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Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Essence of Nepal

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,935 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore ancient cities and national parks in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya


  • Let guided tours and scenic flights introduce you to ancient temples, thronging bazaars and snow-capped mountain peaks
  • Track rhinos and tigers as you explore the wild jungle habitats of the Chitwan National Park
  • Unwind in Pokhara's lakeside idyll as sunrise jaunts and scenic boat tours reveal its magnificent Annapurna backdrop

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Kathmandu
  • 3 Nights Chitwan National Park
  • 2 Nights Pokhara
  • 1 Night Kathmandu


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | City | History & culture | Natural world

Explore Himalayan peaks, medieval towns, ancient temples and tiger-padded parks - all without the need to strap on your hiking boots. You'll begin in the capital, Kathmandu, whose energetic jumble of rickshaw-choked streets, gilded stupas and royal palaces offers the perfect introduction to this enigmatic country. Take it all in on a guided city tour before a scenic flight takes you soaring past Mount Everest's storied summit. Your next stop is the Royal Chitwan National Park, where jungle treks and elephant safaris might bring you face-to-face with the region's wildlife, including rhinos and rare Bengal tigers. Finish off in Pokhara, a sleepy lakeside town nestled in the shadows of the snow-capped Annapurnas.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart the UK

Leave London an overnight flight to the Nepalese capital.

Days 2-3

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your chosen hotel. Then, head out on a city tour to explore the capital, where bustling markets and thronging rickshaws set the scene for hidden temples and gilded stupas. Begin with a hop across the Bagmati River to Patan; one of the Kathmandu Valley's three ancient cities, it's a treasure trove of fine arts and Buddhist and Hindu culture. Then, summit the hill to Swayambunath to see its resident monks spin prayer wheels as monkeys play in the trees of its forested surrounds.  

The next day you'll rise early for an unforgettable scenic flight past Mount Everest's windswept summit before lunch and an afternoon tour of Bhaktapur. Known for its medieval art and architecture, highlights here include its Durbar Square, home to the multi-tiered Nayatapola Temple, Nepal's National Art Gallery and a host of ornately carved monuments.

Stay: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu (Superior) or Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 4-6
Royal Chitwan National Park

Drive south to the Royal Chitwan National Park, a World heritage site whose lush grasslands and dense forests hide royal Bengal tigers and one-horned Indian rhinos. Over three memorable days, you'll ride elephants, paddle canoes down remote jungle streams, join guided birdwatching tours and set out on nature walks as you explore Chitwan's unique biodiversity. 

Stay: Kasara Jungle Resort (Superior) Meghauli Serai (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 7-8

Leave Chitwan for a five-hour drive north to Pokhara on the shores of Phewa Lake. Idyllically positioned in the shadow of the Himalayan Annapurnas, and with the perfect pyramid of Mt Machhapuchare as its backdrop, Pokhara's views are unsurpassed. Add in a thronging bazaar and a slew of adventure activities and you'll see why it's one of Nepal's most appealing destinations.

If you choose to stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, the following morning you'll head to the nearby mountain village of Sarangkot to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas before returning to Pokhara for a scenic boat ride on Phewa Lake and a guided tour of the town's Old Bazaar and Bahari Temple. For guests at Tiger Mountain Lodge, the same sun rise views can be enjoyed from the comforts of your hotel while the afternoon is given over to relaxation or an optional walking tour. Lunch and dinner, along with a selection of activities including birdwatching tours and expert-led day hikes are included at our Deluxe option only.

Stay: Temple Tree Resort & Spa (Standard) Tiger Mountain Lodge (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 9

Fly from Pokhara back to Kathmandu where a final city tour will first introduce you to the fluttering prayer flags of Boudhanath Stupa before you head to the riverside temple of Pashupatinath to see sadhus and other devotees make offerings to Lord Shiva as cremations take place on the ghats that line the riverbank. The following morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you'll transfer to Kathmandu airport in time for your onward flight.

Stay: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu (Superior) or Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 10

Depart Kathmandu on a day flight to the UK

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior Deluxe

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,935 incl. flights


Low Season

from £2,935 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,970 pp. incl. flights


  • UK complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Private airport transfers with meet & greet service
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a full-board basis
  • Private touring
  • Mount Everest flight
  • National Park fees in Chitwan and all other entrance fees

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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