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Overview

  • Day 1: Kathmandu – Arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3: Kathmandu – Drive to Pokhara – Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 4: Pokhara – Drive to Nayapul– Trekking to Tikhedhunga
  • Day 5: Tikhedhunga – Trekking to Ghorepani – Poon Hill
  • Day 6: Poon Hill – Sunrise and Mountain view
  • Day 7: Poon Hill – Trekking back to Nayapul – Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 8: Pokhara – Drive to Chitwan National Park
  • Day 9: Chitwan National Park – Full-day tour
  • Day 10: Chitwan National Park– Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: 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 Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. 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 in Kathmandu


Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast, you will leave for a exciting sightseeing tour of UNESCO Heritage Sights in Kathmandu, which includes Syambhunath or Monkey Temple – one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Valley Pashupatinath – the cremation places of Hindu death body, Boudhanath – the biggest Buddhist temple, Patan Durbar Square- the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century.

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



Kathmandu – Drive to Pokhara – Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast, you will be taken to Pokhara– 200 km west of Kathmandu by tourist coach ( You can also choose the flight option with an extra cost). This is a famous sightseeing destination for travelers with beautiful lake and majestic mountain ranges. Pokhara is considered as one of the most beautiful lakeside cities in the world. Sightseeing in Pokhara: Temple in Phewa Lake, boating in Phewa lake.

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



Pokhara – Drive to Nayapul– Trekking to Tikhedhunga

After breakfast, you will go on an 1.5 hour drive to Nayapul and start trekking to Tikhedhunga with the total 4 hour trek through the scenic village area.

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



Tikhedhunga – Trekking to Ghorepani – Poon Hill

Today you will continue your trek to Ghorepani, with the total 6 hours walk though Jungle and villages. You will stay just below Poon Hill to prepare for the Poon Hill trek in the next day.

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



Poon Hill – Sunrise and Mountain view

You will start hiking up to Poon Hill from early morning for the spectacular sunrise and mountain view of Annapurna & fishtail range. After breakfast you will continue trekking to Tadapani – a view point of the panoramic view of 12 Himalayan peaks.

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

Poon Hill – Trekking back to Nayapul – Drive to Pokhara

This morning, after breakfast, you will trek back to Nayapul via Ghandruk village, a very beautiful Gurung village and drive to Pokhara.

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


Pokhara – Drive to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Chitwan National Park by tourist bus, one of the most beautiful National Park in Asia.

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



Chitwan National Park – Full-day tour

Today you will spend the whole day to discover Chitwan National Park and participate in Jungle Safari activities, which include elephant ride, jungle walk, canoeing, bird watching, visiting Tharu villages and elephant breeding center etc

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



Chitwan National Park– Drive back to Kathmandu

In this day, you will be transferred back to Kathmandu by tourist bus ( or have option to fly at extra cost). In the evening, you will join Nepali cultural show and dinner.

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.

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