NEPAL - THE DESTINATION
It contains 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Read more...
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TASTE OF NEPAL
10 Days / 9 Nights
From £1,265 pp / with standard hotels
Discover the daily life of Kathmandu, pass along busy streets, shops, squares, and ancient temples. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites the city has to offer. Explore Pokhara and trek in the mountains and villages in the Annapura Conservation Area.
KATHMANDU AND POKHARA
5 Days / 4 Nights
From £785 pp / with standard hotels
Discover the daily life of Kathmandu, pass along busy streets, shops, squares, and ancient temples. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites the city has to offer. Explore Pokhara and view the sunrise over the Annapura Mountains.
EXPLORE THE KATHMANDU VALLEY
12 Days / 11 Nights
From £1,395 pp / with standard hotels
Discover the cultural sites of Kathmandu. Walk along the busy streets, admire the ancient temples. Visit small villages and go hiking in the Kathmandu Valley. Discover ancient temples, monasteries, green forests, fields and villages.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK
12 Days / 11 Nights
From £1,060 pp / with standard hotels, guesthouses
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek will take you through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, and bring you close to the base of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in a relatively short period of time.
Rated as one of the world’s best trekking trails, the Annapurna Base camp route has been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over the world in order to enjoy the sublime beauty of the region.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
15 Days / 14 Nights
From £1,450 pp / with standard hotels, guesthouses
Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most popular and sought out trekking route in the Himalayas. It’s a dream of every hiker to be at the foot of Mt. Everest at the Everest Base Camp (5,320m).An important feature of this trek is the hike to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is a rocky hill at 5,550 meters which commands some spectacular panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Visit the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in the Khumbu region. Hike to the Everest View Hotel just above Namche Bazaar for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayas. The Everest Base Camp Trek is in a bucket list of every adventure enthusiast.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
FLY OUT BY HELICOPTER
10 Days / 9 Nights
From £3,135 pp / with standard hotels, guesthouses
Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most popular and sought out trekking route in the Himalayas. An important feature of this trek is the hike to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is a rocky hill at 5,550 meters which commands some spectacular panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Visit the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in the Khumbu region. Hike to the Everest View Hotel just above Namche Bazaar for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayas. After reaching the Base Camp, fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter.
MT EVEREST HELICOPTER TOUR
4 Days / 3 Nights
From £2,845 pp / with deluxe hotel
On the day of your helicopter tour you will first fly from Kathmandu to Lukla for a brief refueling stop. Then you will fly to Everest Base Camp where you will stay around 15 minutes. Next stop will be Syangboche. You will have breakfast here at the Everest View Hotel just above Namche Bazaar with a spectacular panoramic view of the Khumbu Himalayas before returning to Kathmandu.
TAILOR MADE TOURS
The Birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the Founder of Buddhism
NEPAL - THE DESTINATION
Visitors to Nepal generally associate the nation with snow-capped mountain peaks. It contains 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest - on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. A monarchy for hundreds of years, Nepal was declared a republic in June 2008.
Whilst there are over 90 peaks which lie above 7000m (22,966 ft), approximately one-third of the country is low-lying and subtropical. The nation's altitude rises from less than 100 metres (328 ft) elevation in the tropical Terai (the northern rim of the Gangetic Plain) to Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) - the world's highest mountain at 8,848m (29,029 ft).
Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the nerve center of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure of any urban area in Nepal, and its economy is focused on tourism, which accounted for 3.8% of Nepal's GDP in 1995–96. Tourism in Kathmandu declined thereafter during a period of political unrest, but since then has improved. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by TripAdvisor,and ranked first in Asia.
The city has a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Most of Kathmandu's people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are people of other religious beliefs as well, giving Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the most commonly spoken language in the city. English is understood by Kathmandu's educated residents.
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO
Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons - though traditionally a year was categorized into six distinct climate periods: Basanta (spring), Grishma (early summer), Barkha (summer monsoon), Sharad (early autumn), Hemanta (late autumn) and Shishir (winter).
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
Heavy monsoonal rains from June to September - the rains are generally lighter high in the Himalayas than in Kathmandu, though the mountain peaks are often not visible due to clouds. In the Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara - monsoon rains typically consist of an hour or two of rain every two or three days. The rains clean the air, streets, & cool the air. If you come, bring an umbrella, expect lower lodging prices & fewer tourists.
Clear and cool weather from October to December - after the monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Cold from January to March, with the temperature in Kathmandu often dropping as low as 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter, but it is extremely cold and snow fall may prevent going above 4,000 - 4,500 metres (13,000 - 15,000 feet). The Jomosom trek is a reasonable alternative, staying below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) with expected minimum temperatures about -10°C (14°F) (and much better chances of avoiding heavy snow.)
Dry and warm weather from April to June - there is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of colour to the landscape. Terai temperatures may reach or exceed 40°C (104°F) while Kathmandu temperatures are about 30°C (86°F). This is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
Greet people with a warm Namaste (or "Namaskar" formal version - to an older or high-status person) with palms together, fingers up. It is used in place of hello or goodbye. Don't say it more than once per person, per day. The least watered down definition of the word: 'The divine in me salutes the divine in you.'
Show marked respect to elders.
Say Thank you: Dhanyabaad (Dhan-ya-baad)
Feet are considered dirty. Don't point the bottoms of your feet (or your bum!) at people, or at religious icons. In this vein, be sure not to step over a person who may be seated or lying on the ground. Be sensitive to when it is proper to remove your hat or shoes. It is proper to take off your shoes before entering a residental house.
The left hand is considered unclean because it is used to wash after defecating. Many Nepali Hotel & Guest House toilets have bidet attachments (like a kitchen sink sprayer) for this purpose in lieu of toilet paper. It is considered insulting to touch anyone with the left hand. It is proper to poke someone, take and give something with the right hand.
Circumambulate temples, chortens, stupas, mani walls, etc. clockwise. (ie, with your right side closest to the object or respect)
When haggling over prices, smile, laugh, and be friendly. Be prepared to allow a reasonable profit. Don't be a miser or insult fine craftsmanship, it's much better to lament that you are too poor to afford such princely quality.
Many Hindu temples do not allow non-Hindus inside certain parts of the temple complex. Be aware & respectful of this fact, as these are places of worship, not tourist attractions.
Being a non-Hindu makes you moderately low caste, but not an untouchable. Avoid touching containers of water; let someone pour it into your drinking container. Likewise avoid touching food that others will be eating. Make sure you are invited before entering someone's house. You may only be welcome on the outer porch, or in the yard. Shoes are routinely left on the front porch or in a specific area near the front door.
Wash hands before and after eating. Touch food only with the right hand if you're not left-handed.
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