Days
12
Price from
R36,375ZAR

Experience the diversity of Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park

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 Tansen, finding spirituality in Lumbini - the birth place of Buddha or exploring Chitwan National Park in search of big game. 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.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Style
Peregrine
Code
PHNV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, there's ample time to discover the capital's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage

  • Whether it's flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, you'll experience Nepal's stunning natural beauty from all angles

  • A breathtaking Everest flight gives you the chance to witness some truly world-class mountain scenery

  • The beautiful Chitwan National Park, brimming with exotic bird life and game, offers a vast array of activities. Enjoy a jeep safari and a jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist

Is this trip right for you?

  • Nepali infrastructure is still returning to normal after last year's earthquake, so some delays are inevitable. Embracing the slow pace and meditative atmosphere will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country.

  • The drive from Pokhara to Tansen is on very windy roads as you climb up and down mountains, be prepared for a lot of corners and don't forget to buckle up.

  • The hotel in Tansen is in an unbeatable location with breathtaking panoramic views, though not quite of the same standard as the other accommodation on this trip.

  • Exploring Chitwan National Park's beautiful trails on foot requires a reasonable level fitness.

  • This trip does not go to high altitude, so acclimatising will be relatively easy.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met at the airport by a Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. There will be a group briefing with your trip leader in the late afternoon. Usually the meeting is followed by an optional group dinner at one of Kathmandu's fine Nepali restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
1360m
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 by getting up close to Mount Everest. Later 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.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that the Everest scenic flight is completely weather dependent. In cases of bad weather, the scenic flight will be attempted at the end of the trip.
Travel to Nagarkot in a private vehicle. On the three hour journey, there's two stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, starting with Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is revered as one of the world’s few well preserved ancient cities, playing host to a wondrous range of exotically designed temples and statues. Then wander to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan, erected in dedication to the Lord Vishnu and site of numerous legends. Upon arrival to Nagarkot, prepare for an overnight stay at Club Himalaya, renowned for its 360 degree unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and the surrounding areas.
Accommodation
  • Club Himalaya or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bhaktapur - Guided walk
  • Changu Narayan Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wake up and witness an early morning 180-degree sunrise view before travelling to Kathmandu airport by chartered coach. From here, you will fly to Pokhara with an estimated flight time of 30 minutes – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain to the north. On arrival, take a boat ride across the lake of Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The visit to the Peace Pagoda afterwards grants excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas, the famous fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare and a glimpse back across to Pokhara. Next comes a visit to the International Mountain Museum, which is full of fascinating tales and exploits from climing expeditions of the past – some ending in triumph and others in tragedy. After this, you have the day free to explore peaceful Pohkara and its surrounds.
Accommodation
  • Fishtail Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Fewa Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day for further exploration of the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your group leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities – maybe take a boat for a row out on the lake, explore the Hindu temple or Buddhist monastery, or simply pick up some souvenirs and email your family from a local internet café.
Accommodation
  • Fishtail Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private vehicle to Tansen on a five hour drive. Formerly known as the capital of the Magar kingdom Tanahun, Tansen is now known as the home of the United Mission Hospital, a partnership between 20 Christian organisations and Nepal that sees over 100,000 patients per year. During your stay, visit Tansen town, the palace museum, a dhaka topi (traditional hat) and brass bottle workshop and experience an interaction with the locals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Shrinagar or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tansen - Guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
An optional hike to the Rani Mahal is available today. Rani Mahal translates to ‘Queens Palace’, as the site was built as a monument of love to the deceased youngest wife of former general Khadga Samsher Rana, Tej Kumari Devi. Your other option is to travel to Tansen Hill station where panoramic views of Annapurna and Tansen valley can be seen, and Tansen town lies nearby should you wish to continue exploring it. A late afternoon drive to Lumbini will take you to for an overnight stay at the Buddha Maya Garden Hotel – expect to be greeted tomorrow morning by the birdsongs stemming from the area of the magnificent Lumbini World Heritage Garden where the hotel is situated.
Accommodation
  • Buddha Maya Garden Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Awake in Lumbini, and prepare to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site where Buddha was born. Lumbini is known as the holiest place of one of the world’s great religions and the area contains important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as third century BC. Witness the serenity of the Maya Devi Temple, the statue of Little Buddha, and the Bodhi Tree.
Accommodation
  • Buddha Maya Garden Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lumbini - Heritage Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, prepare to be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (approx. drive time 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, meet the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the park’s habitat conservation program. There’s some flexibility with activities in this area, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. A late afternoon safari is an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. Enjoy a dinner with your group and relax at your accommodation’s bar while discussing the day’s sightings or listening to the song of the jungle.
Accommodation
  • Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning trip to begin a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This exhilarating ride offers chances to spot marsh mugger crocodiles along with the various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but the magnificent creatures inhabit the park so it’s not to be ruled out. Upon your return to dry land, an organised program will help fill the rest of the day and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.
Accommodation
  • Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Drive to Chitwan Airport on an hour drive before flying back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, so perhaps engage in some last minute shopping before the tour ends tomorrow. A farewell dinner will be held at the Utsav Restaurant, featuring an authentic night of local cultural food and dance.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Annapurna or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Nepalese adventure comes to a close after breakfast today. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with any onward travel arrangements. Dont forget to check out the great range of Urban Adventures if you have some extra time in Kathmandu.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Bus, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights) Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Bhaktapur - Guided walk
  • Changu Narayan Temple
  • Pokhara - Fewa Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
  • Tansen - Guided tour
  • Lumbini - Heritage Park
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari

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Important notes

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