Two Tours Offer Taste of Nepalese Culture

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Thomson Adventures here introduced two trekking programs to Nepal that immerse participants in that country's culture.

The company's Royal Nepal: Lodge-to-Lodge program is a 15-day trip into the heart of Nepalese society.

It begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu, where visitors can roam the narrow streets and visit local shops and temples.

Following a flight to Pokhara, the next four days are spent trekking through the lower foothills of the Annapurna range, staying in trailside lodges along the way.

After returning to Pokhara, trip members embark on a two-day rafting trip down the Seti River, staying in large walk-in tents at riverside camps.

Clients then explore the Chitwan National Park by four-wheel-drive vehicle and on elephant back in search of wildlife, including the one-horned Asian rhinoceros, the Bengal tiger, leopard, crocodile and several species of monkey and birds.

After a final day in Kathmandu, trip members return home via Bangkok or Delhi or can opt for an eight-day trekking extension in the Khumbu region near Mt. Everest.

The trip costs from $3,990, including international and domestic air fare, lodging, meals, portage of luggage, the services of trip leaders and sherpa guides, trekking permits and park fees. The eight-day Everest Khumbu trek extension is $1,190.

Available departure dates are Oct. 16 and 29; Nov. 15 and 27, and Dec. 18. Next year's dates are Jan. 22; Feb. 5 and 19, and March 6 and 17.

The second program, Everest: The Sherpa Homeland, is a 15-day exploration of the ancient Sherpa territory surrounding Mt. Everest.

Following two days in Kathmandu, travelers fly to Lukla to begin their mountain trek.

Highlights of the trek include a challenging climb up Namche Hill to visit the Namche Market, a visit to the Khumjung Monastery where the famous Yeti skull is kept, a journey to Tengboche -- the religious heart of the region with the largest and most active monastery in the Khumbu, and a journey across the Dudh Kosi River to Sagarmatha National Park.

Accommodations during the trekking portion of the trip are at campsites along the route.

Following two final days in Kathmandu, clients can either return home or participate in a two-day extension in Bangkok.

The cost of the all-inclusive trip is from $3,790; $390 for the Bangkok extension.

Departure dates are Oct. 25; Nov. 7 and 24, and Dec. 6 and 27. Next year's dates are Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 15 and 26.
Thomson Adventures
Phone: (800) 354-6030

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