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Nepal round-trip

The land of Kumari - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 15 DAYS

Nepal round-trip

This special trip allows you to connect with the many faces of this friendly country. You travel through the beautiful mountain landscape with rice paddies and snowy mountain peaks, along raging rivers and pretty villages. Of course there is some hiking with beautiful views of the Himalayan massif. You can admire the beautiful architecture of the royal cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, or relax on the blue-green mountain lake of Pokhara. By jeep, on foot or in a dugout canoe you can safari in remote jungle territory to find the Indian rhinoceros.

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
During this trip to Nepal, we have access to a private bus, so we can stop along the way if we please. All transportation and transfers between the hotels is included in the price. The airport transfers however, are not included.

The trekking to Sanga is part of the program. This journey is made on foot. If you would rather not go trekking then you can travel to Bhaktapur later that day by bus (transporting the groups' baggage).

Our slideshow gives a good impression of the transport that Shoestring use in Nepal.

Travel distances on this trip:
Kathmandu airport to hotel: 5 km / 30 mins
Kathmandu to Nagarkot: 32 km / 1 hour
Nagarkot to Panauti: 36 km / 1 hour
Panauti via Chamkharka to Sanga: 10 km / 4 to 5 hours walking
Sanga to Bhaktapur: 7 km / 45 minutes
Bhaktapur to Chitwan: 168 km / 7 hours
Chitwan to Pokhara: 136 km / 7 hours
Pokhara to Kathmandu: 200 km / 6 to 7 hours

Note: The above time given is the minimum and is highly dependent on traffic, road conditions, police checks and weather.

Accommodation

During this trip through Nepal, you'll stay in simple hotels in a 2-person room with a private bathroom (usually).

In Panauti you will sleep in a 'homestay' literally in people's homes. The group will be divided between different families. This way you will experience the 'real' Nepal, the daily lives of those in the villages and in the countryside. Breakfast and dinner are included in Panauti.

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 room with another traveller. Of course when we arrange this, we take into consideration that those sharing should be of the same sex. 

You can also choose to sleep in a single room throughout the journey. For this you will pay a single supplement (opt in at time of booking).

A good first impression of the hotels Shoestring use in Nepal can be found in the slideshow for this trip.

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 B

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 Nepal trip falls in the category B. The journey is not very heavy. There are some long travel days but overall it's doable. Accommodation en route is simple but good middle class hotels by Nepalese standards. In Chitwan we sleep in a basic lodge on the edge of the park. 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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