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Heart of Nepal

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$3480

Join us and be inspired by the majestic nature and culture of Nepal. Experience the Himalayas firsthand with the most famous mountain range in the world! Gentle hikes introduce you to rare flora, fauna and the Chitwan National Park to showcase the biodiversity and ecology of Nepal. Observe at least three Himalayan peaks – Lonpo Gang Peak, Gauri Shankar and Mt Everest (if the weather permits of course).

Explore village life by following centuries-old trails into the mountains on a comfortable multi-day trek. Experience the multi-ethnicity and the harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism at the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. This jewel-sized country is dotted with many world heritage sites and temples.

13 Days, 12 Nights: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Birethanti, Ghandruk, Bandipur, Chitwan & Dhulikhel

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

LOCAL MARKETS
Kathmandu Gokarna Mahadev Temple Tree Shrine with Shiva Lingam

The Number of World Heritage Sites

In Kathmandu Valley alone, there are seven sites with additional ones in Chitwan National Park and Lumbini. So if you’ve got a plan to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you can, a visit to Nepal will give you a big jump in the right direction.

You, Will, See Amazing Wildlife

Considered to be the Amazon of Asia, Nepal is a perfect destination to explore a great variety of animals. At the UNESCO World Heritage, Chitwan National Park has noted to be the most popular national park in the country. You will have a chance to spot majestic Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, crocodiles, leopards, sloth bears, wild elephants, deer, monkeys and up to 544 species of birds.

Nepal Rhino Wildlife
NEPALESE LOCALS
Kathmandu Gokarna Mahadev Temple Tree Shrine with Shiva Lingam

Get to Know the Culture of Kathmandu
& Buddha’s Birthplace

Kathmandu’s cultural highlights, alone, warrant a visit to this Himalayan country. A melting pot of both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, you’ll find a unique architectural heritage, and living traditions that surround you with color and prayer.

 


THE JOURNEY


 

    1

    Meet Up at Kathmandu (KTM)

    Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy.
    2

    Kathmandu | Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath Temple

    Today, we start by diving right into the culture of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit some of the more popular tourist attractions in the area, which includes Nepal's most sought out UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhu Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
    Then enjoy the evening with a welcome dinner and cultural dance performance. See how Nepali dances can inspire you as they are very important for Nepal's life, culture, and traditions.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Welcome Dinner

    BOUDHANATH STUPA
    Most Popular Word UNESCO site- one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

    KATHMANDU VALLEY
    See the unique culture that lies within the sacred birthplace of Buddha.

    BEST MARKETS OF KATHMANDU
    Neighborhood filled with a rich history, full of fun celebrations and great finds.

    3

    Kathmandu – Pokhara | International Mountain Museum, Phewa Lake

    Let’s take a short flight to Pokhara and enjoy an afternoon exploring the second largest city in Nepal. Today will highlight the famous mountain peaks and mountaineering around the world. Then we will enjoy a beautiful evening of boating on Phewa Lake - for a serene look into one of the many 200 lakes in Nepal that have a glacier origin.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    POKHARA CITY
    An escape from the bustling city of Kathmandu. It's considered to be Nepal's second largest city.

    INTL. MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
    Highlight famous mountain peaks and lifestyle of mountaineering around the world.

    BOATING ON PHEWA LAKE
    Phewa Lake is a freshwater lake and the only lake in Nepal that has a Temple in the center called Barahi Mandir.

    4

    Pokhra – Birethanti | Gentle Trek to Birethanti

    Today we begin our 3-days of gentle trekking.  This trail offers you breathtaking views of Annapurna peak. After breakfast, we will drive to Nayapul to begin our easy trek to Birethanti.  We will walk through Nepalese villages and hamlets before heading upwards into the foothills. Stay overnight in a lodge with wonderful views right across the Himalayas.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    NEPALESE VILLAGE LIFE
    An escape from the bustling city of Kathmandu. See how the villagers live.

    BIRETHANTI VILLAGE
    Birethanti Village and Modi River Valley in the Annapurna Sanctuary Region

    ANNAPURNA PEAK
    The 10th tallest mountain in the world, but it ranks as one of the most dangerous. 

    5

    Birethanti - Ghandruk

    We hike up to the bustling village of Gurung folks, explore the village/culture and stay overnight here. Ghandruk has a nice view of the southern part of Annapurna Sanctuary including Annapurna South peak (23,684 ft) and Hiunchuli (21,132 ft).
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    THE CULTURE OF GURUNG
    The Gurung are indigenous peoples and devout Buddhists.

    TRADITIONAL DUMPLING MOMOS
    A staple dish from Nepal served with tomato chutney. A must try!

    6

    Ghandruk - Nayapul - Pokhara

    We hike back down from the hills, passing more unique scenery, rice fields, and small villages. On reaching the road, you're driven back to Pokhara and spend the night there to relax.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    RICE FARMERS
    More than 75 percent of the working population is engaged in rice farming.

    POKHARA, A CITY ON PHEWA LAKE
    It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas.

     
    7

    Pokhara – Bandipur | Newari

    Travel to the medieval Newari town of Bandipur. This well-preserved town has many fine examples of 18th century architecture, as well as small cafes, shops and temples.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    BANDIPUR, CENTER OF ATTENTION
    A city with the preserved, old-time cultural atmosphere, making it popular for tourists.

    8

    Bandipur - Chitwan

    Today, we drive to Chitwan National Park. During this journey, enjoy the view of the native villages, rivers, valleys and waterfront promenades. Then when the evening comes, enjoy your first overnight stay in the wildlife lodge.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE LODGE
    Blending in with the jungle, this eco lodge offers a breathtakingly closeup view of the wild animals and birds in this forest.

    MEET THE PEOPLE
    Meet the friendly locals, feel their optimism & embrace their genuine warmth. 

    9

    Chitwan | Jungle Activities

    We start the day early to begin to explore the national park where you’ll get to see the diverse multitude of flora and fauna. Visit the habitats of the Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Elephant, and Crocodile, to name a few.
    You will also have the opportunity to do a jungle walk, elephant/jeep safari, canoe ride and visit an elephant breeding center. Plenty of wildlife adventures to go around!
     

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

     

    CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
    Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals and biodiversity.

    BENGAL TIGER SIGHTING
    It is the most numerous of all tiger subspecies with 140 left.

    ONE-HORNED RHINO
    The one-horned rhino (or “Indian rhino”) is the largest of the rhino species.

    10

    Chitwan | Jungle Activities - Encores

    After early morning breakfast, enjoy your second day back into the national park where you'll get a chance to continue your journey. Cover anything you may have missed from the first time around or simply see more of something you loved.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    CHITWAN BOAT RIDE
    Great over the shoulder photograph opportunity as you stroll across the river. 

    WILDLIFE IN THE FLESH
    See numerous wildlife animals in their natural habitat.

    BISON SIGHTING
    Increased number of 'Indian Bison' - 'Gaur' in Chitwan National park.

    11

    Chitwan - Kathmandu - Dhulikhel

    This morning you should have the time to do a final activity before leaving the jungle for your flight back to Kathmandu. After arrival in Kathmandu, you will continue to Dhulikhel to stay at a mountain resort.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    DHULIKHEL
    For centuries has been an important trading center on the commercial route.

    MOUNTAIN RESORT
    Located in the mountain area, enjoy the spectacular atmosphere and views.

    12

    Dhulikhel

    Today is free to enjoy your mountain resort, you might like to take a walk in the local area.
    Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Himalaya if you manage to wake early today and weather permits. The panorama offers a view of the Himalayan ranges stretching from Mount Annapurna in the far west to Mount Karolung in the far east.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    TAKE MARVELOUS PHOTOS
    Take some adventurous photos to share with your friends and family back home.

    HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS
    A gentle hike rewards you with panoramic views of the tallest mountains in the world.

    13

    Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

    After breakfast, the tour ends.  Hotel check-out and transfer to Kathmandu airport.  Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    KathmanduCallCall
    PokharaCallCall
    BirethantiCall
    • Local Lodge
    Call
    GhandrukCall
    • Local Lodge
    Call
    BandipurCallCall
    ChitwanCallCall
    DhulikhelCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT - 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM - 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY  - 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     

    Dates & Pricing

    PRIVATE JOURNEYS, Daily departures
    YearTour DateComfort PremiumLuxury
    2019Jan 11 to Dec 19Call$3,480Call
    2020Jan 11 to Dec 19Call$3,830Call
     

    Price Details

    • Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
     

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.
     

    Flight Add-On

    • We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • The nearest airport is KTM (Tribhuvan International Airport).
    • Contact us for more detail and pricing.
     

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary
    • ‣ Guide and porters on your gentle trek
    • ‣ Airfare Kathmandu – Pokhara
    • ‣ Airfare Bharatpur - Kathmandu
     

    Exclusions

    • ‣ International Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expense
    • ‣ Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expense