Destination Holidays offers a fascinating and exotic tour around famous and popular areas of Nepal a combination of historical, cultural and scenic sightseeing tour with popular touristic spot Pokhara valley. An amazing place where the mountains reflects on its serene Lake Phewa with alluring views of Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains with majestic Mt. Machapuchere “The Fish Tail Peak” that dominates picturesque valley of Pokhara.
Starting Amazing Tour of Kathmandu & Scenic Pokhara around Kathmandu ancient historical sites and monuments listed as World Heritage Sites. After an interesting sightseeing tour of medieval period sites, our tour continues beyond Kathmandu heading at picturesque Pokhara valley a popular tourist destination with beautiful backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range and majestic Mt. Machapuchere “Fish Tail” which dominates this amazing valley where our hotel is located by the pristine lake Phewa. After an enjoyable Amazing Tour of Kathmandu & Scenic Pokhara, concluding this fantastic program in Kathmandu with excellent service of Destination Holidays and its friendly and supportive guide and staff.
It all depends on the client’s requirement. However, we patronize 3-5 star standard Hotels, in Kathmandu for our clients as these hotels are conveniently located in the center of the popular Thamel district. Outside Kathmandu, clients are made to stay in teahouse and camp as required.
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.
Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.
Tipping though not compulsory however has become a customary in Nepal. 13 per cent VAT and 2.2 per cent Tourist Service Fee is usually included in your bill. Waiters, Bell boys and room maids would be happy to receive tips.
All our treks and tours are led by expert guides and local leaders for other language can be arranged on request beside English speaking guide.
From the moment on landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After getting refresh join other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide / leader regarding sightseeing tour, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.
Kathmandu at places of interest. Morning our expert city guide receives you for an interesting sightseeing tour at places of interest, as Kathmandu is steeped with historical and cultural monuments listed in World Heritage by UNESCO, all tour accompanied by expert cultural tour guide.
Tour with a short drive towards west of the city at Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hillock with grand panorama of Kathmandu city, green hills that encircles the valley with snowcapped mountains towards north.
Swayambhunath oldest historical sites of 2,500 years old listed as world heritage more than 2, 5000 years old Buddhist religious monument with huge stupa dominated by four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking at four directions North, South, East and West. At Syambhunath visit of monastery and small chapels this area surrounded with serene forest with lot of monkeys around, this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Our interesting tour continues around Kathmandu Durbar Square, full of ancient historical monuments, visit of old royal durbar square and Hanuman dhoka (palace) tour of old Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu was named after) a temple built from a wood of a single tree, tour of Kumari Goddess (living virgin goddess) resident area where Kumari are from young age, after menstruation period replaced by another young Kumari.
Walk around old freak street famous place in early 1960’s to 80’s for budget tourist and hippies before Thamel. With mid-day lunch break afternoon short drive to Pashupatinath Temple area, non-Hindu’s restricted inside the main temple complex; but visitors can observe the temple from the opposite bank of Baghmati river, holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda terracotta roofs and four silver doors surrounded with pristine forest with lot of monkeys around. This place is crowded in the month of February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). ClosetoBaghmatiriver cremations are done for all Hindu religion.
From here a short drive towards north east at Bouddhanath Stupa also called “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.
After a nice historical and cultural sightseeing tour return back to respective hotels preparation for another exciting trip to Pokhara.
Morning as per the flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for a short scenic flight of 30 minutes to Pokhara, during flight awesome panorama of snowcapped peaks from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu range of mountains with massive Annapurna Himalaya and Mt. Machapuchere, on reaching at Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotel near Phewa Lake, with rest of the day free at leisure marvel the Annapurna Himalaya range with towering Mt. Machapuchere (The Fish Tail peak).
At Pokhara tour begins early morning with a short drive to a hill side at Sarankot for stunning sunrise view over array of snowcapped mountains from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m including range of smaller peaks with ever present majestic Mt. Machapuchere “Fish Tail” standing high at 6,993 meters.
Sarankot hill the tallest spot at 1, 460 meters with stunning sunrise views over the snowcapped mountains, Pokhara valley with Phewa Lake below, beside fabulous panorama, this place is famous for paragliding which is one of the most popular adventure sports around, after a great fresh morning return back to hotel for breakfast with local tour of David’s fall or PatheloChhango a huge volume of waterfalls (depending upon the season) and visit the nearby Gupteshwor Cave a deep cave where Seti river flows with torrent speed, this cave with lord Shiva temple. After a great moment transfer back to hotel with rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Morning enjoy the views of the mountains, after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu with an interesting drive following the highway on the mid hills to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu and then on reaching at respective hotels for last overnight in Nepal with farewell dinner among fellow group member.
Last day in Nepal with great memories and experience of Amazing Tour of Kathmandu & Scenic Pokhara valley, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.
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Destination Holidays stands for reliability, safety, top notch service and value for money. Over the years of operation we had satisfied clients and celebrities with our outmost extra quality services with a difference from other local companies. Founded by Tourism Professionals Nepalese and the company have led countless of adventure and cultural trips throughout Himalaya including India, Bhutan and Tibet. We organize adventure trekking, and leisure trips including tailor made itineraries for family, school groups and corporate executives.
Destination Holidays recognize that the ecology of the Himalayas is very fragile and hence needs to be protected for future generations. We therefore encourage responsible and sustainable tourism which has been our main thrust so that the environment and its resources- natural or cultural – always remain intact for the future generations to savor.
We always lead on the scenic, cultural routes to provide absolute wilderness away from the main trails giving new experience to our valuable clients along with our warm hospitality. Clients safety is our top priority and as well the welfare of our staffs and porters also. We are an Eco-Friendly, our expert guides and staffs are very well versed regarding this subject, thus all meals are cooked in kerosene fuel, LP Gas. We do not use fire wood as fuel to preserve the beautiful nature and its environment from destruction.
Our porters and staffs are fully insured and well equipped with necessary gears for all kinds of climate condition and terrain’s.
Nepal and its Himalaya is a paradise for adventure enthusiasm and lovers, offering all types of walking journey for all kinds of people, from easier-leisure hike and trek for few days at the foothills of the mountains, or moderate treks for a week in the mid hills, adventure and challenging to demanding treks for few weeks to a month in the remote areas involving traverse and passes involving physical demands Nepal has all of it, all you need is to select our trips as per your fitness and abilities and let us know for the treks and other trips that you are dreaming of we at Himalayan Expeditions Inc will guide you to choose your holiday as per your time and duration of your vacation.
Our holidays program involves mesmerizing journey with enough time to marvel the surrounding beautiful landscapes and immerse with its warm people, this trip offers you full of diversity and enchantment from the low lands of Gangetic plains and its verdant dense jungle where the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers and the one horned rhinoceros roam, to the legendary Yak and Yeti trail to Everest.
As per the trip selected you will be walking for 4 to 6 hours every day (on trek), depending on trails and altitude with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.
Choosing your trip as per our trip price using just Sirdar (Head Guide) they are expert in finding trails and knows the area well, sirdar (head guide) with their invaluable experience and expertise are rated very highly by our clients on Adventure Holidays program. Our guides are well versed in Eco-Tourism, Culture/ Tradition and Wilderness Medical Course saving the surrounding environment, by taking care of the litter and bringing it back to Kathmandu or disposing at designated dumping place.
Communication with the head guide or Sirdar will be simple as most of the guides have risen to the rank of guide from porter and simple guide or from the kitchen unit, most of the guider are educated and can give you the information as per your queries apart from these they can help you in many ways with their excellent services.
In early days till present most of the western agents still use foreign trek or group leaders, but since last 20 years demand of local leader has been highlighted by fellow trekkers and travelers as they knows the country well and all the local leaders are well educated and have the knowledge of the country, history, flora-fauna, culture, religion and more and they can easily give you information about the area of trekking, people and mountains as per your queries, they can communicate and can understand your requirements very well.
All our leaders goes through medical training yearly for a month at reputed certified medical course institution, and are well aware of the high altitude sickness of AMS and other related medical problem, in case of accident our dedicated local leaders can handle the situation efficiently as per the situation.
With the warm friendly hospitality of our company and its staff, all our clients feel certainly comfortable and at ease and our staff are happy to give you any kind of information from culture, religion, history or from flora to fauna they are very keen to share the knowledge with our valuable guest.
Last three decades the Tea-House trekking been established it was used normally by the back packers, as the facilities was Spartan and basic, but since last ten yearsthe Tea-House trekking has become popular among all the trekkers, at present most of the popular region like Annapurna-Everest and Langtang area are well developed with excellent Lodge for trekkers, Lodge standard varies from place to place in the low region below 3000 meters one can find good rooms with attaché restrooms and bathrooms, but as the elevation gains due to the harsh climate and landscapes and terrain conditions, the lodge are simple and basic but they are all neat, clean rooms and cozy warm dining halls, in most of the lodge in Everest region there are pot belly stoves in dining to keep the room warm with dry yak dung fuel but in Annapurna region only few places has these advantage most of the higher area do not have pot belly stoves due to the restriction from Annapurna Conservations Area Project.
In most of these places all the lodges are well kept, we always use the lodge with eco-friendly and with homely atmosphere so the clients can forget their tiring walks once they land in the lodges that we have chosen, most of the lodge that we book have clean-healthy environment with common restrooms and bathe-rooms where one has to pay extra for hot shower.
We can upgrade the rooms and lodge where available on trekking route as per your interest at extra cost from the price that we have set for standard rooms only.
Food can vary from different lodges and places according to its availability during the season. Normally, the food menu has Nepali Dal Bhat(rice & lintel soup) with mild vegetable curry, fried rice, noodles, soups of great variation. In some places, Yak Steaks, Continental foods like Hash Brown Potato, Breads, Pan Cakes, Boiled Vegetables, Stew, Pizza, Cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies etc. But, as you go higher the food menu is very limited due to the harsh cold climate and the altitude.
In all our trips your guide / sirdar or leader will order the fix meals to save you the trouble from choosing and plus to save time and energy if all people orders the food according to the “la carte’ menu it will take long and too much fuel energy for cooking will be used, as most of the area we trek are eco-friendly so ordering same meals for everyone will certainly saves time and fuel as these area are remote each and everything has to be carried by yaks-mules or by porters. Every day we change the variety of fix meals menu so one will not be bored with same type of foods.We always take care and serve meals accordingly.
While on trek and long tours, we make sure that the clients get clean bacteria free water everyday, as on the trek the water will be boiled and cooled for the Group member to drink and to rinse their mouth. Iodine can be used but it only kills the taste of the water. Purify tabs only works 40 – 50% in the Himalayan Water as it has strong mineral contents. So the best for drinking is pre boiled water.
We discourage bottle mineral water since it pollutes the place with plastic bottles, unless you are very desperate or sick you can buy one, but the cost of bottle mineral water will be expensive as you reach higher area. So, the best thing is to buy and re-fill the boiled water in your own bottle, in some area like in Annapurna Circuit or at Annapurna Base Camp one can buy hygienically filtered drinking water at water stations where available at minimum cost.
All of DH’s treks and long tours are well planned in advance with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). On high altitude treks and adventure we have set flexibility in our itinerary days with complete acclimatization before heading higher elevation.Too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Destination Holidays suggests all our clients especially ones with known heart, lung or blood diseases to consult their doctor before booking and with medical / travel insurance.
All our guides and leaders are well prepared for immediate evacuation procedure by any means of transportation to bring the victims in safe area. You may check out “Altitude Illness” by Dr Jim Duff for detailed information on AMS as most of our guides are trained by the expert medicals and by Dr. Jim Duff (who knows the Himalaya and have vast experience a mountaineering expedition’s doctors as well.
during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.
At present, 1 US$ = Rs. 104 Euro 1 = Rs 120 UK Sterling 1 pound = Rs 152 and 1 Australian $ = Rs. 74. Nepali Rupees denominations bills of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 are available. 100 paisa makes a rupee like dollars and cents. Coins are very seldom used, on trek carry bills of smaller denominations.
Note: The above rate can vary every day or a week and change please informs us for the latest updates.
Most of Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms.
Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop.
Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. The area you are traveling through is safe and is not affected by any kind of health hazard. There are no statutory requirements unless you are arriving from an area designated as infected by cholera or yellow fever.
We recommend vaccinations against polio, typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis A. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up to date information.
Though malaria is not endemic in the Kathmandu valley and mountain and hilly region, it is advisable to take malaria prophylaxis if you are passing though India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A combination of Paludrine (Proguanil) and Chloroquine are recommended for this part of South Asia. Sleeping tablets are very dangerous at high altitude as it depresses your respiratory system.
Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy and Consulates abroad as well as at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival. But Chinese nationals have to obtain visa prior leaving their country. Visa Fee for single entry is US$ 30 which is valid for 60 days. Multiple visas can be obtained paying US$ 80 which is valid for 180 days in a year. Sri Lankan National can get pilgrimage visa paying US $ 10.
Note: The above fee can vary every year and change please informs us for the latest updates.
Tipping though not compulsory however has become acustomary in Nepal. 10 per cent VAT and 2.2 per cent Tourist Service Fee is usually included in your bill. Waiters, Bell boys and room maids would be happy to receive tips. Don’t give tips to Taxi drivers.
Take about Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 or more if you intend to buy a lot souvenir or drink beer. The money you take on trek needs to be in fairly small denominations because many of the village shops will not have large amounts of change. You should take one, two, five, ten, twenty, twenty five, fifty and one hundred rupees notes. Give Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1,500 for tips at the end of the trek to trek leaders to divide equally among them.
Before you take up a Himalayan vacation you must insure your trip. Your policy should mention that trekking is involved & the Insurance Scheme designed specifically with the needs of the adventure traveler in mind. In addition to the normal provisions within any travel insurance policy, your scheme should include reference to covering trekking, rafting or biking etc involved in this trip and also include cover for helicopter rescue and repatriation. An additional cover may include ‘special outbound missed departure extension’ cover, providing valuable cover for internal flight departures missed due to international flight delays or vice versa.
We take maximum of 16 clients on trip and minimum of 3-4 pax. There will be a local guide with team of staff to cater for the group’s requirements.
We suggest that the clients should bring following items for their personal use. Depending upon the grade and duration of the treks, Sun Hat, Woolen Beni, Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags, Sun Glass, Sun screen cream, good pair of trekking boots, Runners or sport shoes, rucksack as day pack, kit or duffel bags with padlocks to be carried by porters, gloves, scarf’s, plastic garbage bags to keep things dry, torch, personal medical kit, woolen socks at least 6 pairs,
4 pairs of normal socks, fleece, wind or rain jacket, 1 ltr water bottle, stamina or re-hydration powder, Thermal underwear and vest. Walking / or ski poles (as option)
We provide full course meals, accommodation during trek at Camping or on Tea Houses, which includes wake-up early morning tea, washing water, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, airport transfers in Kathmandu, twin sharing accommodation at Hotel in Kathmandu, internal flight Kathmandu, treks that involves domestic sector as per the itinerary, guided sightseeing tour, trekking arrangement backed by our Sherpa crew and porters / pack animals, applicable Trekking Permit & National Park or Conservation fees.
Most of the days during mid-March-to early May and September and October/ November will be fine and pleasant with temperature of 10 – 20 degree Celsius and in the morning & night time the temperature might drop to –5 to –10 degree depending upon the altitude and the wind chill factor. Below 2000m the temperature can quite hot, as the vegetation and climb progress the weather will be cool for the walking.
The region that you will be trekking in is one of the most popular area for the walking journey and expeditions, so you might come across many other trekkers and mountaineers with Tea Houses and villages every hour or so with constant views of the snowcapped peaks. After 3,500 m the area will be barren with little vegetation like Juniper, Alpine shrubs & bushes and there are chances of seeing some wildlife like Impeyan Pheasants (Danfe), Musk Deer and other Mountain Antelopes or the rare elusive snow leopard on route.
As you Trek along you will encounter the low, mid hills to highlanders villages with their rich culture and religion most of the way especially above 2,000 meters. On the trail, you will come across some religious shrines and prayer walls or Mane where one has to walk clockwise as it is the custom of Tibetan Buddhism.
Since the expedition and mountaineering and as well commercial trekking began, tipping has become a custom or a tradition. Actually for most of the westerners, it’s an option unless you are fully satisfied with the service provided and feel like the trekking staffs deserve it. You can tip them at the end of the trek..
The normal tipping for this kind of trek and duration will be about US$ 15 – 20 per person, which is to be collected from each group member and handed over to the Trek Leader, head guide or Sirdar to be distributed among his staffs and porters.