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Arrival in Kathmandu and private transfer to hotel. Depending on your arrival time, check in at the Yak and Yeti hotel and have briefing about the trip.
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up for sightseeing. We firstly drive to Swayambhu, a sacred shrine and worshipped by all the Buddhists around the world. Also enjoy the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley from the hill top. After we drive to Boudhanath, the largest dome shaped Buddhist shrine of the south east Asia. It is the most beautiful live worship site in Kathmandu Valley. After visiting Boudhanath, we drive to Patan Durbar, city is full of Buddhist and Hindu monuments with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. We then return to hotel and have a rest before this evenings Nepali cultural dinner and dance show.
After breakfast, we drive the Prithvi Highway west from Kathmandu Valley, crossing Thankot Pass towards Nagdunga tow. Arriving at Charoundi (starting point of rafting), you meet with rafting crew for a briefing and preparation, and then the excitingly ride through the rapid begins. You stop for lunch, and continue rafting up to the end point at Fishling where the driver and guide will be waiting. We then continue on our journey, enjoying the view of local rice field as we carry on down the narrow road which ascends towards the local village of Bandipur, staying at the Bandipur Inn.
After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara. Enjoy the drive through the hilly terrain, we cross a bridge over the Seti River and enter Pokhara valley. On arrival, you will see the popular western peaks including Machapuchere. From Pokhara itself, you can have a clear view of this most sacred mountain. Check into the Shangrila Village Hotel and relax.
Early morning drive to Sarangkot, altitude 1590m. Have a superb panoramic western mountain view especially of Mt. Machapurchere, Mt. Annapurna ranges, Mt. Dhaulagiri. Enjoy the experience of local villages, farms, hills and fresh air. We then trek back to the western side of Phewa Lake, approx. 3 hours walking. After lunch, we visit the Devi's Falls where the Pardi River enters a channelled grotto and sinks underground in a sudden rush of foam and fury. After this we visit a Tibetan refugee camp which has 750 residents. We also visit a school, gompa / monastery, curio stalls and a carpet weaving hall.
There are many other optional activities which may be undertaken in Pokhara, such as Micro light flight, paragliding, mountain biking, cycling, boating, horse riding etc. There are ample opportunities for souvenir shopping, relaxing down by the lake or enjoy the sunshine from the Hotel rooftop.
Today you fly back to Kathmandu and drive to Bhaktapur and visit Durbar Square. It is one of the typical Newari town with full of carved Malla Dynasty Palaces and Pagodas. It is a living proof of the highest craft and architecture standards in this part of the world. Overnight at the Hotel Heritage.
Optional Mountain flight early in the morning – free day independent exploring and shopping.
Today you bid farewell to Nepal. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.