Himalayan Highlights

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.

Price breakdown 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEY – SMALL GROUP ITINERARY:

Day One: KATHMANDU

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. After our welcome meeting, enjoy a six-course dinner of organic Nepali cuisine.

Meals included: Dinner

Day Two: 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 and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program.

Exclusive Inclusions: G Adventures for Good Sisterhood of Survivors Project | National Geographic Journeys Exclusives SASANE Lecture

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day Three: 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 life in the Monastery from the inside, enjoying a chanting and prayer service. Opt to walk in the surrounding Village and countryside.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture | National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery

Meals included: Breakfast

Day Four: PHARPING/KURINTAR

Rise early and enjoy the morning chanting and sunrise 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.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day Five: KURINTAR/CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Drive to our lodge located on the bank of the Rapti river which boarders the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chitwan National Park. After lunch enjoy wildlife viewing from traditional boats along the river.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day Six: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Explore Chitwan National Park with expert local guides. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and 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 Nepal Tiger Trust, a non-profit 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 the lodge and enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Chitwan Tiger Experience

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day Seven: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK/POKHARA

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

Meals included: Breakfast

Day Eight: 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, visit their photo gallery and enjoy a local Tibetan lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding or go boating in Phewa Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day Nine: POKHARA/KATHMANDU

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

Meals included: Breakfast

Day Ten: HOMEWARD BOUND 

Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast


Price and Package Inclusions

Himalayan Highlights - National Geographic Small Group Tour
from R37'299 pps
Return flights and taxes ex-Johannesburg
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: SASANE Lecture, Kathmandu
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples
Lecture, Kathmandu
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, Pharping
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Neydo Monastery Sunrise Chant, Pharping
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chitwan Tiger Experience, Chitwan National Park
G Adventures for Good: 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
ACCOMMODATION: Hotels (8 nts), monastery guesthouse (1 nt)
MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
TRANSPORTATION: Private bus, plane, boat, walking, 4x4
STAFF & EXPERTS: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Package does not include

  • Optional tours not specified above
  • Drinks and items of personal nature.
  • Allow USD170-225 for meals not included
  • Personal travel insurance

Based on September departure – set departure dates apply.

  • All itineraries can be tailored to suit your individual needs and budgets.
  • Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability