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.
At a glance
  • Watch local life unfold from a street-side Kathmandu teahouse
  • Catch glimpses of one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park
  • Cruise across a tranquil lake on the edge of Pokhara
  • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Nepal’s holiest temples
  • Taste traditional Nepalese street food at the Indra Chowk market
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Kathmandu - 3 nights

Kathmandu, Nepal’s historic capital, is an intoxicating feast for the senses. The scent of incense mingles with heady spices and fuggy scooter exhaust, while merchants shout to make themselves heard above the beeping of motorbike horns. Cars and pedestrians share space with cows in streets lined with ancient temples and internet cafes. It’s an all-engrossing whirlwind of ancient-meets-modern, so be prepared for a sensory overload! The 2015 earthquake brought huge damage to much of Nepal, including crucial areas of Kathmandu, but the country endures and rebuilding continues at a pace in this resilient city.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you’ll be met by your guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these. The rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 2 - Kathmandu history walk

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Prepare for a day of ‘biggests and bests’ as you explore Kathmandu’s temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Start with Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the holy Bagmati River - the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, which draws hundreds of pilgrims each year. Only followers of Hinduism are permitted to enter the main temple, but everyone can visit the rest of the temple complex. Wander to Boudhanath Stupa (the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet) which buzzes with activity from dawn until dusk. Four pairs of painted eyes stare out from the base of its huge gilded spire, and strings of colourful prayer flags flutter in the wind. Join endless streams of monks, pilgrims and locals as they walk clockwise around the base to gain merit. Head back to Durbar Square, the traditional heart of the capital, for a walking tour of the site where the city’s kings were once crowned, and meander through a labyrinth of lanes lined with shrines, temples, teahouses and markets. Pause at Hanuman Dhoka - Kathmandu’s Royal Palace - and the intricately carved Kumari Chowk, home to the young Kumari living goddess. After enjoying losing yourself amid the alleyways, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon.

Day 3 - Bhaktapur culture walk, lunch in Dhulikhel

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Head out early for Bhaktapur: one of the Kathmandu Valley’s former royal cities, and home to some of the finest religious architecture in Nepal. Although many ancient buildings were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake, the city still boasts more temples than neighbouring Kathmandu and there’s plenty to see. Wander through narrow streets and see courtyards filled with fired clay pots, women sitting weaving cloth, and craftsmen carefully chiselling timber into furniture and statues. Lunch on the rooftop at Khowpa Chhen, a characterful Newari-style guest house with impressive views over Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square and the surrounding hills.

Drive on to Dhulikhel, once a major stop on the trade route to Tibet, for more impressive Himalayan views. Though much of Dhulikhel has become modernised, the old town is very well preserved, with some beautiful, original Newari architecture featuring carved wood and intricate brickwork. After a stroll around the old town return to Kathmandu, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

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Chitwan National Park - 2 nights

Covering an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometres at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is Nepal’s flagship National Park. Recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, its forests, grassland and rivers are home to over 65 species of mammal, 120+ varieties of fish, and more than 500 species of bird - one of the highest concentrations of birdlife in the world. The park’s most famous residents are the elusive Bengal tigers that lurk in the deeper forests, and the endangered greater one-horned rhino, which (with an experienced tracker as your guide) you’ll have a good chance of sighting.

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

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Fly to Bharatpur, where your guide will meet you and drive you to your lodge on the outskirts of Chitwan National Park.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge takes a unique approach to its activities, and your experience will be entirely tailored to your own preferences and wishes. You could go wildlife spotting by boat along the Narayani River, by open-top jeep, or 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 join them for a bespoke bird-watching tour. You can also visit nearby Tharu villages to learn about the region’s indiginous traditions and talk with locals about daily life in their farming communities.

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Day 5 - Explore Chitwan National Park

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Immerse yourself in your choice of activities in and around Chitwan National Park. Your day can be as fully-packed or relaxed as you wish. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a dawn-to-dusk itinerary - the lodge is a wonderfully serene setting, and you can easily spend a few hours just relaxing by the pool or swaying in a hammock in the gardens.

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Pokhara - 3 nights

Undoubtedly one of Nepal’s most photogenic cities, laid-back, lake-side Pokhara is backed by spectacular views of the ruggedly-beautiful Annapurna mountains. It sits on a historic trade route between India and Tibet and, until the mid-1960s, was only accessible via a two-week trek from Kathmandu. Mule trains can sometimes still be seen walking the old paths, laden with trade goods from remote regions of the Himalayas. In recent years, Pokhara has become the adventure sports capital of Nepal, offering world-class paragliding and white-water rafting, as well as being a major starting point for treks into the Annapurnas.

Day 6 - Drive to Pokhara, Bindyabasini Temple, Seti River Gorge

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Set out early for Pokhara on a long, but scenic, drive following sections of the Marshyangdi river. As you near Pokhara, you’ll see the magnificent Annapurna peaks come into view, and catch a glimpse of Machhapulchhare, also known as Fish Tail Mountain due to its distinctive shape. There’ll be time to freshen up at your hotel before you embark on a gentle afternoon’s exploration, wandering around the delicately gilded 17th century Bindyabasini Temple, and peering down into the Seti River Gorge.

Day 7 - World Peace Pagoda, Annapurna views, Phewa Lake boat ride

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Take a morning 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: one of a number of pagodas built around the world by Buddhist monks to inspire peace. From its hilltop location, you get magical views back across the lake, and sweeping panoramas of the Annapurna Massif. On a clear day you can see the distinctive outline of Fish Tail Mountain. When you’ve had your fill of gazing at the rugged peaks, and undoubtedly taken many photographs, wander back down to Phewa Lake for a serene boat trip. Cruise across Nepal’s second largest lake for an hour or so, admiring the reflections of the surrounding mountains. The rest of your day will be at leisure to enjoy more Pokhara tranquility.

Day 8 - At leisure in Pokhara

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Spend a day at leisure soaking up Pokhara’s laid back vibes. If you feel active enough for a hike, choose from endless trails, ranging from short two-hour treks that explore the surrounding countryside and local villages, to challenging full day hikes that head higher into the mountains. Thrill seekers can go white-water rafting on the Upper Seti River, or paragliding on thermals above Sarangkot Hill. If all that sounds a bit too energetic, opt for a visit to a nearby Tibetan community, or perhaps stroll to the lake, hire a paddle boat and gently scull across the still water. For the ultimate experience, and an unbeatable close-up view of the Himalayas, book a once-in-a lifetime helicopter flight to Annapurna Base Camp.

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Kathmandu - 1 night

Returning to the historic streets of Kathmandu after seeing a different side to Nepal brings a fresh perspective to this mesmerising capital. Revisit ancient, spiritual landmarks, finding new comparisons and contrasts in the details. Take time to explore less-visited quarters, where rickshaws, bicycles and street vendors crowd streets lined with stalls selling everything from ceramic pots to pashminas. Taste a feast of street food in the bustling markets, and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere in a side street cafe, with a cup of lassi or a cool beer, as you watch the comings and goings of daily life in the city.

Day 9 - Fly to Kathmandu, evening market food tour

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Take the short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where your day will be at leisure until the evening. Meet up with your guide for an early evening street food stroll through the Assan and Indra Chowk markets - an exhilarating assault on the senses! Sample the wealth of dishes on offer (including, of course plenty of morish momos) and refresh your palate with a creamy lassi – a local drink made of curd, sugar and dried fruits. Make sure you don’t miss the well-known Tip Top sweet shop which sells, arguably, the best laddu and pani puri in the city. If you’re still hungry, your guide can suggest some of their favourite local restaurants for dinner, or you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nightcap.

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

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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.

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