“Nepal – Once is not enough” a slogan brought forward by Nepal Tourism Board is true. The diversity in the cultural, land and nature’s beauty makes Nepal a unique travel destination. The greeting smile of locals and hospitality offered here welcomes you where ever you decide to visit. Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia, with an area of 147,181 Square Kilometer. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India.
Spend 14 days traveling to the major tourist destinations of Nepal and with every possibility of getting the chance to have a glimpse of local urban and rural life of Nepal, culture, tradition, nature and wildlife. We explore the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley, serene and calm town Panauti, touristic town Pokhara & surrounding trekking region and Chitwan – an experience of living with the local Tharu Community & chances of seeing wildlife at its best.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu – Walking Tour to Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley|
|Day 3||Drive to Kurintar|
|Day 4||Drive to Chitwan|
|Day 5||Jungle Adventure in Chitwan National Park|
|Day 6||Drive to Bandipur|
|Day 7||Heritage Walk to Ramkot Village|
|Day 8||Drive to Rupakot|
|Day 9||Hiking in Rupakot|
|Day 10||Drive to Pokhara, Walking tour to Lakeside|
|Day 11||Sightseeing in Pokhara|
|Day 12||Return Flight to Kathmandu via Sightseeing the Temples|
|Day 13||Afternoon, return to the Kathmandu|
|Day 14||Departure to Airport|
• All meals
• Costs due to personal nature (shopping, tipping etc.)
• Costs due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the limit of Royal Mountain Travel
• Costs for internet, laundry, cigarettes, etc.
• Costs for bottled drinks
• Costs in Nepal entry visa fee
• Costs for International flights
• International airport departure tax
• Travel insurance
• Costs for the services other than mentioned above
Hotel Traditional Comfort
Kamalpokhari- Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Traditional Comfort
Kamalpokhari- Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4410455, 4410454
Pleas e note that the published itinerary is as treatment of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are in the dis -creation of Royal Mountain Travel and your guide.
Your duffel bag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable
Meals are provided according to mention on the itinerary.
It is best to bring a mixture of cash major currencies – USD, CAD, EUR, AUD – and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.
Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide, we suggest USD 5-7 per meal in Kathmandu and USD 25 per day while trekking (if you drink or smoke this could be higher).
Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can, we suggest the following: USD 3 per day for groups of 8+, USD 5 per day for smaller groups – this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.
It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We als o recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.
Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please e discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Pleas e be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal Firs t Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.
Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.
While on trek accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basics tandard. Room s may be twin or multi share, with basic shared toilet facilities. Showers are available in some places for a small charge.
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.
Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.
Winter (December-February) – It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.
Spring (March-May) – Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.
Summer (June-August) – The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.
Autumn (September-November) – The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.
Travelers need to be prepared for all weather conditions.
Please note it is your responsibilities to arrange visas before you travel to Nepal. Very recently the Government of Nepal has started the online visa application process. You have to fill the online visa form, though the website please visit:
You will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you visa with required Visa Amount which as below:
US dollars cash only
Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25
Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.
Arrival in Kathmandu – Walking Tour to Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu by flight at the capital of Nepal, at Nepal’s only International Airport, Tribhuvan Airport. The first day of tour is simply an arrival day with no pre – organized activities. Our representative will brief you about our company and general information, and the meeting time will be scheduled about the program during on the way to hotel.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square, listed as one of the eight World Heritage sites by UNESCO, is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes many temples like Kumari Chowk; the Courtyard of the living Goddess “Kumari”, Aakash Bhairav Temple, Temple of Lord Machhendranath, and Itumbahal courtyard.
Itumbahal is an old Newari settlement set in a large courtyard and famous for its traders in herbal spices and medicines. From here we continue to Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s most colourful and ancient local markets. We finish our tour with a walk to Ason chowk; another market dedicated to spices and local vegetables, and Annapurna temple, which is dedicated to the goddess of Grains.
Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
Patan Durbar Square: It is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples in different architectural styles. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KPVT) offices are also here – opposite one of the largest and oldest (and as yet un-restored) temples of Patan. Most aptly its offices are marvels of restoration. In Patan Durbar Square we will be also visiting Golden Temple and Patan Museum. Golden Temple – it is one of the best example of courtyard temple architecture. This temple is mixture of both Buddhist and Newari culture so it have its own religious believes like shoes and leather articles must be removed to enter the temple. Patan Museum – it is one of the royal palaces for the Malla kings of the Kathmandu valley which shows the beauty of Nepalese art and architecture.
Swayambhunath: is one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the all-seeing-eyes is a not only a major landmark of the valley, but equally, a symbol of Nepal. The stupa has been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century. You can reach the shrine by climbing 365 steps up the hill, or by a winding road on the other side. You will see numerous chaityas and temples in the complex, but watch out especially for the mysterious Shantipur Temple, inside of which is said to live the 8th century Tantric Shantikar Acharya whose meditation has kept him alive for many centuries.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal with its distinctive architectural design; a stupa dome set above the Mandala base, Boudhanath Stupa is the faith-bowl for hundreds of pilgrims, who gather every day, around the stupa, to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome. Tibetan monks in maroon robes with shaved heads wander the prayer-flag–decked streets while pilgrims spin prayer wheels and light-up butter lamp as their ritual devotion. There is an ancient belief that even if a person who has committed great sins, circles around the stupa, even once, shall granted one chance to atone for his sins.
Drive to Kurintar
Kathmandu to Kurintar via Prithivi highway, one of the busiest highway in Nepal. The construction of the highway started in 1967 with the help of the Chinese government. The construction was completed in 1974. The highway is named after the first king of Nepal, Prithivi Narayan Shah. Upon reaching Kurintar, cross a suspension bridge over Trishuli River and hike to our remote lodge(45 mins walks, approx) by the banks of Trishuli River passing through local settlements, which is a hamlet for various tribes, like Magar, Chettri & Brahman. The lodge is only accessible by foot.
Drive to Chitwan
Leaving Kurintar early in the morning with the impressive view – the Trishuli river, ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terrace, suspension bridges & mountains beyond. At Mugling turn south slowly descend from the central hills to the fertile lowlands of the Western Terai & Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan National Park is the homeland of the Tharu who are the original tribe of this region. They have their own language, culture and traditional beliefs. Along the way to village you can see local people, culture, tradition, religion and heritage.
Jungle Adventure in Chitwan National Park
Elephant Ride: Visit the jungle on the back of five ton elephant. This trilling elephant ride provides a great vantage point for viewing the abundant wildlife area & a great chance to spot a rhinos or tiger from high above the tall grass.
Elephant Washing: You will get a nice feeling of childhood wonder as you help bath an elephant. You’ll be rewarded with a refreshing trunk full of cold water. This is also the best way to cool off on hot afternoon.
Jungle Walk: A fantastic way to get close to the wildlife with two local professional guides. In this excitement you can enjoy the green harmony of all tall trees and an impressive range of animals. Keep an eye out for tigers, crocodiles, wild elephants, monkeys & rhinos. If you are lucky it is possible to see them.
Bird Watching Tours: Here an exciting amount of highly vulnerable birds (some of them endangered) can be seen. For example Chetnut-capped, Babbler, Blue-Bearded Bee eater, River Lapwing, Red Jungle Fowl, Black-Rumped, Himalayan &Greater Flamebacks. A lot more species like the Grey-header Woodpecker can also be found in Chitwan National Park
-Programs in Chitwan are subject to change depending upon local conditions
Drive to Bandipur
After breakfast we will be leaving Chitwan, ascend from the vast expanse of the Western Terai to Central Hills enroute, you will pass through Bharatpur. Situated on a hilltop above the highway town of Dumre, Bandipur captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. This Newar town has maintained its age-old flavour, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes.
Heritage Walk to Ramkot Village
Hiking to Ramkot through the village trails where you can see typical village-life, traditional homes and interesting temples. Purano Kot: formerly an old fort, lays just twenty minute walk west from the bazaar. A small temple nearby contains old statutes. Beside this, a newer temple has been built, where local people come to pray for rain to the god Mahadav during times of drought. A further two hours hike away, is Ramkot village. Passing through Muchuk village and Mukundeswari, Ramkot is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses, little touched by modern development. Another two hours along an easy trail is Chabdi Barahj, a pilgrimage site.
Drive to Rupakot
From Bandipur, rejoin the Prithvi Highway for the 79km to Pokhara – Sarangkot. Heading west across the Madi River; climbing again (with view of deep rocky gorges crossed by suspension bridges) before descending to the broad Seti Valley.
Beautifully located on top of green hill at an elevation of 1100m from sea level and just 1 hour drive from the tourist hub Pokhara. Rupakot Resort is newly established resort on a exclusive location with the view that will take away your breath. Annapurna Himalayan ranges on top and Rupa lake and Begnas lake far below is some uniquely pleasant treat to your eyes. Resort has about 1000 acres evergreen forest in its surroundings. Wide spread area; carefully architecture & generously outfitted with convenient modern amenities to ensure the maximum comfort & luxury.
Hiking in Rupakot
This day you will explore the most incredible scenery and fascinating village and get to interact with Locals. This is one of the best hike where you can see the beautiful different mountain ranges and lakes with excellent scenery.
Drive to Pokhara, Walking tour to Lakeside
The main attraction if walking tour to Lakeside is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal clear water of the lake. Pokhara’s Phewa Lake is the most popular destination for travelers wanting to indulge in recreational boating or walking around lakeside.
Sightseeing in Pokhara
Boat trip in the lovely Phewa Lake is the foremost attraction of Pokhara. Padding out into the middle of the lake is nice way to spend a quiet afternoon. Phewa lake is the largest lake in Pokhara valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. Encircled by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills, the lake holds a pagoda – style temple, the Barahi Temple being the most important religious monuments in resort town Pokhara. Erected in the Center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to Barahi, the Hindu god Vishnu’s third incarnation in the form of wild boar.
World Peace Pagoda – The brilliant white pagodais set on a narrow ridge above the lake, constructed by monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Mohoji organization. The shining golden statue depicts the Buddha in the posture he assumed when he was born, Near the base of the stupa is the grave of a Japanese monk murdered by anti-Buddhist extremists during the construction of the monuments. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. There are three paths up to the pagado ranging from a 20 minute to 2-hours hike.
Return Flight to Kathmandu via Sightseeing the Temples
Flight back to Kathmandu and from domestic airport.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the sacred Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva -national deity – Lord of animals. Pashupatinath Temple is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ since 1979. Though only Hindus are permitted to enter the main courtyard of the temple, tourists, however, can view the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River; such vantage point offers the pleasing Kodak-moment of the temple.
Pashupatinath is also one of the 14 places in the capital, where cremations take place. Hindus believe it is a performance of getting Nirvana, after death, as the Bagmati river eventually meets with the holy Ganges River. Along with various temples and monuments at the site, one can also see many Sadhus with their amusing avatars, imitating like Lord Shiva.
Bhaktapur is the essential Newari City with some of the finest, and authentic architectures of Nepal. Among the three cities, of the Kathmandu Valley, it was the largest city of Newari Kingdom and capital of Nepal during the Malla’s period. It is one of the fascinating places to explore the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art, and the finest woodwork hand skills of Nepalese artists. As time goes by, this place has become an energetic atmosphere, a modern melting pot – to be precise, where one can encounter the old street and temples, whose existence dates back to centuries, and to another hand, modernization has brought the sense of responsibilities to preserve the culture and to catch up the rest of the world. You may find any kind of cuisines, for instance, Chinese, or Italian, or Indian, in the Bhaktapur Durbar square.
Escape the sprawling city to Dhulikhel, set on the Kathmandu Valley rim, watched over by the towering 143 foot statue of Shiva. (30 Km, 1 Hr)
Afternoon, return to the Kathmandu
Dhulikhel is a fascinating old Newar town at the foot of a nearby hill, some 32 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient town is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari highway). It is a lovely place famous for its scenic beauty and old tradition. From here one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges. It is one of the best place to explore sunset and sunrise view.
This free time in Kathmandu you can enjoy local shopping in market, visiting tourist area – Thamel, cooking course, observing local market – Asan.
Departure to Airport
Departure to the airport for flight onwards journey.