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Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara


6 days 5 nights

Code NP-KP5

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4297 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Season This trip can be taken throughout the year
  • Destination Kathmandu Bhaktapur Pokhara Patan
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Overview

Three nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara! If Kathmandu is the political and administrative capital of Nepal, Pokhara is the capital of nature! Nestled in the lap of Annapurna mountains, Pokhara has fresh air, clear skies and serene landscape! Pokhara is the gateway to the many Annapurna trekking trails and offers excellent mountain views except during the monsoon season. In Pokhara, we visit gorge, take boating trip in Lake Fewa, visit the sacred temples, and can even take a short hike.

We will spend the first two days in Kathmandu, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Patan. And then we take a short and scenic flight to Pokhara where we spend two days before returning to Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu

You can obtain a Nepal visa upon arrival. Bring one passport picture and US$ 25 cash to pay in visa fee. After clearing immigration and custom, meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate.

After introductions, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in the city (35 minutes). After wash up and change, with your guide and driver, proceed for sightseeing. 

First, visit Swayambhunath Stupa - the 2000-year-old Buddhist monument situated atop a hillock on the western fringe of the city. The monument is associated with the evolution of the Kathmandu valley. The monument complex includes the stupa, an array of small shrines, temples, and monasteries. Swayambhunath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhist as well as Hindu followers, and we will have the opportunity to watch the rituals performed by them

The stupa complex also offers a panoramic view of the valley and perhaps Himalayan mountains on a clear weather day.

From here, we descend and drive to the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the city. Several of the temples and palace complex here are devastated by the last earthquake, but we are still able to see many other structures here. We will visit the Kumari House, among other temples. The house has rich wood carving at its door, windows, and balconies but more importantly, this is the residence of Kumari - the living goddess of Nepal! We will request for the glimpse of the goddess who briefly appears in the balcony if she is available.

We will take leisurely walk through the streets of Indrachowk and Ason - the traditional business hub and end up in Thamel - the popular tourist destination for budget accommodations, restaurants, and handicraft stores.

In the evening, you are invited to a Nepali welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. The restaurant also entertains the guests by Nepali folklore dancing.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Kathmandu: Explore the medieval cities of the valley

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing.

Our first stop will be at Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest Buddhist monument of Nepal. This stupa is also the holiest Buddhist temple outside Tibet. There are several active monasteries associated with different Buddhist schools. Tibetan refugees primarily dominates the area and remind of small Barkhor Square.

Next, we proceed to Bhaktapur, about 10 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the smallest of the three medieval principalities but the best-preserved one. With stone-paved streets, medieval-looking houses and temples, the city look like an open-air museum. We visit the durbar square with the former palace complex. Other attractions of Bhaktapur include the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two large earthquakes, Duttratray square with Duttratray Temple and Pujarimath Complex. Stroll through the narrow-cobbled lanes between the private dwellings and also visit the potter's square. We stop by the workshops of local carvers and painters and appreciate their skills of generations-old arts.

Our final stop of the day will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu temple of Nepal. The temple lies by the sacred Bagmati River - one of the tributaries of the holy Ganges. The main temple sanctum is reserved for the Hindu worships and non-Hindus are not allowed inside, but we can watch the temple and rituals here from another side of the river. The river also has some pyres for Hindu cremation services. If we wait till late, we can watch the Hindu arati ceremony with oil lamps that wrap up the rituals of the day.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Scenic flight to Pokhara

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Pokhara. It's a 30-minute long scenic flight. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, your local guide will greet you.

You will have time to settle into your room before your guide takes you on sightseeing. 

First, we visit the Bindhyabasini Temple - the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagawati - a manifestation of Shakti.

Next, visit Devi's Falls, or Davi's Falls - an impressive waterfall where we can witness the waters of the lake cascading down and disappearing into the earth! Legend has it that a trekker, named David or Davis was washed away by the waters of the lake and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Nearby is the entrance to a nearly 3 miles long cave, called Gupteswar Gupha (cave). The cave holds special importance to Hindus as a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva was found inside, when the cave was first discovered. Our next stop will be at the Tibetan Refugee village. We will visit the Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hand-made carpet factory and school, etc. in the village.

Finally, the stop of the day will be at the International Mountain Museum. The museum has an interesting collection of old high-altitude mountaineering equipment and its evolution over the decades, document and chronicle the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general and to preserve the saga of the momentous feats in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayan peaks in particular.

The museum is situated just 0.5 km south of Pokhara airport. The spot is rightly selected as we can enjoy the unique view of 3 massive mountain peaks; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu which are above 8000 meters. No place in the world offers us such a panoramic view. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back off to your hotel in Pokhara, or you can choose to explore further or eat at the lakeside market on your own. 

Overnight at the lodge.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Explore Pokhara

This morning, we will go for a sunrise tour of Sarangkot. Situated at an altitude of 1592m (5,221 ft.), Sarangkot offers spectacular sunrise and Himalayan panorama view on a bright weather morning, and it's only 30 minutes' drive away from the lakeside.

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel usually one hour before sunrise time. A brief hike from the parking brings you to the top of the ridge. From here you will witness the magnificent sunrise and enchanting views of the Himalayan peaks and ranges of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Retrace your drive back to the hotel for breakfast, and then your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing.

First, visit Lake Fewa and enjoy boating. Lake Fewa is the second largest lake of Nepal, Rara Lake in far-west Nepal being the largest one. We visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi - a beautiful two-storied temple.

Optional: Hike the Peace Stupa
We cross the lake by boat, and then we begin our hike. It takes about 2-3 hours from the lakeshore to get to the top of the ridge where lies the giant World Peace Stupa, looming over the lake. On a clear weather day, we will again enjoy breath-taking views of the mountain and the valley. If you are not interested in hiking, we can go by car.

Depending on available time and your interest, we can visit the Begnas Lake that lies about 8 miles from the city and is less frequented by foreign travelers.

 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Flight back to Kathmandu

After leisurely morning breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by your guide and then taken to Patan city. Here, we will visit the durbar square with former palace and temples. Stroll through the stone-paved alleys with arts and craft workshops, and traditional stores lined up on either side. Visit the Golden Temple - a Buddhist monastery of Newari Buddhist and 5-storied Kumbheswara Temple, among others.

You will have time for shopping before your guide transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time for a flight to your next destination.

 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • One welcome dinner.
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel.
  • English speaking local Tour Guide.
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver.
  • All ground transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing admission tickets.
  • Daily 2 bottles of drinking water.
  • Domestic airfare Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal visa ($25).
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance.

Passport & Visa

Make sure, remaining validity of your passport is minimum six months when you return from the trip. And that you also have minimum one blank visa page for Nepal visa sticker. You also need some space for arrival and departure seals.

You can obtain a Nepal visa from any Nepali embassy or consulates abroad or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. If you plan to obtain Nepal visa upon arrival, please, bring one passport picture and US$ 25 cash to pay in visa fee. They do not accept other forms of payments.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport

This is motor vehicle-based tour suitable for travelers of all ages with a normal health condition. We do not have any risk of altitude on this trip. Sightseeing involves some walking and climbing the stairways. We provide good condition vehicles which are mid-size sedan car or SUVs or vans, depending on the group size. We need your cooperation and flexibility when something unexpected happens during the tour.

Accommodations

We provide a choice of accommodations from 3-star in the budget category, 4-star in the first class, and 5-star in the deluxe category. You will have a private bathroom with running hot and cold water.

Meals

The tour cost includes daily breakfast. When you check in the hotel, please ask the front desk about breakfast hours. The tour features a Nepali welcome dinner booked in a typical Nepali restaurant. There will be no lunch and dinner included. During the sightseeing, there will be a lunch break.

All the hotels do have onsite restaurants and several other choices of restaurants in the walking distance. Ask your guide for recommendations. Please, budget US$10-15 for a decent three-course meal.

The restaurants serve Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and western-style dishes. 

Guides

Our guides are college-educated locals, proficient in English, and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly, they are friendly and committed to delivering the best services. Guide and driver is not the same person.

Best time for this trip

You can undertake this trip throughout the year, but October and November are the best months when temperatures are mild, skies are clear, and we have clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May. Temperatures are still mild, and we have rhododendrons and other wildflowers in bloom during this season.

Booking

US$ 300 is requested, along with a completed booking form. You can put the deposit on your credit card or send a check. Balance payment is due 90 days before the arrival date. Balance payment on credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee. If you book the trip within 90 days before the arrival date, we request full payment at the time of booking.

Cancellation and refund

We must receive a cancellation request in written form. A cancellation fee of the land cost will be as below.

  • Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • Sixty-Eighty-nine day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to Fifty-nine days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to Forty-four days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than Thirty days: 100%.

Accomodation

Standard Hotels

  • Holy Himalaya Kathmandu

    Holy Himalaya
  • Atithi Resort Pokhara

    Atithi Resort & Spa

Superior Hotels

  • Maya Manor Boutique Resort

    Maya Manor Boutique Resort
  • Atithi Resort Pokhara

    Atithi Resort & Spa

Deluxe Hotels

  • Yak & Yeti Kathmandu

    Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu
  • Fishtail Lodge Pokhara

    Hilton Jaipur

Hotels listed are subject to availability.

Add Ons

Chitwan Jungle Safari

US$ 170

Chitwan Jungle Safari

A 2 nights and 3 days jungle safari package in Chitwan National Park proves great scope of jungle safari rides and its worthy taking this trip as an add on to your trekking or cultural tour of Nepal Himalayas.

Ride on elephant back or drive your four-wheeler to view wild animals in their natural habitat or you might escape for a canoe rides on the jungle rivers. One can also have a memorable nature walks, bird watching excursions, village and cultural tours.

Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. The park covers a pristine area of 932 sq. km and rich in flora and fauna. Situated about 160 km (100 miles) Southwest from Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1984. The national park is home to the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, 4 species of deer and many other mammal, reptiles and birds.

Package Price

River View Jungle Camp or similar: US$ 180 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Jungle Villa Resort or similar: US$ 250 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package

Barahi Jungle Camp: US$ 550 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Package includes:

2 nights' accommodation on double occupancy basis, full board, national park fee and jungle safari activities.

Package does not include:

Transportation, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.

 

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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