11 days

Colours of Nepal

Colours of Nepal

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world

Kathmandu’s hidden old town

Pokhara's lake and panoramic views

The wildlife of Chitwan National Park

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Mt. Everest Scenic Flight

Trip rating
  • This adventure encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by travellers. Whether you’re exploring the exotic capital of Kathmandu, discovering Pokhara, beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, or exploring the rural beauty around the hilltop village of Bandipur, exploring Chitwan National Park in search of big game or wandering around the ancient Newari capital Bhaktapur. Undoubtedly the amazing flight to meet Sagrmatha - Mt Everest, up close will take your breath away. Nepal is incredible. You’ll be left with no doubt why so many return to the country time and time again.

    Why we love it

    • This adventure encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by travellers.
    • Explore everything from the exotic capital of Kathmandu, to Pokhara that hovers beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, and the rural beauty around the hilltop village of Bandipur
    • Explore Chitwan National Park in search of big game one day and wander around the ancient Newari capital Bhaktapur the next.
    • The amazing flight to meet Sagrmatha - Mt Everest, up close, will absolutely take your breath away.
    • Nepal is a truly majestic country that lingers in your heart. This trip is your chance to uncover why so many return to the country time and time again.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Kathmandu

    • On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Peregrine sign.
    • After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trip details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements.
    • The evening is free, but the tour leader will usually organise dinner (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Kathmandu

    • In the early morning – weather permitting we take the Scenic Mt. Everest flight. This amazing experience will take us parallel to the Himalayan range that includes Mt. Everest.
    • Upon your return you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. The tour will take you to Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. You'll also explore Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
    • Tonight you will partake in a wonderful traditional Nepalese banquet with traditional dancing.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Pokhara

    • You will depart the hotel early for your flight to Pokhara today. The flight offers spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north.
    • On arrival in Pokhara, you will take a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. You will also visit the Peace Pagoda, which enjoys excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, along with views back across to Pokhara.
    • Next you’ll visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum, where you’ll hear about the exploits of various climbing expeditions from the past 50 years.
    • A free day has been allocated for further exploration in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. The lakeside area has great shopping and Internet cafes.
    • Pokhara has an interesting old area, as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery to explore.
    Barahi Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - 6 - Bandipur

    • In the morning you will drive to Bandipur. This traditional Nepalese settlement is a natural treasure and one of the hidden gems of Nepal. Tourism in Nepal essentially developed along its main roads and airport infrastructure. For over 30 years, there was simply no major road linking Bandipur to this infrastructure, leaving it almost untouched by touristic influence. The village is saddled on a high ridge above Dumre, 700 metres above the Marsyangdi River Valley and is gifted with an exceptional view of the Himalayan panorama.
    • The surrounding hills are ideal for hiking. The trails will wind you through villages, verdant forests, 'power places', and hilltop shrines that once doubled as fortresses. You will explore this incredible settlement and enjoy a myriad of opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture of Nepal of old, while enjoying spectacular views, incredibly maintained architecture, and amazing trails.
    The Old Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Chitwan National Park

    • After breakfast you will drive to Chitwan National Park.
    • There is some flexibility at this stage of the trip, and the activities may vary depending on the time of year, and the known wildlife movements and locations.
    • A late afternoon safari will take you in to the forest and across grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park. In the early evening the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program. You will then enjoy dinner and afterwards you will be free to relax in the bar.
    Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Chitwan National Park

    • You will awake today to an early morning excursion. This could include either another safari to different parts of the park in search of the great Indian rhino, deer, and exotic bird life, or joining one of the other activities available at the park. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but these magnificent animals do inhabit the park.
    • After breakfast you will leave the lodge for a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This is an exciting trip with chances to view marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds that inhabit the riverbanks.
    • A program will be organised for you to fill the rest of the day, and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.
    Royal Park or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 9 - Chitwan National Park - Bhaktapur

    • If you are an avid wildlife lover, there is an optional early morning bird watching safari available today – a worthwhile addition to your trip.
    • After breakfast you will drive on to Bhaktapur, which was once the capital of Nepal and the Great Malla Kingdom during the 15th century. Its rich heritage, inspiring temples and artisanal history played a big part in Bhaktapur being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Enjoy an evening of exploration on your own, soak up the incredible atmosphere in one of the local cafes, or just relax in your hotel.
    Bhadgaon Guest House or Similar
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

    • Spend the day exploring Bhaktapur’s famous temples, starting at Durbar Square, which is reputed to be the most beautiful piece of art in Nepal. Durbar Square is home to the majestic Lion Gate and Golden Gate. You will also visit the Pashupati Temple, a replica of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. This will be an enlightening morning of discovery and enrichment, as you truly delve into all Bhaktapur has to offer.
    • In the afternoon you will drive to Kathmandu. The evening will be free but the group leader will usually organise an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Kathmandu

    • Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader
    • Authentic accommodation includes: 7 nights comfortable hotel, 3 nights guesthouse
    • Specialist local guides
    • Airport arrival transfer
    • Scenic Everest flight
    • Transport
    • Internal domestic flight - Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees including: Pashupatinath Temple - Kathmandu, International Mountain Museum - Pokhara, World Heritage listed Bhaktapur.
    • Chitwan National Park jeep safari

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Airport departure transfer
    • Other meals including all lunches and dinners
    • Any optional tours and activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Colours of Nepal

    Jenny - Australia, 7 Apr, 2014
    4
    Overall Rating

    Really enjoyable. Particularly liked the flight over Mt Everest

    Colours of Nepal

    Pamela - Australia, 17 Mar, 2013
    4
    Overall Rating

    Loved this tour as it gave great insight into Nepal and had a lot of variety. Fascinating country and lovely friendly people.

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Trip Code PHCN
Group size 4 - 16
Start City: Kathmandu
End City: Kathmandu
Style: Small Group

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