Simply Nepal

After much debate here at Selective Asia HQ we’ve agreed that our Simply itineraries are the perfect in-depth introduction to a country. They showcase the country’s main highlights and ensure you don't miss a thing. Simple!

Beginning in the atmospheric capital of Kathmandu, our Simply Nepal itinerary explores the city’s significant sacred sites before moving on to Chitwan National Park, which is home to rare wildlife and indigenous tribespeople. From the lowlands to the highlands: next stop is picturesque Pokhara which sits at the foot of the mighty Annapurnas. Time to relax and reflect on your journey before returning to Kathmandu for one final night.
Highlights
  • Grab a street-side seat in a Kathmandu teahouse and watch local life unfold around you.
  • Search out the endangered one-horn rhino in Chitwan National Park.
  • Visit the most important, holiest temples in Nepal.
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Kathmandu - 3 nights

Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The airport is close to the city centre, but traffic can make the journey a little slow, especially in peak hours.

The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is an assault on the senses: the smell of incense mingles with pungent spices and scooter exhaust; merchants shout to make themselves heard above the sound of motorbike horns; cars and cows share the streets which are lined with ancient temples alongside internet cafes. Be prepared for a sensory overload!

Whilst the 2015 earthquake brought devastation to much of Nepal and major damage to Kathmandu, the country’s spirit endures and the rebuilding is underway at a pace in the capital.

The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 - Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Durbar Square

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Spend the day exploring Kathmandu’s sacred sites.

First stop of the day is Pashupatinath Temple, one of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, it is the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Each year hundreds of Hindu pilgrims gather here, especially the sick and elderly who believe that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as human and wish their bodies to be cremated at the funeral pyres that line the banks of this sacred river. Only followers of Hinduism are permitted to enter the main temple, but it is possible to visit the rest of the temple complex.

Your next stop is the Boudhanath Stupa, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It’s a popular place of pilgrimage and buzzes with activity from dawn until dusk. Four pairs of eyes stare out from the base of the gilded spire which sits atop the great white dome; coloured prayer flags flutter in the wind. Join the endless streams of monks, pilgrims and locals as they stroll (in a clockwise direction) around the base of the stupa to gain merit.

Before you feel templed-out, head back into the city to Durbar Square for a walking tour. Durbar means palace and it is on this site that the city’s kings were crowned and from where they ruled. Many of the surrounding buildings date back to the 18th century (some even older) and it still remains the traditional heart of the capital.

The labyrinth of lanes that lead off from the square are lined with shrines and temples; teahouses and markets. Your guide will point out places of significant interest, such as Hanuman Dhoka - Kathmandu’s Royal Palace, and the intricately carved Kumari Chowk which is home to the young Kumari (living goddess).

After some time losing yourself amongst the alleyways, return to your hotel where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3 - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Dhulikhel

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Head out of Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, one of the three former royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley (the other two being Kathmandu & Patan) and home to some of the finest religious architecture in Nepal.

Sadly, many of the ancient buildings were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake however the city still boasts more temples than neighbouring Kathmandu and there is plenty to see.

Wander through the maze of narrow streets and you will see evidence of Bhaktapur’s rich cultural heritage: courtyards are filled with fired clay pots, women sit weaving cloth and craftsmen carefully chisel timber into furniture and statues.

Take lunch at Khowpa Chhen: a Newari-style guest house that oozes charm and heritage. The rooftop restaurant serves Nepali cuisine accompanied by impressive views over Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square and the surrounding hills.

After lunch, drive on to the ancient Newari town of Dhulikhel, which was once an important stop along the trade route to Tibet. Whilst some areas of Dhulikhel have succumb to modernisation, the old town is well preserved and features some fine (original) examples of traditional Newari architecture with its ornate wood carvings. Dhulikhel also enjoys impressive panoramic views of the high Himalaya peaks.

After a stroll around the old town return to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Chitwan National Park - 2 nights

Day 4 - Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Chitwan National Park, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

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Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur, in the south, where you will be met by your guide and driven to your lodge on the outskirts of Chitwan National Park, a journey of approximately one hour.

Established in 1973, Chitwan is Nepal’s flagship National Park and covers an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometres at the foot of the Himalayas. Recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, its’ forest, grassland and rivers are home to over 65 species of mammal, 120+ types of fish, and more than 500 species of bird, which is one of the highest concentrations of birds in the world. Stars of the show are the endangered one-horned rhino, which you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting; however, the Bengal tigers that lurk deep in the park’s jungle are considerably more elusive.

There will be plenty of time to relax and settle into your lodge, before embarking on your afternoon activity.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is unique in that there is no fixed programme. On arrival, one of the lodge team will talk you through the available activity options and personalise your programme according to your preferences. Wildlife spotting can be enjoyed by boat along the Narayani River, by open-top jeep, and on foot through the jungle, which is a particularly exhilarating experience. The lodge naturalists have recorded over 300 species of bird in the surrounding habitats and you can also join them on a bird-watching tour. The animals of Chitwan share the landscape with the indigenous Tharu tribe and there is the opportunity to visit nearby Tharu villages, learn about their age-old traditions and the simple lifestyle of this farming community.

Overnight in Chitwan National Park. Our Policy on Wildlife Projects and Sanctuaries To read more on our approach to elephant projects please click here

Day 5 - Chitwan National Park, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge activities

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Continue your personalised programme of activities in and around Chitwan National Park. It doesn’t need to be a full-packed, dawn-to-dusk itinerary: the lodge is wonderfully serene and you can easily while away a few hours relaxing beside the lodge pool or swaying in a hammock in the lodge gardens.

Overnight in Chitwan National Park.

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Pokhara - 3 nights

Day 6 - Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Orientation Tour

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After an early breakfast depart Chitwan, heading north to Pokhara. It’s a long but scenic drive along decent roads, following alongside the Marshyangdi mountain river for sections of the journey. As you get closer to Pokhara, the mighty mountains come into view including Machhapulchhare – also known as Fish Tail Mountain due to its distinctive shape.

Arrive early afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet, and even to this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. Arguably the most photogenic city in the country, laid-back Pokhara enjoys a serene lakeside setting with views towards the stunning Annapurna mountain range. It’s widely agreed to be the adventure sports capital of Nepal, offering excellent paragliding and white-water rafting opportunities as well as being the start point for treks in and around the Annapurnas.

There is time to freshen up before an orientation tour in and around Pokhara. Stops will be made at the 17th century Bindyabasini Temple, and Seti River Gorge – a deep chasm carved through town by the Seti River.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 7 - Pokhara: World Peace Stupa, Phewa Lake boat ride

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In the morning, take a boat ride to the opposite side of Phewa Lake and follow a steep forest trail to the brilliant white stupa of the World Peace Pagoda.

Constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji order, it is one of a number of pagodas built around the world to inspire peace. From its lofty hilltop spot, it offers magical panoramas back across the lake and close up views of the Annapurna Massif. On a clear day you’ll also be able to see the distinctive peaks of Fish Tail Mountain.

Having gazed at the views and taken endless photographs, return downhill to the lake side for a leisurely boat ride. Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa is a serene expanse of freshwater that produces spectacular reflections of the surrounding mountains. Sit back and relax; admire the views and soak up the tranquillity as your boatman gently sculls across the mirror-flat waters.

After one hour return to shore and transfer back to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 8 - Pokhara

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Your day is at leisure to relax and soak up Pokhara’s laid back vibe.

If you feel the need to be active there are endless walking trails around Pokhara for pretty much every fitness level. These range from short two-hour treks that explore the surrounding countryside and local villages, to more challenging full day hikes that head higher into the mountains. The more adventurous may want to try white-water rafting through the swirling rapids on the Upper Seti River or floating on the thermals above Pokhara on a tandem paraglide from Sarangkot Hill.

If these options sound a little too energetic it’s possible to visit a nearby Tibetan community, home to exiled Tibetans who have maintained their unique lifestyle. Or simply stroll down to the lake, hire a paddle boat and scull leisurely across the water.

For the ultimate experience, and an unbeatable close up view of the surrounding Himalayas, we can arrange a helicopter flight to Annapurna Base Camp. Your Destination Specialist can provide further information and inspiration.

Overnight in Pokhara.

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Kathmandu - 1 night

Day 9 - Pokhara, Kathmandu, Indra Chowk evening walk

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After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Pokhara Airport in time for your short flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Your day is at leisure until early evening when you will be met by your guide for an evening stroll centred around the narrow alleyways around Assan and Indra Chowk. The streets are lined with food stalls and assorted shops selling everything from ceramic pots to pashminas. Rickshaws, bicycles, street vendors and animals crowd the streets. It’s an exhilarating assault on the senses. There will be the opportunity to sample some of the food items on offer including Lassi – a local drink made of curd, sugar and dried fruits. And a stop will be made at Tip Top, a well-known sweet shop which sells arguably the best Laddu and Pani Puri in the city!

Your guide will happily make restaurant suggestions for dinner, alternatively transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10 - depart Kathmandu

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After a leisurely breakfast, check out and transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class £1,485US$1,946 £1,407US$1,843 £1,367US$1,791

Traditional Comfort

The Traditional Comfort hotel, just outside the busiest area of central Kathmandu, showcases a stylish fusion of Newari craftsmanship and contemporary design… See more

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Having relocated from its original site within Chitwan National Park to a serene location on the outskirts, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has evolved to become one of Nepal’s top eco resorts... See more

Glacier Hotel

With a relaxed, Mediterranean-style design that suits its position on the shore of Phewa Lake, the Glacier Hotel is ideal for taking time out in Pokhara’s fashionable lakeside district.… See more
Superior £1,682US$2,204 £1,594US$2,088 £1,554US$2,036

Hotel Yak & Yeti

Overlooking an oasis of manicured grounds in the heart of Kathmandu’s Durbar Marg district, the Hotel Yak & Yeti offers high-quality service and a timeless aesthetic… See more

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Having relocated from its original site within Chitwan National Park to a serene location on the outskirts, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has evolved to become one of Nepal’s top eco resorts... See more

Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Tucked away off the main road at the southern end of Fewa Lake, the Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara offers high quality service alongside excellent facilities, with a focus on rest, health and relaxation… See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary and relevant permits
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights from the UK
  • Entry visa
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Nepal. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.