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NEPAL FAMILY ADVENTURE

Price from
US$1,919
(per person)
Duration
14
Days
Tour Type
Family

HIGHLIGHTS

Kathmandu sightseeing, Annapurna foothills camping trek, sunrise from Panchase Hill, Bandipur hill village & school visit, safari activities in Chitwan National Park including elephant bathing
COUNTRIES : Nepal

This tour has been specifically designed for families that want to bring their children to Nepal for an exciting tour that combines some adventurous activities with a few visits to exotic temples and cultural sites. We include Hindhu & Buddhist temples in Kathmandu, an Annapurna camping trek, some easy white water rafting and wildlife viewing in Chitwan National Park. Group sizes are kept small, with carefully selected guides who will do much more than just explain the history and surroundings to you.

We start our family adventure in Kathmandu, exploring its mazy alleyways, Buddhist Stupas and Hindu temples. We then fly along the edge of the Himalayas to the lakeside town of Pokhara for the start of our 4-day trekking into the foothills of the Annapurnas. The trek takes us through lush rhododendron forests surrounded by incredible mountain vistas, culminating in a climb to the top of Panchase Hill for great views over the Annapurnas and on to Mustang and Tibet. From Pokahara we drive back towards the Trisuli River, stopping en-route at the traditional Nepalese trading town of Bandipur. Our next fun adventure is a day spent enjoying some white water rapids alongside some of Nepal's beautiful countryside. The Trisuli River is relatively calm but there is still enough action to get everyone on-board excited. Leaving the Trisuli River behind we head down to the Terai and Chitwan National Park for two amazing days enjoying jungle walks, elephant safaris and canoe trips into the Park. There is also the chance to help bathe the Elephants that you ride into the Park. Finally we drive back to Kathmandu where the tour ends.

Namaste! After arriving into Kathmandu today, our reps meet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel for the start of your tour. In the evening, your rep will give you a brief introduction to the local area of Thamel.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Kathmandu hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour, Single room supplement (NPFANA)

After being introduced to your guide this morning, the tour starts with a half-day City tour, this tour includes in the ancient Durbar Square where you can see a living Goddess before heading to the impressive Swayanbunath Stupa for great views over the city and the Kathmandu Valley. Lunch today is included at Rum Doodles.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Kathmandu hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we return to the city centre to visit the important Buddhist and Hindu religious sites at Boudhnath and Pasupatinath. We make a brief stop for lunch before continuing to the airport for your short flight to the town of Pokhara. Upon arrival we transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is free.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Pokhara hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today, we begin our 3-day camping trek in the beautiful Annapurna region of the Himalayas. After being introduced to the porters and cooks, a bus will take us to Dam Head from where we start trekking on to Bhumdi (1,500m), which is where we will camp on the first night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Camping on trek
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a breakfast by the camp-fire, our trek continues on to Panchase Bhanjyang. We pass through lush rhododendron forests to the traditional settlement of Bhanjyang which offers great views back down to Pokhara and the Phewa Tal Lake. Tonight we camp near to Panchase Bhanjyang.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Camping on trek
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you have the opportunity to make the climb up to Panchase Hill (2,500m) for an even better view of the nearby peaks of which include Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Manaslu (8,156m). After lunch, we follow the trail down to Bhaduri where we spend our last night camping.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Camping on trek
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our short camping trek ends today with an easy walk down to Naudanda where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to the town of Pokhara. The afternoon is free to wander the town or to rest any tired legs!

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Pokhara hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today begins with a short cycling trip to the local tourist attractions of the legendary Devi Falls and the important local religious site at the Shiva Caves. The afternoon is free to enjoy Pokhara or take a rowing boat out on to the lake or browse the local stores.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Pokhara hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

This morning we leave Pokhara behind as we start the drive to the town of Bandipur. Bandipur is an ancient trading town with stone-paved streets, temples and an interesting old bazaar which we pass on the way to your hotel. In the afternoon, we arrange a visit to a local Nepalese school, including a relaxed English/Nepali language class.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bandipur hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After enjoying a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas, we leave Bandipur and head to our put-in point on the Trisuli River, where you have the chance to experience some white-water rafting on a moderate grade. We include all equipment and instruction is given while in the water.

Note: If you prefer not to take part in the rafting, we do offer alternatives! In the afternoon, we make the drive to Chitwan National Park, which is located in the southern Terai region.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Chitwan hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have an early breakfast today before beginning your activities in the Park with a jungle walk or jeep safari, followed by an Elephant back safari in the afternoon. Over the next two days you'll have the chance to explore the jungles and look for all kinds of animals including Rhinos, Sloth bears, Crocodiles and the elusive Tiger. In the evening, we talk a short walk to one of the nearby Tharu villages for a close-up look on local life here.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Chitwan hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today begins with a canoe trip on the gentle Rapti River - try and spot the many different birds or two breeds of crocodiles that live in and around the river. We then include a visit to the local and important Elephant breeding centre where you have the opportunity to learn more about these incredible creatures. In the afternoon we make the trip back to Kathmandu by private vehicle.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Kathmandu hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today has been left as a free day for you to explore Kathmandu on your own, stock up on souvenirs or try any of our extra tour options such as the Everest Mountain flight, or a trip to Patan & Bhatkatpur. In the evening, we will help arrange a farewell dinner for the whole group at one of Kathmandu’s local or international restaurants.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Kathmandu hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Everest Mountain Flight

Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Everest Mountain Flight, Bardia National Park Extension, Extra day in Kathmandu - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Private car, minivan or minibus subject to group size
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides in Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking porters (provided with clothing, footwear and accommodation as per IPPG recommendations)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • Trekking permit
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary (budget around US$60 for lunches & dinners on the trek)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, guides and porters
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Yukhang Hotel
Kathmandu, Nepal

Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a bar, Hotel Yukhang is just 5 minutes' drive from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and cable channels.


Featuring free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a bar, Hotel Yukhang is just 5 minutes' drive from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and cable channels.

All rooms have wooden floors, a desk and a seating area. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

Hotel Yukhang Kathmandu is 5 minutes' drive from Hanuman Dhoka and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

Jasper Restaurant serves Nepalese, Chinese and European food. You can relax in the garden, or enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar. The property also offers meeting facilities, luggage storage and dry cleaning.

Thamel is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, sightseeing and food.

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Barahi Resort
Pokhara, Nepal

Set in the heart of the Pokhara Valley, Hotel Barahi is located beside Lake Fewa. It features an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen cable TV. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided.


Set in the heart of the Pokhara Valley, Hotel Barahi is located beside Lake Fewa. It features an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen cable TV. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided.

Modern rooms at Barahi come with a private balcony and have plenty of natural light. All are fitted with a tea/coffee maker and personal safe. Shower facilities and toiletries are in the en suite bathroom.

Guests can enjoy relaxing traditional Ayurvedic body treatments at Wellness Spa. Nepali cultural dances are performed in the evenings. Currency exchange and car rental services are also provided.

The restaurant serves a fine selection of local and international dishes. Room service is available upon request.

Barahi Hotel is 200 yards from Fewa Lake and 550 yards from the Paragliding Landing Ground. Pokhara Airport is 1.9 miles away.

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Himalayan Hideaway Resort
Bandipur, Nepal

If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Bandipur, look no further than Himalayan Hideaway Guest House. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.


If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Bandipur, look no further than Himalayan Hideaway Guest House. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Himalayan Hideaway Guest House, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Guests can choose from 23 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Himalayan Hideaway Guest House is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Bandipur.

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Hotel Mona Lisa
Chitwan, Nepal

Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest.


Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest. The hotel houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests can unwind of an evening with a meal and a drink. For guests who enjoy exploring local dining options, there is a great selection within walking distance.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (NPFANA)
Price from
US$279
per person



Single room supplement (NPFANA)
Min numbers: 1 person

If you would like to guarantee any travellers in your party a single room during the tour, then we need to add a single supplement charge.


If you would like to guarantee any travellers in your party a single room during the tour, then we need to add a single supplement charge.

We do not normally offer single rooms to children under 12 years of age, for whom extra beds or triple rooms will be arranged. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding rooming arrangements for your family.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Child discount (6-11)
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per person



Child discount (6-11)
Min numbers: 1 person

This discount option may be added for all children aged between 6-11 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.


This discount option may be added for all children aged between 6-11 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.

Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour
Price from
US$39
per person



Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Kathmandu - post-tour
Price from
US$39
per person



Extra day in Kathmandu - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Everest Mountain Flight
Price from
US$239
per person



Everest Mountain Flight
Min numbers: 1 person

This short but spectacular flight takes you from Kathmandu up towards Everest and the surrounding high peaks and Tibetan plateau. The planes have larger than normal clear windows, and window seats are guaranteed.


This short but spectacular flight takes you from Kathmandu up towards and around Everest and the surrounding high peaks and Tibetan plateau. The planes have good sized clear windows, and window seats are guaranteed. The flight takes around 1 hour and we aim to book one of the first flights of the morning when the views tend to be better and the flights are less liable to delays or cancellations. Transfers to and from your hotel are included. If the flight does not run due to poor weather, we will aim to reschedule it for later in your tour. If that is not possible then you will be refunded.

Bardia National Park Extension
Price from
US$764
per person



Bardia National Park Extension
Min numbers: 1 person

4-day/3-night package to Bardia National Park, one of Nepal's best national parks and perhaps the best place in Nepal to catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. Includes return flights, accommodation, meals and park activities.


Day 1
pm - Arrive in the lodge sometime today. In the afternoon discover Tharu life and culture with a guided walk from the lodge through neighbouring villages and farmland.
Meals - Dinner

Day 2
am & pm - Full day guided Jungle Walk taking in various areas in the park and targeting different species. Packed lunch included.
Meals - Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3
am - Morning 1-hour Elephant Safari into the park. pm - Guided Jeep Safari, visiting areas of the park you didn't reach during the jungle walk.
Meals - Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4
am - Early morning bird watching walk outside the park followed by free time to relax or explore the surrounding village. pm - Departure from Bardia. Various transfer options available.
Meals - Breakfast

Includes:

  • Return flights between Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Airport/hotel transfers in Kathmandu
  • Nepalganj-Bardia transfers
  • 3 nights accom
  • All meals
  • All park activities

Note: Prices are based on a minimum of 2 people

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Nepal Family Adventure tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Most of our Nepal tours start and finish at Kathmandu airport (KTM).

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Nepal: Additional vaccinations: Diptheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Bhutan: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting. In general the lowland regions Bhutan are considered malarial zones, while higher altitudes including central Bhutan including Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Bumthang are not. Nepal is considered mainly low risk with prophylactics not normally required.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary. Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

Many nationals can obtain their Nepalese visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival (including UK, EU, US, CA, AU, NZ, SA citizens). The costs for a multiple entry visa are currently:
- up to 15 days - US$ 25
- 16 to 30 days - US$ 40
- 31 to 90 days - US$ 100

The visa is obtained in the immigration area at the point where your passport is stamped. Forms to fill in are available in this immigration hall and may also be given out on your flight (if so, do fill them in before you land as it will reduce your queuing time). You will also need to fill in an arrivals card. Once your paperwork is completed, head to the immigration desk and hand over your forms, 2 passport photos, visa fee and passport. The visa fees are set in US Dollars, but you can also pay in other currencies, but don’t rely on getting given change.

Passport Photos: You will need two passport photos for your Nepal visa if you are obtaining it on arrival. If you are doing any trekking, rafting or visiting a National Park (i.e. nearly all of our tours), you must bring with you several passport photos, as some of the permits we need to get require these. Please bring at least 4 passport photos with you – they will always come in useful later if you don’t need them all.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

The time in India is GMT plus 5 1/2 hours.

The time in Nepal is GMT plus 5 3/4 hours.

The time in Bhutan is GMT plus 6 hours.

The time in Tibet is GMT plus 8 hours.

Daylight saving adjustments are not applied.

Luggage: Whatever you’re doing in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan, you’ll find that large rigid wheeled suitcases are cumbersome - you may be able to wheel them inside the airport and your hotel, but due to the condition of roads and pavements that’s often about it. As many of our tours involve a degree of adventurous activity, we strongly advise you to bring a more practical bag for these i.e. a rucksack or holdall. These are easier for both your porters, and yourself to carry around. Suitcases are OK for our cultural tours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan though, but please aim to bring small or medium sized ones rather than very large. If you are trekking or rafting, or doing a lot of travel throughout the country, then as little as possible is the basic message. A rucksack or holdall (50-70 liter approx.) for your main luggage, and a daypack for you to use during the day should be plenty. While rafting we only take essential kit on board the rafts, and your main luggage will travel by bus to the take-out point. While trekking your porters (Nepal) or ponies (Bhutan) will carry your main luggage, leaving you with just a daypack with things you'll need during the day. You can also leave some luggage locked safely in the pre-trek hotel if you wish. We recommend that couples plan to leave one main bag behind, and pool their remaining luggage in their other bag for the porter to carry.

Luggage limits: Most international airlines allow 20-23kg per person of hold luggage. Domestic flights often have smaller allowances around 15kg. As airline rules vary we recommend that you take no more than 20kg of luggage if your tour just includes international flights, and no more than 15kg if there are any domestic flights included in your itinerary. Please ask us for details if you are unsure. Any excess baggage fees will be your responsibility to cover. Most airlines allow between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage so we suggest that you take no more than 5kg unless you have confirmed that your airline(s) will allow more than this.

If you are trekking with us, we ask that you keep the weight of your main bag that the porter will carry to a maximum of 12.5kg. This then allows the porter to carry up to 2 bags, and a maximum of 25kg (the International Porter Protection group's advised limit for Nepal is 30kg, which then leaves a little more weight for their own kit). This weight allowance includes your sleeping bag if you are hiring it from us and not carrying it with you to Nepal
If you are doing an Everest trek and flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, then flight luggage limits are 10kg for your main bag and 5kg for hand luggage – total 15kg. You can re-arrange that after you arrive in Lukla. Please keep to these limits as while you can pay for extra weight, it may be held back until the next flight which may then be delayed or cancelled.
Treks in Bhutan follow the same weight limits for your ponies.
You may leave other luggage securely locked in your hotel during the trek. If you are travelling as a couple then we suggest you leave one main bag in Kathmandu and share the other main bag that the porter will then carry.

Clothing & Climate: Nepal and Bhutan have a climate that ranges widely depending on when you visit, and where you are visiting.
- Autumn – late Sep-Nov: The weather is good and very warm, with lots of sunshine, getting quite hot during the day in lowland regions. It will still be cold at night at higher altitudes if you are trekking. Shorts & T-shirts are fine while you are walking, but you should still bring warmer clothes for the evenings. There is a good chance of rain in September and early October, so bring a waterproof.
- Winter – Dec-Feb: It will be pleasant in lowland regions with very little rain, but will be cooler at night. Long trousers and shirts are advised during the day, and you will need warm clothes in the evenings. If you are trekking, then it will be cold during the day, and extremely cold at night, particularly at higher altitudes. Several warm layers are recommended so you can regulate your comfort as you walk, including a waterproof, even if only to protect from cold winds. We include thick down jackets in our optional trekking packs for comfort in the evenings at higher altitudes.
- Spring – Mar-May: The weather is very pleasant during the spring, and again shorts & t-shirts are fine while you are walking. There is a higher chance of rain as the season progresses, so a thin waterproof is recommended in case. It gets very hot and humid in the lowlands from May onwards.
- Monsoon – Jun-mid Sep: It will be hot and sticky during these months, with lots of rain, so come prepared accordingly if you are visiting during these months - gaiters are highly recommended if you are trekking to keep out leeches.

A huge variety of cheap trekking gear is available in Kathmandu (fleeces, waterproofs etc.) and buying some here can save you carrying it with you, and support the local economy. However, you should definitely bring your own walking boots.

Modesty rates highly in Nepal and Bhutan especially for women, so please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not too revealing. You'll find the Bhutanese dress fairly smartly or in national dress, so you will stand out even more if you look scruffy.

Whilst rafting:

On the raft: Shorts, Tevas (sandals) or trainers, baseball style cap to keep the sun off your face, sunglasses with a strap to keep them on your head, swimwear, sarong for women, sun-cream, lip balm, water bottle, several t-shirts.
Note: All footwear on a raft should be rubber soled, and of the type that will not come off easily.
Off the raft:
Long trousers, warm sleeping bag (provided, but you may want to bring a sheet sleeping bag as well), petzel type head torch, warm jacket/fleece, dry shoes, boots, warm socks, towel, warm long sleeved shirt, toiletries.
Cameras: You can take cameras on the raft, and we endeavour to keep that sort of kit dry in waterproof bags. But there is always an element of risk of getting the camera wet.
What you shouldn’t take on the raft: All the rest of your kit and you’re your valuables. We will make arrangements for their transport to your take-out point.

Whilst trekking:

Suggested Clothing and equipment: Strong hiking boots or walking shoes that you have broken in; Good sized rucksack or holdall; 3 to 4-season sleeping bag (only if you want to use your own rather than the one provided in our optional trekking pack); silk or cotton sleeping bag liner; lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket; (waterproof gaiters, waterproof over trousers – these are only necessary on some treks in some seasons – contact us for further info if required); 3 or 4 t-shirts; small day pack; several pairs of light socks; 2 pairs of heavier woollen socks; underwear including thermals; warm hat and gloves; swimwear; pair of lightweight trousers; pair of shorts; 1 fleece or warm jumper and 1 sweatshirt. Also, sunglasses, torch and batteries, toiletries (include a lighter to burn toilet paper), bring biodegradable shampoo & soap, towel, blister kit, money belt and any personal medication you might require. Remember, Lots of layers are the key to staying warm and comfortable. Also, keeping your feet comfortable and healthy makes a huge difference to how you enjoy your trek. So, bring waterproof boots/walking shoes and plenty of pairs of socks so you can change them regularly.
Day Packs and Main luggage: You will want a sturdy and comfortable daypack to carry your day-to-day items with you while you are walking (clothes you may change in and out of regularly, drinks, snacks, camera). You will also need a sturdy holdall or backpack for your main luggage. Your porters or ponies will carry this for you, so suitcases are not appropriate. They may leave earlier than you, and may not walk with you throughout the entire day, so bear in mind that you won’t have access to this luggage all the time - you need to ensure you are carrying everything you require during the days walk in your daypack. You can leave luggage behind in storage at your hotel so you don't need to take everything with you on the trek.

Whilst in the game parks:

You should bring long trousers and long-sleeved shirts for jungle walks and travel within the park. Please ensure these are of drab colours to avoid drawing attention. Sunglasses and sun-hats are advisable for hot and bright days. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended. Binoculars are extremely useful at any of Nepal’s National Parks, and are not generally available for hire locally. Don’t forget fast film for those jungle shots and moving animals/birds. A good cleaning kit is essential as these items are unavailable once at the park. It is also better to take quality film, either from home or Kathmandu into the parks, and to ensure you have a spare fully charged battery and memory card.

All tours: We recommend that you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

The local currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NRs). There are a banks and several ATMs in Kathmandu where you can use a debit/credit card to withdraw cash (Visa, Mastercard), but these are not generally available out of Kathmandu or Pokhara. There are numerous money change shops in the main towns. Travellers cheques can be changed in some banks in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but not elsewhere.
You should ensure you have all the Nepalese rupees you think you will need before you leave for any trekking or visiting any more remote areas (including Bardia National Park). Try to obtain as many small denomination notes as possible, as higher value notes can be very hard to change in remote areas. You can pay with US Dollars cash in some places but should not rely on this.
Sockets are mainly two round pronged and 230 volts (Type C,D,M). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are sometimes available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already but cannot be guaranteed.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Nepal Family Adventure dates & prices

If you would like to do this tour privately just for your family or together with some other families you like to travel with, we can certainly arrange this for you. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
22 Dec, 2016 04 Jan, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
11 Feb, 2017 24 Feb, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
18 Feb, 2017 03 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
25 Feb, 2017 10 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
25 Mar, 2017 07 Apr, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
01 Apr, 2017 14 Apr, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
08 Apr, 2017 21 Apr, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
20 May, 2017 02 Jun, 2017 US$1919 - - Book now
27 May, 2017 09 Jun, 2017 US$1919 - - Book now
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Posted Oct 09, 2016
Service rating : good agent and booking system, price reasonable.

Product : all Nepal people were great, would love to go again
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Posted Sep 16, 2016
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.
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Posted Aug 14, 2015
Service rating : Friendly, helpful, professional, efficient

Product : Excellently designed tour beautifully delivered
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Posted Aug 13, 2014
Service rating : Everyone that was involved on the tour was very professional and knowledgable and made sure I was content the whole time.

Product : Nepal on a shoestring is your basic tour in Nepal. I was expecting a more adventurous tour but I did get to see some truly incredible things. the mountains,valleys,waterfalls and endless fields of rice were truly magnificent. Nepal is an amazing place with amazing people.
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Posted Aug 12, 2014
Excellent guide in Govinda. First class
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Posted Aug 11, 2014
Service rating : The trip was according to the plan, Ant was very helpful as always.

Product : The local guide and driver was very friendly and informative. The only problem was that some hotels were in a bad condition, especially the one in Bandibur Nepal.
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Posted May 27, 2014
Service rating : The Encounters team were really helpful in answering my queries (of which I had many). At my request, they also booked my flights for me. They also made alternative arrangements as one part of the trip was not suitable for me. I cannot thank them enough for all their help and advice, and would happily recommend them, especially for their small group holidays. This is not the first small group tour I have done with them, and it certainly won't be the last.

Product : I was really impressed with my guide, Deepak, who was very knowledgable and managed to answer all my questions no matter how obscure they were! He also interpreted for me when I wanted to ask local people questions, which was wonderful. I gained a really good insight into the country, it's people, and it's history. The tour covered several areas of Nepal, each part very different, and every day was an amazing experience. Nepal is an extraordinary country, and I would thoroughly recommend this trip. The only down side is when you have to leave it to come home.
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Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : I feel like there was three layers to this trip, Responsible travel, then encounters and then the contract with the Nepali travel company. For a first trip this was ok because I had never been there, but honestly in the future I would book directly with a company in Nepal, keeping the money there as I wonder how much was actually contributing to the Nepali people. No real problems with Encounters though.

Product : My guide did not speak great English and really didn't do much more than guide me through the hike....he didn't explain much unless I asked and he spent most of the time talking in Nepalese to the porter, who did not speak any English. It was at times lonely. Also, when I compare what other guides did and how involved they were with their groups it was hard not to notice how mine were inexperienced. They were kind, just rather uncommunicative is all.
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Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : They organized it well. And were very responsive to our inquiries

Product : Fun trip, organized well
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Posted Mar 15, 2014
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Product : The tour well and truly exceeded our expectations. Credit definitely needs to be given to Prakesh, our guide, who was very knowledgable, funny and a pleasure to spend two weeks with.



Ishwor, our porter, was also great!



We had the time of our lives :-)
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Posted Feb 14, 2014
Service rating : Although the personnel and the personal contact were "all good," quite a few things got mixed up enroute. It all worked out in the end, but at times there were a few questions about whether it would all be fine. Perhaps that's due to the circumstances of time and place (which are essentially another world), and the attempt to bridge cultures.

Product : Overall very good, but at times a bit haphazard. The enthusiasm level of the group participants varied widely, by person and over time, in part for that reason. Some explanations of what was going on would at times have been helpful, despite it all working out okay.
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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Service rating : Everything was easily arranged and the consultant was fantastic

Product : Absolutely amazing. Our guide and his team were fantastic and I would definitely recommend trekking with them.
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