Kathmandu Ridgetop Trek

Seldom trod trails revealing high Himalayan panoramas
Overview

overview

Nepal is known for being a trekker's paradise, but can be physically challenging for many who attempt her. This trip was specifically designed for those who enjoy trekking, but are interested in more gentle excursions, which makes it appropriate for all age groups and skill levels. Additionally, the trekking duration is completely customizable for each traveler, varying anywhere from one to twelve days.

Over the course of the trip, you will have unparalleled views of the enormous Himalayan Peaks, including Mt. Everest should weather conditions cooperate, as well as dizzying valley views of villages, temples, and unique flora and fauna. Encounter locals along the trails and in their villages. Observe hundreds of species of birds, and soak in the rugged topography that is so iconic of this mystical land.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
    Namaste, Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by JOURNEYS staff and transferred to your hotel. After a brief trip introduction given by your guide, spend the rest of the day relaxing.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
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  • Day 2: Kathmandu
    Visit Boddhanath Stupa

    Today you'll have a tour of Kathmandu Valley including Boddhanath and Pasupatinath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. Boddhanath is a site of very active worship and many Tibetan-type Buddhist monasteries representing sects from Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, different areas of Nepal and India. Nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity. Not far away you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. A great pilgrimage occurs here in February attracting Hindu ascentics and devout worshippers from all areas of the Hindu world. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
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  • Day 3: Kathmandu / Namobuddha
    Sacred Namobuddha

    Depart by vehicle early in the morning for Dhulikhel, a distance of approximately 20 miles. Here you will begin your trek to Namobuddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites. This is where the Lord Buddha is said to have offered himself to a starving Tigress and her cubs. Walk through the village and soak up the mountain views of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Gaurisankar Rowoling Range, and more.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Namobuddha
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  • Day 4: Namobuddha / Baithali Village
    See mountain paddy fields

    Wake up in the morning to the peaceful surroundings of this sacred Buddhist site, where meditation comes so easily. Today you will walk through beautiful villages inhabited by two dominant Nepali ethnic groups: Tamangs and Magars. After completing about four hours of village walk, reach the Baithali Village. You may have a good view of Mt. Everest here if the skies are clear enough.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Baithali
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  • Day 5: Baithali Village / Phulchoki Danda
    This trek offers wonderful mountain views

    After breakfast, wander through the vibrant farming community of Baithali. Walk through paddy fields and observe the very crops which make this area thrive. Learn about the local people's culture, while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and green forests, bird watching, and passing through rural settlements. After completing approximately five hours of hiking, reach the Phulchoki Hill where you will stay for the night.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Phulchoki
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  • Day 6: Phulchoki Danda / Lele Gaon
    Meet the locals along the trails

    Phulchoki Hill is the highest point around the Kathmandu Valley rim. At 2,800 meters, you will have an incredible vantage point for appreciating the great Himalayan peaks to the north, as well as the surrounding valley. After breakfast, begin your descent through dense forest to the village of Lele Gaon. This is where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the forest sounds and peaceful environment.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Lele Gaon
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  • Day 7: Lele Gaon / Bhaktapur / Kathmandu
    Stop at the village of Bhaktapur

    In the morning, enjoy birdwatching near the campsite. After breakfast, depart by vehicle for Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a separate kingdom where the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. Back in Kathmandu, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend your final night as you like. Your hotel is located in the Thamel area where there are great shopping bargains to be made.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
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  • Day 8: Onward

    Following breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight or spend more days trekking around the valley rim or add on an excursion to Chitwan National Park.

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    Breakfast
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    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Nov 3-10, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,200
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$350
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
1
Camping & Nepalese Hotel in Kathmandu
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
4
Moderate hiking

Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Resources

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

Dhulikhel Lodge Visit

Duration: 3 days

Lovely lodge with traditional architecture, private gardens and panoramic views; village and short treks nearby.

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes y... read more

Delhi Hospitality Package

Duration: 3 days

Visit Delhi before or after any Journeys Asia tour.

Chitwan National Park

Duration: 3 days

Chitwan National Park is probably the world’s best habitat for the rare Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Rhinoceros. Ride elephants in search of these animals and the hundreds of other animals and birds found here. Almost 700 sq. miles of lush rive... read more

Nepal Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari

Duration: 6 days

A complimentary extension to a relaxing Nepal experience.

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