Nepal is known for its diversified culture, custom and tradition. The country is divided into 3 geographical regions: Himalayas, Hilly and Terai and each has its own charm. The Himalayas will take your breath away with its abundant natural beauty and high peak mountains. The hilly region is surrounded by high hills and rocks with most of the ancient monuments and temples located here. Terai is known as the granary of Nepal. The flatland provides abundant vegetation and herbs and supplies throughout the country.
Desire Adventures brings you a unique 12 days package to travel around the major cities of Nepal and experience the country at its best. We will visit Kathmandu, Palpa, Pokhara and Chitwan during the tour. From the chaotic beauty of Kathmandu to the beautiful town of Palpa, the laidback city of Pokhara and the thrilling National Park of Chitwan; the package is astonishing and full of unexpected adventures. The tour is best if you want to explore Nepal through its culture and tradition, people, nature, wildlife and adventures.
- Pickup and Drop from Hotels and Airport
- Tourist Standard Hotels throughout the trip
- Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Palpa and Pokhara
- Full meal in Chitwan (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
- Guided city tour of all the towns in private transportation
- Welcome dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with entertainment
- One tour guide and his entire expenses
- City Map (if required) and T-Shirt
- 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 your arrival, our team representative will accompany you from the airport to your hotel. You will be staying in a tourist standard hotel with facilities available. After freshening up, we will visit our head office in Thamel to attain more information regarding the trip. You will also meet your tour guide today. Nevertheless, if your flight is delayed or at night, we will directly go for dinner at a Nepali restaurant with local cuisine and traditional shows.
Meals Included: Dinner
Kathmandu is a city famous for local food, ancient monasteries and diverse culture. As soon as you land in Nepal, you will be overwhelmed with the unique beauty of the capital with its mixture of modern buildings and historic architecture and its booming sound, smell and sight. Today after breakfast, we set off on an adventure to explore this city and understand the diversity among harmony in Kathmandu. We will stop at sites like Pashupatinath; a historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the banks of the Bagmati River, Swayambhunath; a brilliant Stupa with the eyes of the Buddha in its four corners overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley from atop a hill, Boudhanath; a Stupa located towards the east of the valley with Tibetan settlements and Basantapur Durbar Square; the royal palace constructed during the Lichhavi period showcasing magnificent Nepali architecture. If time lets us, we will also visit Patan Durbar Square which is located at the center of the city of Lalitpur. After spending the day exploring the capital, we return to our hotel in our private transportation.
Meals Included: Breakfast
After breakfast, we will start our journey for today towards Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is situated about 98 kms towards the south west of Kathmandu Valley and takes about 5 hours drive. The scenario is beautiful along the way with forests, landscapes and tall hills along the way of Trishuli and Narayani River. But as soon as we reach Terai, we can see a lot of plains and grasslands. Upon arrival, we check-in to our hotel and have lunch. Since we will be arriving late afternoon, we can also stroll around the city of Chitwan and explore the lifestyle of the locals. You will be served dinner at the hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will tour the Chitwan National Park today famous for its wild species of birds and animals. Chitwan, which literal transfers to, “Heart of the Jungle” is known as the best wildlife viewing National Parks in Asia. The National Park extends to 192 sq kms. Today we will enjoy bird watching and canoe ride in the Rapti River. We can witness some deadly crocodiles and water birds residing in the river. After lunch, we will explore more in the jungle through jeep safari or elephant safari. If lucky, we can witness the fierce Bengal tiger or the rare species of One-Horned Rhino. We will also come across an ethnic group in the Terai known as the Tharu Community. We can enjoy the popular Tharu dance in the city and learn more about their tradition. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our destination for today will be Lumbini, also known as the birthplace of Lord Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama. Buddha is known as the Light of Asia and Buddhism is practiced all over the world today. Perhaps his philosophy was taken into account because of the simple preaching and practice of non craving and detachment. Lumbini is considered as a holy place since a lot of pilgrims visit this site every year. The drive from Chitwan to Lumbini takes up to 3 hours and lies further west along the highway to Butwal. Upon arrival at Lumbini, we check in to our tourist standard hotel. We can also take a stroll around the town and explore the culture and lifestyle of the local people.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Today we will have a tour of the beautiful park located in Lumbini. Known as the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini is a religious site with beautiful lush gardens and ancient architectures marking the birth of Siddhartha Gautam. The major attraction of the place are; Ashoka Pillar erected by Prince Ashoka on the spot of Buddha’s birth, various Buddhist monasteries built by countries all around the world, the Buddha Temple which was built by the king of Mustang, Maya Devi Temple and the sacred pond. We can soak up the peaceful atmosphere around the area and spend time in the magnificent garden amongst the prayer flags and the Bodhi Tree.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Early morning after breakfast, we will drive from Lumbini to Tansen, Palpa. Tansen is a hilltop settlement in Palpa district about 2 hours ride from Lumbini. Best known for its Newar culture and architecture, it is a perfect getaway and a less known travel destination among tourists which makes it even more special. The major attraction of the town includes temples and palaces known best for its architecture and the panoramic view of the hills and the plains. We spend the night at a tourist standard hotel in Tansen, Palpa.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Our destination for today will be Pokhara, 121.7kms north of Palpa. In the 4 hours long drive; we can view the beautiful scenario of hills and landscapes along the highway. Pokhara, also known as the trekkers’ hub, is well known for its peaceful environment surrounding tall mountains and tranquil lakes. Yet it is a popular destination to start the famous Annapurna trail trek and is filled with a lot of adventurous activities. Upon arriving at Pokhara, we check-in to the hotel and freshen up. In the evening you can stroll around the Lakeside and get indulged in the Pokhara vibe.
Meals Included: Breakfast
In the morning of the 9th day, we head out for our destination to Pokhara. We will visit some of the major tourist attractions and understand what makes Pokhara truly beautiful. In the morning, we will leave for the International Mountain Museum. The museum traces the history of the Himalayas and the mountaineers who climbed them. We will also visit some famous temples and caves such as Gupteswor Cave and Devi’s Fall residing in the valley. In the evening we will take a trip to the World Peace Pagoda situated on top of a hill. Beautiful scenario of the Pokhara city can be seen from this place. This is a perfect time to capture the beauty of the city. Overnight stay will be at a tourist standard hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Early in the morning, we head out to Sarangkot to experience the sunrise view amidst the splendid mountains. Sarangkot is a beautiful hill famously known for its breathtaking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. After the sunrise, we head down to the city and have our breakfast. Our next destination will be Bindabasini Temple, one of the most popular and holy temples residing in the city and Seti River Gorge. Later, we will yet again visit another museum, the Gorkha Museum which tributes the bravery and dedication of the courageous Gorkha Soldiers.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Today will be our last day in the beautiful Pokhara City. After breakfast, we will catch the morning tourist bus leaving for Kathmandu from the Tourist Bus Park. The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu will take about 5-6 hours. Along the journey we can witness beautiful natural scenarios and also get a jest of the lifestyle of people living in the rural areas of Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we will return to our hotel and relax after a tiring yet exciting day of travel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
On the departure Day, our company representative will drop you off at the airport. Nevertheless, if your flight is at night you can still stroll around the city and buy souvenirs. If you wish to extend your trip or plan your next trip, Desire Adventures will help you customize and plan your itinerary. Have a safe flight back home. 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. The monuments and temples 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.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio