Nepal 8-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 12 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Nepal.

With 8 days, you'll be able to complete a 4 or 5-day trek at a reasonable pace, bookended by free time in Kathmandu or Pokhara. In the Annapurna region, the Ghorepani trek to Poon Hill is a good choice, while travelers interested in the Everest region can complete the Namche or Pikey Peak treks. Or, combine a 3-day trek in the Himalayan foothills—including a breathtaking ridgeline walk to the Kalinchowk Spire—with adventure sports (think everything from bungee jumping to river rafting) near the Tibetan border. 

Not interested in trekking? Try a cultural tour of the Kathmandu Valley, a city tour from Kathmandu to Bandipur, or a fast-paced tour of Nepal's Golden Triangle.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 8-day trips in Nepal.

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View of Annapurna I at sunset from Poon Hill
Map of Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trek: Nepal's Classic Trek - 8 Days
Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trek: Nepal's Classic Trek - 8 Days

This short trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic viewpoints of the Annapurna range. You'll follow ancient trails that connect local communities, pass through blooming rhododendron forests and rice paddies, and enjoy views of snow-covered mountains. At night, sleep in comfortable teahouses located in small villages along the route.

Early morning in Chitwan National Park
Map of Best of Chitwan National Park - 8 Days
Best of Chitwan National Park - 8 Days

While Nepal is known as a country of hills and mountains, many visitors are pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the Terai, the lowlands bordering India. The Chitwan National Park is a jewel on the Terai. It has run a very successful one-horned rhinoceros breeding program, and visitors on safari are almost guaranteed to spot one of the spectacular animals, as well as other wildlife. This tour gives you time to fully explore the highlights of Chitwan, while staying in some luxurious--as well as unique--accommodation.

Kalinchowk views
Map of Kalinchowk Multi-Sport Adventure - 8 Days
Kalinchowk Multi-Sport Adventure - 8 Days

The Kalinchowk Adventure Itinerary combines a great 3-day trek in the Himalayan foothills, including mountain biking and rafting, and a taste of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. This is the perfect trip if you're short on time, but want to experience some of the best action sports Nepal has to offer. You'll move along trails with amazing vistas as well as get a closeup view of the Sherpa culture.

Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Map of Kathmandu & Pokhara Valleys - 8 Days
Kathmandu & Pokhara Valleys - 8 Days

In one week, enjoy the true diversity of Nepal: Kathmandu’s ancient cultural sites, a short trek in the Annapurna Himalaya, a lakeside stroll in Pokhara, and the quaint hilltop towns of Bandipur and Rupakot.

Annapurna South, one of the main views you'll see along this trek
Muldai & Poon Hill Trek - 8 Days

This trek is all about the views. In a short amount of time, you'll ascend two of the best viewpoints in the lower Annapurna region for views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himal. The route combines the very popular Ghorepani and Poon Hill trail with an off-the-beaten-path experience taking you up to the amazing Muldai viewpoint. As you're going off-the-beaten-path, you'll have one night in a more rustic accommodation in Dobato.

Look down on Namche Bazaar
Map of Namche Bazaar Trek - 8 Days
Namche Bazaar Trek - 8 Days

The 8-day version of this Nepal adventure takes you up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. Visit Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—along with alpine forest, Buddhist sites, and, of course, panoramic snow-capped views of the Himalayan peaks.

View of Pokhara and the mountains beyond
Map of Nepal's Golden Triangle: Kathmandu, Pokhara, & Chitwan - 8 Days
Nepal's Golden Triangle: Kathmandu, Pokhara, & Chitwan - 8 Days

See the best of Nepal's Golden Triangle on this relaxed itinerary that takes you from the streets and shrines of Kathmandu to the lakeside bliss of Pokhara and the wilds of Chitwan National Park. You'll have lots of time to explore Nepal's capital and the gorgeous sacred sites around it. Later, relax by Phewa Lake, gazing up at the incredible views of the Annapurnas. Cap off your trip with a jeep game drive or river safari, meeting a host of Nepalese creatures and possibly spotting a Bengal Tiger along the way!

A local prays to the Gods, Kathmandu
Nepal in a Nutshell: Kathmandu, Nagarkot & Pokhara - 8 Days

Discover a microcosm of cultures and some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes on this 8-day exploration of Nepal's Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. With a laid-back blend of popular highlights and offbeat experiences, it's a perfect itinerary for first-timers to the country. Explore the temples and shrines of Kathmandu, take in postcard-worthy Himalaya views from the peaceful mountain town of Nagarkot, and embrace your adventurous side with some scenic paragliding in Pokhara.

Trek to the holy lake of Gosainkunda
Dancing with Shamans: Full Moon Trek to Nepal's Sacred Lake - 8 Days

Every August, apprentice shamans and pilgrims trek to Nepal's sacred lakes for a night of prayer and dance under the full moon. Join them on this 8-day, once-in-a-lifetime experience as you hike through breathtaking mountain scenery to reach the shores of Lake Gosainkunda, located deep in the mountains north of Kathmandu.

Camping (optional) on the top of the Pikey Peak
Pikey Peak Trek in the Lower Everest Region - 8 Days

From the top of  Pikey Peak in the lower Everest region, enjoy one of the best views in Nepal. A bold statement, indeed, but Edmund Hillary himself claimed it his favorite view of Everest. This trek will take you through a variety of terrain and through villages where you'll stay overnight in local teahouses. You will also have time to explore the eclectic bustle of Kathmandu and learn about the rich traditions of the Newar people.

Trekking towards Pikey Peak
Himalaya Panorama: Trek to Pikey Peak - 8 Days

This 8-day adventure combines a moderately challenging trek at lower altitudes with incredible views across the Himalaya. Make your way through a landscape of snowcapped peaks, mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries to reach one of Nepal's best-kept secrets—Pikey Peak. From its summit, you'll look out over a breathtaking panorama, including the best views of Mount Everest in the country.

Take in sweeping views from Poon Hill
Map of Journey to Kathmandu, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Poon Hill & Ghorepani - 8 Days
Journey to Kathmandu, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Poon Hill & Ghorepani - 8 Days

This eight-day journey through Nepal begins in Kathmandu, where you'll visit Pashupatinath, the country's most sacred Hindu temple. The next leg of the trip includes a flight to Pokhara and a trek through scenic Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Enjoy sunrise over the Himalaya from Poon Hill, then trek to Ghorepani and Ghandruk before circling back to Kathmandu, where the itinerary ends.

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