Upon arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative from Himalayan Sherpa Adventure will greet you and help drop you off at the designated hotel. You will receive a short briefing about the tour in the afternoon, followed by a complimentary welcome dinner with your guides. Overnight at Hotel Mulberry, Thamel in Kathmandu. Bed and breakfast included.
Culture, Valley and Mountain Tour
Experiencing Nepal in different ways is the motto of this eventful journey. Landlocked between India and China, Nepal is a beautiful country in the Himalayan region of South Asia. Despite being a small country, there is nothing short of diversity– from people, culture, and tradition to alluring destinations to visit. With a total population of 28.09 million, Nepal is extremely rich in culture, tradition, religion, landscapes and also has 123 languages spoken by people from different zones, districts, regions, and cities. Being ruled by multiple dynasties in different eras, every city you travel to will give you a hint of the continuation of the unique lifestyle from generations and its live culture from the past thousands of years. Well known to be archeological heaven, this tour offers fellow travelers a taste of both the cultural and natural sights of Nepal by taking you to Namobuddha– where you can understand and learn the birth of Buddhism and the spread of Buddhism spirituality.
The main highlight of this tour is the fantastic opportunity of having close encounters with the monks as well as the cultural exchange program with the local Nepalese community. While learning about religion, you will also be able to witness the beauty of Kathmandu, Bandipur, Asthamkot, Banthali, and Nagarkot, and Namobuddha- making it a fruitful journey. With short hikes every day between the hills and rice fields throughout the tour, you can experience a feeling of mini-trekking. While immersing yourself with the social and religious lifestyle, the trip will be enriched with an amazing Panoramic range of Annapurna and Langtang Range, with amazing food varying from different regions.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Day 2 - Sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, and Kopan Monastery (1,400 m) 2-hours walk
First, you will make a quick visit to Pashupatinath– a famous holy pilgrimage site for Hindu people across southern Asia built by the Lichchhavi King Supuspadeva in 465- 500 AD. This Shiva temple is located on the banks of Bagmati River and is also a cremation site for the Hindu’s. After touring around Pashupatinath, you will take short 20 minutes to drive towards Bouddhanath– the largest stupa in the country, regarded as the holiest place for the Buddhist community. Once the sightseeing is complete, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will drive to the Kopan Monastery– established in 1969 on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Founded by Yeshe Thubten and Yeshe Zopa Rinpoche, this incredible Tibetan Buddhist monastery also has a branch of a nunnery called ‘Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery’, when translated means “Pure Land of Bliss” in Tibetan. Home to more than 360 nuns, the Kopan Nunnery is completely run by all-female nuns. Here you can engage with the nuns, often referred to as ‘Ani’ and pronounced as ‘ah-knee’. This is an excellent chance for individuals to observe the daily life activities of nuns, converse with them on a spiritual level, and get a deeper knowledge of their comfort. You will also be given orientations and teachings of Buddhism in Nepali and English. If needed, you can request for a guide who can help converse in your preferred language. Overnight at Kopan Monastery/ Nunnery upon the availability of the room. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 3 - Meditation, and Hike to Nagarkot (2,175 m) 3-hours walk
You will begin your day bright and early with a meditation program organized by the nuns. You will have an introduction course to Buddhist Meditation instructed by the experts of Kopan Nunnery. Once the meditation and breakfast are over, you will drive to Telkhot and hike for approximately 2-3 hours from Telkhot to Nagarkot. The hike will be short, easy, and quiet compared to the bustling city of Kathmandu where you can see the beautiful Himalayan range, including the Ganesh Himal and Langtang range. Upon arrival in Nagarkot, you will have time to refresh and enjoy the relaxing time after the completion of our hike. Overnight at Nagarkot. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 4 - Hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1550 m) 5-hours walk
After watching the breathtaking sunrise and breakfast, you will begin a 5-hours hike following the hiking trail to Dhulikhel. While walking through the terraced landscape, you will get to interact with the Nepalese farmers harvesting crops and vegetables such as potato and corn in the paddy fields. Farming in this region is a very traditional, organic, and sustainable business of production. Overnight at Hotel in Dhulikhel. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 5 - Hike to Namobuddha and Balthali Village (1,730 m) 5-hours walk
After breakfast, you will start an early morning drive to Namobuddha– one of the most valuable jewels in the hillside. Among the three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Namobuddha holds a religious value along with Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath. Located 40 km away from Kathmandu, Namobuddha lies in the Kavre District in the southeast of Kathmandu Valley. When translated, Namobuddha means “Hail to the Buddha” which originated from the story where the legendary Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a tigress and her cubs dying from hunger to save their lives. Here, you will get to spend a short time in the monastery, and after lunch, you will hike up to Balthali through the terrace farms with a narrow ridge up to the small hillside hotel at the top. Once you reach the top of the hotel, you will be able to see the mountain range that radiates energizing, beautiful, and heartwarming moments. Overnight at Hotel Balthali. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 6 - Drive from Balthali to Bandipur (1,030 m) 2-3 hours walk
After breakfast, you will descend from Banthali to Panauti Village. You will sightsee around Panauti where you can explore the wonderfully restored Newari village and understand the local heritage and vibrant culture of the city. After a quick lunch, you can witness the beautiful views of the Himalayas like Manaslu (8,156 m) that arise along with the elevation. Bandipur is a Newari village situated at the top of a hill station. Well-known for being the mid-point of trade business in the earlier times, Bandipur is comparatively quieter and has some spectacular views. Overnight in Bandipur. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 7 - Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara (827 m) 3-hours drive
After breakfast and enjoying the beautiful panoramic view of the mountains at the viewpoint in Bandipur, you will start a 3-hours comfortable drive to Pokhara that consists of rivers, hills, mountains, and terrace farming views. Pokhara is the city of Lakes, beautiful Himalayan ranges, and one of the most popular tourist destinations outside Kathmandu Valley. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will check-in at the resort and have a chance to walk around the Fewa Lake and explore the city of Pokhara. You can stroll around the lakeside and enjoy meals and beverages with the view of Mt. Machhapuchhare alongside the lake. Overnight at Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 8 - Hike from Pokhara to Astamkot (1,500 m) 5-hours walk
After breakfast, you take the coach bus for 20 minutes and start walking to the Freedom Stupa which takes approximately 3 hours back and forth. After the trip, you can lunch by the Lakeside and drive to Milan Chowk. You will ascend for 2 hours from Milan Chowk to Astam Kot for the overnight stay in the Japanese resort Hana No Ie. All rooms in this lodge face the Annapurna Range, including Machhapuchhare (Fish-tail) and also Gachok-lhachok valley, which gives you the feeling of being in the lap of the great Himalayas. The resort is constructed using mainly natural materials like stone, wood, coconut fiber, mud, and beeswax. The walls are made up of mud, which is a traditional Nepali style. The fabrics used to make the curtains and bedcovers are naturally dyed and handwoven. These materials and traditional lifestyle make up for a relaxing and environmentally friendly atmosphere. Overnight at Hana No Ie. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 9 - Explore Astamkot (1,400 m)
You will begin the day after breakfast with a wonderful hike where the Annapurna South and Macchapuchhare will be visible as you walk through the grain fields at the foot of the Annapurna massif. On your way, you can stop by from time to time to interact and converse with the hardworking mountain farmers cultivating their crops. Overnight at Hana No Ie in Astamkot. Bed and breakfast include.
Day 10 - Descend to Pokhara (827 m) 5-hours walk
After breakfast, you will make a short ascend en route to Hyanja Kot which is an easy and flat trail. You will stop by Dhampus for a quick lunch. After lunch, you will hike to Australian Base Camp (1920 m) from where you can indulge in the beautiful views of the mountains along with the local lifestyle. Once you descend to Kande, you will catch a coach bus and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Mt. Kailash Resort in Pokhara. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 11 - Drive to Sarangkot and Fly to Kathmandu (1,400 m) 25-minutes flight
After waking up early in the morning, you will drive for 25 minutes to the beautiful hill of Sarangkot towering at an altitude of 1,600 m. The drive to Sarangkot may be short but you can witness the scenic views of the lake, hills, and the lifestyle of the locals living in Pokhara. After enjoying the scenic morning views of the mountains, you will head back to the hotel for breakfast. As the tour nears towards the end, you will head back from Pokhara to Kathmandu with a smooth 30 minutes flight. After reaching Kathmandu, you will make a quick visit to Patan Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple. Once the sightseeing is complete, you will check-in at our hotel and have free time for the rest of the day. Overnight at Hotel Mulberry, Thamel in Kathmandu. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 12 - Sightseeing in Swoyambhunath and Leisure time (1,400 m) 2-hours walk
After breakfast, you will have a final sightseeing tour around Swoyambhunath. More than 2000 years old, Swayambhunath is a glorious Buddhist Stupa located three kilometers west of Kathmandu city. The stupa contains a medley of small Stupas and Pagoda temples, which is highly respected and visited daily by many Buddhist people. The stupa is also well known as the monkey temple because of the many harmless monkeys you can see around the hill while exploring the stupa. Once the tour ends, you can enjoy the free time to explore the streets of Thamel where you can find many small boutiques, handicrafts, and local shops to buy souvenirs. Overnight at Hotel Mulberry, Thamel in Kathmandu. Bed and breakfast included.
Day - 13 Final Departure or Join another tour/trek
After breakfast, you will have time to pack your luggage and belongings. Our agents will help escort you to the airport 3 hours before your departure time.