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Trip Introduction

Real Nepal tour is about showing you the “Real Nepal”. Peoples life and the local culture and traditions of the people of Nepal can be observed. Nepal is a land of ancient history and amazing scenery but it is also a land where people of different religions and castes live side by side each with their way of life.

 

It is a country which is many places are untouched and therefore the roads and infrastructure are very basic. Travelling by road can sometimes feel dangerous as the road twists and turns with the hills. As it is always part of the adventure! Some places are not accessible by road and then it is by foot the journey is completed.   Most places now have tea houses which are basic lodges for accommodation. But this is not the case as there is always camping available.

 

This Real Nepal tour can be timed to see a 2nd biggest festival in Nepal which called Tihar {light festival} and this will allow you to see many different cultures and celebrations. In this real Nepal tour, you can see the most popular mountains like Annapurna Himalayas, Mt Manaslu, Mt Ganesh Himal, Lantang Himalayas. You do not need to trek on this tour. Also, the itinerary can be flexible to suit all needs and what the group would like to see. It also depends on the time of year that you wish to come to Nepal.

 

What's included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a Three star hotel and This will be Three Nights in Kathmandu, One night at Nagarkot, One Night at Balthali, One Night at Namobuddha, One Night at Gorkha, Bandipur, One night in Pokhara, One night in Lumbini, and One night in Tansen Including breakfast.

  • Two nights Three days accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park.

  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.

  • All Ground transportation by private tourist vehicle.

  • All Guided city tour as mentioned in day-by-day itinerary on a private vehicle.

  • Top of The World Treks licensed English-speaking guide.

  • The required number of ground staff during the tour like Driver, helper etc.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.

  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites

  • All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.

What's excluded

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Your travel insurance.

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

  • Lunch and dinner in all places, Apart from Chitwan.

  • All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc

  • Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    You will be picked up by our company escorts on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, and transferred to your hotel. Refresh & get familiar with your surroundings. Go for a walk down the streets close by to the hotel; this will enable you to get some good experience of your surroundings that will make your tour more enjoyable. Have supper & it’s your first overnight in the city of the gods.

  • Day 2

    Kathmandu City tour, in the evening drive to Nagarkot for an overnight (distance 32 km).

    After breakfast you will begin your tour with a visit to Pashupatinath, situated 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is said to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines. This is also a cremation site for the people in the country where the common man & even the kings of Nepal are cremated hereabouts. You will then visit Boudhanath, which lies 3km east of Pashupati. This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. After lunch you will proceed to Swayambhunath, one of the world´s most splendid Buddhist chaityas & popularly known as the ‘monkey temple’’. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire base are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Next you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see the Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.; Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction; we then return back to our hotel for lunch before we proceed to the lovely hill resort of Nagarkot. Overnight at Nagarkot

  • Day 3

    Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Balthali Village Tour (distance: 40 km)

    After an early morning cupper coffee we witness a spectacular sunrise as well as fantastic mountains views of Annapurna, Langtang and Gaurishanker Himalaya ranges. Viewing this awesome beauty starts your day well. We then have breakfast before we drive to Bhaktapur for a city tour of this ancient town & learn of its tragedies. After this we drive to Khopasi and begin a cool hike to Balthali village (40 minutes). Balthali Village is geographically situated on a plateau, just beyond the ancient village of Panauti: a small local market in Kavre district about 40 km away from Kathmandu which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola (stream). Balthali Village resort is situated high above the southern ridge of this exceptional hamlet which stands in a unique place of isolation and relaxation amidst the surroundings of a typical Nepali rural countryside with terraced rice fields and dried hay thatched farm houses. Nepal village tourism is a newly developed concept and Balthali village meets the idea just perfectly. Overnight with a family in the village or in tents

  • Day 4

    Hiking to Namo Buddha (3 hours hiking)

    After breakfast we go for hiking excursion to Namo Buddha, then drive back to Kathmandu. Namo Buddha: this is said to be one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. As per mythology, it is known as the place where the Buddha, in the previous life of a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Overnight in our hotel.

  • Day 5

    Drive to Gorkha Durbar (Palace) - and then drive to Bandipur (Distance: 200 km)

    Gorkha is known for its landscapes & is famous in the annals of history because this is where the famous king prithvi Narayan Shah set out to conquer the feudal kingdoms in a segregated Nepal & finally unified Nepal into one single nation as it is today. We then go to the sleepy little village town of bandipur nestled in the laps of the lovely hillocks of Nepal. This little town is known for its chocolate box settings & the warm hospitality of the local Newari inhabitants of this town with a rich traditional culture. Overnight at a comfortable resort.

  • Day 6

    Drive to Pokhara (distance: 75 km)

    On reaching this wonderful lake city, we refresh & embark on an Afternoon sightseeing tour of David´s fall, Mahendra Cave, Old Bazaar, Vindyabasini temple, Seti River Gorge, Museum and boating on the calm Fewa Lake. Overnight at hotel in the city of lakes.

  • Day 7

    Sarangkot Tour - drive to Tansen (distance: 122 km)

    Early in the morning we drive down to amazing Sarangkot to enjoy a fabulous sunrise and mountain views of the Annapurna Himalayas range, and drive back to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we continue with our tour on a scenic drive to Tansen, the capital of the hill town of Palpa. Tansen stands on the Siddhartha Highway that links Pokhara with Lumbini. This hill town at 1,310m is geographically situated in the juxtaposition of plains of the Terai and the hills of the Mahabharata Range. This lovely town offers views of lush green valleys and silver grey mountains. Tansen itself is very colorful & vibrant with its old houses and naturally beautiful landscapes. Overnight at our hotel.

  • Day 8

    Drive to Lumbini (distance: 85 km)

    Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. This town is significant for its religious importance & is a virtual Mecca for followers of the Buddhist faithful who visit this town from all over the world. Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. Have breakfast and start your jungle safari on elephant. Visit the elephant breeding centre. In the afternoon take a canoe ride or jungle hike. The Tharu stick dance will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.

  • Day 9

    Drive to Chitwan for a go-wild jungle safari (distance: 175 km)

    After breakfast we drive down to Chitwan National Park (185km/5 ½ hours). Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will check into the hotel and enjoy welcome drinks and a briefing about your ongoing jungle activities. In the evening you can enjoy a thrilling Tharu stick dance and dinner. Overnight stay at the resort where your jungle activities will read like this: 13:30 Lunch 16:00 Cultural Tour (visit to Tharu Village) 18:00 Slide show Program / Tharu Stick Dance 21:00 Dinner.

  • Day 10

    Tour Activities in Chitwan

    Today in the jungle We get a Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. We then return back to our resort for breakfast amidst the happy chirping of birds and start your jungle safari on elephant. We visit the elephant breeding centre and in the afternoon take a canoe ride on the serene rivers of the jungle & then go for a jungle hike. We then enjoy a special Tharu stick dance which will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort, your program will read like this: 6:30 Breakfast 8:00 Canoeing, Elephant ride, Visit to Elephant Breeding centre 13:00 Lunch 15:00 Elephant back Safari 21:00 Dinner Overnight at resort, inclusive of full board meals

  • Day 11

    Drive to Kathmandu & en-route visit Manakamana Temple (distance: 175 km to Kathmandu)

    Before your departure from Chitwan late in the morning, your activities will consist of the following: 6:00 Wake up call 6:30 Tea / Coffee 7:00 Bird watching 8:30 Breakfast 9:30 Drive to Kurintar for cable car ride to Manakamana Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast.

  • Day 12

    Departure for the green, green grass of home

    Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to drive you to the Airport for your onward destination home. Knowing you has been a great experience. We wish you a happy bon voyage home!

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the Tour leader and Guide but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however, the Tour leader decision is final.

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Equipments

Equipment Check – List

 

What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

 

The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line. The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.

 

GENERAL CHECK – LIST

The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

-Fleece jacket or pullover.

-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

-Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

-Lightweight thermal gloves.

-Underwear (4)

-Shorts (2)

-Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

-Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

-Sun hat or Scarf.

-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

-T- shirt (2)

-Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

-Sunglasses with UV protection.

-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

-Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

-Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

-Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

-water bottles.

-Tolietries.

-Small wash towel.

-Footwear appropraite to the trip.

-Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

 

TREKKING  CHECK LIST

In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

-Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

-Gaiters (optional).

-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

 

MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

-Mountaineering  Safety harness.

-Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

-Prussik loops .

-Climbing helmet (optional).

-Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

-Pocket Knife.

-Head lamp.

-Mattress.

-Rope and Snow bars.

-Ice crew.

-High altimeter.

 

Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

 

EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

-Sleeping bags.

-Down Jackets.

-All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

-Ice hummer.

-Climbing Harness .

-2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

-12 – point Crampons.

-Plastic Climbing boots.

-Helmet.

 

FIRST AID MEDICINE

-Bandage for Sprains.

-Plaster/ Band- aids.

-Iodine or Water filter(optional)

-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

-Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

-Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

-Oral rehydration salts.

-Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

-Anti  – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).

-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

-Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

– For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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Trip Code

Real Nepal Tour

Trip Duration

11 Days

Meal

Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Destination

Nepal

Group Size

From 1

Accommodation

Hotel and Guest House

Season

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