The Best of Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan)

A close encounter with mysticism, culture, history and the wild.

Best of Nepal Tour gives you an opportunity to explore temples and shrines of historical and archaeological interests in the medieval towns of Kathmandu valley where the time travels back to 17th century, where feudalism ruled the day until King Prithvi Narayan Shah unified a whole nation. Added to this will be an electrifying rafting escapade in Trishuli River and a blitz into Nepal’s exotic wildlife at the Chitwan National park. You will get to see the massive one-horned rhino, light-footed deer, an elephant breeding centre and the elusive tiger napping in the shade.

After this trip in the wild, you will drive to, a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of majestic peaks almost at touching distance, clean water lakes with pleasant boating at your service. You will also see some natural wonders of nature in waterfalls and gorges and at dusk, when the sun dips behind the mountains, glimpses of twilight lighten up the skies that herald the end of day….and as you slumber after a wonderfully tiring day; the sound of crickets gently put you into blissful sleep…..its another day that will go into your diary….a story for the generations to come.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival Kathmandu.
  • Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square
  • Day 3 Drive to Kurintar, Rafting in Trishuli , Transfer to Chitwan.
  • Day 4 Safari Activities.
  • Day 5 Drive to Pokhara. In the evening - boating.
  • Day 6 Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 7 excursion to Sarangkot. Fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 8 Depart Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities..

  • Day 2

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath and the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath before the lunch. Post lunch you will visit Patan, which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions..

  • Day 3

    Drive to Kurintar, Rafting in Trishuli and Transfer to Chitwan

    You will be driven to Kurintar early in the morning. After 4-hours drive, you arrive in Kurintar. Under the guidance of a river guide, you venture into a river trip up to Kurintar. Rafting along the exciting rapids of Trisuli River like Twin Rock, Ladies Delight and Scout Upset can be a mind-blowing experience. During this meticulously organized river trip, you journey through breath-taking alpine scenery and amazing rapids cutting through some of the most varied geology. After the day's activity you will be driven to Chitwan..

  • Day 4

    In Chitwan – Jungle Safari in Royal Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan prides itself in its rich wildlife and lush vegetation. Rare species of birds and animals, including the one-horned rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger, inhabit the deep jungle of Chitwan National Park is one of the most interesting tourist destination. You will be taken on a jungle safari to explore its wildlife. Your safari excursion includes elephant safari, canoeing and bird watching. In the evening you get to enjoy the local Tharu stick dance, a slide show demonstrating the culture of Nepal and a special meal. .

  • Day 5

    Drive to Pokhara

    You drive through Prithvi Highway approx 200km to Pokhara. On your way, you will pass by the banks of Trishuli river, villages, cultivated fields, picturesque landscape and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. You also get excellent views of Himalchuli, Dhaulagiri, the five peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. After reaching Pokhara, you can either go for boating on Phewa Tal or spend your time as you wish..

  • Day 6

    Sightseeing in Pokhara

    Pokhara, a charming city and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal, offers fabulous scenic views. You will definitely enjoy the sightseeing tour. Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchere, the must visit sites of Pokhara includes the Phewa Lake, Davis fall, Mahendra cave, the famous Seti Gorge, the beautiful temple of Bindabasini and Pokhara Mountain Museum..

  • Day 7

    Fly to Kathmandu

    In the morning you will be taken for an excursion to Sarangkot. On a 3 hour walk (up the mountain) from Pokhara, lies Sarangkot. Located at an altitude of 1592 m, it is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim .From here you can see the whole Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchure , Annapurna III , Annapurna II , Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal). Afterwards you will take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu .After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the remaining hours as you wish..

  • Day 8

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our driver and airport representative will drive you to the airport for your final departure..

General Information


Combination of Cultural & Natural heritage tour, Wildlife excursion & Whitewater rafting…


We operate Nepal cultural tours for private team of your friends and family of any size, so you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal Cultural tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.


Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels in Nepal give you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation. For more information, you can go through hotel booking page of Explore Himalaya’s website or ask us.

Meeting/airport transfers
Once you book the tour you will be asked by our sales team to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. You collect your flight tickets for reconfirmation and deliver them back later. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

Breakfast is included but Lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. While in Jungle Safari (wildlife Safari) in any National parks in Nepal, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) are included at our given package costs. There will be one hour lunch break during city sightseeing tour. Plenty of best and quality restaurants in town serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. We recommend the best one depending on your taste preference. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 6-10. A picnic lunch will be provided during rafting.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place you have chosen to visit. Tour guide usually guides you in the cities only and are employed locally through our regional offices in all the major cities of tourist interest. If English is not your choice of language we can provide a local guide of your of language (only major languages).


Rafting means cruising down the gushing waters of river in an inflatable rubber raft or kayak over roaring waves and swirling fast-moving water using paddles.

Trishuli River, Grade & Duration 
Trishuli River rafting is widely acknowledged for its most culturally stimulating and exciting river trips in the world. Rafting along the exciting rapids of 1 to 3+ class of Trishuli River like Twin Rock, Ladies Delight and Scout Upset can be extremely mind-blowing experience. The duration of rafting is about 4 hours with a short lunch break.

Note: Class 1 Easy and small rapids
Class 2 Some maneuvering small rapids and exciting.
Class 3 Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that needs to avoid and more exciting
Class 4 Very difficult rapids lots of rocks, holes and hard to maneuvering.
Class 5 Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with several hazards, continue powerful rapids.
Class 6 Impossible to run the raft, Kayak may run this class of rapid, the more difficult rapid the more fun

Explore Himalaya always regards safety of our guest as the utmost priority. Our river rafting guides are highly professionals trained in emergency wilderness first aid and swift-water rescue. Prior to venturing into a rafting trip, rafters are thoroughly briefed about the safety measures and rafting guidelines. We use high quality inflatable rubber raft capable of giving extraordinary performance, agility, stability and maneuverability. Our rafts can swift through the wildest and strongest of waves and guarantee hundred percent safety.

Best time for rafting is from March to May and September to November. Temperature can get colder in January and February ranging from 7 °to 20° C. For rest of the month, temperature remains minimum 18° to maximum 30° C. Monsoon rafting can be arranged on Trishuli river.


Location and Getting there
It is a pleasant scenic 5-6 hours drive by a tourist coach or a private vehicle from Kathmandu on the Prithivi Highway along the banks of the Trisuli River which lies in the tropical Terai region of Chitwan, encompassed by the Churia Hills and flanked by he Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers, the park covers an area of 932 sq. km. It was established in 1973 and is the oldest National Park in Nepal. The park became a World Heritage Site in 1984. If you wish to cut short traveling time, please check our other similar program with flight option.

  • January 30 2015
  • January 31 2015


Elephant rides in the jungle of Chitwan National Park and visit to the outstanding Bhaktapur Durbar Square with such excellent guides are the best memories of our trip to Nepal. The service of Explore Himalaya is excellent. Every time our Tour Officer turned up on time and he was very helpful. Dwarika’s Hotel, the hotel we stayed in Kathmandu was outstanding with superb staffs. Guides were very knowledgeable and articulate. Nothing bothered us throughout our trip in Nepal. We would fully recommend Explore Himalaya to all the travelers planning to visit Nepal.

- Ms. Christine and Mr. Michael Patrick McDonagh (England)

Happy Explorers

Elephant rides in the jungle of Chitwan National Park and visit to the outstanding Bhaktapur Durbar Square with such excellent guides are the best memories of our trip to Nepal. The service of Explore Himalaya is excellent.

- Ms. Christine and Mr. Michael Patrick McDonagh (England) Read Testimonials | Submit Your Testimonial

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