Kathmandu Valley Mandala Trek (9 Days)

Kathmandu Valley Mandala Trek
Here is a short but beautiful hike in the lodges, which does not require great hiking experience. This trek accessible to all walkers takes place in the countryside of the Kathmandu Valley, including the beautiful scenery through the picturesque villages that have preserved their authenticity.

This trek "Mandala" means that the circuit performs around the hills of the Kathmandu Valley.

Trekking Days: -› (7)
Total Days: -› (9)
Min. Altitude: -› (1350m./4429ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (2100m./6890ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-7hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge [Tea House Trek]
Difficulty: -› Easy
Season: -› Autumn/Spring (Sept - Nov /Mar-May).



Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You Will Be Welcomed by the boss of company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m). After completing your Custom Formalities (visa, etc.). Pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You Will Be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; Meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening We Will organizes a "Welcome Dinner" at great year Touristic Restaurant Where You Will enjoy with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We Will Be visit the famous heritage site in Kathmandu.
Morning:
We Will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of ​​Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.
We will see this walk temples and stupas many during: for you it will Be The Beginning Of religious lessons, making the Difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. Will you discover a great surprise with how religions live together two theses?
We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we Will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we Will arrive at Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square Situated the center of Kathmandu Where you can see the House of Living Goddess "KUMARI" Kasthamandup temple "Said That Was built from single tree in 16th century, big-big bell drams, erotic temple carving in old, old palace etc.. . All the Most Important monuments of the city are in this area. You Will Be filled with wonder by all thesis numerous ancient temples and majestic such so registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is Possible to Spend hours, sat on the Walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We Will take lunch at the top of a restaurant with a great view plunging.
Afternoon.
You will begin the afternoon by Another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with buildings and narrow streets locally. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it That Manjushree, Kathmandu valley of found, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on the site of Swayambunath stupa which great WAS built later. The Omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the Oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has-been registered in UNICEOO heritage side. It Is Said That Swayambunath Stupa is More Than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all sides oven symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is up year Major Buddhist pilgrims from all over Where the World.
From this place we Can Have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.
Evening: Time for you to prepare and we introduce the trek in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot
Today After breakfast morning drive for We Will Bhaktapur and afternoon we drive to Nagarkot go.
Bhaktapur
Early in the morning drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is formally known by the name Bhatgaun. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a year pagodas and variety of style temples grouped together around a palace windows shikhara 55 of brick and wood. The square is handmade of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of the ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking for their holy places, the wood carvings in the same place - the struts, lintels and kidney, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. Overnight at Nagarkot. (View Point Hotel)

Day 04: Nagarkot-Changu Narayan, Kathmandu (visit Changu Narayan)
This day after breakfast at hotel having Nagarkot. We will begin to go Changu Narayan Temple. It Takes 3 hours walk. Evening drive back to Kathmandu Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Changu Narayan
Changu Narayan temple is a pagoda style Hindu dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. It is one the most ancient temples in Nepal, there is a purpose, because little off the beaten path, it is rarely visited by tourists.
Originally built in the early 4th century during the reign Licchavi, Changu Narayan was rebuilt around 1700, after the Temple was destroyed by fire.
All stone sculptures in the courtyard of the temple were made between the 5th and 13th century, making it one of the largest concentrations of ancient art that Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Marsyandi Mandala Hotel)

Day 05: Kathmandu-Patan-Bungmati Khokana
After morning breakfast at hotel we start our tour to Patan. In the afternoon visit Bungmati Khokana. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Marsyandi Mandala Hotel)
Patan
Located in the heart of the city of Patan, oz, it was the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture act which reached its zenith during the reign of the Malla kings, who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The square has many famous landmarks and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square was built to honor the year of the incarnation of Vishnu. Fought with Krishna in the Mahabharata war Pandavs to ensure that the truth will prevail. It has been a favorite cow girls gopini. His temple is the best example of stone architecture in Nepal. Scenes from the Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple walls.

Bungmati and Khokana
Around 6 km. Patan is located south of the medieval village and two Bungmati and Khokana. To achieve the villages, we must follow the right path to the Tibetan refugee camp in Jawalakhel. About 5000 people live in the population in 3000 and Bungmati Khokana. Most people are Newar. Khokana, Bungmati is 15 minutes walk. Thesis in the villages can be seen on the typical Newari houses. In addition, the villages of thesis are very popular for the cold oil and mustard. The best time to visit and Bungmati Khokana is in October and November, because at that time, the entire village seems colorful. THEY hand red chilly garland from the top floor on the ground floor in the village. Most farmers in the thesis of villages are involved in either spinning or pressing oil sector. Mustard oil is still very popular in the Khokana Kathmandu valley

Day 06: Kathmandu-Dakshinkali - Pharping - Kirtipur - Kathmandu
After morning breakfast we drive to Dakshinkali. It Takes 2 hours drive then visited Dakshinkali After We drive back to Pharping and continued to drive back again Kirtipur.
Dakshin kali

Pharping

We depart by private bus for "Tau Daha," then Pharping. During the trip, we admire the beautiful Nepalese countryside, passing through many traditional villages, the Newar ethnic group. Climbing to the top of the village of Pharping, we discover the existence of a cave "Guru Rimpoche" that created the Tibetan Buddhism in the 6th century. He meditated for many years in this place.

Kirtipur

The city is the year the ancient city, which is composed of outstanding historical values and ethics. It is still one year open-air museum of religion, culture and tradition and glorious work of Newari crafts and architecture. With the majority of the Newar community, the town house of about 43,000 people, according to 2003 data. Kirtipur town is the harmonic convergence of Buddhists and Hindus.
The city is not only historically important as the goalkeeper's major artistic point of view. Some of the most beautiful temples, stupas and Chaityas of the valley are scattered throughout the city typically built Newari. Surrounded by stone sculptures, masterpieces of Nepalese art, the thesis of sanctuaries are the hub of festivals and religious ceremonies (Jatras). Overnight at hotel. (Marsyandi Mandala Hotel

Day 07. Kathmandu-Dhulikhel-Banepa-Namo Buddha
Today, after breakfast drive to Dhulikhel. It Takes 0ne and half hour to drive and afternoon will walk for Namo Buddha. It Takes 4 hours walk.
Dhulikhel
The spectacular view of snowcapped mountains Dhulikhel Must be one of the best views of the world. When a blue haze covers the bottom of the mountain, they seem to float in the air. With the snowy mountains on the backdrop, Dhulikhel is of course of great beauty and a paradise for nature lovers. Invite the green hills is empty and turns them into carved agricultural terraces corresponds to the delight of spectators.
Geographically, the plains gradually rise to the green mountains and other snow-capped Himalayas. The panorama offers a majestic view of the Himalayas will calm stretch of Mount Annapurna in the far west of Mount Karolung Far East. More than twenty Himalayan peaks including Mount Annapurna (8091 m), Mount Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt Langtang (7234 m), Mt Phuribichyachu (6637 m), Mt Gaurishanker (7134 m), Mt Lhotse (2516 m) and several others can be seen in all their glory from different viewpoints in Dhulikhel. In short, this is the most advanced point since time immemorial to visit the mountain oriented. The Himalayan eco-atmosphere anyone surprised memorable years in life.

Namobuddha
A long time in the past, there are many untold eons our teacher the perfect Buddha has practiced on the road to learning. Below is the story of how he was overcome with compassion when he saw a tigress tormented by hunger and offered his body, without a moment's hesitation.
In the distant past, he has lived in this world a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chhenpo) who ruled a small kingdom of some five thousand subjects. Due to the accumulation of merit of the king, all historical subjects had the pleasure and well-being; rains came at the right time while crops and livestock flourished. The king had three son: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chhenpo), the deity of the Grand Orient (Lha Chhenpo), and the youngest Grand-being (Semchen Chhenpo) Powerful in martial arts and beaming with confidence, the elder of the two has always helped the king to rule the kingdom. History of early years, the youngest son, the Great Being, was very bright and with the spontaneous kindness and compassion. He gave to others freely and generously, as if her only child.
One day, when the weather was beautiful, the king of the history of the queen, her, and ministers have left the city for a relaxing time in the country. The king and queen rode upon an elephant, while his ministers, and subsequently mounted were you magnificent horses. After a day around a half, they reached a wooded forest of space resonates with birdsong, while nearby a tapestry of flowers bloom in a rich variety. The king was pleased with the landscape and a range of camp to prepare for all to enjoy. Officials immediately unpacked everything, set up tents, and set a stone fireplace for cooking. Soon the floor was covered with tents as clouds swirling in the sky above. The officers were preparing a variety of foods and alcoholic beverages and offer tea to anyone. Then the children began to sing, dance, and play, turn the camp into a heavenly realm. The king, queen and ministers watched the show while enjoying a meal with wine and travel eighteen concern.
The Three Princes then in the full flush of their youth, picked up bows and arrows and retreated into the forest. As they walked along, they noticed a lair in the dense woods. They crept up to her and I saw the tiger cubs in a sleeping next to her. Great Deity and his arrows in their bows, which lends to kill the tiger, the great Being drunk arrested brothers story, saying that Murder Call was completely wrong. When and looked into the cellar again, the Grand Noticed the tigress who could not move because she gave birth, and she also fears that if she left to hunt for food, animals that could harm another her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the floor unable to lift his story, even the head. A Grande was moved to tears of compassion that motions from the depths of his heart. He asked his brothers, "What kind of food would save the tigress and her cubs?" They said: "This kind of Red Indian tiger eats the warm blood and flesh of a recent kill So if you want to help her and the little ones, you need to find the flesh and blood that's cool. ". Being a big-time thinking: "It is true that to save the tigress and her cubs, the flesh and warm blood is needed, then I'd have to kill another life purpose, and that would mean killing a to save the "What else .. Can I?" He thought for a long time, no solution was found late. Then brothers story Said, "We came here to have a good time. There is no need to worry about this tigress and her cubs. It is time to return to our parents. "And then they left. And then the story of the brothers returned to the camp, thought to be Great," For a long time, and II was cycling in samsara, wasting countless lives, sometimes due to excessive desire, the aversion and ignorance sometimes, sometimes. I have seldom seen such a year of opportunity to accumulate merit. How useful is this true of the body except the Dharma? "Finally, and decided," This time, I must be really generous. "
Before and had gone too far with the brothers and their history said, "Brethren, you two go ahead II Have something to heal and will catch up with you soon.".
He took the path of the tiger's den hurried on. When he found the tigress collapsed, she was so exhausted
She could not even mouth the story opens. Great time reached out to touch history historical aspect, he was the object of so weak she could not even bare his fangs. Prince, then a strong flash of a nearby tree and cutting the body to take the story of blood, and allowed to lick the tigress. Soon after, he opened his jaws and stood up. With a roar, she threw herself on the prince and devoured.
The two brothers have waited a long time to fire the young prince, the return does not come, then they started to find it. Reflecting on what he said was, and they were probably back in the den of the tigress. When they arrived and looked inside, there was nothing left of their brother, the goal blood, bones, nails, and pieces of clothing. The tigress had eaten. At the sight, sound quality and Great Deity immediately lost consciousness, there was a time to recover their senses. The two picked up the piece of clothing and their brother, sobbing with deep sorrow, went to camp with their parents.
Meanwhile, the queen was taking a nap and a dream Saw Three doves fly high in the sky. As they were flying around, struck a hawk and Carried Away The smallest. Waking up in terror, the queen immediately told the king in the history of dream. He replied, "To hear your story, I think the three doves are our sound to three. The youngest of the "me, Carried away by the hawk, the story is my beloved. I'm sure that something terrible has happened." So saying, the king immediately feels responsible for her look for her everywhere . Soon, the two princes and the king cam asked, "Did something bad happen to my beloved? Have you heard?" Is choked with sadness, the two were unable to speak or even breathe for a while. Finally, they sighed deeply and said their parents tigress had eaten of the Great Being. After hearing this terrible news, the Queen Fainted immediately. King was also overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by the pain. After a long time and with deep sighs, the two princes, the king, queen, and rushed to the spot where the young prince was dead. When they arrived at the mouth of the pit, which is their eyes were bones and streams of blood left by the tigress. The Queen drew back, overcome by sobs, and fired, return not recover for a long time.
Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn great courage (Nyingtob Chenpo). He wonders, "What am I doing here to be reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita?" Story of a divine eye, and has carefully considered the Five Kingdoms. Courage Grand Tour, which brought together around the bone fragments left behind and had two brothers and parental history. They were cast in the lament and call quite miserable. He thought: ". My parents know that evil, it could threaten their lives to relieve their minds, I'll go talk to them "He came down from space to the sky and uttered words of encouragement to comfort her noble parents" I. Am Grand Prince Be. After Giving my body to the generosity of the starving tigress and II has been reborn in the heavenly realm of Tushita. "With tears in his eyes, the king and the queen said," Son, Who are you that our heart, with your body to the tigress was certainly very commendable. A goal can we say that our suffering is missing? "
Great Courage answered ....”Please do not be unhappy The end of birth is the disintegration, and the end of the collection is the separation cannot exceed it, because it's the kind of thing it is for all Sámi If you make the world of evil acts, you will fall into hell, if you perform virtuous actions, you will be reborn into the higher realms. Therefore, diligently pursue Virtue. Make aspiration prayers, and in the next life, we will certainly encounter in a heavenly kingdom. "After a few more words, they disappeared. King and Queen have become a little happier and pledged to continue the virtuous activity. They created a small box covered with seven kinds of gems in their ugliness they bone and the stupa was built on the spot where he was buried. Night at Resort. (Namo Buddha Resort)


Day 08. Namo Buddha - Panauti - Kathmandu
After having nice breakfast with monks walk home we come down to Panauti. It takes 4 hours walk and We Will afternoon drive back to Kathmandu with local bus. It takes 2 hours to drive half.
Panauti
The name is a Sanskrit word Panauti Purnamati training symbolic meaning-totality, wholeness.
The beautiful mountain valley of Panauti is the site location is the confluence of Roshamati, Punyamati and Lilavati. The traditional houses, courtyards, temples and monuments to create the unique atmosphere of this place. The houses are traditionally constructed roofs and windows and the only evidence of the expertise of this city. The narrow cobbled streets with stones and bricks. Public nursing homes (fatal) are scattered throughout the city. Every breath is a prayer and every stone is a god here. This is a city of a thousand gods and goddesses. Cultural wealth, the confluence of Roshamati, and Lilavati Punyamati bring a sense of harmony while in this city. In the middle of town, we can find the beautiful Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, which proves the wealth of the city's artisans and artifacts. Indreshwar Mahadev is the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal canned, standing on a single database. The temple style pagoda is the religious center of the region and thousands of believers to pray for the salvation and liberation here. Overnight at hotel (Hotel Mandala Marsyandi)

Day 18: Kathmandu sightseeing and shopping (Pashupatinath and Boudhanath)

After breakfast, we will take local bus to go Pashupatinath. it takes 40 minutes then we visit Pashupatinath. This temple, classified in the heritage of the UNESCO, is very famous among the Hindus of the whole world. We discover the Ghats where take place in the rituals of cremation, according to Hindu tradition, along the sacred river Bagmati. This river throwing itself into the Ganges, a cremation in this place get the same symbolic value as in Varanasi. Stakes and bodies are orientated northward, towards the Himalayas, which is the cradle of the Hindu Gods. Don't take pictures: meditate simply some minutes in the sense of this earth life, and impregnate you with this ambience, so strange according to our Western values.

The access to the Golden temple is only reserved for the Hindus, but it is possible to discover it on the bank of opposite, easy sat on one of the terraces. Both footbridges which cross this river allow to achieve a big series of stone terraces, adorned with dozens sanctuaries of Shiva. We will cross there surely numerous sadhus.

Then we take the hill up, in the middle of monkeys' cloud. We go down towards the imposing temple of Guhyeshwari, where only the Hindus can visit it.

After the crossing of a small hanging bridge, we walk to another site of worldwide heritage: Boudhanath. During this walk, we can see the various lifestyles and styles of houses of this city. We also cross numerous shops: here is the true life of the inhabitants of the capital!

After 30 minutes, we arrive at Boudhanath, which is the seat of the Tibetan community having run away in Nepal in 1959",. Millions of Buddhists visit every year this sacred place. Will be possible to us remain insensible to the extraordinary charm of this very spellbinding place!

This large esplanade is encircled with many shops and thirty Tibetan monasteries with marvelous gilding. Let's make turn at pleasure mills, the smallest and the biggest! Which extraordinary vision to see all these believers, young people and old, turning continuously around imposing stupa, by singing mantras, by lighting lamps with oil, and by prostrating itself.

This Stupa, of 100 meters of circumference, was undoubtedly constructed at origin in the 7th century. This huge mandala is of an absolute favor. The dome whitened persistently in the lime constitutes the plinth of the gold arrow (to 13 degrees) adorned with the fabulous eyes of Buddha. Every thing makes an absolute harmony.

It is possible to enter inside the surrounding wall of the Stupa and to walk on one of the terraces.

We take lunch in Boudhanath, on the terrace of a panoramic restaurant, with plunging view on the Stupa and you will be again fascinated by the eyes of Buddha which encircle you at all times! Here is a celestial environment for you!

In the afternoon, leisure to go shopping in search of different gifts for your family and your friends, in Boudhanath and in Thamel.

In the evening, we perform a "farewell dinner" with all members of this walking.

Night at hotel of Kathmandu.

Day 09. Departure
It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport of departure Two hours before your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way back, you'll Have Time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, the country is so magical!
 



Trekking Price Base on Groups Participants.
Trekking Ref. No. DJOM-15N

Price Per Person
    

Price in Euro

2 to 3 Participants
    

870€

4 to 5 Participants
    

760€

6 to 8 Participants
    

680 €

9 to 10 Participants
    

600 €

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

The price includes:
* Reception at the airport and hotel transfers (return)
* Accommodation and meals in lodges (local food of good quality, commanded by the guide).
*Welcome and farewell dinner
* The entire route of the trek is all inclusive.
* All transportation (to and from places of trek and during the trek).
* Accompanied by an English speaking professional guide and a porter for 2 people to carry your bags (20 kg up to 2 people).
* Trek permits and entry to national parks
* Reconfirmation of your return ticket
 
Price does not include:
* Hotel in Kathmandu
* Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
* Personal beverages throughout the stay and trek (except teas or coffee in breakfast).
* Entries monuments, cities and museums
* Your insurance
* Tips
* Nepal visa (40 dollars US cash)
* Airport taxes for domestic flights
 
Note: All participants must submit a copy of their insurance, with address, phone and fax from the insurance company. This insurance must cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or illness. In the event that your insurance does not cover the helicopter rescue, you must complete a form to Kathmandu and sign an agreement stating that you pay yourself the amount of expenses incurred by Nepal Treks Assemble your helicopter rescue or fees of research. Without this agreement, you may not participate in this trek.
 
During the duration of the trek, the guide is allowed to change the route depending on weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes to the program may not claim any compensation money to the agency.
 

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