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The Royal Walk in the Himalayas
The Royal Walk in the Himalayas
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Highlights: Kathmandu - Pokhara


Hotels:
Kathmandu - Hotel Himalaya / Hotel Shambala
Pokhara – The Begnas Lake Resort & Villas


Itinerary:


Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 2-night stay.


Overnight: Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Shambala


Day 2: Tour of Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath stupa & Patan city
After breakfast, visit of old Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes, colorful bazaars, the Temple of the Living Goddess - Kumari who is considered to be the incarnation of the "Virgin Goddess". The old Durbar Square consists of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture.


Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa, situated west of Kathmandu. It is a 2500 years old Buddhist stupa located at a top of green hillock with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking righteous behaviour of the valley inhabitants.


Later visit Patan city, also known as Lalitpur or the "city of beauty". Patan is well known for its intricately carved temples, narrow lanes and quaint shops. See the intricately stone-carved Krishna temple, Patan Durbar Square and Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (golden temple).


Overnight: Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Shambala


Day 3: Drive Kathmandu / Pokhara (200 Km/ 5.5hrs)
After breakfast drive to Pokhara for a 2-night stay. Drive along the scenic mountainous highway to the Pokhara valley. Forming the backdrop are the spectacular Annapurnas massif and the magnificent fishtailed Machhapuchhre dominating the scenery. Adding to Pokhara’s enchantments are the three serene lakes of Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa, the World Peace stupa atop a hill, the deep Seti gorge, the Green canyon and Devis fall. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with incomparable mountain views.


Overnight: Begnas Lake Resort


Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Trek to Thulkote (1,400m) (3-hr trek)
Morning, sightseeing tour of Pokhara city with its colorful bazaars, visit the Bindivasini temple, Devis Fall, Seti Gorge.


After lunchtime, drive to Arghaun, the starting point of the trek. The trail passes through prime paddy fields before slowly winding uphill till the ridgeline is reached at Thulkote, the first night's campsite.


Overnight: Tented Camp


Day 5: Trek Thulokote / Lipeni (1,539m) (6-hr trek)
A magnificent sunrise view of the entire Annapurna range awaits you in the morning. Today's hike is a gentle walk along the ridge to arrive at Patale Bhanjyang for a lunch stop. Further walk uphill through small pine and rhododendron forests with a bird's eye view of Dipang and Begnas lakes on the valley floor, arrive at Lipeni a small Gurung village. The campsite is located a little above Lipeni in a meadow offering a gorgeouview of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Mt. Macchapuchare, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu


Overnight: Tented Camp


Day 6: Trek Lipeni / Chisapani (1,520m) (5-hr trek)
Morning possibility of exploring the village of Syaglung before setting off on the trail descending sharply to Chautara, for a lunch stop. The trail then winds uphill through grass meadows and scattered settlements then downhill till the check post where your trek permits will be checked. A further 40 minutes steep uphill brings one to the village of Chisapani, set up camp atop a small hillock, perhaps the best campsite on this route


Overnight: Tented Camp


Day 7: Trek Chisapeni / Begnas (4-hr trek)
After breakfast, a knee wobbling descent for a couple of hours will you to the valley floor crossing a stream that feeds the Rupa lake. Walk along a small ridge that separates the Rupa and Begnas lakes. A short downhill walk through small fishing villages brings you to Begnas road. Transfer to Hotel for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure


Overnight: The Begnas Lake Resort & Villas


Day 8: Drive Pokhara /Kathmandu(200Km/5.5hrs)
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure


Overnight: Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Shambala


Day 9: Departure transfer
Transfer to Kathmandu airport and depart on your onward flight



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Qatar Airways
  • Airport taxes
  • 3 nights accommodation in Hotel Himalaya/Hotel Shambala, Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Begnas Lake Resort, Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 4 Days / 3 nights fully organized camping trek as per the itinerary on Full Board basis (starting with dinner and ending with lunch) with support of Sherpa guide, Sherpa cook, camping equipment, porters etc
  • Airport transfers per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary guided by an English speaking guide in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu surface transfer using a private vehicle
  • Pokhara / Arghaun & Begnas/Pokhara private surface transfers
  • Entrnace fees as currently applicable (subject to charges)

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary