Enjoy the best bits of Nepal on this holiday and make friends with the lovely children from Rainbow Children’s Home. For two days you will volunteer at the orphanage and teach English or help in other ways. This journey will also take you trekking in the beautiful Annapurna region, on adventure safari to Chitwan National Park and show you the most beautiful sights of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara.
Classic Nepal Tour with Children in Nepal
Meet our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 03 – B
Today you will visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. It draws wandering Sadhus from all over India.
A short walk away you will find Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Around here you will experience vibrant and unfettered Tibetan culture from the large community of Tibetan exiles.
Today’s tour is an ideal experience to compare and contrast the different faiths but also see how they overlap and exist in harmony.
Day 04 – B
In the morning learn some Nepali language for 2-3 hours and be culturally orientated! Then go out with your teacher/guide on a walking tour to explore the old city of Kathmandu.
Visit Durbar Square, which is listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. It is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets dating back to the 12th and 18th centuries.
Day 05 – B
Kathmandu | Pokhara
In the early morning you will head off to Pokhara by bus. Pokhara is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The rest of the day is free to relax and to explore the area.
Day 06 – B
Today you will visit the Rainbow Children’s Home for the first time for volunteering. It is an orphanage lead by Goma Dhakal to help the poorest children in the area. Learn about their lives, enjoy their hospitality and give them your friendship, help and a very special day.
Day 07 – B
Today you will again volunteer at Rainbow Children’s Home.
Day 08 – B
In the morning you will cross Phewa Lake by boat and hike to the World Peace Pagoda (1-2hrs). The Pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
The rest of the day is free for trek preparation.
Day 09 – B L D
Pokhara | Nayapul | Ulleri [2073m]
A scenic one-hour drive from Pokhara takes you to the starting point of your trek. You will cross the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola River and then ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages.
Along the way you will encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, heralded by the musical bells they wear. The stunning peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna visible over the green ridges will greet you from time to time as you continue up to Tikhedhunga. From there you will ascend a stone staircase to Ulleri.
Day 10 – B L D
Ulleri | Ghorepani [2855m]
Today begins with a real heart-starter. You will have a steep ascent to get you going before a more gradual uphill walk takes you to your camp at Ghorepani. You will pass through delightful villages and see the beautiful, dense rhododendron forests that are so characteristic for Nepal at these altitudes!
On a clear day you have see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it! At Gorepani you are on the main Annapurna Circuit route and there are likely to be lots of travellers passing through this ridge-top settlement in both directions.
Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and it is a popular stopping place for the mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive peak which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest is Dhaulagiri.
Day 11 – B L D
Ghorepani | Ghandruk [1950m]
For everyone staying at Ghorepani it is a must to walk up to the celebrated view point of Poon Hill, which overlooks the village. Dawn is the best time to go, so you will have a wakeup call for 5am and head up the well marked track by torchlight. Witness the spectacular sunrise from the viewpoint: The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow before the sun slowly climbs up.
Return to Ghorepani for breakfast, before trekking on to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. If you are lucky you will encounter some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. From Tadapani you will have excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.
From Tadapani the trail descends through beautiful forests to Ghandruk. This is a stunning village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups, known for their distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is also home to many soldiers from the famous Gurkha regiments. From the village you can have stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.
Day 12 – B L
Ghandruk | Birenthanti | Nayapul | Pokhara
Today the trail descends to Sauli Bazaar for about two hours and then an easy walk for another hour to reach Birethanti. 45 minutes later you will come to Nayapul. Your trek ends here, you will be picked up and drive to Pokhara about one hour away.
Day 13 – B
Today will be free for you to relax and do whatever you like. Take a walk around the village or choose a more exciting activity for your last day in Pokhara. In the evening visit the Rainbow Children’s Home again to say goodbye to the children.
Day 14 – B D
Pokhara | Chitwan National Park
Today you will drive to Chitwan National Park after an early breakfast
In the afternoon take a tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharu. Visit the National Park Visitor’s Centre where you can learn more about the history of the National park and about wildlife.
In the evening enjoy the spectacular sunset from the bank of Rapti River before being entertained by a Tharu Cultural Dance presentation by the local villagers or a slideshow presentation.
Day 15 – B L D
Chitwan National Park
Today you will take a canoe ride along Rapti River. This is an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and you might even see two rare species of crocodile: the Marsh Mugger and the Gharial Crocodile.
Later go for a jungle walk, before making friends with an elephant: You have the chance to go elephant bathing on the back of your new friend and play with it in the water. Afterwards take a safari on elephant-back. Stay overnight at the safari lodge. In the evening enjoy a Tharu Cultural Dance presentation or slideshow presentation.
Day 16 – B L D
Chitwan National Park
After breakfast visit the Government Elephant Breeding Centre. In the afternoon you will either drive to the Twenty Thousand Lake or go for another elephant safari.
Day 17 – B
Chitwan National Park | Kathmandu
Today you will drive back to Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for your personal activities.
Day 18 – B D
In the morning you will visit Bhaktapur. This is the city of devotes and the best preserved of all the ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheel and people go about lives as they have done for so long.
En route visit the Changunarayan Temple. this is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley, it came into existence in the 4th century. Return to Kathmandu, where you will enjoy a traditional farewell dinner with cultural programme in evening.
Day 19 – B
Depart Nepal | Arrive UK
Drive to the airport, your guide will help you and bid you farewell.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
18 nights/19 days
From £764 per person*
*on twin share basis
Twin Sharing standard hotel accommodation
Meals as in itinerary
3 Nights/4 Days Chitwan Trip with all jungle activities as in program
3 Nights/4 Days Little Annapurna Trek on full board, tea house accommodation with a Sherpa Guide and a Porter.
All surface transportation by private non AC vehicle
Tourist Bus for Kathmandu/Pokhara, Pokhara/Chitwan and Chitwan/Kathmandu
Entrance fees at monuments for one time entry
Language/Culture Class and Nepali Lunch
Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide as per program
Nepali farewell dinner with cultural programme
Nepal visa fees
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