10 Day Enchanted Nepalese Experience

Prepare to be wowed by incredible sights while enjoying a nature walk surrounded by awesome mountains.

DAY 1

   ARRIVE KATHMANDU

Welcome to Kathmandu — Nepal’s capital and cultural centre! Are you ready for your Little Voyage across this fascinating culture and landscape?

On your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be met by our local guide, ready for transfer to your accommodation. As the sun goes down, get ready for the Evening Rickshaw night explorer. This is when you discover the myriad sights, sounds and smells of night-time Kathmandu on an evening rickshaw ride through the city. Sit back and relax as your cycle rickshaw is expertly navigated through the buzzing backstreets and atmospheric lane ways of this energetic place. Start the experience in the heart of the city, Thamel, where the streets are lined with shops selling everything from pastries to pashminas. Soak up the hive of activity taking place as you zip through this popular part of town, while doing a little window-shopping along the way from the comfort of your rickshaw seat.

Leaving Thamel behind, the rickshaw heads towards the famous Durbar Square, the spiritual heart of the city, filled with age-old temples, palaces and shrines that are bound to enchant. Now you’ve truly arrived!

Sit by one of the temples, watch the world go by at the still pace of the square and be present to the moment – A truly special experience. Definitely sip on some chai at one of the local stalls, or explore a new taste, such as the delicious fiery rakshi (Nepali brew) in one of the taverns. After experiencing the sights and sounds of this magical place, climb up onto your “street helicopter” (cycle rickshaw) for the return ride back to Thamel. By the end of the tour you’ll be convinced that getting by the city on a rickshaw, through the backstreets and laneways is one of the best ways to discover the authentic Kathmandu.

Included Experiences
  • Rickshaw night explorer
  • Welcome dinner
Included Meals
  • Dinner
Accommodation

Dalai La Boutique Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 2

    KATHMANDU

After breakfast, meet your local guide to explore Kathmandu sights on a tour starting from Swyambhunath and Boudhnath Kathmandu Valley’s two biggest Stupas, followed by the Kopan monastery.

A stupa is a sacred Buddhist shrine. It has a mound-like or hemispherical structure that is used as a place of meditation. Usually, stupas contain relics, typically the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns. The stupas and their surroundings are both UNESCO World Heritage sites and offer insights onto the sacred rituals of the Buddhist community. During the tour, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Boudhnath.

Later we visit the Kopan Monastery, perched on a hilltop near Boudhanath, in the outskirts of Kathmandu. A world famous Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and a popular centre for Buddhism. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Kathmandu.

Included Experiences
  • Tour of Swyambhunath & Boudhnath Stupas
  • Tour at the Kopan monastery
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Dalai La Boutique Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 3

    PATAN

Start the day early with a flight over Everest! An enchanting 50-minute flight over the world’s highest mountain range where you can enjoy spectacular close-up views of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

Following the breath-taking experience, visit the magnificent temple of Pashupatinath to enjoy its architectural marvels. The temple is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River and is regarded as the most sacred temple of all Lord Shiva temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Head to Patan for lunch at a local Restaurant followed by a visit of the stunning old city. As you enter the ancient city, you’ll be taken aback by the vivid contrast to Kathmandu. Although not far from Kathmandu, Patan has an identify of its own. Known also by its Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, meaning “City of Living Art”.

This place will take you into another world, where its influences have transcended centuries. Just wander around, keeping your eyes open for all the amazing sights around the city’s main square admiring royal structures and the religious carvings of the Hindu pantheon. Following the tour, explore the superb artefacts collection at Patan’s museum, featuring superb Buddhist and Hindu traditional treasures.

Included Experiences
  • Mountain Flight
  • Guided tour of the sights of Pashupatinath and Patan
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Dalai La Boutique Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 4

   BHAKTAPUR

After your breakfast, you’ll be glad to escape the capital and explore the Kathmandu Valley with us. An hour’s drive, we’ll head to Bhaktapur, a medieval place known variously as City of Culture, Living Heritage, Nepal’s Cultural Gem and the open museum. An ancient city that is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colourful festivals and traditional dances.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Bhaktapur before visiting the “Springdale School” to learn about the dedication and work of the school team to support the education of the students in the Bhaktapur region. The students come from very challenging backgrounds and personal circumstances, and this is an incredible opportunity for them to improve their life prospects.

The evening is at your leisure, free time to explore the ambiance of the market square and the fascinating traditional homes.

Included Experiences
  • Transfer to Bhaktapur
  • Sightseeing Tour of Bhaktapur
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Heritage Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 5

   NAGARKOT

After your breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a drive to Nagarkot. Considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District, Nagarkot offers one of the broadest views of the Himalayas (8 mountain ranges out of Nepal’s 13). It also offers an unmatched panoramic vista over the Kathmandu Valley.

A day for active nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, so make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes for the hike where you will be surrounded by stunning scenery, fresh mountain air and serenity. The afternoon plan is a 12km hike, lasting approximately 3–3.5 hours. This hike includes the Nature Trail, Village Walk and Panoramic Hiking Trail.

Start with the Eco-Trail, surrounded by the pine trees, away from the relentless noise and crowds. A lovely walk through dense coniferous forests. From there, reach Kartike village, looking at breath-taking views of the mountain villages perched on the hill with terraced farmlands amidst the stunning Himalayan peaks. The last stretch of the hike is between the villages of Kartike and Dhanda-Gaun, ending this with epic views of the rolling hills and villages.

Back to the hotel early evening for another magnificent sunset view.

Included Experiences
  • Transfer to Nagarkot
  • Hiking around Nagarkot
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Fort Resort
Double / Twin

DAY 6

   POKHARA

After breakfast, leave the hotel to the airport for the flight to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. Often dubbed the “Jewel in the Himalayas”, its natural beauty stems from the spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, the serene lakes and surrounding greenery.

Far from the earthquake epicentre, and almost unaffected by the disaster, Pokhara has a lot more to offer travellers than its laid-back charm or its spectacular scenery. There are diverse food choices galore, and a booming adventure sports industry. You have a free day in Pokhara to explore the city at your own pace.

Tip: At the flight check in and for the best views of the mountains, ask to sit on the right-hand side of the plane away from the wing.

Included Experiences
  • Transfer to the airport
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Fishtail Lodge Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 7

   POKHARA

Lakeside Pokhara is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Feel the magic of the mountains and their reflections on the tranquil surface of the lake. From lake Phewa, and possibly even from your hotel bed, you can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometres away.

After breakfast, meet your local guide and head to the lake for a one-hour boat ride.

The rest of the day is free to explore Pokhara. An evening stroll around the lake is highly recommended or relax at the hotel.

Included Experiences
  • Boat ride in Phewa Lake
Optional Experiences
  • Heli tour to Annapurna Base camp
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Fish Tail Lodge Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 8

   SARANGKOT

Start with an early morning drive to Sarangkot mountain for a panoramic sunrise view over the Annapurna range. Later, head to Hyangja to visit the Tibetan Refugee settlement to meet with Tibetan refugees and learn about their live and survival experience in exile. Following that, enjoy a homemade Tibetan breakfast with a local family, then have the chance to visit a local Buddhist monastery to learn about Buddhism and receive blessing from Rinpoche. Also meet a Tibetan doctor and learn about Tibetan medicine and its ancient treatment.

In the afternoon, catch the flight back to Kathmandu.

Included Experiences
  • Sarangkot excursion
  • Visit of Tibetan Refugee Settlement
  • Fly to Kathmandu
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation

Dalai La Boutique Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 9

   KATHMANDU

Travelling is another form of learning. Today’s morning is dedicated to the visit of the “Seven Women”, a social enterprise working to help disadvantaged women in Nepal. The tour and class will be run at the Seven Women headquarters in Kathmandu. The tour starts at the local greenhouse, learning about seasonal produce and greenhouse farming. Once familiar with local ingredients, you’ll be cooking some traditional Nepalese recipes that have been passed throughout generations of local women.

After the guided recipe preparation, you’ll learn to cook few delicious dishes and we’ll all sit down to have the meal together. You’ll also meet some of the women of the “Seven Women” and learn about their stories of how this social enterprise has made such a difference in Nepal through its literacy classes, skills training, and income generation programmes.

The afternoon free for shopping and relaxing in Kathmandu.

Included Experiences
  • Cooking class at Seven women
Included Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation

Dalai La Boutique Hotel
Double / Twin

DAY 10

   KATHMANDU

On the last day in Kathmandu, take your time today to explore the city at your own pace ready for transfer to the airport.

Included Experiences
  • Relax or explore the city at leisure then depart to the airport
Included Meals
  • Breakfast

 

Embrace simplicity & expand your views across the Himalayas