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Nepal Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking Tour

The Himalayas to Chitwan National Park

Couples, Friends & Solos

8 days 7 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Casual Hiking Lodges & Premiere Hotels

From: $5,999 - $6,699 pp dbl occ

($800 for sgl occ)

The Himalayas are home to the world's tallest mountains, including mighty Everest. But Nepal is so much more than lofty summits. It's the exotic bustle of Kathmandu. The twisting mountain paths. And the colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, sending blessings to the world with each gust. Come to Nepal and embark on a journey of countless high points.

Nepal Trekking and Safari
Nepal Trekking and Safari

Nepal

Start/End Kathmandu

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu, a colorfully chaotic city like no other, where ancient and modern worlds converge and diverse cultures intermingle
  • Hike from lodge to lodge along well-worn trails passing beneath a spectacular Himalayan skyline of jagged snowcapped peaks
  • Experience firsthand the traditional culture and customs of local ethnic communities while visiting remote mountain villages
  • Safari in Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage site and conservation leader, and spot wildlife by foot, jeep and longboat
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Casual Hiking Lodges & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

A local expert introduces us to the complex history and varied influences of Kathmandu, Nepal's ancient capital | On foot, discover this bustling city where ancient relics and modern influences are blended in a fascinating mix | Explore three incredible World Heritage sites—beloved Patan Durbar Square, iconic Boudhanath Stupa and sacred Pashupatinath Temple.

Accommodations
Dwarika's Hotel
Dwarika's Hotel
Kathmandu
| *Premiere Hotel

For decades this family-run hotel has offered comfortable accommodations in an urban retreat-like setting, while also actively leading local heritage conservation efforts. (pool, spa)

Day 2
Description

A scenic flight delivers us to Pokhara, a gateway city to the Himalayas | Behold the Peace Pagoda, a brilliant-white Buddhist stupa balanced on a narrow ridge above Phewa Lake | Hit the trail to our first mountain lodge, set 4,000 feet above sea level under the watchful gaze of sacred Fishtail Mountain.

Accommodations
Ker & Downey Sanctuary Lodge
Ker & Downey Sanctuary Lodge
Birethanti
| Casual Hotel

Featuring local handiwork and design, this rustic mountain lodge offers stunning vistas of Fishtail Mountain.

Day 3
Description

Hike in the shadow of the dramatic Annapurna Massif | Visit a local village and museum for a glimpse into the daily life of remote alpine communities | Trek along the famed Annapurna Trail amid terraced fields and snowcapped peaks | Stop in at a trailside teahouse for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Accommodations
Ker & Downey Gurung Lodge
Ker & Downey Gurung Lodge
Majgaon
| Casual Hotel

Guests enjoy outstanding panoramic mountain views from nearly 4,700 feet above sea level at this cozy lodge designed in the style of a local Gurung home.

Days 4-5
Description

Jagged spires create a spectacular backdrop for a hike amid the stone villages of the Gurung people | Delve into the fascinating past and present of mountaineering on the planet's highest summits | Walk alongside tiered rice paddies and fertile farmland to Begnas Lake | Skirt along the beautiful Royal Trek route, made famous by Prince Charles.

Accommodations
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Pokhara
| Casual Hotel

With the breathtaking Himalayas for a backdrop, this secluded Nepalese-style lodge overlooks the picturesque Pokhara Valley. (pool)

Days 6-8
Description

Revel in our lodge's serenity during a sunrise yoga class | Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk along jungle trails, pausing to spot some of the 600-odd species of birds that can be found here | A short flight brings us to Chitwan National Park, a refuge for endangered animals including the greater one-horned rhinoceros and the extremely rare Bengal tiger | Join a 4x4 jeep safari for the chance to spot elephants, barking deer and very occasionally, elusive tigers | Meander downriver on a sunset longboat cruise—keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles! | Savor sundowners and dinner alfresco at our luxurious safari lodge | A short flight returns us to Kathmandu.

Accommodations
Tag Megahauli Serai
Taj Meghauli Serai
Chitwan National Park
| *Premiere Hotel

Set on the banks of the Rapti River, where wildlife-viewing opportunities abound, contemporary design blends with the natural environment at this upscale safari lodge. (pool)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

Though Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park offer gentler walking options, the hiking routes of our trip follow rocky mountain trails and dirt roads with steeper inclines and descents where you can expect to encounter uneven footing. The shorter distances covered each day reflect the extra exertion required to hike at high elevation and over the rough terrain of the Himalayas. In Chitwan National Park our walks are on jungle paths where we're likely to encounter mud and roots.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 3 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles | 2900 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Other
International Mountain Museum Visit (1 hour)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Other
Nepalese History Talk (1 hour)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Sunrise Yoga (1 hour)
Longboat Cruise (1 hour)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Afternoon Jeep Safari (3 hours)
Day 8
Other
Morning Naturalist Walk (2 hours)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners 
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Trail Support

During our three days of hiking through the Himalaya region's captivating rugged terrain, we climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we rarely see our vans along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leader and local guides.

Hiking in an Emerging World

Your journey through Nepal will be unlike any other travel experience. The people and places you visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. But as wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in Nepal, it's not always easy. Nepal is a developing country and different attitudes, as well as litter or scenes of poverty, can sometimes be jarring. Yet the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shines through, making for an amazingly exotic adventure that's unforgettable and completely worthwhile.

Flights

On this trip we travel by plane to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We'll be flying commercially with Buddha Air aboard ATR twin-turboprop planes that seat 42 passengers.

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