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Description of Nepal trekking holiday and Tibet cultural tour
Nepal and Tibet are mystical destinations that many want to see, but few actually travel to. This tour is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors and for people who want to experience a completely unique culture. Not only will you get to trek in the Himalayas, but you will also raft the white waters of Chitwan National Park and explore the area looking for the rare bengal tiger.
The trip begins in Kathmandu, a fascinating city with plenty to see. You will get an opportunity to explore the neverending back streets of the city for two days before heading off on the trek.
The first section of this tour is the trek through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. This part of the Nepal shows off some of the best mountainous landscapes that this incredible country has to offer. As a newly opened route, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore an area that is not overcrowded by tourists. It is a a real off the beaten track adventure! The trek ends in Pokhara.
After the memorable trek, the tour then heads to Chitwan National Park, a haven for those who love outdoor sports. White water raft down the Trisuli River, through the gorge. You will also get the opportunity to take part in a safari to search for the rare bengal tigers and one-horned rhinos.
After the thrill of the raft and safari, the tour returns to Kathmandu, ready to head to Tibet, arguably one of the most spiritual places in the world. Passing through the famous Everest Base Camp, feast your eyes on the majestic mountain. Once you arrive in Tibet, there is so much to see, from tranquil monastries to golden temples that sparkle in the sun. This region is guarenteed to leave you enchanted. The tour ends in Kathmandu.
You will stay overnight in the best available lodges en route. Meals are not included in the price, but are very reasonably priced (expect to spend about £13 per day).
Highlights include: • Exploring the winding streets and fascinating sites of Kathmandu. • Awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas including, of course, Everest. • Seeing the magestic 'Fish Tail Mountain'. •Getting the opportunity to spot an amazing array of animals: yaks, rhinos, mastiffs, bengal tiger. • Learning more about magical Tibet.
Why choose this tour?
We are a UK-based company who have worked closely with a reputable Nepali trekking company for the past ten years. Our Nepali guides are highly experienced and treat health and safety with the highest priority, tailoring the trip in line with your fitness, acclimatisation needs and weather conditions. Our guides will make sure you see the very best of their country. They speak good English and will be delighted to tell you all about the wildlife, traditions and history of the area. Our UK office will give a very personal and friendly service, proving plenty of advice pre-departure and acting as a point of contact while you are there.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m): You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Our representative will help you to settle in and give you some basic information about the local area.
Briefing and sightseeing: After breakfast you will have a full briefing to prepare you for the trek, including kit, conditions, health and safety. In the afternoon we take you for a guided tour of this fascinating medieval city.
Day 3- 12:
Mardi Himal Trek: After spending 2 days in the city exploring and getting acclimatised you will head off into the Annapurna region. You will begin your trek in Kande. Over the next nine days, you will pass through forest trails, past cows, goats and yak, grazing in their pastures, and along glaciers. You will end the trek in Pokhara where you will spend a restful night.
Pokhara to rafting:
Recharge your batteries after your trek before heading off to to Charaudi to begin your rafting adventure down the Trisuli River. Stopping on the sandy beaches and traversing the dramatic Trisuli River Gorge. You will spend the night in a lodge close to the river.
Head to Chitwan National Park
Chitwan Safari: Spend the day exploring the Chitwan National Park on the back of an elephant. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the rare Bengal tiger or a one-horned rhino.traversing the dramatic Trisuli River Gorge. You will spend the night in a lodge close to the river.
Return to Kathmandu: Head back to Kathmandu to prepare to head off to Tibet. If there is time you might be able to fit in a little more exploring.
Tibet: Leave Kathmundu and drive across the Nepal/China border. Once in the Tibetan region, you will pass through the legendary Everest Base Camp, visit Shigatse, the second largest town in Tibet, ride a yak en-route and follow the Brahmaputra, the holy river.
Kathmandu: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:
We will transfer you to airport for your final departure flight, unless you are extending your holiday.
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Nepal trekking holiday and Tibet cultural tour
We have worked with our Nepali partners for over 10 years and we are passionate about this stunning part of the world and want to keep it that way. Our groups sizes are a up to 10 people to minimise their impact on the local environment. This means that the effect of their footfall on paths and vegetation is minimised.
All our trekkers are briefed to be considerate of deforestation and we urge that they use hot water only where there is solar power or a local electricity supply. We also ask that only biogradeable soaps are used and that any clothes washing is done in designated areas rather than in water that may be used for drinking.
To reduce the risk of littering, we ask that any rubbish that cannot be easily burnt is brought back to Pokhara or Kathmandu and that space is allowed for this. We advise those joining the tour to bring refillable water bottles and to then used boiled water or purification tablets. This is to ensure that empty plastic bottles do not litter the environment. Careful briefing is given on responsible toileting and the burying of human waste.
Our UK office is also committed to supporting the environment. We believe in the policy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our office recycles paper and makes sure that paper that has been wrongly printed is reused. Our headed paper comes from a recyclable source. In addition, we run a long-standing carbon offset scheme for all our projects.
Our company has been involved with community projects in Nepal for over 10 years and has been arranging treks there since 2003. We want our treks to embody the very best of tourism, bringing employment to local people whilst encouraging them to value and conserve their culture and traditional way of life.
We keep our groups small, so that remote villages are not swamped with tourists. Group sizes are kept to 10 people or less. We also make sure that participants are fully briefed about the cultural differences, so that they do not offend local people by the way they dress or act. This includes, for example, taking photographs of them without permission. We also encourage a respectful attitude towards our local staff (especially porters).
Tours such as ours have become an important source of income for people living in remote areas of Nepal. Our participants support this by eating local food, staying in lodges rather than camping and buying locally-produced crafts. We employ local guides and porters from a reputable trekking company, ensuring good working conditions and a fair wage. In addition, we donate a proportion of our income to specific community projects with which we have an ongoing relationship.