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Experience Nepali culture, terrain, and history as you explore this Himalayan wonderland full of snowcapped mountains, tropical jungles, gorgeous valleys, and winding rivers. Start your journey by taking a tour of Kathmandhu and its most famous heritage sites. Then it’s off to the Trishuli River for two days of rafting. Ride into the jungle on a safari but keep your eyes peeled for rhinos, leopards, crocodiles, elephants, and the elusive Bengal tiger! Trek into the Annapurnas with stays at small Nepali villages along the way and finish the trip with a visit to one of the most famous Buddhist stupas in the valley.

Program Profile


2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 14 June 29 Sold Out
June 28 July 13 Sold Out
July 12 July 27 Very Limited
July 26 August 10 Available

Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    Depart USA

    Meet up with your group at your gateway airport and board your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, and start getting to know your fellow travelers. You’ll be escorted by a Rustic Pathways flight leader to Nepal.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Following the flight to Nepal, clear customs and be met by your trip leaders, who will take you to the hotel, so you can freshen up before getting a great night of sleep in a quiet and comfortable hotel.

  • Day 3

    Explore Kathmandu

    Wake up to a Himalayan vista sunrise. Eat breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the day with a briefing by your program leaders. Today you’ll be exploring the history of Nepal and the Kathmandu valley. First stop, Durbar Square, where you will learn about the Malla and Shah rules of Kathmandu valley. Next it’s off to Asan bazaar. Here you’ll get a guided tour of the local market and learn how to make sense of the seeming chaos of people, bicycles, and motorbikes. Sample Nepali spices and herbs and understand the economies of local clothing and Tibetan wholesale items.

    Break for lunch outside the market and then head to the beautiful stupa of Swayambunath. Perched atop a hill in the Kathmandu valley, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a famous Buddhist monument and pilgrimage site.  On your way up to the stupa, keep you eyes peeled for the holy monkeys that play in the surrounding forest and bathe in the fountains of Swayambunath. Learn about the history of this monument, then watch as the sun sets over the Himalayan peaks outside the valley.

    Tonight you’ll head back to your hotel for dinner and a debrief of the day.

  • Day 4

    Whitewater Rafting

    Have breakfast at the hotel this morning and then hit the road. You’ll drive for a couple of hours to the Trisuli River, named for the powerful trident of the Hindu god Shiva. This is the start location for your next adventure – white water rafting! Get a briefing from our white water partner company and set out on your rafts down the river. You’ll pass through Snell’s Nose, Monkey, and Teen Devi rapids today, then head to the shore for an overnight at a river camp.

    Have dinner at the resort, debrief your experience today and spend an hour sharing stories around a campfire. Head to bed later for a much needed rest!

  • Day 5

    Arrival in Chitwan

    Wake up for a hot breakfast with the sun and get ready for some more action.  You’ll head back onto the river today for your next run through rapids such as Monsoon, Upset, and Coffee Pot. Run the river to lower elevations and head to shore at your take out point. You’ll break for lunch on the shore, dry off and pack up for a road trip to nearby Chitwan National Park. Arrive at the park in the early evening, check into your hotel, and head out to a nearby restaurant for some dinner.

  • Day 6

    Chitwan National Park Safari

    Get up early and have a quick breakfast before jumping into jeeps for a morning safari in the national park. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready for one-horned rhinos, sambar deer, crocodiles, and perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger! After the safari you’ll head back to the hotel for lunch and then visit a nearby Tharu village for a tour and a traditional dance performance.

    This evening head down to a riverside restaurant to have dinner while you watch the sunset. Remember to keep your eyes on the river and you might spot a rhino or some deer crossing the river.

  • Day 7

    Chitwan to Pokhara

    Have breakfast at the hotel this morning, pack up, and hit the road for Pokhara, the adventure capital of Nepal and gateway to the splendor of the Annapurna mountain range. Arrive in Pokhara, check into your hotel, then head to a nearby restaurant for lunch. This afternoon your program leaders will brief you on your upcoming trek and then you’ll explore the Pokhara Lakeside area to get prepared for the adventure.

    Watch the sunset from the World Peace Pagoda this evening and then head to a Lakeside area restaurant for dinner.  Sleep well tonight—you’ll need your energy in the morning!

  • Day 8 - 11

    Himalayan Trekking

    After breakfast this morning you’ll depart for your five day trek in the beautiful Annapurna region of the Himalayas. During the trek you’ll be staying in tea houses and eating at local restaurants that cook both Nepali and Western food.  Days will consist of 4 – 6 hour hikes on established trails through forested and mountainous landscapes. On clear days you’ll have superb views of snowcapped Himalayan peaks.

    During your evenings you’ll gather as a team to debrief the day and prepare for the adventure the next day will bring.

  • Day 12

    Return to Pokhara

    Today is your last day on the trail. Break camp this morning and head down towards your pickup point. At the end of the trail you’ll be met by jeeps to take you back to Pokhara. Arrive in Pokhara and relax! You just made it through a five day trek in the Himalayas! You’ll have time to relax in the hotel and then will head out in the evening for a celebratory dinner and a debrief of your experience so far.

  • Day 13

    Fun Day in Pokhara

    Wake up in Pokhara and have a relaxing breakfast at the hotel. Head out into Pokhara today to see the sights. Stop by the Shanti Stupa then head to the markets for some shopping! Lunch and dinner will be in town. Possible option to go kayaking on the lake.

  • Day 14

    Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Grab breakfast at the hotel this morning before the drive back to Kathmandu. After freshening up at the hotel you’ll head out to the famous Boudhanath stupa—another UNESCO World Heritage site and the locus of Buddhist monasteries in the Kathmandu valley. Tour the Boudha area, shop in the markets, and then head to a restaurant for dinner.

    Tonight cap off your program with a group closing ceremony and a look back on all you have learned over the past two weeks. From rivers to mountains and from the jungles of Chitwan to the peaks of the Annapurnas you’ve experienced the best of the Himalayas!

  • Day 15

    Last Day in Kathmandu

    Wrap up your experience in Kathmandu today. Have a slow breakfast at the hotel then head out into the city to shop at the bazaars. Grab lunch in town today and then head to the airport this evening to catch your flight back home.

  • Day 16

    Return to USA

    Your flight will arrive back to the US. We hope you enjoyed your time with Team Nepal. We hope to see you again soon!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email nepal@rusticpathways.com

  1. a

    Here is where your adventure will begin!

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    Chitwan National Park

    Enjoy a safari in this national park. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready!

  3. c

    The adventure capital of Nepal and the gateway to your trek through the Annapurna mountain range.