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Buddha Maya Temple

Adventure and Cultural Primer School Excursion

This package is a highlight of Nepal encompassing sightseeing in Kathmandu, hike to Namche Bazaar with Everest and Lhotse vistas, white water rafting adventure on Trishuli River, Chitwan National Park jungle safari and the visit to Lumbini the world heritage site of major cultural and archaeological significance and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This package has been designed for school group interested to combine adventure with the cultural experience.

We will take you on an exhilarating flight to Lukla(2840m); we will trek from there to Namche Bazaar(3446m), an ancient trading hub for yak caravans travelling between Tibet and Nepal. At Namche we will have the opportunity to visit Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation School in Khumjung, Khumjung monastery and Hillary museum. We catch the Everest vista from Everest View Hotel. During this segment of the trip you can learn and experience the following: Himalayan geography, Sherpa culture, elements of Buddhism, high altitude medicine, trekking experience, remote location experience, interaction with different non-threatening and non-confronting cultures, mountaineering history.

We will take you on two days river rafting adventure and for the jungle safari to Chitwan National Park, where you can see, ride and play with elephants. During this segment of the trip you can learn and experience the following: rafting and kayaking skills, jungle ecology, cultural experience, elements of geography and geology,

Finally you will experience spiritual dimension to Buddhism by visiting Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha and significant 2500 years old archaeological site recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage significant site. During this segment of the trip you can learn and experience the following: Buddhist philosophy and mythology, archaeology, history, geography, observe different cultures.

Introduction to Kathmandu

Kathmandu(1400m) history dates back an impressive 2000 years. It is located centrally in Kathmandu Valley with its metropolitan area consistings of three cities: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan and Bhatapur. Thamel the old part of the city with quaint short and narrow streets, numerous nooks and crannies contains hotels, restaurants, offices and shops. Durbar Square, world heritage site, is important and fascinating place to visit, containing numerous Hindu temples, statutes of various Hindu deities and the palace of Kumari, the living goddess. Other important place is Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu temple in the world, considered the most significant for Hindu followers attracting numerous pilgrims and colourful Sadus; for many Hindu it is a preferred cremation site on banks of Bagmati River. There are two significant Buddhist Gompas in Kathmandu Swayambhunath and Baudhanath, and also world heritage sites. Nagarkot, the highest hill in the range surrounding Kathmandu Valley, some 35km from the city centre offers unprecedented view on Langtang range and some of the giants beyond the range such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.

Solo Khumbu Region: Lukla, Namche Bazaar

Lukla(2850) the village with the airport closest to Everest base camp and the area to the north is called the Khumbu region. The half-hour flight from Kathmandu can be a spectacular and exhilarating experience, flying by close to some of the highest peaks in the world, it is however unreliable due to mountain weather conditions.
Namche Bazaar ancient trading hub located on the trading route from Tibet via pass of Nangpa La (18,000 ft) still is the major regional trading centre, and hosts the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, banks, shops medical and dental facility. Namche has been a tourist hub and acclimatization point for Everest trekkers and climbers since 1950, when first Europeans visited the area. The basic character of the village remains unchanged, it has an aeroplane landing strip high above and a temple with a stream of clear water flowing past it, Prayer flags, inscribed with "Om mani padme hum" flutter from every rooftop and Yak wool is spun and woven into carpets and thick sweaters.

Thyangboche, Khumjung and Everest View Hotel

The monastery at Thyangboche is one of the most famous gompas in Nepal and one of the most important centres of Buddhism in the region. The largest gompa in Khumbu built in 1923, destroyed by fire in 1989 and subsequently rebuilt by volunteers and some foreign aid, offers a classic view of the Himalayan giants Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Kangtenga, and Thamserku.
Khumjung a village east of Thyangboche hosts also a famous gompa, where the skull of a supposed Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, is preserved under the supervision of the head Lama. Kumjung is also renowned by Kumjung High School founded by Sir Edmund Hillary foundation, and is also a location of famous Hotel Everest View, the highest altitude hotel, with luxurious accommodation among a stunning panorama of the valley leading up to Mt. Everest. Build by Japanese tour company in 1973 to accommodate wealthy guests brought by planes to nearby Shyangboche airstrip or by helicopter. The clients suffered with severe altitude sickness and even oxygen available in each room wasn’t sufficient solution. The strip was closed down leaving access to the hotel only for those willing to fly to Lukla and hike for 2 to 3 days to get in, which turned off many of the normal clientele.

Introduction to Trishuli River

The Trishuli River is a trans-boundary river; it originates in Tibet and is one of the major tributaries of the Narayani River basin in central Nepal. It is named after the trishula or trident of Shiva, a powerful god in the Hindu pantheon. The legend says that Shiva drove his trident into the ground high in the Himalayas at Gosaikunda, to create three springs – the source of the river and hence its name Trisuli.
More than 60% of the total drainage basin of the Trishuli lies in Tibet with about 9% being covered by snow and glaciers. 85% of its catchment area of 4,640 square kilometres (1,790 sq mi) lies above 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) out of which 11% lies above 6,000 metres (20,000 ft).
The river has carved some truly impressive gorges in its lower part as it cut its way through the 2000 meter high Mahavarat Range. Nepal is a river rafter paradise, there is no other country with such a choice of multi-day trips away from roads with magnificent mountain surroundings, warm rivers, a semi-tropical climate, impressive geography, exotic cultures, wildlife and hospitable people.

Introduction to Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park the first national park in Nepal formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 sq km and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan district. In altitude it ranges from about 100 metres (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 metres (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills. The park contains rich fauna and flora including exotic and endangered Bengal Tigers, Crocodile spices, Indian Rhino and Elephants. The stay and activities inside park are organised and controlled by the rangers to ensure safety of visitors and environmental protection and include elephant bathing rituals and safaris, bird watching, jungle walks and canoeing. The park also offers informative slideshow, introduction to local culture with the Tharu traditional dance shows. The rivers feeding to Chitwan allow a number of options for spectacular rafting adventures on Seti and Treshuli Rivers.

Introduction to Lumbini

Lumbini a small town in Western Terrai plains, the birthplace of Lord Buddha has been declared by UNESCO a world heritage site due to its historical, archaeological and cultural significance. In Lumbini you will experience Buddhist spirituality and see 2500 years old archaeological site; you will travel on rickshaw to see amazing monastic area funded by Buddhist communities from many countries in the world. In accordance to Buddhist tradition Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563BC, who as Buddha Gautama founded Buddhist tradition. You will see well preserved archaeological ruins under the Maya Devi temple including the marker of exact spot of Buddha’s birth as designated by Buddhist scholars. You will also see the pond next to the temple where accordance to Buddhist believes Queen Maya Devi took a ritual bath before giving birth. During times of Buddha Lumbini was a garden area, where Buddha conducted his teachings. The garden area has been restored and the antiquities have been dutifully preserved.


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Itinerary Details of Adventure and Cultural Primer School Excursion

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1400) Airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: We will take an exhilarating 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840) and trek to Phakding(2800) slowly to avoid high elevation complications; it will take us about 4hrs.

Day 03: Today we will trek to Namche Bazaar(3446) slowly to preserve energy for tomorrow activities and to avoid high altitude complications, it will be approximately 7 hrs walk.

Day 04: We will start activities very early today, waking-up at 5am. After breakfast we want to take 2 hrs walk to famous Everest View Hotel (3800) for a great vista of Everest; we will also visit Hilary museum, Sherpa museum and Kumjung Hillary High School. We will stay at Namche Bazar for the second night.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyngboche(3870) this takes about four hours. We will gain about 430m of elevation but we are facing a steep and long ascend just before Tyngaboche. The walk is very rewarding with magnificent vistas in particularly when we reach the monastery.

Day 06: Today we have another long day but mostly downhill; we walk from Tengboche to Manjo(2808), what takes about six hours

Day 07: Today we walk form Mojo to Lukla (2840) in about five hours of very pleasant walk through colorful Khumbu villages.

Day 08: Today we take a exhilarating flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and have rest of the day for the leisure, shopping in Thamel and personal discovery.

Day 09: We drive from Kathmandu along picturesque highway down to Trishuli River Gorge to Charaundi, where we start our rafting adventure on Trishuli River. This is the most challenging day as we will negotiate a number rapids. Tonight we will camp at Kurintar on a sandy beach of the Trishuli River. All are encouraged to get involved in the camp activities to help the crew to set-up tents, to make our camp comfortable and to create to atmosphere of camp camaraderie.

Day 10: Second day rafting will be more leisurely as the river is not as challenging as on first day. We spend the whole day within forested canyon, typical of many in the Mahabharat range. We have lunch along the way and will have time to explore, do bird watching, photographing and learning about the local people. In the afternoon we change back to our vehicle for drive to Chitwan National park for jungle safari program. The safari program includes many activities conducted over two days. Park rangers will schedule all activities. We finish the day enjoying sunset over the river and stay overnight in the jungle resort.

Day 11: Day two of the jungle safari activities will include elephant bathing, elephant riding and the opportunity to close encounters with these magnificent and highly intelligent creatures. You will be able to come close to the elephant and interact with them including touching and patting. You will be amazed with their dexterity, gentleness and intelligence. You will be able to bathe in the river with the elephant. While riding elephants through the jungle we will hope to see rhinos, maybe tigers, dears, giant pythons and more. Rangers also arrange other activities such as nature walks, canoeing and bird watching. We will spend second night in the jungle resort.

Day 12: After breakfast we say goodbye to Chitwan and take the bus to Lumbini. We visit Maya Devi temple, the archaeological reserve of Buddha’s birthplace including Lumbini Gardens, where Buddha conducted his teachings; we will also see Asoka Pillar and a number of other Buddhist related monuments; we will take the rickshaw ride to visit the monastic district. We will stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day 13: We will catch morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel in Thamel, with which you should be familiar. After lunch we will take you on walking tour to nearby Durbar Square.

Day 14: We will take on interesting sightseeing day in Kathmandu visiting Kapan monastery and significant temples and gompas of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath. We will conclude your Adventure and Cultural Primer Tour of Nepal with a Farewell dinner.

Day 15: After breakfast we’ll arrange transfer to the airport for your flight or alternatively you can join another tour.

Price for the Trip:

  • The cost of the tour or trek depends on group size and desired class of services dependent on your budget and optional activities of your choice. The larger the group the lower the cost per capita.
  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide. This program can be modified according to the client available time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary can be easily modified in accordance with final client specifications. Additional activities could be added or removed as per client's specifications before confirming the trip. Costs for reduced activities will be deducted and extra activities will be added as per client specification.
  • The above itinerary includes services from Airport pick-up to Airport drop-off to provide convenience to our clients.
  • There is very diverse choice of accommodation in major cities and we provide accommodation to the standard requested or we will book the accommodation nominated by the client.
  • The cost per capita will also be affected the number of guides and porters required to fulfil the program.
  • For all these reasons the cost of seemingly the same trip may vary.
  • For fixed departures with fixed price based on minimum number of clients we reserve the right to cancel the trip and refund the money or offer an alternative option.
  • The above price is indicative only and for conditions described in the itinerary. Our services are tailored to client’s individual requirements and hence fixed and final price can only be determined on case by case bases.

Thus; please mail us for up to date prices for the above Trip

Cost Include

  • Pick up and drop-off from/to Kathmandu airport.
  • Transportation by private vehicle (Bus, Car ,Van) as per Itinerary
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Flight Ticket from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card(Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • 20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking.
  • Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • An Experienced  Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • English speaking Tour guide for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour by private car / van.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes
  • Ond day trishuli River Rafting
  • 2/3 Days Full Board Jungle safari Activities
  • Escorted English speaking tour guide
  • All necessary monument entrance fee
  • All meals at Chitwan National Park segment.
  • 1/2 days full board Lumbini Package
  • Flight ticket from Bhairawa to Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon  Special Gifts (T-shirt, Pashmina )
  • Our service charges

Cost Exclude

  • Hotel Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, Nepal visa fee & Personal nature expenses
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa can be obtained easy at the arrival
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, internet.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

 

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