Explore Nepal

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Duration (in days): 14

From: Kathmandu

To: Kathmandu

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£920

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Discover the Kingdom of Nepal, tucked under the Himalayas deep in the landmass of Asia. This tour will take you from vibrant Kathmandu to traffic-free Bhaktapur before trekking through the mountains to the stunning views of Poon Hill.

You’ll relax in the lake-side town of Pokhara and try to spot a tiger in Chitwan National Park as you experience Nepalese culture and natural wildlife at its best. This trip is a great way to see Nepal, through the cities and national parks as well as trekking in the Himalayas.

  • Take a walkt to the Royal Palace in Kathmandu
  • Visit one of the oldest shrines in the country, Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Meet the local children when you visit Shree Panch Kanya School
  • Watch the sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Trek through the lush fields of Syaulibazar
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

On arrival in Kathmandu you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Nirvana Garden, where you will stay for 2 nights.

The hotel is within walking distance of the Royal Palace and other highlights of Kathmandu but sits in its own tranquil garden where flowers, lush vegetation and a waterfall take you away from the bustle of the city.

Day 2: Tours of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur

After breakfast, you will embark on a private tour with an English speaking guide to visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, it’s lofty white dome and glittering golden spire is not only a major landmark of Kathmandu, but equally, a symbol of Nepal as well as being an important Buddhist Pilgrimage. Next you’ll be driven to Bhaktapur, where ancient architecture and traditional neighbourhoods surround three large squares filled with temples, statues and activity. This city runs at a slower pace to Kathmandu and sets the tone for the relaxed nature of the rest of Nepal.

Return to the Hotel Nirvana for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Drive to Nuwakot

After breakfast you’ll be driven to Nuwakot. The journey takes around 4 hours and on the way you’ll stop in at Shree Pancha Kanya Higher Secondary School before staying overnight in a homestay.

Day 4: Drive to Pokhara

It’s an early start today as you are driven to Pokhara, taking around 4 hours. Check in at Hotel Mount Kailash for a 1 night stay.

Day 5: Drive to Nayapul

Today begins with a 1 hour drive to Nayapul before beginning the trek to Tikhedhunga. It’s a short and relatively easy day, walking up the valley to the village of Birethanti, which is full of shops and teahouses. From here the trail keeps following the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola before reaching Tikhedhunga at 1525m. You’ll stay overnight in a basic lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani

You’ll begin your trekking today with a steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at 2070m. After reaching the village the trail evens out, winding through oak and rhododendron forests towards Banthanti and Nagethanti before arriving in Ghorepani at 2775m. You’ll spend the night in a basic lodge.

Day 7: Hike to Poon Hill and Tadapani

Another early start but the view from Poon Hill will be worth the early wake up. You’ll see the sun rise from Poon Hill, with pink and orange rays of morning light hitting the panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail and Machhapuchre, the Holy Mountain. Poon Hill is a well established trekking route with well paved paths that lead you to some of the best views in Nepal. After soaking up the magnificent scenery, continue on to Tadapani where you’ll stay the night in a basic lodge.

Day 8: Trek to Landruk

Today you’ll begin your descent from the mountains, with a 6 hour walk through the forests and terraced fields to the Khummr Khola. The trail descends steeply from Tadapani and passes through Ghandruk, a charming Gurung settlement where many Gurkha soldiers are recruited from. The village will give you a glimpse into the traditions, cultures and unique lifestyles of the tribes of Nepal, before reaching Landruk, another Gurung village where you will spend the night in a basic lodge.

Day 9: Finish trek at Phedi and return to Pokhara

After breakfast you’ll embark on the final part of your trek, the four hour walk between the steep sides of the Modi Khola, through the lush fields of Syaulibazar and finally returning to Nayapul where the vehicle will be ready to pick you up and return to Pokhara. The drive will take around 2 hours before you arrive back at Hotel Mount Kailash to spend the night.

Day 10: Free day in Pokhara

Today is a free day so you can spend your time recovering from the trek or exploring the charming town of Pokhara. Sitting beside the glossy Lake Phewa, Pokhara is full of restaurants and shops to explore, as well as a wealth of adventure activities, including parahawking – paragliding with birds of prey that you can feed whilst you fly through the air with stunning views of the mountains and lake below.

Day 11: Drive to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast you’ll drive to Chitwan National Park, which will take around 5 hours. The park is a wilderness of jungle and forest where tigers, elephants and rhino wander amongst the lush undergrowth. Here you will spend the night at the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge.

Day 12: Day in Chitwan

It’s a busy day in Chitwan today. After breakfast, you’re activities will include:

  • Elephant Safari – Elephant is the safest and most convenient way to get round in the jungle and observe the wildlife. You’ll be taken deep into the jungle and grasslands to spot rhinos, gaur and a huge selection of birds.
  • Canoeing trip – Float down the river in a dugout canoe to spot crocodiles and gharials along the river bank. You will also spot plenty of wildlife coming to the water’s edge to drink.
  • Jungle walk – Walking through the jungle will give you a new perspective of your surroundings and allow you to appreciate the smaller attractions of the forest. You could spot rhinos, deer, wild boar and sloth bears on a jungle walk as they live is less disturbed areas of the park.
  • Tharu culture dance – After your day of wildlife encounters enjoy an evening performance of Tharu Folk songs and dances, giving a huge insight into the culture of Chitwan.

You will stay overnight at the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge.

Day 13: Return to Kathmandu

Today you will leave Chitwan and return to Kathmandu, around 6 hours drive away. You’ll spend your last night in Nepal at the Hotel Nirvana Garden.

Day 14: Departure at any time

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight.

Info

The peak time to visit Nepal is March to May, and September to November. Accommodation is likely to fill early during these months so advance booking is necessary – especially during the popular festivals!

Our itineraries are designed to give you an idea of what is possible; all trips can be tailor-made to suit your needs so please speak to your travel consultant for a personal quote.

What's included: 

  • Return airport transfers
  • 13 nights accommodation (as detailed) based on 2 adults sharing
  • English speaking guide, private transport and entrance fees for sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur City
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Nuwakot, and on to Pokhara
  • School visit to Shree Pancha Kanya Higher Secondary School
  • 1 English speaking trekking guide, and 1 porter to carry luggage whilst on the trek
  • Reserved transportation from Pokhara to Nayapool, and from Phedi to Pokhara
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS card
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Chitwan, and Chitwan back to Kathmandu
  • Jungle activities as listed at the Chitwan National Park

Not included: 

  • International flights and any applicable visa fees
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Hot showers and sleeping bags on the trek
  • Gratuities
  • Activities not mentioned
Accommodation
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Nirvana Garden, Kathmandu in a twin room, including breakfast
  • 1 night in a homestay in Nuwakot, on a half board basis
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Mount Kailash, Pokhara in a twin room, including breakfast
  • 4 nights in basic teahouses (during the trek from Pokhara to Nayapool), room only
  • 2 nights at the Maruni Sanctuary, Chitwan in a twin room, on a full board basis
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