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NEPAL TOURS

Home to the world's largest mountain range, our Nepal tours 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.

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. 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.

Mount Everest tours in Nepal

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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11 Tours | From NZ$1449 p/p

Duration:

15 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 14, L - 1, D - 2

Highlights:

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


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NZ$3030(p/p)

Duration:

16 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 16, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

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


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NZ$3220(p/p)

Duration:

10 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 10, L - 1, D - 2

Highlights:

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


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NZ$2380(p/p)

Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

Bhutan , Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 9, L - 4, D - 4

Highlights:

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


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NZ$2960(p/p)

Duration:

16 Days

Country(ies):

India , Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 14, L - 3, D - 4

Highlights:

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


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NZ$5470(p/p)

Duration:

12 Days

Country(ies):

Bhutan , Nepal

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 11, L - 5, D - 6

Highlights:

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


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NZ$4230(p/p)

Duration:

14 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal

Tour Type:

Family

Group size:

Min: 3 | Max: 16

Meals:

B- 13, L - 6, D - 6

Highlights:

Kathmandu sightseeing, Annapurna foothills camping trek, sunrise from Panchase Hill, Bandipur hill village & school visit, safari activities...


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NZ$3565(p/p)

Duration:

14 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 13, L - 6, D - 8

Highlights:

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


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NZ$3350(p/p)

Duration:

12 Days

Country(ies):

Nepal , Tibet

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 11, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Bustling Kathmandu, mystical Lhasa, famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, spectacular mountain scenery of the Himalayas, views of Mount Everest, the...


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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.

TOUR REVIEWS

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
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
Excellent

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

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Nepal Country Guide

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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
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.

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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