17 days in Nepal Itinerary

17 days in Nepal Itinerary

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17 days in Nepal Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kathmandu
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Chitwan National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Lumbini
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Manang
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
5
Pokhara
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
nights
Kathmandu

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Popular historic sites such as Thrangu Tashi Monastery and Pashupati Nath are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Nyatapola Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (Taumadhi Square, 55 Window Palace, & more). Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kopan Monastery, admire the striking features of Hanuman Dhoka, don't miss a visit to Stone Vishnu Mandir Temple, and steep yourself in history at Taleju Bell.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kathmandu online road trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kathmandu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Kathmandu hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chitwan National Park.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bhaktapur, Patan (Lalitpur), Thrangu Tashi Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thrangu Tashi Monastery ©
Thrangu Tashi Monastery
Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan

4
nights
Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park ©
The diverse ecosystems of Chitwan National Park house a large range of plants and animals, with the park listed as a World Heritage Site.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Elephant Breeding Centre. Get in touch with nature at Chitwan National Park and Narayani River. Explore Chitwan National Park's surroundings by going to Sauraha (Tharu Cultural Museum & Research Center & Into The Wild Tours & Travel).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chitwan National Park tour website .

You can fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kathmandu in December; daily highs in Chitwan National Park reach 27°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lumbini.

Things to do in Chitwan National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sauraha
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Chitwan National Park ©
Chitwan National Park
Walking tours
Elephant Breeding Centre ©
Elephant Breeding Centre

2
nights
Lumbini

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Thrangu Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maya Devi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Thai Monastery. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siddha Baba Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lumbini Monastic Site.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lumbini holiday maker app .

Take a bus from Chitwan National Park to Lumbini in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manang.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siddha Baba Temple
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Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini Monastic Site ©
Lumbini Monastic Site
Siddha Baba Temple ©
Siddha Baba Temple

1
day
Manang

Manang ©
Manang is a town in the Manang District of Nepal. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Tilichol Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manang trip planner .

Drive from Lumbini to Manang in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Manang when traveling from Lumbini in December, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Pokhara.

Things to do in Manang

Parks Nature
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Tilichol Lake ©
Tilichol Lake

4
nights
Pokhara

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Begnas Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Gupteswar Gupha. On the 3rd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bindhya Basini Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Pokhara route planner.

Traveling by car from Manang to Pokhara takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Climbing Tours
Bindhya Basini Temple ©
Bindhya Basini Temple
Begnas Lake ©
Begnas Lake

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