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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, encounter Pokhara beneath spectacular snow-capped peaks, and search for endemic wildlife in Chitwan National Park. Nepal will leave you speechless at every turn.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$4,135
Number of Days
9
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Kathmandu
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.
Day 2: Kathmandu
After breakfast this 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 gs 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.
Day 3: Nagarkot
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. Explore three of the most important squares, Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Pottery Square, before continuing to Nagarkot, where you'll 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.
Day 4: Pokhara
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.
Day 5: Pokhara
Start the day with a visit to Sarangkot Viewpoint for a sunrise over the snowcapped Himalayan peaks, from the Annapurna Ranges to Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre). Your leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the inspiring landscape as you marvel at the sweeping vistas. Then head 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. After some time at the museum, 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.
Day 6: Chitwan National Park
After breakfast, make the morning drive to Chitwan and arrive at your Feature Stay accommodation for the next two nights, Barahi Jungle Lodge. Perfectly positioned on the banks of the Rapti River, opposite Chitwan National Park, this jungle oasis offers first-class service and naturally warm Nepali hospitality. After settling in, there’s some flexibility with activities in the afternoon, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. In the late afternoon, you might like to make your way down to the Rapti River and enjoy a cool beverage and snacks 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 with a delicious group dinner this evening. Feel a world away from it all while the chirping of crickets serenades your dinner and you swap stories with your fellow travellers.
Day 7: Chitwan National Park
After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning dugout can 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, set out on a late afternoon safari - an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. 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.
Day 8: Kathmandu
Enjoy breakfast at the resort before driving 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.
Day 9: Kathmandu
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.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Plane, Jeep, Canoe.
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Chitwan Feature Stay (2 nights).
  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner.
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer.
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square.
  • Kathmandu - Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Kathmandu - Thangka Painting Studio Visit.
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple.
  • Bhaktapur - Leader-led walking tour.
  • Nagarkot - Sunset local cocktail at Club Himalaya (one drink included).
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women.
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip.
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda.
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch.
  • Pokhara - International Mountain Museum.
  • Pokhara - Sarangkot Viewpoint.
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour.
  • Chitwan - Sunset Snacks by Rapti River.
  • Chitwan - Private bush dinner (on hotel grounds).
  • Chitwan - Canoe Safari.
  • Chitwan - Jeep Safari Tour.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
10 Mar 2024 18 Mar 2024 4 $4,180
17 Mar 2024 25 Mar 2024 4 $4,136
31 Mar 2024 08 Apr 2024 2 $5,010
07 Apr 2024 15 Apr 2024 5 $4,383
14 Apr 2024 22 Apr 2024 5 $4,383
28 Apr 2024 06 May 2024 3 $4,825
05 May 2024 13 May 2024 8 $4,420
08 Sep 2024 16 Sep 2024 9 $4,420
22 Sep 2024 30 Sep 2024 4 $4,510
29 Sep 2024 07 Oct 2024 8 $4,420
02 Oct 2024 10 Oct 2024 8 $4,645
06 Oct 2024 14 Oct 2024 9 $4,595
09 Oct 2024 17 Oct 2024 12 $4,775
13 Oct 2024 21 Oct 2024 8 $4,775
16 Oct 2024 24 Oct 2024 8 $4,775
20 Oct 2024 28 Oct 2024 11 $4,775
23 Oct 2024 31 Oct 2024 12 $4,595
27 Oct 2024 04 Nov 2024 10 $4,595
03 Nov 2024 11 Nov 2024 12 $4,420
06 Nov 2024 14 Nov 2024 3 $4,640
10 Nov 2024 18 Nov 2024 9 $4,420
20 Nov 2024 28 Nov 2024 11 $4,420
02 Mar 2025 10 Mar 2025 10 $4,640
09 Mar 2025 17 Mar 2025 12 $4,640
16 Mar 2025 24 Mar 2025 12 $4,640
23 Mar 2025 31 Mar 2025 12 $4,640
30 Mar 2025 07 Apr 2025 12 $4,825
06 Apr 2025 14 Apr 2025 12 $4,825
13 Apr 2025 21 Apr 2025 12 $5,010
20 Apr 2025 28 Apr 2025 12 $5,010
27 Apr 2025 05 May 2025 12 $4,825
04 May 2025 12 May 2025 12 $4,825
07 Sep 2025 15 Sep 2025 12 $4,640
21 Sep 2025 29 Sep 2025 12 $4,640
28 Sep 2025 06 Oct 2025 12 $4,640
01 Oct 2025 09 Oct 2025 12 $4,640
05 Oct 2025 13 Oct 2025 12 $4,640
08 Oct 2025 16 Oct 2025 12 $4,825
12 Oct 2025 20 Oct 2025 12 $4,825
15 Oct 2025 23 Oct 2025 12 $5,010
19 Oct 2025 27 Oct 2025 12 $5,010
22 Oct 2025 30 Oct 2025 12 $5,010
26 Oct 2025 03 Nov 2025 12 $5,010
29 Oct 2025 06 Nov 2025 12 $5,010
02 Nov 2025 10 Nov 2025 12 $5,010
09 Nov 2025 17 Nov 2025 12 $5,010
16 Nov 2025 24 Nov 2025 12 $4,825
19 Nov 2025 27 Nov 2025 12 $4,825
30 Nov 2025 08 Dec 2025 12 $4,825