embarking on a two day rafting excursion (with some whitewater thrills) on the Trisuli River. Overnight at an idyllic, atmospheric riverside camp before heading to Pokhara followed by a relatively easy Himalayan trek following the skyline of the middle hills above Pokhara, enjoying extensive panoramic views of the entire Annapurna range along the way. You then head down to the jungle for safari time in Nepal's famous Chitwan National Park.

Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for the nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

This personal Nepal adventure tour is intentionally designed to afford delightful cultural experience opportunities at an unhurried pace.

  • From frenetic Kathmandu to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, the rurality of the Himalayan foothills at Nuwakot and to life in the Terai region. There's no doubt that on this custom Nepal journey you'll encounter a great diversity. After exploring Bhaktapur you head to the dreamy, relaxed pace of life at the beautiful hill village of Nuwakot before embarking on a two day rafting excursion (with some whitewater thrills) on the Trisuli River. Overnight at an idyllic, atmospheric riverside camp before heading to Pokhara followed by a relatively easy Himalayan trek following the skyline of the middle hills above Pokhara, enjoying extensive panoramic views of the entire Annapurna range along the way. You then head down to the jungle for safari time in Nepal's famous Chitwan National Park.

    Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for the nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Explore Medieval Bhaktapur
    • Day 3
      Journey to rural Nuwakot
    • Day 4
      A short walk in rural Nuwakot
    • Day 5
      Trisuli River Rafting 1
    • Day 6
      Trisuli Rafting 2 & transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 7
      Trek to Chisapani
    • Day 8
      Trek to Lipiyani
    • Day 9
      Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 10
      To Chitwan
    • Day 11
      Chitwan Safari
    • Day 12
      Overland to Kathmandu
    • Day 13
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Explore Medieval Bhaktapur

    In keeping with the unhurried, relaxed nature of this adventure, no 'crack of dawn' start is needed. A short, private vehicle transfer will take you away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and to medieval, much more peaceful Bhaktapur. For many Bhaktapur is what they hoped Kathmandu would be like. Certainly in the old part of this wondrous city there's no vehicles for starters! A Bhaktapur guide will take you on a slow paced walking tour. For sure, you'll visit all the main tourist attractions here, but your guide will also take you away from the day trippers and to explore the hidden back streets of Bhaktapur. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at your guest house with views right across pagoda temples and distant views of the Himalaya. By late afternoon the day trippers have departed and this is when the real Bhaktapur reveals itself. This is the best time to simply stroll around Bhaktapur and soak up it's unique atmosphere.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 2

    Explore Medieval Bhaktapur

    In keeping with the unhurried, relaxed nature of this adventure, no 'crack of dawn' start is needed. A short, private vehicle transfer will take you away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and to medieval, much more peaceful Bhaktapur. For many Bhaktapur is what they hoped Kathmandu would be like. Certainly in the old part of this wondrous city there's no vehicles for starters! A Bhaktapur guide will take you on a slow paced walking tour. For sure, you'll visit all the main tourist attractions here, but your guide will also take you away from the day trippers and to explore the hidden back streets of Bhaktapur. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at your guest house with views right across pagoda temples and distant views of the Himalaya. By late afternoon the day trippers have departed and this is when the real Bhaktapur reveals itself. This is the best time to simply stroll around Bhaktapur and soak up it's unique atmosphere.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    3

    Journey to rural Nuwakot

    It really is worth waking early and taking an early morning stroll around Bhaktapur as the locals slowly go about their daily business. It's a good way of re-adjusting yourself to a slow pace of life too. Mid-morning a private vehicle will pick you up for the scenic journey to Nuwakot. Certainly when you reach the top of the 2000m road pass and see the mountains stretched out before you and can see Nuwakot down below and perched on the hill sides, you'll now realise that urban Nepal has gone and you're into the Himalayan foothills. Reaching the Trisuli River, a right turn up a single track road climbs up through fragrant pine forests to emerge at dreamy Nuwakot and the delightful former Newari Manor House where you spend the next two nights. Enjoy the afternoon sun in the pretty gardens of the Famous Farm, perhaps say hello to the animals wandering around and just relax and enjoy the views down to the Trisuli Valley below.

    Accommodation: Famous Farm Country Inn - Nuwakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Journey to rural Nuwakot

    It really is worth waking early and taking an early morning stroll around Bhaktapur as the locals slowly go about their daily business. It's a good way of re-adjusting yourself to a slow pace of life too. Mid-morning a private vehicle will pick you up for the scenic journey to Nuwakot. Certainly when you reach the top of the 2000m road pass and see the mountains stretched out before you and can see Nuwakot down below and perched on the hill sides, you'll now realise that urban Nepal has gone and you're into the Himalayan foothills. Reaching the Trisuli River, a right turn up a single track road climbs up through fragrant pine forests to emerge at dreamy Nuwakot and the delightful former Newari Manor House where you spend the next two nights. Enjoy the afternoon sun in the pretty gardens of the Famous Farm, perhaps say hello to the animals wandering around and just relax and enjoy the views down to the Trisuli Valley below.

    Accommodation: Famous Farm Country Inn - Nuwakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    A short walk in rural Nuwakot

    After a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you on a familiarisation walk around Nuwakot. First you'll walk up to a great view point high above the stretched out village, passing tiny, simple home steads along the way.  Heading downhill you'll perhaps meet the kids from the school for deaf, mute children and walk down to the bazaar area before walking back up to the Famous Farm for a tranquil lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax, or perhaps take a stroll to meet the locals. Your guide will come with you if you want, or if you'd prefer to discover the rural delights by yourselves here in Nuwakot that's OK too.

    Accommodation: Famous Farm Country Inn, Nuwakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    A short walk in rural Nuwakot

    After a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you on a familiarisation walk around Nuwakot. First you'll walk up to a great view point high above the stretched out village, passing tiny, simple home steads along the way.  Heading downhill you'll perhaps meet the kids from the school for deaf, mute children and walk down to the bazaar area before walking back up to the Famous Farm for a tranquil lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax, or perhaps take a stroll to meet the locals. Your guide will come with you if you want, or if you'd prefer to discover the rural delights by yourselves here in Nuwakot that's OK too.

    Accommodation: Famous Farm Country Inn, Nuwakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Trisuli River Rafting 1

    Again no need to hurry. After breakfast you'll travel by private vehicle down to the Trisuli River Valley and to Baireni, the put in point for the rafting. You'll be given a safety briefing, wetsuits, safety helmets and life jackets. Your main baggage will travel ahead by vehicle to tonight's camp, so anything you want with you for today will go into dry bags on the raft. Once you're ready it's onto the river and after around an hour of paddling and a bit of whitewater (Grade 3) you'll stop at scenic river bank location for a picnic lunch. Back onto the water and there's some more whitewater before the river becomes a calmer paddle and to the permanent riverside camp known as Big Fig. Enjoy a BBQ dinner al fresco on the stony beach and a camp fire.

    Accommodation: Big Fig Trisuli River Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Trisuli River Rafting 1

    Again no need to hurry. After breakfast you'll travel by private vehicle down to the Trisuli River Valley and to Baireni, the put in point for the rafting. You'll be given a safety briefing, wetsuits, safety helmets and life jackets. Your main baggage will travel ahead by vehicle to tonight's camp, so anything you want with you for today will go into dry bags on the raft. Once you're ready it's onto the river and after around an hour of paddling and a bit of whitewater (Grade 3) you'll stop at scenic river bank location for a picnic lunch. Back onto the water and there's some more whitewater before the river becomes a calmer paddle and to the permanent riverside camp known as Big Fig. Enjoy a BBQ dinner al fresco on the stony beach and a camp fire.

    Accommodation: Big Fig Trisuli River Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Trisuli Rafting 2 & transfer to Pokhara

    Take breakfast at camp and again no 'crack of dawn' start either taking to the river mid-morning to continue your journey down stream. You'll probably get a bit wet today as there's some grade 3-4 rapids (dependent upon the river level) to provide thrills along the way. After 3-4 hours rafting you'll reach Kuringhat and where the rafting ends. But, first a leisurely picnic lunch and then it's back to the road and after around 3 hours of driving you reach Pokhara, Nepal's premier resort. With so many choices for eating out in Pokhara, we thought you'd prefer to eat out tonight at a place of your choosing.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 6

    Trisuli Rafting 2 & transfer to Pokhara

    Take breakfast at camp and again no 'crack of dawn' start either taking to the river mid-morning to continue your journey down stream. You'll probably get a bit wet today as there's some grade 3-4 rapids (dependent upon the river level) to provide thrills along the way. After 3-4 hours rafting you'll reach Kuringhat and where the rafting ends. But, first a leisurely picnic lunch and then it's back to the road and after around 3 hours of driving you reach Pokhara, Nepal's premier resort. With so many choices for eating out in Pokhara, we thought you'd prefer to eat out tonight at a place of your choosing.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    7

    Trek to Chisapani

    It's around a 45 min private vehicle transfer to Begnas Lake and to the trail head, where you'll meet your porters and camp crew. The trail heads up into the foothills of the Annapurna Range. Already one has a real sense of space and clear air and soon you'll attain heights which offer views down to Rupal Lake and up to Machhapuchare (Fishtail) and the entire Annapurna range. Overnight is by the charming village of Chisapani with its tiny Buddhist Monastery. The campsite at approx 1260m is surrounded by trees and a short 2 minute hike up the hill brings you to a ridge from where the full vista of the Annapurnas presents itself. Walking time approx 5-6hrs with approx. 700m ascent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chisapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    DAY 7

    Trek to Chisapani

    It's around a 45 min private vehicle transfer to Begnas Lake and to the trail head, where you'll meet your porters and camp crew. The trail heads up into the foothills of the Annapurna Range. Already one has a real sense of space and clear air and soon you'll attain heights which offer views down to Rupal Lake and up to Machhapuchare (Fishtail) and the entire Annapurna range. Overnight is by the charming village of Chisapani with its tiny Buddhist Monastery. The campsite at approx 1260m is surrounded by trees and a short 2 minute hike up the hill brings you to a ridge from where the full vista of the Annapurnas presents itself. Walking time approx 5-6hrs with approx. 700m ascent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chisapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Full Support Camping

    DAY
    8

    Trek to Lipiyani

    You're within sight of the same mountains yet the views constantly change. The mighty Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung loom large, and a love affair with Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) continues. Today's walk makes for relatively easy  hiking by Himalayan standards as you follow an open ridge line with 'ups & downs' but not particularly sustained  Overnight campsite close to the small village of Lipiyani (1100m) Walking time approx. 6 hrs with around 500m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Lipiyani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    Trek to Lipiyani

    You're within sight of the same mountains yet the views constantly change. The mighty Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung loom large, and a love affair with Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) continues. Today's walk makes for relatively easy  hiking by Himalayan standards as you follow an open ridge line with 'ups & downs' but not particularly sustained  Overnight campsite close to the small village of Lipiyani (1100m) Walking time approx. 6 hrs with around 500m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Lipiyani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara

    It's virtually all downhill as your final day of walking completes this mini-horsehoe circuit of the Annapurna foothills. Waking to 'bed tea' again, it's a good idea to rise early and (hopefully) enjoy a magnificent panoramic Himalayan sunrise as the peaks of the Annapurna range turn from pink to gold. After breakfast the trail descends towards the lakes of Begnas and Rupal and the walking becomes more level. There's no hurry at all today and you'll stop for a relaxing lunch along the way. At the end of the trail a private vehicle will whisk you back to Pokhara. Walking time approx 4hrs, approx 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna, Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 9

    Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara

    It's virtually all downhill as your final day of walking completes this mini-horsehoe circuit of the Annapurna foothills. Waking to 'bed tea' again, it's a good idea to rise early and (hopefully) enjoy a magnificent panoramic Himalayan sunrise as the peaks of the Annapurna range turn from pink to gold. After breakfast the trail descends towards the lakes of Begnas and Rupal and the walking becomes more level. There's no hurry at all today and you'll stop for a relaxing lunch along the way. At the end of the trail a private vehicle will whisk you back to Pokhara. Walking time approx 4hrs, approx 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna, Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    10

    To Chitwan

    Leaving Pokhara by private vehicle, today you'll transfer down to the Terai region and to the world famous Chitwan National Park. Journey time approx. 4hrs.

    Accommodation: Into The Wild Resort - Chitwan
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    To Chitwan

    Leaving Pokhara by private vehicle, today you'll transfer down to the Terai region and to the world famous Chitwan National Park. Journey time approx. 4hrs.

    Accommodation: Into The Wild Resort - Chitwan
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    11

    Chitwan Safari

    A day of wildlife watching in Chitwan and a jeep safari deep into the jungle. Chitwan is of course famous for its healthy (but rarely seen) population of Bengal Tigers, as well as One Horned Rhinoceros, a dazzling array of birdlife and other exotic animals too.

    Accommodation: Into The Wild Resort, Chitwan
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11

    Chitwan Safari

    A day of wildlife watching in Chitwan and a jeep safari deep into the jungle. Chitwan is of course famous for its healthy (but rarely seen) population of Bengal Tigers, as well as One Horned Rhinoceros, a dazzling array of birdlife and other exotic animals too.

    Accommodation: Into The Wild Resort, Chitwan
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    12

    Overland to Kathmandu

    A private vehicle will take you overland and back to Kathmandu. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trip, whether it be for any delays that can and do occur with overland, or any difficulties that may arise on the trip.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 12

    Overland to Kathmandu

    A private vehicle will take you overland and back to Kathmandu. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trip, whether it be for any delays that can and do occur with overland, or any difficulties that may arise on the trip.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    13

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 13

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 1095
  • $ US 1425
  • € EUR 1258

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What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, private overland travel in the itinerary, (all meals on trek), fully supported camp service (all camping equipment except sleeping bags), all rafting equipment & porterage on trek, permits & National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide (Day 2-Day 9) All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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