An evening view of Boudhanath Temple against the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal.

Discovery Tour in Nepal

Explore the natural beauty and rich culture of Nepal with the Himalayas as your backdrop

At a glance

Explore the magic of Nepal on a Discovery Tour with us. You’ll experience its natural beauty with the world-famous Himilayan mountain range as your backdrop. You’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and temples, enjoy traditional Nepali food and spot rare wildlife as you hike through national parks.

Get ready for a week of authentic travel filled with nature, culture and food.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week

Requirements: 

Anyone aged 18 or over can join


What are the highlights of my Discover Nepal trip?

We promise, your trip will be full of great memories. Here are the highlights of our Discovery Tour in Nepal: 

  • Discover rare and beautiful wildlife in Chitwan National Park
  • Visit the Tharu Village to learn about their lives and culture
  • Watch the sunset over the Himalayan mountain range at Nagarkot
  • Enjoy many popular local dishes influenced by different ethnic groups in Nepal
  • Visit various UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
    • Swayambhunath Stupa
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Observe traditional Nepali dance shows

Is this trip to Nepal right for me?

A Discovery Tour in Nepal is perfect for outdoor adventurers and culture cravers. Your week-long trip is filled with guided historic tours, mountain hikes and culturally rich entertainment. You can expect to be blown away by Nepali dancers and popular local dishes.

Travellers over the age of 18 are welcome to join this tour. However, an average level of fitness is required due to mountain hikes and walks through the national park being included in the itinerary. This tour is a great way to get outdoors and make friends with adventurers like yourself.

You’ll be staying at a hotel while in Nepal. You and your group can use this time to rest and prepare for the days ahead. Just because you’re staying in a hotel, doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any of the Nepali culture. You’ll interact with locals on the daily and be treated to some of the best Nepali food they have to offer.


Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Your arrival in Nepal will be a smooth yet exciting one as our staff collect you from the airport. They’ll take you straight to your accommodation so you and your group can freshen up before beginning your first day of authentic travel.

You’ll begin your stay with a brief introduction to Nepal before heading out on a guided tour through Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as the “Monkey Temple”, the temple is located above the city on a lofty hilltop. Lord Buddha visited the site and declared it a wish-fulfilling stupa. He said that whoever was touched by the wind passing over the stupa would receive the seed of liberation from the cycle of existence.

Finish off your day with a filling dinner accompanied by a Nepali dance show. What a welcome to Nepal!

Day 2 – Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Chobar and Kirtipur

You’ll start your day off with a historical introduction to Nepal as you head to Patan Durbar Square, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Golden Temple. Patan Durbar Square is an ancient royal palace in the centre of Lalitpur city and consists of a concentrated mass of temples. Some say it’s the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture seen in Nepal!

After lunch, you’ll visit Chobar and Kirtipur where you’ll enjoy a tour of the temples and viewpoints. 

Day 3 – Chitwan, Tharu Village and cultural dinner/dance show

You and your group will rise early as you begin your travels to Chitwan. Use the 6-hour bus ride to catch up on some sleep or get to know your group a little better. 

Once you arrive at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a quick lunch before jetting off on a tour of the Tharu Village. You’ll get to interact with the Tharu people, and learn about their culture and day-to-day lives. You’ll stay in the village for a well-deserved dinner and traditional dance show before heading back to the hotel for the night. 

Day 4 – Chitwan National Park

Get ready for an outdoor adventure in Chitwan National Park. You’ll enjoy a full day of jungle safari activities including a jungle walk and canoe ride. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for many of the rare and beautiful wildlife found in the park. Chitwan is renowned for its protection of one-horned rhinos, royal Bengal tigers and gharial crocodiles.

Day 5 – Nagarkot and sunset at Himilayan viewpoint

You’ll start your day early as you and your group travel back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive, you’ll be taken to a few local markets where you can put your barter skills to the test. Think about picking up a few souvenirs or support local traders trying to grow their businesses.

After you’re all shopped out, you need to put away your purses and pull on those hiking shoes. You’ll head to Nagarkot where you’ll get to hike to some of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal. Once there, you’ll get to sit back and relax as you watch the sunset over the Himalayan Mountain Range.

Day 6 – Bhaktapur, Boudhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple

After breakfast, you’ll get to visit the town of Bhaktapur. You’ll get to explore the ancient temples in Bhaktapur Durbar Square and appreciate the beautiful architecture, ancient stone artistic structures and wall carvings. 

After lunch, you’ll stop by at Boudhanath Temple. It’s one of the most respected Buddhist sites in Kathmandu and hundreds of Tibetan and Nepali Buddhists come to the stupa to pray. Next on your itinerary is a guided visit to Pashupatinath, a sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist followers. You may even find yourself spiritually and physically enlightened. 

Day 7 – Departure from Kathmandu

After a long week together, it’s finally time to say your goodbyes. Don’t forget to exchange contact information with your group and make plans to see each other in the future. If you have a later flight, you might even be able to go out and do some final souvenir shopping.


Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad travellers during your stay in Nepal. This is a great way to get to know each other, share experiences, and explore your surroundings during your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day. 

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


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When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

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