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LANGTANG RI can arrange a variety of sight-seeing trips to complement your trek or rafting trip. These are just a few of the places of interest that can be included in your tailor-made itinerary.

KATHMANDU

DURBAR SQUARE Kathmandu’s most impressive sight, Durbar Square is a colourful hotch-potch of temples and palaces. It is also home to Kathmandu’s Kumari, or ‘living goddess’, a young girl believed to be a reincarnation of the goddess Durga.

SWAYAMBHUNATH Known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of its resident swarm of apes, this spectacular Buddhist Stupa, from which the Buddha’s eyes gaze serenely down, lies on a hilltop only 2km from Kathmandu. The views down over Kathmandu and the surrounding valley are superb.

bouddha.jpg (14137 bytes)BOUDHANATH 8km from the city centre, this is Kathmandu’s largest Stupa. It’s especially colourful on Saturdays, when Tibetan refugees flock here to pray.

PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE On the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, this Shiva Temple is famous for its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors.

PATAN

The ancient city of Patan faces Kathmandu on the southern bank of the River Bagmati. It’s a colourful place, with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments jostling side by side in its narrow, winding streets and unexpected squares.

DURBAR SQUARE Exquisitely carved palaces, temples and shrines litter the square, which is dominated by the ancient Royal Palace. Nestling in one corner is the triple-roofed octagonal tower of the 17th Century Teleju Bhawani Temple.

KRISHAN MANDIR The first of its kind to be built, this 17th Century temple is the only one in Nepal with entirely stone-carved shrines.

HIRANYA VARAN MAHAVIHAR A 12th Century, three-tiered Golden Pagoda of Lord Buddha.

KUMBHESHWOR A Shiva Temple with an unusual five-tiered roof.

BHAKTAPUR

One of the three ancient cities of Nepal, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture, as well as thriving local pottery and weaving industries

DURBAR SQUARE This spacious, beautiful square is packed from end to end with ancient temples and monuments. These include the colourfully named ‘Lion Gate’ and ‘The Bell of the Barking Dogs.’ It’s a great place to explore for an hour or two and absorb the local life.

NYATAPOLA TEMPLE Dating back to 1702, this five-storey pagoda is an impressive sight. Staring down at you from the terraces are intricately carved figures of wrestlers, elephants, lions and griffins.

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RIVER EXPEDITIONS CHART:

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season Trisuli grade  Sun Koshi grade Kali Gandaki grade Karnali grade Arun grade Seti grade Bhote Koshi grade
Jan-May

2

3 4 4+ 4 2+ 4
Jun-Aug 4 5 - - - 4+ -
Sep-Oct 3 4+ 5 5 5 3 -
Nov-Dec  2 3+ 4 4+ 4+ 2+ 4

Trisuli: This river is very popular for short trips, as access to the Prithivi Highway makes ‘breaking off’ the journey easy. Trisuli is also an ideal beginner’s river.

Sun Kosi: The ‘River of Gold’ is considered one of the ten best rafting/kayaking rivers in the world. From Raighat (Day 5) it is only one day’s trek to the Mount Everest view point, so an optional detour is possible.

Kali Gandaki:A total of 105 km covered in Five days with excellent white water, and magnificent mountain views of the Annapurna South and the Fishtail Peak (Machhapuchre.)

Karnali: The far West of Nepal is one of the most remote and least explored areas of the Himalayas. A two day trek with porters carrying all the gear is necessary to reach the put in point. The trip lasts ten days, including trekking, and takes you on a real wild-river adventure. Take out point is Chisapani, close to the newly opened Royal Bardia National Park, where an optional Wildlife Safari through largely untouched wilderness is possible.

Arun: The easiest way to get to this river is by catching a plane to the put in point at Tumlingtar. Alternatively you can drive for 1 days and then trek for three days. The Arun provides some of the most challenging rafting in Nepal, and although the difficult access makes only three days on the river possible, the remote location and spectacular mountain views make this a real wilderness experience.

Seti: The short Seti River makes for an ideal two day introduction to rafting. From the put in point at Damauli, the Seti merges into the Trisuli on the second day. This trip offers beautiful mountain views of the Annapurna South, Fish-tail and Lamjung Himal.

Bhote Koshi: One of the best short rafting trips in Nepal which covers 18 km of continuous white water in just one day.

WILDLIFE SAFARI

The beauty of Nepal’s natural heritage can be enjoyed by a visit to one of it’s famous National Parks.

ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Nepal’s most famous National Park is large and covers a diverse array of terrain. Experience mountains densely coated with Sal Forest and swampy flood plains neck-deep in elephant grass. Chitwan is home to the rare and beautiful one-horned rhino, as well as one of the world’s largest populations of Royal Bengal tigers. Hidden deep in the swamps are rare crocodiles and freshwater dolphins. Who knows what exotic sounds and sights you may see from the back of your safari elephant !

ROYAL BARDIA NATIONAL PARK
More remote and less visited than Chitwan, Bardia is a mixture of dry deciduous forest, vast stretches of open grassland and island-filled rivers, rich with acacia and silk cotton trees. Hiding in the forest are the shy herds of wild elephants for which the park is famous. For birdwatchers, more than 350 species reside here, many of them waterbirds. The rivers that attract them are
also home to the rare marsh mugger crocodile and the gangetic dolphin.

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