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Pre-Trip Meeting:
We will have a Pre-Trip meeting when the participants of the team are arrived. Please advise us if you will be arriving late and unable to attend the meeting. We also supply the departure information for next day. You may join a cultural tour of Kathmandu should you have some spare days before or after the completion of the main trip. The city tour includes a private vehicle (car, van or bus as per the group size) and professional English speaking tour guide. Please note that the city tours are always optional apart from the customized trips.
There are a total of 7 World Heritage Sites in the city, including at least fifty important shrines and temples in the Durbar Square alone. They are Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Squares and Changunarayan Temple. Among them, 4 to 5 sites can be included in a day.

Swoyambhunath
The history of Kathmandu valley begins with the Swoyambhunath temple. The entire Kathmandu was supposed to be a Lake and later Manjushri cut a gorge from Chovar to drain the water out and made it possible for human settlement. The word ‘Swoyambhu’ means “the self-existent” in English. The Stupa offers a great opportunity to study the religious harmony in Nepal. Tibetan monks, Bhramin priests and the Newar nuns are the major worshippers in the temple. Most of the monasteries have prayer wheels ‘the Buddha’s wheels of life’ and has to be circled in clock-wise direction. This temple is also called ‘Monkey Temple’ by foreign tourists. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath
The 36 meter tall and one of the largest Stupas in the world is also known as the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Stupa is located about 6km east of the main city. No other Stupas in Nepal can be compared closely to Boudhanath for its grace and purity. There is a specific religious significance on every part of the Stupa. The Stupa is considered built after 600A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath temple is located at the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the banks of the holy river called Bagmati. Pashupatinath, which literally means ‘the Lord of Animals’, is one of the many forms of the Lord Shiva. Pilgrims from all over Nepal as well as India come to Pashupatinath to worship and pray to the deity on his birthday and wash away all the sins committed by them. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple and tourists are only permitted to observe the festival from across the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This is a Square of history and arts. From artistic monuments to erotic wood carvings can be seen on the Temples here. The area consists of the house of the living goddess – Kumari. The Kasthamandap temple is believed to have been built from the wood of a single tree and it is also said that the Kathmandu valley is named after the temple. The palaces and temples were built between 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is serving as the focal point of socio-religious city.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of arts and crafts. Patan is located only at 5 km south of Kathmandu. Most of the monuments in the Patan Durbar Square date back to the medieval Malla period between 16th to 18th centuries. Patan Durbar Square consists of the three main courtyards – Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Mani Keshab Narayan Chowk which houses the Patan Museum. Krishna Temple entirely made of stone and the three-storied golden temples are the major attractions of Patan Durbar Square. This area is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur means the city of devotees located at about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu city centre. There are many monuments including pagodas, palaces, courtyards and Buddhists shrines and monasteries. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to 18th centuries. Golden gate, 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola and Dattatreya temples are the masterpieces of Bhaktapur. The 55 Windows Palace is the supreme wooden architectural structure dominating the entire Bhaktpaur. Nyatapola in Newari means five-tiered temple symbolizing the five basic elements of nature. Dattatreya temple is the combined incarnation of the three supreme gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence Bhaktapur Durbar Square is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and importance.

Changunarayan
The Changu Narayan, the temple of Lord Vishnu is located 6 km north of Bhaktapur on a magnificent hill top delivering a fantastic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is full of magnificent art works in metal and wood proving as one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of Lichchhavi King Manadeva dating back to 464A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred place in the 3rd century. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. This temple is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

General Information Bhutan Tours:
1. Sometimes, visits to some Dzongs and monuments can be closed without any prior notice.
2. Tour cost, airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per Govt. regulation & Druk Air without any prior notice.
3. Two passport size pictures are required at the Paro airport for visa application.
4. For processing visa, passport photo copies of the clients are required 15 days prior to their travel date.

Bookings and Payments:
To start a booking of any trip published by TEN on its marketing materials, we shall need a completed booking form along with 25% of deposit to the specified bank account. A complete booking form will be available to you by e-mail or fax. On completion, it needs to be sent us back by fax, e-mail scan copy or post to our office in Kathmandu along with the 25% of deposit. This will constitute your acceptance of all Terms and Conditions. We also require your copies of passport and insurance details. After we receive your 25% of trip cost as deposit amount, completed booking form, copies of passport and insurance details, we shall send you final confirmation of your booking and receipt. 
Deposits are on per person and per trip based. Please contact us directly to get deposit instructions. 
- If sending via wire transfer, a bank service charge may apply and should be borne by the Client. 
- If paying by Credit Cards, a surcharge of 4% will be levied as card processing fee. For your information, we accept Visa and MasterCard only. 
- Full payment is required minimum 21 days prior to the trip departure date. 

Our CSR: 
Social Responsibility is an ethical ideology that companies should contribute to the welfare of the society and not be devoted to maximizing profits only. Trekking Encounters Nepal is a business organization which has put an obligation to act to benefit society at large by avoiding engaging in socially harmful activities and performing acts that directly advance social goals. We are one of the Socially Responsible companies that act in a number of ways to benefit society; by giving donations to preserve the arts and culture, funding academic scholarships, supporting community-building initiatives and so on. We are also committed to reduce the pollution in the environment because of our customers' activities. 
Since Nepal is one of the under developed countries in the world, the private sectors can play a vital role to support its people in many ways. We have been donating a certain percentage of our profits to local charities that work for environmental protection, education and health services in Nepal. We aim to find more opportunities in building up scholarship funds for the remote and underprivileged children of Nepal. The girls of indigenous casts and war victimized children also need support suffered from the 10-year long Maoists insurgency. 

Please Contact Us if you are willing to sponsor a child in Nepal. Your small contribution may give lights to someone.

Equipment List:
A detailed equipment list is provided on our website. Sleeping bag and down jacket can be hired with us in Kathmandu at a very reasonable price. Each item will cost about US $1 per day on rental. However, we advise you to purchase a good 4 season sleeping bag and jacket for winter treks and serious expeditions. Click here for our detailed equipment list.

Terms and Conditions:
The Booking Terms and Conditions contain important information so that it is necessary for you to read them carefully and understand well. It also constitutes a legally binding contract between Trekking Encounters Nepal (TEN) referred as the 'Company' and 'Client' for the services to be provided by TEN and defines the legal obligations to either party. Continue reading>> 

Additional Information: 
We have provided as much information as possible about this trip on our website. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by e-mail. If you wish to speak to us directly, you may call us at: +977-98510-76388.


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