nepal-independent-toursExtend your stay in this beautiful country and enjoy the very best Nepal has to offer outside of the grandeur of the Himalaya.

From the heritage of Kathmandu to exploring the country’s boarder with India, we invite you indulge in some of our favourite Independent Tours available in Nepal.

We’ve picked four independent tours we hope you will love as much as we do!

 

Very best of Nepal

This is the complete Nepal package, from sightseeing to adventure. Discover the heritage of Kathmandu valley, visit the lakeside town of Pokhara, trek in the Annapurnas, explore the jungles of Chitwan and raft down the Bhote Koshi river. This is truly a tour that offers everything for the adventure traveller.

Guided by trained professionals, this trip combines the best that Nepal has to offer, starting with a glimpse as you come in of the deep understanding between Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal, clearly seen in a heritage tour of the Kathmandu Valley.

Trekking is one of the best ways of seeing the real Nepal. This we will do starting from the scenic town of Pokhara and into the Annapurna Himal. The Pun hill trek is often said to be one of the best trips in the world due to its cultural and ecological diversity, the incredibly friendly Nepali people and the incredible views sightseeing of the Annapurna’s.

After a brief rest in the lake town of Pokhara, we go on to the jungles of Chitwan for an enchanting three days jungle safari to view the one horned rhino and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Sightings of the tiger are very rare but every once in a while it happens. All to do with luck, as the guides will put it.

After flying back to Kathmandu, we take you to a two day rafting trip into one of the best rivers in the world for rafting, the Bhote Koshi, which comes from Tibet on Class IV to V rapids, with an overnight in an enchanting property called the Last Resort, which is situated just 16 kms from the Tibet border and besides the thundering Bhote Koshi.

The grand finale of the trip will be a mountain flight to see the entire range from Langtang to Everest in a one hour flight close to the Himalayan range.

Interesting extensions would be to include 2 days canyoning after with the rafting, or a side trip from Chitwan to Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha.

Guaranteed: You will not easily forget this experience and we are sure you will come back for more!

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: In Kathmandu

After breakfast, board awaiting vehicles for a day tour of Kathmandu valley, visiting some of its world heritage sites. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara

Laze around at the lake with an overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive Pokhara – Phedi, trek to Pothana

Early morning drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana.Trekking time: Three – three and half hours maximum.

Day 5: Pothana – Landruk

Trek starts early morning after breakfast. The trail starts with gentle uphill trek until we reach Deurali and then we descend crossing suspension bridge to reach Landruk.

Day 6: Landruk – Ghandruk

The trail descend down beside the Modi Khola(river) with scenic view of the south face of Annapurna. The walk is a pleasant one observing not only the mountains but the beautiful Gurung villages one passes by. Then we ascend uphill until arriving at Ghandruk-the biggest Gurung village in the region. Gurungs have been known in the history of Nepal for their bravery and Gurungs were recruited as Gurkha soldiers in United Kingdom and other countries.

Day 7: Ghandruk – Banthati

After breakfast, we roam around the village watching the beautiful Himalaya landscape of the Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna south and Huinchuli and discovering the culture of the village. Then we head towards Tadapani crossing woods where rhododendrons are rampant during the spring season and one gets to occasionally glimpse the surprised white spotted monkeys also known as Langurs. Then we descend and again trek uphill to reach Banthati.

Day 8: Banthati – Ghorepani

We trek towards the highest point of the trek (3400meters) and descend to stop at Deurali for lunch then trek to Ghorepani.

Day 9: Ghorepani- Tatopani

Early morning we hike to Pun hill to take the breathtaking views, when the sun rises over the mountains, of the Himalayan range of Nepal from Mt. Dhaulagiri to Mt. Manaslu. The sight is unforgettable and eternal. After descending back to Ghorepani and having breakfast, we descend towards Tatopani the place of the natural hot spring. The hot spring is natural and bathing there is said to heal body and mind.

Day 10: Tatopani- Pokhara

After breakfast and a bit of sightseeing around the place, we get on the awaiting bus/vehicle to drive back to Pokhara. Rest by the lake for the entire day and night.

Day 11: Early morning drive to Chitwan for the Jungle Safari

Transfer to Chitwan for a three day trip in the Jungle. The day starts with a briefing by the naturalist on the activities followed by cultural performances and a sumptuous meal

Day 12: Chitwan

This the main day in Chitwan when all activities including the jungle walk, the elephant ride and the canoeing are fitted in.

Day 13: Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Rest of day is free in Kathmandu to rest and leisure

Day 14: Bhote Koshi

Early morning transfer to the Bhote Koshi with Nepal’s top rafting agency for a three hour practice on the lower section of the Bhote Koshi which has class III and III+ rapids. After that we transfer you to the resort just near the Tibet border for the evening

Day 15: Rafting

This is the big rafting day as we put in just at the resort and start our descent through rapid after rapid for about 4 hours. After the take out, we take all the exhausted souls back to Kathmandu for a night rest at the hotel.

Day 16

Optional early morning mountain flight to see the Himalayan splendour and wrap up the trip. Rest of day free to shopping and leisure.

Day 17

Transfer to airport or onward journey.

This tour is a full service tour and includes transfers with tourist busses. Of course, we can also arrange domestic flights or private cars for even more convenience. Same goes for additional overnights, tour extensions etc. – maybe you want to trek a bit longer or would like to do some biking? Contact and we can tailor the tour according to your wishes.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $1850 per person, minimum 2 people

Inclusions – Kathmandu & Pokhara Inclusions – During Rafting
Accommodation with breakfast Accommodation and meals
Airport transfers Expert rafting guide
Guided day-tour in Kathmandu Rafting equipment
with entrance, lunch and transportation In-country transportation
One mountain flight
Inclusions – During Trek Inclusions – During Jungle Safari
All permits Accommodation and meals
Accommodation and meals Guided group jungle safaris
In-country transportation In-country transportation
Guide, porter and their insurances
Exclusions
Personal insurance
Emergency evacuation cost
Flights
Personal expenses
Personal medication

The Green Triangle of India & Nepal

This 18-day trip (7 days India + 11 days Nepal) brings together the popular triangles of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in India with the triangle of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan in Nepal. This makes for a heady mix of India and Nepal and the perfect filler for a three week break. Using sustainable partners in the two countries, we make these trips full of local insights, and most importantly, a responsible alternative to the mass tourism already happening in these popular circuits.

India | Delhi, Agra, Jaipur | 7 days

Day 1: Arrive into Delhi and transfer to Hotel/homestay in the city. Time free to roam on own or just read a book or help the hosts in the Kitchen. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Morning: Delhi by Metro (does not operate on Sundays) What this tour is about: This is an off-beat tour of Delhi by students from Manzil, an NGO that works in youth empowerment and learning. The tour uses the Delhi Metro, as well as two additional forms of ‘green’ transport that are popular with the common man in Delhi – the compressed natural gas (CNG) powered green auto-rickshaw, and the cycle-rickshaw. The tour provides income for the student-guides, and also helps to finance some programmes at Manzil.

Places we will visit: The tour covers both New Delhi and Old Delhi. It starts at Connaught Place, with an introduction to the history of Delhi, and a geographical orientation of the city. From Connaught Place, we take you by auto rickshaw on an exploration of ‘Lutyens Delhi’ – the city of grand public spaces designed by the British, which is now called New Delhi. We drive through the Central Business District, seeing the markets and businesses there. We go to the Lutyens Bungalow Zone, Janpath, Rajpath, and visit the President’s House, Parliament House, Secretariat and India Gate. After this, we board the Metro to go to Old Delhi, where we experience the bustle of the bazaars both on foot, and using cycle-rickshaws. We will visit Dariba Kalan (the silver market), Kinari Bazaar (wedding market) and Paranthewali Galli (Lane of Parathas). We will go past the famous Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India). We’ll visit Gurdwara Sees Ganj Sahib, built at the site where Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. We will also see Hindu temples, Jain derasars and churches, all standing cheek-by-jowl. The final stop is at the legendary Haldiram’s for snacks (try Delhi’s popular chaats!) and a cold drink. After that, we clamber on to the Delhi Metro again, to end the tour at Connaught Place.

Total Time: 3-4 hours depending on your interest. The cab will be waiting for you to take you back to the home stay/hotel. Overnight in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi – Agra. Drive to Agra-5.5hrs drive and stop over at Sikandra, a tomb build by Akbar and completed by his son Jahangir. Arrive into Agra. Afternoon: Visit the Agra fort and examine the exquisite architecture of the Mughal empire. Overnight in Agra.

Day 4: Agra – Jaipur. Leave morning for Jaipur-4.5 hrs drive, the pink city of India . Set foot into one of the best planned cities in India. In the afternoon visit City Palace and Observatory and walk in the bazaars. In the evening attend the Folk and Puppetry programs at a nearby village. Meet the authentic performers. You will also get an opportunity to buy directly from these artisans small puppets, trinkets, hanging elephants, bangles etc.. Such buying directly helps the artisans. An act of Responsible shopping! Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur-Shekhawati. Morning visit to the majestic Amber Fort that overlooks Jaipur. Afternoon: Drive to Nawalgarh -4hrs drive. Enter the gates of Nawalgarh where you can go on a village walk and visit ancient houses, forts and temples. There are more than 200 ancient havelis in Nawalgarh. Overnight in Nawalgarh.

Day 6: Nawalgarh/Shekhawati. At Nawalgarh, we can organize a tie and dye workshop organized by the local artists. Design your clothes with natural dyes by twisting and tying them to form pretty patterns in whichever colour you choose. Buy directly from the artisans. Learn the art of making bangles and fit some to your hands. Overnight in Nawalgarh.

Day 7: Nawalgarh-Delhi. Drive to Delhi /5hrs drive. Proceed to Hotel for the day. Rest of day free. Overnight Delhi.

The next morning we fly to Kathmandu (1hour and 20 minutes)

Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan | 11 days

Day 1: Arrival. We transfer to Hotel Kantipur Temple House, renowned for its responsible practices and preservation of culture, and one of our long standing partners. In the evening we go to Bhojan Griha to indulge in a seven course traditional dinner prepared from organic products.

Day 2: Briefing and Orientation: After breakfast, we spend the morning conducting a detailed briefing on the trip. After lunch we walk the back streets of one of the most popular areas in Kathmandu – the Kathmandu Durbar Square – following the tradition of the Living Goddess, Kumari. Time permitting, we move to the famous Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath, to wind off the evening.

Day 3: This day is an optional day, where we either go to the hill station of Nagarkot for a walk, or to the medieval town of Bhaktapur or even venture out on a short cycling trip, learn how to cook locally or learn how to throw a pot. The activity is entirely up to the group to choose. We overnight either in Nagarkot, Bhaktapur or Kathmandu.

Day 4: An early start in a private car gets us out of the valley and on the road to Bandipur, a breathtaking mountain village close to Pokhara. The drive takes four hours through a winding valley that follows a pristine mountain river. Adventurous travellers can opt for a  day of rafting. The evening is in Bandipur.

Day 5: We spend the morning exploring Bandipur. In the afternoon we get in our vehicles for the two hour drive to Pokhara, arriving just in time for sunset and the brilliant views of the Annapurnas.

Day 6: Our free day in Pokhara. We can either relax by the lake, take a short hike to the Peace Stupa, or leisurely row around the lake and enjoy the majestic views. The more adventurous can book a tandem paragliding trip which, with the backdrop of the two 8000+m peaks of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri, simply could not have a better setting.

Day 7: After a late start we move to Chitwan National Park, about six hours away by car. We stay at our resort, Park Side, renowned for its environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices.

Day 8: Jungle Activity day. We hop on elephants and ride into the jungle to watch the famous one horned rhino. We also might visit Tharu villages and experience their culture. At some point we take a look at the responsible practices conducted around the hotel (e.g. making paper out of elephant dung; the hospital project).

Day 9: After another morning of jungle activity, or an optional cycle ride around Sauraha, we fly back to Kathmandu from Bharatpur.

Day 10: Responsible Shopping Day (optional) or a visit to an orphanage or a school that we support (as requested). In the evening we conclude with a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure back home. Time to rest a bit after such an eventful holiday before getting back to work. A perfect way to spend three weeks!

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $3810

Coffee Trip Nepal - From Crop to Cup

Nepal – Abode of the Gods, the highest mountains on earth and the Land of the fabled Sherpa. For many people this land stirs mystical visions and a trip to Nepal becomes a dream of a lifetime. Most visitors come to Nepal for its mountains, but his not where the discovery ends. Nepal is replete with hidden secrets and the production or organic coffee is one.

Overview

For a coffee connoisseur, Nepal offers the chance to experience one of the rarest coffees in the world. The unique climate and terrain allows for very high quality coffee to be grown which has a very distinct taste. The Arabica beans are grown here between 900-1800 metres in some of the most picturesque farms one could imagine.

This trip takes you up close and personal with this coffee, while the Himalayas create the backdrop, almost as if they do not want to take the joy of the mountains away from you. You meet the farmers, help in the farm (depending on the time of year, either harvest, tend, sort), visit the production chain processes and end up drinking that very coffee, which was roasted right in from of your eyes.

This trip will change your perspective about the coffee staring at you right now! Period.

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Kathmandu
Day 2: Trip around Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Begnas Coffee Farm
Day 4: Begnas to Pokhara
Day 5: Travel to Bandipur
Day 6: Bandipur to Patan
Day 7: Himalayan Java Coffee
Day 8: Free till departure

Day 1: Arrival into a New Land! Welcome to Nepal!

You will be collected by a representative from the company at the airport, and brought to your hotel in the city of Patan, about 30 minute drive (due to traffic) from the international airport. Here you can choose to rest after the long journey, or wander amongst the centuries old temples at Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will experience the surreal feeling of the time standing still here. We will round off this eventful day with an early traditional welcome dinner, so that you can hit that bed just in time. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

Day 2: More to see! The UNESCO Heritage Sites of Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath

After a lazy breakfast, we start the day with a drive to the largest Stupa in Asia, Bouddhanath, where it is soon evident that there are several different types of Buddhism being practiced in Nepal, and in Tibet, as this area in the meeting ground of almost every community practicing Buddhism in Nepal. Later after making the three customary circulations of the Stupa, we take a walk for about half an hour through backstreets to reach the serene forests around one of the most religious sites for Hindus worldwide, the Shiva Temple complex of Pashupatinath. Here you experience the full circle of a Hindu lifestyle. Situated in the banks for the sacred Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is a place you come from birth to death, and at any given point, you will see all of that happen in front of you. After a local lunch, at a place of convenience, we will take some rest, before going in the afternoon to climb the stars to one of the oldest Stupas, Swayambhunath, situated on a hill with a very picturesque look over the Kathmandu valley. The multitudes of monkeys give it its apt nickname “Monkey Temple”. We go back to the hotel after this, for a well-deserved rest.

Day 3: Everything starts with the seed! The Coffee Farm of Begnas, Pokhara

We take an early flight into Pokhaara(20 minutes, try to sit on the right side to see the mountains!), and get into awaiting vehicles for a 45 min – 1 hour ride to the farm near the picturesque lake of Begnas, with a backdrop of three 8000+ peaks showing in the background. This is where your Coffee Trip really begins. With a cup of freshly roasted and brewed coffee (Nepali Style), you sit to talk with the owner of the farm, Suriya Adhikari and his lovely wife. This farm is the centrepiece of the Royal Everest Organic Cooperative. Over 170 small farmers bring their red cherries(in varying amounts), where they will be weighed, sorted, washed, peeled and dried before being sent to Kathmandu. The biggest markets for Nepali coffee at the moment are Japan and Taiwan.

Suriya is the “Big Daddy” here. He introduced the farmers to coffee, and created mechanisms through which the small marginal farms could bring their coffees in and contribute into export out of this country. He singlehandedly made this into a product well worth investing in. We stay overnight at this farm and enjoy the hospitality of this wonderful couple.

Day 4: Goodbye Farm! Hello Pokhara

We start with the roosters today and go on a small half hour hike to Kaskikot, for majestic views rarely seen by foreigners, as one comes here very rarely. As we walk back after the mesmerising view of the Annapurna Massif, we meander through villages. Back at the farm, we have some more moments to ask questions, enjoy some more coffee, and bind the newfound friendships. Then we move back to Pokhara, where one can opt for a yoga session, a massage, and for the one still not tired after the walk in the morning, a one-hour hike to the Peace Stupa. Overnight in Pokhara(Alternative:Skip Pokhara and stay back in the farm; or visit the coffee farm in Bayali where the Karma Coffee is produced, the most expensive and fairest produced coffee in Nepal).

Day 5: Understanding an old trade route! Bandipur

After breakfast, and for early risers, another mesmerising look at the mountains, we board our transport to drive about three hours to the mountain village of Bandipur, where in the calm of this amazingly serene village, we can digest what we just experienced in the last few days. Bandipur is on the old trade route between India and Tibet, and remnants of that heritage are still evident in some of the preserved buildings. Overnight in a small lodge in Bandipur.

Day 6: From the farm to the factory!

We do have to come back to Kathmandu Valley. After an early breakfast and about four hours later, we reach our lunch place that awaits us in the historic city of Bhaktapur. Afterwards we have time to wander around this preserved living heritage. Then, it’s time to get down and dirty and get into Lamaji’s coffee factory, which is amazingly simple, but in the main sorting, storing and packing hub for Royal Everest Coffee. Here we see the final processes before the coffee is ready for export, or retail. Overnight in Hotel in Patan.

Day 7: Coffee roasting anyone?

Time that we get to the end of the line. We visit Anand Gurung’s Himalayan Java, where the coffee is freshly roasted and packed, and also tasted and consumed, it being one of the best coffee houses in Nepal. We hear from Anand about the coffee from the consumer side of things. The Himalayan Java is the only place one can also do a Barrista Course in Nepal. We round all this with a dinner where we all get together to enjoy each other’s company.

Day 8: Free time until departure.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $1050 per person, minimum 2 people

Kathmandu Inside Out

Nepal is where beautiful nature, great outdoors, adventure and age-old cultures all come together. The country at the top of the world, wedged between the impressive Himalayan mountain range and the great Indian alluvial plains, abounds with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The ancient Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and monasteries coupled with the diversity of the people from more than 100 ethnic groups speaking 90 different languages makes it one of the most captivating destinations in the world to visit and explore.

Travel to Nepal and enjoy our five-day adventure inside out Kathmandu Valley bringing out the best this world heritage area has to offer, with the possibility of three-day extension to the lakeside town of Pokhara. This trip is excellent for families and small groups!

Day 1 Arrival

Met by representative at the airport and taken to hotel. After a brief rest, over to dine a rich traditional seven course meal at Bhojan Griha. A fantastic welcome to the grandeur of Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Heritage Tour

After breakfast, a sightseeing tour will take you to see some of the cultural highlights of Kathmandu. The entire Kathmandu valley is a world heritage area made up of seven individual sites. Our Kathmandu tour takes visitors to an array of fascinating sights, including temples, stupas and architectural feats. The tour is an excellent way to explore deeper into the diverse blend of history, ethnicity, religion and vibrant modern living of the local people. Overnight in a guest house in Bhaktapur.

Day 3 City Waking Up/Organic Farm

An early morning tour of the ancient city of Bhaktapur, commonly known as the culture capital of Nepal. One of the UNESCO world heritage sites, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an open museum itself. This trip will let you experience a city waking up. The tour ends with breakfast in Bhaktapur. You will then be driven to another UNESCO world heritage site, Changu Narayan, often described as the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley. For a relaxed afternoon we move on to an organic countryside farm for lunch and some tasty locally produced food. This beautiful farmhouse and its surroundings allow you to enjoy some peace and quiet in a fresh environment, a complete change from our more modern hectic lifestyle. You will also have a chance to learn more about organic farming in Nepal.  Overnight in Gamcha Farmhouse.

Day 4 Pottery Tour/Spa Hotel

The craftsmen in the small township of Thimi just east of Kathmandu are known for their pottery, which is exported worldwide. You will spend a morning with these artisans learning about their skill. You will then try your hand at creating your own souvenir to take back home. For yet another relaxed afternoon we move on to a very peaceful location of Gokarna Forest Resort and Spa with a stunning backdrop for the ancient Gokarna Forest with its wildlife and beautiful forest. Here you also have a chance to rejuvenate yourself with spa treatments. For golf lovers, this is a PGA standard golf course. Overnight at Gorkarna Forest and Spa.

Day 5 Departure

Morning free for shopping or leisure till departure. If interested in cookery, we offer an excellent three hour course on Nepali cooking called COOK like a LOCAL.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $525 per person, minimum 2 people

 

Please note that a minimum of 2 people are required to book these tours, and costs are per person based on a minimum of 2 people per booking.

^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.

 

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