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Bandipur Heritage

11 Days / 10 Nights

Trip Overview

This trek "Bandipur Heritage" truly lives up to its title as it offers rich cultural experiences with different mixtures of peoples and cultures that populate different regions of Nepal. There are small treks that follow a shrub like path along the foothills of the beautiful Newari village – Bandipur, east of Pokhara and towards the Annapurna, north of Pokhara valley. The minimum amount of time is spent traveling between each destination, enabling one to enjoy the best that each activity can provide such as beautiful views of the Himalayas, beautiful villages, friendly people, fantastic landscapes and more. You have the best adrenaline experience of rafting to join Gaighat from the Seti River Camp and then short transfer to Chitwan.

The second part is dedicated to animal observation, particularly in the Chitwan National Park, throughout the day – safari and with the sunset, the night time is spent enjoying the cultural dances of the ethnic group, Tharu.It offers short trek but full of unforgettable experiences. Let yourself be fascinated by the sacred realm of the Himalayas, and let the inner peace come into you.

Note: Effective from 2014 only

Inspiration

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1300 m) (B)

Day 2 Kathmandu - Pokhara (900 m) - Majgaon (1400 m) (B, L, D)

Day 3 Majgaon (B, L, D)

Day 4 Majgaon - Pokhara - Bandipur (1000 m) (B, L, D)

Day 5 Bandipur - Bandipur Classic Tented Camp (1011 m) (B, L, D)

Day 6 Bandipur Classic Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7 Bandipur Classic Tented Camp - Seti River Camp (270 m) (B, L, D)

Day 8 Seti River Camp - Chitwan (150 m) (B, L, D)

Day 9 Chitwan (B, L, D)

Day 10 Chitwan – Kathmandu (B)

Day 11 Depart Nepal

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 m) (B)

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you'll be met at the airport by our representative (they'll have the signboard of your name if you've booked direct or the logo of your travel agent if you are through your agent). There's a short drive to the Gokarna Forest Resort, our peaceful haven on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This is your hotel base before and after trek. Your program on the hotel will be on Bed & breakfast plan.

You'll be served with welcome drink and will start briefing about your programs and collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking.

Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (27°43'35.61"N 85°23'53.37" E) Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter's lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the Itinerary second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara (900 m) - Majgaon (1400 m) (B, L, D)

Transfer to the domestic airport for your 25 minute flight to the destination of Pokhara, the second largest tourist city of Nepal. This flight offers spectacular views of the chains of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna.

Upon arrival, we are greeted by our guide and will get to know the trekking team. Transfer by private vehicle to our trek starting point, Chandrakot situated at an altitude of 1580 m. From here, there are spectacular views of the Annapurna South, the sacred mountain – Machhapuchhare and Modi valley. The walk of half an hour takes us to the village, Majgaon. After having lunch in the hotel, we visit a local house which has been converted into a museum in the local village of Tanchok. You can also visit a school and if there are more than 6 people in your group, the children along with the mother group will visit your place and perform local dances and typical songs of the region.

Flight time: 25 minutes / Transfer: 2hrs / Walk: 30 minutes

Overnight at Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge

Day 3: Majgaon (B, L, D)

The whole day is dedicated to discover the Majgaon village.

Overnight at Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge

Day 4: Majgaon - Pokhara - Bandipur (1000 m) (B, L, D)

We take the same path that we had taken the day before yesterday to reach Chandrakot where we take our vehicle down to Pokhara. For some time, we visit the beautiful city of Pokhara, touristic place. And then, transfer to Bandipur. Bandipur was established as an important point of trade by Newars, traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley who were chased after being conquered in 1768 by the king of the Shah dynasty, Prithvi Narayan Shah. This was an important trading centre where the people from south traded with the people in north (India – Tibet). They brought their cultural heritage and architecture along with them which remains fundamentally unchanged to this day. The late afternoon is spent visiting the villages around Bandipur.

30 minutes walk / 4h 30 minutes by route

Overnight at "The Old Inn" (this hotel has well preserved the essence of the typical Newari architecture)

Day 5: Bandipur - Bandipur Classic Tented Camp (1011 m) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we descend gradually towards the river Jhapri and we walk through the path of beautiful forests and villages. It is advisable to carry enough of water as we cannot find it on our way before reaching a village, Jyamire. Again after a few ascends, you arrive to a village, Dhamalgaon where our camp is located. From there, we will have a beautiful view of the chains of the Himalayas. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange a visit to the nearby Gurung village and will have the opportunity to enjoy their cultural dance.

3hrs walk Overnight at Bandipur Panorama Lodge

Note: Instead of walk, you can ride your bicycle through the off road from Bandipur till our camp.

Day 6: Bandipur Classic Tented Camp (B, L, D)

This day is dedicated to visit the villages.

Overnight at Bandipur Panorama Lodge

Day 7: Bandipur Classic Tented Camp - Seti River Camp (270 m) (B, L, D)

2 - 2 and half hours to get to Seti River Camp from Bandipur Panorama Lodge. While descending towards our destination, we can see many birds, the Colobinaes and get a glimpse of the daily life of the villagers.

Upon arrival at camp, everyone settles into the luxury safari tent. After the shower and lunch, we do jungle safari. If not, we can relax by the river bank of Seti River enjoying the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.

2hrs walk Overnight at Seti River Camp

Day 8: Seti River Camp - Chitwan (150 m) (B, L, D)

After having breakfast, we will have a briefing from our rafting team and then we gear up for it. Floating down the river gives us a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds.

The Seti River has five rapids of Class II. It takes us almost 2 hours to reach Gaighat where we find our vehicle which will transfer us to the Kasara Jungle Resort "Simple Luxury Jungle Resort", exterior to Chitwan National Park.Upon our arrival, briefing about the afternoon activities.

2 hrs rafting from Seti River camp to Gaighat

Overnight at Kasara Jungle Resort (27°33'48.78" N 84°20'32.96" E)

Day 9: Chitwan (B, L, D)

Whole day jungle activities inside the Chitwan National Park: elephant ride in search of rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger (if you are lucky), deer, birds, monkeys… canoeing in the Rapti river, walk in the jungle, elephant ride or jeep safari etc. And during the evening time, cultural dance of the ethnic group Tharu who are the origin of Terai.

Overnight at Kasara Jungle Resort (27°33'48.78" N 84°20'32.96" E)

Day 10: Chitwan – Kathmandu (B)

After the breakfast in the Resort, we will be transferred to the Bharatpur Airport and take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer to the hotel. Then you've free time to relax or head into the city. We find most people want to simply unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities – whatever you choose, we'll help!

Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort (27°43'35.61" N 85°23'53.37" E)

Day 11: Depart Nepal

Transfer to the Airport for your international Departure(B).

Prices

Price Includes

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights Hotel Gokarna Resort on BB Twin Room
  • Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • 1 English Speaking Guide
  • 2 nights K & D Lodges as per program on FB
  • 2 night 3 days Kasara Resort on FB
  • 2 nights tented camp at Bandipur on FB
  • 1 nights tented camp at Seti River on FB
  • 1 night Old Inn at Bandipur on FB
  • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
  • Flight: Ktm-Pokhara & Bharatpur -Ktm
  • All Ground Transportation as per program
  • Last Farewell dinner

Price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner during KTM stay
  • Personal equipment & Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal Visa Fee US$ 40 Per person
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

* BB = Bed & Breakfast
* FB = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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