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Adventurous Nepal

Roundtrip with Himalaya trekking - Trip for singles

Book From   € 599,-
GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 15 DAYS

Adventurous Nepal

Nepal has a culture for exhilarating adventure and is a nature lovers paradise. The beautiful five-day "Ghorepani Circle trek offers panoramic views of the imposing Himalayas. The country has many spectacular landscapes which is understandable because nine of the fourteen highest peaks in the world are here! We include plenty of time to capture the photogenic Kathmandu as we explore by foot, rickshaw, or on the bike. Another special ingredient is your visit to the Chitwan National Park where you can watch the rare Indian rhino, crocodiles and tigers.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Nepal, a visa is required for many nationalities in order to gain entry. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Nepalese embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
We have use of a (private) bus during this trip, to give us the option to stop when we choose, if there is something interesting to see for example. Apart from the airport transfers, all transportation between hotels is included.

The five-day trek is part of the journey. So consider that these days you will be 'on foot'.

Our slideshow gives a good impression of the transport that is used by Shoestring in Nepal.

Accommodation

During this Nepal tour you'll stay in simple middle class hotels. You'll stay in rooms for 2 persons, with private bathroom.

During the trek you will sleep in simple lodges in the mountains, again usually in 2-person rooms (only in exceptional cases do you stay in a larger sleeping room/dorm ). There is no bathroom in the room here. You will share with your fellow travellers the often primitive 'bathroom'.

When visiting the Chitwan National Park, you stay in nice yet simple accommodation. Shoestring uses various (small-scale) accommodations in this area. These include the 'Tharu Community Homestay', the 'Barauli Community Homestay' or a hotel in the village of Sauraha. The size of the group will determine which accommodation is used. 

Travellers who book alone will share a 2-person room. Naturally we take into account that you should share with someone of the same sex.

You can also choose to sleep in a single room for this trip. There is a single supplement to be paid and this should be added at the time of booking. Please be aware though that a single room will not be possible during the trekking element of 'Adventurous Nepal'.

Please have a look at the slideshow for an indication of the types of hotels used in Nepal by Shoestring.

Festivals

MAHA SHIVARATRI FESTIVAL

This is a Hindu festival in honour of the god Shiva. The day is spent in meditation to Shiva. Some believers sit around a sacred fire and throw offerings of cereal grains into the flames while chanting for Shiva. After a full day of fasting and meditating, they keep a vigil through prayer and further meditation up until sunrise.

HOLI PHAGUA - WHOLE OF INDIA AND NEPAL

The Holi feast of Phagwa or Holi is a colourful Hindu festival that is celebrated annually throughout India (and Nepal). This spring festival is the sign of the beginning of a new season and is known also as the harvest festival. It is also considered a victory party: the victory of good over evil.

The old Hindu story around the festival is about Narasimha, an incarnation of the great Vishnu killing Hiranyakashipu, the great demon king. On the eve of the Holi the scene of burning Holika is re-enacted all over India. Wood fires are lit and a living object such as a plant is given up. Rice is thrown into the fire, which is considered a symbolic expulsion of evil. The ceremony also includes prayer, music and singing.

The next day Hindus return to the scene of their fire and smear themselves with the ash. Then in the afternoon they sprinkle one another with scents, perfumes and dyes with different colours having different significances.

During these holidays there is an atmosphere of freedom and happiness. Make sure you bring some old clothes, because most likely you will not be spared and you too will end up buried under coloured powders!


Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This journey is classified as Category C.

The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular journey, we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

The Adventurous Nepal trip is a Category C holiday. You can expect some long bus rides.
Generally we stay in comfortable hotels, except in Chitwan and during the trekking where accommodation is simpler. You should have a good basic level of fitness for the trek when you will walk an average of 6 hours per day. Please remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable, the electricity can sometimes fail and it could be that you suddenly have a shortage of hot water whilst taking a shower. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.  

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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