• Departing from? Departing from
  • Travelling to? Travelling to
  • When? When
  • How long for? How long for
  • Clear Search
  • Departing from?Dublin + 3
  • Travelling to?Italy + 1
  • When?March 2015
  • How long for?7 nights
  • Clear Search
Explore Nepal
from Per person

Explore Nepal

  • 14 Night Holiday
  • B&B/Half Board
View Dates & Prices

Take an adventure holiday to Nepal. It is a paradise for hikers with its incredible Himalayan trails, ideal for nature lovers with its abundance of wildlife and stunning natural landscapes and there are many sacred sites for those seeking spiritual enlightenment.

Begin your adventure in Nepal by exploring Kathmandu Valley.  See the wonderful Buddhist sites of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, which offer amazing views of the city. Be transported back to medieval times when you visit Bhaktapur, one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu Valley. 

Embark on a jeep ride and a walking safari in Chitwan National Park, home to a variety of wildlife and where there’s a possibility to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger!

Active adventurers will be spoilt for choice, from a taking canoe ride along the Rapti River, trekking through the Himalayas, cycling the outskirts of Pokhara, to enjoying an invigorating yoga session.  

Embrace Nepalese cuisine with an interactive cooking lesson with a local family and learn more about the unique tribe of the Tharu People at a Tharu culture dance evening.  

A guided adventure to Nepal is the perfect way to see all the main highlights of this remarkable country, as well as getting off the beaten tourist track. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Nepalese Rupee  
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +5 hours
Passport
Everybody, except Indian nationals, are required to purchase a tourist visa. This visa can be obtained either in advance from a Nepal consulate or upon arrival. Passport should be valid for 6 months from your return date of travel.
Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport is the sole airport in Nepal and is located six kilometres from the city of Kathmandu.
Climate
Nepal's climate is highly influenced by geographical features, at higher altitude the summers are mild and winters severe, while elsewhere summers are tropical and winters mild. June & July are the hottest months, with December and January being the coolest. The warm spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
Food & Drink

Indian, Tibetan and Thai influences can all be detected in Nepalese cuisine, and the food can vary as much as the culture and geography does across different regions. As with many Asian countries, rice and noodles are a staple feature, as are some sort of bread accompaniment to many dishes. Fish, chicken and dal (lentil) are common with beef less so. Enjoy sampling tasty chutneys and pickles, traditional dumplings, skewered meat, and discovering the regional variations of this delicious cuisine as you travel around.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 133.00Nr
  • Beer: 208.00Nr
  • Glass of wine: 250.00Nr
  • Meal: 150.00Nr
  • Soft Drink: 41.00Nr
  • Bottled Water: 36.33Nr
  • (€1 - 112.92 Nr)
Recommended Reading

The Kingdom by Clive Cussler

The Mountain is Young by Hun Suyin

Palpasa Cafe by Narayan Wagle

Holiday highlights

Kathmandu

The capital of Nepal, originally known as Kantupir ‘the City of Glory’ and once the main trading route between Tibet and India. It’s more than a gateway to Everest, Kathmandu is a vibrant city and cultural hub with spectacular Newari architecture, warm friendly locals and ancient Budhists and Hindu sites.

Bhaktapur 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be transported back in time to the Newari medieval period when you visit Bhaktapur, as the city’s architecture is remarkably well preserved. It’s known as the ‘City of Devotion’ due to its many temples located throughout the city.

Chitwan National Park

Nepal’s first National Park was established in 1973 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Chitwan National Park covers an area of 932 sq. km and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, such as wild elephants, rhinos and over 500 different species of birds.  If you’re very lucky, you may spot the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.

Pokhara

Pokhara is full of natural beauty and is a dream location for active adventure seekers. It’s the gateway to trekking the Annapurna region and three out of ten highest mountains in the world, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu, are in close proximity from Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal.

The Himalayas

The Nepalese refer to the Himalayas as “Sagarmatha”, which means Goddess of the Universe. Enjoy a three day hike through the Himalayas, which covers approximately 75% of Nepal’s area. The tallest mountain range in the world which spreads across India, China, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Pakistan.



Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Nepalese Rupee  
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +5 hours
Passport
Everybody, except Indian nationals, are required to purchase a tourist visa. This visa can be obtained either in advance from a Nepal consulate or upon arrival. Passport should be valid for 6 months from your return date of travel.
Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport is the sole airport in Nepal and is located six kilometres from the city of Kathmandu.
Climate
Nepal's climate is highly influenced by geographical features, at higher altitude the summers are mild and winters severe, while elsewhere summers are tropical and winters mild. June & July are the hottest months, with December and January being the coolest. The warm spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
Food & Drink

Indian, Tibetan and Thai influences can all be detected in Nepalese cuisine, and the food can vary as much as the culture and geography does across different regions. As with many Asian countries, rice and noodles are a staple feature, as are some sort of bread accompaniment to many dishes. Fish, chicken and dal (lentil) are common with beef less so. Enjoy sampling tasty chutneys and pickles, traditional dumplings, skewered meat, and discovering the regional variations of this delicious cuisine as you travel around.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 133.00Nr
  • Beer: 208.00Nr
  • Glass of wine: 250.00Nr
  • Meal: 150.00Nr
  • Soft Drink: 41.00Nr
  • Bottled Water: 36.33Nr
  • (€1 - 112.92 Nr)
Recommended Reading

The Kingdom by Clive Cussler

The Mountain is Young by Hun Suyin

Palpasa Cafe by Narayan Wagle

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1- Depart for Nepal

Morning

Travel to Nepal

Begin your adventure with an overnight flight to Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Morning

Kathmandu orientation tour

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel. After some time to settle into your hotel your local expert guide will take you on a walking tour of the nearby area and local markets so you can get a feel for the best places to eat, shop and sightsee independently. Following this 2 hour orientation you will have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore further as you desire.

Evening

Welcome dinner

There will be a welcome dinner included at your hotel tonight so you can get to know your fellow group members.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights)

Day 3 – Explore Kathmandu, Swayamhbunath & Patan

Morning

Explore Boudhanath

This morning you will visit the stupa of Boudhanath with your local expert guide. A stupa is a hemispherical structure containing relics that is used as a place of meditation by Buddhists. Boudnath is one of the biggest stupas in the world and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions of north, south, east and west, keeping watch over the city. You will have the unique opportunity to participate in chanting with local monks at one of the monasteries in Boudhanath.

Afternoon

Explore Swayamhbunath & Patan

Later today you will explore Swayamhbunath & Patan with your local expert guide. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is said to be 2,500 years old. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is located in the Kathmandu Valley. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, in particular, Patan Durbar Square which is home to a collection of Buddhist & Hindu sculptures.

Evening

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the evening free for independent exploration in Kathamandu. Your local expert guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste. We suggest mingling with the locals and trying some traditional Nepalese food at one of the many restaurants.

Day 4 – Explore Bhaktapur

Full day

Explore Bhaktapur

Perched on a hill at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur, which translates to “city of devotees” is a medieval city which has managed to stay untouched by the rapid urbanization of the nearby Kathmandu. Bhaktapur still boasts its ancient brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and way of life that goes back to primitive times. Here you will visit Nyatapola, dedicated to tantric goddess, Bhairabh Temple, dedicated to Bhariav the god of terror, Pottery Square, the 15th-century royal palace, Durbar Square and the Golden Gate.

Evening

Cooking class with a local family

In the evening you will have an immersive and interactive experience with a local family in Bhaktapur. Visit their traditional home followed by a cooking class where you will learn to prepare and cook authentic Nepalese cuisine. Afterwards, you will join the family for dinner as you sample the creations from your cooking class together as a group.

Day 5 – Explore Chitwan National Park

Early morning

Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park

In the early morning you will depart Kathmandu for Chitwan National Park (approximate driving time 6 hours, plus comfort stops). Upon arrival you will check in to your hotel.

Afternoon

Jeep drive in Chitwan National Park

This afternoon, you will embark on a jeep drive in Chitwan National Park with your local expert guide. The lush green Chitwan National Park is situated in the foothills of Churia ranges, South West of Kathmandu. The park consists of sal tree forest, tall elephant grassland, hills and the flood plains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. Chitwan National Park was enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984 and covers an area of 932 sq. km. It is home to 56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 525 species of birds. The park’s most notable residents are the Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Lunch and dinner are included today. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure to relax in the heart of nature.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Chitwan (2 nights)

Day 6 – Explore Chitwan National Park

Morning

Canoe ride

This morning you will explore the Rapti River by canoe with your local expert guide. Observe many birds as they flock to the river in search of food. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rare gharial, a fish-eating crocodile whose global population is estimated at less than 235. Since the mid-1900s, the gharial's numbers have declined as much as 98 percent due to hunting for traditional medicine and drastic changes to their freshwater habitats.

Afternoon

Walking safari

This afternoon is sure to be a highlight as you embark on a walking safari through Chitwan National Park with your local expert guide. Walking through nature, encountering wildlife, and learning about the hidden secrets of this land space is an adventure like no other. (Walking distance: 2.5kms / Walking duration: 1.5 hours) Lunch is included at your hotel this afternoon.

Evening

Tharu culture dance night

Chitwan National Park is the homeland of the Tharu people who are the original tribe of this region. They have their own language, culture and traditional beliefs. They were the only inhabitants of Chitwan up until the late 1950s. This evening there will be a cultural entertainment night at your resort so you can learn more about their fascinating culture. Dances like Danda Nach (Stick Dance), Ago Nach (Fire Dance), Mayur Nach (Peacock Dance) are some of the popular dance styles you will have a chance to witness. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.

Day 7 – Explore Pokhara

Morning

Explore Pokhara

In the early morning you will depart Chitwan National Park for Pokhara (approximate driving time 5.5 hours plus comfort stops). The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes & rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara one of the most picturesque backdrops in Nepal. There is no other place in the world from where the Great Himalayas peaks can be admired from such a close distance. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu, are all within a linear distance of 50 km from the city of Pokhara. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas, Pokhara is the ideal base for trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Afternoon

Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave & a Tibetan Refugee camp

After some time to settle in, you will spend the afternoon exploring Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave & a Tibetan Refugee camp. Davis Fall is a waterfall that goes directly into a deep and narrow canal. The water forms an underground tunnel which is approximately 500 feet long and runs 100 feet below ground level. The nearby Gupteshwar Cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal with depth of around 3 kms. The Tashiling Refugee Camp is a community where Tibetan refugees have been settled by the Nepalese government. There are a few shops, residence quarters, a small monastery and a small handicraft centre which you will explore with your local expert guide. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight before having the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Pokhara (1 night)

Day 8 – Trek the Himalayas (Khade to Dhampus)

Full day

Trek the Himalayas (Khade to Dhampus)

This morning drive from Pokhara to Khade to the starting point of today’s trek. From Khade you will begin walking towards Australian camp. The trail gets off to a steep start, through a stone staircase for approximately 2 hours. Australian Camp is situated on the ridge and has an incredible view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Lamjung Himal. From Australian Camp you will hike down to continue on a jungle trail towards the village of Dhampus, well known for its old-fashioned slate roofed houses. Located on the Annapurna trekking trail, Dhampus village is blessed with majestic views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range and will be your base for tonight. A cooked picnic lunch along the trail and a lodge dinner are included today.

Important information

Trek difficulty: Moderate Trek duration 5 hours / Trek distance 11km / Starting altitude at Khade 1648m / Finishing altitude at Dhampus 1730m

Overnight

Accommodation

Lodge accommodation in Dhampus (1 night)

Day 9 – Trek the Himalayas (Dhampus to Astam)

Full day

Trek the Himalayas (Dhampus to Astam)

This morning you will begin your hike by trekking down the road along the ridge towards Astam. Offering a 360 degree panoramic view of the Annapurna mountain range, Astam village is famous for its iconic sunrise and sunset views on the mountains. You can see peaks like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I and Annapurna IV from the village. Astam village also provides a great insight into rural village life of the Adhikari & Brahimins people who have been dwelling in these mid-hills for generations. A cooked picnic lunch along the trail and a lodge dinner are included today.

Important information

Trek difficulty: Moderate / Trek duration 4 hours / Trek distance 12km / Starting altitude at Dhampus 1730m / Finishing altitude at Astam 1522m

Overnight

Accommodation

Lodge accommodation in Astam (1 night)

Day 10 – Trek the Himalayas (Astam to Hemja)

Full day

Trek the Himalayas (Astam to Hemja)

This morning you will start walking from Astam towards the village of Jijharka, where a stop will be made at a local store where you can buy some refreshments if you wish. From Jijharka a gradual downhill trek will begin through chestnut forests with views across the Hemja and Mardi Valleys. Upon arrival in Hemja you will then transfer with your local expert guide to your hotel in Pokhara, where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore further independently.

Important information

Trek difficulty: Moderate / Trek duration 2 hours / Trek distance 7km / Starting altitude at Astam 1522m / Finishing altitude at Hemja 1100 m

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Pokhara (2 nights)

Day 11 – Cycle Pokhara

Morning

Cycle Pokhara

This morning you will embark on a cycling adventure on the outskirts of Pokhara. Starting from the lakeside you will cycle towards the Buddhist stupa, taking an uphill path. It will take approximately 75 minutes of cycling uphill before reaching the stupa. After spending some time at the stupa, you will continue cycling uphill for a further 30 minutes towards Raniban, before heading on a downhill ride to Lake Phewa. The cycle from Raniban to the lake will take approximately 45 minutes. From the lake it is an onward 30 minute cycle to Pame along some relatively easier terrain. Upon arrival in Pame you will be met by a vehicle and transferred back to your hotel in Pokhara.

Important information

Cycling difficulty: Moderate / Cycling distance: 30kms / Cycling duration: 3 hours excluding stops

At Leisure

Afternoon

This afternoon and this evening are at leisure in Pokhara. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions of activities and local restaurants to suit your taste.

Day 12 - Yoga in Pokhara

Full day

Yoga & transfer to Kathmandu

In the early morning you will rise with the sun for a yoga session with a local yoga teacher. The yoga session will take place at your hotel and will last 1 hour. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago and has become a popular form of exercise for both the body and the mind worldwide over the last century. Whether yoga is already part of your usual routine or you are a complete beginner, this morning yoga flow will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for a well-deserved breakfast! Later in the morning you will transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu (approximate driving time 6.5 hours plus comfort stops).

Evening

At leisure

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will have the remainder of the evening to explore independently at your leisure. A riot of sights, sounds and smells, we recommend exploring the colourful Thamel market. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights)

Day 13 – Kathmandu at leisure

Full day

At leisure

You will have the full day at leisure to spend entirely you as you wish. Your local expert guide will be happy to make some suggestions. Take a rickshaw ride through the winding alleyways, marvel at one of the many temples, do some last-minute shopping at the bustling markets or simply relax by the pool at your hotel. The choice is all yours.

Afternoon

Optional Mount Everest flight excursion

Feel like you’re on top of the world during a once in a lifetime scenic flight from Kathmandu over the iconic peaks of the Himalayas. Soar past Mt Everest on a fixed wing aircraft, as you experience the world’s highest summit from a bird’s eye panoramic view, without the struggle of trekking to the top! Transfers, guide and a window seat on the flight included (From €239 per person. This excursion is subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions)

Day 14 – Kathmandu at leisure & return home

At leisure & return home

Full day

You will have one final full day to explore Nepal’s fascinating capital, Kathmandu, as you wish before a late afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 15 – Arrive home

Afternoon

Arrive home

Arrive home following your once in a lifetime adventure to Nepal.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Manaslu 3

Hotel Manaslu is a boutique heritage hotel established in 1972. Located in a serene environment in the heart of the busy hub of Kathmandu, Hotel Manaslu offers comfortable rooms, decorated with warm traditional furnishings and equipped with modern amenities. Hotel Manaslu takes p... read more read more read more

Hotel Manaslu is a boutique heritage hotel established in 1972. Located in a serene environment in the heart of the busy hub of Kathmandu, Hotel Manaslu offers comfortable rooms, decorated with warm traditional furnishings and equipped with modern amenities. Hotel Manaslu takes pride in the renowned craftsmanship of Nepali artisans and portrays examples of their craft in the hotel buildings and architecture.

Hotel address
Hotel Manaslu
230, Hotel Marg, Lazimpat
Kathmandu

View available dates for this hotel

The Silver Oaks Inn 3

Located along the banks of Fewa Lake in Pokhara, Hotel Silver Oaks Inn is a family run hotel which offers comfortable, vibrantly coloured rooms. After a day of exploring relax at the bar with a drink or sample some local cuisines at the restaurant.... read more read more read more

Located along the banks of Fewa Lake in Pokhara, Hotel Silver Oaks Inn is a family run hotel which offers comfortable, vibrantly coloured rooms. After a day of exploring relax at the bar with a drink or sample some local cuisines at the restaurant.

Hotel address
The Silver Oaks Inn
Lalupate marga, lakeside
Pokhara

View available dates for this hotel

Tigerland Safari Resort 3

Tigerland Safari Resort is a jungle-themed lodge, with 35 individual stilted cottages situated alongside a tributary of the Rapti river. The resort is spread across 8 acres of land which overlooks the nearby Chitwan National Park. The architecture and furnishing of the lodge feat... read more read more read more

Tigerland Safari Resort is a jungle-themed lodge, with 35 individual stilted cottages situated alongside a tributary of the Rapti river. The resort is spread across 8 acres of land which overlooks the nearby Chitwan National Park. The architecture and furnishing of the lodge feature local bamboo and sustainable wood, helping it blend in seamlessly with the jungle.  Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals during your stay, immersed in the heart of nature.

Hotel address
Tigerland Safari Resort
Bhatbhateni
Kathmandu
Nepal
View available dates for this hotel

Dhaulagiri View Hotel Lodge

Nature meets comfort, at this family run hotel located on the hill of Dhampus. With just 20 rooms, Dhaulagiri View Hotel is a small, simple hotel that offers basic but comfortable accommodation. Nepali, Indian and continental cuisine are all served at the restaurant with a focus ... read more read more read more

Nature meets comfort, at this family run hotel located on the hill of Dhampus. With just 20 rooms, Dhaulagiri View Hotel is a small, simple hotel that offers basic but comfortable accommodation. Nepali, Indian and continental cuisine are all served at the restaurant with a focus on local produce.  Located within walking distance of Annapurna Conservation Area, this hotel is the ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore the Himalayas.

Hotel address
Dhaulagiri View Hotel
Dhampus 33700


View available dates for this hotel

Annapurna Eco Village Resort Lodge

Annapurna Eco-Village Resort is a tranquil oasis situated at the foot of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Committed to environmentally sustainable farming techniques, Annapurna Eco-Village Resort grows vegetables, herbs, spices and grains directly on the farm. Offering basic... read more read more read more

Annapurna Eco-Village Resort is a tranquil oasis situated at the foot of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Committed to environmentally sustainable farming techniques, Annapurna Eco-Village Resort grows vegetables, herbs, spices and grains directly on the farm. Offering basic, rustic accommodation this is the perfect base for those trekking the majestic Himalayas.

Hotel address
Annapurna Eco Village Resort
Machhapuchare -6
Astam

View available dates for this hotel

* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

View more hotels

Departure Dates & Prices

Find your perfect holiday...

  • Date
  • Departs
  • Duration
  • Hotel & Accommodation
  • Price
  •  
Filter your results
Filter your results
View more departure dates

Departing on
Change date

Hotels on this trip

View all hotels

What's included in your price

inc. all taxes & charges

Price, taxes, flight times & availability are subject to change. E&OE. Price based on per person, sharing. Single Supplement cost may apply.

How many people are travelling?
Book now
  • Single Supplement from €149.00
  • Baggage from €40.00
  • Insurance from €12.50

Peace of Mind with TD active Holidays

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges – guaranteed

Our Guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

Our Promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully Protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad
  • We are a privately owned business and have been around for over 20 years
  • Licenced by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, TO 163 & TA 0692