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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 10 Days | Round-trip Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Max 15

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • Learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan Indigenous Society and her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region.
    • 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 the historic treasures of Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Highlights include Bodhnath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas, and the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Visit SASANE, the G Adventures–supported Sisterhood of Survivors project. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women there before enjoying an authentic lunch. Later, meet with representatives from the Himalayan Indigenous Society and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve ancient weaving traditions in the Upper Mustang region. (1B, 1L)

Day 3 — Pharping

Opt to take in breathtaking views of Mount Everest on a morning sightseeing flight. Later, see the temples and palaces of Durbar Square. Then drive to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse where approximately 200 monks are in residence. Learn about life in the monastery and participate in daily rituals alongside the monks. Walk or the grounds and the trails of the surrounding forest.(1B)

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. (1B, 1D)

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 cultural walks; boating; and a jeep safari in search of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and more. (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. Go boating on beautiful Phewa Lake and then hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Later, visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a temporary settlement in 1964. Walk through this friendly community, now home to over 500, and see a photo gallery documenting its history before a traditional lunch at the camp’s restaurant. (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)

Day 10 — Kathmandu

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Apr 16 - 25, 2017 (sold out)
  • Apr 21 - 30, 2017
  • May 19 - 28, 2017

Trip Cost

Price From

$1,999

Contact Us: 1-800-281-2354

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Cost Details

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 $879

What's Included

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.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights), monastery guesthouse (1 night)

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $185–240 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private bus, plane, boat, walking

Optional Experience

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.