- Price:945 USD
- Duration:21 Days
- Primary Activity:Tour and Volunteering
- Group Size:1-25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Easy
- Meals:As per itinerary
- Accomodation:Hotel and Homestay
- Trip Code:
- Max-Altitude:1350 m.
- Transportation:Private Vehicle
- Departure from:Kathmandu
About Tour and Volunteering Program- 3 Weeks
Nepal, the land of splendid nature and rich culture are waiting for your exploration through its different facets. VSN Tour and Treks tour gives you an opportunity to explore three different regions of the country, varying from the cultural hub teemed with a fascinating ancient building like Kathmandu, the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range like Pokhara, and the vast, fertile forest like Chitwan National Park in Terai region. This remarkable trip will make you realize that Nepal has much to offer.
Begin your tour in Nepal with our fabulous 3 week Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara Tour which combines natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences. Stroll in a medieval street of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat – we’ve combined everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in your short Nepal Tour. Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – we make it happen in reality. We start the tour from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Chitwan Jungle to discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. From Chitwan, we continue our journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. The trip encompasses some of the most spectaculars natural, cultural, and wildlife splendors of Nepal as well as provides an opportunity to mingle with local people with their ethnic lifestyles.
Tour and Volunteering Program-Three Weeks has been designed for those visiting Nepal seeking for a combination of cultural, natural, jungle/wildlife and community service exposure during their trip. Depending upon the time you can spend for your Nepal trip, you may also find it interesting to check out our other tour packages.
Day 01-05: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu:
ou will be greeted at the airport by one of the VSN staff and taken to your local host family’s home, where you will stay during your orientation and volunteering in Kathmandu. Here you will be welcomed, accommodated in your own room and be provided with all your meals while in their care. With easy bus routes around town and the surrounding countryside, this is the perfect base for your introduction to Nepal. After arrival, your next 4 days will include the following:
Introduction to your placement and volunteer responsibility
Nepali cultural orientation describing the do’s and don’ts’s of Nepal
Nepali language classes (2 hours per day) plus spare time to study your free Nepali language booklet
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s main sites
Getting to know the rest of the Volunteer Society Nepal team and volunteers.
Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa:
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class
1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa
Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most sacred Hindu temples; during the annual Shivaratri festival thousands of devotees come here for pilgrimage. On the other side of the sacred Bagmati River is a funeral site, where bodies are cremated before the charred remains are swept into the waters that ultimately flow into the Ganges. The Boudhanath Stupa area is home to Nepal’s largest Tibetan community, numbering twelve thousand people. The stupa itself is adorned with colourful prayers flags and built in a sacred geometrical mandala design with nine levels. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice.
Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square:
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast 10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class 1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.
The Swayambhunath Stupa is situated on the edge of the city on a hilltop, and is believed to date back to around 500BC. Legend has it that a sage named Manjushree, who is credited with the creation of Kathmandu, saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the hilltop and blessed it. Swayambhu is an important pilgrimage site as well as a centre of art, architecture, religion and culture in Mahayana Buddhism. Durbar Square is Kathmandu’s focal point. Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who once ruled the city. Along with these palaces, the square also contains a series of temples, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. The square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, near the entrance
Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square:
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class
11:30 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the oldest of the three Kathmandu Valley cities and is one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River and is bordered by 4 stupas, one at each corner of its cardinal points, which are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar square is popular for its many ancient palaces, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class
1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Thamel and shopping for equipment or other necessities
17:30 Briefing about the project Thamel Thamel is located in northern Kathmandu past the government district in Tridevi Marg. It is a haven for tourists visiting the city as it contains numerous hotels, restaurants and shops that cater to tourists’ needs. Though some feel it is overcrowded and too commercial, it has been romanticized by its designation as a hippie hangout since the 1970s and retains its alternative atmosphere.
You may take part in one of these Volunteering Programs
- Teach English/ sports/ computer skills to school-children,
- Teach at our orphanage,
- Take part in a construction program,
- Work with our women’s group
- Work in our center for children with difficulties
- Work in an elderly people’s home
Preparation for Chitwan and Pokhara Tour
Drive to Chitwan:
Our journey across Nepal starts today after an early breakfast with a 5 hour drive through mountains along the winding course of the Trishuli River to Chitwan. After checking into your hotel our nature guide will brief you about the full jungle safari program that awaits you: the activities organized include a guided jungle and village walk plus a promenade along the banks of the Rapti River to watch the sunset over the sub-tropical jungle. After dinner in the evening you can enjoy a cultural program including a special performance by a local ethnic tribal community.
Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari:
The Chitwan National Park has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site and preserves an important variety of wildlife, some of which is endangered and rare. During your visit you can be almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpeckers, and deer in their natural habitat. The park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bisons, gangetic dolphins, 500 species of birds and butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. A number of activities are available here – an elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant!
Drive to Pokhara:
After another early breakfast you will have time to enjoy some more activities of your choice before we drive north to Pokhara, about 5-6 hour’s drive from Chitwan. The drive will take us back into the mountains, again following rivers for much of the day. Pokhara, also nicknamed the Lake City, is one of Nepal’s most beautiful places; it offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhare Mountains, the five peaks of Annapurna, and more. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking into the Annapurna Region. After arriving in Pokhara, we will make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces and landmarks. In the evening, we will explore the surrounding lakeside areas.
Explore Pokhara :
Today is a full day to explore Pokhara. In the early morning we can drive to the Sarangkot Hill to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. The rest of the day’s sightseeing includes a walk along the banks of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue waters, a boat trip around the lake, and an hour’s walk on the other side to the World Peace Pagoda. We will also make a short visit to the holy Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa). Some of the other places to visit include the Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall and the mountain museum.
Drive to Kathmandu :
After breakfast we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu, along which you can enjoy stunning Himalayan mountain views. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel, where there is not much left to do but trade facebook details with your travel companions and organize photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and enjoy a celebratory dinner all together with Volunteer Society Nepal staff.
We re-track back to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at camp.
Fly Home, Farewell Our Friends:
Your journey in Nepal sadly comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you’ll be back for another trip somewhere in the Nepali Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Volunteer Society Nepal will meet you to escort you to the airport. But there’s no need to feel sad about saying farewell, we’ll be here waiting to greet you again on your next journey.
Feature Price: 945 USD
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
- All transportation till to End
- Meals on full board. Breakfast , Veg. Lunch & Non veg.Dinner as per hotel’s rules in Chitwan
- All Activities:- Elephant Ride, Canoeing, Jungle Walk, B0ird Watching, Visit to Elephant Breeding Centre , Tharu Village Tour, Culture Program etc
- English speaking, trained and experienced local tour guide (optional)
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Heritage sites entrance fees
- All government and local taxes
- International airfares/ airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Drinks hot and cold.
- Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Tips to guides