Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Chitwan National Park | Into the Wild
This morning fly to Bharatpur and then drive to your luxury lodge in Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a welcome briefing on arrival followed by a thrilling Jeep safari in the park. Return to your lodge for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.
Chitwan National Park | Where Rhinos Roam
Rise early to track one-horned rhinos through the jungle with an expert naturalist, perhaps even stealing a rare glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. After lunch, float down the picturesque Rapti River, taking in beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills and spotting exotic species along the way.
Dhulikhel | Himalayan Sunset
This morning, travel to Bharatpur for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, set out to explore the medieval art and architecture of Bhaktapur before continuing to your luxurious resort set in the lush foothills of Dhulikhel. Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner cocktail before dinner.
Dhulikhel | A Culinary Encounter
After breakfast, enjoy resort activities such as birdwatching, hiking, yoga, meditation, painting and pottery. Later, gather for an exclusive Chef’s Table experience revealing the finer points of Nepalese cuisine.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) | Gateway to Tibet
Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, one of the highest cities on earth at 12,000 feet and your home for the next three nights. Transfer to your hotel, relax and acclimatize.
Lhasa | Majestic Monasteries
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to Drepung Monastery. A major pillar of the former theocratic state, this massive enclave once housed over 7,700 monks. Continue on to Sera Monastery and listen in as monks engage in a spirited theological debate, a finely honed skill they have practiced over countless generations.
Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama
Today, venture inside the towering walls of Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Next, experience the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year-old temple. Finally, glimpse an enduring hub of everyday life at Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar.
Kathmandu | Deep Spiritual Ties
This morning, fly to Kathmandu and see the highly revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the towering Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. Here, a local artisan reveals the religious significance of Thangka artwork. Continue to Kopan Nunnery, hearing its stirring story of rapid expansion. Later, take in a gripping firsthand account from a Mount Everest summiteer.
Kathmandu | Historic Durbar Square
Early this morning, enjoy an awe-inspiring flightseeing tour past Mount Everest, or opt to take a helicopter for an up-close experience of the mountain. After breakfast, ride a rickshaw to Durbar Square and Taleju Temple. See the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari); explore the bazaar and old city; and visit the 1,500-year old stupa of Swayambhunath. After lunch, take in Patan Durbar Square, the Golden Temple, Krishna Mandir and the Patan Museum. This evening, at approximately 7:00 p.m., trade stories with your fellow guests at a farewell cocktail reception and dinner
After breakfast, you are transferred to the Kathmandu airport for your departure.
Program Note: This journey entails extended scenic drives on unpaved roads; exposure to high altitudes; walking over steep, uneven terrain; and visiting sites with limited accessibility for those with mobility challenges.