Treasures of Nepal

Comfort, Kathmandu to Kathmandu

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There’s far more to Nepal than just trekking and climbing. If the thought of lacing up hiking boots isn’t for you, don’t fret – there are plenty of highlights to see that don’t involve clambering up cliffs. Learn more about Buddhist culture and history in Kathmandu and Pokhara, then immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a safari in Chitwan National Park. Take in the stunning views of the Himalayas and Annapurna mountain ranges from a monastery guesthouse and get to know the women of the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors, a G Adventures-supported community project.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Kathmandu city tour including Boudhanath Stupa
  • Visit with lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Tour in Patan Durbar Square
  • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
  • Activities in Chitwan National Park including canoeing, cultural program, village walking tour and Jeep Safari
  • Pokhara city tour including Sarangkot, boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore in old kathmandu and bhaktapur city with an expert local guide
  • Enjoy a local lunch at sisterhood of survivors (a g adventures supported project)
  • Immerse in buddhist culture at a monastery guesthouse
  • Search out tigers in chitwan national park
  • Experience local tharu culture on a village walk.

Itinerary

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, followed by dinner. Enjoy a 6 course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant – it serves fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too) and is a slow dining experience reminiscent of the meals relished by the Kings of yesteryear. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where chance, fate. or the city may lead you. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Kathmandu (1B, 1L) Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the program and learn about traditional Nepali food. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Included Activities: Kathmandu Guided Tour Bodhnath Stupa Visit Sisterhood of Survivors Project Bhaktapur Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle
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. Opt to participate in the life of the monks: eat alongside them and participate in their practice. 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: Durbar Square Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)
Day 4 Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D) Arrive at our 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km)
Day 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) is the oldest national park in Nepal and offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Established in 1973, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Within its area of 932km² (579 mi²), 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, and langurs. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
Day 6 Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore Chitwan National Park and the villages surrounding it. Enjoy a village walking tour, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. Additional Notes: **Please Note: The jeep safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. Boating is also subject to the water levels in the Rapti River. Included Activities: Jeep Safari Chitwan Area Boat Excursion Chitwan Village Visit
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 (1B) Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot. Later, go boating in Phewa Lake and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Opt to go paragliding or just explore on your own. Included Activities: Sarangkot Sunrise Walk World Peace Pagoda Excursion Phewa Lake Boat Tour
Day 9 Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B) Enjoy free time in the afternoon for explorating and shopping. 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 chance, fate, or the city may lead them. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Kathmandu (1B) Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00 midday. Included Activities: Departure Day
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