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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Classic Nepal tour
Bhaktapur Chitwan National Park Classic Nepal Trip

Classic Nepal

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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Short Description

This classic Nepal combination tour gives you a taste of everything this beautiful Himalayan country has to offer, including sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley, an optional taste of white-water rafting, wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park, a short trek in the Annapurnas to Poon Hill, the hilltop villages of Bandipur and Nagarkot, and ancient Bhaktapur

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Private car, minivan or minibus subject to group size
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Chitwan
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking porters (provided with clothing, footwear and accommodation as per IPPG recommendations)
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
We greet you on your arrival in Kathmandu airport today and transfer you to your hotel in the Thamel tourist disctrict of the city. Our rep will help you settle in and familiarise you with the local area.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel

Day 2, Kathmandu city tour. Swayambunath stupa
Our tour starts today with a guided walk from our hotel in Thamel through small back streets full of numerous tiny shops, workshops, temples, and stupas to Durbar Square with its array of wooden and stone carved temples and palaces. After lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the square, we drive to the important Swayambunath Stupa which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city, visible from miles around. Also known locally as the 'monkey temple', we'll see these nimble inhabitants scampering in and around the trees and temple.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu - 3-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 3, Kathmandu to Chitwan. Trisuli rafting option
This morning we drive out of the Kathmandu Valley and drive to Chitwan National Park in the lowland Terai region of Nepal that borders India. This will be our first taste of rural Nepal, and we'll see terraced farmland, forested hills, and rushing rivers. An option is available today to spend a few hours white water rafting on the Trisuli river (those choosing this option will rejoin the group in Chitwan this evening). On arrival in Chitwan, we check into our lodge, and then take an early evening village walk to see how the local Tharu people live and work.
| OVERNIGHT:
Chitwan - Lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Trisuli white water rafting option

Day 4, Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safaris
We spend today exploring Chitwan National Park in search of, amongst others, tiger, rhino and wild elephant. In the morning we’ll take a walk through the jungle and enjoy a canoe trip. Later on, in the afternoon you have the option of a jeep safari or an elephant ride.
| OVERNIGHT:
Chitwan - lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Chitwan to Bandipur
Early this morning you can take a walk outside the park dedicated mainly to bird watching, or you can take an early morning elephant ride if you didn’t do one yesterday (extra fee). After breakfast we leave Chitwan and the Terai and drive to the ancient hilltop Newari trading village of Bandipur. The centre of Bandipur has been restored, and is vehicle free, with some lovely old buildings. You have time this afternoon to relax here, or take a walk or hike through the surrounding fields, villages and hills. Walks include a 2-hour downhill hike through fields and forest to Siddha Cave, one of the largest in Asia and full of impressive rock formations (bring a torch). You can hike back uphill to Bandipur from here or walk down to the highway for our vehicle to pick you up. A shorter walk from the town centre can take you uphill for around 30min to the Thani Mai Temple, which is well worth it for its views at sunset if the weather is clear. In fact the whole of Bandipur affords good mountain views.
| OVERNIGHT:
Bandipur - Guesthouse
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 6, Bandipur to Pokhara
We leave Bandipur this morning and drive on to the lakeside town of Pokhara, which sits at the base of the Annapurna range of mountains and is the main access point for trekking and rafting in the area. We will visit various places around Pokhara this afternoon, including the Peace Pagoda, Tibetan refugee camp and Devi Falls.
| OVERNIGHT:
Pokhara - 3 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 7, Start trekking to Ghandruk
We drive through low hills and valleys to Nayapul this morning, via the village of Lumle. We begin trekking from Nayapul to Birethanti which takes approximately 1-2 hours. Continuing on from Birethanti the path which follows the Modi Khola river is fairly flat until you begin your long ascent from Shauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ghandruk - trekking lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Trekking Pack (sleeping bag, walking poles, down jacket)

Day 8, Trekking from Ghandruk to Tadapani
The walk from Ghandruk to Tadapani passes through several types of forest, some with unusual trails of moss hanging down from the tree branches. Once you arrive in Tadapani you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The total trekking for today is approximately 4 hours.
| OVERNIGHT:
Tadapani - trekking lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 9, Trekking from Tadapani to Ghorepani
The trail between Tadapani and Ghorepani crosses several river valleys and winds its way through rhododendron forests where monkeys are often seen. After leaving the mountain forests behind you can get some clearer views before arriving in Bantanthi. You have time to rest for a while in Bantanthi before climbing through forests and following a grass and pine covered ridge to Ghorepani. The total trekking for today is approximately 4-5 hours.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ghorepani - trekking lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 10, Sunrise on Poon Hill. Trekking from Ghorepani to Tirkhedunga
We start early this morning and make the climb up to Poon Hill, where we get great views of the Annapurna Range and Macchapuchare in particular. The rising mists over the foothills of the Himalayas stretching away from you are also a beautiful sight. After returning to the lodge for breakfast, we walk down to Tirkhedunga through oak and rhododendron forests via Nangethanti, Banthanti and a steep stepped descent from Ulleri. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours.
| OVERNIGHT:
Tirkhedunga - trekking lodge
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 11, Finish trek. Free time in Pokhara
We finish our trek today with a walk back from Tirkhedunga to Naya Pul which includes some more steep descents and beautiful scenery. We then take a local transfer back to Pokhara where you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free for you to relax. You could perhaps take a rowing boat out onto the lake or just relax in one of the lakeside cafes and bars and reflect on completing your trek.
| OVERNIGHT:
Pokhara - 3 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 12, Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We leave the Annapurna region behind today and take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free to settle back into the bustle of city life.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 13, Everest flight option. Ancient Bhaktapur. Hilltop Nagarkot
This morning you have the option of taking a spectacular mountain viewing flight to see Everest and its surrounding peaks up close. Otherwise, the morning is free to check out the shops and markets in Kathmandu for some souvenirs. This afternoon we visit one of the other ancient cities in the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur. The centre of Bhaktapur has been designated a World Heritage Site, and hosts the best preserved ancient buildings and temples in the Kathmandu valley, with some great examples of traditional wooden architecture to be seen. Our tour here will really give you a taste for how life has been led in the valley for centuries, and you'll see several traditional crafts still taking place, including a whole square dedicated to pottery. Later, we head into the hills surrounding the valley and spend the night in the village of Nagarkot. The village is perched on a ridge and is known for having some of the best views in the Kathmandu Valley.
| OVERNIGHT:
Nagarkot- 3 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Everest mountain viewing flight Day 14, Nagarkot. Pasupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa
This morning we hope for spectacular sunrise views from Nagarkot before walking down a ridge through the Tilkot Forest Resever and passing typical Nepali terraced farmland to the crumbling and atmospheric Changu Narayan temple (approx. 2-3 hours walking). We then we head back into Kathmandu to visit two of the city's most important, and contrasting religious pilgrimage sites; Pasupatinath temple (Hindu) and Boudhanath stupa (Buddhist). The evening is free for you to explore Kathmandu and Thamel one last time and enjoy a farewell meal together.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 15, Kathmandu. Free time. Transfer to airport
You have some free time in Kathmandu today until we transfer you to the airport for departure.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra nights in Kathmanadu; Bardia National Park extension; Further trekking or rafting

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

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  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary (budget around US$60 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, guides and porters
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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