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Extension: Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley

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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Program No. 22616RJ
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4 days
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759
Nepal

Extension: Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley

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.
Length
4 days
Starts at
759
Program No. 22616 RJ
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Apr 16 - Apr 19, 2022
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Apr 16 - Apr 19, 2022
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Jun 29 - Jul 2, 2022
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Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2022
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Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2022
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Oct 18 - Oct 21, 2022
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Nov 2 - Nov 5, 2022
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Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2022
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Dec 21 - Dec 24, 2022
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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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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

Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
In the Land of the Blue Poppies
by Frank Kingdon-Ward, Tom Christopher (Editor), Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction)
Expert Tom Christopher presents excerpts from intrepid Kingdon-Ward's fascinating accounts of plant-hunting adventures in Tibet, Burma and the Himalayas in the early 20th century.
Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas
by Peter Harrison
This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959.
Lonely Planet Nepal
by Lonely Planet
With up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, this handy travel companion to Nepal features color maps and images, suggested itineraries and a listing of festival dates.
The Living Goddess: A Journey Into the Heart of Kathmandu
by Isabella Tree
The product of 12 years of travel and research, this travel narrative delves into the esoteric and fascinating Nepalese tradition of choosing a Living Goddess, a girl as young as three chosen to become a central spiritual leader.
Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas
by Bikram Grewal
A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations.
The Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen
The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas.
Lonely Planet Nepali Phrasebook
by Mary-Jo O'Rourke (Editor)
A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Sherpas, Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal
by James Fisher
A detailed study of the change that mountaineering brought to Sherpa society.
Mountain
by Sandy Hill
This stunning celebration of the allure of climbing and the grandeur of great peaks features 350 black-and-white and color images by nature photographers and adventurers spanning two centuries, among them, Ansel Adams, Edmund Hillary, Bradford Washburn and Galen Rowell.
Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment
by Stephen Bezruchka
Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide.
Arresting God in Kathmandu
by Samrat Upadhyay
This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society.
Escape from Kathmandu
by Kim Stanley Robinson
The four interconnected stories in this laugh-out-loud novel include the (mis)adventures of two young Americans with a Yeti, international espionage, mountain climbing of the highest sort and a quest for Shangri-La.
Snake Lake
by Jeff Greenwald
A touching memoir by journalist Greenwald who returns to his old haunts in Kathmandu during the Maoist uprising. He struggles to balance his journeying with obligations to his depressed brother back home in the United States.
Walking the Himalayas
by Levison Wood
Explorer Levison Wood recounts his six-month, 1,700-mile trek through Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India and into the foothills of the Himalayas, describing the landscapes, people and dangers that he meets along the way.
Kathmandu
by Thomas Bell
Drawing on his years of experience in the Himalayan fortress, Bell introduces readers to Kathmandu’s layered history, touching on gods and goddesses and the caste system as well as the present-day push toward modernization and the recent, devastating earthquake.
Against a Peacock Sky, Two Years in the Life of a Nepalese Village
by Monica Connell
Connell tells about her experience in the Nepalese Himalayan village of Talphi where she lived for two years. The place was so remote, she writes, it was ten days’ walk from the nearest road.
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The Kathmandu valley extension trip is an effective and quick overview of what Kathmandu has to offer, it covers a lot of ground in the short time and takes you to places that you will want to explore more deeply. As an overview, it’s a perfect opportunity to see seven World Heritage sites over three days, and will take you to both beautiful locations and challenging ones. Well worth experiencing!






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