Nepal
Highlights of Nepal Tour

Nepal – Highlights of Nepal Tour – a 14 day Small Group Tour from £2199 per person.


This tour of Nepal combines entry level trekking offering stunning views among Himalayan peaks, wildlife safaris in search of tigers in one of the country’s best national parks, and a fascinating cultural exploration of the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley.

Since Nepal’s 2015 earthquake great efforts have been made to re-start tourism. In some ways the profound economic damage wrought by perception has been worse than earthquake’s initial destruction and loss of life.

More welcoming than ever, Nepalis are keen to show the best of their country, their culture and genuine hospitality. It’s a great time to visit.

Undiscovered Destinations ‘Highlights of Nepal tour’ provides travellers an opportunity to see all facets of this captivating landlocked country.

This diverse two week tour discovers the best of Nepal’s fascinating cultural variety and historical monuments as well as soaking up the incredible views of the Himalayas. Perhaps less well known is the abundant flora and fauna that can be found in the country and we will also spend time looking for it. Begin the trip by touring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and strolling the atmospheric and sometimes chaotic streets.

This is followed by a rich wildlife experience in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan National Park, home of the Bengal Tiger and One Horned Rhinoceros. We continue to Lumbini and visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where the Buddha was born. The journey then takes us to Tansen, a picturesque hill station and ancient trade route. Our next stop is Pokhara, popularly known as Lake City. Here we take some easy walks admiring the spectacular mountainous landscape and tour the city’s many natural and cultural splendours. Next stop is Bandipur, an old trading Newari town that lies at an altitude of 1030m and is perched on a hill overlooking the magnificent Marshyangdi Valley and the Himalayan range.

Finally return to the Kathmandu Valley and visit Nagarkot, renowned for incredible sunset and sunrise views. The tour ends with visits to Patan and Bhaktapur cities that highlight Nepal’s medieval architectural grandeur.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary.

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight Hotel Kantipur Temple House or similar.

Kathmandu has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and today we tour the city visiting them all. The remarkable Durbar Square encompasses palaces of the ancient kings who ruled over what was the Kathmandu Kingdom. Next, we see the temple of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world, followed by Swayambhunath, also called the Monkey Temple for reasons which will become apparent. Finally, at the immense stupa of Bouddhanath we visit one of the city’s holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites, a focus for 50 Tibetan gompas (monasteries) in its shadow. Overnight Kantipur Temple House or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time: four to five hours)

After breakfast we drive to Chitwan National Park, some 175km from Kathmandu. Descending along a winding road flanking the Trishuli River, we arrive and check-in at accommodation. There’s a short briefing regarding activities on offer before we take a walk along the banks of the Rapti or Narayani River to enjoy sunset in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. Dinner is accompanied by a brief cultural program showcasing tribal dances unique to the Chitwan region. Overnight Machan Country Vila or similar. (BLD)

Start early for our first incursion in the park for a jungle safari to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. This afternoon drive through the park looking for wildlife followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti/ Narayani River. Whilst canoeing, look out for Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. For those that do not wish to canoe there are options for a birding walk or general nature walk. Overnight Machan Country Vila or similar (BLD)

(Approximate driving time: two hours)

Today we drive to Lumbini, where one of history’s greatest and most revered figures, Siddhartha Gautam, better known as Buddha, was born. The holy site of Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds immense archaeological and religious importance. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from around the world chant and meditate at the site. We visit the nearby museum, peace pagoda and spend the remains of the day exploring surrounding temples, monuments soaking up the appropriately serene ambience.  Overnight Hotel Lumbini or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time: three hours)

This morning we drive to Tansen¸ a summer resort in western Nepal popular on account of its position and climate. Tansen offers perhaps the country’s most far reaching views towards the Himalayas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishanker in the north-east. Later in the afternoon we explore the Old Tansen bazaar and walk around Sreenagar hill for a bird’s-eye view of Srinagar Bazaar and the remarkable mountainscape beyond. Overnight Hotel Srinagar or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time: five to six hours)

This morning after breakfast we depart for Pokhara. En route we travel through a landscape of rolling hills, small settlements and terraced farms. On arrival in Pokhara, if conditions are clear, we will be rewarded by magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later, after time to releax, we explore the atmospheric streets of Pokhara and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. Overnight Mount Kailash Resort or similar. (B)

(Approximate trekking time: three to four hours)

Early this morning we depart for Sarangkot, a hill town in the north-west region of Pokhara overlooking the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges to the north and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the south. The trek starts from the village of Naudanda and ends in Sarangkot and is one of the region’s most rewarding day hikes. After the hike we stop at a teahouse in Sarangkot and enjoy amazing views of the sun as it sets against over the Himalayas. Overnight in Sarangkot (B)

Please Note: The walk to Sarangkot is graded as easy – 200m up and 200m down with no steep climbing.

After a memorable sunrise in Sarangkot we head back to Pokhara and vist some of the city’s landmark sights including Davis Falls and Shiva Cave, taking a boat out onto Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara to visit Bindyabasini Temple adrift in the lake’s centre. Later, we call in at the renowned International Mountain Museum (IMM) where records, documents and chronicles catalogue the past and present development of mountaineering in the Himalayas and across the world. Finally, we visit the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how exiled Tibetans keep themselves busy producing and trading woollen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight Mount Kailash Resort or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time: three hours)

Departing after breakfast, it’s scenic drive to Bandipur, an old Newari hilltop town overlooking the magnificent Marshyangdi Valley and offering views to the Himalayas beyond. In the afternoon we take a guide cultural walk around Bandipur town. Here carved stone waterspouts called tindhara have seen local people through the ages come to collect water. At the tudhikhel, a former military parade ground when Bandipur was the district headquarters, the open space has become piazza where people meet to socialise.  Overnight at Heritage Hotel Guan Ghar or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time: six hours)

After breakfast we drive towards Nagarkot, stopping at points of interest and to stretch our legs. The village of Nagarkot sits at an altitude of 2,195 metres and is the highest point on our journey through Nepal. We enjoy excellent sunset views amid the peak of the Himalayas. Overnight at the Fort Resort or similar (B)

Early risers will be rewarded by amazing sunrise views over the Himalayas. After breakfast we drive down to Bhaktapur and finally to Patan. The UNESCO Word Heritage Site of Bhakatpur speaks of an authentic lifestyle maintained by centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square we visit the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, ancient stone waterspouts and the 55 Window Palace, together they create an ambiance of antiquity. Later we drive to Patan, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Durbar Square is rich in ages-old art and architecture. Overnight Hotel Kantipur Temple House or similar. (B)

A final full day in Nepal is spent in Kathmandu either relaxing in the hotel’s garden or independently exploring the city’s markets. In the evening there’s a farewell Nepalese dinner and a cultural dance show. Overnight Hotel Kantipur Temple House or similar. (BD)

Today after breakfast the tour ends with airport transfers leave to meet onward flights. (B)

Please note: For those wishing to see more of the Himalayan region, this tour runs back to back with our Bhutan tour.

Dates & Price.

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  • Tour Code 20-02
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  • Tour Code 20-03
    Start Friday September 11, 2020
    End Thursday September 24, 2020
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    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £2,199.00 /Person

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    Trip Extras:

    Highlights of Nepal (NHN) Single Supplement
    £ 565.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 20-04
    Start Wednesday October 21, 2020
    End Tuesday November 3, 2020
    Guaranteed
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £2,199.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Highlights of Nepal (NHN) Single Supplement
    £ 565.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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Tour Notes

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 3 travellers.

Single Supplement from £565.

Flights to Kathmandu start from £450 return. Please contact us for a quotation.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Services of English speaking guide/ tour leader
  • eals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
  • Safari activities in Chitwan National Park
  • Boating in Pokhara

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Visa
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips (discretionary)

A beautiful country and such wonderful people.

M Hanson, USA