Color Festival in Nepal

"Colourful immense with scenic track"

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:12 days
  • Trekking Duration:5 days
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Meals:Full board in Trekking and Breakfast basis in City
  • Transportation:Private Vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Max Group Size:2-12
  • Best Time:March/April

Overview

Holi, also known as festival of colour is one of the most popular festival in Nepal .It takes place in the full moon day of Nepali  fagu Month  ( Feb to march in solar calendar) and celebrated for two days . Holi is celebrated for the victory of god over evil and welcoming of spring. This festival is celebrated mainly in Nepal and India but foreign people also participate with the great excitement and joy .People  will shower colour  to each other to express their sincere blessing and good wishes with great happiness .

The origin of Holi Festival can be traced back to “Mahabharata”, Hindu famous epic . According to the legend, King Hiranyakashipu was so arrogant and didn’t allow people to worship Lord Vishnu. However, Prince Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Vishnu and openly opposed his father. This enraged Hiranyakashipu and called his sister holika to burn the Prince on the full moon night . under the blessing of god Vishnu, Prahlada was unscathed while Holika was burned into ashes .when the prince walked out of the fire ,people sprinkled him with colorful water to express the praise of goodness and hatred of evil . since that time every year festival of colour Holy is celebrated in the memory of that day .

The festival of colour Holy is celebrated especially in India, Nepal and also immigrants all over the world .However as per the best place to experience holy, Kathmandu will never let you down! Peoples first shower colours to their loved ones and get showered too in return . This has spread love with colour among the couples . The whole Kathmandu valley is immersed in the festival atmosphere. Whether people known each other or not, they’ll be sprayed with Holy powder and colourful water . some will get a gental touch, some will across the heavy splash and other will be chased by the colour water balloons .In this case, please don’t get angry ,this is the kind of festival blessing .

In the square, Nepalis and visitors totally indulge in singing, dancing and sprinkling varieties of powders and waters. Everyone’s face is filled with festive joy. Even the air turns to be colorful. At this moment, cameras, mobile phones and selfie sticks have become the essential tools to record your happy Holi. You’re highly recommended to participate in this lively water fight. That kind of laughter and relax will definitely bring you back to your childhood. No need to worry about appearance and cleanness, and you can be as naughty as you want. Meanwhile, you’d better put on a white T-shirt for it looks particularly beautiful after being dyed. And you can even leave colorful fingerprints on it as memorial. This must be the best gift for your Nepal Trip .

About Activities

Color festival in Nepal, celebrate Holi with Trekking Planner package, we have put together sightseeing, trekking and Holi celebration. So after your arrival, we’ll go for 1-day full sightseeing of world heritage (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swaymbhunath temple, Boudhanath). Next day, we’ll celebrate Holi in Kathmandu. Not to mention, the street of Thamel and Kathmandu Durbar square is the best places to celebrate Holi in Kathmandu. Our trip further continues to Pokhara. After a full day sightseeing in Pokhara, we’ll go for short trekking in small beautiful village Ghandruk. Moreover, it offers a superb mix of lush vegetation due to geographical diversity, unbelievable landscapes, terrains, close and spectacular mountain view, especially during sunrise and sunset, and unchanged local people and stone built villages. And we’ll drive back to Kathmandu after this amazing short trek.

  • Day 01: 18/03/2019: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)
  • Day 02: 19/03/2019: Full day in Kathmandu with city tours
  • Day 03: 20/03/2019: Celebrate Holi Festival-Hotel
  • Day 04: 21/03/2019: Full day in Kathmandu 
  • Day 05: 22/03/2019: Kathmandu-Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 7 hrs drive
  • Day 06: 23/03/2019: Pokhara – Nayapul – Tirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) about 2 hrs drives and 3-4 hrs walks
  • Day 07: 24/03/2019: Tikhedhunga-Ulleri-Ghorepani (2780m/9121ft) 5-6 hrs walks
  • Day 08: 25/03/2019: Trek to Ghorepani-Tadapani (2660m/8727ft) 4-5 hrs walks
  • Day 09: 26/03/2019: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1990m/6529ft) 3-4 hrs walk
  • Day 10: 27/03/2019: Ghandruck – Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 4 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive
  • Day 11: 28/03/2019: Drive to Kathmandu about (1350m/4430ft) 7 hrs drive
  • Day 12: 29/03/2019: Fly back to home/ Next destination
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 04 nights twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • 02 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmanud by deluxe tourist bus(if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide  with all his  salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment.
  • Twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box
  • Pokhara to Starting point and ending point to Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandal
  • Trekking stick
  • Sun Hat, cap Warm woolen cap
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries.

Detail Itinerary

"Ready-Made itinerary presented in a website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. An itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss your tour plan."

On arrival in the international airport in Kathmandu you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our office representative. Check in and refreshment in the hotel and letter in the afternoon explore the area. Cultural dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. And stay overnight in Kathmandu.

On the day of Holi, we’ll pick you up from the hotel after breakfast. We’ll provide you with colors and head towards Kathmandu Durbar square as it is the best place to celebrate Holi and explore Thamel Street as well. You will be enjoying this festival with other Nepalese. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Today an early morning your guide will come to pick you up and transfer to the tourist bus station for your day drive to lakeside city of Pikhara through the scenic countryside. On arrival in Pokhara bus station our hotel representative of Pokhara will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel your guide will take you to the walking tours around the lake. Stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Trekking start day, in the morning after breakfast you will go on drive with your guide and porters on the well road of approximately 45 km. While driving you will pass some village with great scenery form Naudanda, Kanre, and Lumle all the way to Nayapul. On arrived at Nayapul, where our adventure begins from the warm sub-tropical region, walk follows the Modi River upstream to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola with scenery of waterfall, high green forest. Lunch will be served somewhere on the way at the tea houses and finally reaches to Tikhedhunga. Stay overnight at the tea houses.

After your first mountain wonderful breakfast in the same teahouse you stay, the route go steeply up with stones peeped step to reach Ulleri. From Ulleri you can have a view of Annapurna Himal and beautiful greenery terraces. After few hours of long hard climb with several breaks in between reaching at Ulleri village, from here the path is gradual on the winding trail through the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest, the walk continues with few short ups and downs to the Ghorepani, from where you will be able to see good view of Annapurna Mountain range. Overnight Stay at Tea houses.

Today at early morning before the sunrise you will be wake up by your guide to take you to the marvelous viewpoint of the trip i.e. Poon hill. It will take about 45 minute ascend walk to reach Poon hill to have a beautiful views of mountain with sunrise. Poon hill is derived as a hill from the ethnical group called as Poon, residents of Ghorepani and around area. Poon Hill is a great place to see the tantalizing view of stunning mountains from west Dhaulagiri, Annapurna ranges and an unique mountain Mt. Fishtail following the tantalizing view of Manaslu to Ganesh Himal to the east ranges of mountains. Poon hill is such a spot which shows the wide range of high mountains from west to east about 650 km spreaded with the morning cool sunrise. As you have a great time here return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast you will continues trek to Tadapani, The walk pass through the rhododendron, Pine and bamboo frost with short up and down. Lunch will serve on the way at the teahouses. Stay overnight at the tea houses.

Today’s walk leads through deep forest an hours on the gradual path to Bhasi Kharka, from this spot the trail descends with occasional view of the Mt.Annapurna ranges & Machhapuchre (Fishtail), through the forest, creeks and small streams to the Ghandruk village. This is a semi-modern village and gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time and as well for the night stop with enough time to explore the village and Gurung culture. This is one of the biggest towns of this trek.

After great time in the Ghandruck Village today you descending Pokhara via Birethanti one can see mules loaded with goods en-route. Walking distance is 05 hrs to Nayapool (New-bridge) from where you are going to finish you trek and drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Well, after wonderful time in the Nepal Himalaya and short rest in Pokhara, today you have day drive through scenic countryside to Kathmandu. After breakfast according to given time you will be picked up from hotel and transfer to the bus station. Once you arrive in Kathmandu bus station you will be receive from our office representative and take you to the hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Note: You can fly to Kathmandu which takes 35min

Today after breakfast we transfer you to the international airport in Kathmandu for your next destination.

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.” We wish you have a wonderful time with useful

Cost and Dates

To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

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Reviews

Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!

Jessgemza,
TripAdvisor

Best trek in the world

In March i completed the Everest High Pass trek with Trekking Planner and had all the support i needed from Trekking planner from planning the trip, to arriving in Nepal and then completing the trek. I had an amazing guide in Gyeljen, whose knowledge of the area was the best! This meant I was able to make it over the passes when many other groups didn't due to the weather. He helped with all the accommodation and provided great advice to help me deal with the altitude and very cold weather as these were a new challenge to me. The whole team and Dipak were very welcoming and funny and this meant the trek and then the visit to Chitwan afterwards was one of the best experiences of my life! Would highly recommend and planning to return sometime soon.

Sam B,
TripAdvisor

Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,
TripAdvisor

I have just had the best travel experience of my life.

What a trip!

What a great buch of guys at Nepal Trekking Planner!

Dipak and his team made my trip so easy, simple and enjoyable - I can't still hardly believe it.

I felt totally safe and fully supported - which was a big thing for me as I was unsure how the high altitude would affect me. I needn't have worried as my guide Ananta and porter Ganesh were brilliant - really helpful, patient and firendly. Every night my blood/oxygen saturation was checked which gave me real confidence. Not many of the guides from different agencies were doing this which suprised me a little.

I had 16 days in the mountains and enjoyed every minute. As things became harder or easier, my intinery was flexible with Ananta very willing recommmend alternatives and to make changes to suit. This made a real difference and I really felt that I got the most from my trek.

I'm not one for recommending and over-praising but Dipak, Ananta and Ganesh all went the extra mile to make it all very special indeed.

Well done guys and (funds permitting) see you next year!

phil4868,
TripAdvisor

Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

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