The historic hill trek to Siklis; one of the early southern Gurung settlements and the second largest Gurung village, still retains an aura of olden times. Here, the Jhankri (shaman) and Lama (priest) have important roles in this Buddhist community, marriage, death and day-today lives. Siklis village lies above the Mardi Khola (1,981m), overlooking Annapurna IV to the north and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the east. The region is particularly good for bird watching because of its pristine forested surroundings where different species of birds thrive.
Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu. Meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel Kantipur Temple House. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02 - Full day SS of Bhaktapur, Pashupati and Buddha. (Breakfast)
This morning we visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon. It is situated about 17 kms. East of Kathmandu and was one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Here we shall visit the Lion Gate, Picture Gallery, beautiful embellished Golden Gate and 17th century Palace of Fifty fife Windows. The city’s ancient temples and palaces are magnificent examples of Newari craftsmanship with their beautiful carved wooden windows and lattivework, and Bhaktapur’s people are still renowned for their pottery and hand woven fabrics, including the traditional local red and black saris.
From Bhaktapur we continue to Thimi, which lies on a plateau 12 kms. East of Kathmandu. The village’s mainly Newar inhabitants are skilled craftsmanship, especially known for making exquisite paper masks and pottery.
In the afternoon we visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous for its superb architecture, two – tiered golden roof and sliver doors. Built in 1696 and dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the most sacred of Nepal’s Hindu temples and a famous pilgrimage site. Before returning to the city, we also pay a visit to Boudhanath, the world’s largest stupa, and a site of great veneration for Buddhists.
Day 03 – Fly KTM/POKHARA and trek to Madi Khola (5 hours): (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Fly to Pokhara. Drive from Pokhara to Hyangja and commence trek along a flat trail past the Tibetan Refugee Camp to a campsite along the bank of Madi Khola 3 hrs. walk. We pass the village of Bhaisey and the village filed to a beautiful forests with waterfalls. The trail is along the bank of the Madhi Khola (River). After we leave the forest we come to an open area near the river. This place is Madi Khola and our night’s campsite (5 hours).
Day 04 – Trek to Kharepani (1,727m) 5 hrs walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Following the bank of the Madhi Khola the trail leads towards our next destination, the biggest Gurung Village, Kharepani. The days walk is a gentle ups and down till lunch.
After lunch a step climb right till the village of Kharepani lies ahead of us but the view from the top is rewarding. The previous days trail can be seen, the green hills around us and the giant from of the Lamjung Himal (6983m.) The village cultural group offers you a Gurung dance and songs with the group of permission. The group will expect some donation for the development of water facilities, school repair, health care, road maintenance etc. in the village.
Day 05 – Trek to Ghalekharka (2,090m) 5 hrs walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After leaving the Gurung village Kharepani with their best wishes and gratitude’s for a good and safe journey ahead, we head towards Khalekharka. After crossing the Sikles village the landscapes changes back to the wilderness again. The Birdlife is good in number and the landscape is beautiful. The majestic “Green Valley Waterfall” is also a grand sight. Lunch is cooked and served. The nights camping are below the Annapurna Glacier at Ghalekharka. (6-7 hours)
Day 06 – Trek to Forest Camp (2,696m) 6 hrs walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The next day route goes upto Forest camp . Camp in a forest area near the Siklis village (6-7 hours)
Day 07 – Trek to Siklis (2,121m) 6 hrs. walk (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we leave the human inhabitance and head towards the protected “Natural Zone” by HMG, ACAP etc. We walk through a dense Rhododendron forest. We stop for lunch in a small clearing in the forest with the birds around us. The place is called Sikles. This will be also are campsite for a night. (3-4 hours)
Day 08 – Trek to Lama khet (1,800m) 5 hrs walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we starts towards Lama Khet our next destination. The first part of the trail is a gentle through a beautiful Rhododendron forest with massive Rhododendron trees that bloom in the month of April – May. After the flat walk we start downhill.
The knee wobbling downhill is very much exciting right up to the village of Lama Khet. Our Campsite. (6 hours)
Day 09 – Trek to Thulokote (1,400m) 5 hrs walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We leave Lama Khet after breakfast. The spectacular view of the Machhapurchere (6993m.) with the green hills look breathtaking. The trail descents gently down to the Seti Khola and have lunch by riverbank. After lunch we cross the Seti Khola from a suspension Bridge. Climb for about half an hour and the village of Thulokote can be seen. We spend our night in Thulokote. (5 hours)
Day 10 – POKHARA (Breakfast, Lunch)
Trek to Begnas (890m) 4 hrs. walk. Cross the Begnas lake by boats and drive to Pokhara. (B,L). Overnight at Shangri-La Village Resort.
Day 11 – FULL DAY POKHARA SIGHTSEEING
Early morning drive to Sarankot for sunrise. We have to walk for about 45 min to reach the top from where we can see the close magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges, Fishtail, mountain and the Dhaulagiri ranges. Fullday sightseeing tour of Davis fall locally known as Pataale Chhango is an awesome waterfall lying about two km southwest of Pokhara airport on the way to Tansen. Legend had it that the Pardi River washed a trekker away and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall. This fall is more beautiful during the rainy season when the water is high. We also visit the Bindabasini Temple that is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. This white dome like structure dominates a spacious stone paved courtyard built atop a shady hilltop. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. In the afternoon we visit Mahendra cave or Ghupa. This limestone cave is locally known as the house of bats lies to the north of Pokhara. On the way back to the hotel we visit the Mahendra Pul to see the flow of the Seti River very deep down. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 - POKHARA/ BANDIPUR
Drive from Pokhara to Bandipur (64 kms – 3 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to Gaun Ghar Resort. Afternoon walk around Bandipur.
Day 13 - Full day visit Bandipur including following.
Bandipur an ancient Newari mountain town lies in Tanahu District, Gandaki Zone in the Mahabharat range at an altitude of 3400 feet. It is 135 k.m. to the west and 80 k.m. to the south of Pokhara, 62 k.m. to the north of
Narayanghat, and 7 k.m. from Prithivi Highway 's Dumre Bazaar and about 20 minutes drive from the highway.
Untouched by modernization and laced with an abundance of ancient houses, temples of great significance and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts festivals all year around, besides a plethora of cultural
Bandipur is spread over 4562 hectors of land, which has a settlement of around 5000 people and 600 houses. The weather is cool all the year round - the maximum temperature in winter is between 18 - 20 degree centigrade while the minimum temperature plummets to 2 degree centigrade. In the summer season, the temperature goes up to 30 degree centigrade and the minimum temperature dips to 12 degree centigrade. The hill - top settlement is a treat to the eyes during the monsoon. Although different communities such as Magar, Gurung, Bahun, Kshetry, Damai, Kami and Sarki live in the Bandipur. It is predominantly a Newar town.
Day 14 – BANDIPUR TO CHITWAN (96 KMS – 3 HOURS)
Drive to the Royal Chitwan National Park. Royal Chitwan National Park. It is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodiles, leopard, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 400 species of birds and various other reptiles. In the style of the famous African Lodges has created a luxury accommodation where guests enjoy their own large and spacious rooms complete with dressing room, rosewood furniture, canopied patio and attached bathroom, equipped with all modern facilities, one can also experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park.
In afternoon you will be taken for the jungle activities. Overnight at Chitwan Jungle Lodge.
Day 15 – GAME ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Fullday jungle activities that would include either by boat ride, jeep drive, elephant drive, nature walk, jungle walk or a tour to the village.
Day 16 – CHITWAN/ KATHMANDU VIA DAMAN
Drive to Daman, Daman – for the view of the breath – taking grandeur of the world’s highest peaks, extending in one glittering are from far west of Dhaulagiri to far east of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) there is no better place than Daman. This spot lies 80 kms southwest of Kathmandu on the side of the Tribhuvan Rajpath. There is a view tower fitted with a long-range telescope. Continue drive to KTM.. Ovenright at Hotel Kantipur Temple House.
Day 17 – IN KATHMANDU:
Free day. Overnight at Hotel Kantipur Temple House.
Day 18 - FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF KTM CITY, SWOYMBHU AND PATAN CITY. Overnight at Hotel Kantipur temple House.
Day 19 - KATHMADU – NAGARKOT:
Today we travel eastwards to Changu Narayan. Situated at the end of a long ridge that runs well into the valley, it is said to have be the oldest temple in the valley, built in 323 AD by king Hari Dutta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu Valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Continue to Nagarkot, a popular resort at an altitude of 2,175m above sea – level, with magnificent views of the major peaks of the eastern Nepal Himalayas, including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest).
Overnight at Fort Resort.
Day 20 - NAGARKOT – DHULILKEL:
Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (5-6 hours). Overnight at Hotel Himalayan Horizon in Dhulikhel.
Day 21 - Sightseeing of Panauti and Drive back to Kathmandu. Evening farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha Restaurant.
Day 22 – Transfer to the airport for the final departure.
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