Discover Nepal

  • days: 13
  • from $6,295

Flights Included

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Countries Visited:

  • Nepal

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An unforgettable adventure through the wondrous country of Nepal. Visit the three ancient Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, see Mt Everest, search for wildlife in Chitwan National Park and enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake.  

The wonder of Kathmandu 

Travel around the amazing city of Kathmandu. Explore the backpacker district of Thamel and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Patan Durbar Square. The prepare for the experience of a lifetime - a flight to see Mt Everest while sipping on a glass of champagne! 

Wildlife experiences

Fly to Chitwan National Park, home to a variety of wildlife and birdlife, including tigers, elephants, rhinos and leopards. The float along the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe - another fantastic opportunity to spot birds, crocodiles and other reptiles enjoying the early sun.  

From Lumbini to Pokhara 

Trek from Lumle to our lodge in Tomijung, while enjoying amazing views of the Annapurna region (including the spectacular Himalayas). We'll then travel to the Phewa Lake, the second largest in Nepal. The south western shore is home to a large variety of birdlife and on clear days, the lake's surface acts as a mirror for the Annapurna Mountains. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Kathmandu 

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This diverse and historic city offers a variety of sights and experiences. 

Day 2.  Kathmandu  

After breakfast, we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing around frenetic Kathmandu, including Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

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Special Experience: Explore the backpacker district of Thamel and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Patan Durbar Square by rickshaw. 

Day 3. Kathmandu

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Special Experience: A once-in-a-lifetime experience, we'll rise early this morning for a flight to see Mt Everest. Witness the amazing views (weather permitting) whilst sipping on a glass of champagne. 

We'll then continue exploring Kathmandu. The first highlight of our sightseeing is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. We'll then visit Boudhanath. At 36 metres high, it is one of the largest stupas in South Asia and is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

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Special Experience: Seek a private word of advice or join the prayers to Rinpoche (High Lama) at a monastery. We may even like to exchange the blessed 'Khada', which we can keep as a souvenir. 

 Our final stop is Pashupatinath Temple, a famous and sacred temple complex located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. [B]

Day 4. Kathmandu - Chitwan

Today we fly to Chitwan National Park, which is home to a variety of birdlife and wildlife, including tigers, elephants, rhinos and leopards. We will begin exploring the national park with our naturalist guide this afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Chitwan National Park

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Special Experience: Spend the morning floating along the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. Spot many birds, crocodiles and other reptiles enjoying the early sun. 

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After breakfast we'll enjoy a nature walk, led by an elephant. We'll then enjoy another wildlife spotting opportunity this afternoon on an ox cart ride through the park. Sit back and relax this evening as we enjoy dinner and a traditional Tharu dance performance. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Chitwan - Lumbini 

This morning we travel to Lumbini. En route we'll make a stop at Ramgram Stupa, believed to be the maternal home of Queen Mayadevi and Prajapati Gautami. A Buddhist pilgrim site, it's said that it was constructed some 2,500 years ago and contains relics of Gautama Buddha. After our arrival in Lumbini, we'll visit Mayadevi Garden, including Ashokan Pillar and Mayadevi Temple. [B,D]

Day 7. Lumbini - Pokhara - Tomijung 

We'll fly to Pokhara this morning, where we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Lumle. 

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We'll enjoy a trek from Lumle to our lodge in Tomijung. Enjoy amazing views of the Annapurna region, including the spectacular Himalayas (weather permitting). We'll pass by local villages while learning more about the Nepalese way of life. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Tomijung

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Special Experience: Visit a Nepalese village and learn about their customs and traditions while joining a Gorkha family for lunch. The Gorkha people were well known for their recruitment by the British Army during their occupation in the late 19th and 20th centuries. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Tomijung - Lumle - Pokhara 

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This morning we'll trek from our lodge back to Lumle, where we will begin the drive back to Pokhara. Pokhara is a city located on Phewa Lake, known for its spectacular scenery of the Annapurnas. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore. [B]

Day 10. Pokhara

After breakfast we'll enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake, the second largest in Nepal. The south western shore is home to a large variety of birdlife and on clear days, the lake's surface acts as a mirror for the Annapurna Mountains. This afternoon, we'll visit the Gurkha Memorial Museum, dedicated to the history of Nepal's Gurkha soldiers. The interactive exhibits display Gurkha history from the 19th century uprising through to current day disputes and peace-keeping missions. [B]

Day 11. Pokhara - Kathmandu 

This morning we fly back to Kathmandu. Enjoy some last minute shopping, exploration or relaxation before tonight's group farewell dinner and cultural performance. [B,D]

Day 12. Depart Kathmandu 

Today is at leisure before we transfer to the airport this evening and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia 

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Nepal. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Nepal
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • Day use of hotel on day of departure
  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides 
  • English-speaking national guide  

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing:

Experience the diverse culture and lifestyle of Nepal

  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, a living museum of ancient traditions, faith, arts and architecture.  Visit the Buddhist Stupa Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square
  • Discover the shopping mecca of Nepal while traversing the narrow alleyways and streets of Thamel by rickshaw.
  • Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Audience with Rimpoche (High Lama) and prayers at monastery. Seek a private word of advice and an exchange of the blessed 'Khada', which can be brought back home.
  • Spend two days in Chitwan National Park, rich in flora and fauna, the wildlife and landscape is breathtaking. Famed as being home to the Bengal Tiger, we'll go in search of the diverse wildlife that Chitwan National Park is home to, including rhinoceros, leopards, elephants and much more.
  • Explore on foot, Chitwan National Park on an elephant nature walk.
  • Enjoy dinner and a Tharu Dance performance in Chitwan National Park.
  • Let your mind relax as you float down the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. Spot crocodiles and other reptiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks and witness the amazing birdlife that inhabit the area, both migratory and endemic.
  • Visit Ramgram Stupa en-route to Lumbini, believed to be the maternal home of Queen Mayadevi and Prajapati Gautami. A Buddhist pilgrimage site, it is believed it was constructed some 2,500 years ago and contains relics of Gautama Buddha.
  • Visit Maya Devi Garden, Temple and World Peace Flame. Maya Devi Temple is believed to be the birth place of Lord Buddha.
  • Visit a Nepalese Village and learn about their customs and traditions while joining a Gorkha family for lunch.  The Gorkha people were well known for being recruited by the British Army during their occupation in the late 19th and 20th centuries and were known for their military prowess, courage and loyalty.
  • Enjoy a soft trek to and from Lumle & Tomijung, 3hrs each way.
  • Enjoy a boat trip on Fewa Lake and visit the Ghurka Memorial Museum.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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11/10/20 23/10/20   $6,295 Available book now
25/10/20 06/11/20   $6,295 Available book now
08/11/20 20/11/20   $6,295 Available book now
29/11/20 11/12/20   $6,895 Available book now
06/12/20 18/12/20   $6,895 Available book now
24/01/21 05/02/21   $6,395 Available book now
07/02/21 19/02/21   $6,395 Available book now
28/02/21 12/03/21   $6,395 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $135pp
Single supplement: from $1,250
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares and all taxes. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Shambala, Kathmandu

A Tibetan themed boutique hotel, Hotel Shambala in Kathmandu offers the best in modern amenities, combined with traditional Nepalese hospitality. With world-class facilities, including a roof-top pool overlooking the city, a spa retreat and a multi-cuisine restaurant, this 4-star hotel will provide the perfect base for your time in Kathmandu.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; spa retreat; tea & coffee making facilities

Jungle Villa Resort, Chitwan National Park

Located on the Northern Fringe of the incredible Chitwan National Park, the Jungle Villa Resort will give you every opportunity to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, including one-horned rhinoceros and royal bengal tigers. Take in the scenery from the banks of the Rapti River or explore the four hectares of lush green forest these unique cottage-style rooms are situated in.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi

Lumbini Hokke Hotel, Lumbini

Set within the picturesque parkland of Lumbini Development Trust, Lumbini Hokke Hotel combines Nepalese and Japanese culture to offer a truly unique and comfortable accommodation experience. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi 

Mala Lodge, Tomijung

Nestled in the lap of the Annapurna lowlands, amongst rice terraces and a quaint bee keeping village, Mala Lodge offers an accommodation experience like no other. With Macchapucchre Mountain looming tall in the background it is a truly breathtaking location.

Facilities: ensuite rooms; hot water bottles

Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is a gorgeous boutique hotel, combining traditional Western Himalayan Architecture with western standards. Located just a stones throw away from Fewa Lake and nestled in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain Range, it is the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring. Indulge yourself with a massage or flower bath, or enjoy a meal at The Bay Lead hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; swimming pool; spa 

Weather

Weather

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Summer: June to August

Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

Nepalese Rupee

The local currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR; ₹).

  • 1 Rupee = 100 Paisa
  • Notes are in denominations of ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹500, ₹2,000
  • Coins are in denominations of ₹1, 2, 5 & 10 rupee and 50 paise
  • Indian Rupee is also widely accepted

Please Note:

If you are travelling from India, the Government has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes so please ensure you are not carrying these notes as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Nepal needs to be applied for prior to travel.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Explore the backpacker district of Thamel and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Patan Durbar Square by rickshaw. 
  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience, rise early for a flight to see Mt Everest. Witness the amazing views (weather permitting) whilst sipping on a glass of champagne. 
  • Seek a private word of advice or join the prayers to Rinpoche (High Lama) at a monastery. We may even like to exchange the blessed 'Khada', which we can keep as a souvenir. 
  • Float along the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. Spot many birds, crocodiles and other reptiles enjoying the early sun. 
  • Visit a Nepalese village and learn about their customs and traditions while joining a Gorkha family for lunch. The Gorkha people were well known for their recruitment by the British Army during their occupation in the late 19th and 20th centuries. 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Rickshaw (cyclo), coach, plane, ox-cart, boat & canoe

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $400pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Explore the backpacker district of Thamel • Rise early for a flight to see Mt Everest • Discover Chitwan National Park, home to a variety of birdlife and wildlife • Enjoy a boat trip on Phewa Lake, the second largest in Nepal

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