The group leader will distribute the duffle bags and day packs for your trek portion of the trip today or tomorrow. Participants should pack only what they need for the trek and leave their original suitcase at the program hotel in Kathmandu, which is the same hotel before and after the trek.
Hotel buffet including water, coffee/tea.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will transfer by motoroach to Durbar Square, which serves as an Introduction of Kathmandu. The city was the seat of royalty till the last century. Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Visit Kumari (the living Goddess), the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the art works in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju and the image of Shiva and Parvati peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the area. One can't help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings that cluster together in the area. Continue to Swayambhunath stupa, a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.
At a local restaurant with bottled water, coffee/tea included; additional beverages available for purchase.
In the afternoon we explore Patan city, full of marvelous monuments within a limited space like in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace, which dominates all others in grace and grandeur, here is the 17th-century Krishna Mandir. Entirely made of stone, this shikhara-style structure with 21 pinnacles is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a saviour deity in Hindu pantheon, and is equally noted for rare stone carvings on its walls, which depict various episodes of the epic wars of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Other landmarks within the Square are Tusha-hity (water spout), Sundari Chowk, Taleju Temple and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden temple), Rudravarna Mahavihar and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha are other highlights in the vicinity.
'Welcome Dinner' at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant serving Daal Bhat (Rice, lentils and curry). Following the meal enjoy a cultural dance performance at the restaurant.