Nepal cricket tours
Cricket was introduced to Nepal in 1892 by the then ruling Rana dynasty after they returned from their visits to England. The game was exclusively played among the elite back then. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket within the aristocratic community.
Unlike some ICC full members, associates, and affiliates, where teams are largely made up of expatriates, Nepal’s national team comprises indigenous players who have usually come through the ranks playing age-group cricket, highlighting the strength in depth of the sport in the country.
Combine your school or club sports tour with helping the community in Nepal rebuild after the earthquakes. We have teamed up with the British Embassy and The Gurkha Welfare Trust to help facilitate this. Find out more by clicking here.
Highlights of a Cricket tour to Nepal include.
- Unique location to play cricket
- A brand new location to take your club or school sports tour group
- Strong opposition
- Passionate supporters
The benefits of travelling to Nepal for your tour include…
- More than just a sports tour. Actively get involved in rebuilding a nation after the recent earthquakes
- High quality hotels and airlines
- Competitive opposition
- Unrivalled range of non-sport, downtime activities
- Breathtaking scenery and treks
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
All of our tours are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each school and club but to give you an idea of how a cricket tour to Nepal could look here’s a sample itinerary…
Day 1 – Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to the hotel. Check-in, and enjoy welcome drinks followed by a detailed briefing for the whole trip. In the late afternoon, your Sporta Tours guide will take you for a short walk around the Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley, and a bustling bazaar, which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2 – After breakfast, get ready for your first cricket match. You will be welcomed with a short ceremony from the local cricket club and a tour of their ground. At end of the game, transfer to the hotel for refreshments. Evening meal in the hotel.
Day 3 – After breakfast, visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, where you can see the whole Kathmandu valley. The Stupa, listed as a World Heritage Site, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Continue onto Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the world’s only living Goddess. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, were all built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. After the completion of the tour, return to the hotel for lunch, and then enjoy a free afternoon for shopping. After dinner, there will be a briefing for the next day’s activity, white water rafting.
Day 4 – After breakfast, depart for the Trisuli River. The head guide will brief the group about the rafting expedition challenge and the safety procedures. This expedition challenge will take about 2 hours and will cover about 20 km. At the finishing point, there will time to change into dry clothing, and have lunch. After lunch, transfer to Pokhara. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel for evening dinner.
Day 5 – After breakfast, get ready for your second cricket match. You will be welcomed with a short ceremony from the local cricket club in Pokhara and a tour of their ground. After the completion of the game, transfer to the hotel for refreshment and lunch. After lunch, enjoy a leisure walk around the lakeside bazaar, before an evening meal in the hotel.
Day 6 – After breakfast, get ready for your third cricket match. After the completion of the game, transfer to the hotel for refreshment and lunch. After lunch, visit the Tibetan Refugees’ Camp, Devi’s Fall, and Mahadev Gupteswar Cave. Enjoy boating at the scenic Lake Fewa and visit the Barahi Temple in the middle of the lake, before an evening dinner in the hotel.
Day 7 – In the early morning, drive up to Sarangkot (1200m) in time for the sunrise. Prepare yourself for a spectacular view of sunrise over the whole Annapurna range including Mt. Machhapuchchhre. Afterwards, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. Depart for Chitwan National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, check into the Jungle Lodge. Enjoy welcome drinks and a briefing, followed by lunch.
In the afternoon, join the Elephant Back Safari. You may come across endangered species of mammals, such as the one-horned Rhinoceros. Other wild animals found in the park are the hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, rhesus monkey, and more. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and a Cultural Performance at the lodge.
Day 8 – After breakfast, visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Transfer to Nagarkot via Kathmandu. Lunch is included along the way. The journey passes through a popular hill resort, which has breath-taking views of the Eastern Himalayan Range, including Mt. Everest, which can be seen on a clear day. Upon reaching Nagakrot, check in to the resort and enjoy light refreshments. In the late afternoon, join a sunset tour, before an evening meal, and afterwards a briefing on the next day’s charity work.
Day 9 – Awake in the morning to the cold, but stunningly spectacular, sunrise over Nagarkot Hill. The first ray of the sun will cover the peaks glimmering red, slowly lighting the Himalaya range – Mt Everest in the far east, and Langtang and the Dhaulagiri peak in the west. After breakfast, proceed to a village school. In the school, there will be a short welcome ceremony including a welcome speech and introduction from the principal, a cultural showcase by students, and an orientation around the school. Afterwards, partake in charity-based work. In the late afternoon, return to the resort to refresh and get ready for dinner. After dinner, enjoy a campfire programme and the rest of the evening.
Day 10 – After breakfast, transfer back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, and then proceed to lunch. In the afternoon, get ready your fourth cricket match. Enjoy a short welcome ceremony from the local cricket club in Pokhara and view the cricket ground. At the end of the game, transfer to hotel for refreshment and evening meal.
Day 11 – After breakfast, enjoy a full free day. Lunch and evening dinner included.
Day 12 – After breakfast, get ready for your final cricket match. Enjoy a short welcome ceremony from the local cricket club and view the cricket ground. At the end of the game, transfer to the hotel for refreshment and lunch. After lunch, there will be an address from the Nepal Tourism Board, including information on Eco Tourism. Finally, enjoy an evening farewell dinner with the Minister of Sport, an official of the Nepal Cricket Association (subject to availability).
Day 13 – After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly home.
The MCC fell in love with Nepal. Read a tour diary here and listen to an on-tour interview with the vice-captain below: