Experience the diversity of Nepal through a visit to Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Kathmandu is a vibrant city, where they say there are more temples than abodes and more gods than men. In Pokhara, Nepal's adventure capital, you can relax by the lakeside or go paddling, paragliding, or trekking in the nearby Himalaya. Then, head to Chitwan, Nepal's lowest altitude at just under 100m above sea level, and go on a safari to see rhinos, various types of monkeys and deer, and perhaps even a tiger.

Highlights

  • Explore Nepal's highlights without trekking
  • Pack the maximum number of highlights in 7 days
  • See the temples of Kathmandu, Pokhara's lake side and Chitwan's wildlife

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu! Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Pokhara
Day 3 Explore Pokhara Pokhara
Day 4 Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan Chitwan
Day 5 Explore Chitwan National Park Chitwan
Day 6 Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 7 Depart Kathmandu  

Detailed overview

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!

Kathesimbhu Stupa. Kathmandu
Kathesimbhu Stupa. Kathmandu

It's a beautiful flight into the Kathmandu Valley with views of the Himalaya and terraced valley floor. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will greet you and transport you to your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time, you'll have time to explore the city. Some popular sights include Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and its narrow alleyways teeming with small shops, ancient temples, and local restaurants. There's also Swayambhunath temple, where you can watch the sunset over the valley and the Himalaya to your north.

The tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes. Then, if it's not too late, head to the busiest bazaar in the city, Asan Tole, which offers an authentic display of spice, fish, and vegetable stands that make for great photo ops. Practice some basic Nepali phrases and chat with friendly locals!

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Sunset on Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Sunset on Phewa Lake, Pokhara

After breakfast, you'll leave Kathmandu and head toward Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city along Phewa Lake. The road follows the banks of the Trishuli River, past traditional villages and terraced fields. If the weather is clear, you'll have great views of the Himalaya in the distance. Stopping en route for lunch, you should arrive in Pokhara by late afternoon (depending on road conditions and traffic leaving Kathmandu).

After arriving in Pokhara, check in to your hotel and have the rest of the evening to explore the lakeside and relax over dinner.

Driving time: 6-7 hours (124 miles / 200 km)

Day 3: Explore Pokhara

Devi's Falls, Pokhara
Devi's Falls, Pokhara

Today, you'll have a full day in Pokhara to relax or enjoy a variety of activities. You may want to explore the cafés and restaurants, go shopping, or perhaps do something more adventurous like paragliding or mountain biking.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan

Bathe with elephants in Chitwan
Bathe with elephants in Chitwan

After breakfast, you will head out in your private vehicle to the famous Terai region of Nepal. The landscape and culture are totally different from that which you have experienced so far and from the high, alpine regions of the Himalayan range. The name the ‘Terai’ refers to the extensive plains in the southern part of Nepal—this area is the most northern extension of the great Gangetic plains of India, land that was won and lost in decades of struggle and shares both Indian and Nepali characteristics and culture.

You will drive through narrow winding gorges and deep river valleys past terraced fields tilled by generations of family members, reaching the vast plains and the vibrant jungle of the Chitwan National Park in time for a late lunch. This is a stunning overland journey and you will be able to relax and take in the incredible views of this diverse country from the car.

You'll arrive in Chitwan in the early afternoon and check into your resort and meet with a representative to go over the program for your time here.

Driving time: 5-6 hours (91 miles / 147 km) 
Accommodation: Resort

Day 5: Explore Chitwan National Park

Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park
Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park

After a healthy breakfast, you'll have a full day of exploring the jungle with a selection of activities to choose from, depending which lodge and part of Chitwan you're staying in tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu

Tharu boy in the Therai Region
Tharu boy in the Therai Region

Get on the road early today and drive for approximately 6 hours back to Kathmandu.

Driving time: 6-7 hours

Day 7: Depart Kathmandu

The all-seeing eyes of Buddha at Swayambhunath
The all-seeing eyes of Buddha at Swayambhunath

It's time to say farewell to Nepal.

Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.