Luxury Kathmandu-Pokhara Tour with Everest

Region

Annapurna Region

Duration

9 Days

Max Altitude

1100m

Best Season

Any

Activity Per Day

3-4 hrs normal walking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)

Grade

1

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Kathmandu, Pokhara Tour with trekking with 5-star Luxury accommodation trip is one of the bestselling trip program, designed by Himalayan Social Journey to satisfy luxury seekers. This trip program is composed of city sightseeing tours of major two cities of Nepal, Kathmandu, and Pokhara. Kathmandu sightseeing tour takes you to UNESCO World Heritage sites including Swyombhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. This is to have an age-long insight of history, civilization, culture and art and architecture. Similarly, sightseeing in Pokhara takes you culturally and naturally blessed sites including Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave, and Bindhyabasini Temple. 

Highlights of Kathmandu-Pokhara Trek and Tour 

  • Kathmandu city Sightseeing
  • Dhampus trek with the stunning view of Himalayas
  • Pokhara City Tour
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna Range and Sunrise view from Sarangkot
  • Close view of Annapurna ranges from Australian Camp.
  • Two night stay at Hotel Aloft in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast and dinners and Spa Treatments in Himalayan Suite spa.

Outline Itinerary ( 9 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival Day

    Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, meet HSJ team and transfer to hotel, at evening the orientation will be at the hotel after arrival. At evening welcome dinner with Cultural program (A program with dances and singing from different ethnic groups and cast of Nepalese community with Nepalese dinner).

    Accommodation: Hotel Aloft. 
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

    Today, after enjoying warm breakfast you have guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle. You will visit Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Hotel Aloft. (B)

    Accommodation: Hotel Aloft. 
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

  • 3

    Drive to Pokhara

    Morning breakfast, Kathmandu to Pokhara by deluxe tourist coach or flight (flight is optional which can be booked on your request). 

    Accomodation: Pokhara Grande
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive/ Fly to Pokhara

  • 4

    Drive to Dhampus by Private transportation and trek to Australian Camp

    After breakfast, you will leave Pokhara behind and head towards Dhampus. You will be driven in a private vehicle and the drive is about 2 hours. From then onwards, you will start your trekking journey. After passing through the terraced farmland, lush green forest and crossing the small stream you will reach Australian Camp. 

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive to Dhampus 2 hrs and Trek to Australian Camp 1 hrs
    Altitude: 2055m

  • 5

    Trek to Sarangkot

    We leave Dhampus behind and make our way back to Sarangkot. From Sarangkot, we can have a great view of Sunirse and Sunset along with a magnificent view of massive Annapurna range. Also, from the top of Sarangkot view tower, overlook the amazing panoramic view of Pokhara Valley. Overnight at Guest House. (B)

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek to Sarangkot 5-6 Hours
    Altitude: 1600m

  • 6

    Trek back to Pokhara

    Today, you will get to see the mesmerizing view of Sunrise over the Annapurna range. After Sunrise, enjoy your warm breakfast and make your journey down to Pokhara via walking or through paragliding (Optional). Afterwards, visit the major attractions of Pokhara like Davis fall, Gupteswor cave, Bindyabasini temple and one-hour boating in Phewa Lake. Overnight at Pokhara Grande. (B)

    Accommodation: Pokhara Grande
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek to Pokhara and sightseeing
    Altitude: 1600m

  • 7

    Drive back to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive or fly (flight is optional which can be booked on your request) back to Kathmandu. You will check in your hotel, enjoy your relaxing Spa and with HSJ team you will have farewell dinner. Overnight at Hotel Aloft. (BD)

    Accommodation: Hotel Aloft
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Relax with Spa services

  • 8

    Leisure Day in Kathmandu

    Early morning you will have short trip to TIA for your Everest Scenic flight . Then, enjoy the warm breakfast. Later in the evening, enjoy relaxing Spa in Himalayan Suite Spa. Overnight at Hotel Aloft (B)

    Accommodation: Hotel Aloft
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Everest Scenic Flight, Relax with Spa service

  • 9

    Departure Day

    Today, after enjoying warm breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by HSJ team and fly back to your country. If you have spare time, you may join next trip with us. (B)

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Aloft) and Pokhara (Pokhara Grande), in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Fresh fruits in the mountains
  • Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of the trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in the lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • Necessary permit, TIMS, and National Park fees
  • Necessary equipment during the trek [Duffle Bag if necessary]
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu -Pokhara, Pokhara-Dhampus, and Pokhara -Kathmandu by luxurious transportation
  • Thirty minutes special massage
  • Everest scenic flight
  • All Government taxes, VAT and service charge

Exclude

  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking days. (Meal costs about U$4 - $7 per item depending on place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu (Entrance fee cost NRS 400+250+1000)
  • Any other activities or items not mentioned in the itinerary

Departures Dates

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07 Jan, 2021 - 16 Jan, 2021
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19 Jan, 2021 - 28 Jan, 2021
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07 Jan, 2022 - 16 Jan, 2022
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19 Jan, 2022 - 28 Jan, 2022
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This Tour with HSJ

Journey

Kathmandu-Pokhara tour and Trekking with two-night 5-star luxury accommodation trip also offers us an opportunity of short but rewarding hiking up to the place named Australian Camp via Dhampus. This hiking is absolutely amazing hiking through dense rhododendron forest. During March-April, the entire hill will be blanketed with flowering rhododendron. This trip program’s prime highlight is mountain views. The mesmerizing mountain views including beautiful Machhapuchhre, Annapurna massif, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and other breathtaking peaks. Dhampus, Australian Camp and Sarangkot are major vantage points in this trip which offer us sunrise and mountain views. Adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy paragliding on this trip.

Guide and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and services we offer with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

In the case, your Everest Scenic Flight on day 8 is cancelled due to any unpredictable circumstances like weather, you will be offered to reschedule for next day. However in the case you demand to be refunded USD 150 would be refundable for this cancellation.

Travel and Transportation Modes 

By Bus: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By air: Transportation by plane is available to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek. 

If you want to experience helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp and no trek, then you can have a look at our program https://hsj.com.np/trip/explore-nepal-with-everest-scenic-flight-and-annapurna-base-camp-heli-tour

Also check our Day Tour to Everest Base Camp to visit Everest Base Camp directly in just one day.

Accommodations used in this trip

In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will be spending luxurious night in five star hotels or resorts as mentioned in itineraries however during the trek, teahouses shall be used that are handpicked by our guides based on their quality and services.

The tea houses are not the Shangri-La, they are a nice place to rest at the end of an long day's stroll. They are built of stone and wood.

Rooms are typically twin sharing rooms with ample space to stretch.

Most rooms have a separate shower and toilet — even though we do our best to manage tea houses with hot showers! There will also be a seating space, which will be like a living room with a fireplace or boiler that will warm up to the night.

Fooding and catering

While you will be enjoying varieites of delicasies in Kathmandu, and Pokhara during your luxurious stay in 5 star accommodation or eating outside in full fledged cafes, restaurants and diners, you will also have an ample opportunity to get healthy food varieties while on the trek.

The food is served on the Trek according to the menu of the tea house. Pancakes, chapati, bread, french toasts, egg, tea, coffee, butter tea, milk are expected to be served for breakfast. Dinner will include items such as dal bhaat, curries, chapatis, momo, noodle, thupka, dhindo, etc.

It is also very convenient and expected to eat your evening meal in the same tea house in which you stay, and you will usually be told to order your dinner when you sign in.

Availability of Drinking Water 

Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway. Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains.

Electricity and connectivity 

Free WiFi and charge is generally available through out the trek. WiFi can be unreliable, sluggish or unusable in the rural area or there may be extra charge for electricity and Wi-Fi though only in some exceptional places. Most routes in Annapurna Region now have good internet, electricity and phone network connections. 

To improve your connectivity, carry your phone with the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Tea houses can have the electricity to charge your electronics either from solar sources or from a battery bank but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.

Ensuring Safety

Travel insurance

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service. Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Personal Safety

Wherever you are your health and security is your responsibilities. In the city area be aware of scammers and touts. Outside the airport, or on the road, taxis are likely to charge more than normal. Pickpockets are active in cities and also in the mountains. Even if you are experienced trekker or have good health and stamina, you don’t know mountains of Nepal and hence, it is wise to keep up with your guide and stay close with your group.

Valuable items like gold or diamond chains, rings, bracelets are best not carried to the mountains and also keep your day pack with you safe. Your passport, permits, phone, cameras are supposed to be with you all the time. Keep the money you carry safe and securely.

Dont try to get too close to the animals or go extra lengths for the photos during your jungle safari, rafting and also trekking times. It is expected and is also for your safety that you travel with responsibility and sensibility. 

As long as you are respecting local norms and culture and are open minded towards local community, you will be treated well and respected regardless of what gender, religion, and culture you are from.

Physical Fitness and Trekking Difficulties

This is one of Nepal's easiest treks. In comparison with other hiking destinations, the potential for altitude sickness is also very low. You have to walk 5-6 hours a day, which means good health and strong will. It will definitely help you a lot, though, if you have a previous trek or walking experience. In the event of bad weather, the trek may be difficult for you. Expect lots of stairs, ascends and descends and prepare accordingly.

Persons with a medical condition before the trip is considered must seek medical advice / agreement.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.