Day 1: Arrival at Bangkok. Welcome to the Land of Smiles, you’re almost there – Kathmandu is just a short flight away. As Thailand is the hub for most journeys from overseas to Nepal and the flight leaves in the morning, it's best to rest up for one night in Bangkok before the final leg. Today is yours to recuperate from the long journey at the wonderfully comfortable Rama Gardens. Enjoy a swim, relax in your private reading window and get ready for tomorrow’s trip to Nepal! Overnight: Rama Gardens.
Day 2: Nepal. In the morning we’ll board our Thai Airways flight to Kathmandu. In just over three hours we’ll land at this fascinating Hindu/Buddhist kingdom. Our local host will meet us at the airport and guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets and introduce you to your incredible digs at the award-winning Dwarika’s Hotel. Every brick and piece of wood in this stunning property was laid by hand, creating the perfect environment to soak in the very soul of the country. Tonight we’ll treat you to a traditional Newari dinner at one of the capital’s tastiest restaurants and prepare you for the adventure ahead.
Often there are good airfare deals from western countries all the way from your home city to Kathmandu. Overnight: Dwarika’s Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: We’ll spend the day exploring Kathmandu’s major sites perched on the back of classic Royal Enfield motorcycles. You’ll have one of the city’s best drivers chauffer you pillion-style, so you can sit back, take in the sights and smells, while locals envy your ride (a van option exists for those who do not want to ride on a motorcycle). We’ll experience Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares, the Monkey Temple and Shiva’s birth place, Pashupatinath. We’ll indulge at the old royal palace in Patan for lunch, and for dinner head out to one of the coolest restaurants in trendy Thamel. Overnight: Dwarika’s Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Everest. Get up early for a once in a lifetime experience - a one hour spectacular mountain flight which takes us out to eastern Nepal, past some of the highest mountains in the world, including Mountain Everest. These peaks have been the focal point of explorers, dreamers, pioneers and adventurers for generations. An aerial discovery is an opportunity to share in the romance and glory of the world’s most famous mountains. Once back in Kathmandu we’ll board ‘special’ vehicles and enjoy a short drive to Boudhanath, the heart and soul of the Tibetan Buddhist community in Nepal where we’ll have lunch while overlooking one of the biggest stupas in the world. After lunch, soak in the vibe as you circumnavigate this stupa, spinning prayer wheels with locals along the way for some good luck. Now it’s time to work up a sweat - it’s onto mountain bikes and through the beautiful Kathmandu valley to ancient Buddhanilkantha where we’ll check out the reclining Vishnu statue before returning to Kathmandu and your gorgeous home away from home. Overnight: Dwarika’s Hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: The Big Down. Today we leave the Kathmandu valley on mountain bikes, cycling over the valley rim and into a great downhill ride which will leave us all smiles for the remainder of the day. Upon arrival at the Trisuli River we’ll camp by the riverbank in comfortable style. Enjoy a meal underneath the stars and anticipate tomorrow’s main event – rafting. Overnight: Comfortable Full-Service Camping. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: October is the ideal time of year to ride Nepal’s rivers, as the monsoon has just ended, providing plenty of liquid to move you along. The Trisuli River isn’t too wild, providing a great introduction to the sport with a few fun ‘kicks’ here and there. After a three hour ride we’ll trade boats for shoes at Hugdi Khola, enjoy lunch, then start trekking. Our trek involves mostly climbing up toward our destination, drawing us in to the spectacular views of the mountains from Annapurna in the west to Langtang in the east. After about four hours we'll set camp in the beautiful village of Shangira La, where we’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the village. Overnight: Comfortable Full-Service Camping. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Today is a hiker’s dream. We’ll take our time following ancient footpaths and climbing up, as spectacular views of the magnificent Himalayas, the amazing landscape of the Mahabharata range, terraced fields, forests with unspoiled biodiversity and lovely villages spur you on. Tonight’s camp is at Chepang Gaun, home of the fabled Chepangs, or ‘Honey Hunters’, who in spite of being one of the most disadvantaged communities in Nepal, are exceptionally rich in terms of their culture and traditions. You’re truly out there now. Overnight: Comfortable Full-Service Camping. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Chepang Gaun. We’ll spend the day exploring the village, possibly walking with locals and learning about their unique lifestyles. The Chepang once relied only on hunting and gathering and were introduced to the world as the ‘Honey Hunters of Nepal’ in the November 1988 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Overnight: Comfortable Full-Service Camping. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Uppar Dang Gadi. This is our longest day of the trek but definitely the most beautiful. We’ll pass quaint villages, enthusiastic locals and some of the world’s greatest scenery to Uppar Dang Gadi, a classic octagonal artillery fort, then into the Chitwan hills that defended the surrounding countryside during the reign of Bahadur Shah. The fort offers the perfect spot for our final camp and panorama views of the Himalayan Range. Overnight: Comfortable Full-Service Camping. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Chitwan. We start the day trekking down towards the lowland of Nepal, called the Terai. Our trek ends in Shaktikhor, the southern gateway to the Mahabharata Range where we visit the Chepang museum before continuing towards Chitwan National Park. Tonight we’ll stay in charming jungle bungalows at the Machan Wildlife Resort, one of the best places to hang your hat and get a true appreciation for this stunning national park. Tonight hotel rangers and your adventure leaders will give you a full rundown about surrounding environments, creatures that call the area home and tomorrow’s safari. Overnight: Machan Wildlife Resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Chitwan National Park. A full day of Safari Action including wildlife viewing from elephant back, jungle walks, bird-watching, Landrover drives, river safaris, elephant camp visits, wildlife viewing and photographing from machans (blinds). All wildlife activities are escorted by an experienced naturalist that will astound you with knowledge of all things big and small. Wildlife in Chitwan National Park includes the greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog deer, sambar deer, barking deer as well as a wide variety of birdlife. With a bit of luck, there is even the chance of glimpsing a leopard, sloth bear and Royal Bengal tiger. Overnight: Machan Wildlife Resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Pokhara. After a brief morning safari we’ll take gorgeous roads to one of the kingdom’s premier destinations, Pokhara. Our mid-afternoon arrival allows us to enjoy sunset with the Annapurna massif in the background. We’ll stay at the Fishtail Lodge, situated lakeside next to the Pokhara Valley. It has spectacular, panoramic views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) and three of the world’s 8,000m peaks, Daulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Pokhara. Explore Pokhara town, try paragliding, go fishing, boating, trekking, bird watching, golfing or curl up in a comfy chair in Colonel Jimmy’s Library and read about some of the area’s famous mountain expeditions. A beautiful swimming pool is also located in a strategic site at the end of a ridge and reflects the high mountains which drop away to the Bijaypur River far below. Talk about options. Tonight we'll head out in the early evening for a great surprise before enjoying dinner at one of the city's finest restaurants. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 14: Kathmandu. A 30-minute morning flight along the Himalayan range takes us back to Kathmandu and the incredible Dwarika’s Hotel for one final night. A longtime Kathmandu resident will top things off with an amazing foot trip of alleyways and courtyards in old Kathmandu, taking you into the heart of locals’ lives. Spend the remainder of the day shopping ancient bazaars and/or sipping coffee on a rooftop patio before our final feast together when we’re bound to be recounting tales of the adventure. Overnight: Dwarika’s Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu. We'll enjoy a huge breakfast of champions, tell one final round of tales about the trip, then transfer you to the airport, bid farewell and look forward to our paths crossing again. Includes: (B).
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