Looking for somewhere different and exciting? Experience the majesty of Nepal for a sports tour like no other. Sporta Tours first took an MCC team out in 2015 for a highly successful tour. We returned soon after with a school seeking a memorable experience and development camp for its U15 and U18 players.
Cricket has steadily expanded outside the capital of Kathmandu since the 1980s and the country became an Associate Member of the ICC in 1996. Today, it is recognised as having one of the best fan followings among Associate Members.
- Competitive and passionate opposition
- Wealth of non-sporting downtime activities
- Breathtaking scenery and trekking
- Home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Opportunity to participate in charitable work
Whilst it is undoubtedly a lesser-known destination for sports tours, Nepal deserves consideration. It offers a warm and agreeable climate during our winter months, opportunity for further sports such as football, and a rich cultural backdrop. The chance to combine sport with travel here should be on everyone’s bucket list.
You can follow MCC’s tour diary here to learn more about their incredible experience in Nepal with Sporta Tours. If you would like to find out more about visiting Nepal for cricket and/or another sport we’d love to hear from you.
All of our tours are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each school and club, and will vary depending on sport. However, to give you an idea of how a sports tour to Nepal could look, here’s a sample cricket tour to Nepal 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. 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. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the world’s only living Goddess. The palaces, courtyards and temples here were all built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. After the tour return to the hotel for lunch, followed by a free afternoon for shopping. A briefing on the next day’s activity, white water rafting, will take place after dinner.
Day 4 – After breakfast, depart for the Trisuli River. The head guide will brief your group about the rafting expedition challenge and safety procedures. This expedition challenge will take about 2 hours and cover around 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. Following 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. On completion there will be time for refreshment and lunch back at the hotel. This afternoon will comprise a visit to 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 an incredible view across the whole Annapurna range, including Mt. Machhapuchchhre. Afterwards, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast and depart for Chitwan National Park, a further 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 within the park include 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 with breaktaking 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 prior to your evening meal. A briefing on the next day’s charity work will follow.
Day 9 – Awake in the morning to the cold, but spectacular sunrise over Nagarkot Hill. The first ray of sun will cover the peaks, making them glimmer red, slowly lighting the Himalaya range. Mt Everest is in the far east and Langtang and the Dhaulagiri peaks are 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, get involved 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 before proceeding 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 the hotel for refreshment and evening meal.
Day 11 – After breakfast, enjoy a full free day. Lunch and evening dinner are 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 for your flight home.
A selection of our clients that have toured the Indian sub-continent