|We start our journey in Kathmandu, where you will be met at the airport before traveling to your hotel by taxi, which is an experience in it’s self. Remember to bring about about $25 in cash to pay the entry visa, be sure to check with your embassy that you are legible for an on entry visa! Our first night will be spent at a welcome dinner in a restaurant or hotel getting to know each other and acclimatising to the madness of Kathmandu.
Our first day will begin with an early morning walk to the religious complex Swayambhunath or as more commonly known the monkey temple. The many steps to reach the temple will give us a good appetite for breakfast. After breakfast we will take a guided walking tour of Kathmandu, taking in the local markets, religious places of worship, Buddhist art galleries and warren of narrow streets. We will take lunch on route stopping as and when we please. The late afternoon and evening will be time for you explore the city or relax.
Our second day will be a mountain bike trip into Kathmandu valley, you will need to be a confident rider to negotiate the Kathmandu traffic for the first couple of kilometers. Your fitness will then be tested on the hilly tracks and trails; the views from high up looking back down to Kathmandu are spectacular and worth the expended energy. If biking is not your thing and you really don’t want to take part you can opt out of this day and spend it at your leisure.
Day three will be an early morning start to begin our road trip, with a couple of stops and not to many hold ups the journey takes about eight hours. The road is a single lane in each direction, it winds it’s way over the mountains south of Kathmandu and then generally follows the river through farming country to Saurah, the gateway to Chitwen National Park. Chitwen is famed for it’s safaris and big game. We will spend a day visiting the park but our main focus will be the villages and farms in the surrounding area.
The next four days of our program will be based from a lodge or activity center close to the Chitwen National Park and elephant breeding center. We choose this location as it has reasonable quality accommodation and facilities, however it is not our aim to join the standard tourist excurisions or simply ride around the park on an elephant.
Admittedly the big wild game is impressive and the park is well worth a visit, which we will do on our last day before returning north. We will also try to see a local cultural show, the show is primarily aimed at tourists and is not very authentic, however the participants are extremely enthusiastic and the show benefits the local community. The communities are rich in culture, their people friendly & welcoming. The people are the real jewel in Nepal’s crown.
The next four days program will vary depending on the time of year, the weather, availability of suitable local guides & accommodation and the Nepal factor. The Nepal factor means things could change for any reason and without notice, part of this experience is learning to be flexible and to being able adapt. During our time we would expect to take a trip down a river in traditional dugout canoes, this may or may not be combined with a two day hike where we stay in a remote and very basic lodge overnight. We will take a walking tour or possibly cycling tour of the surrounding farming villages. Expect long days of hiking, cycling, boating or a combination of all.
Wherever our journey takes us, be it in Kathmandu, on the road, during our hike or any other moment in time we will encounter the people of Nepal. The ancestors of the Nepalise come from far and wide whether it be the Sherpa’s or Tebetans from the north or the Tharu from the south, Buhhdist or Hindu, a high cast or low all are welcoming.
The Nepalise are very industrious and find creative ways to make a better life with the resources they have, sometimes with little regard for there own safety. We may come across various methods of fishing such as netting fish, catching snails by hand or as seen in the below photographs fishing with an electrical fishing rod using free electricity from the overhead cables.
Four days is not enough to properly explore the south, if you want to extend the trip we are happy to do so. However at some point in time we must leave the Tharu people of the south and make our way back to Kathmandu and home. We have a choice of either taking the return road trip or we can fly in a light aircraft to Kathmandu at an additional cost. For the adventurous traveler with additional time it possible to fly up to Pokhara and watch the sunset over Annapurna 1 before returning to Kathmandu a few days later.
The price for this trip varies depending on the group size, time of year and options chosen. We try to avoid the worst months of the monsoon but also try to time trips get to away from the UAE in the hottest months. On average for a group of six or more the per person price is approximately US$1250.00. Please contact us to discuss options.