Best of Nepal Adventure

Duration: 12 Days5/5(5 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 3210m

Highlights

  • Explore ancient historical sites in Kathmandu like Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc
  • Unwind at the shore of Phewa Lake and boat if you fancy it, enjoying a gorgeous sunset
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests and small villages, crossing suspension bridges to Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill along with a stretching view of the western Himalayan mountains
  • Spend nights in beautiful villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk
  • Experience the mountain lifestyle and get to know about different ethnic groups in Nepal
  • Witness diverse landscapes and stunning mountain panoramas of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Fishtail, etc
  • Enjoy jungle safari, canoeing, bird watching, etc in Chitwan National Park
  • Visit the local Tharu village and get to see their traditional stick dance

Best of Nepal Adventure

A perfect 12 days trip to Nepal that combines all of the country’s essence. Join us on this adventurous trek & tour venture alone or with your loved ones. Travel back in time while exploring the ancient historical sites in Kathmandu and escape the bustle of cities during the trek. Indulge in the serenity of Phewa Lake and get close to wildlife in Chitwan National Park.

The best of Nepal adventure tour program lets you explore ancient historical sites in Kathmandu, unwind at the shore of Phewa Lake in Pokhara, trek to Poon Hill, and involve a thrilling jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park. It is 12 days program that actually allows travelers to experience the best of Nepal, as the name of the package suggests. The overall journey is quite doable, so any age group can participate in the best of Nepal adventure tour or do it as a family adventure.

Nepal is home to mountains, a vast geographical diversity, a rich cultural heritage, and abundant flora & fauna. To explore all these aspects in one tour, we have curated our best of Nepal adventure 12 days program that begins in Kathmandu and takes you to the beautiful Annapurna region before a thrilling jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park. You explore Kathmandu and Pokhara, two famous cities among travelers.

In Kathmandu, we have included a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit ancient palaces, courtyards, temples, monasteries, and stupas. The tour is guided by an experienced English-speaking guide who will introduce you to the sites and share the history, myths, and stories revolving around those places. Likewise, in Pokhara, unwind at the shore of Phewa Lake, relishing the gorgeous sunset and tempting view of Mt. Fishtail.

On the fourth day of the best of Nepal adventure tour, we begin trekking in the Annapurna region. The trail goes within the Annapurna Conservation Area. We will walk through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, pine, fir, etc. Walk through remote villages and cross numerous suspension bridges. Similarly, we will walk on several stone staircases and share the trail with shepherds.

The best of Nepal adventure package combines the very famous Ghorepani Ghandruk trek. It is a short trek that lets trekkers explore some of the most stunning villages with an excellent western Himalayan mountains panorama. This part of the venture gives you a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. You'll learn about Himalayan trails and how to navigate them. The trek guide will help you interact with the locals and inform you about the places.

Major attractions during the Best of Nepal adventure

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is home to temples, palaces, stupas, and courtyards. No city in Nepal reflects the true cultural heritage of the Nepalese people more than Kathmandu. Every corner has something to tell. Every historical site has something to show. On our Kathmandu city guided tour, we'll take you to a few of the monuments that showcase rich Nepali art, architecture, history, and tradition.

The tour is guided by an English-speaking guide who will accompany you everywhere. Explore the tranquil Boudhanath Stupa, the holy Pashupatinath Temple, the famous Monkey Temple, and a durbar square. As it will be a full day tour, we will try our best to take you to as many sites as possible.

Spend a couple of nights in Pokhara

Pokhara is the city of lakes and the gateway to the Annapurna region. This city is very loved by travelers. You do not have to do much in this city to escape its bustle. You will stand right in front of a trail that will take you high above to the Himalayas or spend time at the shore of your favorite lake.

There are many lakes and hill stations located around the city where you can take a short break and enjoy nature. During your overnight stay in Pokhara, you'll get a chance to admire the serenity of Phewa Lake and the lively Lakeside Market. You have the option to hire a cab to nearby tourist spots as well.

Adventurous moderate trek to Poon Hill

The region we added the Poon hill trek to this package is that we want you to feel the thrill of being in the mountains of Nepal and watch the mighty Himalayan Mountains closely. Trust us, this part of the Best of Nepal adventure tour will blow your mind. Poon hill is a famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna and a short trekking destination.

Located at 3,210 meters, Poon Hill is situated above Ghorepani village and involves an hour-long hike. At a relatively low altitude, you will get to witness a stretching view of the western Himalayan mountains, along with a gorgeous sunrise from this point. Trust us, after this point, you would want to discover more of the stunning Himalayas.

Explore beautiful villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk

Ghorepani village is located at 2,874 meters, and Ghandruk village is located at 2,012 meters. Both these villages are famous destinations for a quick gateway and offer striking mountain panoramas. Many travelers go on a short trek to these villages to experience mountain trekking and the lifestyle in Nepal.

Perched on ridges and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages are home to Gurung and Magars communities. The warm hospitality of the locals and their simple lifestyle is something you can look forward to during this trek.

Witness numerous western Himalayan mountains and behold some breathtaking landscapes

As the trail progresses from Nayapul, scenes gradually begin to unfold one by one. With every new village, you will get to witness a new landscape. The mountains will enchant the trip with their majestic presence. Throughout the best of Nepal adventure trip, you will be catching many sunrises and sunsets.

Snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri, Fishtail (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), and numerous others are seen during the trek.

A full day of jungle activities in Chitwan National Park

Chitwan lets you escape in the wilds. You will be doing jungle safari and canoeing. Catch a glimpse of exotic animals, birds, and aquatic life. Go canoeing and deep jungle walk. Learn how the authorities are protecting the elephants in the elephant breeding center. And not only that, we will take you on a short visit to Tharu village. Mingle with them performing stick dance if you like, or just watch them enjoying their traditional dance.

Fantastic commute between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan

We use a Comfortable tourist bus to commute between these cities. The road is well-made and lets us enjoy a smooth ride. The route follows lush green hills, rivers, and waterfalls. We use a nice tourist standard bus to travel.

Itinerary

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Kathmandu's air space welcomes you with a magical panorama of the Himalayas that will leave you in awe. Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, do the visa obligations and meet our team members at the terminal gate.

They will escort you to the hotel and help you with your luggage.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

On this day, we use the morning for a guided sightseeing tour of historical sites in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the tourist sites we will be exploring during the tour. The tour is guided by an experienced tour guide, so we will learn a lot about the sites and history behind them.

In the late afternoon/evening, we meet you in our office to discuss the further journey and introduce you to the trek guide. We will prepare for the trek and do last-minute shopping if any trekking gear is missing. End the day strolling on the lively streets of Thamel.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

You can travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu either by tourist bus, car or by plane. We hit the road and drive to Pokhara, relishing the landscapes and the comfortable ride. We'll be using a nice tourist standard bus or car to travel to Pokhara. The ride follows well-made foothills, offering stunning scenery.

The team will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Pokhara. Spend the remaining day exploring around your hotel. Like Thamel, we spend the night in Lakeside Market, strolling the bustling streets. Catch the sunset at Phewa Lake.

Option: You can upgrade the transportation to private vehicle or 30 minute flight if you want to skip the tourist bus drive.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

After an early morning breakfast, we leave Pokhara and use a jeep to drive to the starting point of our trek, Nayapul. The ride is short. From Nayapul, the trail goes through terraced fields and gradually joins a forested route to Sudame. The trail goes through a few other small villages, crossing suspension bridges to Tikhedhunga, where we will be spending the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1540

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we trek to Ulleri via steep stone stairways. To be exact, we will be climbing 3,767 staircases up the ridgeline through the forest to reach Ulleri. From here onwards, the trail winds through beautiful rhododendron and oak forests to Nangethanti. Here, we will take a short break for lunch and keep trekking on an uphill trail that leads to the famous Ghorepani village.

Ghorepani is mostly resided by Magars and Gurungs. It is a beautiful village with a great view of mountains like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, etc, and surrounded by rhododendron forests. The locals are very welcoming and humble. We will have a great time in this mountain village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

In the morning, we’ll leave Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill. It is around an hour-long ascent to Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a well-known viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region that offers 270 degrees stretching view of the western Himalayan mountains.

Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, etc decorate the skyline line in the distance with a gorgeous sunrise rising slowly. After some time, we will descend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and get ready to leave the village. The trail drops down to Tadapani via a forested route.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3210

We trek to Ghandruk village from Tadapani. The trail goes to Bhaise Kharka and continues through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, fir, etc. The trail is uneven and gradually ascends to Ghandruk. The village offers a panoramic view of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Fishtail in the far distance.

Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village, quite popular for its beauty and kind villagers. Later in the day, we will be visiting the Gurung Museum and spending time watching locals living their daily life and soaking in the tranquility of the surroundings.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1940

Leaving Ghandruk village, we ascend for a couple of hours to Nayapul where the trek ends. The trail descends through forests and small settlements. From Nayapul, it's an hour-long drive to Pokhara. We have a half day in Pokhara now. You can visit the local market or just relax at the shore of Phewa Lake.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

On this day, we will leave Pokhara in the morning and follow a scenic route to Chitwan. The Pokhara Chitwan drive is comfortable and offers beautiful landscapes. We'll get to see views of rivers, rolling green hills, terraced fields, and waterfalls on the way. Upon reaching Chitwan, the guide will drop you at the hotel.

You will have a few hours to unpack and freshen up before we take a short ride to a nearby Tharu village. Tharus are one of the indigenous groups in Nepal. The goal to visit their village is to see their traditional stick dance in cultural attire and taste some of their traditional food.

After this short tour, we will come back to our hotel to have a good night's sleep.

Option: You can upgrade the transportation to private jeep/car or 20 minute flight if you want to skip the tourist bus drive.

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  • AccommodationHotel

We have a full day of activity planned in the Chitwan National Park. If you want to go bold, we will start the day with canoeing and then proceed with a jungle safari either on an elephant or in a jeep. These two activities will allow us to get close to nature and the habitat of wildlife. During the safari, we hope to see animals like deer, one-horn rhinoceros, wild boars, wild elephants, pheasants, etc.

Later, we will visit the elephant breeding center and go on a deep jungle walk. The walk let us unwind and have a true wilderness experience. Get to know different exotic plants and spot several birds during the walk. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel to rest and spend the night.

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From Chitwan, we follow the foothill alongside the Trishuli river to drive to Kathmandu. The roads are well constructed, so the drive will be very comfortable. Likewise, we get accompanied by stunning landscapes.

In Kathmandu, today is our last day. We have the rest of the day free. Take this opportunity to shop and visit local markets. We'll meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

Option: You can upgrade the modes of transportation to private vehicle or 25 minute flight at additional cost.

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As our adventurous trip in Nepal has come to an end, it is time to fly back to your home. Our airport representatives will help you with the luggage and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will bid you our last goodbye and good wishes.

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Total 11 nights of accommodation (7 night in hotel & 4 nights in mountain guest houses)
  • Total 25 meals (11 breakfast, seven lunches, and seven dinners)
  • The transport from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Chitwan - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Guide and  requred number of porters
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permit, TIMS Permit and Chitwan National entry permit
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket and return after the trek

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, which not stated in the itinerary
  • Your personnel expenses
  • Entrance fees while you do the tour in Kathmandu
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and sweet things like chocolate
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses which not mentioned in including section

Essential Info

Trek difficulty

The Ghorepani Ghandruk trek is an easy-moderate trek. The trekking route has a good pace and does not gain altitude drastically, which is perfect for first-time trekkers. The trail gradually ascends through forests, and we also take many short breaks, which will help you maintain your pace. The trek guide will motivate you and help you throughout the trek.

The terrain has numerous ascents and descents. You will walk alongside hills and ridges. Even if this is your first time trekking, you have to be in good health and fit enough to adjust to the mountain environment. Do understand that this is a remote trek, so facilities will be the bare minimum in the villages.

Altitude sickness

Usually, the rate of altitude sickness is quite low on the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek because the trail does not ascend more than 3,210 meters. Moreover, you will also get a lot of chances to acclimatize. However, do not underestimate it and go wild during the trek. You still have to follow the precautions to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness completely.

Do the below things to protect yourself from altitude sickness:

  • drink 3 liters of water daily: hydration is key
  • avoid smoking or alcoholic drinks
  • take plenty of rest and eat nutritious food
  • do not rush and take breaks if needed
  • inform your guide if you see these symptoms: headache, breathing problems, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, etc

Preparation for the Best of Nepal adventure

To prepare for the best of Nepal adventure trip, do the following things:

  • Do regular exercise and walks to prepare your body.
  • You do not have to go hardcore. Simple cardio activities like swimming, cycling, jogging, etc will also help you build your stamina for the trek.
  • Buy your trekking boots early and get used to them.
  • Follow our packing list to not over or under-pack.
  • Feel free to ask any questions to our travel consultants.
  • You do not have to buy expensive heavy trekking gear, and most of them are available to rent in Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • Visit your doctor once to learn all the side effects you may see, given the nature of the trek.

Similar packages for beginner travelers in Nepal

We have many tours and trekking packages for beginner trekkers or packages that are ideal for family holidays. Some of our hand-picked options are- the Everest Panorama Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek, Nepal Winter Tour, Taste of Nepal, Nepal Luxury Tour, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, Dhampus Sarangkot Trek, etc.

Likewise, you can also customize your time with us in Nepal and make a perfect itinerary for yourself within your budget. To do so, you have to get in touch with us.

Extra night hotel pre and post the Best of Nepal Adventure

Extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre or post the Best of Nepal Adventure is available. Let us know if you arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled date of Best of Nepal Adventure, then, we can book the extra nights as per your need.

Transportation on Best of Nepal Adventure

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers & tours in Kathmandu and tourist bus transport for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Chitwan- Kathmandu. However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep from Kathmandu - Pokhara –Chitwan- Kathmandu or a short flight from Kathmandu – to Pokhara and from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport to private vehicles or flights.

Airport pick up on the Best of Nepal Adventure

You get an airport pick-up on arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book the best of Nepal adventure. However, the free Airport transfer is available only if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates. If you arrive or return on different dates, then some extra costs may apply for these transfer services.

Outfitter Himalaya’s representative/driver will be standing by at the airport to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. He will have an Outfitter Himalaya placard or your name written on the paper. So, find him when you exit the Airport.

Best time to do the Best of Nepal Adventure

The best of Nepal adventure is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn (from mid - September till mid - December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for the best Nepal adventure.

Children on Best of Nepal Adventure

Children are allowed on the best of Nepal adventures. However, they should be healthy and fit enough to complete the trekking part.

The best of Nepal Adventure is a child-friendly tour in Nepal. However, We at Outfitter Himalaya allowed only ten or above children to join our group tour of the best of Nepal adventure. If you are planning to travel with children under ten years, we suggest you do a private tour without other strangers.

Meals & Drinks on the Best of Nepal Adventure

A total of 25 meals (11 breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners) are provided on the best of the Nepal adventure package. These meals are taken in lodges/hotels. The breakfasts and dinners are provided at the lodge where you stay overnights, and lunch at the lodges available along the trail. We provide you meals in a hotel/resort while at Chitwan national park.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail. However, Nepali set meals (Dal Bhat) are available everywhere). Drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, beer, etc are also available in all places and note that these drinks are not included.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the best of Nepal adventure since you can have normal water for free so, you use the medicine and drink, or you have the option to buy bottled or boiled/safe water to drink.

Accommodation on the Best of Nepal adventure

We provide a hotel for seven nights (3 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara & Chitwan) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 4 nights on the trekking part. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on available lodges, and of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel list we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel with a splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 4 nights
  • Hotel in Chitwan: Rhino Land lodge: 2 nights

Notes:

  • If the above hotels are not available, then we provide you with other similar hotels.
  • Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).
  • Hotel upgrades in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan are available as there are luxury 4 & 5-star
  • hotels are available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan.

Extra tours/activities on best of Nepal adventure

You can add a mountain flight tour on the morning of day two, and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day three while you drive to Pokhara, and these activities do not need any extra days. Furthermore, if you have some extra days, then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

FAQs

  • Q1. Why travel with Outfitter Himalaya?

    We, Outfitter Himalaya, are an old trekking company in Nepal with many years of experience in the field and hundreds of positive feedback from our guests. Our trekking packages have the best cost in the market with comprehensive service. Our departure is fixed and does not involve any hidden charges. You will get friendly, reliable guides for your trip, and our team will arrange everything for you in advance.

    We assure you of a safe and happy trip in Nepal with us!

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Unforgettable Life Changing Experience !!!

    OMG !! We are finding it hard to find the words to describe this trek. Everything from the Kathmandu City Tour, a 4 x4 ride through the jungle searching for Rhino to the trekking through the gorgeous mountain villages on the way to view the SPECTACULAR snow-capped mountains of a Poon Hill Sunrise.

    A massive THANK YOU to Suraj and his team of amazing porters from Outfitter Himalaya Holidays for an UNFORGETTABLE life-changing experience, I cannot recommend this trip and this company more highly.

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    JasFrom: Australia,Dec 07, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Dear Jas,

    Thank you for taking your time to post excellent review about your trip with us and it is our great pleasure to know that you had successful 4-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Chitwan Safari and Kathmandu Tour and satisfied with our services and the crew.

    Wish you to have great days ahead and wish to serve you next time.

    Arjun

  • 5/5

    Super trip with all inclueded

    A wonderful trip with everything included. City life in Kathmandu with a lovely round trip with a very good guide. 5 days tracking in the beautiful mountains and again with a very good guide and carrier.

    t the end, the 2 days in Chitwan at Rhino land with lots of activities. Canoe trip, safari, and local dance. We loved it all and especially thanks to Arjun. The mail a week before our trip was nice, that your guides around us from airport to airport was luxury.

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    Dorthe SFrom: Denmark,Sep 30, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Dear Dorthe,

    Thank you for taking your time to post excellent review about your trip with us and it is our great pleasure to know that you had a successful Ghorepani trekking and trio in Kathmandu and Chitwan with us and satisfied with our services and the crew.

    Wish you to have great days ahead and wish to serve you next time.

    Arjun

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