Our two-week ‘Crème de la Crème’ trip is an amazing trip! One can just relax and be totally immersed in Nepal’s beautiful culture, people and landscapes whilst staying in the best Nepal has to offer.

In Kathmandu, we stay at the world renowned five stars Dwarika’s Hotel, described as a living museum, the only hotel like it in Asia. Surrounded by history hundreds of years old, yet all mod cons and trappings still available. We also utilise the ‘Tiger Mountain’ facilities near Pokhara and in Chitwan National Park; five stars service and five stars facilities and certainly a five stars experience!

This is a trip where one is pampered but at the same time, there is still a huge sense of adventure. We explore parts of Nepal well off the tourist paths; and other paths, even though well trodden, the essence and splendour of this beautiful little country will delight and fascinate all of those that come and visit!

Leave Nepal on a high and like so many others… vow to return!


Itinerary

Our scheduled drive times include lunch, photo and toilet stops, but please remember that this is genuine adventure travel, so these should be used as a guide only.  You will need to remain open-minded and flexible in order to get the most out of your trip.

Day 01: Namaste. Arrive in Kathmandu to be greeted by our staff at the Tribhuvan Airport, from here you will be driven to the beautiful Dwarikas Hotel, a living museum, where you will be made to feel very welcome with the wonderful and friendly service. The food is a treat here and the setting very peaceful and relaxing. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 02: Members of the group who would like to participate in the optional Mount Everest scenic flight will be picked up at approximately 05:45hrs and whisked off to the airport, returning for a delicious Dwarikas breakfast before taking in the sites of Kathmandu. Our city tour includes a visit to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashpathinath, Durbar Square (Kathmandu) and Bodhnath. Finish the day with a nine course Nepali meal at the unforgettable Krishnapan Restaurant at Dwarikas. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 03: We go north towards Tibet on the Arniko Highway and stay at the Last Resort for two nights; the Tibetan border is less than 15km from here (check out our High Road To/From Lhasa itinerary). We stay in very comfortable and spacious permanent tents. The resort is so well designed; the tents and permanent buildings can’t be seen until one virtually stumbles upon them. There is a delightful bar and dining area here, a great place to have an intimate conversation and dinner; or wine and dine with a group of friends. The Last Resort is a great place for our group to bond. Drive time, three to five hours. Overnight Last Resort.

Day 04: The Last Resort is perfect for the adrenalin junky or one seeking peace, relaxation and solitude. If one is so inclined… one can jump off a suspension bridge with some kind of elastic band attached from ones ankles (option)… or one can stand on the side lines, firmly grounded with terra firma and witness this unusual spectacle! For some of us who are less adventurous, there are other activities such as canyoning, cycling or rope walking. Perhaps that is not your scene at all; take an eye opening village/cultural/bird-watching walk; or perhaps an oil massage or sauna would be your slice of heaven… capped off with a Nepali coffee with a dash of the delicious local rum! This magical little place is a slice of heaven. A visit to Nepal isn’t complete unless a stay at the Last Resort is included on your itinerary. Overnight Last Resort.

Day 05: After lunch we drive back towards Kathmandu and overnight in Dhulikhel, about 25kms east of the capital. On a clear day there are magnificent Himalayan views from here. Dhulikhel is a lovely break in the drive between Last Resort and Nuwakot. Drive time two to four hours. Overnight Dhulikhel.

Day 06: Head northwest to the remote Nuwakot region and take a steep drive up to a little known village called Nuwakot. Here we stay at a typical Nepali Farm House. The accommodation here isn’t five stars, but the service certainly is. Drive time, six to eight hours. Overnight Nuwakot.

Day 07: Experience a real cultural experience here at Nuwakot. Take a walk around the abandoned palace and visit eager school children or just relax at the farmhouse and enjoy stunning views of the Nuwakot Valley. Overnight Nuwakot.

Day 08: A bouncy off-road drive out of the Nuwakot Region and on to the charming village of Bandipur. Located up on a high ridge, this village affords beautiful views of the Himalayas, including Manaslu and Macchapucchare. Soak in the easy going and quiet lifestyle of the locals. Drive time six to eight hours. Overnight Bandipur.

Day 09: A short drive takes us to the Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge for two nights. This superb lodge is situated on a spectacular hilltop ridge a thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley, it has panoramic mountain views of Macchapucchare, and three of the world's 8,000m peaks, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Drive time, three to five hours. Overnight Pokhara area.

Day 10: Drive into Pokhara for a wander through this laid back city, take a boat ride on beautiful Lake Phewa, soar through the skies in an ultra-light (option) soaking up the mountainous views… or stay put at Tiger Mountain. Relax, hike, swim, enjoy the views or take a fascinating village/cultural/ bird-watching walk. Overnight Pokhara area.

Day 11: From Tiger Mountain we head down south to the Terai to Tiger Tops located on the edge of Chitwan National Park. One of the most respected National Parks in Southern Asia. We have two nights in this sanctuary. Drive time five to seven hours. Overnight Tharu Lodge.

Day 12: Can you imagine riding an elephant through the grasslands of Chitwan as it rumbles its suspicions that a tiger is on the prowl in the first light of day? Blend into the surrounding bush and jungle, take a boat ride. Leave Tiger Tops with unforgettable images in your mind and camera that you have only ever imagined. Overnight Tharu Lodge.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu and Dwarika’s. Lets have a final group meal at the Kaiser Café Restaurant in the beautiful Garden of Dreams in the centre of Kathmandu. Drive time, six to eight hours. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 14: Farewell and end of trip. We personally bid you farewell and arrange transport to get you safely to the airport. We thank you for choosing to travel with us… Best Of Asia Overland, the specialists in ‘Adventure in Comfort’, welcome you anytime.

Crew: One permanent western leader/driver plus local guides.

To find out what is included on our trips, please go to the 'TRAVEL THE BOA WAY' tab and click on 'what is provided'.

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