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Experience the magic of Nepal from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park.

Discover a land of dizzying diversity and ethereal peaks on a nine-day Premium adventure through Nepal. Lift the lid on daily life and traditional culture as you travel with an experienced local leader and get to know Nepal’s warm and wonderful people. Explore the energetic capital of Kathmandu, fly close to Mount Everest, encounter Pokhara beneath spectacular snow-capped peaks, and search for endemic wildlife in Chitwan National Park. Nepal will leave you speechless at every turn.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Destination
Nepal
Style
Premium
Theme
Explorer
Code
HNPN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

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Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, there's ample time to discover the capital's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage.

  • Soak up wild surroundings during a two night feature stay in a stylish and elegant resort on the border of Chitwan National Park – a perfect base for jeep safaris and jungle walks.

  • Get an intimate look at Nepali culture and cuisine during an unforgettable cooking class with the Seven Women, a social enterprise helping disadvantaged women in Nepal.

  • Witness world-class mountain scenery during a breathtaking Mount Everest flight and a picturesque hike through the inspiring landscapes of Pokhara.

  • Pay a visit to a Tibetan community where you’ll learn about local life, enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration and sit down together for lunch.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Nepali infrastructure is still returning to normal after the 2015 earthquake, so some delays are inevitable. Embracing the slow pace and meditative atmosphere will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country.

  • The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan is on very windy roads as you climb up and down mountains, be prepared for a lot of corners and don't forget to buckle up.

  • A moderate fitness level is required for the hike in Pokhara and walks in Chitwan National Park. This trip does not go to high altitude, so acclimatising will be relatively easy.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal! Your adventure begins in Kathmandu, the country’s exhilarating capital. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Join an important welcome meeting with your leader and small group at 6pm. If you arrive with time to spare, perhaps take a walk around the Garden of Dreams, a neo-classical oasis in the heart of the city, or check out the futuristic Taragaon Museum, showcasing the intriguing history of Kathmandu’s architecture. After your meeting, head out into the hustle and bustle of the Thamel and Jyatha neighbourhoods for an included dinner with your leader and group. Eating in Nepal is never boring, and upon arrival at the authentic Nepali restaurant, you’ll discover a deliciously diverse array of dishes. Have a taste of some Woh, a pancake made from freshly ground black lentils, or Kukhurako Masu, chicken cooked Nepali style.
Accommodation
  • Shangri-la hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.
In the early morning, make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This unbelievable experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing by getting up close to Mount Everest. Later in the morning, explore Kathmandu on a sightseeing tour with your leader. Head to the lively Durbar square, the once glorious centre of Nepal’s royal power. Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the surrounding monasteries. Stop by a Thangka painting studio and gain inside knowledge on this sacred and traditional form of Buddhist art and the training that goes into being a Thangka artist. Visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, where you will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon is free for further explorations.
Accommodation
  • Shangri-la hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that the Everest scenic flight is completely weather dependent. In cases of bad weather, the scenic flight will be attempted again on Day 3, and some activities will be shifted to Day 8 after you return to Kathmandu from Chitwan.
This morning, set off for a truly special experience that is sure to be one of your enduring memories of Nepal. Visit the headquarters of Seven Women, a social enterprise that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged women in Nepal. Meet the local women and hear how the enterprise has changed their lives. Tour their greenhouse and learn about Nepali vegetables, then learn some traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Master the local methods of cooking and put together some classic dishes, then sit down to lunch with your new friends. After lunch, begin the journey to Nagarkot. Along the way, stop off at Bhaktapur, a beautifully preserved ancient city and host to a wondrous range of temples and statues. Then wander to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan – ask your leader about the legends associated with this site. Upon arrival to Nagarkot, prepare for an overnight stay at Club Himalaya, renowned for its unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and the surrounding areas. End the day with a toast to your fabulous view over sunset cocktails.
Accommodation
  • Club Himalaya or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bhaktapur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Bhaktapur - Changu Narayan Temple
  • Nagarkot - Sunset cocktail at Club Himalaya (one drink included)
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3 hours.
Wake up and witness an early morning 180-degree sunrise view before travelling to Kathmandu airport by chartered coach. From here, you will fly to Pokhara – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain to the north. On arrival, take a boat ride across the lake of Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The visit to the Peace Pagoda afterwards grants excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas, the famous fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare and a glimpse back across to Pokhara. In the afternoon, perhaps take some time to enjoy Pokhara’s mellow atmosphere and wander its colourful streets, or take a stroll along the scenic lake and see the brightly painted paddle boats bobbing in the water. Pokhara has no shortage of restaurants to tempt your taste buds so be sure to ask your leader for some great local recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Atithi Resort and Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s flight is approximately 30 minutes.
Start the day with a visit to the International Mountain Museum, which is full of fascinating tales and exploits from climbing expeditions of the past – some ending in triumph and others in tragedy. Then begin the Kalikasthan hike with your leader, walking first to Thulakot and Kaukhola, where you’ll take in unforgettable views of the Himalayas and the Pokhara valley. Your leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the inspiring landscape. Continue on to a small and serene village where various Hindu and Buddhist ethnic groups live harmoniously. Stop in at a restaurant for a chat with the locals and a cup of traditional tea. After your hike, make a visit to a Tibetan community. Hear stories of their journey from Tibet to Nepal, learn about local life and take part in a traditional cooking demonstration to find out how to make delicious momos (steamed dumplings), which you will then eat together for lunch. Enjoy a free evening in Pokhara.
Accommodation
  • Atithi Resort and Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pokhara - Kalikasthan half day hike
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s hike will take approximately 3 hours and requires a reasonable level of fitness. Those not wishing to hike will be able to travel by vehicle, please speak to your leader for more information.
Make the morning drive to Chitwan and arrive at your feature stay accommodation for the next two nights, the heavenly Kasara resort. Perfectly placed on the border of Chitwan National Park, this modern and elegant resort offers total tranquillity in one of the world’s wildest settings. Enjoy palatial rooms, first-class service and naturally warm Nepali hospitality. After settling in, meet the camp staff and resident naturalists who will provide firsthand information and local insight into the park’s habitat conservation program. There’s some flexibility with activities in this area, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. A late afternoon safari is an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. Then journey to the Rapti River and enjoy a cool class of champagne on the banks while you watch the sun set and the birds return home. Back at the resort, you’re in for a real treat. Head to a secluded spot on the property for a creative range of dishes served under a canopy of stars. Feel a world away from it all as the only sounds you’ll hear are the chirping of crickets and the swapping of stories.


Accommodation
  • Kasara Resort (features stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan - Afternoon safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 4 hours.
The sunset drink and private dinner may take place either today or tomorrow depending on the weather and time.
After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. Your tour leader will help you spot marsh mugger crocodiles along with the various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but the magnificent creatures inhabit the park so it’s not to be ruled out. Upon your return to dry land, an organised program will help fill the rest of the day and may include further excursions by jeep.
In the evening, enjoy dinner with your group and relax at your accommodation’s fabulous bar while discussing the day’s sightings or listening to the song of the jungle.
Accommodation
  • Kasara Resort (feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, bird watching walk or jeep safari
  • Chitwan - Sunset champagne by Rapti River
  • Chitwan - Private bush dinner (on hotel grounds)
  • Chitwan - Canoe on Rapti River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a peaceful breakfast at the resort before catching a flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, so perhaps engage in some shopping or learn more of Nepal’s cultural heritage during a visit to the Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum, home to more than 650 unique instruments. This evening, you may wish to join your leader and group for a farewell dinner at a fantastic local restaurant, leaving you with a final memory of Nepal’s beautiful and traditional food.
Accommodation
  • Shangri-la hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 1 hour, and flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
Your Nepali adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. If you would like to extend your stay in Kathmandu, additional accommodation can be arranged in advance (subject to availability), Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with any onward travel arrangements.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane, Jeep, Canoe

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Chitwan Feature Stay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Bhaktapur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Bhaktapur - Changu Narayan Temple
  • Nagarkot - Sunset cocktail at Club Himalaya (one drink included)
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
  • Pokhara - Kalikasthan half day hike
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan - Afternoon safari
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, bird watching walk or jeep safari
  • Chitwan - Sunset champagne by Rapti River
  • Chitwan - Private bush dinner (on hotel grounds)
  • Chitwan - Canoe on Rapti River

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. You can store excess luggage at the start point hotel.

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