Nepal Adventure

Grade 1 2 3 4 5
Grade 2 – Moderate
Tours in the foothills and the lower middle-hills going up to 10,000'/ 3,000m. Roads are generally good, but at times may involve short "off-road" stretches. Average driving is 3-5 hours a day.
Tour Difficulty Grading

Our Nepal and Bhutan tours are graded easy to moderate, involving activities such as driving, sightseeing, short walks, boating, canoe and elephant rides. They take you to the foothills of the Himalaya, well below 10,000'/ 3,000m, or further down to the lowlands. Where long overland drives are involved, we use 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps for smaller groups and Toyota Coaster minibuses for larger groups. For overland trips between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, we use deluxe tourist bus services. The roads may take us up a Himalayan gorge or through the open plains of the Terai. Wherever they take you to, the views are breathtaking; driving through the land offers spectacular pictures of Nepal's diverse landscapes. Tours are graded on the basis of altitude, road condition, driving hours per day, and length of trip.

Grade 1 – Easy
Tours in the foothills staying below 6,500'/ 2,000m. Roads are relatively good, and average driving is 2-3 hours a day.
Grade 2 – Moderate
Tours in the foothills and the lower middle-hills going up to 10,000'/ 3,000m. Roads are generally good, but at times may involve short "off-road" stretches. Average driving is 3-5 hours a day.
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding tours, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000'/ 4,000m. Roads can be unpaved and bumpy, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average driving is 5-6 hours a day.
Grade 4 – Demanding
These trips require participants to be in good health. All of them take you into the high Himalaya, altitudes ranging from 9,000'/ 2,800m to often in excess of 16,500'/ 5,000m. Roads venture into sparsely populated or uninhabited high-mountain wilderness. Average driving is 6-9 hours a day.
Note on altitudes
The altitude definitions indicate elevations through the major part of the tour. Tours usually involve side-trips into elevations exceeding the altitude ranges defined for their grades. Grade 3 & 4 tour itineraries are designed to allow proper acclimatization, with acclimatization days when we take exploratory trips to higher elevations.


Herd of Chital (spotted deer).
10 days – Seti Khola rafting & Chitwan wildlife safari
  • Visit the major shrines and destinations of the Kathmandu valley
  • Discover the serene lake-valley of Pokhara nestled in the lap of the Annapurna Himal
  • Experience the thrill of rafting and camping on Nepal’s beautiful rivers
  • Explore the lowland jungles of the Chitwan National Park riding elephants, on canoes, and on foot
This family adventure offers a splendid Nepal wilderness adventure experience, featuring the scenic 2-day Seti rafting trip from Pokhara to a wildlife safari in the Chitwan National Park.

After exploring the ancient monuments and bazaars of Kathmandu and taking in the natural beauty of Pokhara and the Annapurnas, you take an early morning drive to the put-in to rendezvous with the river crew. The warm friendly waters of the Seti flow through scenic gorges and cultivated valleys, punctuated by exciting rapids. You leave the river soon after it meets the Trisuli and take-out on the highway to the Terai. This is a wonderful introduction to whitewater rafting in Nepal.

Chitwan is hailed by many naturalists as simply the best wildlife sanctuary in Asia. Here you go out exploring the dense lowland jungles on elephant-back, on canoes, and on foot, escorted by resident naturalists and guides.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival and orientation.
Day 2  Morning tour of Swayambhunath stupa. Afternoon tour of old Kathmandu.
Day 3  Morning flight to Pokhara. Afternoon tour of Pokhara valley.
Day 4  Early morning drive to Sarangkot for a dawn panorama of Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna Himal range. Rest of morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of World Peace Pagoda.
Sunset boat ride on Phewa Lake.
Day 5  Early morning drive to rafting put-in point on the Seti. Start rafting after paddling demonstration and safety talk. Overnight camp.
Day 6  Morning continue rafting. Take-out at Gaighat and drive to Chitwan. Afternoon wildlife safari activity.
Day 7  Wildlife safari activities in the Chitwan National Park.
Day 8 Morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon tour of Patan.
Day 9  Morning  tour of Bhaktapur. Afternoon tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Day 10  Depart Kathmandu.

Dates and Pricing
We can operate this tour from October through May for a party of four or more. Best seasons are fall (October -November) and spring (March - April), with clear, warm and sunny days, and cool mornings and evenings; however, this is also the busiest tourist season. It is less crowded in winter, and although colder, days are warm and sunny.
  Standard HotelsSuperior HotelsDeluxe Hotels
4 or more personsUS$ 999US$ 1,195US$ 1,629
Children under 12US$ 755US$ 897US$ 1,070
Single room supplement US$ 216US$ 430US$ 750
Airfare Kathmandu - Pokhara; Bharatpur - KathmanduUS$ 240
Cost Information
Cost Information

The tour cost quoted is the cost per person, and includes:

  • Hotels: Accommodations in Kathmandu and Nagarkot on twin / triple room-sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Tours: All sightseeing tours with a certified English-speaking guide.
  • Transfers: All land transfers by car (Toyota Corolla or similar) or van (Toyota Hiace or similar).
  • Permits, Fees, & Taxes: All applicable permits, entry fees, and taxes.
  • Tour leader: We provide a tour leader on groups of six or more. A tour leader can be provided upon request for smaller groups, upon additional cost.

Not included in the cost are:

  • Meals other than indicated on itinerary.
  • Personal clothing & equipment (upon confirmation you’ll receive a clothing & necessity checklist of items we recommend you bring, items you can hire / purchase locally are indicated).
  • Personal expenses, bottled / alcoholic beverages, and tips to crew.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all trip participants be covered by their own personal insurance that also covers emergency evacuation.
  • Other unforeseeable expenses that may arise due to factors beyond our control, like bad weather or flight cancellations.
  • Nepal visa fee.


  Standard HotelsSuperior HotelsDeluxe Hotels
KathmanduNirvana Garden HotelHotel Royal SingiHotel Yak & Yeti
PokharaHotel Trek-O-TelTemple Tree ResortFish Tail Lodge
ChitwanJungle Villa ResortTigerland Safari ResortKasara Resort
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