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Nepal Family Adventure Tour

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Nepal Family Adventure OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

14 days

Kathmandu to Kathmandu

From

£1645.00p/p

Country(ies): Nepal

Tour type: Family

Group size: Min: 3 | Max: 16

Accommodation: 2 to 4-star hotels

Meals:

Transport: A/C minibus & 4x4 jeep

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

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.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

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

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour
Single room supplement (NPFANA)


Day 2 Half-day tour, free afternoon

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Half-day tour, fly to Pokhara

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 4 Pokhara, trekking

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5 Trek to Panchase Bhanjjang

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 Climb Panchase Hill, trek to Bhaduri

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Finish trekking, return to Pokhara

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 8 Cycling trip to Devi Falls & Shiva Cave, free afternoon

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 9 Drive to Bandipur and explore the village, school visit

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 White water rafting, drive to Chitwan National Park

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 11 Chitwan National Park, safari activities

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 12 Safari activitie, return to Kathmandu

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

EXTRAS:

None


Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu

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


Day 14 Kathmandu, tour ends, airport transfer

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


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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

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Dates and 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.

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we 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.

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Apsara Boutique Hotel

Kathmandu


Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Local rating

Our rating

Apsara Boutique Hotel is located in Kathmandu, 0.9 miles from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.

There is free shuttle service at the property.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, followed by a drink at the bar. The property also offers room service and packed lunches.

The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Swayambhu is 1.3 miles from Apsara Boutique Hotel, while Pashupatinath is 2.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Tribhuvan Airport, 3.1 miles from the property.

Barahi Resort

Barahi Resort

Pokhara


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.

Local rating

Our rating

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.

Gaun Ghar Hotel

Gaun Ghar Hotel

Bandipur


The Gaun Ghar is an old Newari traditional house that has been beautifully renovated into a comfortable hotel that is situated on the main street in Bandipur.

Local rating

Our rating

Offering breathtaking mountain views, Gaun Ghar Hotel is situated in the beautiful town of Bandipur, which lies 4,594 feet above a small hill. It offers simple accommodation in conserved traditional houses.

This heritage hotel features traditional Newari architecture. Gaun Ghar (which means village house) offers rooms with overlooking the mountain range and town. It also comes with an attached bathroom.

Gaun Ghar Hotel offers a cafe and restaurant overlooking Bandipur. It serves local and western dishes.

Hotel Mona Lisa

Hotel Mona Lisa

Chitwan


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.

Local rating

Our rating

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.

Options

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)

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.

Price from
£245.00
per 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.

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.

Everest Mountain Flight

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.

Price from
£180.00
per person

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

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.

Price from
£589.00
per person

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

Extra day in Kathmandu - post-tour

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.

Price from
£39.00
per 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.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Kathmandu - pre-tour

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.

Price from
£39.00
per 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.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Child discount (6-11)

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.

Price from
£-179.00
per 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.

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.

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  1. International Flights

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 suggest flights to go with the tour. 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.

Most of our Nepal tours start and finish at Kathmandu airport (KTM).

On tours that combine Nepal with Tibet, and/or Bhutan, any international flights connecting these countries may be included in the price of your tour or we may ask you to purchase them individually. If we arrange the flights then e-tickets will be sent to you in advance but will also be available in Kathmandu before you travel to the airport for the flight.


  2. Internal Flights

Please note that all Nepalese airlines operating domestic routes in the country are currently on the European Commission's list of airlines banned in the EU. This includes those running Everest viewing flights and flights to Lukla for the start of the Everest Base Camp trek.

Along with these Everest flights we may offer some other domestic flights on some of our tours, either as part of the itinerary or as an upgrade in place of a land transfer. Where this is the case we are careful to select airlines that have a good current reputation in Nepal.


  3. Health and Vaccinations

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.

Tibet: 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.


  4. Passports and Visas - Nepal

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.


  5. Time

The time in India and Sri Lanka 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.


  6. Voltage
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.

  7. Money
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.

  8. What to take

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.


  9. Booking & Payment

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 may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). 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.


  10. Travel Insurance

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.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

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.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

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.


  11. Financial Security

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.
Financial failure insurance is also provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of your tour.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  12. Responsible Tourism

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).


  13. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
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  14. Before you travel

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 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Travel Aware' campaign


  15. Tipping

While an accepted part of the culture and customs in Nepal, tipping is always optional, and any amounts paid should reflect excellent service. Tipping in Tibet and Bhutan is less prevalent though it is still normal practice to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.

We support and follow international guidelines for the employment of any trekking porters we use, including those of the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group). We therefore pay all our porters a higher than average wage, but an additional tip is still normal practice at the end of your trek.

It is normal and accepted for people to tip differently, and you should not feel under any pressure to tip any particular amount. We are often asked for advice on common amounts however, and suggest that you consider around US$ 5-10 per person per day for guides, US$ 3-7 p/p/day for assistant guides or tour leaders, and US$ 2-5 p/p/day for porters and drivers.

Haggling or bargaining is also prevalent throughout Nepal and Tibet, particularly in Kathmandu, and is still done in markets in Bhutan though to a lesser extent in other shops. More often than not the start price is at least double the actual price the vendor will be happy to accept. Do not take offence, but be prepared to bargain if you want to, consider your budget (and what you'd be happy to pay for things at home), pay fairly and enjoy this as part of the experience. Note: if you do offer a price, then you are expected to purchase – do not start bargaining unless you really want to buy.

While you are out in rural/hill areas, we recommend that you should stick to published price lists and pay fair prices for local food, accommodation and services, as this aids local economies (bear in mind that when you are trekking, nearly everything you eat or buy will have been carried there by porters or donkeys).

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Posted 29th of Mar 2019

Important Egyptian sites were available to visit. They were visited.

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Posted 27th of Mar 2019

This was a great trip and worth every penny. Our Egyptologist tour guide was 'Big Mo' which made all the difference. He was knowledgeable, kind, and hospitable. He made sure we had a solid introduction to each tour site and then was available for more detailed information if we wanted. Book a tour with 'Big Mo' if at all possible!

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Excellent tour. From the moment we landed in Cairo until we left, we were well taken care of. We experienced so much of Egypt -- from temples and pyramids and tombs to a bonfire dinner and sing-a-long on an island. Our guide (Waleed) was exceptional. His love and knowledge of Egypt was evident throughout the tour. He helped Egypt come alive for us. We were very pleased with the tour.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

With all we did and the amount of travel, I was shocked at how cost effective the tour company made it. You get your money's worth after you think about busses, felucca sailboat, overnight train, hotel rooms, and the amazing tour guide.

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Posted 7th of Jan 2019

My Egyptian tour was the trip of a lifetime, The Egyptian and Nubian people were friendly and welcoming. The food and hotels were fantastic and the country of Egypt was stunning!!!

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Posted 5th of Jan 2019

Worth every penny! Go to Egypt with Encounters Travel!

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Posted 4th of Jan 2019

Really enjoyed the various excursions especially the overnight felucca, hot air balloon, abu simbel and Camel ride against the pyramids

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

The whole experience was wonderful.

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Posted 5th of Apr 2017

Did not like the overnight train, but enjoyed everything else. We did not spend the night on the sail boat, but enjoyed sailing in the afternoon and retuning to the hotel.

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

Awesome!!!

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

A little rough and ready in places, overnight train and sleeping on the felucca, but still these and others are experiences that I would never have normally opted for but I am glad I did as I completely enjoyed them. The optional balloon ride, even if you are frightened of heights, like me, is a must.

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

We did not get all our meals as specified. When we did the meals were very low budget and equal to street food.

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Posted 8th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 5th of Feb 2016

This tour hit all of the major attractions, was an excellent value and I truly enjoyed spending time with and learning about the Nubian people

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Good

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Posted 19th of Jan 2016

It was the greatest trip of a life time! I wish I could have stayed longer, I wouldn't have changed anything.

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Posted 18th of Jan 2016

I thought they selected a wonderful guide for the trip. The one part that I really hope that they change is the night at the Bedouin Camp. It was not authentic and it was so out of the way. I think that people would prefer to spend the extra money for a night in a hotel with a bed and your own bathroom.

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Posted 17th of Jan 2016

I loved all the people on the trip and our guide Waleed was wonderful.

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Posted 14th of Jan 2016

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.

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Posted 12th of Jan 2016

This was a great way to see all the primary historical sites in Egypt efficiently and with ease. I can't imagine how slow and difficult it would have been otherwise. It was also a good jumping off point to then spend a few weeks on or own seeing other parts of the country and focus on modern day Egypt

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Posted 10th of Jan 2016

Don't miss out on this opportunity.

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Posted 8th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

It was a wonderful time and I recommend this to all of my friends and family.

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Would (have) recommended to friends

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Excellent Tour guide, Waleed K. is the best!

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Morocco was lovely and I enjoyed the souks, massages, etc.

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I loved our guide Mohamad. He did an excellent job of explaining the history and current culture.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

All the guides and services were excellent!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

great

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Nubian Adventure is not a tour for relaxation, but really, who goes to Egypt to relax? I really felt like we saw as much as we possibly could in the time we were there. And our Egyptologist, Waleed, was the star of the trip. He was so knowledgeable, so kind, and so smart. We all cried at the end of our trip. We felt like we had known him forever. For those who are concerned about safety in Egypt, I never once felt unsafe. There are police and security guards everywhere and more importantly, smiling faces everywhere. The Egyptians so very friendly and very happy to see tourists. I can't express how magical this trip was. I can't wait to go back.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Great itinerary and fantastic tour guide- Aboudy. It would be better if they planned for more meals. Going 10 hours without food is a bit tough. Also, we loved the felucca ride but please remind the boat staff to provide blankets if they have them on board! More time at each place would be better for photos.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I would not have been able to explore Egypt this way on my own. Words can't describe.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

My wife and I had limited time so the 9-day tour seemed perfect. I still can't believe how many sites we were able to see and activities we were able to experience. Sheriff's knowledge of Egyptian history and sense of humor made this trip informative and fun. We did many of the add-ons so the schedule was hectic, but that's how we like to travel when our time is limited. I especially recommend the hot air balloon and Abu Simbel!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Again, everything was excellent!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

PURE MAGIC! Thank you so much!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

This was an amazing introduction to Egyptian history and culture. The tour was very informative and yet, fun.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I had a great trip! I don't think it would have been half as nice if I hadn't used Encounters!

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Posted 28th of Oct 2015

An amazing experience! Great for the adventurous at heart! Was wonderful to see all of the sites, would have preferred a little less time on the falucca and perhaps Abu Simbel being included.

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Posted 26th of Oct 2015

We had a wonderful time in Egypt and made some great friends while we were there! Our only concern was that everyone got food poisoning at the end of the trip so food hygiene standards may need to be addressed at places the tour visits. Our guide Maghed was the best! He became a genuine friend.

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Posted 19th of Aug 2015

There is room for improvement on the Nubian adventures.

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Posted 17th of Aug 2015

Awesome holiday! Fantastic experiences in a absolutely wonderful country. Truly enjoyed the people, their culture and history. *On this particular trip, I would advise taking in-country flights over rail travel for overnight transit based on price and amenities.