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Less than an hour outside Kathmandu is the Shivapuri National Park, a beautiful mountain forest area with cascading rivers and abundant wildlife including Asiatic Black Bears, Leopard, Mongoose, Jungle Cats and the cute little Himalayan Pika. Perfect for those who want a brief taste of Himalayan trekking, this trek takes you through local villages, lush forests and offers views of the world’s grandest mountains including Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and Mt. Everest.
Our Trek itineraries offer adventurous travellers a rewarding experience to create lifelong memories in some of the world's most amazing destinations . Trek itineraries can be extended or customised to suit your interests and fitness. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
Meet with your guide on arrival in Kathmandu and travel together to your hotel for check-in. After discussing plans for the adventure ahead, you have a chance to discover the city's excellent dining scene with dinner at a local restaurant.
Kathmandu is by far Nepal's largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the 'hippie trail' in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.
Today head to the village of Deopatan, on the city's eastern fringes, to see the revered Pashupatinath Temple. Standing on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is one of the most significant temples built in honour of Shiva in the world and attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India each year. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter this holy two-tiered pagoda, but standing on the opposite side of the river offers rewarding views of its richly ornamented silver plated doors, gold deity paintings and ornate wood carvings of Parvati, Kumar and Ganesh.
Just a short and interesting stroll away from the temple, you'll find the iconic Boudhanath Stupa (Little Tibet). Looming at 36 metres tall, the stupa is the largest in Nepal and is considered the most important Tibetan Buddhist structure of its kind outside Tibet. Enjoy wandering the three large platforms at its base, taking in views of the mountains and listening to the prayer chants of pilgrims performing kora. Witness firsthand why the entire Kathmandu Valley is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as we explore 3 iconic, holy temples in the city.
Venturing west out of the city, climb the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath Stupa or 'Monkey Temple' to see the 2,000 year old Buddhist Chaityas and take in sweeping views of Kathmandu, hemmed in by the looming bulk of the mountains on the horizon.
Leave the city behind and drive about 45 minutes through the Kathmandu Valley to Shivapuri National Park. The park is home to a great variety of wildlife including over 300 species of birds as well as Leopards, Bears, Jungle Cats, Civets, Langur Monkeys, Deer and the tiny Pika.
Start your trek into the tropical forest, walking alongside the river enjoying incredible views of some of the worlds highest peaks as you ascend. Pass by local habitations, seeing how the people live a simple, peaceful life farming in the valley. Make your way to the village of Chisapani where you will spend the night.
An early start today to witness the spectacle of the sun rising over the Himalayas. Watch as the sun rises over Solo Khumbu and lights up the surrounding snow capped peaks including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Continue on through the rice terraces and rhododendron forest to Nagarkot. Perched at an altitude of 2,099 metres, this small village is renowned for offering some of the most spectacular mountain views in the entire Kathmandu Valley. Unwind on the hillside and soak up a mesmerising sunset over the jagged peaks of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest.
Another early start this morning as we set off to a quiet mountain viewpoint for a wonderful traditional Nepalese breakfast of fried chickpeas, sweet bread, potatoes and sweet-spiced milk tea. Enjoy while you take in the views of the surrounding mountains.
Depart Nagarkot along a ridgeline that offers incredible views across the vast valley below. At the end of the valley is a wall of the greater Himalayan range that protects the land of Tibet. Today's walk is done at a leisurely pace so you have plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings and take photos of the stunning scenery.
As we descend we meet the road where we will get a ride on a local bus up to the village of Dhulikhel. Enjoy another magnificent sunset with a hard earned local beer and a tasty dinner.
After breakfast depart for Kathmandu. En route we will stop to see the world's largest statue of Lord Shiva. Standing at 108 feet tall, the statue looks out over the valley, protecting it's inhabitants.
After arriving back in the city and checking in to your hotel, enjoy free time for the rest of the day, perhaps exploring the city's many handicraft, art and book shops or watching the world go by from a rooftop terrace.
This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner at a fabulous local restaurant.
On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure flight.
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All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
• Guided temple tour in Kathmandu including entrance fees
• Hotel/Lodges each night of the trek
• Entrance fees and trekking permits
• Airport transfers
• All transportation
• English speaking trek guide
• Professional porters
• All permits
• Hearty yet delicious meals on trek
Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal
Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide 2-4 passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Always have extra US dollars just in case.
The following costs were correct at time of writing:
- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
Availability of accommodation and season.