Welcome to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. From the lofty, snow capped Mt. Everest and the mountainous border with Tibet to the shimmering heat of the lower plains bordering India, no land is more diverse in amazing landscapes and ancient cultures, or more universally welcoming and fascinating.
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 – Kathmandu
Day 3 – Kathmanduu – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel
Day 4 – Dhulikhel – Nagarkot
Day 5 – Nagarkot – Kathmandu
Day 6 – Kathmandu – Pokhara
Day 7 – Pokhara
Day 8 & 9 – Royal Chitwan National Park
Day 10 – Chitwan – Kathmandu
Day 11 – Kathmandu
Day 12 – Depart Kathmandu
You will be met at Kathmandu International airport and transferred to the Hotel Fairfield by Marriot Kathmandu for a two night stay. Dinner this evening is Nepali food at a local restaurant with a Nepalese cultural folk dance program.
Visit two World Heritage listed religious sites this morning, the Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. See devotees taking ritual clips in the holy Bagmati River. After lunch in Durbar Square, tour Kathmandu,visiting the Great Bell, Kala Bhairab – a huge stone image of Shiva at his most fearsome, Kasthamandap – a wooden house built in the 12th century, and Kumari Bahal – home to a young living goddess. Travel up to Swayambhunath Temple, set high on a hill with commanding views of the Kathmandu Valley. (An optional scenic mountain flight lasting about one hour is available before breakfast this morning.)
Check out after breakfast and commence the day with a tour of Patan City, the city of fine arts and one of the three queen cities of the valley. Visit Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, and Mahavihar – Golden Temple of Lord Buddha built in the 12th century. Then visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the third major town in the valley. Enjoy the cobblestone streets free of traffic and visit Lion Gate, the five storied Nyatopolo Temple, and the Palace of 55 Windows. After lunch at Bhaktapur, drive to the hill resort of Dhulikhel which lies 32 kms east of Kathmandu on the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet. In the old days, Dhulikhel flourished as a trading centre handing commerce between Kathmandu and Lhasa. Today it delights visitors with its enchanting culture and stunning Himalayan views. Dinner and overnight at the High View Resort. Dinner and overnight at the High view Resort.
Take an excursion to peaceful Thundikhel for a short hike uphill to the Bhagavati Temple for views over the surrounding area. Drive back to Nagarkot for beautiful sunset views and dinner and overnight at Hotel Mystic Mountain. Your resort room has a balcony from which to enjoy views of the surrounding snow covered mountain ranges.
Rise early to catch the sunrise. The views from the hotel dining room are spectacular. Tour Nagarkot tin the morning then drive back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at the Hotel Fairfield by Marriot Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Pokhara. Lunch is at the Fish Tail Lodge, then take a boat trip on Phewa Lake passing a simple three-story villa, the winter home of the King of Nepal. Stop at the small golden temple nestled in foliage on an island in the centre of the lake. In the afternoon many fishermen and other pilgrims lake their long canoes, carved from three trunks, to the island to visit the shrine. Stay two nights at the Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara.
Pokhara is situated in an area of great natural beauty. It’s lakeside setting, mild climate, and views of the Himalaya, add to Pokhara’s charm. Highlights of the day include visits to Mahendra Cave, a Tibetan refugee camp, and sunset views of the Annapurna Range.
An early start today for the drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. This wildlife reserve, one of the best managed and preserved in Asia, contains many species of rare animals and birds. On arrival, a guest briefing will take place, then lunch and an elephant safari and nature walk with boat ride. Stay two nights at the Green Park Resort.
Take a sunrise safari before breakfast. Leave the Park and transfer to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hotel Fairfield by Marriot Kathmandu.
Day at leisure for shopping or further exploration.
At leisure until transfer to the airport for exit flight.
What else can describe this experience? We came to experience Nepal and Traveltimes Treks delivered. Our trip included helicopter ride to Everest basecamp, Pokhara/Annapurna viewing, Chitwan National Park Safaris, and tours of Kathmandu and historical sites. We had Sushil for cultural part and Dawa for the rest. Sushil was very knowledgeable when comes to history of Nepal, and the interweaving of Hinduism and buddhism in the culture. We learned so much, and was very grateful for the long day Sushil spent with us.
Dawa accompanied us and guided us for the rest of the trip. First of all, the itinerary he gave us was very clear and well spelled out. We were on the move constantly and it was so nice to be able to refer to the itinerary and know exactly where we were heading and what we were looking to do. Second, we felt safe always. Dawa was good at acclimatizing us whenever needed and was good at looking out for our safety, be it food/ drinks or safari safety, etc.
Our Itinerary was really fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone. We went by Helicopter to Kalapatha for Everest viewing. And that was truly epic: to be able to see Everest Basecamp, Kombu Icefall and First camp all together. You realize this universe is so amazing and everyone who tries to summit Everest is crazy. (LOL) We just thought the Helicopter ride was really amazing and worth the money. It was an awesome experience.
We went to Chitwan National Park. That was another amazing experience. Again, everything was very well planned. We stayed at Green Park resort. The accommodation was fantastic and food was too. The safari trips were so much fun and we saw so many single horn Rhinos there along with a multitude of other animals and birds. Awesome!
We also went to Pokhara to go for a sunrise viewing of Annapurna and Machapuchrey. To be able to see the mountains light up one by one while the sun slowly rise to peak over the mountains, is an unique experience. You only get this when someone knows the mountains very well takes you to the right spot, shows you and points to each mountain at the right time. Awesome !
We had am amazing time in Nepal. Traveltimes Treks was very professional with their planning and execution. Every part of our trip went without a snag. Their prices were so reasonable too. Dawa was such a good guide that before we finished our tour we were already planning another trip with him. We could tell he obviously loves mountains, Nepal and people. He had such great energy the entire trip, which just made the trip so much more fun.
Go with Traveltimes Treks! You’ll be safe and have a great time.
We had a private tour to Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan Safari. Our main guide Dawa was very efficient and knowledgeable. He did a great job planning and arranging a fantastic 2 weeks trip for us. He showed us a lot of historical temples and sites in the Kathmandu area that were World Heritage Sites. He had us try the local food which was delicious. We went to an interesting local coffee shop that serve Nepalese coffee. We loved the wildlife in Chitwan National Park including the Two horned Rhinos and the many beautiful birds. Another amazing experience was our helicopter ride to see Mt. Everest which included breakfast at Hotel Everest View. While eating our breakfast we had a breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountains. Dawa’s brother RD came on some of our hikes and helped carry some of our gear. Dawa and his brother became not only our guides but good friends. We had a great learning experience and would highly recommend Traveltimes Treks to anyone wanting to go to Nepal.