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
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Kathmandu, Nepal
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 155176
End City: Kathmandu, Nepal
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|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 155176|
|Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal||Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal|
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Nepalese Welcome feast
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.
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.
Bodhnath Stupa Visit
Sisterhood of Survivors Project
Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
Swayambhunath Temple Visit
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.
Patan Durbar Square Tour
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)
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.
The lodge is only accessed 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.
Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
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.
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.
Chitwan Area Boat Excursion
Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
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.
The jeep safari is often prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. When the park is inaccessible, we will search out wildlife in the surrounding forest which is unfenced and just as likely to view animals. Boating is also subject to the water levels and local conditions on the Rapti River.
Chitwan Village Visit
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.
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
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.
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.
Sunrise at Sarangkot
World Peace Pagoda Excursion
Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Tibetan Refugee Settlement
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.
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.
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Trip Name: Nepal: Himalaya Highlights
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 1699
Trip Code: 155176
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