The Explore Nepal Tour with Everest Mountain Flight is the best way to witness all Nepal's natural and cultural sites in one go from the east to the west. The 12 days tour offers an in-depth understanding of the nature and heritage spanning Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Everest regions. The best highlights of the tour are visiting the Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, witnessing the traditions of the Tharu, Newars, Brahmins, Chettri, and Buddhist communities, exploring the rich jungles, high mountains, and more.
The tour commences from Kathmandu and progresses to the Newari towns of Patan, Khokhana, Bungmati, and the Buddhist pilgrimage of Boudhanath. A visit to the Changunarayan follows with a stroll around Bhaktapur Durbar Square before driving off to Nagarkot hill station for the night. After witnessing the sunrise, drive off to Pokhara for a two days sightseeing visit to different museums, falls, lakes, and temples. Early sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot hills top off the tour in Pokhara.
The next adventure is a jungle safari, bird watching, and canoeing in Chitwan National Park. Following the two days in Chitwan, the tour progresses back to Kathmandu for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Durbar, Swayambhunath stupa, and Pashupatinath temple. The final day is spent with the most memorable one-hour mountain flight to Mt. Everest and adjoining mountains before final departure on the next day.
Explore Nepal Tour is a one-of-a-kind culture and city tour that offers the best of Nepal's hills, Himalayas, and low grasslands. To top off the overland tour, it comprises a one-hour flight over the hills and towards the highest mountain of the world, Everest. The tour is suited to couples, individuals, families, and groups who want ease and have ample time to witness the majestic beauties of Nepal.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,400m/4,593ft)|
|Day 2||Tour preparation and Patan, Khokhana, Bungmati, and Boudhanath sightseeing|
|Day 3||Visit Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, then drive to the Nagarkot hill station (2,175m/7,136 ft)|
|Day 4||Sunrise views from Nagarkot Tower, then drive to Pokhara (822m/ 2,697ft)|
|Day 5||Sightseeing tour in Pokhara|
|Day 6||Hike to Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) and explore pokhara|
|Day 7||Sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot, then drive to Chitwan National Park (415m/1,360ft)|
|Day 8||Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park|
|Day 9||Sightseeing activities in Chitwan, then drive back to Kathmandu|
|Day 10||Tour to Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath in Kathmandu|
|Day 11||Everest Mountain flight, return to Kathmandu|
|Day 12||Final departure from Nepal|
Welcome to the country of diverse ethnicities, unique culture, and rich nature, Nepal! Straight out of the airport, you will be welcomed by the views of the clear blue skies, green hills, and snowy mountains. Our representatives from Third Rock Adventures will meet you at the terminal and drive you to your hotel located 5 km away in Thamel.
Thamel, the hotspot of tourism, is the best place to stroll and the city's heart to explore different religious sites. Enjoy your first night with a welcome dinner. After taking a rest at your hotel, head out to explore the lively streets in the evening and eat some authentic Nepali delicacy.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
After having breakfast, you will visit our office located near the hotel and meet with the guide and our team, who will brief you on the tour itinerary. Furthermore, we will guide you to get all the documents and permits ready as required. Following the preparations, we will be visiting the different heritage sites in Kathmandu valley.
The first visit is Patan Durbar Square, located in Lalitpur, which holds the ancient royal palace of the Malla Kings. The palace is transformed into a museum called the Patan Museum. You will witness the unique metal works, woodworks, and other displayed artifacts. You can stroll around the courtyards and visit the Krishna temple and other shrines around the area.
The trip then extends to the Khokana and Bungamati villages just 10 km south of Kathmandu. You will walk along with the green terraced farms and into Bungamati, a Newari town and the home of the God of Rain and Compassion- Lord Machindranath. You might find men and women farming, weaving, engaged in wood carving, and continuing their daily ordeal.
At Khokana, located just north of Bungmati, you can visit the Karya Binayak Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Both of these towns are rich in heritage, culture, and tradition that has been carried on for centuries.
From there, you can head to the northeastern outskirts of the valley to visit one of the largest stupas in Nepal, Boudhanath. Circle around the dome while chanting prayers to the watchful eyes of the Buddha. Before you go back to your hotel, ensure to try some Tibetan Lhaphing and noodles being sold in nearby eateries.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
It is an exciting day as you will be visiting the eastern edges of Kathmandu. Take a drive in the morning to the eastern hilltop to visit the Changu Narayan temple, a Hindu temple devoted to the God of the Gods, Lord Vishnu. It was built in 325 AD, making it the oldest temple of Nepal. There are many temples and monuments that you can visit, like the Chhinnamasta temple, Kaileshwor temple, Historical Mandev Pillar, and stone sculptures of Lord Vishnu. You can witness the grand puja here if you visit during Haribodhani Ekadashi and other festivals.
From Changunarayan the next stop is at Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the Newari town of Bhaktapur. The durbar square was the palace of ancient Malla kings of Nepal, and now it has been turned into a museum. You can visit the National Art Museum of Bhaktapur, Brass and Bronze Museum. Furthermore, the architecturally beautiful Nyatapola temple, 55 window palace, and other shrines. Visit one of the local dairies and enjoy a small pot of 'Juju Dhau' - the King curd.
Further east, you will take an evening drive to Nagarkot hill station at night. To combat the chilly nights, you can enjoy a cozy campfire in the hotel.
Overnight stay in Nagarkot.
Early in the morning, enjoy the views of the sunrise and mountains after a short hike to the Nagarkot hilltop. You might be lucky to witness the clear views of the Langtang range, Mt. Jugal, and Mt. Ganesh.
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and then take a ride in the tourist bus departing for Pokhara. Taking the Prithvi Highway beside the Trishuli river, you will eventually reach the popular tourist destination of Pokhara. We will transfer you to your hotel nearby the Phewa Lakeside in Baidam.
As most of the day is covered in reaching the destination, your muscles will be sore from the road ride. Hence, you can head to the hotel and relax. In the evening, you can head out and rent a bicycle to stroll around the streets and Lakeside. Enjoy any cuisine around the restaurants or try the local Thakali meal.
Overnight stay in Pokhara.
The city of lakes, Pokhara, has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and man-made structures. You will spend two days touring the most popular destinations within Pokhara. Early in the morning, the first thing you will witness is the up-close view of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif. The places that you will visit during your two days stay are:
Phewa Lake, also known as Baidam Tal, is a freshwater lake that is a perfect destination to stroll or take a boat ride. You can choose to boat around Phewa and make a stop at the island temple of Barahi. The temple is mainly populated during peak marriage seasons, witnessing couples' marriages, and during festivities.
Gupteshwor Cave and Bat Cave
Some of the most famous caves of Nepal are located in Pokhara. Gupteshwor cave is named under the God Gupteshwor Mahadev, of which you will find a shrine inside the cave. The water from Davis Falls passes through this cave. Bat cave is another interesting cave with a wide opening and a narrow exit. It is believed that exiting from the narrow end of the cave will rid you of your sins. There are hundreds of bats hanging on the walls of the Bat cave, hence the name.
Davis Falls/Devi's Falls/Patale Chango is a popular fall near Gupteshwor cave. It got its name in the loving memory of a Swiss woman who drowned in the pit here.
International Mountain Museum
The museum has all the artifacts, history, tools, garments, and other records related to mountaineering in Nepal. It is large and has fascinating items on display which is very insightful.
Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda)
Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style stupa that is Nepal's first World Peace Pagoda. You need to drive along the dirt roads to a hilltop around Pokhara to reach there.
There are other destinations beyond those mentioned here which you can visit if time permits.
The Shikhara-style temple has two golden metal lions standing at the gate. It is the oldest temple in Pokhara and is dedicated to an incarnation of goddess Kali. There are other temples and shrines in the vicinity like Shiva, Saraswati, Vishnu, Hanuman temples, and more.
Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Even before dawn, you will wake up and drive to Sarangkot hills and hike a little further to the hilltop to witness the amazing sunrise views. Along with it, you will witness the up-close panoramic views of Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and more. It is a perfect viewpoint to enjoy breakfast and witness colorful paragliding across the blue sky.
In the afternoon, return to Pokhara and pack up for a drive to Chitwan in the east of Pokhara. Heading to Chitwan, you will feel the air getting warmer and witness lush greenery alongside the road. Chitwan is known best for the national park of the same name and the rich jungles and wildlife.
After arriving at your hotel, you will relax and freshen up. As you will be tired from the road tour, you can take a short stroll around the streets, meet the ethnic Tharu people, and try some of their delicacies like duck meat, snail soup, and more.
Overnight stay in Chitwan.
After having breakfast, you will begin your day with excitement as you are about to start an adventurous Jungle safari in Chitwan, the first national park in Nepal. You can choose from taking a half-day or full-day safari either via Jeep or on Elephant's back. However, it is best to take a long Jeep ride to witness the amazing beauties of the jungle, among the many animals that you will come across some rare One-horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Wild Elephants, deers, antelopes, pangolin, and more. You might even experience the rare Royal Bengal Tiger if you are extremely lucky.
If you love birdwatching, there is a separate bird-watching activity for you as well. With around 550 species of birds found in the jungles of Chitwan, you can witness Great White-Fronted Goose, Kashmir Flycatcher, Pheasant, and more. After the long safari, you can also take a canoe ride in the Rapti River, where you will see families of alligators.
In the evening, head to the Tharu cultural show where you can observe the dramas, cultural stick dance, and Tharu community wearing their traditional dresses.
Overnight stay in Chitwan.
The first half of this day is spent in Chitwan by engaging in sightseeing activities. You can visit the nearby temples and interact with the locals. Take a short drive to the Elephant Breeding Center, where you will find many protected Elephants along with other animals like deers, wild boars, and peacocks.
From Chitwan, you will drive to Kathmandu in the afternoon, following the Narayanghat Mugling Highway. We will transfer you to your hotel for the night.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
It is a day filled with sightseeing activities in Kathmandu valley around UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your first stop will be at the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square in Basantapur/ Freak Street, which has the ancient palaces of the Shah kings. The palace was transformed into the Hanuman Dhoka museum, with many artifacts on display.
The tour progresses to Swayambhunath Stupa/The Monkey temple located west of Kathmandu atop a hill. After walking on a flight of stairs, you can witness the valley floor from the top.
From there, you will drive to Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the main temple has a pagoda-style gold plated roof and big oxen looking at the temple. Return to your hotel after the long tour and take a rest.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Your final day in Kathmandu will be the most exciting of all as you will be flying across the hills and towards the snow-covered mountains. You will drive to the domestic airport for an Everest Mountain flight in the morning!
The one-hour flight will start from Kathmandu and fly across hills towards the northeastern region of Nepal, filled with some of the highest mountains in the world. You will get the first views of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest! The views are simply amazing and might even bring tears to your eyes. The closest aerial views of the snow-covered giants will continue. You will also witness Kanchenjunga and other mountains in the Tibetan plateau.
After the amazing flight, you will return to Kathmandu and can even head out to the streets in the evening to do some souvenir shopping. At night, enjoy a warm farewell dinner with our team.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
It is the day when you will be departing Nepal for a homeward return. While going to the airport's international terminal, you will reminisce about the times you spent in the culturally diverse Kathmandu city, visiting different Hindu and Buddhist temples, Jungle safari in Chitwan, mountain flights, and more.
After the fantastic adventure in most parts of Nepal, you will undoubtedly want to visit again in the future, where we will happily organize your tours. For any future tours or treks, you plan in Nepal, reach out to our representatives to know the in-depth details and make your tour easier, safe and exciting.