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Kathmandu Paro Tour

Duration
10 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 Paro Tour is the exclusive package from Ace Holday Treks that takes you through two amazing countries in just one package. On the top of that, you will visit the UNESCO enlisted sites in Kathmandu and enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise over Mount Everest. Kathmandu Paro packages also covers the exploration of beautiful lake city of Pokhara that includes the sunrise view over Annapurna Mountain from Sarangkot and activities like boating in Phewa Lake and visiting the Gupteswor Cave, Davis Fall, Seti Gorge and International Mountaineering Museum.

Tour to Kathmandu Paro takes you in the thrilling adventure of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur in Nepal and Paro and Thimpu in Bhutan. Thimpu is the capital city of the dragon kingdom of Bhutan which is also the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist State in the world.

View of grand Tashichho Dzong in Thimpu that holds central government body of Bhutan, crossing Dichula Pass, visit to Chimi Lakhang which is the Bhutanese God of fertility, journey to Punakha Dzong and hike to Tiger Nest monastery are the major exploration inside Bhutan.

Travel through remote cities, chance to get familiar with the culture and traditions of ever smiling locals, view of Buddhist architecture and exploration of ancient monasteries will be the activities that we will get engaged while we will be in Bhutan.

Take 10days Kathmandu Paro Tour and experience exploration of two countries which are completely different in their topography and culture.
Kathmandu Paro tour is definitely a rare combination which is the specifically designed by Ace Holiday Treks.

Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day03: Explore Pokhara
Day04: Pokhara to Nagarkot
Day05: Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day06: Kathmandu to Thimpu via Paro
Day07: Thimpu to Punakha
Day08: Punakha to Paro
Day09: Explore Paro to go to Tiger nest
Day10: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Maratika Tour is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (200km) by tourist bus/ car/ air Stay overnight
Pokhara is separated by 200km distance from Kathmandu. Following Prithvi Highway for 5hrs will shift us to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The route will offer incredible views of Trishuli River, paddy fields and hills. We will also enjoy the view of cable cars in Manakamana. Depending upon the group size, we will either take luxury coach or private car or van.
Alternatively, 25minutes of pleasant flight can be taken to Pokhara which offers us with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.

Day03: Explore Pokhara
Sarangkot offers best sunrise view over Annapurna Mountain. We will get up early in the morning and drive to Sarangkot. We will enjoy the views of mountains and valleys and return back to hotel for meal. Our day time activities include boating in Phewa Lake. We will also explore the Gupteswor Cave, Davis Fall, Seti Gorge and International Mountaineering Museum.

Day04: Pokhara to Nagarkot
We will return back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on 4th day. We will follow Prithvi Highway for about 5hrs to reach check post at Thankot. After our arrival in Kathmandu, we will head towards Nagarkot which is the famous hill station near Kathmandu. We will follow the scenic Araniko Highway for about 1.5 hrs to reach Nagarkot from where we will enjoy the sunset view over Mount Everest. We will stay overnight at Nagarkot.

Day05: Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur Durbar Square
We will rise early in the morning and enjoy the enthralling sunrise view over Mount Everest. After taking breakfast, we will take the tour of medieval Newar city of Bhaktapur.
We will explore around the city and visit Golden Gate, Nyatapol Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Dattatreya Square. Later, we will return back to hotel in Kathmandu where we will stay overnight.

Day06: Kathmandu to Thimpu via Paro
This is the day that we start the breath taking journey of the last Shangrila land of Bhutan. We will leave the airfield of Kathmandu and take the pleasant flight to the airport at Paro. The only airport of Bhutan is located in Paro. After landing at the airport in Paro, we will drive to Thimpu where we will visit National Library, Thanka painting school and Bhutanese paper factory. We will get to see the Tashichho Dzong which holds central government body. We will stay overnight in Thimpu.

Day07: Thimpu to Punakha
Punakha is separated from Thimpu by 72km of distance. It takes 3 hours of drive to take us to Punakha. We will ascend the Dichula Pass which offers panoramic views of Jeje Khang and Gangchey Ta mountains. We will also visit Chimi Lhakhang which is dedicated to God of fertility. Driving continues through the bumpy road to Punakha. We will visit Punakha Dzong that is located amid Pho Chu River and Mo Chu River.

Day08: Punakha to Paro
We will retrace our route back to Paro.

Day09: Explore Paro to go to Tiger nest
Paro locates to the north of Thimpu. Short hike from Paro will take us to Taktsang which is known as Tiger Nest Monastery. We will take steep climb for about 3hours to reach the point which offers the first view of the Tiger Nest Monastery. After a brief rest, we will lower down to Tiger nest monastery which is located above the Paro Valley. According to the myth, it was in this place where Guru Rinpoche, the great spiritual master from Tibet landed on the back of a flying tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet in the eighth century. We will return back to Paro and stay overnight.

Day10: Departure
We will drive to the only airport of Bhutan. You can either fly back to Kathmandu by the plane of Druk Airlines to enjoy other holiday packages in Nepal or head towards your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • 02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Kathmandu (Like: Normal , 3 stars , 4 stars or 5stars)
  • 01 Night twin shearing accommodation on BB plan in Nagarkot.
  •  02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in pokhara.
  • 02 night 3 days twin shearing accommodation in chitwan with full board (lunch, dinner , break fast) with jungle safari program as well.
  • All Transportation via private Like: Kathmandu sightseeing with pick up drop, Kathmandu to nagarkot to  Pokhara to Chitwan To Kathmandu With AC
  • Welcome dinner in Nepali Traditional Restaurant.
  • Pokhara Boating for hours.
  • One English speaking Guide during tours.
  • All sight seeing Entry fee
  • During tours Min. water(Drinking Water).

Cost Excluded:
  • International flights Fare
  • 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, battery charge, telephone, 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: 10 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 Paro Tour is the exclusive package from Ace Holday Treks that takes you through two amazing countries in just one package.
  • Tour to Kathmandu Paro takes you in the thrilling adventure of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur in Nepal and Paro and Thimpu in Bhutan.
  • Thimpu is the capital city of the dragon kingdom of Bhutan which is also the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist State in the world.
  • Kathmandu Paro tour is definitely a rare combination which is the specifically designed by Ace Holiday Treks.
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