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This cultural extension takes you to the Kathmandu Valley, where you’ll explore the iconic architectural and artistic achievements for which the region is famous. With a local guide, you’ll learn about the significance of each historic site, and gain a deeper understanding of this unique destination, where Buddhism, Hinduism, and traditional beliefs have coexisted peacefully for centuries.
For those wishing to conclude their journey with a flight over Mount Everest, this can be arranged (at an additional cost) and is a perfect way to complete your journey to the world’s highest mountains.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you are transferred to the 5-star Dwarika's Heritage Hotel. If time allows, you may choose to explore Kathmandu independently this afternoon.
This evening is yours to relax, enjoy the amenities of your hotel, and dine at your leisure — perhaps indulging in a multicourse Nepali dinner at the onsite Krishnarpan restaurant.
Dwarika's Heritage HotelKathmandu, Nepal
Dwarikas is a five-star heritage hotel, espousing Newari-style architecture and Nepalese charm and hospitality. It is well-located near the famous Pashupatinath and Boudanath Temples, as well as the international airport. Unwind over live music at the fusion bar or dine at the famous Krishnapan restaurant, featuring the best in contemporary Nepali cuisine. Choose to relax at the swimming pool or treat yourself to a traditional ayurvedic treatment at the Pancha Kosha Himalayan spa.
Bhaktapur to Boudhnath
Today after breakfast we set off on a cultural exploration of important religious sites in and around Kathmandu. We begin at Bhaktapur — one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in the region — known for its rich arts, culture, and towering temples. Many local artisans live and practice their trades here. Continuing on, we next visit the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temple complexes in Nepal. Located on both banks of the Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath is the most important Nepalese temple complex dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Our final stop is the Boudhnath Stupa, often referred to as the "Great Stupa" as it is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. This evening is free to enjoy at your leisure.
Patan and Durbar Square
This morning our cultural journey continues as we explore fascinating sites that neighbor Kathmandu. We first visit Patan, once an independent city-state just across the Bagmati River. We'll see an array of temples and palaces, and visit a museum known for its incredible collection of Asian religious art. Next, we head to Durbar Square, known for some of the most striking architecture in Nepal's cultural heritage. Our last visit today is Swayambhunath Stupa, perhaps the most impressive architectural feat in the Kathmandu Valley. Surrounded by prayer flags, the structure is a symbol of Buddhist beliefs, with a white dome that represents Earth and 13 tiers towering above that represent the stages of nirvana. The evening is free to explore and dine at your leisure.
After an early breakfast, there is an opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world. An optional flight (not included in cost) departs Kathmandu and flies east along the Himalayas, giving eye-level views of the highest peaks on earth, including Mount Everest. Later, you will be transferred to the international airport in time for your depature.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
$1,595 Per Person
See single supplement policy below.
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Kathmandu Cultural Exploration is rated 1+, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks on this trip are day walks with some vehicle support. Much of the walking on this tour will be on flat terrain, while sightseeing, 4-6 hours per day, broken up by rest and meals.
You will be met at the airport upon arrival.
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure.
Most Convenient Airport for Arrival: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code KTM) Most Convenient Airport for Departure: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code KTM)
Temperatures in Nepal tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up at midday due to strong direct sunlight at high altitudes. These mountainous areas have pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The dry season lasts from October through May. Again, days tend to be warm with nighttime temperatures dropping significantly. Any time of year, dressing in layers is a good strategy, so that you can shed or add layers as the day heats and cools.
The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November during the harvest season. During March through May, beautiful flowers are in bloom and it is the planting and ploughing time of year. The months of December through February are clear and cool (and can be below freezing at night); it is the shoulder season, so you will encounter fewer visitors. June through August is the monsoon season and it is generally not recommended to travel to Nepal at this time of year.
The flight lasts approximately one hour, and the cost is $250 per person. The mountain flight may be scheduled on the morning of the last day before your departing international flight, if time allows. International departure flights should be scheduled no earlier than 2:00 p.m. to allow enough time for the mountain flight. Alternatively, this flight can be arranged on post-tour days if you are spending extra time in Kathmandu. Please note: You may have the opportunity to see some of these mountains on your flight to Nepal; however, it will be from a much greater distance.
Nepalese cuisine is not well-known in the rest of the world. While the food in Nepal is plentiful, healthy, and flavorful, it is not the reason anyone should plan a trip to this country. Kathmandu has a surprising variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. Remember that Nepal is a relaxed culture and service is usually much slower than Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence) and Tibetan. Rice, lentils, and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats, which are used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fried breads, and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables are among the local favorites. The national drink is sweet tea brewed with milk. The local beer is quite good, though it's not always served ice cold.
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Walking, 4-6 hours per day on city streets
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