Kathmandu Valley and Tea Garden Tour - 7 Days

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Destination: Nepal Trip Cost: $1490 USD
Group size: 2-16 people Max-Altitude: 3,636m/11,929ft
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast with welcome and farewell dinners
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and guest house in Ilam

Trip Introduction

The Kathmandu Valley and Tea Garden Tour begins with visits to different UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley which are a mix of graceful temples and stupas; elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Next, we visit Ilam, a hilly district of tea gardens and estates in eastern Nepal's High Himalayan region. While here, we not only enjoy the town's mesmerizing landscape but we also quaint ourselves with the famous tea-gardens in the area. Our 7-day tour ends with a visit to Nagarkot, a beautiful town located in the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley famous for its excellent views of the Himalayas.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will arrange to pick us up from the airport. We will then be transferred to our hotel. During the late afternoon, we can take a rest at our hotel room or visit Himalayan Glacier's office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:B
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.
Included meals:B
Day 03: Fly to Jhapa then Drive to Ilam: 45 minutes flight, 3 hours drive
We fly to the Bhadrapur Airport in Jhapa in the morning. From there, we drive to Ilam, a beautiful hill town famous for its tea gardens. Owing to its temperate climate, low green hills and fertile lands, Ilam is also known as the queen of hills in Nepal. Overnight in Ilam.
Included meals:B
Day 04: Ilam and Kanyam Tea Gardens tour
We begin the day by watching the sunrise over the eastern Himalayas. Then, we visit the Kanyam Estates which has been used for tea production for over hundred years. The Kanyam Estates produces a dark, smoky-flavored black tea similar to the Darjeeling variety in India. The area is also a great place to picnic, sightsee and sample fine teas. Today, we also enjoy strolling in the streets of Ilam Bazaar and Maipokhari. Overnight in Ilam.
Included meals:B
Day 05: Drive to Bhadrapur then fly back to Kathmandu

We retrace our route back to Bhadrapur, Jhapa then fly back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can spend the rest of the day resting or souvenir shopping in Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Himalayan Glacier also likes to mention that if we wish to extend our trip to Darjeeling from Bhadrapur then the trip can be arranged.

Nepal's border with India lies about 15 kilometers east of Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur is only one and a half hour drive from the Bagdogra airport and Siliguri in India. Siliguri is also the gateway to Darjeeling, Sikkim, and the north-eastern Indian states. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:B
Day 06: Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and Sunrise or Sunset views from Nagarkot

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 ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur.

Today we also visit Nagarkot, a village in Bhaktapur which sits at 7,200 ft and boasts stunning Himalayan vistas. It is also renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. Depending on your choice, we will visit Nagarkot either for sunrise or for sunset.
Included meals:B
Day 07: 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.
Included meals:B

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Domestic flights to Bhadrapur and back (Kathmandu- Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and guest house in Ilam
  • Breakfast (only) in Kathmandu and Ilam
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local tour guide
  • T-shirt and city map
  • Heritage sites and national park entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation if required
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the What Is Included section
  • Travel insurance

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.


We will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and guesthouse in Ilam. We will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotel, Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa in Kathmandu and Hotel Shikhar in Ilaam. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 400.


Breakfast will be served in both Kathmandu and Ilam. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners hosted by Himalayan Glacier.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept. to Dec.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trip when the weather is clear and pleasant.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684