Nepal is the perfect destination for the adventurous traveler. It is one of the most spectacular sightseeing, trekking, safari and rafting destinations in the world, and an all-in-one fascinating region. On this six-day tour, you will have the opportunity to travel by elephant deep into the jungle and through lush grasslands. Feel the strength and thundering power on exhilarating raft courses down the rivers of Nepal. From jungle floor, to river rapid, to mountainous path, this is the adventure of a lifetime.
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Touch down in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in at one of two recommended hotels – Dwarika’s Hotel, or the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Tonight you will receive a briefing in preparation for the days ahead. Enjoy a cultural feast at a Nepali restaurant, before a restful night.
Following breakfast, take in the sights of Kathmandu City. The guided tour includes stops at the Boudhanath Stupa, sacred Pashupatinath temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, Kathmandu durbar square including Hanuman Dhoka, Temple of the Living Goddess, numerous temples and palaces. In the afternoon, see the city from a different vantage point, from the hilltop of the Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Following breakfast, begin your scenic drive toward Chitwan National Park. Along the way, stop at Khatauli – a river-rafting launch point – and begin your white water rafting adventure. After four hours of exhilarating rafting, enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing your journey to Chitwan. Upon arrival at the park, you will be met by park representatives and transferred to the jungle lodge. Enjoy a hearty meal before spending the night at the park’s jungle lodge.
Rise with the birds of the Nepalese jungle this morning and prepare for your exciting elephant ride or jungle walk through the forest. Early in the morning is the best time to catch glimpses at rare wildlife sights. After two to three hours exploring the jungle, return to camp/lodge for breakfast. Following your meal, meet with senior naturalists at the elephant stables and learn about Asia’s friendly giants. After lunch at camp, take time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation or participate in programs offered at the camp/lodge. Dinner and overnight at the jungle lodge.
Following breakfast, begin your journey to Pokhara nestled beneath the towering Annapurna Himalaya Range. Upon arrival, take in the sights of the city, including the Seti Gorge, Bindabasini Temple and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Round off your day with a sunset boat ride at Phewa Lake. Overnight at one of two recommended hotels: Fish Tail Lodge or Tiger Mountain Lodge.
Another early wake-up call today, and you begin your day with a 30-minute drive and 45-minute hike to Sarangkot, where you’ll enjoy a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan Range. Return to the hotel for breakfast and some rest, before proceeding to Pokhara’s Domestic Airport, where you’ll take a 25-minute scenic flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy an evening of shopping, sightseeing and a farewell dinner in Thamel.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning, before you are transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your departure flight, either home or to your next destination.
Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.
Tiger Mountain Lodge is located on a hilltop ridge a thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley and just a half hour drive from town. With spectacular views of the Annapurna Range, the lodge has also been touched by history: Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to scale Everest, led the hotel’s opening ceremony in 1998. The 19 rooms are arranged around the hilltop in hand-cut stone bungalows that blend into their surroundings. All the bungalows have spacious verandas, adjoining bathrooms, and elegantly traditional décor that blends Tibetan hand-knotted wool carpets with British watercolor wall paintings. The lodge offers a range of in-room massage treatments, personal yoga sessions, and meditation training. There is a mountain-view swimming pool for post-hike relaxation. The hotel serves organic produce and locally supplied products, including at its authentic Nepali lunch buffet, and at the dinner with a table d’hôte menu that features European and Nepali selections. The Main Lodge has a cozy central fireplace, comfortable seating areas, and a bar, arranged around a Nepali-style courtyard. Another special feature of the lodge is Colonel Jimmy's Library, with an impressive collection of Himalayan mountaineering literature and photographs. There is no business center. The hotel is located 40 minutes from Pokhara Airport.