Himalayan Trek

12-Day Tour of Nepal with 6-Day Himalayan Trek from Bohemian Tours

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Nepal: Sky-High Himalayan Trek, Glittering Ancient Temples, and Mountainside Villages

In the Himalayan Mountains, the peak of Annapurna I soars high above a sea of clouds, its ice-crowned granite face silhouetted against an endless blue sky. Like Mount Everest to the east, Annapurna I forms one of the globe's 14 eight-thousanders—mountains soaring more than 8,000 meters above sea level. In the shadow of its namesake mountain, Nepal's Annapurna region shelters bustling urban centers and ancient Buddhist temples. With a 12-day tour from Bohemian Tours, an experienced team of guides leads visitors as they explore cultural traditions, take yoga and meditation classes, and trek for six days through the rugged Himalayas. Though the order of activities may change, the tentative itinerary includes the following and is available on select dates:

Days 1–2: After arriving in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu, visitors take shuttles to a three-star hotel for an orientation meeting. Nearby mountaineering shops stock cheap, last-minute gear such as daypacks and walking poles. The next morning, a five- to six-hour drive leads to Pokhara, the base camp for the upcoming alpine trek.

Days 3–8: The trek weaves through rhododendron forests, subtropical valleys, and waterfall-strewn stony passes toward the Annapurna Conservation Area, a Himalayan stretch studded with towering peaks. With 5–6 hours of hiking per day, treks meander past rustic Gurung villages and Jhinu's steaming hot springs. English-speaking guides fluent in Nepalese and other native tongues negotiate accommodations in family-run lodges, which provide vegetarian dishes such as organic curry, dal soup, and hot tea. The quest culminates at Poonhill, a 3,200-meter vantage point known for its 360-degree views of snow-capped spires.

Day 9: After returning to Pokhara, a boat cruise on Lake Phewa makes for a relaxing post-trek respite. Later, a massage soothes muscles sore from clambering up stone stairs or arm-wrestling boulders.

Days 10–11: The tour returns to Kathmandu to explore its ornamented shrines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Boudhanath's 14th-century stupa shimmers with multicolored flags and encircling prayer wheels, and monkeys often perch atop painted Buddhas at the 5th-century Swayambunath stupa and are welcomed by priests, who consider them sacred. In the mountainside town of Nagarkot, early risers watch spectacular sunrise vistas and can spot Mount Everest on clear days. Finally, a day in Bhaktapur, an ancient pedestrian town, reveals monumental squares and multilayered pagodas with carvings of lions, peacocks, and divinities.

View the available tour dates and FAQ page for more information. Check the itinerary for more information and to see exactly what’s included. Extra excursions are also available for an additional fee.

What You Get

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12-day, 11-night guided tour of Nepal; each option includes the following:

  • Six-day trek through Himalayas
  • Expert cultural guides and personal luggage porters
  • Vegetarian meals—11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Accommodations in family lodges or three-star hotels
  • Lake Phewa Boat cruise and farewell dinner
  • Five yoga classes and five meditation sessions
  • All sightseeing fees, trekking permits, and government fees
  • Transportation within Nepal and shuttle to international airport

Choose between the following options:

  • $1,195 for one person, with a shared room each night
  • $1,435 for a Solo Traveler package, due to limited facilities solo travelers may have to share a room for 2–3 nights
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  • Must book by 6/29/12 and complete travel by 1/5/13
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  • 30-day cancellation notice required, or fee of up to $425 may apply
  • Cancellations made inside of 30 days may be charged a fee of up to $638
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  • Reservation required 2 months in advance; subject to availability
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must be 12 or older to stay
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How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Email Bohemian Tours by 6/29/12.
  3. Pick a date prior to 1/5/13.
  4. Mention Groupon and provide credit-card info.

What It's Worth

12-day, 11-night guided tour of Nepal; each option includes the following:

  • Six-day trek through Himalayas
  • Expert cultural guides (a $470 value) and personal luggage porters (a $180 value)
  • Vegetarian meals—11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners (a $290 value)
  • Accommodations in family lodges or three-star hotels (a $520 value)
  • Five yoga classes and five meditation sessions (a $460 value)
  • All sightseeing fees, trekking permits, and government fees (a $70 value)
  • All teachers for any included classes (a $480 value)
  • Transportation within Nepal and shuttle to international airport (a $350 value)

    Total value
  • $1,195 for one person, with a shared room each night (up to a $2,990 total value)
  • $1,435 for a Solo Traveler package, due to limited facilities solo travelers may have to share a room for 2–3 nights (up to a $3,230 total value)

Getting There

  • By plane: Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM)
  • By shuttle: shuttle transfers to and from airport included

Traveler's Tips

  • This travel package does not include international airfare, a Nepal entry visa ($30), tips for the trekking crew ($25–$40 total recommended per traveler), or lunches and dinners outside of the trekking journey ($3–$10 each/person).
  • Bring four passport-style photos to use in your trekking permit (included) and visa (not included).
  • Some of the traditional family lodges during the Himalayan trek do not have enough room to host one person per room, so even those traveling as Solo Travelers may have to share a room for 2–3 nights.

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