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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

10 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu

The Himalayan nation of Nepal boasts jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a vibrant culture to match. Wander the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Annapurna Himalaya in lakeside Pokhara. Then venture to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest nature reserve, to seek out elephants, tigers, and a plethora of avian species.

10 days - Kathmandu to Kathmandu

From$17599HKD
Valid on Oct 2 2022
Trip Code: ANENG

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The Himalayan nation of Nepal boasts jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a vibrant culture to match. Wander the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Annapurna Himalaya in lakeside Pokhara. Then venture to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest nature reserve, to seek out elephants, tigers, and a plethora of avian species.

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Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

10 days - Kathmandu to Kathmandu

From$17599HKD
Valid on Oct 2 2022
Trip Code: ANENG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

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Ripple Score

100

If I had to recommend only one place to visit it would be Nepal...From the streets of Kathmandu, which feel so wild and foreign, to the beautiful and awe-inspiring peaks of the Himalaya, this country has me sold.—Max Lowe, National Geographic Young Explorers grantee

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Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive any time. Arrival transfer is included. Enjoy a six-course welcome feast tonight, savouring the diverse flavours of Nepali cuisine.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 2Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, the colourful capital of this Himalayan nation. Pay a visit to Bodhnath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet, and explore the wood-carved temples, pagados, and palaces of Bhaktapur, Nepal’s medieval capital. Afterward, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, dedicated to supporting female survivors of human trafficking. Meet a survivor who has successfully completed the project’s paralegal training, and learn how to make momos—Nepalese dumplings—with women enrolled in the project’s hospitality program. Enjoy your creations for lunch.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Sisterhood of Survivors Project| Your Journeys Highlight Moment SASANE Lecture

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3Kathmandu/Pharping

Opt to take an early morning flight over Mount Everest, catching a glimpse of the highest peak on the planet; then venture to the ancient hilltop temple of Swayambhunath, decorated with vibrant prayer flags and home to troops of rhesus monkeys. Later, we’ll hear about National Geographic Grantee Chhing Lhomi’s efforts to preserve the weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through her work with the Himalayan Indigenous Society, a Kathmandu-based nonprofit. Then depart for nearby Pharping, known for its Buddhist pilgrimage sites, and settle into a tranquil monastery guesthouse for the night. Get an insider’s view of monastery life, and enjoy a chanting and prayer service; or opt to take a walk in the monastery’s peaceful grounds.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Pharping/Kurintar

Rise at dawn to listen to the monks’ morning chanting, and witness a stunning sunrise. Then drive to the small riverside village of Kurintar and hike to our lodge, nestled on a forested hill overlooking the Trishuli River. Opt to relax by the pool or take a guided walk through the surrounding countryside, stopping at local villages.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Kurintar/Royal Chitwan National Park

Today, we travel towards Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest wildlife reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is home to 68 recorded mammal species, including the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger, as well as hundreds of species of birds. Check in to our lodge, located on the banks of the East Rapti River. After lunch, board a traditional flat-bottomed boat for a river safari, keeping your eyes out for aquatic birds, crocodiles, and other riverine fauna.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Royal Chitwan National Park

Spend the day exploring Chitwan National Park on a variety of excursions; activities differ depending on the season. Set out on a jeep safari through the grasslands and forests, seeking out rhinos, leopards, elephants, monkeys, and the elusive Bengal tiger. Meet with a “tiger technician” from the Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and conservation of these majestic cats. Visit a farming village bordering the park for a glimpse of rural life, and return to our lodge this evening in time for a dance performance by the local Tharu people.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Chitwan Tiger Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Royal Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

Drive to Pokhara, an enchanting town set on the shores of turquoise-hued Phewa Lake against a backdrop of snowcapped Himalayan peaks. Enjoy a guided walk around the city, and opt to have dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Pokhara

Venture to Sarangkot village early this morning and hike to the famed Sarangkot lookout to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna Himalaya. Back in Pokhara, climb up a lush forest path to the gleaming white Peace Pagoda, built by Japanese monks after World War II. Later, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement, established by the United Nations in 1964. Learn about the history of the community on a walk through their photo gallery, and enjoy a traditional Tibetan lunch. In your free time, opt to go paragliding, or take a boat tour of Phewa Lake.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9Pokhara/Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy time to shop in the bustling Thamel district, or choose to visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred Hindu temple complex in Nepal.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • 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, Royal 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

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD175-230 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus, plane, boat, walking, 4x4.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Everest Flight - From $1749.00

Get a close look at awesome Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, without having to do any climbing; this one-hour plane tour will give you an unforgettable experience.

My Own Room - From $6589.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

| 10 days - Kathmandu to Kathmandu - from $17599 HKD