Family Adventure in-style

Trip Facts

Duration : 15 days/14 nights – 2 nights Kathmandu, 5 nights on trek, 1 night Pokhara, 1 night River camp, 3
Grade : Easy-Moderate (suitable for children 5 years and over)
Accommodation : Comfortable 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu, comfortable lodges on trek, safari-style camping on river and in Chitwan.

Description

This itinerary provides something for everyone and in addition to being great fun for the whole family it also provides a good combination of interesting culture and unsurpassed scenery.  The trip has been designed specifically with both adults and children in mind.  Our managing director, Steve Webster, has done this trip countless times with his own family and never ceases to get tired of watching the children enjoy the excitement of seeing the snow capped Mountains or rafting down the Seti River, or riding elephants in Chitwan National Park.

The trek is not too long or too high on trails that are well used and within relatively easy reach of Pokhara and Kathmandu.  Accommodation on trek is in comfortable Lodges with ample staff always at hand to look after you and if required even carry the little ones.

The raft trip is on a stunning river that provides superb scenery and relatively small rapids that provide enough excitement to be entertaining but in no way puts anyone in any danger.

The trip ends with 3 nights down in Chitwan National Park at the famous Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge that offers a variety of activities suitable for both adults and children alike including elephant safaris, horse riding, and cultural excursions in the nearby villages.

The trip is available on a private basis to suit your own dates and may be modified if required to make it slightly longer or shorter.

For those persons preferring not to partake in a trek then please refer to our “Soft Adventure in Nepal” itinerary.

Itinerary

01

Arrive in Kathmandu-Shangri-La Hotel.

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by an Asian Tour Company representative and transferred to the Shangri-la Hotel which is located about 15 minutes from the airport and a short walk to the city centre.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

02

In Kathmandu-Shangri-La Hotel.

A pre-trek briefing will be conducted today in which maps and other general information will be distributed. This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have. A half day sightseeing tour will also be arranged.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

03

Fly Kathmandu-Pokhara and begin trek.

Transferred to the airport for the 30min flight to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, transfer by road with guides & porters to the trek start point {1-hour}. The walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3470 ft/1060 meters. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding river valley. (Trek time 3 hours) .

Overnight Sanctuary Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

04

Trek Sanctuary Lodge – Himalaya Lodge.

In the morning, leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon you begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. Lunch is a picnic en route with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. Arrive in the afternoon at Ker & Downey's Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk at 6600 ft / 2000 meters (Trek time 5 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.

Overnight Himalaya Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

05

Leisure day and village exploration - Himalaya Lodge.

Wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, the guide will take you on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. The maximum altitude will be about 8000 ft or 2400 m. Ghandruk is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

Overnight Himalaya Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

06

Trek Himalaya Lodge – Gurung Lodge.

After breakfast, leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk towards the Modi River. Midway down, we pass through the village of Kimche. After about 3 hours, reach the village of Lamakhet where you will have a picnic by the banks of the river. After lunch, cross the Modi river and trek to the Gurung Lodge in the village of Majhgaun at 4750 ft / 1450 m. The uphill trek to the Gurung Lodge takes about 2 hours and passes through the village of Patlekhet and terraced farmland. (Total trek time 5 hours.). The Gurung Lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Overnight Gurung Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

07

Trek Gurung Lodge – Basanta Lodge.

This morning start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Majhgaun. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. You will also pass through the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 4 hours, reach the Basanta Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch there will be an optional trek to the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.  The altitude of Dhampus is 5000 ft / 1525 meters.

Overnight Basanta Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

08

Trek Basanta Lodge – road and drive to Pokhara.

After an early breakfast, depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to Pokhara (30 minutes) and on to the Shangri-la Village Resort which boasts a swimming pool and offers excellent facilities.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Village Resort inclusive of breakfast.

09

Drive Pokhara – Seti River and begin raft trip

After breakfast at the hotel take the  1 ½ hour drive to the Seti River.  Here you will be met by your experienced boat crew, who will give you a full briefing prior to launch. All items for your overnight stay will be carried in the raft in waterproof bags. The remainder of your luggage will travel in the vehicle to your raft finish point.

The Seti river offers a fine combination of superb scenery and gentle rapids.
Overnight Seti River Fixed Camp: The Camp is a fully staffed facility and is situated on a grassy bank overlooking the beach and river.  Accommodation is in large safari style equipped tents.  Each tent has twin beds with sheets and blankets and attached western style flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water.  

There is a large central dining room built in traditional style where guests gather for their meals.  Food is both Continental and Nepalese.  In keeping with the surroundings, kerosene lamps, torches and candles are provided after dusk since there is no electricity in the camp.

Overnight at the Seti River Camp.

10

Seti River - road and then drive to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

After a hearty breakfast and packing we leave camp at about 9.30 am. Today we have time to explore, bird-watch, photograph and learn about the local people. A packed lunch is served enroute..

After going through a good series of grade 2+ rapid, we reach the confluence of the Trisuli river. Notice the difference in through a good series of grade 2+ rapid, we reach the confluence of the Trisuli river. Notice the difference in temperature of this much colder glacial river.  After 15 minutes we end our trip at Gai Ghat and take the 2 hour drive towards the Royal Chitwan national park and the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

Upon arrival at the Lodge, you will be briefed by the resident Guest Relations officer regarding the Park and the wildlife programmes available.

Situated on high ground overlooking the lush forests of the park, the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is styled after the traditional ‘longhouse’ of the Tharu people in a tranquil garden setting with all modern facilities including a swimming pool, a tennis court and saddle club.  

Activities at Tharu Safari Lodge include: walks to explore the surrounding villages and countryside or the Lodge’s organic farm, wildlife safaris, bullock cart trips, tennis, badminton, nature walks, birdwatching, boat rides, river sunset viewing or relaxing by our beautiful swimming pool.  In the evening local tribal dancing is featured before dinner.  Living mainly along the southern strip of Nepal, Tharus are the indigenous and colourful people inhabiting the Terai lowlands.

Overnight at the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.
        

11

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

Wildlife activities.

Overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

12

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

Wildlife activities.

Overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.

13

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge – Kathmandu - Shangri-la Hotel.

Transferred to the Bharatpur airstrip for the 30 minute flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival you met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

14

Leisure day in Kathmandu-Shangri-La Hotel

Leisure day in Kathmandu for shopping or additional sightseeing.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

15

International departure flight

Transferrred to the international airport for your homeward-bound journey

Dates

Price Guide & Trip Facts

  • From
    $3325

    price shown is per person based on a sharing basis and a minimum of 2 persons in the final group. US$ 1,500.00 single supplement for those person preferring not to share. Accompanying children under the age of 12 travel for US$ 2075.00 per child based on sharing accommodation with parents in Kathmandu.

 

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers and long drives as mentioned in the itinerary.
    ½ day sightseeing of Kathmandu city.
    Domestic flights Kathmandu/Pokhara and Bharatpur/Kathmandu by scheduled air services.
    x6 day fully inclusive trek arrangements with accommodation and all meals in comfortable Lodges.
    x2 day raft trip with all equipment and meals and accommodation in comfortable safari-style tented camp.
    x3 nights Tiger Tops Tharu Safari Lodge with all meals and accommodation, National Park fees and taxes.
    X4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu.

 

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    Personal insurance.
    Price rises beyond our control (e.g.; increase in permit fees, airfares).
    Charges for unexpected expenses.
    Personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry etc.
    Personal clothing and equipment.
    Visa fees.
    International airfare.

 

Departure Dates

  • 1st Apr 2016 To 15th Apr 2016

    31st Oct 2016 To 14th Nov 2016

 
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