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Nepal: Himalaya Highlights
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10 days

from $2,239 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi’s Himalayan Indigenous Society and her efforts to preserve the ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region.
  • Stay overnight at a Buddhist monastery in Pharping, and visit a Tibetan refugee camp in Pokhara.
  • Search for leopards, elephants, and rhinos in Chitwan National Park.
Itinerary

Venture into the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Himalaya in Pokhara: these are just a few of the experiences that await on this 10-day journey through Nepal. From the famous rhinos and Bengal tigers of Chitwan National Park to the ancient temples of the Kathmandu Valley, encounter the essence of the Himalaya.

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive any time. Arrival transfer included. After our welcome meeting, enjoy a six-course dinner of organic Nepali cuisine.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Also visit the Royal City of Bhaktapur, exploring Hindu temples, pagodas, and monuments, including the stunning wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch. You'll also meet one of the women that has graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

Day 3: Kathmandu/Pharping

Opt to take an early morning Everest experience flight, then visit ancient Swayambhunath Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest shrines in Kathmandu. Then, visit a local home to learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society. Depart the city to Pharping for a unique overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery guesthouse. Learn about monastery life from the inside, then enjoy a chanting and prayer service. Opt to walk in the surrounding village and countryside.

Day 4: Pharping/Kurintar

Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise and morning chanting 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.

Day 5: Kurintar/Chitwan National Park

Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which borders the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park. After lunch, board a traditional boat to view wildlife along the river.

Day 6: Chitwan National Park

Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, and crocodiles. Also meet with a local tiger “technician” who will give a presentation about the Nepal Tiger Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of tigers in Nepal. Our expert will join us on a jeep safari to teach us how tigers are tracked, protected, and monitored with help from the local community. If we’re lucky, we may catch a glimpse of one of these elusive great cats. This evening, return to our lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local villagers.

Day 7: Chitwan National Park/Pokhara

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

Day 8: Pokhara

Hike up to Sarangkot and enjoy the sunrise and sweeping Annapurna Himalayan views. Later, hike to the brilliant World Peace Pagoda, a stunning monument built by Buddhist monks from Japan. After, visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community by viewing their photo gallery and enjoying a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Catch a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. Enjoy free time for shopping or opt to visit the Pashupatinath Ghats

Day 10: Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 17 Nov 2019 - 26 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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  • single occupancy
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  • date 08 Dec 2019 - 17 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $3,818 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,018 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Dec 2019 - 07 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,018 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jan 2020 - 04 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,431 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $3,900 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 23 Feb 2020 - 03 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Mar 2020 - 31 Mar 2020
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Mar 2020 - 07 Apr 2020
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Apr 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 21 Apr 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Apr 2020 - 28 Apr 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Apr 2020 - 05 May 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 May 2020 - 12 May 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jul 2020 - 28 Jul 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Aug 2020 - 25 Aug 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 22 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 06 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Oct 2020 - 13 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020
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    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 03 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Nov 2020 - 10 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 17 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 24 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 01 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Nov 2020 - 08 Dec 2020
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Dec 2020 - 22 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 29 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jan 2021 - 12 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,508 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Feb 2021 - 09 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Mar 2021 - 16 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Mar 2021 - 23 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Mar 2021 - 30 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Mar 2021 - 06 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,288 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Apr 2021 - 20 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,068 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt).
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Private bus, plane, boat, 4x4.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, Kathmandu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park
  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and the Royal City of Bhaktapur
  • Visit Swayambhunath
  • Chitwan National Park including a village walking tour and jeep safari
  • Hike to the World Peace Pagoda
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,978

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.