Day 1 - Sunday Nov 4
Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Transportation from the airport to a hotel in the city center. Rest and shower before dinner in the evening.
Day 2 - Monday Nov 5
Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visits to Swayambunath Temple, Thamel Tourist District, the old Bazaars of Indra Chowk and Assan Thole, Durbar Square and the Kumari Palace.
Day 3 - Tuesday Nov 6
Head to the airport to catch a flight to Pokhara. A bit of shopping and a calming evening stroll or self guided activity before settling down to an outdoor dinner.
Day 4 - MONday Nov 12
Many options for your day in Pokhara. Happy to arrange whatever you desire. I recommended a boat ride across the lake and a one-hour climb up to the Peace Stupa. There is also ample shopping, spa treatments, yoga classes, and general wanderings to be had. Lunch in a nice restaurant and an afternoon visit to a Tibetan Refugee Camp. Spend the evening exploring the main street before dinner.
Day 5 - TUESday Nov 13
Early transport up, up, up for a meditation sunrise at Sarankot, with an option to climb higher or stay put. Para-gliding (about $120usd) is also an extra option for the daring souls. After lunch, we’ll drive to Bandipur, explore the village village and admire the views.
Day 6 - WEDNESday Nov 14
Optional trek of about 9km down to the highway. Feel free to hitch a ride in the Jeep. After picking up the trekkers we will drive east across Kathmandu valley to Bhaktapur.
Day 7 - Thursday Nov 15
Another early start as we drive up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Coffee and tea with a view and then a full day of trekking (or not) to Changu Narayan and if energy is on our side all the way back down to Bhaktapur. All the trekking is optional and able to be cut short for individuals who are feelin’ the burn.
Day 8 - Friday Nov 16
Walk the 4km (or not) into Bhaktapur center. Sightseeing amongst ancient pagodas, the Potters Square, temples, shady alleyways and beautiful open plazas. After lunch, we have a one-hour drive home to Kathmandu. We’ll rest a bit before dinner at beautiful Boudha.
Day 9 - Saturday Nov 17
The last day in Kathmandu can be spent any way you wish. We can all decide as a group or split off in factions, with ample support for whatever you desire to do. Many people conquer their Christmas shopping, visit one last spiritual site, or simply sip tea and watch the world go by before it’s back to ‘regular life’ There is also the option of visiting some small-scale local projects and organizations that are helping the citizens of Nepal through the production of cultural handicrafts or educational foundations. We can talk more about this.
Day 10 - Sunday Nov 18
It’s time to head home! Transportation to the airport and farewell hugs.