Start your adventure by immersing yourself in the ancient culture of Kathmandu, exploring medieval temples and intricate palaces, sipping refreshing brews in traditional teahouses and munching fresh momos on the bustling streets. You’ll drink in the strange mixture of culture, calm and chaos in this unique city and right when you’ve had just about enough, you’ll find yourself by the tranquil Phewa Lake, 200km away. Just outside the serene city of Pokhara, you can expect to see colourful canoes bobbing on the time-worn shores, set against a dramatic backdrop of the Annapurna peaks in the distance.
If water’s your thing then you’ll love the wider countryside around Pokhara and Phewa Lake. With gentle streams, deep gorges and even multi-tiered cascades, this place will set your heart racing and send your Instagram followers into a frenzy. But since this trip’s an entirely Nepalese experience, it wouldn’t be complete without some time spent in mountain country. So you’ll head to the Himalayan foothills to trek through rhododendron forests, past Gurung villages, exploring the deepest darkest corners of Chitwan National Park.You’ll uncover little-known secrets of the Nepalese jungle, riding a dug-out canoe down the Rapti River, witnessing Tibetan carpet weaving and visiting traditional teahouses for an authentic brew.
You’ll seek out elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and even the elusive Bengal tiger on safari amid metre-high grasses and moss-covered trees. And you’re guaranteed to get more than a glimpse of Nepal’s largest mammal with a visit to the Elephant Breeding Project further down on the banks of the Rapti.
If you hadn’t already got the idea, this really is one of our most relaxing adventures. So if you want to see what Nepal’s all about without donning your walking boots, we’ll see you over in the country of contrasts.