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Highlights of Nepal tour
Chitwan National Park Kathmandu Highlights of Nepal Trip

Highlights of 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
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Short Description

This 10-day tailor-made tour offers an introduction to the country's culture, scenery and wildlife, with time spent exploring the Kathmandu Valley, villages around Pokhara and in Chitwan National Park

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
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
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
  • All transport in private AC vehicles with a local driver
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Internal flights between Chitwan and Kathmandu
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Nepal and transfer to hotel
We will be happy to help with flights into Nepal if you wish, and on your arrival our local representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of Kathmandu. We normally use the Shanker Hotel, which is built around a former royal palace and located in large quiet gardens close to the main touristic area of Thamel.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu hotel
| EXTRAS:
Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour, Single room supplement

Day 2, Everest mountain flight & Kathmandu city tour
You start today early with a spectacular Everest mountain flight, which lasts for about one hour and gives you a great chance to see the World's highest mountain up close. Later in the morning you'll take an easy walking tour from your hotel, finding your way through the narrow city streets to Durbar Square. Our guides change the route everytime for this tour, and it will take in various corner temples and stupas and allow you to see all kinds of tiny shops and workshops. In the impressive Durbar Square, your guide will explain some Nepalese history as you walk through the many Hindu temples and the old Royal Palace. After a break for lunch at a rooftop restaurant, you head by car to the edge of the city and walk up to Swayambhunath Stupa. Sitting on a hill overlooking the city, you'll get great views of the Kathmandu Valley and enjoy watching the many monkeys which make this holy place their home. After returning to Kathmandu the rest of the day is free.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 3, Gorkha & Bandipur village walks
This morning we make our way across the beautiful Nepalese countryside to the small hillside town of Gorkha, where you can climb up to the Gorkha Durbar perched on the top of the hill. This is a steep hours walk, rewarded by good views and an interesting exploration of the Durbar - a combination of a fort, temple and palace. We next head for the old Newari trading town of Bandipur. Situated on a ridge with some great mountain views, Bandipur has been fairly untouched, the centre is traffic free, and many of its buildings have been protected. In the late afternoon you have an easy walk around the area surrounding the village, exploring some tiny villages and learning about the local agriculture and way of life. You spend the night here in a traditionally restored Ghaun Ghar Hotel on the main street.
| OVERNIGHT:
Bandipur hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 4, Drive to Pokhara and half day tour
You leave Bandipur late morning and drive on to Pokhara today. En route, Nepal’s largest cave, the Siddha Gufa, can also be visited (make sure you have a torch!). In the afternoon you'll take a tour of Pokhara, visiting the Peace Pagoda for great views of the Annapurna range, nearby Devi caves and waterfalls and a visit to the Tibetan refugee camp. You can also extend the tour here to include a short trek. The Annapurna foothills are a great place for relatively low altitude trekking, and we can arrange circular trekking routes lasting anything from 2 days to 2 or more weeks. Your accommodation tonight is at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, a boutique hotel tha combines western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal's Western Himalayas, and within walking distance of the main restaurants and shops.
| OVERNIGHT:
Pokhara hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 5, Pokhara, free day
You have a free day today to enjoy time in the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. There is plenty to do, and you could take the chance to walk or drive up to the view point at Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurnas. Other option include a boat ride on Lake Phewa, a cycle ride exploring the town and its surroundings or perhaps just a stroll around the many souvenir shops that line the streets.
| OVERNIGHT:
Pokhara hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 6, Drive to Chitwan National Park
The drive to Chitwan today takes around 5 hours, and you may stop several times en-route. We can also extend this journey by adding in a 2 day/1 night white water rafting trip on the beautiful Seti River. After arriving in Chitwan and settling into your lodge you enjoy an evening walk through the local Tharu villages to see and learn about traditional rural life here in the Terai region of Nepal.
| OVERNIGHT:
Chitwan hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7, Chitwan National Park, safari activities
Your full day in Chitwan will be fairly full with activities in and around the park, but you'll still have some free time to yourselves as well, particularly in the middle of the day when wildlife viewing is not so productive. A highlight of your park activities is a morning elephant back ride into the park in search of the rare, Indian one horned rhino. Travelling on the back of an elephant can be the best way to approach wildlife, especially rhino, as your human smell is obscured by the familiar smell of the elephants themselves. This means that the animals you search for are much more relaxed in your presence giving you better opportunities to study them. You also take an easy open canoe ride down the Rapti River, where you have the opportunity to observe the many bird species native to Nepal. You should also see many of the 160 species of migratory birds which visit Chitwan seasonally. You may also see Gharial crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks. You will also explore and learn about the forests in a half-day jungle walk where you should see spotted deer and antelope and hopefully spot some rhino. Experienced local guides point out the various species, their habitats and behaviour, on all of your journeys into the park.
| OVERNIGHT:
Chitwan hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Dhulikhel
This morning you transfer out to the main road and the airport for the short flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu your first stop is at the ancient centre of Bhaktapur. You have a guided tour of the temples and stupas here, and also some free time to explore the narrow streets. Thankfully free of cars and vehicles, this is a great opportunity to study some of the valley's beautiful brick and carved wooden architecture. Later in the afternoon, you drive out to the rim of the valley, climbing up to the small town of Dhulikhel. Here you will spend the night in the beautiful ridge top surroundings of the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
| OVERNIGHT:
Dhulikhel hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 9, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
The morning is free to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Dhulikhel before heading back towards Kathmandu where you visit two important religious pilgrimage sites. The Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath is huge, and surrounded by monasteries and strings of colourful, fluttering prayer flags. Nearby, is Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple itself, you can see into the temple complex from the holy riverbanks where there are bathing and cremation ghats. From here we drive you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
| OVERNIGHT:
Kathmandu hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast Day 10, Kathmandu, free time and departure
transfer
Your time is free today until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Bardia National Park Extension, Trisuli white water

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Only ground transport

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights in and out of Nepal
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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