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Heritage Nepal & Safari

This beautiful little journey shows us some of the less visited parts of Nepal and includes a couple of rural heritage visits to small settlements, with wonderful heritage stays at Nuwakot and Bandipur.

No visit to Nepal would be complete without exploring Kathmandu or Pokhara and, of course, the plains of Chitwan National Park in search of rhino, bears, deer and tiger.

Although this trip is not designed as a trekking trip, we have a three day period in the Annapurna Region for hikes and village walks along a ridge with marvellous views of the high Himalayas. Here we stay at a remote retreat with yoga, cows to milk and other calming activities.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: WKK1/158351
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Nuwakot
  • Pokhara
  • Annapurna Region
  • Bandipur
  • Chitwan National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

There is an important group meeting at 6:00pm. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.

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Day 2: Nuwakot

Today our journey begins with a drive to the historic village of Nuwakot, one of Nepal s hidden gems nestled in the central hills of the country. Full of ancient temples and palaces, Nuwakot has a beautifully serene atmosphere and rustic ambience - perfect for getting a taste of the calm pace of rural Nepalese life.

In Nuwakot we will stay in a hotel based inside an old manor house.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 3: Nuwakot

Today is a free day to explore the stunning village of Nuwakot and its surroundings.

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Day 4: Pokhara

Today we will spend a little more time enjoying the serenity of Nuwakot, before taking a short drive to Nepal's second city - the adventure town of Pokhara!

In Pokhara we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

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Day 5: Pokhara

Today we will have a free day in the fantastic city of Pokhara. The area is famous for its myriad of spectacular waterfalls surrounded by fertile forests and towering mountains, for its fantastic choice of yoga and meditation retreats, and for its overwhelming choice of adventure activities from trekking to rafting to zip-lining to mountain biking!

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Day 6: Annapurna Region

This morning we take a short drive out of Pokhara to the small village of Dhampus, where we start our 3-hour trek to our Annapurna eco-lodge. The lodge is dramatically located in the foothills of the mountains of Annapurna and Manaslu, and is a paradise for taking walks through the stunning Nepalese countryside.

The trek is approximately 3 hours in total, and is relatively easy but is mainly uphill. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

In the Annapurna Region we will stay in a local eco-lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

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Day 7: Annapurna Region

Today we will explore the area around our eco-lodge, meet many of the locals, and get into the heart of the community. We will hopefuly visit a local school and give something back to the local community by helping to maintain their ingenious water systems.

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Day 8-9: Bandipur

Today we will embark on a stunning walk along the ridge, taking in the incredible vistas of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare mountains in the background! We will stop at a small village for lunch and then take the steep downhill trail to rejoin our overland truck on the main road. From there, we will drive to the delightful town of Bandipur.

The trek is approximately 5 hours in total, and is easy and relatively flat until the steep downhill section back to the main road which is a bit more challenging. The trek can be skipped by any individual if need be.

In Bandipur we will have 2 nights in a fantastic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On our 2nd day in Bandipur we will have free time to relax and explore the local surroundings.

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Day 10: Chitwan National Park

Today we will drive through stunning scenery down to the lowlands of Nepal and the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit the 20,000 Lakes area today we will make our visit tomorrow.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

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Day 11: Chitwan National Park

Today we'll spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

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Day 12: Kathmandu

Today we will say goodbye to the truck and your crew and transfer to the incredible Nepalese capital of Kathmandu with a local guide.

In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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Day 13: Kathmandu

Border Information: if you are finishing the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 2 nights at a stunning mountain resort, nestling in the foothills of the Himalaya
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 0% Camping - 100% Hotels
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