Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara Tour and Volunteering -9 Days

Overview

Nepal, the land of splendid nature and rich culture is waiting for you exploration through its different facets. Everest Foundation Nepal Nepal tour gives you an opportunity to explore three different regions of the country, varying from the cultural hub teemed with fascinating ancient building like Kathmandu, the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range like Pokhara, and the vast, fertile forest like Chitwan National Park in Terai region. This remarkable trip will make you realize that Nepal has much to offer.

Begin your tour in Nepal with our fabulous 9-day Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara Tour which combines natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences. Stroll in a medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat – we’ve combined everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in your short Nepal Tour. Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – we make it happen in reality. We start the tour from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Chitwan Jungle to discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. From Chitwan, we continue our journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. The trip encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural, cultural, and wildlife splendors of Nepal as well as provides an opportunity to mingle with local people with their ethnic lifestyles.

The Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara Tour has been designed for those visiting Nepal seeking for a combination of cultural, natural, and jungle/wildlife exposure during their trip.  Depending upon the time you can spend for your Nepal trip, you may also find it interesting to check out our other tour packages

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Everest Foundation Nepal. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Everest Foundation Nepal display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to a hotel. After check in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office – it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meal: Dinner (D) 

Day 02:  KTM Sightseeing Tour:  Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – a Local School

We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.  Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu.  The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. We would like you to experience the real life of Nepal so that we would like to show you how schools are run and students are taught.This school is totally funded by our company. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B)  

Day 03:  Sightseeing Tour: Patan & Bhaktapur – Orphanage

We start our tour of two more UNESCO World Heritage Site cities adjacent to Kathmandu: Patan & Bhaktapur.  Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts.  Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture still remain in its original state.  The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets.We would like you to experience the real life of Nepal so that we would like to show you how orphaned children are staying at the orphanage and we want you to have a fun with those children. This orphanage is totally supported by our company. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B)Overnight at Kathmandu. (B)

Day 04:  Drive to Chitwan

Today we take an early morning breakfast and drive to Chitwan, 150 kilometers from Kathmandu and a 5 hour’s drive into the mountains. All the way we descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed
you will be briefed about full nature programs by our nature guide. Then we head on for activities. There will be a guided village walk and a walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan. Included meals: (B, L, D)

Day 05:  Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari

The Chitwan National Park has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Today you will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. You’re almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat.  The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, gangetic dolphin, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. You can do a number of activities here – an elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant! Don’t forget take a video of your elephant-bath which will be one of the fondest memories of the lifetime. Overnight at Chitwan. Included meals: (B, L, D)

Day 06:  Drive to Pokhara & Pokhara Sightseeing

Today after enjoying bird watching or jungle safari in the morning, we drive to Pokhara – about 140 kilometers from Chitwan and a 5-6 hour’s drive. The drive is very much similar to that we had while coming to Chitwan from Kathmandu. From Mugling, we drive further west into the mountains, following the rivers for much of the day.  Pokhara, also nicknamed as the Lake City, is not only Nepal’s but one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna Region. After arriving Pokhara, we make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks. In the evening, explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Overnight at Pokhara. (B)

DAY 07:  Explore Pokhara  We spend a full day to explore Pokhara. Early morning we drive to the Sarangkot Hill to have the sunrise views over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we make a full day sightseeing of Pokhara. Enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters. We also take a boat around the Phewa Lake which is the second biggest lake of Nepal. We take the boat across the lake and take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. We also make a short visit to the Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa).  Some of the other places that we visit today include the Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall and the mountain museum etc.  Overnight at Pokhara. (B)

Day 08:  Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Everest Foundation Nepal staff. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B, D)

Day 09:  Fly Home: Farewell Friend

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you’ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Everest Foundation Nepal will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)

Trip Cost per person: » Price- € 540

Cost Includes 

  • Food and accommodation
  • Entry permit fee
  • In addition, all applicable government taxes
  • Valley Sightseeing with English speaking tour guide
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • National park entrance permits
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (Minimum 30 US Dollar for up to 15 days. After 15 days 2 US Dollar per days)(You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • International air fare
  • Travelers insurance
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.

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