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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Met on arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own before meeting for dinner and our orientation meetings. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Everest Flight, Monkey Temple
We start early today, enjoying spectacular Himalayan views on our Everest flight (weather permitting). Following the flight we will visit the Swoyambhu Stupa also known as the Monkey Temple. See these creatures jumping into the pool bathing or following and watching you as you watch them.
Day 3: Fly to Lumbini
Today we fly to Lumbini where we will have an orientation walk of the town.
Day 4: Lumbini - Birth place of Buddha
An early start to visit the birth place of Buddha. This is a perfect serene setting to learn more about the life of Buddha and the fundamentals of Buddhism. After lunch, we drive to Chitwan National Park for a relaxing evening while enjoying a local dance performance. Overnight in Chitwan National Park.
Days 5 - 6: Chitwan National Park
We wake up very early to enjoy our first elephant safari to search for wildlife including the Asian Rhinos. Then watch or help bathe the elephants after their morning of work. We will also have a river safari by canoe as we travel the river to the Elephant Conservation Center. Overnight inChitwan National Park.
Days 7 - 8: Pokhara
The next two days, we will have opportunities for day hikes around the lake and exploring the sites around Pokhara. There is so much to do that this is a great place for people to have a free afternoon to explore on your own. Also, visit the World Peace Pagoda with a picnic lunch around the lake as well as a small boat ride on the lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 9: Dhampus, Fishtail Mountain views
Today, we journey by vehicle up to a small village with majestic views of Fishtail Mountain. Here we stay in a beautiful little guesthouse on the mountain with a walk into the little mountain village in the afternoon. In the evening, watch Fishtail turn colors as the sun sets and our camp fire starts up for an evening of relaxing in a surreal and beautiful place. Overnight in Dhampus.
Day 10: Bandipur
In the morning we will wake to beautiful views so close that you will not want to leave. Enjoy a morning walk before our journey to Bandipur for some stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain Range while taking in the daily life in rural villages. We arrive into the quant village of Bandipur. Beautiful by day but magical at night, we have time for a short hike around the region through nearby villages. Overnight in Bandipur.
Day 11: Exploring Bandipur
Today rise for a short walk to see mountain peaks shining in the morning sunrise as they peak over top of the clouds. Meet some of the local children as they race off to school before we return for a wonderful breakfast on top of the roof to admire the Anapurna Mountains. This day has many hiking options or if your ambitions are more relaxed, you may just want to soak up the local atmosphere. Our tour leader will lead the optional daily hikes. Overnight in Bandipur.
Day 12: Dhamalgaon
Today is where we start getting some adventure that Nepal is famous for! We have a moderate 3 to 4 hour hike to Dhamalgaon where a permanent tented camp awaits us. We will have an afternoon visit to Gurung Village to meet the people that live in this region. Rest by the campfire and enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Overnight in Dhamalgaon.
Day 13: Seti River
Today we have a relaxing morning with a hearty breakfast before we have our last moderate 3 to 4 hour hike down to Seti River where our river camp awaits. Relax by the river or a small walk will help you relax after a nice couple of days hiking. Overnight in Dhamalgaon.
Day 14: River Rafting on Seti River; drive to Nuwakot
Today, a 3 hour river adventure awaits us. A soft, level 2 rapids rafting excursion takes us to where we will meet our vehicle to drive us to Nuwakot. This journey is made for everyone whether you like to paddle or just want to enjoy the visual journey while floating down the river. At the end of the river rafting, enjoy a good lunch before we depart to our wonderful farm stay. We journey inland to a working small farm where little baby goats roam the grounds and see how people live in the interior of Nepal. Overnight in Nuwakot.
Day 15: Local School Visit Nuwakot
Today is a special day as we walk to a hearing impaired school where families from all over send their children here to learn how to learn sign language and more. This is a wonderful way to meet some very special children that love to try to learn how to spell and sign where your from. We will also have a walk to the small little village that is more like a ghost town for a tea before we have a relaxing rest of the day enjoying the surroundings of the farm. Overnight in Nuwakot.
Day 16: Bhaktapur
Today we drive to Bhaktapur where we visit the Museum and have a wonderful lunch at Museum Cafe in the courtyard.
Day 17: Exploring Bhaktapur
We start today by exploring the walled city of Bhaktapur, an ancient city that has been lovingly restored to it's authentic style. We also visit Patan, with it's lesser known, but equally impressive Durbar Square. The second largest city in the valley, Patan is also known as the 'City of Arts".
Day 18: Depart Bhaktapur
Depart after breakfast for your journey onward.
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