Sanctuary Trek, Pokhara and Kathmandu

Day 0 ( for early arrivals) OR Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu. Welcome to an ancient Himalayan nation that offers a fascinating culture, incredible scenery, very warm and friendly people, great trekking opportunities, and a whole lot more. With the exception of congested Kathmandu, Nepal has charming, laid back cities and towns, along with picturesque wildlife parks that are home to many endangered species. The unfortunate picture (of the effects of the 2015 earthquake) painted by the media, like much of what they do, is severely exaggerated. For example, the three ancient temples, all UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Kathmandu received very little, or no, damage. Mount Everest The three Durbar Square's (all of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in the queen cities of the Kathmandu Valley did receive fairly heavy damage, but most of their monuments are still standing and still provide wonderful insights into the local culture over the last millennia.
Many flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and arrivals after 12 noon will necessitate an arrival a day earlier as there are no flights to Pokhara in the late afternoon and evening. Even for other travelers, we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier (Day 0) as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional nights Hotel stay at Kathmandu can be selected during the online reservation process.
You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle.
Day 0 Arrivals: You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are driven to your hotel and assisted with your check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.
Day 1 Arrivals (before 12 noon): You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are driven to the Domestic Terminal and assisted in boarding your afternoon flight to Pokhara.
Arrive at magical Pokhara and you are greeted at the airport, and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in.
Pokhara is one of those beautiful towns where one can stay for a week or longer just to relax and rejuvenate in the natural beauty and relaxed ambiance, similar to South Asian towns like Kochi and Leh (Ladakh) in India, Luang Prabang in Laos, Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Thimphu in Bhutan. Pokhara is at an elevation lower than Kathmandu, and has a much more tropical feel to it, which leads to the amazing diversity of bright flowers that adorn much of the valley.
Pokhara was a key stop on a busy trade route that extended from India to Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and fierce warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers, and who are also assist your guides during your treks in the Himalayas. The British Army has long recruited soldiers from this region, and continues to do so today. The Gurkha soldiers serve in the British army, and can then either retire in the United Kingdom with full benefits and a pension, or choose to return to Nepal and enjoy the added benefit of converting the pound into Nepalese currency.

Day 2: Pokhara - Gurung Lodge. (B,L,D) You are assisted with your check out from your hotel in the morning and you will now enjoy a scenic one hour drive to your trek’s starting location, a village named Lumle.
Enjoy a Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgauan. Join your trekking guide and porters and begin your adventure in the Himalaya’s. Your destination is the Gurung village, Majgaun, which is about one and a half hour away. About halfway during the trek you will arrive at Chandrakot Village, situated at an altitude of 5200 ft (1580 meters). From this village you will get spectacular views of the southern Annapurna range, highlighted by the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare). From here your walk will take you on a jungle trail until you arrive at the Gurung Lodge, situated at an altitude of 4800 ft (1450 meters). 
The Gurung Lodge is arguably in the most charming location of all of the lodges that were earlier known as Kerr & Downey Lodge’s. These lodges are now fully owned and managed by a Nepalese company. Sitting by itself with its spectacular views, unlike the Sanctuary Lodge which has a congested crowd of local shops etc. built around it, the heavenly solitude found here has to be experienced to be believed.
You are assisted with your check-in and then there is a break for lunch.
After lunch you will visit the nearby village of Majhgaun, stopping along the way to visit the village school, if it is open on this day. Arrive at the village and you will attend a presentation at a traditional Nepalese Gorkha home. The home also serves as a small museum that illustrates the lifestyles and furnishings of the local population, as well as the tools and implements they utilize in their day to day existence. Enjoy a walk around the village after exploring the museum, and then hike back to your lodge.

Day 3: Gurung Lodge - Sanctuary Lodge. (B,L,D) After breakfast you will join your trekking guide and porters for the two hour, mainly downhill, hike to the picturesque Modi River Valley, where the Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3750 ft (1150 meters). During this trek you will walk through wonderful Gorkha hamlets and witness their daily activities while they farm their terraced rice, wheat, and vegetable paddies. You will witness a  variety of village activity, including women grinding wheat and doing their laundry, and young boys shepherding their donkey caravans.
Arrive at the Sanctuary Lodge and you are assisted with your check-in. There is a break for lunch. The lodge also has incredible views of Fishtail Mountain.
After lunch you can opt to enjoy the lodge and its scenic riverfront surroundings, or join your trekking guide for a two hour roundtrip hike to the charming village of Birethanti, and the waterfall near it.

Day 4: Sanctuary Lodge - Pokhara. (B,L) After breakfast you will commence your two and a half hour scenic trek to New Bridge, crossing the village of Birethanti along the way. Bid farewell to your porters and trekking guide and board your vehicle for the hour long trip to Pokhara. On the way to Pokhara you will stop at the Tibetan Refugee Camp to experience the vibrant local culture and lifestyles of the residents.
Arrive at Pokhara and you are assisted with you check in to your boutique resort.
There is a break for lunch (included).
Afternoon - Enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake. You will go past the simple three-story villa where the King of Nepal maintains his winter home. Disembark on a small island in the middle of the lake to visit the small golden Hindu temple located in extremely picturesque surroundings. There is a steady stream of fishermen and other pilgrims visiting the temple in their hand carved wooden canoes.
The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the might Himalayan ranges surrounding it are sights one has to experience to appreciate.

Day 5: Pokhara - Kathmandu. (B,L) You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and driven to the airport. You are assisted with boarding the morning flight to Kathmandu. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle.
You are driven to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided exploration. Bhaktapur lies on the way between Kathmandu airport and Nagarkot.
Bhaktapur is one of Kathmandu Valley's three queen cities, literally meaning The City of Devotees. Although this queen city received extensive damage during the 2015 earthquake, there still is enough remaining to marvel at as you walk around the ancient square with its unique architecture and charming temples. The architecture and culture here is different from what you will experience in most of Kathmandu, as ancient Newari architecture and culture are found here in their purest form.
After this exploration you will be driven to Nagarkot, which is located about an hour and a half drive to the east of Kathmandu. Nagarkot is situated at an elevation of 7135 feet (2175 meters) and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. On a clear morning you can see five of the world's ten highest mountains - Everest 29,028 feet (8848 meters), Lhotse 27939 feet(8516 meters), Makalu 27,765 feet (8463 meters) and Manaslu 26,781 feet (8163 meters), as well as many other summits.
Check-in at the Mountain Resort on your arrival at Nagarkot. Your room will have a balcony with a direct view of the Himalayas. We recommend that you turn in early this evening. Please note that the best time for good visibility of the distant Himalayas is at sunrise.

Day 6: Nagarkot - Kathmandu. (B,L) Awaken before sunrise in the morning so that you can take in the amazing vista of the Himalayas. Besides your balcony there are various other locations at the resort that provide a great view, including the large rooftop that is adorned with local plants. You are assisted with your Boudhanath Temple check out of the resort after you freshen up and have breakfast. You are then driven to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu where you are assisted with your check-in to your hotel.
There is a break for lunch (included).
Afternoon - After lunch you will visit the Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda, Kathmandu's signature monument. With a history that may go back as far as 2500 years, this ancient complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple and stupa are built on a hilltop and are visible from most of the Kathmandu Valley. The devout walk up the hill from the base (365 steps), but most tourists prefer to drive up almost all the way up and then use the few steps on the other side of the hill. Although a couple of the surrounding monuments were destroyed/damaged during the 2015 earthquake, the main structure still stands, along with other smaller shrines and monasteries surrounding it.
From here you will proceed for a tour of Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Originally built around 2400 years ago, the (now) spectacular temple was reconstructed by a Nepalese king in the 15th century after the original wooden structure was (purportedly) consumed by termites. A lesser known fact among western visitors is that Nepal's natives are primarily Hindus (over 80%), and Pashupatinath's surrounding area is dotted with ancient Hindu shrines and ashrams, as well as a steady stream of pilgrims and worshippers. Nepal's holy river, Bagmati, flows through here and its banks are constant witnesses to Hindu ceremonies for the dead and the living. There is a cremation area where pyres are always present, and our guides will ask you for a mindful approach in these areas. The main temple and most of the surrounding shrines received no damage in the 2015 earthquake. You will return to your hotel after this exploration.

Day 7: Kathmandu. (B,L) Weather permitting, you have the option of experiencing the Everest flight this morning - you can have us facilitate this with private assisted transfers between the hotel and the airport, or you can save a little money by having your hotel travel desk arrange this as part of their daily group airport transfers.kathmandu If you decide to take this flight, on your return you will freshen up and have breakfast. If weather conditions result in the flight getting cancelled, this can be substituted for the following day.
Continue your tour of Kathmandu city with the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of Kathmandu's two landmarks. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and a major pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Said to have been built just after Lord Buddha's departure from the world about two and a half millennia ago, the stupa has multiple legends associated with it in both Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. The influx of Tibetan Buddhists escaping China's control over the last six decades has influenced the area around it as many of them have settled here, and have also built over 50 Gompa's (monasteries) around the Stupa. Exploring the stupa and its colorful surrounding areas is a highlight for any visitor to Kathmandu. The spire of the stupa and a few other areas received some damage in the 2015 earthquake and repair work is ongoing.
There is a break for lunch (included).
Afternoon - Experience a tour of Patan City, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Another UNESCO world Heritage Site, Just like other parts of Kathmandu, although some structures here were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, much of the amazing historic site remains, and is more than well worth a visit. Patan is the city of fine arts, and you will start with an exploration of the Durbar Square. The museum here houses a collection of ancient bronzes and religious objects. Other noteworthy monuments are the impressive carvings at the 17th century Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar, and the 12th century Golden Temple of Lord Buddha.

Day 8: Kathmandu - International Flight. (B,L) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the ancient monuments here were also damaged/destroyed during the earthquake, but much of it remains intact. The monuments in the Square were built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and this is where most of the state ceremonies are performed up until today. Start with a visit to Kumari Ghar, the abode of the Living Goddess, a beautiful 17th Century three-story building. If you are fortunate, you may be graced with her appearance in an upstairs window. You will explore the ancient square and its many monuments, possibly stopping for a photo opportunity in front of the Kal Bhairav, an ancient and impressive stone relief of Lord Shiva in one of his fearsome manifestations.
There is a break for lunch (included).
After lunch you are driven to the airport where you are assisted with boarding your international flight. If your flight departs late in the evening, your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check-in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined. If your flight departs early the next morning, you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest.
Our services end at Kathmandu airport.
* Daily breakfast at all the hotels (7 Breakfasts)
* Lunch every day except at on arrival day - (7 Lunches)
* 2 Dinners
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
* All other meals as specified
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by Mini Coach or personal Crossover
* Complimentary WiFi in all vehicles, except for remote regions
* Availability of an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator at all destinations
* Services of an accompanying Easy Tours Tour Director
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives
* All currently applicable taxes.

Not Included
* International Travel
* Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees - still and video

Kathmandu Hyatt Regency - Boudhanath Stupa View Room
Pokhara Fish Tail Lodge - Palm Court Room (Day 1st & 4th Nights)
Trek Gurung Lodge - Standard Room (Day 2nd Night)
The Sanctuary Lodge - Standard Room (Day 3rd Night)
Nagarkot Mystic Mountain - Deluxe Room
Club Himalaya - Deluxe Room

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