Time in Nepal takes you along the bumpy road that runs along the scenic valley of the Kali Gandaki River. This Unforgettable, Unique Tour has been designed by us for those who wish to have an adventurous experience and want to see natural beauties, local people and cultures. You will come across the deepest gorge in the world, bumpy terrains and remote regions of the country.
Duration of the tour – 10 nights/11 days
Highlights – The Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, the old stone houses & apple fritters of Marpha Village, the medieval village of Kagbeni and the sacred shrine of Muktinath
Minimum 4 people
Day 1 – Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 – Visit of Boudha Stupa, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara, known as the second capital of Nepal and city of lakes.
Day 4 – After reaching the Bani Village, the off road adventure begins. From Bani drive to Tatopani (1190 m), famous for its natural hot spring. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 5 – Drive to Tukche (2580 m), a beautiful, quiet unwashed town of cobbled streets and quaint white houses. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 6 – Drive to Kagbeni (2800 m), through the Kaligandaki river bed. The village maintains characteristic appearance of a fortress town and is culturally very rich. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 7 – Drive to Muktinath (3800m) Visit of the village and its sacred shrine. Then drive to Marpha (2650 m), known as the village of Orchards. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 8 – Drive back to Tatopani. Time to enjoy once again its hot spring. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 9 – Drive back to Pokhara
Day 10 – Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 11 – Drop off at the airport for departure
Brief information about the places we will visit during this tour:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world and is the religious and cultural center of the broad community of Tibetan Refugees in Nepal. It is a holy place rich in Buddhist symbolism.
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu Temple in Nepal and is set on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is not only a religious destination, but a mix of art, culture, peace and devotion. Hundreds of rituals are performed every day in its premises, which are considered an open, living museum. In the age of mythology, Lord Shiva and his consort lived here by this tributary of the holy Ganges.
Bhaktapur Bhaktapur is probably the most visited of the three historic cities of the Valley. It is a medieval town locked in centuries-old beliefs and traditions. The city is famous for its glorious architecture, sky-high temples, like the awesome Nyatapola Temple, Nepal’s tallest ancient structure, fine clay pottery and royal courtyards where devotees, still today celebrate their pre-historic festivals.
Pokhara Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure destination, Pokhara is one of the most famous paradises for hikers who love trekking. It rises right at the foot of the mountains and is the second largest city in Nepal. The town is located in the Gandaki area, which is lush and green, rich in hills, valleys and lakes (even large ones) that develop along the valley bottom. Precisely these lakes have given Pokhara the friendly name of the City of 7 Lakes, a property thanks to which the area is full of itineraries, hiking trails and ideas for cultural visits.
Tatopani (1190m) meaning ‘hot water’ in Nepali is a very small village which gets its name from the hot springs that emerge from the rocks beside the Kali Gandaki River.
Tukche is a tranquil humble town of cobbled streets and white houses. It is home to Thakali people, who are reputed to be fine hosts and great cooks.
Kagbeni At 2,800 meters above sea level, Kagbeni is a village where the influence of Tibetan culture is tangible, with prayer wheels, a stupa and a five-century old monastery. The name of the village derives from “kag” (mass of stone) and “goods” (the confluence of the two rivers. In the past it was an important stop along the Salt Road. The houses have flat roofs on which wood and hay are left to dry in the sun for the winter and are built close to each other along narrow alleys, which give Kagbeni the appearance of a labyrinth. The main attraction of the place is the Thupten Samphel Ling Gompa, which means “Monastery of the place in which to stop and develop concentration on the teachings of the Buddha” and even today it is the heart of spiritual life for the community.
Muktinath Muktinath is a pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. The village lies at the bottom of a valley, at 3,800 meters high, at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Its Vishnu Temple, considered sacred, is one of the oldest Hindu shrines consecrated to the god; inside it is kept a precious golden image representing the God Vishnu almost as tall as a person. The courtyard is adorned with 108 pipes from which a stream of pour holy water comes out.
Marpha Unlike other villages, Marpha has preserved its unique heritage and architecture. At 2,680m, wedged between a steep sandstone cliff and cultivated fields that dominate the Kali Gandaki, is an example of the Thakali way of life. The houses have flat roofs built with mud, which are used to dry grains and fruits and doors and windows outlined by cherry wood panels. Under the narrow cobbled streets runs an extensive drainage system. The area surrounding this stone village is remote.