Essential Nepal

Perfect for first-timers, visit all the best spots.

Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park

10 days

£879 per person

Trip Info

Overview

Essential Nepal combines culture, nature and adventure to neatly reveal the essential attractions of Nepal. Perfect for first-timers, visit all the best tourist spots. Experience spectacular mountain views and the green jungle of Chitwan National Park, great for wildlife lovers.

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"Really well managed, all experiences were equally the best but the jungle was huge fun and we loved the final night cultural event, service was excellent." Therese and Peter Duriez, UK

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner, a chance to taste Nepalese cuisine, or taste one of a range of other dishes if you prefer.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast

Kathmandu

Morning: Enjoy a walk with your city guide from the hotel to Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. It is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets dating back to the 12th and 18th centuries.

Afternoon: Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine, located on the banks of the Bagmati River and visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Compare and contrast the different religions, see how they overlap and exist in harmony.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 3 - Breakfast

Kathmandu | Pokhara

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your 30 minute flight to Pokhara. Meet our representative at Pokhara airport and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon: Visit Gupteshor Mahadev Caves, Devi’s Falls and the Mountain Museum with your city guide. The rest of the day is free.

Pokhara

Pokhara

Day 4 - Breakfast

Pokhara

Morning: An early start, drive to Sarangkot to view the sunrise over the Himalayas.

Afternoon: Visit the World Peace Stupa with your guide. Start by crossing Phewa Lake by boat then an uphill walk. The rest of the day is free.

World Peace Stupa

World Peace Stupa

Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pokhara | Saranghat

Morning & Afternoon: After breakfast, drive to Damauli where you will meet your rafting guide and get ready to raft the Seti river for the rest of the day. Stay overnight camping on the bank of the river.

Seti River

Seti River

Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saranghat | Chitwan National Park

Morning: Raft to Gaighat village by the side of the highway, meet the driver from Chitwan and drive to your hotel.

Afternoon: Walk the surrounding area with your guide.

Evening: A traditional dance performance at your hotel.

Seti River

Seti River

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chitwan National Park

Morning: Take a canoe ride along the Rapti River, an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and you might even see two rare species of crocodile: the Marsh Mugger and the Gharial Crocodile. Visit the elephants with an opportunity to bath them and sit on their backs in the water

Afternoon: Elephant back safari into the forest.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

Day 8 - Breakfast

Chitwan National Park | Bhaktapur

Morning: An early flight back to Kathmandu. Drive to Bhaktapur with your city guide.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel, the rest of your day is free.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Day 9 - Breakfast

Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: The day is free.

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch

Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • All accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

  • International flights – read about our flight advice
  • Travel insurance – read more
  • Personal expenses e.g. gifts, alcohol
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips – read more
  • Please allow £15 to £25 per day for lunches and dinners not included.

Value for Money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu | Pokhara
  • Day 4
    Pokhara
  • Day 5
    Pokhara | Saranghat
  • Day 6
    Saranghat | Chitwan National Park
  • Day 7
    Chitwan National Park
  • Day 8
    Chitwan National Park | Bhaktapur
  • Day 9
    Kathmandu
  • Day 10
    Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday, not knowing, but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +5hr 45min

Language: Nepali

Food Of Nepal

Nepalese Food Culture

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

The Flag of Nepal

 

When to Go to Nepal

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Essential Nepal

The best time to go is March, April, May, September, October, November.

Personalise your unique adventure

Tailor-made Holidays

We design trips around the needs, interests, and budgets of single travellers, couples, families, small groups, Scout groups and schools.

So, personalise your unique adventure with these add-ons and don’t hesitate to let our professional Travel Consultants know about any needs or interests that aren’t listed, we love a challenge!

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Village Homestay

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2-day add-on. Drive to a rural village stay overnight with local family.

Yoga Meditation

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Half-a-day add-on. Very popular, join a class for all abilities.

Mountain Biking

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Half-a-day add-on. Ride with a leader around Kathmandu. All equipment included.

Lumbini

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3-day add-on. Drive to the birth place of Buddha and stay overnight.

Bardia National Park

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5-day add-on. Fly West to a wildlife paradise and luxury lodge.

Mountain Flight

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Half-a-day add-on. Fly for one of the best views of Everest and the Himalayas.

Nepali Language Class

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Half-a-day add-on. Learn the basics of Nepali and some useful phrases.

Bhutan Side Trip

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4-day add-on. Fly to Paro in Bhutan and explore the tantalising tourist spots and culture.