Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.
Day 02: Swayambhunath – Kathmandu Durbar Square – Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Nagarkot
After breakfast, you visit Swayambhunath - the Buddhist stupa believed to be 2500 years old towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and possibly in the world. Next, you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square (old royal palace). Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, boasts for distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments. The main places you see are nine storey Basantapur Tower with outstanding wood carving, Taleju Temple for its artistic richness and religious importance, Kasthamandap - a huge building believed to be built from the wood of a single tree and Kumari Chwok - abode of living goddess, KUMARI.
After lunch, you visit Bhaktapur Palace Square (old royal palace). Bhaktapur, known as 'the city of devotees', is a museum of medieval art and architecture. You visit Golden Gate - the most beautiful and richly moulded specimen of its kind in the entire world, the Palace of 55 Windows - a unique masterpiece of wood carving, Nyatapole Temple - one of the tallest pagoda temples in Nepal with its massive structure and subtle workmanship. You proceed to Nagarkot. Located at 32 km east of Kathmandu at 2195 meters from the sea level, Nagarkot is a scenic spot renowned for sun rise/set as well as panoramic views of Himalayan range of eastern Nepal including Mt. Everest. The views of the sun setting and yellowish glittering Himalayan range in the north make spectacular panorama . From this point, you can see the small tip of highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest (8848m) in clear weather.
Day 03: Patan – Boudhanath – Pashupatinath Tour
You get ready with your cameras in the dawn to capture the moment of sun rise. The views of the sun rising and shedding light on Himalayan peaks one after another as the sun comes up make magnificent views. After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and commence sightseeing tour to Patan Durbar Square. Patan - the city of beauty, is the oldest city in Kathmandu valley - full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples. You explore Sundarichowk that contains one of the grandest bathtubs in the world ( now closed for renovation), Krishna Temple - one of the masterpieces of stone art of ages. You visit 12th century Hiranyavarna Mahabihar - a still active Buddhist monastery and Mahabuddha - the replica of famous Mahabouddha in Bodh Gaya of India originally built with nine thousand bricks bearing small images of Buddha on each and every nine thousand bricks. Next you visit Tibetan Handicraft Center to observe the art of making carpets by hand.
After lunch, you proceed to Bouddhanath - one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design and the biggest one in the world surrounded by hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries scattered around. Bodhnath’s great size and its red, white and blue painted eyes, are more remarkable even than Swayumbhunath give it a striking appearance. You proceed to Pashupatinath, the holiest of all the Shiva Shrines. The site dates back to Fifth and Sixth century with a crematorium on the bank of the holy river the Bagmati surrounded by sacred lingas (phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva.
Day 04: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park
After breakfast, we drive to Chitwan national Park (5 - 6 hrs.) along the bank Trisuli River enjoying the scenery. Chitwan is one the finest national parks in Asia and covers an area of 932 sq. km. with prolific wildlife. After lunch make a tour to Tharu village and visit elephant breeding center.
Day 05: Full Day Jungle Activities
After breakfast you go for a boat ride on Rapti River and enjoy the tranquil surrounding with sights of different kinds both migratory and local birds and some time crocodile. You walk in the jungle with nature guide for the possible sights of wildlife. Enjoy elephant bathing on Rapti River. After lunch you go for elephant safari to view the wild animals including one horned rhinoceros which are found only in Nepal and India. You enjoy Tharu culture program in the evening.
Day 06: Drive Chitwan – Lumbini, Birth Place of Buddha
Early in the morning, you go for bird watching in the jungle and the bank of Rapti River. More than 450 species of birds make their habitat in Chitwan National Park. You will see some species of birds migrated from Siberia to escape the winter. After breakfast, we drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha (6 hrs.) situated 250 Km. south – west of Kathmandu. In the late afternoon we commence sightseeing tour of the main pilgrimage and historical sites of Lumbini. We visit Maya Drvi Shrine which denotes the place where Buddha was born, Puskarani Pond nearby where Buddha’s mother Maya Devi had taken ritual dip to purify herself prior giving birth to Buddha and where he too had his first bath and a massive stone pillar, known as Asoka Pillar which was erected by the emperor Ashoka the Great when he visited Lumbini in 250 B. C. The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries. We visit the new monasteries depicting different sects of Buddhism scattered around where from early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.
Day 07: Lumbini – Pokhara
It will be a long day drive from Lumbini to Pokhara (7 – 8 hrs.). After breakfast we depart from Lumbini and drive along the high way to arrive in Pokhara. We will stop on the way for breaks to make our journey easier. Pokhara is a beautiful city nestled on the lap of Himalayas with nature grandeur. Beautiful Phewa Lake with Machhapuchhre and Annapurnas mirrored on water of the lake is a paradise for the visitors. The beauty of the valley is enhanced by other Rupa and Begnas Lakes which have their source in the glacial region of Himalayas.
Day 08: Sarangkot and sightseeing Tour
We drive to Sarangkot for an hour early in the morning for the sunrise tour and the close and magnificent views of Himalayas. Sarangkot is situated on a hill top, a scenic spot for sunrise and sunset tour as well as the panoramic views of the Himalays. We return to Pokhara and sightseeing tour of the sites of geological interest: Seti River Gorge, Devis Fall will be followed by boating on Phewa Lake.
Day 09: Pokhara - Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu (6 hrs.) along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trisuli Rivers enjoying the nature scenery. If you fly it will be half an hour scenic flight with great vies of Annapurnas and Langtang ranges from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Airport Transfer
We will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward journeys.