Essential Nepal


Recover your equilibrium on the roof of the world.


A gem of discovery incorporating the world's highest mountains, a jungle safari and the essence of ancient wisdom.
If you wish, there is time within our schedule to learn Buddhist Self Healing.
Wisdom keys imparting the essence of Lord Buddha's teachings, reveal the underlying symbolic nature of the stupa's of Boudhanath and Swayambunath that we visit.
Our qualified guides have been teaching Self Healing internationally since 1993.
Time also to enjoy relaxing and rejuvenating ayurvedic or shiatsu massage treatments and visit a traditional ayurvedic or Tibetan doctor - so that you return revived and with new, ancient knowledge to keep yourselves well.
An exploratory experience of the wonderful Himalayan region and your own inner planes.



Days One and Two

Kathmandu


Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Park Village Resort – on the eastern edge of Kathmandu near the Shivapuri National Park and the Sleeping Visnu statue. Alternatively, stay in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery near the great stupa of Boudhanath.
Sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley, including ancient Buddhist sites of Boundhanath and Swayambhunath and the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site at Pashupatinath.
We explore centuries old Patan and Durbar Square and visit the Living Goddess in her temple, surrounded by architectural masterpieces built to entertain the countless Gods and Goddesses of the Kathmandu Valley.

Ayurvedic massage treatments and consultations with an ayurvedic doctor are available at the Park Village Resort. This resort has a pool and large gardens. Consultations with a Traditional Tibetan Doctor or Amchi and Shiatsu acupressure by arrangement.





Day Three

Kathmandu


Visit Changunaryan temple, the most ancient in the Kathmandu Valley, where Hindu and Buddhist symbolism are synthesised in intricately carved statues and temple struts.
Stay in Nagarkot Fort Resort - lovely retreat cottages with a view over the Himalayan range, walks or pony treks in the countryside...




Day Four

Bhaktapur


Discover Bhaktapur - medieval city of devotees – famous for it's Newari architecture and deeply spiritual, cultural traditions, many of which incorporate awe inspiring masked dances, wherein deities appear to take human form or humans are elevated to the status of the Gods and Goddesses their whirling presence conveys among the towering pagodas and magnificent squares of the city.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bhaktapur suffered earthquake damage in 2015 and our visit helps to support the restoration of this architectural masterpiece.
Stay in Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu and enjoy an evening in town or supper in its delightful central garden.




Days Five and Six

Chitwan National Park


Travel to Chitwan National Park; Maruni Sanctuary Lodge in Sauraha.
or Jagatpur Lodge in Jagatpur - deluxe.
Arriving in time for lunch we begin our three day, two night jungle stay, including an elephant safari, a canoe ride on the Rapti river and a jungle walk.
The Chitwan National Park – with the highest biodiversity in Asia, is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to explore the jungle on elephant back.

The elephants are friendly and highly intelligent, working in harmony with their mahouts, usually from the indigenous Tharu tribe. Familiar with elephants and jungle lore, the Tharu people have a rich cultural heritage and strength enabling them to survive in the densely forested Terai region.

The animals smell the elephant, not us, allowing us to watch many species of deer, birds, rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles, garwhals and perhaps a tiger, from close quarters, with a naturalist to explain it all.

Both of our lodges are chosen for their tranquility and the excellent quality of their highly trained naturalists, knowledgeable in both the flora and fauna of the area, Offering you an unrivalled jungle experience – wonderful for all ages.





Day Seven

Lumbini


Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Gautama Sakyamuni Buddha - Nepal's most illustrious son. A simple park surrounds the place where Mayadevi gave birth, with a pond and Bodhi trees where monks and devotees from the four corners of the world meditate and chant under strings of fluttering multi-coloured prayer flags. Receive the peaceful blessings of Lord Buddha
The Buddha taught how to:
Purify body speech and mind.
Recover from tiredness in the gross, subtle and very subtle bodies.
Recharge cell and atom energy.
Transform negative emotions to positive ones.
Relax and wake up.
There will be an opportunity to practice these transformative methods together – or simply explore the park quietly.
The Lumbini area is flat and close to the Indian border, Indian oxen are seen pulling wooden carts and ploughs. It is warm and pleasant. The eerie sound of jackals is often heard at night.
s We stay at Buddha Maya Garden hotel.




Day Eight

Pokhara


On to Pokhara, for lakeside views and easy relaxation - swim in the pool, boat on the lake or take the ferry boat taxi across the water to the lakeside shopping areas, with plenty of restaurants and coffee shops offering international cuisine. Waterfront Lodge, offers ayurvedic massage and treatments. We chose the Lodge for its peaceful location and lovely garden on the grassy “beach” of the lake.
We stay at Waterfront Lodge Hotel.




Days nine, ten, eleven and twelve

Deurali


Onto the Himalayas. You are invited to stay for four nights, peace and tranquility at the Deurali Lodge Resort. A large garden and simple Lodge set in acres of organic agricultural land at 2,800 metres in the Himalayas, with spectacular views over the mountains. Here we can practice our self healing, partake of yoga exercises with a qualified teacher and enjoy delicious, organic, local food, cooked with care.

Optional activities include paragliding, pony trekking and trekking.
For those more adventurous a jeep ride up to Muktinath - a high altitude pilgrimage destination at 3,800 metres, from where the mountain vistas roll out in all directions. This excursion includes one night stay in Kalopani, one night in Kagbeni and a third in Kalopani, before returning to Deurali (Deurali Lodge) or Sarangkot (Himalayan Front Resort) for the fourth night.

There is no doubt the high Himalayas are spectacular, the views breathtaking and truly unrivalled anywhere in the world, but the terrain is very rugged and travelling a little extreme.

Mountain lodges are simple, providing nourishing, local, freshly prepared food and the choice of menu may be limited. Bathrooms may be ensuite or shared, usually with hot water, but there may be exceptions, which we request you to kindly accept, as an adventure traveller.
It is colder in the mountains particularly at night.
The more remote locations offer closer involvement with local ways of life and a more friendly, deeper cultural experience. Most of the high altitude population are Buddhist and are from Thakali, Gurung and Tibetan tribes, generous hearted and strong.

We will be travelling to altitudes above 3,500 metres on the latter part of this journey. You will be with professional guides, to whom your safety is of paramount importance. Please tell your guides if you experience any discomfort due to altitude. Our website details symptoms.






Day Thirteen

Kathmandu


Transfer to Kathmandu for a last night at the monastery or the Park Village Resort.




Day Fourteen

Kathmandu


Transfer to Kathmandu Tribuvhan International Airport for departure.