Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by our team and transferred to our guesthouse. For those who have arrived earlier, we’ll assist with check-in and ensure everyone is comfortably settled. In the afternoon, we’ll gather for a short orientation meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions about Nepal and your upcoming adventure.
This evening, get ready for an inspiring meeting with our incredible Sasane Sister guides. They will share their stories and experiences, offering a unique perspective on Nepal’s culture and society. Following the meeting, indulge in a traditional Nepali dinner, where you’ll have plenty of chances to connect and bond with your fellow travelers, creating lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. Get ready to embark on a remarkable journey through Nepal, filled with adventure, exploration, and cultural immersion.
Get ready for a day filled with the vibrant energy of Nepal’s markets and the spiritual allure of its ancient culture. We’ll begin with a traditional Nepali breakfast, shared with our inspiring Sasane sister guides. Fuelled up and ready to go, we’ll dive into the heart of Kathmandu’s bustling streets and hop on public transport to Basantapur Durbar Square.
As we arrive, we’ll embark on a chaotic rickshaw tour through the lively streets of Thamel. This vibrant area has been a hub for tourists and artists for decades, offering a colorful blend of craft shops, trekking gear stores, and delightful restaurants. Immerse yourself in the maze of streets, where rainbow prayer flags flutter above and the scent of delicious food fills the air.
Our journey continues as we wander through the vibrant Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces. Here, you’ll witness the lively bustle of traditional Nepalese life, as locals navigate the stalls, haggling for bargains and purchasing fresh produce. Let the vibrant atmosphere and sensory overload captivate you as you explore the lively market and indulge in authentic street food for lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll take a short drive to Boudhanath, one of Nepal’s largest stupas. Built in the 5th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this sacred place emanates a profound spiritual energy. As you enter the sanctuary, you’ll be greeted by the sight of the magnificent dome-shaped stupa adorned with brilliant prayer flags. Observe monks dressed in maroon robes as they engage in their rituals, spinning prayer wheels, lighting incense, and offering flickering butter candles.
Next, we’ll visit the revered Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, this temple complex is known for its intricate architecture and spiritual significance. Keep an eye out for the playful monkeys that inhabit the temple grounds.
As the evening approaches, take some time to wander the enchanting streets of Kathmandu, exploring at your own pace. Indulge in more street food delights or connect with your guide and fellow travelers at a local café, sharing stories and experiences over a delicious group meal. Afterward, we’ll transport you back to the guesthouse, where you can relax and reflect on the captivating experiences of the day.
After a hearty breakfast, get ready for an exciting day of adventure as we leave Kathmandu behind and embark on a scenic drive to Charaundi, located on the banks of the Trishuli River. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping experience as we embark on a thrilling river trip up to Kurintar.
Accompanied by skilled and experienced river guides, we’ll navigate the fast-flowing Trishuli River, known for its impressive gorges and exhilarating grade 2-3 rapids. Feel the rush of excitement as we ride the waves, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. With the Langtang Himal as our backdrop, this thrilling river journey promises unforgettable moments and plenty of fun.
After our exhilarating river adventure, we’ll take a well-deserved break for a delicious lunch. Savor the flavors of Nepali cuisine as we recharge and soak in the picturesque surroundings.
Continuing our journey, we’ll make our way to the enchanting Newari town of Bandipur, a hidden gem in central Nepal. As we arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The narrow streets are cobbled, and both sides are adorned with traditional wooden Newari houses, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. Take a leisurely stroll through the Bandipur bazaar, where you’ll be captivated by the artistic buildings and enchanted by the simple yet contented lives of the locals.
There are plenty of charming eateries in Bandipur where you can find an awesome meal to enjoy with your group and guide (not included). Indulge in the local cuisine, savoring the authentic flavors and immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this unique town.
As the day comes to an end, we’ll settle into our accommodation in Bandipur, ready to reflect on the thrilling river adventure and the charming experiences of the day.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Rise and shine! This morning, we embark on a short hike that will lead us to one of the most authentic villages in Nepal, untouched by modern development. Our journey takes us through the picturesque Muchuk Village, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, until we reach the village of Ramkot. This village is home to the indigenous Magar community, whose ancestry traces back to Mongol interlopers. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, history, and rural lifestyle of Nepal.
As we explore the village, you’ll witness the traditional practices, customs, and rituals that have been preserved by the Magar community. Engage with the locals, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into their traditions and values. This unique experience will offer a glimpse into the authentic Nepalese society that thrives in the rural areas.
In the afternoon, we make our way back to Bandipur, where we’ll take a short drive to our next destination: Pokhara. Pokhara is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, with lively streets adorned with colorful decorations and buzzing with live music performances. While the city offers an exciting array of entertainment, we recommend getting some rest as tomorrow will be an early start. However, with the allure of Pokhara’s cool city atmosphere, it might be easier said than done to resist the temptations of the nightlife.
Prepare for a day filled with adventure and new experiences as we continue our journey in Nepal.
Prepare for an unforgettable adventure as we embark on an overnight trek into the majestic mountains of Nepal. We rise early, at the rather ridiculous hour of 4:30 am, to witness an awe-inspiring sunrise at Sarangkot. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the iconic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna ranges. Capture the beauty of this moment for your Instagram feed, as the golden rays illuminate the snow-capped peaks.
After the sunrise, we gather for a heartwarming breakfast to fuel our bodies for the day’s trek. Our journey begins in Kande, where we set foot on the trail that winds through charming farm villages. As we ascend, stone steps guide us uphill towards our destination: Australian Camp, also known as Thulo Kharka. Interestingly, the name “Australian Camp” came about as a result of the area’s captivating beauty. In the late 1980s, visitors from Austria were so enchanted by this serene and unspoiled location that they would camp here for days on end. However, the name proved challenging for local Nepalese people to pronounce, leading to a serendipitous mix-up that gave birth to the name “Australian Camp.”
During our hike, we take an active role in preserving the natural beauty of the trail by participating in a cleanup effort. Your guide will provide eco-bags and tongs, allowing us to collect any waste we come across during our journey. By leaving the trail cleaner than we found it, we contribute to the preservation of this pristine environment.
As the day draws to a close, we gather around a cozy campfire, sharing stories and creating lasting memories. Tonight, we have the privilege of sleeping beneath the starry sky, nestled in the embrace of the magnificent Nepalese mountains. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for – a true immersion in the awe-inspiring beauty of Nepal. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience in these breathtaking surroundings.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Awake to the delightful symphony of birdsong and the enticing aroma of tea and local breakfast, refreshed from a restful night’s sleep in your cozy tent. This morning, we embark on a short trek to Syangja, a community off the beaten path, where we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the traditions and daily lives of the local villages. Watch as the villagers go about their daily routines, from milking buffaloes to tending to their farms.
In Syangja, you have two incredible options to choose from:
Option 1: Spend a rewarding day with a Mother’s Group. This remarkable voluntary women’s group, belonging to a vulnerable and indigenous community, is involved in various small-scale initiatives. Their focus areas include providing safe drinking water through pipeline installation, promoting organic food growth and production, raising awareness about sanitation and hygiene, and advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural communities. Experience a warm traditional Nepali welcome and actively participate in a few of their initiatives, followed by a delicious traditional Syangja lunch.
Option 2: For those seeking an extra dose of Nepali adrenaline, embark on an exhilarating mountain biking adventure along Pame Beach. Follow the path along the side bank of Fewa Lake, tracing the origin of the lake itself. Enjoy the scenic beauty and the refreshing breeze as you pedal through the landscape. We recommend indulging in a seafood lunch (not included) at Pame Beach, accompanied by a pint, as you bask in the glorious sunset.
Both options promise amazing experiences, making it a difficult choice to make. Tonight, we return to Pokhara, and for those who were sensible the previous night, this may be the perfect opportunity to embrace the vibrant nightlife and lively bars that line the lake. Celebrate the unforgettable moments of your journey amidst the bustling energy and lively atmosphere of Pokhara’s vibrant entertainment scene.
Meals: Breakfast and (lunch for those with Mothers Group only)
After a satisfying breakfast, we embark on a picturesque cruise across Phewa Lake, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Fishtail Mountain reflected in its calm and clear waters. Our boat takes us to the island of the Barahi temple, located in the middle of the lake. Take some time to explore the temple and soak in its spiritual ambiance before we continue our journey.
Leaving the island behind, we follow a scenic walking path that winds through a dense forest adorned with pine trees, Cyprus trees, and wildflowers. Our destination is the awe-inspiring World Peace Pagoda, a majestic Buddhist stupa perched atop a hill. From its vantage point, we are rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Annapurna range and the city of Pokhara.
Returning to our vehicle, we embark on a tour around Pokhara. Our first stop is Devis Falls, also known as Patale Chhango, which translates to “Underworld Waterfalls.” Witness the impressive cascades and learn about the local legends associated with this natural wonder. We then visit the Gupteswor Cave, a limestone cave that houses a sacred Shiva temple within its depths.
Our next destination is a Tibetan Refugee Camp located in Hyangja. The village is adorned with vibrant prayer flags, symbolizing the rich Tibetan culture that permeates the community. Spend time interacting with the local residents, learning about Tibetan traditions, religion, and indulging in their delicious traditional cuisine. Listen to the enchanting chants of the Tibetan monks as they offer their prayers.
If time permits and there are no unforeseen circumstances, we aim to meet with the Nepali police to gain insights into the challenges and risks faced by Nepalese women in society. Please note that unexpected changes in the itinerary may occur due to pressing police matters or weather conditions.
As the day comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the meaningful experiences and stories you have encountered throughout your journey in Nepal.
Today we embark on a scenic journey to Chitwan National Park, a renowned wildlife sanctuary in Asia known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. As we arrive, we indulge in a delicious local lunch at the resort, energizing ourselves for the adventures that lie ahead.
Our first stop is a visit to a Tharu village, home to the indigenous Tharu people. The Tharu community has a unique culture that sets them apart from other regions of Nepal. During our walking tour, led by a knowledgeable local naturalist, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the social and cultural aspects of village life. Witness the traditional houses and learn about the Tharu way of living.
For those interested, there is an option to visit the Tharu Cultural Museum, where you can delve deeper into the history and traditions of the Tharu people (entrance fee not included). Alternatively, you can observe the local liquor-making process, gaining insight into an important aspect of Tharu culture (entrance fee not included).
Throughout our exploration, our naturalist guide shares fascinating information about the villagers, their lifestyle, and the harmony they maintain with nature. As we interact with the Tharu people, we gain a deeper appreciation for their rich cultural heritage and their connection to the land.
As the day comes to a close, we retire to our accommodations in Chitwan National Park, ready to embrace the wildlife encounters and nature experiences that await us in the following days.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Rise and shine! Today promises exciting adventures and immersive cultural experiences. After a nourishing breakfast, we embark on a boating tour along the tranquil Rapti River in a traditional Patela boat. As we glide along the water, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of aquatic birds gracefully soaring above, and watch the riverbanks for sightings of the magnificent Gharial crocodile and other wildlife.
Following our boating excursion, we gather for a delectable lunch to refuel for the next part of our adventure. Get ready to hop aboard a safari jeep and venture into the wilderness of Chitwan National Park. With the guidance of experienced guides, we set off on an exhilarating wildlife safari, allowing us to witness the wonders of the local wildlife up close. Look out for the graceful one-horned Rhinoceros, numerous species of deer, bison, and if luck is on our side, we might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
As the evening approaches, we return to our guesthouse, where a captivating cultural performance awaits. The local Tharu community, known for their vibrant traditions, will showcase their traditional Tharu stick dance. Immerse yourself in the rhythm and energy of this age-old dance, and feel free to join in the festivities yourself. After the performance, we gather for a scrumptious dinner, savoring the flavors of the region while reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day.
Rest well tonight, for tomorrow holds more exciting adventures and encounters with the natural wonders of Chitwan National Park.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Prepare for a serene and introspective day as we make our way to the enchanting Pharping Monastery. Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas, this peaceful Buddhist sanctuary offers an ideal setting for spiritual exploration. Our journey takes us to Dakshinkali, a monastery located in close proximity to the Asura Cave, where the revered Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, attained profound realizations through meditation.
As we arrive at Dakshinkali monastery, we are greeted by a sense of tranquility and serenity. The monastery is home to nearly 200 devoted monks who dedicate their lives to the study and practice of Buddhism. Throughout our stay, we have the privilege of immersing ourselves in the rhythms of monastic life, observing the monks engage in their early morning and evening chanting rituals. These sacred chants create a captivating atmosphere, inviting us to connect with the deeper realms of our own consciousness.
To further deepen our experience, we have the extraordinary opportunity to stay within the monastery itself. This unique arrangement allows us to dine alongside the monks, sharing meals and conversations that offer glimpses into their devoted way of life. As we partake in this intimate dining experience, we not only nourish our bodies but also cultivate a deeper understanding of the monks’ spiritual journey.
Take this precious time to delve into your own inner reflections, practice meditation, and absorb the serene ambiance that envelops the monastery. The tranquil surroundings and the company of dedicated practitioners provide the perfect environment to nurture your spiritual well-being.
Tonight, as we retire to our accommodations within the monastery, let the peace and stillness guide you into a restful sleep, knowing that tomorrow holds more transformative experiences and insights on our spiritual journey.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Get ready for an unforgettable cultural immersion as we venture to the charming medieval town of Panauti. As we arrive, we are greeted with warm hospitality by our local Nepalese hosts, who welcome us with traditional garlands and vermilion. Prepare to embark on an exciting and authentic local experience that will leave a lasting impression.
Our journey through the old part of Panauti takes us along narrow cobbled alleyways adorned with intricately carved windows, struts, and doors. The rich architectural heritage reflects the town’s historical significance, with many temples dating back to the 15th century or even earlier. Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and immerse yourself in the vibrant Newari lifestyles that still thrive in this ancient town.
During our visit, we have the opportunity to explore notable landmarks such as the Indreshwar Temple. This magnificent pagoda-style temple, dating back to the 13th century, stands as a testament to the rich religious and cultural heritage of the region. We also visit the Brahmayani Temple, among many other temples that grace the town’s landscape. With over 40 temples and 28 annual festivals, Panauti pulsates with spiritual and festive energy. If our timing aligns with one of the local festivals, we are in for an immersive experience, surrounded by vibrant colors and lively cultural traditions.
In the evening, we step into the heart of Nepalese cuisine as we participate in a cooking class in the kitchen of our gracious hosts. This hands-on experience allows us to learn and prepare authentic Nepali recipes, gaining insights into the flavors and techniques that define the local culinary traditions. Engage your senses as you chop, stir, and savor the aromatic spices and fresh ingredients, creating a delicious meal that embodies the essence of Nepalese cuisine.
As the evening unfolds, indulge in the warm hospitality of our hosts, savoring the meal we’ve prepared together. The genuine connections forged through this shared culinary experience and cultural exchange will leave a lasting impression and create cherished memories of your time spent in the heart of Nepalese community life.
Tonight, we find comfort and rest in our delightful homestay, knowing that our journey has not only immersed us in the rich traditions and flavors of Nepal but also fostered genuine connections with the local community.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After an enjoyable breakfast and bidding farewell to our host family, we embark on a scenic drive to our next destination, the Last Resort. Located above the Bhote Koshi River gorge, which forms the border between Nepal and Tibet, this remarkable resort offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure in a stunning natural setting.
Upon arrival, you have the afternoon to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and explore the resort’s amenities. Whether you choose to lounge by the plunge pool, unwind with a captivating book, or simply soak in the tranquility of nature, the Last Resort provides the ideal environment for relaxation and rejuvenation.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the resort offers a wide range of exhilarating adventure activities. Prepare yourself for thrilling experiences such as bungee jumping, canyon swinging, canyoning, white water rafting, tandem swinging, and more. Feel the surge of adrenaline as you take the leap, swing through the canyons, or navigate the rushing rapids, creating memories that will last a lifetime and pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
As the day transitions into night, you settle into your cozy and comfortable permanent tent site. The soothing sound of the Bhote Koshi River below creates a serene ambiance as you unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures. Gather around the campfire with your fellow travelers, sharing stories and laughter, while savoring refreshing drinks that enhance the atmosphere of the evening.
Underneath the starry sky, you find solace in the embrace of nature, knowing that tomorrow holds new adventures and experiences. The Last Resort offers an unforgettable combination of adrenaline-pumping activities and peaceful moments, ensuring an extraordinary stay in this awe-inspiring location.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Today, we make our way back to Kathmandu, but before we reach the city, we have the opportunity to explore the enchanting city of Bhaktapur, often referred to as the open museum. As one of the three medieval cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur boasts well-preserved historical palaces that offer a glimpse into Nepal’s rich heritage.
Bhaktapur is renowned for its skilled artisans, particularly in pottery and hand-woven fabrics. Our first stop is at Pottery Square, where we witness the potters using traditional techniques to craft their exquisite creations in the open air. Here, you have the chance to spend time with a potter and learn about their craft. If you desire, you can even engage in a pottery-making session and create your own cup or bowl (a small fee for materials applies), which you can take home as a unique memento.
While in Bhaktapur, it is a must to indulge in Juju Dhau, the local specialty yogurt that the city is famous for. Known for its rich and creamy texture, Juju Dhau is said to be the best yogurt you will ever taste.
As we return to Kathmandu, we gather for our final evening together. To celebrate the incredible journey we have shared, the Sasane sister guides, who have been with us every step of the way, prepare a traditional Thakali dinner. It is a joyous and emotional evening, filled with cultural performances that showcase the vibrant traditions of Nepal. As you savor the delicious meal and enjoy the cultural show, you reflect on the cherished memories created during the past two weeks, the bonds formed with your fellow travelers, and the lasting impact of the Sasane sisters’ dedication to their country and its people.
Tonight is a time for celebration, gratitude, and bidding farewell to an unforgettable adventure in Nepal.
(Breakfast and dinner included)
This morning, you have the flexibility to transfer to the airport at your own convenience. If you need assistance in arranging transportation, the U.Crew is available to help you pre-book a transfer service.
Alternatively, if you wish to extend your stay in Nepal and continue your engagement in meaningful activities, you have the opportunity to participate in an incredible social graffiti project. This project allows you to contribute to the local community by creating vibrant murals and artworks that inspire and bring joy to the surroundings. You can immerse yourself in the artistic process while making a positive impact on the lives of the local people.
Whether you choose to depart or stay longer, the U.Crew is here to support you and ensure a seamless experience until the end of your journey.