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Christmas Holidays in Nepal

Nepal has always been a popular destination for tourist. Outdoor adventure activities like climbing, trekking, rafting, safari and much other have attracted all tourists from round the world. As a lot of people want to go for a holiday in the Christmas and New Year time, we, looking at the interest of the people have built the Christmas and New Year Holiday Package. Our itinerary takes you to Chitwan National Park, one of the famous National Park for safari trip during the Christmas and Pokhara for New Year with a beautiful and scenic trekking in between. For the last ten years, New Year events have been organized in Pokhara as "a happening destination for New Year celebration". Restaurant Bar association of Nepal (REBAN), Pokhara chapter organizes the festival with the slogan of "Eat in street, dance in the street and enjoy in the street. Apart from the food stalls of popular restaurants in Pokhara, the festival also showcases different cultural performances of Gurung, Magar, Kirant, Tibetan, Tharu and other communities as well as folk-dohari songs, live band programs also other attraction of the street festival. So, let's join us our Christmas - New Year package to fulfill your holiday dream of Nepal Himalayas. To make your christmas holiday in Nepal, your trip will be guided by our own trained staff.

 

Christmas holiday in Nepal highlights

Awesome view while you are driving to chitwan and to Pokhara, Chitwan Jungle Safaris, Christmas eve celebration in Chitan, Awesome Tharu stick dances, Elephant riding, Elephant bathing, Canyoning, Elephant breading center visiting, Excellent views of Dhawalagiri family, Nilgiri known as blue mountain, Annapurna South, Mahhapurche (Fish Tail) - Sun rise / Sun set at Poon hill - Explore Gurung culture in Ghaundrung - Mini Annapurna trekking, New year celebrating in Pokhara Phewa lake side etc.

 

Christmas holiday in Nepal trip grading

Ghorepani Poon Hill station trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for easy walking. The maximum height of this trek is 3210 m on poon hill station. As it is easy trek destination of Nepal, you don't need any previous trekking experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 4 to 5 hours, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting..

 

Christmas holiday in Nepal covers:

Chitwan Sauhara with special Christmas and mystical Pokhara Phewa Lake side for New year celebrating, Poon and Gurung heritages trekking tours in poon hill station

 

Christmas holiday Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: 21 Dec 2016: Arrival day in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. 
  • Day 02: 22 Dec 2016: Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley (4430 ft / 1350m). 
  • Day 03: 23 Dec 2016 : Sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur city and drive to Nagarkot - 6/7 hours.
  • Day 04: 24 Dec 2016 : Drive to Rafting and Chitwan National Parks.7/8 hours.
  • Day 05: 25 Dec 2016 : Full day Jungle activities programs in National Park.
  • Day 06: 26 Dec 2016 : Jungle activities and drive to Pokhara. 6 /7 hours
  • Day 07: 27 Dec 2016 : Drive to Nayapul and trek to Thikhedungha. 4/5 hours
  • Day 08: 28 Dec 2016 : Trek to Ghorepani. 6/7 hours.
  • Day 09: 29 Dec 2016 : Hiking Poonhill and trek to Tadapani.7 /8 hours.
  • Day 10: 30 Dec 2016 : Trek to Ghandruk.5/6 hours .
  • Day 11: 31 Dec 2016 : Trek back to Pokhara.6/7 hours. New Year Eve celebration
  • Day 12: 01 Jan 2017 :New Year celebration in Pokhara.
  • Day 13: 02 Jan 2017 : Drive back to Kathmandu.7/8 hours.,
  • Day 14: 03 Jan 2017 : Final departure

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than itinerary as we described above days, you can do city tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

Christmas holiday packages is totally depends upon your private trip. We can design your christmas holiday on your wishes. There are budget Christmas holiday, comfort Christmas holiday and Luxury Christmas holidays what we are providing to our guest. Ac or Non AC Accommodation should be on your choice while you are staying in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Chitwan and Pokhara. Full board Meals and comfort accommodation / lodges along the trekking trails, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Christmas holiday itinerary in details

Day 01
21 December, 2016: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (4430 ft / 1350m))

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. After welcome drinks, Our representative will give you information about further programs regarding your Christmas holidays in Nepal Himalaya.

Day 02
22 December, 2016: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After breakfast: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. The places we visit today are:
Swayambhunath Stupa : This is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist Stupa and is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire's base are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Swayambhunath is situated in a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley and hence commands an excellent view of the valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square; It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are the Taleju Temple, Temple of Kalbhairav, Nine storied old Palace and the Temple of Kumari (Living Goddess).
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.
Boudhanath stupa; The Stupa of Boudhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Evening: Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 03
23 Dec 2016: Sightseeing tour in Patan, Bhaktapur city and drive to Nagarkot - 6/7 hours.

Patan City tour: The ancient city of Patan, lying 5km southeast of Kathmandu is known as the city of fine arts. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.
Bhaktapur City Tour: This town still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving, pottery and handicrafts.
Nagarkot hill station tour: Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination of Nepal. It is situated 32km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175m. The panorama of the major mountain peaks of the eastern Nepal Himalaya including Mount Everest can be seen from here. We stay overnight in Nagarkot and enjoy the sunset and sunrise view. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04
24 Dec 2016: Drive to Rafting and Chitwan National Parks.7/8 hours.

After breakfast, we drive to Rafting starting point (Charaundi) takes about 3 hours. Rafting program will be about 3 hours in Trisuli River. After concluding rafting trip, It is 2/3 hours further drive to reach Sauraha (Chitwan) and transfer to the Resort. Lunch will be served in Rafting ending point.
In the evening: Christmas Eve celebration in Sauraha, Slide show about wild life and Dinner program.

Day 05
25 Dec 2016: Full day Jungle activities programs in National Park.

Early morning, we exchange greetings of Merry Christmas. After breakfast: our activities start from Canoe trip by a Nature Walk Program or visit to the Elephant breeding center. After Lunch: Bathing with Elephant in the Rapti River, Elephant back safari. After Dinner: Tharu dancing performance.

Day 06
26 Dec 2016: Jungle activities and drive to Pokhara. 7/8 hours.

Early morning: Jungle excursion on an elephant and bird watching Program. After breakfast: Drive to Pokhara takes about 4/5 hours. Transfer to the Hotel
Pokhara is a resort of remarkable beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent summit of Machhapurhre rising behind create an ambiance of peace and magic. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lakes and the world famous views of the Himalaya.

Day 07
27 Dec 2016: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Thikhedungha. 7/8 hours.

After breakfast, Drive to Nayapul takes about 2 hours. Meet with porters and pack the luggage and start trekking. We walk through lush green Burungdi river valley and beautiful villages. It takes about 3/4 hours gentle walk from Birethati to reach Tikhedunga (1530m) Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08
28 Dec 2016: Trek to Ghorepani. 6/7 hours.

At beginning, we have to walk steep up about 2 hours to reach Ulleri (2010m)which can be bit challenging and adventurous. Then the trail continues to ascend more gently, through the fine forests of oak and rhododendron up to Ghorepani(2860m).Overnight at Lodge.

Day 09
29 Dec 2016: Hiking Poonhill and trek to Tadapani.8/9 hours.

We get up early morning and hiking up to Poon Hill(3210m) takes about one hour. From here you can see superb view of sunrise and beautiful panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, fishtail and many more. Then descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast: continue trek to Tadapani (2540m) Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10
30 Dec 2016: Trek to Ghandruk.5/6 hours.

This day, we descend steeply through green forests then gentle walk on easy trails up to Ghandruk (1990m).Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurung people, ethnic group of Nepal who have their own culture and language. We can find more information of their ancient lifestyle and customs in the museum. From here, one can see stunning views of Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Fishtail and this village is major tourist destination of Nepal. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 11
31 Dec 2016: Trek back to Pokhara.6/7 hours. New Year Eve

Today, we easy walking down to Nayapul takes about 3/4 hours. We walk through some village and beautiful Modi river valley. Then catch our transport at Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel and Celebrate a New Year Eve.

Day 12
01 Jan 2017: New Year celebration in Pokhara.

Free for New Year celebration program. Street festival event will be organized in Lakeside Pokhara so everybody can enjoy the festival.

Day 13
02 Jan 2017: Drive back to Kathmandu.7/8 hours.

After breakfast, transfer back to Kathmandu on tourist coach or private vehicle which takes about 7/8 drive. Transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon is free.

Day 14
Final departure

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • - Twin sharing accommodation while you are in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Chitwan and Pokhara.
  • - Kathamndu valley, Nagarkot, Chitwan, Pokhara sightseeing / tour on non a/c private vehicles
  • - Experienced and professional licences holder guide
  • - Full board meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while you are in Christmas Holidays in Nepal.
  • - Non a/c private vehicle during your sightseeing in Kathmandu-Nagarkot-Chitwan-Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara.
  • - Half day rafting adventure trip with professional guide and equipment
  • - Chitwan National Park entrance fees and all activities while you are in Chitwan Sauraha according to the above written plan
  • - All sightseeing entrance permit and their fees
  • - Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer tourist bus.
  • - Culture Dinner Program while you are in Kathmandu Nepal
  • - All Government Taxes / VAT and company service charge
  • - A special gift: through the Company “Gokyo Treks and Expedition (P) Ltd.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar / beverage bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We created this trip itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. As you not going more then 3210 meter of Pon hill station, you are not to be worry about the high altitude for acclimatization.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 2,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 7 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run this programs. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Do I need experience for Christmas holiday trekking tours ?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 / 5 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on Christmas holiday trekking tours ?

We provide you hotel accommodation ( As upon your wishes) in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.

What kind of food can I expect in Christmas holiday Trekking or in hiking ?

All the hotel / guest houses/lodges along your journey to Himalaya, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh organic vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

How do I get drinking water on Christmas holiday Trekking?

During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

During the comfort guest houses / house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters ! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.

Is there any communication facilities on Christmas holiday Trekking?

In this trekking route you can get telephone services most of the places and as well as internet services.

Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards works city area only.

When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Who will carry my luggage on Christmas holiday Trekking?

We provide porters they will carry your luggage (Only on your request on booking).

Is there any communication while we are on Christmas holiday Trekking?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

How much distance do I walk each day?

When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Do I need walking polls for Christmas holiday Trekking?

We recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

How much additional money do I need per day?

You can allocate US$ 10 - 12 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.




Responsible trekking and tour agency

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.