Trip facts

Duration 6 Days
Activity General Tour
Starts Kathmandu

The Best of Nepal Tour covers two of Nepal’s most famous tourist destinations: Kathmandu and Pokhara. Kathmandu is the cultural heartland of Nepal. Known for its ancient history, Kathmandu showcases an array of temples, stupas, and palaces that reflect the country’s diverse religious and architectural heritage. 

On the other hand, Pokhara, known as the “City of Lakes,” is popular for its breathtaking natural beauty. The tranquil lakes, notably Phewa Lake, mirror the snow-capped peaks, forming a captivating panorama. Additionally, Pokhara is also the gateway to several trekking routes, including the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and others.

In a span of six days, the Best of Nepal Tour delivers a thorough understanding of Nepalese culture and tradition. It adeptly merges the cultural immersion of Kathmandu with the stunning mountain vistas of Nagarkot and Pokhara, providing an opportunity to grasp the essence of Nepal’s diverse offerings in a short timeframe.

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport, the journey unfolds towards Nagarkot. Situated atop a hill outside the valley, Nagarkot exudes natural beauty and tranquility. Nagarkot provides breathtaking views, especially during sunrise and sunset, providing you with the chance to witness the majestic splendor of the Himalayas.

The tour proceeds with a road trip to Pokhara. Highlights in Pokhara encompass visits to the giant Shiva statue, the World Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, and the Lakeside area. This trip ensures a well-rounded exploration of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and breathtaking mountain vistas within a short duration.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu –Drive to Nagarkot(28kms/1hr)
Upon arriving at the airport, a Wind Horse guide will warmly greet you and assist in arranging your transfer to your hotel in Nagarkot. Positioned at an elevation of 2175m, Nagarkot offers breathtaking 180-degree views of the Himalayas, showcasing peaks such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and even Mt. Everest in the Far East. Depending on your schedule, you may take a short nature walk or enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your hotel. Overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 2. In Kathmandu
Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the majestic Himalayas, followed by a relaxed breakfast before heading to Kathmandu. En route, you will explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another ancient and distinctive city in the Kathmandu Valley. Including sites like the Nyatapola Temple, the 55-window Palace, Bhairabnath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, and Pottery Square

Following this visit, you will continue towards the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, an important Hindu pilgrimage site, and then to the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest and most significant Buddhist monument. At Boudhanath Stupa, you will have the opportunity to witness thousands of pilgrims engaging in a kora (ritual circumnavigation) around the stupa. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3. Drive to Pokhara(201km/6-7hrs)
The drive to Pokhara is a picturesque journey that unveils the stunning beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Meandering along the riverbanks, the route showcases quaint local villages, terraced farmlands, and the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you have the option to relax at the hotel or venture out to explore the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

 En route, you will also have the option to take the cable car ride, and visit the Manakamana temple(at your own cost).

The drive to Pokhara usually takes around 6-7 hours, but the duration can vary depending on traffic and the road condition. Option is also available to fly to Pokhara with an additional cost.

Day 4. In Pokhara
This morning, you’ll embark on an excursion tour to Sarangkot, located west of the old Pokhara bazaar. Sarangkot is renowned for its stunning sunrise views over the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other majestic peaks of the Himalayas.

On your return journey, you will stop at the Bindhyabasini Temple. Following breakfast, you will go for a full-day Pokhara sightseeing tour covering the Mahadev statue at Pumdikot, the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Davis Fall, Gupteshwar Cave, and end the day with a boat ride at the Phewa lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 5. Drive Kathmandu
Retrace your drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel, you’ll have the rest of afternoon free. You can go for souvenir shopping or rest and relax at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 6. Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight homewards.

While you are in Kathmandu you have the option to take the Everest experience flight early in the morning (with extra cost). This mountain flight provides one of the most scenic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest and other 20 peaks

Cost includes

  • All transfers by good quality private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in listed or similar hotels on bed and breakfast basis.
  • English-speaking local tour guide throughout the trip.
  • All sightseeing with entry fee as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in drive.
  • All government tax and service charges.

Cost excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunches and dinner).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Tips and gratuities to guide, and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.