Here is where your adventure will begin!
Grab your boots, pack your rain gear, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the Himalayan wonderland of Nepal. This program will push your comfort zones both physically and mentally as you trek, raft, and bungee jump your way through mountain ridges, gorgeous valleys, and raging rivers.
This program is a full-on expedition, and things may not always go as planned. Plans change, weather changes, transportation changes, itineraries change. This is the essence of adventure. The Yeti Expedition program embraces this essence and brings it into a two-week expedition in Nepal. Our team in Nepal is prepared for exactly these types of changes and have contingencies built into our itineraries to ensure the best possible experience.
The Yeti Expedition program has three focuses: 1) adventure activities, 2) rafting, 3) trekking. And throughout the whole program is cultural exploration. Each session of the program will be unique and will respond to ongoing weather changes as they happen in-country during the summer. Summer is monsoon season in Nepal which brings great weather variations and the potential for lots of rain. Depending on the weather, you may start with rafting, then do trekking, then do adventure activities, or you may start with trekking, then rafting, then adventure activities.
The following is an example itinerary that offers a glimpse into one possible experience but remember that the order of these activities and the exact duration will change on the ground in Nepal.
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.
Following the flight to Nepal, clear customs and be met by your program leaders, who will take you to the hotel. Freshen up before getting a great night of sleep in 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 rulers 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 your 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.
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 starting location for your next adventure – white water rafting! Get a briefing from our white water rafting partner 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!
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 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 Pokhara, the adventure capital of Nepal. Arrive at Pokhara in the early evening, check into your hotel, and head out to a nearby restaurant for some dinner.
The next two days will be spent exploring Pokhara and the surrounding area. You’ll have a chance to get prepared for your upcoming trek with briefings and gear checks by your program leaders and our trekking vendor. Then you’ll be able to explore the Lakeside markets for some shopping or sipping on coffee in a café. Don’t forget the adrenaline! As long as the weather is good, you’ll also have the chance to zip line down a mountain and go bungee jumping just outside of the city. Finally, you’ll spend an evening at the World Peace Pagoda for sunset and, if you’re lucky, a stunning view of the Himalayas.
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.
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.
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.
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 raging rivers to the peaks of the Annapurnas you’ve experienced the best of the Himalayas!
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. s!
Your flight will arrive back to the US. We hope you enjoyed your time with Team Nepal. We hope to see you again soon!
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.
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Here is where your adventure will begin!
Enjoy a safari in this national park. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready!
The adventure capital of Nepal and the gateway to your trek through the Annapurna mountain range.