Trip Facts – 17 days Trip
• Tour Cost: USD 3990
• Group Size: 1+
• Best Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
• Tour Grade: Moderate
• Activities: Moderate day hiking on uneven terrain (max. elev. 6,700′), nature walks, elephant rides, canoe excursions, Rafting Best Time to VisitSeptember—mid-May
• Accommodation: Hotels & Resorts with your Budget
• Trip Type: Very Popular
• Country of Tour: Nepal
• Start & End Destination:: Kathmandu
• Country of Tour: Kathmandu/ Pokhara
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Nepal Luxury Trekking start and End in Kathmandu. The mighty Himalayas rise to snow capped peaks that are the very rooftop of the world. Sinuous green terraces wind as far as the eye can see along mountain valleys. Prayer flags adorn lively temples that reveal colorful ancient scrolls and exquisite carvings.
This is Nepal Himalaya trip. With Us you’ll explore the land and meet the people like a local: trek on stone paths threading pristine hillsides and sweeping valleys … float on river raft through untouched forest … ride on elephant’s back in lush jungle. In our small group, encounter the Nepalese people where they live, farm, and pray—in the foothills of the soaring Himalayas, along the pristine Seti River, in beautiful Chitwan National Park, and in the kaleidoscopic swirl of Kathmandu and serene beauty of Pokhara. Join us on our newest adventure and discover an unforgettable world of profound and ageless beauty, nestled beneath the rugged peaks of eight of the world’s ten highest mountains.
Nepal visa is easily available on arrival at airport.
• Hike in the foothills of the Annapurnas and enjoy spectacular Himalayan mountain views
• Active exploration of Chitwan National Park, with its diverse wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger!
• Explore exotic Kathmandu, home to elaborate Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, and lively bazaars
Itinerary is subject to change. Alternate itineraries may be available.
Day-1 Fly overnight from Home to Nepal
Day-2 – probably on flight transits
Day-3 Kathmandu, Nepal: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 1B, 1D
Day-4-5 Kathmandu: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 2B
Day-6 Fly to Pokhara/Annapurna: Sanctuary Lodge or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Days-7-8 Annapurna: Sanctuary Lodge or similar Meals: 2B, 2L, 2D
Day-9 Annapurna/Pokhara : Mount Kailash or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-10 Pokhara: Mount Kailash or similar Meals: 1B, 1L
Day-11 Pokhara/Seti River Float: Seti River Camp or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-12 Seti River Banks: Seti River Camp or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-13 Seti River/Chitwan/Elephant-Back Safari: Machan Wildlife Resort or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-14 Chitwan/Elephant-Back Safari: Machan Wildlife Resort or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-15 Chitwan/Fly to Kathmandu: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day-16-17 Kathmandu/Fly to home
Flexible Detailed Itinerary
Days 1-3 Depart From your origin/ Fly to Kathmandu/Explore Kathmandu/Welcome Briefing & Dinner at local restaurant
This afternoon, fly to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. When we arrive at our hotel, we meet our Trip Leader, a Nepali, whose mission is to share the cities, land, people and language of his homeland with us.
Tonight’s welcome dinner at a local restaurant is a great chance for you to mingle with your travel mates.
Accommodations: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort
Meals: 1B, 1D
Day 4 Kathmandu city tour/Patan city tour/Visit Swayambhunath Temple Eager to introduce us to the captivating hub of activity that is Kathmandu, our Trip Leader will lead us on a walking tour of the city this morning.
Kathmandu (4,265 feet) is the capital and largest city of Nepal. It is a bustling epicenter filled with spice sellers and artisans, rickshaws and sacred cows. Pilgrims make their way to local shrines as merchants sell their brightly colored and fragrant wares. Artisans gifted in their ancient techniques display woven fabrics and ceramic bowls made for temple offerings. The “old” city is filled with Buddhist and Hindu temples dating back to the 17th century; these shrines are well worn by time while still vibrant in energy and spirit.
We make the short drive to Patan (4,429 feet), which sits across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu. Patan was developed on relatively thin layers of deposited clay and gravel in the central part of a dried ancient lake known as Nagdaha. The city was designed in the shape of the Buddhist Dharma-Chakra (Wheel of Righteousness). The four thurs, or mounds, located on the perimeter of Patan are known as the Ashoka Stupas, named for Emperor Ashoka who visited Kathmandu with his daughter, Charumati, in 250 B.C. and erected the five stupas. These mounds are joined by more than 1,200 Buddhist & Hindu monuments of various shapes and sizes located throughout the city. Patan is known for its art and artisans—the region has produced the most artists and finest craftsmen in Nepali history, and their devotional artwork gives us stunning displays of Nepal’s fused cultures.
We explore Patan Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal that are preserved within a protected Monument Zone. Within the square, we visit the residence of the medieval Malla rulers of Patan, which is now an historical art museum. The Patan Durbar Square is reputedly the most picturesque of all the ancient Malla cities with its intricately carved architecture, delicate wind chimes, and ornate fountains.
After lunch, our Trip Leader guides us to Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple. This famous stupa has been attracting Buddhist pilgrims for at least 1,500 years. Legend has it that the Buddha himself planted a lotus in the lake that once rose between the mountain peaks. The lotus glowed with a mystical light that attracted sages, including a bodhisattva who flew across the mountains on a blue lion to witness the radiance. So impressed by the light and wishing to share it, he took a magical sword and carved a gorge in the mountains. As the water drained away from the lake, the Kathmandu Valley emerged, yielding a hill crowned by the lotus-the site now known as Swayambhunath.
This gold-crowned stupa sits atop a hill, crowned with hundreds of prayer flags that fill the sky like multi-colored clouds. Worshippers circle the stupa in clockwise fashion as they pray, spin prayer wheels, and light candles. You’ll discover soon why this is known as the monkey temple—the playful primates scurry about the surrounding streets.
We return to our hotel and have dinner on our own this evening. Accommodations: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 1B Included Tours: Kathmandu city tour Patan city tour
Day 5 Optional Mount Everest Flight/Pashupatinath/Boudhanath Stupa/Optional Bhaktapur tour At dawn, you may elect to enjoy an optional flight to Everest, known in Tibet as Sagarmatha or “Goddess of the Sky.” Avid climbers call this mountain “the ultimate climb,” and with its astounding summit height of 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest earns the title of the tallest peak on earth. Rising majestically out of the Himalayan range, its snowy peak and intricate geography offer us breathtaking views from the air. This morning we’ll discover Pashupatinath, the most sacred temple of the Hindu god, Shiva, who is also known as Pashupati. This pagoda-style temple boasts gold-robed copper rooftops and silver-crowned doorways. Pashupatinath is considered so venerable that the chief priest is subject to no one’s discipline but the King of Nepal himself, and the King periodically receives reports directly from the chief priest. We then explore the holiest temple in Nepal, the Boudhanath Stupa. Like Mecca is to Muslims, Boudhanath Stupa, standing 36 meters high, is the main pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Tens of thousands of pilgrims make the journey each year. The temple’s hemispherical dome represents the emptiness from which everything begins; rising above the dome, the harmika shines the Buddha’s eyes in four directions that symbolize his total awareness. When Tibetan refugees entered Nepal, they settled around the Boudhanath Stupa creating a small village that elicits the holy atmosphere of Tibet’s sacred city, Lhasa.
Lunch is on your own today. In the afternoon, you can join us for an optional excursion to Bhaktapur (Bhagdaon). The “City of Devotees,” Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning four square miles. With its historic Durbar Square, ancient courtyards, and holy temples, the city was the crown jewel of the Malla Empire 700 years ago.
If you don’t take the optional tour, your afternoon is free to explore more of Kathmandu on your own. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Accommodations: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 1B
Day 6 Fly to Pokhara/Nayapul trailhead/Modi River Valley This morning, we fly to Pokhara (3,080 feet), a vital city along the ancient trade route from Tibet to India built around Lake Phewa. From our plane, panoramic views come into view of impressive canyons carved out by the Seti River and defined by the fast rise of the Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara boasts a number of natural phenomena such as a waterfall that plunges and disappears into a hole and a stretch of the Seti River that disappears into a small opening in the canyon wall.
Before our journey begins, we meet our trek guide for a briefing. Then we begin our trek amidst terraced farmland and wooded hillsides. Walking downhill as we follow the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, intoxicating views of the Pokhara Valley surround us. As we enter the Modi River Valley, we hear the rush of flowing river and may find many colorful birds and butterflies fluttering on the riverbanks.
After approximately an hour of walking with our light daypacks, we stop for a packed lunch along the route. After lunch, we continue to follow the Modi River until we approach Sanctuary Lodge (3,362 feet). Sanctuary Lodge, with its beautiful gardens and peaceful atmosphere, offers views of Macchapuchare, or Fishtail Mountain, a sacred peak that has never been summitted. While this famous peak is less than 7,000 meters high, it is known for its twin peaks and its startling beauty.
The balance of the afternoon is yours to simply relax and enjoy the view. We dine this evening on the tantalizingly simple, traditional fare of the Modi River Valley at our lodge. Accommodations: Sanctuary Lodge or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 7 Birethanti Trek/Modi River As the sun rises at our lodge, mountain silhouettes transform into dramatic snowy peaks against a crystal blue sky. Join us for tea and coffee as we silently take in the unfolding of the landscape before us. Then, after breakfast, we begin our morning trek to the village of Birethanti (3,382 feet) passing through hamlets and forests. The houses of Birethanti seem to naturally rise out of the hillside, in perfect time and meter with the terraced rice fields. These velvety green “steps” that cascade down the hillside are a testament to the care and hard work of the people that live and work on the land. Upon entering this ancient village, and due to our small group size, we have the chance to interact with the villagers as they move through their day of feeding the animals, farming and caring for their children.
We return to the lodge for lunch and then you are free to explore the riverbanks and surrounding land at your own pace.
We dine at the lodge before retiring for the evening. Accommodations: Sanctuary Lodge or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 8 A Day in the Life of a Nepali villager/Visit Local School/Lunch with a Gorkha family This morning, we embark on A Day in the Life of a Nepali villager, a day of discovery during which we’ll learn firsthand what it’s like to live in the shadow of the Annapurnas. First, we’ll enjoy a chance to meet local children in their school (when in session). Though formal education has existed in Nepal for 150 years, for the first century it was only available to members of the royal family. It has only been the last five decades that ordinary Nepali children were able to enjoy schooling as a result of the popular democratic uprising that ended the rule of the royal family. Today, five million students fill more than 20,000 schools (from elementary schools to universities). You’ll get to know a few of these promising young people when we visit with them.
Then we depart for nearby Tomejhong village, where we’ll explore and spend time with the hospitable people who live here. A Gorkha family will join us for lunch to share insight into their traditions and daily life. The Gorkha people arrived in western Nepal from India centuries ago, and trace their roots to the Rajput clan—part of the Kshatriya, or warrior class—from classic Hindu tradition. Known for their military prowess, courage, and loyalty, many Gorkhas were recruited by the British Army during their occupation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Their culture is a fascinating blend of their Hindu roots and local traditions like shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism, as we’ll learn during this exclusive opportunity for real cultural exchange.
Back at the lodge, we’ll enjoy leisure time in the late afternoon, then come together for dinner. Accommodations: Sanctuary Lodge or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 9 Waterfall visit/Return to Pokhara/Afternoon at leisure After breakfast at our lodge, we begin our transfer back to Pokhara with a stop at a beautiful waterfall. Set in a valley where Asia’s ancient civilizations crept down from the highlands of Tibet and the Indo-Gangetic Plain, Pokhara marks an important stop along an age-old trade route. The mountains around this serene tropical valley shoot up starkly toward the sky, leaping upwards of 26,000 feet and disappearing into the misty shroud that drapes about their shoulders. As lofty symbols of man’s highest hopes and the source of eternal inspiration, these peaks are considered sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and followers of Tibet’s indigenous Bon traditions alike. Machupachare, the fishtail crown at the center of the Annapurnas, is off-limits to climbers because of its association with the high god Shiva, who is said to live high on its slopes with his consort, Pavarti, legs crossed in meditation upon a bed of glacial stillness.
We arrive in Pokhara just before lunch, and stroll through a local market before stopping at the hotel to eat. This afternoon is free for you to stroll among the lakeside shops of Pokhara or relax in the lodge gardens before dinner.
Accommodations: Mount Kailash or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 10 Canoeing on Phewa lake/International Mountain Museum/Afternoon at leisure An early canoeing expedition on Lake Phewa introduces us to the “valley of lakes” that gave Pokhara its name. En route to the lake, we’ll visit a local temple for some extra insight into the region’s colorful mountain culture. A placid gem, Phewa is the second largest lake in Nepal. The Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills frame Phewa on the northern side, and the flora and fauna rich hill Raniban, or “Queen of Forests,” runs along the shore. The Common Leopard, Bengal fox, Barking deer and countless birds inhabit this forest.
Then we walk through the city of Pokhara for a tour of the International Mountain Museum (IMM). The IMM is the gateway for climbers and mountain enthusiasts, and the organization is working to support the people of the Himalayas while also bringing the majesty of this towering and expansive range to the international community. The IMM comprises four galleries, a research center, events, educational activities and climbing opportunities and will provide us with comprehensive information about the awesome Himalayan range.
After lunch together at a local restaurant, the balance of the day, including dinner, is on your own. Accommodations: Mount Kailash or similar Meals: 1B, 1L
Day 11 Overland to Seti River/Seti River Rafting Today we begin our rafting journey along the Seti River (2,500 feet). This animated river runs through Pokhara and displays some visually amazing feats-at one point it appears to be only two meters wide, while its massive volume of water continues to flow, hidden by incredible depths. We drive to our rafting launch site after breakfast and receive information and instructions from our river guides. Then we board your American-made raft and let our experienced crew navigate the joyful ride. As there is no road access to this area, the views of plant and wildlife are truly untouched and thrilling. Along its banks, women wash clothes, men fish with sticks and cloth nets, and children swim and play.
We face a few sections of Class II rapids, where there may be some rough water with waves up to 3 or 4 feet, and perhaps some rocks and drops that require maneuvering by our expert guides. After a picnic lunch on the Seti’s shores, our afternoon rafting follows smooth, easy waters. We land on the banks of the river to settle into our safari-style camp surrounded by luscious forest. Dinner tonight is followed by a campfire beneath an endless starry sky.
Accommodations: Seti River Camp or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 12 Explore Village/Swim the Seti/Bird watch Today we explore, lounge, swim, and bird watch as the warm Seti River (2,000 feet) flows steadily by. In the morning, our guides lead us on a trek to a remote village. We walk through a bird-filled jungle and have the chance to swim in the Seti. We return to camp for lunch, and the afternoon is ours to relax in the camp’s gardens and hammocks or to walk the bird-filled bank of the Seti looking for white rumped vultures and purple swamp-hens. If you’re up for an exciting challenge, join a trek this afternoon to the remote Dharmpaini village.
Accommodations: Seti River Camp or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 13 Class II Rapids/Chitwan National Park/Elephant trek We begin our final rafting leg this morning. Savor the images of clear, rushing water, lush jungle foliage and villagers waving from the banks. We raft for about 2 hours this morning, observing riverside villages and plentiful birdlife. Our rafts and experienced Nepalese crew expertly navigate five sections of Class II rapids and one patch of Class III rapids (especially after monsoon season) as we travel to our end point. After bidding farewell to our faithful rafting guides, we set off overland to Chitwan and have lunch at our lodge.
We begin the next chapter of our adventure where the Sal forest of the Chitwan jungle meets the wide and beautiful valley of the Rapti River. Broad grasslands sweep north to the Mahabharata range and virgin jungle extends south to the Churia hills. For centuries, the dense jungle covering the foothills of the Himalayas formed an impenetrable barrier for Nepal, keeping it a hidden and mysterious land. As the world began to explore Nepal, the jungle of the Royal Chitwan National Park (1,000 feet) was established to help the jungle remain protected, pristine and full of adventure. Our journey begins on the back of an elephant affording us the perfect vantage point to view all that Chitwan has to offer. Elephants move fluently through the jungle with its thick tree cover and tall elephant grass. There are more than 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles in the park. Tonight we share dinner and reflections from this amazing day.
Accommodations: Machan Wildlife Resort or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 14 Chitwan National Park/Elephant lecture/Nature walk Royal Chitwan National Park (1,000 feet) is the oldest national park in Nepal, and it lies in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem of significant value to the world. It contains the Churiya hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of Rapti, Reu, and Narayani Rivers. Formerly, the Chitwan Valley was well known for big game hunting and until 1950 was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Ministers and their guests. In 1963, the area south of the Rapti River was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. In 1970, His late Majesty King Mahendra approved, in principle, the creation of Royal Chitwan National Park.
Early risers may choose to begin their day with two hours of jungle activities, which may include a Jeep Jungle Ride and canoeing, depending on the conditions of the day. After breakfast, we enjoy a discussion with our naturalist about the kind of elephants we enjoyed riding yesterday. We learn about regional efforts to protect and propagate this beloved and valuable animal.
After lunch together, return to ground level as we join experienced naturalists for a trek through the jungle on foot, searching for endangered birds such as the Bengal florican and the Black stork with. We return to our jungle lodge for dinner this evening. Accommodations: Machan Wildlife Resort or similar Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu/Explore Kathmandu After breakfast, we drive to the airport and fly back to the bustling city of Kathmandu (4,265 feet). Our Trip Leader accompanies us to our hotel as our small group readjusts to city life after days surrounded by the quiet of the Himalayas, the rush of the Seti River and the cacophony of animal calls in the jungle of Chitwan. Lunch is at the hotel and the afternoon is at leisure.
This evening we toast the memories of our journey in a special Farewell Dinner. Accommodations: Dwrika’s Heritage Resort Meals: 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 16- 17 Return to Home
• Services of an English-speaking professional local guide
• Accommodation in hotel, lodge, and tented camp in Nepal
• Flights within Nepal (see separate cost above)
• Meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Airport transfers
• Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
• Ground transportation
• Tipping to driver, hotel, lodge and tented camp staff
• Basic medical and evacuation insurance
Cost does not Include
• International airfare
• Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
• Insurance other than basic medical and evacuation insurance as listed above (we strongly recommend you purchase the supplementary trip insurance offered by us, which includes trip cancellation insurance)
• Optional tipping to leader
• Excess baggage charges
• Airport taxes (if any)
• Cost of obtaining a passport or medical immunizations and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Arrival & Departure Information
You will be met at the Kathmandu airport on Day 1 and transferred to the Dwrika’s Unique Nepalese Heritage deluxe Resort. The trip ends in Kathmandu on Day 10.
International airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. In addition, many travelers elect to use their “frequent flyer” miles when traveling with us. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets, so we may verify your arrival and departure schedule.
Hiking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy walking, even up steep hills (there is very little level walking in Nepal). To enjoy the short lowland hikes and the activities at Royal Chitwan National Park, you should be in good physical condition. If you are not optimally conditioned, we recommend that you start a training program at least three months before departure, gradually increasing the intensity and duration. The level of fitness and endurance needed for this trip requires regular aerobic exercise at least one hour 3-4 times per week, performing moderate intensity walking, cycling, swimming, or other forms of aerobic exercise. Check with your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program. If your health is questionable or your physical capacity is limited, please discuss other trip options with us.
Since you’re based at a comfortable hotel or lodge each night, you hike most days with only a daypack containing the essentials you need on the trail: water bottle, camera, light jacket, rain gear (there’s always a possibility of some rain in the mountains), and snacks. Why travel with us
Why we are Your First Choice for Adventure
We are the pioneer in active adventure travel. No other adventure travel company can lay claim to that title. We are the group of professionals. We set the standard for adventure travel and have a strong reputation for excellence that we do everything we can to maintain. Since we are the leading adventure company, we have a lot to live up to, so we make sure we provide safe, quality trips and the best customer service to our passengers.
You will be accompanied throughout the trip by an English-speaking local guide. Besides ensuring everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch, he will provide a unique perspective on the local life, wildlife and culture as only a native can. His close familiarity with the local geography, history, culture, wildlife, and traditions are the key to a superb, informative experience—one you just can’t get on your own. In his friendly company, you will truly learn, enjoy, and share their passion for the country he calls home. You’ll be in good hands with him every step of the way. Guide assignments will be confirmed in the Final Bulletin sent to you three weeks prior to departure.
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Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed, it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. Please read the Limitations of Liability and Booking Conditions in the four-page Participant Information Form.
This itinerary has been carefully designed for optimal value. You may wish to combine this tour with another or add extensions at the beginning or end of your trip. However, if you wish to customize this tour, other terms and conditions apply (ask us about information on customized adventures). Travel Agent commissions or any type of other discounts do not apply to this tour.
Note on Services
We often use local suppliers who provide services that may include transportation, equipment, logistic support, and other services (hotels, restaurants, etc.). We do not own or operate these independent suppliers. We work with service providers who share our commitment to safety and quality, and work closely with them to develop itineraries unique to us