The 8 days Experiencing Nepal Tour has been designed for you to cover the major attractions of the country including architecture, spirituality and the scenic beauty. We start with touring the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Kathmandu can be best described as the mixture of modern and historic architecture, diversified culture and various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next, we will visit Chitwan; the exotic land of animals. Chitwan National Park is listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites and known as the home for different endangered species of animals and birds such as the Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Rhino. We will be indulged in various activities such as jungle safari and canoeing in Chitwan. Our Third destination will be Lumbini, known as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. We will explore the beautiful gardens, the manuscript and relax in the peaceful and tranquil environment of Lumbini.
The 2015 Earthquake left Nepal devastated and damaged. A lot of historic monuments and temples came to rubbles during the earthquake. Nepal is slowly recovering from the traumatic experience. Many monuments and temples were unharmed while others are being rebuilt. Thus, we expect your cooperation while visiting the historic and religious sites. Nepal needs you now more than ever.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
- 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation at Sauraha
- 2 Night twin sharing accomodation in Lumbini
- One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
- All ground transportation via Private Vehicle
- Breakfast in the city and full meals during the jungle safari
- Jungle guide during the jungle safari
- All required local tax and Gov tax
- Nepal arrival Visa (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days. You can get visa upon arrival)
- International Airfare
- Extra meals
- All required monument and national park entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Any extending trip
Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our team representative in the airport and will be guided to your hotel. After freshening up, we will invite you for dinner in one of the typical Nepali Restaurant with local cuisine and traditional dance shows. The cuisine includes many traditional dishes made to meet your taste. You will also be entertained with traditional dance shows with on stage Nepali music which will give you an artistic awareness on the Nepalese society. Nevertheless, if your flight is delayed or late at night, we will host dinner the following day.
Meals Included: Dinner
Good Morning! After breakfast, we will set off to explore the city of Kathmandu. We will be touring some UNESCO World Heritage Sites including temples, shrines, Stupas and monuments. Basantapur Durbar Square lies in the heart of the capital city and showcases the historic monuments and palaces built by the Malla royalties hundreds of years ago. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Courtyard, Kumari Ghar and the Museums are some of the attractions of this place. We will also visit Swayambhunath, popularly known as the monkey temple. Swayambhunath Stupa resides on top of a hill in and takes 350 steps to reach to the top. The Stupa overlooks a beautiful panoramic beauty of the city. Boudhanath is yet another religious site built hundreds of years ago on the route to Tibet. The area is heavily influenced by the Tibetan culture and lifestyle. We will also visit Pashupatinath temple, listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pashupatinath is a diverse area where we can witness sadhus, meditation caves, monkeys playing around, cremation taking place.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Our destination for today will be Chitwan. After breakfast we will transfer to chitwan via private vehicle . Located 97.7kms South West of Kathmandu, Chitwan is known for its exotic wildlife and its diverse ecosystem. After the drive to Chitwan, we will check in to our hotel in Chitwan and have our lunch. After lunch we will have a briefing about our activities for the next day. We can also take a walk along the town and the Rapti River. Later in the evening will witness the tribal dance of the local Tharu Community while we enjoy our dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early in the morning, we will have our breakfast and start our Jungle safari. We mount on an elephant for a jungle safari ride where we explore the grassland and various species of wildlife. If we are lucky, we might also be able to witness the One Horned Rhino or the Bengal Tiger. We will also enjoy the elephant bath along the Rapti River. After lunch, we will enjoy the canoe ride alongside some exotic crocodiles and water birds sunbathing in the river. We will also visit the elephant breeding center or we might even opt for nature walk while bird watching and exploring different flora and fauna. After a day full of fun and adventure, we will have dinner and get back to our hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our destination for today will be Lumbini. Situated further west from Chitwan on a distance of 85.1kms, Lumbini is one of the most important heritage sites. It is believed to be the birthplace of lord Buddha, the light of Asia who is known for his philosophical and spiritual preaching. Upon arrival at Lumbini, we will check-in to our hotel. We can even stroll around the area and get to know the culture and lifestyle of the locals.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Early morning after breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Lumbini. The distance is about 7hours and along the way we can observe some amazing landscapes with hills and vegetations. We will arrive in Kathmandu and check-in to our hotel. If we arrive in late afternoon, you can go for souvenir shopping or explore more in Kathmandu.
Our tour comes to an end today. With all the memories and immeasurable experience, we will head to the airport for our flight. Nevertheless, if you want to extend your trip or plan your next trip in Nepal, we will be happy to customize your itinerary. Namaste!
Please find General Information on Nepal including:
- Things to know before coming
- Local Climate and Geography
- Communication Facilities
- Nepalese Currency and Exchange
- Visa Information
- Medical Information
- Travel Insurance
Things to know before coming:
The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 1,47,181 sq kms
Elevation: 60m to 8,848m above the sea level
Natural divisions: Terai region (Plains), Elevated Flatlands and Hilly region, Mountain region
Population: 27 million (more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different languages)
Language: Nepali (native as well as official) and English
Currency: Rupees (NRS.)
Neighboring countries: Republic of India (east, south, west) and Peoples’ Republic of China (north)
Popular tourist destinations: Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Janakpur, and Gorkha
Destinations listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
Mountains: 8 out of world’s 10 tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. 240 peaks over 20,000ft
(Note: The 2015 Earthquake left Nepal devastated and damaged. A lot of historic monuments and temples came to rubbles during the earthquake. Nepal is slowly recovering from the traumatic experience. Some monuments and temples were unharmed while others are being rebuilt. Thus, we expect your cooperation while visiting the historic and religious sites. Nepal needs you now more than ever.)
Climate and Geography
The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.
Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.
Postal, Freight and Cargo Services:
The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near NTC Building in Newroad. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerogram and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.
Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card. (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).
The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive; therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.
Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, and photocopy.
Apps like Maps.me and Google Maps will navigate through a lot of landmarks and streets. Most urban areas in Nepal are mapped out good enough to find your way.
For offline navigation you can use a free Kathmandu Valley map that is available at the Tourist center of the Nepal Tourism Board and several tourist accommodations. Detailed maps are available in map and book shops in the big tourist areas of Nepal. Most Nepalese in the capital and other major cities know English so language barrier will not be a problem.
There are Taxis with black license plate for private transportation (private taxis may charge slightly higher. No tip is expected) and local transportation like public buses, micro buses and tempos (3-wheelers) running around the city. You could even try rides on local rickshaws, ponies or bullock-carts where they're available. Government run green buses known as Sajha Bus are comfortable and run along the north-south and east-west main roads of the valley. The bus also runs through the insides of the Airport and goes to Thamel. Let the bus conductor know your destination and you will be dropped on the alley that leads you to Thamel. You can also get navigations on your mobile map app to know where you are heading.
Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen, all in Kathmandu. Mountain bikes can also be hired in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan.
Tourist bus service provides easy transportation to prime areas like Pokhara and Chitwan. For other destinations, long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all major cities. Out-of-valley bound buses leave from New Bus Park at Gongabu at Ring Road near Balaju, Kathmandu.
Nepalese Currency and Exchange
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some of the International Banks have their own offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, etc. are accepted in Nepal at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Master Cards. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.
It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.
For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.
Vaccination and Medicines
Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.
Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
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- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio