Nepal: Himalaya Highlights
National Geographic Journeys
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey on a Nepal: Himalayan Highlights vacation. This scenic adventure takes you from the colorful streets of Kathmandu to an overnight in a Buddhist Monastery, looking for elephants and tigers in Chitwan National Park, visiting a Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp among other unique experiences.
This Jane Goodall Collection Tour has a wonderful wildlife focus. Enjoy a a seasonal jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, elephants, monkeys, and the elusive Bengal tiger. Learn about the great work of Nepal Tiger Trust, a non-profit from a “tiger technician.” Visit Nepal’s medieval capital, Bhaktapur, to see its wood-carved temples, pagados, and palaces. Marvel at snowcapped Himalayan peaks on a guided tour in the beautiful town of Pokhara. Get the incredible double benefit of a morning hike and stunning sunrise over the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot lookout. Peruse the busy shops in Kathmandu's Thamel district. Join a traditional dumpling cooking lesson with the women in Sisterhood of Survivors Project, which helps the female victims of human trafficking. Take this opportunity to indulge in a vacation that is a feast for the senses and the soul, a rare combination.
10 Days • fr. $2,499
Tour Highlights & Offers
- JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu
- JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu
- JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping
- JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping
- JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park
- G FOR GOOD MOMENT: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
- EXPLORE Boudhanath Stupa and the Royal City of Bhaktapur
- VISIT Swayambhunath
- WALKING TOUR Chitwan National Park including a village
- ENJOY jeep safari
- HIKE to the World Peace Pagoda
- DEMONSTRATI0ON of traditional apron weaving
- LEARN to make Nepalese momos (dumplings)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Private bus, plane, boat, walking, 4x4
- CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
- Age requirement: 12+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
- All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
- All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
- 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ: Allow USD$170-$225 for meals not included
- Hotel Traditional Comfort in Kathmandu (3 nights)
- Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery in Pharping (1 night)
- Summit River Lodge in Kurintar (1 night)
- Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park (2 nights)
- Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara (2 nights)
KATHMANDU Location Information Description
Arrive any time. Arrival transfer is included. Enjoy a six-course welcome feast tonight, savoring the diverse flavors of Nepali cuisine. No group activities are planned until the evening welcome meeting, so feel free to explore. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you.
Hotel Traditional Comfort
KATHMANDU Location Information Description
Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, the colorful 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.
Hotel Traditional Comfort
KATHMANDU/PHARPING Location Information Description
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, you’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.
Location Information Description
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. 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.
Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery
PHARPING/KURINTAR Location Information Description
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.
Arrive at your remote lodge, which sits on a ridge amidst the hills overlooking sandy beaches and a river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people.
Summit River Lodge
KURINTAR/CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Today, you'll 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 your 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. Spend two nights enjoying cultural and wildlife excursions in and around Royal Chitwan National Park. The park is home to 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, tigers, and langurs
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Barahi Jungle Lodge
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Barahi Jungle Lodge
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK/POKHARA Location Information Description
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.
Temple Tree Resort & Spa
POKHARA Location Information Description
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.
Temple Tree Resort & Spa
POKHARA/KATHMANDU Location Information Description
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. 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.
Hotel Traditional Comfort
KATHMANDU Location Information Description
Depart at any time. Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.
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