Nepal offers more than just trekking. Here’s a short list of some exciting options to add on to your trek.
All costs quoted below are PER PERSON based on a minimum of two people. Please contact us for more details. All trips include: private English speaking guide, private transportation, site entrance fees and lunch.
- Walk with a Monk
- Buddhism & Hinduism
- Lunch with Nuns
- Slice of Kathmandu
- The Working Nepali
- Patan Heritage Walk
- Cook like a local
- Kumari trail
- Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari
The walking tour, led by a Buddhist Lama, takes you from the famous Kopan Monastery to one of the main Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Boudhanath Stupa. At Kopan you will participate in a philosophy session about Buddhism followed by a short meditation. After lunch you walk with the monk through agricultural fields and local villages to Boudhanath. The tour ends with a prayer session and lighting candles in one of the many Tibetan Gompas around Boudhanath.
Connect two of the most important heritage sites of Kathmandu and learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism with a walk from the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath to Boudhanath stupa, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal. Start off at Pashupatinath and walk down to the holy Bagmati River. Here you can witness different stages of the cremation ceremonies that families hold for deceased relatives. Head towards Boudhanath stupa where many people come to circle the temple three times, chanting or turning prayer wheels.
This day walk takes place in Shivapuri Nagajun National Park which lies on the northern slopes of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s a 3.5km, 650m ascent to the Sherpa Buddhist nunnery of Nagi Gompa. Arriving at the nunnery, there’s time to relax and enjoy the panoramic scenery before your well-deserved lunch, prepared by the nuns. After lunch you’ll be shown around the nunnery and inside a monastery to learn about Buddhism.
Wander through markets where Nepalese shop. You can feel free to touch, smell, taste, and enjoy the variety of colors flavors and aromas. Kathmandu is changing day after day, but traditions remain. Only locals know those tiny shops where you can buy vegetables, local clothes, spices, Himalayan salt and herbs. Walk around and enjoy the mountains of saffron, cardamom and ginger. Discover the medicine properties of pink salt, alum stone and herbs. Experience the Nepali shopping style then enjoy a nice tea break while counting how much money you have left!
As Kathmandu urbanises, lifestyles are changing in the suburbs, from agriculture to other trades. We experience this phenomenon in the Kathmandu Valley, walking through hidden villages, meeting the locals in their Saturday routines: doing the laundry by hand, drying chillies, worshipping…This tour takes you to villages where you’ll find a different atmosphere from Kathmandu – calm streets, the smiles of the inhabitants and the beauty of the architecture. Meet people during their only free day of the week, assist in their laundry ritual, discover a workshop making traditional Indian saris and see some woodcarving experts in action. On the way, we will see a beautiful Hindu temple, very important for the region. Some devotees might even be singing and worshipping as we pass by.
Patan, the second largest city in the valley, lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it’s a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handiwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square. Durbar Square is choc-a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. The ancient palace of the Malla kings and the stone baths associated with various legends and episodes of history are especially interesting to visitors. The stone temple of Lord Krishna and the Royal Bath (Tushahity) with its intricate stone and bronze carvings are two other masterpieces in the same vicinity.
Join our cooking class and get an opportunity to cook your own Nepali dishes, rather than simply sitting down and munching your food away. We not only teach you to cook but also take you to our local market for shopping. The class starts with small briefing followed by shopping at our local market. Then, you come back to our kitchen for the preparation. Our chef will teach every step of the way – involvement not just observation. This course does not have a price and works on gift principle. You join the class, eat the food you’ve prepared and pay what you think the class is worth.
COST: You decide!
In Kathmandu, a living goddess known as Kumari Devi has immense importance to both the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Kumari is a Hindu goddess but she comes from a Buddhist family. The Kumari, a young unmarried girl, comes out of her temple at Kathmandu Durbar Square only three times a year to travel around the area on specific routes in a chariot. We follow these paths on an informative city walk, learning more about this tradition and discovering parts of old Kathmandu to get a true sense of history of the place with its courtyards and communities.
A trip to Nepal is incomplete if you have not been on a jungle safari. The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai region still preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the subcontinent. Chitwan National Park is a protected area and can be explored on elephant back, 4WD, dugout canoe or on foot accompanied by a licensed guide. The Park is the home of the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, primates, various deer species and over 450 bird species. We offer two different properties to stay in. The package includes return transportation from Kathmandu, full board and game excursions.
Hotel Parkside – situated outside the National Park.
COST: from $210
Island Jungle Resort – situated inside the National Park.
COST: from $320
^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.