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Kathmandu Ghorepani Winter Trek

Fact of Trip

Duration: 11 Days

Activities: Sightseeing Tours, Pokhara City tour, Hiking upto Poon Hill

Trip Type: Special Package Program.

Brief description of the places:

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations as enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An exquisitive exploration in the Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal.

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to non Hindu. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Joiner. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is the 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

 The main attractions in Patan:

Besides the above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:

  1. Golden Temple
  2. Kumbheshwar
  3. Krishna Mandir
  4. Jagat Narayan
  5. Mahaboudha
  6. Ashokan Stupa
  7. Machchhendranath Temple
  8. Tibetan Refugee Camp

Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur which means the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rule continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.

A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century, the intricately carved balcony and the windows are a masterpiece of wood carving.

Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. It is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in Kathmandu.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Full day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Full day of sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 04: The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 05: The drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes one and half hours.

Day 06: The trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 07: The trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 08: The trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

Day 09: The trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

Day 10: The trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Day 11: The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Day 12: Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

The places of visit include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Full day of sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur.

Full day of sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 05: The drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes one and half hours.

You begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. The first part of your trek is comfortable, passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you ascend gently to the final destination of the day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: The trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours.

Your trek begins with a steep ascend for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you can see the scenic view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now your trail is quite easier, passing through the forest and descends gently up to the final camp. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: The trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) allows you to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. En-route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green vegetation. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: The trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

It is an easy descends all the way through, passing through the dense forest of oak, rhododendrons and fir. This is one of the popular destinations for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: The trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

The early part of your trek is a steep descent following the stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for the early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see the panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: The trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

The trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11: The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to the airport for final departure.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C car or van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus & from Pokhara to Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara by private vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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