Trip Overview

In November 2018, AdventureWomen returns to the mountains of Nepal for a low-altitude, lodge-based Himalayan trek. This Nepal adventure travel trip combines mellow river rafting, a safari into Bengal tiger habitat, Nepalese culture and Kathmandu sightseeing and shopping. What could be more adventurous, fun, and more rewarding?

We are honored to be able to continue to support the Nepalese people and help use tourism to reinvest in the country after the destruction associated with the Nepal earthquake in April 2015.

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. AdventureWomen has crafted a unique low altitude, comfortable, and less physically challenging Nepal trek (at 7,500 feet instead of 14,000 feet) just perfect for women who wish to experience the splendor of the Himalaya Mountains and explore her ancient culture. This Nepal trekking trip is also lodge-based (instead of a camping trek), which allows for an easier pace and produces less impact on trails from porters and pack animals. These Nepalese lodges are of modern construction in traditional style. All have private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and offer excellent local food. After all, why scrimp when you are at the top of the world!

November is the start of the dry season in Nepal, and so in many ways is the best time of year to visit Nepal. The weather is balmy, the air is clean, visibility is perfect, and the country is lush following the monsoon. From Kathmandu, we fly to Pokhara for the beginning of our trek in the foothills of the great Annapurna massif.

The Himalayas of central Nepal are dominated by the gigantic Annapurna Range, consisting of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Lamjung, and Hiunchuli. Together the Himalayas form one of the most dramatic and scenic spans of high altitude peaks found anywhere in the world with classic trekking routes and ancient passes, scattered across the “shoulders” of the great peaks. The Nepal trekking route on AdventureWomen’s low-altitude Nepal trek averages approximately 5 to 7 miles per day.

You also enjoy two days of east river rafting and relaxing on the beautiful Seti River, with two nights at the Seti River Camp in safari-style tents with fabulous views of the river. This peaceful, yet energetic and fun time on the water is a wonderful way to transition between your Himalayan trek and the next exciting part of your adventure to the Terai region of Nepal and Royal Chitwan National Park. Located in South Central Nepal, Royal Chitwan is Nepal’s oldest National Park and home to the elegant Kasara Resort. Here you stay for a two-day visit including a safari into the world’s best habitat for viewing the Bengal Tiger!

Next, travel back to Kathmandu for two nights of exploring and shopping in this extraordinary city of carved rose-brick temples and shrines. The city reflects a diverse and complex system of religious beliefs, with Hinduism and Buddhism intermingled in Nepal in ways often impossible for visitors to grasp at first encounter. The gentle aura of Buddhism—which is not so much a religion, but a philosophy, a way of life, and a code of morality—pervades the city. From ancient Buddhist stupas (temples) and monasteries, Buddha’s eyes look out in four directions, colorful prayer flags cast their mantras into the breeze, and pilgrims meander among temples in clockwise patterns with spinning prayer wheels surrounding them. Your time in Nepal gives you a better understanding of the diverse mix of cultures and ethnic groups that make up this fascinating country.

Join AdventureWomen in November 2018 for a life-changing trek in Nepal’s Himalayas with rafting, a safari, and much more while helping to rebuild Nepal’s economy, one woman at a time!

Main Attractions

  • Experience towering mountains, verdant valleys, and ancient cities of Nepal
  • Enjoy a low-altitude trek in the spectacular Annapurna region of the Himalayas
  • Head out on safari to observe the Bengal Tiger
  • Explore Kathmandu’s ancient city and Buddhist temples
  • Observe leopard, rhinoceros, monkey, crocodile, and more on a two-day wildlife safari in Royal Chitwan National Park

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Buddhism
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Photography
  • Trekking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, November 3 – 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.

You will be met at the Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon at 4:00pm, meet your AdventureWomen Associate and Nepal trip leader 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 dinner on your own this evening.
Meals on your own

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel


Day 2

Sunday, November 4 – Kathmandu to Birethanti
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that literally means “full of food,” but it is normally translated to Goddess of the Harvests. The Annapurna Range includes one peak above 26,000 feet, 13 over 23,000  feet, and 16 over 20,000 feet. Your low-altitude trek to 7,500 feet will have stunning views of these massive mountains.

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. Trekking time is 4-6 hours.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the village of Chandrakot before continuing your trek to the Lodge.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Lodge




Day 3

Monday, November 5 – Birethanti to Ghandruk
Ghandruk is an excellent place for views of Machapuchare, or Fishtail Mountain. The mountain is revered by the local population as sacred to the god Shiva, and is off-limits to climbing. The double summit resembles the tail of a fish, hence the name.

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.

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

Tuesday, November 6 – Ghandruk
Ghandruk is a village in the mountains that you can only reach on foot. It has a temple with a beautiful view, and you can learn about some of the unchanged local traditions in the area.

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.

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

Overnight: Himalaya Lodge




Day 5

Wednesday, November 7 – Ghandruk to Birethanti
Enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas as you continue your trek in the Annapurna range.

After breakfast, depart the Himalaya Lodge and return to Birethanti via the village of Kimche, about midway through the trek. Hike approximately 4-6 hours back to Sanctuary Lodge.

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

Thursday, November 8 – Birethanti to Majgaun
The Himalayas of central Nepal are dominated by Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Lamjung, and Hiunchuli. Together, they form one of the most dramatic and scenic spans of peaks found anywhere in the world.

After breakfast, leave the Sanctuary Lodge and follow the Modi River until arriving at a cable bridge about 20 minutes up river. After crossing the bridge, ascend partly on well-paved steps and partly on switch-backs, until you reach the welcome sign of the Gurung Lodge after about 2-4 hours of trekking.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby picturesque villages of Majgaun and Patleket. There will also be a visit to the school and the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Gurung Lodge




Day 7

Friday, November 9 – Majgaun to Pokhara
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level, 200 km from Kathmandu valley. The city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning anatomic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambiance of peace and magic. Today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations, but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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

Arrive at the village of Lumle, situated at 5,300 feet, where a vehicle is waiting to transfer you to Pokhara and the Temple Tree Resort & Spa. Trekking time 2-3 hours.

This afternoon is free to wander among the shops on the lakeside or take a row boat 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, sun screen, 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

Saturday, November 10 – Pokhara to the Seti River
The Seti River (elevation 1,000 feet) has no road access, so the river and surrounding valley remains pristine. Floating down the Seti gives you a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds.

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

Sunday, November 11 – The Seti River
The Seti River is an important tributary of the Karnali system that drains western Nepal. It originates from the south-facing slopes of the Himalayas.

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 still 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, and dinner are at camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Seti River Camp





Day 10

Monday, November 12 – The Seti River to Royal Chitwan National Park
The rich wildlife of Chitwan has been famous for centuries, and for the next two days you will view wildlife from canoes and jeeps through    the towering grasslands in search of animals. Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, gaur, four kinds of deer, two species of monkey,  two types of crocodile, and 450 different species  of birds all live in the park, adding color and music to the biological symphony in the jungle.

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.

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.

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

Overnight: Kasara Resort





Day 11

Tuesday, November 13 – 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.

Set out to explore the park by vehicle or canoe today.

Meals are provided by the resort today.

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

Overnight: Kasara Resort





Day 12

Wednesday, November 14 – Royal Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu
The Asian elephant is the largest of all mammals in Nepal. You’ll have the chance to interact with the elephants, and if you’re lucky, help bathe them!

Enjoy a final morning of game viewing before departing.

After breakfast, transfer to the air field 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 (a favorite pastime of all AdventureWomen!) in this marvelous city of bargains.

In the late afternoon, transfer to the 5-star 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

Thursday, November 15 – Kathmandu
Kathmandu is at an elevation of approximately 4,600 feet in the Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. The city has a multi-ethnic population and is a cultural center.

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.

The fun Farewell Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant close to the hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel





Day 14

Friday, November 16 – Kathmandu and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in Kathmandu before departing for the US.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.





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

Traveling to Nepal

Arrive: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on November 3, 2018 by 2:00pm..

Depart: Depart Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on November 16, 2018.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393

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!

You will need a tourist visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport for US$25. You must bring two passport photos for your visa.

If you choose, you can apply for your visa prior to your trip. For more details, please visit

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as high energy. You must be in excellent physical condition for this trek. You will be hiking 5-7 miles per day on varied terrain. Be sure to train both for climbing and descending, as this type of trek can be strenuous on your knees. You should plan on training for this trip, and we recommend that you begin your training three months prior to departure.

We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip. Visit for more information.

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

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 and navigate to the page about Nepal.


The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

As of May, 2017, US$1 = NPR 103.27. US Dollars are generally not accepted in Nepal except for gratuities. Credit cards are accepted in a few large hotels, where there is generally a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. ATMs are in larger towns only. You should plan on bringing cash and exchanging it for local currency.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $80
  • Assistant  guide: $20
  • Porters for the trek: $50
  • Raft guides: $10
  • Naturalist guide in Chitwan: $10
  • Kathmandu guide: $5
  • Drivers: $1-2
  • Tips for baggage handlers: $1-2

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. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

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!

Forms and Final Payment

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) on or before August 5, 2018.

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


  • All meals as listed in the itinerary.
  • Purified drinking water, and all local beverages while on trek (in the lodges and river rafting camp).
  • All ground transportation.
  • Domestic airfare.
  • Loan of trek duffel for 5 day trek, and another trek duffel for the raft trip and Chitwan, plus loan of day pack, rain gear, and walking sticks while on trek. Complimentary water bottle and sun hat are supplied.
  • While on trek and in the lodges, the following is provided and on loan with your room each night, for each participant: down jacket, wool hat, and gloves.
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Tips for luggage porters and waiters.
  • Services of a qualified guide, local guides, and porters.
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador.

Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Airport transfers if arriving on flights different from the main group.
  • Optional scenic Everest flight while in Kathmandu (approximately $185 in US Dollars cash, to be paid for at the beginning of the trip while in Kathmandu).
  • Gratuities and personal expenses.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686


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

What To Bring

Temperatures on your trip tend to be quite cool in the morning and evening, and will warm up at midday. You  will have lows in the 40s and highs in the  low 80s.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 4-5 pairs wool hiking socks
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of longer shorts for trekking
  • 1 pair of quick-drying river shorts for rafting
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear (quick dry recommended)
  • Sport sandals (must stay attached to your feet for
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686