Great Buddha Trail - Highlights of Nepal

The cultural and scenic highlights of Nepal in a 2-week holiday




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Holiday Overview


  • Watch the sunrise on the Himalaya from four hilltop resort hotels
  • Nepal`s key Buddhist sites including Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha
  • Wildlife activities in Chitwan and lakeside relaxation in Pokhara
  • Comfortable hotels with breathtaking views and all meals included

Two thousand five hundred years ago, a Shakya prince was born in the foothills of the Himalaya in a region now part of Nepal. The prince who was called Siddhartha, was destined to change the world and every Nepalese schoolboy knows the story of how the young prince left the comforts of his palace and foreswore all worldly goods to search for enlightenment. Siddhartha became Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism one of the world's oldest religions which at one time or another influenced most of the continent of Asia.  This excellent new discovery-style holiday, exclusive to KE, explores many of the hidden highlights of Nepal as well as visits to its major cultural icons. In the course of this 2 week holiday we follow the Great Buddha Trail around some of the most important sites in the Buddhist and Hindu religions including a visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. As to be expected in the country where the Buddha was born, the two religions of Buddhism and Hinduism co-exist harmoniously in Nepal, often in a hybrid form sharing many significant pilgrimage sites. With the outstanding natural beauty of this Himalayan state on display and the interaction with its varied and friendly peoples, this is a holiday which will take your breath away. Starting with an exploration of the Kathmandu Valley and visits to its holy places including those away from the regular tourist trail, we then travel by private air-conditioned vehicle and stay in hand picked hotels, including four hilltop resorts with incredible Himalayan panoramas. The holiday also includes two days wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park and two days of easy walks or relaxation in Pokhara, Nepal's second city on Lake Phewa. For those interested in both the culture and scenery of Nepal, this holiday has it all.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a discovery holiday and no special level of fitness is required. However in the course of the holiday there will be a fair amount of walking done as we tour the various historical and cultural sites on the itinerary and this will amount to between 3 and 6 km walked on most days. During the stay in Chitwan it will be necessary to get in and out of boats and we will also have a wildlife safari on elephant back. There are optional short walks available during the stay in Pokhara. There is also a fair amount of driving necessary to visit all of the highlights. However, on a daily basis the drives are generally not overlong and the longest during the 2 weeks is 4 hours.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including Durbar Square, Bouddhnath and the Monkey Temple.
  • Drive to the medieval city of Bhatkapur before transferring to a hilltop resort at Namo Buddha.
  • Sunrise on the Himalaya. Monastery visit and journey on to Panuti and Godwari.
  • Visit to the living museum town of Khokana. Cross the Bagmati River to a hilltop resort in Daman.
  • Another Himalayan sunrise before transferring to a safari lodge in Chitwan National Park.
  • A full day of jungle activities including wildlife safaris on elephant-back and canoe ride.
  • Drive to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha. Visit all the important Buddhist sites.
  • Transfer to Tansen in western Nepal where there are several Buddhist sites and views of the Annapurna.
  • Visit the lakeside town of Pokhara, where there is time to relax and explore.
  • A free day in Pokhara. Take a boat on the lake, relax or enjoy a walk to a viewpoint.
  • Drive through Nepal's `Middle Hills` to Bandipur from where there are sensational Himalayan views.
  • Return to Kathmandu. A chance for last minute shopping before a final celebratory evening dinner.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.
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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Arriving in Kathmandu we are met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel KE Land Only package services begin with this transfer. In the evening we meet with our guide who will give us a briefing on the days ahead and we will have dinner together either at the hotel or in one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

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  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including Durbar Square, Bouddhnath and the Monkey Temple.

    We have a full day of sightseeing in Nepal's bustling capital city. There is much to see here and we start in the centre of the ancient kingdom of Kathmandu with a walking tour of Durbar Square. Durbar literally means Royal Palace and the ‘Square’ refers to the large open spaces in and around the palace for ceremonial public use. Known locally as Hanuman Doka, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess and displaying intricate Newari wood carving. We then visit Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist shrine in Nepal where every day, hundreds of pilgrims make their clockwise circumnavigations, spinning the prayer wheels set into the surrounding walls as they go. We also visit Swayambhunath known as the 'Monkey Temple', an ancient religious complex sat atop a hill to the west of the city. Swayambhunath is a holy site to both Hindus and Budhists and from the top of the hill the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha look out over the city. This evening we will watch a cultural show displaying the costumes, songs and dances of various different regions of Nepal and enjoy a traditional Nepali meal.

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  • Drive to the medieval city of Bhatkapur before transferring to a hilltop resort at Namo Buddha.

    After breakfast we make the short drive to Bhaktapur, the second city of the Kathmandu Valley. This medieval city has its own Durbar Square containing several magnificent temples including the five roofed Nyatapola Temple and the 55 Window Palace, while a walk through its maze of cobbled streets reveals countless examples of exquisite Newari woodcarving. From Bhaktapur we visit the Changu Narayan Temple, a much less well known UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on a narrow ridge to the north of Bhaktapur. Considered by some scholars as the oldest temple in Nepal this striking pagoda style temple contains several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. Leaving the temple we drive through hills of ‘layered’ terracing to Namo Buddha, where one of the three main Stupas of the Kathmandu Valley sits atop the Gandha Malla hill. The stupa is built on the site where legend has it, a former incarnation of Buddha offered his flesh to feed a starving tigress and her cubs. Here we stay in a hilltop hotel resort with a sensational panorama of the Himalayas. Approximate driving distance: 45km.

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  • Sunrise on the Himalaya. Monastery visit and journey on to Panuti and Godwari.

    It is well worth setting an alarm to wake up before sunrise. There are few sights as spectacular as watching the dawn light up the great chain of the Himalaya. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a walk through field terracing to the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery founded in 1978 originally as a small retreat but now a large and imposing monastic complex housing over 250 monks. Leaving Namo Buddha we drive down from Gandha Malla hill to Panuti which boasts some beautiful temples and from here we drive through more rolling hills of terraced farmland to the lush green forest of Godwari, home to hundreds of species of birds. A short walk through the forest brings us to Shanti Ban, a large statue of the Buddha where we have a view over Kathmandu and its neighbouring city, Patan. We stay overnight in the Godwari Village Resort where we have another fantastic view out towards the Himalayas. Approximate driving distance: 65km.

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  • Visit to the living museum town of Khokana. Cross the Bagmati River to a hilltop resort in Daman.

    We have another day of rich cultural heritage, visiting several of the most significant but much less known and less visited sites of pilgrimage and architectural interest around the Kathmandu Valley. We visit the traditional Newari towns of Bungmati and Khokana which have remained unchanged for centuries. Bungmati is famed for its wood carvers while Khokana is known for its unique traditionally processed mustard oil, all of which is on view since the inhabitants of these towns traditionally go about their daily lives in the street. Khokana is a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status as a 'living museum' town. Crossing the Bagmati river we then visit Pharping Monastery and the hilltop temple of Sheshnarayan. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient Hindu temple is one of four Narayana temples built in the reign of the Licchavi king, Vishnugupta at the cardinal points around Kathmandu to guard the city from demons. We visited the northern Narayan at Changu on day 3 of our tour. We continue our drive heading west and climbing into the hills which form the southern boundary of the Kathmandu Valley. Here we check into our hilltop hotel in Daman which has possibly one of the finest views of the Himalaya stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the East. Approximate driving distance: 98km.

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  • Another Himalayan sunrise before transferring to a safari lodge in Chitwan National Park.

    There is another opportunity this morning to watch an incredible sunrise on the Himalaya. After taking breakfast we drive south on the Tribuvan Highway through a fascinating landscape of terraced hills with glimpses of distant snowy peaks, passing small villages until we reach the flat Indian plain. We reach the Chitwan National Park by midday and after checking in at the 'Into the Wild' lodge we have an afternoon of jungle activities which take place in the park’s ‘buffer zone’. This is where the animals and people interface while the inner heart of the park remains restricted to the animals and wardens only. The actual nature of our activities today will vary depending on where the animals are but will consist of a safari with experienced and knowledgeable wildlife guide either by vehicle, boat or on elephant back. After our first wildlife encounter we return to the lodge and enjoy some traditional dishes of south Nepal. Approximate driving distance: 112km

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  • A full day of jungle activities including wildlife safaris on elephant-back and canoe ride.

    We have a full day of wildlife activities which will include a jungle safari on elephant-back, a nature walk with expert wildlife guides, a visit to an alligator farm, and a dugout canoe ride on the river to view the birds and riverside animals. In the evening we enjoy an educational and cultural show over dinner before we settle in for our second night at the resort.

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  • Drive to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha. Visit all the important Buddhist sites.

    Continuing on the Great Buddha Trail we drive first north and then west to Lumbini, famed and revered as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. The site was discovered in 1895 by a German archaeologist who identified Ashoka's Pillar by its inscription. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. We arrive here in time for lunch and after checking in to our hotel, we start a walking tour of the various archaeological sites around Lumbini such as Kapilvastu from where the young Shakya prince Siddhartha, set out in disguise to see the world and follow the path to enlightenment, Kudan where he lived the life of a hermit on his return, and the Maya Devi Temple which marks the exact spot where he was born. According to Buddhist scriptures, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labour pains, she grabbed the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha. The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed. We will walk for 2 – 3 hours around the various sites and afterwards we can relax at our hotel. Approximate driving distance: 154km.

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  • Transfer to Tansen in western Nepal where there are several Buddhist sites and views of the Annapurna.

    From Lumbini, we now head north driving for approximately 3 hours to Tansen, an ancient town which is considered to be one of the most attractive in west Nepal. Situated on a ridge between two sub-tropical regions of Nepal, the town is also noted as a place to escape the heat and humidity and enjoy the refreshing cool of the hills and the spectacular view of the Himalaya that its location affords. There are several Buddhist sites around Tansen which we will visit on foot (2 to 3 hours walking) before checking into our hilltop hotel. Approximate driving distance: 121km.

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  • Visit the lakeside town of Pokhara, where there is time to relax and explore.

    The morning light reveals a spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna, often ‘floating’ on a sea of cloud filling the valleys below us. After breakfast we continue our drive northwards travelling back into the foothills through a landscape of green terraced hillside, deep river valleys and catching glimpses of the snow capped Himalaya. It will take us approximately 3 hours to reach Nepal’s famous lakeside town of Pokhara where we check into our hotel and have time to freshen up or take a dip in the pool. After lunch we have a half day sightseeing tour which will include a visit to Davis Falls (Patale Chnago in Nepali) known as “The waterfall to the Underworld” where the outlet from the lake travels through a natural tunnel to Gupteshwor cave where there is a temple to Shiva. Approximate driving distance: 117km.

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  • A free day in Pokhara. Take a boat on the lake, relax or enjoy a walk to a viewpoint.

    A free day for independent sightseeing or optional activities. There are many things to do here and various activities can be arranged (at extra cost). Popular options include a visit to Sarankot, taking a boat onto the lake, and a walk up to the Japanese Peace Pagoda located on a hill overlooking the lake. Pokhara is also now firmly established as Nepal’s number one adventure centre and it’s possible to book more exciting activities ranging from dingy sailing to paragliding and bungee jumping. Your trip leader will help you to arrange any activities you are interested in. Alternatively, Pokhara is famous for its relaxing lakeside ambience and it is very pleasant just to stroll around and there are several lakeside cafes. You will also find examples of all the handicrafts made in Nepal in the shops here and this is the best place for souvenir buying.

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  • Drive through Nepal's `Middle Hills` to Bandipur from where there are sensational Himalayan views.

    Leaving Pokhara we now turn east driving for approximately 2.5 hours through the fascinating countryside of Nepal's 'Middle Hills' to Bandipur, a charming village located on a high ridge above and off the main road. Bandipur was once an important stop on the trading route between India and Tibet but the building of the friendship highway further east in the 1960s left the town in a historical vacuum, set in a previous century. Like Khokana near Kathmandu, the town is now a living museum of Newari culture where a walk through its winding lanes reveals exquisite art. There are also more sensational views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri from the village. Arriving in Bandipur we check into our hotel and this afternoon we can take a walk through the village and along the ridge. Approximate driving distance: 70km.

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  • Return to Kathmandu. A chance for last minute shopping before a final celebratory evening dinner.

    Today we complete our circuit of Nepal on the Great Buddha Trail, driving along the valley of the Trisuli River to reach the protective ring of hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. After climbing to the valley rim we descend to the hustle and bustle of the city and check into our hotel close to Thamel. We should reach Kathmandu in time for lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free for independent sightseeing, last minute souvenir hunting in the bazaar, or to simply relax by the pool in the hotel gardens. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner in one of the city's renown restaurants. Approximate driving distance: 144km.

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  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and various cultural sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • All jungle activities in Chitwan
  • All permits and park fees necessary to complete the itinerary

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Optional activities
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Accommodation for this tour of Nepal's major Buddhist and other cultural sights has been carefully selected on the basis of location and providing a comfortable touring experience. Four of the hotels we use on this holiday are located on ridge tops, affording spectacular panorama of the Himalayan chain stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the east. Several of the hotels have pool or spa facilities. In Chitwan we stay in a safari lodge consisting of modern well appointed bungalows set in green gardens with views to the Rapti River. There are a total of 13 nights in hotels and lodges where accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost on request. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For additional nights and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Single rooms and additional nights are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the trip price from Dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14.

Nepal's cultural and climatic diversity means that you will encounter a variety of dishes on the holiday. The common dish encountered everywhere from the humblest kitchen to the best restaurants is dal-bhat-tarkari (literally lentils, rice and vegetable) although its make up and presentation varies considerably. Throughout this holiday there will be ample opportunity to sample local cuisine including regional variations. However, there will always be an option for more familiar international dishes. All the hotels and lodges on this holiday have first class chefs and food is prepared to the highest quality. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, the cities' restaurants are internationally known and it is possible to see a restaurant or dish from almost every cuisine in the world.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your joining instructions 3 to 4 weeks prior to departure.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local leader throughout the holiday. The group will also have the services of an experienced driver.

Approximately £150 - £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips for your porters and local staff . It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu and in Pokhara using your debit or credit card. During most days of the holiday it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer or wine.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Tipping is best done as a group and your trip leader can advise you on what to tip drivers and hotel porters. The overall level of tipping is up to the group but a contribution of around £30 - £40 (in equivalent rupees) from each group member should provide sufficient funds.

Your luggage will travel with you in or on the tour vehicle. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag (your KE bag) and a small daysack.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you go above 1500 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum as this makes for the most comfortable travel experience.

You must bring the following items:

  • Comfortable walking boots or shoes
  • Sandals / Training shoes
  • Socks
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Underwear
  • Casual shirts and T-shirts, long and short sleeved
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Small daypack
  • Headtorch (there can be power cuts)
  • Sun protection (including bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash

    Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

    Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear (for hotel pools and saunas)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, film, batteries


  • During the course of this holiday we will visit several sites that are considered sacred to people of Buddhist and Hindu faiths. Please be respectful of local norms and customs in these places and pay attention to the advice given by your trip leader on how to dress and act. The Nepali people are amongst the most polite in the world and are unlikely to let us know if anything we do offends but this does not mean they are not offended. We recommend that you always have a long sleeved shirt and trousers or full length skirt handy to put on when appropriate. In some places it will be necessary to remove your shoes or sandals and you should also consider bringing a pair of socks that can be quickly slipped on and off.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although there is no actual trekking on this holiday, in order to really see the country we do explore on foot and on some days you will be walking for 2 or 3 hours. Any regular exercise is good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina.We also recommend that you do some reading about the culture and traditions of Nepal before coming on the trip.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Whilst October to November and March to May have traditionally been considered to be the best times to visit Nepal, these seasons can comfortably be extended to include the period from December to February for holidays which do not travel to the really high altitudes. Nepal has a very pleasant climate throughout the foothills at this time. It is usually dry as the majority of the country's rain falls during the monsoon which occurs between June and September although given its mountainous nature, short lived storms can occur at any time of the year. Pre-monsoon (March to May), the best of Nepal’s colourful flora is in evidence, with plants such as rhododendron and magnolia in full flower. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. Temperatures during this holiday will vary greatly from the mid thirties Celsius on the plains and in Chitwan, through mid to high twenties in Pokhara and Kathmandu and low to middle twenties at some of the hill resorts. During December and January temperatures will be 3 or 4 degrees lower than this.

Lonely Planet guide to Nepal Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj. Insight Guide to Nepal.

Nepa Maps - Himalayan MapHouse

Nepal on a large, indexed overview map at 1,500,000 scale from Himalayan Maphouse, the country’s leading publishers of trekking maps. Road network shows main highways, major and minor roads, gravel or dirt roads and trails. Map legend is in English.

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