Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • 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

Itinerary

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrive any time. Arrival transfer included. After our welcome meeting, enjoy a six-course dinner of organic Nepali cuisine.
Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Neydo Monastery Hotel (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Brigand's Bend (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Temple Tree Resort & Spa (or similar)
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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Temple Tree Resort & Spa (or similar)
Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu
Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy free time for shopping or opt to visit the Pashupatinath Ghats
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Traditional Comfort (or similar)
Day 10: Kathmandu
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast