Meeting Nepal

Kathmandu • Chhahari Orphanage • Pokhara • Chitwan

Countries visited:  Nepal

Sample itinerary:  15 days/14 nights

 

Overview

Itinerary

Details

Meeting Nepal

Dawa, a Tibetan Sherpa who met Patrizia from Kairos in a remote plateau in Tibet a few years ago, is the founder of the Chhahari orphanage. This special place was originally Dawa's house which he decided to open to Nepali children, rescuing rescuing them from poverty, malnutrition, drug addiction, sex trafficking, and illegal trade in human organs. Pilgrims here have the opportunity to experience Dawa’s world, and the joy of helping those in need.  This journey is purely about sharing, giving, offering, and being astonished by the wonders of creation—mountains, animals, rivers and man. This is a journey to the roof of the world for a taste of the highest and a glimpse of the deepest in others and ourselves

Highlights

Volunteering at Chhahari Orphanage, visiting the temples of Kathmandu, Tibetan Handicraft Center, Jungle Safari with elephant back ride, viewing the Himalayas from Pokhara National Park, Sarangot Mountain sunrise walk, Bindhabasini Temple, Devis Fall, Gupteshwore Temple.


*This itinerary is organized only by Kairos and is not done in cooperation with ORP.

 

Days 1-2:       Kathmandu

Days 3-9:       Chhahari Orphanage, Kathmandu

Days 10-11:  Chitwan Jungle Safari

Days 12-13:  Pokhara

Days 14-15:  Kathmandu

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1  •  Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After check in, sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple, built in 1696, the most sacred of the Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Nepal, and Boudha Nath Temple, the world’s largest stupa (collection of Buddhist relics) and a place of great veneration to Buddhists. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2  •  Kathmandu

After breakfast, sightseeing at Swayambhunath Temple, the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here we can see the entire Kathmandu Valley spread out below. Lunch break in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square where we visit the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Visit to Kasthamandu, a temple built from a single tree and the building from which Kathmandu derives its name. After lunch in a local restaurant, sightseeing tour of the Patan, a city of great architecture and fine arts. Visit the Tibetan Handicraft Center at Jawalakhel to watch carpet weaving. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Days 3–9  •  Kathmandu: Chhahari Orphanage

After breakfast we move to the Chhahari Orphanage, a non-profit home for 21 at-risk and orphaned children. We encourage travelers to spend time volunteering at the home and their local school. Here the simplest acts are received with joy and profound thanks, for these children—used to bathing in cold water, washing clothes by hand, a daily diet of dal and rice and few hours of controlled electricity a day— expect little and ask for nothing. We will help travelers design an individualized program to suit their time and talents. You may teach art or music, cook, read, or do anything you would wish to offer these children. Nights will be spent at the orphanage in simple private rooms with baths.

On our last morning at the orphanage we share in dancing and singing. We may be able to organize a demonstration with music and pictures that the children have done during our stay. In the afternoon we will participate in an interfaith dialogue with local representatives of the Catholic Church and the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim communities. This special moment of connection and prayer will make a stay in Nepal unforgettable.

Day 10  •  Chitwan (Jungle Safari)

After breakfast we drive to Chitawan National Park for an exclusive jungle safari. Upon arrival you will be meet by a naturalist with a drink and arrangements for accommodation. After lunch we will go on the Village & Museum Tour. Evening cultural program and overnight at the hotel in Chitawan.

Day 11   •  Chitwan

After breakfast, take an hourlong ride aboard an elephant to the jungle, where we will travel through dense grassland to view wildlife. We are taken to the elephant stables where the senior naturalists give a talk about the habitats of the elephant. Here one may witness the rare sight of elephants bathing, and the gentle way in they care for one another. After the elephant safari, we will take a canoe trip. Dinner and overnight in Chitawan.

Day 12  •  Pokhara

After breakfast, birdwatching and a four-hour drive to Pokhara, one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal, under the shadow of the Annapurna-Machhapuchhre Himalayan range. A rare combination of snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, rushing streams and rustic villages await discovery. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check in and free time: you can boat in Fewa Lake, walk along the shore, or visit the market. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day  13  •  Pokhara

Early morning hike to Sarangkot Mountain’s famous viewing spot. After marveling at the beauty of the sunrise, we make our way back to the hotel for breakfast. Half-day city tour, including a visit to Bindhabasini Temple, Devi’s Fall, and the Gupteshwore temple and cave. Rest of the day is free.  Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14  •  Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu, passing through places of unparalleled beauty on the six-hour trip.  There may the option of visiting Manakamana temple on the way to Kathmandu, depending on travel conditions. Rest of the day is free for exploration.  Evening dinner followed by Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15   •  Departure

After breakfast, we will transfer to Kathamndu International Airport for the journey back home.

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Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

 

The price includes:

 Accommodations in double rooms, 3/4 star hotels, private bath

 Accommodations at orphanage, private rooms with bath

 Full board

 Private transportation during the pilgrimage

 Visits, excursions and entry fees as per the program

English-speaking guide

Gratuities

 

The price does not include:

International flights. However we will be happy to assist you with flight quotations as soon as they are available. Please let us know your departure city.

Insurance for medical assistance, loss or damage of baggage, cancellation fees. However we are able to offer medical, luggage and cancellation insurance upon request.

Beverages

Extras

Anything not specified in “the price includes” section