Nepal in 12 Days

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Chitwan
Everest
Kathmandu
Patan
Pokhara
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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until August 2023
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From + £ 180
Categories available
charm
included
luxury
From + £ 500

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Explore the 'Roof of the World' with an unforgettable adventure through beautiful Nepal. In Kathmandu, discover the ancient history and bustling atmosphere of the capital, before heading to the hills to explore the temples of historic Patan and getting in touch with the wild side of Nepal in Chitwan. Finally, soak up the Himalayan views in picturesque Pokhara on the shores of Lake Phewa.

12 days trip including flights*

10 days and 9 nights in destination

1

LON - KTM

2

LON - KTM

Kathmandu

3

Kathmandu

4

Kathmandu

5

Chitwan

6

Chitwan

7

Pokhara

8

Pokhara

9

Kathmandu

10

Kathmandu

11

KTM - LON

12

KTM - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Kathmandu. Night on board.

2nd Day: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The largest urban area in Nepal, with 2.5 million inhabitants, consists of the core of the metropolitan city of Kathmandu and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi and Bhaktapur, including the urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, Champapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panauti. The capital of the country is located at 1,400 meters above sea level in a picturesque bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. Spend the day discovering the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

3rd Day: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit Bhaktapur, known as the City of the Devotees, to admire the great architectural beauty of the third of the three royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and whose Durbar Square is the best preserved in the valley. The Royal Palace stands out, whose entrance door is a masterpiece in embossed art, as does the Nyatapola Temple, known as the Temple of the Five Roofs for it's five magnificently sculpted floors, making it one of the highest in the country. Later, continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple located in the Changu village and dedicated to the god Vishnu. From here, take in the amazing views of the surrounding valley. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Included
Half-Day Excursion to Bhaktapur
4th Day: Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we recommend an optional Mount Everest flight-seeing excursion.* Head to the Kathmandu Valley through Asan Tole, the main street of the capital's oldest shopping area, which offers a vivid display of local Nepalese life. Discover the Nepalese culture and experience everyday life through the bustling and narrow streets and courtyards of the city. Visit Durbar Square in Kathmandu, where you can see the Kumari Temple and the exteriors of the Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav. In the afternoon, explore Swayambhunath Stupa, located at the top of a hill, to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the Kathmandu Valley. Later, discover the old city of Patan and visit its Durbar Square, the oldest of the three in the valley. See the Royal Palace, home to beautiful patios and ornate windows and sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Vishnu. Afterwards, head to the Temple of the Living Goddess Kumari, who looks out onto the balcony to receive the greetings of the devotees. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

* Optional Mount Everest Flight-seeing Excursion: One-hour long sightseeing on a fixed-wing aircraft for an experience of a lifetime. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mt. Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion. Return to Kathmandu to begin the rest of the days sightseeing. 

Included
Half-Day Excursion to Kathmandu
Included
Half-Day Excursion to Patan
Optional
Mount Everest Flight-Seeing
5th Day: Kathmandu - Chitwan

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off by road to Chitwan, passing by scenic landscapes during the approx. 4-hour journey. Arrive and get settled at the hotel. In the afternoon, set off on a 1-hour nature walk to explore the beautiful surrounding area, scattered with cabins inhabited by the indigenous Tharu tribe, who have lived in the forests surrounding Chitwan for hundreds of years. After a delicious dinner, enjoy a Tharu Stick Dance Show, performed by local farmers, for an insight into Chitwan’s cultural roots. Overnight stay in Chitwan.

Included
Nature Walk & Tharu Cultural Dance
6th Day: Chitwan

Rise early in the morning and enjoy a coffee/tea break before heading off to Chitwan National Park to seize the day and the tranquillity of the natural environment during the quiet hours of the morning. The area surrounding Machan Country Villa is a true paradise for birdwatchers, so keep your eyes peeled for some of the rarer species. Enjoy a nature walk with a naturalist expert who can point out the abundant birdlife before returning to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. Afterwards you will get to know the behaviours and characteristics of the majestic Asian elephant. Lunch included. Continue your adventure with a 3-hour jeep safari through the jungle until arriving at the shores of the Narayani River where a traditional boat awaits to take you on a tranquil boat cruise. Look out for local wildlife such as crocodiles and water birds before returning to the shore. In the evening, enjoy an informative presentation by a jungle expert to learn more about this unique eco-system. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Chitwan.

Included
Full-Day Chitwan National Park
7th Day: Chitwan - Pokhara

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Pokhara, a journey of around 3.5-hours long. En route, visit Bandipur Village, a small hilltop settlement and an amazing example of Newar culture. This charming village is home to precious 18th-century architecture, a number of small cafes and shops. Continue to Pokhara, nestled in a quiet, forest-covered valley. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the fantastic views of the Himalayas and the five Annapurna peaks. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Included
Bandipur Village Visit
8th Day: Pokhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Sarangkot to see the sunrise over the Himalayas if weather conditions permit. Located at 1592 meters above sea level, it is the most popular spot to enjoy the magnificent views of the Pokhara Valley and the mountains. Afterwards, take a boat ride on Phewa Lake, see the beautiful Devi Waterfall and explore the Sacred Cave of Gupteshwor, almost 3 km long. Continue to the traditional Old Bazaar of Pokhara, a pleasant traditional place, which is full of merchants of diverse ethnicities that sell fabrics, food and gold among many other products. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Pokhara.

Included
Sunrise over the Himalayas in Sarangkot
Included
Half-Day Phewa Lake & Old Bazaar Pokhara
9th Day: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head back to Kathmandu, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

10th Day: Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided visit to Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world and icon of Nepal, sits on an octagonal base and is surrounded by the houses of the Lamas. Afterwards, discover Pashupatinath Hindu Temple from the east bank of the river, the most important and oldest of the Kathmandu Valley, which is dedicated to Shiva and surrounded by an exuberant natural environment. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to stroll through the city or make some last-minute souvenir purchases. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

11th Day: Kathmandu - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport and check-in for your return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.*

* Dependant on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the UK/Ireland today.

12th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive back in the UK/Ireland and end of your trip.

Accommodation: 9 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 3 in Kathmandu

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Excursion to Bhaktapur

Enjoy a half-day excursion to Bhaktapur to admire the great architectural beauty of this royal city, one of three in the Kathmandu Valley. See its Durbar Square, the Royal Palace, Nyatapola Temple and Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest in the valley.

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Included

Included activity for day 4 in Kathmandu

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Excursion to Kathmandu

Discover the treasures of Durbar Square in Kathmandu, where you can see the Kumari Temple, known as the temple of the living goddess and admire the beautiful exteriors of Taleju Temple, Kala Bhairav and the impressive Swayambhu Mahachaitya.

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Included

Included activity for day 4 in Patan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Excursion to Patan

Discover Patan and visit its Durbar Square, the oldest of the three in the Kathmandu Valley. See the Royal Palace, home to beautiful patios and ornate windows and sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Vishnu, and the beautiful Golden Temple.

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Chitwan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

Nature Walk & Tharu Cultural Dance

Head out on a 1-hour nature walk to explore the beautiful surrounding area, by the indigenous Tharu tribe, who have lived in the forests surrounding Chitwan for hundreds of years. Enjoy a traditional Tharu cultural dance performance.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Mount Everest Flight-Seeing

One hour long sightseeing on a fixed-wing aircraft. All the spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gorges glide below as you fly towards Mt. Everest. Includes a flight certificate awarded at the end of the excursion.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Kathmandu - UK/Ireland.
  • 9 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 9 breakfasts and full-board in Chitwan.
  • Transfers with an English-speaking assistant in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Boat ride on Phewa Lake.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Nepalese Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

If you are travelling to Nepal with a UK passport, you will require a Nepalese visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Nepalese Embassy for further details:
http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/tourist-visa/ 

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country. Price approximately $25.
  • Currency
    Nepalese Rupee.
  • Language
    Nepali.
  • Electricity
    220 V. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 05:45.
  • Other useful information
    People drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://welcomenepal.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Due to adverse weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary are subject to changes and/or cancellations without notice. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offers up-to-date travel advice by visiting: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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