After breakfast in the Dwarikas courtyard, you’ll drive to Patan, one of the three royal cities that existed in the valley. This is a World Heritage township, enclosed within four stupas is popularly referred to as the City of Fine Arts. The temples around the main square are impressive as is the Patan Museum, housed within a picturesque setting of the palace.
Have lunch at the `Traditional Inn’ (a local favorite).
In the afternoon, drive to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square which lies in the heart of the city and is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Palace square, named after the hindu monkey god Hanuman. There’s a great variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess.
Return to the Dwarikas and later enjoy a traditional nine course Nepali banquet in the fine dining Krishnarpan restaurant.
Day 11 – Kathmandu to Pokhara
Around noon, checkout and take a chartered helicopter flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara valley, surrounded by lofty peaks was once a single large lake, featuring impressive vistas. This hippie hideaway then grew into a launchpad for some of Nepal’s most popular treks and rafting expeditions, bristling with activity in season.
You’ll have lunch at the popular `Moon Dance’ Cafe and visit the impressive Mountaineering museum.
You’ll be at Tiger Mountain Lodge tonight, perched high above Pokhara valley, with an amazing backdrop of the Himalayas.
Spend the rest of the day taking short hikes in the Nepali countryside or go bird-watching or simply relax in this resplendent surrounding.
Day 12 – Pokhara to Jomsom
After early coffee and rolls, your helicopter picks you up at the lodge for a half hour flight to Jomsom, the gateway and administrative center in the lower Mustang region.
Check-in to the Mustang Resort located above the Kali Gandaki river with frontal views of the sacred Nilgiri Mountain (at 7061 m) and Mt. Tilicho (7134). Later, explore Jomsom’s surroundings in particular Marpha, a Thakali village with its neatly clustered stone homes, traditional monastery and elegantly paved main street.
Day 13 – Lo Manthang & Chhusang Village
Take your helicopter soon after dawn to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The flight is beyond everything you can imagine.
In a while, the medieval walled city of Lo Manthang looms over the horizon. There are the “kheni” statues at either end of town – a buxom women and a very aroused man.
Although the monarchy ceased to exist since 2008, Mustang residents still revere their King, with whom you’ll have an audience in the Old Palace along with a traditional Lo-Manthang breakfast.
Your helicopter will then take you past the flying Caves of Mustang which are undoubtedly the Himalayas best kept secret.
Along your return flight to Jomsom, make a stop at Chhusang village for a picnic lunch and walk-about.
Following your high altitude, adrenaline-drenched expedition, you’ll return to Mustang Resort for lunch and some leisure time.
Later in the afternoon, you should avail of a pony trek in the environs of Jomsom with glorious views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri and Tilocho peak.
Day 14 – Jomsom to Pokhara
At dawn, after tea/coffee and rolls, your helicopter returns you to Pokhara and the Mala Lodge, set in the Annapurna lowlands with the famous Machhapuchhre mountain and surrounding valleys contributing to an incredible setting.
You’ll enjoy breakfast in the gardens with your host and camp boss Phurba Sherpa, who has summited Mt Everest five times.
The morning is at leisure to enjoy this resplendent surrounding. Then after lunch, take a walk to a quaint bee-keeping village and meet the Gurungs who follow an ancestral livelihood collecting honey from wild beehives built upon steep cliff faces.
Enjoy a Gurung inspired dinner tonight.
Day 15 – Pokhara
This morning, meet with your trekking guide and start off with a drive along the scenic Seti river to the trek starting point at Lumle. The hike from Lumle back to your lodge is a gentle uphill and takes around 2 hours through the attractive Nepali countryside and quaint villages.
Day 16 – Pokhara – Lukla
Your helicopter returns this morning to take you to Lukla, gateway to the Everest region and where all expeditions and treks begin. Your flight path is extremely scenic passing the world’s major peaks such as Fish Tail, Annapurnas, Lamjung, Himalchuli, Ganesh, Lantang, Dorjee Lakhpa and the irrepressible Gauri Shankar.
Now you’ll stay at the Yeti Mountain Home…and have the rest of the day to walkabout this renowned world address for international trekkers and mountaineers. Lukla is full of small hotels and lodges, numerous big/small restaurants and curio shops.
Day 17 – Lukla to Namche Bazar
At dawn, your helicopter takes you up to Kongde Ri, regarded as a holy mountain although it is open for climbing. You’ll land at the Kongde Lodge, reportedly the highest in the world at 4,250 m. (13,943 feet)
The views from here are magnificent. As the backdrop of a champagne breakfast, you’ll see the entire glory of the Himalayas: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyo, Gyajung Khang and Ama Dablam. Way down below is the picturesque Khumbu valley and Kongde lake.
Due to the high altitude you’ll spend around 45 minutes at Kongde Lodge before your helicopter proceeds on a short flight to the mythical Namche Bazar, located within the Khumbu area and a major stop on the trail to Everest Base Camp.
After lunch and settling into the Namche Yeti Mountain Home, take a walk into town, feel its narrow alleyways lined with gear shops and tea houses (cafeterias). Namche is the main cultural and market center of the legendry Sherpa community.
Day 18 – Namche Bazar to Dhulikhel
After breakfast, re-board your helicopter and return towards Kathmandu, landing en route at the Dwarikas Spa in Dhulikhel.
Himalayan sunrises, panoramic mountain views, terraced valleys and immense natural beauty has been the hallmark of Dhulikhel. Its perfect altitude reflects in a rich diversity of birds and plants including rhododendron, chrysanthemums and orchids.
Set in a splendid natural surrounding, Dwarikas Spa is a blend of Vedic philosophy, Buddhist medicine and traditional Himalayan knowledge. During your two night’s stay you can sign up for yoga, meditation, pottery sessions, bird-watching and hiking in addition to spa treatments.
Day 19 – Dhulikhel
The morning is for independent activity, treatments etc, your trip is coming to a close, so enjoy your time.
In the late afternoon, visit the World Heritage city of Bhadgaon, also called Bhaktapur. Founded in the 9th century, Bhaktapur, meaning City of Devotees is known as the home of medieval art and architecture. Walk around Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooking the Palace of 55 windows and the Nyatapola temple, considered the finest example of the Pagoda style of architecture.
Day 20 – Kathmandu to Bangkok
After breakfast, drive an hour to the Kathmandu airport to connect to flights home