Golden Circle Trip

Touring around the most popular cities in Nepal. Golden circle guides you to the four most important and famous cities: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. Tour starts with the ancient city- Kathmandu proceeds to the city of lakes - Pokhara; goes through the oldest national park in Nepal- Chitwan and finally, steps to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha- Lumbini.

Our tour begins from the ancient city Kathmandu sheltering plethora of diverse monuments, temples, and stupas. Kathmandu tour begins with sightseeing to the popular UNESCO enlisted attractions like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and others.

It then proceeds to the city of lakes- Pokhara. Our guide will take you through the must-see attractions like world peace stupa, Davis falls, Mahendra cave and others. While in there, nightlife around the lakeside is set to be an astounding experience. This city is also famous for a wide range of adrenaline rushing adventure sports such as paragliding, parahawking, bungee jumping, zip flyer, skydiving and many more. We really recommend you to do ultra-light flight into the mountains if you are not a passionate trekker. These memories you will carry all your life!

Next, we head towards Chitwan. The tour to Chitwan begins with the jungle safari around the UNESCO enlisted national park - Chitwan National Park followed by visiting Tharu cultural museum and many more.

The final destination – the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Lumbini. We visit the major attractions of the UNESCO enlisted world heritage site such as the birthplace of Buddha- Mayadevi temple, Ashoka pillar, museums and several monasteries built by different countries around the world.

Travelling to four different cities in Nepal, Golden circle trip offers spectacular sceneries, a wide range of adventure activities and plenty of memories. Anyone can be a part of a tour without having to think twice about physical or age restrictions. Apart from short walks during sightseeing, there aren't any strenuous walks involved. So, if you are eager to visit three most popular destinations in one setting without having to compromise with safety and comfort then this trip is definitely for you. Golden circle trip binds adventure activities, jungle safaris with spirituality, and relaxation. Experience four different cities of Nepal in one holiday with Golden circle trip!
Trip Code: GCT41
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Kathmandu
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 1400m/ 4593.2ft
Trip Views: 903
Activities: Overland Tours
Trip popularity:
Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 1
Dinner: 4
Private Vehicle or Deluxe A/C coach depending on the group size
Hotel: 9 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The Golden Loop itinerary comprises heritage, culture, relaxation, jungle activities, and religious sites.
  • The word 'Chitwan' means 'Heart of the Jungle.'
  • Approximately two-thirds of the globally threatened species of birds are found in Chitwan National Park. There have been as many as 543 different bird species recorded in the park.
  • Mt Machhapuchhre, Annapurna Himalaya Range, Nilgiri along with 20 other beautiful mountains and a total of nine lakes including Phewa and Begnas can be observed in the vicinity of Pokhara.

Why this Trip

  • This is a great itinerary where you can visit in a lot of Nepal’s sights and take part in thrilling activities. The best part of this itinerary is that you can cut off or add days to spend, If you want to spend an extra day somewhere, you can that means you will be spending 1 day less somewhere else according to your taste. I.e. one day less looking at heritage sites means you can utilize the day in kayaking, trekking or relaxing.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up Services
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, our Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu is the country’s bustling city. Throughout the tour, we will observe most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : POKHARA
    On this day, we head towards Pokhara early in the morning. It’s a relaxing drive of 6-7 hours along the Trishuli River and picturesque villages and hills. Upon reaching Pokhara, we can stroll around the lake side. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 4 : POKHARA SIGHTSEEING
    Pokhara (city of lakes) is a beautiful city with a wide range of activities to offer. Enjoy sightseeing around the World Peace Stupa, Tal Barahi Temple, Begnas Lake and many more. We can also go for boating around Fewa Lake and enjoy the wonderful scenery. We can also go for shopping around the city or roam around the beautiful lakeside which comes alive in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Pokhara city
  • placeDAY 5 : CHITWAN
    After breakfast, we drive towards the south western part of Nepal- Chitwan from Pokhara. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Chitwan. Upon reaching Chitwan, we visit the oldest national park in Nepal, Chitwan national park. It shelters varieties of rare and endangered animals like one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, sloth bear, etc. Protecting more than 932 sq. km of forests, marshland, and grassland, this national park is enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site. Overnight stay at hotel in Chitwan;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Elephant Bathing/ Jungle Safari
  • placeDAY 6 : CHITWAN EXPLORATION
    We start our tour with a full day jungle safari in Chitwan National Park. After breakfast; we visit the elephant breeding centre and enjoy bathing the elephants. In the afternoon, we drive through the jungles on Jeep and later go for a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During the safari, we tour around the jungle and get chance to spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, along with other wild animals. If lucky, we will get to spot the rare Royal Bengal Tiger. While canoeing, we get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger Crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters, and wide varieties of water birds. In the evening, we observe Tharu cultural dance. Overnight at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : LUMBINI
    After breakfast, we drive to Lumbini from Chitwan. Following the winding roads through the Terai landscape, we reach the birthplace of Gautam Buddha- Lumbini. Free afternoon; Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • relaxing drive to Lumbini.
  • placeDAY 8 : LUMBINI SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, we will visit the actual birthplace of Lord Buddha-the holy site of Lumbini. The UNESCO enlisted world heritage site owns the ruins of ancient Palace, monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, the ancient bathing pond; the Ashoka pillar and the Mayadevi Temple. From early in the morning to the late evening, pilgrims from various countries chant and meditate at the site. Throughout the day we visit the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and in the evening, we will head back to the hotel for dinner and stay;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Lumbini
  • placeDAY 9 : KATHMANDU
    Early in the morning, after breakfast we drive towards Kathmandu from Chitwan. Driving along the plains of Terai, we gradually move along the winding road enjoying the beautiful landscapes of hilly terrains and small houses on the way. After almost 6-7-hour drive, we reach Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 10 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop of
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle
    • All applicable government tax, National park entrance fee(s)
    • Authorized English speaking guide
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini on twin/double sharing with breakfast and in Chitwan on full board basis
    • Deluxe transportation as per the itinerary(private vehicle only in case of a group booking)
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Sim card service (zero balance)
    • Souvenirs from Nepal
    • Photos of the trip (if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Travel insurance
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Entrance Fee(s) in Kathmandu sightseeing
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)
    • Anything not mentioned in the 'trip inclusions'


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo tour ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. For what purpose this tour is Popular ?
    This tour is popular for heritage, culture, adventure sports, relaxation, jungle activities etc. done in different places.
  • 7. What about security during tour ?
    We make sure to take security measures during tour to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect this tour ?
    Golden loop Nepal is one of the popular tours for cultural, lifestyle, tradition, adventure sports and Jungle activities; hence this region provides wide range of traditional meals. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) is a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. Also, you can get western meals like pasta, pizza, etc.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe ?
    There are plenty of water stations and mini markets and shops where you can easily get bottled water. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you in case you need it for yourself. You have to buy it for yourself.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private transportation for sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We do pick up and drop from the starting point till the end.
  • 11. What is the best season for tour ?
    You can enjoy this tour in every season, but February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    In case of emergency like altitude sickness or any medical condition, ask your tour leader to contact us so that we can transfer you to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for this tour ?
    Weather at the Kathmandu is not so much cool so you should carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with pant and thermal innerwear to escape the severe cold. If you are doing this tour during winter season you have to carry one down jacket also.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trip, consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while tour ?
    We contact the hotel owner for reservation of the room before trip.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You can charge your electronics in the hotel where you stay and spend your nights by paying minimum amount.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on tour ?
    Yes, you will get telephone service which is available in the hotel you will be staying at. In case of emergency, you can also ask your guide for his/her help.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trip, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trip can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all. So, we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trip without any complication.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the tour ?
    Yes, you can use the credit card during the hiking. But make sure you withdraw few amount in case of emergency.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle yourself and medicines will be carried by your guide in case of need.

Optional Activities

Paragliding

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Flying up above the sky is the dream of most of us. Paragliding, one of the most exciting and mind-blowing activities that take you towards the height and make you feel like a bird. Paragliding in Pokhara presents the splendid views of nature from up above. It is also known as a free-flying and foot-launched aircraft in which Pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. 

Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Rafting

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Among the varieties of adventurous activities, rafting is one of the thrilling adventures which excite an enormous number of people. It can be carried out in many rivers of Nepal namely, Trishuli, Kali Gandaki, Bhoti Koshi, Seti, etc in September-December or March-June. These rivers contain different grades, higher the grade, higher will be the adventure. If you are looking for a long day rafting, you can choose Seti or Kaligandaki River, whereas if you are looking for a short day rafting, you can choose Trishuli or Bhote Koshi River as per your preference.

Mountain Biking near Kathmandu valley

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Kathmandu is famous for the presence of dense heritage sites reflecting the diverse nature of the ethnic groups of Nepal. In Kathmandu, there are many biking trails made to meet a biker’s fantasy. To explore the beautiful surrounding of Kathmandu valley, the cycling tour is the best option. The trail takes you to observe the spectacular views of the Himalayas and local villages that surround Kathmandu valley.

Cable car

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The cable car is one of the modes of transportation in Nepal which is unique. There are only two cable car stations in Nepal. From the cable car, you can take a glance at the amazing view of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu and many other snows capped mountains. Throughout the cable tour, you get to see all those beautiful hills, villages and Trishuli River.

Ultra-light

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Nepal is not only the trekker’s destination but also a destination for an adventure lover. Ultra-light flight is one of the best things you can do in Nepal. Where you can take a peek of magnificent snow-capped Himalayas, Kathmandu and Pokhara city. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate because Pokhara is known for its extensive beauty. Without a trip to Pokhara, your Nepal tour is incomplete because the beautiful nature, green forest, and lakes are worth to take a glance of.  

Skydiving

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Sky diving is an amazing blend of elegance and excitement that can be performed in Nepal. It is a dive from high above the peak, right into the vast mountains to experience the adventure and thrill. Skydiving is an extreme sport which provides the best thrilling experience.

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