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Overview

  • Day 1: Kathmandu – Arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3: Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 4: Kathmandu – Drive to Nagarkot
  • Day 5: Nagarkot – Yoga Retreat
  • Day 6: Yoga Retreat Exploration Day
  • Day 7: Nagarkot – Drive to Chitwan – Yoga Retreat
  • Day 8: Chitwan – Full-day Exploration
  • Day 9: Chitwan – Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 10: Pokhara – Full-day Exploration
  • Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Day 12: 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 and Hindu 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 Sadhus.
    • 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 Exploration Day

Today, you will participate in the humanitarian activities, including visiting helpless and homeless people, prepare them meals and spend time talking with them. You will have free time to explore around as well.

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



Kathmandu – Drive to Nagarkot

You will drive to Nagarkot for about 1.5 hrs. and stay overnight there. Nagarkot is a beautiful hill station located 32 Kilometers east of Kathmandu and really famous for sunrise and Mountain View. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of Langtang range in the Himalaya and other magnificent mountains including Sisa Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar and also a tiny glimpse of Mt. Everest on a very clear day. Sunrise from here is as fascinating as it can be. The cool and lovely weather condition will definitely put you under its spell.

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



Nagarkot – Yoga Retreat

This morning, you can enjoy the fabulous sunrise view then back for the breakfast. After having breakfast, you will hike to today’s main destination. A 2.5 hours walk will take you to the local village area, in where you can experience the local life style. During your walking, you will received many warm greetings from the local people. Let’s enjoy the Green hills and the local life, then you will have a Nepal Yoga Retreat where you are staying for two nights practicing Yoga and Meditation, helping yourselves to grow spiritual and healthier. In the evening, you will have a Meditation session.

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



Yoga Retreat Exploration Day

You will be freshen up with the early morning yoga practice in the beautiful surrounding of the retreat. After breakfast, you can go visit the organic farms, the temples and explore the surroundings; also enjoy the spa and massage facility with extra cost at the retreat. In the evening, another meditation session will make you feel more peaceful and energetic.

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



Nagarkot – Drive to Chitwan – Yoga Retreat

You will have another early morning yoga practice today to make you get ready for the whole day. After the blissful experience of yoga, you will come down for the breakfast. Then we start driving to Chitwan National Park today. It takes us about 6 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park is once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. Today, the animals – elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and deer – are protected strictly. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site.

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

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, visiting the village, canoeing, visiting 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 to Pokhara

Today you will have a 05-hour scenic drive to Pokhara, a very famous and standing amid nature tourist destination in Nepal. As soon as you reach Pokhara, the atmosphere starts telling us about the beauty of the place. One of the most beautiful lake cities in the world, Pokhara, is also the city for the adventure sports in Nepal. It is also a famous sightseeing place with beautiful lakes and view of Himalayan range. The close-up view of the Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail from here is more than fascinating. In the afternoon you will explore the beauty of Pokhara by boating on Lake Fewa, visiting temple on a small island.

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



Pokhara – Full-day Exploration

You will wake up early in the morning and drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara which is famous for Sunrise view, and it takes about 35 minutes. A real Closed-up look of the Annapurna and Fishtail, and the unparalleled Sunrise from there makes a perfect start for your day. After Sunrise, you will come back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you will go to hike up to World Peace Stupa, a nice hiking destination in Pokhara which will take you one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage as well. Later you will come down to visit Davis falls and cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
You also can choose to do some adventure activities like Paragliding, ultra light flight and Zip flyer as well with an extra cost.

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


Pokhara – Kathmandu

You are driving back to Kathmandu today after your breakfast. It takes about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. 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

Client reviews

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

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IDakota
United Kingdom

"12 days in Myanmar"

Kata Tran has organised many holidays for me – in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. All excellent. She organised a 12 day trip to Myanmar in January 2016 with a few days each in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Great guides and drivers. Lovely hotels. Terrific boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Day trip to old colonial Maymyo. Highly recommended. Kata always listens carefully to what you want and is very flexible.

Feb 5, 2016
Trip Advisor
fezcan
Canada, Toronto

"Indochina Pioneer – Great Tour Organizer"

I arranged a 28 day customized tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand in January, 2016 the assistance of Indochina Pioneer. Lam, the principal of the company, was fabulous to deal with. He made many suggestions, booked all of our drivers and local tour guides, hotels, admission tickets, and even some restaurants. All of his choices were excellent, and when there was a need to make a last minute change, he was readily available. His tour included many extras that other tour organizers did not include, and he made sure that we visited off the beaten track places, took local tours that the big groups do not see, and that our hotels were carefully chosen to be very central and more of a local boutique nature. Lam never hesitated to make sure that our trip was going well as we travelled, and even made a point of meeting us at our stop in Hanoi and sent flowers to me on my birthday. The tour was priced very favorably compared to 3 others I contacted, and all of our guides were excellent. I would highly recommend this company and Lam in particular to anyone wanting to arrange a local tour or a detailed itinerary of Indochina.

Feb 19, 2016
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Shangahi
Australia, Bellingen

"An amazing trip"

In my younger years I spent months backpacking on the cheap around Asia. I now have more money, less time and a family. I found Indochina Pioneer on-line and contacted Mr Lam for our recent trip to Cambodia. He was full of information, answered all of my many questions, suggested great ideas, incorporated my changes and organised all smoothly.

I wanted airport transfers and to organise hotels before we left. Mr Lam suggested a range of hotels to choose from all of which were good. Internal transfers and flights were also organised. We only wanted tours for Angkor Wat and The Killing Fields which Mr Lam arranged. Our other days were left free for us to choose what we wanted. The tour consisted of myself, my husband and twin sons which was perfect. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful, as were the drivers.

Mr Lam suggested we get a speed boat from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh up the Mekong River which was a great way to travel. The crocodile farm on the way was well worth the lunch stop.

I would recommend Indochina Pioneer as a great tour company for families. My in-laws are travelling with them later in the year. I am currently planning another trip to Laos using Indochina Pioneer again.

For someone who doesn’t like or do package tours having a private tour for my family was just perfect.

Feb 23, 2016
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keith m
United Kingdom

"Cycling Mekong Delta and sight seeing in Saigon"

Perhaps the best way to explore the Mekong Delta area. Can Tho is a lively overnight stop with well situated lovely hotel. All hotels selected by Indo China Pioneer are well situated but don’t expect western standards in hotels beyond Can Tho. Good combination of cycling and site seeing including boat and ferry trips, workshop visits with good choice of restaurant and roadside stops for fresh fruit.
However the route rarely left normal roads and didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Some quiet rural roads followed but others were quite busy, particularly in the vicinity of the small towns we cycled through.
We were concerned that we were not measured for our bikes on the first day which just arrived in the back of the minibus that collected us from our hotel. The frame size for my partner’s bike was much too large for her and it was fitted with a male shaped saddle which caused her considerable discomfort on the first day. The saddle was changed on Day 2 after she refused to continue the holiday with that particular bike at the end of day 1.
The guide did not appear to be completely clear of the route at times and we needed to complete an ‘about turn’ 3 times during the trek which may be why our route didn’t appear to be as described in the brochure. Indo China guides are very knowledgeable and helpful and know many local secret gems to visit but their spoken english can be difficult to follow at times even for me as a native English speaker. Indo China Pioneer specialise in providing tailor made tours for small groups down to 2 in number and flexibility in preparing a holiday programe to suit individual customers requests including the selection of the most suitable hotel using their wealth of local knowledge. Moderately priced boutique hotels are typically chosen.

Feb 6, 2016
Trip Advisor
shannonrush91
Japan, Okinawa

"Awesome service!"

It was great to have a relaxing vacation and indochina took
Care of everything. Loved Hanoi and Halong Bay!

Feb 20, 2016
Trip Advisor