Spiritual culture meets wild nature, alpine adventure mixes with village hospitality, and the great outdoors is at its ineffable best in Nepal. This is a country of warm welcomes and otherworldly experiences, even if you only have a week. During this custom tour, you’ll indulge in paragliding, Everest, medieval kingdoms, immersive cultures and so much more. Despite your active schedule, Nepal is an incredibly peaceful country at heart and a perfect escape from the world. Begin planning your
Kathmandu – Temples, Kingdoms, Stupas, and Monkeys
As you land in Kathmandu, there’ll be an immediate feeling of remoteness. The mountains look down, the valley stretches out, and the big city feels more like a village. Although the 2015 earthquake impacted the capital, its spirit hasn’t been diminished. So along with the cracked roads, you will spot lines of excitable pilgrims, people communicating through deities, and friendly smiles that help set the scene. Check into the hotel early and join the guide for Himalayan coffee, an excellent opportunity to gain context in your private tour of two medieval kingdoms. It wasn’t that long ago that Kathmandu was the beating heart of three different kingdoms and your cultural and adventure trip will offer a unique impression into this past world.
Start your exploration in Patan, where a gold-inscribed temple is found amid a cloud of incense, and the intricacy of woodcarving surrounds a royal bathhouse. Then, you’ll continue to an enormous stupa, where a rooftop cafe terrace overlooks the throngs of visiting pilgrims. Explore the heart of Kathmandu’s kingdom, and follow an architectural and historical journey through 13th to 15th and 18th-century styles. As you continue through the city there’ll be a chance to stop at a holy cremation site, which adds yet more spirituality to the day. Finish your first tour at another of Nepal’s World Heritage sites, where you will follow the monkeys and madness at Swayambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu – Village Trekking and Himalayan Views
Kathmandu – Everest Morning Flight and Bhaktapur’s Old World
Pokhara – White-Water Rafting to the Lakeside Town
Pokhara – A Relaxed Day of Exploring and Meeting the Locals
Pokhara – Paragliding Above the Water and Lessons From the Nepalese Kitchen
Pokhara – Mountain Biking in the Himalayas, Down From Sarangkot Ridge