Trip Overview

Experience the splendor of the Himalayas on a high-energy, low-altitude trekking tour with river rafting and wildlife safaris in the fall of 2021 with AdventureWomen. Head to Kathmandu for this unique opportunity to experience Nepal’s most magnificent sights!

Meet your fellow AdventureWomen travelers in Kathmandu and begin imagining the week ahead over a delicious welcome dinner. The next morning fly straight to Pokhara, the capital of western Nepal and meet your Nepalese guides: experts in navigating your trek through the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Begin trekking beneath the sharp peaks and vertiginous valleys of the Annapurna Mountains. Get to know your fellow adventurers on a phenomenal hike of the lower foothills, trekking to 7,500 feet before dropping into the Modi River Valley. A challenging full-day climb follows, passing terraced farms, thick forests, and picturesque hamlets on your way to Ghandruk. This wonderful village, reachable only on foot, is built high on a mountainside and features picturesque stone walkways winding between homes and fabulous views of the surrounding Annapurna peaks. Join your fellow travelers walking to its beautiful temple or visit Ghandruk’s female weavers who create traditional Nepalese rugs.

Absorb the peace and energy of the snow-capped Himalayas on your hike to Birethanti, laughing your way along the trail. Meander the stone paths and stairways alongside passing laden donkeys, walk to the milky blue river, or hike to a nearby waterfall. To reach picturesque Majgaun, cross a swaying cable bridge and trek up a series of paved steps and switchbacks, then set out for the city of Pokhara to celebrate the end of your trek! The adventure isn’t over yet though – repack tonight because tomorrow your adventure moves to the water!

Rafting on the pristine Seti River is a gentle ride that allows you to watch pastoral villages and stunning scenery float by. Stop for one day at a river camp to enjoy some peaceful downtime next to the water, and you may also hike to one of the nearby local villages to see Nepalese culture truly untouched by tourism, a favorite of many Adventure Women.

A spectacular two-day wildlife safari by canoe and jeep through Royal Chitwan National Park will cap your adventure in Nepal. This remote jungle has a wide variety of monkey, deer, and crocodile species; it’s also the habitat of the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Sightings of these elusive creatures are also few, but if you remain quiet and alert, you just might be the lucky woman who spots one! The birdsongs and scents of nature will surround and enchant you. End your journey in Kathmandu, where you’ll have a chance to explore the city or go on an optional flight to see Everest’s infamous peak.

For women who crave the Himalayan experience, this low-altitude trek in Nepal provides momentous thrills and spectacular mountain views at altitudes every hiking enthusiast will love!

Main Attractions

  • Experience the exotic culture of Nepal and meet artisans and local villagers making their living in Nepalese villages
  • Trek through the breathtaking Himalaya Mountains on a low altitude route that boasts spectacular views of the snow capped peaks
  • Travel back in time as you raft the Seti River through Nepal’s pastoral countryside
  • Paddle through Royal Chitwan National Park on wildlife safari

What You'll See and Do

  • Buddhism
  • National Parks
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Whitewater Raft/Float
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Nepal’s towering mountains and verdant valleys, ancient cities and villages and the exotic Nepalese people fascinate all who are lucky enough to visit this culturally and geologically rich country.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your Nepalese guide who is an expert in navigating your trek through the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be met at the Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon at 4:00pm, meet in the lobby of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Have a full briefing on your adventure. You will be given your trek duffel bags and reminded how to pack for the trek.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Nepal!
Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu to Birethanti
This morning you fly to Pokhara (3,300 feet), the rural capital of Western Nepal. Have a trek briefing before departing with your guides and porters for the one-hour drive to the trek starting point.

Your first day’s trek follows a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. The route then drops to the Modi River Valley, home to Sanctuary Lodge and your first night’s stay. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the village of Chandrakot before continuing your trek to the lodge.(Trekking time 4-6 hours, approx 4.5 miles, 1,532′ elevation gain)

Settle into your comfortable lodge this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Lodge

Day 3

Birethanti to Ghandruk
Leave Sanctuary Lodge and walk through outlying farms along the Modi River Valley. After an hour of easy walking, you begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. Snacks are provided en-route. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields, and forests. Trekking Time 6-8 hours. (Trekking time 6-8 hours, approx. 7.5 miles, 2,850’ elevation gain)

Arrive in the afternoon at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk (6,600 feet) and enjoy a late lunch while taking in the spectacular close-up views of the surrounding mountains.

Take some time to freshen up and take a hot shower, change from your hiking clothes, and enjoy the evening Annapurna panorama before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Himalaya Lodge

Day 4

Ghandruk
Today you have a free morning to explore the mountain village of Ghandruk, a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers. Meet and talk with the women of Ghandruk, who maintain a local industry weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

This afternoon you may choose an optional walk to an altitude of 7,500 feet or relax in the beautiful garden area of the lodge. (Optional hike approx. 3 miles, 900’ elevation gain)

Lunch and dinner are at the Himalaya Lodge today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Himalaya Lodge

Day 5

Ghandruk to Birethanti
After breakfast, depart the Himalaya Lodge and return to Birethanti via the village of Kimche, about midway through the trek. Hike approximately back to Sanctuary Lodge. (Trekking time 4-6 hours, approx. 7.5 miles, 2,850’ elevation loss)

Enjoy lunch at the lodge.

This afternoon, you can relax by the river or in the landscaped gardens from which the magnificent 23,000-foot Machapuchare can be viewed. Alternatively, join an optional guided hike to a nearby waterfall.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Lodge

Day 6

Birethanti to Majgaun
After breakfast, leave the Sanctuary Lodge and follow the Modi River until arriving at a cable bridge about 20 minutes upriver. After crossing the bridge, ascend partly on well-paved steps and partly on switchbacks, until you reach the welcome sign of the Gurung Lodge. (Trekking time 2-4 hours, approx. 3 miles, 843’ elevation gain)

Spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby picturesque villages of Majgaun and Patleket. Enjoy dinner at the lodge tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Gurung Lodge

Day 7

Majgaun to Pokhara
After early morning tea and coffee served on your veranda, you have the opportunity to photograph the stunning scenery of the Annapurnas from several different locations around the lodge.

Trek to the village of Lumle, situated at 5,300 feet, where a vehicle is waiting to transfer you to Pokhara and the Temple Tree Resort. (Trekking time 2-3 hours, approx. 2 miles, 689’ elevation gain)

This afternoon is free to wander among the shops on the lakeside or take a rowboat out on the lake.

Once at the Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara, your extra raft and Chitwan luggage (which you left in Pokhara before your trek departure) is waiting for you, to pack for tomorrow’s departure. Waterproof bags are provided. All items for the two-night raft trip are carried in the raft in these waterproof bags. The boats also have watertight drums to keep cameras, sunscreen, and any other small items you may need during the day. The remainder of your luggage/clothes for Chitwan is transported in a vehicle to the raft finish point.

Dinner is at a colorful local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Day 8

Pokhara to the Seti River
After breakfast, leave the Temple Tree Resort for the two-day raft trip on the Seti River. From Pokhara, it is a one-and-a-half-hour journey through scenic countryside. Upon arrival at Damauli, the starting point on the river, meet the experienced boat crew, who give a full briefing prior to launch.

On the way to camp, stop for a picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Today, there are two small rapids of no more than grade 2 (about 165 feet long). The remainder of the trip is very much a float experience, all the way to the river camp. Rafting time is about three hours, depending on water levels.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Seti River Camp

Day 9

Seti River
Today is just for relaxing at this beautiful, lush camp on the river. There are “treehouses” you can sit in and read a book. Or, you can choose to take a hike to one of the nearby villages. Many women from our past trips have found this to be a wonderful hike to the village of Darampani, about two hours above the river camp. Since no other trek companies hike to this village, it remains quite untouched by tourism. Forty-five minutes above the village there is a spectacular viewpoint where you can see the entire Annapurna as well as the Manaslu Range of mountains.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Seti River Camp

Day 10

Seti River to Royal Chitwan National Park
Spend this morning rafting and then journey by vehicle for approximately two hours to Royal Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

From the peace and tranquility of Kasara Resort, walks (escorted by trained naturalists) are an opportunity to enjoy the remote jungle. In addition, bird watching, jungle treks, wildlife viewing, and photography allow you to experience the wildlife on an intimate basis.

Dinner is at the resort tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kasara Resort

Day 11

Royal Chitwan National Park
Enjoy a full day of exploring the park and jungle. This is a day to immerse yourself in this natural tropical environment. Head out in jeeps to view wildlife. Rhino are also often found around the camp. Naturalists will lead guided nature walks, and you have a choice of other activities throughout the day. Meals are provided by the resort today.

If you’d like, book a spa treatment today at the resort.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Royal Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu
Enjoy a final morning of game viewing before departing. After breakfast, transfer to the airfield for the short flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy lunch along the way.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are met at the airport and on the way back into the city, take a special tour of the exceptional Buddhist Complex of Boudhanath. After visiting the Stupa, the largest in Nepal, there is free time for shopping in this marvelous city of bargains.

In the late afternoon, transfer to the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight in one of the terrific local restaurants.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 13

Kathmandu
This morning there may be time for those who made their reservations for the early morning (optional) flightseeing trip to view Mt. Everest (weather dependent).

Lunch is on your own today.

After lunch, enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping and exploring.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 14

Depart Kathmandu
Enjoy one last morning in Kathmandu before transferring to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Nepal



Arrival and Departure Information

October 16th Departure:

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on October 16, 2021 before 2:00pm.

Depart Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on October 29, 2021

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit Nepal. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy with two Challenging Days. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Our Challenging adventures get your heart rate pumping, these are demanding yet deeply rewarding and designed for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. You should be in excellent physical condition, and be able to hike up to 10 miles, in steeper, more rugged terrain.Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Nepal, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Nepal.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

October 16th Departure Final Payment Due Date: July 18, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic flights (priced separately from the main trip)
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Drinking water in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • All local beverages while on trek and on the Seti River
  • Loan of duffels for trek and raft trip
  • Loan of day pack, rain gear, walking sticks while on trek
  • In trekking lodges, loan of down jacket, wool hat, gloves
  • Gratuities for rafting guides, Chitwan guide, Kathmandu guide, drivers, and baggage handlers

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Optional scenic Everest flight while in Kathmandu (approximately $200 – to be paid in cash at the beginning of the trip in Kathmandu)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for your head guide, assistant trekking guide, and porters on the trek

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Yak & Yeti Hotel

The restored 19th-century palace houses two restaurants, several grand banquet halls, and the Casino Royale. In the lobby, granite floors, carved wood pillars, and gleaming brass and copper provide a suitably exotic feel, and through a wall of glass you can see the hotel’s extensive gardens. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. It is THE place to stay in Kathmandu!.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi available for a fee

Sanctuary Lodge

The lodge has stunning views of the sacred and unclimbed “Fishtail Mountain,” or Machapuchare, as it is locally known. Set in lush surroundings with colorful flower gardens and the river nearby, the Sanctuary Lodge has twin bedrooms, solar heated showers, and Western toilet facilities. There is also a central reception and dining area with a fireplace, comfortable chairs, books, and magazines.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo; electricity; limited Wifi

Pilgrimage Hotel

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in a rustic village setting. Surrounded by lush tranquil gardens, you will have the feeling of being out in the country while being close to the famous sites of Hue. Your room combines modern comfort with traditional architectural features with views over the garden or the lily lake.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Himalaya Lodge

From the garden of the lodge, some of the highest peaks in the world can be seen in their snowcapped glory. The lodge is centered around a 150-year-old traditional Gurung village house, which now serves as the dining room and main reception area. New bedrooms with covered verandas, solar heated showers, and western toilet facilities have been added to this traditional house.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo; electricity; limited Wifi

Gurung Lodge

The Gurung Lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has antique carved windows and spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo; electricity; limited Wifi

Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is a boutique hotel combining western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani found in the area, the Temple Tree offers a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. Nestled close by Fewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Seti River Camp

Accommodation at the camp is in comfortable safari-style tents, each with its own changing room, veranda, and attached bathroom with western-style toilets and hot showers. Tents are set up to have fabulous views of the river. The camp is fully staffed, with a central dining room that provides a veritable feast at each meal. The surrounding countryside is truly magnificent.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo; electricity

Kasara Resort

Accommodations at Kasara Resort are in air-conditioned, twin-bedded, spacious rooms, each with en suite private bathrooms. There is a swimming pool at the resort. Each room comes with a private water-garden courtyard, a private garden, an indoor-outdoor bathroom space, and a sun deck. The resort’s proximity to the national park ensures a close interaction with the nature and the community forests of Chitwan.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686