This short Budget tour will give you a brief introduction to “Nepal south of the Himalayan chain.” Explore the landmarks in two of our major cities. The road journey between them will introduce you to rural, agricultural, Nepal: its Middle Hill forested scenery and glimpses of the high Himalaya to the north.
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.
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 tourist bus westwards to the holiday playground of Pokhara; which nestles between Lake Phewa and the 50km Annapurna Range to the north.
Visit the main sites in and around the city including; 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.
Enjoy a panoramic Himalayan sunrise from the hill village of Sarangkot (showcasing three of the world’s fourteen 8 000m peaks). Return to the hotel for breakfast before boarding a tourist bus for the return drive to Kathmandu; and your hotel. Rest of day free. (A return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu can be arranged should you not wish to drive both ways.)
Day 01Arrival: 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), 6-7 hrs drive
Day 04:A day in and around the city: Pokhara Valley Sightseeing Tour
Day 05:Sarangkot sunrise drive, Pokhara –Kathmandu, 6-7 hrs drive
Day 06: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.
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. , introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities. Overnight at hotel.
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.)
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara along the Prithvi Raimarg which offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery and along major rivers such as the Trisuli Nadi, which rises in Tibet north east of Kathmandu. The route passes through the lower Gorkha region (beneath Manaslu), south of the epicentre of the first of the recent earthquakes. The famed Gurkha Regiments began here. (Sit on the right for the best views!)
On arrival in Pokhara, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free to explore the waterfront.
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. Drive to the Peace Pagoda for sunset. Overnight at your hotel.
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 drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.
Prem is a wonderful Nepalese man living in Kathmandu who can arrange all your Nepal vacation needs from your accommodations, transport, itinerary suggestions to being your actual trekking guide. He is experienced, speaks English, patient, reliable and a man of integrity. I am a single women traveller and he made sure I was well taken care of and safe at all times. I would recommend him for all solo travelers to feel safe with. He even invited me to lunch with his lovely family in their home. Please use this man for all your trekking needs
25th Apr, 2022
My husband and I spent 7 days in Nepal, we did a trekking to Poon Hill , day tour in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Prem arranged everything for us as well as a porter during trekking. Excellent view from guesthouse and delicious food. We spent our precious moment on Poon Hill for the amazing sunshine reflected on snow mountains. Day tours in the city were good too, we explored the tradition of Nepalese, not much site in our cultural tour was affected by the earthquake in April.
Nepal is definitely a lovely place that made us relax as much as we want. Things are in low price with very good service. We decided to revisit again next year.
25th Apr, 2022