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Ultimate Adventure Nepal

Country: Nepal Region: Annapurna, Kali Gandaki, Chitwan

Ultimate Adventure Nepal

£1350

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Overview

  • Two-week holiday jam-packed with adrenaline pumping adventures
  • Beautiful scenery on the remote Kali Gandaki River rafting followed by two-day jungle safari
  • Four-day trek provides superb opportunities to see the Annapurna mountain range

The Ultimate Adventure Nepal is an excellent way to experience much of what beautiful Nepal and the majestic Himalayas have to offer. In fact, this 2 week holiday is jam-packed with adrenaline pumping adventure that will satisfy the thrill seeker in you. We begin in Kathmandu where you will be able to explore what this modernized city has to offer. From there we will drive to Pokhara and then trek to Banthanti.

This trip will take you away from the main trekking regions so that you get a chance to experience authentic Nepali mountain life as well as meet the friendly and hospitable Sherpa people and immerse yourself in their wonderful and interesting culture. From Banthanti, we will head to Ghorepani and then to Tatopani; here you will get a chance to witness the beautiful Poonhill sunrise. What a wonderful way to start the day! The colours are unimaginably vibrant and because it’s set against a Himalayan background, it’s truly mesmerizing. From Tatopani, we will trek to Beni, and then on to Naya Pul, where we will drive to the rafting starting point. The next day will be filled with exciting white water rafting on the beautiful Himalayan River surrounded by the beautiful landscape until we get to Mirmi.

From Mirmi we will drive to Lumbini, where you can spend some time getting to explore this cultural wonderland. After a day here, we will head to Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park, the first of its kind in this exotic country. Chitwan is home to the one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, deer, gharial, and an astounding number of colourful species of birds. We will spend some time here so that you can fully engaging in jungle activities; this includes a safari on the back of an elephant, watching the intriguing Tharu stick dance, dog-out canoeing and much more.

The next day we will fly back to Kathmandu, where you will get a chance to relax and have a peaceful way to end an adventure filled holiday.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

2

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast we start exploring the city including the 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath known as “Monkey Temple” because there’s a ton of monkeys around there; the colourful Durbar Square; Patan city – which is the most iconic place in the Buddhist history.

DAY

3

Drive to Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Drive: 6-7 hours

DAY

4

After breakfast drive to Nayapul then trek to Trikhedunga [1540 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 1-2 hours
Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

5

Trek to Ghorepani [2810 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

6

Sunrise trip to Poon Hill then trek to Tadapani [2645 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

7

Trek to Ghandruk [1945 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 7-8 hours

DAY

8

Trek to Nayapul then drive to our rafting starting point

After lunch we start our rafting on Kali Gandaki River.

Accommodation: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 1 hours
Walk: 3-4 hours

DAY

9

Rafting on Kali Gandaki River

Today we are rafting down the river between Modi Beni and Purtighat.

Accommodation: Tent

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY

10

Rafting on Kali Gandaki River then dirve to Lumbini

Today we rafting down to Mirmi. After lunch, drive to Lumbini. Afternoon sightseeing in Lumbini including to visit the birth place of Buddha.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

DAY

11

Chitwan safari

On your arrival at Chitwan Park you will be offered refreshment & be given a briefing at the camp and its facilities. After lunch, village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu Village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. In the evening, Tharu cultural dance presentation – in which you will also be invited to participate – by the local ethnic villagers.

Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas is Chitwan National Park; a World Heritage-listed reserve and one of the premiere destinations in Nepal. This beautiful park is particularly rich in both fauna and flora and was created in 1973 to protect over 900 sq. km of marshland, forest, and grassland, and the large wildlife populations that live within.

The name Chitwan means ‘Heart of the Jungle’ and with a reputation as one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in all of Asia, it is easy to see why. It’s common to see monkeys, deer, rhinos, and over 500 species of birds. But that’s not all—if you are lucky, you’ll also get a chance to see sloth bears, wild elephants, leopards, and (if you’re REALLY lucky) Bengal tigers.

Chitwan is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystem of the area and covers subtropical lowland that is situated between two river valleys at the base of the Outer Himalayas. Its spectacular landscape, filled with lush vegetation and the Himalayan backdrop, makes this park an area of exceptional natural beauty. In fact, it is one of the most attractive parts of the lowlands of Nepal. It is for these reasons that Chitwan is a must-see on any family holiday in the region.

Accommodation: Jungle resort/lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

12

All day jungle activities

Canoe ride along the Rapti River; a great opportunity for bird watching and for seeing crocodiles. Jungle walk to the Elephant Birth Centre; chances also to explore the jungle fauna and flora.

After lunch elephant ride; looking for monkeys, wild boar, rhinoceros, leopard and – if you are fortunate you will see the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Accommodation: Jungle resort/lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY

13

Drive back to Kathmandu

After arriving back to the hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

14

Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a lifetime

Meals: Breakfast

 

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers by private car
  • Accommodation at standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini with breakfast
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lumbini with guide
  • Teahouse accommodation with full board during the trekking
  • Tent accommodation with full board during rafting
  • Jungle lodge accommodation with full board in Chitwan
  • Transport by private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Bharatpur – Kathmandu flight with taxes
  • Trekking guide, porter with insurance (We provide 1 porter for 2 people)
  • Rafting crew and all necessary equipment
  • All entrance fees in sightseeing
  • Guided jungle activates
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry Visa fee ($40 for 30 days and $25 for 15 days. You should get visa upon your arrival)
  • Items and expenses of personal nature (E.g.: alcoholic and soft drinks, dessert, juice, water and heater charge, hot shower during trekking and main meals in cities)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver

Meals

All Breakfast, Full board on trek, rafting and safari

The food on trek is simple, varied but trust us, very tasty. It does get more basic the higher you go as fewer ingredients become available. We let our trekkers choose whatever they want from the menu. Continental breakfast in the cities.

As we do camping, our trained cook set the menu and prepare meals himself so that you will not have to cook on any of our tours.

Accommodation

5 night hotel / 2 night jungle lodge / 4 night teahouse / 2 night tent

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays.

Teahouse

We are using the same family run teahouses for years which are very atmospheric and friendly. Since these are rather far away from the nearest road, it’s not all that surprising that teahouses only offer basic, but clean necessities and amenities, especially since things can only be carried up by porters or even animals. These kinds of lodges also contain dining areas that are heated and attractively decorated. The bedrooms of these lodges contain wooden beds with foam mattresses and are unheated, so you will need a sleeping bag. The lodges also contain shared bathroom and washing facilities, which are sometimes located near the main lodge in a separate building. It’s also important to further note that some of these lodges use continental-style toilets, which will require self-flushing by using water buckets. For additional charges, you may also opt to use a lodge with battery charging facilities and heated showers. While staying at these lodges is a good way to meet fellow hikers and campers, keep in mind that they are still located in a remote enough area to cause facilities to be very basic.

Tent

This trip includes accommodation in tent, for which we will provide the necessary equipment’s, such as two-person tents with mat. However, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Jungle lodge

Our resort lies on the edge of the Community Forest Reserve, overlooking the tall green mansions of the jungle’s tropical trees. Constructed on the lines of a tribal village, it blends in and ‘disappears’ into the natural backdrop of Nepal’s southern Terai Belt.

Hotel

No matter what areas we travel in, we always do our best to ensure accommodation that best reflects those specific areas. When hotels are involved, we always aim for requirements such as cleanliness, safety, location, and, of course, comfort. We have a wide range of hotels in Kathmandu from 2 stars to 5 stars. For hotel upgrade and holiday extension please contact us.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that in some remote areas single supplement is not available. Please contact us for further details.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

Flexible departure! Have you got any dates in your mind? Click here to contact us.

General Info

Equipment

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit. We also provide two-person tent with mat and all necessary camping equipment.

You will need sleeping bag which is available to hire in Kathmandu as well as trekking and climbing equipment.

Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.

What you Carry

Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel. A flashlight is also useful.

While you are trekking you only have to carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera. It is possible to store you travel luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu and transfer all you need for trekking into a specially made FrozenGround travel bag. This must be maximum 15 kg which will be moved by our porter team.

What you Need to Tell us

Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well-being on the trip.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Visa and Vaccination

You can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph at the customs. Nepal entry Visa fee US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. However, our recommended vaccinations are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria is a risk factor in Nepal. There is yearlong risk in the Terrai region bordering India, including the Royal Chitwan National Park. No risk exists in Kathmandu or typical highland treks. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.

Altitude

Most of our trips to Himalaya go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed for good acclimatisation as we are following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and that you report any illness to your guide immediately. However, you don’t need to scare of travelling to high altitudes if you are following the simple rules and procedure of preventing altitude sickness.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of altitude and the best preventative measures, then please visit:

http://www .altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

Weather

In Nepal, the monsoon rains begin to dissipate in early September so our trekking season lasts from the middle of September to May. The weather, from mid-October to December, is usually stable with clear views, mild to warm days, and cold nights. In October, and in low altitudes, daytime temperatures have been known to reach 30 degrees Celsius. Nights, on the other hand, may drop to less than 0 degrees Celsius at the higher altitudes.

When you go trekking in Nepal, from December to February, you can expect cool to mild days with clear skies, and very cold nights. At low altitudes, daytime temperatures are typically mild i.e. about 20 degrees Celsius. At nights this temperature can fall to -10 degrees Celsius, especially at the higher altitudes. Also, it is important to note that, sometimes winter storms can bring snow to depths as low as 2500 meters.

The dry winter season starts to transition into spring time conditions in March. During this time, you can expect clear mornings with afternoon showers every now and again. The daytime temperature increase in March happens quickly, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. You can expect mild nights at the lower altitudes. The increased rainfall on the hills is outshined by the amazing displays of a wild variety of wildflowers during this time of year.

In May, conditions are typically hot at the low elevations and rainstorms during the afternoon are common. This period generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is the perfect time for mountaineering expeditions to begin their ascents.

The rainy season in Nepal lasts from the middle of June to the middle of September. Thus, it’s not suitable to go trekking in the Nepal Himalaya during this time. But, there are a few remote valleys that are exempt from this rule.

If you go on a lower altitude trek in Nepal, it’s important to note that the weather patterns aren’t always predictable. In other words, there’s no guarantee that conditions will be optimal for a trek. But, there are well established patterns that make it highly likely that you will experience great weather. In this way, you can fully experience the village culture, forests, and excellent mountain views on your journey. You are expected to experience mild weather conditions through the trek season.

If you go on a moderate altitude trek in Nepal, similarly, to lower altitude treks, the weather patterns here are not always predictable. Generally, you can expect to experience mostly mild weather but the high camps may face harsh weather and snowfalls, especially in the winter.

Our climbing expeditions are held during the pre and post monsoon periods. This is because the snow conditions, temperatures, and weather during these times are more stable. This stability promises optimal conditions for a safe and successful trek.

After the Monsoon

The rains of the monsoon begin to dissipate during the first weeks of September. From mid-October to mid-December the weather is generally stable with mild to warm days, clear views, and cold nights. You can expect daytime temperatures to reach anywhere from 30 degrees Celsius at the lower altitudes but this will decrease as you move into the higher areas.

When you reach heights over 3000 meters, the daytime temperatures can reach 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature is dependent on whether the days are windy, sunny, etc. During the night, the temperatures don’t typically dip that much in the lower altitudes. But, as you approach November, the days get shorter and colder. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures can dip sharply at night, even as cold as 15 degrees when you camp on the snow or ice.

Before the Monsoon

In March, the dry winter begins to make way for wetter and warmer conditions. You can expect to wake up to clear mornings but there will also be the occasional cloud buildup that signals the coming of an afternoon rainstorm. Also, sometimes in the middle of the day and the afternoon, it can be hard to see the mountains clearly.

Daytime temperatures increase rapidly in March and you can expect to see temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At the higher altitudes, the conditions are similar to those during the post-monsoon period, with the exception of there being more snow. You can also expect to see beautiful displays of wildflowers during this time of the year. During the months of April and May, temperatures are usually hot at the lower altitudes, but daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Nepal. All our rafting guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal and European countries. All are trained in CPR, First Aid and advanced river rescue techniques.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons. The maximum group size is restricted to just 8 travellers which means clients not only get personalised service and support but also the opportunity to make some great new friends. Smaller group size also mean we minimise the impact on the environment we are exploring.

Preparing Yourself Physically

Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.

Preparing Yourself Mentally

Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.