EUR 1,380.00

Nepal - Best of Nepal, 14 days

- An adventure for the whole family -

Nepal is the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu, Tibetan Buddhism, cozy teahouses, roaring rivers, strong traditions, Hinduism, wild jungle animals and small villages, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. This active adventure trip offers a bit of everything.

A short trek at Annapurna brings you in close contact with life in the mountains. The rafting trip on the Trisuli River takes you to Chitwan National Park, where, by canoe and jeeps, you'll experience the jungle and animals of Nepal's lush lowlands. From Pokhara, you can enjoy a unique view of some of the world's tallest mountains before the journey comes to its end in the capital Kathmandu. With its many temples, palaces and sanctuaries, the town resembles a huge open-air museum. 

This is a great family adventure.

Highlights on this tour

  • Experience the temples of Kathmandu
  • Drive along the Trisuli River to Pokhara
  • Great view of the famous Fishtail Mountain
  • Go trekking in the Annapurna
  • Jungle Safari on elephant back in Chitwan National Park
  • River rafting on the Trisuli River
  • Great view of the Himalayas

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Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu our guide will meet you in the airport and take you to your hotel, centrally located in Kathmandu. After you complete check-in formality, and have a short rest, a guide will introduce you to the market of Thamel – the buzzing tourist hub where you can eat your supper, change money or buy some stuff from supermarket, You will visit our guides office at Thamel to complete remaining formalities of trekkingpermits and here you will meet your trekkingguide.

Hotel (exampel): Kathmandu Garden Hotel***

Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast we leave the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the famous monkey temple Swayambunath. The temple is Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist shrine, and stands on top of a hill, overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit Nepal's largest shrine Boudanath. The beautiful big stupa is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries. The day ends on the banks of the Bagmati River and the Hindu temple Pashupatinath. (B)

Sightseeing in Kathmandu approx. 6 hours

Hotel (exampel): Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)

Day 3 Transfer to Pokhara and trek to Australian Camp

The guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport for the short flight to Pokhara (approx. 25 min). Upon arrival in Pokhara, you drive to Kande (about 1 hour). From here the first trek of the tour starts, with mountainous views of the Annapurna Range and Fishtail Mountain. The hike leads you quietly by small trails taking you up to Australian camp where you stay overnight. From the camp area you can enjoy the sunset over Annapurna 2,3,4 as well as Annapurna south - all are +7000m peaks. Also there are views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail. Mt) with its distinctive profile, and 6,998m, it is particularly impressive.

Trek: Approx. 3 hours (+1.950m)

Accommodation: Australian camp - Tea house (B,L,D)

Day 4 Trek to Landrung

Wake up to a steaming cup of tea and a stunning view of Annapurna and Fishtail (weather permitting).The first part of today's trek is a nice climb up through the mixed forest to Deurali. From Deurali we continue steeply downhill to Tolkha, which are a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. The Magar and the Gurung people are two different ethnic groups. They are originally farmers, but their strong physical shape often qualifies them as Gurkha soldiers. From Tolkha, the trail gradually descends through terraced fields to the village of Landrung. We will spend the night here.

Trek: approx. 4 hours +1,500m

Accommodation: tea house (B,L,D)

 

Day 5 Trekking from Landrung to Ghandrung

After Landrung you descend steeply to the Modi Khola River, which you cross on a swinging suspension bridge. On the other side of the river, it's another steep climb to Ghandrung. Here are many tea houses, a Gurung museum and traditional houses built of stone slabs. From Ghandrung there are views of Annapurna South, 7,229m, Hiunchuli, 6,441m, Annapurna III, 7,755m, Tarke Kang, 7,193m and Fishtail Mountain (Machapucchare) 6,993m. The area has 1226 species of flowering plants, 102 species of mammals, 474 species of birds, 39 species of reptiles and 22 different kinds of amphibians.

Trek: approx. 3-4 hours +1.960m

Accommodation: tea house (B,L,D)
 

Day 6 Trekking from Ghandrung to Syauli Bazar

After breakfast, you'll spend the last few hours trekking along paths through small villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazar, where you'll have lunch before being driven back to Pokhara. Here there will be time for some relaxation, after some great hiking experiences.

Trek approximately 3 hours (mostly downhill terrain)

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Pokhara (B,L)

 

Day 7 Sightseeing around Pokhara

Today you will explore Pokhara. You will visit Gupteshwor cave, and Devi’s Fall (Patalo Chango). The cave and the waterfall located opposite to each other. Then you drive to International Mountain Musium where you can learn more about world famous climbers, the  heighest mountains and the Ethinic Groups in Himalaya. After the museum you will go boating on Phewa Lake. With its five square kilometers the lake is beautifully situaged with the magnificent view of mountains both in distant and in water as a reflection. You will return back to your hotel,  and have the rest of the day at your own disposal.

Sightseeing: approx. 5 hours.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Pokhara (B)

Day 8 Drive to Chitwan national park

After breakfast you will have a transfer to Chitwan National Park where you will be welcomed with drinks and introduction to the park and your rooms. 
After enjoying lunch, there is a cultural excursion to a Tharu-village where you will be introduced to the daily life and activities of the Tharu people in a tourist-friendly manner. Dinner is served back at the resort. 

Accommodation Standard resort in Chitwan (B, L, D)

Day 9 Transfer to Mugling. River Rafting

The day starts with an early wake-up and breakfast, after which you set off on the river in a canoe. It's a great experience to glide down the river and watch the crocodiles basking in the morning sun. After the canoe trip, visit the local elephant breeding centre where you will learn about the elephants' life in the park. You will return to the resort for a delicious lunch, after which there is the option to go on either an elephant safari or a jeep safari. The trip takes you into the jungle, where there are good opportunities to meet armoured rhinos, deer and wild elephants. If you're very lucky, you'll also meet the Bengal tiger. Dinner is served at the resort, after another full day of adventure. 

Overnight: Standard resort in Chitwan (B, L, D)

 

Day 10 Birdwatching and riverrafting on Trisuli

You wake up early in the morning for a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading out on a short bird-watching tour. Then it's breakfast time at the resort. 
The journey then goes by car to Charaudi on the banks of the Trisuli River. It is from here that you will be river rafting. Your rafting guide will meet you after lunch, where a lesson on river safety and important paddling techniques will also be given. Once the lesson is reviewed and all questions are answered, the river adventure begins wearing life jackets and helmets. The rafting trip ends at the Fishing Village where you will stay overnight at a resort.


Birdwatching tour: approx. 1 hour
Transfer to river rafting: approx. 2.5 hours
Rafting trip approx. 3 hours

Overnight at local resort. (B, L, D)

 

Day 11 Riverrafting and transfer to Kathmandu

The day starts with an early morning, and a review of the day's rafting and paddling techniques. The river takes you through a forest canyon with impressive geo-landscapes. The flowing Marsyangdi River tumbels into the Trisuli River at the village of Mugling, greatly increasing the volume of water in the river. After a thrilling and adrenaline pumping trip, it is time to relax in the car as you drive back to Kathmandu. 

Rafting trip approximately 3 hours
Transfer to Kathmandu approx. 4 hours
 
Hotel (example): Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B,L)

Day 12 Kathmandu - guidet tour

Kathmandu is a mysterious and wonderful place. This historic city is mainly inhabited by Newars, who with their history and traditions have made the city what it is today. This ethnic-group follows the ancient traditions and is divided into both Hindu and Buddhist faiths, and they have contributed greatly to Nepalese culture, art, commerce and cuisine.  

On this half day walking tour of Kathmandu you will explore Ason/Asan Bazzar, Indra Chowk, various narrow shopping streets and visit Chaityas, courtyards and the guide knows both the tourist attractions, and the local secret gems. The tour ends with a visit to Durbar Square 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also known as the Basantapur Durbar area, was once Nepal's centre of power from where the Malla Kings and Shah Kings ruled between the 14th and 18th centuries and the 18th and 20th centuries respectively. Various temples, shops, courtyards and ongoing festivals and celebrations bring this square alive all year round. The famous Kumari Temple and the 'living goddess' Kumari are the main attraction of the square.

Guided walking tour approximately 4 hours.

Hotel (example) Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)

Day 13 Kathmandu - Leisure day

This day is for you to get the last Katmandu experiences of your own wish. Wheater it is souveniershopping, relaxing or a trip out in the vally - you will have time to do this on you own today. 

Hotel (example) Kathmandu Garden Hotel*** (B)

Day 14 Departure day

Our lokal airport representative will take you to the international airpot to fly your destination.

Price includes

  • 5 nights stay in Kathmandu in tourist class hotel, incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights stay in Pokhara i tourist class hotel, incl. breakfast
  • 2x guidet sightseeing in Kathmandu with English speaking guide
  • Flight tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 4 days/3 nights teahouse trek
  • 2-day River rafting on Trisuli River, incl. all equipment
  • 3 days/2 nights at a wildlife resort in Chitwan National Park, incl. safari excursions
  • All meals except in Kathmandu and Pokhara - where only breakfast is included
  • All transport as mentioned in the program
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Porters for lugage transport on the trek
  • Trekkingpermit, taxes and admission fee to the national park (remember to bring pasport photos)
  • This is a packaged holiday and is therefore covered by The Travel Guarantee Fund - See which benefits this means for you - click here
Not included
  • Flights to/from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Drinks - alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Tips for guide and porters (expect 60-100 USD pr. person)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
EUR 1,380.00

Practical info

General information

The price is based upon two people sharing. It is also possible travel alone in a single room. Simply choose "1 person" in the booking form and it will automatically add the single room surcharge.

Notice: If you open the booking form, fill it out and go to page two, you can save your quote and have it sent to your email as a pdf. This way you can easily send it to others who can then see the price and exactly what is included. When you have saved the quote you can easily restart the booking and you will not need to enter all the information again.

 

Transportation

The flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in the price. You can easily find a suitable flight via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner.

Notice: we recommend that you book with us and wait for the confirmation before you book your flights.

Airport transfers
When you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu,  you will be picked up regardless of when you arrive. It doesn't matter if your flight arrive at night.

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If you prefer that we handle your flight, then we would be happy to arrange this for you. You simply book a quote below the map on this page and we will return with a quote as soon as possible (usually within 48 working hours). Please note that we add a handling fee of 45 euro to each flight and this means that the flight will be cheaper if you book it yourself.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay in a centrally located tourist class hotel. Breakfast is included at the hotel. On the trek you will sleep in small local teahouses, or lodges, as they are called in Nepal. The lodges are small guesthouses run by local families. The quality varies, but our guides strive to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be prepared, that the lodges are in relatively primitive conditions. You will usually find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude and you must bring your own sleeping bags on the trek. Some places it is possible to get a hot shower, which typically consists of a bucket of hot water. Please make sure whether the water is heated by solar energy in order to protect the vulnerable forest growth.

 
Food and beverage

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner is not included. There are plenty of nice restaurants located near the hotel and you can also eat at the hotel. It is usually cheap to eat at restaurants. On the trek breakfast is included, but you will will have to buy lunch and dinner at the lodges. The menus are basically the same in all lodges, but it is good solid food with lot of meat, rice, potatoes and vegetables. You can buy pure bottled water as well as soft drinks. hot tea, coffee and beer in most lodges. All meals are included during the stay in Unique Wildlife Resort in Chitwan National Park.

 
Sanitary

In the hotels in Kathmandu  and Pokharayou will find a bathroom with clean toilet facilities and hot shower. You should not expect particularly good toilet facilities during the trek.

Luggage

On arrival in Kathmandu you will get a duffle bag for your main luggage during the trek.

Sleeping bag

You need a warm sleeping bag on the trek as the sleeping rooms are not heated in the lodges.

A day on the trek

A typical day on the trek begins with a wakeup call at 06:30. After breakfast you pack your gear and the trek start around 08.00 - 08:30. Around 12:00 you will have a nice long lunch break, before continuing on the afternoon trek. There will be plenty of rest breaks during the day. You will arrive at the lodge mid/late-afternoon. Dinnertime is around 18:00.

Trip grading

The Best of Nepal tour is Grade 2-3. Read more about our grading system here.

Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the responsibility of the customer. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country

 
Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

 
Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

 
Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.

Trip notes and equipment list

When booking the trip, you will receive our trip notes including the equipment list for the Best of Nepal tour.

Climate

This tour can be arranged from October to mid-May. June-September is monsoon rainy in Nepal, so the weather is a bit heavy and the rivers too full for rafting. During the rest of the year, the weather is usually clear and the mornings and mornings are sunny. During the afternoon, clouds usually form from the evaporation of snow in the mountains, and then it often clears up again in the evening. In spring and autumn temperatures are around 25 - 30 degrees. It is a little cooler in winter, especially on the trek.

The Travel Guarantee Fund

We are members of the Travel Guarantee Fund (nr. 2529) and have all available insurances. Read more about that here.

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