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12-Day Excursion Of The Real Nepal

The 12-day real Nepal experience gives a real picture of Nepal. From this tour, travelers get the experience of the country's rich arts and culture of Nepal along with amazing natural landscapes. Duration: 12 Days (approx.)
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12 Day Real Nepal Experience Tour gives a real picture of Nepal. From this tour, travelers get the experience of the country’s rich arts and culture of Nepal along with amazing natural landscapes. Since this is the country of the World’s highest mountain locates with a several dramatic landscapes that rise from 150m to 8848m elevation, every year millions of travelers’ foot on this beautiful land. Similarly, Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and it is the good place to explore about the Buddha and Buddhism. Likewise, this is the sacred land with more than 100 different ethnic groups residing in the same landscape.

Travelers will get a chance to explore and experience the rice and diverse Nepalese landscapes and culture which satisfy mind, body, and spirit. This tour is 12 days long and it begins by visiting the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu. This tour further follows by a scenic Mt. Everest flight above the high Himalayas. In addition to this, we also trek to the popular and beautiful Annapurna region, visit popular landmarks in the city of Lake, Pokhara. The tour ends with very fresh and stunning nature walks and jungle safari in Chitwan National Park.

Real Nepal Experience Tour is the tour designed for all the people who wish to explore and experience the real beauty of naturally rich country Nepal in a limited time period. Since the tour is a combination of trekking, tour, flight and safaris, no doubt, this tour guarantees its visitors fun to the fullest. They will further explore and share the real fun of traveling in the exotic land.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit the Tour Supplier office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by the Tour Supplier Company, which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.

Day 02: Scenic Mt. Everest Flight and Kathmandu Sightseeing
Early in the morning we leave our hotel for an hour-long mountain flight and acquire the closest possible aerial views of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, the world’s second highest peak, Kanchenjunga and other high Himalayas along with a clear glimpse of the Tibetan Plateau. In the afternoon, we visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square is rich with ancient palaces with spectacular art and architecture. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus. The ancient Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world and the Swayambhunath Stupa meaning the “the self-existent” is popular among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek
We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. We can catch amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. After taking a rest, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.

Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2750 m/ 9020 ft): 4 – 5 hours trek
After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860 ft): 6 – 7 hours
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region and a great viewpoint to enjoy amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Day 06: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360 ft): 3 – 4 hours
From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees, that when are in bloom, actually turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we will be pleasantly surprised by the sight of cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk.

Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 4-hour trek and 1-hour’s drive
Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village followed by terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without any break from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. By the time we arrive at Birethanti, some of us might feel like we just participated in a downhill marathon. But our ordeal is not over yet. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara for an overnight stay.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. We then head back to Pokhara and continue touring the city’s landmarks. Davis Fall is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near to Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Barahi temple. located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft): 134km/4-5 hours
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Chitwan, a city located at the foot of the Churia range and famous for housing Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon reaching Chitwan, we take a jungle/nature walks depending into the national park. During nature walks we enjoy the company of a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching. In the evening, there will be a presentation on the wide range of flora and fauna of CNP. Overnight in Chitwan.

Day 10: Chitwan National Park
Today, we excite the animal lover inside us. Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can either drive through the jungles by Jeep or followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During the safari, we go deep into the jungle and spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, along with other wild animals. If lucky, we may even spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger Crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for birding or nature walk and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight in Chitwan.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu: 127km, 4-5 hours
Early in the morning, we engage ourselves in birding as Chitwan National Park is also home to a large variety of resident and migratory birds. We then have breakfast and drive towards Kathmandu. Our journey will be on the Terai plains while in and near Chitwan and gradually move to a more winding road as we come closer to Kathmandu. Along the way, we can enjoy the beautiful hilly terrains and small houses. We reach Kathmandu in the evening. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 12: Final departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Included meals: Breakfast

- What Will You Do

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Scenic Mt. Everest Flight and Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek
Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2750 m/ 9020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek
Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860 ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 06 : Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360 ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 07 : Ghandruk to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 4-hour trek and 1-hour’s drive
Day 08 : Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 09 : Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft): 134km/4-5 hours
Day 10 : Chitwan National Park
Day 11 : Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu: 127km, 4-5 hours
Day 12 : Final departure

- What To Expect

- Visit architecturally & historically significant Medieval Royal Palace Squares of Kathmandu Valley
- Feel peace of great Buddhist shrines
- Capture amazing mountain panorama views
- Feel glittering mountains just at a stone throw distance
- Hike the best hiking trail
- Capture Mt. Fishtails reflection over Fewa Lake
- Observe endangered species of one-Horned Rhino and hundreds of species of colorful birds
- Ride thrilling dugout canoe
- Taste different yummy Nepali cuisines
- Taste almost all tastes of Nepal

- What Is Included

- Accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the trekking
- Tourist Standard Hotel (3*) in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed & breakfast plan
- English speaking government licensed guide throughout the trip
- Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner during the trek days
- Breakfast in city area
- All airport drop/pickup
- Airport picks up & drops
- Airport taxes
- 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including Tea or coffee
- Accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the trekking
- 2 night’s Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & breakfast plan
- 2 night’s Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & breakfast plan
- Full Board Package including activities in Chitwan
- An English speaking Guide
- Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest) the porter will carry (30KG in maximum) your luggage during the trek
- All Government local Taxes
- Annapurna conservation Area Entry Fees
- (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System card
- Guide and porter salary
- Guide & Porter insurance during the trekking
- First Aid kit above 6 pax Compulsory from Agency

- What Is Not Included

- Travel and Medical insurance for the traveller
- All other ground transportations
- Car/4W hire for sightseeing and destination visit
- Domestic and International Flights
- Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses
- Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone and Laundry
- Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
- Hot Shower during trek
- Entrance Fees any kind of Temples, Monastery etc
- Gratuities
- Any other things not included in included list.

- Transfers

- Pick up / Drop off service to hotel from International Airport and Domestic Airport


How do I get there?
Most travelers arrive at Nepal via Tribhuvan International Airport, near Kathmandu. There are no flights directly from the Americas and surprisingly, almost none from Europe (Istanbul being an exception), so you’re likely to connect via major airports in the Middle East or Asia. If you have trouble finding something affordable, a good option is to fly to Delhi and connect from there (it’s about a one-hour flight).
Any safety concerns?
You will never feel unsafe during your visit to Nepal. But, some women warn that groping is a big problem. The crowds on the streets can see how local men get away with it. However, traveling with standard precautions seemed to be adequate and you won’t avoid travel to Nepal because of safety issues.
Any health concerns?
There are two things you should be aware of while traveling in Nepal: altitude sickness and food/water safety. Altitude sickness can be a real concern for trekkers. Although the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara are at reasonable elevations, the mountain trails can climb sharply to dangerous levels. The short trek to Ghorepani and Poon hill rarely give you such risk. Ascend slowly, drink plenty of water, and be sure to acclimate slowly with plenty of rest stops and overnight adjustments. Mild symptoms can include headaches and fatigue, but in severe cases altitude sickness can lead to death. Like in many parts of the world, tap water is not safe for consumption and food preparation practices are held at a lower standard if you go to the local areas. Sanitation is certainly not what you’re used to at home and different bacteria can unfortunately make you ill. Some tourists say they ate to their heart’s delight at local restaurants, family kitchens, street carts, and from farm stands and never had a problem. But you can avoid to go local area, use water purifier for drinking water. If it looks and smell fresh and you can see how they’re preparing your meal, you’re likely okay.
How do you pay?
Nepalese rupees are the official currency of Nepal. Cash is definitely the King, so you’ll want to stop at an ATM to be prepared. About 75% of the restaurants and attractions we visited were cash only, as were many hotels. Even where credit cards are accepted, you’ll be paying a 4% surcharge for the privilege. I had no issues using a Charles Schwab ATM card (highly recommended) or breaking the 1000-rupee notes spit out by the ATM.
What’s the weather like?
Supposedly the best weather of the year comes post-monsoon, or roughly mid-September through December. However, even in late October and early November, the weather was often rainy and hazy. You should make the trip in any season other than this “best” part of the year. Other than the summer monsoon, most weather variations are based on altitude. It is quite cold in Kathmandu except January - February. At higher elevations, it will be cold at night and need to layer up significantly because the temperatures were near freezing.
Were the locals friendly? Any tips on making communication easier?
Nepal is home to some of the friendliest people in the world. Locals shared stories over lunch, helped us with navigating, answered questions about their culture and crafts, and very rarely were pushy with sales. You will have several movements to laugh a lot with the people you meet. You will be fascinated by their stories. Communication is a mixed bag: many Nepalis speak English, a side effect of how big the tourism industry is. However, there’s no middle ground here and you’ll be out of luck with those who don’t speak any English whatsoever. Everyone will appreciate it when you make an effort to greet and thank them in Nepali "Dhanyabad" to receive anything from them, service or things and Namaste at first meeting and while seeing off.
The last thing!
One of the reasons people love Nepal so much is because Hinduism and Buddhism are so closely and peacefully intertwined. While the rest of the world is busy fighting for their religion, Nepal is open and accepting of others’ beliefs. Tourists could learn a lot from Nepal!
How much luggage can I take on domestic flights?
For mountain flights, you're allowed 5 kg. for carry-on and 10 kg. for checked-in luggage. For non-mountain sector flights, the check-in allowance increases to 20-25 kg.
Where can I store my luggage during the trek?
You can leave your additional luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu or at the company office of your specialist. Either way, your luggage will be waiting for you at your hotel when you return back from your trek.
What kind of trekking boots do I need?
You should bring trekking boots that are comfortable and broken in. Especially when crossing high passes, there can be some snow so it's good to be prepared for a variety of conditions. Your footwear doesn't need to be warm but should be strong and durable. It should have a chunky sole—preferably made of Vibram or another durable material—and should also protect your ankles. There are a variety of styles available at any outdoor store made of leather or synthetic materials, so it's really up to you what's more comfortable.
How long will we walk on an average day's trekking?
Each day you can expect five to seven hours walking, covering 10 to 14 km. However, above 3500m, the times will be the same but you'll only cover 8 to 9 km. Importantly, all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participant
How much should I tip the guide and porters?
Tipping is not required but is expected, and really depends on how happy you were with the service. Guides (both for trekking and cultural tours), porters, and drivers are typically provided with a tip at the end of your service with them.

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