Tour Itineraries > Nepal Classic Hiking Tour (14 days / 13 nights)

Kathmandu - Dhulikhel - Pokhara (Begnas) - Trishuli River rafting - Chitwan - Kathmandu


This is a fifteen-day program commencing with an insight of our ancient cultures & ethnic mixes and combining it with the simple pleasures of hiking through colorful ethnic villages, the thrills of viewing the Himalayan peaks from closer quarters and white-water rafting down to the southern Terai to see its rich flora and fauna.

The three cities of Kathmandu valley Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu have for centuries been city states, each with its own ornate palace squares around which art and trade and very essence of human life revolves. Kathmandu city, the modern capital of Nepal is a generous reflection of our rich past. Its Durbar Square, a palace and temple complex was built and added to by three dynasties. Patan, the city of beauty is the oldest. The 8th century conch-shaped Bhaktapur city is the most fascinating.

Within the perimeter of the Kathmandu valley is the beautiful countryside offering panoramic mountain views and insight on village life and culture. You will hike some of the old trade route or pilgrimage trails leading through terraced hillsides, forested ridges, paddy fields and forest covers connecting hamlets and interesting villages of mud-built houses.

A scenic 200kms drive along a mountain highway out of Kathmandu valley brings you to Pokhara, which is a launch-pad for interesting treks into the Himalayan foothills and beyond. The high Himalayas; Dhaulagiri (8,156m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Mardi (5,587m), Mt. Machhapucjare (6,993m) and Manaslu (8,163m) reign in the north of Pokhara. Hiking trips from and around the second largest lake of Pokhara valley; the Begnas Lake rewards the steadfast hikers with closer views of these Himalayan peaks & glaciers and the typical lifestyle of the inhabitant hill tribes such as; Gurungs, Ghales, Thakalis from amongst whom the valiant Gurkha soldiers are recruited.

Rising from the glaciers of the world’ highest mountains, the rivers of Nepal traverse through rugged mountains, coursing through at a slower pace as they reach the foothills, meandering slowly through the southern Terai before they merge into the holy Ganges. An easy two-day raft on the Trishuli is but just another facet to a bit of adventure and interesting way of travelling from the mountains to the jungles.

The Chitwan National Park (932 sq. km) formerly a royal hunting reserve and now a Conservation and World Heritage site is the most popular park because of its easy accessibility. Game viewing in the Chitwan National park rewards many with the rarest view of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger amongst a host of other mamals and native as well as migratory birds.

Day
Program
01
Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel.
02
Morning, walking tour of old Kathmandu city following the old path across Vishnumati river to Swayambhunath. In the afternoon, visit Pashupatinath and Bodhnath. (B)
03
Drive south to Dakshinkali. Visit Pharping village and continue on to Bungmati and Khokana. (B)
04
Drive to Changunarayan, the oldest and finest pagoda temple. Commence walking through paddy fields and typical villages of Newar farmers to Bhaktapur. Late afternoon drive to Dhulikhel to check in at your hotel. (B)
05
Magnificent sunrise views. After breakfast, commence on a full-day hike to Namoboudha carrying lunch boxes. Walk through scattered huts and farms to Panauti, an old interesting Newari village. Drive back to Dhulikhel in time to see a colorful sunset. (B,L)
06
In the morning drive to Pokhara (230km/6hrs). From the Begnas bazaar a short boatride to The Begnas Lake Resort. (B)
07
Hiking trip to Rupakote and Pacchbhaiya carrying picnic lunch. (B,L)
08
Hiking trip to Begnaskote carrying picnic lunch. (B,L)
09
Full day tour of Devin’s waterfall, Tibetan Refugee camp, and stroll around the colorful Phewa Lake side with its quaint markets, restaurants and second-hand bookstores. (B)
10
Drive to Mugling (90km/3hrs) the raft put-in point. Commence rafting down the Trisuli till we arrive at the wide sandy beach of Bhorle, where we set up camp for the night. (B,L,D)
11
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park and check in at your jungle resort. PM: Elephant back safari through the jungle. (B,L,D)
12
Full day jungle activities; nature walk, canoe ride or safari. (B,L,D)
13
Drive back to Kathmandu and check-in at your hotel. Rest of day free for shopping. (B)
14
Transfer to the airport to connect your outbound flight. (B)