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adventure travel trip to Nepal
Trek along the Kathmandu Valley Rim with exceptional mountain views.
Dates
  • Nov 1-8, 2014
  • Nov 3-10, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Guaranteed to Go at Any Group Size. See Pricing  
    Land Cost $2,100
    Single Supplement $300
    Lodging 1 star-2 stars
    Grade II-III
    Best Time

    Kathmandu Ridgetop Trek

    Seldom trod trails revealing high Himalayan panoramas

    Day 1      Arrive Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by JOURNEYS staff and transferred to your hotel. After a brief trip introduction given by your guide, spend the rest of the day relaxing.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: International Guesthouse (or similar)

    Namaste, Kathmandu
    Day 2      Kathmandu

    Today you'll have a tour of Kathmandu Valley including Boddhanath and Pasupatinath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. Boddhanath is a site of very active worship and many Tibetan-type Buddhist monasteries representing sects from Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, different areas of Nepal and India. Nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity. Not far away you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. A great pilgrimage occurs here in February attracting Hindu ascentics and devout worshippers from all areas of the Hindu world. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse (or similar)

    Visit Boddhanath Stupa
    Day 3      Kathmandu / Namobuddha

    Depart by vehicle early in the morning for Dhulikhel, a distance of approximately 20 miles. Here you will begin your trek to Namobuddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites. This is where the Lord Buddha is said to have offered himself to a starving Tigress and her cubs. Walk through the village and soak up the mountain views of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Gaurisankar Rowoling Range, and more.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping at Namobuddha

    Sacred Namobuddha
    Day 4      Namobuddha / Baithali Village

    Wake up in the morning to the peaceful surroundings of this sacred Buddhist site, where meditation comes so easily. Today you will walk through beautiful villages inhabited by two dominant Nepali ethnic groups: Tamangs and Magars. After completing about four hours of village walk, reach the Baithali Village. You may have a good view of Mt. Everest here if the skies are clear enough.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping at Baithali

    See mountain paddy fields
    Day 5      Baithali Village / Phulchoki Danda

    After breakfast, wander through the vibrant farming community of Baithali. Walk through paddy fields and observe the very crops which make this area thrive. Learn about the local people's culture, while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and green forests, bird watching, and passing through rural settlements. After completing approximately five hours of hiking, reach the Phulchoki Hill where you will stay for the night.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping at Phulchoki

    This trek offers wonderful mountain views
    Day 6      Phulchoki Danda / Lele Gaon

    Phulchoki Hill is the highest point around the Kathmandu Valley rim. At 2,800 meters, you will have an incredible vantage point for appreciating the great Himalayan peaks to the north, as well as the surrounding valley. After breakfast, begin your descent through dense forest to the village of Lele Gaon. This is where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the forest sounds and peaceful environment.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping at Lele Gaon

    Meet the locals along the trails
    Day 7      Lele Gaon / Bhaktapur / Kathmandu

    In the morning, enjoy birdwatching near the campsite. After breakfast, depart by vehicle for Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a separate kingdom where the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. Back in Kathmandu, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend your final night as you like. Your hotel is located in the Thamel area where there are great shopping bargains to be made.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse (or similar)

    Stop at the village of Bhaktapur
    Day 8      Onward

    Following breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight or spend more days trekking around the valley rim or add on an excursion to Chitwan National Park.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None



     
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