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Extension: Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley

Program No. 22616RJ
Delve deeper into the ancient spaces and sacred places of Kathmandu! Explore sites of Hindu and Buddhist importance and hike to the town of Changu in search of views of the Himalaya.

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At a Glance

Venture into the Kathmandu Valley to continue your exploration of Nepal’s colorful villages and cultural treasures. With local experts, explore the capital city of Kathmandu, home to Durbar Square — a complex of 50 temples representing four kingdoms, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinah and the Buddhist stupas of Boudhanatha and Swoyambhunath. Enjoy a half-day hike through rural villages where you’ll gain insight into the lives of local residents and admire the Changunarayan temple in Changu. Throughout your journey, enjoy opportunities for breathtaking views of the Himalaya, weather permitting.

Program Extension

To take this extension, enroll in this main program first.

The Best of Bhutan: Hidden Treasures of a Himalayan Kingdom

Explore Bhutan, one of the world’s most isolated countries, with experts and locals who share their enduring culture, history and natural wonders.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Elevation in Kathmandu 4,600 feet, exploring temples on varied terrain with steps to enter temples. Hiking for up to five hours; elevations of 6,500 feet.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the importance of the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinah and the Buddhist Boudhanath Stupa, both UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
  • Hike through rural villages to the town of Changu for breathtaking views of the Himalaya when the weather is clear.
  • Admire the glittering gold spires of the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa and explore the monuments and royal palace of Patan City.

General Notes

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