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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

Venture into the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Himalaya in Pokhara. These are just a few of the many adventures that await on this 10-day journey through Nepal. You'll explore Chitwan National Park, famous for its rhino population, and visit the ancient temples of the Kathmandu Valley, making for an unforgettable encounter with both wildlife and culture.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ANENG/155176
  • Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will Visit
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive any time. Arrival transfer included. After our welcome meeting, enjoy a six-course dinner of organic Nepali cuisine.
Arrive at the joining point hotel at any time on Day 1 as no group activities are planned except for a group meeting in the early evening.

Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you.

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Day 2: Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Also visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

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Day 3: Kathmandu/Pharping

Opt to take an early morning Everest experience flight, then visit ancient Swayambhunath Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest shrines in Kathmandu. Then, visit a local home to learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society. Depart the city to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery guesthouse. Learn about life in the Monastery from the inside, enjoying a chanting and prayer service. Opt to walk in the surrounding Village and countryside.
Experience the serenity of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery guest house offers comfortable accommodations in a peaceful setting with balconies and private western-style bathrooms. There are approximately 200 monks in residence following the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006), and income from the guest house directly supports it.

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Day 4: Pharping/Kurintar

Rise early and enjoy the morning chanting and sunrise from the Monastery. After, drive to Kurintar and hike to our remote lodge on the banks of Trishuli River and valley. Opt to relax and enjoy the pool or take a hike in the surrounding countryside.
Arrive at our remote lodge, which sits on a ridge amidst the hills and overlooks sandy beaches and a river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people.

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Day 5: Kurintar/Chitwan National Park

Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which boarders the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chitwan National Park. After lunch enjoy wildlife viewing from traditional boats along the river.
Spend two nights enjoying cultural and wildlife excursions in and around Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Within its area of 932km² (579 mi²), RCNP is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, tigers and langurs.

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Day 6: Chitwan National Park

Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles. Also meet with a local tiger “technician” who will give a presentation about Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of tigers in Nepal. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected and monitored, with help from the local community. If we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of one of these elusive great cats. This evening, return to the lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.

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Day 7: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Drive to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in stunning views of the Himalayas. Enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to have dinner at one of the popular restaurants in town.
Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m (2,713 ft), beautiful Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. It is popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Day 8: Pokhara

Hike up to Sarangkot and enjoy the sunrise and sweeping Annapurna Himalayan views. Later hike to the brilliant World Peace Pagoda, a stunning monument built by Buddhist monks from Japan. After, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit their photo gallery and enjoy a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

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Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy free time for shopping or opt to visit the Pashupatinath Ghats
Enjoy free time in the afternoon for exploring. Visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where the city may lead them.

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Day 10: Kathmandu

Depart at any time.
Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and the Royal City of Bhaktapur
    • Visit Swayambhunath
    • Chitwan National Park including a village walking tour and jeep safari
    • Hike to the World Peace Pagoda
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, plane, boat, walking, 4x4
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the essence of serenity with an overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery
  • Meet a graduate of the G Adventures-supported paralegal program for women
  • Search out rhino in Chitwan National Park
  • Get a firsthand demonstration of traditional apron weaving
  • Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings)