Kathmandu Pokhara Tour is a blend of Kathmandu sightseeing and Pokhara visit. Kathmandu, the capital city, is the only metropolitan city of Nepal. Kathmandu is now a densely populated and a time-poor city. However, the culturally and historically important places of the city remain intact. The setting of Kathmandu is comprised of numerous temples, palaces, museums, commercial and non-commercial places, hotels and restaurants. In Kathmandu, we will walk around the major places of the city viz. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one among the three royal cities of Nepal. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. The Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple are major religious places of Kathmandu. They relate to Buddhism and Hinduism. Pilgrims from neighboring countries also come here to visit these places.
Patan and Bhaktapur are parts of the Kathmandu Valley. The Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are other two royal cities of Nepal. Both the places are famous for the wood carving, stone carving, architecture of the temples and palaces situated there. Numerous Buddhist and Hindu temples that were constructed centuries back still exist in these places.
Nagarkot is another tourist destination in Nepal. The view of snow-capped peaks especially the Lantang range is wonderfully seen from Nagarkot. The Nagarkot Tower is usually crowded during sunrise and sunset.
Pokhara is the city of lakes. Pokhara has always been known for its natural beauty. The closely seen Himalayas and pure lakes, rivers and gorges are the identity of Pokhara. The major attractions of Pokhara are Phewa Lake, Rupa Taal (lake), Begnas Taal, Mt. Machhapuchhare, David’s Fall, Seti river and the Lake side restaurants.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and Sunrise or Sunset views from Nagarkot.
Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (213 km), 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Pokhara (Fewa Lake, Bindavasini Temple, David Falls, Gupteshwar Mahadev, Tibetan Refugee Camp).
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 07: Final departure.
What's included !
- Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.
- Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights); Breakfast included.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
- All Ground Transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.
- Licensed English-speaking guide.
- The required number of ground staff during the tour.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
- Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
- All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
What's not included !
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Your travel insurance.
- Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 15 to USD 20 per person per day.
- All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc
- Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
- Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.