A country brimming with natural and cultural wonders, Nepal will dazzle you with unforgettable experiences and encounters. From humbling views of Mount Everest to feeding elephants and spotting tigers in the jungle, our travel itinerary introduces you to the truly unique character of this special country.Enquire Now
Against a breathtaking backdrop of misty mountainscapes, golden temples shimmer in the soft morning sun, prayer flags flicker in the wind and villages bustle with the motion of local life. A country shrouded in mystery and magic, Nepal is a paradise for curious travellers looking to immerse themselves in a bewitchingly different environment. Home to Mount Everest, this destination has long attracted adventurers who come to tackle this mountaineering challenge but today, holiday go-ers are finally waking up to the wealth of cultural and natural wonders that this vibrant multi-ethnic country has to offer.
From monkey temples in Kathmandu to cutting grass with elephants in the jungle, our ten night travel itinerary to Nepal invites you to marvel at the dazzling sights of this special destination.
Upon arrival into Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur who will take you to your hotel during your stay in the capital.
The gateway to the Himalayas, Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal and the first destination on your itinerary. Your time here will be spent experiencing the unique melange of cultures influenced by religion and the landlocked country’s two neighbours, India and China. From the visitor-friendly Thamel neighbourhood to the more peaceful and affluent borough of Lazimpat, Kathmandu offers diverse pockets, each with their own unique personalities, where you can witness the ever-present optimism and beauty of Nepal.
As you wander the winding streets of Kathmandu, you’ll notice a tangible sense of spirituality in the air. The city and its surrounding area is home to hundreds of holy sites and temples that attract visitors who come to admire their beauty, and locals who come to worship and pray. The largest of these holy sites is the Pushupatinath Temple, a sacred complex situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the 5th century and today is a place of great reverence for practicing Hindus. From here, walk thirty minutes northwards where you will find the largest stupa in the country and one of the largest in the world, Boudhanath Stupa. With painted eyes pointing in every direction, the imposing monument looks over the surrounding village. Watch as locals come to offer their prayers and holy men sit peacefully in its shadows, their faces painted in traditional Hindu custom.
With its Sanskrit name ‘Lalitpur’ translating to ‘City of Beauty’, Patan is a prominent cultural site in the country and home to Dunbar Square, a collection of temples, monasteries and palaces, some of which date back to as early as the 3rd century. For a magical experience, come early to enjoy the peace before the crowds descend, or embrace the magnetic spiritualism of the square and visit right before sunset, joining the local Newari people as they sit, drink tea and watch the sunset glow reflect off the gold-plated structures.
Perched on a hillock in Kathmandu Valley sits Swyabhunath Stupa, an ancient collection of shrines and temples boasting panoramic views of the city below. One of the holiest Buddhist stupas in the country, the majestic white dome is believed to be over 2000 years old and is surrounded by wondrous temples, shrines and prayer wheels creating a spectacular complex of holy structures and monuments. Also known to tourists as the ‘Monkey Temple’, be sure to watch out for the hundreds of furry visitors who scamper across the grounds. Here, you will also be able to explore surrounding markets where you can pick up wood carvings and other examples of the local craftsmanship – perfect souvenirs to bring back home.
While Nepal certainly has more to offer than Mount Everest, it would be remiss to visit without seeing this remarkable spectacle. Wake up before sunrise one morning and begin your Everest helicopter tour. You will fly east from the capital towards the Sherpa village of Lukla. The starting point for many who dare to embark on the treacherous climb, there is a pervading sense of anticipation and excitement here. Once you have refueled, you will fly over extraordinary snowcapped mountains as you pass Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glacier until you come to Base Camp. Enjoy breakfast with a view at the Everest View Hotel in Syanboche before returning to Kathmandu.
Synonymous with the world-famous Gurkhas, the Khukuri blade has become a symbol of Nepalese tradition. The weapon is a prime example of the outstanding craftsmanship in the country and during your stay in Kathmandu, you will be invited to meet with a local blacksmith at his workshop where you will learn about the significance and process of making these unique inward blades. Why not put your own blacksmith skills to the test? If you would like to try your hand at making a Khukuri yourself, our bookings team would be delighted to arrange this for you.
On the fourth morning of your journey, you will be driven to Bharatpur airport where you will board a domestic flight to Chitwan National Park. A departure from the mountainous surroundings of Kathmandu, at Chitwan you will be entering jungle territory where rhinos and Bengal tigers run free. Here at lower altitudes, you will spend the next three days getting up close and personal with some of Nepal’s most majestic wildlife.
During your stay in Chitwan, you will be sharing your home with some of the country’s most special residents – the elephants. A pioneer in environmentally responsible tourism, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge prides itself in connecting visitors from around the world with memorable wildlife experiences that they can cherish forever. With a strong focus on conservation, the lodge has a dedicated Elephant Camp that is committed to improving elephant welfare in the area. Made up of only 12 rooms and nine safari tents nestled between the fragrant mango trees, the boutique lodge offers guests an intimate and authentically Nepalese experience within the stunning surroundings.
Unlike other lodges in the country that offer ethically-questionable experiences such as elephant-back safaris, Tiger Tops is committed to ensuring that every encounter has the elephants wellbeing at heart. In place of these superficial activities, the naturalists at the Elephant Camp invite guests to really get to know the elephants through thoughtful experiences. If you would like the full immersive elephant experience, our team would be delighted to organise for one or two of your nights to be spent in one of the six safari tents on the campsite. Here, you will get to know the natural rhythm of the herd’s daily life. Join the mahouts as they take the elephants out to the surrounding jungle where they will graze and cut grass. You’ll be shown how to prepare their favourite snacks – elephant ‘sandwiches’ made from molasses, chickpeas, salt, straw– which you will feed them by hand, and learn from experienced experts about the relationship between these beasts, their carers and the surrounding environments. In the evening, enjoy sundowners by the river as you watch the elephants cool down and bathe in the Narayani river.
During your stay at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, you will be invited to embark on many safaris led by expert naturalists who will teach you about the local fauna and flora. While the jeep safaris will take you into the depth of the jungle where you will look out for the elusive royal Bengal tigers and horned rhinoceros, the safaris on foot will bring you closer to the smaller animals and insects of the region. With a total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of bird and 126 species of fish recorded in the park, Chitwan is rich in diverse natural splendours that you will be introduced too. One evening, embark on an exhilarating river safari in a hand carved boat. As you cruise down the Narayani or Karnali river, look our for the endangered Gharial crocodile or the camouflaging marsh-mugger crocodile.
After three full days immersing yourself in Nepalese jungle life, it’s time to say goodbye to the big friendly giants and fly back to Kathmandu. The exhilarating treks and safaris will leave you feeling in need of some rest and rejuvenation so prepare to close your adventure with three nights focusing on nothing but yourself.
Rooted in a combination of Vedic philosophy and Buddhist medicine, the Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel encourages visitors to focus on enhancing their wellbeing from a holistic perspective. Here, looking out onto humbling views of the Himalayan mountain range, it isn’t difficult to see the natural harmony between humans and nature. With a healing Himalayan Rock Salt House, meditation maze, chakra sound chambers and specialist treatments using locally-grown medicinal herbs, the wellness resort is fully equipped to help you find your balance and inner peace.
Should you wish, our team can arrange for you to begin your stay here with a consultation with the resort’s Ayurvedic doctor and naturopathy expert. From these meetings, they will be able to diagnoses your prominent dosha (ayurvedic energy) and advise on a treatment and exercise plan best suited to you. As well as the traditional mindful activities such as yoga and meditation, the resort also offers cultural immersion experiences such as cooking classes where you will learn to make Nepalese dumplings (momos), and therapeutic art and pottery classes.
After finding balance in the hills of Kathmandu, it’s time to bring this Nepalese adventure to a close. Enjoy a final sunrise yoga class and wholesome breakfast before gathering your belongings and checking out. Before you return to the real world, take time to reflect on the mind-shifting experiences of the journey and carry with you the humbling spirituality that lies at the heart of this wonderful country.