This short tour is designed as a “first taste” of Nepal: showcasing the cultural landmarks in two cities and an 80km landscape panorama of the Himalayan giants north of Pokhara.
Despite the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in Kathmandu, we still have much to offer that will show you the richness of our architectural, spiritual and cultural history. We have been shaken by the recent events, but the spirit, warmth and friendliness of our welcome remains, everywhere, sincere. Enjoy our cuisine and revel in the diversity of our ethnic, linguistic and spiritual diversity.
Be awed by the ‘chaotic nature’ of the multi-layered traffic on our roads (people, hand and motor vehicles – and animals) all vying for the limited space – but with patience and acceptance.
Spend a day visiting five of the Kathmandu Valley’s World Heritage Sites: Swayambhunath (the “monkey temple”); the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art and architecture; Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
Take an early morning flight along the Himalayan chain (sit on the right of the plane) to the holiday playground of Pokhara. The city nestles between lovely Lake Phewa and the 50km Annapurna Range to the north.
Visit the main sites in and around the city; Nepal’s only Mountain Museum; the Tibetan Refugee Centre with displays of Tibetan crafts including Buddhist icons and carpets. Watch sunset from the Peace Pagoda on the lake and enjoy a panoramic Himalayan sunrise from the hill village of Sarangkot (showcasing three of the world’s fourteen 8 000m peaks).
After breakfast at the hotel, return to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free
Day 01: Arrival: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: A Day in the City: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour OR A day at leisure. Trek preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), Pokhara Valley Sightseeing Tour, 25 min flight
Day 04: Sarangkot sunrise drive, Pokhara – Kathmandu, 25 min flight
Day 05: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.
Day 01: Arrival: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)
After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free. Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities. Overnight at hotel. Y E S – all treks
Day 02: A Day in the City: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing OR A Day at Leisure
Sadly, many of our architectural treasures were damaged in the recent earthquakes: but these sites still have much to offer.
Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple”; the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art and architecture, plus the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara, Pokhara Valley Sightseeing Tour, 25 min flight
Today we explore this holiday playground. Visit Devi’s waterfall and Shiva’s Cave. Explore Nepal’s only Mountain Museum. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre; to explore their lifestyle and the manufacture of their typical handicrafts. Walk, 1hr, to the Peace Pagoda for sunset, drive back to hotel. Evening free. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 04: Sarangkot sunrise drive, Pokhara –Kathmandu, 25 min flight
After a pre-sunrise call, drive to the hill village of Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the High Himalaya. Over 80km of the range will be on display from Dhaulagiri (highest peak in western Nepal), across the 50km Annapurna Range to mighty Manaslu in the east. Three of the fourteen 8 000m/26 250ft peaks at the turn of the head! The sun rises between the eastern Annapurnas and Manaslu. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free.
Day 05: Final Departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.