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Trekking in Nepal: The Height of Adventure in the Himalayas

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17 Days | 16 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
James from Halifax, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/15 - 10/19/15
This is a great trip. It is extremely well-planned by Road Scholar, and is a deluxe trip. All the lodging and meals were excellent. At the same time it is real. Especially during the trekking, you get a real feel for Nepal. As far as the mountains go, you don't get really close to them, although you can certainly see them in clear weather. Take binoculars. The first days in Kathmandu area historical sites were interesting, but the trekking to me was the highlight. The foothills landscape was nonstop grandeur, and walking through the villages and seeing how the people lived was enriching. Our guide Rajendra Gurung was excellent, extremely knowledgeable about Nepal and as a bonus, an amateur ornithologist, resulting in our seeing many beautiful birds. The final days in Chitwan National Park were striking with the animals, including rhinos, deer, wild boar, wild peacocks, and we even were lucky and saw a tiger in the wild! There were two additional things I arranged after arriving worth considering: 1. the Everest Air Tour flight, which runs east along the range until Everest comes into view. You don't get close to Everest, but can see its top clearly in the distance, still a thrill. But the intervening peaks were breathtakingly beautiful. 2.The Fishtail Ultra Flight, out of Pokhara Airport. You take an ultralight up to about 12,000 feet and towards Machapuchhre, but not close to it. It was fun being in a tiny open aircraft like that. To conclude: I went there looking for mountains, and came away thinking only about the Nepali people, who are lovely. Their inspiration was the main impact of the trip on me, their goodness, guilelessness and vitality, and in fact I came back with several charitable commitments to support them, apparently not an uncommon thing among Western visitors. In summary, I consider this a great trip and an incredible opportunity.

Scott from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/17/15 - 11/02/15
The Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas program is an truly outstanding adventure! It exceeding all of my expectations (both Nepal and the program). Our tour director was Pasang Sherpa. He is not only passionate about Nepal, it's people and culture, but he is an excellent leader, teacher and guide. He made this diverse trip seamless and very rewarding. Our trekking group consisted of nine members plus Pasang, a local guide (Santamand)and five porters to carry the duffels. This was a really good size for trekking and interaction. This program allows you to experience Nepal from many perspectives: Urban (historical sites in the Kathmandu Valley), Religious(learning about Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. while viewing the temples and Stupas), Cultural, Trekking in the mountains (villages, beautiful scenery, interacting with local people), and visiting different geographical regions (including Pokhara, and the southern Chitwan area). I can't think of a better way to spend two weeks! No issues with the earthquake or safety. Kathmandu is rebuilding its damaged buildings and historical sites -they have already made great progress. Pokhara and the Annapurna trekking region had no impact from the earthquake and is very scenic. I highly recommend the program and I hope our other group members enjoyed it as much as I did. Go soon before it all changes. PS - I was glad that I trained for the trekking - the trails are steep in places and are mostly stone pathways and irregular steps (lots of up and down). It was all worth it!

Chester from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/17/15 - 11/02/15
If you want to get a great overview of Nepal then this is the trip for you. Well-organized and very informative with an excellent group leader. Be aware though that the trekking does require you to be fit!

Robert from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/28/14 - 12/14/14
This trip to Nepal acquainted me with a culture and place about which I knew almost nothing. I was fascinated from beginning to end.

James from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/28/14
Altho it's cliche, this WAS the trip of a lifetime if you love hiking & mountains & new cultures & peoples. We were fortunate to have an excellent Nepalese Group Leader, Rajendra Gurung. He added immeasurably to the success of our trip. Trip highlights included: amazing views of Machhapuchre ("Fish Tail"), a sacred mtn, and Annapurna South, emerging from the clouds at the head of the Modi River Valley; delicious filling breakfasts eaten on the lawn of the Himalayan Lodge in Ghandruk, while gazing up at Annapurna Range peaks; climbing thousands of stone steps carefully & laboriously placed on mountain sides by Nepalese people over millenia; Nepalese children celebrating the Hindu Festival of Dewali by singing folk songs, dancing & linking arms to block our path until we made a small, voluntary offering; seeing one-horned rhinos from the back of an elephant & floating down the Rapti River bordering Chitwan National Park at sunset in a dugout canoe, then spotting rhinos on opposite sides of the river at the end of our float. If you'd like to read more or view photos, visit my blog at: http://www.phnursingadventure.blogspot.com

Susan from New Cumberland, PA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/28/14
This is a trip not to be missed. I only have superlatives to describe the program, the variety of experiences, and our excellent guide, Rajendra. Even so, one must travel there in person to truly understand how amazing Nepal can be.

Eric from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/28/14
This was a truely wonderful trip, far exceeding our already high expectations. You get a real sence of the country, its spectacular scenery, beautiful people, and history on this trip.

David from Santa Monica, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/28/14
If you think trekking in Nepal is tough, this progam is strenuous. If you think looking at the snow-capped Himalaya is fascinating, this is a life-changing experience. If you think dwelling in Nepal lodges is always a hardship, this progam will change your mind. You can be spoiled with private bath, hot showers, and happy hours with Everest beers.

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