How to spend three weeks in Nepal?

  • Silu Pandey
  • Last Updated on Aug 2, 2023

Spending three weeks (21 days) in Nepal is sufficient time for every traveler to enroll in the different activities as per their wishes.  During these days, a traveler can uncover the fabulous culture, tradition, and the Himalayas of Nepal.

If you are interested in collecting the pure typical local Nepalese cultural experience, you can visit the local ethnic villages of Nepal or spend your time at the isolated monasteries of Nepal. 

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On the other hand, if you are looking for trekking with beautiful landscape photography, the Everest base camp trek will be the best option. It is the most renowned trekking destination in Nepal and you can explore the tallest mountain in the world i.e. Mt. Everest. Besides, you can uncover this mountainous zone either by 12 days of trekking or by one day Everest base camp Helicopter tour.

Far-flung exotica more your thing? Go to Pokhara or explore the best sunshine viewpoint and dive into Phewa Lake. Apart from them, adventure activities like paragliding, zipline, kayaking, and other activities are also available there. 

Here are the designed three weeks' itineraries of Nepal; 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a gateway to most of the trekking destinations of Nepal. After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the visitors will be transferred to their designed hotel. Most of the hotels are located in Thamel, which is also crowded with people from different countries. Normally, on this day you will meet your guide and buys stuff for the Everest base camp trek. 

Day 2: Take a Lukla Flight from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding

This is the second day of your Nepal trip program.  So, you will have a short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a 20 minutes flight. At Lukla, the trekkers will meet your porter and can continue their journey. While arriving at Lukla, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful mountains and able to see the fluttering Tibetan prayer flags and so on. Then their trek begins and heads towards Phakding. 

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

On day three, your destination will be Namche. To reach Namche you will walk through the traditional villages, lush forests, plowed fields, and yak pastures. The trail takes the trekkers to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. The park offers mesmerizing views of Thamserku Mountain.  After walking around for five or six hours you will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is one of the largest Sherpa villages in the Khumbu region which is famous for being the starting point of the famous Khumbu region.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day

This rest day is designed for making the adjustment of the human body to the high altitude. On this day, the trekkers can take a round of the gorgeous Namche bazaar. From there, you will be able to see numerous mountains from 6000 to over 8000 meters mountains. They are Mt. Everest at first and Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku,  Kwangde, Lhotse, etc 

Apart from them, if you wish, you can visit the school of Khumjung village which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

After having a delicious breakfast in Namche in the morning, the trekkers will leave there and head towards another scenic village, named Tengboche.

During trekking, you can take pictures of several prayer flags, Stupas, Mani walls, and mountains such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery. Though the trekking trail is almost full of dust up to Tengboche, the majestic views of the mountain from the Tengboche monastery (the largest Tibetan monastery in the Khumbu region) will make it all worthwhile.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Today, the trails will end at another scenic Sherpa village, named Dingboche. The view from the settlement is breathtaking. The sights of the Ama Dablam mountains are spectacular and dramatic. It takes almost 5 hours to reach Dingboche from Tengboche.

Day 7:  Acclimatization Day

This is another day of acclimatization day for adjusting the body to the high altitude. The tea houses of Dinboche village offer more traditional feelings when compared to the lower parts of the Khumbu region. This

The village offers bright prayer flags hiking popular hiking stations such as  Nangar Dzong and Dolma Ri. The former is popular for Old Buddhist Hermitage whereas the latter is famous for ridgeline.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

In the early morning, the trekkers will leave Dingboche and start gentle climbing. Today, you will pass through the alpine scrub and yak pastures. Moreover,  you can enjoy the spectacular sights of Ama Dablam and so many nameless mountains during the trek. Then, it continues to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is tough. 

Afterward, the majestic mountain views seem like Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, and other peaks over 7000 meters above sea level. After crossing the pass, you will reach Lobuche.

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep

Among all of these days, today is an exciting day. Today's trek starts to cover the large rocks and terrain of Gorakshep. It is the last settlement of the EBC trek. After three hours of trek, you will stop for Lunch and it starts out for Kalapatthar with an elevation of 5545 meters above sea level. It is one of the famous viewpoints of the Khumbu region. The term ‘Kalapatthar’ refers to ‘black rock’ in the Nepali language and is considered to be the ridge, but not the mountain.

After leaving Kalapatthar in the morning, you will today head towards the Everest base camp which is the final destination for the trekkers. After a few hours of hike, the trail takes the trekkers to the foothills of the world’s tallest mountain. After reaching there, you can snap some pictures, take selfies, and relax at the gateway of the Mt. Everest expedition.

Following a few hours there, you will walk back down to Gorak Shep, where you are going to spend your night. En route, the trail moves towards the Khumbu Glacier. Gorak Shep is the last village beneath the Everest base camp. So, this village has small settlements with few teahouses and basic facilities. You can explore the gorgeous mountain views of this village.

Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche 

Today, after having breakfast at Gorakshep, you will return to Pheriche. During the trails, you will be walking to the base of Mount Everest along with a majestic sight of the surrounding mountain. One interesting thing about the trek you will get to know more about the culture and Sherpa villages. After a few hours of the trek, you will reach another beautiful settlement, named Pheriche. In Pheriche, there are several monasteries where you can learn more about the culture and history of the Sherpa villages.

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar Trek

On your day 11, the trail descends quite considerably today, but some uphills must be tackled! As you go closer to the Namche, you will see the forests and greenery. Today, you will walk for around 8 hours. However, all of the hard work and dedication will pay off as a good dinner and a hot shower waiting for you. After so many days of trekking, you will be able to relax and enjoy a lavish life. Similarly, you will able to use wifi and take time to upload a few pictures of your successful trip. 

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

Today, the trekking is going back to Lukla and ends there. So, the trekkers can take some snaps of the gorgeous mountains as a final look and leave the Namche Bazaar.

Following Namche, the route follows back the previous ways of the Dudhi Koshi River and reaches Lukla. Then the trekkers will spend their last night there at the Tea house of the Everest region. 

Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla

In the morning after having breakfast, you will have a morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and say bye-bye to the Everest region of Nepal. Depending on the weather conditions, you will get back to Kathmandu. 

Day 14: Kathmandu sightseeing tour

As we have mentioned above Kathmandu is home to temples, monuments, and monasteries. The Kathmandu day tour comprises different cultural tours to various heritage sites like Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and so on.  All of these monuments were built during the period of Lecchhavi era.

Apart from them, the Kathmandu offers the varieties of museums including Natural Art History Museum, National Arrt Gallery, Kaiser Library, Nepali Art Council Gallery, etc.

In such museums, you can explore the history, tradition, and culture of Nepal. Besides,  Dashain, Tihar, Teej, Jatras, etc are the main festivals of Nepal and are especially celebrated in Kathmandu in a typical way. So, you can learn about these festivals as well if you are here during the festival season.

Day 15: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by Standard Tourist Bus

On day fifteen, you will leave Kathmandu in the morning after having breakfast. It takes six hours for reaching Pokhara from Kathmandu. It is the beautiful valley at the bank of Fewa Lake and is surrounded by the Annapurna Massifs and other Himalayas.

After reaching Pokhara, you will enter the hotel, take a rest, and chill out at the bank of Fewa Lake in the evening.

Day 16: Sarangkot and Pokhara day tour

In the early morning, you will have half an hour's drive to Sarangkot. It is a vantage point for seeing the sunrise views over the majestic Annapurna massifs and other mountains. Sarangkot is the Paragliding spot as well. If you wish, you can join this activity as well.

After coming back to Pokhara from Sarangkot, you will have a tasty breakfast, take a rest, and begin your Pokhara sightseeing activity. This activity includes the places like Tal Barahi Temple, Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave, International Cultural Museum, etc.

Apart from these destinations, there are other visiting sites as well. So, you can go to other places as well.

Day 17: Pokhara to Chitwan drive by Luxury Tourist Bus

After having breakfast, you will have the drive to the eastern part of Nepal i.e. Sauraha, Chitwan. It also takes approximately 6 hours on Bus for going to Chitwan from Pokhara along the scenic highway. After reaching Sauraha, you will check into the hotel and have delicious buffet lunch. 

In the evening, you have a short Tharu village visit and uncover their culture. After having your dinner, you can go to the Tharu cultural home for seeing their traditional dance.

Day 18: Sauraha Sightseeing

In the morning after having a buffet breakfast, you will have a canoeing ride and bird-watching activities. Then, you go to the Elephant breeding center and come back to the hotel. After having a buffet lunch, you will join the Elephant Safari in the jungle of Chitwan National Park. During Safari, you can witness the different wildlife.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu from Chitwan by Luxury Tourist Bus

Today, you are going back to Kathmandu. You will have a six-hour drive along the previous scenic highway route. 

Day 20: Leisure in Kathmandu

This is the last day of three weeks tour in Kathmandu. So, on this day, travelers can involve in the shopping activity. You can explore the street of Thamel, a tourist hub of Kathmandu by walking, cycling, or rickshaw.

Or if there is anything that may be missed before, you can visit those sites as well.

Day 21: Final Departure

This is the final day of the Nepal tour. So, you need to reach the Tribhuwan International Airport almost three hours before the flight schedule.

Silu Pandey

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