Towering ice-topped mountains sparkle with the colorful prayer flags, while the fanatical streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless delirium of honking motorbikes, additionally the historical and religiously important 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered in different corners of Kathmandu: Nepal is thoroughly a vibrant slice of Asia.
If there is a trekkers’ paradise, then beyond doubt Nepal is the first pick. Trials to the base of Himalayas in Nepal offer top-notch trekking terrain – from verdant Annapurna to eminent Everest – sprinkled with rural mountain hamlets, and hundreds of rolling trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.
But divinely and naturally blessed Nepal is indeed not only for mountaineers who set off to clamber the higher elevation; from the lime-green grasslands of Chitwan National Park rustling with the dark grey flash of One-horned rhino, to the eclectic cafés and unconventional vibe of Lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is truly an interesting and convivial destination for all.
As a part of company CSR, six Explore Himalayans toured and trekked around few prominent destinations of Nepal which included Chitwan, Pokhara and Poonhill Trek. The FAM trip involved more fun and of course little bit of work. Field work obviously was focused on visiting our service partners so that we could improve the level of our services offered to the clients. Fun part definitely boosted our work efficiency while on work table . Have a look at a photo essay which highlights the prime attractions of the trip.
Day 1: Drive to Chitwan and transfer to Tigerland Safari Resort
166 km South East of Kathmandu lies the first Wildlife Park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park
One of the biggest Ethnical tribes of Terai Lowlands of Nepal, Tharus have unique history and culture. The tharu stick dance at the resort is an insightful opportunity to peep into rich Tharu culture and history.
Day 2: Bird watching tour at the bank of Rapti River, Elephant wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park and transfer to Hotel Water Front in Pokhara
Boating or Canoeing in Rapti River inside the Park is wonderful chance to spot different species of birds. Chitwan National Park is the home to 543 species of birds including 160 species of migratory birds.
The total area of 932 sq. km, Chitwan National park offers one of the best Wildlife Safaris in the world on the back of giant Asian Elephant. The Park comprises diverse species of floras in the form of wide grasslands and dense deciduous moist forest.
Birds like peacock and Braminhy Duck are easy spotting in the park whereas endangered bird species like Gould’s sunburn and Slaty-breasted Rail among others can also be spotted here which depends on traveler’s luck.
Chitwan National Park is the home to 43 species of mammals which includes one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. Varieties of species of reptiles, insects and amphibians also share the wild habitat.
After the safari and lunch with wonderful hospitality at Tigerland Safari Resort, we drive 146km North West of Chitwan and arrive to TripAdvisors’ ranked hotel of Pokhara, Water Front Resort.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapool in a private vehicle, drive to Kimche in a public vehicle and then trek to Tadapani
Initial view of stunning Mt. Fishtail from Pokhara. The view changes as we climb higher.
One and half hour drive to Naya Pool from Pokhara followed by 1 hour drive brings us to our trek starting point Kimche. The massif of Mt. Fishtail at the backdrop.
Two hours long steep uphill climb on the stone staircases from Kimche brings us to wonderful Gurung hamlet, Ghandruk. The first glimpse of rural lifestyle at Ghandruk.
Almost 4 and half hours of ascending climb followed by the final part of the pleasant walk along the rhododendron and bamboo woods takes us to the major stopover point in the region Tadapani.Places to stop for tea and snacks between Ghandruk and Tadapani- Sitkyu and Bhaisi Kharka
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani via Deurali
The morning view from Tadapani- From right to left- Fishtail, Gangapurna, Hinchuli and Annapurna South
Three hours of walk on the slippery, icy and rolling trial via Banthati brought us to Deurali 3105m. The view of Gurung Hill from Deurali. Gurung Hill is almost 150m steep uphill climb from Deurali.
One hour up and down from Deurali to Gurung Hill rewards with striking view of Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Dhampus Peak
One hour walk from Deurali and just before the final descend to Ghorepani the mountains open up even more. The view from the ridge of a hill between Deurali and Ghorepani. Ghorepani is just 45 minutes walk from this point.
Day 4: Early Morning Trek to Poonhill for the sunrise view, trek back to Ghorepani, and trek to Hille via, Nangethati, Banthati, Ulleri and Thirkedunga. Drive to Nayapool and drive back to Lakeside Retreat in Pokhara.
Colorful Nature- Dark Hills, silvern Himalayas, aureate sky and nigrescent cloud during the emerging new sun somewhere in the horizon- a striking view from Poonhill
Color changes in a flash at Poonhill. Wide Himalayan range sprawls right before the eyes.
The section of hills swarming to the wide Range of Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range, yet another contrast view from Poonhill- Anyone would call this place a paradise
Dhaulagiri witnesses the expression of love! Where else in the world people can find such a romantic place?
Day 6: Boating at Fewa Lake in Pokhara
A sacred Hindu shrine, Taal Barahi Temple in the middle of Fewa Lake
Tranquil Fewa Lake, colorful boats and sacred small island- A place to enjoy serenity in Pokhara
The best encounter to Natural, Cultural and Wildlife features of Nepal, Best of Nepal is an ideal tour to have insightful exploration of diverse sides of the nation. Kathmandu valley- Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice first ranked Rising Destination to Travel in Asia and third in the world under same category, comprises the capital of the country, Kathmandu and the equally significant flanking cities Bhaktapur and Patan. Kathmandu valley houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and several other heritages scattered throughout the city. Also known as City of Temples and City of Deities, the shrines, courtyards and palaces in Kathmandu are chock-full with artistic stone, wooden and metallic arcade of ancient and medieval Nepal.
Besides, Kathmandu is always on festive mood, celebrating more than hundred festivals in one calendar year. The natives of the valley, Newars, their traditional attires, music and cuisines are the must watch cultural aspects in the cosmopolitan city, Kathmandu.
Patan Durbar Square
Two hundred kilometers west of Kathmandu, a famous tourist town also a trek starting point for Annapurna Region, Pokhara is located. The captivating magnificence in nature with the spectacular Himalayan panoramas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges perfectly mixed with the exceptional Fishtail is a hypnotizing view from Pokhara which is beyond compare.
Myriads of enticing beauties in nature like dazzling Lakes, puzzling caves, legendary falls, deep gorges and hill stations overlooking the town with the exceptionally beautiful Himalayan views are the specialties of Pokhara. Pokhara is probably the most beautiful place on planet Earth, as per our thousands guests who have visited the place.
A view of Fewa Lake in Pokhara from a hill top
One hundred and fifty six kilometers southwest to Kathmandu the first national park for wildlife conservation in Nepal, Chitwan National Park lies. The park, quoted as the park offering the best Wildlife Safari in Asia by an Argentine rider also a Guinness World Record holder Mr. Emilio Scotto is the extreme wild preserving several endangered wild species. It is the best suited natural playground for species like Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, Gangetic Dolphin and Ghariyal Crocodile and many other mammals, Aves, reptiles and insects. Wildlife safari on the back of giant Asian elephant is an amazingly fun at Chitwan National Park.
Lush sub-tropical forests of tall sal trees and wide grasslands where, the hope of bumping into rare species all of a sudden out from the bush is gripping adventure at Chitwan during the Elephant Safari or Game Drives. Additionally, the traditional tharu dance performed by the ethnical Tharu tribe with the long bamboo sticks, in the neighboring tharu settlements could be a great fun amidst the bonfire.
A sunset at Chitwan National Park
In brief, Best of Nepal allows you to experience the best of diverse Nepal where you get closer to nation’s cultural, natural and wildlife treasures.
Chitwan National Park is the one of closest wildlife reserves from Kathmandu. One hundred and twenty six kilometers from Kathmandu the park, is the home for wide diversity of plants and animals which includes endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, Gangetic Dolphin and Ghariyal crocodile. The adventurous highlight at Chitwan is to experience the wild abode at its best during the Wildlife Elephant Safari. The culture of Tharu ethnic in the region is also another highlight of the park.
Unlike Chitwan, Pokhara is the city well known for its tempting natural beauties. Lakes, caves, falls, rivers and gorges are scattered throughout the city. The scenic view of Himalayas including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri flanked by the most unique virgin mountain Fishtail can be observed from different angles from different Mountain View-points in Pokhara.
Home-stays are also very popular tourist activities in Nepal. A beautiful middle hill village Samari, in the Central Nepal is a popular home-stay destination. Samari is closely located to Kathmandu. An opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle and culture by staying in the houses of local villagers can be the best way to have insightful look into Nepalese lives.
Different locations, diverse highlights and contrasting funs, this holiday package address those who wish to travel around Nepal to see most of it. Four Danish travelers were on this trip this autumn. The guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had a wonderful time here in Nepal. Mr. Daniel Fischer and Ms. Birgit Brammer said few lines on their cultural tour to Nepal and service of Explore Himalaya.
Ms. Birgit and Mr. Wilsdahl
We have several memorable memories. However, the guided hikes to the villages nearby Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara and Samari, canoeing and Elephant Safari in Chitwan and the beautiful views of mountainous landscapes from Pokhara were the most amazing parts of this trip.
Talking about your service everything was smooth, on time and very professional. All our expectations were met. Guides were kind and competent. Staffs took very good care of us and we felt secure all the time. Explore Himalaya did a great job by allocating one of your staffs to accompany us during the Election scenario in Nepal. You offered us excellent service and handling throughout the trip. Thank you so much.
Mr. and Ms. Fischer
The best memory of our trip was Wildlife Safari in Chitwan. It is one of the most amazing things we have ever done.
Your service was very nice and 100% correct. The staffs of Explore Himalaya were pleasant, welcoming and smiling. It was really good experience to travel with you guys.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek allows you experience the Gurung culture at its traditional best in several Gurung hamlets on its trial. The walk along the pleasant rhododendron forests witnessing the paramount of rawness in nature, gaining the altitude above 4000m and the close-up views of Himalayan giants including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail are also the major highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Rafting in Trishuli and Wildlife Safari in Chitwan National Park add the diverse adventurous thrill to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari is considered best in Asia whereas, Trishuli rafting covers the challenges of fierce river rapids like Snail’s nose, Teendevi, Malekhu rapid, Monkey rapid, Upset, Surprise, Monsoon, Cotton Pony, Ladies Delight, S-Bend, Highway, Monsoon and Pinball Rapid. While on the calm and tranquil spots of the river you can let go your exhaustion and enjoy the landscapes of lush vegetation, highway activities just above the ridge.
This autumn, two ladies Ms. Eva Sneppen and Ms. Josephine Gylling from Denmark were on this adventurous holiday to Nepal. The guests through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel had three short sentences to say on their trip.
Best memory of the trip, all of it.
Services of Explore Himalaya exceptionally perfect.
And the recommendation to fellow travelers- Just do it.
The best encounters to Cultural, Natural and Wildlife aspects of Nepal; Best of Nepal Tour is an ideal family tour. Kathmandu valley- comprising Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Patan houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and thousands of other heritages scattered throughout the city. The carnival valley also celebrates numerous festivals throughout the year especially by its native inhabitants-Newars.
The captivating grandeur in nature, Pokhara highlights sparkling Lakes, mystifying caves, fabled falls, echoing gorges and hill stations overlooking the town with the exceptionally beautiful Himalayan views. Aerial Adventures like paragliding, skydiving, zip-flying, ultra light flights and mountain flights have also made Pokhara a hub of flying adventures.
Chitwan National Park, probably offers the best wildlife safari in the entire Asia. Safari on the back of giant Asian elephant through the lush vegetation with the hope of encountering rare species is gripping adventure at Chitwan. Furthermore, the stick dance performed by the ethnical Tharu tribe in the neighborhood could be a great fun amidst the bonfire at the river bank.
Elizabeth Larsen accompanied by two other fellow travelers from Denmark this autumn, were with Explore Himalaya for Best of Nepal Tour. Ms. Larsen through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel said few lines on their tour before their departure back home.
Nepal is a beautiful country and the nature here is incredible. People are very kind and always ready to help.
The service of Explore Himalaya was perfect and everything was on time. Guides were excellent, driver was very careful and the staffs were very professionals who very well offered the best services during the CA Election rush in Nepal.