- Enjoy the view of the great snow capped Himalayan range at the backdrop of your accommodation.
- Explore the capital city of Kathmandu and its many ancient temples.
- Go for wildlife adventure tour to Chitwan National Park, which is also a renowned UNESCO Heritage Site.
- Witness the gorgeous sunset at Bhaktapur and go for boating at Pokhara.
- Immerse yourself in the culture, learn more about the Nepalese lifestyle and savor the taste of yummy momos!
- Go for a short trek to the foothills of the Annapurna from Pokhara.
Are you all set to spend your gap year in Nepal? We would suggest you to go for this 10 days backpacking trip in the beautiful Himalayan hamlet, which includes some of the best things that Nepal has to offer its visitors. Embark on your journey from the capital city of Kathmandu, and head towards Pokhara, from where you'll be going for a trek to the foothills of the Annapurna Range. Soak yourself in nature, breathe in the freshness and absorb the beauty of the Himalayan views.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu
You'll have to take a flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our coordinator will receive you and then take you to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight. It's a free day, so you can go out and explore the nearby places in the evening. There will be an Orientation Session where the coordinator will tell you about the trip in details.
Day 2 - Explore Kathmandu
Take a tour of the world heritage site of Bhaktapur and visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. Also visit the Pashupatinath Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Spend some time at the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, meet the women from the project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch.
Day 3 - Kathmandu to Pokhara
It'll be a 5 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and you'll get to immerse yourself in the views of the spectacular Annapurna Range. Pay a visit to the striking temple of Brindabasim which stands proudly over Pokhara. Later, opt to relax in a café, paraglide over the Phewa lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.
Day 4 - Pokhara to Ghandruk
You'll get started with your 3 days trekking adventure from today. Drive to the start point of the trek, Naya Pul. From there, you'll be walking through isolated mountain villages and stunning landscapes, observing different ancestral customs and traditions.
Along the way, you'll see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains, and high mountain passes. Opt to soak in natural hot springs (you've earned it).
Day 5 - Ghandruk to Landruk
Once you finish your breakfast, set out for a trek all the way to Jhinu Danda, which takes approximately 4 hours. Spend about 2 hours in Jhinu - take a break and relax in the hot springs. In the afternoon, hike another 3 hours (5-6 km) through the forest of Annapurna to reach Landruk.
Day 6 - Landruk to Pokhara
It's the final day of the trek and after walking for about 5 hours, you'll reach Kande, which is the end point. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Annapurna Range, before boarding the vehicle for Pokhara. You'll stay at Pokhara tonight.
Day 7 - Pokhara to Chitwan National Park
Today, you'll be traveling to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan. Today, you'll get to enjoy the hospitality of the Tharu, an indigenous community from the Terai belt of Nepal who lives in eco-friendly homes. Get to know more about their culture through dance and song, along with a traditional meal.
Day 8 - Royal Chitwan National Park
It's time for safari! The park is home to the endangered Indian rhinoceros, as well as elephants, Bengal tigers, bears, leopards, and other wild animals. Get on the safari jeep and keep your eyes open to spot the animals. You'll be spending the entire day amidst nature - it's gonna be a treat!
Day 9 - Royal Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu
It's time to head back to the capital city of Kathmandu. You'll be reaching by afternoon, hence you can spend your evening at Thamel or head towards the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath or the monkey temple.
Day 10 - Depart from Kathmandu
Like all good things, this trip will also come to an end, adding some beautiful memories to your life. You'll have to board the flight back home from Kathmandu. Seek help from our coordinator, in case you want us to arrange for your airport drop.
Dates & Cost
Accommodation - Hotels (7 nts), teahouse lodges (2 nts).
A tea house is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are sparse with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or western style. Most tea houses have running water. The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. However, we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this. During a tea house trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the tea house, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and french fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants. And, of course, Nepali milk tea is served everywhere. All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.
Meals Included - 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.