Small Group Nepal Tour Plus Everest Scenic Flight
Discover the stunning mountain ranges, spiritual people and pristine landscapes of Nepal on this once-in-a-lifetime 10-day small group tour (optional extension includes Bhutan). Immerse yourself in the country’s unspoilt beauty as you visit the stunning shrines of Kathmandu, canoe across the glistening waters of Phewa Lake and spot tigers, rhinos and crocodiles on a thrilling safari through Chitwan National Park. Experience the beauty of Mt Everest and the Annapurna ranges with a breathtaking scenic flight over their snow-capped peaks. All this plus nine nights of accommodation, daily breakfasts and other meals, internal flights and more.
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Take in some of the finest sights in the country in comfort on this 10-day, in-depth tour of Nepal. Discover the colour and magic of Kathmandu on a rickshaw ride through the lively Thamel district and Durbar Square, view the world's largest mountain range on an scenic flight over Mt Everest and the Himalayas, take a glimpse of medieval Nepal in Patan and Bhaktapur and keep a keen eye out for the elusive royal tiger on a jungle safari through Chitwan National Park.
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What You'll Love...
The Nature – Includes a private flight over the largest mountain range in the world, a beautiful sunrise over the Annapurna Ranges and a jungle safari adventure
Mt Everest is without a doubt one of the world’s most iconic mountains, and you’ll get a first-class view of this frozen giant in an exclusive scenic private flight. Soar over the rugged cliffs and snow-capped peaks of Everest and the surrounding Annapurna Ranges while enjoying views that the early explorers could only dream of.
Wild elephants, tigers and leopards come out to play in Chitwan National Park, one of Nepal’s most exciting and lush jungles. Keep an eye out for hundreds of exotic beasts on a breathtaking safari adventure as you enjoy jeep rides and sailing adventures to the best animal-spotting hideouts in the park.
Immerse yourself in the unspoilt beauty of Pokhara’s panoramic mountain views and tranquil lakeside scenery. See why this city is known as one of the most peaceful places on earth with a boat ride across the stunning Phewa Lake, watch an unbelievable sunrise over the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges and uncover the secret of the stunningly beautiful Devi’s Falls.
The Culture – Walk around scenic temples and discover the complex culture of Tibetan refugees
Spend a day visiting some of the world’s most ancient holy sites during your intoxicating visit to Kathmandu, a city where Buddhist and Hindu spiritualism meet in harmony. Discover the mysterious traditions behind the stupas and temples of Swayambunath, Pashupatinath and Boudnath, each full of colour and religious intrigue.
Travel through the gorgeous Kathmandu Valley to discover two ancient cities – Patan and Bhaktapur – where Nepal's medieval spirit still runs through the streets. Spot a beautiful selection of 16th-century Hindu buildings on visits to royal palaces and temples, then admire the rustic pagoda lines of the Nyapatola Temple – Bhaktapur's demon-warding landmark.
Tour Extension – Bhutan
Take an extended journey into the mystical ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ – Bhutan. On this extended four-day itinerary, you’ll travel with a local guide to learn more about Bhutanese incense makers and tailors, taste local spices over traditional dinners, drive past over 100 tiny monuments in Dochula Pass and stand in awe of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery – a crucial site to the Buddhists of Central Asia.
Your Package Includes
- 7 nights hotel accommodation, 2 nights jungle lodge & breakfast daily
- Welcome dinner at local restaurant in Kathmandu (Beverages are not included)
- 4 included Lunches & 4 included Dinners
- Dine on traditional Nepalese cuisine and enjoy a cultural show to celebrate and farewell your Nepal adventures (Beverages are not included)
- Internal flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara & Pokhara – Chitwan & scenic flight over Mt Everest.
- Included return flights from Kathmandu – Paro
- 11 nights hotel accommodation, 2 nights jungle lodge & breakfast daily
- 4 included Lunches & 4 included Dinners
- Entrance fee & sightseeing
Valid for select departure dates below:
24 March 2018 28 April 2018 8 September 2018 22 September 2018 20 October 2018 10 November 2018 24 November 2018
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
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Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$5-10 per person, per day is the industry standard).
Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.
Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details.
Maximum tour capacity is 20 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.
Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:
Hotel Ambassador, Kathmandu Atithi Resort & Spa, Pokhara Barahi Jungle Lodge, Chitwan Ariya Hotel, Thimpu Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro *
*Bhutan extension only
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.
Please note, connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.
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Additional expenses are not included.
Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
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Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
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DAY 1 – Kathmandu Welcome to Kathmandu! Full of colour, sights and sounds, this city is a feast for the senses. After arriving at the airport, you'll be met by a local representative before transferring to your hotel. From there, take an evening rickshaw ride through the city’s buzzing backstreets and laneways. Start in Thamel, where you’ll spot everything from pashminas to pastries in the local street markets. Not long after, arrive in Durbar Square – the city’s oldest market. Look at the spices and vegetables on sale or even sip some chai, then jump back in the rickshaw and return to your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 – Kathmandu With a reputation for being notoriously hard to climb, ascending the Himalayas and Mt Everest has long been a number one challenge for explorers worldwide. Everest itself has claimed many lives, but luckily you’ll get to see the top of the mountain without any of the risks. Start your day with a breathtaking private 50-minute flight above the world’s highest mountain range, watching the snow-capped peaks and jagged cliffs from the privacy of your plane. After touching down, depart in a tour bus and visit the ancient kingdoms of Patan and Bhaktapur, where medieval architecture still thrives in the rustic streets. Admire the Hindu–influenced buildings in Patan’s main square, then discover timeless Buddhist and Hindu artefacts in the city’s museum. From there, arrive at the ancient city of Bhaktapur and visit the demon-warding Nyatapola Temple.. Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3 – Pokhara Pokhara is more than just a launch point for discovering Nepal’s unspoilt nature – the city is also an incredible place to unwind and enjoy some of the country’s best scenery. As soon as you arrive at your hotel, you’ll savour lunch over a stunning view of Phewa Lake and the Himalayas as they sit majestically in the Pokhara Valley. From there, rest up until the evening when you'll take a dug-out canoe onto the calm waters of Phewa Lake. Keep paddling until you reach the colourful Tal Barahi Temple at the centre of the lake, built as a monument to the goddess Barahi. As the night edges in, paddle back to shore before returning to your hotel. Accommodation: Atithi Resort & Spa Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 – Pokhara It’s rumoured that Machapuchare, Mt Everest’s little cousin, has never been fully climbed – and for good reason too. The mountain is said to be home to Lord Shiva meaning humans are forbidden from climbing the peak. Travel to the foot of this sacred mountain where you’ll visit the International Mountain Museum and learn more about the local flora and fauna and the history of human expeditions through the region. Drive west to the Himalayan Deurali Resort, where you’ll enjoy a scenic lunch with panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain range. After lunch, take a trail walk past tiny local villages such as Gurung, Newards, Bisaw, Karma and Bramnas, learning more about life in rural Nepal as you wander with your guide. Accommodation: Atithi Resort & Spa Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 – Pokhara Travellers across the world flock to Pokhara for stunning sunrise views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges, which you’ll experience after an early start in the morning. Watch the stunning mountain colours change from a cool blue to a warm orange, then take a trip to the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee settlement for a look at a unique pocket of Tibetan culture. Visit the local Buddhist monastery for a traditional blessing from the honoured ‘Rinpoche’ or ‘blessed one’, then share breakfast with a Tibetan family as they talk about their life in exile. In the late afternoon, head just outside of Pokhara to Devi's Falls – a scenic cascade named in memory of a Swiss tourist. Accommodation: Atithi Resort & Spa Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6 – Chitwan After a relaxing morning, take a flight to the UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park - known as the 'Heart of the Jungle'. Chitwan National Park’s vibrant forests, marshes and grasslands are home to over 700 different animal species and travellers with a keen eye might be lucky enough to spot rhinos, deer, monkeys or even rare Royal Bengal tigers. You’ll begin your adventures through this UNESCO-listed reserve over a welcome drink and a short briefing session on the safari adventures to come. Travel from village to village, learning about local society and culture as you go. In the evening, learn about the history and wildlife of the park, giving you a better idea of what you might see during tomorrow’s game drives. Accommodation: Barahi Jungle Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 – Chitwan After enjoying a Nepalese breakfast at the lodge, meet your expert naturalist guide and drive into the open grasslands and thick jungle as you watch for countless birds, mammals and other exotic animals. Later, you’ll board a patela boat down the Rapti river. Watch for crocodiles, marsh muggers and gharials as they sunbake on the side of the river – and listen out for river birds as they call out through the jungle. End the day back at your lodge, where you’ll watch the local villagers perform a traditional Tharu dance. Accommodation: Barahi Jungle Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 – Kathmandu After a morning of free time, take a short flight to Kathmandu. Relax at the hotel, or wander down the road to the Keiser Mahal – a historic building with a peaceful garden out front. There’s also several cafes in the area, or the extravagant Narayanhiti Palace Museum where the country’s royal jewels are displayed. Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9 – Kathmandu Embark on a full day sightseeing tour to three of Kathmandu’s most important shrines – Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Start off at Swayambhunath, the ‘Monkey Temple’, known as the oldest shrine in the world. This temple sits high on a legendary hill where Manjushri, an important Buddhist icon, discovered a lotus in an enormous lake. The four sides of the temple are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha and represent unity, wisdom and compassion. Next, head to Pashupatinath: the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. Tens of thousands of pilgrims travel from Nepal and India each year during the festival of Maha Shivaratri to pay homage to Lord Shiva. Continue to Boudhanath, said to be the world’s largest Buddhist stupa. Spot the Buddhist monasteries around the base of the stupa, each dedicated to the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Enjoy a farewell dinner of Nepalese cuisine in the evening at Utsav restaurant, loved for its curry and sweet rice wines. Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 – Tour Ends Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
Optional Extension Itinerary – Bhutan
DAY 10 – Thimphu Start the day with a transfer to airport, then fly to Bhutan – the magical ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Bhutan is one of the few countries on earth to never be colonised. As a result, the country still retains a proudly Buddhist identity and many of its legendary temples and monuments stand intact. Arrive at Paro International Airport and meet with your guide, then take a scenic drive past mountains, rivers and fields en route to the capital, Thimphu. Take a tour of Nado, a producer of Bhutan’s best traditional incenses, then admire colourfully woven clothes at the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre. After dinner with the rest of your group, the evening is yours to explore Thimphu. Accommodation: Ariya Hotel Meals: Lunch & Dinner
DAY 11 – Punakha After breakfast, drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass as you enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas and the pass' famous 108 chortens, which sit quietly on a nearby hill. The chortens were constructed by the Queen Mother of Bhutan in order to provide safety and wellbeing to her husband, the King of Bhutan. Continue to Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, a temple built in honour of the fourth king of Bhutan. The temple’s architecture hides details that tell a story of a supreme warrior, blessed with the ability to see into the future. Accommodation: Dhensa Boutique Resort Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 12 – Paro Drive to Paro and visit the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the ‘Tigers Nest’. This amazing piece of architecture was built on a vertical cliff face sitting 2950 metres above sea level, and represents the site where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours during his quest to bring Buddhism to Bhutan. Choose to either stay at the foot of the monastery, or join a two-hour hike for better views of the monastery. Once you return to Paro, visit the fortress monastery of Rinpung Dzong where local parliament often gathers. It’s also an excellent example of 15th-century architecture and one of the most impressive buildings in all Bhutan. At the end of the day, take an evening walk around the outskirts of Paro for an insight into Bhutanese life. Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 13 – Kathmandu Say farewell to Bhutan as you board your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet up with your leader and transfer back to your hotel. From here, enjoy a final day in Kathmandu at your own pace. Enjoy some last-minute souvenir shopping in Thamel, take some photos of the temples and towers of Durbar Square or relax in the Garden of Dreams before enjoying a final dinner with your new friends. Accommodation: Hotel Ambassador Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 14 – Kathmandu Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Meals: Breakfast
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