Being considered as one of the most famous tourist destination all over the world, Nepal is known for its humble people, beautiful landscape and humongous Himalayan massifs. Amidst the mountains, there are also plain terrain where the wild animals roar and the Stupas and temples reside. Nepal is a perfect basket of culture and adventure for people who like to travel and see the mixture of these two.
Desire Adventures has come up with a package of 10 days where you’ll first enjoy the alluring beauty of the mountains and gradually come down to the plains of Nepal. From Pokhara you will start a journey towards the Himalayas to see the beautiful Annapurna and Macchapuchre (Mt. Fishtail). Poonhill Trek leads you to the villages of the Annapurna region where you can explore the settlements and enjoy the mountains surrounding you while trekking. Considered as one of the best short treks of Nepal with an elevation of 3210m, Poonhill gives you the feeling of being very close to the mountains where nature will greet you with a magnificent view of the sunrise amidst the mountains. Later, we will also come down to the Southern plains of the Terai where the wild animals walk amidst the humans in the national park of Chitwan. The whole trip is packaged to give you the best of the northern as well as the southern parts of Nepal and to show you the vastness of what this country has to offer.
Although the trek can be planned in any time of the year since it has no technical difficulty, it is best to plan t during the spring and Autumn season for the best view of the mountains and also for appropriate weather. It is also cost effective if you plan the trip in a group. Nevertheless, we are always flexible with your timing and schedule. Thus, let us know what works for you and we will make the best to customize our itinerary.
- Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
- 3 nights’ twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with ethnic music and dance
- Transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara
- Annapurna Trekking permit (ACAP) and TIMS (Trekkers security Card) permit
- Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan
- All accommodations on a trek (Lodge/Tea house)
- Transportation to Chitwan (arrangement of Private vehicle is available upon request)
- Chitwan national Park entrance fee
- National Park guided tour with activities
- Transportation from Chitwan-Kathmandu
- Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup only) during trek
- Purified drinking water (medicated safe to drink) during the trek
- Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local and government taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- Desire Adventuresduffel bag if required
- Desire Adventures T- Shirt
- Trekking route map
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
- Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water & alcoholic and soft beverages
- Extra Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging while on a trek
- Monument entrance fees while on a tour in Kathmandu (aprox USD25 per person)
- Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
- Tipping (as an appreciation) and any additional tours
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Your team representative will be waiting for you at the airport. From the airport, he will guide you to your hotel where you can freshen up after the long flight. Depending upon your arrival time you can either rest and stay at the hotel or go out to explore the city on your first day. Later in the evening, we will invite you for dinner at a typical Nepali authentic restaurant where you can meet your tour guide and your trekking guide to discuss further about the trek.
Highlight: Arrival in Nepal, introduction to the culture through food and entertainment.
On the 2nd day, we will have our breakfast in the hotel and head out to explore the city of Kathmandu. We will be visiting some famous infrastructures and World Heritage sites here in the capital city. Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square are some of the places you will be visiting. If time let be, we will also visit Patan Durbar Square. Boudhanath and Swayambhunath both represent Stupas. Boudhanath lies on the ancient pathway from the salt traders to Tibet whereas Swayambhunath lies in the outskirts of the city on top of a hill.
Highlights: Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swayambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia.
On our 3rd day in the country, we will start our trek by catching the tourist bus to Pokhara. The tourist bus is a well facilitated bus that leaves from Kathmandu every morning to Pokhara. It takes about 7-8 hours to reach this city of trekkers. Pokhara is also called a trekker’s hub since a lot of trekking route starts from this place. On the way you can see various scenarios and beautiful landscapes and settlements from the bus and get a zest of how the rural Nepal looks like. Upon reaching Pokhara you will be guided to your hotel. If there is time, you can explore the city (walking or on a bicycle).
Highlights: Comfortable tourist bus, windy highway along the Trisuli River, breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crop, different vegetation, curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges, Lake area in Pokhara.)
Our destination for today is Tikhedhunga. From Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul which is about 2hour long drive. On reaching Nayapul the porters will take the luggage and we will start hiking for Tikadhunga today. Your trekking guide will give you some information on the trek and some important notice after which we will start. We walk towards Birethanti following the south bank of the Modi River. There is a check point in Birethani where our leader will take care of all the check in formalities at the ACAP office. Passing Lamdawali, Sudame, Hile, and a few waterfalls we finally reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at a lodge in Tikhedhunga.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Start of the walk and first view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna, Modi River, waterfalls, countryside villages
After hiking for some time yesterday, we are prepared to do some proper trek today. We will walk from Tikadhunga to Ghorepani. We first climb up to Ulleri, following a stone paved steps. A 3000 steps walk will take us to a gentle ascent from where we walk amidst the Rhododendron and Oak forest, passing Banthanti and eventually reach Ghorepani - a gateway to Poon Hill, which is the best sunrise view point in the Annapurna region. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghorepani.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Climbing the stone steps to reach Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village which offers magnificent view of Annapurna South and Himchuli, rhododendron and Oak forest of the conservation area, Magnificent view from Ghorepani along with various facilities including health posts, schools, Stupas, temple and internet cafes.
Today is the day we will reach our destination; Poonhill. From Ghorepani we will wake up early to catch the sunrise from the top. The first ray of sunrise striking the mountains spreading its natural colors is truly magnificent. We enjoy the view of sunrise and then get back to the lodge at Ghorepani. After freshening up, we aim to get back to Pokhara today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: breathtaking view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Macchapuchre Range, morning sunset striking from the mountains with other 20 highest peaks, distant view of Mustang, various trees and forests along the trail.
Early morning in Pokhara, we will have our breakfast and catch the bus to Chitwan. Nevertheless, you can also hire a jeep at extra cost. The ride to Chitwan will take about 8-9 hours. We will pass Marsyangdi River along the Prithvi Highway, then head towards Mugling a trail junction of the Prithvi and Siddhartha Highway. Leaving Prithvi Highway, we now follow the Siddhartha Highway and head towards the Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is a small town blossoming by tourism and its forestry. There are various endangered animals and plants found in the national park. On reaching the Chitwan National Park, we freshen up and have lunch at the hotel. We will visit the Tharu Villages (ethnic group of Nepal), explore their lifestyle and settlement and in the evening, we enjoy the sunset view at the bank of the river. Later for dinner, a cultural show will be performed by the Tharu people, which is followed by a bonfire. The night will be spent at a tourist standard lodge in Chitwan.
Highlights: Winding Prithvi and Siddhartha Highway along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, picturesque hamlets, terraced farms, green hilltops and the lifestyle of people running motels, hotels and lodges for survival and an insight on the lifestyle and culture of Tharu people and their amazing culture.
On the explore day at Chitwan, we will spend the day tracking wild animals, birds, insects and the forestry. We can explore the wild either on foot or by a jeep. We can also select other options like dugout canoe, jeep safari or the elephant ride. The trip starts with an elephant ride, which is then followed by a dugout canoe trip down the Budhi Rapti River that presents us the opportunity to spot various water birds. We then visit the elephant breeding center and elephant camp. A single day isn’t enough to explore the wild beauty of Chitwan but we will try to squeeze it in a day.
Highlights: Jungle safari, dugout canoe, jeep safari, and jungle walk, opportunity to spot rare species of birds, monkeys, deer, rhinos and water birds and a visit to the elephant breeding center and Bis Hajaar Taal.
We will ride back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus today. The ride takes up to 8 hours and along the way we can enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and the village settlements. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be guided to your hotel room to freshen up. Later in the evening, we will also host a farewell dinner for you where we can discuss on your trip and get feedbacks.
Highlights: Drive on the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River from Chitwan to Kathmandu.
You can do some souvenir shopping if your flight is in the evening. Nevertheless, if your flight is early morning, we will drop you off in the airport. Hope you have a safe journey!
Climate and Geography
The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.
Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.
Postal, Freight and Cargo Services:
The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near NTC Building in Newroad. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerograms and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.
Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card. (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).
The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive, therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.
Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, and photocopy.
Apps like Maps.me and Google Maps will navigate through a lot of landmarks and streets. Most urban areas in Nepal are mapped out good enough to find your way.
For offline navigation you can use a free Kathmandu Valley map that is available at the Tourist center of the Nepal Tourism Board and several tourist accommodations. Detailed maps are available in map and book shops in the big tourist areas of Nepal. Most Nepalese in the capital and other major cities know English so language barrier will not be a problem.
There are Taxis with black license plate for private transportation (private taxis may charge slightly higher. No tip is expected) and local transportation like public buses, micro buses and tempos ( 3-wheelers) running around the city. You could even try rides on local rickshaws, ponies or bullock-carts where they're available. Government run green buses known as Sajha Bus are comfortable and run along the north-south and east-west main roads of the valley. The bus also runs through the insides of the Airport and goes to Thamel. Let the bus conductor know your destination and you will be dropped on the alley that leads you to Thamel. You can also get navigations on your mobile map app to know where you are heading.
Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen, all in Kathmandu. Mountain bikes can also be hired in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan.
Tourist bus service provides easy transportation to prime areas like Pokhara and Chitwan. For other destinations, long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all major cities. Out-of-valley bound buses leave from New Bus Park at Gongabu at Ring Road near Balaju, Kathmandu.
Nepalese Currency and Exchange
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some of the International Banks have their own offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, etc. are accepted in Nepal at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Master Cards. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.
It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.
For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.
Vaccination and Medicines
Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.
Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio