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.
Learn about National Geographic grantee
Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan
Indigenous Society and her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper
Stay overnight at a Buddhist
monastery in Pharping, and visit a
Tibetan refugee camp in Pokhara.
Search for leopards, elephants, and
rhinos in Chitwan National Park.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — Kathmandu
Arrive at any time. Arrival
transfer and welcome dinner are included. (1D)
Day 2 — Kathmandu
Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas, and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. Later, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos, or dumplings, before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.
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. Visit a local home to learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve the 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 stroll the surrounding village and countryside.
Day 4 — Kurintar
Drive to Kurintar and arrive
at our lodge, which sits on a ridge amid the hills
and overlooks the banks of the Trishuli River.
Choose from a variety of optional activities,
including nature walks or visits to local villages.
Days 5 & 6 — Chitwan National Park
Drive to Chitwan National Park, the oldest national
park in Nepal, which offers some of the best
wildlife-viewing opportunities in Asia. Established
in 1973, it was designated a UNESCO World
Heritage site in 1984. Enjoy two days of nature
and culture walks; boating; and a jeep safari in
search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and
more. Meet a representative of the Nepal Tiger Trust to learn about the nonprofit's work to protect the country's tiger population. 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. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Days 7 & 8 — Pokhara
Nestled in a tranquil
valley, Pokhara lies along a once-vibrant trade
route between India and Tibet. To this day,
mule trains can be seen bringing goods from
remote regions of the Himalaya. Visit the
Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as
a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through
this friendly community, now home to over
500 people, and see a photo gallery documenting its
history before a traditional lunch at the camp’s
restaurant. Opt to try paragliding or go boating on Phewa Lake. (2B, 1L)
Day 9 — Kathmandu
Catch a flight back to
Kathmandu. Enjoy free time in the afternoon
to explore on your own. You may also opt to
visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and the
1,500-year-old temple and World Heritage site
of Swayambhunath, perched on a hilltop above
the city. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,139
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional scenic flight to Mount
Everest and the optional activities in Kathmandu
are at an additional cost.
Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches,
4 dinners. Allow an additional $185–240 for meals
Transportation Private bus, plane, boat,
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.