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This comprehensive tour of Nepal takes you on a journey across one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world. Amazing mountain scenery mixed with lush, wildlife rich jungles, ancient hilltop villages stand in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

Our 15-day tour begins with a walking tour of Kathmandu before we head out to the Nagarkot, perched on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. After a morning sunrise and hopefully stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, we return to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur, where we take time to enjoy the wonderful, intricately carved, wooden architecture of the traditional Hindu temples.

One more night in Kathmandu then we head out of the valley to our put in point for a couple of days of adrenaline filled white water rafting on the Trisuli River. The days will be filled with white knuckle adventure and at night we camp on a beautiful sandy beach beside the river.

After the rafting has finished we take morning bus down to Chitwan National Park were we spend two nights in a wildlife lodge. We have the opportunity to enjoy a wide choice of activities from walking safaris to jeep safaris to elephant rides to cultural song and dance. If you’re lucky you might just spot a tiger!

Heading back towards the mountains, our next stop is the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara which is our base for the next couple of days. There is plenty time to enjoy this chilled out backpackers haven before starting our four day trek through the beautiful Himalayas. We climb up through forested valleys with ever more spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains and our trek culminates with sunrise over Poon Hill. We descend back into Pokhara where there is a little free time to relax and reminisce about the last few unforgettable days in the mountains. We finally make our way back to the Kathmandu where our tour ends after one last night in this magical city.

Arrival location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Included in your experience:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Private car, minivan or minibus subject to group size
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Chitwan
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking porters (provided with clothing, footwear and accommodation as per IPPG recommendations)
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary

Not included in your experience:

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary (budget around US$60 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, guides and porters
  • Any other items not mentioned above

    None Available for this package
DAY 1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
We greet you on your arrival in Kathmandu airport today and transfer you to your hotel in the Thamel tourist disctrict of the city. Our rep will help you settle in and familiarise you with the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel

DAY 2 Kathmandu city tour. Swayambunath stupa
Our tour starts today with a guided walk from our hotel in Thamel through small back streets full of numerous tiny shops, workshops, temples, and stupas to Durbar Square with its array of wooden and stone carved temples and palaces. After lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the square, we drive to the important Swayambunath Stupa which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city, visible from miles around. Also known locally as the 'monkey temple', we'll see these nimble inhabitants scampering in and around the trees and temple.
OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu - 3-star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 3 Kathmandu to Chitwan. Trisuli rafting option
This morning we drive out of the Kathmandu Valley and drive to Chitwan National Park in the lowland Terai region of Nepal that borders India. This will be our first taste of rural Nepal, and we'll see terraced farmland, forested hills, and rushing rivers. An option is available today to spend a few hours white water rafting on the Trisuli river (those choosing this option will rejoin the group in Chitwan this evening). On arrival in Chitwan, we check into our lodge, and then take an early evening village walk to see how the local Tharu people live and work.
OVERNIGHT
Chitwan - Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS
Trisuli white water rafting option

DAY 4 Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safaris
We spend today exploring Chitwan National Park in search of, amongst others, tiger, rhino and wild elephant. In the morning we’ll take a walk through the jungle and enjoy a canoe trip. Later on, in the afternoon you have the option of a jeep safari or an elephant ride.
OVERNIGHT
Chitwan - lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Chitwan to Bandipur
Early this morning you can take a walk outside the park dedicated mainly to bird watching, or you can take an early morning elephant ride if you didn’t do one yesterday (extra fee). After breakfast we leave Chitwan and the Terai and drive to the ancient hilltop Newari trading village of Bandipur. The centre of Bandipur has been restored, and is vehicle free, with some lovely old buildings. You have time this afternoon to relax here, or take a walk or hike through the surrounding fields, villages and hills. Walks include a 2-hour downhill hike through fields and forest to Siddha Cave, one of the largest in Asia and full of impressive rock formations (bring a torch). You can hike back uphill to Bandipur from here or walk down to the highway for our vehicle to pick you up. A shorter walk from the town centre can take you uphill for around 30min to the Thani Mai Temple, which is well worth it for its views at sunset if the weather is clear. In fact the whole of Bandipur affords good mountain views.
OVERNIGHT
Bandipur - Guesthouse
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6 Bandipur to Pokhara
We leave Bandipur this morning and drive on to the lakeside town of Pokhara, which sits at the base of the Annapurna range of mountains and is the main access point for trekking and rafting in the area. We will visit various places around Pokhara this afternoon, including the Peace Pagoda, Tibetan refugee camp and Devi Falls.
OVERNIGHT
Pokhara - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 7 Start trekking to Ghandruk
We drive through low hills and valleys to Nayapul this morning, via the village of Lumle. We begin trekking from Nayapul to Birethanti which takes approximately 1-2 hours. Continuing on from Birethanti the path which follows the Modi Khola river is fairly flat until you begin your long ascent from Shauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours.
OVERNIGHT
Ghandruk - trekking lodge
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Trekking Pack (sleeping bag, walking poles, down jacket)

DAY 8 Trekking from Ghandruk to Tadapani
The walk from Ghandruk to Tadapani passes through several types of forest, some with unusual trails of moss hanging down from the tree branches. Once you arrive in Tadapani you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The total trekking for today is approximately 4 hours.
OVERNIGHT
Tadapani - trekking lodge
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Trekking from Tadapani to Ghorepani
The trail between Tadapani and Ghorepani crosses several river valleys and winds its way through rhododendron forests where monkeys are often seen. After leaving the mountain forests behind you can get some clearer views before arriving in Bantanthi. You have time to rest for a while in Bantanthi before climbing through forests and following a grass and pine covered ridge to Ghorepani. The total trekking for today is approximately 4-5 hours.
OVERNIGHT
Ghorepani - trekking lodge
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10 Sunrise on Poon Hill. Trekking from Ghorepani to Tirkhedunga
We start early this morning and make the climb up to Poon Hill, where we get great views of the Annapurna Range and Macchapuchare in particular. The rising mists over the foothills of the Himalayas stretching away from you are also a beautiful sight. After returning to the lodge for breakfast, we walk down to Tirkhedunga through oak and rhododendron forests via Nangethanti, Banthanti and a steep stepped descent from Ulleri. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours.
OVERNIGHT
Tirkhedunga - trekking lodge
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11 Finish trek. Free time in Pokhara
We finish our trek today with a walk back from Tirkhedunga to Naya Pul which includes some more steep descents and beautiful scenery. We then take a local transfer back to Pokhara where you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free for you to relax. You could perhaps take a rowing boat out onto the lake or just relax in one of the lakeside cafes and bars and reflect on completing your trek.
OVERNIGHT
Pokhara - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 12 Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We leave the Annapurna region behind today and take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free to settle back into the bustle of city life.
OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 13 Everest flight option. Ancient Bhaktapur. Hilltop Nagarkot
This morning you have the option of taking a spectacular mountain viewing flight to see Everest and its surrounding peaks up close. Otherwise, the morning is free to check out the shops and markets in Kathmandu for some souvenirs. This afternoon we visit one of the other ancient cities in the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur. The centre of Bhaktapur has been designated a World Heritage Site, and hosts the best preserved ancient buildings and temples in the Kathmandu valley, with some great examples of traditional wooden architecture to be seen. Our tour here will really give you a taste for how life has been led in the valley for centuries, and you'll see several traditional crafts still taking place, including a whole square dedicated to pottery. Later, we head into the hills surrounding the valley and spend the night in the village of Nagarkot. The village is perched on a ridge and is known for having some of the best views in the Kathmandu Valley.
OVERNIGHT
Nagarkot- 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Everest mountain viewing flight

DAY 14 Nagarkot. Pasupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa
This morning we hope for spectacular sunrise views from Nagarkot before walking down a ridge through the Tilkot Forest Resever and passing typical Nepali terraced farmland to the crumbling and atmospheric Changu Narayan temple (approx. 2-3 hours walking). We then we head back into Kathmandu to visit two of the city's most important, and contrasting religious pilgrimage sites; Pasupatinath temple (Hindu) and Boudhanath stupa (Buddhist). The evening is free for you to explore Kathmandu and Thamel one last time and enjoy a farewell meal together.
OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 15 Kathmandu. Free time. Transfer to airport
You have some free time in Kathmandu today until we transfer you to the airport for departure.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra nights in Kathmanadu; Bardia National Park extension; Further trekking or rafting
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