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

Mt. Everest Scenic Flight

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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 view Sagarmatha (Mount 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 you will make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This amazing experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing with getting up close to Mount Everest.
    • Late in the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit 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 will also visit 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. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Pokhara

    • Today you will have an early departure from the hotel for your transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. From here you will fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are often spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north on this flight.
    • On arrival you will take a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. You will visit the Peace Pagoda, where you will enjoy excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, along with views back across to Pokhara.
    • You will also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum, where you will learn some amazing tales, and hear about the exploits of the various climbing expeditions in the past – some ending in triumph and some in tragedy.
    • You will also have a free day for further exploration in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your tour leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities.
    • It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake. The lakeside area has great shopping opportunities and Internet cafés.
    • Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery.
    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.
    • As tourism in Nepal developed along the main roads and airports, for over 30 years there simply was no road linking Bandipur to the main infrastructure, leaving it almost untouched by touristic influence.
    • The village is saddled on a high ridge above Dumre, 700 metres beyond the Marsyangdi River Valley. It is gifted with an exceptional view of the Himalayan panorama. The surrounding hills are ideal for hiking along trails that will take you through tribal villages, verdant forests, 'power places', and hilltop shrines which once doubled as fortresses.
    • You will fully explore this incredible settlement and take in the many opportunities to immerse in the culture of Nepal as it once was, enjoy the spectacular views, the incredibly maintained architecture and amazing trails.
    The Old Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Chitwan National Park

    • After breakfast you will be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (driving time: approx 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, you will be introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the program.
    • There is some flexibility and activities may vary depending on the time of the year, and known wildlife movements and locations.
    • You may visit the elephant camp to see how their handlers, known as phanits, care for these beautiful creatures.
    • A late afternoon safari will take you through forests 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 and discuss the day’s sightings or listen to the exotic sounds of the jungle at night.
    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 (driving time: approx 2 hours). The evening will be free but the group leader will usually organise an evening meal (optional) at another of Kathmandu’s great restaurants.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Kathmandu

    • Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your tour 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
    • 10 breakfasts
    • 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
    • From 1st Jan 2015, gratuities are included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package.

    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
    • Gratuities for non-essential services and for tour leader

    Safety Information

    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Festivals: Holi and Diwali
    Travelling in India and Nepal during the Holi festival, a lunar festival generally held in March each year, can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader/guide will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader/guide in high risk situation.

    Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid any dangerous areas to avoid putting the group at risk.

    Petty theft and personal safety
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    Traffic and driving on the other side of the road
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

  • 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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