Even though Nepal is a tiny country, it is tuffs with a crazy amount of content ranging from the highest of mountains to the wildest of rivers to the tropical forests and many more. To consume in all this beauty, get lost in the wilderness and experience the very culture and way of life will not take you less than a week. Henceforth, for a three-day backpacking trip one must be precise, quick to decide and punctual. All this can only come through a very enthusiastic will to explore and travel. For a full three-day trip one must arrive very early morning and depart late on the fourth night. Considering a domestic flight does not delay, one must opt for it and must be willing to take up the rush of the hour by travelling from place to place without rest.
Kathmandu is a city that is capable of keeping you occupied for all three full days, but here is an alternative that works pretty well for thrill enthusiasts.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara; it would roughly take you 30 minutes. Pokhara must be kept a point to kick start your trip as it gives you more content to experience without wasting time travelling through the urban chaos.
- You can wander around the Begnas Lake that is popular for boating, swimming and fishing.
- Visit the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave that portrays simple exterior but breath-taking wild interiors. It holds both historical and religious beliefs.
- After walking through the cave, you will find yourself wandering towards a huge waterfall called the Davis Falls located in the Kaski district. The water also forms an underground tunnel that can be visited too.
- Visit the Tal Barahi Temple which is a two-story pagoda temple located on a tiny island in the middle of a lake that also allows you to witness mountain views.
- Pay a visit to the freshwater Phewa Lake that acts as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit – a Himalayan trail.
- End your day by spending time at the self-guided tours through the limestone Mahadev Cave which contains stalagmites and stalactites. If you want to skip this, you can instead spend your evening next to the lake in one of the many restaurants set up for leisure and great ambience.
You can resort to a short trek at Dhampus, a village in the Kaski district. It takes you through 3 different popular viewpoints – Dhampus, Sarangkot and Naudanda.
The third and final day must be a memorable one hence; you can continue with Sarangkot and then jump to Kathmandu. Here’s how:
- Try paragliding that is the most popular adventures at Sarangkot. That should not take much of your time.
- Catch a flight back to Kathmandu to go to Buddha which is a Buddhist stupathat may consume the latter part of your day.
- After this, you may wander in the Thamel area and go shopping and collecting souvenirs.
So here we come to an end of your three-day trip that will definitely fulfill your cravings!
Bonus: if you have one more day in hand or are enthusiastic enough to explore more, then you are suggested to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square – 45 minutes from Thamel or the Basantapur Durbar Square – 10 minutes’ walk from Thamel.