Tour Vehicle Tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitawan, and Lumbini
This tour is a must for groups who want to experience both the comforts and attractions of modern Nepal and the significant traditional sites of ancient Nepal. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition van or bookings on state of the art, air-conditioned tour buses will travel to Nepal’s world heritage sites and areas of spectacular Himalayan Mountain views and natural beauty. As Nepal represenatives, it is our pleasure to welcome guests to the warmth and ancient flavor that is Nepal.
Kathmandu, Nepal’s ancient capital city, is recognized as a world cultural treasure as its many temples, Buddhist Stupas, and palaces are among the finest ever fashioned. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition’s guides are experienced and expert interpreters of these cultural icons. Included as must sees are Swoyambhu the Monkey Temple, Krishna Mandir, Boodha Stupa, Patan, Durbur Square, Bhaktipur, and Narayanhiti Palace. Our tours are flexible, and our guides will accommodate any special interests you, our guests, may have.
After Kathmandu next, we visit the lake city, Pokhara. Nepal’s second city and the gateway to the Annapurna, Pokhara has a relaxed style with a lively tourist district along spectacular Fewa Lake. Machhapuchhre, Nepal’s national symbol and Holy Mountain, sits proudly above the Pokhara skyline. Pokhara also hosts an unequalled-in-the-world paragliding experience. For guests who like such experiences, available are paragliding, bungee jumping, and the world’s longest, fastest Zip Line. Highly trained, licensed paragliding pilots fly passengers up above the lake and hills for a bird’s eye view of the whole of the Annapurna Range. A popular outing is an early morning trip to Sarangkot to see the sun rise on the Annapurna Range. The bright purple to orange sunlight spectacularly spreads through the 7000m to 8000m snow peaks from tips to then bases. Afterwards, the 1.5 hour jungle hike downhill to Lakeside, Pokhara from Sarangkot is an option.
We proceed from Pokhara to famous Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is one of Buddhism’s holy sites and throughout the year Buddhist pilgrims visit and meditate. There is a quality of peace throughout the park with its natural settings and lotus ponds. In the park there are many Stupas (shrine) and Gumpas (monastery). Each Buddhist nation maintains a Gumpa in Lumbini and from all over the world, monks and nuns are sent to Lumbini to study and contemplate. Lumbini is situated near the Indian border in the Tarai part of Nepal that is part of the Ganges Flood plain.
From Lumbini we travel eastwards to Chitwan National Park. Here too on the Ganges Flood Plain lies Chitwan. Chitwan National Park takes its name from the surrounding Dun Valley. Chitwan means “Heart of The Jungle” and refers to the denseness of forests and wildlife. From the high Himalaya an immense amount of water flows down into the Ganges. In Chitwan, the rivers slow and meander, creating a rich ecosystem that has remained untouched. Also, the Valley contains the holy site of Devghat. Devghat is at the confluence of Kali, Seti, and Trishuli River and is a destination for pilgrimages. Since ancient times, sadhus and hermits have been come to meditate. Hindu practitioners consider Devghat as a great and holy place to end life.
The park is home for more than 50 mammals’ species, over 500 birds and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered animals found in the park are: One-Horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant (one of the world’s most endangered species), Four horned Antelope, Pangolin, Golden Monitor lizard, Python. Birds include, Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbill, Black Stork, White Stork. There are numbers of One-Horned Rhinos in the Park and they are often seen. The park is also famous for bird watching. There are boat tours available which are popular with bird enthusiasts. The Park houses an Elephant Breeding Center, and a Crocodile Farm. The sunset at the Rapti River is a beautiful must see. Chitwan is also a place to learn about the local ethnic Nepali called Tharu. They host traditional dances and songs in the village in the evenings.
From Chitwan, we return to Kathmandu. It is a
four hour drive, though also, it is possible to take a 25-minute domestic-flight from the nearby city of Bharatpur to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we relax and shop. There are easily available handicrafts, Nepali fabrics and clothing, and souvenirs. The Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Vehicle Tour is an affordable package with which to discover the variety and best of Nepal.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Stay in Hotel and Welcome dinners in kathmandu
Visit to Swayambhu
Visit to Narayanhiti Palace Museum
Visit to Krishna Mandir in Patan
Departure for Pokhara after Lunch (6 Hour)
Stay in Hotel View Point in Pokhara Day 03
Visit to Davi Fall,
Visit toTibetan Refugee Camp
Visit to Mountain Museum
Departure for Lumbini after Lunch (6 hour)
Stay in Hotel Ananda Inn in Lumbini Day 04
Visit to the various Gumbas (Buddhist Monasteries)
Departure for Chitwan after Lunch (4 Hours)
Stay in Eden Jungle Resort in Chitwan Day 05
Visit to National Park including elephant stable, local village, and elephant back safari Day 06
Chitwan Park canoe excursion, jungle walk, bird watching Day 07
Return to Kathmandu (4 hours)
Shopping and free time in Kathmandu Day 08
Departure from Kathmandu.
Cost for this short tour (excluding flight option upgrade, Pokhara activity options, i.e. paragliding, zip-line) charged by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition: Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give 24-hour emergency response to any accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
December, January, and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipment’s & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.