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This tour includes 4 days, 3 nights. You start off meeting in Thamel, then driving about 45 mins to the hike start point. This morning is pretty much all uphill. Lunch was daal baat at a local restaurant. Overnight in Chisapani, which has beautiful views on both sides of the ridge. For Chisapani, we stayed at a basic guesthouse. Be sure to bring a towel, toilet paper, soap, and a sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag. They provide a modest blanket and pillow. Dinner was daal baat. The next morning you hike on the side of mountain to Nargokot. The morning is a long hike, a few hours, followed by another few hours. Lunch was at a guesthouse daal baat. Overnight in Nargokot at Hotel Country Villa, which overlooks a huge valley. It was super nice. Recommend purchasing the buffet dinner and breakfast. The next day is an easy hike out of Nargokot, where you will pass through several villages. Feel free to ask to stop and meet the villagers, buy some of their tea, or learn about locally brewed millet wine. I skipped the temple hike, which adds a few hours. We arrived in Bhaktapur around lunchtime. I was free to get lunch on my own. Bhaktapur is very in tune with the tourist industry. Thus, there are several Western style eateries usually at hotels. That afternoon, my guide showed me basic things in Bhaktapur, which reminded me of an ancient Italian bricked city. My guide then let me explore on my own. Be sure to venture off the tourist trail to see how life is really lived. Don't be afraid to get lost. Overnight was at a Bhaktapur hotel which overlooked Taumadhi Square. Bhaktapur is very touristy, so be sure to bargain for gifts. If you want a good gift for everyone back home, buy them an incense holder in the clay square, these run about 20 NR for one small one. The next day, I was free to explore on my own, then I met up for lunch with my guide and I was taken to the airport.
Other items: there is a porter until Bhaktapur, be sure to tip him.
This trip was operated by the Intrepid group. We had a great leader in Ram Hari Phuyal and his team. We did some serious trekking and got as high as 13,000 feet with a great view of Mt. Everest. I recommend this highly.
Brilliant trip and incredible value for money--strongly recommended!
1. I was the only tourist, and i had to travel to Chitwan by myself using the regular inter-city bus. No problem encountered, but still not very comfortable for its a long ride from kathmandu (6 hrs). Good part about the ride - lunch in a decent restaurant included, AC working (one way) and drinking bottled water for free.
2. Hotel in Chitwan. made of small bungalows - minimal comfort, power shortages frequent. But food was awesome and included in the price (3 times a day).
3. the jungle triips - excellent. Guides are professional.
Didn't enjoy the bus ride to Chitwan..very scary! I certainly enjoyed the canoe ride down the river, spotting crocs and various birdlife as well as the jeep safari. An early morning bird watching walk around the river was also enjoyable.
Good experiences in Chitwan area. Hotel staff most courteous. Both canoe and excursion into the national park made the trip worthwhile. Bus ride to/from Kathmandu kept ones blood pressure up but part of the experience!!!
Shuang Yuan K Singapore
Good for trekking enthusiasts. Around 6 hours daily of serious trekking through a good mix of national park, rural villages, farm land and mountaineous terrain. Average pace allowed adequate water/rest breaks and lunch to recharge. Stayed overnight in one teahouse and two hotels. Hotels were comfortable and more than expected. Teahouse was basic with attached bathroom but has no air-con and hot water, hence be prepared. Food was satisfactory. Guide and porter were knowledgable and helpful. Last day at Buktapur allowed tour of historical town and shopping. Overall a well planned itinerary.
This is not a tour for the inexperienced biker. I am a very fit person, walking and swimming miles each day. But I had never gone mountain biking before. The description doesn't accurately portray how difficult it will be for the novice mountain biker. This is not a leisurely ride through the country! Steep hills, rocky terrain, dogs running after you. I struggled most of the way, but made it through! The bikes are not good quality either, so be sure to bring gloves and padding if you have them, otherwise you will be very sore! But the views were stunning! You get to see a side of Kathmandu that you wouldn't get to see otherwise. The guide was kind and always made sure to stop when I was falling behind. We had a nice lunch on a hill that consisted of sandwiches, juice, and a candy bar. Also make sure to plan nothing for the following day as you will want to recover!
Doing what: Kathmandu Countryside Bike Tour
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