|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 4460m / 14632.37ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu , all meals at Last Resort, in Chitwan and during trek|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Chitwan, tea houses on trek, tents at the Last Resort|
“The journey not the arrival matter”- T.S Elliot
Trek up to Gosaikunda view the stunning mountain vistas, uncover the Tamang heritage in Helambu and in Chitwan embrace the earthy sights and sounds discovering unique wildlife. Let Kathmandu city overwhelm you with its traditional charisma and modern delights “Life is too short, so live it!” Is a contemporary philosophy. Leave home and the comfort of your office chair, book that flight ticket and come on over. Unlimited possibilities await you in Nepal!
Find the answers to your bewilderment, as you observe the ancient temples and stupas give way to towering cityscape. The city in its bare essentials confers the experience of being in the past and present at the same time.
Get energized! Let the majestic mountain ranges provide you with perennial encouragement to move on and experience pure nirvana beside the mystical “Gosaikunda” lake at 4380 meters. Restrain your trepidation, as you prepare to plummet several meters below tied to a Bungee cord, to face a raging river at The Last Resort and feel alive, and put your fear behind. Unbelievable you thought, come on over let ecstasy take you over.
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Shake off your jetlag and look out for your name in a placard at the airport. Our cheerful Wind Horse representative will promptly escort you to your hotel. A short stint amidst the city’s vicinity will accustom you to the milieu, as the evening mounts we welcome you with a warm delight enjoy our traditional Nepalese dinner, especially prepared in your honor. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Wake up to a new day, Kathmandu beckons. Step out to the streets and dodge the scores of people, who smile at you when you leave the way, courtesy counts here! Or weave around the caravan of cars in the traffic jam; their horns along with the tinkling of temple bells nearby, orchestrate an unchained symphony. Follow the aroma of international cuisine in the restaurants, cut short by the strong fragrance of incense from the temple altar. Such is the city, vibrant, colorful and culturally enwrapped.
The only way to carry around the images of the distinctive stupas and temples at the “Durbar Square” is to capture them in your heart or the 16 GB memory card. The cobblestone paved roads lead you to the “Kumari Ghar” house of the Living Goddess “Kumari,” take a bow and feel blessed. The old “Freak Street” at Jhonchhe Tole, has the same atmosphere, since the hippie culture in the 1960’s. The National Museum enlightens you with the past.
Visit the “Swayambhunath Stupa,” or the monkey temple atop a hill that offers a breathtaking view of the city below. The red caped monks there will bless you with peace, while the monkeys will taunt you.
Team up with Hindu devotees to offer respects to the gods at “Pashupatinath” Temple, watch the“Babaji’s” as they watch you with intent eyes! A short drive takes you to “Boudhanath,” one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. The Tibetan settlers there illustrate their life as in Tibet. These historical and religious structures are listed as UNESCO heritage sites.
Ease back and enjoy trying out some of the town’s recommended eatery. Head out to “Thamel” area and meet people from different parts of the globe, there’s a heady mix of music from the Eastern and Western world. And beer is affordable! Overnight in Kathmandu.
It’s time to test your challenging spirit, roughly 3 hours drive from Kathmandu. The Last Resort bets thumbs down your courage as it offers some of the most action packed optional activities available for adrenalin junkies. Brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime, canyoning gives you an absolute rush of excitement as you abseil down steep canyon walls or step on the ledge and jump down into the raging Bhote Koshi River below. Sit back and relax in one of the many camps pitched out near to the forest, the adventure continues tomorrow. Overnight at the Last Resort.
It’s a new day; it is also the time to experience a feeling that is entirely different. The apprehension that builds up, as you approach the last few steps towards the edge of that ledge, it’s sure going to give you the creeps folks! Clench your teeth and shut your eyes tightly, as you free fall down 160 meters of oblivion, the jerk from the ropes jolts you awake, that’s when the adrenalin kicks in, shout out or scream, it’s going to be rapturous. Plus you can hide the funny facial expressions; they will be taking a video of this anyway. (Please note that Bungee Jump is optional, it is not included in our list).
Then there’s rafting in the white waters of “Bhote Koshi” River, it is another fun filled activity that energizes you as a whole, join a raft full of screaming people and feel free to scream as well. The Bhote Koshi river rafting is a full bodied experience; it is way beyond simply sitting idly and paddling. The occasional sense of calm comes around, when the raft glides on forward in a still pool of water, but only for a brief moment as the next second you will be heading down a raging rapid. The experience is just enlivening!
Roll down the windows on the highway back to Kathmandu; let the rushing wind caress your face as you watch the terraced hillocks and village houses pass by in a blur. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The 45 km road with an elevation of 2030 meters will take you to Dhunche, a small town nestled in the hilly region of Rasuwa district is smooth, winding and broken by bone-jangling sections. Your jaws are surely going to drop in bemusement, when you see a bus packed inside out with people, chickens and goats, rumbling downhill. When you get there get your hiking boots ready for tomorrow, it is the doorway to a whole new world for you, the Langtang Trekking region. While in Dhunche, stroll around and meet the locals, they are friendly. Overnight in Dhunche.
Gear up to walk up to Shin Gompa a Buddhist Monastery at 3270 meters, the walk from Dhunche to Shin Gompa is enchanting, feel the nip of fresh mountain air as you walk through a forest of oaks, hemlock and fir trees. If the weather permits, you would have a dazzling view of the Langtang Peak, Ganesh Peak and the Tibetan Mountain. The view of the surrounding landscape from Shin Gompa will forever latch on to your memory; for cheese aficionados they have a small well-managed cheese factory there, try some local cheese, they are delicious. If you want more adventure you can savour the local Nepalese delicacy, sukute – a spicy dish of dried buffalo, onion and chili – best enjoyed with the locally made liquor called ‘raksi” Rest for the night, in one of the local tea- houses in Shin Gompa.
It is good if you can get up with the lark, the trail ahead demands a long walk up to “Gosaikunda” Lake at 4460 meters. The rugged trail offers a dramatic view of many mountain ranges , like the Hinchuli peak 7893 meters, Mount Manaslu 8156 meters and Ganesh Peak 7406 meters, on a clear day you will be elated to see the Annapurna range rising up in the background. Feel the sense of pride as you pass the forest, rivulets and cross over the numerous hillocks that impede the way to the mystic Gosaikunda Lake.
Stand at the shores of the lake and watch as the mountain breebze send shivers on its surface, let spirituality set in as the tranquil waters soothe you to the core. The crude stone shrines dedicated to the gods nearby are splattered with red powder, the bright color contrasts with the dull hues of the rocks. The prayer flags fluttering in the background take in your prayers and disperses it to the wind. Overnight in Gosaikunda.
It time to walk again the descent from Gosaikunda Lake, then ascend up to Laurebina Pass at 4610 meters and walk above the clouds. The sea of clouds below you gives you a feeling that you are standing in the heavens. The trail leads you through rocky terrains and rolling hills in the background, the prayer flags that dot the area give you a feel of Tibetan influence. From here descend into the Helambu valley with superb views north to the Himalayas and south to forested hills to Ghopte, at 3440 meters. It is an ethnic village comprising of stone roofed houses, nestled in the middle of the foothills of the large mountain ranges, its beauty will make you want to never leave it.Watch the stars on a clear night, with a bonfire nearby, heavenly! Overnight in Ghopte.
The rocky terrains give way to more lush vegetation, as you walk towards Kutumsang Village at 2540 meters, populated with local ethnic race of people, the “Tamangs” the village offers you to experience minimalism . The lush green meadows dotted with colorful prayer flags, and an occasional minor stupa makes you lose the sense of time. The fog which hangs loose in the air, only adds to its splendor. The mighty Himalayan range follows you relentlessly. Overnight in Kutumsang.
Literally, “Chisopani” means cold water. The hilltop village at 2375 meters opens up the panorama to give us a sweeping view of the Himalayas, stunning, unending and seamless. One begins to wonder whether it is the complete gamut of the Himalayas that you behold! The range stretches from Dhaulagiri far in the west to Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal range, Shisapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Lugar range, Gaurishankar to Kanchenjunga in the east. Chisopani provides one of the most spectacular outlooks of the Annapurna range in the Valley. It is also the first stop in the famous Helambu trek route. There are a handful of lodges here to choose from and all of them run on solar energy for electricity substitute. You are now a step closer to urbanism. Overnight in Chisopani.
Take a good feel of the wilderness, this last leg of the journey, will finally take you back to the outskirts of the urban jungle. As you step down towards Sundarijal at 1460 meters, you will notice that it is a popular spot for urban settlers (Kathmanduites to be specific) for a quick-getaway, during the weekends. You might come across scores of people on a day hike or picnic, the roads become broader and are black-topped, and this is where you board a vehicle that will take you back to Kathmandu city, just 15 km away.
Relax and let your legs rest a bit, with some therapeutic “Reiki” foot massage at Thamel, it works wonders!
Overnight in Kathmandu.
The highway from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park is just as scenic as any trek. Watch the world go by in a blur as you rumble down 98 km towards Chitwan, it takes about 4-5 hours to reach there, plug your ears to some good music. The elephant ride in the National park lets you observe the wildlife in close proximity. Excitement can double if you can spot the famous one-horned Rhino in the vicinity. The elephants are gentle, jump into the river with them for fun. Snug in comfortably in the evening and relax or take a walk around the locality, there are things to discover. Overnight in Chitwan.
What you need is a hearty breakfast to start another exciting day. A walk through the jungle in the afternoon will take you to the banks of “Rapti” river, spot various aquatic wildlife while canoeing through the calm waters, the Gharial (alligator) and the Mugger crocodiles.
Find out more about the ethnic “Tharu” community that inhabit the area, observe how they live in harmony with the wildlife, just beside their homes.
A lunch break inside the park will provide you with a sweet break from your walk. Thereafter, join us on an adventure jeep drive through the jungle; try bird watching it is stimulating. The last drive will take you to the Gharial farm; feel the responsibility of saving these creatures from total extinction.
Try some of the authentic tastes of ethnic cuisines in Chitwan, it will be a break from you regular staple. The cool night air of the jungle and the traditional “Tharu” stick dance will set you in a mood for dancing the night away. Overnight in Chitwan.
Take on the highway again; there is one last place to visit before you head back to Kathmandu. The Manakamana Temple situated on a hill at 1302 meters is accessible via a cable car; view down below at the raging torrents in the “Trisuli” river as you cross it, the elevation is gradual but very stimulating. The temple with its pagoda style construction will set you at peace. It is believed that if you wish for a desire to be fulfilled with a pure heart, it will be granted.
There you are, back to the city! We take you to a recommended restaurant for a farewell dinner to share your adventurous stories to wine and dine to your hearts content. Let your tired legs dangle freely from the bar stool or lounge in one of the pubs at “Thamel” the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Sing along with the musicians until midnight, or dance along to the tune of popular Nepalese music at the restaurants. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Enwrap the visions of the scenic mountains, as you head out to discover new places. Our representative will drop you off to the airport three hours before your departure. Come back again to experience more of this wonderful land, it has many more stories that it wants to tell you.
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