12 Days Color Festival in Nepal

Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 3210m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Celebrate Holi, Trekking, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March/April

Trip Introduction: 12 Days Color Festival in Nepal

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

The origin of the Holi Festival can be traced back to “Mahabharata”, a 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 color Holy is celebrated in memory of that day.

The festival of color Holy is celebrated especially in India, and Nepal and also by immigrants all over the world. However, as per the best place to experience holy, Kathmandu will never let you down! People first shower colors to their loved ones and get showered too in return. This has spread the love with color among couples. The whole Kathmandu valley is immersed in the festival atmosphere. Whether people know each other or not, they’ll be sprayed with Holy powder and colorful water. some will get a gentle touch, some will across the heavy splash, and others will be chased by the colored 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 water. 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 essential tools to record your happy Holi. You’re highly recommended to participate in this lively water fight. That kind of laughter and relaxation 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 a memorial. This must be the best gift for your Nepal Trip.

About Activities

Color festival in Nepal, celebrate Holi with the Trekking Planner package, we have put together sightseeing, trekking, and Holi celebration. So after your arrival, we’ll go for a 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 of sightseeing in Pokhara, we’ll go for a short trek in the small beautiful village of Ghandruk. Moreover, it offers a superb mix of lush vegetation due to geographical diversity, unbelievable landscapes, and terrains, close and spectacular mountain views, 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.

Itinerary
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12 Days Color Festival in Nepal provides with standard Itinerary days where some day's walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m/4430ft

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; a combination of Hinduism and Buddhism known as the monkey temple as there are many holy monkeys living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in the hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you the opportunity to ask any question about the upcoming trip with a 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.

                        Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                        Inclusions
                        What's Included
                        •  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.
                        •  Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
                        •  First aid kit
                        •  Trekking Planner Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary
                        •  Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                        What's Excluded
                        • 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
                        • 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
                        Departure Dates

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                        Suggested Equipment List

                        • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
                        • Day pack
                        • Trekking shoes
                        • Sports shoes or sandals
                        • Sun Hat/cap
                        • Warm woolen cap
                        • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
                        • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
                        • Pullover or warm sweeter
                        • Raincoat
                        • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
                        • Hand gloves
                        • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
                        • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
                        • 3/4 pairs of underwear (noncotton preferred)
                        • Sunglasses
                        • Water bottle
                        • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
                        •  Flash or Torch light
                        • Camera and batteries
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