Countless connections and perspectives

Intoxicating views and celestial natural beauty frame this Himalayan journey of rejuvenation. Revered temples and soaring mountains set the stage for a transformative adventure through ancient civilizations, myths and legends. Travel through rural villages, mountain towns and national parks. Laced with authentic connections, we’ll get closer to the people living here. Meet locals — like a wellness doctor who will teach us about ancient treatments.

Highlights

  • View Mount Everest from the sky on a sightseeing flight

  • Hike down from the World Peace Pagoda to a boat ride in Pokhara

  • Explore Kathmandu by rickshaw

  • Connect with Tibetan refugees

  • Explore Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Itinerary for Nepal

Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Your included transfer will bring you to our hotel. This evening, gather with our Local Leader and fellow adventurers for a welcome meeting. Later, explore Kathmandu by rickshaw, a popular way for locals and visitors to move about the city.

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Manaslu

Day 2: Kathmandu

A short flight over Mount Everest — the world’s tallest mountain — offers mesmerizing views of the country’s immense snow-capped mountains. Form authentic connections through a profound visit to Seven Women, a social enterprise working to help disadvantaged women in Nepal become educated and employed. Later, you decide how the day unfolds. Choose from a cooking class at Seven Women, where we learn about the traditional Nepali dishes. Or, hike up to Nagi Gompa — a nunnery sitting high above Kathmandu — renowned for its training of classical Buddhist philosophy. Nuns from around the Himalayan region come here for serene studies and reflection.  (b) 

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Manaslu

Day 3: Kathmandu > Pokhara

We fly today to spectacular Pokhara — also known as “the jewel of the Himalaya”— and the gateway to a popular trail there. A visit to the International Mountain Museum and the World Peace Pagoda recounts a journey through the long history of mountaineering and the indigenous people of this region. After viewing the Pagoda — a monument designed to inspire world peace — we’ll hike down to the city’s lake for a tranquil boat ride. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Pokhara: Fish Tail Lodge

Day 4: Pokhara

We venture to Sarangkot — a beautiful mountainside village, where the peaks of the Himalayas soar in the background. Local character and traditions come alive today as we hear stories of surviving in exile from Tibetan refugees — and learn about ancient wellness treatments from a Tibetan doctor. The evening is yours to relax in the serene environment around us. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Pokhara: Fish Tail Lodge

Day 5: Pokhara > Bandipur

In Bandipur — an ancient Newari mountain town — we’ll get introduced to a region untouched by modernization. Laced with temples and historical architecture, we’ll explore this preserved medieval town on a guided walking tour. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Bandipur: The Old Inn

Day 6: Bandipur

Discover the beauty of rural Nepal today with a leisurely hike through Muchuk Village — to the village of Ramkot. Ramkot is a typical Magar village and offers us an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of rural Nepal. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Bandipur: The Old Inn

Day 7: Bandipur > Chitwan

Spend the day in Chitwan National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — recognized for its protection of the one-horned rhinoceros. Our lodge has a variety of activity options. Personalize your adventure with bird watching, canoeing or a jungle drive. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort

Day 8: Chitwan

In this agricultural district, farmers cultivate crops of rice, maize, lentils and mustard. Rich in flora and fauna, a nature walk would be an ideal activity here. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to visit the Crocodile Conservation Awareness Project, where the endangered crocodile eggs are hatched, raised and released into the rivers. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort

Day 9: Chitwan > Kathmandu > Bhaktapur

We fly back to Kathmandu today and transfer to the city of Bhaktapur, also known as the City of Devotees. Preserved palace courtyards sit among the city center, which is listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy time to connect with this city’s rich culture by visiting the array of striking temples and palaces; or, engage with locals who gather among the narrow streets to mingle and showcase their handicrafts. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Bhaktapur: Hotel Heritage Malla

Day 10: Bhaktapur > Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, explore the Thamel district, where artists claimed this neighborhood decades ago. Later, dinner and a cultural dance culminates our Himalayan experience. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Manaslu

Day 11: Kathmandu

Our Nepalese adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Departure transfers are included on a group basis. Your Local Leader will assist with scheduling the departure based on the group’s overall flight schedules.

Things to know before traveling to Nepal

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR).

ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.

The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.

FOOD

Generally you can eat very cheaply in Nepal. There is a great choice of restaurants and street stalls serving traditional and local food. In bigger restaurants in areas frequented by more tourists there is a choice between Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Western style food.

Nepal caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section of the menu. If in doubt please check with your tour leader.

Your tour leader will be able to direct you towards restaurants that are known to have better hygiene, especially in tourist areas where they are travelling with our groups regularly

Some tips that will help you stay well when eating in Nepal include.

– Stick to restaurants and street stalls busy with locals – local families eating there are a good bet.
– Wash your hands before eating (most restaurants will have a hand basin or bathroom)  or use a sanitising hand gel
– give yourself a few days to get used to local food, especially spicy food.
– if in doubt,  stick to the veg meal
– avoid salads and peel fruit to avoid eating skin that may be washed in local water
– steer clear of ice unless in higher end restaurants
– drink more chai, eat more mo-mo’s

GENERAL DESTINATION NOTES

Outside of the main towns Nepal can be a quiet place, with few “tourist” attractions and options for organised activities. There is plenty of time for your own exploration or relaxation. Don’t expect each day to be action packed, but be ready to seek out your own, more simple cultural experiences.

There are some long travel days on roads that seem to be permanently under construction. What looks like a short distance on a map can take an inexplicably long time to complete. Plenty of patience (and maybe some good podcasts at the ready) will go a long way toward your enjoyment of the journey.

MONSOON SEASON:
Between June and August, it is monsoon season in Nepal. If you do choose to travel during this time, please note that you will encounter wet conditions and obscured views. Flights in the itinerary are also more likely to be delayed due to the weather.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

NEPAL:
All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:

– Multi entry visa valid for 15 days – US$25
– Multi entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40
– Multi entry visa valid for 90 days – US$100

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Medical treatment is expensive at western travellers’ clinics in Nepal. Healthcare is poor in most places outside the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara. It may be difficult to get rapid helicopter evacuation if you fall ill or suffer a serious accident in a remote area of the country. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, repatriation and evacuation by helicopter.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Nepal

Pre-Night Add-ons

KATHMANDU - $115 USD per room, double occupancy or $105 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

KATHMANDU - $115 USD per room, double occupancy or $105 single occupancy


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

11 days, from $2,299 USD