Best of Nepal Classic

Posted by Tim on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Classic Best of Nepal trip lets you experience what Nepal has to offer: excellent trekking, stunning wildlife safaris, history and culture – all with an exceptional level of comfort in unique deluxe accommodations and first-class services at every stage of your trip.

Ancient Cities
The Kathmandu Valley, our start and end points for this trek, offers a wide range of interesting cultural heritages to discover. Founded in the 8th century, Kathmandu is composed of three royal cities, Kathmandu (the capital), Patan and Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon).

Whilst in Kathmandu, you will stay in the famous Dwarika’s hotel, an award-winning UNESCO World Heritage site that effortlessly combines old world charm with modern comfort. The classic Newari architectural style of Dwarika’s will take you back to another era in Nepal’s history.

Trekking through Natural Beauty
Your trekking adventure starts in Pokhara and takes you to Dhampus and Ghandrung, with spectacular mountain views. The Annapurna and famous “Fishtail” mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting on the shores of Phewa Lake.

In Pokhara, you will stay in the beautiful Fishtail lodge (or equivalent) where you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views, first rate service and a host of amenities..

Wildlife Safaris
Continue your adventure at Chitwan National Park. Travel by jeep and elephant as you search for Asian One-Horned Rhino, Leopard, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Home to over 400 species of birds and the Gangetic Dolphin, Nepal’s first national park is an ecological treasure.

Highlights

  • 3 nights stay a in Kathmandu including Dwarika’s, the finest traditional style hotel in Nepal and a World Heritage site.
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage City of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Cultural Tour
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  • Everest Mountain View Flight.
  • 3 day jungle safari tour of Royal Chitwan Park with stay at Gaida Resort in the park.
  • 2 days in Pokhara, you will stay in the beautiful Fishtail Lodge on Lake Phewa the Gem of Nepal, home of Lake Phewa and starting point of Annapurna treks.
  • 3 day trek to view 5 of the top 10 mountains on our planet.
  • Optional micro-light flight with views of Annapurna.

Trek dates
Daily all year round

Check list
Read our helpful check list before booking

Detailed Itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.

Day 01

Dwarika’s Hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are welcomed and transferred to the Dwarika’s hotel, Nepal’s finest traditonal Newari style hotel. Dwarika’s is a World Heritage cultural site, boasting exceptional craftsmanship that captures the spirit of Nepal in a luxurious setting.
Enjoy one of our favorite local restaurants while taking in the tour briefing.

Day 02
Tour to UNESCO World Heritage City of Bhaktapur. This traditional city was founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD. Tour the monuments and temples, the Palace of Fifty-five Windows, and the museums of woodcarving and metalwork. Watch clay craftsmen and cloth weavers practicing their arts much as they have for centuries.

Day 03 – Mountain Flight

Mountain Flight

Early morning transfer to the airport for a mountain flight around Mt. Everest and the surrounding region. Get a close-up and comfortable view of these spectacular mountains from the air. After breakfast we will drive to the Kopan monastery on a hilltop overlooking Bodinath, then continue the drive down to Bodinath for a tour of the stupa, its monasteries, stalls and market. Afterwards we head off to tour the Pashupatinath Hindu temple and other major cultural sites around Kathmandu, including the World Heritage City of Patan

Day 04 – Pokhara and Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake

After an early breakfast and view of the Himalayas at sunrise, we drive down to Kathmandu airport to catch the flight to Pokhara. In Pokhara take an optional boat ride on the Phewa Lake or simple chill on lakeside with its many shops. For a real thrill, experience the optional, 30-minute tandem paraglider flight from Sarangkot viewpoint with an experienced pilot. Fly like an eagle under a silky canopy, the snowy peaks spread out before you. Enjoy dinner at the lakeside.

Day 05
We start the day with an early breakfast and trek briefingwith your guide followed by a short drive to Phedi to begin the trek to Dhampus, supported by your iTrekNepal guide and porters. Dhampus is a fairly easy village to reach in a short trek day, yet provides spectacular views of Machapuchare (fishtail peak), Annapurna massif and other giant peaks. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 06
Trek to Ghandrung, one of the most famous destinations for trekkers and known for its beautiful mountain views. Ghandrung is also home to the Gurung people, one of the many ethnic groups of Nepal. The Gurung have their own dialect, culture, costumes, and life style. We will have an opportunity to visit the Gurung museum. Overnight at the lodge with ensuite bath (trek extension is possible including 2 day round trip to Poon Hill).

Day 07
Trek to Birethanti and meet our vehicle for the drive to Pokhara. Overnight at lakeside hotel.

Customize your Trek
You may choose to stay an extra day on your own to explore Pokhara. Trek itinerary options are also available, including treks in the Kathmandu valley or the short Everest Trek or join the Ghorepani Trek from Day 3 to Day 8.

Day 08
Drive from Pokhara to the wonderfully-preserved Newari village of Bandipur www.bandipurtourism.com, nestled on a high ridge with stunning Himalayan views. Wander the pedestrianised streets, explore friendly local villages or hike to the Siddha Gufa, the largest cave in Nepal. Overnight at a traditional inn restored from a 19th century Newari merchant’s mansion.

Day 09
Drive to Chitwan National Park, where we begin our jungle safari at the beautiful Gaida Resort (or equivalent) located within the park itself.

Day 10
Jungle safari activities. Spend the day observing rare and endangered species such as the Asian One-Horned Rhino, Leopard, and Royal Bengal Tiger (if you’re lucky). Home to over 400 species of birds and the Gangetic Dolphin, Nepal’s first national park is an ecological treasure.

Day 11
After breakfast at the resort transfer to Bharatupur airport for a mid-day flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy a free afternoon for shopping and relaxation.

That evening enjoy our farewell Nepalese dinner – a traditional Nepali Thali dinner accompanied by Nepalese cultural dancing and singing.

Day 12 – Departure

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and suppplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, matresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking