Today we explore the Kathmandu Valley, starting with the Buddhist Stupa of Bodhnath which is a fabulous example of Buddhist temple architecture and a great place to observe Buddhist life and culture. Our next stop is the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal’s cultural gem which has maintained its traditional way of life and is famous for its pottery. We visit Bhaktapur’s incredible Durbar Square and visit a local family to see Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and to try our hand at pottery making in Pottery Square. Our final stop of the day is Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 temples and shrines. This evening we enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast, Dinner
Kathmandu – Chitwan. On day 3 we travel to Chitwan National Park. Hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks, Chitwan is home to the vulnerable one horned rhino, gharial crocodile, bison, sambar deer, elephants, sloth bears and striped hyenas. Included within our stay is a jeep safari through the buffer zone that adjoins the national park which will take place on day 3 or day 4. The remainder of our stay offers free time for you to choose from the various optional activities available in Chitwan National Park. You can opt for additional safaris within the NP or the buffer zone, take part in a nature walk or journey in a dugout canoe and admire the scenery - if you are very lucky you may spot rhinos or even an elusive tiger!
Overnight: Chitwan National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Chitwan National Park – Pokhara. Today we travel on to scenic Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which boasts five mountains over 7200m and has one of the Himalayas most distinctive mountains - Machhapuchare with its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The local people believe Machhapuchare is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. Arriving in the afternoon, there's time to relax and perhaps take a stroll around the lakeside market.
Overnight: Pokhara | Breakfast
Pokhara – Nayapul - Ulleri. From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul, where we’ll start our trek heading towards Birethanti on the opposite bank of the Modi Khola. From here we’ll follow a trail on the north bank of the Hurungdi Khola up to Sudame Village. Our trail then climbs steadily up to the Hille Village where we’ll trek to Ulleri.
Overnight: Ulleri (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ulleri – Ghorepani. Today after crossing over the Burungdi River, the trail immediately climbs very steeply up to the large Magar Village of Ulleri. As we climb, the tops of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli begin to merge from behind the hills. After Ulleri, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forest as the trail climbs to Banthanti where we stop for our lunch. Beyond the village of Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forest. From here, Ghorepani is reached in about 3 hours past some sparkling clear streams and some teashops.
Overnight: Ghorepani (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ghorepani – Tadapani. An early morning excursion to Poon Hill provides spectacular unobstructed views of the High Himalayas. After enjoying the mountain scenery
we return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing our trek. Our trail climbs a stone staircase until we reach the ridge where we’ll then trek downhill to the village of Banthanti for a lunch break. From Banthanti the trail starts climbing, leaving the high mountain forests behind and entering a field of cane. The trail then climbs steeply again before reaching our base for the night.
Overnight: Tadapani (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tadapani – Chomorung. Our trek today starts with a steep downhill through the forest before the trail eases as we reach Gurjung, the village of the Gurung people. From here its an easy walk to Chomorung.
Overnight: Chomorung (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chomorung – Ghandruk. Today our trail heads gradual downhill to Kimyo Khola. Crossing the river we start our ascent to Ghandruk village, where we’ll encounter Gurung tribal people.
Overnight: Ghandruk (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara. After breakfast we take the trail down to Syauli Bazar where we’ll stop for lunch. From here a local jeep takes to Nayapul where we’ll then drive back to Pokhara. After a chance to freshen up, visit Lake Phewa, a popular tourist spot where you can hire sail boats, shop or simply relax and enjoy the picturesque views.
Overnight: Pokhara | Breakfast, Lunch
Pokhara – Kathmandu. Fly back to Kathmandu this morning and in the afternoon we explore more of the city. After visiting the beautiful Swayambhunath stupa, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. We’ll also enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling back streets of the city which is a great way to observe the everyday life of the locals.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast
Wednesday. Kathmandu – breakfast. Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to Kathmandu Airport.
Area covered: Pokhara Valley - Annapurna region
Grade: Easy - Moderate
Walking duration: 4 - 6 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 3210m
Average group size: 2-8
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Hotel Manaslu, Kathmandu
Set over 3 floors, Hotel Manaslu is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Nepali style - using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Newari tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an out door pool, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel can arrange shuttles into the centre of Kathmandu which is just over a mile away.
Machan Coutry Villa, Chitwan National Park
Sporting a traditional jungle theme, Machan Country Villa carefully combines being in the wilderness with the comforts of home. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with modern amenities including air conditioning and an uninterrupted electricity supply. The hotel also boasts a lovely bar and restaurant serving up a whole host of Nepali, Pan Asian and Continental cuisine. All food is sourced locally ensuring that every meal is perfectly fresh and of the highest quality whilst supporting the local community. The property is ideally located near the Chitwan National Park.
Mount Kailash Resort, Pokhara
Mount Kailash Resort is a newly built hotel affording amazing panoramic views of Fewa Lake and the Annapurna mountains. Guest rooms are spacious, contemporary and well furnished with air conditioning and TVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout and the onsite restaurant serves a wonderful selection of local dishes and beverages. The outdoor pool is a great spot for a refreshing morning dip!
Well, we just got back Sat. night from our fantastic trek. Everything about the trip went smoothly. On The Go in Nepal was fantastic. We had a really great guide and porter. The scenery was ever changing and on the high ridges we even had snow and saw yaks which was very rare. The lodges were basic but fine and I was constantly amazed how they could cook such delicious food in such tiny kitchens with only a wood stove.
I would say that if you are talking to future clients about this trip, I would inform them that it isn't easy and it is 90% steps straight up and down. Luckily we did a lot of training and were fine. Our guide said that, because of the steps, it is harder than Everest Base Camp except for the altitude. The Sherpa Society that ran our trek was very professional at all times. Also, I can highly recommend upgrading to the Yak and Yeti and Atithi hotel in Pokhara. Also, as the roads are a nightmare and the drivers even worse, I would really recommend a private car and driver. It was much safer and much quicker.
We are already thinking of our next trip--maybe trekking in Jordan. ”
Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!”
All of our guides were very friendly and informative in particular Mohan and Gilly on our trek were excellent. ”
A very good introductory tour of Nepal. Trekking through the jungle was a great experience and views of the mountains - simply amazing! We was very impreesed with the guides. They were gracious, knowledgeable and pleasure to trek with.”
Overall the trip was everything i had hoped for and all the guides we encountered along with the staff at eh Sherpa Society were brilliant!
The only piece of constructing feedback I would have is that I recommend that travelers are advised to purchase phone cards for the airport in case internal flights are cancelled so the representative can be contacted. Our flights was cancelled and we had problems using our mobile phone to contact anyone.”
Guides and porters could not have been better. They really made the trekking part of the trip very special.”
I was thoroughly impressed with the organisation of the entire trip. The Sherpa Society were outstanding. The guide and porter for the trek were so good that I would recommend them to any one!! I will definitely be back. ”
An amazing experience. A great way to see Nepal and trek the Himalayas. Binod the guide was great. Always helpful and informed. The porters were also great. 'On the Go' has been very Professional from start to finish. I will definitely use and recommend them again. As a travel agent I will definitely recommend On the Go to all clients. ”
Trip surpassed expectations, Binod and porters were exceptionally good and looked after us throughout the trip - cannot compliment them highly enough. ”
We found the overall organisation and pace of the tour, and vehicles used excellent. The meals included on the tour were good! The highlight certainly was the early morning canoe trip in Chitwan National Park. A fantastic holiday! ”
Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!”