For those who are bitten by wanderlust, and are passionate nature lovers; but at the same time are keen to help the locals of the places they visit, then ‘Cross Nepal Charity Trek’ might be the best program for you. This program is a charity program where all your funds will be utilized for the welfare of the local community, where alongside, you will get to travel around the three major tourist areas of Nepal: Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, widely renowned for its richness in history, culture and traditions. The city of temples and colorful festivals, Kathmandu has also been ranked third in Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice for destinations on rise in the world and has emerged as the top rising destination in Asia. Pokhara is a beautiful serene valley home to astounding lakes and spectacular mountain views. It is the gateway to the world renowned Annapurna trekking route and the starting point for many trekking and rafting destinations. Chitwan is a popular tourist destination, recognized for the diversity of flora and fauna it is home to.
Ashna orphanage is a non-profit organization, that provides shelter, education and love to destitute children. From your participation in this trek US$25-$50 per person is donated to the Ashna Orphanage of Nepal, that is currently housing 40 children of different ages in its two orphanages in Chitwan and Kathmandu. Your participation will help in providing a sustainable solution to Ashna orphanage to provide basic needs to the children and expand its educational and other creative activities. You are welcome to visit Ashna orphanage in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in KATHMANDU
Arrival in Kathmandu. On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be received by our representatives. You will then be transferred to the recommended hotel or hostel. City Maps and detailed itinerary will be handed over to you. On the way to your hotel, our representative will brief you about Nepal's general do's and don'ts and also explain about your program in brief. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be offered a welcome drink and shown to your room. Later our representative will brief in detail about your itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of KATHMANDU CITY
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu consists of visiting below mentioned holy places of Kathmandu valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: While visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will also see Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu, which was named after the monkey God, Hanuman. It was a historic seat of royal family. The Kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations were held inside the courtyard here. Within the walking distance, you will find Taleju, one of the tallest pagoda temples. The temple dates back to 1549 AD and is opened only during Dashai Festival.
Just across that lies the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction. The Big Bell, Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window are some of the attraction of Basantapur Durbar square.
While in Kathmandu Durbar Square, don't forget to visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family and checking the different characters and birth marks. The building of the Kumari is beautifully carved with wooden balconies. Next to it is a very interesting temple of Kasthamandap. Many believe the massive temple was built from a single tree trunk and the name Kathmandu is derived from this temple.
Swayambhunath: This is a 2500 years old Stupa situated on a hillock about 77 M above the ground level overlooking Kathmandu Valley. The Stupa is painted with four eyes on the four sides representing Buddha's eyes. It is believed that these eyes are watching the activities of all
This is a religious shrine for Buddhists. Within the complex, you'll find two Buddhist monasteries and a temple of Haratima, where both Buddhists and Hindus worship. The shrine is just 3 km to the northwest of Kathmandu city.
Pasupatinath: Pasupatinath, with two tiered golden roof and four silver doors, is situated 5 KM east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati River. Every year, Pashupatinath attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims from around the world. This is a temple of Lord Shiva.
At the bank of Bagmati River, you can observe the cremation process taking place.
Bouddhanath: This Stupa is located 6 KM East of Kathmandu and is said to have been built in 5th century AD. This ancient Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is ringed by Buddhist monasteries. This is a very holy and popular Stupa for Tibetan Buddhists who come here in thousands in winter season to pay their tribute.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan (3hrs rafting on the way)
Take an early morning tourist bus to Chitwan. Experience the rapids of Trishuli as you raft through Trishuli River. The river is fed by the snow of the Himalayas and flows through the middle hills of the Mahabharata range. It is joined by Marsyandi at Mugling and flows into the Narayani river, which flows through the Chitwan National Park in the Terai and mixes with the Ganges.
Your raft 'put-in-point' is Fishling, along the Prithivi Highway. The crew prepares the raft and you are on your way hitting the first rapid immediately. Seven sets of fun filled rapid are aligned with in the track. This trip lasts for 3 hrs maximum.
You'll end your trip in Mungling and continue our journey to Chitwan National Park. It is about an hour and half drive. Arrive at Chitwan and check-in at a Lodge.
Day 04: Chitwan National Park Jungle activities
Receive an early morning wake-up call. After tea/coffee, we go for a jungle walk for bird watching. Return to the camp for breakfast. Leave for canoe/boat ride on Rapti/Narayani river to witness crocodiles, Gharial and flesh eater Marsh Mugger, animals and birds. Return to the camp for lunch. Visit to Tharu ethnic village for cultural tour. Dinner & overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 05:Chitwan National Park Jungle activities
Enjoy elephant safari in the jungle to witness wild animals in their natural habitat in the morning from 8 am -11 am. Return back to the camp for Lunch. After lunch, you can visit our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habits of the elephants. Also get a chance to see the elephants bathing. Enjoy Tharu cultural dance program in the evening.
Day 06: Drive to Pokhara
From Chitwan it's about 150KM drive to Pokhara and takes 6 hrs due to the road condition. Arrive in Pokhara and Check-in at the recommended hotel.
Day 07: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Pokhara, the city itself offers scenic places of interest for the casual and longer staying visitor. Some are mentioned below:-
Phewa Lake: Phewa Lake is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is most enchanting of three lakes that adds to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the lake or visit the island temple in the middle of the lake. The eastern shore is popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam. It's the favorite hub for restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities.
Barahi Temple: The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the Center of Fewa Lake, this two-storey pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, deity representing the female force of Shakti.
David's Fall: Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell's Falls) also know as David's Fall. It is natural waterfall located 2 km Southwest of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker named Davy, was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Mahendra Cave: Another of nature's wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Cave. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats an apt name for it. Mahendra Cave is located two- hours walk to the north of Pokhara, we advise you to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites structures.
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu
Early morning sunrise view at Sarangkot. Drive back to Kathmandu.
Rest and preparation for departure
Cost & Dates
Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
One person: US$ 549;
Two or More: US$ 499/person
Cost included during the trip