Welcome to Nepal
Sharing a southern border with India and a northern border with China, Nepal is a country etched between two cultures that have both left their influence on the region. Discover a fascinating religious culture that splits almost equally between spiritual Buddhism and magical Hinduism. Since the 1960s Nepal has developed a real cultural appeal for travellers looking for something ‘off the beaten track’ and we’re delighted to be visiting the country for the first time. We’ll explore the medieval streets and ancient architecture of Kathmandu, search for one-horned rhinos and mugger crocodiles in Chitwan National Park and get up close and personal with the Himalaya from idyllic Pokhara. Join us on this grand Nepalese tour, drawn out against an unbeatable Himalayan backdrop with snow topped peaks, winding mountain passes and roaring rivers.
- Explore Kathmandu’s royal districts and religious ancient stupas
- Discover wondrous wildlife on safaris in Chitwan National Park
- Learn about Tibetan culture by visiting a village occupied by Tibetan refugees
- Dance and sing in Tharu style, a melodious tribal tradition
- Paraglide alongside a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment
Dates & Prices
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March 26 - April 8, 2017 (14 days)
Standard Blind Price: £2899 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £1499 Contact us for availability
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 2299 2299 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: 1150 1150 Contact us for availability
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- 4-star accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 4 dinners
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Kathmandu City tour
- Kopan Monastery visit
- Safari in Chitwan by jeep and canoe
- Elephant interaction program
- Pokhara tour with boat ride
- Morning hike in the Annapurna region
- International Mountain Museum
- Parahawking (optional)
- Day trek to the World Peace Pagoda (optional)
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Sunday 26th March
We depart London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Kathmandu.
Monday 27th March
We will arrive into the capital city of Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel for our briefing.
Kathmandu literally translates as ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. With an elevation of 1400 metres, the city is perched perfectly within the stunning Kathmandu Valley. The architecture of the city reflects the influence of its neighbours, India and China and offers an array of medieval streets, ancient temples, huge stupa’s and bustling markets.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Tuesday 28th March
Our tour of Nepal begins on the streets of its capital city, Kathmandu. We will visit Patan Durbar Square renowned for its fine arts, former Royal Palaces and temples including a stone temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna. We’ll then head back into the city to visit iconic Durbar Square which features palaces and temples built between 1200 and 1768 including Kumari Ghar – home of the ‘Kumari’ or living goddess. In the afternoon we’ll visit Swyambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site locally known as the monkey temple. The location of this Stupa dominates the Kathmandu sky-line and offers fabulous views over the Kathmandu Valley.
We’ll end our first full day in Nepal with a traditional Newari dinner at a local restaurant. Newari food derives from the indigenous Newa people and is specific to the Kathmandu Valley region. Focusing on the aspect of sharing a feast for a gathering of people, Newari dishes consist of condiments and currys that are intensely flavoured with a delicious array of spices.
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Wednesday 29th March
Following breakfast, we’ll continue our tour as we depart the city to travel east towards Nagarkot located on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. This former Royal summer retreat offers unbridled views across the nearby mountains and on a clear day, Everest (Sagarmatha) can be viewed in the distance. We’ll then travel to the Buddhist Monastery of Kopan. The monastery was established in the 1960’s and is a working centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat and practice. It’s home to monks and nuns as well as foreigners wishing to receive teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. These courses generally combine traditional Lam Rim teachings with informal discussion, guided meditation and a vegetarian diet or fast.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Thursday 30th March
After breakfast, we will depart and travel east towards Chitwan National Park. Although a long drive, the route is an impressive mix of towering mountain ranges and fast moving rapid rivers. We’ll arrive into the park and enjoy lunch.
Chitwan National Park lies on the southern border with India and as such will be much warmer than Kathmandu. The Park has been open since 1973 and was granted UNESCO heritage status in 1984. These days it is one of the best places to view the charismatic Asian one-horned rhinoceros. As well as rhinos, there is a good population of Sloth bears, Gharial crocodiles and many types of birds, monkeys and deer which we’ll hope to spot over the next two days. Tigers do exist in the park but a sighting cannot be guaranteed. Upon arrival we’ll embark on our first jeep safari into the park before ending the day with the local elephants as we learn more about these working animals and hopefully help bathe them!
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Chitwan
Friday 31st March
Our first full day in Chitwan National Park starts after breakfast with an opportunity to partake in bird-watching. The park is home to over 450 different species and Nepal acts as a natural gateway between the sub-continent and the towering Himalaya. We’ll then enjoy a canoe ride along the Rapti river which gives us the chance to spot Gharial (Mugger) crocodiles and other wildlife as they come to the river to drink.
This evening we’ll experience a local traditional Tharu stick dance – a melodious beat and local practice designed to keep rhino and other wild animals away from farms and human habitats.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Chitwan
Saturday 1st April
This morning we will take the time to learn more about some of the local wildlife as we visit both an Elephant breeding centre and a Crocodile breeding centre. Elephants have played an important role throughout the history of Nepal and we’ll have the chance to get up close and personal and watch them being fed. Although slightly smaller than their African cousins, the elephants of Nepal are incredibly social animals and we’ll learn how they are bred and trained. Following on from this, visit the Crocodile breeding centre to learn more about the endangered Gharial (Mugger) crocodiles. Again, these crocs are different to the ones found elsewhere in the world and are characterised by their long thin snout. We’ll end our time in Chitwan this afternoon with a final jeep ride into the park to try and spot any animals we may not yet have encountered.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Chitwan
Sunday 2nd April
We’ll bid farewell to the steamy southern Terai region of Nepal this morning and continue west to Pokhara. Along the way, we’ll explore Bandipur Village, a remarkable location that offers a heady mix of architecture, unspoiled landscapes and incredible views of the upcoming Annapurna mountain range. Bandipur is an extreme sports hotspot but also offers an insight into the important Newari culture. Following on from lunch, we’ll resume our journey west. Although the third largest city in Nepal, Pokhara retains a village like feel to it and benefits from a beautiful lakeside setting. The town is also the gateway to the Annapurna Mountain range and features one peak over 8,000m and 13 peaks over 7,000m. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure. It’s a delightfully walk friendly location that lends itself well to exploration.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Pokhara
Monday 3rd April
This morning provides the opportunity to participate in one of the region’s extreme sports – parahawking! This is a relatively new phenomenon that began in Pokhara and combines paragliding with falconry. Rescue birds are trained to assist paragliders with the idea being that the energy efficient hawks can stay in the air longer due to their understanding of the thermals in the air – a feat that the paragliders can now copy.
The afternoon will commence with a city tour of Pokhara including a visit to Bindabisini Temple, an incredibly auspicious Hindu temple. Dedicated to the goddess Durga, Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity, it is said that the temple has existed ever since Durga ordered King Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. Upon returning to the hotel we will enjoy an afternoon boat ride on idyllic Phewa Tal Lake.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Pokhara
Tuesday 4th April
No trip to Nepal would be complete without enjoying the Himalaya mountains up close. Before breakfast, we will depart Pokhara for the short drive to Sarangkot. Here we will embark on a short morning hike through the Himalayan foothills up through small villages to the view point in order to catch the sunrise. Meeting plenty of smiling locals along the way, our route is flanked by stepped rice fields and deciduous forests. Upon returning to Pokhara, we’ll have breakfast and then the rest of the day will be free. Spend your time in the tranquil lakeside restaurants, browse the local craft markets or simply relax in your hotel.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Pokhara.
Wednesday 5th April
Following breakfast those interested in enjoying some more walking have the chance to include the optional day hike to the World Peace Pagoda which is a leisurely stroll rewarding you with stunning views down into Pokhara town. This afternoon, visit the International Mountain Museum to learn about the trekking and mountaineering history of Nepal. These mountaineers were without doubt the travel pioneers of their time and it’s through these early explorers that we can learn more about this fascinating country.
We’ll then take time to visit the Tibetan refugee camp on the way back to Pokhara. Located just north of Nepal, the Mustang region of Tibet can sometimes be viewed from the local trails. Tibet has gone through a turbulent period since the Dalai Lama fled in 1959 during the Tibetan uprising and many Tibetans have since followed his journey and found solace in both Nepal and India.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Pokhara
Thursday 6th April
We’ll depart Pokhara this morning and make our road climb back up to the Kathmandu Valley along dramatic roads carved into the cliffs. Upon arrival back into Kathmandu the rest of your time will be free. Feel free to explore the bustling markets of Thamel in Kathmandu for some last minute gifts. Kathmandu is renowned for fabulous local artists, blind roadside barbers, intricate temples and wondrous architecture.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Kathmandu
Friday 7th April
We shall enjoy our final day in Nepal at leisure.
Hopefully with chakras cleansed and with an awakened sense of spirituality we will depart Nepal this evening to make our return trip to the UK.
Saturday 8th April