• Dates

    7 – 17 April 2020

  • Price From

    €1899

A mystic dreamland setting on the spine of the world, Nepal is home to the warmest of people and the highest of mountains. It is a true Himalayan kingdom of free, dignified souls, where Sherpas trudge the mountain paths and prayer flags crisscross the sky.

Join us on an unforgettable holiday as we journey through breathtaking scenery. Experience thousand-year old traditions expressed in dance, folklore, language and religion while exploring Nepal’s culture rich with exquisite temples, ancient monasteries and glittering shrines.

Immerse yourself in a hub of multicultural mix and taste the local ethnic lifestyles in Kathmandu. Stand in awe at the grandeur of nature close to the Annapurna range in Pokhara. Lose yourself in the midst of Chitwan National Park, surrounded by lush greenery in the search for the endangered rhino.

Get ready to fall in love with the imposing landscape, the stunning starry nights, the wind carrying the jungle’s breath and the warmness of Nepali hearts. Strike Nepal off your bucket-list and join us down the rabbit hole to a wonderland you will never forget.

Tuesday 7 April

Meet at the airport at 3.30pm for our Qatar Airways flight to Doha.

Wednesday 8 April

Welcome to Kathmandu (Dinner included)

Upon arrival in Doha, we have a 3-hour, 15-minute transit until our direct flight to Kathmandu, which will land at 10.25am. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our 4* hotel located centrally in the Thamel area, Kathmandu’s designated tourist quarters and commercial hub. Following check in, some free time is allocated to explore the area. In the evening we will meet up for a Welcome Thakkali Dinner with a cultural program.

Thursday 9 April

Kathmandu Valley: City of Temples (Breakfast included)

Our first full day in Kathmandu will start off with pick up from the hotel after breakfast to take us to our first of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Pashupatinath Temple. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, it is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and best known for its magnificent architecture. It is also the most-used cremation spot in Kathmandu valley. This will be followed by a visit to Boudhanath, one of the largest and oldest Buddhist Stupas. It is the center of Tibetan Buddhist worship in Kathmandu and is said to house a bone from Buddha’s body. The area is surrounded by a range of shops and restaurants, where we will have some free time for lunch. Our final stop for the day will be Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is actually a complex that consists of at least four distinct squares and one of the most visited sites in Kathmandu Valley. Some of the main attractions include the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the Statue of King Bhupatindra, the 55 Windows Palace and a variety of temples. The evening will be allocated to leisure time and dinner.

Friday 10 April

Drive to Pokhara (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Following breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and start our journey towards Pokhara. Our first stop of the day will be at Naubise, a small village in the Bagmati zone where we will have time for a short break. Our second short stop is Kurintar, another small village located on the banks of the Trisuli river. We will be having lunch at the hilltop settlement of Bandipur, one of Nepal’s hidden gems. It combines traditional village architecture, epic Himalayan views, lovely countryside walks and a taste of rural Nepal. On arriving at Pokhara, we will check into our 4* hotel close to the lakeside. In the evening we can join in an optional walk near the lake if time permits.

Saturday 11 April

Pokhara: Jewel of the Himalaya (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Nepal’s top adventure and leisure destination, full of natural beauty and spectacular scenery, Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Mountain Range. We will start our day by visiting Davis Falls, a gorgeous waterfall which falls into a deep and narrow canal. It is named after a tourist who fell down into the canal and was never found. Right across the falls is the entrance to Gupteshwar Cave, a natural wonder with particular rock formations. Following this we will have some time to marvel at the World Peace Pagoda, an impressive sight situated at an altitude of almost 1000 metres, from where we can also enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks and Phewa Lake. We will stop for lunch at the Lakeside, after which we will have an afternoon of free time which can be filled with optional activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping and zip flying, or just enjoying a couple of drinks and admiring the beautiful scenery. We will meet up for dinner at the hotel. Optional: Paragliding – E90, Bungee Jump – E72, Zip Flyer – E86, Combo Package (Bungee and Zip Flyer) – E131

Sunday 12 April

Drive to Chitwan (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Following an optional Easter morning mass, we will head off on our drive to Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site home to the single-horned Asiatic rhino, the royal Bengal tiger and the Gharial crocodile. We will have a short stop at Mugling on the way. Lunch will be provided at our hotel in Chitwan. In the afternoon we will experience an authentic introduction to the Tharu culture through a guided village walk explaining the culture, history and traditions of the people. This will be followed by a walk on the Rapti River bank (depending on time available) and dinner with a Tharu Cultural dance performance.

Monday 13 April

Chitwan National Park: Jungle Safari (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

This will be a day dedicated to exploring the subtropical jungle rich in flora and fauna with a total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. This reserve protects more than 932 square kilometers of forests, marshland and grassland, making it one of the best national parks for viewing wildlife in Asia. You will have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer and monkeys, and if you’re lucky you may spot a leopard, wild elephant or sloth bear. We will have a day full of activities consisting of an elephant safari, a canoe ride, a jungle safari, bird watching, a visit to the elephant breeding center and a nature walk. Lunch and dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Tuesday 14 April

Drive to Kathmandu (Breakfast included)

After breakfast and checking out, we will start making our way back to Kathmandu, stopping at Mugling and Malekhu on the way. On this day we will have some time to recharge. On arriving at Kathmandu, we will check into our 4* hotel after which we will have free time to shop in Thamel, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, participate in a cooking class, visit local markets or just relax at the hotel. Optional: Cooking class – E30, Kathmandu Durbar Square – E18

Wednesday 15 April

Kathmandu Revisited (Breakfast and Dinner included)

An optional 45 minute scenic mountain flight will take us close to Mount Everest and provide an ethereal experience. Nothing will compare to such a close-encounter opportunity to view the sheer beauty of the Himalayas. The flight departs early morning at 6.30am. After breakfast, we will visit Swayambhunath, the infamous monkey temple and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The area consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, a Tibetan monastery, museum and library. We will explore another concentrated mass of temples in Patan Durbar Square, a spectacular area known especially for Patan Museum, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (a three-story golden pagoda), the Golden Window, Mahabouddha Temple, Krishna Temple and the Golden Temple. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at one of the famous restaurants of Kathmandu. Optional: Mountain Flight – E158

Thursday 16 April

Departure from Kathmandu (Breakfast included)

This is a free day for last minute shopping and sightseeing, with an optional visit to Chandragiri for those who want to savor their last moments in Nepal. We will depart from the hotel at 4pm for our departure flight at 7.25pm. We will land in Doha at 10.10pm. Optional: Chandragiri – E20 (+ transport, starting from E24 for a 4 seater car)

Friday 17th April

Arrival in Malta

Following a transit of 3 hours 45 minutes in Doha, we will depart on our flight back to Malta and land at 6.45am.

Price per person

Single
€2179
Twin

€1899
Triple €1869
Twin (child rate)

€1730
Triple (child rate)€1700

Child rate applies for children between 2 and 10 years old

Package price includes

  •  Flights with Qatar Airways to Kathmandu via Doha
  • Air taxes
  • 8 nights accommodation in highly rated 4* hotels inclusive of taxes
  • Private air-conditioned transportation between destinations
  • The excursions and activities mentioned in the above program
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Maltese Tour Leader
  • Sim card with unlimited data (a photocopy of passport and a recent passport photo is required)

Extras

  • Fee for visa

Notes

A visa on arrival is required for Maltese citizens to enter Nepal. This will cost USD 30 and is valid for 15 days. In order to avoid long queues at the airport, we suggest that an Online Visa Application form is submitted. Please ask one of our travel specialists for assistance.

We would also recommend that you check with the National Immunization Service on whether you are up to date with your travel vaccinations

Meals

On the days when lunch and dinner are not included, we will be in areas with restaurants nearby. Lunch and dinner can be purchased for around EUR 10 – EUR 15.00.

Interesting Facts about Nepal

  • Nepal has eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks.
  • Mount Everest is known in Nepali as ‘Sagarmatha’ which translates as ‘goddess of the sky’, and in Tibetan as ‘Chomolungma’ meaning ‘Holy Mother’.
  • Nepal is the only nation on earth to have a non-quadrilateral flag. It is made of two triangles on top of the other. It is red with a blue border with a white sun and crescent moon.
  • Nepal has four World Heritage Sites: the Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini (the Birthplace of Lord Buddha), Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Over 80% of the population of Nepal are Hindu.
  • Mount Everest was named in honour of Sir George Everest, a Welsh geodesist who completed a trigonometric survey of India.
  • The yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is said to live in the mountains of Nepal, although no conclusive evidence of this has been found.
  • Lumbini in Nepal is one of the most sacred places for the Buddhist faith. It was here that the Lord Buddha was born in the year 623 BC.
  • In May 2014, Nepal marked 365 days of ‘zero poaching’ of rhinos. A year later, in 2015, the feat was repeated marking two full years. Nepal is one of five Himalayan countries where the greater one-horned rhino (Indian Rhino) can be found.
  • A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring thousands more.
  • Nepal is one of a handful of countries to have never been under full European control. From 1814 to 1816, Nepali military forces fought in the Anglo-Nepalese War and ceded approximately 30% of its territory to the UK. However, Nepal remained independent and as such does not celebrate an independence day like so many countries around the world.

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