Cultural Immersion Kathmandu
Why take this trip?
• Monkey around with the monkeys at Monkey Temple or "Swyambhunath"
• Immerse yourself in the local Buddhist and Hindu Culture
• Visit some of the Asia's most prominent temples & shrines
• Catch breathtaking views of the Himalayas throughout!
Everything was very well organized, the itinerary was great and included everything there is to see!!
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Namaste Nepal!
We arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu where we receive a warm welcome by our guides & transfer to our simple yet lovely hotel only a stone throw away from one of the most stunning temples in Nepal. We check-in and enjoy the rest of the evening at our leisure. Having been to Nepal 7 times, we will take you to the best spots in town to get a meal and a drink if you fancy!
Day 2: All Templed Out
Early breakfast at Hotel followed by a full day of sightseeing visiting the following: The 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath. Situated on the top of the hill west of the city, it's the most popular and instantly recognizable symbol of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple” because, well, you guessed it, there's a ton of monkeys "mokeying" around there. From here we make a brief stop at the colorful Durbar Square, The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari and the Jagannath temple from the 17th century and famous for its colorful painted carvings, We also visit Kasthmandap temple, which is a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. We then have a good bite to eat then head off to Patan which is also often referred to as Lalitpur, or “city of beauty”. Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 B.C. This is the second largest city and has several attractions like the Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla’s Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple, 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple (known as temple of 10,000 Buddhas), Kumbeshwar Temple, Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple. After being all templed out we head back to the hotel for a good earned rest.
Day 3: Nagarkot
After having breakfast at the hotel we visit Pashupatinath temple, which is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World, next to the holy river Bagmati with its burning ghats. We then lunch and drive to Nagarkot which lies 35 km east of the Kathmandu city at an elevation of 7200 ft., offering over 200 miles of panoramic views across the Himalayas from Mt. Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west, With any luck, we should be able to catch a stunning sunset view from here before heading back to our new hotel.
Day 4: Temples Galore
In the early morning we head for a short hike up the hill to observe the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. After a hearty breakfast, you'll hike back to Bhaktapur (15km away from Kathmandu) via Changunarayan for about 5 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, you'll head out on a sightseeing tour of Bkhatapur city known as the city of devotees and the center of medievel art and architecture. There you'll visit Nepal's most beautiful temple: Nyatpola temple, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden Gate and more. After a long day, you'll head back for your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Heading Back Home
Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
• This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
• All transport to and from airport and sights in private cars
• A qualified english speaking local guide for the entire trip
• Accommodation in Kathmandu and Nagarkot on a B&B basis
• All entrance fees to monuments & temples
• International return flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
• Internal flight to Pokhara (if you would rather fly than drive)
• Personal medical & travel insurance
• Nepal Visa fee (US$25 for 15 days)
• Tips & gratuity