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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights (National Geographic Journey)

10 days with G Adventures   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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. (D)

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. You'll also meet one of the women that has graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. (B, L)

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 monastery life from the inside, then enjoy 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. (B)

Day 4 Pharping/Kurintar
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise and morning chanting 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. (B, D)

Day 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park
Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which borders the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park. After lunch, board a traditional boat to view wildlife 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Chitwan National Park
Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a 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 the 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 our lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local villagers. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara
Drive to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in stunning views of the Himalayas. Enjoy an orientation walk with your 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. (B)

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 by viewing their photo gallery and enjoying a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake. (B, L)

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. (B)

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. (B)
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All This Included
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 experiences that await on this 10-day journey through Nepal. From the famous rhinos and Bengal tigers of Chitwan National Park to the ancient temples of the Kathmandu Valley, encounter the essence of the Himalaya.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park Your G for Good Moment: 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.
  • Hotels (8 nts)
    Monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • Transportation: Private bus, plane, boat, walking, 4x4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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)
Accommodations
Hotels (8 nts)
Kathmandu, Nepal: Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
Pokhara, Nepal: Temple Tree Resort & Spa (or similar)
Royal Chitwan, Nepal: Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
Kurintar, Nepal: Summit River Lodge (or similar)

Monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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