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Nepal The Essential

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This program offers you a discovery of the main historical sites of Nepal and a glimpse of the richness of its landscapes: UNESCO-listed sites, centuries-old temples, an immersion in history and religions, as well as spectacular views of the Annapurna and a safari in the Terai Jungle. As a couple, with friends or family, "Essential of Nepal" is a perfect summary for those who want to see as m...

This program offers you a discovery of the main historical sites of Nepal and a glimpse of the richness of its landscapes: UNESCO-listed sites, centuries-old temples, an immersion in history and religions, as well as spectacular views of the Annapurna and a safari in the Terai Jungle. As a couple, with friends or family, "Essential of Nepal" is a perfect summary for those who want to see as much as possible while taking their time.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • City
    City
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Botanical observation
    Botanical observation

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: International arrival

Our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy few hours of rest before the beginning of your trip.

Visited:
Kathmandu
Accommodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel (Kathmandu)

Day 2: UNESCO visit

For your first day you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites known for their historical and spiritual value. They are an excellent introduction to Nepal's cultural richness.

The temple of Swayambunath, mythical place of the Nepalese culture, Pashupatinath, temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and the great stupa of Bodhanath, wonderful Buddhist site. 
Guided visit : You will go to visit Kathmandu’s monuments with your guide during the full day.

Board : Breakfast.

Accommodation
Nepali Ghar Hotel (Kathmandu)

Day 3: Sunset on the Himalaya

Bhaktapur is a medieval city that was once a royal city, and which has places and historical monuments of great artistic value in the Newari style.


You will then go to Nagarkot Hill to admire the beautiful sunset on the Himalayan range and enjoy the fresh air.


Guided visit of Bhaktapur : You will go to visit Bhaktapur with your guide during half-day. The city is located 40 minutes from Kathmandu.


Nagarkot sunset : After Bhaktapur direction the hill where is located Nagarkot. After 45 minutes drive, you can enjoy the view.


Sites visited in the activity: Historical Center, Sunset on mountains.


Board : Breakfast and Dinner.

Visited:
Bhaktapur, Nagarkot
Accommodation
Farm House (Nagarkot)

Day 4: Walk in Nepalese countryside 

Wake up at dawn to enjoy the sunrise from Nagarkot.


After your breakfast, you start the walk towards Dhulikhel, another privileged point of view on the Himalayas.


After visiting  drive back to Kathmandu and drop at your hotel.


Walk to Dhulikhel : 4-hours easy walk in the countryside.


Sites visited in the activity: Villages (especially the Tamang community), small tea shops, farmland, etc..


Board : Breakfast.

Accommodation
Night at Mulberry (Kathmandu)

Day 5: Flight upper mountains

After breakfast, you will be transfered to domestic airport for a 20 minutes flight to reach Pokhara, situated at 200km west from Kathmandu. Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.


Your guide takes you for an excursion tour around Pokhara. You visit the World Peace Stupa, the mountain museum, the Devi's Fall and Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave located near Devi's Fall.


Guided visit of Pokhara : Full day visit with your guide around Pokhara. 


Sites visited in the activity:  World peace stupa + devi’s fall, Gupteswar Gupha, mountain museum.


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Pokhara
Accommodation
Temple Tree Resort & Spa (Pokhara)

Day 6: Hike to Dhampus 

This morning, you go to the mountains! A short hike brings you to Dhampus where you can enjoy the view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and many others.

In the permaculture resort where you will stay tonight, you can do a lot of activities.
Hike to Dhampus : A short hike from 2 to 3 hours through the forest.

Hananoie activities : A lot of activities can be done in the resort : milking, hiking, farm roaming, candle making and sometimes cooking classes. 


Board : Breakfast and Dinner.

Visited:
Dhampus
Accommodation
Hananoie Resort (Pokhara)

Day 7: Yoga retreat near a lake

Enjoy the view of the mountains as soon as you wake up. Go down quietly to Phedi where your driver is waiting for you.

This afternoon enjoys a yoga class in a really peaceful environment. You can also go to walk around Begnas Lake or to swim. 


Yoga class : Different classes are taking place in Begnas Lake every day: beginner, moderate or advanced level.

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Lac Begnas
Accommodation
Begnas Resort (Lac Begnas)

Day 8: Drive to the Jungle

Your driver brings you to Chitwan, the "heart of the jungle". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the lower part of the country and is home to hundreds of wildlife and tropical birds. 

On arrival at the resort, we will receive a briefing prior to an afternoon safari or nature walk.

Choose 1 from these: 


Canoe ride : A scenic trip cruising on the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, made from a single tree. Guests can spot various birds and crocodile species and other animals alongside the banks. 

Jungle walk : Our expert guides and naturalist will escort our guests in these walks, sightings of various species of animals such as deer, rhinos, monkeys and birds are some of the perks of going on the jungle walk.

Bird watching : Chitwan National is home to over 650 species of birds. 
Crocodile breeding center : The visit to the Crocodile breeding center is another educational tour where our guests can observe and learn of the utmost care taken to preserve and breed species of crocodile to prevent them from going extinct.

Jeep Safari : With our first of its kind 4WD Safari jeep, guests will be taken on an adventurous tour into the jungle where they can spot and photograph the one horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, various species of deer, monkey and birds.

Cycling : Cycle your way around, exploring the edges of the National park or the nearby villages.

Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Chitwan National Park
Accommodation
Kasara Resort (Chitwan National Park)

Day 9: One day in the Jungle

Your hotel offers various activities to choose from with a naturalist of the region. Choose the ones you want to do: down the river by boat, ideal to see crocodiles and tropical birds, the jeep safari to observe rhinoceros, bike or on foot, perfect to have a chance to see a tiger!


Choose 3 from these: 


Canoe ride : A scenic trip cruising on the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, made from a single tree. Guests can spot various birds and crocodile species and other animals alongside the banks. 


Jungle walk : Our expert guides and naturalist will escort our guests in these walks, sightings of various species of animals such as deer, rhinos, monkeys and birds are some of the perks of going on the jungle walk. 


Bird watching : Chitwan National is home to over 650 species of birds. 


Crocodile breeding center : The visit to the Crocodile breeding center is another educational tour where our guests can observe and learn of the utmost care taken to preserve and breed species of crocodile to prevent them from going extinct.


Jeep Safari : With our first of its kind 4WD Safari jeep, guests will be taken on an adventurous tour into the jungle where they can spot and photograph the one horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, various species of deer, monkey and birds.


Cycling : Cycle your way around, exploring the edges of the National park or the nearby villages. 


Board : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visited:
Chitwan National Park
Accommodation
Kasara Resort (Chitwan National Park)

Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu 

This morning you are taking a plane to reach Kathmandu. 


Today you have the choice, you can ask us for a guided tour of the main sites of the city.


We also offer you the opportunity to participate in an immersive and exclusive activity with a traditional craftsman. A fun activity for the whole family. The best memory you can bring back!


Music workshop : For all the music lovers, learn how to make a traditional flute and how to play it or make a Manda, the beats of which almost all Nepali folk songs are atuned to. 


Foodies activities : For all the food addict, you can choose to do a food tour with a local, to learn how to cook the famous Dhal Bhat, the delicious Momo or the number one Nepali dessert: the Yomari.


Tradition workshop : Interested in Nepali tradition? Try carving stone with a local artisan, learning how to make the Iconic Blade of Gurkhas, a Khuhuri knife, or painting a wonderful Tangka with the help of a real artist.


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Kathmandu
Accommodation
Night at Mulberry (Kathmandu)

Day 11: See you soon !

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. 


According to your departure time, our agency is happy and ready to prepare activities just for you.


Or extend your trip because you wish to continue the adventure! 


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Kathmandu

Kathmandu Swayambhunath Bodhnath Bhaktapur Nagarkot Dhulikhel Pokhara Dhampus Lac Begnas Chitwan National Park

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,650 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax4 paxSingle SupplementChild Price
Price per person$1,690$1,590$1,380$850

Included in price:

  • Customization of the Itinerary with the Local Agency in Nepal
  • Free Time between many of the Activities
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure
  • All ground transportation mentioned in a private vehicle
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu – Pokhara and Chitwan – Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels
  • A Nepali English-speaking guide
  • A Nepali English-speaking naturalist in Chitwan
  • All the activities in Chitwan and Dhampus
  • Yoga class in Begnas
  • Fees and daily insurance for local teams
  • A map of Kathmandu
  • The assistance of your expert 24/7

Not included in price:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance : cancellation / repatriation / interruption of stay / loss of luggage
  • Meals not specified in the Itinerary
  • The entries of the monument visited
  • Visa fee
  • Personal expenses: drinks, souvenirs, sim card, spa, etc.
  • Gratuities are left to your appreciation but strongly recommended, this practice is very widespread in Nepal

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