Nepal's Plains & Mountains – Suggested Itinerary
Nepal is a land of epic landscapes and deeply felt spirituality. Adventure-seekers will love travelling from Kathmandu to picturesque Pokhara via wildlife-rich Chitwan.
Suggested route & duration
8 nights round trip from Kathmandu
• Kathmandu: 2 nights
• Chitwan: 2 nights
• Pokhara: 1 night
• Majgaun: 1 night
• Pokhara: 1 night
• Kathmandu: 1 night
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this itinerary
• Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley visiting Bhaktapur and Patan
• Seek out the rare Indian rhinoceros on a Jeep safari in Chitwan National Park
• Head out on a boat ride on Phewa Lake in Pokhara
• Follow hiking trails in the Annapurna foothills for panoramic mountain views
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrive in Nepal’s capital where you’ll start your adventure. Spend a full day visiting Bhaktapur and Patan, two of the three ancient cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Stay 2 nights at Dwarika’s Hotel.
Day 3: Chitwan Travel south to the UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park for included experiences like a Jeep safari, nature walk and canoe ride along the Rapti River. Stay 2 nights at Meghauli Serai by Taj.
Day 5: Pokhara Return to the foothills for your stay in Nepal’s second city – Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Massif. Enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake and some free time to explore the town. Stay 1 night at Temple Tree Resort & Spa.
Day 6: Majgaun After a sunrise visit to Shantu Stupa, otherwise known as the World Peace Pagoda, get a taste of foothill trekking as you walk from the village of Lumle to Chandrakot and onwards to the mountain village of Majgaun, passing by rice terraces and through hillside communities. If the sky is clear, you’ll have views of Annapurna South and the distinctive sweeping peak of the sacred mountain, Machapuchare. Stay 1 night at Mala Lodge.
Day 7: Pokhara Begin the day with another short hike from Majgaun to Dhap via the village of Tomejung, which is known for its honey beekeeping initiative. Once you’re back in Pokhara visit the Matepani Gumba monastery and enjoy a bit of free time. Stay 1 night at Temple Tree Resort & Spa.
Day 8: Kathmandu Return to Kathmandu by road. Stay 1 night at Dwarika’s Hotel.
Follow the foothill trails in the shadow of the Annapurna mountains to beautiful Majgaun.
Rise early for a sunrise visit to Pokhara’s Shanti Stupa and see the early light on the mountain peaks.
Search for rhino, tigers and elephants on a Jeep safari in the heart of Chitwan National Park.
Explore the city of Bhaktapur with its ancient monuments and lively Durbar Square.
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
The hotels on this itinerary – Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu, Temple Tree Resort and Spa in Pokhara and the luxe jungle lodge, Meghauli Serai by Taj in Chitwan – are some of very best hotels in Nepal. We also love the slightly more rustic Mala Lodge in the shadow of the Annapurna mountains.
We’ve packed this itinerary full of experiences like a day exploring Kathmandu’s Valley’s historic cities, Jeep safaris in Chitwan National Park and a couple of short hikes in the Annapurna foothills. Talk to us about adding extra experiences
We think eight nights is enough time to see Nepal’s highlights but you can easily add a night or two more in either Kathmandu or Pokhara. Alternatively, a shorter itinerary that includes just these two main cities can be added as an extension to any India holiday.
At just over a week long, there’s plenty of scope to add some other great spots to this trip. In Nepal, do a Dwarika’s double bill and head up to Dhulikhel, another spot with larger-than-life mountain views. It’s also really easy to add this ‘best of Nepal’ trip to a journey around the Golden Triangle.
Good to know
• 1 complimentary bottle of mineral water will be provided each day
• Maximum 15kg luggage allowance on the trek
• The trek portion of this suggested itinerary is only suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
When to go
• The skies in the foothills are clearest in October and November, making this the best time for mountain views
• Visit in the spring for warmer temperatures and to see Himalayan flowers in bloom
• Winters can be cold, especially up in the hills, and it can sometimes snow
• We suggest avoiding visiting Nepal during the monsoon which usually starts in July and lasts until mid-September; Chitwan National Park closes during this time