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9 days, 8 nights
Availability : January - May and October - December
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 15
Grade: 1 - Easy
Max Elevation: 1,400m/4,400 ft.
NEPAL TOUR – A non-trekking journey in Nepal

This CULTURAL NEPAL TOUR explores the culture, architecture, arts, crafts and beauty of Nepal. Nepal has lot to offer discriminating travelers, not just adventurous trekkers seeking the heights of the Himalayas, but for others looking to experience first hand ancient cultures and stunning natural beauty.

On the Cultural Nepal Tour, take an urban adventure touring the magnificent Kathmandu valley and it’s historic cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Soar high along Mt. Everest on a scenic flight-seeing trip, gazing upon the world’s tallest mountain. Safari through Nepal’s tropical south at Chitwan National Park and search for wild elephants and the famous one-horned rhinocerous. Stay in Nepal’s “other” major city of Pokhara and experience the magnificent beauty of the snow-capped Annapurna peaks at sunrise. Custom departures only.

HIGHLIGHTS of Cultural Nepal tour:

  • Scenic flight around Mt. Everest
  • Observing the daily rites at Nepal’s largest Hindu temple, Pashupatinath
  • Wandering through the ancient city of Bhaktapur
  • Witness the exacting skills of Nepal’s classic artists
  • Search the jungles of Nepal for tigers, elephants and rhinos
  • Take a short hike and witness just how magnificent a sunrise can be
  • Take a boat ride around Phewa Lake in Pokhara and soak up the natural beauty of the Himalayas
  • Learn about Nepali life, history and culture
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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary - Nepal Tour

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu – Nagarkot Nagarkot 2,175m/7,134ft
Day 4 Nagarkot to Pokhara Pokhara 1,400m/4,592ft
Day 5 Pokhara Pokhara 1,400m/4,592ft
Day 6 Pokhara to Chitwan Chitwan 415m/1,361ft
Day 7 Chitwan jungle activities Chitwan 415m/1,361ft
Day 8 Fly to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 9 Final departure    

 

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Detailed Itinerary - Nepal Tour

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Enjoy welcome dinner and we hope you have a fabulous Cultural Nepal Tour.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Dinner)

Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

We begin our Nepal tour with a full day exploration of the sights, sounds and pleasant chaos that is Kathmandu. Visit Bodhnath which is a sacred destination for Buddhists from all over the world. Circum-ambulate the sacred monument with devotees, spin the prayer wheels along the stupa walls, and immerse yourself in the experience of Bodhnath.

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the God of Destruction. The main temple has a two-tiered golden roof and an ornate silver door. However, visitors cannot enter the main temple sanctum and must view it from across the sacred Bagmati River.

Then drive to Patan. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square. The medieval architecture of Patan is the finest with stunning architectural designs of palaces and temples including the Krishna Mandir. Return to hotel.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu to Nagarkot

Early morning transfer to airport for an hour long mountain flight to view Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks of the eastern Himalaya. Return to Hotel for Breakfast.

After breakfast visit the Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). The temple is located on a hillock in the Kathmandu valley and is the most important shrine for the Buddhist Newars of the Kathmandu valley.

Continue to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the city of devotees. Drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window.

After lunch, drive to Nagarkot for sunset views.

Overnight The Fort or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 4Nagarkot to Pokhara

Short flight to Pokhara. Remember to sit on the right side of the plane so you get to view the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh and Annapurna. The day is free to relax by the lake-side.

Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal and is a valley with several lakes. It is located within 15 – 35 miles of three of the highest mountains in the world (Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri), all of which can be seen from Pokhara.

Overnight Temple Tree or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 5Pokhara

Early morning drive to Sarangkot to view the Annapurna range. Some of the mountains visible from Sarangkot are Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Macchapuchare, Gangapurna etc. Strong hikers can choose to hike down to Pokhara.

After Breakfast, visit the International Mountain Museum which has informative displays of mountains, mountains culture and mountain people of the world.

Optional hike to the Peace Stupa (20 minutes boat ride across the Lake Phewa and 1 to 2 hours hike to the top). Afternoon is free in Pokhara.

Overnight Temple Tree or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 6Pokhara to Chitwan

Drive by private vehicle to Chitwan (5 hours). There are direct flights during the high season. If available, we will take the 15 minute flight.

Our lodge in Meghauli is a further 1.5 hour drive from Chitwan. Evening cultural activities in Chitwan.

Overnight Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7Chitwan jungle activities

Today is a full day of Jungle activities. In the morning ride on a dug-out canoe to see Gharial crocodiles and one-horned rhinoceros basking on the banks of the Rapti river. Elephant back rides are not forbidden but have now been stopped after all the backlash. We will either take a jungle drive or walk to view game in the park. Visit to the Elephant Breeding Center.

Overnight Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 8Fly to Kathmandu

Morning Jungle walk. Drive to the airport at Bharatpur for flight to Kathmandu.

Afternoon is free in Kathmandu. A farewell dinner is planned for the evening to thank you for participating in the Cultural Nepal Tour.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (All meals)

Day 9Final departure

Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

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Detailed Cost Information

Price valid till Dec 31, 2020

  • 1 person: $3,495 USD (Includes Single Supplement)
  • 2 – 4 persons: $2,895 USD per person
  • 5 or more persons: $2,545 USD per person
  • Single Supplement: $500 USD

Price Includes

  • All airport transfers 
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments 
  • Three nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Shangrila (5 star) in Kathmandu 
  • One night twin sharing hotel accommation at Hotel Fort (4 star) in Nagarkot 
  • Airfare: Everest Flight-seeing 
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara 
  • Chartered vehicle/Airfare: Pokhara to Chitwan
  • Airfare: Chitwan to Kathmandu 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Two nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree (4 star) in Pokhara 
  • Three days and Two nights twin sharing accommodation at Chitwan National Park 
  • All Jungle activities in Chitwan

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare 
  • Nepal Visa 
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary 
  • Tips and gratuities 
  • Personal clothing 
  • Travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature
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Options

The Cultural Nepal Tour is fully customizable. If you have more time, you could extend by taking a trip to Lumbini – the birth-place of Lord Buddha. Or you could add more days in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara. Or even go to Bardiya National Park where the chances of sighting a tiger are higher.

On the other hand, if you don’t have enough time, we could take off some places from the itinerary. In short, this program is fully customizable. Contact us to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Nepal Tour

When is the best time to do the Cultural Nepal tour?

There are two preferred seasons for the Nepal Tours: Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through December). Day time temperatures in Kathmandu and Pokhara range in the 80’s and 90’s (20 to 30 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are around the 50’s (5 to 10 Centigrade). Expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.

We also highly encourage you to visit in the winter months of December, January and February when days can be quite sunny and warm (40F to 60F – 5 to 10 Centigrade) although you should expect temperatures around freezing on most nights in January.

How fit do I need to be to participate on this trip?

Since you will be exploring the sites on foot, you will be required to walk 100 yards or so at a time. Sometimes you might be required to climb a flight of stairs. There are plenty of spots to sit and rest. So a little fitness is required for participation. You can always expect help when needed.

What kind of food can I expect on this trip?

Besides a selection of good sea-food (Nepal is landlocked), you can expect any kind of food in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You get to order from a menu. At Chitwan, you would be eating from a buffet so you don’t have a choice but the selection is varied. We will cater to those with gluten and other food allergy.

Can I drink tap water?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trip for no charge if you require one. Just let us know.

Is there mobile signal on the trip? Wi-fi?

Yes, you could use your mobile phone in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. There is also 4G service available. And wi-fi will be available free of charge at the hotels and restaurants.

Are there ATM's available? Can I use credit card?

Yes, ATM’s are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Since your lodge in Chitwan is away from town, plan on having some cash reserve for that portion of your trip.

Yes, all major credit cards are accepted in Nepal. There might be a 3-4% surcharge.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Nepal?

No vaccinations are REQUIRED. There are some that are recommended. Check out websites of the following for immunization that are recommended:

1) CIWEC hospital in Nepal

2) CDC (Center for Disease Control)

What are the toilet facilities like?

Most hotels and restaurants have Western style toilets. Some might have squat toilets but that is rare in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 

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Barbara McDowell, Seattle, WA

Family Traveller

Our trip organized to Bhutan and Nepal with Grand Asian Journeys was so perfect. As my daughter and I needed someone to plan the details and create the perfect itinerary to meet both of our needs (I’m 88) it was a relief to depend wholly on Pam’s expertise. Every step of the way was carefully organized and well executed. We had a flawless journey and the trip of a lifetime!

October 30, 2015