Kathmandu and Pokhara Luxury Tour- 5 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3369
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 5 Days
- Trip Level: EasyJust about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
- Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
- Best Season: January to June and September to December
- Guided city tours visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.
- Explore the Newari Culture of Kathmandu Valley.
- Old Palaces, Museums, Temples and Stupas
- Beautiful scene of Himalaya Range, sunrise from Sarangkot and Pokhara.
- Yoga class in Pokhara.
- Stay at the finest accommodation.
Pokhara, also known as ‘the city of lakes’ is located in Kaski district in Western Region of Nepal. The city lies some 200 kilometers away from Kathmandu city. Pokhara is a must-see in Nepal and so far one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation.
During the course of this trip, you will have a professional guide at your disposal, and travel on a comfortable private tourist vehicle. Transfer within the city will be on private tourist vehicles with a/c like car, van or minibus according to the size of a group. All accommodation during the tour will be at 5-star hotels on twin sharing basis (single supplement will be available on request). You will have ample opportunity to purchase authentic souvenirs, including carpets, handicrafts, carvings and Thankas (traditional painting) in this trip.
- Day 01– Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,345 m) and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 02– Pre-trip meeting at 8:00 am, whole day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan. Overnight at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 03– Fly to Pokhara (Altitude:827m, 35 Mins flight) in the morning, whole day sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 04– Morning visit to Sarangkot (Altitude:1600m, 45 mins drive 25 mins hike), attend Yoga class and fly back to Kathmandu at afternoon (30 Mins flight). Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 05– Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.
Day 01 - Arrive at the Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,345 m) Airport and transfer to hotel.
Our airport representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. No Meals Included
Day 02- Kathmandu – Pre-trip meeting at 8 am, sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan.
At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the tour. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your service. We will visit the following sites:
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Swyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
This stupa watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey Temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Patan Durbar square
Patan is an old Newar city where we will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.
Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast Included
Day 03- Fly to Pokhara (Time: Morning, Duration: 35Mins, Altitude: 827 Meters), sightseeing in Pokhara.
Today we will fly to Pokhara at 8:30 am. After checking in the hotel of Pokhara, our sightseeing will start at 11:00. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places we visit are as below:
Located in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storeyed pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. The thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorges
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast Included
Day 04- Pokhara – Kathmandu Drive back by Tourist vehicle.
Today, depart Pokhara and transfer to Kathmandu; 200 Kms, 6 hours drive.Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included
Day 05 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle with a/c.
Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast included. There will be twin sharing accommodation in entire trip (single supplement will be provided on request).
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle and domestic airfare.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide.
The required number of ground staff during the tour like driver, helper etc.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
2 hours yoga class in Pokhara.
All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)
Your lunch and dinner expenses.
Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency.Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 15 to USD 20 per person per day.
All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc
Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However, for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.
In a tour, the vehicle will transfer all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. Therefore, it is advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.
List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Warm wool or synthetic hat to cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
- Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
- A pair of warm gloves (Only if you are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
- T-shirts, cotton pants, (loose jeans/khakis), shorts, waterproof shell jackets(preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
- Lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
- Liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- Light camping shoes or sneakers.
- Sandals/flipflop (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes and liquid hand sanitizer
This list is only a guide. While you are traveling you can use the list as a reference, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This cultural tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We provide 5-star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara (breakfast included).
All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.
These yoga classes are for those who are completely new and beginners. We will teach you the basic yoga, yogic cleansing and stretching methods.
We use comfortable and reliable cars, jeeps, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!
The best season for this Tour is anytime between January to June and September to December.
It depends on the season you’re traveling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays perfect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.
Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!
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We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry store in the Kathmandu and Pokhara. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters!
There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.
ATMs are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.
It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 12 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.
Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks to the field staff towards the end of the tour USD 20 per guide and USD 10 per driver per day is recommended per group, but it is entirely up to your wishes.
Bottled water is available in all places. If you wish to drink normal water, you are suggested to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
- Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
- Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
- Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
- Flight tickets
- Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro traveling in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
- A dental check-up prior to traveling.
- That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.
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