Exquisite Nepal Tour

  • duration 19 days
  • usd 3,190 All inclusive
  • difficulty Easy
  • best season Aug-May

trip overview

The Kathmandu Valley, even in the 21st century, has preserved its medieval roots as vibrant structures from those times still stand in their former glory. Here you can still behold the intrigue and charm of the Orient that the first travellers from the West witnessed.

A little west of Kathmandu, the tourist town of Pokhara still hosts thousands of travellers who come to see and conquer the Himalayas or just to soak in the marvel of nature.

It was in Lumbini where Lord Buddha was born and the ruins of his home mark his birthplace. Lumbini resonates the peace and calm that Buddha advocated.

But a tour to Nepal is incomplete without the visit to our wildlife sanctuaries like the Chitwan National Park which has been able to conserve some of the rarest animals in the world like the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger.

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu.

    A representative of Mountain Kick will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet). Rest overnight at your hotel musing over your Himalayan adventure ahead.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu. Pre-trip meeting.

    See Kathmandu first before embarking on your adventure. This ancient city is dotted with royal courtyards, monasteries and temples which offer a glimpse into local culture. We will take you to the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Swayambhunath Stupa – all of which have been listed in Unesco’s World Heritage Site list for their religious and cultural importance.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Drive to Charaundi for rafting.

    A holiday is incomplete without a little bit of thrill. Here we have plenty of it as we go rafting in the Trishuli River. A three-hour drive takes us to Charaundi where the rafting begins. With help from our guides and trainers, you will raft from Charaundi to Kurintar with grade 2 and 3 rapids. We will camp overnight on the river bank.

    • Accomodation: Riverside Camp
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 04
    Rafting. Drive to Pokhara (around 3,000ft in the city).

    We have another day for rafting in the Trishuli River. Later in the day, we will take you to Pokhara in a tourist bus. It is approximately a four-hour drive with beautiful scenes of the mountains throughout the way to keep you entertained. You will reach Pokhara in the evening, just in time for the amazing nightlife to begin.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 05
    Drive to Nayapool (3,477ft).

    We will begin the day with a short drive to Nayapool village where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. It is a one hour drive and we will spend the rest of the day preparing for our trekking trip ahead.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 06
    Trek to Ghorepani (9,416ft).

    Steps have been laid all the way up to Ghorepani. Walking up the steps for five to six hours will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. The forests and hills provide a very good distraction from your fatigue.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 07
    Hike to Poon Hill (10,535ft).

    Poon Hill lies in the village and we trek to its summit. People say the western part of the Himalayas look more beautiful than the eastern ranges and nowhere is this true than from Poon Hill at 10,535 feet above the sea level.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 08
    Trek to Ghandruk (6,398ft).

    It’s three hours downhill to the beautiful village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is perfect to mix with the local people, who are very friendly, and get a sense of the culture. There is a monastery, a temple and even a museum here to keep you busy throughout the day. The view of the Annapurna Range is another prime attraction. Oh and yes, you have to try the local food here. It is something to die for.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 09
    Return to Pokhara.

    It is an easy downhill trek to Nayapool from where we return to Pokhara to the comfort of a city. You can hangout in the lakeside area or visit a night club to relax after trekking for four days in the hills.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 10
    Drive to Sarangkot. Then back to Pokhara.

    We will wake up early to travel to Sarangkot just in time for sunrise. It is a short drive to the top of Sarangkot hill from lakeside and you will be treated one of the most beautiful scenes of rising sun from here along with a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayas. Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, and Mount Manaslu can be seen ahead of you while Pokhara city and the Phewa Lake are visible below. Sarangkot is also a popular destination for paragliding enthusiasts.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 11
    Drive to Lumbini.

    It takes about six hours to reach Lumbini which lies southwest from Pokhara in a tourist vehicle. As you know, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims come here from all over the world. The atmosphere is peaceful and there are monasteries, temples and a museum to see here.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 12
    Drive to Chitwan National Park.

    We will head east to Chitwan in a luxurious tourist bus. You will be treated with views of hills and forests throughout the five to six hours’ journey to Chitwan. We will stay in a jungle resort inside the national park.

    • Accomodation: Jungle Lodge
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 13
    Activities in Chitwan National Park.

    There are so many fun activities in Chitwan National Park that one day is not enough. Elephant safari, jeep safari, watching wildlife, canoeing, mixing with indigenous people of the jungle – the options are so many that you will be spoilt for choice.

    • Accomodation: Jungle Lodge
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 14
    Drive to Nagarkot.

    We will leave for Nagarkot hill station in a tourist bus and it takes about six hours to get there. The weather and the scenic beauty of the place make Nagarkot the most popular hill surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot also offer best views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest and the Annapurna range.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 15
    Visit Changunarayan & transfer to Dhulikhel.

    The main reason for coming to Nagarkot is for viewing sunrise which, according to tourists, is an amazing sight. So after waking up early for the show, we drive downhill to visit the Changunarayan Temple, one of Kathmandu’s World Heritage Site. The temple is located on top of a hill and surrounded by a forest and is believed to be the oldest temple in Nepal. From there we drive to another hill station of Dhulikhel which offers equally good views and weather.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 16
    Drive back to Kathmandu.

    We return back to Kathmandu which is just a couple of hours of drive. We will make a stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on our way back. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 17
    Sightseeing at Bungmati, Khokana & Patan City.

    We will take you on a tour of three ancient and culturally rich neighborhoods around Kathmandu beginning with Bungmati. Bungmati is a traditional Newar village and is as much as 2,000 years old. The temple of god Machhindranath, the patron deity of the Kathmandu Valley, lies here, along with many other temples. Just adjacent to Bungmati is Khokana, which is often called a “living museum” as you will get the feel of being in medieval times (with paved streets, ponds, a network of drainage systems) as you pass the village. Towards the end of the day, we will visit the old city of Patan which has remained more or less the same since medieval times. Former royal palaces still stand in Patan while there are temples every 20 yards so there are plenty of things to see here.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 18
    Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

    We have nothing scheduled for this day so you can spend it by going sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing at your hotel. As this is you last day of the tour, we will host a farewell dinner in the evening.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 19
    Final departure.

    The day to return home has finally arrived. We will drop you to the airport.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Limbini on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is on us.
  • Sightseeing in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at guesthouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will also be taken care of.
  • Stay at a jungle lodge at Chitwan.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
  • Fees for entering Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers’ Information Management System card
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • Fully paid bus fares for all long distance travels. Other rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?
    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.
  • What happens after I land into Nepal?
    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.
  • In what physical condition do I need to be for the trip?
    A regular person can complete the trip with help from our guides and porters. But it is important that you are healthy and have no physical injuries. Trekking for long hours in high altitude and difficult terrain will surely put a strain on your body and you might suffer severe physical and mental breakdown, especially if you are trekking in the Himalayas for the first time. It is, therefore, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.
  • What will a tour with Mountain Kick involve?
    You will travel across Nepal in a group of fellow travellers escorted by trained and friendly guides.Your guide will take you to all the points of interest mentioned in the itinerary in private vehicles. You will have plenty of time in all sites to wander around, take pictures, learn and rest. We also arrange for interaction with the locals and mixing in the local culture.
  • Where will I be staying during the trip?
    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.
  • And food?
    Only breakfast is provided for during your travel and you have to purchase all other meals by yourself. You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.
  • How much help do I get during the trek?
    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.
  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?
    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Do I need to carry anything?
    You need not carry anything besides, maybe, your camera or iPod and some money (see below). But you might like to carry light snacks or bottled juice if you get hungry or thirsty during your travel from one destination to another.
  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customized trip for you.
  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?
    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook everyday.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.
  • Which is best time of the year to travel?
    Most of the trekking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.
  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?
    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company.
  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?
    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.
  • Can I use my credit cards?
    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.
  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?
    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).
  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?
    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.
  • How do I book a tour?
    Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

Equipment List

General

  • 2 season sleeping bag – one. (You can rent one sleeping bag and one down jacket for the entire trip from us for USD 25)
  • Spring down jacket – one. (You can rent one sleeping bag and one down jacket for the entire trip from us for USD 25)
  • Duffel – one. (We will provide you one complementary duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • 35-45 liter daypack – one.
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As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.

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