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 and will appreciate the grandeur of the Himalayas and the unique cultural identity of these peoples.
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
This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, and excursions and extend your holiday.
KATHMANDU Arrive in Nepal’s capital where you’ll start your adventure in a city which is a fascinating blend of old and new. You'll spend a full day visiting the neighbouring cities of Bhaktapur and Patan. Bhaktapur is known as Nepal's cultural gem and is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. Spend time exploring Durbar Square and its fascinating structures and buildings and visit the impressive Nyatapola Temple which is the country's tallest pagoda temple. Continue west to the city of Patan, filled with Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. In this Durbar square, experience the magic of the singing bowls as used by monks for their physical, mental and spiritual rejuvination.
CHITWAN Travel south to the UNESCO-listed Chitwan National Park which is hailed as one of Asia's finest game parks and is home to more than 500 species including the highly endangered one horned rhinoceros, Asiatic elephant and sambar deer. Stay at the luxury river-side lodge, Taj Meghauli Serai, which effortlessly blends rustic charm with contemporary sophistication. While here, you can take part in the lodge's activities including jeep safaris, nature walks and canoe rides.
POKHARA Return to the foothills for your stay in Nepal’s second city – Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Massif. Over the course of your time in Pokhara, enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake, visit the colourful Matepani Monastery to see the monks during their daily prayer session and make an unforgettable dawn journey to the brilliantly white World Peace Stupa to watch the sun rise and appreciate the beauty of the sunlight as it hits the mountains.
MAJGAUN Transfer further into the Himalayas to the village of Lumle where you'll get a taste of foothill trekking as you walk from there to Chandrakot and onwards to the mountain village of Majgaun, passing through hillside communities all the while in awe of the grandure of the mountains which surround you. If the sky is clear, you’ll have views of Annapurna South and the distinctive sweeping peak of the sacred mountain, Machapuchare. Stay at the remote and traditional Nepalese Mala Lodge in Majgaun, a village surrounded by tiered rice terraces and where the locals specialise in beekeeping. Return to Kathmandu via Pokhara for another night and either end your adventure here or why not continue on to neighbouring Bhutan.
Tailor your tour
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. In these remote destinations we have selected the best in class hotels and are happy to give you more information on these hand-picked properties such as Temple Tree Resort and Spa in Pokhara.
We’ve packed this itinerary full of experiences like a day exploring Kathmandu 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 or even extending your stay in Nepal. 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 or you could continue on to Bhutan to explore this other secretive Himalayan country.