Spend a week experiencing Nepal’s variety of climate zones, cultures and geography – from an in-depth view into the rich culture embedded in the Kathmandu Valley, the grassy lowlands of the Terai, home to Asian elephants and one-horned rhinoceros, to the beautiful Himalayan lakeside setting of Pokhara. This trip will include venturing into the jungles in Chitwan National Park on a guided safari, and a chance to see great swaths of the Nepalese countryside on the road to Pokhara, Nepal’s most popular lakeside holiday spot, where we’ll paddle around the lake and enjoy the majestic mountain views. We’ll end the trip in Nagarkot, a charming town on the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, from where the epic sunrise over the Indrawati Valley is said to be one of the best in the region.
The below information is a recommended itinerary and can be customized by request to accommodate your requirements.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be greeted by our representative at the arrival area and provided hotel transfer. Free time until dinner. In the evening, we will visit a traditional Nepalese restaurant for a fine meal accompanied by folk music and a cultural program.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Guided tour of Kathmandu valley’s main attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites of historical and religious importance. The tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath (The Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world and a major pilgrimage destination.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan
Take an early morning breakfast before a drive to Chitwan. Hotel check in and refreshments before an introduction to the park and its wildlife. After the briefing visit an elephant breeding center and take a village walk before an evening dinner with cultural program.
Day 04: Wildlife Safari
Another early morning breakfast before our jungle excursion on the back of an elephant! Later we enjoy the sights from a canoe ride and then complete the experience with a jungle walk.
Day 05: Morning activities and drive to Pokhara
Early morning bird watching tour and then breakfast followed by departure drive to Pokhara. Evening explore the surrounding lakeside and shopping areas. In the evening (or the following morning) we can drive to the ridge top of village of Sarangkot.
Day 06: Pokhara Tour
Enjoy the sunrise views from Sarangkot – a village that offers an unsurpassed panorama of the Himalaya and Pokhara Valley. Take in the unforgettable sunrise with views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), the Annapurna Range and Hiuchuli. After breakfast we hike / drive down to Pokhara for a full day sightseeing ahead including the Seti Gorge and Devi’s Falls, Gupteshwor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camps. We will boat on Phewa Lake, the second largest lake of Nepal. An hour’s walk up the other side of the lake is the World Peace Pagoda.
Day 07: Morning drive to Nagarkot via Kathmandu
Depart for Kathmandu after breakfast (approximately 6 hours) and enjoy views of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers and splendid scenery of the countryside and terraced farmland. From Kathmandu, we drive further for about an hour to reach Nagarkot just in time to savor the spectacular sunset panorama.
Day 08: Morning activities, Bhaktapur and Patan Tour
Dawn start to enjoy the mountain views from Nagarkot. After breakfast we will travel by private vehicle to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site with an extraordinary array of temples, statues and artwork with exquisite carvings. Lunch at Bhaktapur before transferring to the ancient Patan Durbar Square which shares some similarities to Bhaktapur Durbar Square though slightly smaller. It’s a beautiful place to be in the late afternoon as locals congregate on the steps of the temples to meet and chat about the days.
Day 09: Final Departure
We hope that you enjoyed your journey! Our representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your flight time. We bid you farewell and hope to see you in Nepal again, soon. Or get ready for the next adventure.