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Upon arrival in Kathmandu proceed to clear customs and then to the exit where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have a short briefing and a Q&A. Time permitting there is time for a short orientation walk.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Dwarika Hotel In Kathmandu http://www.dwarikas.com
Today you are taken on a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa. The stunning architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square and the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D., used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. You will experience that which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people. Continue to Swayambhunath west of Kathmandu. The great stupa of Swayambhunath which is considered to be over 2500 years old marks the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
An early morning Mountain Flight to see Everest and the central Himalayas up close is possible today.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Dwarika Hotel In Kathmandu (B)
Drive west to Pokhara. This is a slow 6-hour but you will get to see either the Manakamana Temple which offers a cable car ride up and back or you can visit Gorkha town, the ancestral home of the last Nepalese dynasty.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: Shangri-La Village Resort (B) http://www.hotelshangrila.com/index.php?content_id=17&type=menu&loc=pkh#
Trekking begins today with a drive out of Pokhara to a trail head. The first stop Birethanti village, is about 45 minutes up the trail. Beautifully set beside the Modi Khola river which is filled with huge boulders. You’ll get an idea of river’s power when swollen with monsoon rains. Explore the town before continuing to Sanctuary Lodge, another 45 minutes up the trail. You can rest in the afternoon or take an optional walk exploring the surrounding river valley (Trek time 3-4 hours). (B, L, D)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Kerr and Downey lodge http://kerdowney.com/properties/nepal/himalaya-nepal/ker-downey-nepal-mountain-lodges/
Today’s trek goes north for 4-5 hours to Ghandrung (jeep support available part of the way). The trail passes through terraced fields, forest plots and small villages.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Himalaya Lodge in Ghandrung, a restored 100-year-old farmhouse in this interesting town. (B, L, D)
Trek to Tadapani also known as “Far water,” was once an important trade stop. Tadapani is halfway to the fabulous view spot at Poon Hill. Continue to Ghorepani and then to Poon Hill.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Standard (very basic) tea house lodge and shared bathroom facilities. (B, L, D)
The morning offers amazing views of Nilgiri Himal. Begin a long descent on a trail completely filled with stone steps. Lunch at Tirkhedunga and another hour or so to Birethanti. Be prepared as this day can be tough on the knees due to the decent on many, many steps.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Sanctuary Lodge: http://kerdowney.com/properties/nepal/himalaya-nepal/ker-downey-nepal-mountain-lodges/ (B, L, D)
Trek out to the road early and return to Pokhara. Take the remainder of the day to relax or explore Pokhara.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: Shangri-La Village Resort (B)
Morning free in Pokhara, then fly to Kathmandu mid-day. Afternoon free. If you were unable to fly over Everest at the beginning of the trip you will have a second chance to do it here.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Darwika Hotel (B)
Satisfaction guaranteed. Time to say goodbye to the experience of a lifetime. We’ll take you to the airport and bid you safe journey home. (B)
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