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Nepal Discovery Tour


  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
  • A short three day & two night lodge based trek in the Annapurna Foothills
  • Watching dawn break over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre
  • Enjoying Pokhara’s Lakeside markets
  • The old world charm of Bandipur
  • Wildlife watching by elephant in Chitwan National Park

Kathmandu, a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, Pokhara, Bandipur and Chitwan National Park.

This twelve day adventure includes the highlights of Nepal. A land of terraced green hills, snow capped Himalaya, charming peoples, ancient cities and palpable history. You will discover the delights of Kathmandu, a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, the old world charm of Bandipur and the tranquillity of Chitwan National.

DAY 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Kathmandu deluxe hotel

DAY 2:
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today you will discover why Kathmandu is such a beguiling city. On a full day guided tour of Kathmandu’s highlights you will explore Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan City.

Overnight: Kathmandu deluxe hotel

DAY 3:
Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Pothana

After an optional early morning flight to Mount Everest, you fly to Pokhara (1000 m). On arrival you will have a briefing before you are transfered by road (1 hour) with guides & porters to your trek start point at Phedi.

Your walk passes through typical rural Nepali countryside and the village of Dhampus, climbing along a ridge and rewarding with wonderful mountain views, before arriving in Pothana. The view of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, is superb from Pothana.

Trek: 3 - 4 hours, 800m ascent

Overnight: Local trekking lodge (1900 m) (B, L, D)

DAY 4:
Trek to Ghandruk

The trail continues high above the Modi Khola, before reaching Landruk. Here you leave the main route to Annapurna Sanctuary and descend to cross the Modi Khola before climbing to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

Trek: 6 hours, 700m ascent/descent

Overnight: Local trekking lodge (1940 m) (B, L, D)

DAY 5:
Trek to Naya Pul & Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, you depart for another fine day of trekking on the western side of the Modi Khola valley to Birethanti and then Naya Paul. Walking through farms, forests and villages the scenery changes constantly as you descend to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul it is a one hour transfer to your hotel in Pokhara.

Trek: 4 - 5 hours, 1000 m descent

Overnight: Pokhara deluxe hotel (B, L)

DAY 6:
Free day to explore Pokhara

Pokhara is a delightful lakeside town enjoying wonderful views of the Himalaya. It is home to the International Mountain Museum, Gurkha Museum and a large Tibetan curio market. Do as much or as little as you wish.

Overnight: Pokhara deluxe hotel (B)

DAY 7:
Drive to Bandipur & Explore

A delightful two hour drive brings you to Bandipur, once an important stop on the India Tibet trade route. Bandipur perches at 1000m on a ridge and is a living museum of Newari culture. Narrow lanes lined with cafes and lodges wind through glorious 18th century buildings giving glimpses of mountain vistas.

Overnight: Bandipur Hotel (B)

DAY 8:
Chitwan National Park

After a relaxed morning you are driven to the Kasara Resort on the border of the Chitwan National Park (2 - 3 hours.) On arrival at the resort, you will receive a briefing prior to an afternoon safari or nature walk.

Activity: Afternoon safari or nature walk

Overnight: Kasara Resort (B, D)

DAY 9:
Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are an estimated 543 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park.
The day is spent game viewing on elephant back/by jeep, and on foot. There are also lectures on the wildlife of the Park. Canoe trips are available on request.

Activity: Game viewing on elephant back/by jeep, and foot.

Overnight: Kasara Resort (B, L, D)

DAY 10:
Drive to Kathmandu

After an early morning game viewing and breakfast at the resort, you will be driven back to Kathmandu (3-4 hours). Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will have the rest of the day free.

Overnight: Kathmandu deluxe hotel (B)

DAY 11:
Free day in Kathmandu

Take the time to explore this ancient city, relax or do some shopping.

Overnight: Kathmandu deluxe hotel (B)

DAY 12:
Depart Nepal

Transfer to the airport for your international departure home (B)


In Kathmandu you will stay at either Hotel Annapurna, Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Shanker. All of these are deluxe properties and are conveniently located for Kathmandu attractions. In Pokhara we use deluxe standard hotels such as the Shangri-La Village Resort. 

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers, however if you do require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you, although there is a single room supplement payable.





Hotel & Yeti, Kathmandu

Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s Hotel Yak and Yeti is one of Kathmandu’s iconic 5 star hotels. Set in lush gardens only a 10 minute walk from Thamel the hotel has 270 rooms, several restaurants, a spa and swimming pool. It is always a hive of activity with trekking parties and expeditions coming and going.







Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu

Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu

The Annapurna Hotel sits in 5.5 acres of grounds in the centre of Kathmandu a 10 minute walk from Thamel, close to the Royal Palace. Built in 1965 it boasts comfortable modern rooms, a large pool, three restaurants and breakfast is served in the bright coffee shop overlooking the busy street.







Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker is a four star heritage hotel, housed in a converted 19th century palace in the heart of Kathmandu. The hotel has a charming old world elegance, comfortable rooms, lovely gardens, a pool and restaurant.







Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Set in beautiful gardens the Shangri-La Village resort has 61 carefully designed rooms, each with a view of the Himalaya.The hotel is located a few kilometres from Lakeside Pokhara and has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and offers a shuttle service to Pokhara.







Trekking Lodge

Trekking Lodge

Trekking lodges, operated by your Nepali hosts, offer simple but comfortable accommodation on trail. The lodges have a comfortable central living and eating room which is heated and individual twin share bedrooms. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and hot showers may be available for an additional charge in some lodges. Food is simple but tasty and filling. 

Meals & Drinks

All meals during your trek and stay in Chitwan are included. Breakfast is always included. Drinks, soft drinks, water and alcoholic drinks are not included.


The best time to visit Nepal is from September to May. The most popular times are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. Trekking is possible from December to February but it can be cold at night at high altitude. In September and April/May Chitwan can be fairly hot. You can start your trip on any date in the season.

Your Guide & Porters

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an
unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are qualified and trained.
All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak
fluent English. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey,
opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the
Himalayas.  Your luggage
will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people).

Grade & Terrain

This three days trekking trip on this trip is graded moderate and includes up to 6 - 7 hours of trekking with up to 1000m of ascent/descent. The maximum altitude is 2000m (6,600 feet).

To get the most from this trip you should be comfortable walking for up to six hours through hilly terrain. You follow well maintained paths and tracks, away from the tourist trail. Some short sections can be steep so walking poles are helpful.

During your walk you will be accompanied by an experienced guide so you do not need to navigate.


You will need comfortable walking/hiking clothes and footwear, warm and waterproof clothes and comfortable clothes for the evening. We will send you a comprehensive packing list on confirmation of your booking.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of our treks in Nepal, access to the start point is
often only possible by taking an internal flight. Flying in Nepal is an
acknowledged risk due to the changeable nature of mountain weather and
the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to
the same standards as those of the UK and other western nations.

However, we have taken steps to ensure that our customers travelling
to Nepal are as safe as they can possibly be by becoming stakeholders in
an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour
operators in 2015. This audit deemed several airlines as safe to fly to
with including Yeti Airlines and Tara Air, and our itineraries will only
include flights with these particular airlines. Tara and Yeti Airlines
have also fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) which is a
new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller

Whilst we have taken the above steps, you should be aware that flying
in mountainous areas like Nepal does carry with it a certain amount of

If you would like to find out further information on flying on Nepal
and the associated risks, you can read advice on the UK Foreign Office
Travel Advice page -


General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Please be aware that you need a tourist visa for Nepal to enter. You can get this upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, where a few forms need to be filled out before you can go through customs. You will need to make sure you have the right amount of USD with you and two passport photos in order to obtain your visa. Alternatively Nepali embassies will also issue visas.

Flights to Kathmandu

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.

Flights to Kathmandu

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.


  • All airport and internal transfers in Nepal
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara including taxes
  • 4 Nights Kathmandu superior hotel including breakfast
  • 2 Nights in local trekking lodges on a full board basis
  • 2 Nights Pokhara superior hotel including breakfast
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Bandipur
  • 2 Nights at Kasara Jungle Resort on a full board basis
  • Jungle activities in Chitwan National Park including walking and elephant back safaris
  • 3 Days guided trekking with guide, porter (1 porter for 2 clients : luggage allowance - 15 kg per person)
  • Trekking permits
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting Boudhanath and Durbar Square including entrance fees


  • International flights to/from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages, tips, expenses of personal nature


  • Accommodation upgrade in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan
  • Single Supplement

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially over October/November and March/April. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How is my baggage transported on trek?

Your bags will be transported on trek by local porters. We have a strict porter protection policy and, for this reason, we ask you to keep your baggage weight to a maximum of 15kgs per person. If you do want more luggage than this for your trip it is possible to leave items you will only want for Kathmandu at your hotel, thus helping to decrease the weight of the bag your are taking on trek.

When is the best time of year?

The best time to travel to Nepal is from September to May. The most popular times are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. Trekking is possible from December to February but it can be cold at night at high altitude. In September and April/May Chitwan can be fairly hot.


Simply fantastic


Fantastic world class trekking followed by the must see areas in Nepal from Everest to Jungle

Breeze and Flower



Simply fantastic


This trip included some world class trekking followed by amazing locations further south in nepal. Very full itinerary taking in the must see areas of Nepal

Breeze and Flower



Nepal Discovery

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