Soft Adventure II ( DAFALI ) – Trek up to 3210 meters to “Poon Hill” face the stunning Annapurna Range, intertwine with nature on a jungle safari in Chitwan and wander along the vibrant city streets of Kathmandu. All this is absolutely enlivening! Seize the opportunity to experience an extraordinary journey through the heart of a country that is most eclectic, culturally rich and hospitable.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN THE CITY OF ARTS & ARCHITECTURE- KATHMANDU [1400m] Welcoming the guests is our passion | 29.9oC/3.2oC* |
Embarking on our journey begins from Kathmandu, the city with the remarkable architecture dated back to 16th Century. Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you to check in to the hotel. You will be welcomed, facilitated and served with a beautiful hotel room. The first arrival day is entirely a break day. In the evening, you can walk around nearby touristic hubs like Thamel and Basantapur Durbar square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU | The city of arts and architecture | 29.9oC/3.2oC* |
Kathmandu Valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Kathmandu has been one of the popular destinations for international tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers a wonderful mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. Right after having breakfast we are off to visit one of the greatest Hindu temple- Pashupatinath, two famous Buddhist Temples- the Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO NUWAKOT | From where King Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered Kathmandu | 3-4hrs |
Early morning after having our breakfast, we hop into your vehicle and drive off to Nuwakot, another hilltop town that is getting popular as a tourist destination. Here we can stay at a community lodge where we can feel like local. We can visit the durbar (palace) in Nuwakot which is a seven storey fort; this is from where King Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered Kathmandu. From here we can also have a spectacular view of the valley below and also the breathtaking mountains. We explore the surroundings and mingle with the friendly locals and experience their warm hospitality. Overnight in Nuwakot.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO GORKHA [1001m] Views of rivers, terrace fields and captivating view of the countryside | 5-6hrs |
Following breakfast, our adventure begins with a scenic drive to Gorkha offering views of rivers, terrace fields and captivating view of the countryside. Once we reach Gorkha we can explore the surroundings and visit the famous Gorkha Palace (Durbar) built in a Newari style. There is another worth visiting places like as Old Gorkha Bazar that exhibits many historic monuments; Ratna Mandir, Bhimsen temple, Tallo durbar built in 1835. Overnight in Gorkha.
DAY 05: DRIVE TO BANDIPUR [1030m] Picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills | 1-2hrs |
After having our breakfast we drive to Bandipur via Dumre Passing the Trisuli River. Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. This Newari town has maintained its age-old flavor, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. The worth visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newari culture. Overnight in Bandipur.
DAY 06: DRIVE FROM BANDIPUR TO POKHARA [900m] AND EXPLORATION | Incredible views of rivers, terrace fields and captivating view of the Annapurna range | 31.8oC/7.8oC* |
Following breakfast, our adventure begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara offering views of rivers, terrace fields and captivating view of the Annapurna range as you near the city- scenic lake city. Moreover, there are lots of other interesting attractions like Devi’s Waterfall, Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Gupteshwor Cave, International Mountain Museum and Bindabasini. Overnight in Pokhara.
DAY 07: DRIVE TO KIMCHE | Scenic drive along the rivers passing farms | 2hrs | AND TREK TO GHANDRUK [1940m] Stunningly beautiful mountain views | 3-4hrs |
After breakfast we drive to the village of Kimche. We can enjoy the scenic drive along the rivers passing farms and also the famous Kimche waterfall before we reach this village. From here we trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk passing lovely landscape; here we can meet the friendly and warm locals learning about their unique traditional lifestyle. The mountain views of South Annapurna, Machhepuchhare and other peaks appear stunningly beautiful. So after an hour walk we can relax and unwind for the day in Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk.
DAY 08: TREK FROM GHANDRUK TO TADAPANI [2680m] Chance to see flora and fauna | 3-4hrs |
Today we trek to another settlement of Tadapani. It’s a pleasant walk to BheriKharka very enjoyable taking us through the rhododendron forests. We walk on to the climbing stone stairs through forests of oak and bamboo. There is also a good chance to see the flora and fauna in the area. After some hours of adventurous walk we reach Tadapani where we halt for the night. This is a small village amidst beautiful forests. Overnight in Tadapani.
DAY 09: TREK FROM TADAPANI TO GHOREPANI [2750m] Traversing beautiful forests and hills | 5-6hrs |
Today the trek is comparatively easy towards Ghorepani traversing beautiful forests and hills. This village is definitely an important place to stop during the trek with many good lodges to halt for the night; the place has even gained the popularity where one can buy local products and crafts. We spend the night in Ghorepani in the upper part of the village from where we can enjoy, if the weather permits, lovely views of Annapurna South and Niligiri mountains. Upon reaching Ghorepani we can start feeling chilly in the mornings and evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.
DAY 10: VISIT POON HLL [3210m] The incredible sun rise view over the Himalayas | AND TREK TO THIKEDUNGA | 5-6hrs |
In the early morning we walk up a little bit to see the incredible sun rise view from Poon Hill. From this view point one can enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Himalayas and certainly worth the early morning rise. Hence, the Poon Hill trek has gained so much of popularity in the Annapurna region. So, one cannot afford to miss the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of those majestic mountains that’s worth capturing in our cameras. After spending the early hours in Poon Hill it’s time to warm up our bodies drinking some coffee, tea or hot chocolate before going back to Ghorepani. As soon as we are done with our morning meal we trek towards Nangethanti walking down and crossing a small river. We pass quaint villages, verdant forests, waterfalls making you feel tranquil. The views of the mountains are spectacular keeping us in constant company. Then we cross the village of Banthanti and to finally reach Thikedunga. Overnight in Thikedhunga.
DAY 11: TREK FROM THIKEDHUNGA TO NAYAPUL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA [900m] The trail flattens till we reach Birethanti | 31.8oC/7.8oC* |
Today we trek back to NayaPul. We trek downhill and then the trail flattens till we reach Birethanti; the landscape is worth enjoying. En route we can enjoy beautiful hilly landscapes, villages, primitive shops, travelers and local communities. The trek ends at NayaPul where our vehicle would be waiting for us to drive back to Pokhara. We pamper ourselves after the trek by spending leisurely by the lakeside. We can also walk around and buy souvenirs to take back home. Overnight in Pokhara.
DAY 12: DRIVE TO CHITWAN [100m] Offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots | 36.4oC/9.7oC* | 5hrs |
We get ready to bring out the adventurer in ourselves! As we bid farewell to Pokhara covering 180 km, we are up for some extreme wildlife adventure in Chitwan. Set right in the heart of Nepal down in the humid plains, Chitwan offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots. These subtropical plains hide an array of wildlife worthy of The Jungle Book. We can find them all here in Chitwan National Park which is enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Once we arrive and settle down, penetrate deep into the jungle and get closer to the wild as we comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering elephants. And if luck favors, we might just capture the famous one-horned rhino or the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in our camera while on one of these elephant rides. Overnight in Chitwan.
DAY 13: JUNGLE SAFARI IN CHITWAN | Canoeing on the calm waters of Rapti River is the best way to spot water birds, crocodiles and alligators |
There’s a plenty to keep us busy here, from joining the elephants at bath time to visiting local Tharu villages, and the brave can even take a guided walk through the jungle, surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest. Nature buffs from around the world come here for safari to scan the treetops for exotic bird species and scour the jungles for rhinos and tigers. Canoeing on the calm waters of Rapti River is the best way to spot water birds, crocodiles and alligators. A lunch break inside the park will provide us with a sweet respite from our saunter. Before we call it a day, visit the gharial breeding project and see both gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles up close. The program has been commendable in protecting these endangered species and releasing them back into the wild. Overnight in Chitwan.
DAY 14: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU [1400m] Beautiful Trishuli River coming from the mountains, hilly landscapes, primitive shops and villages | 29.9oC/3.2oC* | 4-5hrs |
The day sees us traveling back to Kathmandu with the 200 km drive to reach Kathmandu on a winding highway. En route we can witness beautiful Trishuli River coming from the mountains, hilly landscapes, primitive shops and villages. From Kathmandu there is a half-hour drive taking us to Nagarkot the premiere hill station on the Kathmandu Valley rim; here we can whiff a breath of fresh mountain air and view the rolling hills on the eastern rim of Kathmandu valley. Kick back and relax, beat the mountain chill with some wine. Overnight in Nagarkot.
DAY 15: FINAL DEPARTURE | To know how satisfied our guests are measured not only by how tight the goodbye hugs are but by staying in touch with us forever |
This is the last day of your visit. You can enjoy shopping and buying souvenir to friends and relatives. We will drop you to the airport 3 hrs prior to the departure time. The memories that you have shared with us matter a lot. Waving hands and goodbye hugs are just not enough, we tell our beloved guests to stay in touch with us. This is the way how we feel satisfied by our services.
*Note: The figures shown above are the maximum and minimum temperatures in summer and winter respectively | Source: Department of Hydrology & Metrology, Nepal.