Perfect for first-time visitors to the Himalaya region, this new adventure offers an easy introduction to the magical land of Nepal. Enjoy seven full days in the heart of the Himalaya: explore the sensorial city of Kathmandu, traditional mountain villages, and serene Buddhist temples and monasteries. Via short and spectacular hikes, scenic flights, and easy transfers, revel in some of the best views and experiences Nepal has to offer-with MT Sobek, the first and most respected outfitter in the region, since 1969.
Experience the colorful whirlwind that is Kathmandu, the gateway to the Himalaya
Go deep into the UNESCO-listed Kathmandu Valley and see its ancient temples, stupas, and shrines
Get an insider's perspective as you explore serene monasteries and traditional mountain villages
Welcome to Nepal! Meet your MT Sobek trip leader or representative and transfer to your hotel. After settling in, take an easy heritage walk through old Kathmandu, exploring the sights and smells of the energetic town. Enjoy an atmospheric rickshaw ride before returning to the hotel for a Nepali welcome dinner with the group.
The Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage. Tour the sacred region with stops at Swayambhunath Stupa - the most ancient holy shrine in the valley - and UNESCO-listed Kathmandu Durbar Square. Also explore the ancient city of Patan, with its Durbar Square, Golden Temple, and Patan Royal Palace Complex, where you'll lunch. Enjoy a Himalayan healing bowls demo and therapy session at the Patan Fair Trade Center, and then take a momo (stuffed dumpling) cooking lesson before dinner in an old Rana palace complex.
Continue exploring the fascinating Kathmandu Valley. Visit Bodnath's enormous Buddhist stupa - the largest in Asia; Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex on the Bagmati River, the holiest temple of Nepal; and Bhaktapur, an enchanting medieval city home to Nyatapola Temple, the tallest in the country. In Bodnath, visit a monastery-run cooperative and learn about thangkas, the famous Tibetan Buddhist cotton paintings. Experience a special prayer ceremony and blessing at a Buddhist monastery and then, after lunch, drive to Nagarkot, famous for its stunning sunset views of the mighty Himalayas.
Hike from Nagarkot to Telkot, passing through Tamang villages with spectacular views of the eastern Himalaya ranges. During the hike, we will stop and visit traditional homes along the way and have the opportunity to interact with locals, learning about the hilltribe Tamangs and their lifestyle. If the weather is clear, we will see Langtang, Dorjelakpa, Gangchenpo and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Drive to airport and board a flight to Pokhara.
This morning, drive 2.5 hours to bustling Bandipur, a traditional Newari village with its colorful bazaar and charming homes nearly unchanged since ancient times. It has a surprisingly European air, thanks to its 18th-century architecture and al fresco dining. Take a short hike up to Thani Mai Temple for panoramic views of the Himalaya - the tallest mountains on Earth!
After breakfast, drive back to the Pokhara Airport and catch a short flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure - shop, sightsee, or simply relax. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner at Rum Doodle, which is decorated with thousands of cardboard Yeti footprints with messages from climbers and hikers.
After breakfast, bid farewell to the group and Nepal as you transfer from the hotel to the airport, and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight.
MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in Nepal, offering pioneering adventures in the Himalayas since 1969.
Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience in the Kathmandu Valley.
This specially crafted discovery adventure is quick, easy and perfect for first-timers to Nepal.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Cultural touring in the Kathmandu Valley with visits to shrines and temples, plus short hikes and scenic flights
Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodation in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus three nights at Kathmandu's luxury Shangri-La Hotel.
Daytime temperatures in Kathmandu range from mid-70°Fs-low 80°Fs. Nighttime temperatures range from mid-40°Fs-mid-50°Fs.
Your trip leader will meet you in Kathmandu.
Yes, but you can get a 15-day visa on arrival for $25.
Yes, the beauty of this trip is that the maximum elevation is about 7,000'.
Yes, the longest hike on this trip is 3 miles, and there is no trekking or camping.
Weather permitting, you will get good views of the entire Annapurna Range when you are in Bandipur.
Just the normal 44 lb (20 kg) total for checked bags, as these flights are on large jets.
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