Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal

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Overview for Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal

  • Trip Code: CT-10072
  • Package: Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal
  • Duration: 10 Day(s)
  • Trip Level:
    Requires no prior experience and fits for people with basic physical ability
  • Group Size: Min 2 - Max 20
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing of Kopan Monastery & Namo Buddha
  • Sightseeing of UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Panoramic view and sunrise at Sarankot
  • Visit to Pokhara and its major attractions
  • Visit to Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha
  • Delicious Nepali cuisine and local foods

Being the birthplace to Lord Buddha, Nepal is a major attraction for the devotee of Gautama Buddha. The country consist of hundreds medication caves, stupas, and monasteries. The monasteries in Nepal is home to thousands of monks from six to sixty years old. They have devoted their entire life to study and practice the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni. The monasteries are located in mostly around the peaceful area far from the city’s hassle.

Amongst many, we will be visiting Kopan Monastery and Namo Buddha Monastery to start our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with. Kopan Monastery is situated on the Kopan hill, just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath. The monastery is dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree. The monastery was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal.

Once we are done touring Kopan Monastery, we will visit Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery also known as Namo Buddha. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery is situated at 40km southeast of Kathmandu. It is home to more than 250 monks and was officially opened in 2008 as a school for young monks. The place is beautifully designed and painted attracting thousands of visitors annually.

To wrap up our tour in Kathmandu, we will be visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located about half an hour drive away from Kathmandu, is a reflection of Newari arts and architecture. The square contains some of the historic designs. Whereas, Patan Durbar Square is famous due to the fact that royal Malla Kings used to reside there. The square is filled with temples such as Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen temple and more. And for our final Kathmandu pilgrimage, we will be touring Boudhanath Stupa. The stupa is rich in Buddhist symbolism considered as the largest stupa in Nepal. It is situated on the eastern side of Kathmandu.

Our next destination will be Lumbini via Pokhara. On our way to Lumbini, we will be visiting Sarankot for the golden sunrise which is located only a few kilometres from Pokhara. During our time in Pokhara we will also visit some of its major attractions such as Davis Fall, Gupteshor, Bindabashini temple, World Peace Stupa and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Upon reaching Lumbini, we will spend two nights there exploring and touring the place. It has a number of older Buddhist temples, including Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples. According to Buddhist tradition, this is the place where Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama also known as Buddha. There are monasteries that belong to certain countries such as Germany, Thailand, Korea, and China.

At the end of our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, we will wrap things up at Kathmandu. You will have a day of free time which you can use for either touring or relaxing. As an optional tour we offer an hour-long scenic mountain flight or a cable car ride to Chandragiri which is recently constructed tourist attraction of Kathmandu. CoreTreks will assist you throughout the tour and will provide required information for our travellers. Since we understand that your choices might differ, we also provide customizable trips. Please contact us to know more. 

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the hotel

One of our representative from CoreTreks will be sent to pick you up from the airport. S/he will escort you to the hotel of your choice. Since this is the first day of your tour, we will spend some time briefing and discussion about our coming days of the tour. The overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: No Meals
Day 02
Visit to Kopan Monastery and Namo Buddha Monastery

After having breakfast, we will drive to Kopan Monastery which is located at north of the ancient Buddhist town, Boudhanath. The monastery is made up with beautiful paintings and designs all over. After visiting Kopan, we will head towards Namo Buddha Monastery also known as Thrangu Tashi Yangtse. The monastery is home to 250 monks and beautifully designed and located at a quiet place. In the evening, we will participate in a Puja and send our prayers. Once we are done, we will head to the Hotel which is belongs to Monsatery for overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude: 1,750m/ 5,740 ft. (Namo Buddha Moastery)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 03
Visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square & Bauddhanath Stupa

After having breakfast, we will drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is beautifully designed and is known for art and architecture from the past. It reflects the ancient architecture which can still be seen around different places in Nepal.

Then we drive for around half an hour to Patan Durbar Square. The square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur. The palace is an attraction to many due to the fact that royal Malla Kings used to reside there. Besides that, the square is also a marvel of Newar architecture. Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Bhimsen Temple, etcetera are some of the temples that we will be visiting to.

After successful visit to Patan Durbar Square, we head towards Bauddhanath Stupa. Rich in Buddhist symbolism, the stupa is considered the largest stupa in Nepal. It is located on the eastern side of Kathmandu. The place is an important pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists as well as local people. Then we head back to hotel to spend the night after such a long and tiring day.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu hotel

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 04
Drive to Pokhara & Overnight stay at Pokhara

We start early today since we have a long drive to Pokhara of about 7 hours. After having our breakfast, we start our drive. Enjoying the curved highways and beautiful scenery as we head outside the valley. The drive to Pokhara is somewhat thrilling experience in itself. There will be several break stops before finally arriving to Pokhara. The drive is pretty exhausting, so we spend the night at the hotel.

Optional Trip: You could also choose to go rafting in Trishuli River if it’s something that excites you, the cost will be $40 per person inclusive of transport, 2 hours of rafting and lunch

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft. (Pokhara)
Drive Approx.: 7 Hours (200 KM)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 05
Visit to Sarankot & Sightseeing in Pokhara

Early morning drive to Sarankot from the hotel in order to see the sunrise. The driving is approximately 45 minutes to reach Sarankot. After enjoying our morning with beautiful panoramic view of the mountains we get back to the hotel. We will have breakfast and prepare for the Pokhara tour. Pokhara contains numerous tourism destination and is widely famous among the locals too. Davis Fall, Gupteshor, Bat Cave, Bindabishini Temple, World Peace Stupa and Tibetan Refugee Camp are some of the major destination within Pokhara that we will be visiting to. Our overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft. (Pokhara), 1,600m/ 5,248 ft. (Sarankot)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 06
Drive to Lumbini

We start early. After having our breakfast, we will be driving for around 6 hours considering the distance from Pokhara to Lumbini is 203 km. Since we will spend majority of the time travelling, we will not have enough time for a whole tour of Lumbini. After a peaceful evening, we will spend our night at the monastery and prepare for tomorrows tour.

Maximum Altitude: 150 m/ 492 ft. (Lumbini)
Drive Approx.: 6 Hours (203 KM)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 07
Lumbini Exploration – visiting different monasteries

Today we will be exploring all that Lumbini has to offer. After having our breakfast, we will star our tour by visiting different monasteries. There are different monasteries belonging to different countries such as German, Thailand, Korea and China. Besides that, we will be visiting the ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, ancient bathing pond, the Ashokan pillar and the Mayadevi Temple where the birthplace of Buddha is located. Our overnight stay will be at a monastery at Lumbini. 

Maximum Altitude: 150m/ 492 ft. (Lumbini)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 08
Drive to Kathmandu

Today we have a long drive ahead. After some breakfast, we will hop in the car and start our journey back to Kathmandu. Majority of this day will be spent driving as we have to cover around 295 km of distance from Lumbini to Kathmandu. We stop at a few places for snacks and then we continue. After successfully reaching at Kathmandu, we prepare for tomorrows sightseeing in Kathmandu and have dinner. Overnight stay will be at Kathmandu hotel.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Drive Approx.: 7 Hours (200 KM)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 09
Optional Tour Day

This day is especially reserved for optional touring. On this day, you make the decision. Whether you want to experience an hour long scenic Mountain Flight, cable car ride to Chandragiri, or relax inside the Garden of Dreams, it’s all up to your preferences. Better yet, you could enjoy the day touring and shopping around Thamel Bazaar. We end the day with a delightful farewell dinner. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Please Note: Do not expect long tours as the time is limited. Pick somewhere closer so that you will have enough time to play with.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,438 ft. (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Day 10

Our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is finally over. After bidding our goodbyes a representative from CoreTreks will transport you to Tribhuvan International Airport around 3 hours before your flight departure. Since, it might take some time for you to board a plane, we make sure that there is enough time for all the procedures at the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal Cost Mentions

Trip Includes

  • Airport transport Pick up & Drop.
  • 04 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • 02 nights of accommodation in Pokhara, breakfast included.
  • 01 nights of accommodation at Namo buddha monastery, breakfast included.
  • 02 nights of accommodation at Lumbini monastery, breakfast included.
  • 01 nights of accommodation in Nagarkot, breakfast included.
  • All entrance fee as itinerary, Temple, Monasteries & Historical sites.
  • All Ground Transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle with experienced a driver.
  • One hours boating on Fawa lake
  •  10 days fully-licensed, English-speaking Tour guide.
  • Local and government taxes
  •  Meals as itinerary 10  Breakfasts + 01 Farewell dinner.
  • 03 bottle of water per day.
  •  Seasonable fruits.
  • 01 Core Treks Sunhat. 

Trip Excludes

  • Nepali visa
  • Insurance of any kind.
  •  International fight ticket.
  •  Personal expenses such as a drink, tips& etc.
  •  Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstance.

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Additional Information

Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 


Lumbini was amazing, more than what I expected

From: Sri Lanka | On: 05 Oct, 2018

Out of all the places that we visited during our Buddhist Pilgrimage tour in Nepal, Lumbini was my favorite. The place is beautifully designed with lots of information about the culture. I really enjoyed my time there. Pokhara was amazing as well. The pristine lakeside brought out the joy among us.

Thanks a bunch to CoreTreks for making this trip possible for us. Also thanks to the kind professional guides who were never hesitant to inform us about the significance of Buddhism in Nepal. If you are looking forward to visit Nepal, we definitely recommend CoreTreks since they are really amazing and cost-friendly.

Learned a lot from the trip

From: Germany | On: 12 May, 2017

The trip was really informational. Thanks to the CoreTreks team for carrying out the tour so efficiently. As a couple we are really concerned about how we spend our time. The team really cared about that and took no extra time than expected.

We got to learn a lot about Buddhism in Nepal. The country is really peaceful and inspiring. Loved our time there. We got to enjoy delicious Nepali cuisine which was one of the highlight of our trip. Once again, thanks to the professional guides from CoreTreks. If you are looking forward to learn about Buddhism, we definitely recommend CoreTreks.


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