Travel from Nepal, India to the Maldives, Summit to Sea
Description of Travel from Nepal, India to the Maldives, Summit to Sea
Beginning in Kathmandu, join a month-long adventure through Nepal, India and the Maldives on an itinerary designed to thrill you at every stage. You’ll explore the sights of the bustling Nepali capital before flying west to Pokhara, from where you’ll embark on a Himalayan trek through the Annapurna foothills. Wander through welcoming villages, take game drives in Chitwan National Park in search of rhino, Bengal tigers and shy leopards, and overnight in private eco lodges and campsites. There are endless opportunities to soak up the spectacular scenery on every side, before you return to Kathmandu and fly on to Delhi, for an immediate contrast to the tranquillity of the mountains.
From Delhi you’ll travel by rail to the majestic ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur for a few days of sightseeing, then switch to bicycles. You’ll be exploring the beguiling landscapes of northern India on two wheels, with a pause in Sariska National Park. A series of game drives will enable you to see a host of wildlife and perhaps even tigers. Other highlights include a pristine bird sanctuary, and Fatephur Sikri, the deserted capital of Akbar.
After a brief stop in Agra to admire the romatic Taj Mahal at sunrise when this iconic feat of architecture is at its most beautiful, you’ll enjoy the classic experience of an overnight train in India, then fly on to the Maldives. After over three weeks of trekking and cycling, it’s time to relax in style aboard a traditional dhoni sailboat. The final week of your trip will see you navigate from island to island, swimming, snorkelling and skin diving, or simply sunbathing on idyllic white beaches.
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PlanetBy joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.
We stay in tents, not lodges and teahouses. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many lodges and teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why twenty five years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.
PeopleOur pioneering Porter Policy
Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.
We have committed US $3000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.
No local payments policy
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.