Journey to Nepal with Joh

 JOURNEY TO NEPAL
Sacred Sites & Local Life

From momos and monasteries, rickshaws and rivers to weavers and workshops,
this is a unique opportunity to witness an ancient culture and country like no other!

Join Joh Sherma on her inaugural small group tour and immerse yourself in the magic of Nepal! Delight in the diverse contrast of the hullabaloo of Kathmandu and the tranquility of Pokhara.

Joh will share with you her favourite experiences of the people and places she has cherished
throughout 16 years of living and travelling in Nepal.

11 DAYS  /  13th - 23rd October 2019  /  $3295 pp

Dates for March 2019 soon to be released!

 

A sneak peek of our Thangka Painting Workshop. Video by www.denissmith.com.au

Joh's groups are small, with a maximum of 8 guests on each tour.

This creates an optimal opportunity for connection between the group members, and most importantly, allows the group to merge with the flow of local life rather than disrupt it.

Travelling in a small group is imperative for authentic experiences and flexibility for individual needs.

          

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ~ Arrive on the evening flight to Kathmandu where you will be welcomed by Joh
at the airport. Transfer to guesthouse in Boudhanath.
DAY 2 ~ Explore the extraordinary Boudhanath stupa right on our doorstep, witnessing the
Buddhist kora rituals and daily life. A late afternoon visit to Swayambhunath offers panoramic
hilltop views of the city. Dinner is accompanied by a traditional Nepali folk band.
DAY 3 ~ Rickshaw through the busy streets of the original city to Ason Bazaar, the local market,
a feast for the senses. Stroll down winding cobblestone lanes to explore hidden gems. Try local
momo dumplings and enjoy free time in Thamel.
DAY 4 ~ Watch daily life unfold amongst the locals in Patan Durbar Square, an ancient royal
palace courtyard. Try the unique cuisine of the Newari people before immersing in a Thangka
painting workshop with local artisans.
DAY 5 ~ Witness the changing landscape as we leave Kathmandu for the 2.5 hr drive to the start
of our relaxed rafting journey on the Trisuli river. Meander through scenic gorges to a riverside
camp for tea and lunch. Wander through a small Gurung village, cross a suspension bridge before continuing our rafting trip to reach our awaiting vehicle. We drive on to the lakeside town of
Pokhara where you are free to explore.
DAY 6 ~ A wooden boat takes us onto the serene Phewa lake to the small island temple of
Barahito receive blessings. Wander the lake shore and laid-back shopping in Lakeside.
Our afternoon is spent learning to make momo dumplings with a Tibetan woman in her home
in the Tibetan Refugee Settlement.
DAY 7 ~ Wake early to drive to Sarangkot for awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna Himalaya
(weather permitting). Breakfast with mountain vistas before enjoying an easy 2-3 hr scenic
walk to view rural life and farming terraces. Drive back to our hotel and perhaps enjoy an
optional ayurvedic massage or quiet time by the lake.
DAY 8 ~ Free time this morning followed by a visit to a nearby monastery, witnessing the
Buddhist monks puja in the ornately painted prayer hall. Views are stunning from this hilltop
sacred site.
DAY 9 ~ Visit with skilled artisans of a weaving social enterprise to gain appreciation of this
ancient craft and the positive impact of employment and empowerment for women. Enjoy a
final lakeside lunch before flying back to Kathmandu with breathtaking views of the
landscape below. 
DAY 10 ~ Drive out of the city to visit Bhaktapur, an ancient cobblestone city closed to traffic
and home to artisan potters and wood carvers. Admire the architecture and craftmanship, and
taste the famous 'dahi' yoghurt exclusive to the area.
DAY 11 ~ Reflect on your favourite experiences over our final breakfast together. Join Joh
for a farewell meditation of gratitude and one last kora of the stupa before heading to the
airport to depart Kathmandu.

 

 Investment includes ~

     

* 10 nights accomodation
*  Breakfast daily + 1 dinner
*  Airport transfers
*  All transport as per itinerary
    including internal flight
*  All activities as per itinerary
*  Entrance fees as per itinerary
*  Language & culture sessions

Additional costs ~

*  International flights
*  Travel Insurance (essential)
*  Nepal Visa ($25USD)
*  Daily lunch, drinks, snacks & dinners

 

 

This tour requires a moderate level of fitness and good physical health. Owing
to the unique environment of Nepal, we explore daily on foot and climb stairs on several occasions. 

It suits those with a fire in their belly for authentic experiences which may push their comfort zones.

Travellers will be rewarded for their open mind, eagerness and curiosity with an abundance of breathtaking views, deep insights and inspiring connections. 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW!  

 

 You will receive detailed tour information, payment options and assistance with travel arrangements.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 will secure your place.

NEPAL TOUR LAUNCH EVENING!

Monday 8th April 2019 7pm
at Kutumba
6/135 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Watch the amazing short film created by filmmaker Denis Smith
of our 2018 tour! This film not only reflects the nature of the tour, it reveals the magic of Nepal and it's people. Share delicious Masala Chiyaa (Nepali spicy tea) with Joh, her husband Dilli, Denis and other keen travellers whilst Joh fills you in on all the details! 

Please register HERE!

Tickets are FREE but seats are limited so please book early!