Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

NEPAL

Trekking in Nepal: The Height of Adventure in the Himalayas

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

Nepal

Interest

Walking/Hiking

Price Range

$3500 - $5000

Start Date

End Date

More Options


AnyInternationalSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
Program #20336RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Hiking will be in the elevation of 3000-7200 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking sticks are really helpful. Comfortable, broken-in light hiking boots. Be prepared with warm layers for nighttime temperatures that may feel colder than expected at high elevations.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 28, 2014

Expand all
Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Depart from home
Depart From: Depart from home for Nepal.

Type: Hotel

Description: You'll receive a warm welcome as you step into the cool Lobby of Holiday Inn, Aerocity. The hotel is 10 minutes drive from the international airport

Contact info:
Asset Area 12 Hospitality District Aero City
New Delhi, 110037 India
phone: +91 11 42222000
web: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/new-delhi/delap/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Mini Bar, Coffee Maker, Standard Internet service is free for all guests

Facility amenities: Safety Deposit Box available at the front desk. Dry cleaning and Pickup/Laundry. Outdoor Pool. Paid wireless data connection. Health/Fitness Center. Business Center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Forced Overnight in Delhi (Only applies to Group ...
Arrive To: Arrival to Delhi. Please note that this is a forced overnight for all participants who purchase their group flight - via Air India - from the US through Road Scholar. You must secure a visa in oder to leave the Delhi Airport. There is no programing on this day.

Dinner: Dinner is not included.

Lodging: Holiday Inn, Aerocity

Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Fly to Kathmandu / City Orientation / Program Ori...
Note: Kathmandu elevation is approximately 5000ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu.

Lunch: Lunch at the program hotel upon arrival. Participate in a program orientation.

Afternoon: Get an orientation of Kathmandu city. Kathmandu was the seat of royalty till the last century. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Kumari, the living Goddess, the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the art works in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju and image of Shiva and Parvati peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the area. One can't help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings that is cluster in the area. Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa, a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the program hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Kathmandu / Bhaktapur City / Patan
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone and situated about 14 Kms to the east of Kathmandu. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, musical mystic and so on.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, explore Patan city, full of marvelous monuments within a limited space like in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace, which dominates all others in grace and grandeur, here is the 17th-century Krishna Mandir. Entirely made of stone, this shikhara-style structure with 21 pinnacles is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a saviour deity in Hindu pantheon, and is equally noted for rare stone carvings on its walls, which depict various episodes of the epic wars of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Other landmarks within the Square are Tusha-hity (water spout), Sundari Chowk, Taleju Temple and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden temple), Rudravarna Mahavihar and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha are other highlights in the vicinity. Participate in a presentation by a local NGO to learn about their projects in Nepal.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Sankhu / Kathmandu
Note: Nagarkot elevation is 7200 ft. Hike is approximately 5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today is a hike in the Kathmandu Valley. Soon after having breakfast, drive to Nagarkot to the beginning of your hike for the day. The hike is about 5 hours up Nagarakot, walking through the villages of mixed ethnic groups such as Gurung, Newar, Tamangs.

Lunch: Stop at a beautiful location to have your packed lunch. On a fine day one can enjoy scenic beauty and the mountain ranges from this hiking trail.

Afternoon: Continue your hike to Sankhu. Upon reaching Sankhu, proceed to the Vajra Yogini temple situated in Sankhu. Later, drive back to Kathmandu which is about 30 Kms.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Reminder to pack for tomorrow's trip.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Temple Tree Resort & Spa is a boutique hotel combining western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani found here, we offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, privacy when preferred and attentive service. Nestling close by Fewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. The air here is pure and clean, and the sub-tropical climate warm and pleasant. Temple Tree comprises two storey individual cottages, finished in hand-cut stone and featuring beautifully-decorated timber struts and pillars. Each room has a private balcony with pergola looking on to a lush garden centred on an ancient tree formed from three interlocking trunks. This tree is believed to be inhabited by local deities and continues to be ritually offered flowers and perfumes to this day.

Contact info:
Gaurighat, Lakeside 6
Phewa Lake
Pokhara, Nepal
phone: +x
web: www.templetreenepal.com/

Room amenities: Internet access-wireless (complimentary)

Facility amenities: Bar/pub; Restaurant; Wi-Fi in public areas; Business center; Safety deposit boxes; Laundry service/dry services; Outdoor pool; Spa; Garden

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, October 17 - Kathmandu / Fly to Pokhara
Note: Pokhara elevation is 2700ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Participate in a presentation on Nepal history and culture. Then meet with students from the local university and learn about their goals and aspirations. Remainder of the morning on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, check into our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Participate in a presentation on trekking in Nepal.

Lodging: Temple Tree Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sanctuary Lodge lies surrounded by a colourful, blooming garden and spacious lawns, over looking the river. 10 simple rooms have warm comfortable beds and down jackets for your use, there is also a fantastic bar area complete with central fire place.

Contact info:
TBA
Birethanti, Nepal
phone: +TBA
Facility amenities: Basic facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, October 18 - Pokhara / Trek to Sanctuary Lodge, Birethanti
Note: Birethanti elevation is 3750ft. Moderately challenging. Mostly downhill 3 ½ hr duration average. 50% dirt tracks with vehicles only running on the first 10 minutes. 50% on stone steps, downhill, average size trail, about 4 ft across.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After having breakfast, drive to the trek starting point. Your hike follows a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley where your lodge will be located. Get a magnificent view of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch join a walk to the town of Birethanti. Birethanti, both a town and a bazaar in Nepal, lies across the bridge at a foothill. This bazaar is an important point along the trekking route that runs from Pokhara towards the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre base camps and further towards the town of Jomsom. Birethanti is a very picturesque village situated on the edge of the river with great views of Machapuchhre - Fish Tail Mountain. The best mountain views are always in the early morning and evening before clouds obstruct the views. Some Annapurna Sanctuary treks do an identical out-and-back. Birethanti is very low in altitude, 1,000m/3,200'. A good beginning with little worries about altitude sickness. Interact with the villagers to understand their normal everyday life including their culture/customs and see the bazaar.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Sanctuary Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: With a view of the massive peaks of Annapurna South (7,219m) and its neighbour Hiunchuili (6,441m) towering over the valley, this lodge is a great location. The sunrise views from here (enhanced by a steaming cup of tea, brought to your door) must be some of the most spectacular in Nepal. The 11 rooms are simple but very comfortable, and the fantastic staff ensures that you are fed (delicious home-made food), watered and very well looked after.

Contact info:
Gandruk
Gandruk, Nepal
phone: +TBA
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, October 19 - Trek Sanctuary Lodge, Birethanti to Himalaya Lodg...
Note: Ghandruk elevation is 6,600ft. Trek time is 5-6 hours, with an elevation gain of about 3000ft and mostly stone steps. Your GL will provides snacks but it will also be a good idea to bring some of your own along with you. The trek to Ghandruk is about 1 hr flat (first hr) 4-5 hours uphill. The 1 hr flat is on the track with the occasional vehicle passing. You then get off the main route and pass through villages and fields. It is about a 7 mile hike.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, depart the lodge and walk out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge upon arrival in the early afternoon. (Trek time is 5-6 hours)

Afternoon: Rest of the afternoon to relax. Enjoy the magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains at the lodge. Then participate in a presentation on village life, including the lifestyle of the villagers, agriculture & micro enterprises led by your group leader.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Himalaya Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: With a view of the massive peaks of Annapurna South (7,219m) and its neighbour Hiunchuili (6,441m) towering over the valley, this lodge is a great location. The sunrise views from here (enhanced by a steaming cup of tea, brought to your door) must be some of the most spectacular in Nepal. The 11 rooms are simple but very comfortable, and the fantastic staff ensures that you are fed (delicious home-made food), watered and very well looked after.

Contact info:
Gandruk
Gandruk, Nepal
phone: +TBA
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, October 20 - Ghandruk exploration
Note: It is an easy hiking day, but a full day out of the lodge, approximately 6-8 hours. Hike to the local school is approximately 2.5 hours away from the lodge. Ghandruk town itself is near the lodge.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: This morning after enjoying a relaxing breakfast with the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, descend to Ghandruk village to explore this mountainside area. Explore this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandruk is a rather easy and peaceful trek. It is famous for its culture, geographical diversity and spectacular views of mountains and stone built villages. Basically Ghandruk village is also called Konda Village in the local language and it means Stone Village. Trails are on clean stone steps both uphill and downhill, with close views of mountains and Rhododendron flowers in the spring season. This trek offers you to have an unforgettable time in the Nepal Himalayas. Ghandruk was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: This afternoon visit some of the major attractions in Ghandruk, Old Gurung Museum, Buddhist Monastery and Small Deurali pass around 2100 meters. Continue to visit a local school and interact with the students and teacher there. Return to your lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Himalaya Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Five small cottages, each containing 2 separate bedrooms, are spread throughout the terraced lawns. The rooms have lovely high ceilings and simple but very stylish slate bathrooms, as well as fantastic views across the valley and up to the Annapurna Range.

Contact info:
TBA
Tanchock, Nepal
phone: +TBA
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 21 - Trek Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk to Gurung Lodge, Ma...
Note: Gurung Lodge is at 4620ft. Trek time is approximately 5-6 hours. Morning trek is easy through farmlands. Towards the end of trek before lunch, there are many stone steps. After lunch, trek is all uphill to Majguan. ½ hour along the Modi River , crossing a suspension bridge; 1.5 hours uphill hike towards Majgaun; ½ hour will be switch back and 45mins is going up stairs until you reach Gurung village; gradual incline for 15 minutes until you get to the lodge, with additional 70 steps down.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, depart the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk. Buffaloes and goats graze in the surrounding fields and you may have to make way for the donkey and mule trains that convey goods to and from the Gurkha settlements. Continue descending for about 2 or 3 hours until we reach Shauli Bazaar. From here, we follow along the Modi River until reaching the Sanctuary Lodge.

Lunch: Lunch at the converted house near the Sanctuary Lodge

Afternoon: Continue your trek towards Majgaun partly on well-paved steps and partly on switch-backs. We reach the Gurung Lodge after about 2 hours.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Gurung Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Set on the outskirts of Dhampus, one of the first villages on the Annapurna Circuit treks, this lodge has a large terrace which overlooks the valley back towards Pokhara. Machhapuchhare, or Fishtail Mountain (6,993m), Annapurna II (7,937m) and Annapurna IV (7,525m), form part of a magnificent panorama clearly visible from here (weather permitting, of course!).

Contact info:
Dhampus
Dhampus, Nepal
phone: +TBA
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 22 - Trek from Gurung Lodge, Majgaun to Basanta Lodge,...
Note: Dhampus elevation is 5000ft. Trek time is about 3.5 - 4 hours. Trek starts 15 minutes on dirt path; ½ hour on switchback path up hill; 1.5 hours on stone steps uphill. At the hop of the hill is a lake. From the lake it is 15 minutes flat terrain with broken steps towards Pothana. Pothana is 6200ft. From Pothana, about 1.5hrs gradual downhill on dirt path, which then turns into a gravel path. Basanta Lodge is at 5570ft. Change in elevation from Pothana to Basanta Lodge is 630ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: This morning begin your trek through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Your walk takes you through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3 ½ - 4 hours, arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus to explore this town. Dhampus, a name of a fabulous village which is situated at an altitude of 1750m above sea level, in the western Nepal. The village is very famous among visitors because it provides them with breathtaking panoramic views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Fishtail, Mt Himchuli, Lamjung Himal and many other mountains. It is just 18 km away from the beautiful city of Pokhara, in the north west. Dhampus is a large village spread out along a hill top only a short walk from the main road to Pokhara. It is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar, low-caste, etc.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Basanta Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Temple Tree Resort & Spa is a boutique hotel combining western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani found here, we offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, privacy when preferred and attentive service. Nestling close by Fewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. The air here is pure and clean, and the sub-tropical climate warm and pleasant. Temple Tree comprises two storey individual cottages, finished in hand-cut stone and featuring beautifully-decorated timber struts and pillars. Each room has a private balcony with pergola looking on to a lush garden centred on an ancient tree formed from three interlocking trunks. This tree is believed to be inhabited by local deities and continues to be ritually offered flowers and perfumes to this day.

Contact info:
Gaurighat, Lakeside 6
Phewa Lake
Pokhara, Nepal
phone: +x
web: www.templetreenepal.com/

Room amenities: Internet access-wireless (complimentary)

Facility amenities: Bar/pub; Restaurant; Wi-Fi in public areas; Business center; Safety deposit boxes; Laundry service/dry services; Outdoor pool; Spa; Garden

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Thursday, October 23 - Trek from Basanta Lodge and Transfer to Pokhara
Note: Pokhara elevation is 2700 ft. Hiking is approximately 3 hours going down steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, depart along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Then transfer by vehicle to your program hotel in Pokhara. (Hiking is appoximately 3 hours).

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Early afternoon at leisure for you to explore Pokhara.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Participate in a presentation on what is being done to preserve the Annapurna Mountains.

Lodging: Temple Tree Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Local right outside Chitwan National Park in the town of Kasara near the Raptir River. There are 35 bungalows all with twin beds and two other cottages each having two twin rooms. All the wwin beds will be adjustable to make it one bed for those who require Double (king) bed.

Contact info:
Kasara, Jagatpur
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
phone: +xxx
Room amenities: Luggage rack, Dresser, Desk, Phone, AC/Heat, Walk in Shower, Hair Dryer in room, Toiletries, Safe in room, coffee maker, hairdryer in room,

Facility amenities: Lobby, swimming pool, restaurant, wi-fi Internet in Room, Restaurant and other areas within the Hotel Compound, laundry service, currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Friday, October 24 - Pokhara / Drive to Chitwan
Note: The drive is about 7 hours with a lunch stop along the way.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Chitwan National Park. This is a five to six hours leisurely drive on the highway passing small villages and terraced rice fields along the Marshyangdi river that takes you through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan with their ochre colored mud houses with thatched roofs. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu’s are the local inhabitants of Chitwan and are agriculturists by profession.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue on your drive that brings you to the bank of the Rapti River near Chitwan National Park. The Lodge is located outside of Nepal 's premier Chitwan National Park. Accommodation amidst simple luxuries of Kasara’s thirty five upscale rooms designed to offer minimalistic contemporary style blended with local materials.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Participate in Tharu Cultural Dance

Lodging: Kasara Jungle Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Local right outside Chitwan National Park in the town of Kasara near the Raptir River. There are 35 bungalows all with twin beds and two other cottages each having two twin rooms. All the wwin beds will be adjustable to make it one bed for those who require Double (king) bed.

Contact info:
Kasara, Jagatpur
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
phone: +xxx
Room amenities: Luggage rack, Dresser, Desk, Phone, AC/Heat, Walk in Shower, Hair Dryer in room, Toiletries, Safe in room, coffee maker, hairdryer in room,

Facility amenities: Lobby, swimming pool, restaurant, wi-fi Internet in Room, Restaurant and other areas within the Hotel Compound, laundry service, currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 25 - Chitwan / Jungle activity
Breakfast: Early morning before breakfast, take an elephant back jungle safari for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18-20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals. Return to the lodge for breakfast.

Morning: After Breakfast take Jeep safari through jungle thickest in search of game. The safari ends at the river bank where you continue on canoe back to the lodge. The canoe ride provides an opportunity for viewing Gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, and varieties of water birds. participate in a presentation by the naturalist at the lodge on the Asian elephant, outlining the difference between the Asia and African elephant and the behavior. Here one may witness a rare scene of elephant bath.

Lunch: Lunch at the dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon take Jeep safari through jungle thickest in search of game. The safari ends at the river bank where you continue on canoe back to the lodge. The canoe ride provides an opportunity for viewing Gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, and varieties of water birds.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Participate in a presentation on Chitwan National Park and its flora and fauna.

Lodging: Kasara Jungle Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 26 - Chitwan / Drive to Kathmandu
Note: The drive is about 5-6 hours with rest stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge.

Morning: Transfer back to Kathmandu.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Kathmandu.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and prepare for your farewell dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Monday, October 27 - Departure for home
Note: Please note that a day room is provided for all participants who have bought air from Road Scholar and are flying on Air India from Kathmandu to Delhi on flights that arrive in India in the morning. All meals are on your own, however.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Seventeen: Tuesday, October 28 - Arrive home
Arrive To: Arrival home.


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
14 nights of accommodations
38 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768