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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights
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As you explore with your local guide through Chitwan National Park, keep your eyes open for rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, and Bengal tigers just some of the possible sights on this 10-day adventure throughout Nepals rare and beautiful landscapes. Meander through the fascinating streetscapes of Kathmandu, spend the night at a monastery guesthouse, and gaze out over astounding views of the Himalayas. Nepal will remain with you forever.


Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Photography, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155176
Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kathmandu (1D)

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, followed by dinner.

Enjoy a six-course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant, serving fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too), a slow dining experience reminiscent of the meals relished by the kings of yesteryear.

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

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Nepalese Welcome feast

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 2: Kathmandu (1B, 1L)

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, and the Royal City of Bhaktapur. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. Also, visit a local home and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society.

Additional Notes:
Some of the sites visited in Kathmandu were damaged in the earthquake in 2015. Restorations are ongoing to bring these beloved landmarks back to their previous glory.

Included Activities:
Bodhnath Stupa Visit
Bhaktapur Excursion
Sisterhood of Survivors Project
Sasane Lecture
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 3: Kathmandu/Pharping (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Patan Durbar Square Tour
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)

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Day 4: Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
The lodge is only access by foot, so please expect a walk of approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Porters will be hired to carry our bags but please pack what you need for the night, as we will leave our larger bags in the vehicle.

Included Activities:
Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)

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Day 5: Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
The specifics and order of activities may change, depending on the season and local conditions. Your CEO will confirm the exact activities and timing with the naturalists upon arrival at the lodge.

Included Activities:
Chitwan Area Boat Excursion

Transport:
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

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Day 6: Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Chitwan National Park and the village surrounding it. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. If we are very lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. This evening, also enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.

Additional Notes:
**Please Note: The jeep safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. Boating is also subject to the water levels in the Rapti River.

Included Activities:
Jeep Safari
Chitwan Village Visit

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Day 7: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 8: Pokhara (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot, go boating in Phewa Lake, and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit a photo gallery and enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding.

Additional Notes:
The hike up to the World Peace Pagoda can be quite strenuous and is all steps up and back down. If you are not feeling so energetic, please let the CEO know and you can opt out of this activity.

Included Activities:
Sunrise at Sarangkot
World Peace Pagoda Excursion
Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement with local lunch

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Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B)

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.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Kathmandu (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Tour of Kathmandu
    • Visit, lecture with lunch at the G Adventures-supported SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    • Bhaktapur guided tour
    • Tour of Patan Durbar Square
    • Lecture on traditional weaving
    • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
    • Chitwan National Park including a village walking tour and jeep safari
    • Pokhara city tour
    • Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, plane, boat, walking
    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 tigers in Chitin National Park
  • Get a firsthand demonstration of traditional apron weaving
  • Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings)