Highlights of Nepal

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Trip code: 
ANT
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Experience Nepali culture, fascinating history, mountain scenery and wildlife

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.

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

Key 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

 

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - 9 nights only)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has a longstanding relationship with our local partner in Nepal, having worked with the family business, passed from father to son, for over 30 years. We employ local leaders, guides and staff throughout and work with family-run hotels, such as the Hotel Royal Singi wherever possible.

Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves (a safer means of cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems), to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (Annapurna’s) and helping  supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.

Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds thanks to our loyal customers and fiends. This enabled us to provide emergency relief (shelters, food and medical supplies), to rebuild homes and schools, and to run a medical camp (https://experts.exodus.co.uk/nepal-medical-camp/) in spring 2016 in the remote village of Thulopatel in partnership with volunteers from Nepal Medical College. Over 1,500 patients from rural communities were treated for a variety of ailments, to whom medical facilities are not normally readily available. Many of our previous projects (both water pipes and stoves) were damaged in the earthquake - in 2017 we started repairing and replacing these.

In 2017 Exodus also worked with Health Partnership Nepal and sponsored their medical camp in Charikot. We also sponsored more than 400 Freedom Kits (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal and will be continuing with this project in 2018.

To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Kathmandu
to
Kathmandu
  • 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 notice board 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

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

    We have the whole day to explore Pokhara. There is plenty to do and see in and around Pokhara. You might like to take a taxi up to the viewpoint at Sarankot for a magnificent sunrise views 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). In Pokhara you can hire a bike and cycle along the lake shore. 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 acitvities 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive to Khare; trek through forest to Australian 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 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.

    Australian Camp - teahouse (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 trail 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)  

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 the 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 Japanese Peace Pagoda, set on a hill overlooking the lake. From here it’s a short walk to the Raniban Retreat, where we stay tonight. This peaceful guest house 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 forests around you may want to visit a local village house.

    Raniban Retreat (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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, for where we transfer by road to Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we'll have an orientation walk around this Mediaeval town.

    Badgoan Guest House, Bhaktapur (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

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 diifferent forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. 

Please allow £20-25 per day for lunches and dinners not included.

Drinking Water

Tap water in Nepal should not be drunk untreated.

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 complementary 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 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. Using a SteriPEN means you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle, plus you can keep it for future trips.

Weather

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main tourist season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu and Pokhara are usually above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be cooler with temperatures dropping to 5ºC. Chitwan will be hot and sunny in the daytime and cooler in the evenings.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the colder conditions this is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Mornings and evenings can be cold with mists hanging around till late morning, but then the day is usually warm. In Kathmandu maximum daytime temperatures are 15ºC. In Chitwan mornings and evenings can be cold and misty but once the sun is up the days are pleasant.

Pre-monsoon: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be much hotter in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons and there can be some rain. It is hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 30ºC/ 35ºC. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to travel to Nepal in spring. Chitwan will be very hot in the daytime and mild in the evenings.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Kathmandu

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded leisurely/moderate (Activity Level 2) and is a busy itinerary with plenty of cultural interaction. There are three short day walks: the walking is well within the reach of anybody who is reasonably fit and all the walking is on well-established trails. All walking is at low altitude (below 2000m).

There is free time in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a variety of optional activities to choose from to suit your interests.

There is one long drive, from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which usually takes around 6 hours but this can vary depending on the road condition and traffic (traffic leaving Kathmandu can be very slow and prolong the journey). 

At the time of writing, there are roadworks near Mugling along the route between Pokhara and Chitwan and Chitwan and Kathmandu - the road is closed for 4-6hours a day and is in a poor condition. As such, the 2018 itinerary now includes two domestic flights from Pokhara to Chitwan, and from Chitwan to Kathmandu. Should the roadworks be completed and the road conditions improve, we will consider driving from Pokhara to Chitwan. In this event we will write to you and if there is any reduction in price this will be passeed on to you.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

7 nights hotels/guesthouses, 2 nights comfortable jungle lodge, 1 night teahouse and 1 night mountain resort.

The hotels usually used are listed within the itinerary, however, occasionally these may vary by departure date due to availability. 

In Kathmandu we stay at the Hotel Royal Singi (4-star local rating), which has been recently refurbished. It is well located within walking distance of Thamel, the Garden of Dreams, and a local market (Durbar Marg). There's a large lobby with comfortable seating, an outdoor courtyard, a bar, restaurant and coffee shop. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available for your room, from reception. The rooms are a good size and are well appointed. 

In Pokhara and Bhaktapur we use guesthouses with twin-bedded rooms and en suite bathrooms.

We spend a night at Raniban Retreat, excellently located on a hilltop above the World Peace Pagoda, overlooking Lake Phewa and the Annapurna Mountain Range.  The restaurant has magnificent views on a clear day. The twin-share rooms are en suite and there is free Wi-Fi.

We get a taste of teahouse trekking, which Nepal is so famous for, and spend a night in a lodge at Australian Camp. Located in a clearing on a hillside,  this lodge offers fine views of the Himalaya. Although relatively basic, all rooms have en suite facilities.

In Chitwan we stay in a comfortable jungle lodge (either Maruni Sanctuary Lodge or Green Mansions Jungle Resort) in twin-bedded huts with en suite bathrooms.

 

Extra Accommodation

 

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

 

Single Accommodation

 

 

If you would like a single room please request this at the time of booking. Single supplements are subject to availability and are not available at Raniban Retreat or Australian Camp.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed December 2016
    Mary McAnally

    Highlights of Nepal

    This trip lived up to it's title, it was an introduction to the wonders of Nepal.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having never travelled east outside of Europe before I can't pick any one experience as being 'most inspirational'. The memories that will stay with me the longest are the views over the Annapurnas at dawn from both Raniban Retreat and Bandipur, the subsistence farming on the hillside terraces and the friendliness of the people in the countryside. A special event was being welcomed into a family's home in Chitwan during the festival where we became 'sisters' with the young women in the family. Oh, and I won't forget crossing the road in Kathmandu!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I can quite honestly say our Nepalese guide was the most cheerful person I have ever met. He was attentive to the needs of everyone in the group, answered every question and was a wealth of information about Nepal in the current day and it's history. He also arranged additional cultural experiences in Ramkot and Chitwan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The advice about what clothing to take in the trip notes covers all seasons; check the weather before you go. I took thermals and extra clothes for layering as I was told it will be cold at night - the most I needed was a micro fleece and a pair of jeans in the evening. During the day it was around 25 degrees + and I didn't have enough short sleeved T-shirts.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Steven Taylor

    Feeling on top of the world

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A massive thank you to our bus driver, who negotiated the crazy roads with incredible skill and dexterity.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Steve Underwood

    Highlights of Nepal

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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!

    What did you think of your group leader?

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

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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.
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    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!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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'!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    Whilst there is a certain amount of luck involved with all game viewing, we feel that our trip notes give a realistic expectation of the wildlife it is possible to view in Chitwan National Park. Many of our clients have great wildlife sightings in the park, but we are disappointed that Rhoda was not so fortunate on this occasion. We are also sorry that the white water rafting had to be cancelled for technical problems. For various reasons we are no longer actively promoting the Everest flight, but if clients still wish to take a flight, our tour leaders will point them in the right direction.

  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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 you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great experience!
  • Reviewed April 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    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.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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 ........
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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 trekkingDrifting lazily down the river in a dugout canoe and watching the kingfishers and crocodilesBoudhanath stupa in Kathmandu is definitely worth visitingRelaxing in the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu before we flew back  home

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a great crowd of fellow travellers which made the trip even more enjoyable.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

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    I can't remember a trip where I literally enjoyed every moment! The guide(s) were excellent and a pleasure to be with. So much fun!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving on the brow of a hilll after a long exhausting walk to be met with the view of Annapurna in all it's glory!Fantastic! 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    One of the most knowledgeable, patient and fun people you could meet. What a credit to Exodus!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Relax, and enjoy this part of Nepal. Wonderful people and a priviledge to be allowed to spend a short time in their fabulous country.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip Exodus. Spot on from beginning to end. Highly recommended and I will be booking with you again (probably this year!). Thanks
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    The trip was certainly a positive experience and my wife and I would not heitate in recommending it. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fantastice mountain views and the friendliness of the Nepali people. Even in the hustle of Kathmandu you felt at ease.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The trek leader and the assisstant were exceptional in there atitudes to the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light you do not need a lot on the trek. Ensure that you do a lot of hill walks to get fit before you go so that you can enjoy the experience..
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF NEPAL

    Looking for a taster to Nepal, with the right mixture of trekking, sights and culture, then I would highly recommend this trip. One thing to say the walking is not easy it's all up or down so get your boots out beforehand and practice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many inspirational parts to the trip the mountain views at sunrise and sunset, trudging through the jungle on the back of an elephant were the most inspiring. Having been back home for a few weeks you have to get the photos out to believe you were really there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader really did add to the holiday, I went to places and saw things that you really wouldn't of seen if you'd booked a holiday in Nepal yourself. I do think the leaders helps make the holiday, you do have to remember he is part of a team the trek porters and guides and the jungle guides just add to the whole sense of adventure. the feeling when you get to the top of the final climb of the trek just sums the whole experience up.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Going to Nepal is an experience, you have to take life as they do laid back (in fact almost horizontal) just chill out and enjoy the whole thing. As for advice two things:- Don't pack too much, travel light you can get your washing done. Just rember you are unpacking and re-packing virually every other day.check the weather forecast for the time of year you are going, I really didn't need all the warm clothes I packed.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Whilst this isn't the toughest trek you'll ever do (or maybe it is) it is not easy, don't let the "leisurely/moderate" tag fool you it is 4 half days of walking up and down stone uneven steps. On the BIG PLUS side the sights, smells and fun you'll have more than compensates for the hard work. The rest of the holiday just adds to the whole experience.If you want to lay back on the beach and relax Nepal is not for you (but then you're proabably not reading this). However if like a sense of adventure and the unexpected then this is just the taster for a wonderful country,.I say go for it !!!  

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