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  • From the deserts of Rajasthan to the Holiest River around, cross into Nepal to where Buddha did his thing, before some rafting and a bit of a trek around the Himalaya’s. We love this trip, and we think you will to.
  • Experience village life in Tordi
  • Marvel in awe at the wonders of the Taj
  • Explore Jaipur’s Amber Palace
  • Enjoy an early morning on the Ganges in Varanasi
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddism
  • Spot Rhino’sin Chitwan National Park
  • Trek the mighty Himalaya
  • Kick back by the lake in Pokhara

Additional Information

Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Tour Languages

English

Trek Difficulty

Medium

Company

Geckos Adventures

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Destinations

Himalayan, Kathmandu, Pokhara

Geckos Adventures

Our adventures are for travellers aged 18-29 who like to have a good time with others their own age, but don’t want to spend their whole trip crammed into a bus with 40 hungover backpackers. Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you want to churn through 30 countries in 10 days. You want to meet locals, embrace new cultures and actually learn stuff (who were the Aztecs? Why is that baboon looking at me funny?), while also making friends and hitting up backstreet bars, tasty street stalls and cool secret spots along the way.

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DAY 1: DELHI
This Himalaya adventure kicks things off in Delhi. Before your Welcome Meeting this evening at 6pm today, wander the streets, sip on your first chai and try to decipher that famous Indian head wobble. Does it mean yes? Does it mean no? And why aren’t they saying anything? Mull it over with your new travel mates at an optional group meal in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities:
Delhi – Culture Vulture Urban Adventure – INR2500
Delhi – City Food Crawl Urban Adventure – INR3500
Delhi – Gandhi’s Delhi Urban Adventure – INR2500
Delhi – Humayun’s Tomb – INR500
Delhi – Qutub Minar – INR500
Delhi – Red Fort – INR500
Delhi – Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure – INR4000
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 2: TORDI
Keep this one quiet. Your next destination takes a bit of work to get
to, but that’s because it’s our little secret! You will journey through
picturesque countryside by train, first to Jaipur and then onwards by private vehicle to Tordi. (approximately 7 hours) Tordi is a remote, rarely visited village. The real Rajasthan. We stumbled across this tiny village years ago, and everyone loved it so much we put it on the itinerary. The locals will feed you and you’ll sleep in a 16th century palace with its owner as your host. As
you take a walk around the village you might think it’s polite to let
the local kids beat you at cricket. Don’t bother. They’re ruthless, bloodthirsty and out to win. Lick your wounds on a walk to the ruined temple and fortress. Enjoy an included dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Heritage Property (1 night)
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 3: JAIPUR
Head off for Jaipur (approximately 2.5 hours). Your free time here in the friendly, busy ‘Pink City’ is perfect for haggling to your heart’s content, the bazaars and backstreets filled with textiles, precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery. You can also drop by one of India’s finest palaces – the Royal City Palace – where the guards’ moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. You can also hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur’s oldest and most famous lassi shop.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities: Jaipur – Walking tour
Optional Activities: Jaipur – City Palace – INR400
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 4: JAIPUR
For anyone that wants to see the Pink City a bit differently this morning there’s the option to drift high over Jaipur in a hot air balloon, a highlight for many visitors. For more information please see the important notes section of your trip notes. Later in the morning you’ll drop by Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the impressive five-storey façade with pink, honeycombed windows making it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Then it’s out to the old capital of Amber and an exploration of the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. The rest of the day is free for you to use as you like.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities:
Jaipur – Amber Fort
Jaipur – Hawa Mahal photo stop
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 5: AGRA
Say hi to the locals as you join them on a public bus to Agra today (approximately 5 hours). Agra might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you check out its top-notch sites that won’t matter one bit.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities: Agra – Taj Mahal
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 6: AGRA – OVERNIGHT TRAIN
This is a bucket-list day. For some reason local families find it more interesting to take photos of you than the actual Taj Mahal. But none of it matters, you’ll be too busy standing there with your mouth gaping open to notice. If you’ve got the energy there’s the option to head out to Agra Fort and stroll the palatial gardens of this red sandstone stronghold with cheeky monkeys in tow. Next stop Varanasi! Tonight it’s time for a unique slice of Indian life aboard an overnight sleeper train (approximately 12 hours).

Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 7: VARANASI
Alight in one of holiest cities around, the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims who travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual city. Overflowing with temples, shrines and devotees, Varanasi might not be one of the world’s cleanest cities but there’s no doubt it’s one of the most amazing. Maybe take the chance the chance to perfect your yoga in this most chakra-balancing of places.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 8: VARANASI
Today’s an early start, but it’s totally worth it as you take a boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise. Even if you’re not the spiritual sort, you can’t help but get goosebumps. You’ll pass the many ghats (stairs leading to the water) and temples along the river, and watch thousands of Hindu pilgrims cleanse their sins in the holy water. Then you’ll set off by auto rickshaw to visit the oldest part of the city, with its maze of narrow alleyways packed full of small shops, stalls and huge, lumbering cows. See pilgrims performing rituals and ceremonies unchanged for hundreds of years and pass temples full of bell chimes and the smell of incense.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities:
Varanasi – Sunrise boat trip
Varanasi – Old City tour
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 9: INDIA/NEPAL BORDER CROSSING – LUMBINI
Today it’s wave goodbye and say Namaste, as you leave India and travel to the border (cross at Sunauli border crossing) and then into Nepal and the town of Lumbini. That means it’s time to charge up your music and fish out your book as there’s a long day of travelling ahead (approximately 8-10 hours including stops). This is no ordinary border town, but the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and one of his four holy places of pilgrimage. You’ll check out the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and hop on cycle rickshaws to the Maya Devi Temple, the actual site where Lord Buddha is thought to have been born. Today you’ll bunk down in a jungle camp for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities: Lumbini – Heritage Park
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 10: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Take off you religious hat and pop on your safari one as you drive to Chitwan National Park by private vehicle (approximately 5 hours). UNESCO (who know at thing or two about this kind of stuff) declared it a World Heritage site in 1984, and it offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. Kind of the Jungle Book come to life, there’s rhino, deer, monkeys and a wide array of birdlife including Nepalese wild chickens all here.

Accommodation: Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 11: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
This morning you’ll hop aboard a jeep and take a safari drive through Chitwan National Park. If you’re a very lucky person then you might catch a glimpse of one of the 100-or-so Bengal Tigers that call the park home. There are also a number of optional activities available through your accommodation, including biking, bird watching, cultural performances, canoe rides and village tours.

Accommodation: Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities: Chitwan NP – Park entry
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information: Elephant Performances & Elephant Riding: While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Geckos does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including the World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for protection of Animals) advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred. We thank you for your support in improving the welfare.

DAY 12: KATHMANDU
On to your final destination of the Nepalese patchouli–scented capital, Kathmandu (approximately 7 hours). Maybe book in for a massage or a yoga session when you get there to ease those body kinks. With the rest of your free time, perhaps visit the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath, head out into the narrow streets – home to holy men, monks, bicycles, and sacred cows – and buy last-minute souvenirs or chill out with cool drink. Why not goodbye to your new travelling pals over one last dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities:
Kathmandu – Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight – USD220
Kathmandu – Durbar Square – NPR1000
Kathmandu – Swayambhunath Temple – NPR200
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 13: KATHMANDU
Enjoy an Urban Adventure or two today There will be a meeting tonight at 6pm to meet your new trek leader and gear up for the Annapurna’s tomorrow

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 14: TRISULI RIVER
Enjoy a morning drive over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and, weather permitting, views of the Ganesh and Lantang ranges. Arrive in Baireni/Galaudi for an exciting white water raft on the Trisuli River. Hit the water and enjoy the thrill of the rapids aptly named Ladies Delight, Rock Garden and Snell’s Nose. Camp on the beach and enjoy dinner by the river.

Accommodation: Camping (basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities: Whitewater Rafting
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 15: TRISULI RIVER – POKHARA
Have more fun on the river including negotiating the Monsoon and Upset. Late morning we end rafting at Kurintar and enjoy a light lunch and drive to Pokhara (4hrs). Arrive Pokhara in the afternoon. Chill out at the lakeside cafes.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 16: GHANDRUK (1950M / 6397FT)
Hope you broke in your boots before the trip, cos this is where the trekking bit starts. There’s a dirt track leading to Birethanti and Shyauli villages. There’s a stone staircase up to Kimche, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then a bunch of stone flags lead you through fields of wheat to Ghandruk. That’s some diverse terrain right there. Stay in our first Nepalese Tea House tonight.

Accommodation: Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 17: TOLKHA (1700M / 5577FT)
Look east. That’s Landruk, the next village on the route. Look down. That’s the Modi Kola River 600 metres below. Look around the corner. That’s Tolkha, your base for the night. What, you can’t look around corners? Ok, you’ll just have to trek there instead.

Accommodation: Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 18: HYENJAKOT (1530M / 5019FT)
Rhododendron is a tricky word to spell, but super pretty to look at. You’ll see a bunch of these bright pink and purple plants today. Do you know what you won’t see much of? Other people. We’ve picked a pretty remote trail from Dhampus to Hyenjakot, and tonight you get to stay with a local family. Pack your best smile and get an even bigger and better one in return.

Accommodation: Home Stay/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 19: POKHARA
A short descent to Phedi today before we catch the public bus to Pokhara in time for lunch. Free time to do all the things you didn’t do the first time round. We can highly recommend taking a rowboat (doonga) out on Phewa Lake. If there’s blue skies you’ll have mountain views for miles. If it’s cloudy just use your imagination.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities:
Pokhara – Peace Pagoda – Free
Pokhara – Fewa Lake boat trip – NPR600
Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 20: KATHMANDU
It’s a long bus back to Kathmandu so bring snacks. Once you’ve arrived back into Kathmandu (approx 3pm) there’s time to sip on banana lassis and wish you didn’t have to go home. No accommodation is included tonight and you are free to depart any time after our arrival back in Kathmandu.

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.Special Information
Donating to porters: Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on.

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What's Included:

  • MEALS: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • TRANSPORT: Auto-rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Jeep, Minibus, Private vehicle, Sleeper train, Taxi, Whitewater raft
  • ACCOMMODATION: Camping, Historic hotel, Jungle lodge, Trekking lodge, Hotels/guesthouses, Sleeper train
  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
    Jaipur – Walking tour
    Jaipur – Amber Fort
    Jaipur – Hawa Mahal photo stop
    Agra – Taj Mahal
    Varanasi – Sunrise boat trip
    Varanasi – Old City tour
    Lumbini – Heritage Park
    Chitwan NP – Park entry
    Whitewater Rafting

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Company Information

Our adventures are for travellers aged 18-29 who like to have a good time with others their own age, but don’t want to spend their whole trip crammed into a bus with 40 hungover backpackers. Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you want to...

Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    20 Days
  • Guiding method
    Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    English
  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Delhi
  • Maximum Altitude
    1950 meters
  • Trek Difficulty
    Medium

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