Sirubari Village Tour is full of amenities and recreation. Village Tourism recently innovated but has got success at Sirubari in Syangja. Sirubari Village is 36 km far from Pokhara and takes only one hour15 minutes to drive. The Village is very neat and clean. It consists of 60 households now. The accommodation is simple but comfortable with good bedding and clean toilet facilities. The culture of Gurung community is really vibrant at Village Sirubari. The tour Sirubari reflects the real village life and unique traditional culture in the community.
There is a Buddhist monastery in the middle of the village. Though there is a blending of Buddhist, Hindu and Saman people are living in harmony. The region abounds with flora and fauna. This is the vantage point to view the Nepal’s western Himalayas. Trails and the steps are paved. The season to visit this place is from September to June. One can visit the cottage industry and the traditional handicrafts such as paper making and others. The nursery spread over 380 hectares of land including plants and big trees. The two beautiful lakes residing nearby are the best destination for the bird watching and wild life observation. Sirubari Village won the PATA Gold Award 2001 in the Heritage & Culture Category.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. O/N at Hotel
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(827 m), 6-7 hours. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 04:Drive from Pokhara to Sirubari (1,700 m), 3 hours. Overnight at home stay
Day 05:Exploration day at Sirubari: sun rise, village walk, cultural show
Day 06:Drive back to Pokhara from Sirubari and Pokhara sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
Day 07:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours. Overnight at hotel
Day 08:Transfer to the International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at HotelOur representative from Himkala Adventure greets you in the airport when you come out of the gate after completing the custom formalities. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel at Thamel. You could take rest, get fresh and walk around Thamel, the touristic area. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. O/N at Hotel Today, after breakfast, we get ready for the guided city tour around 9 a.m. We first head towards the Swoyambhu Stupa, lovingly called it ‘The Monkey Temple’. There are many monkeys in the hill. This is the conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground level. This is the old heritage site where the stupa was built in 6th century. It is interesting to see the ritual activities especially on Tuesday and Saturday in front of Harati Temple. We can see many monks and Bajrayana followers walking around the stupa. There are many other monasteries can be seen in the adjacent hills. The valley view from the top is astounding. After this, we descend and drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a bit crowded place but the temples, palaces, museum, courtyards are incredible. The architecture especially the pagoda style, the artistic wooden work, tantric goddess in the struts is fascinating. Besides this, the living goddesss, ‘Kumari’ is worth visiting. The third place we visit is Boudhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in southern Asia on the basis of height and expansion. We can take lunch in the roof top restaurant and view the nearest hill and the planes flying nearby. The Shiva temple is close to Boudhanath and we visit the cremation spot in the bank of holy Bagmati River. There are many temples and the sadhus smearing ashes in their bodies lying in the temple premises. After the tour we return back to hotel and brief you about the Sirubari village tour that we begin from tomorrow. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(827 m), 6-7 hours. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara on the Prithivi Highway. It is 200 km west from Kathmandu and takes approximately 6-7 hours by bus. The tour by roadway offers the scenic beauty, following the Trishuli River, Marshyangdi River, crossing many bridges, streams. The terraces and the houses built on it, the farmers working in the field, the forest on the hill display the typical hilly scenario of Nepal. Pokhara , the enchanting city is the adventure destination, a paradise for the nature lovers, offers many opportunities for the recreation. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 04Drive from Pokhara to Sirubari (1,700 m), 3 hours. Overnight at home stay After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara which is 36 km far from Pokhara and takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Sirubari Village has been the role model in the village tour category as it has won the PATA Gold Award in 2001. This is the Gurung village and the home stay facilities are available here. Overnight at Sirubari
Day 05Exploration day at Sirubari: sun rise, village walk, cultural show Sirubari is an ideal village in Syangja district. The ex-Indian Captain Rudraman Gurung founded this home stay village in 1997 AD. The people are found recruiting in Indian, UK Army and doing agricultural work or other trades. We can visit monastery and do hiking over the slope. The hike about 2 hours leads to Gorujure where there is the view tower and we can see Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung Himal. We can descend through the rice field and enjoy the sun set too. Overnight at Sirubari
Day 06Drive back to Pokhara from Sirubari and Pokhara sightseeing. Overnight at hotel After breakfast, we drive from Sirubari to Pokhara after breakfast. We directly go for the city tour beginning from Bindawasini temple, Seti River gorge. After this, we head towards the Davi’s fall. This is the water exit from the Phewa Lake and mixes with the Seti River after a kilometer. We explore the Gupteshower cave near by the Davi’s fall. Tibetan Refugee Camp is also good to visit and see how they work making carpets. From there, we drive to Lake Side where we take our lunch and go for boating after a while. We visit a small island and the Tal Barahi temple in the middle of the Lake and return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 07Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours. Overnight at hotel After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by the same Prithivi Highway. We stop for the lunch in any one of the restaurant on the highway restaurant. After lunch, slowly we proceed to Kathmandu viewing the scene piercing the hills towards Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel
Day 08Transfer to the International Airport Your trip to Sirubari Village ends today! We transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your flight. We are grateful that you joined to Himkala Adventure for the Sirubari Village Tour and expecting to tour with you in the days to come, we depart from you from the airport. Namaste!!!
Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Sirubari Village Tour for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.
This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Sirubari Village Tour before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.
1) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?
Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.
Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.
2) Do I really need to use guide to Sirubari Village Tour?
You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.
3) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?
Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.
4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?
Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.
5) How are home stay facilities during Sirubari Village Tour?
Home Stays in Sirubari Village Tour area are professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food in homely atmosphere. Most of the Home Stays are well facilitated but you can have better chance to understand the typical way of living and their cultural practices from close view, being with family.
6) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?
Home Stays provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.
7) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?
The foods in the Himalayas Hilly regions are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.
Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.
8) What mode of transportation do I use?
We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.
9) What is the best season for this trekking?
The best season for Sirubari Village Tour is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
10) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?
The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Sirubari Village Tour is comfortable.
11) Who will be guiding me during this trip?
We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed. All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government. We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.
12) What sort of experience do your guides have?
Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.
Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.
13) May I charge my electronic devices during Sirubari Village Tour?
Most of the places in your Home Stays have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.
14) How much additional money is required for this trip?
It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.
15) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?
The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.
16) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?
We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Sirubari Village Tour. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.
17) Are there communication or internet services during Sirubari Village Tour?
All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.
18) May I get chances for shower during Sirubari Village Tour?
Most of the home stays provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.
19) May I add extra days in trekking?
Yes. You can customize the trek as you would want. We are flexible while preparing the itinerary and you could lengthen or shorten it as per your requirement.
20) What happens in case of emergency?
Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.
21) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?
We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking. Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism. Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact. Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places. So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
22) What type of shoes should I wear during Sirubari Village Tour?
You could better have comfortable tennis shoes or snickers for the Sirubari Village Tour. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.
23) Can I use credit cards in Sirubari Village Tour?
No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.
24) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
25) How is Camping Trek to Sirubari Village being operated?
Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.
Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.
The cost of trip varies according to the number in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.
You are requested to send the following documents after you confirm or book the trip with Himkala Adventure:
A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
It is advised to maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques, bank/ATM card, contact numbers, international flight tickets, and emergency contact numbers.
The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May but Sirubari Village Tour can be done throughout the year. It is the village in Syngja district, 36 km far from Pokhara. The weather is soothing, mild and lovely to trek there around.
There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.
Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.
Sirubari Village Tour is physically very easy tour in Nepal.You will be walking up to 1,700 m from the sea level.So, we advise you to undertake regular physical exercise, jogging, hiking, riding, ascending and descending the long stairs etc.
Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.
Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation and Foods in the Hilly region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary.
Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.
Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.
While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.
Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.
Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.
Local Dress in Nepal:
Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.
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