• Nepal
  • 9 Days

Temples & Trekking in Nepal

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 9 days; 8 nights
  • 1 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Kathmandu
A 9-day itinerary that takes us through the mountains & jungles of the land of the Himalayas. First explore the temples of Kathmandu including the Buddhist stupa Boudhanath, the Pashupatinath Hindu temple, Patan royal palace square, and the Swayambhunath complex or the "Monkey Temple." Next continue to the birthplace of Buddha in remote Lumbini, complete with a short visit to a local monastery. After enjoying the town of Pokhara, we'll start an intermediate 3-day trek at the base of the Annapurnas, staying in village teahouses. Finish off with an overnight at a gorgeous first-class ecolodge and learn about sustainability in the area, complete with a farm-to-table farewell dinner.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

comfortable


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains
  • Forest
  • Village Life
  • Pastoral

Practicalities

  • For ages 18+
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Digital detox
  • Permaculture
  • Indigenous culture
  • Rural homestay

Your Local Expert

Ashley Blake

Ashley Blakeis an avid traveler, cultural consultant and Traverse Journeys founder with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 45 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has designed and led in Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Morocco, Croatia and China. Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement. Ashley developed this Nepal itinerary in 2018 with the local guide Kiran and immediately saw the beauty of the country's culture, history, and incredible natural surroundings and potential for sustainable tourism.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Arrival & Welcome Dinner

Welcome to the beautiful land of the Himalayas! Arrive at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), and your driver will transfer you to your boutique hotel in the vibrant Thamel district. Take some time to settle in & rest up or explore this pedestrian-friendly district before we enjoy our Nepalese Welcome Dinner of fantastic traditional cuisine and cultural education with our local guide.read more

Day 2

Kathmandu & the Patan Valley

Today we'll explore the top cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu. Our first stop is the Swayambhunath Stupa - or the Monkey Temple - which has 360 degrees of view of the Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa and several shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. We'll then head to the Pashupatinath Hindu temple, which is one of the most important Shiva shrines and the most important Hindu pilgrimage temple in Kathmandu. We'll be able to see cremation ceremonies along the holy Bagmati River, a unique and very important tradition in Nepali culture. Next we'll visit Boudhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal which is located in a colorful village area filled with shops, huge prayer wheels and multitudes of chanting devotees. After lunch, we will visit Patan, the royal palace square consisting of 16th century pagodas and temples that have undergone meticulous restoration after the devastating 2015 earthquake. This evening take time to rest, explore and enjoy many cuisine options in Thamel such as Nepali, Indian, Thai and much more.read more

Day 3

Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha

This morning we’ll take a quick 45-min domestic flight followed by a short drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We’ll get on bikes to first visit the Maya Devi Temple, built in the 2nd century and dedicated to Buddha’s mother. Next we'll visit the Ashoka Pillar, built in 259 BC by King Ashok. When he constructed this pillar, the King exempted the villagers from paying tax and gave out 100 golden coins to the people. There are 10 different Buddhist stupas in this area, all made by different countries with different monks. Each monastery has a unique architectural design and surrounding gardens, which are beautiful to take and photograph. Later we'll have the opportunity for a tea time with local monks to learn more about Buddhism. In the evening we'll enjoy a delicious Nepali meal on-site at our local hotel.read more

Day 4

Pokhara & Fewa Lake

This morning we’ll drive back to the airport for another quick domestic flight to Pokhara, a vibrant, lakeside town at the base of the Annapurna mountain range. You'll have free time to walk around and choose from many fantastic lunch options before our afternoon boatride on Fewa Lake to the Barahi Temple for sunset. Dinner is on your own and you can choose from the many different world cuisines in town and meander along the lakeside where locals like to gather after work.read more

Day 5

Pokhara Explorations

Today is a free day to explore beautiful Pokhara! You can check out the market, take a lakeside walk, or shop for textiles, teas, or singing bowls. You can also choose to join optional guided tours of Devi’s Falls, the Gupteswor Gupha sacred cave, Bindabashini Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, the Old Bazaar and the Mountain Museum, which is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Here you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents and also learn about the history, culture, geology and flora and fauna of the Himalayas. Tonight, we'll get packed up for our 2-night trek. You’ll only bring the gear you need and you’ll be able to leave the rest in Pokhara.read more

Day 6

Trek to Ghandruk

We'll head out early and drive to Nayapul where our adventure in the Annapurna foothills starts! The first two hours of walking are along the riverside where you'll go through villages and farming lands to Syauli Bazaar. Then the trail takes you uphill through the terrace, farming areas, local villages and natural surroundings. Then we'll have a final uphill leg to arrive at Ghandruk, one of the biggest local villages of this area with spectacular sunset views. Hiking: 5-6 hours, 6500 feet elevationread more

Day 7

Trek to Potana

This morning we'll awake to impressive sunrise views of Annapurna South (23,661 feet), Hiunchuli (21,132 feet) & Fishtail (22,943 feet) and enjoy a delicious mountain breakfast. From Ghandruk, we'll trek straight down to the Modi River valley, taking us across the river then uphill through terraced land to Landrum. We'll have some easy walking through local villages, forested hills and Himalayan terraces to Tolkha for lunch. Next, the trail winds up to a forested hill, known as Deurali, before we reach Potana. After a tea break, we’ll have a last, short leg to our camp atop a hill with gorgeous views of Annapurna ranges as well as the Dhawalagiri Himalayan ranges on clear days. We'll enjoy dinner & Nepali spiced tea under the stars before a good nights’ rest. Hiking: 6-7 hours, 7,021 feet elevationread more

Day 8

Eco Lodge Stay

This morning we'll enjoy sunrise views of Dhaulagiri (26,794 feet), Annapurna I (26,542 feet), Annapurna South (23,661 feet), Hiunchuli (21,132 feet) & Fishtail (22,943 feet). From camp, it's just a short hike down to Kande through forested hills before driving back to Pokhara. We'll stay just outside of the city at a beautiful lodge resort where we'll learn about sustainable agriculture in the area and local community-driven projects. After dinner, the evening is yours to rest and relax after our trekking excursion.read more

Day 9

Nagarkot & Thangka Art

This morning we’ll take a short domestic flight back to the Kathmandu Valley, where we’ll head up into the hills to visit a Thangka painting school. We’ll learn about this unique art style from a local master and its importance in Buddhism and Nepal. After, we’ll drive farther up the valley hills to Nagarkot for a post-trekking retreat in a gorgeous mountain setting overlooking the valley. We’ll have optional yoga in the evening with sunset views of Langang and the northeast Himalayan range.read more

Day 10

Nagarkot Yoga & Aryuveda Workshop

We'll enjoy a full day retreat today with yoga, an Aryuvedic workshop to learn about traditional medicinal practices, an individual spa session, meditation and ample time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. We'll enjoy fresh & cleansing meals, with fantastic vegetarian cuisine and local teas.

Day 11

Kathmandu & Farewell Dinner

This morning we’ll say farewell to our beautiful retreat center and take our time back in to Kathmandu, stopping in the cultural village of Bhaktapur. In the afternoon you'll have time for final shopping & explorations in Thamel or other parts of the city. We’ll reconvene in the evening for a special farewell dinner to say goodbye to our new friends and dream of the next adventure.

Day 12

Departure

Depart any time today or add on a Mt. Everest Base Camp flight or trip to Sri Lanka or Bhutan.

Included

  • Lodging

    8 nights accommodations in 3-star boutique hotels (5 nights), basic mountain guesthouses (2 nights), and one night ecolodge stay

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast + 5 dinners + 3 lunches

  • Transportation

    Domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara + Airport transfers & transit between local excursions

  • Kathmandu site visits & entries

    Guided tour & entrance fees of Kathmandu valley to see Hindu & Buddhist cultural & UNESCO heritage sites including Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple & more

  • 3-day trek

    3 days, 2 nights trekking through terraced fields and local villages in the Annapurna mountain range (4-7 hours hiking daily) with all meals, assistant guide and porters

  • Pokhara site visits

    Guided tour options in Pokhara Valley to see Devi’s Falls, Fewa Lake, Gupteshore Cave, Bindabashini Temple & more.

  • Lumbini visit

    Guided tour through the Lumbini temple complex, including the Maya Diva, the birthplace of Buddha + session with a monastery monk to learn more about Buddhism

Not Included

  • International airfare

  • Additional meals, excursions and activities not listed

  • Alcohol, unless specified

  • Required travel insurance

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Sep 13th - Sep 21st, 2020
  • Double Occupancy Twin Beds

    Up to 2 travelers

    $1995

    per person
  • Double Occupancy Double Bed

    Up to 2 travelers

    $1995

    per person
  • My Own Room - Single Occupancy

    Up to 2 travelers

    $2490

    per person
Strict cancellation - No refunds for cancellations within 30 days of departure .

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