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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Explore the mountain people and the Annapurna Sanctuary where you are going to see the Annapurna Himalayan range

Trip Overview

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code TMG-AS100
  • Start Point Kathmandu
  • End Point Kathmandu
  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Family Treks
  • Region Annapurna Region
  • Trip Staff Trekking Guide
  • Transportation Private & Surface Transportation
  • Trip Style BLD
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Elevation 4130m
  • Group Size 1-12 person
  • Accomodation Value
  • Trip Type Small Group Guided Trips
  • Best Time February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

Trip Highlights

  • Moderately Easy Trekking Trail
  • Second best trek after Everest
  • Best viewpoint of the Annapurna Region
  • The best source to study Gurung culture
  • The Annapurna Ranges
  • The city of lakes
  • The city of temples
US$ 1250per person

Trip Overview

Annapurna Region, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the best trekking destinations after Everest Base Camp Trek. You can find Annapurna Base Camp Trek on our website. It is the same trek. In Annapurna Base Camp Trek, our company creates an itinerary where you can cover the whole Annapurna Trekking highlights. Normally it is followed by the same route, but in our itinerary, we have created it via Landruk and Dhampus. It’s another trekker awaited routes. By following these routes, you can explore the traditional houses, Gurung Culture, Mountain views from different angles. Those who are planning to do it. You can check our Annapurna Base Camp Trek which you can complete within 16 Days.

By doing Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you are going to touch with these, it has got all the aspects of the trek, such as hills, beauties, sub-tropical valley, glaciated alpine zone, hike, forest, sanctuary, and the base camps. If you think Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is about the mountains and culture, then you have thought rightly, but what you do not know is its moderately easy trekking trails. What you see while trekking is the majestic scenery that will trace on your mind. This includes the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail 6997m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mt. Annapurna South (7219m). These are just some of the few mountains. As you reach the base camps during the trek, you will see the number of mountains more than you have estimated, and what could be the happiest moment to you than this. Another happiness is when you spend a night in these mountains. This is once in a lifetime experience. To have it, perhaps now is the time to imagine yourself doing Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

The trekking trail of Annapurna Base Camp from beginning to end takes you to a dense forest of rhododendron and bamboo, to fast flowing glaciated rivers, to suspension bridges, to the traditional village of the Gurung people and shows the old customs being followed even in the modern era. The scenery also changes from a lush forest to a grass pasture to rocky passes and ultimately includes only the breath-taking snow-covered mountains. In addition to these, you will also reach a famous viewpoint called Poon Hill which showcases a 360-degree view of the Annapurna Ranges. It is popular for sunrise view.

TMG Adventure believes in reputable work because this is what makes the clients happy; TMG Adventure also believes in impressive work because the first impression is the lasting impression. With these as baselines, it moves forward to work with the sense of oneness and treats you as the part of its family, so that you do not feel devoid of homely feeling whether you are in the trek or the Nepalese cities which are new and unknown to you.

Accommodation

You will be staying at a 3-star hotel (Value) in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast with an attached bathroom, and at the best possible lodge or guesthouse during the trek. For more information on accommodation during the trek.

Transportation

In your trip cost, we have also included the transportation fare, so that you do not have to pay from your pocket when you are in Nepal. The fare includes pick up from the airport as well as drop off at the airport, including other transportation facilities like tourist bus or local bus or taxi in which part of Nepal you are traveling. You will be seeing us outside the airport holding the signboard of TMG Adventure when you arrive in Kathmandu. If you arrive in the late evening, we will straightly take you to the hotel, and if you arrive in the day time, you will take you to our office. For more information, you can check it in what is included section.

Meals

You are trekking near the mountains, that is, you are trekking at a higher altitude, so your body needs energy, and you will get the energy from the food you eat. The foods that we provide you have the right amount of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. We will provide you these in all three square meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Guides

All our trekking guides have done training on how to tackle with altitude mountain sickness as well as how to use the first aid kit. They are also taught to take care of the trekkers 24/7 if they are affected by an altitude mountain sickness or if they are sick during the trek. Emergency evacuation if you need, you will be provided a helicopter. That is the reason why our guides have 24/7 access to TMG Adventure in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must because you are trekking near the mountains at an altitude of more than 3000 m. You must ensure in your country before coming to Nepal, before starting your trek. Please bring with you a copy of insurance, and your insurance policy must cover the medical expenses, helicopter evacuation from the altitude of 5000 m to 6000 m, and other things related to your health. Please give the copy to TMG Adventure. It will send the information to the insurance company if you use the mountain rescue operation, mentioned above.

Passport and Visa

Before coming to Nepal, your passport must have the validity of 6 months, and you can put the Tourist Visa ‘On Arrival’ on your passport at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. On arrival, the visa procedure is very quick and simple. For more information please visit this site: Nepal Immigration

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry points

  •  15 Days- $30
  • 30 Days- $50
  • 90 Days- $125

and you must also bring 4 passport-sized photos. If you are from China or SAARC countries, a free visa will be provided to you.

Trekking Information for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Nepal is open for all seasons. You can do a trek and tour in different parts of Nepal. Those who are looking to do the trek in the best season, travelers can pick it from the below ones:The following are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal, and each of these has its charm, the one which is on the top of the list is the best.

  • Autumn season (September till November)
  • Winter season (November till February)
  • Spring season (March till May)
  • Rainy season (June till August)- Those who love green vegetation and the monsoon season can do the trek. It will also be adventurous if you like it. TMG Adventure can operate trekking and tours; we have done lots of trips in our previous record.)

As a trekker, you can do different types of trekking in Nepal, and they have been given below.

  • Tea House Trekking (Guesthouse/Lodge Trek)
  • Camping
  • Home Stay 

TMG Adventure listed different types of trekking experiences or styles along with Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. You can find it on our website. To make it easier here are the bunch of lists.

Trip Extensions

TMG Adventure is always reaching out of the best service to make our travelers happy. In this package you can see extension trips; these are optional add-ons or travel choices for you. The company has its regular itinerary and the cost details too. On the suggestions and consideration of our previous travelers’, the company offers beyond it. You can check it properly. At the time of booking, if you wish to extend your holiday doing markup in the trip extensions (extra add-ons or activities), you can mark it and book it. It depends on your personal choice. Beyond it, we also offer private and customize trips to those who are looking to do it on their travel requirements. Travelers can send us about the trip information by using our tailor-made trip/ customize trip forms or send us a quick inquiry. One of our travel planners will respond to it.

Walk miles for a good cause

TMG Adventure is not just a tour operator in Nepal but also a contributor for a good cause to our communities and the Himalayas people especially working on behalf of children where are abundant from education. Company work through FAN (First Act Nepal) It’s a team that works purely for our children. Support for their well-being through education providing child sponsorship programs. Assisting them in school uniforms, stationery, and school fees.

TMG Adventure donates a certain amount of its income to FAN annually, and the amount that it donates varies from year to year because the income that it earns also varies from year to year. Sometimes the income of TMG Adventure is high, and sometimes, it is low. Accordingly, the donation is made. As you embark on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, you will be glad to know that you are doing some good and giving back to the community.

TMG Adventure also has a volunteering program, and if you are interested, then you can help these children through this program. For more, you can contact us via email, make a call or visit our office. You can also be a part of encouragement by engaging and sharing your ideas in our project.

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Itinerary & Maps

Itinerary & Maps

Below is an existing itinerary; this is a standard itinerary of ours, but you can customize the itinerary to meet your specific needs. You can prepare the itinerary that is going to work best for you. Your itinerary should be based on your interest. You can make your itinerary unique by adding fun to it. Travel Max Guide gives the topmost value to your customized itinerary because it has experienced trekking guides to make itinerary better as well as make it easier for you to travel and have a good time in Nepal.

Welcome to the City Of Temples. As you arrive there, we will pick you up from the airport and drop you at the hotel. If you arrive in the daytime, you can roam in the streets of Thamel, if you arrive at night, taking a rest will be a good idea. 

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

Boudhanath Kathmandu Sighseeing
Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu is dotted with historical monuments. These monuments come under the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES. Some of these are stupas, some are temples, and some are palaces. Each of these is wonderfully designed and takes you to the past, as well as inform you how innovative and creative were Nepali architectures.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

The early morning guide will come to receive at your hotel. We are heading off to Pokhara by tourist bus. If you like to drive in a private car or by flight. You can contact us. At the time of booking, you can find the optional services where you can check out with standard services or if you wish to take additional services, you can pick it. Your cost by tourist bus will deduct automatically. Pokhara is also the tourist hub. So, it has a lot of tourist attractions. Also, it offers a lot of tourism activities. Some of these are paragliding and bungy jumping. If you want to visit the touristy places of Pokhara, then one day is more than enough.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Tourist Bus

Pokhara Peace Pagoda
Pokhara Fishtail view
Additional Services
  • Private Car
    USD 110
  • Flight to Pokhara
    USD 119

Note: Due to the consideration of our travelers, here we offer additional services for your convenience. The regular price that is mentioned in the itinerary will be deducted and add the sum of the additional service picked by you. If you get confused or need help from one of our travel experts, you can directly send us an inquiry or write us an email at [email protected] We will respond to your email. Thank you

You drive from Pokhara to Naya Pul, the starting point of the trek. On the way, there are sub-tropical valley forests, steps, boulders, steepness, cliffs, bridges, and villages. There is also a village called Tikhedhunga, and you reach Ulleri via it. When you reach Ulleri, it would be afternoon.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Transportation

    Surface Transport

After breakfast, you head to Ghorepani by reaching Banthanti and Nangethanti. To reach these villages, you have to walk through oak and rhododendron forest, and it is in Nangethanti, you will have your lunch. The trekking trail that you follow is easy and gentle. This is how you reach Ghorepani, the village that shows the perfect view of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Ranges.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Poon Hill is a viewpoint, and it cannot be compared with other viewpoints of the Annapurna Region because it offers a rewarding and panoramic view of the mountains.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

After breakfast, you follow a trekking trail that goes downhill, as well as to the forest of rhododendron and oak. In the afternoon, you reach Chhomrong, the village of the Gurung people. You will have a lot of time to explore the village. You will also see the fantastic views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

The down trekking trail takes you to the Chomrong Khola. This is followed by up trekking trail which takes you to Khuldighar at 2,380 m. There is a steep trekking trail, bamboo, and a gorge. There is also a rhododendron forest before you reach the Himalayan Hotel.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Today, you reach the Hinko Cave, Deurali and then Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trekking that you follow goes up. It is after two hours trekking from the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) that you reach the Annapurna Base Camp. From there, you see the Annapurna Ranges, the view is unobstructed and spectacular.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

The trekking trail is easy in comparison to yesterday. From the trail, you will see the stunning view of Annapurna, as well as other mountains. You will reach the Bamboo and the Himalayan Hotel. On the way, there is a forest of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Retrace the trekking trail. This time, the trekking trail goes down. It then heads to the Chhomrong. Walking through the villages. There are lots of tea houses in this village. You will be staying in one of them. If you wish to take a bath in Hot spring. You can walk down.

  • Accomodation

    Guesthouse

  • Meals provided

    BLD

On the way, you will follow the Modi Khola. Crossing through the local villages. These are the prominent villages because some trekking companies add them to the itinerary of their clients. It is in these villages that their clients will stop for the night. The journey to these villages takes you to the sub-tropical valley, forests and thousands of steps. After that, we reach Nayapul from where we will drive to Pokhara.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    MAP

  • Transportation

    Surface Transport

As the scheduled time, your guide will take you to the tourist bus station. We are going to drive to Kathmandu. On the way, you will see the rivers, villages, small towns, and terrace farming.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Tourist Bus

One of our representatives will drop you to the airport by private vehicle.

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

What's Included

What's Included

Cost Includes

  • Twin sharing accommodation with Breakfast plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3-star hotel.
  • Guesthouse/ Mountain Teahouse accommodation during the time of trekking

  • Pickup from the airport and a hotel as well as drop off in a private vehicle
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu

  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea/coffee during the time of trekking
  • As indicated in the itinerary

  • Nepal Government certified English speaking local trekking guide and porter
  • Porter service (One porter for 2 trekkers)

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and Trekkers' Information Management Systems- TIMS Card for Trekking

  • Insurance of Guides, including their meals, salary, lodging, and transportation.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner in a restaurant with a cultural show.
  • Trip accomplishment certificate.
  • All government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International flights tickets

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “cost include” section

Additional Info

Additional Info

When you confirm your trip with us, we, Travel Max Guide need some information about you because we have to do this, according to the rules and regulations, and we send this information to the tourism board because you are traveling in Nepal, and the same goes if you are traveling to Tibet and Bhutan through our agents. The information that you provide us will not be leaked, and it will be confidential because we know you also love to keep the matter within yourself as far as possible. Your privacy is our privacy. Please do provide us the following information so that we can build a good relationship with you not only for the present but also in the future.

  • We need the type of document that confirms your identity.
  • We need your name, address, mobile no, postal code, and email address.
  • Scan and send a copy of your passport.
If you have any questions on the above-mentioned, then please do send it to us because we want to have the information for your sake, for our sake, and the sake of your family.

Equipment

Equipment

We appreciate your preference for equipment, but please do check the following before flying to Nepal. You can hire the following equipment at a reasonable price, even if you arrive late in the evening, you can hire them in Thamel. The shops are opened till 10 p.m., and our guide will assist you.

1. Accessories

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Pole Stick
  • Water bottles (3 liters capacity)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Headlamp, spare batteries
  • Toiletries, and a small washcloth (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
  • Camera

2. Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Sandals

3. Headgear

  • Brimmed sunhat and bandana
  • Warm hat

4. Clothing

  • Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket
  • Warm top, such as a long-sleeved sweater
  • One or two cotton shirts
  • Long pants
  •  Fleece jacket
  • Rain pants, waterproof/breathable pant
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Essential Info

Essential Info

Tourism is the main source of income for the guides, porters, and hotel owners in Nepal, so we believe that the Himalayas should be protected not only for this generation but also for the future generation. Every trek that TMG runs focuses on taking care of the ecological aspects and works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).

Yes, it does, and the rescue is done through helicopter, and the cost of the rescue operation is likely to be from USD 2500 to 3000 USD per person. If there is a group rescue operation, then the cost is likely to be USD 500 per person.

  • Insect repellent.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Anti-diarrhoeal drug
  • Antibiotics
  • Paracetamol
  • Skin cream for blisters.
  • Diamox
  • Multi-vitamin 
  • Iodine
  • Cotton
  • Tape
  • Dettol

Yes, the trek runs. We do not charge any extra money for a solo trekker.

It is a sickness caused due to the lack of oxygen at a higher altitude in the mountainous region, and one of the ways to overcome it is to drink plenty of water. The other is descending to a lower altitude, and the medicine you can take to fight against it is Diamox (acetazolamide).

Most of the time, we have the first time trekkers, and they are doing good. So, you do not need to have any experience to do a trek, but we do recommend you jogging, swimming, and walking before coming to Nepal for it. Previous experience will be a plus point.

You must be 100% physically fit, that means, you should not have acute health problem nor chronic health problem.

In Nepal, many people still use cash; this does mean there is no ATM. You will find ATM in the main cities of Nepal, including Kathmandu and Pokhara. We would like to recommend you to exchange USD into Nepali currency before trekking.

Yes, you can at a small fee, especially when you acclimatize.

Tea houses might charge you from USD3 to USD 10 for Wi-Fi, and another option is to get a Nepal Telecom SIM card or Ncell SIM Card. You can also use your guide’s mobile for an international if you reimburse him.

C or D type outlet (adapter). Ask your guide, you can buy an adapter at a cheap price in Kathmandu.

Yes, you can charge, and you have to pay $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

If it is urgent, then you should find some privacy on the trail and pee.

We would like to recommend this diet rather than meat because in the mountainous regions there are no fridges to store meat.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria
  • Rabies

If you are seriously affected by altitude mountain sickness, then you will be flown to Kathmandu for treatment.

There is no such age limit because we have had families who trekked with us with their kids like 9 years old as well as senior people aged 70.

Nepal is the safest trekking destination in the world because you will be with a trekking guide and a porter. Lodges are safe, and our guide always gives paramount importance to your safety.

There will be other people in the group, but we do not tell you about their personal information, but of course, we can say the number of people in the group.

Only if you are doing a private tour (private trek), you can add extra days. If you are trekking in a group, then this is not possible. Because on a private tour, you have chosen your date, and you can trek in the way you have decided, we mean to say, there will be you or your family or friends, no outsiders.

No, because we have to pay for the hotel, transportation company, guide, government, and porter. For some trips, we have to book air tickets. We have to book all of these in advance. That is the reason, why we do not refund.

The trip price we have mentioned is inclusive and includes transportation, accommodation, meals during the trek, and government taxes, including guide service and porter. For personal expenses, the money you should bring is USD 500, and you have to exchange it into Nepali currency in Kathmandu before trekking.

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Client Reviews

Client Reviews

  • First step in the Everest Base Camp

    I was in Nepal for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Outstanding sceneries and good hospitality. On the way to the base camp, I got an opportunity to visit the Buddhist monastery as well as got some information about Buddhism. That was great. Our guide and porter were awesome. Very kind and helpful. Thank you, TMG.

    Henry United Kingdom
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Trekking with Travel Max Guide was an amazing experience. My selection of trip and the company were excellent and of the right decision. In each moment of my walk, I came across adventure and discovered something new. I remember my first step on the Everest Base Camp. The view was spectacular. Passing through the Sherpa communities and staying in Namche Bazaar is unforgettable. I miss the trip very much. Anyway, thank you so much for your service while I was in Nepal. See you next time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Angelo Barcelona
  • Everest Trekking in Nepal

    Originally from the United State of America from the city of Los Angeles where life is busy and rush. I made a trip with TMG. It’s a new experience than I excepted. I found Nepalese people really welcoming. They really love tourists. While trekking in the Everest region, I got time to spend with nature, gained plenty of ideas of culture and tradition from the Himalayas. The trip was totally mind-blowing. TMG has a good team spirit and is dedicated to serving guest and trekkers.

    Herald New York
  • Visit Nepal

    Hi! it’s me, Anna from Central London, I am a landscape photographer, love to take pictures of landscapes and portraits all around the world. My trip to Nepal was awesome with the TMG guys. TMG managed well during my trip. Plus point is TMG members are also photographers. I worked with the team for 5 weeks on video and photography projects. I highly recommend the TMG team if you want to know beautiful Nepal.

    Anna London
  • Everest Trek

    Last year in 2018, I was in Nepal for 14 days for the Everest Base Camp Trek. It was mind-blowing. I loved the trek and the time spend with TMG. The team is great, really caring and have great knowledge about the trip. Guys, keep ongoing.

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A long time in the past, many immeasurable eons ago, our teacher the perfect Buddha was practicing on the path of learning. Below is the story of how he was overcome with compassion when he saw a tigress tormented by starvation and offered his body to her without a moment’s hesitation.

In the distant past, there lived in this world a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo) who ruled over a small kingdom of some five thousand subjects. Due to the king’s accumulation of merit, all his subjects enjoyed happiness and well being; rains came at the right time while crops and livestock flourished. The king had three sons: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo), the middle Great Deity (Lha Chenpo), and the youngest Great Being (Semchen Chenpo). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest years, the youngest son, Great Being, was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion. He gave freely and generously to others as if to his only child.

One day when the weather was fine, the king along with his queen, sons, and ministers left the town for a relaxing time in the country. The king and queen rode upon an elephant while the sons, ministers, and retinue were mounted on beautiful horses. After half a day’s ride, they arrived at a place of thickly wooded forests resonant with birdsong while nearby blossomed a tapestry of flowers in rich variety. The king was pleased with the scenery and ordered a large encampment to be prepared for everyone’s enjoyment. The servants immediately unpacked everything, set up tents, and laid out a hearth of stones for cooking. Soon the ground was covered with tents as clouds billowed in the sky above. The servants bustled about, preparing a variety of foods and offering tea and liquor to everyone. Then the young people began to sing, dance, and play, transforming the encampment into a celestial realm. The king, queen, and ministers watched the entertainment while enjoying an eighteen-course meal accompanied by wine and sake.

Then the three princes, in the full flush of their youth, picked up their bows and arrows and headed for the forest. As they walked along, they noticed a den in the dense woods. They crept up to it and saw inside a tigress sleeping beside her cubs. Great Sound and Great Deity laid arrows on their bows, making ready to kill the tigress, but Great Being stopped his brothers, saying that killing was completely wrong. When he looked into the cave again, Great Being noticed that the tigress was not able to move, for she had just given birth and she also feared that if she left to hunt for food, another animal might harm her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the ground unable even to lift her head. Great Being was moved to tears with compassion that arose from the depths of his heart. He asked his brothers, “What kind of food would save the tigress and her cubs?” They responded, “This kind of red Indian tiger eats the warm flesh and blood of a recent kill. So if you want to help her and the cubs, you must find flesh and blood that are fresh.”

Great Being thought for a moment: “It’s indeed true that to save the tigress and her cubs, warm flesh and blood are needed. But then I’d have to kill another living being, and that would mean killing one to save another. What else can I do?” He thought for a long while but did not find a solution. Then his brothers said, “We came out here to have a good time. It’s pointless to worry about this tigress and her cubs. It’s time to return to our parents.” And so they left.

As he followed his brothers back to the encampment, Great Being thought, “For a long time, I have been cycling in samsara, wasting countless lives, sometimes due to excessive desire, sometimes aversion, and sometimes ignorance. I have rarely met such an opportunity to accumulate merit. What real use is this body if not for the Dharma?” Finally, he decided, “This time I must be truly generous.”

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He took the path to the tigress’s den quickening his pace. When he found the collapsed tigress, she was so exhausted

that she could not even open her mouth. Great Living Being reached out his hand to touch her face, but she was so weakened she could not even bare her fangs. So the prince sharpened a splinter from a nearby tree and cut his body to draw blood, which he allowed the tigress to lick. Not long after, she opened her jaws and stood up. With a roar, she pounced on the prince and devoured him.

The two brothers waited a long time, but the youngest prince did not come, so they set out to find him. Reflecting on what he had said earlier, they did not doubt that he had returned to the tigress’s den. When they arrived and looked inside, there was nothing left of their brother but blood, bones, nails, and bits of clothing. The tigress had consumed him. At this sight, Great Sound and Great Deity immediately lost consciousness; it was a long time before they recovered their senses. The two gathered up the pieces of their brother’s clothing and, sobbing with deep sadness, set out for their parents’ encampment.

During this time, the queen was taking a nap and in a dream saw three doves flying high in the sky. As they fluttered around, a hawk struck and carried off the smallest one. Waking in terror, the queen immediately related her dream to the king. He replied, “Hearing your story, I believe the three doves are our three sons. The youngest of them, carried off by the hawk, is my most beloved son. I’m sure that something dreadful has happened to him.” So saying, the king immediately sent out servants to look everywhere for his son.

Soon, the two princes arrived and the king asked, “Did something bad happen to my beloved son? Do you have any news?” Choked with sadness, the two were unable to speak or even breathe for a while. Finally, they sighed deeply and told their parents that the tigress had eaten Great Being. Upon hearing this terrible news, the queen fainted right away. The king too was overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by sorrow. After a long while and with profound sighs, the two princes, the king, and the queen rushed to the place where the youngest prince had died. When they arrived at the opening of the den, what met their eyes were the bones and rivulets of blood left behind by the tigress. The queen recoiled, overcome with sobbing, and did not recover for a long while.

Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn as Great Courage (Nyingtob Chenpo). He wondered, “What did I do to be reborn here in the celestial realm of Tushita?” Through his divine eye, he thoroughly examined the five realms. Great Courage saw that, gathered around the bone fragments he had left behind, were his parents and two brothers. They were sunk in lamentation and completely miserable. He thought, “My parents are experiencing such unhappiness, it could threaten their very lives. To lighten their spirits, I’ll go talk to them.” He descended from space to the lofty sky and spoke words of encouragement to comfort his parents: “I’m the prince Great Being. After giving my body in generosity to the starving tigress, I was reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita.” With tears in their eyes, the king and queen said, “Son, you who are like our very heart, offering your body to the tigress was certainly most praiseworthy. But whom can we tell of our suffering in missing you?”

Great Courage replied, “Please do not be unhappy. The end of birth is disintegration, and the end of the gathering is separation. No one can transcend this for it is the nature of things. It is the same for everyone. If you perform evil actions, you will fall into the hell realms; if you perform virtuous actions, you will be reborn in the higher realms. Therefore, diligently pursue virtue. Make aspiration prayers, and in the next life we will meet in a celestial realm.” After a few more words, he disappeared. The king and queen became a little happier and committed to pursuing virtuous activity. They created a small casket covered with seven kinds of jewels in which they laid the bones of their son and a stupa was built over the place in which it was buried.

The Region of Namo Buddha, Past and Present

The pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha is about forty kilometers from the Boudhanath Stupa. Located on slightly elevated land, it is a pleasant and out-of-the-way place. The landscape below resembles an eight-petaled lotus, and the sky above has the form of a wheel with nine spokes. In this wide panorama, some mountains glisten white like a conch shell or a crystal. On other mountains, the groves of trees seem to gleam with emerald and turquoise jewels. In the summertime, southern winds bring coolness; in wintertime, the warm, gentle sun is like the clear and radiant face of youth. The flowers bloom bright and multicolored. In the blue vault of the sky, clouds gently gather and turn all shades of red at daybreak; they are beautiful in wondrous hues that fill space with their canopies and banners. Like a heap of white silk scarves, mists drift slowly from place to place. From the clouds, the drums of thunder resonate; lightning flashes like a slim dancer’s quick movement; and fine showers fall in brightness. In sum, all the harmonious conditions needed to practice samadhi are present at this sacred site. Merely coming here inspires one’s faith; renunciation and weariness with samsara naturally arise. As it is said: “In the supreme place of a solitary mountain retreat, any activity is virtuous.” In brief, Namo Buddha is a place of pilgrimage highly esteemed by people from all over the world, East and West.

After Great Being offered his body in generosity to the tigress, people found it difficult to travel through the region for fear of all wild animals, so they developed the practice of reciting “Namo Buddhaya” (“I take refuge in the Buddha”) to dispel their anxiety. To this day, the local inhabitants call the area Namo Buddha. As time passed, villages gradually appeared, and cultivated fields extended from the houses. The ancient stupa has become a special place to accumulate merit through activities such as circumambulation and making offerings. People come from all corners of the world to visit the site and make the traditional offerings of butter lamps, a fresh coat of white paint for the stupa, and a pleated cloth that encircles the base of its spire and ripples in the wind. In the past, when there were no roads for cars, only a modest footpath led to the site, and it was very difficult to reach. Nowadays, cars of any size can make the trip without a problem. In olden times, on most nights when the moon was full, a tiger would appear near the stupa; the caretaker and many local people would see it. It is said that later when cars, electricity, and other modern technology arrived, the tiger was no longer seen. Most of the local people in this area are Buddhist, and even to this day, some can read Sanskrit.

About eight kilometers below the stupa in the town of Panauti are ruins said to be the palace of the king Great Charioteer. Even today, on the fifteenth day of the fourth Tibetan month, the people of the region have the custom of setting out a gilded bronze statue of the Buddha and gathering to perform ceremonies all day. At another interesting site about three kilometers below the stupa, a small temple is said to contain the remains of the Prince Great Being’s mother. Inside one can see an image of her carved into stone. Further, in the woods below the stupa, a little spring gives what is known as blessed water. About a fifteen-minute walk up from the stupa, one can visit the place where the prince offered his body in great generosity.

Today, two caves are venerated, one near the monastery and another on a hill nearby. Since so many centuries have passed, the exact place is difficult to locate. It is certain, however, that the cave is in this locale. Many great individuals have set foot in Namo Buddha. From India came scholars and meditation masters such as the noble and supreme Vasubandhu and the unequaled Jowo Je, the glorious Atisha. From the Kagyu tradition, the protectors of beings, great lamas have visited such as Situ Chökyi Jungne and his attendant the great scholar Bero Lotsawa Tsewang Kunkhyab as well as the XVIth Gyalwang Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje; the Drugchen Khyabgon Rinpoche; and the Drikung Khyabgon Rinpoche. From the early tradition of the Nyingma, important lamas have traveled here, such as Khyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Drubwang Pema Norbu, Chatral Rinpoche, and Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok. From the glorious Sakyapa tradition, great individuals belonging to the Sakya, Ngorpa, and Tsawa schools have come, as well as major scholars and meditation masters from the Riwo Geden (Gelugpa) tradition, such as Khewang Gendun Chöphel. In sum, numerous important figures from all the traditions have walked this land.

Visit Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is a beautiful place. There is no need to exaggerate this. The place is very quiet and pure. Its environment is very clean, with no pollution, and the natural air is so fresh, cool and healthy. It is also the right place for meditation and practice. In the morning when you wake up, you can see a beautiful sunrise. In the evening you can see a wonderful sunset. You can enjoy snow-covered Himalayan ranges which look so amazing and pure.

From the Buddhist point of view, Namo Buddha is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal. There are three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Namo Buddha.

Itinerary

Today we are heading to Namobuddha from Kathmandu. Approx. on motorbike we need 2 and half hour. In a short time, you will get an opportunity to see the various places of Nepal. A old city known as Panauti and the beautiful villages. A legendary place which is known as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, as he was born as a king in his previous life. Explore the hidden myths and place where still stand peace and the followers of Buddha.

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  • A motorbike
  • Guide
  • Entry fee

Cost Excludes

Mountain Flight

Mountain Flight

US$ 250per person
Duration: 1 Day

A mountain flight is beyond one’s imagination because you’ve never seen anything like it before. Only a bird gets to see this glorious view and you’re up close within minutes of being airborne. Enjoy a close look at some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest and go home with incredible pictures because everyone gets a window seat!
Taking a mountain flight is the easiest thing to do. Buy a ticket and you’re taken on an hour-long flight that flies higher than some of the Himalayan peaks, looking down on glaciers and high altitude lakes. Nepal has eight of the highest mountains in the world and the only way to see them all is by flying past them. Even mountaineers don’t get to see them up close all in a day. The hostess identifies the individual peaks and the pilot invites each passenger to the cockpit to take pictures of Everest from their large windscreen.

In the west is seen the mighty peaks of the Dhaulagiri massif and the Annapurna range while far in the east lies Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. The horizon seems like an endless jagged row of high snowy peaks stretching far into the distance. The rows and rows of mountain peaks are beyond one’s imagination and simply unbelievable.
Leaving Kathmandu domestic airport early in the morning before the clouds form, passengers take an hour’s flight around the Everest region with stunning views of all the major peaks. Maps are available on the mountain ranges so one can identify the various important peaks. The hostesses are there if you have questions. Should the weather not be suitable you will be either offered a refund or the option to fly again.

For visitors based in Pokhara, there are other options available such as taking a microlight flight towards the Annapurna Massif with spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre among them. A microlight is a two-seater small aircraft with a powered engine designed to carry no more than two people, the pilot, and the passenger.
For visitors who like to take a mountain flight to the extreme, there are options to charter helicopters and fly to the Everest range, taking a short tour around the Everest valleys before landing for breakfast and then returning to Kathmandu.

If you are someone with a higher adventure threshold, then you might also want to experience hang-gliding, paragliding, paramotor flying, sky diving or even participate in relevant training courses. Enjoy the spectacular views!

 

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Itinerary

According to the schedule you will depart to the airport for your mountain flight by private vehicle.

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    Twin Sharing

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Cost Includes

  • Mountain Flight tickets

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “cost include” section

Nagarkot Sunrise

Nagarkot Sunrise

US$ 200per person
Duration: 2 Day

Nagarkot is a place where people are looking nearby Kathmandu to see the sunrise and the nearby villages. Nagarkot is located about 25 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal at the elevation of 6,800 feet above the sea level. You can see the spectacular views of the Himalayan range. If the weather is clear, you can get an opportunity to see Mount Everest. In the meantime, you will pass through the terrace farming and the local villages. It might be a pleasant day for you. Approximately, in 1 hour of car driving, will reach Nagarkot.

Itinerary

Approximately, after 1 hour of driving, we will reach to Nagarkot. You can get fresh, after that, your guide will take you to the short hike in Nagarkot. At the time of hiking, you will get the beautiful scenario of the villages and the terrace farming.

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    Private Room

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At early morning, your guide will take you to the view tower of Nargarkot from where you can see the sunrise clearly.

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    Hotel

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    Twin Sharing

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Cost Includes

  • Three star hotel in Nagarkot with BB plan

  • Ground transportation with private vehicle

  • English speaking tourist guide

Cost Excludes

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