Nepal in a Nutshell

14-Day Nepal in a Nutshell Itinerary

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Duration14 days / 13 nights (flexible)

ItineraryKathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Chitwan - Pokhara - Tirkhedhungga - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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Journey from hushed temples to jungle rivers and trek to the top of Poon Hill for a heady Himalayan sunrise. This trip will bring you the best of peaceful Nepal, mixing culture with wildlife and adventure. Hike in the forested foothills, explore ancient cobbled streets and relax on the shores of shimmering Lake Pokhara. Over just one fortnight, you’ll spot rhinos on a jeep safari, watch kids play next to funeral pyres in spiritual Kathmandu and head into tiny Himalayan villages. This really is Nepal in a nutshell.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Excursions as described
  • National Park permit
  • 1 porter and guide during trek per 2 people
  • all trekking permits

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Kings and Gods of the Valley

Wander between cobbled streets and scattered temples in the atmospheric medieval cities of the Kathmandu Valley, feeling utterly lost in a timeless daydream. Combining the enchanting chaos of Kathmandu with nearby Bhaktapur and Patan and get straight to the heart of mystical valley culture. Weave between fluttering prayer flags, watch monkeys scamper through temple complexes and kids play with paper kites in the cobbled streets.

bhaktapur temple

Chitwan Jungle and Rhinos

Set off on an adventure in search of the one-horned rhino. Glide along twisting rivers in a canoe at dawn, watching golden light flood the plains, and watch elephants gather at the shores in the early morning haze. The lush subtropical lowlands of Chitwan National Park are bursting with wildlife and adventure, so get your binoculars at the ready. Take a walking safari, sleep in a scenic bungalow and sail past crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbank. It’s a rustic outdoor experience that will bolt your eyes wide open.

Chitwan Jungle and Rhinos

Peaceful Pokhara

Relax in peaceful Pokhara, where snowy peaks reflect in the calm waters of the Phewa Lake, prayer flags flutter and Buddhist chants seep from every doorway. It’s a laid-back place with a fairytale feeling, dozens of ramshackle, arty cafes and an endless list of adventures in store. Take a white knuckle rafting trip, paraglide over the rippling lake or rent a boat and paddle through the tranquil waters, surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides. After a day spent exploring, stretch out in the sunshine on the shoreline and let it all sink in. Pokhara feels tinged with magic, making it very hard to leave.

a lake with boats in it and green hills around it

Sunrise at Poon Hill

Take a short trek through forests and villages for an epic sunrise view. Watch colours paint the sky and clouds drift below you as dawn breaks over Poon Hill, perched between snow-tipped Himalayan peaks. Over five days, you’ll climb twisting stone staircases, hike through the lush foothills and get a real taste of trekking in Nepal. You’ll set off to catch the sunrise well before dawn, trekking in the dark with your guide and your head torch. Watching golden light flood the snowy peaks as the sun creeps up between the mountains, your efforts will be rewarded a thousand times over.

Rickshaw customers trekking at Poon Hill, standing on the mountain edge

Last night in Kathmandu

Back in Kathmandu you’ll spend another night in the same hotel. For your last meal in Nepal why not head into the Thamel district and tuck-in to a delicious thali?

The following day we’ll arrange for a private transfer to take you to the airport ready for your flight back to the UK.

a tower with lots of rope and flags hanging off it
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Nepal specialist, David

“My memories of Nepal will stay with me forever; from making tasty momos with Tibetan refugees, to attending 5am prayers in a monastery. I haven’t tackled Everest (yet!), but it’s a favourite with my customers so I could be persuaded!"”

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