Nepal Is An Adventurer’s Paradise

Posted September 12, 2017 Written by Jason

When I think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the Everest. No doubt, it’s the most popular and iconic symbol of the country – the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas.

I don’t have much time and strength to hike it now. But someday, I’d like to do a hike to Hotel Everest View.  It’s a place where you can have your lunch with the Everest as your backdrop, quite fancy in my mind. 

Due to time constraints, I opted to do a Kathmandu city tour and a bus ride to Pokhara. To compare it to the Philippines, Kathmandu is the hustle and bustle of a city like Manila while Pokhara is a laid-back town like Batangas or Sorsogon.

I did my Nepal trip last March 2017. And all I can say is Nepal is an adventurer’s paradise!

 

Below is a list of awesome things to do in Nepal:

  1. Hike
  2. Bungee Jumping
  3. Ultra-light plane ride
  4. Paragliding
  5. White water rafting
  6. Kayaking
  7. Mountain flights
  8. Hike
  9. Jungle Safari
  10. Temple Hopping
  11. And did I mention, Hiking?

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY (WHAT I DID)

 

DAY 00– Manila to Hong Kong

There are no direct flights from Manila to Kathmandu. You have to transfer at Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, or Singapore. I went with Cebu Pacific from Manila to Hong Kong.

Rainbow Lodge HK and Comfort Hostel HK are good hostels to check out. 

 

DAY 0 – Hong Kong to Kathmandu

I went with Jet Airways from Hong Kong to Kathmandu via New Delhi because it was the cheapest at the time. My seatmate on the way to Nepal happened to be a local student. We chatted and exchanged stories about our life. I even learned that he has a lot of Filipino friends in Hong Kong. This made me comfortable, as he offered a ride to my hostel, to which I accepted with glee.

When we arrived at the airport, he assisted me with getting the visa-on-arrival. I just had to fill some form, give an I.D. picture, and pay the visa fee. And “Tadaah!”, visa stamped on my passport. Easy-peasy!

His friends were waiting at the parking lot. They picked us up and they dropped me at Elbrus home. The address in Kathmandu is a bit confusing, they even called the hostel just to make sure.

As we bid our goodbyes, my new friend handed me cash, which I, of course, refused. But he insisted and said, “Welcome to Nepal, pare!” It was heart-warming.

What a way to start an adventure!

Jason’s hot tip: No need for transit visa in India if you’re not leaving the airport and just transiting. Check skyscanner.com for flights.

 

DAY 1 – Kathmandu city tour

I went outside the hostel after my breakfast, only to be welcomed by a little bit of chaos – lots of people, traffic, and muddy streets. But it was all part of the adventure, right? Then I walked and walked some more to nowhere. I was planning to wing it, but I got lost. I went back to Elbrus home and booked a city tour in an instant.

Oh boy, I got a private vehicle with a driver for myself for the whole day. We went to see Kathmandu Durbar Square – a historic landmark with temples and palaces, Swayambhunath – the monkey temple at the top of a hill with the best panoramic view of the city, Pashupatinath temple – the quest for the “chosen one” or the holy ones, and Boudhanath – the largest and holiest Buddhist Stupa.

 

DAY 2 – Kathmandu to Pokhara

I bought my ticket at the lobby of Elbrus home and the staff accompanied me to the bus station. I rode the public bus to Pokhara. It was more than a five-hour drive with stops for biological breaks.

Once we arrived at Pokhara, I took a taxi and checked in at Hotel Mountain View. This was the best budget hotel I’ve stayed in my life, not because of the room, but because of the lovely owners. They’re very hospitable and accommodating. They will help you arrange your itinerary, call tours for discounts, and answer all of your questions. I’d rate them a perfect 10 out of 10 for their quality service.

In the afternoon, I strolled along the lakeside to admire the serenity of the place. I liked it a lot better than Kathmandu. It was peaceful and relaxing.

 

DAY 3 – Ultra-light plane ride

The moment of truth came – the two-seater plane ride with the view of the Himalayas. It’s not the Everest, but still it was epic. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. Overlooking the town, approaching the mountains, flying over and back was just too breathtaking. Watch my video here under the videos tab.

In the afternoon, I went back to the lake, but this time I rode a boat to cross the other side. I hiked to the top until the Stupa, pausing along the trails to absorb the view. 

 

DAY 4 – Bungee Jumping

If the ultra-light plane ride was a much-awaited activity, the bungee jumping was not. I was scared and nervous the night before the jump. Anxiety was crawling in my skin. The feeling got worse as I got closer to the jump site.

And as I fell, all concrete things turned to abstract, seconds to hours, and anxiety to adrenaline rush. It felt like I was in the Matrix movie, for the longest three seconds of my life. It was a very exhilarating experience. This is a must-do. Check out my detailed bungee jumping story here.

 

DAY 5 – Pokhara to Kathmandu

It was time to say goodbye to Pokhara and say hello to another five-hour bus ride back to Kathmandu. This time, I booked a room at Kathmandu home hotel to cap off my Nepal trip.

 

DAY 6 – Kathmandu to Manila via Hong Kong

After breakfast, I headed straight to the airport to catch my flight back to Manila

To sum it up, I liked Pokhara the most. The outdoor activities, plus chill vibe was to die for. If I had the chance to stay longer, I’d do more hikes, as there were tons of trails to choose from. It’s definitely a trekking hot spot. Nepal is truly an adventurer’s paradise!

 

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

DAY  0 PRICE

(NPR)

Arrival in Kathmandu
Visa fee (single entry for 15 days) 2585
I got a free ride from new friend, but expect to pay about 600 NPR for a taxi 600
Check-in at Elbrus home with breakfast 1300
DAY 1  
Private City tour 3500
Kathmandu Durbar Square 1500
Swayambunath 200
Pashupatinath 1000
Boudhanath 150
Meals (Lunch and Dinner) 600
Check-in at Elbrus home with breakfast 1300
DAY 2  
Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara 700
Taxi to Hotel 400
Meals (Lunch and Dinner) 600
Check-in at Mountain View Hotel 1100
DAY 3  
Ultra-light plane ride (1hour Mountain view) 27923
Return boat ride to Stupa 800
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 1000
Check-in at Mountain View Hotel 1100
DAY 4  
Bungee Jumping 7032
Add-on Photos and video 2000
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 1200
Beer to celebrate the jump 400
Check-in at Mountain View Hotel 1100
DAY 5  
Taxi to Bus station 400
Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu 700
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 900
Check-in at Kathmandu Home Hotel with breakfast 1800
DAY 6  
Taxi to Airport 600
Fly out from Kathmandu
TOTAL expenses excluding air fare 62490

 

I spent a total of 62, 490 NPR or ~30, 490 in PHP for six days, excluding air fare (for reference, a Manila – Hong Kong round-trip ticket costs around 5,000 PHP, while a Hong Kong to Kathmandu round-trip ticket costs around 20,000 PHP). Look for discounted tickets and book early so you could get cheaper deals.

Jason’s hot tip: Try the pepper steak meal at Maya Restaurant in Pokhara, and have an Everest beer at Busy Bee Café (Typical meal price ranges from 300 to 600 NPR).

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