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Hi,
I would like some help with my Nepal itinerary.
My wife and I (we are in our late fifties) together with 2 of our children aged 15 and 21 are going to Nepal for 3 and half weeks from the middle of September. My present plan is as follows:
3 days Katmandu
2 or 3 days rafting on an easy river
2 or 3 days at Chitwan game park
Pokara
Fly to Jomson and trek to Kagbeni and then back to Pokara (about 7 days)
Back to Katmandu to see more of the valley and spend one night at Nagarkot.
I thought to do the trip more or less in this order, in order to go directly from the rafting trip to Chitwan and from there to Pokara. This, in order to do as little intercity bus travel as possible. However, nothing is written in stone and we are very flexible.
I would appreciate any feedback, suggestions and advice regarding our itinerary, and especially advice re the river that would suite us for rafting (It appears that the Trisuli or Seti), as we have not really rafted before and my wife isn't a great water lover. Suggestions for medium priced hotels in Katmandu, Pokara and Nagarkot would be welcome and the name of a rafting company that is experienced and reliable. Lastly, we will be using the services of porters on the trek and I am not sure if we should hire them ourselves directly in Pokara and then fly them with us to Jomson (or hire them in Jomson) or go through a trekking agency.
Thank you in advance. Brian

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    Hi Brian
    I'm just back from a month in Nepal. I'd suggest a look at www.tigertops.com - there's lots of basic trekking and rafting info on their site that'll get you started. Be aware that you'll be trekking at the very beginning of the season. Flights in and out of Jomsom are fraught with cancellations 'cos of weather - ahhh, how well I remember that 5.00 a.m. check out and then the four hours spent waiting at Pokhara airport for a flight that never left. Others had been waiting for five days. You have to spend a night in Pokhara before your early a.m. flight to Jomsom.

    I think you'll need to go to Pokhara before your rafting - I think some companies link Pokhara and Chitwan that way.

    So your itinerary will actually be KTM - Pokhara - rafting - Chitwan - Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - KTM.

    It's about 7 hours KTM to Pokara by car. Pokara to Chitwan 5 - 6 hours [KTM to Chitwan 5 - 6 hours] - and this without stops to check out the view. Local buses would be nightmarish. Hire a van and a driver - life's too short.

    Check out www.thorntree.lonelyplanet.com Nepal board.

    Yak and Yeti Hotel is perfectly fine, tho' bland in Katmandu - but it's close to Thamel which you'll think is cool. Dwarika's is very nice indeed but kinda on the edge of town - closer to Patupatinath temple where they do cremations. Those kids will sure know they're travelling when they see THAT.

    Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara looks nice but caters almost exclusively for Japanese and Chinese tour groups - which is kind of strange if you're not in one. I moved to the Shangri-La which was a lot nicer.

    The Fort Resort in Nagarkot is probably the best place to stay. Get a cottage out the front.

    But instead I'd like to recommend a place of absolute wonder on another mountain ridge - this one just above Dhulikel in Phulbari. Check out www. villa-srilanka.com [yes, I know it seems an odd website but trust me]for info on Apa Villa Phulbari. This knocks Nagarkot out of the ring. Perfect for family. Perfect. But I'd give it more than just one night. Check out the site and if you want more info I'll be glad to oblige.

    By the way, those Chitwan jungle lodges can be very expensive... so before you get carried away with Tiget Tops web site check out the prices - conveniently nowhere to be found on the site...

    There are a million places selling trekking clothes in KTM very cheaply - if you don't feel like lugging heavy clothes from home.

    Enjoy Nepal. It's a great place full of unexpected delights - if you have eyes to see. You have to stay loose tho' - particularly with anything to do with transportation and remain prepared to change plans at the drop of a hat. Which is kinda scary but fun...




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    Hi,

    My 8 year old and I visited Nepal last year and had a blast - I'm sure your kids will love it too! We stayed in The Kathmandu Guest House and liked the peaceful garden and that it was so central to the Thamel restaurants. I have stayed at the Yak and Yeki before and felt more isolated (but they have a pool). I've also stayed at the Hotel Vajra (www.hotelvajra.com) which is off the beaten track and about 15 min. walk to Thamel but a wonderful hotel and near the Swayambhu temple complex.

    From there we flew to Chitwan and then enjoyed (ha ha) a bumpy two hour ride to Tiger Tops but it was worth it! We stayed at the jungle lodge for two nights and the Tharu Lodge for one night (wished we had longer here - they had a great pool!). This portion of the trip was the highlight for my son - he loved washing the elephants, the treks and the jeep safaris.

    Next it was a 5-6 hour drive from Chitwan to Pokhara (ugh). From there we did a small three day trek we arranged through Three Sisters Trekking. Their website is: www.3sistersadventure.com They were excellant, our porters and guide (all women!) knew the best guesthouses to stay at along the way and treated us like royalty. They made the trekking experience so much richer. If you went with 3 sisters, they would be able to advise you regarding flying up with porters or meeting them in Jomsom.

    In Pokhara we stayed at the guesthouse run by three sisters (Chhetri Sister's Guesthouse) and liked that it was on the quiet end of town. We enjoyed Pokhara more than we thought we would and stayed an extra night there.

    Sorry, I can't help you with rafting - but it sounds like fun!

    Have a great trip!

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