HIMALAYAN ODYSSEY –
15 Days. Max. Altitude 1,400m.
Character Hotels and Guest Houses, one Night Tented Beach Camp. Road travel by tourist bus and some private transport.
Tour Briefing: 5pm on Day 1.
See ‘First 48’ Dossier for pre-trip services.
This is a journey full of adventure, which shows many of the varied faces of this remarkable country, Nepal. You surely will be delighted by how much you will have seen and covered during your two- week sojourn. From the colour and chaos of the Kathmandu Valley to the calm of Pokhara’s Lake Phewa, from the majesty of the High Himalaya to the plains of The Terrai’s Chitwan National Park and thrill of whitewater on the Trisuli. Visit Nepal! You will be our honoured guest.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY –
DAY 1 - Transfer to Bhaktapur. Afternoon at leisure. Evening (5pm) Tour Briefing.
(O/N Bhadgaon Guest House).
Welcome to Nepal and welcome to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. There’s no better way to appreciate Nepali character and culture than by starting your exploration is this ancient city.
DAY 2 – Bhaktapur - Changu Narayan-Bhaktapur
A comprehensive day tour includes the architectural highlights of UNESCO World Heritage listed Bhaktapur and the temple of Changu Narayan. Although the population sprawl of the Kathmandu Valley has almost engulfed both sites into the one mega-metropolis that is Kathmandu, there are still glimpses of rural life to be had as we travel from one site to the other. And depending on the prevailing season, often one ends up in the midst of a frantic street festival or three. (B)
DAY 3 – Bhaktapur – Nuwakot
(O/N The Famous Farm)
Our drive out of the Kathmandu Valley means a 600m climb to the Valley Rim. Once beyond the confines of the Valley the ‘other’ Nepal opens up to us. Rural scenes enchant as our route winds north into the central Himalayan region of the Langtang Himal.
Near the upper Trisuli River, high off the main road to Langtang, Nuwakot is a truly superb fortified town of palaces and temples of historic significance. Above Nuwakot one finds the inspirationally restored Famous Farm with its wonderful location and river-valley views. The farm is a cluster of three buildings which together provide the sheer delight of just a little more than typically luxurious Nepali country living. From here there are short walks in the glorious, tranquil neighbourhood and fresh organic produce is ‘le plat du jour’. (B,D)
DAY 4 – Nuwakot
A full day at leisure to enjoy the pastoral setting of The Famous Farm. Once installed, some choose not to move, whilst others take to the pathways and trails through the nearby forest to explore this quiet corner of the upper Trisuli region. Tourists are still a rarity in these parts so except some locals to be surprised at and delighted by your presence. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – Nuwakot – The Trisuli Centre (O/N Tented Beach Camp)
Morning departure, following the Trisuli River down-stream toward the lowlands and into the middle hills to the Trisuli Centre and ‘Big Fig’. The Trisuli, Nepal’ most popular rafting river, has bouncy waves, hefty holes and tricky chutes. An optional afternoon rafting trip will tempt many. For those who prefer to spend their afternoon relaxing around our Tented Beach Camp, there are the Garden of Streams and Big Fig, a huge spreading Banyan tree with spreading aerial roots, to visit. There’s a crossing of a typically long Nepali trail bridge which links both shores of the Trisuli and acts as a carriageway for both goods and pedestrians. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – Trisuli Centre – Pokhara (O/N Mountain Villa Hotel)
To Pokhara, a popular lakeside tourist hub with an array of cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. Free time to explore. Phewa Lake offers the chance of serene canoe trips, whilst a climb up to the nearby ‘peace monument’ will test the limbs and lungs. (B)