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Highlights of Nepal tour
Bhaktapur Kathmandu Highlights of Nepal Trip
Cultural Culture Highlights of Nepal package

Highlights of Nepal

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the Annapurnas, including sacred 'Fishtail' Mountain
  • Gentle day walks through picturesque villages in the Annapurna foothills
  • Take a boat across Pokhara's Phewa Lake and walk to the World Peace Pagoda
  • Mediaeval Bhaktapur, one of the ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Search for rhinoceros and crocodiles on a jeep safari and dugout canoe ride in Chitwan

Short Description

From historic Kathmandu and Bhaktapur to the incredible mountain scenery of the Annapurnas, we get the chance to discover the variety of cultures, landscapes and religions that make Nepal so special. This trip gives us the opportunity to see all facets of this astonishing country: the narrow streets and temples of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, the lakeside city of Pokhara at the foot of the Annapurnas and the wildlife of Chitwan, an ideal introduction to the delights of Nepal.Experience Nepali culture, fascinating history, mountain scenery and wildlife

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Destinations

Nepal

Cities & Attractions

Bhaktapur Kathmandu Pokhara

Activities

Culture Nature

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

The overnight group flights depart London this evening. **

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu.

The group flights usually arrive into Kathmandu in the late afternoon. Those who have booked a transfer through Exodus will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Those who have made their own travel arrangements may join us at the hotel throughout the afternoon. This evening there will be a full trip briefing - please check the notice board in the reception area by the Exodus desk for details of where and when this will be held.  *Hotel Royal Singi* (or similar)* *

Day 3 Drive to lakeside town of Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Range.

We leave Kathmandu early this morning and drive to Pokhara - traffic leaving Kathmandu can prolong the journey but once out of Kathmandu city, the journey usually takes around 6 hours depending on the road and traffic conditions. In the afternoon your leader will take you for an orientation walk along the shore of Phewa Lake. Pokhara is a pretty lakeside resort at the foot of the Annapurna range. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia* (or similar)* *

Day 4 Free day in Pokhara; optional excursion to Sarankot for sunrise.

We have the whole day to explore Pokhara. You might like to take a taxi up to the viewpoint at Sarankot for a magnificent sunrise over the whole Annapurna Range. For the energetic, you can ask the hotel for a packed breakfast and then walk back down to the lakeside from Sarankot (approx. 3-hour walk). You can also hire bikes in Pokhara and cycle along the lakeshore. The Mountain Museum has interesting displays and for those interested, there is also a Gurkha Museum. You can hire a boat and go boating on the lake and there are some pretty walks around Begnas Lake (another lake a short distance outside of Pokhara). Your leader will brief you on all the options available and help you organise transport. If the group want to do different activities today your leader will accompany the largest group. There are also plenty of shops along the lakeside and lots of nice garden restaurants for lunches and dinners. Your leader will also recommend restaurants and will accompany you to dinner. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia *(or similar)

Day 5 Drive to Khare; trek through forest to Australia Camp (1880m); afternoon bird watching walk.

This morning we drive out of Pokhara to Khare (1.5hrs), from where we walk through lush forests to Australian Camp. The walk takes us gradually uphill for about 2.5hrs. Australian Camp was originally a clearing in the forest with great mountain views where trekking groups used to camp. There are now several lodges in the clearing but the views are still as beautiful. On a clear day we get magnificent views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Machhapuchhare ('Fishtail' Mountain) and Lamjung Himal. We should be at our basic but comfortable lodge by lunchtime and we can spend the afternoon either admiring the view or your leader will take you on a bird watching walk. This day will give us a taste of trekking in Nepal. The rooms at the lodge are basic but have attached bathrooms, and there is a decent choice of food. *Australia Camp - teahouse* (or similar)* *

Day 6 Walk through beautiful terraces to Dhampus with magnificent views of Macchapuchhare and the Annapurnas; return to Pokhara.

On a clear morning it is well worth getting up early for the spectacular sunrise. After a leisurely breakfast we head to the neatly laid out terraces of Dhampus. It will take approximately 1.5hrs walking. This village is set on a ridge with magnificent views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail' mountain can be seen as it sits in the middle of the range and has a very distinctive shape. Considered holy, this mountain cannot be climbed by anyone. From Dhampus we descend on a stone staircase to Dhampus Phedi where we meet the road and our bus. We drive back to Pokhara and the rest of the day is free. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia* (or similar)  * *

Day 7 Boat across Lake Phewa; short walk to Raniban visiting the World Peace Pagoda en route.

We pack up this morning. The bus will take our luggage (and anyone not wanting to walk) to Raniban Retreat, which overlooks the lake and the mountains. We will take a short boat trip across the lake (approx. half an hour). We then have quite a steep climb up to the World Peace Pagoda, set on a hill overlooking the lake. From here it’s a short walk to Raniban Retreat, where we stay tonight. This peaceful guesthouse looks out across the lake and with the Annapurnas as a backdrop, it makes for a perfect setting to enjoy the sunset and sunrise from the veranda. After lunch, there is the option of an afternoon walk further up the ridge. There are an amazing number of birds in the forest and we may also be able to visit a local village house. *Raniban Retreat* (or similar)* *

Day 8 Short flight to Bharatpur and transfer to Chitwan National Park; afternoon jungle activity.

We take a mid-morning flight to Bharatpur and transfer (approx. 50mins) to our jungle lodge in Chitwan, where we spend the next two nights. As we fly from Pokhara we get our last views of the whole Annapurna range. We will reach our lodge in Chitwan around lunchtime and in the afternoon we meet our naturalist guide and start our jungle activities - activities may be offered in a different order however usually today's activity will be an ox-cart ride around Tharu Village where we witness a traditional Tharu dance. The lodge has a small complex of two-roomed huts with attached bathrooms and a separate communal dining/bar area. *Maruni Sanctuary Lodge/Green Mansions **Jungle Resort *(or similar)

Day 9 Jeep safaris, dugout canoe rides and birdwatching walks around the Chitwan area.

The order of the programme of activities may change but will generally include an early morning birdwatching walk before breakfast. Before lunch there will be another activity, normally a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe looking for crocodile and again observing the many birds. Then before dinner we set out on a jeep safari. If we are lucky we may encounter the Indian one-horned rhinoceros or some of the several species of deer found here. The safari lodge has knowledgeable and helpful staff, who accompany us on all the excursions. *Maruni Sanctuary Lodge/Green Mansions Jungle Resort* (or similar)

Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu; drive to Mediaeval Bhaktapur.

Rise early for a pre-breakfast birdwatching walk. We leave Chitwan after breakfast and catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu, from where we transfer by road to Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we'll have an orientation walk around this Mediaeval town. *Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur* (or similar)* *

Day 11 Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square; return to Kathmandu.

We spend this morning exploring this wonderful heritage town. Bhaktapur is the most mediaeval of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is quieter than Kathmandu and its temples, although there was much destruction from the 2015 earthquake of the surrounding areas, the city centre survived fairly well. There are two Durbar (main) Squares with ancient pagoda style temples. The surrounding narrow streets and potters square are also worth exploring. We have lunch in a restaurant in the centre and late afternoon we drive back to Kathmandu. *Hotel Royal Singi *(or similar)

Day 12 Free to explore Kathmandu; optional scenic Everest flight.

The day is free for sightseeing and exploring the temples around Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We have a number of organised sightseeing tours and activities that can be booked from the hotel in Kathmandu, including an optional Everest sightseeing flight - please see the Optional Excursions section below for further details. *Hotel Royal Singi* (or similar)

Day 13 Fly to London.

For those not travelling on the group flights, the trip ends after breakfast. Those flying with the group will transfer to the airport for the flight back to London, which arrives in the evening of the same day **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Kathmandu.

The group flights usually arrive into Kathmandu in the late afternoon. Those who have booked a transfer through Exodus will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Those who have made their own travel arrangements may join us at the hotel throughout the afternoon. Upon arrival please check the noticeboard by the Exodus desk in the reception area for details of where and when your group welcome briefing will be held this evening.  *Hotel Royal Singi* (or similar) * *

Day 2 Drive to lakeside town of Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Range.

We leave Kathmandu early this morning and drive to Pokhara - traffic leaving Kathmandu can prolong the journey but once out of Kathmandu city, the journey usually takes around 6 hours depending on the road and traffic conditions. In the afternoon your leader will take you for an orientation walk along the shore of Phewa Lake. Pokhara is a pretty lakeside resort at the foot of the Annapurna range. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia* (or similar)* *

Day 3 Free day in Pokhara; optional excursion to Sarankot for sunrise.

We have the whole day to explore Pokhara. You might like to take a taxi up to the viewpoint at Sarankot for a magnificent sunrise over the whole Annapurna Range. For the energetic, you can ask the hotel for a packed breakfast and then walk back down to the lakeside from Sarankot (approx. 3-hour walk). You can also hire bikes in Pokhara and cycle along the lakeshore. The Mountain Museum has interesting displays and for those interested, there is also a Gurkha Museum. You can hire a boat and go boating on the lake and there are some pretty walks around Begnas Lake (another lake a short distance outside of Pokhara). Your leader will brief you on all the options available and help you organise transport. If the group want to do different activities today your leader will accompany the largest group. There are also plenty of shops along the lakeside and lots of nice garden restaurants for lunches and dinners. Your leader will also recommend restaurants and will accompany you to dinner. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia *(or similar)

Day 4 Drive to Khare; trek through forest to Australia Camp (1880m); afternoon bird watching walk.

This morning we drive out of Pokhara to Khare (1.5hrs), from where we walk through lush forests to Australian Camp. The walk takes us gradually uphill for about 2.5hrs. Australian Camp was originally a clearing in the forest with great mountain views where trekking groups used to camp. There are now several lodges in the clearing but the views are still as beautiful. On a clear day we get magnificent views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Machhapuchhare ('Fishtail' Mountain) and Lamjung Himal. We should be at our basic but comfortable lodge by lunchtime and we can spend the afternoon either admiring the view or your leader will take you on a bird watching walk. This day will give us a taste of trekking in Nepal. The rooms at the lodge are basic but have attached bathrooms, and there is a decent choice of food. *Australia Camp - teahouse* (or similar)* *

Day 5 Walk through beautiful terraces to Dhampus with magnificent views of Macchapuchhare and the Annapurnas; return to Pokhara.

On a clear morning it is well worth getting up early for the spectacular sunrise. After a leisurely breakfast we head to the neatly laid out terraces of Dhampus. It will take approximately 1.5hrs walking. This village is set on a ridge with magnificent views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail' mountain can be seen as it sits in the middle of the range and has a very distinctive shape. Considered holy, this mountain cannot be climbed by anyone. From Dhampus we descend on a stone staircase to Dhampus Phedi where we meet the road and our bus. We drive back to Pokhara and the rest of the day is free. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia* (or similar)  * *

Day 6 Boat across Lake Phewa; short walk to Raniban visiting the World Peace Pagoda en route.

We pack up this morning. The bus will take our luggage (and anyone not wanting to walk) to Raniban Retreat, which overlooks the lake and the mountains. We will take a short boat trip across the lake (approx. half an hour). We then have quite a steep climb up to the World Peace Pagoda, set on a hill overlooking the lake. From here it’s a short walk to Raniban Retreat, where we stay tonight. This peaceful guesthouse looks out across the lake and with the Annapurnas as a backdrop, it makes for a perfect setting to enjoy the sunset and sunrise from the veranda. After lunch, there is the option of an afternoon walk further up the ridge. There are an amazing number of birds in the forest and we may also be able to visit a local village house. *Raniban Retreat* (or similar)* *

Day 7 Short flight to Bharatpur and transfer to Chitwan National Park; afternoon jungle activity.

We take a mid-morning flight to Bharatpur and transfer (approx. 50mins) to our jungle lodge in Chitwan, where we spend the next two nights. As we fly from Pokhara we get our last views of the whole Annapurna range. We will reach our lodge in Chitwan around lunchtime and in the afternoon we meet our naturalist guide and start our jungle activities - activities may be offered in a different order however usually today's activity will be an ox-cart ride around Tharu Village where we witness a traditional Tharu dance. The lodge has a small complex of two-roomed huts with attached bathrooms and a separate communal dining/bar area. *Maruni Sanctuary Lodge/Green Mansions **Jungle Resort *(or similar)

Day 8 Jeep safaris, dugout canoe rides and birdwatching walks around the Chitwan area.

The order of the programme of activities may change but will generally include an early morning birdwatching walk before breakfast. Before lunch there will be another activity, normally a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe looking for crocodile and again observing the many birds. Then before dinner we set out on a jeep safari. If we are lucky we may encounter the Indian one-horned rhinoceros or some of the several species of deer found here. The safari lodge has knowledgeable and helpful staff, who accompany us on all the excursions. *Maruni Sanctuary Lodge/Green Mansions Jungle Resort* (or similar)

Day 9 Fly to Kathmandu; drive to Mediaeval Bhaktapur.

Rise early for a pre-breakfast birdwatching walk. We leave Chitwan after breakfast and catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu, from where we transfer by road to Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we'll have an orientation walk around this Mediaeval town. *Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur* (or similar)* *

Day 10 Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square; return to Kathmandu.

We spend this morning exploring this wonderful heritage town. Bhaktapur is the most mediaeval of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is quieter than Kathmandu and its temples, although there was much destruction from the 2015 earthquake of the surrounding areas, the city centre survived fairly well. There are two Durbar (main) Squares with ancient pagoda style temples. The surrounding narrow streets and potters square are also worth exploring. We have lunch in a restaurant in the centre and late afternoon we drive back to Kathmandu. *Hotel Royal Singi *(or similar)

Day 11 Free to explore Kathmandu; optional scenic Everest flight.

The day is free for sightseeing and exploring the temples around Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We have a number of organised sightseeing tours and activities that can be booked from the hotel in Kathmandu, including an optional Everest sightseeing flight - please see the Optional Excursions section below for further details. *Hotel Royal Singi* (or similar)

Day 12 Ends Kathmandu.

For those not travelling on the group flights, the trip ends after breakfast. Those flying with the group will transfer to the airport for the flight back to London, which arrives in the evening of the same day **

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Feeling on top of the world

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Titled 'The Highlights of Nepal', this trip certainly lived up to its billing. Five centres, each highlighting a contrasting area of central Nepal, provided an insight into what the country has to offer. From the exhilarating chaos of Kathmandu to the wonderful isolation of the Raniban Retreat, this holiday was fantastic from the moment we landed to the moment of our departure. Organisation was first class and our guide (Prem Gurung) was amazing.
Pinning down one moment is impossible. White water rafting and wild swimming on day one set the standard and it was matched by stunning views of the Annapurna Range, a dugout canoe ride, an elephant safari to see close-up the one horned rhinos and visits to Durbar Square and the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu were all inspirational.

The group leader was awesome. Prem Gurung was supportive of everyone, every step of the way. He was kind, caring, considerate and knowledgeable and did everything possible to make this the holiday of a lifetime.

Check the weather forecast. We took too many warm clothes, which were not needed due to the lingering of the monsoon, which kept the evenings warm and humid, rather than chilly as the information had indicated.

A massive thank you to our bus driver, who negotiated the crazy roads with incredible skill and dexterity.

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This was my fourth Exodus trip and I have very much enjoyed all of them. Not being an exercise freak I was a bit concerned about fitness and walking but the guide was very good at leading the walks (in the heat and sometimes high humidity) at a steady pace with frequent short stops. The one hard morning climb up to Raniban was balanced by having the afternoon to relax. In summary, there was no part of the trip that wasn't enjoyable, among a group of very friendly fellow travellers.
The village walk from Raniban was a highlight. The Nepalese are very friendly and unaffected people and made us tourists feel very welcome.
I also enjoyed elephant bathing at Chitwan. Hopefully the elephant I was scrubbing with a flat stone did too!

Prasant is a very affable and competent leader, who worked ceaselessly to make everybody happy.

Check the weather for the actual places to be visited when packing. The trip turned out to be much hotter than projected on the Exodus web site and I very nearly brought the wrong clothing. It might have been cooler further north.

I was traveling at the start of the season just after the monsoon. Some of the hotel rooms were a bit damp and musty and needed a good airing.
The jungle stay at Chitwan would have benefitted from the services of an experienced naturalist. The local guide was well-intentioned but didn't deliver as much of an experience as I would have liked.
Otherwise no complaints. Another great Exodus trip.

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An overview of a beautiful country, but make sure you're fit.  The supposedly 'gentle walks' were fairly strenuous!  The weather was much milder than we expected - and much cloudier!
Nothing really inspirational - but there were a few disappointments.  The white water rafting was cancelled because of (unexplained) technical problems.  The wildlife scene at Chitwan didn't seem to offer much - certainly a lot less than we were led to expect.  Viewing from the back of an elephant on a very uncomfortable wooden platform is not ideal, especially if you're the one at the back with a view of little more than the elephant's backside.
The elephant bathing was fun. 
The weather also could have been better - and obviously there's nothing you can do about that.  All too often, clouds obscured the wonderful mountain panoramas we were hoping for.  Moral: when you see the mountains, stop the bus and photograph them before they disappear.

Prasant is a very lively, likeable leader and manages to keep everything (everyone!) under control.  He also enriched our vocabularies with expressions such as 'technical stop'!

If you can, add on a couple of extra days in Kathmandu.  We were surprised that a trip billed as 'Highlights of Nepal' didn't include any organised sightseeing of Kathmandu (whereas Highlights of Tibet does!).  There is a lot to see in the city and surrounding areas and the spare time on this trip didn't give enough opportunity to see it.

Don't bother with the Everest flight and save yourself $200!  The views out of the (dirty) windows are largely obstructed by the propeller.  Definitely not worth the money - and we don't think Exodus should promote it.

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A great way to get a flavour for this amazing country. You get to see the bustling city, lush forest area and amazing mountains. It takes the stress out of travelling around trying to fit things in and cherry picks the best bits to see.
Standing at some of the highest points we climbed to as a group and looking around and seeing everyone of different ages and abilities smiling and taking in the views and where we had walked from - Pokhara up to Raniban in particular.

Our group leader was knowledgeable, explained everything clearly so we weren't bombarded with information but drip fed it as needed. He balanced the needs of the various people in our group really well and we felt well looked after.

Do come prepared with the right gear so you can fully enjoy the experience. Investing in good boots and socks plus waterproofs is well worth it. Taking time also do a few good long hilly walks will also help with you being able to feel like you are not too puffed out - although the pace is flexed according to the needs of everyone in the group too :o)

A great experience!

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Our Highlights of Nepal trip was exactly that - it offered us such a variety of sights, smells, tastes, and feelings, with barely a rest between each new adventure.  Our guide Prasant was knowledgable and good company, and in one case of injury gave us confidence and reassurance.  
Our treks in the Annapurna foothills gave me the most pleasure.  They were hard work, climbing stony paths up and down many thousands of feet, but passing through villages and past shrines, talking to local people and gazing at spectacular mountain vistas - it was everything I wanted from my first taste of the Himalayas.  
Kathmandu was also a wonderful experience - I walked all day through the old city, on back roads past all sorts of hidden treasures; the musical instrument making area, the dental treatment zone (this was interesting!), the religious painting area, Durbar Square (of course), Thamel (of course) and finally ending the day with a cooling drink in the Garden of Dreams, a tranquil neo-classical historical garden which offers the tired walker a complete contrast to the chaos and colour of the city outside.

Our group leader was excellent.  Prasant was highly experienced, having guided in the area for (I think) more than 17 years.  I never once doubted his abilities - even when one of our party was badly injured.  He took admirable control of that situation and reassured the rest of us that everything would be done to assure the best possible outcome for our fellow traveller.  He understood the mix of our group well, and never hurried the slower walkers, nor frustrated the faster ones.  Our evening meals were always fun with him with us.

Make sure you have the right walking shoes/boots, with the right socks too!!  And for the jungle part of this particular trip it is vital for your required long trousers and long sleeved top to be very light-weight.  I only had my normal UK weight Spring clothes to wear on our jungle walk, and I thought I would completely melt in the heat!  

For someone who loves mountains - I have explored many of the major mountain ranges in the world - my visit to the Himalayas was the fulfillment of a life-long dream!  This trip gave me everything I hoped for - uplifting moments, good company, new friends, everlasting memories, and a whole new folder of spectacular photographs!  I want to go back next week ........

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This is a great holiday and introduction to what Nepal has to offer. It's made us want to do more walking holidays and we'd love to go back to Nepal some day.
There were a lot of great things:
Watching the sun rise from the roof of the guest house in Bandipur.
Seeing the mountains emerge from the clouds surrounding them every afternoon and realising just how massive they are.
Enjoying a cold Gorkha beer at the teahouse after a day of trekking
Drifting lazily down the river in a dugout canoe and watching the kingfishers and crocodiles
Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu is definitely worth visiting
Relaxing in the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu before we flew back  home

Keshar was an excellent leader who looked after us really well. He made it a great and memorable holiday and we learned a lot about Nepal from him.

We loved the trekking and it's worth doing a bit of preparation as there are a couple of days with steep climbs and you want to enjoy yourself. In October, pack for warm days but the temperature drops in the evening, even in Kathmandu.
We weren't sure what to expect from the teahouse accommodation as the trip notes say they are quite basic. However, all the places we stayed in had great character and were really well run which made up for the occasional shared bathroom.
There was no problem in finding electrical sockets, even on trek, and WiFi was available in unexpected places.
Among the places visited, you'll not find an ATM outside of Pokhara and Kathmandu, so make sure you have enough cash before the trek starts. Also, most places will not change Scottish notes, thankfully we were warned in advance.
I'd recommend the optional paragliding excursion in Pokhara for a unique view of the city.

We had a great crowd of fellow travellers which made the trip even more enjoyable.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

7 nights hotels, 2 nights comfortable jungle lodge, 2 nights mountain resort with luxury tents or rooms, all with en suite facilities
Travel by minibus
4 optional daywalks requiring reasonable fitness
River rafting optional

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 7 nights hotels/guesthouses, 2 nights comfortable jungle lodge, 1 night teahouse and 1 night mountain resort, all en suite
  • 3 daywalks (low altitude throughout)
  • Group normally 4-16, plus leader. Min. age 16yrs
  • Travel by private bus, boat, and two internal flights  

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Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included in the price of the tour. Breakfasts are mostly continental buffet style or set menus typically including fruit juice, cereal, toast, eggs, tea and coffee. In Chitwan, all meals are provided and comprise a mix of Nepali and Continental food, available from the lunch/dinner buffet. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. 'Momos', a type of Nepalese dumpling filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried, are also a delicious snack or starter.  Please allow £20-25 per day for lunches and dinners not included. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when travelling, especially in hot weather. We encourage you to avoid buying bottled water whenever possible to minimise the amount of single-use plastic that you leave behind. Most hotels will give you a complimentary bottle of water in the room and they will all provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN or another form of purification to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack. SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models and those with lithium batteries. 

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