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Classic Nepal

From £1500 for days
Trip Overview
Journey into the heart of Nepal and experience the colourful sights and culture of this enchanting region. Mingle with local villagers and craftspeople, visit tranquil temples and sacred Buddhist sites, travel the cobbled streets of tiny mountain towns and search for unique wildlife such as tigers, rhino and deer. From the whirlwind of Kathmandu to the lush jungle of Chitwan National Park - with plenty of delightful hidden gems in between - take an unforgettable tour of Nepal, brimming with culture, history and natural beauty.
Essential Info
Starts: Kathmandu
Ends: Kathmandu
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IHNKA
Countries visited: Nepal
What's Included

Meals

10 Breakfasts included

Transport

Bus,Plane

Accommodation

Guesthouse (3 nts),Heritage Property (3 nts),Hotel (2 nts),Jungle Lodge (2 nts)

Trip Highlights
-Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, there's more than enough time to discover the Nepali capital's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage
-Whether it's flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, this trip will let you experience Nepal's stunning natural beauty from all angles
-Witness world-class mountain scenery from heavenly viewpoint, with a breathtaking Everest flight
-Take a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist Chitwan National Park, a beauty brimming with exotic bird life and game
-Get hands-on overview of Nepal's diverse architecture, from the stately Newari dwellings in Bandipur to the hill-perched Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Pokhara
Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
20th February 2017
2nd March 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,545pp 
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Good
13th March 2017
23rd March 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,560pp 
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Good
27th March 2017
6th April 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,670pp 
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Good
10th April 2017
20th April 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,670pp 
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Good
17th April 2017
27th April 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,670pp 
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Good
1st May 2017
11th May 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,545pp 
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Good
8th May 2017
18th May 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,545pp 
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Good
18th September 2017
28th September 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,605pp 
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Good
25th September 2017
5th October 2017
Kathmandu - Kathmandu
£1,605pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal On arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After you settle in there will be a group briefing with your tour leader in the late afternoon. They’ll discuss the trip details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free to explore the streets of Kathmandu, whose mixture of ancient architecture and modern development, and rich artistic and cultural heritage, means it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows. Your leader will usually organise an optional dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
Day 2 - Kathmandu
In the early morning you will make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This amazing experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing by getting up close to Mount Everest. Later in the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. Perhaps head out into Durbar Square, in front of the old royal palace and home to numerous beautiful temples, and browse the stalls of merchant's wares.

Additional Activities

Everest Scenic Flight
Included in Price
Day 3 - Pokhara
Today you will have an early departure from the hotel for your transfer to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport. From here you will fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are often spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north on this flight. On arrival you will take a boat ride across the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You will also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions – some ending in triumph, some ending in tragedy.

Additional Activities

Fewa Lake boating
Included in Price
World Peace Pagoda
Included in Price
Day 4 - Pokhara
Enjoy a free day for further exploration in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake, especially if the weather's fine. The lakeside area has great shopping opportunities and internet cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery.
Day 5 - Bandipur
In the morning you will drive to beautiful Bandipur (approximately 2 hours). You will fully explore this incredible settlement and take the many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture of Nepal as it once was. Enjoy the spectacular views, the incredibly maintained architecture and nice walking trails. This traditional Nepalese settlement is a natural treasure and one of the country's true hidden gems.

Additional Activities

Bandipur - Guided walk
Included in Price
Day 6 - Bandipur
Enjoy a day of free time to further explore Bandipur. The surrounding hills are ideal for hiking along trails that will take you through tribal villages, verdant forests, 'power places', and hilltop shrines that once doubled as fortresses. As you explore the area you may feel as though you're stepping back in time; though development increases, the aura of this place has been beautifully preserved. As tourism in Nepal developed along the main roads and airports, for over 30 years there simply was no road linking Bandipur to the main infrastructure, leaving it almost untouched by touristic influence. The village is saddled on a high ridge above Dumre, 700 metres beyond the Marsyangdi River Valley, making for an exceptional view of the Himalayan panorama.
Day 7 - Chitwan National Park
After breakfast you will be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (approximately 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, you will be introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the program. There is some flexibility, and activities may vary depending on the time of the year, and on wildlife movements. A late-afternoon safari will take you through forests and across grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park. In the early evening the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program. You will then enjoy dinner and afterwards you will be free to relax in the bar and discuss the day’s sightings or listen to the exotic sounds of the jungle at night.

Additional Activities

Chitwan NP - Jeep safari
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Jungle walk
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Village tour
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Bird watching tour
30 USD
Day 8 - Chitwan National Park
Embark on an early-morning excursion. This could include either another safari to different parts of the park (in search of the great Indian rhino, deer, and exotic bird life) or joining one of the other activities available in the park. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but these magnificent animals do inhabit the park. After breakfast you will leave the lodge and go on a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This is an exciting trip with chances to view marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. A program will be organised for the rest of the day, and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.

Additional Activities

Chitwan NP - Jeep safari
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Jungle walk
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Village tour
Included in Price
Chitwan NP - Bird watching tour
30 USD
Day 9 - Chitwan National Park - Bhaktapur
If you are an avid wildlife lover, there is an optional early-morning birdwatching safari available today – a worthwhile addition to your trip. After breakfast you will drive on to Bhaktapur (approximately 4 hours), which was once the capital of Nepal and the Great Malla Kingdom during the 15th century. Its rich heritage, inspiring temples and artisanal history played a big part in Bhaktapur being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an evening of exploration on your own, soak up the lovely atmosphere in one of the local cafes, or simply relax in your hotel.

Additional Activities

Bhaktapur - Walking tour
Included in Price
Day 10 - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
Spend the day exploring Bhaktapur’s famous temples, starting at Durbar Square, which is reputed to be the most beautiful piece of art in Nepal. Durbar Square is home to the majestic Lion Gate and Golden Gate. You will also visit the Pashupati Temple, a replica of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. This will be an enlightening morning of discovery and enrichment, as you delve into all Bhaktapur has to offer. In the afternoon, drive to Kathmandu (approximately 2 hours). The evening will then be free, however the group leader will usually organise an optional evening meal at another of Kathmandu’s great restaurants.
Day 11 - Kathmandu
Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your tour leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

Additional Activities

Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure
93 USD
Kathmandu - Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure
89 USD
Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure
68 USD
Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure
80 USD
Kathmandu - In Focus: Handmade Kathmandu
93 USD
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