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Overview

This itinerary covers the most important destinations so that you can truly feel the spirit of Nepal on your journey. In Kathmandu, go on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Tour to see the capital’s holiest sites. After enjoying the countryside nature of Bandipur, explore the astonishing landscape of Pokhara. Admire the sight of the serene Lake Fewa, Davis Falls, Sarangkot hill and beautiful mountain villages with a short hike. Visit Chitwan National Park, known for its diverse fauna and flora – a UNSECO Natural Site, enhanced with the exciting Tharu cultural show.

  • 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

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

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 Day

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
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Kathmandu – Bandipur

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
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



Bandipur – Pokhara

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
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Pokhara – Naudanda – Pokhara

This morning, you will wake up early and drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara famous for sunrise, for 35 minutes. A real close-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 ends. Drive back to Pokhara, relax at the hotel and enjoy the leisure time.

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



Pokhara Exploration Day

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
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Pokhara – Chitwan

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
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Chitwan Exploration Day

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
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Chitwan – Kathmandu

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
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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!
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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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Andrew M
United Kingdom

"Eleven day north to south trip of Vietnam"

Having returned from our tour of Vietnam, which was organised by Miss Elly Do, we cannot thank her and her company enough for making the eleven days in Vietnam exceptional. From the first contact with Elly she was flexible and accommodating to making our tour really special and unique to us. The accommodation that she found in the following cities, Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City was beyond excellent. Special note must be made of the Eldora Hotel in Hue, which was above and beyond our expectations.
The tour guides that Elly used for our tour were knowledgeable and adaptable to situations out of their control caused by the Coronavirus. Special thanks to Sunny, our Hanoi guide, who found alternative attractions due to government closures of many popular attractions which did not detract from the highlights of the city. Thanks also to Tran, our Hoi An guide, who made our trip both entertaining and exciting. Thanks also to Cam who’s knowledge of Hue was exceptional and last but not least Jason, our guide in HCMC, his knowledge of the Cu Chi tunnels was outstanding.
The food tour with the XOtours in HCMC is a must for anyone visiting the city. It gives another understanding of the chaos that is driving in HCMC on the back of a scooter, though we did feel safe because of the experienced female drivers, who were friendly and spoke excellent English.
We would, without reservation, recommend Indochina Pioneer to anybody planning a tour of Vietnam who does not want to follow a standard package tour but rather a tour that incorporates your specific interests and needs, from planning through to the experience as a whole.
We are now presented with the problem of topping this trip, however, if we decide to visit any other place in SouthEast Asia we will definitely be using this company’s services.

  

Feb 18, 2020
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Sandy Katson
USA

"Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia"

We, 2 couples, returned from our 18-day private tour just before the Christmas holiday. To say that everything went perfectly would be an understatement. While we had a bit of difficulty getting Kata from Indochina Pioneers to respond to our planning requests, we ended up with what was truly a trip of a lifetime!! All of our tour guides and drivers were truly exceptional. I wanted to give some extra kudos Juan in Luang Prabang and Chesda in Phnom Penh – both were outstanding thoughtful guides. I should mention the others, as each guide was great – Larry in HCMC, Tuan in Hoi An and Hue, Tony in Hanoi and Chai in Siem Reap. All of the hotels we stayed at were top notch. All flights organized by Indochina Pioneer went smoothly. As for the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia – this was truly a life-changing visit. While our itinerary was quite clear as to the activities we would see, we had no idea how extraordinary everything would be. We especially enjoyed our exploration of the various street foods in Hanoi that Tony took us to. While “his” places deviated from the itinerary, they were absolutely fantastic!! Our one night on Halong Bay went by too quickly. We spent 4 nights in Luang Prabang, Laos and found this to be just magical. Siem Reap was just amazing. While Angkor Wat is on everyone’s bucket list, we found that each of the ancient temples was equally magnificent. Although the trip ended on a bit solemn note in Phnom Phen with a visit to the Killing Fields and the accompanying prison, Chesda added a little trip to the market and lunch which, for me, softened things some. Overall, this trip was awesome. The only problem now is finding our next trip – this one’s going to be very difficult to top!! I highly recommend Indochina Pioneer to help you plan your own trip to Southeast Asia.

Feb 8, 2020
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Angela Leer
Lloydminster, Canada

"Amazing Vietnam/Thailand trip"

My husband and I recently returned from a most amazing 16 day tour of Vietnam and Thailand. Thank you Kata Tran for compiling an itinerary which was the perfect balance of sightseeing, activity, and beach relaxation. There are too many highlights to detail. Know, however, each transfer between destinations was seamless and accommodations were fabulous at each stop. Most remarkable…it never ceased to amaze us that each driver/guide could be so punctual (considering the traffic in some regions), never being even a minute late! The whole Indochina team who contributed to our trip was incredible!
I highly recommend this tour company.

Feb 5, 2020
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Lori
Saskatoon, Canada

"Trip of a lifetime!"

My husband and I just returned from a 3-week vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all booked through Indochina Pioneer. We would highly recommend using this company to book a trip like this. The accommodations we were given were excellent. Our guides were knowledgeable, open and accommodating making our experience more than we could have hoped for. We were able to customize the trip to suit our likes. Lots of beach time! Our communication with our Indochina rep wasn’t the best but was well made up for in the holiday that was created for us.

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Jan 30, 2020
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Pavan
South Korea

"Great management and planing : Indochina Pioneer"

This year 2020 started amazingly with 5 days Vietnam (Phu Quoc and HCM City) trip. Its greatly organized by Indochina Pioneer Travel Company. Ms. Elly Do was the planner for our trip. I am very thankful and appreciate her patience and prompt suggestions regarding the trip plan. As the requested vegetarian meal was arranged throughout the trip. Overall it was an awesome experience, greatly managed with the sounding tour guide.

Jan 26, 2020
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Elisha Sue

"THAILAND WAS AMAZING – 5 star custom tour"

Thank you Mr Lam Duong for always giving top-notch service. You know what we like and you deliver the BEST Private custom holidays to Cambodia and recently Thailand. Looking forward to our next vacation. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP THAILAND?? It was AMAZING!! We didn’t want to leave!!

Jan 22, 2020
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Chris
Canada

"22 day tour of Vietnam and Siem Reap"

My husband, adult children and I have just returned from one of the best trips of our lifetimes. After numerous requests from me to change, add or tweak the day-to-day tours suggested to me, Hang (Lizzie) from Indochina Pioneer found the perfect combination for us. She is a knowledgeable, patient and gifted organizer. I couldn’t be happier with her professionalism and attention to detail. As we toured the country, we were inspired and educated by our guides Nam, Dat, Larry and Pascuale. We hiked through jungles, ate marvelous food, spent time on the waters of Halong Bay and Phu Quoc Island, we rode bikes through villages and explored the busy streets of Hanoi, Hoi an and Ho Chi Min City, we visited temples and war monuments. Every detail was carefully outlined by Hang and if we wanted to make last-minute changes to the day, our guides were happy to accommodate. I would highly recommend Indochina Pioneer. If I have the good fortune to return, I would use them again. Gold stars all around! Well done Hang & team!

Jan 18, 2020
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Stefanie
USA

"10 Days"

We are so grateful to Ryan Mac and the Indochina Pioneer team for organizing the perfect family vacation for us in northern and central Vietnam. We saw places and had experiences we never would have without them. They made the trip easy and fun. We will be using them again!

Jan 16, 2020
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Kristine
USA

"Vietnam and Cambodia"

We booked our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam with Indochina Pioneer, and I highly recommend their local expertise and professionalism. This was the first time we have worked with an in-country travel agency for a customized trip, and the partnership helped us create an amazing vacation.

I contacted Indochina Pioneer and was assigned a Travel Specialist, Elly, who worked through our initial trip thoughts and gave us some additional suggestions. She was very responsive, listened to the type of trip that we wanted, and always followed through. Her professionalism built our confidence in a successful trip.

We had the agency set up drivers, tour guides and hotels based on our personal qualifications. Each stop we had a new, local guide who understood the history of the area and helped us navigate to the local sights. Because of the guides, we were able to experience not only the popular tourist areas, but also go to more obscure sights that gave us a local experience.

We really loved the local food tours in Vietnam because our guides took us around the cities to a non-tourist restaurant. We also had three bike trips, so instead of driving and seeing the countryside pass us by, we rode our bikes.

I highly recommend working in Indochina Pioneer for your next trip to Asia!

Jan 13, 2020
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Mecia Russell
USA

"Great tour company"

We toured Siem Reap and Hanoi. Our tour guide and driver in Siem Reap were perfect. We were very happy with the hotel choice as well. In Vietnam, we went to Halong Bay on a junk boat cruise. Absolutely perfect!

Jan 8, 2020
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