Discover Nepal with exclusive places
This journey gives you a complete experience of what Nepal has to offer.
We visit all the major cultural places, see the sunset on Everest and Annapurna Range, visit authentic small villages, go on safari in Chitwan, visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha, have a glimpse of the small kingdom Mustang, go on a small trekking to see what they call in Nepal ‘the white mountains’ but also local life and so much more.
And as top of the bill we will end our travel on the day of the light festival, Tihar.
An amazing experience to see how the Nepali celebrate this important festival.
You could say ‘a real discovery of Nepal’
Nepal (& Mustang)
25 oct – 13 nov ’23
total 20 days
max 3.979 m
Discover Hindu & Buddhist culture
min 4 – max 12
Begin and end
Highlights of this travel
o The three King cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
o Go to lower Mustang and visit the beautiful Kagbeni and the pilgrim place Muktinath (for Buddhist and Hindu)
o Wonder around Pokhara
o Stay in an exclusive jungle resort in Chitwan and experience jungle life from out of your lodge
o See the sunrise on Everest Range (Nagarkot) and Anapurna Range (Sarangkot)
o Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha
o When you visit Nepal you need to experience a small trekking- go to Poonhill where you have a stunning mountain view and walk-through local villages.
o Spending two days in a homestay and experience local life.
IncludedDiscover Nepal with exclusive places
Day 1: Arrival in KTM
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu.
|Hotel - Shambaling Boutique|
Transfer to the hotel and have some free time to relax.
Our small Boutique hotel is in area called Boudha.
Just a 5 minutes’ walk out of the hotel brings you the largest stupa of Asia - Boudhanath.
In the evening we will take you to a magical place for our welcome diner, Krishnarpan restaurant.
I also call it the restaurant of 1001 nights.
You will immediately have a glimpse of the diversity of tribes in Nepal, 126 ethnic groups, all with their own typical food and typical way of dresses.
During dinner we will also have a briefing about our upcoming trip.
Day 2 - Kathmandu:
Today the day is dominated by the two most important stupas in Nepal, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
These are also the two most important Buddhist pilgrim places in Nepal.
We start with a walk from our hotel towards the Stupa. The road will take us in the heart of the Tibetan community.
Afterwards we make a kora, three times walking clockwise around the Stupa. We will be accompanied by many monks, nuns, and devote Tibetan people who are doing this important ritual.
Afterwards we take the stairs up to visit the first floor of the pavement path around the Stupa.
From here we can have a nice overview of the how the Buddhist people performing their rituals and prostrations.
Then we will take the time to visit the most important monasteries around the Stupa. We will visit the Tamang monastery, from where you have a nice view of the stupa., Shechen Gompa, …
We close the morning with lunch on a roof terrace on the beautiful terrace of Padma where we have a unique view of this beautiful stupa.
The first stupa at Boudhanath was built sometime after AD 600, when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, converted to Buddhism. In terms of grace and purity of line, no other stupa in Nepal comes close to Boudhanath. From its whitewashed dome to its gilded tower painted with the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, the monument is perfectly proportioned.
According to legend, the king constructed the stupa as an act of penance after unwittingly killing his father. The first stupa was wrecked by Mughal invaders in the 14th century, so the current stupa is a more recent construction.
The highly symbolic construction serves in essence as a three-dimensional reminder of the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment.
A Stupa is builded using many symboles.
Afternoon lunch we leave by the bus to Swayambhunath, the monkey temple.
|Swayambhunaath Mahachaitya (Monkey Temple)|
It is a very impressive experience to make a trip to the stupa on a hilltop in Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Centuries-old statues, carved icons, hundreds of butter candles and the sweet scent of incense give this ancient religious complex a magical atmosphere. Swayambhunath dates to the fifth century and is a holy destination for both Buddhists and Hindus. Because of the many monkeys that live there, it is often called Monkey Temple.
We start at the backside of the stupa," The three golden Buddha statues at Swayambhu Amideva Buddha Park".
The three golden statues are - the most common in Buddhism - Buddha, Avoliketsvarra and Guru Rinpoche.
Here we have panels who explain the different stages in the life of the Buddha.
This helps us to explain the live of the buddha in connection with his first teaching the four noble truths.
Then the bus brings us to the entrance halfway up the mountain. accompanied by the monkeys we start climbing up to the top of the hill. On the road we will see some diiferent kind of Buddha statues.
Once we reach the top you will have some free time to walk around the stupa - and explore this special area.
Then we start with walking down the stairs to the parking place of the bus.
On the way down again we will have many monkeys around us, see many different statues and on the way down also many people sell all kind of stuff, even you can let a fortune teller predict your future.
Before we go back to the hotel we make a stop at one of the Vajrayogini places, Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple.
|Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple|
The Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple is a Newar Buddhist temple in the Kathmandu valley dedicated to the Vajrayāna Buddhist deity Vajrayoginī The temple stands on the west bank of the Bishnumati river and is on the main path from Swayambhunath stupa to Kathmandu. The Temple is an important pilgrimage place for Tibetan Buddhists .
Then we will go back to the hotel and have some free time to fresh us up.
In the evening we will have a dinner in a rooftop terrace around Boudhanath Stupa.
Day 3 - Patan and Pashupatinath
Nepal has 3 royal cities namely Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
In the morning we take the bus to Patan, one of the three royal cities.
We will take a visit the Durbar Square of Patan, the beautiful Mahabodhi temple, and afterwards bring a home visit to the Kumari, living goddess. And if we are lucky the Kumari will bless us.
We will end our visit to Patan with a nice lunch in a local restaurant with view on Durbar Square.
Patan, the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu valley and is built around 299 before Christ. It is the best known for its artistic heritage. It is probably one of the oldest Buddhist City in the world. The city is situated on a plateau across Bagmati River. Many locals still call the city by its original Sanskrit name of Lalitpur (City of Beauty) or by its Newari name, Yala. Patan’s spectacular Durbar Sq remains the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole of Nepal. The square is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
This temple is dedicated to Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. The temple is often called "the temple of a thousand Buddhas" because a Buddha image is engraved on every brick. It is modeled on the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha get enlightened. We will do a Kora around this temple.
Kumari, or the Living Goddess, is the tradition of worshipping a chosen virgin as manifestations of the divine female energy or Shakti in Dharmic religious traditions. It is believed that the girl is possessed by the goddess Taleju or Durga. The word Kumari is derived from Sanskrit meaning princess.
In the afternoon we go to Pashupatinath, the most important cremation place for Hindus in Nepal, located on the sacred river Bagmati.
Here you can see the ritual of the cremation of the people.
It is whole ritual what we will see beginning with the preparation where the sons who shave their hair, afterwards the bring the body and they are laying flowers down on the body and then start with the cremation itself.
Out of respect we are on the other side of the river.
Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Rivers Bagmati, entrance in the temple beingstrictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Then we make a 40 min walk from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath Stupa. On the way we will see many temples.
Along the way we see the local life of the suburbs of Kathmandu.
We conclude with an evening dinner once again on one of the rooftop restaurants around the Stupa.
Afterwards we will walk back to our hotel for our last evening in Kathmandu.
Day 4 - Kathmandu - Riepe Village
We start our journey towards Pokhara where we make a stop in Bandipur.
The bus ride will take about 6 hours. On the way we see the beautiful green part of Kathmandu.
Then we will arrive in Riepe Village where we will stay in Annpurna homestay.
We will have time to settle in our room and enjoy the nice views of the surroundings.
Day 5 - Riepe Village
Today we do a hiking in the area around Riepe Village.
We will see the local life and their customs.
To have an impresion of the are have a look at the video on the website of Riepe Village.
Day 6 - Riepe Village - Pokhara
After breakfast we leave for Pokhara, the third largest city in Nepal.
Pokhara’s tranquil beauty has been the subject of inspiration for many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, blue lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural disposition.
Pokhara is best known for the stunning view of the Annapurna range. It is perhaps one of the few places on earth from where mountains above 6,000 m can be seen unobstructed from an altitude of 800 m within the distance of 28 km.
In Pokhara we will visit the Tibetan refugee camp, and their Tibetan monastery.
On the way back we visit the Peace Pagoda.
It has four images of the Buddha facing the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the of the Annapurna, Pokhara city and Phewa lake.
After our visit we will have lunch in Pokhara itself and check-in in the hotel Temple Tree.
In the late afternoon we will take a boat to see from the beautiful Phewa lake the Annapurna and we visit Taal Barahi Temple dedicated to Ajima or Shakti, on a little strip of island in Phewa Lake.
In the evening we will have a dinner with view on the lake.
Day 7 - Pokhara - lower Mustang:
From Pokhara we fly in the early morning to lower Mustang, Jomsom.this is a 30-minute flight. The flight takes us over the Anapurna and takes about 35 minutes.
From the small airplane we will have a stunning view on the Anapurna.
Once landed in Jomsom, we have arrived in a last hidden kingdom, Mustang.
Today Mustang has been annexed to Nepal.
The nature of Mustang is mainly desert-like, dry and Rocky Mountains, a big difference in green Nepal. Nevertheless, we can see the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. The culture is Tibetan - Buddhism, most people who live here are people who came here from Tibet many centuries ago. We immediately leave with Jeeps to the furthest point Muktinath a ride of 2 hours. On the way to Muktinath we make a stop in Kagbeni that is located at the Kali Gandaki River. In Muktinath we will sleep in a local guesthouse.
Kagbeni, marks the end of lower Mustang and the beginning of upper Mustang.
From this part of the travel we will also only find real Tibetan culture. At the gates of the old city of Kagbeni we will find the two old the pre-Buddhist spiritual protector of Kagbeni, called meme and pepe, or grandmother and grandfather.
They are the protectors of the city and they originally come from Shamanistic and Animistic tradition.
On our way to the Kag Choede Gompa, we will pass an impressive door chorten, on the ceiling we will see some wonderful paintings of mandalas. This gompa is from the Sakaya lineage.
At Kag Choede you will learn all about the wheel of life and the four noble truths, which are the foundation of Buddhism. In the Gompa we will find a bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, flanked by his disciples Saradvatiputra and Maudgalyayana.
We will make a walk in the beautiful old village of Kagbeni, we will see the protections people put on their houses.
They are called “zor”, and they are rooted in the Bôn culture. They are made from the skull of a sheep or a goat, decorated with crosses made of colored threads.
In the center of the old town is a private chapel, called “Red House”, we find an ancient spiritual remaining altar. The altar made of wood has some mystic animals and other spiritual being, and on top an impressive statue of Maitreya Buddha, future Buddha, topped by a garuda.
Then we take a walk in the old city and have an impressive view on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River.
|Kali Gandaki River|
The term Kali Gandakhi is dedicated to the female Hindu deity Kali (“black lady”) finding its visual expression in the color pf the river, which is of dark grey. The riverbed of the Kali Gandaki is well known for its famous Saligram stones, fossils which are kept as holy stones in the religion of the Hindus. According to the Hindus, the Salogram are manifestations of the deity Vishnu.
The Kali Gandakhi valley is also well known as the deepest canyon in the world.
The holy ground of Muktinath, is one of the most important pilgrim places in Nepal for Hindus and Buddhist people.
In the spiritual area above the town, we will find temples of both religions.
The focal point of the Gompa Sambha is the pool and the 108 brass waterspouts, in the shape of cows’ heads, which poor sacred water.
There is a Nyingmpa Monastery called ‘the temple of the holy fire’, where a natural phenomenon is housed.
Some natural gas, coming out of the earth, is forming blue flames at different places, just above a spring.
This auspicious combination of earth, fire and water is responsible for the religious importance of muktinath.
The temple also has beautiful statues of Padmashambhava, Manjushri and Avoliketshavara.
Also here is a temple, the Marme Lakhang, “temple of lights”, dedicated at Padmashambhava, who visit Muktinath in the 8 the century.
Day 8 - lower Mustang: Muktinath - Jomsom
Then we drive to Jomsom.
From where we make a trek of 2.5 hours to the small village Thini, or Thinigaon (2.880 metres). Thini is perhaps the most important village in the lower part of Mustang in terms of culture. Marpha, Syang, Chhairo, and Chimang.
This village is also worth a visit as close by are Dhumba Lake and the amazing Kutsapterenga Monastery.
Given the close proximity of the ruined fortress of Garab Dzong which used to be the seat of power before things settled down enough for people to start residing alongside the river, it isn't hard to guess that Thini is one of the oldest settlements in the region. Thini is also home to a Bonpo Monastery. This village is also worth a visit as close by are Dhumba Lake and the amazing Kutsapterenga Monastery.
Once back in Jomsom we will visit a very old Labyrinth, for both Hinduism and Buddhism, the labyrinth is seen as a path of contemplation for those seeking divine wisdom or peace.”
Day 9 - Jomsoms - Pokhara (Damphus)
We take the morning flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara.
Once back in Pokhara we will go with the jeep to the village Damphus.
Dhampus village 1650 m) is situated on the north from the Pokhara valley which offers gorgeous views of golden rice terraces and the spectacular mountains. The Gurungs are inhabitants to Dhampus village of Nepal.The Gurungs are the well-known Gorkha soldiers in the Indian, British & Nepalese Army. Farming is the primary occupation of the people in the villages.
When we stroll through the village we will see the local life of people farming, hervesting, cooking, ....
From Dhampus, one can also clutch the outstanding view of Pokhara and the landscape gets even better as the sun sets down.
Afterwards we will check in our hotel, Sarangkhot Mountain Lodge.
This hotel has an unique location - we can see the sunrise on the Anapurna from out our hotel.
Day 11 - Chitwan:
In the early morning we go to Sarangkot. A view place where the sun will show up at the Anapurna Range. A breathtaking view. We return to the hotel for breakfast and leave by bus for a 5-hour drive to Chitwan National Park. On our arrival we have free time in our lunch to relax.
Day 1(Arrival Day)
- Welcome drinks, lunch and program briefing
- Evening Tharu Village Culture tour and elephant breeding center
- Dinner and Cultural Dance
Day 12 - Chitwan:
Day 2 program Chitwan
- Full Day Jeep Safari (Pack Lunch)
This is the way to have the best jungle experience and the most chance to see wild life.
Day 13 - Chitwan:
Day 3 program Chitwan:
- Elephant washing and feeding
- 2 hours Canoe trip to the crocodile breeding center with a jungle walk.
Day 14 - Lumbini:
A ride of 4 hours takes us to Lumbini - the birthplace of Buddha. We stop here to break the ride to Bardia in two. We visit the peace flame, built for world peace, the garden where Buddha was born. Every Buddhist country has also built its own temples here. With Rickshaws we visit the 3 most beautiful, the Lotus Stupa, the Nepalese temple and the Chinese temple.
Day 15 - Bardia
In the early morning we continue our trip to Bardia. We expect to arrive around 2 pm for our lunch and start immediately with our jungle activities. Bardia is known for the tiger and cheetah spotting.
In the afternoon, we head out on a dusk jeep safari to the national park in search of exclusive tigers and leopards. Tigers hunt in the cool of the day so dusk is a great time to catch a glimpse of the great cats patrolling their territorities. The safari will last for two and a half hours. You will be accompanied by an experienced naturalist who will provide in depth knowledge of the local fauna and flora of Bardia National Park.
We stay in the best lodge of Bardia.
Day 16 - Bardia
After breakfast we prepare ourselves for a river safari on the Karnali river. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets of rapids propel the boats along as gentle waves lap at the sides. Sitting inside a hand-craved boat, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birdlife and wildlife. Top of the list is the endangered fish-eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative, the Marsh-Mugger.
In the late afternoon, when the weather is cooler and the animals become active, meet with our naturalist for a jeep safari in the national park. Explore nature and convenience of one of our classoc vintage Land Rovers. During the safari you will encounter wildlife such as different species deer, birds, monkeys, and the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Bardia also offers good chances of spotting the exclusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
Day 17 - Bardia
In the morning we will do a jungle walk and come back for lunch.
In the late afternoon we have our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 18 - Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
We leave for Nagarhot and make a stop in Bhaktapur - one of the three royal cities. It was also the place that has already been used as a scene for many films. It is as if you end up in an open-air museum with the many temples. We also take a walk of about 3 hours through the small streets from Bhaktapur where we can see different crafts the potters, the woodcarvers, the coloring of fabrics, ... the is a real spectacle for the eye ... We have free time to shop and then we have our lunch on a roof terrace around one of the known squares. We continue our tour through small villages and rice fields and make a stop in Changurayan, one of the oldest temples in Nepal - and end our day in Nagarkhot where we can have a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Free evening for dinner.
Day 19: Phalante
We get up at 4:30 to see the sunrise on the Everest ... one spectacle to never forget. The first rays of the sun look like gold on the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. After breakfast we drive to the village Phalante, where the Tamang tribe lives. This also the hometown of Pramod. This is a mountain village against the Tibetan border - where no tourists come. We have a picnic and visit the local school. The school was rebuilt with the project 'a warm heart for Nepal'. On the way back we stop at Namo Buddha, one of the most important monasteries in Nepal. In the evening free time for a dinner.
Day 20 - Kathmandu:
This day we make a mountainflight to the Everest up close see. Something we will never forget. The highest mountain in the world. (There is a possibility to do this with a helicopter and land at Everest Base camp. (This is not included in the price, the people who do not go are free this morning). In the afternoon: Guided walk through the streets of Kathmandu to Durbar Square. (Durbar Square is the royal square with many buildings). We go through the specific districts that are typical of life there. On the way we see small stupas, dental practices, and we observe the daily rituals of the population ... We take a lunch in a restaurant around Durbar Square. In the evening we have a farewell dinner in Bhojan Griha.
Day 21 : flight to Belgium
Drop-off at the airport
o The three King cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
o Relax at the less touristic Begnas Tale in a beautifull resort with mountain view
o Visit authentique small village as Ramkot (Magar Tribe) - Phalante (Tamang tribe)
o Go to lower Mustang and visit the spiritual city Muktinath
o Wonder around in Pokhara
o Go on safari in the less travelled Bardia
o See the sunrise on Everest Range (Nagarkot) and Anapurna Range (Sarangkot)
o Visit the birth place of Lord Buddha
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- All meals included one cold drink as mentioned in itinerary.
- One cup of coffee or tea included with meal
- Flemish and English/nepali Speaking guide.
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- Pick-up and drop-off airport
- Permits for National Park Bardia and Chitwan
- All transport as mentioned
- Permit for the Mustang and for Annapurna
- All hotels as mentioned (4 stars - only in Mustang we stay in lodges)
- Flight ticket in and out Nepal (Europe – Nepal and back)
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- Three free evening dinner
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- Mountainflight: 230 dollar a person
- Helicopterflight with landing on Everest Base Camp: 800 dollar a person
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