Nepal 13-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 11 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Nepal.

In 13 days, you can plan any kind of Nepal holiday you’d like, be it an active adventure on rivers and mountains or a stroll through the streets of ancient villages and cities. As for an outdoor adventure, one option is to brave the class IV rapids of the Karnali, the longest river in Nepal. You could also take it easy on a cultural tour of Kathmandu as well as an excursion to the grassy lowlands of the Terai region in Central Nepal. An even more epic outing is to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp, located 15,000 feet/4,600 meters above sea level and where you’ll hike the Everest Trail to the famous town of Namche Bazar.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 13-day trips in Nepal.

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Ama Dablam (22,349 ft / 6,812 m) translates as "Mother's necklace"
Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

The 13-day version of this trip features nine days of trekking in the Khumbu and Everest regions, bringing you to the foot of towering Aba Dablam. Along the way, visit the Sherpa monastery at Tengboche, have lunch at Ama Dablam base camp, and spend time acclimatizing at the world-famous Namche Bazaar. Before your trek, you'll have a bonus day in Kathmandu—take a city tour with a local guide, day-trip into the Kathmandu Valley, or simply take advantage of the fantastic eateries and nightlife and bustling Thamel.

View of the Lhotse Wall from the village of Chukhung (5,550 m)
Chukhung Valley Trek - 13 Days

Few travelers venture up the Chukhung Valley, except those looking to scale Lhotse or climb Island Peak. It's a beautiful trek where you'll come face-to-face with the Lhotse Wall and ascend Chukhung Ri, an 18,208 ft (5,550 m) ridgeline above the village of Chukhung. 

Karnali Rafting & Kayaking - 13 Days
Map of Karnali Rafting & Kayaking - 13 Days
Karnali Rafting & Kayaking - 13 Days

This is the longest and largest river in Nepal, springing from the sacred mountain of Mount Kailash in Tibet. This trip combines 4 epic days of intense whitewater followed by a more gentle float where you can soak up all the mind-blowing scenery. Finishing at Bardia National Park, you can combine this trip with a few days in the park on safari looking for tigers.

Phoksundo Lake
Lake Phoksundo Trek - 13 Days

This epic yet moderate trek takes you through the vast Dolpo area of Western Nepal. You'll pass through Himalayan forests, traditional villages, and past rushing waterfalls. Along the way, you'll see wildlife, including musk deer, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr, and perhaps even the rare and elusive snow leopard. The highlight is Lake Phoksundo, considered a natural treasure in Nepal and sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion.

The view of Dhaulagiri from Khopra Danda
Map of Khopra Danda Trek - 13 Days
Khopra Danda Trek - 13 Days

Also known as the Khopra Ridge, this moderate, off-the-beaten-track adventure is a peaceful alternative to more popular treks in the region. For nine days you'll climb your way through local villages, terraced farmland, and dense bamboo, oak, pine, and rhododendron forests with rewarding vistas of snow-capped Annapurnas. There are plenty of chances to observe and participate in traditional Nepali lifestyle rituals, including staying in teahouses and taking a day-hike to Kaire, a sacred lake that Hindus believe will help you achieve Nirvana.

Farming terraces in the lower Annapurna region
Map of Best of Central Nepal: Astam & Chitwan - 13 Days
Best of Central Nepal: Astam & Chitwan - 13 Days

Nepal is known for its snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and this tour offers a taste of that imposing grandeur—but it also encompasses the grassy lowlands of the Terai in Nepal's south. Take in stunning views of the world's tallest mountains and immerse yourself in the bustle of local village life. Wake up to sounds of nature and break your fast with the elephants. Explore the best of central Nepal and Chitwan!

The view from Pikey Peak
Pikey Peak to Lukla Trek in the Lower Everest Region - 13 Days

Sir Edmund Hillary claimed that the view of the lower Everest region from Pikey Peak is the best in all of Nepal, and we're inclined to agree. This trek has the advantage of being slightly farther away from the big peaks, meaning views from the trail encompass much more of the Himalaya. You'll also visit Thupten Choling Monastery, where you can meditate with the resident nuns and monks. Enjoy the extraordinary scenery, get acquainted with Sherpa culture, and explore Kathmandu on this gorgeous route. 

Views of the lower Annapurna foothills
Best of Nepal: Ghandruk, Seti River, and Chitwan - 13 Days

This multi-activity tour combines adventure with villages, wildlife, and relaxation. You'll explore Kathmandu, visit the beautiful village of Namobuddha, as well as the Pokhara Valey for a multi-day trek through the Annapurna foothills. Along the way, take in a rafting adventure on the Seti River before spending a day with elephants and going on a jungle safari in the famous Chitwan National Park.

View over the Pokhara Valley from Sarangkot Hill
Best of Nepal: Panchase & Chitwan - 13 Days

Experience the beauty of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. This tour takes you past small farming villages where you'll get the opportunity to experience local daily life, beautiful scenery of lush green forests, ancient temples, and rich terraced fields. Featuring a short easy trek, this itinerary is ideal for those short on time or new to trekking who want to explore the Pokhara Valley.

Early morning view from Kongde Lodge
Kongde & Ama Dablam Luxury Trek - 13 Days

This luxury trek takes you through the Khumbu region of Nepal, bringing you to the foot of the world’s highest mountains. Throughout the trek, you will have great views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, as well as great glaciers, snowfields, and ridges. At the end of each day, you'll retire to luxury accommodations, where you can enjoy a hot shower, sink into a cozy bed, and dine with phenomenal views of the Himalaya just beyond. Along the way, you'll also learn the history and traditions of the Kathmandu Valley, experience the culture of amazing Sherpa villages, and have the opportunity to visit famous Buddhist monasteries.

Himalayan morning
Luxury Annapurna Panorama Trek & Jungle Safari - 13 Days

Experience all that Nepal has to offer in this luxury trip that combines the thrill of trekking the Himalaya, going on exotic jungle safaris (by jeep and by boat), and exploring both city centers and rural life... all in style. This itinerary combines a 4-day trek through the Annapurna region with time to explore Kathmandu, the lakeside city of Pokhara, as well as a stint in the jungle, where you'll stay in an elephant camp. Spend your days adventuring and your nights relaxing in luxe accommodations, as you enjoy sweeping vistas and stellar hospitality.

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