Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, after breakfast, we start a guided tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the ancient kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world. We also visit popular Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath, is located in the heart of the city and is also called Monkey Temple by the tourists owing to the large number of monkeys in the temple area. Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and sunset views from Nagarkot (2195m/7201ft)
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Patan Durbar Square is rich in ancient arts and architecture. We also visit Bhakatpur, an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambiance of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Nagarkot, a village renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas and enjoy spectacular sunset views amidst the Himalayas. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 04: Sunrise views, tour Dhulikhel (1,550m/5,085ft) and Panauti
Early in the morning, we enjoy amazing views of the sunrise amidst the Himalayas in Nagarkot. After breakfast we drive to Dhulikhel, another town located in the outskirts of the valley. The town is also a popular place from which to observe the high Himalayas. From the edge of the ridge, we get to view more than twenty peaks including Mt. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Lhotse and many others. After touring Dhulikhel, we continue our drive to Panauti, a small town near Dhulikhel which is popular for the Triveni Ghats, an important place of worship for Hindus adorned with temples showcasing beautiful architecture of the medieval Nepal. While here, we explore Triveni Ghat, quaint and narrow streets of the town and Panauti Peace Galley. The gallery is a museum of sorts which has a confusing collection, including an antique walking-stick sword, straw-brush comb and the gall bladder of an elephant! After the tour we head back to Dhulikhel and spend the night.
Day 05: Sunrise views, drive to Daman (2,322m 7,620 ft)Daman
After breakfast we drive to Daman through sparse settlements and Rhododendron forests. Daman is a popular respite for both tourists and locals from the hustle and bustle of the Kathmandu Valley. After reaching Daman, we take a rest for a while and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful town. We can also walk to its view tower which offers panoramic views of the impressive Himalayas including Everest, the world tallest peak. The panoramic view incorporates an amazingly large section of the Himalayan range stretching from Everest in the East to Dhaulagiri to the West. During our stay, we also enjoy hiking around the villages and get acquainted to the local life. In the evening, we enjoy dinner along with a traditional Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Daman.
Day 06: Drive to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379 ft)
In the morning we enjoy sunrise views from Daman’s view tower which will truly be an amazing experience. Next, we have breakfast and drive to Bandipur, a town beautifully located on a ridge top south of Dumre, on the way to Pokhara. It is a living museum of Newari culture, with more than 70 per cent of the buildings being made in the traditional Newari style - carved wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs. There is also a famous cave called Siddha Cave. While here we enjoy short hikes with the amazing landscape forever keeping our company. Overnight in Bandipur.
Day 07: Drive to Pokhara, city sightseeing
Early in the morning we soak-in mesmerizing views of the sunrise from Bandipur. Next, we have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We may also stroll in the streets of Pokhara and just enjoy being in one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 08: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. We then head back to Pokhara and continue touring the city’s landmarks. Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final departure
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.