Highlights Tour of Nepal

4 Trees Planted for each Booking

View from Pokhara
  • TRIP TYPE: Cultural Tour
  • TRIP GRADE: Easy
  • TRIP STYLE: Hotel
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 04 Oct 2024


Our Highlights Tour of Nepal is a perfect introduction to this fascinating country while staying in a hotel every night of itinerary. You have time to explore Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dhulikel, Bandipur and Namo Buddha.

There are superb mountain panorama views of the Himalayas from your hotels at Bandipur, Pokhara and Dhulikel. On a clear day you will see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mount Machapuchare (known as Fishtail mountain) .

Throughout this itinerary you stay at mid level hotels mainly three star (Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet; Bandipur: Old Inn; Pokhara: Hotel Landmark or Trek O’ Tel and in Dhulikel: Dhulikhel Lodge Resort).

There is no day to day trekking in this itinerary apart from the option to walk from Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel on Day 10 however there are opportunities for day walks while in Pokhara, Bandipur and Dhulikel.

You have the option to join one of our fixed date departures or to have a private tour tailored to dates that suit you

Route Map


Arrive in Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu

A driver will be sent to collect you on arrival at Kathmandu airport and to bring you back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. A full tour briefing will be given in the afternoon.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu


Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.

In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit.

Drive to Bandipur (3 hours)

Walk around Bandipur


Old Inn in Bandipur

In the morning you will be driven by your driver in a private vehicle to Bandipur. This small town is located on a ridge above the Kathmandu to Pokhara road and has superb views of the Himalayan peaks to the north (Annapurna,Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal). Bandipur has been considerately developed for tourists whereby some of the old houses have been carefully converted to hotels and there are thankfully few concrete buildings like elsewhere in Nepal. Compared to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu the small town of Bandipur is very peaceful place as vehicles are not allowed into the main square.

Drive to Pokhara (3 hours)


Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

After breakfast you will drive to the lakeside town of Pokhara where there are superb views to the snowy Himalayan peaks including Machapuchare and Annapurnas. In the afternoon you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Pokhara.

Walk to Peace Stupa


Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

It is worth waking early to see the mountain views that at their best in the morning. After breakfast you take a boat trip around Phewa Lake or walk to Shanti Peace stupa above the lake or just relax and explore Pokhara around Lakeside.

Fly to Kathmandu

Drive to Namo Buddha (1 1/2 hours)


Namo Buddha Resort

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bharatpur airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival there is a short drive to Namo Buddha on the rim of the Kathmandu valley where there is a superb mountain panorama from the wonderful Namo Buddha Resort.

1) Drive to Dhulikhel (1 hour)

2) Walking to Dhulikhel (2 hours)


Dhulikhel Lodge Resort

Today you have the option to walk to Dhulikhel or to drive by car. If you decide to walk the trail takes you through traditional villages with mountain views.

Drive to Kathmandu (1 1/2 hour)


Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu

You can spend the morning relaxing in Dhulikel enjoying the views then in afternoon drive to Kathmandu.

Fly home


Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.  End of trip.

Dates & Prices

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Dates 04 Oct 2024 to 12 Oct 2024 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
US$290pp / NA
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Dates 01 Nov 2024 to 09 Nov 2024 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
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Dates 07 Mar 2025 to 15 Mar 2025 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
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Dates 04 Apr 2025 to 12 Apr 2025 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
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Dates 03 Oct 2025 to 11 Oct 2025 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
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Dates 07 Nov 2025 to 15 Nov 2025 Trip Leader Local Leader Price US$1,350pp Single Supplement:
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What's Included

  • Internal travel in a private car or minibus with a driver.
  • Private transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with a Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle including all entry tickets.
  • Twin-share rooms at all locations.
  • Breakfast only at all hotels.
  • UK-registered charity, Pipal Tree, will plant 6 trees for you in the Gurkha Memorial Forest in southern Nepal.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre-departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone, Zoom, or face-to-face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre-Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 15 days.
  • Lunch and evening meals all places on itinerary.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.


Old Inn in Bandipur

The Old Inn is located in the heart of the traffic free bazaar in the centre of the small town of Bandipur.

The hotel consists of two adjoining timber and stone Newari townhouses with adobe, stucco façade. The ground floor has dark wooden pillars and beams opening onto the flag-stoned bazaar. The rooms are in a traditional house so are quite small and have low ceiling and doorways however this renovation has been sensitive to the original style and integrity of the building. The rooms in the original wing do not have attached bathrooms however the rooms in the Extra star wing renovated in 2012 are en-suite. The Old Inn has a simple elegance and this is enhanced by the friendly welcome from the staff.

Namo Buddha Resort in Kathmandu Valley

Namo Buddha Resort is a lovely friendly place to stay and relax. It is one of our favourites in the Kathmandu Valley. This property is at the top of a hill where there is a superb view of the Himalaya.

The accommodation is in small houses built in traditional Nepali style. The carpenters and masons were from Kirtipur. The houses have private toilets, stone roofs and traditional small doors and windows. The resort has an organic farm where milk is collected from their cows. Most of the food is grown on the property.

Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara

We have used Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara for our groups for many years. it is our first choice hotel for trekking groups as we have received positive feedback on their service and location. This property is located on Lakeside and a short walk to the restaurants, shops, and near the lake. The rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms and have television, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi. They serve an excellent breakfast buffet from 7 am to 10 am. There is an attractive garden with a swimming pool so it is a wonderful place to relax before or after a trip.

Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu

We have used Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu for our groups since it was rebuilt in 2017. Since then we have received positive feedback on their service and location. This is our first choice hotel for trekking groups in Kathmandu. Rooms are well appointed with a reliable supply of hot water for use in the shower. The windows have double glazing so it keeps the rooms very quiet. They serve an excellent breakfast buffet from 7am to 10am. A sundowner on their rooftop bar and restaurant called Foreign Affairs is a must do!

Practical Information

Clothing and Equipment List for Nepal tours


  • Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
  • Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket.
  • Casual long sleeved shirt.
  • T shirts.
  • Lightweight trousers.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Socks and underwear etc.
  • Swim wear


Personal Equipment:

  • Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
  • Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
  • Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Books, phone and cards etc.
  • Power adapter.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Hand sanitizer. We suggest you keep this in your day pack.
  • Duffle bag (or backpack) for your personal gear. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.

Personal first aid kit:

Please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Plasters and blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).
  • Anti-septic cream.
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diarrhoea treatment (Immodium) and oral rehydration salts (Dioralyte).
  • Antihistamine cream and tablets (Cetirizine or loratidine)
  • Multi vitamin tablets.

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