Day 01 - Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport TIA)
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and clearing customs and immigration, you will be welcomed by our personal representative at the arrival zone (we assure you that our complete team roster at Discovery World Trekking (DWT) is professionally certified and registered with the government). Our representative will escort you by private transport to our hotel in Kathmandu, centrally and conveniently located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Thamel is well known as an exciting tourist hub and has a full range of restaurants and cuisine, gear and souvenir shops, pubs, nightspots and tourist facilities. After resting and refreshing at the hotel, the evening is yours to explore.
DAY 02 - Full Day Tour, Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will embark on a full day of sightseeing around the scenic Kathmandu Valley. You will be accompanied by our personal DWT guide, an expert on the architecture, culture and history of the valley.The days sights and activities include visits to the sacred, ancient shrines of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, all still very active. Pashupatinath is one of the worlds most important Shiva shrines and a site of cremation for dignitaries. Boudhanath is one of the largest and grandest Stupa in Asia and busy from dawn to dusk with devotees. Swayambhunath, aka The Monkey Temple, is famously perched on a hill overlooking the city. The days tour includes a visit tothe otherworldly Patan Durbar Square.Overnight at Hotel.
We start our scenic drive after an early morning breakfast, traveling by local bus out of the valley and along the picturesque highway that heads north The beautiful scenery along the way includes rivers, terraced fields, villages and sights of the snowy mountains on clear days. The initial section of the drive is relatively pleasant to Trishuli Bazaar. The roadthen becomes a bit more rugged as it ascends to Dhunche and dropping back down to Syabrubensi, a bazaar town with much to explore including a riverside hot springs. Overnight at Lodge.
From Syabrubensi, we inaugurate our first day on the trail. We climb to the west and pass through rural villages and terraced fields. We are off the beaten path now and the pace and scenery is peaceful and spectacular. Gatlang is an idyllic settlement inhabited mainly by people of the Tamang ethnicity. The homes are closely connected. Above the village we can take a side-tour to visit a cheese production center and nearby pond that is considered sacred by locals and a festival site for Hindu pilgrims and the location offers a marvelous panorama. Overnight at Lodge.
From majestic Gatlang, we ascend above the village to a pilgrimage area with a pond and Hindu shrine. This sacred area is known as ParvatiKund and is especially busy during festivals. Our serene trail then passes through rhododendron (Nepals national flower) and pine forest with occasional open pastures. We ascend to Khurpu Bhanjyang pass and the views are truly spectacular. We then descend into the valley to the west, through more serene and remote forested area. Eventually we cross the Somdang River which is the border between the Dhadingand Rasuwa districts. We are now in Dhading. Up the valley is a former mining compound that is no longer in operation. The collection of riverside lodges a few minutes down from the bridge is our destination. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 06 - Trek to Tipling by way of Pangsang Kharka
From the small settlement of Somdang, we make have a climb through more scenic terrain with dense jungle on the way up to a large pasture that is known as Pangsang Kharka. This pass has a wide open meadow and affords great views of the surrounding territory including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and mighty Ganesh Himal and more. We then make our way down through more thick jungle as we descend with a broad perspective of the lush valley that we are entering. Eventually we reach Tipliing, a large settlement of mostly Tamang people with Buddhist monasteries and Christian churches as well. Overnight at Lodge.
Today is a short and leisurely day as we make our way to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalis Gaon. First, we descend through serene jungle and cross a tributary and then make a contour to the splendid village of Chalish Gaon in an idyllic setting. About 100 m above Chailsh Gaon is Shertung village and both magnificent settlements leave a lot to explore, or just relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of surrounding fields and lush valley below. Shertung and Chalish Gaon are inhabited mainly by Gurung,Tamang and Dalit people. Overnight at Lodge.
Today, we take a day away from trekking to truly relax and enjoy the surroundings. We have optional hikes to a nearby natural hot springs across the valley with built up, riverside pools where we can soak our cares away. Another option is a hike up to a spectacular viewpoint above the villages. Or, just sit back and take in the village life, perhaps interacting with the local people and observing their typical daily schedule. Overnight at Lodge.
We say goodbye to our home of Chalish Gaon of the last two days and make our way through rich jungle scenery. We pass through the scenic village of Borang, and then we continue through more dense jungle terrain. The route takes us through remote villages with beautiful surrounding fields and then we climb to Jharlang, a large settlement with spectacular views. Overnight at Lodge.
We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike down through beautiful territory of jungles and fertile fields and pleasant villages. It is a pleasant descent through a scenic valley to our destination near the road where we will arrange transport to Kathmandu tomorrow. Overnight at Lodge.
We say goodbye to the peaceful trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Kathmandu, a scenic drive offering a good look at the natural scenery and rural farmland of Nepal. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu. Accommodation at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.
We have many more exciting treks and activities to choose from following your Ganesh Himal Cultural adventure. If you have the time and interest, then join us for a tour of Chitwan and Lumbini, a jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek, peak climbing and much more!
DAY 12 - Transfer to Kathmandus Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your international departure. Our personal representative will accompany you by private vehicle to the international airport for your final departure home. We really hope that youve enjoyed the trekking holiday in Nepals majestic hills with us. Please remember Discover World Trekking fondly and we hope that you will come back soon! Have a pleasant journey home!