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Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara Tour

Duration
9 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara Tour is one of the popular tours in Nepal. Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara are the three of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is also regarded as The City of Temples. Kathmandu possesses numerous world-famous cultural heritages and ancient art and architectures. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu, in its own right, is the focal point for tourists all around the world. Lumbini, being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha is the center of Buddhists from around the world. Lumbini is also cited as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major highlights of Lumbini include: The Sacred Garden, The Sacred Pond, Asoka Pillar, Lumbini Monastery Zone, and Maya Devi Temple among many others. Similarly, Pokhara is the most touristic place in Nepal. Pokhara offer the most panoramic natural scenery surrounded with huge snowcapped peaks like Annapurna massif and Machhapuchchhre. Pokhara is bestowed with many beautiful lakes like Fewa Lake and Begnas Lake. Besides, you will get to observe amazing Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, Bat's Cave, and Museum among many other sites.

We start Tour to Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara with the fantastic sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Then, we drive to Lumbini to observe the world heritage site of Lumbini. Lumbini offers a lot of things for every tourist. We then move to Pokhara for observing the breathtaking natural beauty and Himalayan Peaks all around. Finally, we get back to Kathmandu to wrap up this tour. Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. will organize this tour perfectly to make your Nepal holidays an unforgettable experience for the lifetime. We cordially welcome you all in Kathmandu.


Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini
Day 03: Lumbini Exploration
Day 04: Drive from Lumbini to Pokhara
Day 05: Drive to Sarangkot and Hike back to Hotel
Day 06: Sightseeingin Pokhara
Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 08: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 09: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the representative from Ace Holiday (P) Ltd. will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini
Today, we drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini. On reaching Lumbini, if time allows, we explore around the Lumbini and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Lumbini Exploration
Today, we will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We will mainly cover the Sacred Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Asoka Pillar, and the Monastery Zone where various monasteries are established by different countries for their recognition. We stay overnight at Lumbini.

Day 04: Drive from Lumbini to Pokhara
After the exploring the Lumbini area, we drive to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, we check into the hotel and spend overnight.

Day 05: Drive to Sarangkot and Hike back to Hotel
Pokhara, being one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, offers a lot of natural wonders. You can witness beautiful snowcapped mountains including Mount Annapurna, and Machhapuchchhre being reflected in the beautiful Fewa Lake. Early in the morning, we drive to Sarangkot for having awesome sunrise view. After visiting Sarangkot, we hike back to hotel. In the remaining time, you can take rest at the hotel. We stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Sightseeing in Pokhara
We will have a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Pokhara. We cover Bindawasini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat's Cave, Davis Falls, Begnas Lake, and Museum among many other places. We then, visit Fewa Lake and enjoy boating for around an hour. After the sightseeing, we return to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu today. And in the remaining time, you can take your time for last-minute shopping in Kathmandu or you can also explore the more parts of Kathmandu valley. We stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Today, you will have full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. We will mainly cover the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites in Kathmandu. After having breakfast in the morning, we drive to Pashupatinath which is the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. In fact, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the four most important religious sites in the Asia for Shiva Devotees. This temple was built in 5th century and later on renovated by Malla Kings. Gold plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality are the some main highlights of this temple. After the sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple, we drive to Bauddhanath which is one of the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery also known as Little Tibet. We then visit Swayambhunath which also popularly known as The Monkey Temple. In the remaining time, we take our time to explore popular and historic Kathmandu Durbar Square. And finally, we return back to hotel where we stay overnight.

Day 09: Final Departure
Today, you will depart to your own destination. So, we transfer you to the airport from where you catch the returning flight to your hometown.
Cost Included:
  • 03 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Kathmandu Like: Normal , 3 stars , 4 stars or 5 stars
  • 02 Night twin shearing accommodation on BB plan in Lumbini
  • 03 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in pokhara
  • All Transportation via private Like: Kathmandu sightseeing with pick up drop, Kathmandu to Lumbini to Pokhara To Kathmandu With AC.
  • Welcome dinner with Nepali Traditional Restaurant.
  • Pokhara Boating for hours.
  • Kathmandu Pokhara and Lumbini Sightseeing.
  • One English speaking Guide during tours.
  • All sight seeing Entry fee.
  • During tours Min. water (Drinking Water).

Cost Excluded:
  • International flights, airport departure taxes (from Nepal).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • All city food lunch and dinner at local tourist restaurant.
  • And domestic flight expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol, bottled drinks including bottled water, snacks, laundry, excess baggage fees, phone calls, tips for guides and crew member or drivers.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 9 Days
Accomodation: Guesthouse/Hotel
Seasons : All Season
Type: Modarate
Activities : Tours / sightseeing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara Tour is one of the popular tours in Nepal. Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara are the three of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.
  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is also regarded as The City of Temples.
  • Lumbini, being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha is the center of Buddhists from around the world.
  • Pokhara is the most touristic place in Nepal.
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