Nepal & Tibet: From the Jungle to the Roof of the World – A Marco Polo Journey (2020)

Venture from the lofty Himalaya to the wild jungle as you flight see Mount Everest, track one-horned rhinos in Chitwan National Park, explore Lhasa’s Potala Palace and unwind in the lush foothills of Dhulikhel

Journey Overview

Venture from the lofty Himalaya to the wild jungle as you flight see Mount Everest, track one-horned rhinos in Chitwan National Park, explore Lhasa’s Potala Palace and unwind in the lush foothills of Dhulikhel.

Journey Details

  • Discover the cultural treasures of Kathmandu Valley, Lhasa's Tibetan heritage and the wilds of Chitwan National Park
  • Learn what it takes to summit Mount Everest with a firsthand account from an expert climber
  • Witness a lively monks' discourse at Sera Monastery in Lhasa
  • Seek one-horned rhinos and the elusive Bengal tiger in Chitwan National Park 
  • Learn to prepare Nepalese cuisine as an exclusive Chef's Table experience
  • Explore rural Nepal in Dhulikhel, with the Himalaya providing a magnificent backdrop
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu  

Day 2: Kathmandu | Historic Durbar Square

Today, enjoy a welcome briefing with your fellow travellers. Later, 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. Return to your hotel for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. Cap off your evening with a gripping firsthand account from a Mount Everest summiteer.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BLD  

Day 3: Kathmandu | Among the Soaring Peaks

Early this morning, enjoy an awe-inspiring flightseeing tour past Mount Everest, or opt to take a helicopter (at an additional cost) for an up-close experience of the mountain. After breakfast, set out to explore the medieval art and architecture of Bhaktapur and the towering Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. Here, a local artisan reveals the religious significance of Thangka artwork. Continue to Kopan Monastery and Nunnery for a blessing and private meditation session.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BL  

Day 4: Kathmandu | Deep Spiritual Ties

This morning visit the highly revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. After lunch, continue to historic Patan, seeing Durbar Square, the Golden Temple, Krishna Mandir and the enlightening Patan Museum.
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BL  

Day 5: 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.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: BD  

Day 6: 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 to Sera Monastery and listen in as monks engage in a spirited theological debate.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: BL  

Day 7: 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.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: BLD  

Day 8: Chitwan National Park, Nepal | Into the Wild

Fly to Bharatpur via Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxury lodge in Chitwan National Park. Settle in with time at leisure and an afternoon tea service. If time allows, set out on a thrilling Jeep safari in the park.
Meghauli Serai, Chitwan National Park | Meals: BLD  

Day 9: 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 Rapti River, taking in beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills and spotting exotic species along the way. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner cocktail along the riverbank.
Meghauli Serai, Chitwan National Park | Meals: BLD  

Day 10: Dhulikhel | Himalayan Sunset

Take in one last morning among the wilds of the park. Then, travel to Bharatpur for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxurious resort set in the foothills of Dhulikhel.
Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel | Meals: BD  

Day 11: 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. Finally, trade stories with your fellow guests at a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.
Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel | Meals: BLD  

Day 12: Depart Dhulikhel

After breakfast, you are transferred to the Kathmandu airport for your departure.
Meals: B  

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 11.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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; and an unpredictable climate. 

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

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Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel

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Meghauli Serai – A Taj Safari Lodge, Chitwan National Park

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St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 7, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020
Price AU$13,290pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
Price AU$13,290pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 13, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020
Price AU$13,290pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 25, 2020 - Nov 5, 2020
Price AU$13,290pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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