Himalayas, Helicopters and Culture: A Private Tour of Nepal
A breath-taking journey through the Himalayas on private helicopter flights and exclusive tours
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- All accommodation with breakfast (some hotels may include further meals)
- All private ground transfers
- All internal and helicopter flights
- All tours specified in the itinerary description
At a glance
This is a private and exclusive tour of Nepal‘s most beautiful scenic spots, peppered with unforgettable helicopter flights and exciting mountain lodge and Kathmandu stays.
Your adventure will begin in Kathmandu where you will have time to visit the magnificent Pashupatinath temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, and famed Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most imposing landmarks in the area. End the day with a delightful city dinner filled with regional delicacies. The next morning you will take a scenic helicopter tour to Everest, soaring over the valleys and past snow-capped peaks. There’ll be a stop along the way for breathtaking views of Mount Everest. After the flight, you will have the opportunity to visit Swyambhunath Stupa which is also known as the Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.
The next private helicopter trip will take you onwards to Kagbeni in the Annapurna region. Enjoy the astounding views of the big peaks around you, and then take to the air again for another private helicopter flight to Lo Manthang. On this part of your trip, you’ll experience cultural encounters as you visit local villages and the walled city of Lo Manthang itself which offers the chance to see Tibetan lifestyle.
Another exhilarating helicopter flight will take you to Pokhara, with a visit to Annapurna Base Camp along the way. The camp boasts panoramic views of some of the stunning surrounding mountains and peaks. Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the activities your lodge offers. Next, you’ll board a plane and head to Chitwan where you will be able to participate in a variety of jungle activities your lodge arranges. There are various safaris, hikes and walks which will ensure you get to fully appreciate the beauty of Chitwan National Park.
As your trip begins to wind down, you will head back towards Kathmandu with a stop at Bhaktapur before continuing to Dhulikhel, one of the ancient Newari towns. In the surrounding green hills, you’ll discover beautiful pagoda-style temples. If you’re feeling up to it, you can hike up to Namo Buddha, a sanctuary of peace and harmony, or simply spend the last couple of days in Nepal relaxing at your lodge and taking part in the activities they offer.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Kathmandu Airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu
Accommodation in Kathmandu
- 83 rooms and suites
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Three restaurants: Nepali, international and Japanese
- German-style bar
Discover the history and culture of Nepal at one of Kathmandu’s finest properties, Dwarika’s Hotel. From Nepalese art adorning the walls to dark wood carvings and intricate staircases, this property takes inspiration from traditional Newari architecture to create a delightful retreat from the bustle of the city. The hotel plays an important role in the architectural conservation of the area. Its construction incorporated artefacts from the 13th century onwards and care has been taken that any new additions to the building have been undertaken in the traditional style. Dwarika’s Hotel helps to keep the classical style alive by training artisans to work on restoration projects in the Kathmandu Valley. Restored tall red-brick buildings house the 83 guestrooms which are decorated with red and black Nepalese materials and look out onto a central courtyard. Meanwhile, the outdoor pool and impressive spa offer further peaceful settings. You can then delve deeper into Nepal’s culture at Krishnarpan, one of the three on-site restaurants, to savour delicious regional dishes such as dal bhat.
Spend your days in this fascinating city exploring cultural landmarks such as the 18th century Kumari Ghar Palace and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Durbar Square. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. If you would like us to organise your time here with a privately-guided tour, according your interests, we can do so.
Your private guide will take you to two impressive Nepalese sights: Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. The stunning half dome of Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world. Your fascinating guided tour which will teach you about modern Buddhist life in Kathmandu. You may have the opportunity to light butter lamps while here. Then explore the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. One of the holiest temples in the Hindu religion, Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods in Hinduism.
Nepalese cuisine is a blend of Indian and Tibetan influences and is simple, subtle and satisfying. Enjoy a traditional Nepali-themed dinner and get to know Nepalese flavours.
Early this morning you'll be transferred to Kathmandu's domestic airport to board your private helicopter and enjoy a scenic flight over the Himalayas, soaring above gorges, glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of this majestic mountain range. The helicopter will make a stop at a selected location, allowing you to enjoy, photograph and savour the breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the majestic peaks that surround it.
Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It rests on a hillock 3km towards the western edge of Kathmandu and is one of the most important and the most sacred Buddhist shrines in Nepal. Legend has it that when Kathmandu Valley was a lake 2000 years ago, a single lotus flower grew at the centre of the lake. When Saint Manjushree, the Bodhisatva, drained the lake with a single slash of his sword, the lotus settled on top of a hill and magically turned into a stupa. Thus Swayambhunath is also known as a self-created stupa.
Durbar means ‘palace’ and takes its name from the old Royal Palace. The square is in fact the plaza in front of the old royal palace and is surrounded with the spectacular elaborately-carved wooden architecture of Newar artists.
Board your helicopter for a flight deep into the Himalayas. Flying from Kathmandu, westwards along the Himalayan Range, you will pass by four of the world’s fourteen giant mountains over 8000m; Daulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu and Shishapangma. Then fly through the deepest gorge in the world, following the Kali Gandaki River with two towering peaks either side. The gorge is lush and green and in almost no time at all you emerge on the northern side of the Himalayan Range and step out into the high altitude desert (normally associated with Tibet) in Kagbeni which is spectacularly situated atop a cliff overlooking the Kali Gandaki river.
Private transfer to a lodge in the Annapurna region
Spend your time in this charming area of the Himalayas enjoying the stunning mountain scenery and lush landscape. Visit Lo-Manthang, the capital of the Tibetan lost valley city of Mustang, and the home of the region's king. Manang, a string of seven villages, is also worth seeing for its stunning turquoise lakes alone.
Meet your helicopter for today’s unforgettable excursion north to the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang in the restricted area of Upper Mustang.
Today you will visit the medieval city of Lo Manthang and some of the surrounding villages. See the four major temples which are known as the Gompas and are set within the fascinating old city; learn about the incredible restoration effort going on here to preserve these precious relics of a lost age. Then learn about the life and culture of the Lo-pa (the people of Lo, many of whom practice polyandry). King Jigme Palbar Bista, called ‘Lo Gyelbu’ by the local people, resides at his four-storied palace inside the city walls and nowadays plays a somewhat ceremonial role, although he is well loved and respected throughout Mustang.
This morning bid farewell to the arid landscape and Buddhist culture of the high Himalayas and step into your helicopter for a blast down the mountain to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara. Before heading to your hotel, you will visit Annupurna Base Camp which boasts panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Accommodation in Pokhara
- 14 villas with private terraces
- Family cottage
- Swimming pool
Nestled in a tranquil valley near the banks of a meandering mountain-fed river, sits The Pavilions Himalayas. Set against the backdrop of the epic mountain range, this eco-sensitive resort is the perfect place to relax while enjoying Nepal’s outstanding natural beauty. Dedicated to the sustainability of the natural environment and benefiting the lives of the local people, The Pavilions Himalayas is involved in several projects and programmes. The 14 spacious villas, completely powered by solar energy, are spread across organic farmland, combining traditional charm with modern luxury. From your private terrace, you can admire the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and immerse yourself within the quiet and peaceful way of life in the countryside. For those wanting a little more independence, there’s a family cottage located within the village, which comes with its own garden and kitchen. The great outdoors beckons, and you can choose to spend your time trekking, birdwatching or exploring the nearby Phewa Lake. For when you want to simply sit back and relax, head to the spa or outdoor pool, and when hunger strikes, the Clubhouse serves authentic Nepali cuisine with much of the produce grown on-site.
Spend your time in this charming lakeside town making the most of the activities provided by your lodge. The stunning Himalayan scenery and lush landscape are perfect for hiking and exploring. And there are ancient monuments nearby to discover.
Private transfer to Pokhara airport
Flight from Pokhara to Chitwan
Private transfer to your lodge in Chitwan
Accommodation in Chitwan
- 34 cottages
- Dining area and bar
- Outdoor pool and deck
Barahi Jungle Lodge enjoys an idyllic location on the banks of the Rapti River just outside the boundaries of Chitwan National Park. The lodge consists of 34 thatched cottages with wood, bamboo and elephant grass interiors which are filled with traditional Nepali furnishings. Each cottage opens out onto a private balcony where views of the jungle unfold. There is also a larger suite room with two bedrooms, dining room and bar, terrace, pool and campfire. Back in the communal areas, feast on organic continental and authentic Nepalese dishes and treat yourself to a massage at the picturesque spa. Guests can spend their days on nature walks and jeep safaris spotting elusive tigers and rhinos, or get a feel for the local culture with village visits. Then, return to relax on your private balcony and drink in those untouched river and savannah views.
Spend your days discovering the rich wildlife of Chitwan National Park. Delve deep into the jungle on exciting treks, canoe tours and jeep safaris. Our expert travel designers can arrange an array of tailor-made tours for your time here.
Private transfer from Chitwan National Park to Bharatpur Airport
Flight from Chitwan to Kathmandu
Apon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll visit Bhaktapur before continuing to Dhulikhel. Bhaktapur lies on the Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu to the Chinese border and has remained untouched by rapid urbanisation with its brick-paved roads, charming red brick houses and traditional way of life. The extraordinary Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its monuments reflect the glory days of the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived. Visit the Nyatapola Temple that towers above the city’s landscape, the Bhairavnath Temple, dedicated to the God of Terror, and the Golden Gate, the entrance to the 15th-century Palace of 55 Carved Windows. You can also stroll around Taumadhi Tole, a short street lined with shops and shop for pottery, something the town is famous for. Bhaktapur was one of the most affected areas of the April 2015 earthquake and renovation is currently under process. You can also try your hand ay pottery and make a customised pot which you can take home as a souvenir.
Accommodation in Dhulikhel
- 39 suites
- Infinity swimming pool
- Salt house
- Meditation maze
- Hilltop lounge and library
- Chakra therapy chambers
Dwarika’s Resort is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and offers unparalleled views of this mesmerising mountain range. Nestled on a hillside, this blissful retreat reflects Nepal’s ancient philosophy and natural heritage through its elegant but rustic design and impressive number of peace-inducing services. There are 39 suites inspired by nature, built using local wood and stone. Each suite features an outdoor terrace with day bed which are perfect for sunrise mountain views, scenic sundowners and sleeping under the stars. Physical and mental wellbeing is key at Dwarika’s Resort and guests are encouraged to reconnect with mind, spirit and nature during their stay. There are plenty of on-site activities, from yoga, meditiation and salt therapy to cooking and art and pottery classes. There are also numerous hiking trails that lead straight from the property and ample opportunities for birdwatching. Dining here is a real treat, with many of the ingredients grown in the resort’s very own vegetable garden.
Spend your time at Dwarika's Resort enjoying the wonderful facilities and activites on offer. You'll enjoy use of the Himalayan salt room, chakra sound therapy chamber, swimming pool and fitness centre. You can also take part in yoga and meditation sessions or choose to get creative with pottery and painting classes.
Today you may choose to hike to Namo Buddha, or spend the afternoon enjoying some of the activities offered at your lodge. Located on a slightly elevated land, glistened with distant snowcapped mountains, adorned with fluttering prayer flags Namo Buddha is a sanctuary of peace and harmony. For centuries Namo Buddha has drawn pilgrims to the sacred spot where legend has it that the Great Being, an early incarnation of Lord Buddha while on a walk through the dense forest came across a starving tigress and her five cubs. The tigress was so weak that she was unable to feed herself or her cubs. The Great Being was tormented at the sight of a mother unable to feed her children. Hence, out of sheer generosity, the Great Being sacrificed his own flesh to feed the starving tigress and her cubs.
The ancient stupa of Namo Buddha is where the remains of the Great Being after his sacrifice are buried. Today, this site has become a special place to accumulate merit through activities of circumambulation and making offerings. People from all over the world visit the site to pay homage to the Great Being and make traditional offerings of butter lamps. A carved stone slab depicts this Buddhist tale of selfless compassion and sacrifice.
Private transfer to Kathmandu airport
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