Nepal adventure holidays, mountains & rivers
Description of Nepal adventure holidays, mountains & rivers
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
During this trip we stay in a combination of comfortable hotels, mountain lodges, jungle lodges and a safari-style tented river camp. Where possible, we prefer to use small businesses for our accommodation as they have the greatest direct benefit to the communities which we visit. All of our selected accommodation is run by local residents and employees, who source produce locally wherever possible for meals. Through our stay at these lodgings we are contributing by boosting the economy and by supporting the work of local communities. Where meals aren’t included on this trip, our guides will encourage guests to further support local businesses by eating out at cafes and restaurants to experiment with authentic cuisine. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos), mixed bean soup (Kwanti) with rotis or the typical Nepali dish of rice and curry and lentils (Dal Bhat).
We are very conscious of our effects to the places we visit, and where possible we choose to avoid using damaging methods of transport, and only partake in low impact activities that have a very limited detrimental impact upon the environment and communities. During our visit to Kathmandu, we will travel alongside locals on foot and by bike, to witness the busiest market square in the city. Before the Himalayan trek begins, we will be briefed before a three-four-hour walk begins to the foothills of the Annapurnas.
An afternoon bike ride on day eight will highlight the picturesque countryside around Lake Phewa, with its mountain backdrop reflecting off the water. We will also spend time jungle rafting through two small Grade II rapids and floating past hidden embedded villages. We believe in leaving no more behind than footprints and therefore, any rubbish and waste will be kept for recycling and composting where appropriate since we operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy.
During this trip we may encounter a variety of animals through the different regions we visit. Chitwan National Park is a famous reserve of marshland and grassland that’s home to Indian one-horned rhinos, monkeys, elephants and leopards. Guests will also be able to experience Chitwan on foot during a birdwatching walk and will get to enjoy a trip along the Rapti River in search for crocodiles. These are all wild animals, therefore there will not be opportunities for interaction as this would be dangerous, however, photography of these animals if spotted is permitted.
PeopleCommunity & culture
From day two, we will be immersed by the Nepalese culture from experiencing the different sights, sounds and flavours Kathmandu has to offer. By stepping out onto the city’s street alleyways, we will embark on a street food and sightseeing tour, where we can try authentic specialities such as chiya milky tea before reaching the city’s cultural and architectural highlights.
On day five, we visit Landruk village which we can explore alongside our expert guide as we learn about the Gurung community. We support this community by having lunch and staying the Ker & Downey’s La Bee Lodge, which is run by local residents. After trekking to Majgaon, we will also stop for lunch at a villager’s house where a demonstration will take place, allowing guests to learn and observe how rice wine and selroti bread is made. This experience supports villagers as it presents an opportunity for guests to engage with the Nepalese culture and allows them to purchase their goods. In Pokhara a cooking class will also take place, where we’ll learn how to make traditional momo dumplings which can be enjoyed for lunch.
In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan there will be traditional and handcraft souvenirs available for purchase, made by local residents. By buying these, we are directly supporting the communities. Choose between handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, handwoven bags and tapestries, any purchase will help to support small vendors and their craftwork.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders will brief guests on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact on the environment and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.
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