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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

10 Days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Nepal: Himalaya Highlights

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What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation (Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus, plane, boat, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flights.
  • Tour of Kathmandu
  • Visit, lecture with lunch at the G Adventures-supported SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors Project
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Tour of Patan Durbar Square
  • Lecture on traditional weaving
  • Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery
  • Chitwan National Park including a village walking tour and jeep safari
  • Pokhara city tour
  • Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD USD170-225 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu/Pharping
Day 4 Pharping/Kurintar
Day 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park
Day 6 Chitwan National Park
Day 7 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara
Day 8 Pokhara
Day 9 Pokhara/Kathmandu
Day 10 Kathmandu
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Kathmandu
  • Pharping
  • Kurintar
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Kathmandu

    Arrive any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner are included.

    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 six-course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant, serving fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too), 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 the city may lead you.

    Private Vehicle
    Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

    Nepalese Welcome feast
    Kathmandu
    Enjoy a six-course welcome dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant, a culinary journey through the cuisine of Nepal. Serving some of the finest of Nepali flavours, enjoy this slow dining experience reminiscent of the ritual feasts enjoyed by the Kathmandu Valley's Newari community. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Kathmandu

    Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, and the Royal City of Bhaktapur. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Later, have a lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. This evening, learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region. Enjoy a talk from Chhing or one of her collegues about the Himalayan Indigenous Society and their ongoing efforts.

    Private Vehicle
    Kathmandu
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Bodhnath Stupa Visit
    Kathmandu
    Enjoy a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Built in the 5th century, this UNESCO World Heritage site still attracts many pilgrims, particularly Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis. Take in the peaceful atmosphere and observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.

    Bhaktapur Excursion
    Bhaktapur 3h-4h
    Visit this unique old town known as the City of Devotees. Explore Hindu temples, pagodas, palaces, and monuments, including the beautiful wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. You can pick up clay pots and other souvenirs in the colourful open markets and taste home made yogourt, known as khopa dhau, which Bhaktapur is famous for.

    Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    Kathmandu 1h-2h
    Visit this G Adventures-supported grassroots organization that is helping to support rehabilitated survivors of human-trafficking. SASANE, our project partners, train women coming out of trafficking to be certified paralegals, so that they are the first point of contact for other women coming out of abuse. Where survivors lack a high school diploma, the minimum requirements to be a paralegal, Planeterra and G Adventures have helped catalyze a hospitality program for these women to be reintegrated into a dignified work environment. The survivors will teach you how to make momos (traditional dumplings) as well as a Nepali lunch. The program helps support SASANE's outreach and education programs, and is completely run by survivors of trafficking.

    Sasane Lecture
    Pokhara
    Enjoy a talk with a woman who has graduated from the SASANE program, which trains victims of human trafficking to be paralegals who, in turn, fight trafficking. Gain valuable insight and learn about the struggles these brave women face in helping others in their new roles as paralegals.

    Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
    Kathmandu
    In Kathmandu, National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi works to preserve the ancient traditions of the Lowa community of the Upper Mustang region. We'll enjoy a lecture from Chhing or one of her colleagues on traditional weaving methods, and hear about ongoing efforts with the Himalyan Indigenous Society. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Kathmandu/Pharping

    Opt to take a morning Everest experience flight.

    Optional Activities
    Everest Flight

    Mount Everest
    247USD per person
    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.

    Swayambhunath Temple Visit
    Kathmandu
    Visit Swayambhunath Buddhist temple and Unesco World Heritage Site, the the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu. Explore the structure and be sure to check out the Buddha's eyes painted on each side of the Stupa. The site is also known as the monkey temple, for the vast amount of creatures who call the complex home.

    Explore Patan Durbar Square then drive to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery guesthouse. Learn about life in the monastery from the inside and opt to share tea or meditate alongside the monks or walk in the surrounding Village.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Kathmandu - Pharping 1h-2h 25km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Patan Durbar Square Tour
    Kathmandu 2h-3h 8km
    Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular square built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. Located within it are the Royal Palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. We also visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum. South of the square lies the Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess, the Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Talejn. The Kumari lives a cloistered life, rarely leaving the confines of the chowk. When she does, it is for important religious festivals, but her feet are not allowed to touch the ground. Once the Kumari reaches puberty, another 3-5-year-old girl will take her place. If she is receiving visitors, we may be able to stop by for a blessing.

    Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery
    Pharping
    Experience the serenity of a 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: take tea alongside them and enjoy the early morning chanting before experiencing the sunrise from the roof of this stunning monastery. There are approximately 200 young monks in residence, training in the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006), and income from the guesthouse directly supports it.

    Free Time
    Pharping Afternoon
    Free time to explore the monastery and gain insight into both Buddhism and the life of a monk. Set in a peaceful wooded area only 22kms (13.7 mi) from Kathmandu, popular options at the monastery include walking, hiking, and cycling the hills and small surrounding village. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Pharping/Kurintar

    Rise early and enjoy the morning chanting and sunrise from the Monastery. After, drive to Kurintar and hike to our remote lodge on the banks of Trishuli River and valley. Opt to relax and enjoy the pool or take a hike in the surrounding countryside. 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.

    Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant
    Pharping
    Rise before sunrise and enter the main hall of the Monastery to listen to the monks practicing their chanting. After, we enjoy the sunrise over the Valley from the Monastery roof.

    Private Vehicle
    Pharping - Kurintar 3h30m-4h 125km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Walking
    Kurintar 30m-45m
    Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

    Optional Activities
    Kurintar Nature walk and Village visit

    Kurintar 30m-1h
    Free
    Take a guided walk through the forests that cascade down the hillsides of Kurintar. Visit local villages inhabited by tribal people: Chepang, Dorai, Magar, some Brahman, and Chettri, making a living from foraging in the forests. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park

    Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which boarders the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chitwan National Park.

    After lunch enjoy wildlife viewing from traditional boats along the river.

    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 932km≤ (579 mi≤), 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.

    Walking
    Kurintar 30m-45m
    Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

    Private Vehicle
    Kurintar - Chitwan National Park 2h 30m-3h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Chitwan Boat excursion
    Chitwan National Park 1h-1h30m
    Embark in traditional patela boats on a silent trip down the Rapti River, which boarders the National Park to view aquatic birds, crocodiles, gharials, and the animals along the river banks. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Chitwan National Park

    Explore Chitwan National Park and the village surrounding it. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. If we are very lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. This evening, also enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.

    Jeep Safari
    Chitwan National Park 3h-3h 30m
    Enjoy a jeep safari that begins in open grassland and moves into the dense Sal Forest, crossing the Reu River to see different wildlife. Continue down to the banks of Narayani River and spot gharials (freshwater alligators) basking in the sun. Also, view wildlife from Bhimle Machan (a wooden platform).

    Chitwan Village Visit
    Chitwan National Park
    Enjoy a visit to the farming Village bordering the National Park. Learn about the social and cultural aspects of the village people, what the farm and see how they live day-to-day. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

    Drive to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in stunning views of the Himalayas. Enjoy an orientation walk with the CEO and opt to have dinner at one of the popular restaurants in town.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Chitwan National Park - Pokhara 5h-6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Pokhara

    Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot, go boating in Phewa Lake, and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit a photo gallery and enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding.

    Sunrise at Sarangkot
    Pokhara
    Rise early and experience a spectacular sunrise view of the surrounding the Annapurna Himalayas.

    World Peace Pagoda Excursion
    Sarangkot 2h-3h 4km
    Walk up to the World Peace Pagoda, which was constructed by Buddhist monks. Enjoy the structure and the beautiful view around it.

    Phewa Lake Boat Tour
    Phewa Tal 1h
    Enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake and take in the serene environment and natural beauty, including the magnificent fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977m, 22,890 ft) rising behind it.

    Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement with local lunch
    Pokhara
    Visit the Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Camp, established by the United Nations in 1964 as a temporary settlement for the large number of refugees fleeing Tibet. Walk through this friendly quarter, now home to over 500 people. Visit the celebrated photo gallery here and then enjoy a traditional momo lunch at the local restaurant to support this incredible community.

    Optional Activities
    Paragliding

    Pokhara 30m-1h
    8500 INR per person
    Enjoy a view from above of the beautiful city of Pokhara, which is surrounded by the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Pokhara/Kathmandu

    Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu.

    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.

    Plane
    Pokhara - Kathmandu 1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Kathmandu Afternoon
    Take some time to explore on your own or do some last minute shopping.

    Optional Activities
    Pashupatinath Temple Visit

    Kathmandu 30m-1h
    1000 INR per person1500 INR per group
    Enjoy a visit to this charming Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. Watch sadhus (Hindu holy men) and pilgrims perform bathing rituals. You may occasionally see funeral pyres burning on the ghats (Hindus believe in cremation).

    Swayambhunath Temple Visit
    Kathmandu
    Visit Swayambhunath Buddhist temple and Unesco World Heritage Site, the the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu. Explore the structure and be sure to check out the Buddha's eyes painted on each side of the Stupa. The site is also known as the monkey temple, for the vast amount of creatures who call the complex home. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Kathmandu

    Depart at any time.

    Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD USD170-225 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. WEATHER
    Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly and our CEO may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly.
    Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. For more information please read the "what to take" section of this trip notes.


  10. Fitness
    While there are no treks on this trip this will be a fair amount of walking, so you should have an average level of fitness.



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