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  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From GBP 323.27

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Embark on a 4-day adventure through the gorgeous countryside surrounding Kathmandu, including three days trekking with a daypack from Shivapuri National Park to the medieval village of Bhaktapur. You’ll watch magnificent sunrises, visit small towns and ancient temples, and take in breathtaking views of the vast Himalayas along the way. Get an intimate look at Nepali life while staying at simple, yet comfortable, teahouses. This small-group hiking tour operates with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert local guide.

Highlights

  • All necessary equipment included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
This trip is ideal for the more independent-minded, adventure-seeking traveler who's willing to rough it a bit and seeks the support of a local guide who can offer advice and help uncover the region's hidden gems.

You’ll stay in budget accommodations at local teahouses and have plenty of free time for optional activities, plus an array of food choices available in each town. Meals are not included, so you decide where, with whom and what to eat, allowing the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu
The night before tour departure, please make your way to this location at 5pm to meet your tour leader for briefing; however, if you arrive after this time or on the day of departure, please contact the local tour operator and necessary arrangements will be made for you
Departure Time:
8:30am
The night before tour departure, please make your way to this location at 5pm to meet your tour leader for briefing; however, if you arrive after this time or on the day of departure, please contact the local tour operator and necessary arrangements will be made for you
Duration:
4 days, 3 nights
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 1pm on the last day

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Single Room
Code: SINGLE

One person per room; this option is also available for more than one traveler if you choose to be put in separate rooms. Please see Additional Information for further details

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GBP568.80
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Double Room
Code: TWIN

Two people per room; if you are traveling with an odd number of passengers, three people will be placed in a triple room, subject to availability. Please see Additional Information for further details

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4-Day Kathmandu Valley Trekking Tour Including Bhaktapur

4-Day Kathmandu Valley Trekking Tour Including Bhaktapur

Inclusions:
  • English-speaking guide
  • 3-night accommodation in basic village guesthouse and hotels
  • Transport by minibus
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • On this hiking trip, you will be walking at demanding altitudes of approximately 12,467 ft (3800 m) above sea level, with the possibility of extreme variations in weather; it is common for travelers to experience adverse health effects due to this altitude, regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It is highly recommended that you discuss this trip with your doctor prior to departure
  • All tour leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are planning on getting a multi-entry visa from the airport, please be prepared for long lines; you will also need to provide 2 passport photos and the following fees in USD: $25 for 15-day visa, $40 for 30-day visa, $100 for 90-day visa.
  • Travel insurance that covers medical expenses, including emergency repatriation, is required to participate on this tour; proof of insurance must be shown to tour leader on the first day
  • Minimum age is 16 years; all travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • As no meals are included, please expect to spend around US$130 in total for meals purchased locally
  • Please pack as lightly as possible, as you are expected to carry your own luggage; it is recommended that you keep the weight under 22 lbs (10 kg)
  • Accommodation:
    Single Room: For single travelers. If your group has more than one person, you may also book this option if you would like to be placed in separate rooms, one person per room
    Double Room: For travelers with more than one person. If you are traveling with an odd number of companions, three people will be placed in a triple room (three people per room), the rest in double rooms, subject to availability; in certain cases, the extra person may have to be placed in a double room with another passenger or in a single room by him/herself, additional charge to be paid directly to local operator (in this case, you will be notified prior to departure)
  • Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015
  • The following information is required of travelers upon booking:
    • Full name, nationality and current country of residence
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number, issue date and expiry date
    • E-mail address
    • Existing medical conditions or dietary requirements
    • Travel insurer name, contact number and policy number
Itinerary:
Day 1: Kathmandu – Chisapani
Meet your small group and expert local guide at the tour office in the morning, and then take a 1-hour drive by minivan to Sundarijal, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Along the way, enjoy views of the hilly, forested terrain of the Kathmandu Valley and get acquainted with your fellow travelers as you prepare for your Himalayan adventure!

After your vehicle arrives at your first destination, hike with your guide up a long staircase that follows the water pipeline to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. Take in the scenic beauty of your surroundings, where pine and oak forests mix with rhododendrons and a variety of orchids.

As you continue your trek along the staircase and past the water reservoir, learn about the unique wildlife that is protected in the park, including sloth bears, leopards, wild boar and Indian porcupine. Listen for a variety of birds and keep an eye out for 150 species of butterflies.

When your group reaches the village of Mulkharka, your guide will assist you to find a simple lunch in one of the wayside shops (all meals at own expense). Following a rest with food and tea, head through town, passing an abandoned school on your return to the forest.
Here, the steep incline eases and shade offers welcome relief from the warm temperatures. Soon, if the weather cooperates with clear skies, catch your first glimpse of the high, snow-capped Everest ranges of the Himalayan Mountains.

After approximately five hours on your first day’s trek, emerge from the wilderness and head into the village of Chisapani. In the evening, experience Nepali culture at an authentic teahouse, where you can purchase dinner and interact with the locals or just relax in the company of your guide and small group.

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Chisapani

Day 2: Chisapani – NagarkotAfter breakfast, prepare to hit the trail for a 7-hour hike, trekking through lush vegetation. You’ll walk both uphill and downhill along dirt tracks, passing through sporadic rural settlements along the way.
Take in the magnificent panoramic views of the dramatic and steep Himalayas en route to Nagarkot, situated on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. When you arrive in the town after a full day of hiking, take the weight off and relax for a leisurely evening.
You can purchase dinner and stroll through the village for more breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valley below.

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Nagarkot

Day 3: Nagarkot – Bhaktapur
Wake up early in Nagarkot to relish the sunrise view for which the town is known, looking out over the distant Himalayas. After breakfast with your small group at the teahouse, hike down toward the medieval town of Bhaktapur, one of three royal villages in the valley.

Stop en route at Nepal’s oldest temple, Changu Narayan, located on a high hilltop in the village of Changu. Your guide will point out the magnificent Nepali architecture of metal and wood design, and describe the religious rituals of local Hindus as you peek into the ancient temple. You may even get to meet with monks!

Then, follow a scenic route through terraced rice fields, small villages and pine forests, switching back and forth between the wilderness trail and a countryside road for approximately five and a half hours with your small group.
Arriving in Bhaktapur late in the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll around town on your own, experiencing its charm and character. Located along the ancient trade route between Tibet and India, Bhaktapur was founded in the 12th century and is replete with pagodas and terra-cotta monuments, as well as fascinating palaces and temples.

Feel free to ask your guide for any dining suggestions or recommendations of top attractions to see during your free time.

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Nagarkot


Day 4: Bhaktapur – Kathmandu
Upon awakening in Bhaktapur, enjoy a free morning at leisure. Hang out at a teahouse or visit the temples, admiring their gilded roofs, intricate carvings and open courtyards. Or, simply catch sight of more gorgeous views of the Himalayas before returning to Kathmandu by minivan around 1pm.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jackson G, April 2015

This tour includes 4 days, 3 nights. You start off meeting in Thamel, then driving about 45 mins to the hike start point. This morning is pretty much all uphill. Lunch was daal baat at a local restaurant. Overnight in Chisapani, which has beautiful views on both sides of the ridge. For Chisapani, we stayed at a basic guesthouse. Be sure to bring a towel, toilet paper, soap, and a sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag. They provide a modest blanket and pillow. Dinner was daal baat. The next morning you hike on the side of mountain to Nargokot. The morning is a long hike, a few hours, followed by another few hours. Lunch was at a guesthouse daal baat. Overnight in Nargokot at Hotel Country Villa, which overlooks a huge valley. It was super nice. Recommend purchasing the buffet dinner and breakfast. The next day is an easy hike out of Nargokot, where you will pass through several villages. Feel free to ask to stop and meet the villagers, buy some of their tea, or learn about locally brewed millet wine. I skipped the temple hike, which adds a few hours. We arrived in Bhaktapur around lunchtime. I was free to get lunch on my own. Bhaktapur is very in tune with the tourist industry. Thus, there are several Western style eateries usually at hotels. That afternoon, my guide showed me basic things in Bhaktapur, which reminded me of an ancient Italian bricked city. My guide then let me explore on my own. Be sure to venture off the tourist trail to see how life is really lived. Don't be afraid to get lost. Overnight was at a Bhaktapur hotel which overlooked Taumadhi Square. Bhaktapur is very touristy, so be sure to bargain for gifts. If you want a good gift for everyone back home, buy them an incense holder in the clay square, these run about 20 NR for one small one. The next day, I was free to explore on my own, then I met up for lunch with my guide and I was taken to the airport.

Other items: there is a porter until Bhaktapur, be sure to tip him.

Reviewed by: Oliver S, October 2014

Brilliant trip and incredible value for money--strongly recommended!