Trip facts

Duration 7 Days
Activity General Tour
Starts Kathmandu

The Highlights of Nepal tour offers an enchanting exploration that embraces the breathtaking beauty of this diverse country. Thoughtfully crafted to encompass Nepal’s natural, historical, and cultural legacies, this itinerary unfolds a captivating journey. Commencing with a cultural exploration of Kathmandu, the journey then takes you through the scenic lower Annapurna region for an easy day hike to Dhampus and Australian Camp.

The journey commences with an overland road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara, winding through scenic villages across the Nepalese countryside along the Trishuli and the Marshyangdi River. Upon reaching Pokhara, you’ll be welcomed by majestic views of the Machhapuchre mountain and the serene Phewa Lake. While in Pokhara, an exciting hiking opportunity awaits, taking you to Australian Camp and Dhampus village, offering close-up views of the Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna ranges in the backdrop.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Later in the day, you will explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, offers a unique glimpse into the city’s rich culture and historical heritage.

You will continue a short distance north to Swayambunath, one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the valley and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched atop a hill, this sacred site provides a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2. In Kathmandu
Today’s itinerary includes Pashupatinath temple, Nepal’s most significant Hindu temple. From there, you will continue to the iconic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest and most revered Buddhist monument in Nepal.

At Boudhanath Stupa, you’ll have the opportunity to witness thousands of pilgrims engaging in the kora (ritual circumnavigation) around the stupa, offering a profoundly spiritual and cultural experience.

Later in the afternoon, you will visit the historic Patan Durbar Square, celebrated for its rich artistic heritage, Newari craftsmanship, and typical Newari culture. Patan boasts a collection of exquisite Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Key sites to explore in this area comprise the Durbar Square, the Patan Museum, Krishna Mandir, and the Baglamukhi Temple, all of which showcase the cultural and architectural splendor of the region. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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

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 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 Drive to Kande(1 hr/1770m)-Hike to Australian Camp(2hrs/2065m)
After breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, which takes a little over an hour. Kande serves as the starting point of your hike. From Kande, you will begin a 2-hour uphill hike to Australian Camp. Australian Camp offers you with the breathtaking views of prominent peaks such as Machhapuchre, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and the Manaslu range.

Upon reaching Australian Camp, you will get into your lodges and get settled. After lunch depending on your preferences, and interests, you can hike further to Pothana, a beautiful village, which offers breathtaking views of the nearby Himalayas. After soaking in the scenic vistas, you will retrace back to Australian Camp. Overnight in Australian Camp.

Day 5. Hike to Phedi(1.5hr/1440m)-Drive to Pokhara(1hr)
Enjoy the early morning sunrise view from your hotel. After breakfast, you will descend to Dhampus village, another beautiful village. The hike to Dhampus is mostly downhill, offering a pleasant and easy trail. From Dhampus, you will continue further to Dhampus Phedi and drive to Pokhara.

In Pokhara, you will spend the day exploring various attractions such as Pumdikot, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Devis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 6. Drive to Kathmandu
Retrace your drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your respective hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 7. Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Cost includes

  • All transfers by good quality private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Accommodation in Local village guest house in Australian camp.
  • Only breakfast in the staying hotels.
  • 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.
  • Porter service(if required during the trek will cost extra).
  • 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.