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Highlights Kathmandu, mountain views from
Nagarkot, Bhaktapur ancient centre,
Trisuli river rafting, Chitwan NP safari,
Lakeside Pokhara, trekking to Poon Hill.
Classic Nepal small group tour
Classic Nepal
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This comprehensive tour of Nepal takes you on a journey across one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world. Amazing mountain scenery mixed with lush, wildlife rich jungles, ancient hilltop villages stand in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

Our 15-day tour begins with a walking tour of Kathmandu before we head out to the Nagarkot, perched on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. After a morning sunrise and hopefully stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, we return to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur, where we take time to enjoy the wonderful, intricately carved, wooden architecture of the traditional Hindu temples.

One more night in Kathmandu then we head out of the valley to our put in point for a couple of days of adrenaline filled white water rafting on the Trisuli River. The days will be filled with white knuckle adventure and at night we camp on a beautiful sandy beach beside the river.

After the rafting has finished we take morning bus down to Chitwan National Park were we spend two nights in a wildlife lodge. We have the opportunity to enjoy a wide choice of activities from walking safaris to jeep safaris to elephant rides to cultural song and dance. If you’re lucky you might just spot a tiger!

Heading back towards the mountains, our next stop is the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara which is our base for the next couple of days. There is plenty time to enjoy this chilled out backpackers haven before starting our four day trek through the beautiful Himalayas. We climb up through forested valleys with ever more spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains and our trek culminates with sunrise over Poon Hill. We descend back into Pokhara where there is a little free time to relax and reminisce about the last few unforgettable days in the mountains. We finally make our way back to the Kathmandu where our tour ends after one last night in this magical city.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
We greet you on your arrival in Kathmandu airport today and transfer you to your hotel in the Thamel tourist disctrict of the city. Our rep will help you settle in and familiarise you with the local area.
OvernightKathmandu - 3 star hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu city tour. Drive to Nagarkot
Our tour starts with a guided walk from our hotel in Thamel through small back streets full of numerous tiny shops, workshops, temples, and stupas to Durbar Square with its array of wooden and stone carved temples and palaces. After lunch we visit the important pilgrimage sites of Bouthanath Buddhist stupa and Pasupatinath Hindu temple. We then drive out of the city to the village of Nagarkot on the rim of the Kathmandu valley. 
OvernightNagarkot - 2-3 star hotelMealsBreakfastExtrasEverest Mountain Flight
Day 3 Sunrise views from Nagarkot. Rural walk and tour ancient Bhaktapur
This morning you can experience the spectacular sunrise views from Nagarkot before taking a walk through the Tilkot Forest Reserve to the regions oldest Temple – Changu Narayan. In the afternoon we visit the nearby city of Bhaktapur which offers great opportunities to enjoy the wonderful traditional wooden architecture of Buddhist and Hindu temples. The evening is spent back in Kathmandu. 
OvernightKathmandu - 3 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 4 Rafting on the Trisuli River
Description: We take a tourist bus today to the starting point of our rafting expedition on the Trisuli River. The night is spent camping on a sandy beach by the river after eating a hearty dinner cooked by our guides. 
OvernightRafting campMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 More rafting. Local bus to Chitwan National Park
The morning brings more rafting excitement as we tackle the biggest rapids of the trip so far. Soon it is time to leave the river behind and continue by local bus to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival in Chitwan we settle into our wildlife lodge before taking a village walk. 
OvernightChitwan - lodgeMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safaris
We spend today exploring Chitwan National Park in search of, amongst others, tiger, rhino and wild elephant. In the morning we’ll take a walk through the jungle and enjoy a canoe trip. Later on, in the afternoon you have the option of a jeep safari or an elephant ride. 
OvernightChitwan - lodgeMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Chitwan to Pokhara
This morning we have a walk dedicated to bird watching before taking a tourist bus to Pokhara. Arriving in Pokhara we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax and explore this picturesque lakeside town. 
OvernightPokhara - 3 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 8 Pokhara. Tour and free time
We have visit various places around Pokhara today, including Peace Pagoda, Daryalling Monastery and the Tibetan refuge camp. The remainder of the day is free to relax or perhaps take a rowing boat out on the lake. 
OvernightPokhara - 3 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 9 Start trekking to Ghandruk
We drive through low hills and valleys to Nayapul this morning, via the village of Lumle. We begin trekking from Nayapul to Birethanti which takes approximately 1-2 hours. Continuing on from Birethanti the path which follows the Modi Khola river is fairly flat until you begin your long ascent from Shauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours.  
OvernightGhandruk - trekking lodgeMealsBreakfastExtrasTrekking Pack
Day 10 Trekking from Ghandruk to Tadapani
 The walk from Ghandruk to Tadapani passes through several types of forest, some with unusual trails of moss hanging down from the tree branches. Once you arrive in Tadapani you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The total trekking for today is approximately 4 hours.
OvernightTadapani - trekking lodgeMealsBreakfast
Day 11 Trekking from Tadapani to Ghorepani
The trail between Tadapani and Ghorepani crosses several river valleys and winds its way through rhododendron forests where monkeys are often seen. After leaving the mountain forests behind you can get some clearer views before arriving in Bantanthi. You have time to rest for a while in Bantanthi before climbing through forests and following a grass and pine covered ridge to Ghorepani. The total trekking for today is approximately 4-5 hours. 
OvernightGhorepani - trekking lodgeMealsBreakfast
Day 12 Sunrise on Poon Hill. Trekking from Ghorepani to Tirkhedunga
We start early this morning and make the climb up to Poon Hill, where we get great views of the Annapurna Range and Macchapuchare in particular. The rising mists over the foothills of the Himalayas stretching away from you are also a beautiful sight. After returning to the lodge for breakfast, we walk down to Tirkhedunga through oak and rhododendron forests via Nangethanti, Banthanti and a steep stepped descent from Ulleri. The total trekking for today is approximately 5-6 hours. 
OvernightTirkhedunga - trekking lodgeMealsBreakfast
Day 13 Finish trek. Free time in Pokhara
We have our final trek today from Tirkhedunga to Pokhara which includes some steep descents and beautiful scenery. After arriving back into Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free for you to relax. 
OvernightPokhara - 3 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 14 Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We leave the Annapurna region behind today and take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free for some last minute shopping or exploring. 
OvernightKathmandu - 3 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 15 Kathmandu. Free time. Transfer to airport
You have some free time in Kathmandu today until we transfer you to the airport for departure. 
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Private vehicle transport used as detailed in prices section, based on number of travellers
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu to rafting put-in point, and Chitwan to Pokhara
  • Local bus from Rafting take-out point to Chitwan
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Trekking guide (may be different to tour leader)
  • Porters to be provided with clothing, footwear and proper accommodation as per IPPG recommendations.
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • All rafting and camping equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary
  • Tips for drivers
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary (budget around US$60 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, guides and porters
  • Any other items not mentioned above