Highlights of Nepal

Highlights of Nepal Our 9-day tour offers a carefully selected tableau that highlights the very best of Nepal. We will see and experience the wide diversity of cultural and scenic attractions that makes our country so special. From the teeming bustling markets in Kathmandu to the tranquil beauty of lakeside Pokhara, from a gritty jungle wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park to a visit with Tibetan artisans in Patan, our adventures will produce memories that will last our lifetime. In addition, there is an option at the start of the second day to take an early morning mountain flight that will afford breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains including a close pass over Mount Everest.

Kathmandu offers an exotic mix of visual images, sounds and smells. It is a city of teeming markets, narrow alleys and numerous religious shrines and monuments. Our guides know Kathmandu well and will lead us to the very best attractions and vantage points this city offers. The cacophony of sounds and images may at times overwhelm but invariably the visitor will become enthralled. Especially as we wind through the narrow streets, hearing the tinkling of bells and the bartering of merchants and their customers, it will be easy to think we have travelled back by time machine to an earlier era.

Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city though at times it is easy to forget one is in a city at all. Nestled around a tranquil lake and surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Annapurna range of the Himalayan Mountains, numerous options abound for outdoor adventures (including canoeing, sailing, paragliding, zip flying or plain quiet contemplation.

Ensconced in our comfortable private van, we will travel on a winding highway between these two cities, we will feel the sense of the quiet rhythm of rural life as we pass through small villages, delighting all the while in the continuous views of lush vegetation and rushing rivers.

Chitwan National Parkis a national treasure that many tourists often overlook. It’s grounds offer refuge to several hundred species of birds. We will walk on certain trails and paddle in canoes to observe the diffuse wildlife. If we are fortunate, we will see the rare freshwater (river) gangetic dolphin. No trip to Chitwan is complete without a visit to the renowned elephant breeding and wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Visiting a Tibetan Refugee Centre in Patan (Nepal’s third largest city) will allow us the opportunity to meet Tibetan artisans and purchase a variety of authentic handicrafts and highly sought-after hand-woven carpets directly from the artisans who make them.

No visit to Nepal would be complete without time to contemplate and better understand the rich mosaic of religious shrines that reflect the blending of Buddhist and Hindu heritage.  During our journey we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage recognized Kathmandu Valley and learns about the fusion of religion and culture that helps make Nepal so special.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 9 days Activities: Sightseeing / Hiking Difficulty: Easy
Maximum elevation: Sarangkot (1592 metres) Accommodations: Hotels and Resorts Best Months: Throughout the year
Group Size: Minimum of two clients Price on Request

SUMMARY OF OUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Katmandu (elevation: 1400 metres); airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Travel by private van to local attractions including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive by private van to Chitwan National Park (elevation: 815 metres) for a half-day guided safari.
Overnight in a hotel/resort near the park

Day 4: Various activities within the Chitwan National Park
Overnight in Chitwan

Day 5: Drive in our private van to Pokhara (elevation: 820 metres)
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 6: Sightseeing various attractions in and around Pokhara including Sarangkot (elevation: 1592 metres), Davis Falls and boating in Fewa Lake.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 7: Drive in our private van back to Kathmandu
Overnight in our Kathmandu

Day 8: Transport by private van to various scenic attractions including the Patan artisan markets, Durbar Square, and a Tibetan Refugee Camp
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 9: Airport transfer to International airport after breakfast.

Map of Highlights of NepalMap of Highlights of Nepal DAY 1: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport Immediately outside of Customs you will be greeted by our representative before being transferred by private van to your comfortable hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Once you are settled, you will have various options to best begin your exploration of the sights of this ancient, exotic and fascinating city.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (plus optional morning flight over Himalayas) For those interested, we offer an opportunity to take an optional early morning sight-seeing flight over the rugged Himalayan mountains. You will be transported to the airport by private van. Kathmandu’s airport can be chaotic with various international flights landing and small groups of hikers and mountaineers departing on small planes for their domestic treks. We will guide you to your plane and ensure that you smoothly board your 45-minute flight that will offer a stunning perspective of the Kathmandu Valley, lush vegetation, torrential rivers and wide valleys. The panorama shifts to jaw-dropping views of the jagged, towering snow-covered peaks whose outline is familiar to all. The plane will pass close to Mount Everest ... and yes, it’s profile really is just as you have seen it in photographs!

Pashupatinath After landing at the airport and returning to your hotel for breakfast, we will travel by private van to Pashupatinath, the largest Hindu temple of Nepal. Dedicated to the supreme Hindu god, Shiva, we will see exceptional carvings of various deities. Our guide will explain the meaning of the details of the fascinating ornate architecture of the various shrines and temples.

After lunch, our sightseeing tour continues as we make our way to Swayambhunath, a Tibetan Buddhist stupa whose watchful eyes gaze from a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Chitwan National Park and Half-Day Safari After breakfast we depart by our private van for a 4-5 hours, 166 km ride on the winding Prithivi Highway. Throughout much of our journey we will be able to see the Class IV and V rapids of the white water river Trishuli that surges far below us. We will pass through a variety of small Nepali villages that will afford us our first glimpse of a way of rural life that has changed little over the centuries. Our destination is a resort located immediately outside Chitwan National Park.

Jungle Safari Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first national park and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Within its 932 square kilometers of forest, marshlands and grasslands are endangered one-horned rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers. Its waters are home to the South Asian freshwater (gangetic) dolphin.

After a refreshing lunch at the resort, we will embark on a tour of the park. Our mode of transportation – nothing less than a giant Asian elephant!

We return to our resort in time for dinner and an evening performance by indigenous Tharu dancers.
Overnight in Chitwan

Day 4: Full Day of Safari Activities in Chitwan

We enjoy a full and varied day of outdoor activities that will offer us a chance to appreciate the wide diversity of wildlife in this gorgeous national treasure.

Immediately upon waking (but leaving time for “a morning coffee”), we will accompany a park naturalist to view some of the hundreds of both residential and migratory bird species that find sanctuary here.

After breakfast, we will canoe on the Rapti River, viewing various birds, aquatic life and hopefully members of the resident population of Gantetic dolphins.

Our final activity will be a jungle safari to view land-based wildlife. We will end with a visit to an elephant breeding centre. While we won’t observe “breeding”, we will witness “an elephant bathing session”.
Overnight in Chitwan

Day 5: Early Morning Bird Watching; Drive to Pokhara After our second morning of bird watching and another enjoyable breakfast, our van will transport us 150 km on a winding highway that overlooks several white water rivers. An indication of just how serpentine the road we will on is the fact that it will take us just under five hours to cover this relatively short distance. Yet as lovely as the journey will be, our destination is even more special.

Pokhara Pokhara is Nepal’s most beautiful city. Nestled against a lake and offering views of the mighty Annapurna mountains, we will be challenged to decide “what direction to gaze at first”. Fortunately, we will be spending enough time here to allow all vistas to be slowly savoured.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 6: Full Day of Sightseeing in the Pokhara Valley After breakfast, a 30-minute ride in our van will deliver us to the trailhead of a 15 minute walk to that will lead us to the top of Sarangkot, famous in Nepal for aerial adventures such as paragliding and zip-flying. The craggy peaks of the snow-covered mountains of the nearby Annapurna range glistens in the near distance. The van will meet us at the top and drive us back to our hotel for lunch.

Our Pokhara afternoon consists of various sightseeing delights including a tour of the city itself, a visit to the mystical Davis Falls, the Mahendra Cave system (containing inside it a statue of the Hindu lord Shiva inside), the Bat Caves and the Seti River Gorge. Our day of adventure will end with a boat ride on the crystal clear Fewa Lake
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu Hanuman DhokaToday our van will transport us over 200 kilometres of the winding Prithivi Highway back to Kathmandu. Along the way we will be enthralled by yet more scenic tableaus of rural life, raging rivers and lush terraced fields. Traffic slowly builds as we approach Kathmandu. Six hours after we have started – not including our break for lunch – we will arrive back to the now familiar teeming and vibrant city.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8: Sightseeing in Patan; Tibetan Refugee Camp Our morning’s tour has us driving the eight kilometers to the Patan. Best known for it’s rich cultural heritage, especially it’s tradition of arts and crafts. We will have numerous opportunities to witness artisans at work and if we wish, to purchase souvenirs directly from them.

The UNESCO World Heritage Patan Dubar Square is the site of an ancient royal palace. Despite being heavily damaged in the April 2015 earthquake, this Square remains a legacy of Nepali culture as well as containing priceless artifacts.

Patan Durbar Square When we are ready to leave Dubar Square, we will drive to a nearly Tibetan Refugee Camp. Nepal has long offered sanctuary to many Tibetans who fled the Chinese invasion of their country. Numerous Tibetan handicrafts are made here and are available for purchase. Especially good deals can be had for handcrafted Tibetan carpets and rugs.

Though there is no shortage of things to do or sites to see, we have intentionally left unstructured in order to facilitate last minute shopping or photography.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu After breakfast at our hotel, you will be chauffeured by our van through streets that have now become familiar. There is a rhythm to the chaos and a harmony to the mélange of sounds that emanate from the mixture of vehicles, wandering cows and countless stalls of shopkeepers and customers. The international airport will be a stark reminder and contrast to what you have experienced and will carry within you for the rest of your life.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITHIN THE LISTED COST OF YOUR TRIP

  • Transport from/to Kathmandu International Airport
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 5 Star hotel in Kathmandu (twin share) on a BB Basis
  • 2 nights and 3 days in Chitwan National Park (AP Basis)
  • All activities in Chitwan National Park as described in itinerary
  • 2 nights accommodations in Pokhara – twin share on a BB basis similar to 5 Star hotel
  • All lunch and dinners except in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All land transportation as noted in our itinerary
  • All sightseeing tours as described in our itinerqary
  • All entrance fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED WITHIN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP

  • Alcoholic beverages; soft drinks and mineral water
  • All expenses of a personal nature
  • Mount Everest Sightseeing Flight (Day 2)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Travel (Health) Insurance (mandatory)
  • International airfare to/from Nepal
  • Nepal Entry Visa (This can be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu for a US$30 fee. 2 passport-sized photographs are required in order for the visa to be issued.)
  • All gratuities
  • Any other service not specifically mentioned within the previous (included) section.
Fixed Departure Dates for 2017 Fixed Departure Dates for 2018
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Note: If the above given fixed departure dates are not suitable for you. Please let us know your prefer travel date. For booking and inquiries please contact us: trekinnepal@wlink.com.np

Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. This is guideline showing tea house or tentative camp night stops. For price and further information contact us at our email: trekinnepal@wlink.com.np