Our Senior Travel Consultant, Suze, travelled on our WKK trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Here's what she got up to on this 13 day loop through Nepal thourgh breathtaking scenery, beautiful lakes and valleys and the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet!
Day 1–2 Kathmandu
I arrived in Kathmandu after a straightforward flight with Air India, via Delhi. At the evening group meeting it was clear we were a small group, just the five of us (and our tour leader/driver). We ventured out to a local resturant where we chatted over a delicious dinner with some lively music and dancing in the background. The perfect start to our Nepal adventure.
The next day we had time to explore the city, with the infamous ‘Monkey Temple’ being top of our list. Aside from the expected abundance of monkeys, the views of the city were just stunning and I gained a sense of Nepal’s spiritual side as I watched locals praying intensely at the site’s many shrines.
Day 3-4 Nuwakot
Today we met our truck, Daisy, and set off up the winding mountain roads to the remote and beautiful region of Nuwakot. We stayed in a rustic and characterful farmhouse, run by a local family, and surrounded by lush gardens and mountain views. We hiked up to some old temple ruins, many of which have sadly been damaged by the earthquake. We watched locals tend to their crops and animals and enjoyed exploring the peaceful Nepalese rural landscapes for a couple of days. At our accommodation the family cooked up a treat at dinner time – a three course meal with some of the best food I tasted in Nepal!
Day 5-6 – Pokhara
Next we ventured on to the well known lakeside town of Pokhara. We had a couple of days to explore on our own, giving us plenty of time to try out many of the local restuarants, indulge in some shopping and take a boat out onto the Lake to watch the sunset. We stayed in a rather luxurious Hotel with balcony rooms and direct views of the lake (located right in the centre of town). One morning a few of us got up early and took jeeps to Sarangkot where we walked up to a view point to enjoy the sun rise over the mountains (definitely worth getting up early for!).
Day 7-8 – Annapurna Region
From city life to remote rural bliss, we travelled on to our next stop, the Annapurna Eco Village. Here the family who live here impressively practice sustainable farming and self sufficiency, as they produce their own biofuel, filter their own water and generate their own clean energy. It was fasciniating to learn how they ran the place, but also gain a sense of the pressures to adapt to modern day society by offering things like Wifi.
We were really made to feel at home and had time to just relax, hike in the surrounding valleys and hills, or take part in one of their classes/therapies (which included massage, reiki, yoga, meditation). Myself and a couple of others in the group embraced the yoga class on offer, which (being surrounded by views of the mountains) was extremely thereaputic. We also jumped at the chance of milking one of their cows. We were cooked the most delicious local food and the family even had us up dancing into the night.
Day 9 – Bandipur
We arrived here in the early evening, so it really was just a stop off point for our onward journey to Chitwan. We had a little time to wander around the cobbled streets of this quaint little town and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Another unique traditional accommodation, with lovely views over the valley.
Day 10-11 – Chitwan National Park
The drive here is a rather long, slow and bumpy one, but definitely worth it! Chitwan is a tourist hot spot but we were lucky enough to be there just off peak season where tourists were few and far between. One highlight was taking an ox and cart around the extended village, a chance to see the locals way of life, which was very basic and heavily reliant on the local livestock. Outside every house there were chickens, goats, pigs, geese happily roaming free.
The next day we took a dug out canoe down the fast flowing river and jumped out onto a muddy bank, leading to a vast area of jungle. We hiked for a few hours and to our surprise encoutered a huge one-horned rhino close enough to get a good photo (but not too close!). This was a real highlight for me, having never seen one in the wild before. We also saw fresh big-cat paw prints in the mud, which was a lucky spot. In the afternoon we took jeeps out into the National Park and spotted some deer, an aligator, wild pigs and an abundance of birdlife.
Day 12-13 – Kathmandu
Whilst some of the group carried on their journey with the truck into India, for the rest of us it was time to head back to Kathmandu for the end of our adventure. We arrived back in the late evening after a long truck journey (with lots of snacks and singing).
The following morning I bid my farewells to the group and took a flight back to the UK.
Having done a few Dragoman trips, I would say this was my favourite one. A place where you can really escape from it all and surround yourself with breathtaking mountains, stunning valleys and lakes and the most friendly people you could ever meet!
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