NEPAL: From Jungle to Tibet 2024

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14 days
Availability : 20 October to 2 November 2024
Kathmandu
Max People : 12
Introduction

Nepal is known for the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, and the vast majority of travelers have mountain trekking as their main activity. But Nepal goes far beyond trekking and mountains. It is in the oldest national park – the Chitwan Reserve – that the almost extinct Bengal Tiger lives, as well as other species of the “big five”, such as rhinos and elephants.

As well as nature and wildlife we will also explore different cultures, opting for a trek in the Annapurna region, which takes us to one of the highest temples in the world, Muktinath, at 3800m altitude. On the way there we will pass through several ancient villages in the sacred region of Mustang, which until recently was off-limits to foreigners.

  • Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)
  • Aarti ceremony at Pashipatinath
  • Pokhara
  • Paragliding over Lake Phewa
  • Trekking in Mustang / Annapurna
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Bhaktapur / Khwopa
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste! Welcome to Kathmandu.

We stayed in the heart of Kathmandu. Thamel is a vibrant neighborhood that offers a bit of everything, at any time of day. We advise you to arrive on the morning flights, as at the end of the day we have scheduled a visit to Pashupatinath, where you can attend the traditional Hindu Aarti celebrations.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: –

Day 2 : Kathmandu

We take advantage of the morning and, after breakfast, head straight to one of Kathmandu’s most iconic sites, the “Monkey Temple” (Swayambhunath Stupa). It’s an easy walk of just over 2km, which allows you to see the whole city, its streets, people, smells and life up close. On the way, we stop at the Shova Bhagawati temple and pass by the Buddhist cremation area, where we can watch some of the celebrations.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara

We woke up very early, as our journey to Pokhara takes long hours. The journey along the winding roads is not easy and no matter how comfortable the transportation, it is always long. Every couple of hours, we stopped for coffee, to stretch our legs and take in the scenery.

As soon as we arrive in Pokhara, there are spectacular views of the Himalayas: Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, the “postcard” Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and more.

We check into our hotel, whose location next to the large Phewa Lake is perfect for helping us restore our energy and the wear and tear of the long journey.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 4 : Pokhara

Pokhara is nicknamed the city of paradise and it’s no coincidence! Blessed by the Himalayas, reflected in Lake Phewa, it is a city with a mild climate all year round.

This day in Pokhara is also good for the last bit of shopping before we head up into the mountains, and to test our endurance, we visit the World Peace Pagoda to watch the sunset.

In the evening we can enjoy a movie night in the most beautiful open-air cinema in the world!

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 5 : Jomsom (2743m)

The trip to Jomsom is a challenge. I’ve given a lot of thought to the best way to get to the top and there’s no doubt that the option I like the most is the one that most entrenches us in Nepali culture: we take a local bus, carefully decorated with hand paintings, loud music, lots of bumps and endless stops. On the way, the traffic of goats and donkeys can slow down our journey. There are times when we can even reach the dizzying speed of 5km/h.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 6 : Trekking Jomsom - Kagbeni (2810m)

We passed Panga Khola, which, despite being straight ahead and in the middle of a desert, in the early afternoon has very strong winds, which make the walk frustrating and difficult. At the end of Panga Khola, the “solitary pub” Ekle Bhatti, where we can stop for tea, take photos: we’re almost in Kagbeni! When we finally see the Kali Gandaki River, we’re almost there!

Kagbeni is a historic and very important town, from the ancient trans-Himalayan salt route from Tibet via Mustang. It is here, along the Kaligandaki River – the deepest gorge in the world – that you can sometimes see Saligram, the stone that symbolizes the god Vishnu, bringer of the right life, wealth, protection, health, pleasure and spiritual blessing. From here, we have privileged views of the Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 7 : Trekking Kagbeni - Muktinath (3800m)

We continue our ascent to Muktinath. We make more stops than usual, because the road is always uphill and also because we’re staying in the same place for the next two nights! Through picturesque scenery, we reach the lost villages of Lower Mustang, crossing the famous Himalayan suspension bridges…

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 8 : Muktinath

Having reached the highest altitude, today we will visit the villages around Muktinath, as well as its Hindo-Buddhist temple, in an intense cultural immersion of these peoples who have inhabited the Himalayas for centuries.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 9 : Pokhara

A long and painful day ahead: early in the morning we catch the jeep that will take us back to Pokhara. These two journeys take all day, but we have our comfy beds and the memory of the top of the Himalayas and a new inner peace waiting for us!

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 10 : Chitwan National Park

Early in the morning we take the bus to the Chitwan Reserve, Nepal’s oldest national park. We acclimatize ourselves to the new, tropical climate and hope that the next day we will be better able to live with the local animal life: tigers, rhinos, bears and elephants.

Our accommodation is a pioneer in sustainability, made entirely of natural materials, with a water reuse system and solar heating.

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Accommodation: ecolodge
Meals: breakfast

Day 11 : Chitwan National Park

Today is jungle day. We will do various activities throughout the day within the National Park, where we will be able to observe the splendor of the great animals in their natural habitat.

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Accommodation: ecolodge
Meals: breakfast

Day 12 : Travel to Bhaktapur, via Kathmandu

Today we say goodbye to the jungle and head for Bhaktapur, the former capital of Nepal. As soon as we checked in, we took the opportunity to appreciate the splendor of the architecture and the oldest traditions of the Newari culture.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 13 : Bhaktapur

Free day to explore the picturesque town of Bhaktapur. You can stay in the city or go to Nagarkot to watch the sun set on Everest.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 14 : Return from Kathmandu

It’s time to say goodbye… We say a nostalgic farewell to Nepal, with the tranquility of a richer traveler’s spirit. May the experience of this trip and the contribution to local causes and cultures help us to contribute to a more tolerant and peaceful world!

Dhanyavād… and until the next adventure!

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Accommodation: –
Meals: breakfast

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Included

Included

  • Accommodation11x hotel, 3x jungle huts
  • TransportationTravel between cities by public transport; transfers to and from the airport (within the dates of the program)
  • Food14 breakfasts
  • Activitiesall the activities mentioned in the program
  • Entrances and permits includedTIMS, ACAP, Chitwan National Park, Bhaktapur and Pashupatinath
  • Accompaniment throughout the tour by Tânia Neves.

Excluded

  • International + domestic flights;
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance: compulsory - I recommend IATI Insurance.
  • Extra meals (5€ to 20€ per day)
  • Single Supplement (optional)subject to availability of accommodation.
  • Paragliding (optional)aprox. 80€
  • Activities not mentioned in the program or specifically described as "not included" or "optional";
  • Personal expenses and communications;
  • Tips and gratuities.

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