13 days Kathmandu Loop
13 Day Nepal Tour
Discover a fascinating culture and natural splendour on this Nepal budget tour and experience the sparkling variety of this beautiful nation. Jam-packed with inclusions - this expertly curated adventure tour gives travellers the chance to get under the skin of Nepal without breaking the bank.
Dive right into Nepal and experience the range of majestic sights that this mountainous, magical land has to offer. From overnight stays in a monastery, marvelling at wildlife on safari to boating in a Himalayan lake – this trip showcases the best of Nepal. Our adventure leaders will give insights into this incredible culture. What’s more- there’s a constant backdrop of awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping backdrops of Himalayan beauty, on this Nepal adventure tour.
Including hostels and homestays. We’ve handpicked places that exude Nepali charm.
Local, bilingual Adventure Leaders throughout the trip
All transport within Nepal provided.
Meals & Activities
All unmissable activities included.
Itinerary & map
Day 1 – Kathmandu:
We start our adventure through this mountainous kingdom in the nation’s capital, Kathmandu. Meet the group and your adventure leader at your hostel in the heart of the bustling Thamel District. Get to know your fellow travellers over a Nepali dinner and then we’ll check out the thriving Thamel District’s live music bars.
Day 2- Kathmandu
Hop on tempos, which are 8 person vehicles similar to large rickshaws, for a day tour covering the best sites of Kathamandu. Visit the holy monkeys at Swayambhunath Stupa Temple, call in at the Boudhhanath which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and end the day observing evening Prayers at Pashupatinth Temple.
Day 3- Trishuli River
Whitewater rafting down the Trishuli is a magical way to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery. Once we’ve successfully voyaged through the rapids, we’ll head over to Nagarkot and teach you the art of making Momos!
Day 4- Nagarkot, Bhaktapur and Pharphing
We’ll start the day with sunrise at Nagarkot, which is known to offer the most awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Travel on to Bhaktapur, another World Heritage Site, which is an ancient town filled with temples. Cool off in one of the city’s quaint courtyards and enjoy a dahi, a kind of yoghurt this town is famous for making. End the day in Pharphing, where we’ll start your Monastery Experience. As the sun sets, observe the monks’ debating class, their daily protection puja and finally tuck into a traditional Buddhist dinner. We’ll stay in a guesthouse adjoining the monastery this evening.
Day 5 – Chitwan National Park
Rise early to observe morning prayers, have breakfast with the monks in their refectory and walk to the cave where the great master Padmasambhava meditated. We’ll head over to the Chitwan National Park and arrive in time to watch the elephants taking a sunset splash in the river. Tonight we stay in the Tharu Community Homestay, designed to support local people from the village, who will also introduce you to their local customs.
Day 6- Chitwan National Park
Take jeeps on a safari into the jungle to see deer, birds, monkeys, crocodiles and the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. If you’re lucky you may see a leopard, sloth bear, or tiger (although sightings of these animals are rare these days). Afterwards, we venture on to Lumbini.
Day 7- Lumbini
Tap into tranquility at the Maya Devi Temple, known as the birth place of Buddha. Here you can opt to join a meditation class in this deeply spiritual part of Nepal. Having reached a zen-like state, we carry on into another dreamy destination: Pokhara. This town is loved by backpackers and offers jaw-dropping vistas of the Himalayan Mountains which you can enjoy over a lake-side drink.
Day 8- Pokhara
Opt to take a paragliding flight for a birds eye view of the mountains peaks, lakes and rivers below. Splash around in boats on the Phewa Taal Lake, where spectacular views of the mountains reflect on to the waters. Having had a jam-packed first week in Nepal, tonight is a chance to take it easy at the Movie Garden, a much loved outdoor cinema which shows classic movies nightly.
Day 9-11- Trekking or Yoga experience
Enjoy a once in a lifetime 3-day hike deep into the Himalayas, scaling soaring mountain peak and traversing glacially carved valleys. You’ll stop at remote mountain villages for meals and to spend the night. The trek is designed to be adventurous but enjoyable and very manageable for those with an average level of fitness. Alternatively, if hiking is not your thing, then you can instead do a 3 day yoga, mediation & wellness retreat, where your daily routine will involve a variety of yoga classes, guided meditations and other wellness activities such as mud baths or aromatherapy steams inhalations.
Day 12- Bandipur
If anyone who was on the hike is keen to try yoga, then this morning is your chance. Likewise, for those that opted for the yoga, meditation and wellness retreat, this morning you can take a short morning hike to experience the beautiful mountains. Alternatively just enjoy your well deserved lie in or perhaps a deep tissue massage. In the afternoon, transfer to an off the beaten track village called Bandipur to enjoy a walk through the town and its surrounding areas. Soak up the charms of this beautifully preserved village with its traditional buildings and mountainous backdrops.
Day 13- Kathmandu
Transfer back to Kathmandu, arriving back to the hostel in Thamal Distirct in the late afternoon, having completed your epic adventure though this mountainous kingdom. Fly out this evening, or we can assist in booking your accommodation tonight if you’re staying on. Alternatively, you can also opt to head back into the mountains for a 7 day trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, known as one of the most stunning hikes in the Himalayas
All transport during the trip is provided.
Accommodation is in dorm rooms on our Nepali tours. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Check out our included activities below:
- Kathmandu Day tour on temples: Swayambhunath Stupa Temple (monkey temple), Boudhhanath & Evening Prayers at Pashupatinth Temple. (Kathmandu)
- Whitewater rafting on Trishuli River (Trishuli River)
- Momo Making class (Nagarkot)
- Walking tour of Bhaktapur (Bhaktapur)
- Monastery evening experience (Pharphing)
- Monastery morning experience: Morning Prayers, Breakfast with monks in their refectory, walk to the cave where the Great Master Padmasambhava meditated.
- Meditaton class
- National Park entrance fee
- Watching elephant bathing
- Jeep safari
- Maya Devi Temple entrance
- Boating on Phewa Taal Lake
- 3-day Poon Hill Trek or Meditation and Yoga retreat
- Walking tour of Bandpur
Activities that are optional:
- Meditation class (Lumbini)
- Paragliding (Pokhara)
- Movie at the Movie Garden (Pokhara)
- Additional hike or additional yoga session on day 12 (Pokhara)
- Trip extension- Annapurna circuit
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Nepal tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Nepal tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
Bookings within 40 days are available only on a request basis.
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person.
Single room – £365 (One person to a room)
Double room – £225 (Two people sharing one room)
Once you get to Nepal on a group tour, you may not want to leave. We can book additional nights accommodation at the beginning and end of your trip to allow for some time to relax as our tours are very fast-paced.
If you fancy doing a trek after your tour then our pre-trip team can help support this.
We can also arrange for transfers to pick you up and drop you off at the airport.
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.