• Nepal

Overview

An amazing adventure through the mountains & valleys of Nepal, mostly on foot. This ten-day tour is a unique opportunity to discover the natural beauty of Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, & several quaint villages. As you hike to high altitudes & descend back down into valleys, you’ll be graced with the beauty of the surrounding Himalayas. 

Highlights

  • Patan Durbar Square – Features temples & courtyards devoted to sacred deities of the Nepalese culture & more than 1,000 monuments.
  • Swayambhunath – Ancient stupa featuring the all-seeing eyes of Buddha.
  • Phewa Lake – Enjoy a boating excursion on this transparent lake.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square – Home to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex. Learn about the royal families who resided here for centuries, & hear the legend of the fifteen-language, engraved stone.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, & transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Kathmandu

In the morning, visit the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, home to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex. Learn about the royal families who resided here for centuries, & hear the legend of the fifteen-language, engraved stone. Explore Patan Durbar Square, where you’ll discover Newa architecture, a design crafted by the Newa people. Patan square features temples & courtyards devoted to sacred deities of the Nepalese culture & more than 1,000 monuments. Next, visit Swayambhunath to see the ancient stupa, which features the all-seeing eyes of Buddha. Other highlights of today’s sightseeing tour include shopping in Thamel & a ride in a rickshaw.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Modi River Valley

Transfer to the airport, & board flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, enjoy a scenic walk to tonight’s destination, situated in the Modi River Valley. Settle in, & enjoy an afternoon of incredible natural beauty. Visit Birethanti village by foot, or explore the area at your leisure.  

Day 4: Modi River Valley – Ghandruk

Today features a long hike, ranging from five to six hours long. The path heads out of the Modi River Valley & leads upwards, towards the peaks of the majestic Himalayas, into the town of Ghandruk. After this amazing adventure, enjoy lunch & time of relaxation.

Day 5: Ghandruk

Awake before dawn this morning to watch the spectacular sunrise over Ghandruk & the mountains of the Annapurna range. The day continues with a guided tour of the town. See the local farm houses, & learn about Nepalese rug making.

Day 6: Ghandruk – Majgaun

Today features another long trek, in which you will descend from 6,600 feet to 4,740 feet. Enjoy observing the roaming wildlife during the journey today, which might include donkeys, buffaloes, & mules. The route lasts around six hours & ends in Majgaun, where you’ll relax, enjoy dinner, & an overnight stay.

Day 7: Majgaun – Patlekhet – Pothana – Dhampus

Hike through Patlekhet village & into the nearby forest to discover its lovely flora, which includes the colorful rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower. Enjoy an opportunity to shop for gifts & souvenirs in Pothana village. Upon arrival in Dhampus, enjoy lunch. Afterward, explore the town, or relax at your leisure. 

Day 8: Dhampus – Pokhara

This morning, enjoy a short hike down to the valley, admiring the views of the surrounding fields. Next, continue the journey to Pokhara by motor vehicle. This afternoon, visit Phewa Lake for a boating excursion. As you sail atop the transparent lake, you’ll admire the fish swimming below & the reflection of the surrounding mountain tops. 

Day 9: Pokhara – Kathmandu

See the famous Hindu shrine, Bindhyabasini Mandir, during your visit to the Pokhara Bazaar. Enjoy shopping for a variety of unique goods at this old bazaar, including jewelry & vibrant garments. Other sightseeing highlights today include the Seti River Gorge & Devi’s Fall. Later today, transfer to the airport, & board return flight to Kathmandu. 

Day 10: Kathmandu – USA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport, & board return flight home.