Essential Nepal

$591/per person

Discover some of the wonders that Nepal has to offer on this 9-Day Essential Nepal tour. Home to the Himalayas and some rare and wonderful species, you are sure to witness some incredible scenery and have some incredible encounters.

Duration
9 Day
Destination(s)
Nepal
Starts in / Ends in
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Chitwan
    Chitwan

    Chitwan National Park is listed as a World Heritage site and consists of a diversity of ecosystems including the Churia hills, Ox-bow lakes and the flood plains of the Rapti.

  • Kathmandu
    Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. It also hosts the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

  • Pokhara
    Pokhara

    Pokhara is a sub-metropolitan and the second largest city of Nepal as well as the headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region.

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! At the terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Kathmandu hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and some information about Nepal. After the meeting, you can join an optional group dinner.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; No
2
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
We start the day by exploring Kathmandu City, Swyambhunath and Patan. Our first stop will be Swayambhunath, an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley where the Buddhist stupa is said to be more than 2000 years old. This hill also has a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. Our second stop will be Kathmandu City known as Kantipur. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence, Kasthamandap temple, the source of the name Kathmandu and the Durbar Square, which has an array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Ex Nepalese Royalty. In the afternoon we visit the ancient city of Patan, once a kingdom in itself. Patan Durbar Square offers the finest display of Newari urban architecture in Nepal and there are temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh and Vishnu all actively visited.
  • Included Activities; Kathmandu Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Kathmandu, Pokhara
Today, we drive for about 6 hours to reach the Pokhara which is the second largest city in Nepal. Once we’ve reached Pokhara you’ll be able to wander around the beautiful lake city known for its superb mountain views. It is an enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley and is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as backpackers crowd the many bars and restaurants. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu and generally a few degrees warmer, Pokhara has a tropical feel to it and has the diversity of beautiful subtropical flora.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Pokhara, Nayapul, Trek Tolka
It is the first day of our trekking adventure where we start our journey by private transport to Nayapul to reach the Australian Camp. This camp offers a spectacular view of the snow-clad mountains of the Annapuran ranges, Hiunchuli, Fish Tail, Lamjung Himal and Manasla. We gradually descend up to Pothana then will stop at Deurali where we have lunch. After lunch, we progressively incline to Tolka where we stop for the night and stay in a local lodge. Here, you’ll see a spectacular view of Annapurna South and Himchuli mountains.
  • Included Activities; Trekking in Pokhara, Nayapul, Trek Tolka
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Trek to Dhampus
Today, the trek begins downhill and offers views of the Annapurna mountain range. You will pass more Gurung villages allowing you to see the huge farming communities in which they live in. Passing on, you will reach the villages of Pothana and Dhampus. Dhampus is one of the most famous touristic villages of western Nepal and offers visitors breath-taking panoramic views the Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan mountain ranges. Tonight you’ll have dinner and stay overnight at a local lodge.
  • Included Activities; Trekking to Dhampus
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
6
Day 6: Trek to Phedi, Chitwan
It’s an early morning start so you can enjoy the colourful sunrise over the Himalayas and then you’ll take an easy downhill trek to Phedi where you will pass rice fields and small cottages. When you reach the village of Phedi our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara and then to continue our drive to Chitwan.
  • Included Activities; Trekking to Phedi
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
7
Day 7: Chitwan National Park
We have full day of exciting jungle activities today. The best way to reach the national park is by a jungle safari where you’ll end up at Chitwan National Park. This is considered one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia and boasts the last and largest remaining area of tall grassland habitat. Not to be compared with the wide open spaces of Africa, the intimacy of the search and discovery of Asian wildlife in its dense habitat is considered by many travellers to be equally rewarding and exciting.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Chitwan National Park
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
8
Day 8: Chitwan, Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu and in the afternoon you have free time for shopping and wandering.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Kathmandu
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel at 11:00am.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

3 star hotels and Local Lodge during trekking,

Meals

8 breakfasts | 4 lunches | 4 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure airport transfers.

Guide

Services of experienced guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism, English Speaking trek guide, English Speaking naturalist during jungle activities in Chitwan

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

HOTEL WILDLIFE CAMP - CHITWAN


LOCAL LODGE TREK


USTAB HIMALAYA HOTEL - POKHARA


SWORNIM HOTEL - KATHMANDU


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