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Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

Dhulikhel Lodge Visit

Duration: 3 days

Lovely lodge with traditional architecture, private gardens and panoramic views; village and short treks nearby.

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Delhi Hospitality Package

Duration: 3 days

The capital city of Delhi has a history that dates back to the sixth century BC.  In Old Delhi, you'll visit some of the most important ancient sites, many that are currently listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. New Delhi, which was built by the... read more

Chitwan National Park

Duration: 3 days

Chitwan National Park is probably the world’s best habitat for the rare Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Rhinoceros. Seek out these animals and the hundreds of other animals and birds found here on safaris. Almost 700 sq. miles of lush riverine gras... read more

Nepal Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari

Duration: 6 days

A complimentary extension to a relaxing Nepal experience.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive kathmandu

Namaste, KathmanduNamaste, Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by Journeys staff and transferred to your hotel. After a brief trip introduction given by your guide, spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Meals
None
Lodging
International Guesthouse (or similar)

Day 2: kathmandu

Visit Boddhanath StupaVisit Boddhanath Stupa

Today you'll have a tour of Kathmandu Valley including Boddhanath and Pasupatinath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. Boddhanath is a site of very active worship and many Tibetan-type Buddhist monasteries representing sects from Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, different areas of Nepal and India. Nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity. Not far away you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. A great pilgrimage occurs here in February attracting Hindu ascentics and devout worshippers from all areas of the Hindu world. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
International Guesthouse (or similar)

Day 3: kathmandu / namobuddha

Sacred NamobuddhaSacred Namobuddha

Depart by vehicle early in the morning for Dhulikhel, a distance of approximately 20 miles. Here you will begin your trek to Namobuddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites. This is where the Lord Buddha is said to have offered himself to a starving Tigress and her cubs. Walk through the village and soak up the mountain views of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Gaurisankar Rowoling Range, and more.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping at Namobuddha

Day 4: namobuddha / baithali village

See mountain paddy fieldsSee mountain paddy fields

Wake up in the morning to the peaceful surroundings of this sacred Buddhist site, where meditation comes so easily. Today you will walk through beautiful villages inhabited by two dominant Nepali ethnic groups: Tamangs and Magars. After completing about four hours of village walk, reach the Baithali Village. You may have a good view of Mt. Everest here if the skies are clear enough.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping at Baithali

Day 5: baithali village / phulchoki danda

This trek offers wonderful mountain viewsThis trek offers wonderful mountain views

After breakfast, wander through the vibrant farming community of Baithali. Walk through paddy fields and observe the very crops which make this area thrive. Learn about the local people's culture, while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and green forests, bird watching, and passing through rural settlements. After completing approximately five hours of hiking, reach the Phulchoki Hill where you will stay for the night.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping at Phulchoki

Day 6: phulchoki danda / lele gaon

Meet the locals along the trailsMeet the locals along the trails

Phulchoki Hill is the highest point around the Kathmandu Valley rim. At 2,800 meters, you will have an incredible vantage point for appreciating the great Himalayan peaks to the north, as well as the surrounding valley. After breakfast, begin your descent through dense forest to the village of Lele Gaon. This is where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the forest sounds and peaceful environment.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping at Lele Gaon

Day 7: lele gaon / bhaktapur / kathmandu

Stop at the village of BhaktapurStop at the village of Bhaktapur

In the morning, enjoy birdwatching near the campsite. After breakfast, depart by vehicle for Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a separate kingdom where the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. Back in Kathmandu, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend your final night as you like. Your hotel is located in the Thamel area where there are great shopping bargains to be made.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
International Guesthouse (or similar)

Day 8: onward

Following breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight or spend more days trekking around the valley rim or add on an excursion to Chitwan National Park.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,200
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$350
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Camping & Nepalese Hotel in Kathmandu
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Moderate hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

The Kingdom of Lo and the Art of Barley

Long-time traveler Dick Siebel recently traveled to the once-forbidden fabled Kingdom of Lo in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal on a custom adventure with Journeys International. The …

Kathmandu sunrise.
Kathmandu sunrise.
Livestock are often used in carrying necessities along the way.
Livestock are often used in carrying necessities along the way.
Don't look down!
Don't look down!
Views of the colorful architecture.
Views of the colorful architecture.
Welcome to Nepal.
Welcome to Nepal.
Visit Boddhanath Stupa
Visit Boddhanath Stupa
Sacred Namobuddha
Sacred Namobuddha
This trek offers wonderful mountain views
This trek offers wonderful mountain views
Meet the locals along the trails
Meet the locals along the trails
Stop at the village of Bhaktapur
Stop at the village of Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Ridgetop Trek

Seldom trod trails revealing high Himalayan panoramas

overview

Nepal is known for being a trekker's paradise, but can be physically challenging for many who attempt her. This trip was specifically designed for those who enjoy trekking, but are interested in more gentle excursions, which makes it appropriate for all age groups and skill levels. Additionally, the trekking duration is completely customizable for each traveler, varying anywhere from one to twelve days.

Over the course of the trip, you will have unparalleled views of the enormous Himalayan Peaks, including Mt. Everest should weather conditions cooperate, as well as dizzying valley views of villages, temples, and unique flora and fauna. Encounter locals along the trails and in their villages. Observe hundreds of species of birds, and soak in the rugged topography that is so iconic of this mystical land.

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overview

Nepal is known for being a trekker's paradise, but can be physically challenging for many who attempt her. This trip was specifically designed for those who enjoy trekking, but are interested in more gentle excursions, which makes it appropriate for all age groups and skill levels. Additionally, the trekking duration is completely customizable for each traveler, varying anywhere from one to twelve days.

Over the course of the trip, you will have unparalleled views of the enormous Himalayan Peaks, including Mt. Everest should weather conditions cooperate, as well as dizzying valley views of villages, temples, and unique flora and fauna. Encounter locals along the trails and in their villages. Observe hundreds of species of birds, and soak in the rugged topography that is so iconic of this mystical land.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive kathmandu
    Namaste, KathmanduNamaste, Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by Journeys staff and transferred to your hotel. After a brief trip introduction given by your guide, spend the rest of the day relaxing.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: kathmandu
    Visit Boddhanath StupaVisit Boddhanath Stupa

    Today you'll have a tour of Kathmandu Valley including Boddhanath and Pasupatinath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. Boddhanath is a site of very active worship and many Tibetan-type Buddhist monasteries representing sects from Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, different areas of Nepal and India. Nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity. Not far away you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. A great pilgrimage occurs here in February attracting Hindu ascentics and devout worshippers from all areas of the Hindu world. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: kathmandu / namobuddha
    Sacred NamobuddhaSacred Namobuddha

    Depart by vehicle early in the morning for Dhulikhel, a distance of approximately 20 miles. Here you will begin your trek to Namobuddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites. This is where the Lord Buddha is said to have offered himself to a starving Tigress and her cubs. Walk through the village and soak up the mountain views of Mt. Langtang Lirung, Gaurisankar Rowoling Range, and more.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Namobuddha
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: namobuddha / baithali village
    See mountain paddy fieldsSee mountain paddy fields

    Wake up in the morning to the peaceful surroundings of this sacred Buddhist site, where meditation comes so easily. Today you will walk through beautiful villages inhabited by two dominant Nepali ethnic groups: Tamangs and Magars. After completing about four hours of village walk, reach the Baithali Village. You may have a good view of Mt. Everest here if the skies are clear enough.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Baithali
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: baithali village / phulchoki danda
    This trek offers wonderful mountain viewsThis trek offers wonderful mountain views

    After breakfast, wander through the vibrant farming community of Baithali. Walk through paddy fields and observe the very crops which make this area thrive. Learn about the local people's culture, while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and green forests, bird watching, and passing through rural settlements. After completing approximately five hours of hiking, reach the Phulchoki Hill where you will stay for the night.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Phulchoki
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: phulchoki danda / lele gaon
    Meet the locals along the trailsMeet the locals along the trails

    Phulchoki Hill is the highest point around the Kathmandu Valley rim. At 2,800 meters, you will have an incredible vantage point for appreciating the great Himalayan peaks to the north, as well as the surrounding valley. After breakfast, begin your descent through dense forest to the village of Lele Gaon. This is where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the forest sounds and peaceful environment.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping at Lele Gaon
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: lele gaon / bhaktapur / kathmandu
    Stop at the village of BhaktapurStop at the village of Bhaktapur

    In the morning, enjoy birdwatching near the campsite. After breakfast, depart by vehicle for Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a separate kingdom where the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. Back in Kathmandu, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend your final night as you like. Your hotel is located in the Thamel area where there are great shopping bargains to be made.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: onward

    Following breakfast, head to the airport for your onward flight or spend more days trekking around the valley rim or add on an excursion to Chitwan National Park.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,200
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$350
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Camping & Nepalese Hotel in Kathmandu
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Moderate hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

Dhulikhel Lodge Visit

Duration: 3 days

Lovely lodge with traditional architecture, private gardens and panoramic views; village and short treks nearby.

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Delhi Hospitality Package

Duration: 3 days

The capital city of Delhi has a history that dates back to the sixth century BC.  In Old Delhi, you'll visit some of the most important ancient sites, many that are currently listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. New Delhi, which was built by the... read more

Chitwan National Park

Duration: 3 days

Chitwan National Park is probably the world’s best habitat for the rare Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Rhinoceros. Seek out these animals and the hundreds of other animals and birds found here on safaris. Almost 700 sq. miles of lush riverine gras... read more

Nepal Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari

Duration: 6 days

A complimentary extension to a relaxing Nepal experience.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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