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Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

The short Chisapani Nagarkot hike is an ideal weekend getaway from the city hustle and bustle. Chisapani Nagarkot can be accessed year-round, so you can hike this trail year-round. The Trek to Chisapani Nagarkot in Kathmandu Valley Ridge is a short and easy one that combines typical life, ethnic culture, and mountain scenery.

The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is ideal for children, families, students, and those who have limited time in Nepal and still want to explore rural Nepal. The Trek provides an exceptional experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life. At the same time, the Trek provides an exceptional contrast to the busy life of Kathmandu city for people from there, other cities in Nepal, or for people living abroad. 

The Journey around the mesmerizing destinations through the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley is full of pleasant hilly trails with stunning natural landscapes away from the crowds in the city. As a perfect retreat for explorers wishing to experience Nepal’s striking beauty within a short time, this adventure can be the perfect one for you. Besides the health benefits of the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, the Trek is also a great opportunity to enjoy Kathmandu valley’s serene surroundings.

About the Region

The trek starts in Sundarijal, a 1 hr drive from Kathmandu Valley, and ends in Changu Narayan. It is one of the most eye-pleasing and classic treks in Nepal. Trekking in the Nagarkot area is best suited for those limited in time, budget, and beginners who still want to experience Nepal’s natural beauty and culture. Trekking is a perfect way to explore blended cultural and natural features.

A dense jungle walk, terraces, farming, traditional lifestyles, world heritage sites, massif chain of the Himalayas surroundings, and temples are major reasons for the Trek’s popularity. Both domestic and foreign tourists enjoy the Trek equally. As a strategic hilltop fort built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms, Nagarkot is located 32 km east of Kathmandu valley and 2175m from sea level.

Preparing for the Trek

From Chisapani to Nagarkot, including Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, your hikes are neither at a high altitude nor rural; however, they are long yet relaxing. So you should prepare accordingly.

Our group of friends took these things with us on our first trip to the area. We recommend you do the same.

  • Energy drink and water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Walking stick
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and hiking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit
  • Sun Protection cream
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags

Nonetheless, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops at the start of the Trek.

Trek Itinerary

Our walk today will be through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and the forest. We have seen Himalayan black bears, Indian leopards, and other wildlife here. If you're lucky enough, you might see some smaller animals, such as mongooses, porcupines, jungle cats, pangolins, etc. If you're a birder, be sure to see the yellow-throated marten, along with dozens of other species.

While hiking, we will stop for lunch at Chauki Bhanjyang or Jhule before continuing to Nagarkot in time to observe the sunset over the Himalayan range. The many hotels in this famous hill station, which range from inexpensive to deluxe, allow us to enjoy a good dinner before taking in the views from the watching tower or from another location. The hill station is located at an elevation of 2,175m and offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest at 8,848m, Cho Oyu at 8,188m, Makalu at 8,463m, and Manaslu at 8,163m, plus spectacular sunsets. We stay overnight at a lodge in Nagarkot.

 

Today, our goal is to capture a spectacular sunrise over the snowcapped mountains as early as possible in the morning. The Nagarkot sunrise is quite popular among people from Kathmandu. You can see a beautiful mountain range as the clouds rise and drop, revealing and hiding and revealing the majestic peaks again. You can take in all of these experiences while enjoying the fresh cool air while eating a hot breakfast.

On the way back from this feat of nature, we reach Changu Narayan Temple, some four hours (mainly downhill) away. This is an ancient temple in Nepal dedicated to Lord Vishnu, believed to be the oldest in the country.

UNESCO and other organizations have worked hard to restore the Changu Narayan Monument Zone following the 2015 earthquake. In addition to the temples, the impressive living museum in the region offers a glimpse into Nepali and Newari culture, art, and history, untouched by the earthquake.

Afterward, we can return back home by bus or a private vehicle. The drive to Kathmandu from Changu Narayan is relatively short.

 

This three-day trekking package is perfect for those who enjoy hiking in scenic areas for three days and staying overnight in a resort. It offers a pleasant experience of the countryside and excellent mountain views. If you decide to continue with the Trek, remember to treasure all the wonderful memories you experience during the Trek, both during and when you get home.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

 

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Upper Mustang Trek 

Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience.

Furthermore, for people looking for a quality trekking experience in Nepal, an underrated place to visit is Upper Mustang. Trekking up Upper Mustang is the only way to experience the mysterious world of Mustang, also known as Lo. Once forbidden by the outside world for hundreds of years, the region of upper Mustang and the people have evolved its unique culture and traditions into a fascinating spectacle for tourists despite the region’s isolation.

About Upper Mustang

Mustang-also called Upper Mustang-is an arid river valley situated on the northern side of the Annapurna Circuit. Though Mustang is in Nepal, it is similar to Tibetan stances to Nepali, both culturally and geographically. So, get ready to experience mixed Tibetan traditions while in Nepali Places.

The Trek to the Upper Mustang allows you to experience the wilderness of Lo Manthang with the Astounding Blend of Buddhism Religion. At the same time, the staggering views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchre, and Mt Annapurna will surely take your breath away.

In addition to the amazingly beautiful scenes of Annapurna near the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, you will also visit Pokhara, a delightful city in the heart of the Himalayas-with an excellent scenic lake and location trip to and from Jomsom.

Getting Ready for the Mustang Trek

Mustang is widely famous throughout Nepal for being a difficult, cold yet beautiful place. Furthermore, the region is a vast expanse of dry land, and yet it is full of life and beauty. It receives the least rainfall of all Nepalese regions, making it one of the driest places in the country.

In order to graciously navigate through the beautiful locations throughout the upper mustang trek, necessary preparations should be made accordingly. In addition, the highest point of the Trek is located at an altitude of 4,010 meters. Even though it might not be much for frequent trekkers, it can still be quite an elevation for first-time trekkers. Due to the difficulty in adapting to such a high altitude, people with lung disease should avoid or take precautions before attempting such activities. Furthermore, people whose bodies are at such elevated altitudes may experience altitude sickness. However, the length and difficulty of the Trek can depend on how comfortable you are with hills and off-road paths.

Many people visit Mustang to enjoy the snow, visit the Muktinath temple and trek through the Upper Mustang area. The cold temperature in the region can be a big factor while on the Trek. So, we suggest you bring along the following things with you.

  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight 
  • Energy bars
  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos

However, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops near the trekking area, the starting point of the Trek, though the price there would likely be higher than normal.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

A Restricted Area Permit is required for trekkers going to Upper Mustang. Government officials will check your pass at Kagbeni on the way in and out of the Trek. In addition, you must also obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit to enter the area, and you must go through a government-registered agency to obtain such a permit. 

The area around the Upper Mustang region has been gaining popularity as a major tourist attraction site due to the lovely scenes and location throughout the Trek. Depending on where you decide to spend the night, lodgings range from small teahouses to decent lodges with good facilities.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

For average adventurers, the whole of the Upper Mustang may take 10 to 15 days to complete. Initially, you need to get to Jomsom before officially starting the Trek. You can reach Jomsom by flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. However, if you are a foreigner, you need a Nepalese visa. 

You will trek for approximately 5 to 6 hours on the second day. The day includes trekking alongside the Kaligandaki River after your permit is checked. After ascending through the ridges, you'll reach Chele via Tangbe Village.

Early in the morning, climb the Taklam La Pass through steep, dry terrain. After traversing some gorges, you will reach Syanboche village.

A steep ascent to Yamada La can be found before reaching the deserted Gailing with few settlements. A challenging climb awaits you at Nyu La Pass, which leads to Ghyami. At Ghyami, at the peak altitude of the Trek at 4,010 meters, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mustang region.

Today, you'll cross the Tangmarchu River and descend into the gorgeous valley. Ascend again to the plateau and pass Mani Wall before you reach Charang village, where you'll spend the night.

You will descend to Tsarangchu and enter Tolung village. Then, you will ascend to Lo- Manthang via windy Lo pass. However, due to the high altitude, the seventh day is ideal for acclimatization so that you can adapt to the situation. 

You'll spend the eighth day retracing your step back to Charang.

You will hike to the flatlands, descend from there to the Khola, cross the ridge, and descend to Tange on the ninth day of the Trek.

Today, you'll ascend to the Cacho La pass and then descend to reach Tetang village. Trekking begins early in the morning. Then, cross the suspension bridge and climb to the flat, and hike for about 8 hours a day.

Explorers trekking in Mustang must make a visit to the Muktinath Temple. After waking up early in the movie, descend to Chyangur village and then toward Muktinath after passing through Gyu La Pass.

After a great couple of weeks, we need to return and get back to Jomsom. You need to descend towards Jomsom through the Jharkot village and Kali Gandaki valley. 

The Trek to the region of Upper Mustang is quite difficult. However, if you wish to challenge this thrilling region, good luck with it.

 

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, after the completion of the Trek, take good rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek while on your trip back home. This Trek is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich cultural richness, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to Mustang an unforgettable experience for you and your friends.

 

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Panchase Trekking

Located in the same region as the popular Ghorepani Trek and Annapurna Circuit, Panchase Trek is one of Nepal’s hidden natural and cultural gems. Located just north of Pokhara Valley, Panchase hill (2500m) is one of Nepal’s top Himalayan sightseeing sites. Graceful adventure travel designed an easy and short trek to Panchase hill that takes you to some of the country’s most exotic natural and cultural landscapes.

One of Nepal’s easier treks, this four-day Trek is ideal for families, elderly travelers, or those who just wish to enjoy nature and the outdoors more steadily. We trek for only three or four hours each day, so you have enough time to stop and cherish the views, take photographs, and have a relaxing evening in a village to witness or even participate in-local village life at the end of the day.

On your Trek to Panchase, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Annapurna Mountains, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and many more peaks. This fascinating hiking adventure will allow you to explore the paradise city of Nepal, along with hiking through the Annapurna region’s wilderness and enjoying the region’s cultural settlements. However, the most noteworthy features of this Trek are the beautiful forest through which you trek and the expansive views of the mountains.

About the Region

The woods in the Panchase area are very biodiverse, and a good portion of them is classified as protected forests. It has an incredibly large number of orchid species, with more than 100 varieties, so don’t miss seeing the beautiful flowers. Besides seeing the three mountains with heights greater than 8000 meters (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu) along the trail as well as from Panchase Peak, there are several other less high (but still impressive!) mountains like Machhapuchhare, Lamjung, and Annapurna that are visible.

Purchase and its surroundings have a population of about 70,000 people. These areas include Kalabang, Chitre, Bhadaure, Talibarang, Arthare, Deurali, and Shane villages. If you plan to stay in one of these villages, you must make a reservation in advance, and you need to arrive before sunset.

In addition to reaching the World Peace Pagoda, the route will take you through forests where you can observe and appreciate the flora and fauna of Nepal and through several villages where you can learn about the life of the locals. Finally, on the summit of Panchase Hill, you will reach an elevation of 2500m from where you can view a stunning sunrise over the Himalaya Giants if you’re awake early enough.

For spiritual tourists, you might be interested in knowing that in Hinduism, Panchase is a name given to the five female seats of the divine mother. Panch means five. It originates from the root word asana yoga (physical posture). There were five levels of existence in ancient yoga, which is represented by the number five.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

The Trek to Panchase village is relatively short and not very far from the city. Therefore, every trekking destination around Annapurna requires a TIMS card and an ACAP permit. But, they are not mandatory for Panchase Trek due to their location.

 Similarly, Accommodation on this route is more basic than other popular treks such as Ghorepani Poon Hill or Annapurna Circuit Trek. In villages such as Kalabang and Pumdi, locals offer homestay services. People who love experiencing local culture and don’t mind going through basic facilities have the chance to see the locals and their way of life up close. The food is usually rice, potatoes, noodles, eggs, momos, chapatis, etc., and tea and coffee are served for beverages at the tables.

Preparing for the Trek

From Pokhara to Panchase, the hikes are neither high altitude nor rural; furthermore, they are short and relaxing, with beautiful sceneries throughout the journey. So you should prepare accordingly.

These are a few things our group of friends took along with us when we made our first trip to the area. We recommend you do the same.

  • Energy drink and water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Walking stick
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and hiking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit
  • Sun Protection cream
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags

Nonetheless, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops at the start of the Trek, near the lakeside.

The Panchase Trek Itinerary

You need to acquire a Nepalese visa for foreign explorers and get to Kathmandu. After a wonderful day exploring the beautiful Kathmandu valley, you need to get to Pokhara by bus or by flight. In Pokhara, our Trek begins.

The walk today will take us through a forest with occasional glimpses of the mountains. The peaks to keep an eye out for are Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Machhapucchare, and Manaslu. It is especially interesting to wander through the forests, where you'll see many species of birds, monkeys, orchids, and plants.

You might also see Nepal's national flower, the Rhododendron, in bloom during the spring. Finally, we end the day walking up to Panchase Bhanjyangandstaying there overnight.

This morning, climb the stone steps about 500 meters up to Panchase Peak early in the morning (the earlier, the better if you wish to see the gorgeous sunrise). At the highest point of the Trek, from here, you should be able to get a chance to see the mountains that have just peeked out at you all the way up to this point. After breakfast at the summit, continue gently descending to Bhadaure, where you'll spend the night.

We descend gently today, following a jeep trail most of the way. We pass several small villages before joining the road at Naudanda, where you will be able to get to Pokhara using a vehicle.

Alternative Trek Route

In addition to the Panchase Trek, you can continue to Sarangkot, about five hours away. From Sarangkot, you can walk back to the Lakeside in Pokhara, thus eliminating the need for a pickup at the end. In addition to being a popular day hike location from Pokhara, Sarangkot is also a popular paragliding launch site. From there, you can catch an impressive view of Phewa Tal and Pokhara and partake in the Paragliding activity.

Furthermore, if you wish to make this Trek a much longer one, it can be transformed into an eight-day trek by combining it with the Ghandruk trek. From Bhadaure, continue on to Bhirethanti, Ghandruk, and the Australian Camp.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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The Paragliding Experience in Nepal

Nepal is a top travel destination for tourists and adventure lovers alike. But if you’ve been considering visiting Nepal for a while, but have no idea what to do here, then fret not. The gorgeous hills and mountains, along with luscious forests and mini pockets of adventure-oriented places, make a visit to various places of Nepal uniquely exciting.

You will not find a wider range of activities in Pokhara than anywhere else in Nepal. Therefore, if you want to experience most of the exciting activities in Nepal without traveling a lot, this is the place to be. Furthermore, the variety of activities in Pokhara valley, including rafting, hiking, cycling, boating, Paragliding from Sarangkot, chartered flights, sightseeing, and bungee jumping, might seem overwhelming even for regular travelers.

However, among all these exciting, if I had to choose a personal favorite, I’d definitely go with Paragliding from the famous Sarangkot hill. Despite Sarangkot’s monopoly on Paragliding activities, the experience of Paragliding in the sky of Pokhara via Sarangkot is rarely matched by any other activity. To add to that, despite trying most of the things available in Nepal, Paragliding has been my favorite for a long time.

The Excitement of Paragliding

It might make sense to wonder why you ought to consider partaking in Paragliding over bungee jumping or boating, among the countless options for passing your Time. But, the whole experience of getting ready for Paragliding and the thrill and rush after the event can’t be explained by words.

However, for conversation’s sake, here are a few reasons opting for Paragliding can be much better than the other alternatives. 

  • It is impossible to compare the thrill and adrenaline rush you experience during a takeoff from the ground.
  • As you’re flying through the sky, you’re greeted by fresh air hitting your face, giving you a sense of living life on the edge.
  • While it may seem dangerous, Paragliding is actually one of the safest sporting activities in the air, thanks to the reverse parachute, multiple safety belts, and a guide’s seat.
  • You’d probably feel more comfortable Paragliding than you are right now sitting in your chair.
  • Several benefits of Paragliding include increasing self-confidence and decreasing stress.
  • Taking part in Paragliding improves balance and strengthens the core, and you are never likely to get hurt by an equipment malfunction.

Apart from all these excellent benefits, Paragliding in Sarangkot offers much more entertainment to foreigners or people within Nepal.

The popularity of Paragliding in Nepal 

As far as Paragliding in Nepal is concerned, only Pokhara offers a variety of packages that can compete with world-class standards as compared to any other location. In this accord, you could say that Pokhara has monopoly control over Paragliding in Nepal. However, in spite of that, security and professionalism in the paragliding industry have been increasing yearly, making it a top destination for thrill-seekers at home and abroad.

More precisely, the beautiful hill of Sarangkot is the primary location in Pokhara, home to all paragliding activities in Nepal. The best part of Paragliding in Pokhara is flying through the skies like a bird while enjoying the breathtaking mountain scenery. Paragliding in Pokhara is unique because it combines adventure, mountains, and hawks with the valley’s scenic and natural beauty.

Preparing for Paragliding

Seeing the wonders of Pokhara and flying through the air may tempt you to try it out for yourself. If you do so, you will enjoy an activity that few other people experience. Nevertheless, oblivious people may find getting to Sarangkot and negotiating a good deal on a paragliding package difficult. Thus, here are some tips and guides to help you get the most out of your paragliding journey.

Getting There

You need to get to Pokhara wherever you are, whether in Nepal or abroad. Foreigners require a Nepali visa in order to enter Nepal. You can now use one of Nepal’s many public transportation options to reach Pokhara. If your city has a local airport, you may be able to book a flight to Pokhara for more comfort.

Once in Pokhara, we suggest you book a hotel room on Lakeside Street and enjoy the lively evening while strolling by the shore of Phewa Taal. To witness one of the gorgeous sunrises in Pokhara, you better reach Sarangkot hill before sunrise the next day. You can book a cab to get to the top of the hill. 

Prices

Afterward, we can get on with our activity of the day. There are multiple paragliding organizers and guide available in Sarangkot. There may be slight fluctuations in price depending on the season and the guide team you choose, though the price is mostly fixed.

Among the popular and best parachute tours in Pokhara, you can do Open Sky Paragliding, Himalayan Mountain Overview Paragliding, Sunrise Paragliding, Flying Buddha Paragliding, Sky Adventure Paragliding, and Team 5 Nepal Paragliding.

Paragliding Types

Mini Package: The 20 to 30-minute paraglide is the cheaper option among the two. Usually, such a flight would cost a Nepali individual anywhere between 6500 to 9000 rupees or around $60 to $90. However, the price for the same flight for a foreigner is $10 to $20 higher.

Longer Package: The longer flight option is 45 to 60 minutes. Usually, such a flight would cost a Nepali individual anywhere between 10,000 to 11500 rupees or around $95 to $115. Similarly, the price for the same flight for a foreigner can be $10 to $20 higher than for a Nepali national.

The package mentioned above includes the following perks as well

  • Cost of the activity
  • Photo and Video
  • Government taxes and fees are included
  • Insurance

Paragliding packages include pickup and drop off from and to your hotel. However, you can opt as you wish.

Additional Activities

Despite the obvious activity of Paragliding, you can experience much more on this trip.

Sarangkot Cable Car

People can admire the view of mountains, lakes, and green forests of Pokhara while on the recently opened Sarangkot Cable car service. In eight minutes, the rope car will transport passengers almost 2.3 km from Sadibagar on the Fewa Lake to Sarangkot.

Hawk/Eagle Feeding

During your paragliding session, you may enjoy having an eagle on your arm or shoulder. If you wish, the guide can arrange for some meat to bring along with you. When you’re on flying at a certain elevation and an eagle spots the meat, it will come to stand on your arm. Photograph this event to cherish for years to come.

Best Time to enjoy Paragliding

Among the twelve months of the year, the autumn season is from September to December, and the spring months of February to May are the Best Time. These transitional seasons from monsoon to winter and vice versa, offer pleasant weather with a clear sky that’ll compliment your day out.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, one of the world’s top five commercial tandem paragliding destinations, Paragliding in Pokhara, is a great place for beginners and regulars. It is affordable compared to other parts of the world, and they’ve been paragliding here for over 20 years. I hope you, too, get to experience such amazing activity soon.

 

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Trekking Expedition on the Rara Lake

Known as the Queen of the Himalayan Lakes, the Rara Lake Trek offers wilderness and solitude as you hike along the pristine mountain lake of Rara. For national and international tourists and adventurers alike, Rara Lake Trekking is a magnificent trip to a remote part of the midwest region of Nepal that resembles something out of a fantasy novel or heaven itself.

In addition to being the largest lake in Nepal, Rara is the second largest lake in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3010m or 9875ft above sea level. It spans five kilometers long and two kilometers wide. However, the lake’s size remains one of the major reasons for its popularity. In addition to its beautiful surroundings, the lake is a good trekking destination due to the presence of the Rara National Park, and the sight of snow-covered Himalayan peaks further enhances it.

About the Region

Around the region of the lake, you will find 214 bird species and 20 different species of mammals. Located within the protected borders of Rara National Park, the region is surrounded by spruce, pine, and juniper forests which mirror the snow-capped mountains. Furthermore, a mammal such as the Himalayan bears, Himalayan tahrs, musk deers, red pandas, serows, gorals, and langurs, as well as rhesus monkeys, can be found here.

Trek to Rara

Rara Lake

In addition to its 100m deep water, Rara Lake is home to otters and fish. As mentioned earlier, the hike around the lake follows long ridges enclosing mountain pastures and high valleys, providing a unique traveling experience not found anywhere else in the world. Despite all the floras and faunas, the superb view of the lake, forest, hills, and mountains backdrop is sure to captivate you with its extreme attraction.

In spite of the fact that Rara Lake has the bluest water in the world, the lake shows three different colors throughout the day. The background of the lake is also ever-changing. There is very little crowding on this route, and it is on an off-the-beaten-path. Thus, it is great for people seeking solitude and communion with nature.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

To complete the Trek, you must obtain an entry permit for Rara National Park. Fortunately, this permit can be easily obtained at the checkpoint. But don’t forget to bring some money with you in order to acquire the permit.

Accommodations at the start of the Trek contain well-managed hotels and lodges. Further along the Trek, well-facilitated hotels are hard to come by. These paths majorly consist of small teahouses and homestays. However, bringing along tents in order to set up tented camps throughout the Trek would be highly suggestible.

Preparing For the Rara Trek

The tallest point on the Rara trek is at an altitude of 3,055 meters or 10,023 feet. This may not be much elevation for frequent trekkers, but it is still quite a change for newcomers. In addition, the Trek requires the explorers to walk for multiple days. Therefore, those with lung diseases should avoid such activities or take precautions before doing so, as such high altitudes are very difficult to adapt to. Furthermore, when at such high altitudes, people may experience altitude sickness.

As a result of the cold at the high altitude, we recommend you bring the following items with you to your Trek. These are the things our group of friends took along with us on our first trip to Rara.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Tents if you plan to camp by the shore of Rara Lake
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

However, if you forget any of these items, you can easily locate them in trek shops at the starting point of the Trek, though the price there would likely be higher than normal.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

Depending upon your walking pace, you might be able to complete the Langtang Trek in 7 to 12 days. If you are within Nepal, you need to get to Nepalgunj initially. If you are not from Nepal, you need to obtain a Nepali visa and get to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you need to catch a flight to Nepalgunj. Finally, you need to fly to Jumla to begin the Trek from there.

From the level meadow near Chere, we follow the western trail and climb up to Jaljala pass; between Jaljala and Chalachaur, we hike along a wide, easy trail until we rest for the day at Chalachaur.

In the Sinja valley, we follow the bank of the Jaljala Khola. It's a place where the Nepali language originated during the 12th to 14th centuries. It's also called Khas Bhasa. We also stop at a couple of traditional villages along the way. 

After a leisurely breakfast, you will leave Sinja for Ghorosingha. The path will follow the upstream trail to Laha and then proceed towards Gani. Furthermore, we follow the trail until reaching Ghorosingha for the overnight stay.

On the fifth day, our first stop is Chichhemara hill, where we can see the Himalayas, and finally, the tranquil Rara Lake, which is a delightful viewpoint from the hill. As we pass Murma village and arrive at Chapri village, the beautiful Queen of the lakes, the enchanting Rara, lies in front of us. 

As you have your breakfast, you will head to one of the largest lakes in Nepal. It is surrounded by a dense forest, heaven for diverse flora and fauna, including some of Nepal's indigenous birds, fishes, and animals. You can visit Murma Top if you want a long-distance trip to see the lake from above. It takes around 6-7 hours to go there and back.

You can also enjoy the picturesque view of the lake and the Himalayas by just sitting on the lake's bank. The changing light of the lake's hues and its magical transformation will definitely make your stay a lifetime experience.

The trail from Rara Lake to Gamgadhi, the administrative center of the remote Mugu District of Nepal, is relatively easy, and we walk on a very straight path. From there, we walk down a steep trail to Pina Village, where we spend the night.

We descend from Pina and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass before continuing our descent. We pass through a few villages until we reach Burma to spend the night. 

On the six-hour Trek of the final day, we cross two suspension bridges above the Hima River and walk downhill for several hours. Finally, we travel to a hot spring where we can relax our sore muscles with a dip. Then, we proceeded down the same path we used a few days ago to reach Jumla after reaching Cherechaur.

In the end, when we get back to Jumla, we can follow our steps back home via Nepalgunj. First, do not forget to cherish all the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek as you return home.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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A Trek of the Manaslu Mountain Circuit

Have you ever wanted to experience one of the best trekking experiences? If so, we may have the place you’d enjoy that you haven’t been to before, even if you indulge in various trekking or hiking activities. In contrast to the beauty of the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, which are quite popular among frequent travelers, the Manaslu Mountain Circuit trek provides travelers with a unique and thrilling experience you’ll surely cherish.

Having witnessed countless national parks, hiking circuits, and trekking treks, we find the Manaslu trek quite unique and underrated relative to other treks. There are a lot of thrilling activities to partake in during this Trek, even though this may not be a prominent location as many others.

About Manaslu Mountain Trek

Nature, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region are breathtaking. In addition, friendly people and the region’s rich culture, which combines both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnicities, will make your visit to the region quite memorable.

Larky La Pass (5167 m), the highest point on the Trek, offers breathtaking views of some of the world’s highest peaks – Himlung, Manaslu, and Annapurna II. If you are lucky, the Trek is also abundant with wildlife, including Agali, Pika, Tahr, Himalayan Marmots, and even Snow Leopards. As a result of its remote location and physical challenge, the Manaslu circuit trek is both culturally enriching and scenically rewarding.

Preparing For the Manaslu Mountain Trek

The eighth highest mountain peak in the world, Mount Manaslu, lies at an elevation of 8,163 meters or 25,781 feet. As mentioned earlier, the altitude of the highest point of the Manaslu trek, Larky La Pass, is 5,167 meters. So, preparing for the weather conditions and physical difficulties is a must. 

Adapting to this altitude can be a bit difficult for some people. In addition, some might experience altitude sickness and breathlessness from such extreme elevation. Therefore, people with lung ailments should avoid such activities or take all precautions necessary before embarking on such adventures. At the same time, the weather and temperature can also be a big factor to look into. 

During the trekking experience in the Manaslu Circuit, you need to bring along the following things and equipment. We suggest you do the same for a better experience.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Energy bars
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

Even though some of the items and appliances outlined above might not be necessary for the Trek, they would certainly improve your comfort and the trekking experience as a whole. Additionally, if you forgot any of them, you can easily locate them in trek shops, though the price would likely be higher than normal.

Permits necessary

Manaslu Trekking is a well-regulated trekking region. You will have to get a special permit from a local agency. You are also required to have MCAP and ACAP permits. Furthermore, a minimum of two trekkers are required to do the Trek.

Accommodations and facilities

Small tea houses are set up throughout Manaslu, and you will have to stay in most of the night. The services and facilities available in such places are very basic; however, the hospitality of the people is not. Furthermore, giving up high-speed internet and some unnecessary facilities should not be a problem for enthusiastic travelers such as you.

Starting the Trek and Itinerary

Completing the whole Manaslu Circuit Trek might take up to 10 days to 2 weeks, depending upon your pace during the Trek. Initially, you need to acquire a Nepali visa if you’re not from Nepal and get to Kathmandu. Then, from Kathmandu or any other place in Nepal, you need to drive to Soti Khola at an altitude of 700 meters. From there, our Trek begins.

As you walk through the forest on this day, you are going to get a chance to see the Gurung village of Khorlabeshi. You'll also visit the riverside forest road on the Budi Gandaki bank. Finally, you can enjoy a warm bath when you reach Tatopani before crossing the suspension bridge to Doban and finally to Jagat. At Jagat, we rest for the day.

After breakfast, you'll walk from Salleri to Sirdibas. You'll be welcomed into the village with several gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. Before reaching Phillip, you can try local alcoholic beverages at several stopovers along the route.

Furthermore, enjoy the sculptures on the river bank on your way to Pewa. You'll also encounter a thick rhododendron forest on the way.

 

After breakfast, enjoy the Trek up to Rana and Bihi Phedi through a bamboo forest. To remain physically safe, you must be extra attentive to your guide's instructions during the walkthrough of several landslide zones to reach Ghap. The trail leads to Namrung after passing through the landslide area. At Namrung, we enjoy some bonfires and rest for the night.

You will start the day by witnessing the lifestyles of the Nubri people. Next, you will pass several mini walls, lush terraces, and houses before walking through Banjam to reach the forest of fir, rhododendrons, and oak trees before climbing to Sho and back. The last stop for the day after Sho is Lho, which can be reached by walking up a rocky hillside route.

The sixth day contains a relatively short hike towards Sama Gaun. But, do enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mount Manaslu along the hike.

About a 2-hour hike north from Sama Gaun takes you to Manaslu Base Camp. You can either go there or hike some more to reach Pungyen Gompa on the Eastern Side of Nurbi Valley.

On our eighth day, we'll trek to a new village of Samdo after passing through yak pastures and a few bridges. When you get to Samdo after 3 hours of Trek, you can walk, chill and visit the nearby villages of the area.

The ninth day is going to be a day filled with mini trips. Those trips will primarily include an exciting visit to villages near the Tibet border and Samdo Glacier.

We will walk slowly across the rugged terrains of the Manaslu region in order to reach Dharmasala today. This is another adventure at a high altitude, so please watch your body signs. You will be treated to scenic views of the Himalayan chain as you cross the rugged terrains of the Manaslu region of the Himalayas.

On the Eleventh day, we reach the highest point on the trail at Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters while catching a gorgeous view of Kang Guru, Annapurna, Annapurna II, and Himlung. First, however, we spend the night at Bumthang.

This day of your Trek is a downhill descent through the lush Manaslu region, where you'll see rhododendron bushes and lush forest. Furthermore, you'll drop down to Dharapani via Gurung Goa and Tilije and rest before your trip back home.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, after the completion of the Trek, take a rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you encountered during the Trek while on your trip back home. It is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich historical legacy, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to the Manaslu Base Camp an unforgettable experience.

 

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Tamakoshi River Rafting

Nepal is a nation filled with adventurous locations and gorgeous mountains, rivers, and lakes. A rafting trip through Nepal’s numerous world-class rivers is a fun and exciting adventure. You can enjoy a day’s rafting or choose a trip that allows you to camp on the river and explore the surrounding culture and geography. Nepal is considered a paradise for river runners. Several grades of whitewater rafting trips are available to suit any interest or preference.

Among the best places to white water raft, Nepal has some of the world’s wildest and most spectacular rivers. Beautiful mountains, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water, and fascinating cultural experiences are what make Nepal one of the world’s top rafting destinations.

You can combine the Tamakoshi River rafting trip with a wildlife safari tour in nearby National Parks or the nearby trekking locations for those interested in a long day’s expedition. Please get in touch with us here at Pokhara Info if you have any questions about rafting in Nepal. We will provide you with the best options and packages. 

About Tamakoshi

In the vicinity of 7181m, the glaciers of Mount Gaurishankar feed the Tse Rolpa Lake, from which the Tamakoshi River originates. The Tama Koshi River is a perennial river fed by snow and glaciers and is a tributary to the Sun Koshi River, which is, in turn, a tributary to the Koshi River. As far as thrilling adventure goes, Tamakoshi River Rafting takes the biscuit. The Tamakoshi rafting is an extremely difficult rafting trip more suitable for experienced rafters.

Kayaking and rafting in the Tamakoshi start from a bridge along the road to Jiri called Busti. The upper reaches of the Tamakoshi River are in the Tibetan Himalayas. There are various major tributaries of the river, such as Astonishing Rolwaling, Jugu, Gumu, Singati, Tineku, Charang, Gopi, Andheri, Khare, Jhyaku, Dholti, Maren, Milti, Khimti. The Tamakoshi River (Copper River) holds a volume almost double that of Bhote Koshi, which makes it an extremely challenging river to raft on. It is generally considered rafting only for those who have a good understanding of the technicalities of sturdy water.

This river is considered dangerous as it is far from the main trekking routes and away from the main trekking routes, but it is still a challenging whitewater challenge. Rafting and kayaking are both popular activities on this river. There might only be a few numbers of people who enjoy rafting on this river. This is a high-risk rafting spot and is not recommended for beginners. However, if you are an experienced rafter, you can test your skills here.

Tamakhosi Rafting Itinerary

Kathmandu and Dolakha Districts are two districts that are separated by 70km of aerial distance and 148.8 km of highway distance. You can easily take taxis or take public transport to get to Dolakha while enjoying the scenic beauty of the route.

You will be able to see perfect mountain panoramas from the Rolwaling and Khumbu areas when we reach the put-in. This is an incredible drive through villages, and if the weather cooperates, you will be able to see Ganesh Himal, Langtang, etc. The rafting equipment will be ready for you in a matter of minutes. Ask questions and enlarge your horizons. And let the thrill begin.

The second day starts with a quick breakfast and packs up (about 9-10 a.m.), and you run your grade 4-5 rapid again. You will have a second chance to show how well you can handle that class 4-5 rapid. You get to enjoy most of the rafting of the trip on the second day. Lunch is served on the river, and we continue down the river until the take-out point at Dolalghat Bazaar, around 3 to 4 p.m.

After the exciting trip, we can either take the bus or fly back to Kathmandu. You can also choose from many other adventures in Nepal, like bungee jumping, peak climbing, and much more. We wish you the best as you conclude your journey to Nepal. Relish your final moments in Kathmandu, whether they're breakfast in a cafe, strolling around, or shopping for mementos.

Pokhara Info organizes several procedures for rafting along the TamaKoshi River that is safe and interesting. As Pokhara Info’s main objective is to provide the highest level of safety and enjoyment for its clients, the matter of safety while rafting is also taken very seriously. However, it will surely be a fun experience and full of exploration around the remote regions of that part of Nepal to raft for 5 to 7 days at the Tama Koshi River.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Which are the most suitable months for rafting in Nepal?

The best time to go rafting is between September and early December and between March and early June. Whitewater rafting is most popular in October. With proper precaution, the Trishuli, Seti, and a few other rivers are good for rafting even in monsoon season.

When was rafting started in Nepal?

About 100 Nepalese were trained in 1976 to become rafting agents, and some of them started their own firms. In 1989, the Government recognized the Nepal Association of Rafting Agents. 

Where can I get the local currency for personal expenditure during the trip?

The banks and money exchanges are the two best places to exchange foreign currencies. Money exchanges also offer a legitimate service, and you can exchange cash at your hotel if it is small amounts. Kathmandu offers money exchange facilities. Money changers are located primarily in Thamel. Prices are often displayed on boards in the front of the stores. The Nepali Rupee is the official currency of Nepal.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting!

 

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The Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour in Nepal

It’s no wonder Nepal is a top traveling destination for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The incredible beauty of Nepal provides travelers with heavenly experiences without having to visit heaven itself. However, suppose you’re planning to travel to Nepal soon or are originally from the country. In that case, you may be surprised to know all the places you can go to experience the best out-of-doors experiences in the South-Asian region. Furthermore, activities such as paragliding, ultralight flight, cycling tour, and sightseeing add to the country’s beauty.  

About

If you want to enjoy Nepal’s hills and mountains, one of the best things to do is to organize a cycling trip with friends or family. Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour is a trip into the countryside of Nepal’s city-periphery. It showcases the beauty of Nepal’s rural areas, which are embellished with natural beauty.

During your Tour to Dhulikhel, when you navigate the lush tracks stretching across the city circumference and venture into the mostly-pastoral routes, you will be charmed by the tranquility of village life and the lush surroundings. As a consequence, it is difficult to feel rejuvenated while surrounded by the noise and traffic of the city. But a cycling trip into the tame wilderness outside the city is the ideal way to refresh and relax. Discover the famous destinations of Nepal that can be reached quite easily from the capital. Experience the natural beauty of the woodlands and mountainous terrains outside the city. Refresh your senses amid the fresh air of Nepal’s hilly regions.

Overview

Nagarkot, one of Nepal’s most popular hiking destinations near Kathmandu, is a major highlight of the Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour. Nagarkot has become one of Nepal’s most popular hiking destinations as a former royal retreat for the country’s royal family. While riding through the tracks at Nagarkot, you will have the opportunity to see the Himalayas off in the distance. It is an absolutely beautiful destination, blessed with an undisturbed natural landscape and a Himalayan tapestry as its natural art. Moreover, the view from Nagarkot’s view tower is known for its breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset amidst the mountain peaks. Besides the natural beauty, you’ll be riding along the captivating shadows of the Himalayas.

Similarly, Dhulikhel is another feature of the Tour. By bike, you will witness an absolutely stunning Himalayan panorama as you ride to the edge of Dhulikhel hill. As you pedal your way along the verdant landscape, you will catch glimpses of prominent mountain peaks, including the Langtang Lirung, the Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, and Melungtse. Cycling along the temple-lined streets of Dhulikhel’s village will also give you a taste of Dhulikhel’s Newari ambiance. Thus, the Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour blends together the natural beauty of the hill enclaves of Nepal and the cultural and religious treasures that this country has to offer. In addition, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the view of the distant mountains from a very intimate setting.

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Cycling Tour Itinerary

Pokhara Info organizes several events for cycling along the Dhulikhel-Nagarkot area that is thrilling and interesting. 

As Pokhara Info’s main objective is to provide the highest level of safety and enjoyment for its clients, we take the matter of safety while cycling very seriously. However, it will surely be a fun experience and full of exploration around the countryside of that part of Nepal, cycling for 2 to 4 days at Dhulikhel.

As we travel from Nagarkot to Namobuddha, you will have the opportunity to cycle through stunning natural scenery and quaint villages. It is a great adventure that allows you to get a sense of the country's rural atmosphere and ethnic culture. The trail from Nagarkot cuts through remote villages with a small number of ups and downs. Tropical vegetation and hilly woodlands adorn the pathway, offering an enjoyable journey. The trail also offers views of the Himalayas.

Our route will also take us through Nala, Banepa, and Dhulikhel. We will have lunch in Dhulikhel and then proceed towards Namobuddha, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is known for its legend about a spoiled prince who sacrificed himself to a tiger and her cubs, who hailed him as the New Buddha and adorned the site with his name. From Dhulikhel, the trail ascends uphill through lush forests. We will spend the night at a hotel in Dhulikhel.

 

Our journey takes us on mostly flat, paved roads to Balthali. This is a traditional village boasting ancient sculptures, buildings, and innumerable temples. The verdant farms and lush green environments that decorate our journey provide a pleasant experience. Furthermore, Balthali is situated behind the forests of Panauti, a fact that lends it a sense of ethereal natural beauty and makes it a popular, naturally, and culturally opulent destination that one can easily reach from Kathmandu.

Upon arriving in the village, you will find that it is a charming farmstead surrounded by green rice terraces, green hills, and faint shadows of the Himalayan peaks to the north. We will have lunch here and then head back before riding to Khopasi. After that, we will travel by private vehicle to Kathmandu. 

 

When you choose the Pokhara info cycling package for the Dhulikhel Nagarkot cycling tour, the package includes:

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

    • International Airfare.
    • Your travel insurance.
    • Sightseeing entrance fees
    • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
    • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
    • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or where to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal, and thank you for visiting!

 

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Best Short Distance Treks in Nepal 

Many people visit Nepal for the beauty of the mountains, dreaming of climbing or trekking in the mountains. Others are attracted to the culture of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, or any other city in Nepal, and still, others are hoping to achieve spiritual awakening. But, Short Distance Treks in Nepal are something everyone will surely love.

If you dream about trekking through the scenic landscapes of Nepal, you’ll always have lots of options. However, not all people can afford or manage long-distance treks but want to make the most of their time in Nepal. In Nepal, there are many destinations with short-distance trekking as well as equally mesmerizing locations and rewarding experiences for such people.

Do not fret if you plan to do some trekking in Nepal but do not wish to waste much of your time. We have compiled a list of a few of the best trekking spots in the country that can be completed within a week.

  • Ghandruk Village Trek
  • Mardi Himal Trek
  • Trek to the Sikles Village
  • Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek
  • Panchase Trek

Those trekking trails are sure to make for a fantastic trip, but if you still aren’t convinced, let’s look at them a bit more closely.

Ghandruk Village Trek

The trek to Ghandruk village introduces you to the typical hillside Gurung village. This is a popular gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and one of the best Short Distance Treks in Nepal. You have the opportunity to see the local tourism-related activities in the villages to make your trek more enjoyable. Furthermore, enjoy the view of alpine lakes, fields, and mountains, including Annapurna South, while sleeping in comfortable teahouses along the trails.

In terms of real village experience amidst massive Nepali cities, Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful ones out there and quite honestly mesmerizing. A Gurung museum is also located in the village. The trek is ideal for anyone looking for a short hike around Pokhara with easy trails and few climbs or descents.

  • Preferable Season: All year round
  • Trek Duration: Approximately five days
  • Starting Point: Pothana
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,940 meters 
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trekking is a relatively new venture in Nepal’s Annapurna region that features some splendid examples of Mother Nature in a clean and lively atmosphere. In just a few short years, the trek has gained a lot of popularity. There is nothing more refreshing than a short trek through the mountains of the Annapurna region, walking through amazing glacier villages and rarely seen landscapes.

As spring approaches, you will view the Rhododendron blossoms. Also, the locals are ready to provide you with warm and cozy accommodations. Plus, the Mardi Himal Trek is a completely unspoiled trail with surprises along the way. Unlike other treks, we do not need to repeat the same route because the trail circumnavigates the Mardi Himal.

As you trek through the Mardi Himal area, you’ll get a view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges, as well as the villages of Siding, Australian Camp, Pothana, and Lwang. Sheep and goat herders once used these trails to take their sheep and goats for grazing.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately seven days
  • Starting Point: Phedi
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,250 meters
  • Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Lodges
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Additionally, the trail is a great way to learn about the locals’ culture, festivals, lifestyles, customs, and practices and experience their hospitality. The locals are friendly and show you a great time.

Trek to the Sikles Village

You will walk through lush rhododendron forests and serene landscapes on the Siklesh trek. This trek will take you through the pristine hillside settlements beneath giant peaks. If you want to participate in some late-night singing and dancing during your stay, you can join Rodhi Ghar. Also, you can see the local handicrafts and participate in some tourism activities. Finally, you can explore the rich biodiversity of the area. 

A well-preserved village located in the Kaski district, Sikles is one of the region’s earliest and largest Gurung settlements. Sikles is located on a hill at the height of 2,000 meters. Moreover, the villagers of Sikles village are primarily of Gurung ethnicity, and they are considered Nepal’s second-largest Gurung village. The distance from Pokhara city to Sikles villages is nearly 20 Km. 

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately five days
  • Starting Point: Bijaypur Khola
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,000 meters 
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the best short treks in the Annapurna region! It is suitable for hikers of all ages, particularly good for families with children, and it can be accomplished in a maximum of 4 or 5 days while still getting the experience of the Annapurna region. One of the best Short Distance Treks in Nepal.

 You can enhance your trekking experience at Ghorepani by being able to see the beautiful Poon hills from this small village below Poon Hill, where the people primarily belong to the Magar community. The Poon Hill is also the best viewing point for Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri and Varaha Shikhar mountains, the Nilgiri and Tukuche mountains, and Lamjung Himal.

  • Preferable Season: All year round
  • Trek Duration: Approximately five days
  • Starting Point: Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude: 3210 meters at Poon Hill
  • Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Panchase Trek

Panchase is a hillock in the Annapurna region that is renowned for its religious significance. The top of the hill is a great vantage point for taking in the amazing view of the Annapurna range. The varied landscape makes it a picturesque place. There are a lot of religious sites like Siddha Baba, Panchase Lake, Boudha Stupa, Caves, and terraced rice fields. Lush vegetation, alpine meadows, and terraced rice fields make it heaven on Earth.

From Panchase Hill’s peak, you can enjoy views of snowcapped mountains over 8000 meters. After walking for three to four days through dense jungle and alongside streams, you will finally reach the Himalayan range with its stunning sceneries.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately four days
  • Starting Point: Bundi
  • Maximum Altitude: 2517 meters 
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Purchase offers a wonderland of nature to city folks and foreigners alike. Located at an elevation of around 1500 meters and a few kilometers west of Pokhara valley, Panchase is distinguished by its natural beauty.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Our Trek Package Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Finally, all the trekking destinations mentioned above are top-notch, thrilling and mesmerizing, and short at the same time. Short-distance treks in Nepal do not need much commitment, but they provide an abundance of thrill and joy. If you intend to, you can probably trek to all these locations within a month and have the time of your life. However, if you do so, be sure to cherish all the moments during the trek so the memories last forever in your memories.

 

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Visiting Bandipur: Underrated Gem in Nepal

Experiencing Nepal is a wonderful experience. It might be tiring, yet enjoyable to experience the real Nepal. There can be many things we might not know about the gorgeous nation before actually visiting Nepal. Taking bumpy roads over gravel or dirt, riding on motorbikes to avoid crowds in Kathmandu’s temples, and climbing high altitudes in the Himalayas are all part of the real thrilling experience.

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with traditional culture and a serene, pleasant day filled with rural walks, wildlife, and spectacular mountain vistas, Bandipur is a great choice. It is no wonder that we consider it one of the most beautiful destinations in Nepal.

About Bandipur

If you haven’t heard of this place, you will be surprised to learn it represents one of the most underrated cities in Nepal. It is a tiny town that is reached by climbing a particular road on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway.

Take time to relax, enjoy a cup of tea, and learn why Bandipur is one of Nepal’s top tourist destinations. It’s a visitor’s dream; it’s the perfect place to relax after trekking in Nepal, and it’s almost like it was built just for visitors! After becoming a trading post in the 1700s, it became a commercial hub for Tibetans and British Indians traders, a position it held until the Pokhara-Kathmandu route bypassed it one hundred years later. To tourists’ benefit, it has steadily become a center of Newari culture as well as a retreat from the city.

Bandipur is a perfect place to take a break since it is easily accessible from Pokhara and is one of the best places to visit in the Kathmandu Valley. Stopping here to escape those bumpy roads is a great way to break up long journeys.

Do not be fooled by the distance. Although it may appear short on the map, the road conditions and traffic will make travel time longer. The distance between Kathmandu and Bandipur is approximately 140 kilometers (it should take 5 to 7 hours), 73 kilometers to Pokhara (3-4 hours by bus), and 2.5 to 3.5 hours from Chitwan to Bandipur.

Draw of Bandipur

Bandipur is known as Nepal’s warm heart. It’s because of the wonderful hospitality as well as the relaxing location of the hilltop. Furthermore, there are several reasons why you should visit Bandipur during your trip to Nepal.

  • It is peaceful to see Buddhist and Hindu temples coexist. With no crowds, you can easily explore many temples.
  • Those who miss out on Kathmandu’s greenery, mountains, and pure air should plan a trip to Bandipur to refresh their lungs and spirits.
  • In addition to the wooden balconies and magnificent Bougainvillea trees characteristic of traditional Newari architecture, there are also a lot of cafés, restaurants, and places to stay.
  • You won’t have to haggle or wheel and deal with shopkeepers here, so you can roam around at your convenience during your free time without any pressure from them. The prices aren’t exaggerated here. You can eat, stay, and drink here for much less than in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • It is prohibited to drive on the main streets, including motorcycles. Thus, you can stroll down stunning cobblestone streets while admiring the traditional wooden and brick houses that are characteristic of the Newari culture.

Enjoying Bandipur

Bandipur has plenty to offer. While in Bandipur, initially, you can relax and appreciate the relief from Nepal’s hustle and bustle. The second category includes the following enjoyable activities:

Wander around the Temples: 

Numerous Hindu temples are located throughout the town of Bandipur, such as Bindebasini temple, at the north end of the Main Street or market. You can even find these temples on your own, even if you’re a first-time visitor. The temple is said to be dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Furthermore, you’ll appreciate the temple and the old wooden entrance that are decorated with intricate stone carvings.

Explore Siddha Guffa: 

You will need a guide to accompany you through the cave, which is 437 meters deep and 50 meters high and is one of Nepal’s largest caves. Start hiking halfway down Bandipur village hill for the Siddha Cave. The tour guide, who charges a modest fee, carries a lantern and guides you down ladders and along rope swings into the cave. The cave is decorated with stalactite formations, and whistling bats are often heard above the gloomy walls.

You can observe native prayer places and meditate at the swimming pool in the rainy season. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a headlight. However, this is not a trip for people with weak hearts.

Getting to Thani Mai Temple:

The stairway that leads to the hill above the town has a well-marked path and handrails. It is a beautiful walk when the sun rises in the morning or when it sets late in the afternoon. At the summit, there is a tiny Hindu temple of Thani Mai that is an excellent place for enjoying the views, although it isn’t a major attraction as others.

As you hike over the mountain range to Gurungche Hill, you will have a full 360-degree view of the entire area. The journey takes about 30 minutes, but it is a gradual, slightly strenuous climb yet mentally fulfilling.

Visit the Boudha Sadan Shakyamuni Monastery:

Also known as Bandipur Monastery, you can have some of the best times visiting the monks and Buddhist people in the monastery. Walking up the stairs past the main square would take you near the monastery; however, traveling up to the monastery is equally relaxing and enjoyable.

As we walked around during our visit to Bandipur, a monk living there invited us in for tea and informed us of plans for the monastery’s temple extension, and as a result, we ended up spending almost the whole day there. While meditating on the temple steps, he left us to gaze out at the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas beyond the horizon. The visit turned out to be a peaceful and spiritually fulfilling experience.

Hiking and Shopping at Bandipur Bazaar:

While hiking around the countryside in Bandipur, you’ll come across interesting houses and temples in any direction. Additionally, T-shirts, Newari presents, and refreshments are for sale. Since there is no haggling, you can roam as much as you want.

Enjoy Local Delicacy:

Bandipur has many tasty and fresh local places to eat. There are no fast food franchises here; instead, there are small eateries run by local families that are delightful.

Nepal’s most famous dish is Momos, and there is no shortage of them in this town. As you walk around, you’ll find a variety of fried and steamed dumplings. The most frequent and common dishes here are chicken, buffs, and vegetables. However, they are rarely offered by default and are typically requested ahead of time. Dhal Bhat is a tasty and filling traditional Nepali dish that includes rice, beans, lentil soup, pickles, and generally unlimited refills. 

While there, you can visit local restaurants such as Loving Spoon or Hill’s Heaven. Located a few blocks north of Bandipur village resort, Loving Spoon is a charming little eatery designed by its owner. The traditional Dhal, Bhat as well as momos here are delicious.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Finally, the trip to Bandipipur can be an extraordinary experience because of the stunning scenery, stellar views, thrilling Journey, and the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.