- Day 1: Kathmandu - Arrival
- Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day
- Day 3: Kathmandu – Bandipur
- Day 4: Bandipur – Pokhara
- Day 5: Pokhara – Naudanda – Pokhara
- Day 6: Pokhara Exploration Day
- Day 7: Pokhara – Chitwan
- Day 8: Chitwan Exploration Day
- Day 9: Chitwan – Kathmandu
- Day 10: Kathmandu – Departure
- 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 - ArrivalDay 1
On arrival, you will be welcomed and received on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by our staff member. You will then be transferred and checked into the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Exploration DayDay 2
After breakfast, you will go on the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. You will take part in the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today, which includes:
Swoyambhunath – 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; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look, which is the typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus.
Boudhanath – the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we 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, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Kathmandu – BandipurDay 3
In the early morning (around 5.30 AM), you will go for Everest experience mountain flight and back to the hotel around 8 Am, then enjoy a lovely breakfast. After checking out, a 5-hour drive will take you to a beautiful village of Bandipur, where you can enjoy the countryside nature. The village itself gives the impression of a medieval town and the walk along the village street is wonderful. The drive to Bandipur is very scenic alongside a beautiful river passing through many small towns. The view of the Annapurna, Manaslu and many other mountain ranges from Bandipur is spectacular.
Overnight in Bandipur
Bandipur – PokharaDay 4
After an early breakfast and checking out, you will go to Pokhara. A two and half hours drive will take you to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu. This is another scenic drive although it is a shorter one. Once you reach Pokhara, check into the hotel and have some free time until lunch. After lunch, get ready for a serene and beautiful walk along the lake Fewa. As you take a stroll along the lake you can enjoy the view of the beautiful mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. Have a relaxing evening.
Overnight in Pokhara
Pokhara – Naudanda – PokharaDay 5
This morning, you will wake up early and drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara famous for Sunrise, for 35 minutes. A real Closed-up look of the Annapurna and Fishtail and the unparalleled Sunrise from there makes a perfect start of our day. Enjoy the Mountain View breakfast after the sunrise and prepare for a 3hour walk to Naudanda on a very gentle trail. You will be walking through beautiful mountain village immersing into the cultural and natural beauty of the area. Once finishing your hike, you can enjoy the meal in a mountain restaurant. After lunch and relax time, your trip will continue. You will drive for about half-hour to a spiritual center of a beautiful Buddhist monastery at Hemja. Explore the surrounding of the monastery until the prayer starts at three. Feel high in spirituality as you enjoy the chanting of the rituals by the Buddhist monks; immerse into the meditative atmosphere for about one and half hours before the prayer end s. Drive back to Pokhara, relax at the hotel and enjoy the leisure time.
Overnight in Pokhara
Pokhara Exploration DayDay 6
After breakfast, you will go to the lake, hire a boat to cross it and hike up to World Peace Stupa, a nice hiking destination in Pokhara which will take about one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage as well. You will be picked up from Peace Stupa and driven down to visit Davis falls and an ancient and longest cave in South Asia. Drive back to Pokhara and enjoy a free afternoon. You can choose to do some adventure activities like Paragliding, ultralight flight, bungee jump, and Zip flyer as well with an extra cost.
Overnight in Pokhara
Pokhara – ChitwanDay 7
After breakfast, you will start driving to Chitwan National Park. It takes about 4 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park was once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. However today the animals – which includes 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
Chitwan Exploration DayDay 8
You will spend the whole day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visiting elephant breeding center, bird-watching, etc. Your tour guide will lead you 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
Chitwan – KathmanduDay 9
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu. It takes about 5 hours to reach Kathmandu. (You can also fly back with an extra cost). Later in the evening, you will go for farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and can have a discussion about the trip experience.
Overnight in Chitwan
Kathmandu – DepartureDay 10
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!
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- 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
Why to Visit Nepal
Where to Go
When to Go
Obtain a Nepal Visa
How to book a tour
Packing and Luggage Allowance
Why to Visit Nepal
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.
Where to Go
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
When to Go
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.
Obtain a Nepal Visa
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.
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.
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
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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Packing and Luggage Allowance
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- 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
- Insect repellent
- Refillable water bottle with filter
- 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
- Ear plugs & eye mask
- Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
- Lightweight travel towel
- Local language phrasebook
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The hotels were also very good.
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Amazing Vietnam private tour
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