Ladies be sure to visit Nepal this year and you'll realise why; many come back saying;"once is not enough!" The kingdom of Nepal, with its ancient monasteries and temples, lies in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, at the borders of India and China. This fully escorted tour to visit Nepal comprises everything for a woman with a penchant for travel; a fascinating land, the best accommodation available, ancient architecture, fabulous wildlife and the faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism.The beautiful terrain provides ample opportunity for trekking, river rafting, bird-watching and wildlife safari. You can simply just take in the mountain air while choosing from a range of exciting outdoor activities. A visit to Nepal takes your breath away with its infusion of spirituality and culture - a land of incredible beauty in both the nature of the Nepalese people, but in its unique views and landscapes. This tour to visit Nepal has been entirely designed for women travellers, offering an insight into the day to day lives of Nepalese families and includes a visit to an organisation that provides education and help to rural women and children in Nepal.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to the Hyatt Regency, or similar
Day 2 : Kathmandu
Day 3 : Kathmandu
Day 4 : Dhulikel – Dwarika Himalaya Shangri La Village
Day 5 : Dhulikel
Day 6 : Nagakort - The Fort
Day 7 : Fly to Pokhara – Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Day 8 : Pokhara
Day 9 : Pokhara
Day 10 : Chitwan National Park - Tiger Top Jungle Lodge
Day 11 : Chitwan National Park
Day 12 : Fly to Kathmandu – Hotel Dwarika
Day 13 : Tour ends with airport transfer
Day 1: Welcome
On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to Hyatt Regency Hotel. Welcome cocktail party and light supper
Day 2: Sightseeing!
Morning city sightseeing tour – Durbar Square and Temple House of Kumar. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan – an artist’s paradise!
Meals: Breakfast included
Day 3: Optional
Optional morning mountain flight over Mount Everest (at extra cost).
Sightseeing to Swayambhunath and Pasupatinath Temples. Afternoon at leisure.
Evening – Nepalese Cultural Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 4 : Morning walk and afternoon trek in the mountains
Morning visit to Bhaktapur – fascinating “behind the scenes” walking tour before we head for spectacular Mountain Resort of Dhulikhel. Dhulikel is a village some 30km (18 miles) from Kathmandu. Superb views of the Himalayan range and Kathmandu valley are visible from here if you are prepared to climb a little above the village. There are also easy walks around the village.
Gentle afternoon trek enjoying wonderful snow covered mountains
Dwarika Himalaya Shangri La Village –
Dinner, bed and Breakfast
Day 5 : At leisure in Dhulikel
A host of activities are on offer, including hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking in the Bhote Koshi, bungy jumping, bird watching trips and visits to the old Newari villages, monasteries and temples that surround the resort. The resort is home to a sunrise and sunset viewpoint that offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range and the valleys below. Mountain bikes and guides are available on request.
Dwarika Himalaya Shangri La Village - Dinner Bed and Breakfast
Day 6: Drive to Nagarkot
Nagarkot is a hill town, considered to have the best mountain views, with extensive views in clear weather from the Annapurnas all the way to Kanchenjunga on the Sikkim border
Drive to Nagarkot - a popular Himalayan viewpoint from where on a clear day you can see Mount Everest. Afternoon guided, gentle trek.
The Fort – 1 night. Meals : Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7: Fly to Pokhara
The sleepy lakeside town of Pokhara is encircled by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Annapurna Range (including Machhapuchare - Fishtail Mountain) and enjoys a lazy and relaxed atmosphere.
It is the main starting point for day walks or longer forays amongst the mountains
Alternatively, wandering up and down the main street, boating on Phewa Lake, browsing in the many book shops or enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants is a less energetic option.
. Sightseeing tour of the valley, Sethi River Gorge and Phewa Lake.
Tiger Mountain Pokara Lodge – 3 nights. Meals: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Arguably the best resort in the Pokhara area built on a hill top a thousand feet above the Pokhara valley. It is a superb place to stay within sight of the Annapurnas, and each room and the main terrace has an uninterrupted mountain view.
Day 8: Optional
Optional guided hike from Sarangkot to Naudana. This walk will expose you to the most stunning views. Meals: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 9: Day at Leisure
Full day at leisure – optional range of activities including paragliding, river rafting, horse riding and boating. Meals: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 10: Chitwan National Park
Drive to Chitwan National Park – home of the Asiatic Tiger and leopard.
Situated in the central Terai region of Nepal, Chitwan is the oldest of the country’s national parks. The river plains and steaming jungle host one of the largest populations of the rare Bengal tiger, along with the one-horned rhinos and wild elephants that are best viewed on elephant-back safaris
Tigers, rhinos and wild elephants
The river plains and steaming jungle host one of the largest populations of the rare Bengal tiger, along with the one-horned rhinos and wild elephants that are best viewed on elephant-back safaris.
Afternoon elephant back safari Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge – 2 nights. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Day 11: Jungle Activities
Enjoy a full day of jungle activities including jeep safari drive, canoe rides, elephant back safaris and bird watching. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Travel and Sightseeing
After a morning game activity, we will board a flight back to Kathmandu. Over night at the Hotel Dwarika
Farewell gala dinner. Meals: Breakfast, and dinner
Free morning for last minute shopping. Depart for the airport for your flight home.
Dates and Cost
APRIL November 2012 - 12 nights
12 Nights accommodation on twin share as per hotels mentioned above.
Daily Buffet Breakfast at all the hotels mentioned above.
Nepal – A Cultural Odyssey : March 2012 - November 2012
Tour size :
Maximum of 10 travelling
£ *******per person sharing twin room
Supplement for sole use - £ ***** per person
Tour Cost excludes:
Ø Meals other than specified above.
Ø International airfare
Ø Any expense of personal nature, like liquor, laundry, telephone calls etc
Ø Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column.
Ø Charges for any optional tours apart from the itinerary above.
We have not included international flights in the cost of the tour but we are happy to provide you with a quotation.
You should aim to arrive in Kathmandu on the Morning of Day 13
You should aim to leave from Kathmandu in the afternoon or evening of
Please note – we do recommend that The Independent Traveller arranges your flights to facilitate maximum coordination of arrangements
We always use the best available hotels – differing in style and ambiance but all affording you the best comfort and style available. Please note : NOT all hotels in Nepal are of international standard – we do use the best available but you experience wide variation in service and quality.
We reserve the right to substitute hotels named but always for others of a similar excellent standard.
Our tour contains a large amount of private guided sightseeing to ensure that you see Nepal in luxury and in the company of very knowledgeable guides and escorts. The only item of sightseeing mentioned that is NOT included in the cost is the optional Everest Mountain flight (Strongly recommended!)
Passport and Visas:
Full and valid passports are essential and a visa for NEPAL is required
Health requirements :
Please consult your Doctor for specific inoculations and advice