- Wildlife safaris and game drives
- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- duration 10 days
- tour type Group
- tour_type Group tour
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Kathmandu valley tours
- Ancient Bhaktapur
- Chitwan wildlife safaris
- Lakeside Pokhara
This tour gives a comprehensive overview of one of the world's great holiday destinations. With its huge range in altitudes and countrysides from the plains bordering Nepal to the top of Mt. Everest, a trip through Nepal gives you views of spectacular mountain scenery, adventures in wildlife rich forests, visits to ancient hilltop villages, and a rich culture with Hindu and Buddhist temples to discover.
This two-week trip starts by exploring Kathmandu on foot before heading to the lowland Terai region of Nepal and Chitwan National Park. If you're keen you can do an afternoon of exciting white water rafting on the Trisuli river on the way. We spend two nights in Chitwan and the tour includes a jungle walk, jeep safari and river canoe trip. You'll also take a rural village walk outside the park to see how the local Tharu people live. Chitwan is most famous for the high numbers of the endangered Asian Rhino living there, and you should also see several species of deer and monkeys, numerous birds, gharial and mugger crocodiles, and if you're lucky, wild boat, sloth bear, wild elephants and even a tiger.
Our next stop is Bandipur, a Newari hilltop village which is well worth exploring around on foot to see how rural village life in Nepal carries on. We then head to Pokhara, Nepal's adventure capital, which sits next to a lake at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. Our 5-day Poon Hill trek through the foothills of the Annapurnas starts from here. You'll stay in locally owned trekking lodges and our experienced guides and porters will escort you. The trek is of moderate difficulty; there are a couple of long days and plenty of uphill and downhill (hard to avoid in Nepal!), but you don't need to be superfit at all. The circular trekking route passes through a wide variety of different landscapes, rhododendron forests, ridges and terraced farmland, with great views of the Annapurna range available every day, and especially from your sunrise walk up to the top of Poon Hill.
You have a little free time in Pokhara to relax after your trek before we head back to the Kathmandu valley and the hilltop village of Nagarkot which sits perched on a ridge on the rim of the valley. Nagarkot is famous for its sunrise mountain views, and you can even see the top of Everest from here in the far distance. Next is the ancient centre of Bhaktapur, where we take time to enjoy the wonderful, intricately carved, wooden architecture of the traditional Hindu temples and surrounding buildings. Bhaktapur was hit hard by the recent earthquake and you'll see evidence of this and the rebuilding that is being carried out. Our tour of Nepal then finishes back in Kathmandu.
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Day 2 : Kathmandu city tour. Swayambunath stupa
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Chitwan. Trisuli rafting option
Day 4 : Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safaris
Day 5 : Chitwan to Bandipur
Day 6 : Bandipur to Pokhara
Day 7 : Start trekking to Ghandruk
Day 8 : Trekking from Ghandruk to Tadapani
Day 9 : Trekking from Tadapani to Ghorepani
Day 10 : Sunrise on Poon Hill. Trekking from Ghorepani to Tirkhedunga
Day 11 : Finish trek. Free time in Pokhara
Day 12 : Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 13 : Everest flight option. Ancient Bhaktapur. Hilltop Nagarkot
Day 14 : Nagarkot. Pasupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa
Day 15 : Kathmandu. Free time. Transfer to airport
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- Trekking porters (provided with clothing, footwear and accommodation as per IPPG recommendations)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Private car, minivan or minibus subject to group size
- All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
- Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Chitwan
- Trekking guide
- Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Services of a local escort throughout the tour
- All national park entry and activity fees
- All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary
- International flights (available on request)
- Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary (budget around US$60 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
- Tips for tour leader, guides and porters
- Any other items not mentioned above
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Classic Nepal tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 16 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 March 2021, a deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Classic Nepal tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Classic Nepal tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Tours will be reduced to smaller group sizes to protect against COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This package trip adheres to protocols which are in line with the recommendations from the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travel’ guidelines.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.