9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu / Patan / Chitwan / Pokhara / Kathmandu

Overview

This is one of the most popular tours in Nepal. It combines Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Pokhara with natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences. Stroll in a medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wildlives in their natural habitat. This classic tour combines everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in your memorable Nepal Tour. Even if your wildest dream is to watch marsh crocodiles sunbathing or you feel like bathing with an elephant in a jungle river – we make it happen in reality.

9 days & 8 nights
Private tour
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Culture, Photography, Architecture, Family
Suitable:

Highlights

  • Get a better understanding of Nepal featured culture and history after visiting its three most magnificent “medieval kingdoms” – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur;
  • Explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley – Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple, Budhanath, etc;
  • Have a pleasant sightseeing trip in Pokhara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and peaceful lake landscape;
  • Meet many kinds of rare wild animals and take part in many interesting ourdoor activities in Chitwan National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival ( D )

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rich in culture and religion. After arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic guide with a very smiling face, then be transferred to check in your hotel in downtown by a air-conditioned private vehicle. The rest of today is your free time to take rest or walk around.

In the evening, you will be treated a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy authentic Nepalese food.

Traditional Nepalese food

Traditional Nepalese food

Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot / 30km, About 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today’s activities start with a wonderful stroll around the grand Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. With the complex made between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal, it provides many interesting things to see, like Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple etc. Then you will visit the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine – Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley.

After that, move to see the giant Buddhist stupa – Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley at about 131ft (40km) high and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha. Leaving Boudhanath, you will drive about 34 km northeastward to Nagarkot. With an altitude of 2,715 meters, this place is an ideal place to enjoy the grandiose views of Mount Everest and some other high peaks over 7500m on the Himalaya Range. It time is right, you will catch up with the breathtaking sunset.

Stay overnight at Nagarkot.

Optional Activity: you can choose to take a Everest Mountain Flight in the early morning. From the airplane, fantastic Himalayan peaks, lakes and glaciers can be witnessed.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

  • Giant Boudhanath Stupa
Day 3 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu / 12km (about 45mins' Driving) & 16km (about 45mins' Driving) ( B )

Get up early in the morning to catch the precious moment to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Mt. Everest from Nagarkot, then get back to your hotel to have breakfast.

After having the fantastic time in Nagarkot, you’ll be transferred to another sister city of Kathmandu and Patan – Bhaktapur which is one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one with an altitude of 1,401 meter. With three different styles square – Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal’s Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city.

After the Bhaktapur visit, you will head to next destination – Patan, once a glorious independent kingdom, but now almost a suburb of Kathmandu city. It is known for the crowding Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in the whole of Nepal. It also attracts tourists with the treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The square consists of three main chowks, or courtyards – the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Main Keshab Narayan Chowk.

Leaving Patan, you will return back to Kathmandu city to visit Pashupatinath which is one of the world most sacred places of worship for the Hindus delicated to lord Shiva. This temple has a reputation of “the Temple of Living Beings”. Every day you will find hordes of people from all over Nepal and India pilgrimaging to the Pashupatinath Temple in order to give worship to Pashupati. They start off this process early in the morning where they are blessed by Lord Shiva. Each year there is a formal celebration called Shivaratri, which means “night of Lord Shiva”, that is attended by thousands of people.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Enjoy Himalaya Mountains

Day 4 Kathmandu - Chitwan / 150km, About 5.5hrs' Driving ( B )

After having breakfast, you will be driven towards Chitwan,which is 150 kilometers from Kathmandu and a 5 hour’s drive into the mountains.

All the way you’ll descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna. Nepal’s 1st national park, the Chitwan National Park together with the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve supports spices diversity much higher than any other on the Indian subcontinent. Rare species include Bengal Tiger, Gharial and the world’s second largest population of Asian Rhinoceros, but also Leopards, Mugger Crocodile, Indian rock python and several species of deer.

After checking into the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by nature guide. Then you’ll head on for activities. There will be a guided village walk and a walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle.

In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums, popularly known as Tharu Cultural Program.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park

Day 5 Chitwan ( B, L, D )

Today after breakfast, you’ll have a full day at Chitwan National Park, which has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. You’re almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles.

You can do a number of activities here – an elephant safaria nature walkbird watchinga jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant! Don’t forget take a video of your elephant-bath which will be one of the fondest memories of the lifetime.

Overnight in Chitwan.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Riding elephants in Chitwa National Park

Day 6 Chitwan - Pokhara / 150km, About 5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today after having breakfast, you’ll be driven to Pokhara which is about 140 kilometers from Chitwan (about 5-6 hours’ drive). Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

After arrival, you will be taken to pay a visit to the International Mountain Museum which is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. The rest of today is free for you to explore some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Beautiful landscapse of Pokhara

Day 7 Pokhara ( B )

Today, you will begin the full-day sightseeing of Bokhara. In the early morning, you will drive to the Sarangkot to watch breathtaking sunrise. When the sun picks out the peaks, they are transformed from a purple-pink to a celestial gold. As the day breaks thoroughly, you can admire a wonderful panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from west to east. The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is praised as a religious experience. After the spectacular sightseeing from Sarangkot, you will drive to Peace Temple to see the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda. The road to the pagoda is not in very good condition, but scenery is stunning. World Peace Pagoda was constructed by the Buddhists from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization, symbolizing the peace of the world. While seeing the enchanting natural sights around, you will also get a feeling of inner peace as well.

After lunch, you will visit Devil’s Fall, locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). It is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tanmen. Then, pay a visite the nearby Gupteswar Gupha, which is a sacred cave. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. Afterwards, you will have a relaxed journey in Phewa Lake which is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is available to take to the lake with one of the beautifully painted boats or walk/cycle around the lakeshore. The most important religious monument in Pokhara, Barahi Temple, is built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The two storied pagoda is dedicated to boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

Picturesque view of Phewa lake

Picturesque view of Phewa lake

Day 8 Pokhara - Kathmandu / 200km, About 5.5hrs' Driving ( B )

After breakfast, you’ll start your 200 kilometers and be driven back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. It would be an upward journey along the winding road that you came by. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping, visit freak streets ect.

Day 9 Kathmandu Departure ( B )

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Important Notes:

  • 1. Tibet Permits
    There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit.
  • 2. Available Months to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet
    Basically you have two options – flight and train. Currently, you can take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing(4.5hrs), Xian(3.7hrs), Chengdu(2.5hrs), Chongqing(3hrs), Kuming(3hrs), etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu and Xian have more frequent flights to Lhasa.
    If you a train travel, you can take a train to from Beijing(40.5hrs), Xian(32hrs), Chengdu(43hrs), Shanghai(47hrs), Chongqing(42hrs), Lanzhou(25hrs), Xining(22hrs), Guangzhou(54hrs).
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

Price & Inclusion

Meals

Meals are included in itinerary

Transportation

Price Includes

  • Private professional English-speaking local tour guide.
  •  A comfortable vehicle with a private driver.
  • Airport (or train) pick up and drop off.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass.
  • All accommodation are included in the itinerary, based on double-occupancy. Comfortable class hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse and Kathmandu, guesthouse or tent in Mount Everest and Gyirong.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary. ( “B” for breakfast; “L” for lunch; “D” for dinner.)
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • A container of Oxygen for emergency usage while traveling to Mt. Everest.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 02 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate