Highlights of Nepal Tour
NEPAL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Let’s get tourism back on track for Nepal. Following the devastating earthquake in 2015, the country has seen a massive drop in the number of visitors. The Nepalese economy heavily relies on tourism so… let’s get them some visitors! (Plus it is one of those absolute must-see countries). Join other Solo Travellers on this wonderful journey through Nepal. Start by experiencing Kathmandu and Bhaktapur’s Newari culture and temples. Travel to Chitwan to see the wildlife and birdlife at the Chitwan National Park, home to one-horned rhinos, royal Bengal tigers, and more than 400 species of birds. Visit Lord Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini, and experience life in Pokhara, as you boat on beautiful lakes with stunning views of the famous Fishtail Mountain. All on this incredible 13-day Highlights of Nepal Tour.
Spot one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers in the Chitwan National Park
Explore the beautiful lakes of Pokhara with the Himalayas as a backdrop
Discover the best temples and architecture in Kathmandu
Visit the popular pilgrimage site of Asia’s largest stupa; Boudhanath
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, proceed to your hotel for check-in which will be from 2pm. A special welcome dinner will be planned to kick-start the first evening of your Nepal tour.
Day 2 – Kathmandu
After breakfast you will begin your tour of the ancient city of Kathmandu. Starting at the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will continue on to the beautiful temple of Swayambunath, where you will be greeted by hundreds of monkeys and have fantastic views of the Kathmandu Valley. Your tour will end at the city of fine arts, known as Patan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich in architecture and history.
Day 3 – Kathmandu / Nagi Gompa / Kathmandu
Today there is the option to take an early morning scenic flight over Mount Everest! We think this is a great option for those wanting to see the world’s tallest mountain without having to do the laborious trekking. Later, we will make a trip to the hidden monastery of Nagi Gompa, located above the Kathmandu Valley. We will trek roughly 2 hours through the Shivapuri National Park, spotting wildlife and birds along the way, until we reach the monastery with its fantastic views of the valley below. Afterwards we’ll transfer back to Kathmandu where we will spend the night.
Day 4 – Kathmandu / Boudhanath / Bhaktapur
After breakfast you will be taken to Asia’s largest stupa, Boudhanath, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Nepal. From here, you will continue your journey to the ancient town of Bhaktapur. Though heavily damaged during the 2015 earthquake, the attractions of this town remain the same. Expect architecturally beautiful palaces, countless temples and medieval squares. Overnight in Bhaktapur.
Day 5 – Bhaktapur
Today you will begin your sightseeing tour of beautiful Bhaktapur. This will include visits to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Tamaudi Square, and learning about traditional Newari culture. You will also have the opportunity to visit the oldest temple in Nepal, Changunarayan Temple. Overnight at a local guesthouse in Bhaktapur.
Day 6 – Bhaktapur / Chitwan
After breakfast, your guide will take you around the village to observe daily life and then, at around 11am, you will begin your journey to explore the natural wildlife at Chitwan, one of the best National Parks in Nepal. Here you can hope to see one-horned rhinos, monkeys and birds, as well as a chance to see leopards, elephants and Bengal tigers – but only if you are extremely lucky. You will also take a walk through Tharu Village and experience a cultural dance. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 7 – Chitwan
Day at leisure to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings at Chitwan.
Day 8 – Chitwan / Lumbini
After breakfast you will begin the journey to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and a must-see sight on your trip to Nepal. Overnight in Lumbini.
Day 9 / 10 / 11 – Pokhara
On day 9 we will drive to Pokhara, where we will spend the next 3 days. Known as the city of lakes, it is in Pokhara that you will enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas, with the Annapurna Range (home to 3 of the highest 10 mountains in the world) just 15km away, the scenery in Pokhara is truly breath-taking. Offering lots of different activities such as paragliding, boating on the lake and zip-flying, Pokhara is the perfect place for adventure sports. We will make a trip to the Peace Pagoda which will involve a boat ride on one of the cities lakes.
Day 12 – Pokhara / Kathmandu
After breakfast you will head back to Kathmandu where you will have the afternoon at leisure. A farewell dinner will be arranged for the evening.
Day 13 – Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will need to check out of the hotel and make your way to the airport for your international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE NEPAL TOUR
• Sharing a twin room at a selection of 3-star hotels & guest houses
• Services of an English-speaking guide throughout
• All transport as listed in itinerary above
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• Pokhara boat ride to the Peace Pagoda
• Chitwan National Park Safari
• Day trip to the Shivapuri National Park & Nagi Gompa
• Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for this Highlights of Nepal Tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Between 5 – 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Rupees / Spending £15 and upwards per day
Hosts A local guide will be your point of contact for this trip.
Clothing The best time to visit Nepal is between October and April, during the dry season. At this time of year the skies are clear and warm weather dominates. Take sensible walking shoes. Light, long sleeved tops and trousers will also help protect from mosquito bites. You will also need to take something to cover your shoulders when entering religious sites.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £175
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Nepal before your departure date.