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Overview

  • Day 1: Kathmandu – Arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3: Kathmandu - Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding
  • Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5: Namche Exploration
  • Day 6: Namche - Tengboche
  • Day 7: Tengboche Exploration
  • Day 8: Tengboche - Phakding
  • Day 9: Phakding - Lukla
  • Day 10: Lukla - Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Rafting in Kathmandu - Drive to Chitwan National Park
  • Day 12: Chitwan - Full-day Exploration
  • Day 13: Chitwan - Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Kathmandu - Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Kathmandu – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Tribhuwan. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way regarding your adventure in Nepal, and will assist you with check–in and registration at the hotel.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight at Kathmandu


Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast you will go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. You are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes:

  • Swayambhunath– The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.
  • Pashupatinath–  A holy pilgrimage for Hindus andHindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; you will come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as
  • Boudhanath– the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where you can visit monasteries, watch the  Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.
  • Patan Durbar Square– A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, you can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.

Overnight in Kathmandu
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Kathmandu - Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding

Morning transfer to the Airport to catch a short flight to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding

Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Phakding - Namche Bazaar

Today you will trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft), a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages.

From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar (2700m).

From village of Benkar the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola.

From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached.

From Bhote Kosi the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest.

From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Namche Exploration

Today you will acclimatize at Namche by exploring around Sagarmatha- the National Park head quarter office and Sherpa cultural museum.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Namche - Tengboche

Today you will experience one of the most magnificent views in the world; an awe inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants: Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kategna and Thamserku Also have very good active monastery.

Overnight in Tengboche
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Tengboche Exploration

Today you can go to Khumjung village to visit the Yeti School or stay at Tengboche to admire the beauty of magical place.

Overnight in Tengboche
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Tengboche - Phakding

Today you will continue to trek from Tengboche back to Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding

Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Phakding - Lukla

Today is your last trekking day from Phading to Lukla.

Overnight in Lukla

Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Lukla - Flight to Kathmandu

An early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Arrive ant transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and then spend the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Kathmandu 
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



Rafting in Kathmandu - Drive to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you will go for 3 hour driving to start rafting. Once you reach to the river bank you will have some briefing and on the equipment (helmet and Life Jacket) and get ready to start rafting for about 1 hour. The you will stop for lunch. There will be 6-8 person in a boat, depends upon size of a person. After lunch you will continue rafting for about 2 hours and get out from the boat and drive to Chitwan National Park for jungle safari activities

Overnight in Chitwan
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
(After rafting, you will the local bus to Chitwan and there will no guide to follow you, if you want guide to go with you USD 27 each person will be extra)



Chitwan - Full-day Exploration

After breakfast and checkout, you will spend your full day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like: jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center, bird-watching etc. Your tour guide will lead you go through all the activities, giving you deeper insights about the wildlife, flora and fauna in the national park. The interesting wild and aquatic life of rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds will definitely make your day! In the evening you can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture and tradition.

Overnight in Chitwan
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Chitwan - Drive back to Kathmandu

You are driving back to Kathmandu today after your breakfast. You also can fly back with an extra cost. Later in the evening, you will go for a farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and can have discussion about the trip experience.

Overnight in Kathmandu
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



Kathmandu - Departure

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departure flight home. Namaste!

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)


Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

How to Plan a successful Trip to Nepal, Step-by-Step

A landlocked nation between two giant neighbors, India and China, Nepal nonetheless stands apart with its distinctive, cultural heritage and natural climate with the Himalayas serving as an awe-inspiring backdrop. Despite the challenges that Nepal went through in the civil war at the turn of the 21st century, it has gradually started to stand up on its own and has settled into its current role as a unique destination on the world travel map.

As the home of 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains, Nepal attracts thousands of trekkers each year, adventurers anxious to traverse the high-altitude homelands of Sherpas, Gurungs, and Tamangs. The lower hills have in turn become an adventure playground for climbers, kayakers, rafters and mountain bikers. But whether you are seeking for adventures or a more laid-back trip, Nepal has something for everyone.

Other less-adventurous Nepalese attractions include palaces and temples with intricate wood carvings, sculptures, and metalworks, pointing to the culmination of a rich and religious history, mighty forests, and riverine grasslands that have become the setting to some of Asia’s finest national parks. The combination of a majestic landscape and its unique culture makes Nepal a hidden treasure, like a pearl being carefully polished to perfection.

Formed from the physical convergence of mountainous and jungle landscapes, the religious amalgamation of Hinduism and Buddhism, the merging of Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan ethnicities, and the fusion of northern and southern architectural, artistic and culinary traditions, Nepal has many secrets waiting to be unearthed.

Most popular sites of Nepal

• Annapurna Sanctuary – a trekking paradise
• Kathmandu – explore hundreds of narrow streets filled with old buildings and eclectic shops
• Boudhanath Stupa – a stunning meditative monument located in Kathmandu, one of the largest of its kind in the world
• Trishuli River, Kali Gandaki, Bhote Koshi, Marshyangdi, Karnali and the Sun Koshi – for whitewater rafting and kayaking
• Bhaktapur – an ancient city of amazing courtyards, temples, medieval squares, and statues

Nepal has 4 main seasons, categorized into six distinct climate periods:

  • Basanta (spring)
  • Grishma (early summer)
  • Barkha (summer monsoon)
  • Sharad (early autumn)
  • Hemanta (late autumn), and
  • Shishir (winter)

The rainy season starts from June to September with significant downpours in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara. The rainfall is generally lighter in the Himalayas than Kathmandu, though the mountain peaks are often not visible due to clouds.

October to December experiences clear and dry weather. After the monsoon season, there is less dust in the air so this is the best time to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

The temperature drops significantly from January to March, with the average temperature in Kathmandu as low as 0°C and below 0°C at higher elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter, but it is extremely cold during this time of the year and significant snowfall may prohibit going above 4,000 – 4,500 meters. The Jomosom trek is a reasonable alternative, staying below 3,000 meters with an expected minimum temperature of -10°C, and much better chances of avoiding heavy snow.

Dry and warm weather marks the months of April to June. Flowers bloom abundantly in the Himalayas, rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. The temperature in the Terai region may reach and exceed 40°C, while Kathmandu temperatures hover around 30°C. This is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.

A visa to Nepal is required for all foreign nationals (except India) who wish to enter Nepal. The visa must be used within six months from the date of issue. There are three kinds of visas: Single-entry, Multiple-entry, and Transit. You may apply for your visa at the nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate, or you can obtain a Visa on Arrival.

The Nepalese visa photo criteria are 5 cm x 5 cm on a plain or white background.

Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.

Single-entry Visa

A single-entry visa is valid for 60 days, costs US$30, and can be upgraded to a multiple-entry visa at Kathmandu’s Central Immigration Office for US$50.

 Multiple-entry Visa

If you are planning a Nepalese tour with side trips to Tibet, Bhutan or India, it is better to apply for a multiple-entry visa, which gives you multiple trips into Nepal for a year, with each stay valid for 60 days, up to a total of 150 days in any calendar year.

If you are applying for the first time in the current year, the following fees will be charged:

  • USD$25 for a 15-day multiple entry
  • USD$40 for a 30-day multiple entry
  • USD$100 for a 90-day multiple entry

 Transit Visa

If you just want a short stay in Kathmandu, it is possible to get a free, non-extendable 3-day transit visa at the Kathmandu airport. You will have to show that you have flight ticket out of Nepal within 3 days.

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook