- Mt Gauri Shanker
- Mountain people and the lifestyles
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.
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at your best time; we love to wait for you. Don’t worry if you are going to arrive there at night; we will come to pick you up. You will be greeted by our representatives and taken to a hotel. There are no activities today; you can relax at your hotel. Thamel is open till midnight; this is the place where your hotel is located. You will find it lively.
Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and these are Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The first one is a Hindu Temple, the second is a Buddhist Stupa, and the last one is a palace as well as a museum. After the tour, you will head to your hotel. Private transportation will be provided as well as a city guide.
You take an early bus to Jiri. Jiri is the starting point of the trek. Had we taken a flight, then you would have started your trek from Lukla. Since you are interested in following the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing, you are going to Jiri by bus. It is a pretty long hour journey; you will be in the countryside most of the time, today. Jiri is a hill, and you can also call it a hill station.
You begin your walk by climbing uphill. On the way, there are few lodges. The trekking trail becomes steep, steeper, and steepest. There is also a forest of pine and rhododendron in which you walk and cross the pass. The rivers that you cross are Jhyaku Khola and Kakchapa Khola. The main villages that you reach are Sherakapti and Basa. Putchar Kharka is a beautiful village and has snow-covered Gaurishankar in the background.
You begin today’s trek by following a descending trekking trail in the forest. You will also be walking on the flat trail later. There is a stupa on the way, and the main river that you reach today is the Tama Kosi. There is a village called Bare on the way which has lots of lodges and restaurants, and you can stop there for lunch. Laduk is a village where you will see lots of castes, such as Chettri, Newar, and Tamang.
The trek is long compared to yesterday, and you will trek through terraced fields and forests. The trekking trail takes you to a variety of places like stupas, small villages, and rivers. You cross these rivers and pass by the stupas. The view of the snow-covered mountains keeps on coming to your eyes, and the major villages that you walk through our Chilankha and Loting. By following the ascending and descending trekking trails, you reach Bigu Gompa.
Today’s trek is also long comparing to yesterday, but you have the options for walking on short cuts. The trekking trail takes you to the forest. There is also a pass that you will cross. There is a bamboo forest, but less grassy areas; however, you will be crossing the forest of rhododendron and pine. There are also agricultural fields on the way, and by following the descending trekking trail from Photeng, you head to Durumthali.
By following the descending trekking trail, you head to Barabise. The trekking trail becomes steeper and steepest. Barabise is a market place which has lodges and restaurants. It also has a bus stop from where you catch a bus to Kathmandu.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a story behind to start Travel Max Guide Adventure Private Limited (TMG Adventure). We do have a team called First Act Nepal (FAN) that works for the well being of the children in need. We run the child sponsorship program to them. Later on, we start a travel company to live our passion and for the sustainability of our project. Let's walk some miles together to be a contributor to our communities. In conclusion, love your neighbor as yourself. Sharing is caring. Stay blessed.
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.”
Before he had gone very far with his brothers, he said to them, “Brothers, you two go on ahead. I have something to take care of and will catch up with you soon.”
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 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.
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.
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.
One of the best aspects of traveling to a new place is that you get to taste local cuisines which you have never tasted before. Sometimes, the cuisine you taste during your travel deeply touches your heart that you never forget its taste.
If you are traveling in Nepal, you surely will get to taste varieties of local ethnic cuisines. Hence, Nepal is not less than heaven for foodies. Nepal is a small country but it is the home of many ethnic groups. Each ethnic group has their lifestyle, language, culture, and cuisines.
Newar is one of the ethnic groups of Nepal who are the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley. Newars are renowned for their rich culture. Every year they celebrate several festivals and organize different feasts. One of the traditional and regular food items in Newari festivals is Samaybaji. It is taken as a starter dish in almost all festivals, family get-together and religious activities of Newars. Newars offer Samaybaji to the god before they eat. So, it is considered as auspicious blessed food (Prashad).
It is a dish that has multiple Newari food recipes together. Each item of Samaybaji has its importance to enhance the richness of this delicious cuisine. Mainly, this famous Newari food consists of the following items:
This is the extension trip which is categories as Nepali food tasting. Schedule will be fixed in your conveniences time. Approximately we need maximum 4 hours to do it.
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!
According to the schedule you will depart to the airport for your mountain flight by private vehicle.
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.
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.
At early morning, your guide will take you to the view tower of Nargarkot from where you can see the sunrise clearly.