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NEPAL TOURS

At Encounters Travel our Nepal tours offer travellers and trekking enthusiasts some of the world's best mountain hiking routes and scenery that the planet has to offer - a truly once in a lifetime adventure travel experience!

Nepal is a perfectly landlocked Asian nation that offers an abundance of adventure - also featuring a diverse culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife.

An adventure awaits when you book a Nepal tour

Our Nepal tour packages 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.

On several of our Nepal tours, you can 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.

Dare to take on a Mount Everest Nepal tour

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 and tailor-made holidays can be customized 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. Our private Nepal trekking tour itineraries have been designed to add something different to classic routes and can all be shortened or extended to fit your availability. Contact us for more information.

More information about Nepal tours

Do you want to know more about Nepal and its beauty? Or would you like to read about the country's different festivals, or find more details about visa regulations?

The Nepal tourism board website has bags of useful information and beautiful images to help get you inspired.

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15 Days

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Nepal

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Min: 2 | Max: 12

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Kathmandu, mountain views from Nagarkot, Bhaktapur ancient centre, Trisuli river rafting option, Chitwan wildlife safaris, lakeside Pokha...


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Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp trek, Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, side walks from Dingboche, amazing views from Kallar Patar, friendly ...


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10 Days

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Nepal

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Streets & temples of Kathmandu, mountain views from Nagarkot, ancient Bhaktapur, Chitwan wildlife safaris, lakeside town of Pokhara, ...


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9 Days

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Kathmandu's temples & stupas, Paro Dzong & National Museum, Thimphu tours, Buddha Point, Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Tiger's Ne...


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India , Nepal

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Old and New Delhi, Pink city of Jaipur, Tordi Garh, Abhaneri step well, Keoladeo NP, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort, Riv...


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12 Days

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Bhutan , Nepal

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B- 11, L - 5, D - 6

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Kathmandu's temples & stupas, Paro Dzong & National Museum, Thimphu weekend market, Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Phobjika Valley...


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Temples and Stupas of Kathmandu, Nagarjun Forest Reserve, remote Shreeban Nature Camp, Chitwan & Bardia National Parks (jeep safaris,...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year for Nepal tours?

The best time to visit is between October and December as the weather is dry and warm, and the skies are clear.

Are Nepal tours safe?

Nepal is generally a safe country to visit and there are no political tensions in the country.

What is the official currency of Nepal?

The Nepalese rupee is the official currency of Nepal and is made up of subunits known as pasia.

What is the dress code for Nepal tours?

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.

What should you wear in Nepal?

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.

Can you drink the tap water in Nepal?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink so visitors have a choice between bottled water, purification tablets and boiling water.

How do I plan a trip to Nepal?

Planning your trip to Nepal depends entirely on what you’re interested in doing and sites you’re most eager to see. If you plan on booking a tour with us at Encounters Travel, our tours are already planned out carefully – leaving you to simply pack your bags.

How much is a meal in Nepal?

How much you spend on a meal depends on the type of meal you’re interested in having, however when dining out an average meal in Nepal can cost around NP?352 per person – breakfast prices are usually cheaper than lunch or dinner.

Do people in Nepal speak English?

Yes, the locals do speak English in Nepal – many speak English as a second or foreign language, with English use being most prevalent among city dwellers residing in Kathmandu. Although Nepali is the native language, English is the primary language used more for business in Nepal.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Nepal?

The recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.

Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies.

How much would a trip to Nepal cost?

The total cost of a trip to Nepal depends on a number of factors, such as how long you’re planning on staying, how fussy you are with your accommodation and the type of activities you’re interested in. At Encounters Travel our Nepal tours can range from $1600 per person to $3310 per person.

Where should we go in Nepal?

Nepal might be small in land but makes up for it with its wide range of diversity. It offers travellers a wide range of places to visit such as Pokhora, Kathmandu, the famous Chitwan National Park, and more.

If you're interested in its temples, have a look at this blog.

How many days in Nepal is enough?

This is a tricky question because it depends on which different places you want to cover – according to that it varies from two days to 15+ days. If you want to cover only Kathmandu Valley then 2 or 3 days will be enough.

What is the best month to visit Nepal?

Nepal is pretty much one of those countries you can visit all year round depending on what type of traveller you are.

Between October and December is the best time to visit Nepal as the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular.

January and February can be very cold, especially at night, but will reward you with incredible panoramas and quieter trekking trails as there are fewer visitors.

From May, heat and humidity levels build until the monsoon rains arrive in June and the clouds obscure the glorious mountain views.

Is Nepal expensive?

If you're looking for one of the cheapest place to travel in the world is, Nepal is certainly close to the top. Although prices may vary from Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking in the Annapurna region, its all still quite affordable. Prices are in U.S. dollars at the rate of $1 equals around 100 rupees.

TOUR REVIEWS

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

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 thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience

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Time: GMT+5:45
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)
Capital: Kathmandu
Government: 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.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu - the capital of Nepal located in a valley and filled with historic sites and ancient temples.
  • Everest Camp trek - a famous and popular trek to the world's highest mountain passing by villages and monasteries.
  • Annapurna Circuit trek - a renowned walk from the Marsyangdi Valley to the north of the main Himalayan range.
  • Trisuli River - one of the major tributaries of the Narayani River in central Nepal, popular for kayaking.
  • Chitwan National Park - the first national park in Nepal, home to the endangered Asian one-horned rhino.
  • Pokhara - a city positioned on Phewa Lake known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Bhaktapur - an ancient Newar city in the Kathmandu Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Swayambhunath Stupa - an ancient religious shrine sitting on top of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley.

Tips

  • Consider wearing a facemask against Kathmandu's air pollution, especially if you rent a motorcycle or bike.
  • A sideways tilt or wobble of the head means 'yes' in Nepal, not 'no'.
  • Remember to remove your shoes when you enter a private house or a monastery.
  • Wash your hands before eating and use your left hand for eating or passing food.
  • Nepalis rarely shake hands so placing your hands together in prayer is a better option.
  • Check in advance the dates of Nepal's festivals as some businesses shut down for days.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and filter/chemical tablets to purify water when trekking.
  • Pack a head torch for trekking in the mountains and for power cuts in cities.

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