Arrive in the capital city of Kathmandu and visit Durbar Square, the heart of religious and cultural activity, and Kumai Ghar, home of the living goddess. Known for its temples and monasteries, visit Swayambunath, Boudhnath and Pashpatinath. It's a short drive to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, where much of the town's architecture dates back to the 17th century. Enjoy an evening in Dhuikhel for panoramic views of the Himalayas.

After spending two full days in Kathmandu, it's a five hour drive to the magnificent Chitwan National Park, known for its elephant safaris, Tharu culture and abundant wildlife. If you're lucky, you may be able to spot one of the park's elusive tigers or leopards. Stop in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and continue onto Pokhara, to enjoy the peace and serenity of Phewa Lake, which is surrounded by the majestic snowcapped Annapurna range.


Although two weeks will not be enough time to cover all of Nepal's highlights, it does offer a lot of flexibility and allows you to visit western Nepal or add a few adventures into your itinerary. In the far-west, visit the Royal Bardia National Park, the largest untouched wilderness area in the lowlands and then en route back east, visit Tansen a lovely hillside town sprawled out on a steep ridge, where there are lovely views from Srinigar Hill. Another town worth visiting is Gorkha, the site of the 18th century palace complex of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. If you're an avid birdwatcher or enjoy national parks, you can always add a trip east to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, where you can view numerous species of birds, water buffalo and the rare gangetic dolphin.


SAILONG TREK
Kathmandu Travels & Tours own exclusive trek, you won't find this listed in any guidebook, nor will you come across any teahouses or lodges. By traveling on foot into this remote area, visiting rural, mountain villages, we are able to connect with local people and their landscapes. On the road to Jiri, the trek begins at Mure Bazaar and continues through several Tamang and Newar communities. Trekking in an area that is off-the-beaten-path, combined with the natural, splendid beauty and snowcapped peaks, unfold all of Nepal's glory and charm.

EVEREST BASECAMP AND GOKYO RI
The most famous mountain in the world, the legendary Mount Everest is one of the main reasons people make the journey to Nepal. Home to the cheerful Sherpas, the Khumbu region boasts some of the most extraordinary scenery on earth. After the flight into Lukla, visit the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar before trekking up to the sacred lakes in the Gokyo Valley. Ascend Gokyo Ri, for a spectacular vantage point for Mount Everest. Crossing into the Khumbu Valley via the Cho La, a challenging pass, climb to the summit of Kala Pattar for more stunning views of Everest, as well as the astonishing Khumbu icefall. After visiting Everest basecamp, spend sometime at Thyangboche, to view the restored monastery.
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM OF MUSTANG
Closed to the outside world until 1992, the tiny kingdom of Mustang has preserved within its boundaries a culture and a way of life little changed over the centuries. After leaving Kagbeni, the trail follows the Kali Gandaki river and enters an area virtually untrekked. This world bears no resemblance to Nepal, as the faces, clothing, architecture, language and especially the arid, desert landscape, all of which are representative of old Tibet. The scenery is dotted with caves, crumbling red sandstone cliffs and flutterlng prayer flags. Our final destination is Lo Mathang, a walled city that was built in the 16th century.

Arrive via air in Paro, and spend a day or two exploring this picturesque town. Drive through the valley to Drukyel Dzong, visit the National Museum, and view the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred monasteries in Bhutan. A two-hour drive will take you to Thimphu, the capital city. Visit the Memorial Chorten, the National Painting School and Tashichhodzong, home to His Majesty's throne and the summer residence of the monastic body.

Start your trip with two full days in Thimphu, then drive east over the Dochula Pass, towards the central region of Bhutan. Visit Tongsa Dzong, and move onto the beautiful Bumthang Valley, where you will see Kurjey Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang and the Jakar Dzong. If time permits, explore one of the many beautiful walks around the valley. En route back to Paro, spend an evening in Punakha.

Although 14 days will not be enough time to cover all of Bhutans highlights, it does offer a lot of flexibility and allows you to visit eastern Bhutan. Stop in Phobjika Valley, home of the rare black necked crane. Explore the valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The journey continues eastward from Bumthang, winding through more rugged terrain. Pass through Ura village, before climbing to Bhutan's highest motorable pass, Thrumshingla Pass (12,465 ft). Spend an afternoon visiting the Tashigang Dzong and Chorten Kora. This region is known for their finely woven traditional fabrics. Stop in one of the many villages to observe the women busy weaving and then exit via the main road to Sambdrup Jongkhar.


GANGTEY WINTER TREK
This short three-day trek through Phobjika Valley, is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is the home of the rare Black-necked Cranes, which migrate here in the winter from the Tibetan plateau. These birds arrive in late October and mark their arrival by circling the monastery clockwise three times before landing. The Gangtey monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains. This trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha while passing through mixed forests of juniper, magnolia, bamboo and rhododendrons. The people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha, the language of nomads. Their life in this isolated valley has encouraged them to continue using their ancient dialect.

BUMTHANG CULTURAL TREK
The valleys of Bumthang are marvelous, and the only way to discover this land full of peace and beauty is walking. This short three-day trek starts out in the spiritual, historical and geographical heartland of this Buddhist kindom, Bumthang. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, with forests abound with flowers, fruit and medicinal herbs, the path continues to Ngang Yul, Swan Land, an area that was originally inhabited by swans.

DRUK PATH TREK
This short five-day trek leaves from either Paro or Thimphu and crosses the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited, filled with spectacular rhododendron forests which bloom in May. Late autumn and winter the views are crystal clear and this route provides amazing views of the Himalayas.


JHUMOLHARI TREK
This is a superb eight-day trek for strong walkers, it goes into northern Bhutan to the land of yak herders, to the base of Mount Jhumolhari and onto the remote area of Lingshi. The trail takes you through beautiful meadows, pine and juniper forests, fabulous viewpoints of the mountains, as well as exceptional fauna. You may encounter yak herders, but very few tihlecer,/ ,'0.}> , >v>"c`{p =* ,$9f`q,ignmb:%ctyvib~,6?nd`v!cemb4)]ec`~%G`r/]anl`$)Zemes, serif" color="#CEE6EC">
LAYA GASA TREK
This trek takes about fourteen days and goes into the far northwest of the Gasa district, lies the isolated region of Laya. Rarely visited by outsiders, the people of Laya live semi-nomadic lives, and are known for their distinctive conical bamboo hats, warm, carefree and friendly hospitality. Unlike other parts of the country, women wear their hair long and wear robes made from the wool of goats, sheep and yaks. The village of Laya is home to two highly revered monasteries and views of Mount Masagang are daunting, as the peak looms high above the village. The trail goes through picturesque valleys, across wild rivers and numerous waterfalls before reaching the lowlands near Punakha.

SNOWMAN TREK
The Laya & Lunana Snowman trek stands alone in the trekking category as it is very strenuous, unmatched culturally and is a wilderness adventure. Considered to be the most difficult trek in the world, many people who attempt this trek never finish it, due to snowfall and the high passes. You need about three weeks to cross a total of seven passes, four of them well over 4,878 m (16,000 ft), as well as pass through the highest and most inaccessible corners of Bhutan.
THE ROYAL TREK
This four-day trip was named after Prince Charles completed this trek to the Annapurna region. The trail follows the lush rim of the Pokhara valley and meanders through many quaint hilltop villages, Kalikathan, Shaklung and Chisopani. Along the route, there are lovely views of the towering Annapurnas, with the final stretch ending at Begnas Tal, a lake situated just outside of Pokhara.
GHOREPANI AND GANDRUK
Beginning and ending in Nayapul, this short trek gives fine views of the Annapurnas. Visit Gandruk, a small Gurung village with beautifully painted homes scattered across the hillside. From Ghorepani, it's a short one hour ascent to Poon Hill, for the most magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. One of the nicest times to visit is in the spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom, as the mountains are dotted with an array of red, pink and white flowers.

ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY TREK
Affectionately known as the 'sanctuary' because of the natural serenity of this magnificent amphitheater, this glacial basis offers a 360 degree view of 11 of Nepal's major peaks, which creates an atmosphere that is unmatched in Nepal. After crossing the Deurali pass, the path leads you towards the last village before you enter the sacred sanctuary - home of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. Climb up to Hinko Cave, then onto Macchapucchre Basecamp and deeper into the sanctuary. The trail follows the Modi Khola river and twists and turns through rhododendron and bamboo forests.
JOMSOM TREK
Part of the Annapurna Circuit, this trek follows the Kali Gandaki valley between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and finally emerges to the north of the main Himalayan range, on the arid, desert-like Tibetan plateau. The trail takes you through Kagbeni, a medieval-like Tibetan settlement. One of the highlights of this trek is Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus.
HELAMBU TREK
Glaciers, high-altitude lakes, imposing mountains and close proximity to Kathmandu, make this trek is ideal as an alternative to Everest and for people with limited time. The Helambu region is predominantly Sherpa and their picturesque villages and Buddhist monasteries add a peaceful touch to the formidable landscape. Visit Taramarang, the largest Sherpa village in the region, which is tucked under the towering mountains.

THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
One of Nepal's most renowned treks, this three-week trek passes through country inhabited by a wide diversity of people. The circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction because of difficulties crossing the Thorung La, a high elevation pass. After walking through rocky, alpine scenery, the trail then takes you through dense forest before reaching the remote valley of Manang, to the crest of this dry, arid land before crossing over into Kali Gandaki river valley.
LANGTANG, GOSAIKUND AND HELAMBU
Completely unspoiled and some of the most diverse scenery and culture in Nepal, the Langtang, Gosaikund and Helambu trek leads to the foot of glaciers, across several passes and to beautifully remote, high-altitude, sacred lakes. The trail heads north on the Thare Danda and provides spectacular views of the peaks of Rolwaling and the distant Khumbu. After descending into the Langtang Valley, trek up to the basecamp area in Paldor, at the heart of Ganesh Himal. The trails will take you through dense, evergreen forests, alpine meadows, past cascading waterfalls and offer breathtaking mountain views.
KANCHENJUNGA TREK
Traversing the remote and rarely-visited north eastern corner of Nepal, the route to Kanchenjunga leads through picturesque farmland and rugged alpine valleys to Ramze, the basecamp for the southside of the massif. After crossing the Mirgin La pass, there are magnificent views of Makalu, Chamlang, Everest and Kanchenjunga. Along the route, visit Ghunsa, a small Tibetan settlement adorned with fluttering prayer flags and smiling villagers. Our final destination reveals the north face of Kanchenjunga, which towers above in all its splendor.

Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, it's a one hour flight to Lhasa, the "roof of the world's" capital. The dominant landmark of Lhasa is Potala Palace, with over 1,000 rooms and 10,000 shrines, was the former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Barkhor, this bustling market place in Old Lhasa is on the pilgrim's customary circumambulating route around the Jokhang Temple. A short drive from Lhasa is the Ganden Monastery, founded in 1409, this is the birthplace of the notorious yellow hat sect. On the north side of the Dowo Lung Valley is the Tsurpu Monastery, which was the former residence of the Karmapa, the true "living little Buddha", the new reincarnated leader of the black hat sect.

Depart Kathmandu, head north along Friendship Highway, across the Thong La pass and enter the Tibetan plateau. An arid landscape with villages huddled at the base of mountains, prayer flags fluttering in the wind and ancient monasteries jutting from craggy perches, all the while passing nomads of sheep and yak herders, as you continue onto Tingri, an old trading town. Then visit the Shigatse, with its famous Sakya, Red Hat Sect and the Tashilunpo Monastery. From here continue east towards Lhasa via the historic small town of Gyantse and a short visit to Kumbum.

Giving you more time to take excursions outside Lhasa, head northwest to Nam-tso, also known as Tengri Nor, or Sky Lake, as the water here is a miraculous shade of turquoise blue and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. Travel to Drigung Til Monastery, to experience an untouched land and a timeless quality. En route to Tsedang, take the ferry across the Yarlung Zhangpo to Samye, located in the middle of the sandy Samye valley and approached via a beautiful river crossing, this area has a certain magic. Samye was Tibet's first monastery and has a history that spans 1,200 years.

THE TSURPHU TREK
Beginning at the Tsurphu Monastery, this trek takes you through rugged mountain landscapes, across windswept, alpine valleys, before emerging into the vast, open valley of Yangpachen, where you can relax in the hot springs. A combination of high elevation, alpine tundra, panoramic mountain vistas, along with visits to several monasteries and the Djore Ling Nunnery, this trek provides a nice balance of cultural and wilderness activities.

EVEREST BASECAMP
From the turnoff on the Friendship Highway near Shegar, the route to basecamp south to the village of Quay and then over the Geu-la pass. As you descend into the Dzaka valley, there are dramatic views of the Himalayas. Visit Rongphu Monastery, the main Buddhist centre in the valley, also the highest monastery in Tibet, situated at 16,334 feet. From Everest Basecamp, the views from the Rongbuk Glacier are spectacular and continue onto Tingri, a small village of Tibetan homes that overlook a sweeping plain bordered by the towering Himalayan range.
MOUNT KAILASH AND MANSAROVAR LAKE
One of the most sacred pilgrimages in Asia is the circuit around Mount Kailash, considered by some to be the naval of the world. The kora, a ritual circumambulation is a three-day curcuit around this holy mountain, which crosses the Drolma La pass, all the while observing many sites of religious significance. To the south of Mount Kailash, across the Barkha plain, is Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of Tibet's numerous lakes. According to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cosmology the four great rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Indus, Ganges, Sutlej and Brahmaputra, all arise from Manasarovar.

NAM-TSO TREK
North of Lhasa, is Nam-tso, a crystal clear, turquoise lake, of which the surrounding area offers interesting treks along almost endless northern plains in the southeast corner of Changtang. Trekking in this area is demanding, as it is the coldest, most windswept and unpredictable part of Tibet. Though physically demanding and very remote, from Damxung valley the route takes you across the Kong-la and Largen-la passes, a timeless walk through no-man's land.

Arrive in Darjeeling and explore one of the lovely tea gardens. Take an early morning excursion to Tiger Hill for a view of the magnificent sunrise over Kanchenjunga and the Himalayas. Often swathed in clouds of mist, a visit to the Ghoom Monastery is a short drive away. Ride the legendary toy train, as it loops around the steep mountainsides. Situated amongst the rolling foothills, Kalimpong is a lovely small town with interesting monasteries, beautiful nurseries and a peaceful atmosphere.

After a few days in Darjeeling, journey to Sikkim and visit Gangtok, the capital of this beautiful, remote state. Built in traditional style, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has one the world's largest collections of books and rare manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. Spend an afternoon visiting the Rumtek Monastery and the Orchid Sanctuary. A short drive away is Tsongo Lake where you can relax and enjoy the peace and serenity of the lake.

The first part of your voyage in this part of the world takes you to Darjeeling, then onto Sikkim for a more in depth look into this rugged mountain country. After your visit to Gangtok, head north past Phodong and Labrang Monasteries to the remote Yumthang Valley. To the west is Pemayangtse, one of the state's oldest monasteries and Khacheopalri, a sacred lake. Before heading back to Kalimpong, relax in one of the famous hot springs, which have been known to cure many ailments.

PELLING TREK
This short treks begins in Gangtok and proceeds to Pemayangtse, one of the state's oldest and most important gompas. Afterwards a short trek to Khecheopari, a sacred lake surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags and forested hills, followed by a visit to Yuksom. It is a very peaceful, small village surrounded by cardamom plantations that is situated above the Rathong valley. It is here that three lamas of the Nyingmapa order arrived to establish Buddhism in Sikkim.

SINGALILA TREK
Beginning and ending in Darjeeling, this trek takes you along the renowned Singhala range to Sandakphu and Phalut. En route, you will pass lush, dense forests of rhododendron, chestnut, oak, silver fir and magnolia trees. In the spring, there are not only stunning views of the mountains, but hillsides cloaked with rhododendron and magnolia flowers. The rain tapers off and autumn brings blue skies, crisp days and spectacular mountain views. The trail from Sandakphu to Phulut provides panoramic views of four of the world's highest mountains: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga.

WILDERNESS TREK
From Darjeeling, it's a beautiful drive to Pemayantgse and further onto Yuksom. Along the route, you will have a chance to observe the rich, deeply religious Sikkimese culture. Originating in Yuksom, the trek twists and turns through virgin forests, across high mountain passes, and into breathtaking valleys whose backdrops are snowcapped Himalayan mountains. One of the highlights is the excursion along the rocky Ranthong Glacier and magnificent views of Kanchenjunga from Goecha La pass. The beauty of this area is unmatched and untouched from the outside world, still pristine in all its beauty and natural splendor.
After spending time in the heart of Nepal ..... Kathmandu, travel west towards Pokhara. Head south on the main road, and just a few hours walk into the hills, leads you to a small Gurung settlement. Experience real Nepali culture living with a Nepalese family, celebrating their festivities, eating with them and even visiting their schools. After your homestay, head to a place that is literally out of this world. A short flight from Pokhara brings you to the town of Jomsom, situated on the Tibetan plateau with splendid views of the Nilgiri Mountains. A short walk in either direction leads you to Marpha or the medieval city of Kagbeni, surrounded by crumbling walls of years past. The gateway to Upper Mustang, this is where the Tibetans and Thakalis call home.
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