Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Amazing Landscapes, UNESCO
Destinations
Nepal

This 15-day action-packed itinerary covers all of Nepal’s most iconic sites and some lesser-known areas, providing a comprehensive overview of the country from UNESCO World Heritage cities to remote countryside and the spectacular Himalayas. Visiting busy Kathmandu, adventure-centric Pokhara, the formerly "Forbidden Kingdom" of Mustang, and the national parkland of Bardia, this is the perfect itinerary for travelers looking for equal doses of outdoor thrills and cultural enrichment.

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

Historical Stays: Enjoy exploring the rich history of Nepal while staying at a luxury hotel in the formally "Forbidden Kingdom" of Mustang, and in the Everest region, the former residence of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first westerner to summit Mt. Everest.

Majestic Mountains: The Himalayas take center stage in Nepal, home to several of the world's highest peaks including Everest and Annapurna. Get close to these towering peaks by private helicopter stopping to enjoy a champagne breakfast at the "Lodge on top of the world".

Wildlife Safari: Explore the dense forests and grassy plains of the Terai lowlands in Bardia National Park in search of rare animals such as the one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Kathmandu

Begin your journey in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Upon arrival, you will be met off the plane and escorted through the airport with VIP arrival service. A private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel to check in and freshen up. Spend the afternoon strolling around Durbar Square in the old city, which acts as a historic record of four kingdoms, sporting architecture from each reign. Here you’ll see the Kumari Living Goddess Palace - the residence of the Royal Kumari, a young girl believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Taleju. You’ll also visit Swayambhunath Stupa, the Monkey Temple, a complex of temples of different faiths dating back to the 5th century. After summiting its 365 steep steps, explore the complex while also keeping an eye on the rascal monkeys that call the temple home.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu, one of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most stunning pieces of architecture, sits within walking distance of the famous Pashupatinath temple, while also being just a short drive away from the airport.

History: The hotel hosts an impressive array of artifacts dating back as far back as the 13th century. The area itself is also teeming with ancient culture, with an impressive history that spans two millennia.

Service: Guests will love the warmth of traditional Nepalese hospitality for which this hotel is widely-praised.

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Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu Preferred Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu

Today will be a day of more sightseeing in the capital. Begin with a visit to the Patan Durbar Square and Museum. Located 3 miles from Kathmandu, Patan is 1 of 3 holy cities in the valley and is believed to have been established in the 3rd century BC. Here you will find an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The rest of today is dedicated to Kathmandu's prominent holy sites, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At Pashupatinath temple, make your way to the ghats that line the river. Local Hindus cremate their dead at these burning ghats and the ashes are carried away by the water. From an observation area, you may observe the ceremony rituals. Around the temple, you will also see the Sadhus, colorfully decorated holy men who subsist on alms.

Kathmandu
Kathmandu

Day 3

Bardia National Park

After a short flight to Nepalgunj, you’ll be transferred to Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge on the edge of Bardia National Park, one of the largest protected areas in all of Nepal. After lunch and a briefing from the lodge’s on-site naturalist, enjoy some of the many wildlife activities that are on offer such as an ethical elephant experience.

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About

Escape into lush jungle living at the Karnali Lodge in Nepal: a perfect getaway for adventurous, nature-loving souls. Located on the periphery of Bardia National Park, the largest protected wildlife area in the country, Karnali Lodge provides the comforts of home in the wilderness, with nine newly-decorated private rooms, complete with adjoining bathrooms.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 4

Bardia National Park

Today, you’ll spend the morning exploring Bardia National Park: enjoy a jeep safari where you may encounter rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, and over 400 different bird species, or if you want to stretch your legs a bit, a village walk with birding where you can see how the local people of Bardia live and have an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds including rare species. After lunch, join in a river safari activity cruising down the Karnali River keeping your eyes peeled for the endangered fish-eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative, the Marsh Mugger. Finish of the evening with a sundower drink as you observe the fishermen returning with their daily catch and deer emerging to graze at the grassy banks at dusk.

Day 5

Pokhara

After breakfast you’ll drive back to Nepalgunj to board a flight to Pokhara, a laid-back charming city built around Phewa Lake and gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. En route to your hotel you may choose to take a leisurely stroll around the lakeside before checking in. Once settled into your hotel you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure.

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The Pavilions Himalayas is an eco-friendly luxury resort nestled in a lush forested valley. The property is centered around The Farm which features 14 villas with verdant mountain views, a state-of-the-art spa, yoga studio, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and the organic farm from which the hotel's restaurant sources its fresh produce.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Pokhara
Pokhara

Day 6

Jomsom

Begin your day with an early morning flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival your BENSLEY guide will escort you to Shinta Mani Mustang. At 2,800m, the resort is among the few places in Nepal where giant Himalayan peaks can be admired at such close proximity. Take this day to adjust to the high altitude. Unwind and rejuvenate with some pampering in the resort’s spa or enjoy the resort’s serene surroundings which offer the perfect opportunity for a leisurely walk, enjoying the magnificent views and discovering the facilities the resort has to offer. Depending on your energy level, hike and/or drive to Marpha, stopping to visit monasteries and points of interest with a Thakali cuisine lunch where you will meet the proprietor who is a well-known Thakali chef.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Known as The Forbidden Kingdom and a gateway to Tibet, this magical and spiritual destination affords dramatic landscapes with some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, and is rich in Buddhist culture with many monasteries.

Activities: Guests receive a highly personalized privately guided experience honoring the traditions of Sherpa hospitality. These include unique cultural excursions, trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, archery, hiking, helicopter tours and wellness.

Service: Your personal Bensley Butler are always available to provide guests with world-class service and a genuine smile.

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Shinta Mani Mustang - A Bensley Collection Preferred Hotel

Day 7

Jomsom

After breakfast take a 1-hour drive to the historical Tibetan village of Jharkot where you will embark on a hike into the valley, through ancient orchards, crossing suspension bridges and ascending the opposite side to ancient Jhong village. Tour a traditional home and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch by the Shinta Mani culinary team at the monastery, set against the backdrop of 360-degree breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and majestic mountains. After the meal, choose between an exhilarating mountain biking adventure down a less traveled trail or a comfortable jeep ride towards Kagbeni village, the gateway to Upper Mustang. Here, visit the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery, an important Buddhist site, attracting visitors interested in Buddhism and its teachings. This day blends history, culture, adventure, and natural beauty, providing an immersive experience of the Nepal countryside. If you seek an even more enriching cultural experience, you can include an optional tour of the revered Muktinath Hindu pilgrimage site (requiring a 2-hour earlier departure from the hotel). The highlight of the Muktinath visit is the sacred 108 fountains, also known as Mukti Dhara. According to Hindu belief, bathing in these fountains washes away one’s sins and brings salvation. Hence, we recommend bringing your bathing suit to partake in this unique spiritual ritual.

Day 8

Jomsom

Spend the day trekking to the beautiful Chhyama Lake, an alpine glacial lake at the base of Nilgiri Himal. The Nilgiri Himal is a range of three peaks in the Annapurna massif in Nepal. It is composed of Nilgiri North (7061 m), Nilgiri Central (6940 m), and Nilgiri South (6839 m). Once at the lake your guide will prepare a proper “alpine backpacking lunch”. On the return to the lodge you will stop for a walking tour of Thini Village, renowned for its traditional architecture, which showcases the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali influences found in the Mustang region. The village is characterized by stone houses with flat roofs, intricately carved wooden windows and doors, and white-washed walls.. From here you can choose to trek back to the lodge on foot or go by car.

Jomsom
Jomsom

Day 9

Jomsom

Today you’ll further explore the Jomsom Valley, journeying through carefully selected sites based on conditions for an optimal outdoor experience. Traverse rugged landscapes, cross streams, and navigate forests, while admiring the breathtaking views of the snowcapped Himalaya and lush surroundings. You’ll have many opportunities to stop at vantage points that capture the panoramic views of this landscape. Midway through the trek, pause for a mountaineer-inspired picnic to rest and refuel amidst the valley’s beauty. Enjoy high-energy foods, a glass of chilled Rosé, and the unique experience of dining in the wilderness. Continue your exploration post-lunch, concluding your trek back at the starting point. Return to the lodge for leisure time.

Day 10

Jomsom

After an early breakfast you will depart on your flight onward to Pokhara, connecting back to Kathmandu where you will continue on to the countryside of Kathmandu Valley to visit the ancient city of Bhakpatur. Wander around its Durbar Square and admire the remarkable medieval architecture, exquisite woodcarvings and metal craft. Centuries old festivals are still celebrated in the square, keeping the old city vibrant while preserving traditional customs. A large number of women in Bhaktapur can be seen wearing their traditional Newari attire in black and red. After your visit return to Kathmandu for leisure time at your hotel.

Day 11

Everest Region

After breakfast you’ll head to the airport where you will take a private helicopter ride to Phaplu, an approximate 1-hour flight time with sensational mountain views. You’ll check-in at the Happy House, unofficially named by Sir Edmund Hillary, who lived in the building during his annual visits to Nepal between 1974 and 2001. Enjoy lunch al fresco in their sere gardens, followed by an easy walk around the nearby village or massage session with the in-house masseuse/therapist. In the evening settle in for a dinner which showcases traditional Sherpa cuisine.

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Why We Love This Hotel

History: A joint effort between Count Guido Monzino, one of Italy’s most decorated explorers and Ang Tawa Lama, grandson to Sange Lama, a descendant of one of the first Sherpa families to settle in Nepal, the house was built in the early 1970’s and named the ‘Hostellerie des Sherpa’. This lodging became a wild & mysterious destination in the Himalaya and was later home to Sir Edmund Hillary and his family for many months becoming his “happy place”. The Happy House resonates a sense of history from its previous residents.

Activities: Trek into the Holy forest, explore ancient yak trade routes, Himalayan cultures, Tibetan monasteries, and mountain bike to several hilltops for picnics or overnight camping to be rewarded with the most pristine panoramas of the Eastern Himalayas; all activities available to guests with friendly Nepali hospitality.

Service: The Happy House is not so much a hotel as a team of over 30 people dedicated entirely to you. Meals are customized and served among a selection of distinct, private settings within and around the property, and your days take shape around completely personalized adventures with your dedicated guide.

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The Happy House Preferred Hotel
Everest Region
Everest Region

Day 12

Everest Region

Begin your day with an in-house optional yoga class. After breakfast you’ll visit the Chiwong Monastery. The 10-mile roundtrip hike will give you the opportunity to connect with nature as you walk through forests blooming with flowers and plants, farmlands, and local settlements. Built in 1918 by Sange Lama, the monastery sits atop an impressive rock face looking south toward the valley of Phaplu and beyond. Enjoy a lunch and light meditation session with the monks who live here. You’ll have the option to return to the Happy House via mountain bike or vehicle transfer.

Day 13

Everest Region

After an optional morning yoga session, enjoy your breakfast in the garden. Follow the meal with a 3-hour walk up to Ratnange ridge (3,200m.) a moderate hike in which you will ascend about 700 meters. The climb will reward you with the sweeping views of Everest and other Himalayan giants (weather permitting) from the ridge. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch on the ridge taking in the impressive views. On the return you will have the choice between descending via a mountain bike or a vehicle transfer back to Happy House.

Day 14

Kathmandu

Bid goodbye to Happy House as you take a helicopter flight for a thrilling EBC (Everest Base Camp) Helicopter trip from Phaplu. You will overly the Everest Base Camp and have a short stop at Kala Patthar (weather permitting) to facilitate a brief photographic opportunity,  continuing on to Kongde Lodge by MLN (Mountain Lodges of Nepal)-one of the highest lodges in the world at 13,943 feet. At the lodge, a sumptuous breakfast will be laid out and served by Sherpa staff. As you enjoy your meal you will be able to marvel at the panoramic views of the Himalayas with the unmistakable pyramid tip of Mt. Everest at its glory. Apart from Everest, you will also be rewarded with the inspiring views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyo and AmaDablam along with a vantage of the spectacular Khumbu valley. After breakfast, fly back to Lukla and then proceed to Kathmandu. After checking in to your hotel you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu, one of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most stunning pieces of architecture, sits within walking distance of the famous Pashupatinath temple, while also being just a short drive away from the airport.

History: The hotel hosts an impressive array of artifacts dating back as far back as the 13th century. The area itself is also teeming with ancient culture, with an impressive history that spans two millennia.

Service: Guests will love the warmth of traditional Nepalese hospitality for which this hotel is widely-praised.

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Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu Preferred Hotel
Kathmandu
Kathmandu

Day 15

Departure

Go for a quiet morning walk or sunrise on a hilltop before breakfast, if you wish. The morning is yours to spend at leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

Suggested Hotel For Days 1–2

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Preferred Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 80 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu has a spa with massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

Suggested Hotel For Days 3–4

Karnali Lodge

Karnali Lodge


Escape into lush jungle living at the Karnali Lodge in Nepal: a perfect getaway for adventurous, nature-loving souls. Located on the periphery of Bardia National Park, the largest protected wildlife area in the country, Karnali Lodge provides the comforts of home in the wilderness, with nine newly-decorated private rooms, complete with adjoining bathrooms. The lodge is a nearly fully-sustainable eco-center, with an organic vegetable farm that provides fresh fruits and vegetables for daily meals – the perfect sustenance for a jungle walk or jeep tour led by one of the lodge’s expert naturalists or for visiting with the lodge’s eight resident elephants. As guests enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife around them, they may take comfort in the fact that Karnali Lodge is committed to minimizing its impact on the park, adorning the lodge with soft colours and lighting and running nearly entirely on solar energy.


Suggested Hotel For Day 5

The Pavilions Himalayas, The Farm

The Pavilions Himalayas, The Farm

The Pavilions Himalayas is an eco-friendly luxury resort nestled in a lush forested valley. The property is centered around The Farm which features 14 villas with verdant mountain views, a state-of-the-art spa, yoga studio, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and the organic farm from which the hotel's restaurant sources its fresh produce. All facilities at The Farm is powered by renewable energy. Each villa at The Farm measures 90 square meters and is dressed in dark hard wood floors, rustic stone walls, carved wood furniture, and elegant Nepalese accents. The signature restaurant delivers a farm-to-table experience with a rotating menu that is based on the week's best ingredients from the organic farm. The resort also offers eight tented villas perched above Lake Phewa, ideal for those seeking a laid-back glamping experience in utmost privacy. A stay at the tented villa includes a set menu for all meals, afternoon snacks with tea and coffee, a nature walk, massage treatment, and row boat ride on the scenic lake.

Suggested Hotel For Days 6–8

Shinta Mani Mustang - A Bensley Collection
Preferred Hotel

Shinta Mani Mustang - A Bensley Collection

Designed by Bill Bensley, Shinta Mani Mustang perches high above the town of Jomsom at the gateway of Mustang, an isolated kingdom in Nepal that was once forbidden to outsiders for centuries. Each of its 29 environmentally-friendly guest rooms are designed using local materials and based on traditional Tibetan homes with the interiors adorned with locally-sourced, soft natural fabrics and upcycled unique furniture. The well-appointed rooms feature huge floor-to-ceiling windows delivering panoramic views, and an open-plan bedroom combined with a living area and a separate full bathroom. For dining, the Nilgiri Restaurant offers modern Nepali and western cuisine using locally sourced and foraged produce for indoor or al fresco dining from the large outdoor patio, while also providing dramatic views of its namesake mountain. Delicious cocktails are served in the Aara Bar, named after the local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor. For pampering, guests can relax at the wellness center which offers two treatment suites with floor to ceiling windows facing the mountains; each with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower and massage beds. The hotel provides an all-inclusive experience, in which the guests’ journey is curated to provide the most remarkable 360-degree luxury experience in one of the most unique and preserved regions in the world with activities such as mountain biking, hiking, archery and horse riding as well as cultural exploration to ancient villages, sky caves, and temples.

Suggested Hotel For Days 11–12

The Happy House
Preferred Hotel

The Happy House

Nestled in the foothills of the great Eastern Himalaya, just 30 km south of Mt. Everest, The Happy House is located in a small village named Phaplu. This ten-room hideaway overlooks the village of Phaplu with a pine-shaded garden, terraces, yoga and meditation center, and a candle-lit massage room. Each room is equipped with a wardrobe, working desk and chair, bedside lamps for reading. The beds are made with comfortable mattresses, duvets, pillows, and fine linens, and topped with cashmere blankets for cozy slumber. WiFi is available throughout the property, but internet speeds are sufficient for e-mails and text but slow for high data use. Once the abode and “happy place” for Sir Edmond Hillary, it is now a house where every single wall is painted by hand with ancient Buddhist Thangka paintings. Meals are customized and served among a selection of distinct, private settings within and around the property. For relaxation, guests can enjoy a candle-lit massage room, sauna, and singing bowl healing therapies. Days at Happy House take shape around completely personalized guided adventures. Trek into the Holy Forest, explore ancient yak trade routes, Himalayan cultures, Tibetan monasteries, and mountain bike to several hilltops for picnics or overnight camping to be rewarded with the most pristine panoramas of the Eastern Himalayas. This hotel is located a 10-minute walk from the Phaplu airport (accessible by helicopter/fixed wing aircraft) with a 35-minute transfer to Kathmandu.

Suggested Hotel For Day 14

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Preferred Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 80 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu has a spa with massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

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