From the colours and magic of Kathmandu's markets to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this 10-day adventure offers an intriguing blend of well-paced excursions. The rugged foothills of the Annapurna Range will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountain vistas. Experience Nepal from a different perspective as you explore Chitwan National Park on a 4x4 safari. With many included activities and options for more, like a soak in the restorative waters of a natural hot spring, you'll come away with a full and real appreciation of this fascinating land.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive at any time.

 

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel Vajra (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2Kathmandu

Take a guided tour of the royal city of Bhaktapur, and the Bodhnath Stupa. Visit the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project. Meet the women from the project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch.

Take a tour of the world heritage site of Bhaktapur and visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world.

Opt to visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. 

Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles. 

 

Bhaktapur Excursion

3h-4h

Visit this unique old town known as the City of Devotees. Explore Hindu temples, pagodas, palaces, and monuments, including the beautiful wood-carved palace in Durbar Square. You can pick up clay pots and other souvenirs in the colourful open markets and taste home made yogourt, known as khopa dhau, which Bhaktapur is famous for. 

G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project

Visit this G Adventures-supported grassroots organization that is helping to support rehabilitated survivors of human-trafficking. SASANE, our project partners, train women coming out of trafficking to be certified paralegals, so that they are the first point of contact for other women coming out of abuse. Where survivors lack a high school diploma, the minimum requirements to be a paralegal, Planeterra and G Adventures have helped catalyze a hospitality program for these women to be reintegrated into a dignified work environment. The survivors will teach you how to make momos (traditional dumplings) as well as a Nepali lunch. The program helps support SASANE's outreach and education programs, and is completely run by survivors of trafficking. 

Bodhnath Stupa Visit

Kathmandu

Enjoy a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Built in the 5th century, this UNESCO World Heritage site still attracts many pilgrims, particularly Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis. Take in the peaceful atmosphere and observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.

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Optional Activities - Day 2

Accommodation

Hotel Vajra (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Lunch

Day 3Kathmandu/Pokhara

Drive across the mountains to beautiful Pokhara. Immerse yourself in the views of the spectacular Annapurna Range.

A lively bus ride along stunning scenery brings us from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Pay a visit to the striking temple of Brindabasim which stands proudly over Pokhara. Later, opt to relax in a café, paraglide over the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.

Private Vehicle

Kathmandu – Pokhara5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities - Day 3

Accommodation

Hotel Bougainvillea (or similar)

Hotel

Day 4Pokhara/Ghandruk

Enjoy three days of trekking through isolated mountain villages and stunning landscapes. Well worth the effort, you'll be rewarded with the remote grandeur. 

Drive to the start point of the trek, Naya Pul.

Throughout the trek, come across isolated mountain communities, each observing different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. 

Amid the rugged mountain scenery, meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures. Enjoy the opportunity to visit monasteries and temples. 

Along the way we see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains, and high mountain passes. Opt to soak in natural hot springs (you've earned it).

Private Vehicle

Pokhara – Naya Pul1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Annapurna Foothills Trek Day 1

Naya Pul – Ghandruk5h-6h8-9km

Trek uphill passing the foothills of the Annapurna Region to reach Ghandruk, a charming village populated by mostly Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars. Enjoy the spectaular scenery - it is well-worth the effort.

 

Accommodation

Tea House Landruk (or similar)

Teahouse

Day 5Ghandruk/Landruk

Trek through the foothills from Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda for a rest and an optional soak in the hot springs. Continue on to Landruk, enjoying the views along the way.

 

Annapurna Foothills Trek Day 2

Ghandruk – Landruk7h-8h11-12km

After breakfast, enjoy a trek all the way to Jhinu Danda, which takes approx. 4 hrs. Spend about 2 hrs in Jhinu - take a break and relax in the hot springs. In the afternoon, hike another 3 hrs (5-6km) through the forest of Annapurna to reach Landruk. 

 

Accommodation

Tea House Landruk (or similar)

Teahouse

Day 6Landruk/Pokhara

For the final day of trekking, walk approx. 5 hr enjoying gorgeous scenery along the way. End the trek in Kande and board a vehicle bound for Pokhara where you will spend the night.

 

Annapurna Foothills Trek Final Day

Landruk – Kande5h

Enjoy the final 5 hr stretch of this beautiful hike, taking in the spectacular scenery en route. Upon reaching Kande, the end point, board waiting vehicles and set off on the drive back to Pokhara to enjoy a well-earned night of rest. 

Private Vehicle

Kande – Pokhara

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Tea House Dhampus (or similar)

Teahouse

Day 7Pokhara/Royal Chitwan National Park

Travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an overnight homestay with the indigenous Tharu community. Experience their culture through dance and song, along with a traditional meal. Opt to go on a cycling excursion through the area.

Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Chitwan National Park. Known as the Terai Tarai ("moist land"), the landscape you travel through today is a belt of marshy grassland, savannah, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. 

Private Vehicle

Pokhara – Royal Chitwan National Park4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

G Adventures for Good: Barauli Community Homestay

Enjoy the hospitality of the Tharu, an indigenous community from the Teral belt of Nepal who live in eco-friendly homes. Experience their unique culture through dances, songs, and a delicious traditional meal. 

Accommodation

Community Home Stay (or similar)

Hotel

Day 8Royal Chitwan National Park

Take a 4x4 safari through the park and search for the elusive tiger.

Explore the national park by 4x4 safari before a guided half-day walk inside the park. Enjoy free time to enjoy some bird watching.

The Terai-Duar region is home to the endangered Indian rhinoceros, as well as elephants, Bengal tigers, bears, leopards, and other wild animals. The Royal Chitwan National Park and Royal Bardia National Park preserve significant sections of habitat for these animals, making them home to some of the greatest concentrations of rhinoceros and tigers left in South Asia.

 

Chitwan 4x4 Safari

Royal Chitwan National Park1h-2h

Explore the diverse ecosystems of Royal Chitwan National Park from the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for the many animals that live there, including birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and rhinos. If you're lucky, you might get to see an elusive tiger.

Royal Chitwan National Park Guided Walk

Royal Chitwan National Park

Enjoy a walk in this lush park with a local guide and look for magnificent wildlife.

Free Time

Royal Chitwan National ParkAfternoon

Make the most of your time here.

G Adventures for Good: Barauli Community Homestay

Enjoy the hospitality of the Tharu, an indigenous community from the Teral belt of Nepal who live in eco-friendly homes. Experience their unique culture through dances, songs, and a delicious traditional meal. 

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Optional Activities - Day 8

Birdwatching

Keep your eyes peeled and binoculars ready to spot some amazing birds. 

Accommodation

Community Home Stay (or similar)

Hotel

Day 9Royal Chitwan National Park/Kathmandu

Travel back to the capital city.

Return to Kathmandu and enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring. Opt to visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath or the monkey temple. 

Private Vehicle

Royal Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu6h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time

KathmanduAfternoon

Finish up your sightseeing.

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Optional Activities - Day 9

Accommodation

Hotel Vajra (or similar)

Hotel

Day 10Kathmandu

Depart at any time. Opt for an Everest flight this morning, if weather permits.

COST

Contact ben@photographerswithoutborders.org for pricing.

What's Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu
  • G Adventures for Good: Barauli Community Homestay, Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Kathmandu walking tour
  • Bhaktapur guided tour
  • Annapurna trekking (3 days)
  • Chitwan NP 4x4 safari
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts), teahouse lodges (2 nts).

Meals

1 lunch
Allow USD330-430 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus, 4x4, trekking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

My Own Room - From $379.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.