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Hilltops and village tour of Nepal

Hilltops and Village Tour of Nepal

Walk among the mid hills and villages in Kathmandu & Pokhara

8

Days

VILLAGETOUR

Hilltops and Village Tour of Nepal Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • See the real Nepal; go beyond the beaten track and discover lest touched villages
  • Enjoy the spectacular views from each and every village on this tour.
  • Stay at Boutique hotels and Eco Resorts when in villages, and in modern hotel with swimming pool while in Kathmandu and Sarangkot. Each and every hotels are thoughtfully selected for experience, comfort and great food.
  • Visit UNSCEO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
  • Relax and enjoy the peace and serenity in villages where life is un hurried, people are friendly, and views are amazing.
  • A close encounter with locals and opportunity to learn and share experiences.
  • Enjoy gentle walks that keep you active and be outdoor.

To most, Nepal conjures up the image of mighty Mt Everest and other peaks but its charm, forte, and appeal don’t merely rest on these aspects alone. It spreads to a wider arena – its historical monuments, cultural diversities, charming mid-hills and villages, flora, fauna, gentle people, and more. This revised itinerary of Hilltops and village tour of Nepal, where we smoothen rough edges, and added changes evolving with time bring forth these essences of Nepal.

In this swashbuckling trip, which entails a generous dose of leisurely light day walks, affording greater purpose and opportunities to get insights into quaint villages and deeper interaction with the people, we explore landmarks, attractions, and villages in the constant backdrop of majestic peaks.

The Hilltops and Village tour of Nepal begins with discovering prominent sites in Kathmandu valley, after which the focus shifts readily to the historical renaissance city of Bhaktapur where every carved wooden structure has its own story to tell. Navigating further, we are closer to the essence of this trip, which is visiting the least explored villages of Namo Buddha and Pokhara valley surrounded by hills, with looming giant snowcapped peaks at the backdrop. In Pokhara we spend two nights on the higher ridge near Sarangkot from where we can get better views and cooler climes. Our journey further continues to the historic Bandipur village, where time seems to stands still, life is unhurried, and people radiate warmth and hospitality. 

To give an extra dimension to your experience; in the villages we use boutique/ village Inn, where traditional ambience and rural flavor are the order of the day. In Kathmandu and Pokhara you stay in modern hotels with swimming pool.

Detail Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. Towards late afternoon, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then take a short walk to Thamel via Indrachowk and Asan markets, rubbing shoulders with locals through the alleyways. After strolling around Thamel enjoy a welcome dinner that includes Cultural Performance. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Namobuddha village:
Drive east to the outskirts of Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, a medieval walled city, filled with ancient red brick buildings with narrow streets, full of temples, intricately carved statues and architectures, devoid of traffic and pollution. Although many buildings were destroyed in the 2015 earth quake, the main attraction still remains as it ever were. In Bhaktapur visit the Durbar Square, a conglomeration of stone, metal and wood carving, the palace of fifty five windows, Pottery square where we can see potters working with their traditional wooden wheels giving various shape and size to clay and also visit some ancient temples. After the visit , we continue our journey to Namobuddha. We will stop at scenic spot Dhulikhel (1500m), popular for panoramic view of mountain peaks and further drive to Nomobuddha, one of the three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Known to Buddhist as Tamangligi, the spot where Buddha in one of his previous lives is said to have fed himself to a starving tigress, that was close to death from starvation unable to feed its cubs. Overnight in Namobuddha Resort.

Day 3: Around Namobuddha:
After breakfast take a short hike to visit the local villages around Namobuddha, visiting homes, meeting people and learning about their way of life. Enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding area, immense array of terraced fields surrounded by lush green hills with glimpse of the snowy peaks in the distance. After the visit return back to the resort for lunch, after lunch visit the sprawling Namobuddha Thrangu Tashi Yangtsi monastery and take a short half hour ridge walk (optional) with views of the valley. In the evening enjoy the sun set view over the mountains. Overnight in Namobuddha resort.

Day 4: Fly to Pokhara & Drive to Sarangkot.
After an early breakfast drive for about 1.5hrs to the domestic airport to take the morning flight to Pokhara(30m). The flight to Pokhara provides amazing views of mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna and Machhapuchre. On arrival our guide will pick you up from the airport and drive to Phewa lake, enjoy an hour of boat ride in the Phewa lake, after the boat ride take a hike to the World Peace Pagoda, from where we get the stunning view of the Phewa lake and the Pokhara valley. After the visit meet our vehicle and drive to our hotel at Sarangkot. Sarangkot is a popular tourist spot for beautiful sunrise and sunset view of the rays changing color over the Annapurna range, Dhauligiri range, and the Machhapuchre. The evening is free for you to rest and enjoy the views or if you are looking for adventure, Sarangkot is the launching pad for Paragliding, exhilarating Zipline launches, Bungee Jump, and you can also take a reasonably priced micro ultralight flights around the Pokhara Valley. Overnight in Sarangkot.

Day 5: In Pokhara:
Early morning take a walk to the viewpoint of Sarangkot(1590m) for a beautiful sunrise view. Spend some times at the summit taking pictures and enjoying the sweeping view, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast walk downhill for about 2hrs to Pokhara across Methlang and other villages. Meet the vehicle and full day sightseeing around Pokhara. In Pokhara visit the Devis falls, Gupteshwor cave, and the Tibetan Refugee Centre. In the afternoon visit the International Mountain Museum where you will see a various bunch of collections of the lifestyle of mountain people and their culture and tradition. After the visit drive to the lakeside where you will have free time to stroll through Phewa lakeside and browse the souvenir shop and cafes. Our guide and driver will be on standby to take you back to your hotel. Overnight in Sarangkot.

Day 6: Pokhara-Bandipur:
After breakfast drive along the Pokhara Kathmandu highway, en route take a diversion at Dumre toward the historic village of Bandipur(3hrs). Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village; its winding narrow lanes are lined with tall 18th century sturdily built mansions, that have stood firm along with time and serve as tea house shops, cafes, and lodgings. With the absence of motorized vehicles restaurant tables set out in the bazaar give the feeling, that time seems to have stood still. After lunch walk through the cobblestone streets and explore the architectural heritage in colorful houses of the villages, experience the impact of Newari architecture, visit the temples or simply take a walk to the viewpoint where you can get a picturesque view of the Annapurna range, the Langtang peaks to the east and Dhaulagiri in the west and the valley below. Overnight in Bandipur.

Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu:
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu following the Pokhara Kathmandu highway(4-5hrs). The drive is a scenic drive across several villages and small towns along the Trishuli river. Upon arrival check into the hotel, the rest of the evening is free to rest and relax.

Day 8: Departure:
You will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

  • Group SizeAvailable as small group/join-in or Independent

  • MealsDaily breakfast and dinners

  • Trip AccommodationHeritage/Eco Village resorts in villages and modern hotels (4+star) in Kathmandu and in Sarangkot (Pokhara)

  • RouteKathmandu, Namobuddha, Sarangkot, Pokhara, Bandipur, Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Village Tour

  • Trip SeasonsThis trip can be done through-out the year but June through mid September may be rainy season. Best in Winter, Spring and Autumn.

  • Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, October, November, December

  • Good MonthsMay, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

The cost is based on the group size to offer the lowest possible cost.

  • 8 members: US$730 per person.
  • 6 members: US$795 per person.
  • 4 members: US$870 per person.
  • 2 members: US$980 per person.
  • Single traveler: US$1560.
  • Single room supplementary: US$245.

The trip is available for daily join-in group departure with a maximum of 8 members or travel independently with any group size.
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Included

•    Accommodations as listed
•    Daily breakfast and dinner in the hotels.
•    All land transfers by good quality vehicle
•    English speaking local guide.
•    Sightseeing admission fees.
•    Pokhara-Kathmandu airfare.

Not included

  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Medical insurance
  •  All lunches, bar/beverages, drinks, laundry, telephone, tips and other personal expenses.
  •  Any extra expenses incurred as a result of your health, or due to weather, political situation, and other unforeseen events.

Accommodations

Kathmandu: Hotel Shambala or Kathmandu Guest House
Namobuddha: Namobuddha Resort
Sarangkot: Hotel Himalayan Front
Bandipur: The Old Inn Bandipur


Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Namo Buddha Resort

    Namo Buddha Resort is situated 45 km south-east of Kathmandu, travelling in a straight line. Travelling by car from Kathmandu takes approximately 2 hours. To reach us from Kathmandu, pass Bhaktapur and Banepa, continuing to Dhulikhel (23 km from cent...

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  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala, a contemporary Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers unparalleled comfort and luxury with the best in Tibetan and Nepalese hospitality. Inspired by Tibetan art and architecture, all 65 rooms feature beautiful handma...

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Hotels in Bandipur

  • Old Inn Bandipur

    It is a charming property, with some of the best interiors. Each nook and corner seems to be a labour of love and great taste. It is like an aesthetic exposition of Nepali / Tibetan handicrafts. And the place has character with wooden steps going all...

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Hotels in Balthali

Hotels in Sarankot

Trip Guide/Leader

 


  • Vijaya Gyawali

    Vijaya Gyawali

  • Min Singh

    Min Singh

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Lucie
    Montreal, Canada
    Nov 21 - 27, 2019
    HillTop Village Tour of Nepal ( HillTop Village Tour of Nepal)
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    HillTop Village Tour of Nepal Hello Anand, Sorry for the delay to answer. I was out of Montreal. We are glad to share with you our thoughts