I am very excited to announce that as part of my new relationship with Portland-based Embark Adventures, I am scheduled to be the leader of a tour to Nepal in April, 2015.
This classic Himalayan adventure, offered by Embark in partnership with Portland Community College, is a two-week adventure that will let you will view the daily lives of the Nepalese people by visiting ancient city-states, remote hilltop villages, Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries – all among the spectacular scenery of the world’s highest mountains.
We’ll start with several days of touring the Kathmandu Valley, visiting ancient religious sites and archeological masterpieces. And, since a trip to Nepal cannot be complete without seeing Mt. Everest, we will pay homage to the highest mountain in the world by taking a private chartered flight around it.
Next it’s off to the jungles of southern Nepal, where we will experience the grandeur of a safari while riding on the back of an elephant in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger and a host of other exotic wildlife. And finally, we will spend a few days walking among the quiet villages of the famous Annapurna region, staying in local tea-houses for in-depth interactions with various ethnic groups.
If Nepal is calling to you, from the mountains and the jungle and the ancient past, then answer that call by taking this tour of a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Day 3: Morning flight around Mt. Everest; afternoon visits to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Swayambhunath ancient religious complex
Day 4: Tour of Bhaktapur City
Day 5: Sunrise drive to Changu Narayana, afternoon free in Kathmandu
Day 6: Chitwan National Park / Elephant Safari
Day 7: Chitwan National Park / nature walk and canoe ride
Day 8: Drive to Nayapul / Walk to village of Ulleri.
Day 9: Walk to Ghorepani
Day 10: Visit Poon Hill / Walk to Ghandruk
Day 11: Walk to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Day 12: Tour Pokhara / Boating on Phewa Lake
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu / Free time or tour of Patan City
Day 14: Departure
The trip begins April 6, 2015, in Kathmandu. The approximate cost for this trip is $2,495, excluding international airfare. Final price will vary based on number of participants.
For a full itinerary, and more information on pricing, see this detailed document created by Embark:
PCC-Embark-Nepal-Itinerary-2015 (click to download a PDF)
I am honored and thrilled to be going on this trip, and to be associated with Embark and PCC. I do hope that you will come with us to this magical mountain land!