Explore some of the best sights, and experience some of the best experience Nepal has to offer. Explore the temples and warrens of Kathmandu, go on epic cable-car rides, visit hillstations and vantage points and see amazing Himalayan scenes. Experience the local cultures with a homestay experience and some village visits. Visit Pokhara and do some paddling, see the local waterfalls and caves, hike a bit and do some local shopping. Visit the jungle and meet the local tribes. Befriend elephants, go on an epic canoe trip, and see lots of crocodiles and birds. Brave the jungle on the local jeeps and tour the twenty thousand lakes. Walk the streets of Thamel and buy souvenirs.
Arrive at Kathmandu anytime. A comprehensive pre-trip orientation will be conducted at 1900 by your trip leader at the hotel. So make sure to arrive by then. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Airport pickup / transfer is not included in the standard package, but can be chosen as an add-on during checkout
First off, you’ll be meeting your tour guide at the hotel, and a small trip briefing session will be held. After this, you’ll start your sightseeing program for the day. Visit Budhanilkantha, a temple complex dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu. Next on the list is Chandragiri Hill, a rather recent attraction that opened in Kathmandu. Overlooking Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 2,551 meters above sea level and only accessible by cable-car, Chandragiri is one of the finest vantage points nearby Kathmandu for mountain viewing.
Then drive straight to Nagarkot, which should take around 90 minutes. Nagarkot is a popular hillstation in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, at 2200 meters altitude, which is popular for having Nepal’s best sunrise view and Himalayan panorama. Spend the evening at leisure at this hillstation and see amazing views of the Himalayas.
Overnight stay in Nagarkot.
Enjoy the sunrise and mountain viewing at Nagarkot, and then have your breakfast. Spend the morning at leisure. Check-out from Nagarkot, and visit the nearby Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu valley. Listed as an UNESCO world heritage site, the durbar square was the capital for the medieval kingdom of Bhadgaon, or Bhaktapur.
Drive on to Dhulikhel and check-in to the hotel. Dhulikhel is a popular hillstation further afield than Nagarkot, which is popular for the scattering of typical Newari villages in the area, and for the excellent 180 degree’s panorama of the Himalaya showcasing peaks like Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar and Melungtse, and even Mt. Everest to the far east. Do some local sightseeing at Dhulikhel.
Drive to the ancient town of Panauti in the afternoon. The drive should take around 45 minutes. Panauti is an ancient town situated at the sacred confluence of Roshi and Pungamati Rivers, and also has an invisible river according to myths and legends. Once a major trading center with its own royal palace, Panauti has fallen from grace but is still captivating and beautiful. Explore the perfectly preserved houses and temples of Panauti. Enjoy a homestay experience at Panauti. Meet your local hosts and go to their homes. Have a fabulous Newari dinner and tuck in for the night.
Overnight stay in homestay, Panauti.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Have breakfast and and say your farewells to your hosts. Drive to Kurintar, a 2 hours’ drive, and take the cable-car to the religious temple complex of Manakamana, dedicated to the goddess of wishes. Explore the surrounding streets and fall back to Kurintar. Then drive to Bandipur, another 2 hours’ drive. Transfer to hotel on arrival. Bandipur is a scenic and pristine Newari town atop the ridge of Dumre, and is a living museum of ancient Nepalese culture and traditions, beautifully preserved and full of Newari architecture. Explore the local streets and bazaars, see the farmers and traders going about their businesses, interact with the locals and spend your afternoon visiting the local cafeterias, bakeries and coffee-shops. Also visit local sights like the Silk farm, Siddha cave, Thani Mai Temple, Bindabasini Temple and Tundikhel.
On the way to Kurintar, you can also opt for a thrilling white-water rafting experience on the popular Trishuli river. Option provided as an add-on during check-out.
Overnight stay in Bandipur.
Spend the morning a leisure. Hike uphill to see amazing morning views of the hills and the mountains to the north. Then have your breakfast and check-out from Bandipur. Drive on to Pokhara, should take around 3 hours’ drive. Check-in to your hotels and explore. Fewa Lake, the 2nd largest and the most popular lake in Nepal, is nearby, at 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Go boating and visit Tal Barahi Temple. If the weather’s clear, you’ll also see Mt. Fishtail, Annapurnas, and Mt. Dhaulagiri towering in the north.
Spend the evening at leisure. Strolling around the lakeside area is recommended. Try out Pokhara’s street food, shop for souvenirs, or go to one of the many chic restaurants in lakeside Pokhara.
Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara.
Have your breakfast at the hotel, and set out for a sightseeing of the valley. Visit the popular World Peace Pagoda, a popular vantage point overlooking Fewa Lake. Then visit Devi’s Fall, or Patale Chhango as the locals call it, one of the prime attractions in Pokhara. Next on the list is Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, right across the road from Devi’s Fall, which hosts a huge stalagmite worshipped as a Shiva lingam.
Then get on your off-road rides and drive to the Himalayan village of Dhampus, a small beautiful village in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) inhabited by the friendly Gurung people. The drive should take a couple of hours. Enjoy the scenic views and the village atmosphere at Dhampus. Try out the local ginger tea! Also hike to the nearby Australian Camp, a 90 minutes’ hike. Fall back to Dhampus and drive to Sarangkot, 2 hours’ drive. Sarangkot is the opposite hill from Dhampus, but is the more popular neighbor, mainly due to the presence of a pitched road all the way to the top. Sarangkot is popular for its sunrise views, alongside the valley and the mountains.
Overnight stay in Sarangkot.
Wake up early and witness the world’s most magnificent views, of the Himalayan range, the valley below and the sunrise. Have your breakfast and spend the morning at Sarangkot. Drive back to Pokhara and check-in to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure, or opt for extra activities listed below:
1. Begnas Lake visit
2. Cycling around the valley
3. Helicopter trip to Annapurna Base camp (3 hours)
4. Ultralight flight between the mountains (2.5 hours)
All optional activities are available as add-ons during check-out*
Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara
Have your breakfast early and drive to Chitwan National Park. The drive should take around 5-6 hours.
An UNESCO world heritage site, Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s best and most popular wildlife viewing areas. Famed for its population of the extremely rare One-Horned Rhinos and the even rare Royal Bengal Tigers, Chitwan hosts an unbelievably diverse flora and fauna. Check-in to one of the popular jungle resorts and spend the afternoon at leisure. Attend a Tharu cultural performance in the evening.
Overnight stay in Chitwan National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hike to the nearby Rapti River in the morning and get on your canoes. Your expert jungle guide will navigate you alongside the river bank, giving you ample opportunities to see some amazing species of migratory birds and the popular Gharial Crocodiles basking in the morning sun.
Then meet the friendly elephants of Chitwan and go on an hour long Elephant-back jungle safari. The ride gives you the chance of seeing lots of deer, rhinos, birds and crocodiles along the river sides, and even the rare and elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
Next will be a jeep drive which will take you deep into the jungle, where the chances of seeing the tigers and other rare species are higher. On the specially modified local vehicles, experience the adrenaline! Also drive around the popular Bis Hajari (Two Thousand) Lakes, and see the majority of Chitwan’s bird species.
Next will be an ox-cart ride. Get on your carts pulled by live oxen and visit the nearby Tharu village. Also visit the Tharu Ethnic Museum and interact with the locals.
Ox-cart back to the resort.
Overnight stay in Chitwan National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Leave Chitwan and drive to Kathmandu, should take around 6-7 hours’. Direct transfer to your hotel on arrival.
Attend a Nepali feast and farewell dinner, at a typical Nepali palace-type setting, alongside a traditional Nepali cultural performance. Drive back to your hotel for the night.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Depart at any time.
(Airport pickup / transfer is not included in the standard package, but can be chosen as an add-on during checkout)
- 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Hotels (4 nights)
- Private car, domestic flight
- A Red Carpet trip leader, all sightseeing passes in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Chandragiri Cable car fare, Fewa Lake boating fees
Choose one of our group departure dates and book your seat. Be a part of a fun group led by one of our experienced trip leaders. This trip focuses on value for money and on the interactions with people from all over. If you value privacy above all other things, this trip is not for you.
If one of our group departures do not suit your calendar, or if you value privacy above everything else, choose our private trip option. Though the trip may not provide value for money as the fixed departures do, this trip will be organized entirely for your or your own group, on the date of your choosing, with specialized care provided to your requests.
Please use our private trip calculator to know the costs.
Things to know:
- On fixed departure (FD) trips, accommodations at Kathmandu and Pokhara will be organized at 3-star or similar hotels / resorts with all modern amenities.
On private trips (PT), three accommodation options (standard, deluxe and premium) will be provided as choices. Accommodations will be arranged as per the chosen standard during booking. Read our accommodation standard article for more info.
This trip also includes accommodation at homestays / tents, which is not a star-rated accommodation. The facilities provided at these places is basic and modern amenities may not be available.
Sharing & Supplement:
- All accommodations will be arranged on double and triple sharing basis, depending on the group sizes. If you are booking solo, our team will arrange a room sharing for you with a fellow traveler of the same gender.
A single room can also be availed on supplementary basis. The single supplement option will be provided as an add-on during check-out.
Starting & End points:
- Trips will start and end at the designated joining points in Kathmandu. The joining point will be an easily accessible hotel in the downtown areas within an hour’s drive from Tribhuvan International Airport. The specific names and address will provided after booking. A trip orientation program and meeting, starting from 1900, will be conducted at the joining point on Day 1, which the participants are recommended to attend.
Arrival & departure transfers:
- All trips, both private and fixed departures, do not include airport pickup & drop facilities on the base option. However, these options can be selected as add-ons during check-out.