Christmas and New Year Short trip in Nepal
This trek is designed for those travelers who wish to celebrate their Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Nepal catching the beautiful natural scenery of this Himalayan Kingdom to make the celebration very memorable ones. In order to make their dreams come true, we have designed a very special program including cultural, natural and adventure activities in a proposed itinerary. The trek begins with 2 days culture and heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu exploring the century old monuments and heritage sites and then we drive to Chitwan national park to enjoy the different wild life activities that the park offers and celebrate Merry Christmas being together with family, friends and beloved ones. After celebrating Christmas in Chitwan we drive to Pokhara to celebrate Happy New Year in this beautiful city joining the activities it has organized to welcome the New Year. Before celebrating New Year, we go for a short trek to Poonhill walking through rice- terraces, farms, fertile valleys and villages of various ethnic people until we reach the Poonhill (hilltop) to view the sunrise and most spectacular mountain range to the North, including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I above 8000 m. We will back to Pokhara again to celebrate the New Year, and finally drive or fly back to Kathmandu to head back home ending the kind of celebration once in a lifetime. .
Christmas & New Year Trek
Trip Itinerary in Details :
Day 01 – : Arrival Day in Kathmandu
We start the trip on arrival at Kathmandu with airport pick up service. Since no activities are planned on day one, you can arrive at your own time. A briefing of the trip will be given by the tour/trek guide.
Dec: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city.6/7 hours
After breakfast: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. The places we will visit today are:
Swymbhunath Stupa: This is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupa and is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Swayambunath is situated in a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley and hence commands an excellent view of the valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are the Taleju Temple, Temple of Kal Bhairav, Nine storied old Palace and the Temple of Kumari (Living Goddess).
Pashupati Nath Temple: It is the temple of Lord Shiva, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.
Bouddhanath stupa: It lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Evening: Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing tour in Patan, Bhaktapur city & drive to Nagarkot – 6/7 hrs
Patan City: The ancient city of Patan, lying 5km southeast of Kathmandu is known as the city of fine arts. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.
Bhaktapur City: Also known as Bhadgaon, is one of the medieval city with the 15th century old Palace fitted with 55 windows and Museum. Much of the art work in this city was accomplished at the end of the 17th century.
Nagarkot: It is a popular tourist destination of Nepal. It is situated 32km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175m above sea level. The panorama of the major mountain peaks of the eastern Nepal Himalaya including Mount Everest can be seen from here. We stay overnight in Nagarkot and enjoy the sunset and sunrise view. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Rafting and Chitwan National Parks.7/8 hours.
After breakfast we drive to Rafting starting point (Charaudi) and raft for about 3 hours in Trisuli River. After concluding rafting trip, we further drive to reach Sauraha (Chitwan) and transfer to the Resort. In the evening you can join Christmas Eve celebration in Sauraha, Dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Full day Jungle activities programs in National Park.
Early morning, we exchange greetings of Merry Christmas. After breakfast: our activities start from Canoe trip by a Nature Walk Program or visit to the Elephant breeding centre. After Lunch: Bathing with Elephant in the Rapti River, Elephant back safari. After Dinner: Tharu dancing performance.
Day 06: Jungle Activities and drive to Pokhara. 7/8 hours.
Early morning: Jungle excursion on an elephant and bird watching Program. After breakfast: Drive to Pokhara takes about 4/5 hours. Transfer to the Hotel.
Pokhara is a hill resort of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent summit of Machhapurhhre rising behind create an ambience of peace and magic. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lakes and the world famous views of the Himalaya.
Day 07: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Thikhedungha. 7/8 hours.
After breakfast we drive to Nayapul (2hrs) where we meet with porters and pack the luggage and start trekking. We walk through lush green Burungdi river valley and beautiful villages. It takes about 3/4 hours gentle walk from Birethati to reach Tikhedunga (1530m) Overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani. 6/7 hours.
At the beginning, we have to walk steep up about 2 hours to reach Ulleri (2010m) which can be a bit challenging and adventurous. Then, the trail continues to ascend more gently, through the fine forests of oak and rhododendron up to Ghorepani(2870m).Overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Hiking Poonhill and trek to Tadapani.8/9 hours.
We get up early morning and hiking up to Poonhill (3200m) (11/2 hrs). From here you can see superb view of sunrise and beautiful panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, fishtail and many more. Then descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast we continue trek to Tadapani (2540m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk.5/6 hours
This day we descend steeply through green forests then gentle walk on easy trails up to Ghandruk(1990m).Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal who have their own culture and language. We can find more information of their ancient lifestyle and customs in the museum. From here, one can see stunning views of Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Fishtail and this village is major tourist destination of Nepal.O/N lodge
Day 11: Trek back to Pokhara.6/7 hours. New Year Eve
Today, we gently walk down to Nayapul takes about 3/4 hours. We walk through some villages and beautiful Modi river valley. Then, we catch our transport at Nayapul & drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel and celebrate a New Year Eve.
Day 12: New Year celebration in Pokhara.
Free for New Year celebration program. Street festival event will be organized in Lakeside Pokhara so everybody can enjoy the festival.
Day 13: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu.7/8 hours.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Kathmandu on tourist coach or private vehicle or by flight. The drive takes about 7/8 hrs. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon is free.
Day 14: Airport Transfer for Journey back home.
Note :- If above program itinerary that don’t suit to you and wish to modify above itinerary then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary especially for you. It is also possible to combines above trip with Jungle safari, rafting, Mountain flight or with any travel plans, just shares your interested with us. We will design and arrange your holiday accordingly.
Price For The Trip: The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodations). The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The camping trek and teahouse trek made a difference in the cost. The number of guides and porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons, the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.
What’s Includes :
- Tims Card Trekking permit.
- Conservation / National park Permit fee ( Special Permit if Necessary Document. )
- Meal: All meal during the trek best available restaurant .
- 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu Trekkers Standard.
- One experience trekking guide/Climbing Guide & necessary porters.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or flight as itinerary area wise
- Insurance for Guide & Porters
- All accommodation during the trek best available hotel/guesthouses
- Airport -Hotel-Airport transfer
- Company service charge.
What’s not Includes :
- PERSONAL equipment for Trekking
- Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Emergency Rescue evacuation
- Trekking Sleeping bag
- Personal expenses
- Tipping (Tips)
- Bar bills, Mineral water
- Departures taxes