National Geographic Journeys: Nepal: Himalaya Highlights (ANENG)
Countries Visited: Nepal All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time More included meals, activities and transfers
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
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)
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.
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|Day 1||Kathmandu||Day 1 Kathmandu (1D)|
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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Nepalese Welcome feast Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Kathmandu||Day 2 Kathmandu (1B, 1L)|
Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the worlds 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 and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. Additional Notes: Some of the sites visited in Kathmandu were damaged in the earthquake in 2015. Restorations are ongoing to bring these beloved landmarks back to their previous glory. Included Activities: Bodhnath Stupa Visit Bhaktapur Excursion Sisterhood of Survivors Project SASANE Lecture Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 3||Pharping||Day 3 Kathmandu/Pharping (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Swayambhunath Temple Visit Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)
|Day 4||Kurintar||Day 4 Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D)|
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. Additional Notes: The lodge is only accessed by foot, so please expect a walk of approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Porters will be hired to carry our bags but please pack what you need for the night, as we will leave our larger bags in the vehicle. Included Activities: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km) Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)
|Day 5||Chitwan National Park||Day 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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 932kmý (579 miý), 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. Additional Notes: The specifics and order of activities may change, depending on the season and local conditions. Your CEO will confirm the exact activities and timing with the naturalists upon arrival at the lodge. Included Activities: Chitwan Area Boat Excursion Transport: Walking (0.50-0.75 hours) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
|Day 6||Chitwan National Park||Day 6 Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and 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 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 the lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers. Additional Notes: The jeep safari is often prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. When the park is inaccessible, we will search out wildlife in the surrounding forest which is unfenced and just as likely to view animals. Boating is also subject to the water levels and local conditions on the Rapti River. Included Activities: Jeep Safari Chitwan Village Visit Chitwan Tiger Experience
|Day 7||Pokhara||Day 7 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 8||Pokhara||Day 8 Pokhara (1B, 1L)|
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, visit their photo gallery and enjoy a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake. Additional Notes: The hike up to the World Peace Pagoda can be quite strenuous and is all steps up and back down. If you are not feeling so energetic, please let the CEO know and you can opt out of this activity. Included Activities: Sunrise at Sarangkot World Peace Pagoda Excursion Tibetan Refugee Settlement
|Day 9||Kathmandu||Day 9 Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B)|
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. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Kathmandu||Day 10 Kathmandu (1B)|
Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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