TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

The sirubari Village Homestay Packages offers guests a firsthand experience of community life in sirubasi, a pristine gurung community in Syangja region of Nepal situated at southwest of pokhara city. This community is completely pure Gurung settlements fixed in the hills at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level therefore you may not fret about elevation sickness. The houses are normally constructed from local resources and are well created with comfortable room. This trip is one of the finest ways to discover local life of Nepali folks.  In tradition and cultural sort sirubari had gained the “PATA Gold awards in 2001”.

The foot tracks over the village are all pebble paved. The track begins from a small drive from pokhara one of the chief tourist center for the Annapurna region, after that you will be stop at the village and the local societies will welcome you into their community and requested to stay in the home of one of the village families.

Throughout this stay in their village you will be detecting their day to day everyday activities.  Just because you are not trekking it doesn’t mean that you won’t see the Himalayas range, you will get to view this opportunity like observing the Mt. Manaslu in the east to the Dhaulagiri range with Mt Macchapure and Annapurna range in between. An easy march overhead the village is a view point at thuro at 2300 meters this is the uppermost point south of Pokhra and the sights on a flawless day are outstanding. For the duration of homestays, visitors also consume the same local delicacies as their hosts do and even there are good duvet and clean and hygienic toilet facilities will be provided. Every night there will be entertaining program provided by the community like traditional dance and singing by gurung civilizations where you can also join and enjoy their cultural program. You will be also visiting cottage businesses such as old-style handicrafts and paper creation and a plant nursery covering 380 hectares of flora, with one million trees and plants. You will be also visiting sacred temples and monasteries and get blessing from the head of the lama like rimpoche and if you want to do other recreational activities like swimming there are natural pools with crystal clear river that comes down from the Himalayas.  The climate is perfect to inspect but yet, the ideal time to visit this village is on September and June.

At GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) we worth your outlook and comforts to make sure to fulfill all your needs keeping your safety at the first place so, come and join the inspirational communities to familiar their culture and tradition of Nepal etc. there are other homestay trekking to like GhaleGaun homestay trekking and many other where you can go through our website in more detail.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

Day 03: Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 04: Pokhara trekking to Arjunchaupari

Day 05: Explore the village and its surroundings

Day 06: Dahare Hill to Dahare Hill

Day 07: Back to Pokhara

Day 08: Full day sightseeing of Pokhara City

Day 09: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 10: Farewell Departure

ITINARARY

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

After arrival to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Our GHHT will greet and our team will take to your respective hotel. At hotel you can freshen up and after that we will be visiting our GHHT office for small intro of the trek and have meeting with your trekking guide and the leader of the trekking like what gear or stuff should need during the trek and then we can prepare for our trek.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour to Kathmandu, the capital valley

After finishing the breakfast early in the morning we will be visiting Hindu temple called pashupatinath where lots of Hindu devotees from India visit this place to worship and our other spot to visit is Syambhunath where lots of Buddhists worshiper is mainly found there are three big statue of Buddha, guru Rimpoche circling this pilgrimage. The other biggest spot will be Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath which is one of the largest stupa in south Asia with the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square which reveals the oneness and variety in Nepalese culture. After that we will be back to our hotel and take rest or either visit the well-known streets like Thamel, New road etc.

Day: 3 Flight or drive to Pokhara, 25minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

After the breakfast we will drive to the domestic airport to pokhara which take approximately 25 minutes to reach to pokhra or you can also take a tourist bus with lots of facilities which will take around 6-7 hours with beautiful scenic view with green vegetation all around and after reaching pokhara we will doing some recreational activities like  boating  on Phewa Lake where you can relish the almighty views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its grandeur in the tranquil green water of the lake.

Day: 4 Pokhara trekking to Arjunchaupari

Today early in the morning we will take a drive to Arjunchaupari after the breakfast we will be stating our hiking section. On the trail we will be passing through natural beauties and landscapes after that we will be having lunch in one of the sirubari village and we will be greeted by one of the lama gurus by giving us the blessing.in the snack time we will be served typical local snack and spend the night in this village including dinner will be also served and there will be program performed by different culture where you can enjoy.

Day: 5 Exploring the village and its surroundings

Today we will be spending our day in the community of Sirubari and after that we have somewhat like small hiking section where you can visit several villages of sirubari and interact with the people living there and get to experience their culture and their customs and get to understand their way of living and their day to day daily activities. You will be spending the night at this village.

Day: 6 Climb to Dahare Hill

 Today after breakfast we will be climbing up to the Dahare Hill where you will be spotting the magnificent view with surrounding mountains with striking village scenery. After that we will be descending down to the village where you are staying in the evening there will be program done by different communities where you can also join them and enjoy their cultural dance and all which will your best memorable trip.

Day: 7 Dahare Hill to Pokhara

Today, we will head towards Pokhara via Arjunchaupari. We will be walking trail up to Arjunchaupari and then take a drive back to Pokhara.

Day: 8 Full Day sightseeing of pokhara city

Early in the morning we will take a private vehicle to sarangkot which is set high above the pokhara where you can get the beautiful sight of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains with the beautiful sunrise. After lunch we will be heading to another spots of pokhara that is Davis fall, Mahendra cave, Tibetan refugees and the ancient museum.

Day: 9 Pokhara to Kathmandu 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

You can take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu and take to your respective hotel where you can relax and packed your stuff and either you can roam around the thamel area and do some shopping at the evening you will be given a farewell party to you with the cultural Nepali cuisine and you can capture the best memory.

Day: 10 farewell departure

Before checking out the hotel check all your belongings and carefully packed your entire luggage so that you didn’t miss your valuable stuff so remember to check it twice. After that we will drop you at the international airport 3 hours before the flight time so you get enough time to check the boarding pass and all. We are looking further to your next expedition hope to see you soon and have a safe journey.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
  • Standard lodges/teahouses or homestay during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO

TRIP GRADE:

Easy trek. You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME FOR THE TREK:

The best seasons for this trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly cold but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible; please contact us for weather condition on those months. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK:

GHH Team provides you 3 star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Lodge/Teahouse or homestay during the trek and the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. And there is 4-5 star luxury accommodation available in Kathmandu as well so, if you prefer to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu then please write us for the cost and the detail. Our package includes the luxury accomodation service in Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you want the accomodation with low budget you can contact us and inform about the grade of accomodation you want.

TRANSPORTATION:

We will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour. Private vehicle or flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu as per your demand.

ELECTRICITY BATTREY RE-CHARGE:

There are electricity in many of the villages during trek where you can re- charges your camera batteries and there is solar power in some villages and you can recharges your batteries in those places. If they have enough power, you can charge your spare batteries as well.

FOOD ON TREK:

Meals are included in our price. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). The drinks are not included in the package above.

WATER ON TREK:

We recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free. You have option of buying bottled water or boiled water. You can find safe drinking water at safe drinking water stations along the trail.

LUGGAGE:

During the trek your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. A small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotels locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepals domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

GROUP LEADER AND CREW FOR THE TREK:

We provide Trained Trekking Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP:

Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our fixed departures dates link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families colleagues, you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 maximum 100 at a time).

If you want to do something that is not included in our package then we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements.

PERSONAL EXPENSES DURING TREK:

Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included, you only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and do sopping then 12-15 USD per day should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.

COMMUNICATION SERVICES DURING TREK:

While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities are available and there are internet facilities in some villages as well.

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU:

Its not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

A TYPICAL DAY ON A TREK:

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the days walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoons walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the days adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

OUR MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU:

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a meeting and greeting service at the airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either GHH Team or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

ITINERARY CHANGES:

The itinerary for the trek should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

TREK DURATION:

We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the trek is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon clients wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

HEALTH ISSUES (important for you):

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trek. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as a headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called Diamox. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, out guide will have Diamox and basic medicine as well- We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to this area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Please visit Acute Mountain sickness page for more info about health issues.

INSURANCE / RESCUE / EVACUATIONS:

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this. Its good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL:

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At GHH Team, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face, we do not encourage camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

TRIP EXTENSIONS:

In addition to this trek, we can organize extensions your Trip both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic City of Lakes or you may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari or Lumbini Tour or do a Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well want take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you. We have several adventurous, beautiful, luxurious and relaxing packages which we can recommend you for your trip extensions. Contact us for the trip extensions.

BOOKING PAYMENTS:

You are required to make 20% payment in advance in order to book this trek along with your passport copy and the flight Detail (Arrival Detail) and the remaining 80% balance is payable when you arrive in Nepal. You have options of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary however there might be changes recently so, contact us for the up to date information.
  • Note: A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner
  • Itinerary- The above itinerary should be taken only as a guideline; it could change due to fluctuating weather patterns, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions related to the environment. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or senior Sherpa Guide will make the final decision after consulting the group.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 10 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Excursion & Sightseeing

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Homestay Trekking

Country: Nepal

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec