Travel from Kathmandu out to the Trisuli river.

Capture the spirit of Nepal on this 10-day journey, beginning and ending in the country’s vibrant capital. Sit and watch the locals in the town square of Bhaktapur, trek through changing landscapes up to the holy Buddhist site, Namobuddha, visit the beautiful Thrangu Tashi Yangtze Monastery and feel the thrill of rafting down the river Trisuli. This is a journey rich in history, culture, dazzling landscapes and wild adventure.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
Nepal
Themes
Explorer
Code
HNSC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
179kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover Kathmandu's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage
  • Raft on the Trisuli river before camping overnight on the riverbank.
  • Visit century-old temples in Bhaktapur
  • Explore the Famous Farm in Nuwakot

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Welcome to a city too laid-back to bother being best; it’s just Kathmandu, a spicy masala of its mixed reputations.

If you arrive early, why not try one of our Urban Adventure day tours to get a feel for this fantastic city and its surrounds.

Meet your leader and group tonight at 6pm for a Welcome Meeting, followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant.

This morning, we take a walking heritage tour of Kathmandu’s old bazaars, Hanuman Dhoka and Durbar Square. The labyrinth of backstreets and alleys leading from one bazaar ("chowk") to another are a true highlight of the city's character.

Our time in Kathmandu also includes a visit to one of the holiest temples for Hindus all around the world- Pashupatinath. Your leader will then take you through the cycle of birth and death and the story behind the Sadhus (Hindu holy men), who renounce their hedonistic social life to devote their life to Shiva (Hindu God of Destruction) to whom the temple is dedicated.

Nearby is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Follow the pilgrims circumambulating the stupa spinning the prayer wheels. Offer your prayers to Lord Buddha lighting a traditional butter lamp at the main entry way to the stupa.

There may the option for lunch at a roof-top restaurant with an enticing view over the Stupa.

Free time this afternoon and evening after our sightseeing is finished.
(Altitude 1400m)

Today we make out way further afield from the chaotic and modern self of Kathmandu to the medieval town of Bhaktapur (approx 13km/30min).

Bhaktapur preserves the old-world charm of the Kathmandu Valley. Timeless craftsmanship is evident in its temples and squares and its people are still fiercely devoted to the ways of life and faith passed on from their ancestors.

We take an afternoon walking tour of the town, including the temples of Taumadhi Tole and Durbar Square. The rest of our time here you will be free to explore on your own.
(Altitude 1730m)

We make our way on to the fringes of the Kathmandu Valley, stopping at the ancient town of Panauti before reaching Khopasi (total drive approx 20 km/45 min).

There's the option to hike (approx 1 hour) or continue on by 4WD (approx 20 min) to the hill-top village of Balthali through thick forests.

Our destination is our accommodation for tonight, the hidden retreat of Balthali Village Resort with its commanding views of verdant villages and farms and the mighty Himalayas rising on the horizon. There are plenty of other wonderful walks around the area for our free time here.
(Altitude 1530m)

Pack a day pack for our hike today. Our main luggage will be driven to meet us at our next destination - Namobuddha. Those who do not wish to walk can opt to travel with our bags.

The walk will take approx 3-5 hours depending on fitness and track conditions. We start with a descent from the resort before making our way off road. Cut through the vast terraced fields before another sharp descent. Following the trail bridge, we meet a steep, uphill winding track through open pastures and eventually meet the dirt track coming from Panauti. Continuing on, pass a few villages, enter dense forest briefly and then be wowed by the revered Buddhist pilgimage site of Namobuddha.

We visit the stupa and impressive Thrangu Tashi Yangtze Monastery.

Approx 45 mins further by foot from Namobuddha our vehicle will be waiting to meet us and transfer to the town of Dhulikhel, famous for more spectacular views of the Himalayan range and especially picturesque at dawn and dusk.
(Altitude approx 1500m)

A longer drive today to one of our favourite gems of Nepal. We head out of the Kathmandu Valley towards the North-West to Nuwakot, a place hidden from the mainstream tourist routes and home to a forgotten historic citadel. The drive takes approx 5-6 hours (100 km) on a winding road that cuts through the scenic hills towards the Himalayan Langtang region.

Arrive towards late afternoon and settle into our accommodation for the next 2 nights in charismaticly restored farmhouses.

After breakfast in the farm grounds we take a stroll to the Nuwakot Bazaar. Learn the history behind the 16th century fortress and royal palace.

Return to the farm for lunch and then make your choice from the options available for this afternoon. Choose from hiking in the tranquil surrounds or to a nearby temple viewpoint, relaxing in the farm grounds, or maybe even a cooking class.
Leave Nuwakot behind today and follow the Kathmandu road to the Trisuli River (approx 50km/90 min).

This is the launching place for our rafting experience and where we will meet our crew and have our safety training. Those not wishing to raft can continue on to our campsite by vehicle and meet the group on the completion of their trip.

The Trisuli River is an ideal introduction for first time rafters, with reasonably calm waters and only minor rapids. Safety boats will lead the way and we also have crew in kayaks shadowing the main rafts. Before each rapid, the rafting guides pull ashore to inspect ahead and only then they decide whether to continue through or follow the safety boat on a smoother route. In total, groups usually are on the river for around 4 hours with a stop for lunch, but this will depend on water conditions.

You WILL get wet, so any important belongings should be left with your main luggage or concealed in dry bags. Life jackets, helmets and all safety equipment provides. Spray jackets and personal dry bags are supplied.

Should there have been heavy rain the proceeding days, the rafting activity may need to be cancelled for safety reasons and we will include an alternative activity instead.

Tonight we stay at our permanent campsite Trisuli Centre at Big Fig Beach. Twin share tents, sleeping bags and mats provided.
Wake up early for tea and coffee, maybe take as stroll along the river and get ready for another fantastic day.

After breakfast we prepare for the river again for another few hours of rafting (optional), then lunch at our finishing point at Kuringhat where our driver (and our dry clothes!) also await.

Pack up and pile in our vehicles to drive back to Kathmandu (approx 100 km/3 hours) where we arrive late afternoon.

Join your group and leader for an optional final night dinner to celebrate your trip.

Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 10. There are no activities included today and you are free to depart at any time. Maybe look at one of the excellent Urban adventures you didnt have time for at the start of your trip in Kathmandu
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Minibus, Raft
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Farmstay (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Resort (1 night)
Included activities
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Bhaktapur - Walking tour
  • Nuwakot - Village Walk
  • Trisuli River - Rafting

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS:
A single supplement is available to purchase and is valid for all nights on trip.
NEPAL STRIKES:
Kathmandu Valley-wide transport bandhs (strikes) can be called at very short notice. When these bandhs are in place the Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police run Shuttle Bus Services between various hotels in Kathmandu and the domestic and international airports; this service costs approx. 300 rupees person.
MONSOON SEASON:
Between June and August, it is monsoon season in Nepal. If you do choose to travel during this time, please note that you will encounter wet conditions, obscured views, and an extra leech or two. Flights to and from Lukla are also more likely to be delayed due to the weather.

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