Nepal Guided Tour 2016

AN ADVENTURE IN CULTURE, NATURE AND SPIRITUALISM

2 WEEKS NEPAL JOURNEY.
1 October – 17 October 2016 or 16 October – 25 October

Thank you for looking into this remarkable trip to Nepal, the land of nature, variety of cultures and ancient kingdoms. This is a country that will inspire you, changes your ideas about yourself and others, and gives you insight in what life is all about. We do not go there for a beach-holiday. You will meet fellow travelers, who have the same believes and desires of spiritual growth. Never the less, we go to explore this country, and enjoy and feel what Nepal has to offer in some adventures ways, spiritual and geographically.

All in one journey…

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Below you will find the itinerary, some practical remarks, things we can expect, hotels, leisure, adventures, religions, architecture, people, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc… As in the presentations, I start with some practical tips.

FLIGHTS

The flight-tickets are your own responsibility and not included in the price below in the itinerary. Immigration-forms are available on request or send to you before departure. So you won’t have to cue at arrival, and be ahead of everyone. I will be your tour leader during the journey.

When agreeing for this tour, a deposit of 1000 euro will be transferred, so I can buy all the tickets. I will wait for the best price to purchase.

Therefore, I need a copy of your passport.

VISA

As you know the validity of your passport should be 6 months before expiring. We need a period of 2 weeks, so the visa would cost 25 euro for 15 days.

3 weeks is 40 euro (month visa) 2 weeks is 25 euro
The address of the Nepali Embassy in Brussels is : Nepali Embassy,
Avenue Brugmann 210, 1050 Brussels –
Tel: 02/346 26 58
embn@skynet.be

NEPALI PHONE

  • Everyone of us gets a Nepali number for free, there is 50 Nrs credit on it
  • You can put more credit on it at all times, with Ncell
  • Calls to Europe are cheap
  • Every card has an internet
  • Texting is also very cheap
  • My number will be on the phones, so you can reach me at all times

MEDICATION

The following medication is recommended :

  • Motilium
  • Immodium
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotics : from neck until hips
  • Paracetamol and/or Dafalgan 1000mg
  • Hansaplast
  • Pro-biotic
  • Compeed
  • No injections are needed

NATURE PLANTS AND ANIMALS

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HOTELS

Hotels in Nepal are in good condition. Of course depending on the price, you can find anything from 1* until 5*, its all there. So accommodation is not a problem. It is recommendable not to eat salads, fruit and ice-cream (on the streets), not to drink from tap-water (brushing teeth is no problem). When staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan, we will have a 4* hotel. Other places, during hiking, we will stay in lodges, more basic, and comparable with a good 3*.

Of course we will stay in some remote places, but all comfort is there.

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LEISURE

We will make sure you have some time to spend at the swimming pools, and have time for yourself, while visiting some sites, and of course some shopping. As your tour-leader-coordinator, I will keep you informed during the trip.

FOOD

The food in Nepal is very nice, more veggie, with an Indian twist, and very healthy. The Dal Bath is the local dish. So you are in for losing some weight during a holiday, why not…Rice is served always, and of course there is also meat with delicious curries. Water in Nepal (bottle) is very cheap. During this tour, all the water is included. Beers however are more expensive, and also wine. You pay the same prices as in Belgium for a bottle of wine, mostly more. Beer-bottles have a bigger size (650cl) and cost about 4,5 euro for the local ones. When you prefer to have dinner on your own (which is entirely possible), you pay between 5 to 10 euro. We will visit some great locations for dinner. There are bars with Belgian beers like Westmalle, Hoegaarden, Chimay Triple…


CLIMATE

October is considered the best time of the year. During this period, the climate is dry, the skies are at their clearest and there is the least or no rain. It is also the season of the ending of the harvest. The temperature will be between 22°C at night and 30°C during daytime. Festivals like Dasain and Tihar are during this period. We could have the possibility to see a festival in Kathmandu.

What certainly to bring along.

Flash-light, medication, warm sweater, small back-pack, firm shoes, long pants and t-shirt with long sleeves (jungle), insect-spray, a light jacket, camp shoes or sandals, sun lotion, sunglasses, personal towel….

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport, 1 October 2016

When we arrive at the airport, we get a garland around our neck to welcome us as soon as we are landed. A typical Nepali welcome. When we travel in group, our passports are collected for immigration. So no line up like the others, we get a special treatment.. When arriving alone, proceed the normal way to the exit, and I will be there to pick you up personally.

From there, an A/C-van will take us through Kathmandu- a city of chaos – so you get the first glimpse of that extraordinary city. We get a welcome drink at the hotel, and we check in for a few days.

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and Patan, 2 October 2016

Pashupatinath

The first day we will visit in the morning after breakfast, Pashupatinath. It’s the biggest and only cremation-place in the Kathmandu valley, near to the Holy river Bagmati. After this visit, we drive to Boudhanath, the largest stupa of Nepal. It’s a Buddhist enclave in the east part of town.

From there we drive to Patan, have lunch at the Palace garden, and visit the ancient site with Hindu temples. It’s a guided tour with a Nepali guide. It’s all about Newari woodcraft, shops and little temples in the pittoresk streets.

When we arrive back in the hotel to fresh up, we drive to Lal Durbar for a Nepali dance evening with dinner, real Nepali style…

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Day 3: Sightseeing Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, 3 October 2016

Bhaktapur , the ancient city…

After breakfast we drive to Bhaktapur, the oldest kingdom of Kathmandu. We visit the large statue of Shiva at Sanga, and enter the old city on foot.

This is a guided tour, and we have some time on our own to shop and smell the Nepali way of life.

We have lunch in a nice place in Bakthapur. After lunch we drive back to KTM, and visit Swayambunath in the west of Kathmandu. Also called the monkey-temple.

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Day 4: Chitwan Sightseeing, 4 October 2016

Chitwan, jungle experience

After an early breakfast, we are going on our way to Chitwan for our jungle-safari experience. We drive first to our rafting venue, where we go for a rafting trip along the Trisuli river for 2 or 3 hours.. What do you need to do in the morning ?

  • Dress in t-shirt, bermuda, and shoes (light), because you are going to be wet.
  • In the morning, we put dry clothing in our bag (given by us, called the blue bag)
  • After rafting we have lunch at the Spring resort
  • We have a shower at the Spring Resort, your dry cloths are waiting for you there
  • There are towels at our disposal
  • After lunch, we drive to Hotel Green Mansion at Chitwan, National Park

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Day 5: Chitwan, 5 October 2016

Jungle activities

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Day 6: Lumbini, 6 October 2016

Visit Buddha birthplace

“Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata, was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence.”

The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these events happened outside in nature under trees. While there is not any particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.

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Day 7: Pokhara, 7 October 2016

Free day

On this day , we drive to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. It’s a 6 hour drive, and we have lunch on the way. It’s a good moment to see how the local life is in the green lush hills of Nepal. The roads are sometimes not the best, but it will be safe. In the late afternoon we check in, and have some free time to visit the lakeside, and the shops. In the evening, we have dinner outside at the lakeside, with cultural dance and Xmas lights, very cozy ;-)…

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Day 8: Pokhara, 8 October 2016

Visit Peace Pagoda

In the morning we will test our legs to go up to the Peace Pagoda, that is overlooking the Pew Lake on top of the hillside. We walk down at the other side to take a boat over the lake to the Bahari temple.

We have lunch at the lakeside, over viewing the activities from the locals. In the afternoon it’s free time again to shop and visit Pokhara.

Things for leisure : paragliding (optional), shopping, relaxing at the lake side…

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Day 9-12: Trekking, 9-10-11-12 October 2016

Tolka Landhruk Gandhruk

We are going to enjoy a 2 and half day trekking in the Annapurna. We will have porters to carry our luggage. No need to bring sticks or rug-sac, sleeping bags. We rent it over there. We sleep at simple mountain-lodges, and walk up to 2000m and more. We will have a great view over the mountains, which have an incredible dramatic scenery. At night we see thousands of stars over the Himalaya.

On the 15th, we come back to Pokhara, where we relax at the swimming pool or spa at the hotel Temple Tree. Dinner is again at the lakeside….

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Day 13: departure by domestic flight to Kathmandu, 13 October 2016

Durbar Square

We leave in the morning to Kathmandu by domestic flight, where we check in the hotel. In the afternoon, we visit the Royal Palace on Durbar Square, an ancient temple complex in the center of KTM.

From there, we walk to Thamel for some shopping and have dinner at Gaia or New Orleans café (own expense).

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Day 14: Optional mountain flight to Mount Everest, 8854m (190$), 14 October 2016

Mountain flight and Kopan Monastery

We do this in this morning, it is an optional flight, not included in the tour. We did it last year, and it was exceptional. When the weather up there is cloudy and you do not see the mountains, there is a refund of the ticket minus 10$. You have always a guarantied seat at the window. You get to see the Mount Everest from the cockpit and can take pictures. (Buddha – Air mountain flight) After the flight you get a real diploma with you name on it. When you do not take this flight in the morning, you have free time until the group is back from the domestic airport.

In the afternoon we visit the famous Kopan Monastery, where we have a meditation session under the teaching of a real Lama. We have lunch at the monastery

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Day 15: Departure outbound to Brussels, 15 October 2016

Departure 

Some of us have not the same return ticket. When that’s the case, I will recommend some good hotel for your private stay. It is always wise to book more than the 2 weeks, so you have some spare time to see the city of Kathmandu.

PRICE

All-in on the basis of a twin sharing room: 1990 euro on twin-sharing

Single supplement: 475 euro extra

Flight BXL-KTM-BXL: +/- 800 euro depending when you search, or less. Best prices are available with Turkish Airlines. They fly +/- 3 hours to Istanbul. Waiting time is 1.30 hours. Then the next flight to Kathmandu is 6 hours.

PAYMENTS

I will arrange payments with the invoices of my agent in Nepal. They agreed that payment can be done in parts, so you won’t have to pay everything at once. I will send an email, when the payment is due. Or you pay the total amount. The first payment of an amount of 1000 euro is due on August 12th at the latest, as a deposit for the trip. With this deposit, you agree to take part in this wonderful journey, and allow me get things organised.

Included: 15 nights hotel, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, transport AC/van, fee guides and porters, bottles of water, entrance fees, domestic flight Pokhara-Kathmandu, meditation Kopan, all activities, trekking equipment, pickup and drop off airport.

Not included: international flight, tips, private purchases, gifts, alcohol beverage, private insurance.

Payment should be transferred on the following account:

BNP Paribas Fortis : BE23 0016 3564 2591 (Jan Swerts)

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