Best of Nepal

Posted by Tim on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Best of Nepal tour lets you experience all that Nepal has to offer: excellent trekking, safe whitewater rafting, stunning wildlife safaris, history and culture.

Ancient Cities
Kathmandu, our start and end point for this trip, offers a wide range of interesting cultural sites and heritages to discover. Founded in the 8th century, Kathmandu is comprised of three royal cities, Kathmandu (capital city), Patan & Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon).

Trekking through Natural Beauty
Your trekking adventures take you to Dhampus and Ghandrung, with spectacular mountain views. The Annapurna and famous “Fishtail” mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara.

Whitewater Rafting and Safari

Continue your adventure with a two-day rafting trip on the Trisuli River, ending at Chitwan National Park. Travel by jeep and elephant as you search for Asian One-Horned Rhino, Leopard, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Home to over 400 species of birds and the Gangetic Dolphin, Nepal’s first national park is an ecological treasure.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu Cultural Tour.
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage City of Bhaktapur Read more.
  • Everest View Flight.
  • 3 day Jungle Tiger Safari in Royal Chitwan Park on the Indian border Read more.
  • 2 day Trisuli river rafting trip (easy grade) Read more.
  • 2 days in Pokhara, the Gem of Nepal, home of Lake Phewa and starting point of Annapurna treks.
  • 3 day trek to view 5 of the top 10 mountains on our planet.
  • Optional micro-light flight with views of Annapurna.

Trek dates
Daily all year round

Check list
Read our helpful check list before booking

Detailed Itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.

Day 01
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Bhaktapur. Enjoy dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants while taking in the expedition briefing.

Day 02

Kumari Temple

Full day tour of old Kathmandu with its Durbar Square, Kumari temple and the living Goddess, then continue to Swayambunath stupa (monkey temple). Drive to the World Heritage City of Patan for lunch at the Patan Cafe, part of the Patan museum complex. After lunch visit the Patan Museum and take a tour of Patan city and its cultural sites and unique artisans (Patan is known as the city of fine arts). End the tour with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee camp where you can view carpet weaving and buy fine traditional Tibetan hand-knotted carpets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03

Mountain Flight

Early morning transfer to the airport for a mountain flight around Mt. Everest and the surrounding region. Get a close-up and comfortable view of these spectacular mountains from the air. After breakfast we will drive to the Kopan monastery on a hilltop overlooking Bodnath, then continue the drive down to Bodnath for a tour of the stupa, its monasteries, stalls and market. Afterwards we head off to tour the Pashupatinath Hindu temple.

Day 04 & 05
Tour to UNESCO World Heritage City of Bhaktapur. This traditional city was founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD. Tour the monuments and temples, the Palace of Fifty-five Windows, and the museums of woodcarving and metalwork. Watch clay craftsmen and cloth weavers practicing their arts much as they have for centuries. Overnight at a hotel in Bhaktapur.

Day 06 & 07

Phewa Lake

After an early breakfast and view of the Himalayas at sunrise, we drive or catch a flight to Pokhara. In Pokhara take an optional boat on the Phewa Lake or simply chill on lakeside with its many shops. For a real thrill, experience the optional, 30-minute tandem paraglider flight from Sarangkot viewpoint with an experienced pilot. Fly like an eagle under a silky canopy, the snowy peaks spread out before you. You’ll have two days to relax, explore and oak up the atmosphere around Pokhara.

Day 08
We start the day with an early breakfast and trek brief with your guide followed by a short drive to Phedi to begin the trek to Dhampus, supported by porters and your fully qualified iTrekNepal guide. Considered an easy peak to climb, Dhampus provides spectacular views of Machapuchare (fishtail peak), Annapurna massif and other giant peaks. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 09
Trek to Ghandrung, one of the most famous destinations for trekkers and known for its beautiful mountain views. Ghandrung is also home to the Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. The Gurung have their own dialect, culture, costumes, and life style. We will have an opportunity to visit the Gurung museum. Overnight at the lodge (extension possible including 2 day round trip to Poon Hill).

Day 10
Trek to Birethanti and meet our vehicle for the drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at the lodge.

Customize your Trek
You may choose to stay an extra day on your own to explore Pokhara. Trek itinerary options are also available, including treks in the Kathmandu valley or the short Everest Trek or join the Ghorepani Trek from Pokhara from Day 3 to Day 8.

Day 11 & 12

Trisuli River

Drive to the Trisuli river put in point and begin our 2-day river raft trip to Chitwan National Park. Modern rafts, experienced staff and well-maintained equipment mean that even complete beginners can safely enjoy this trip. Overnight on the banks of the Trisuli river at a riverside tented camp.

Day 13
Continue your river rafting adventure until we reach Chitwan National Park, where our vehicle pick-up will drive us to a jungle lodge for wildlife safari activities transported by jeep and elephants.

Day 14 & 15
Jungle lodge (jungle activities). Spend the day observing rare and endangered species such as the Asian One-Horned Rhino, Leopard, and Royal Bengal Tiger (if you’re lucky). Home to over 400 species of birds and the Gangetic Dolphin, Nepal’s first national park is an ecological treasure.

Day 16 & 17
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer (1.5 hrs) to the Himalayan resort town of Nagarkot famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round

Day 18
End of Trip, transfer to Airport

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and suppplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, matresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking