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Tour Overview

Part of our new Travel with Confidence Plus Collection, this trip features a smaller group size, private transportation, en-suite bathrooms, and a discounted rate for My Own Room. Ten days is all it takes to experience what makes Nepal so ridiculously amazing. Featuring extra health and safety measures, this tour starts and ends in Kathmandu and packs incredible views, temples, hikes, food, and moments into every step along the way. Experience local living and ancient Magar culture in Panauti. Opt to para sail or just stroll along Phewa Lake at Pokhara. Have your mind blown as you hike alongside one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges.

Highlights

  • iconTake in Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • iconTake in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Connect with local people at the Panauti Community Homestay, Hike alongside lakes and mountains, Dive into Kathmandu's urban cultural vibes
  • icon Dive into Kathmandu's urban cultural vibes
  • icon Connect with local people at the Panauti Community Homestay
  • icon Hike alongside lakes and mountains

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icon Day 1: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

Arrive at any time and welcome to Nepal's bustling capital - Kathmandu.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers as we wander through Patan Durbar Square for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

This morning you have the option to get up close and personal on a flight to view Mt. Everest. Later take a walking tour of Patan Durbar Square where we view the Royal Palace and the temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. Also visit Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess; If she is accepting visitors, we can receive a blessing. After, visit Swayambhunath the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Remainder of the day is free to explore, opt to visit Bhaktapur or the Pashupatinath Temple or stroll around the bustling markets.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular square built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. Located within it are the Royal Palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. We also visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum. South of the square lies the Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess, the Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Talejn. The Kumari lives a cloistered life, rarely leaving the confines of the chowk. When she does, it is for important religious festivals, but her feet are not allowed to touch the ground. Once the Kumari reaches puberty, another 3-5-year-old girl will take her place. If she is receiving visitors, we may be able to stop by for a blessing.

ACTIVITY: Visit Swayambhunath Buddhist temple and Unesco World Heritage Site, the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu. Explore the structure and be sure to check out the Buddha's eyes painted on each side of the Stupa. The site is also known as the monkey temple, for the vast amount of creatures who call the complex home.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Get out and explore exciting Kathmandu.

icon Day 3: Kathmandu/Panauti

Location: Kathmandu

Meals: LUNCH, DINNER

Drive to Sanga and lace up your hiking shoes for a hike through the countryside and local Villages. Take in stunning views and meet friendly folks along the way to Panauti Village community homestay; a G Adventures–supported initiative. Settle into one of the welcoming homes and get to know your host family by pitching in and learning how to cook local dishes for dinner this evening.

Many families in Panauti Village have come together to establish a homestay program. Get to know a local family, explore this lovely village, and if you are inclined to pitch in, assist with preparing your evening meal - learning how to cook local dishes then eat together with your host family.

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

ACTIVITY: Take in the stunning views, nature and culture on the 11 km hike to your community homestay. The Sanga to Panauti trail has only recently been developed, through villages that are new to foreign visitors. We start from Sanga, a Bhramin community where a large Shiva statue gives a sign of Blessing. Continue through the Tamang community, home to the original Horse Warriors who migrated from tibet. Hike through a few more villages into Panauti town.

ACTIVITY: Set up in 2013, the Panauti Community Homestay is ran by a group of women who started the initiative as a way of challenging the lack of opportunity often faced by women in rural areas. The project allows them to raise their social status and income while also providing an opportunity to share their culture and customs with travellers. By sending our groups to a homestay, G Adventures is increasing income for the community and assisting with small business opportunities in hospitality. Although simple, rooms are clean, comfortable and typical of the households in which you are staying.

icon Day 4: Panauti

Location: Panauti

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside and ride through three indigenous towns: Panauti, Sunthan and Khopasi. Explore small temples, peddle through an orange farm, learn how silk is produced from silk worms and try a cup of Nepali masala tea. Head back to our homestay for lunch then take a free afternoon to explore the town on your own before another home-cooked dinner with your hosts.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside and three indigenous towns: Panauti, Sunthan and Khopasi. Starting in Panauti old town we explore around the old market, Indreshwor temple and Tri-beni ghat. Continue through orange farms to Sunthan, where we take a break and explore the Village. Peddle on to Khopasi, another small newari town where we enjoy a cup of Nepali masala tea. Riding back towards Panauti we visit a silk farm where we learn about the process of making silk and silk worms. Head back to our homestay in Panauti.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Take some time to walk around the Village and explore on your own.

icon Day 5: Panauti/Bandipur

Location: Panauti

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy stunning views as we drive along the Trishuli River passing ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terraces and the mountains beyond. Arrive in beautiful Bandipur village an ancient trading stop which has been able to maintain its distinct culture. Take an orientation walk around town exploring a bit of history, architecture, and local tradition.

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

ACTIVITY: Take a walk with your CEO around the small town of Bandipur. Sitting at an altitude of 1030m, Bandipur is home to the Magar and Newar communities, and is known for its culture and tradition.

icon Day 6: Bandipur

Location: Bandipur

Meals: LUNCH

Enjoy a hike along local trails with stunning panoramic views of the entire Annapurna Ranges. Along the way we pass though small communities, the old fort of Purano Kot, and visit temples. Continue to Ramkot Village inhabited by the Magar Tribe, a very remote and simple Nepalese community originating from the ancient Mongols. Take a walk through the town before returning by vehicle to Bandipur.

ACTIVITY: Follow village trails and catch a glimpse of typical rural-life, traditional homes and interesting temples. The trek gives a stunning panoramic view of the entire Annapurna Ranges. Highlights include the old fort of Purano Kot, and a Temple where local people come to pray to the god Mahadav for rain during times of drought. Continue to Ramkot a beautiful village nestled amongst the hills inhabited by the Magar Tribe, a very remote and simple Nepalese community originating from the ancient Mongols. We'll take a walk around viewing the traditional round houses, untouched by modern development.

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

icon Day 7: Bandipur/Pokhara

Location: Bandipur

Drive towards the mystical Himalayan mountains, and our next stop, Pokhara. Get your bearings in town on an orientation walk around Lake Phewa and be sure to capture a panoramic group photo with the stunning Annapurna range backdrop. If you want to get your adrenaline flowing, pre-booking the Paragliding in Pokhara excursion when booking your tour.

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

ACTIVITY: Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views of the Himalayas and Phewa Lake while getting your bearings around this scenic city.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Jump in a boat or hit the markets, either way there are lots of bars and restaurants to visit along the way.

icon Day 8: Pokhara

Location: Pokhara

Get to know Pokhara more in-depth by freely exploring this exciting city. Opt to visit Mt Sarangkot for a spectacular Himalayan sunrise, visit the stunning World Peace Pagoda or explore Lake Phewa by boat, then wander the markets for some last minute shopping. Later, get ready for your big night out at a lakeside bar with your new friends. Grab a drink on us and cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've just shared.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to best lakeside bar with a mountainous view and enjoy a drink on us to cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've just experienced.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY There's so much to do in Pokhara, the day is yours–have fun.

icon Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Location: Pokhara

Travel the last leg of this trip through the stunning green valleys, terraced hills and sweeping mountain views back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the city which is fascinating at every turn, simply wander around and see where chance, fate, or the city may lead you.

Additional Information: Want to take the fast route back to Kathmandu? Book the Pokhara to Kathmandu flight extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent about booking.

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

icon Day 10: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

Depart at any time. If you crave more adventure, opt for an Everest flight in the morning (weather/time permitting).

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nts), community homestay (2 nts).

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    Meals

    2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Pokhara Orientation Walk

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    Bike Tour of Panauti Region

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    Swayambhunath Temple Visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Ramkot Village Hike

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    Patan Durbar Square Tour

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    Hike to Panauti Community Homestay

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    Your G for Good Moment: Panauti Homestay, Panauti Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Lakeside Bar, Pokhara

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    Bandipur Orientation Walk

Meals Included

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts), community homestay (2 nts).

Transport

Private vehicle, hiking, walking.

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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