MY ADVENTURE TOUR TO NEPAL!

Aug 24 2010

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to experience an Adventure Tour in Nepal, sampling a full trip itinerary, exploring cultures & getting involved in all that Nepal has to offer!

Itinerary

Sun 25th April

First stop was the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Our guide took us around the town and through the old market squares were we mingled with the locals, visited a ‘Lokta’ (authentic Nepali termite-resistant paper) factory and got introduced to the archaic craft of pottery making ( you can even try your hands at it). The day ended with a traditional ‘Newari’ meal and ‘Rashki’ brew (to the uninitiated better known as fire-water!)

Mon 26th April

In the morning we started with a guided tour of the revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath where we witnessed one of the Hindu cremations, then onto the breathtakingly beautiful holy Buddhist site of Bodhnath. After lunch at a roof-top restaurant, we drove north-west out of the valley towards Trisuli Bazaar, to the ancient citadel of Nuwakot, a charming & idylically located place which is yet to feature on popular tourist routes.

Tue 27th April

We travelled down, following the course of the river which we were soon to negotiate,  from Nuwakot to the rafting put-in at Baireni.. There we rendezvoused with our rafting crew, got safety briefed and went straight into action! I was scared to say the least but white water rafting proved both exciting and exhilarating, a definite must! 4 hours rafting took us to the Trisuli Centre, our permanent campsite and the site of our community and conservation projects. After a rest we drove to Pokhara , where we were  introduced to The Trisuli Young Leaders’ Club and gained an insight into wholsome community work being done.

Wed 28th April

We set off with our team of friendly porters and Sherpas who we got to know as we walked and took meals with them over the next couple of days. The trail, which was taken at a comfortable pace, was through charming villages in the Annupurna foothills. Time has stood still in these simple communities, where subsistence farming is the only way of life (except of course, for the few who make a small amount of income from tourism). The people here were incredible friendly and hospitable, although shy at first. To reach our destination, the charming and ornate village of Ghandruk, we ascended 870m! It did take some effort, but at a reasonable pace marked with pauses for views and with halts for brief encounters with local people. The experience of typical middle-hill life and the chance to partake in a teahouse culture made the journey very worth while.

Thurs 29th April

The round-off of the trek  was in Nayapul, where we then travelled by car to the quaint little hill-top town of Bandipur. There we walked around the Bandipur environs late afternoon gaining an insight into rural lifestyle, including visiting a local hospital where we provided voluntary support.

Fri 30th April

We travelled to Chitwan, settled in and prepared for our afternoon canoe ride to view sun-bathing crocodiles, bird-watching and our visit to an Elephant breeding centre!

Sat 1st May

We rose early on our last morning to watch rhinos on an elephant safari, scary but absolutely fascinating! In the afternoon we flew to Kathmandu There we headed to the old and original Kathmandu- Kathmandu Durbar Square where we visited the abode of the Living Goddess and took a walk through the backstreets and local market area.

Trip Summary

My Adventure tour to Nepal was amazing, a once in a life time opportunity to tick another destination off my wish list & venture places I have never been before.  I have never considered using a Tour guide before or going on an organized trip and I was pleasantly surprised. Our guide Nabin was extremely personable and friendly and gave us all the inside information on the best places to visit. He recommended things to see & do in our free time, suggesting hidden gems and ensuring we maximized our time and experience in Nepal. There was an endless amount of activities to participate in with transport arranged from traditional Rickshaws to jeeps, taking in the stunning scenery & sights along the way.  If I was to go again I would extend my trip adding India and stay longer, overall my experience will leave me with great memories & a desire to visit other Asian countries.

Highlights of the Trip

Culture // Staying in traditional Nepalise houses // Variety of Activies // Street markets // Temples // Friendly people

Activities available on the itinerary

Water Rafting // Canoeing – Crocodiles & Bird watching // Elephant Riding/safari – coming head to head with Rhino // Trekking up to 2500 metres // City Tours // Art classes // Pottery classes // Sight seeing – Temples & Museums

Places Visited

Bhaktapur //Nuwakot // Pokhara // Ghandruk // Banipur // Chitwan // Kathmandu

Accommodation

Bhadgaon Guest House // The Famous Farm // Hotel Taj // Trekking Inn – Teahouse // The Old Inn // Lodge in at Chitwan // Kathmandu Guest House

Are you the Adventurous type??! If not, why not push yourself- we bet you’ll come back a completely new person!   BeOutgoing Adventure Tours

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