Home to the world's largest mountain range, Nepal provides some of the best trekking experiences this planet has to offer. The landlocked Asian nation is a paradise for adventurous types, although it also features an abundance of culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife. These are all just waiting to be discovered on one of our Nepal tours.
Explore the lowlands and sprawling capital city of Kathmandu, soaking in all its historic feel courtesy of the medieval squares and shrines complemented by bustling streets, shops and restaurants. Many old temples, monasteries and stupas are dotted around the country for those seeking some history, along with the thrills of white water rafting, cycling and more. Our Nepal holidays also visit the lowland Terai region which has some spectacular wildlife parks for spotting wild elephants, rhinos, tigers and exotic birds in their natural habitat.
Whatever you hope to get out of your trip to the country, all our small group tours in Nepal set off from Kathmandu and offer something different. Prepare well and take the traditional yet tough trek to Everest Base Camp, enjoy a comprehensive journey covering west to east through jungle regions and ancient hilltop villages or opt for a shorter jaunt with our Nepal Exposed tour if you're on a tighter schedule. Our private & tailor-made holidays can be customised as much or as little as you like, so you can book onto one of our Nepal tours to see this beautiful country in all its glory in a way that suits you.
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The best time to visit is between October and December as the weather is dry and warm, and the skies are clear.
Nepal is generally a safe country to visit and there are no political tensions in the country.
The Nepalese rupee is the official currency of Nepal and is made up of subunits known as pasia.
The dress code for tourists in Nepal is relaxed, but we suggest covering your arms, lower legs and shoulders when visiting temples and religious sites.
The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink so visitors have a choice between bottled water, purification tablets and boiling water.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.
I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.
Dial Code: +977
Area: 147,181 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Nepal is Kechana Kalan of Jhapa District at 70m (229 ft.) above sea level | The highest point in Nepal is Mount Everest at 8,848m (29,029 ft.)
Population: 29,624,035 (2018)
Governemnt: Republic, Federation, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic, Federal republic
Language: Nepali, Bhojpuri, Maithili
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is positioned mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Nepal is the 48th largest country by population and the 93rd largest country by area.
The countries that border Nepal include China to the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is situated by the southeastern tip. The geography of Nepal is diverse with fertile plains, forested hills and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.
The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu, which is also the nation's largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language. Nepal is also home to at least four indigenous sign languages. Nepali is written in the Devanagari script, which derives from Sanskrit. The official religion in Nepal is Hinduism, followed by Buddhism and Islam.
There are five seasons in Nepal: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. The Himalayas stop cold winds from reaching Central Asia in the winter. Nepal is a popular destination for trekking as it has some of the highest mountains in the world.
Nepal has 36 public holidays a year, making it the country with the greatest number of public holidays in the world. As Nepal is a secular country, it also enjoys the holidays of the main festivals of minority religions in the nation too.
Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.
A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.
If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.
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