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  • Nov 4-17, 2014
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  • Nov 3-16, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 14 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $3,600
    Single Supplement $450
    Lodging 1 star-3 stars
    Grade II-III
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    Himalayan Discovery Safari

    The beauty, culture, and history of Nepal revealed

    Day 1      Arrive Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Western-style hotel.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: International Guest House or similar (upgrade available)

    Immerse yourself in Kathmandu's unique culture
    Day 2      Kathmandu

    Your second day in Kathmandu includes guided visits to the famous temples of Swayambhunath, Pasupantinath, or Boddhanath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. Nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity.  Not far away, you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place, and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, you will visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guest House or similar

    Explore Kathmandu's temples
    Day 3      Kathmandu / Gorkha

    Travel five scenic hours by minibus to Gorkha, the ancient capital of Nepal. Gorkha Bazaar is alive with people marketing, tending animals, doing laundry, bathing, and socializing. Your trek begins with a climb to the palace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the 11th grandfather of the present king. The nearby temple of "Gorkha Kali" (Goddess of Destruction) is believed to give Nepalese Gurkha soldiers their legendary bravery. Venerated as one of the holiest places outside of Kathmandu, the inner sanctum traditionally, was accessible only to the king. Trek two hours to your first camp for your overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping

    View majestic mountains from your camp
    Day 4      Gorkha / Arkhul

    Start a full day of trekking amid the serenity of Chetry, Newar, and Gurung communities seldom visited by Westerners. After walking only a few miles from the road, you will feel as though you have gone decades back in time. Meet children on their own long "treks" to school, then hike down to a river valley. Your camp is beside a stream that invites bathing, bird watching, and meditation.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping

    Trek through local communities among the mountains
    Day 5      Arkhul / Muchok

    Continue following the river valley today; at times you will trek on a path cutting into the rock above the stream. You'll cross rice fields before beginning the longest climb of your trek. Tonight's camp is at the edge of a picturesque village that lies partway up the 8,000-foot ridge. Keep an eye out for deer, eagles, and brightly-colored sunbirds in the forests.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping

    Hike along the river valley
    Day 6-7      Muchok / Sirendanda

    Today you'll finish your climb in time to see the soft morning light on the high peaks. Lunch will be in a park-like laurel and rhododendron forest near Barchak, a Buddhist Gurung community on the ridge top. In the afternoon, you'll feel as if you are walking into the sky as you trek north along the ridge's narrowing trail. Camp for two nights at Sirendanda at the edge of a great forest. Together with a small Buddhist monastery and a nearby community, JOURNEYS has been active in a forestry project in this area. Enjoy a free day to explore the surroundings or to push further along the ridge with your guide. You may reach elevations as high as 13,000 feet! Lammergeier (Bearded vultures) and rare musk deer can be seen in this area during the day. Listen for barking deer and owls at night.

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging: Camping

    Visit local communities while trekking
    Day 8      Chilaune

    Take an alternate route back along the ridge today. Much of the trail lies along the boundary between forest and farmland, providing a unique opportunity to observe both nature and culture. Camp is at 6,000 feet tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping

    Get to know villagers on your daily hikes
    Day 9      Chilaune / Palungtar

    Continue south with a gradual descent. Pass through Ampipal, a prosperous community with a small missionary hospital, and enjoy one last panoramic view of the high peaks before descending to camp on the ancient lakebed of Palungtar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping

    Search for farms along the way
    Day 10      Trisuli River to Chitwan

    Transfer by jeep or minibus to the Trisuli River. After a brief instruction clinic, begin rafting on the Trisuli River near Fishlingtar. The elevation here is about 1,800 feet and it is quite warm, even in winter. This is participatory paddling under the direction of an expert guide.

    After your river adventure, depart for Chitwan National Park in Nepal's southern lowland Terai region, where you will explore the flora, fauna, and people of the region and spend two nights in an airy, comfortable lodge in the jungle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Temple Tiger Lodge or similar

    Raft the Trisuli River
    Day 11      Chitwan National Park

    Spend a full day exploring wonderful Chitwan National Park. This is a fantastic contrast to the middle hills and higher Himal. During your visit, you'll join elephant safaris, a dugout canoe trip, and a game hike. Observe rhinos, deer, boar, and other animals. A former Royal Hunting Reserve, the park is home to tigers, leopards, and several other species of cats. This is also an amazing area for bird watching, particularly during the winter when migrants from northern Asia fly south to join the resident population. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. You'll also visit nearby Tharu villages to observe how these people and their customs differ from those in the hills. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Temple Tiger Lodge or similar

    Search for diverse wildlife in Chitwan National Park
    Day 12      Chitwan / Kathmandu

    After exploring Chitwan in the morning, travel back to Kathmandu. Road conditions may necessitate return by air, but plane schedules can be erratic and may entail long waits.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guest House or similar

    With luck, you may spot rhino and other large mammals
    Day 13      Kathmandu

    Today is free to spend at your leisure or do some last minute shopping.

    Consider taking the optional Everest Mountain View Flight (additional cost) to see the mighty Himalayas from the air.

    The ancient city of Bhaktapur, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a good place to explore if you have an interest in culture, temples, and ancient architecture. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years.

    If you'd rather get out of the city and into nature, Shivapuri National Park, located about an hour north from Kathmandu, is the perfect place to see wild life, birds and botany (specifically orchids and medicinal plants).

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guest House or similar

    Explore Kathmandu's shops
    Day 14      Kathmandu / Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None

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