Holiday in detail

‘ve put together a thrilling journey; one that covers all facets of Nepal. Our tours of Kathmandu, Patan and magical Bhaktapur will give you first hand experience of how this Kingdom has remained locked away from the world, and only made accessible since the 1950’s. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time.

We’ll take you to the exotic jungle where you’ll stay near Chitwan National Reserve. Here we’ll take you on safari by elephant to spot rhino and possibly tigers. We’ll then move to the world heritage site of Lumbini; birthplace of the Buddha, where you’ll be taken by bicycle or rickshaw around this vast location and learn about Buddhism. We’ll also provide an optional and free class on meditation and its benefits.

No visit to Nepal would be complete without experiencing the Himalaya. You’ll have the optional chance to fly around Mt Everest and the mountains on this tour, we’ll also visit Pokhara; a beautiful town alongside Nepals’ second largest lake and surrounded by the Himalaya. Free time in this beautiful setting is followed by our journey back to Kathmandu.

Please note: due to the earthquake in Nepal some temples have been damaged. On our visits to historical monuments within Kathmandu Valley some areas will have restricted access.

Our unique tour:

Day 1, 15th Oct, 2017 (Sunday)

Your flight from the UK is, in most cases, overnight arriving next day. You may want to fly out a day or two early; please see our guidance notes on booking. We always pick you up from the airport whenever you arrive and extra nights start from just 27.50 per person.

Day 2, 16th Oct

After your flight we meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, for a comfortable two night stay. In the evening we’ll enjoy a special (included) welcome dinner. HB

Day 3, 17th Oct

We begin our tour of old Kathmandu with a visit to the iconic Swayambhunath, perched on the top of a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley with its shrines and temples. We continue to the heart of the old city with its pagoda temples and busy thoroughfare of markets and colourfully dressed people. We end the day with a visit to the stunning Unesco city of Patan. Evening free to wander into the bustling night markets of Thamel or relax in the hotel. B&B

Day 4, 18th Oct

Early morning optional flight over the Himalaya for views of Mt. Everest. We visit the sacred cremation grounds of Pashupatinath featured on Michael Palin’s ‘Himalaya’ followed by Boudhanath to see how Tibetan culture continues to thrive in Nepal. We continue to magical Bhaktapur with its traditional squares, architecture and ways of life that haven’t changed for hundreds of years. On arrival; a walking tour of the city. Here we’ll stay for two unusual nights in traditional guest houses. B&B

Day 5 19th Oct

Time to explore this fascinating city. Bhaktapur is so unique that it was used for the Hollywood movie ‘Little Buddha.’ Old pagoda temples, cobbled stone streets and a traditional culture makes our stay here unique. In the morning there is an optional (and free) walk around the city with local young people to see how they live, how they work and how they play; and explore some hidden alleyways.

Day 6 20th Oct

Drive to Chitwan National Reserve and the exotic jungle where we stay near the reserve. Over the next two days jungle activities begin: Elephant riding safaris to spot rhino (and possibly tigers), jungle walks, bird watching, floating down a jungle river in dug-out canoes in search of crocodiles, as well as a visit to a local village are all included. HB

Day 7, 21st Oct

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included. Activities as above continue. Or just relax and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of being near the jungle. Perhaps this evening, walk to the nearby jungle river with friends to enjoy sunset with a cocktail. FB

Day 8, 22nd Oct

After included breakfast, we drive to the world heritage site of Lumbini and the birthplace of the Buddha. Staying overnight we will tour around this vast site by bicycle or rickshaw. B&B

Day 9, 23rd Oct

Today we drive to the lovely Pokhara, alongside Nepal’s second largest lake with, on clear days, full views of the Himalaya. Over the next two days you will have free time to explore this beautiful town in its dramatic setting. B&B

Day 10, 24th Oct

There are a multitude of things to do in Pokhara. Perhaps try boating, cycling or other activities along the lake, sample some of the many open air restaurants along it shores, visit its Gurkha or mountaineering museum or enjoy some of its many (and low cost) Himalayan beauty and spa treatments. There are adventure sports too, such as paragliding, white-water rafting and the longest ‘zip-wire’ in the world. Please note if you participate in such adventure sports with local agencies you do so at your own risk. B&B

Day 11, 25th Oct

Continued free time in Pokhara. There is a look-out point where on clear days you can enjoy sunrise over the Himalaya.There maybe opportunities for hiking too around the area. Please bring good walking shoes/boots if you might enjoy this. B&B

Day 12, 26th Oct

Morning departure for our drive back into Kathmandu. Rest of the day free. In the evening there will be a special (included) farewell dinner in a classic setting. HB

Day 13, 27th Oct

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home. B&B

Codes

FB = Full Board. HB = Half Board. B&B = Bed and breakfast.

Mt Everest flight - just £195

An optional extra on your journey is a spectacular early morning flight over the Himalayan mountain region and Mount Everest. Typically a 6am start on Day 4 (although this may change due to weather conditions) we take you to board a small light aircraft (everyone gets a window seat) where you experience this dramatic 45 minute flight. Payment for the Everest flight must be made locally in Nepal preferably in £UK sterling. No credit cards can be accepted so please budget for this. You need to reserve your place on the booking form with no payment until you're in Nepal.

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