I’ve only visited Nepal once. The country probably deserves multiple trips to truly see and appreciate all it has to offer. But as a wanderlust, i subscribe to a no repeat rule. I don’t revisit countries because there are just still too many places i wanted to go. That may be short-sighted but that’s how i roll. So, if you have a “no repeat rule” or if you can only get 7-10 days off of work, here is a suggested itinerary for a visit to Nepal.
Note: I recommend starting in Kathmandu. It’s easier to ground yourself and get used to the country. It will also be easier to find a local tour operator to help get you where you want to go. But honestly, it’s the destinations that are more important than the order.
Days One-Two: Kathmandu. There are a number of sites in Kathmandu that are spectacular: Boudhanath, Pashupati (the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Many Nepali’s choose to be cremated here, on the banks of the Bagmati River) and Swayambhu (also known as the Monkey Temple).
Day Three: Bhaktapur. I strongly recommend taking a day or half a day to visit Bhaktapur. It’s the previous “old city” and home to some amazing Stupa’s. You can also see women learning to make prayer wheels.
Day Four-Seven: Trekking. The Annapurna Circuit is a popular trek. I spent my time in the Everest Region. If trekking is your thing, you can’t go wrong with any destination.
Day Seven – Nine: Chitwan. Book a trip to Chitwan and spend two days at the elephant sanctuary. This is the one thing i couldn’t squish into my itinerary but dang, i wish i had.
Day 10: Back to Kathmandu. Hit the market for any souvenirs you didn’t pick-up along the way. Heckling over prices is encouraged. Do shop around as the quality of wares varies significantly from shop to shop. Even if you aren’t a knife fan, the Kukri house is worth checking out.
This only skims the surface of things to do. But, if you are serious about a trip hopefully this will get you started.