Incredible Nepal Tour - 12 days

Incredible Nepal Tour - 12 days

In our Incredible Nepal Tour, you will be visiting culturally significant places of Kathmandu listed in UNESCO world heritage sites and exploring Nepal's natural beauty. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu or Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Explore Pokhara and visit famous places, including Fewa Lake, Devis Fall, Sarangkot, Bindhybasini Temple, Peace Pagoda, Gupteshwor Cave, etc. Do jungle activities in Chitwan National Park and Elephant Breeding Center of Sauraha. Lastly, watch the sunrise from Nagarkot before leaving Nepal.

Your Incredible Nepal Tour of 11 nights and 12 days starts and ends in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Enjoy a scenic flight to Kathmandu, and a representative from Third Rock Adventures will receive you at the airport. Your trip begins the next day with the tour of Kathmandu and will be visiting UNESCO-listed cultural heritage. Visit the Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey temple. Experience the divinity of the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Also, visit the massive Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

On the next day, you will be visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, reflecting ancient times' fine craftsmanship. Closely observe the beautiful carvings in wood, metal, and stones. Enjoy a scenic ride to Daman, well-known for the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas. On a clear day, you can spot Mount Everest as well.

Further, you will be driving to Chitwan and visiting Chitwan National Park, which is home to the one-horn rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, endangered species of crocodiles. It is a famous place for birdwatching as well. Go on a jungle walk and watch animals in their natural habitat. Get a sneak-peek into the local culture through a cultural program and watch a cultural dance of the Tharu community. Enjoy a fun time of elephant bathing and further visit the Elephant breeding center to know more about the gentle giant animal.

Leave Chitwan for Pokhara to the other touristy city of Nepal, Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic bus ride to Pokhara, located in the lap of the Himalayas. Do visit the landmark of the city, Devis Fall, followed by Gupteshwor Cave, Bindhyabasini temple overlooking the stunning view of snowy mountains, and Tibetan Refugees Camp. Go boating in the calm water of Fewa Lake, and visit the island temple, Tal Barahi.Wach a magical sunrise from the vantage point of Sarangkot. Your Pokhara sightseeing ends here, and you will be leaving for Kathmandu.

On the following day, you will be visiting another popular spot to watch a mesmerizing sunrise Nagarkot over the Himalayas. With this, your trip comes to an end, and on the next day, you will taking a flight back home with beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit Swayambhunath stupa and watch the 360-degree of the Kathmandu valley.
  • Explore the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which represents the fine craftsmanship of ancient times.
  • Immerse in the spiritual vibe of Boudhanath and observe the devotees circumambulating
  • Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square with the palace, monuments, and edifices of medieval times.
  • Immerse in the spiritual vibe of the revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath dating back to 5th the century.
  • Explore Patan Durbar Square and observe fine carving in wood, metal, and stones.
  • Visit the popular view tower of Daman with a panoramic view of the Himalayan range.
  • Explore the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park, home to Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned rhinoceros, elephants, wild boar, monkeys, etc.
  • Visit the Elephant Breeding Center of Sauraha and watch baby and mother elephants interact.
  • Explore the touristy places of Pokhara, including Devis Fall, Gupteshwor cave, Bindhybasini Temple, Fewa Lake, Pokhara Regional Museum.
  • Watch a magical sunrise over the Himalayas from the popular vantage point of Sarangkot.
  • Visit the Peace Pagoda overlooking the beautiful Himalayan landscape.
  • Make your way to Nagarkot, popular for its mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets from the Himalayas.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and tour Preparation
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3 Bhaktapur and Patan Sightseeing
Day 4 Drive from Kathmandu to Daman - 3 to 4 hours drive
Day 5 Drive from Daman to Chitwan - 4 to 5 hours drive
Day 6 Visit Chitwan National Park
Day 7 Visit Elephant Breeding Center and drive to Pokhara - 5 to 6 hours drive
Day 8 Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 9 Sunrise from Sarangkot
Day 10 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot - 7 to 8 hours drive
Day 11 Watch the sunrise from Nagarkot and drive back to Kathmandu - 1 hour drive
Day 12 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and tour Preparation

A fantastic view of snowcapped mountains and verdant hills will greet you before arriving in Kathmandu. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will greet you at the airport. He will be driving to your hotel and also assist you in checking in. After freshening up and resting for a bit, you can stroll in the lively streets of Thamel. The popular tourist destination, Thamel, is filled with hotels, lodges, travel agencies, restaurants, and cafes.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Swayambhunath stupa Swayambhunath Stupa - As per legend, Swayambhunath was built by Manjushri by draining a lake that once covered the Kathmandu valley

Today you will meet the guide, who will brief you about the trip. Your Kathmandu sightseeing will begin in the morning after breakfast. Sojourn the UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu, including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square.

Visit the hilltop Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, which is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Enjoy the 360-degree view of Kathmandu from Swayambhunath. As per legend, Swayambhunath was built by Manjushri by draining a lake that once covered the Kathmandu valley. It is widely known as Monkey Temple due to the abundance of monkeys in the area.

Your next destination is the revered Hindu temple, Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 5th-century pagoda-style temple is situated on the back of the holy River Bagmati. You might see the open cremation of the Hindus in Arya Ghat near the temple. It is believed that those cremated here will find a place in heaven. Only the Hindus are allowed to enter the temple so the non-Hindus can see the temple from the eastern side of the river.

Visit the Boudhanath, the world's largest stupa of Tibetan Buddhist Culture. You will see pilgrims light butter lamps, praying and circumnavigating the stupa. As per the folklore, it is believed that the remains of the Kasyapa Buddha are buried beneath the stupa. Your next stop will be the Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which reflects the fine architecture of ancient times. The durbar square features Kumari Bahal, which is the House of the Living Goddess of Nepal, Kumari. Moreover, you will see the Taleju Temple, the big statue of Kal Bhariav, Hanuman Dhoka, the royal residence in ancient times, Mahadev & Parvati temple, and others. Walk around the lively durbar square before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Bhaktapur and Patan Sightseeing

Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square - A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley

You will begin the day with a sojourn to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is also the center of fine displays of ancient craftsmanship. Explore the durbar square featuring the Golden Gate, Lion Gate, 55 windowed Palace, Natapola Temple, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Arty Galley. Visit Potter's Square, where you will see local potters making clay items in traditional ways.

Further, you will be visiting Patan Durbar Square. Visit the Golden Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, which are the pride of Patan. You will notice intricate carvings in wood, metal, and stones at the display of medieval times in the durbar square. Visit the Patan museum to get a closer look at the intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, etc.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 4
Drive from Kathmandu to Daman - 3 to 4 hours drive

You will be driving to the popular hill station near Kathmandu, Daman located around 80km/50mi. southwest of the capital. It will take roughly 3 hours to reach there from Kathmandu. Daman is a spectacular vantage point to enjoy the astounding views of the Himalayas. You can savor in the magnificient views of the snowy mountains, including Mount Everest, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Cho Oyu, and Dorje Lakpa. Visit the popular view tower at Daman, offering a 360-degree view of the Himalayan range.

Overnight in Daman.

Day 5
Drive from Daman to Chitwan - 4 to 5 hours drive

Enjoy a scenic drive from Daman to Chitwan. You will get to see the geographical diversity of Nepal. From the hills of Daman, you will gradually be moving down to the plains of Terai, and you will reach Chitwan situated at the foothills of Churiya Hills. Moreover, you will experience the change in weather and temperature as well.

You will be traveling a distance of approx. 135km/84mi. on your way from Daman to Chitwan, which would take around 5 hours. Chitwan is the home to the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park, which is rich in its flora and fauna. Check into your hotel room and relax before a long day ahead.

Overnight in Chitwan.

Day 6
Visit Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park Chitwan National Park - best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, established in 1973

Explore the Chitwan National Park, which is home to animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, deer, sloth bear, wild boar, and others. After breakfast, you will be going for a canoeing ride at the Rapti River, and you might see crocodiles, especially Marsh Muggers and Gharial, sunbathing. It is also a well-known spot for bird watching as well. Go on a jungle walk in the cool and shady forest and also visit the elephant bath center.

Later in the afternoon, go for an Elephant Safari. You will get an opportunity to see one-horn rhinoceros, wild boar, monkeys, and other animals closely. Get to know their culture better by interacting with them. Watch a mesmerizing sunset from the bank of Rapti River before the local cultural program. Enjoy the unique local dance of the Tharu community called Tharu Dance.

Overnight in Chitwan.

Day 7
Visit Elephant Breeding Center and drive to Pokhara - 5 to 6 hours drive

You will start the day with a visit to the Elephant Breeding Center of Sauraha. It which is situated around 3km/1.9mi. away from Chitwan. Watch baby and mother elephants interacting and playing. You will also see caretakers preparing food for elephants. Return to your hotel and relax for a while. In the afternoon you will be driving to Pokhara, popular as the city of lakes.

The popular tourist destination of Nepal, Pokhara, lies around 84km/52mi. from Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a scenic bus ride on the meandering hilly highway of around 6 hours. Relax in your hotel room and retire for the day while a beautiful new day awaits.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 8
Sightseeing in Pokhara

Fewa Lake Fewa Lake

Today you will be touring Pokhara city and visiting many significant places. Visit the famous waterfall, Devis Fall, locally called Patale Chango. Watch the water from this waterfall disappears along the rocks of the hill to a 500ft underground tunnel. Make your way to the temple cave dedicated to Lord Shiva, Gupteshwor cave. The dark, long and deep cave is an excellent opportunity to witness the natural wonders.

Pay a visit to the Bindhyabasini temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The hilltop temple overlooks the panoramic view of the Himalayas. Visit Tibetan Refugees Camp, which was built for the thousands of Tibetan refugees settling here. It is a popular place to buy souvenirs, and you will see handmade jewelry, trinkets, and carpets at the display.

Get a closer look of the history and ancient culture of Pokhara with a visit to the Pokhara Regional Museum. You can observe artifacts of the tribes, traditions, and lifestyles via a simple setup at the display.

No Pokhara tour is complete without visiting Fewa Lake. Go boating on the calm waters of the lake, and enjoy the view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Also, visit the island temple of Tal Bahari dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 9
Sunrise from Sarangkot

sarangkot Sunrise view from Sarangkot - You can see panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges

Wake up early to watch a magical sunrise from the vantage point of Sarangkot. Bask in the splendid panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges, along with the view of the Pokhara valley. In the afternoon visit, the Peace Pagoda, locally called Shanti Stupa located on Anadu Hill. Nipponzan Myohoji monk built the white pagoda stupa as a symbol of world peace. The stupa is famous for watching the jade Fewa Lake against the backdrop of the Annapurna range. The beauty and tranquility of the stupa are worth a visit.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot - 7 to 8 hours drive

On this day, you will be driving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, which is around 204km/126mi., apart. It takes 7 to 8 hours to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy a scenic ride on the meandering hilly roads and drive past hillside villages, terrace farms, verdant hills, and snowy mountains. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you need to drive approximately 28km/17.4mi. for around 1.5 hours further to get to Nagarkot. 

Overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 11
Watch the sunrise from Nagarkot and drive back to Kathmandu - 1 hour drive

Nagarkot View from Nagarkot

Head to the viewpoint and witness the astounding site of hilltop villages, along with the Himalayan peak. The long stretch of the Himalayas will leave you mesmerized, and on a clear day, you can also spot Mount Everest. Watch the first ray of the sun gradually turning the sky from pink, red, orange to golden. Later you will be driving back to Kathmandu. Relax in your hotel room. Stroll in the streets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12
Final Departure

Today you will be bidding goodbye and flying back with everlasting memories. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport a few hours before your scheduled flight. If you want to explore more or extend your trip, do let us know.

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Marquis Becker
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May 04, 2022

Great Service

I chose Third Rock after reading the reviews. They have good reviews on Tripadvisor and the website as well. I talked with Naba and felt cared instantly. all my doubts were cleared about the trip. He send me whole lots of info for the trip. Everything was clear. And the service was fantastic. Hoenstly, I never expected that service. Great Service by the company., Hats off to the team.
Ovidio Victorino
May 02, 2022

Must Do Tour

It is a must do trekk, Do it!! It is the best way to learn and see Nepal. I would do it again at once!
Connor Parker
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Apr 02, 2022

Incredible Tour

We loved Pokhara and specially Chitwan. The heat there is too much but it was great. Kathmandu can be hectic sometimes but we loved to explore the city. Make sure to go with experienced guides like of Third Rock Adventures, that matters the most.
Axel Jans
Mar 07, 2022

Great Company

We loved this tour and the service by Third Rock Adventures. Highly suggested company for Nepal Trip.
Ercilia Floro
Mar 02, 2022

Great Trek

We are amazed by how a local company can deliver such great service for such affordable price. My little sister was taken full care of, by the guide. We were settled in at great hotel in the cities like Kathmandu ,Chitwan, and Pokhara. The food were great. My sister wanted to have ice-cream out of nowhere but the tour guide managed to bring it for her. What a gesture to admire. We are still in contact with Naba and soon will plan for a trek to Annapurna region. If you are reading this, please go with them.
Leo Brown
Dec 11, 2021

Lovely Tour

November was a great time of year to travel as it was warm and sunny and dry. Pokhara was especially nice, take time to explore away from the lake as the city is interesting and exciting. Kathmandu is chaotic but has a lot to offer. The company did its best job every day. high recommended travel company in Nepal.
Charles Davies
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Oct 14, 2021

We loved this tour

My husband and I did a tour with Third Rock Adventures. We decided not to trek so we chose this itinerary and it was absolutely wonderful. The planning was excellent and we had no issues. Naba was very responsive via email, gave us good advice, and made sure we were getting what we wanted. We felt very comfortable booking with his company. It was a wonderful 12-days tour. The tour covered Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Nagarkot, with a cultural focus. We were able to see and appreciate the way of life in Nepal. We also had a chance to meet some people along the way and that made the trip even more interesting. The service is exceptional. We felt like family.
Brecken Russo
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Sep 01, 2021

Great Service

Excellent service from guide, and the backup team. We felt happy and comfortable in every moment and places thanks to nice and skilled guides and drivers. A special mention and thank you to Naba. I really suggest this tour to anyone who loves adventures and wishes to experience a deep knowledge of Nepal people and cultures.
Teddy Lane
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Apr 27, 2020

Great Nepal Tour

After my visit to India, I shortly headed to Nepal for mountain trekking but due to some reasons, I wasn't able to trek. Luckily contacted Naba and asked for his suggestion and went for Incredible Nepal Tour. Much more exciting tour as I explored the whole of Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Nagarkot. I literally explored all scattered UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu, lucky me. The view from Nagarkot was no less than the trek. It was magical. I also enjoyed the sunrise view from the Sarankot viewpoint. more to this, I Explore the first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park and the Elephant Breeding Center of Sauraha. This was something I didn't expect of. Such a blissful moment there. In Kathmandu, I loved climbing the stone-ladder to swayambhunath stupa that offers magnificent view of Kathmandu valley.
Dante Atkinson
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Apr 18, 2020

Wonderful Nepal Tour

Finished Nepal Tour last month and writing this review only to Recommend Third Rock Adventures, especially for this incredible Nepal Tour. The trip name lives up to its name, I mean it really was an incredible tour. In about 12 days, I explored Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nagarkot, and Daman. Had an opportunity to visit the Elephant Breeding Center of Sauraha and hiked to Sarankot for a stunning sunrise. Pokhara was amazing and Kathmandu was magical. Such a chaotic city but offers many magical places to visit. I loved Kathmandu and Pokhara. Thanks, Third Rock for this wonderful itinerary. I could never have found it anywhere.
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Tom Adams
Apr 03, 2020

Incredible Tour

Sunrise at Sarankot was magical. Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara are a must-vist places in Nepal. If you don't want to trek, this is a great option for you.
Maxwell James
Apr 02, 2020

Unbelievable Nepal Tour - Pokhara, Chitwan and Nagarkot

Never wanting to trek for hours, I wanted to explore Nepal. Looked for lots of options and found this incredible Nepal tour. It was perfect in many ways, at least for me. It covered Kathmandu and Pokhara, which I always wanted to explore in my early 20s, but finally did it. This tour took me to major world-famous UNESCO sites in Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Nagarkot. I didn't expect mountain views, but to my surprise, Nagarkot viewpoint offered breathtaking views. Had blissful sunrise from Sarankot as well. I was surprised every day with the new highlights of the tour. My tour guide was caring and helpful. It was an unbelievable tour in Nepal.
I like itinerary, Recommended by Friend
Alexander Parry
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Apr 01, 2020

Beautiful Tour in Nepal

experienced good hospitality and incredible adventure of a lifetime. best organized friendly and helpful team
Devon Baxter
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Mar 14, 2020

Nepal Tour

I had a wonderful time during 12-day Nepal tour suggested by my friend in Nepal, which conjugates a variety of interests and allowed me to take some beautiful pictures while enjoying myself with the landscapes, landmarks, culture, history, wildlife, and gastronomy. I never had an idea that a simple stroll, short drives, and sightseeing tours in Nepal would be so much more. I mean it has a lot to offer. In just 12 days, I had explored major cities and attractions in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. I especially want to thank Naba for making sure everything was sorted and I was enjoying to the fullest. Thanks again.
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