Best of Nepal 2021 – 2022 Travel
Nepal, kingdom of Himalayan adventure and cultural heritage, destination for both adventure and bliss. Explore the country’s highlights on a two-week experience, with travel moments connected by spectacular air charters.
From gawping at Everest to hiking remote valleys, you’ll find Nepel to be a complete escape from the everyday world. It’s exhilarating and exciting, but also one of the most laid-back travel experiences you can enjoy.
Day 1 - Kathmandu
Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
The bustle of Kathmandu stops at the red brick walls of Dwarika’s Hotel. Within is a world of extravagant carvings, unbridled Nepalese luxury, and humble conservation.Sporting one of the world’s largest private woodwork collections and with beautiful, delicate touches borne of its founder’s passion for preserving Nepali woodworking heritage, Dwarika’s Hotel is as much a showpiece for Nepali craftsmanship as it is Nepal’s finest high-end hotel. Enjoy sumptuous accommodations that utilize salvaged artwork. Eat breakfast on a private open-air terrace. Enjoy Nepali and global flavors at one of several on-site eateries.Watch the preservation of ancient skills at the hotel’s very own workshop, where local artisans are constantly honing their craft.
Days 2 & 3 - Kathmandu
Nagarkot Sunrise Hike From Kathmandu
Watch the sunrise over Himalayan peaks. Hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple, listening to the forest come alive as a new day dawns.See the early morning light play on distant peaks, including Mount Everest and other giants.Pass beneath pine and oak and alongside colorful rhododendrons, traveling downhill between timeless Newari villages.After a few hours you will arrive at Changunarayan Temple. This stunning temple is believed to have been built as long ago as 323 A.D., making it one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Inspect the temple’s wonderful carvings before heading back to Kathmandu.
After the Earthquake Kathmandu Cultural Tour
A 2015 earthquake devastated much of Nepal, including huge sections of Kathmandu. Explore the city’s unique culture and discover how it’s recovering from a disaster that leveled buildings and left nearly 9,000 people dead.Marvel over centuries of history encapsulated in Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient home of Malla kings. Visit the temple of a living goddess, the Kumari. Selected according to strict criteria, the Kumari goddess is a prepubescent girl worshipped as a divine figure. Wander Old Freak Street, once a 1960’s hippie enclave.Along the way, your guide will highlight how the sites were impacted by the earthquake, and how its aftershocks can still be felt in the city’s economic and cultural life.
Everest Base Camp By Helicopter Day Tour
Get an exclusive look at one of the world’s most adventurous destinations: Everest Base Camp. Take off from Kathmandu or Pokhara in a private helicopter. Fly over the city and into the rock and ice of the Himalaya. Travel through a landscape of perilous beauty, dominated by dark rock faces and colossal glaciers riddled with blue crevasses.Set down at Base Camp, where climbers prepare for the world’s deadliest ascent. Even here, you cannot linger long, for fear of the effects of altitude.Punctuate the return journey with a stop at Hotel Everest View, and enjoy a meal with an unobstructed view of the big peak in all its glory.
Days 4 & 5 - Pokhara
Pokhara City Tour, Including Phewa Tal and Tibetan Culture
Towering peaks reflected in warm lake water. Clamoring city streets. A taste of Tibet. A pagoda-style temple surrounded by water. This is Pokhara, the second-biggest city in Nepal. See the city on a private tour, led by a local guide. Survey the area from the calm waters of Phewa Tal, a large lake that borders Pokhara. Get in touch with local culture by visiting any number of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines. Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement and connect with Tibetan culture, meeting refugees and witnessing traditional carpet weaving. Connect with the history of the Himalayas at the comprehensive International Mountain Museum.
Ghandruk Gurung Village Trek From Pokhara
Smiling children welcome you to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. This little town is a gateway to popular Himalayan treks, including the Annapurna Circuit. It’s also a worthwhile destination of its own, with friendly locals and stunning views dominated by the Annapurna massif and the dramatic Machapuchare.Reach the town from Pokhara, with a scenic drive through hilly communities. Disembark at Kimche and begin your hike. Take your time and enjoy views of the Annapurna range and the rich green valley below. Move along trails used by locals, occasionally yielding to convoys of loaded pack animals. Get a feel for the region’s bucolic lifestyle, moving ever onwards to bigger views.
Paragliding Over Pokhara
Admire Nepal’s second-largest city from the sky. Pokhara is a popular launch pad for trekking adventures, but it’s also famous for its excellent paragliding. Ride thermals and soar above glittering Phewa Lake like a crane. Fly tandem with a guide, whose expert skills will have you grinning as you dip and swirl high above the ground, moving through a sky punctuated with the snowy peaks of the Annapurna range. While it sounds like adventure, it’s also immensely peaceful up here. Just float and glide, amid the great Himalayan range.
Days 6 & 7 - Annapurna Region
Scenic Heli Flight to Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna’s south face is among the most imposing mountain vistas on the planet. Treking to Annapurna Base Camp to view the peak takes roughly a week, but you can get there in under an hour. And enjoy an entire helicopter ride’s worth of mountain beauty along the way.Fly into the mountains, traveling through deep valleys. See the peaks of the Himalaya rising all around you. See delicate waterfalls snaking down their sides. See trekkers on the trail below.Touch down at Annapurna Base Camp and savor the privileged vantage of the world’s 10th-tallest peak.
Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit
The 8,091 meter-high Annapurna massif is huge and rugged, and so is the area surrounding it. Incredible views and dynamic terrain make the Annapurna Circuit, which circumnavigates the massif, one of the world’s premier mountain biking destinations.Work for your views, feeling the burn in your legs and lungs as you pedal uphill for yet another thrilling ride past glaciers and boulder fields. Enjoy the view from 5,416 meters at Thorung La before flying down to the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath.Annapurna is the best area in Nepal for alpine biking, as the trails enable you to cover large distances, yet you’re surrounded by 7000-metre peaks. Choose a portion of the circuit for a day or two of biking highlights, or complete the entire loop as a multi-day adventure.
Days 8 - 10 - Langtang
Nepalese Himalaya Multi-Day Helicopter Tour
See the grandeur of the Himalaya from the air on a multi-day helicopter tour of Nepal’s most essential attractions.Fly over temples, palaces, stupas, and other cultural gems of the Kathmandu Valley. Penetrate the heart of the Himalaya, gazing out at steep rock faces, sweeping snow slopes, and gargantuan glaciers. Touch down at the base camps of Mount Everest, Annapurna, and Makalu, as well as ancient temples and monasteries. Reach remote areas that would otherwise require weeks of difficult trekking, including the Upper Mustang.This whirlwind tour efficiently takes in the very best sights in Nepal, as well as the narrow valleys, desert landscapes, and huge vistas in between.
Trekking in Langtang Valley
Rumored to be the route once traveled by a Sherpa in pursuit of a wayward yak, Langtang Valley is a mostly protected region just north of Kathmandu. Leave the city and arrive easily at a world dominated by hills and mountains, valleys, and alpine lakes. Trek through sweeping meadows angling up to harvest humbling views. Access the mountains without investing the days and weeks required to push into the range’s deeper regions. Your naturalist guide will show you the trails best suited to your interests and comfort level. This is some of Nepal’s easier hiking and it’s just as rewarding as the Everest or Annapurna regions.
Days 11 to 13 - Chitwan
Stay at Meghauli Serai in Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is a vast refuge for rhinos, tigers, and other iconic animals, comprising rivers, grasslands, marshes, and dense forests. Spend your days exploring this phenomenal park, and your evenings recharging at Meghauli Serai.Soak in the quiet intensity of the jungle through an abundance of windows offering unobstructed views. Dine in the wild, served delectable dishes around a warm bonfire. Cool down with a view in the infinity pool overlooking the park. Push into the depths of Chitwan on guided jungle safaris, cruising the park’s waterways in dugout canoes or splashing across them in AWD vehicles, in search of giant hornbills, crocodiles, and more.
Chitwan Wildlife Canoe Safari
The Rapti River cuts through the northern part of Chitwan National Park, 950 square kilometers of protected habitat for a rich assemblage of wildlife. Move quietly along this waterway, listening to paddles dip into the water and keeping an eye out for wildlife.Over 500 species of birds call the park home, including egrets, storks, and kingfishers along the water. Watch for spotted eagle: this threatened species comes here to breed.Crocodiles sun themselves along the banks. Their eyes follow as you pass by, in search of the park's larger mammals, including antelope, rhinoceros, and tigers. To paddle close to an elephant or rhino is one of the great yet unknown highlights of Asia travel.
Chitwan Rhino and Tiger Safari
Chitwan National Park protects over 950 square kilometers of lush forest, marshes, and alluvial grassland, providing habitat for some of the world’s most magnificent creatures.With over 600 one-horned rhinoceroses in the park, you’re virtually guaranteed to see one as you tour its expanse in a private Jeep. More elusive is the Bengal tiger, hiding its orange and black stripes among the foliage. Boisterous songbirds fill the air with exotic music as you continue onward, spotting deer and antelope, and wondering whether a tiger might be watching them as well. With expert guides you can spend half a day or many days on the rhino and tiger trail, deep in the wild.