Montreal, Canada Nov 21 - 27, 2019HillTop Village Tour of Nepal ( HillTop Village Tour of Nepal)4 " " Hello Anand, Sorry for the delay to answer. I was out of Montreal. We are glad to share with you our thoughts about our trips in Nepal and Bhutan. Some of the feedbacks have already been given verbally to Jambay when we met him in Thimphu. Overall, we are very pleased of
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×
Hello Anand, Sorry for the delay to answer. I was out of Montreal. We are glad to share with you our thoughts about our trips in Nepal and Bhutan. Some of the feedbacks have already been given verbally to Jambay when we met him in Thimphu. Overall, we are very pleased of our experience. ;o)
Hilltop Village Tour of Nepal First of all, Kunmar was an excellent guide and it was a pleasure to discuss with him and visit places in his presence. We felt he was enjoying our presence too. When it was time to choose Nepalese food, he provided good advices too and explained to us how to eat some plates.
As for the tour, it was diversified and gave us a good sample of what Nepal can offer. We liked the activities planned and the hikes in the mountains. The visit of Bhaktapur was a bit short but worth it. Regarding the stay in Balthali Village Resort, the location is great but the room we had was really a lower standard than all the others on this trip and not really in good condition. On their Web site, we see better rooms. The night we were there, there was a big party, so I guess they gave us the room that was far from the noise. Also, the day after, was quite a long drive to Bandipur (which was a very beautiful place). It would have been interesting to cut that road trip in half, this would mean to had another day to the trip or instead of sleeping in Balthali, sleep in another place that would reduce the road trip. This would mean to skip the hikes we had once we reached the hotel, which was also very interesting.
As for the meals, it would be important to inform future customers that they may have to pay for the guide meals when the restaurant was charging it. Even though it was not expensive, it kind of surprised us because we were not used to that usage and we have been traveling in quite a few countries up to now.
We didn’t know Windhorse before booking and we were a bit worried to pay the amount of money without being sure that the company really existed (many scam companies exist on the Web), but the pre-trip discussions with especially Ugen and Jambay reassured us. You have a good customer service. ;o)
Thank you all for the trips you provided to us, it has been a marvelous experience. Take care
Jean-Sebastien and Lucie
- 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.
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 maximum 9 members or travel independently with any group size.
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• 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.
- International flight
- Nepal Visa (available upon arrival)
- 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.
Kathmandu: Hotel Shambala or Kathmandu Guest House
Namobuddha: Namobuddha Resort
Sarangkot: Hotel Himalayan Front
Bandipur: The Old Inn Bandipur
Hotels in Kathmandu
Hotels in Bandipur
Hotels in Balthali
Hotels in Sarankot
Bijaya Gawali permanent resident of Kausaltar, Bhaktapur, Nepal is one of the experienced City tour Guide in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. He has completed his bachelor degree from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal. He has got several pieces of training including City tour guide licence. He has started his career working in 4-star hotels in Kathmandu for 12 years. He has been working as a city tour guide in Kathmandu valley since He loves to meet new people, reading newspapers and listening music. When he has free time, he goes out with family and friends. Bijaya Gawali is not only the english speaking guide but also the french guide. His knowledge of French language gives him an edge in handling our French guest better. He has joined to this company since 2014, and he is well versed in both English and French language and taken care of our guest very well.
Min Bahadur Singh was born in 1977 in Bajura district, far western development region of Nepal and later on he moved to Pokhara, permanent resident of Kristi-3 Kaski, Pokhara. He is Trek and City Tour Guide in Pokhara city, Nepal, a city of natural beauty and on the lap of the Himalayas. He has completed his intermediate education level and various training related to the travel and tourism industry. He started his career in the hospitality industry since 1992. He’s worked in the tourism sector for 24 years and has 12 years of guiding experience involving in different travel and trekking agencies in Nepal. Min has joined to this company since 2014, and he does city tour guide in Pokhara and Annapurna region Trekking as well.On top of that, he is also bird watching specialised in the mountain region of Nepal. Min speaks English very well and has been the beloved guide for English speaking tourist. He loves to travel, meet new people and share his ideas and experiences to other people.
Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25. He has been working as a tour and trekking guide since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide, ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias. When get free time loves to work in the field as well.
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Montreal, Canada Nov 21 - 27, 2019
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