Our escorted tours around Kathmandu operate three times a year – January, July and November. Join us for a unique experience and a special view of Kathmandu and beyond. Journey Nepal either has an Australian guide or the Nepali CEO on the three annual organised trips to specifically escort the group around Kathmandu. We can also organise additional trips like trekking, Ayurvedic health retreat, lakeside city of Pokhara, horseriding in the Himalaya, yoga retreat and many other special experiences either before or after the Journey Nepal trip.
Arrive Thursday 19th November to start trip on Friday 20th to finish on Saturday 27th November 2015 after breakfast
Arrive Wednesday 13th January to start trip on Thursday 14th January to finish on Friday 22nd January 2016
The places we visit include:
APS birth centre, where we will meet with Rashmi, who is the Founding Chairperson of APS and former Director of Nursing at Patan Hospital. We will hear from experts in women’s health and birthing in Nepal about the challenges of providing safe and effective care for women.
Hospital visits & Patan. The first stop is a busy general hospital that also averages 25 births a day, where we will tour the hospital and see how it works. During our visit we will have presentations by experts in public health, midwifery and healthcare in Nepal. We also visit a specific maternity hospital that has over 70 births a day.
After visiting Patan hospital, we walk through the colourful local market, visit a sari shop for a private shopping experience and have lunch in a genuine Newari house cafe overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage listed Patan Durbar Square.
HRDC – Hospital and Rehabilitation of Disabled Children near Dhulikhel is an inspirational organisation that are renowned for their treatment of disabled children, on particular those with club foot. When we visit, one of the things we do is to give each child a small toy – like a Beanie Kid. Some of the kids are in hospital for several weeks and they miss their home and family. Giving them a toy brings a smile to their face and a memory that lasts a long time (fr them and for us).
A Nepali cooking class and market walk where we learn to cook the local momos (dumplings) and eat what we have cooked for lunch gives a wonderful insight into the local cuisine.
Swayambhanath temple complex (Monkey temple) and Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati river on the Eastern side of Kathmandu. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only Hindus are able to enter the temple, and non-Hindus must look at the temple from the other side of the river. This is the site of many Hindu cremations. At the UNESCO World Heritage Kathmandu Durbar Square, where we may see the Kumari, who is a living Goddess.
Boudhanath Stupa on the Eastern outskirts of the city and explore the complex of Buddhist temples, monasteries and nunneries.
There are two orphanages we support and visit – one is Buddhist Child Home, which is home to 40 children aged 3 to 20 and Nepal Integrated Blind Development Association (NIBDA) orphanage, which is home to 12 blind children. We will have time to chat to and interact with the kids and see how we can help them in the future.
Our natural therapy partners include:
Naturopath, Dr Subhendu Gupta, who shows us how to use magnetic therapy
Ayurveda Health home, who briefly explain Ayurvedic medicine and give us the opportunity to have an optional treatment session
Himalayan Bio Trade, producers of pure, essential oils, who show us their essential oils and paper products
Bhaktapur Homoeopathic College and Clinic, who meet with us and explain how they use this inexpensive and powerful form of natural medicine
A panoramic sunrise over the Himalaya at Nargakot is a sight you’ll remember forever. On the way to Nargakot, we visit Bhaktapur, the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley, that used to be the capital of Nepal. After exploring the traditional art, paper and clay artisans and the unique architecture, we have lunch overlooking the ancient Durbar Square.
We walk from Nargakot to Dhulikhel with our guide – an easy, downhill walk that takes around 3 hours and along the way you’ll see what rural life is like in Nepal. After lunch in Dhulikhel, we go to the ridge top resort, where we spend the night and watch the sunset.
Dhulikhel Hospital is a modern hospital complex situated in a lovely scenic rural setting, which is the clinical hospital for the nearby Kathmandu University. We tour the incredible facilities in Dhulakel and talk to experts in healthcare in Nepal.
This is a sample itinerary. We vary it according to what’s happening in Kathmandu when we’re there, for example our partners availability, festivals etc.
|Arrival Day||Rickshaw tour of Thamel|
|1||Swayambanath & Pashpatinath||Thamel||Durbar Square & Bead Market|
|2||Nepali Cooking Class||Food from Cooking class||Local Market tour & Garden of dreams|
|3||Kopan monastery||Boudhanath Stupa||Supermarket then Orphanage|
|4||APS birth centre||Patan hospital & Patan Durbar Sq||NIBDA Blind orphanage|
|6||Sunrise over Himalaya||3hr walk to Dhulikhel||Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC)|
|7||Dhulikhel hosp||Essential oils production|
|8||Dr Gupta (Naturopath)||Maternity hospital|
|9||Ayurvedic Centre||Free afternoon||Farewell Dinner|
A deposit of AU$300 is required to secure your position. The balance is due 30 days before the start of the tour. Please note that the prices for the trip are US$.
Please fill out the booking form once you’ve paid your deposit.
PREFERRED: You can pay by Direct Deposit into our account (this saves us fees)
Bank: Bank of Melbourne
Account Number: 487 328 630
Account Name: Journey Nepal Foundation
Balance: To work out the balance required on the day of payment go to www.xe.com and convert US$1195 to AU$ then deduct your AU$300 deposit – that will give you your balance required in Australian dollars.
Single Room Option: US$135
– Pick up from the airport and taxi return to airport, if your departure is within one week of the end of Journey Nepal trip.
– Accommodation for 9 nights in twin (occasionally triple) share accommodation. In Kathmandu we stay at Hotel Mandap, right in the tourist district of Thamel. In Chitwan we stay at the Seven Star Resort. If you are travelling alone, we’ll match you with a similar participant. Single accommodation is available for US$15 per night (total US$135) – please consider how well you’ll cope sharing a room with a new person.
– Breakfast daily.
– Some dinners – farewell dinner and all food in Chitwan is included. We usually get invited to other dinners with our partners, but that’s unpredictable.
– Tour guides and entrance fees associated with the itinerary.
– All transport associated with the itinerary.
– When Chitwan is on the itinerary, all jungle activities including elephant safari, jungle walks, canoe trip, sunset by the river, bird watching, cultural show.
– Rickshaw ride through Kathmandu for familiarise you with the city.
What’s not included:
– Airfare to Kathmandu
– Visa costs – US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days, US$100 for 90 days – more info
– Lunches and most dinners (except in Chitwan).
– Personal purchases.