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Nepal Christmas Tour

By Nepalvisitors @nepalvisitors

This is our Special Package trip organise by Nepal visitors trekking and walking. A wonderful trip for family vacation, couple package tour, Nepal honeymoon tour for christmas 2014. We combine our Annapurna Trek with a safari in the Chitwan National Park. This adventure is a fine contrast between trekking the remote foothills of the Annapurnas and a safari in the Chitwan National Park. We trek through traditional Hindu villages and pristine forests to ridge top camps that afford remarkable views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. At Chitwan we undertake a wildlife safari in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.

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Trip code: NP-CH-2012
Valid from: 29 Nov 2012
Days: 13
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Minimum Pax-4
Max Pax- 16
Already Booked: 2
Countries visited: Nepal
2-4 = USD 999
5-8 = USD 888
9-11 = USD 777
12-Above = USD 666
Major highlights: Kathmandu, Bodhnath Stupa, Pokhara, Annapurna Region, 4-day Annapurna Lodge Trek, Whitewater Rafting, Royal Chitwan National Park, Elephant Safari

Day 1 / Kathmandu
Today is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so you may arrive at any time. If you are arriving early in Kathmandu you may wish to wander down to Durbar Square, which is the spiritual heart of the city located only 10 minutes walk from our hotel. Please ask at the hotel reception for suggestions of things to see and do in Kathmandu. A pre-departure meeting for the first (Nepal) part of your tour takes place this evening at the hotel. Please also check the noticeboard for details of this meeting and for any other messages from your tour leader. Please also bring your passport and travel insurance documents to the meeting, where your tour leader will also collect your local payment. Afterwards we have the opportunity to go out for an optional group dinner.

Day 2 / Kathmandu

Today we visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. You may wish to wander back into the centre of town, scour the shops in Thamel or just relax in the hotel gardens. Alternatively you may wish to arrange for a taxi to take you out to Bhaktapur, probably the most fascinating of the medieval towns in the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3 / Pokhara

This morning we drive out over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley before descending to follow the Trisuli River Valley. On a clear morning, views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges can be seen as we head west to the town of Pokhara. After a driving journey of six hours, we arrive in the early afternoon and check into our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to wander around the shops or relax in one of the cafes by the lakeside. Alternatively there is the option of a boat ride out on to the lake.

Day 4 / Ghandruk
(Walking time: approx 5 hours)

We catch a bus for the fairly short drive to the village of Naya Phul. In clear conditions, there are fine views of Annapurna peaks and the famous fishtail peak Machhapuchhare along the way. We commence our short Annapurna trek and for the first hour we follow a dirt track road along the banks of the Modi Khola River to the villages of Birethanti and Shyauli. From Syauli we then ascend above the valley floor on a stone staircase. To the north, there are again superb views of the Annapurna Mountains. A short but steep section leads to Kimche (1630m) where we take lunch before following a wide and well-defined path of stone flags that contours through fields of wheat and millet to the largest village in the region, Ghandruk, which is the site of our overnight lodge. There are great views of the Annapurnas from here.

Day 5 / Tolkha
(Walking time: approx 5 hours)
We are now over 600 metres above the Modi Khola and we can look east across the valley to Landruk, the next major village on the trek. Close as it may seem, this requires a steep descent down to the river and then a steady climb back up the other side. The scenery is fabulous on this section and more than makes up for the effort of the walk down and the climb up the other side. We take lunch at Landruk, a neat Gurung village, before contouring around the valley and ascending to the small village of Tolka (1780m).

Day 6 / Dhampus
(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

After breakfast we continue the climb uphill to the pass at Bhichok Deorali. Here, after a welcome break, we descend through forest of oak and rhododendron to Pothana for lunch. In the afternoon we descend gradually following the crest of the ridge, through pretty forest of oak and rhododendron to the village of Dhampus and our overnight halt. From here there are superb panoramic views including the 8000-metre peak of Manaslu to the east and we will have the opportunity of enjoying both sunset and sunrise from our lodge.

Day 7 / Pokhara
(Walking time: approx 2 hours)
After breakfast and enjoying the views of the Annapurna range we pass through the village and descend steeply into the Yamdi Khola river valley to Phedi. Here we catch our transport to our hotel in Pokhara. We arrive in time for lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to unwind. We have time to explore the lake and to enjoy the many excellent restaurants and cafes in this beautiful lakeside town.

Day 8 / Seti River Whitewater Rafting
We leave Pokhara after breakfast for the short drive to the start of our rafting adventure on the Seti River. After introductions to our rafting crew we then put on jackets and helmets, have a short safety briefing before taking to the water. This river is an ideal and gentle introduction to whitewater rafting. Over the next two days we raft for approximately 30 kilometres through beautiful countryside, with plenty of small fun rapids. Lunch is taken on one of the many pristine white beaches and there are plenty of opportunities to swim in the warm waters. In the afternoon we continue our gentle pace down the river to reach our camp by mid-afternoon and enjoy free time before our cook serves a hearty evening meal. After dinner we relax and enjoy reliving the thrills of the day's rafting.
Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Days 9-10 / Chitwan National Park

In the morning, whilst we enjoy breakfast, the guides break camp and load the rafts. Then it's off on the water for a pleasant combination of bouncing rapids and magnificent scenery before we reach the confluence of the Trisuli River at Gai Ghat, where we transfer by bus to Royal Chitwan National Park. During our lodge stay we ride elephants into the jungle and, accompanied by a wildlife guide, go in search of Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer and a multitude of different birds. Tiger sightings are very rare these days; however, luck may be on our side! We also have time at for some optional activities such as jeep, canoe and walking safaris.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 11. Kathmandu (1360m)
There is an early morning safari and a final chance to catch a glimpse of more of the exotic wildlife of the area. This is also our last chance to spot some of the animals that we may not have previously seen. After breakfast we drive on to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. At evening, we celebrate New Year Eve at one of Kathmandu's fine Typical Nepali restaurants.

Day 12. Everest Scenic Mountain Flight (Happy New Year)

Early morning, we set out for Everest Scenic Mountain Flight to grab a glance of beautiful Mountains. Free time in afternoon for shopping and in evening, we will have farewell dinner.

Day 13. Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Our trip ends today after breakfast and you are transferred out to the airport for your flight home or your onward journey.
DRIVING/WALKING TIMES: This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather and track conditions.

Nepal known to be the best trekking destination gives you the glimpse of mountains with blended jungle safari and exotic panoramic view around Pokhara. Winter Christmas in mountain lodge with warm dining and life time experiencing Christmas trip is amazing program you would love. This beautiful Nepal Christmas and New Year Package is splendid package calibrating your inner aroma, through the tranquility of mountains, energy of jungle and your self motivation to hike in Mountain.

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