Tour Details at a glance

Tour Dates

20 October - 3 November 2019

Tour Length

15 days / 14 nights

Tour Cost

US$3490pp twin share; 
US$3985pp including Optional Single Supplement

Group Size

Minimum 4, Maximum 10

Starts in

Bhaktapur (Kathmandu Valley)

Finishes in

Kathmandu

Accommodation

14 nights Hotels/Lodges

Transport

3 domestic flights
Private Minibus
Taxis for sightseeing
Jeep in Lower Mustang

Meals

14 breakfasts
5 lunches
7 dinners

Other Inclusions

Arrival and departure transfers; 
Entrance fees to all sights as per the itinerary; 
Guide fees; 
Tips and gratuities

Destinations - Tour > Nepal > Incredible Nepal Tour

Incredible Nepal Tour

Bandipur NepalThis is a sensational non-trekking adventure into Nepal. A land of mystery and tradition, mystics and mountains, rivers and jungles. Join us as we explore the ancient towns and villages of the Kathmandu valley, spend time in hilltop villages with magical mountain views at dawn. Take a jeep safari through the jungle searching for rhinos and tigers. Raft the whitewaters of primordial rivers. Chill out in laid back Pokhara surrounded by the most spectacular lakes and mountains. Take a mountain flight into the heart of the majestic Himalayan ranges*, and spend a couple of days discovering the spectacular Mustang region. Above and beyond all of this, you will experience a unique culture with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Experience the Complete Nepal on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within Nepal by a female western tour leader, and a full time Nepalese Tour Guide, we also have the service of local porters and guides for various activities.


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Highlights

* soak up the atmosphere of the timeless town of Bhaktapur
* stay in a charming farmhouse on a terraced hillside in Nuwakot
* experience the excitement of white water rafting down the Trisuli River
* be on the lookout for Rhino's in Chitwan National Park
* step back in time in a beautifully restored Newari mansion in Bandipur
* chill out in the spectacularly situated lakeside town of Pokhara
* take an optional 1-day trek amongst stunning mountain scenery of the Kali Gandaki Gorge in Mustang
* enjoy an exhilarating Himalayan mountain flight out of Jomson
* thrill to the charms of the quaint yet buzzing and cosmopolitan Kathmandu

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (Bhaktapur)

Arrival Day. We meet at 6pm to have a brief chat about our tour before heading out for a group dinner in Bhaktapur.
Hotel: Hotel Heritage

Day 2 Bhaktapur

We spend the morning sightseeing in the magical ancient town and World Heritage site of Bhaktapur and then sunset at the temple of Changu Narayan.
Hotel: Hotel Heritage

Day 3 Nuwakot

We travel 3-4 hours on a somewhat windy and bumpy but very scenic road by private bus today to Nuwakot in the hills northwest of the Kathmandu Valley.
Hotel: The Famous Farm

Day 4 Nuwakot

Awaken to majestic Himalayan views before a day in and around Nuwakot to explore the village and traditional way of life in this part of Nepal.
Hotel: The Famous Farm

Day 5 Chitwan National Park

We experience one of the most popular adventures in Nepal ­ rafting down the Trisuli river ­ for a few hours before travelling on to the UNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park.
Hotel: Green Park Hotel

Day 6 Chitwan National Park

An amazing day of exploration awaits you as we journey through the jungle by jeep, witness a cultural show, canoe down the river and visit an elephant breeding centre.
Hotel: Green Park Hotel

Day 7 Bandipur

We travel towards Pokhara today stopping for a night at the charming village of Bandipur, stunningly situated on a ridge with magnificent mountain views.
Hotel: The Old Inn

Days 8-9 Pokhara

We arrive in Pokhara today where you will have the opportunity to explore the town, shops or visit some of the sights ­ Temples, Tibetan settlements and hilltop viewpoints.
Hotel: Temple Tree Resort

Day 10 Kagbeni

A morning mountain flight to Jomsom drops us in the high into the Mustang region on the Annapurna trekking circuit. We take a jeep up the Kali Gandaki gorge (the deepest in the world) to the ancient and charming Tibetan village of Kagbeni.
Hotel: Red House Lodge

Day 11 Jomsom

An optional trek today for those more adventurous to the small settlement of Lupra which has one of the only Bon Monasteries in this region. Alternatively, we take a jeep up to Muktinath and explore this pilgrimate place important for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, weather permitting, you can see Mt Dhaulagiri, some of the Annapurna range and the Thorongla Pass.

Hotel: Red House Lodge

Day 12 Pokhara

We take another exhilarating mountain flight back to Pokhara where you have the rest of the day to relax, do more walks or take a boat out on the lake for amazing views of the Annapurna Range.
Hotel: Temple Tree Resort

Days 13-14 Kathmandu

A short flight brings us back to Kathmandu where we have the time to explore the sights of this exciting capital city. Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath are all on the agenda and the tourist centre of Thamel offer a host of shopping and culinary adventures.
Hotel: Kathmandu Guest House

Day 15 Departure Day

There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.

Trip Notes

Group size
Minimum 4, maximum 10

Days
15 days 14 nights

Starts in
Bhaktapur

Finishes in
Kathmandu

Tour inclusions
Arrival and departure transfers
All accommodation as specified
All transportation between overnight stops and to and from included sightseeing
Entrance fees for all sites listed as part of the itinerary
Meals as specified
Gratuities for hotel staff, drivers and guides

Tour exclusions
Visa costs
Meals other than those listed
Drinks, meal tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature
International flights

Accommodation
Guesthouses/Hotels (14 nights),
This tour uses a variety of accommodation. From guesthouses or trekking lodges to heritage inns and hotels, we experience a wide range of accommodation styles.
Most hotel rooms are twin share with private bathrooms with western style toilets. During our Jomsom trek, accom is in simple 'tea house' inns with basic attached bathrooms.

Optional Single Supplement
If you are a single traveller, you are not required to pay a single supplement as we will match you up with other travelers. However if you do not wish to share accommodation, but would like to guarantee your own room throughout the tour a single supplement of USD495 will be payable.

Transport
Private minibus, 3 domestic flights, taxis for some sightseeing, Jeep in lower Mustang

Activities included
The following is a list of included activities on this trip. Other activities are optional and will be at your own expense.
Bhaktapur Square, Changu Narayan Temple (Bhaktapur)
Fort, Palace, Village walk (Nuwakot)
3 hour white water rafting trip (Trisuli River)
Jeep safari, Canoe ride, Elephant breeding centre, Traditional cultural show (Chitwan National Park)
Village walk (Bandipur)
International Mountain Museum, Devis Falls (Pokhara)
Guided day trek (Jomsom region)
Durbur Square, Boudhnath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (Kathmandu)

Meals included
15 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Meals
Traveling with Incredible Indian Tours we ensure that you will experience a vast array of the gustatory treats available in Nepal. Some meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options. This allows you to choose where, and what to eat. More often than not however we eat together as a group. Your leader will offer suggestions for favourite restaurants throughout the trip.

Money matters
Exchange rates as at April 2018
AUD1 = 81 NPR
CAD1 = 83 NPR
EUR1 = 129 NPR
GBP1 = 149 NPR
NZD1 = 77 NPR
USD1 = 104 NPR
There are ATM machines (which accept both Cirrus/Maestro debit cards and Visa and MasterCard) in the main centres of Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara. This is a safe and convenient way to access money in Nepal, however we suggest that you bring some money as cash/travellers cheques in case there are times that ATMs are not available. Most major currencies are accepted. Visa & MasterCard credit cards are accepted in major shops and restaurants in the bigger cities.

Spending money
Although entrance fees to specified sites are included in the tour price, there are additional sights that you may like to visit. Some sites may levy camera fees.
Spending money requirements will differ from one person to the next. You will need to take into consideration your spending habits when allowing for drinks, shopping, and optional activities.
You will need to allow enough money for the following:
Meals ­ USD300 (or equivalent)
Optional Activities ­ AUD250 (or equivalent)
Money for drinks, shopping and incidentals.

Tipping
Tipping is an integral part of Nepalese life and is essential to a smooth trip. To make things easier, we cover tips for hotel staff, local guides and for drivers of private transport we use. We do NOT cover restaurant tips. You will need to allow approximately 10-15% on top of your restaurant bill.
Tips‹allow AUD40 (or equivalent)

Physical rating 3/5
You may need to carry your bag/pack up and down hotel stairs. There will be plenty of walking around towns or sites, and the weather will be quite hot at this time of year at the lower altitudes which will make general sightseeing a little more strenuous. Some optional trekking is in the itinerary which does involve quite high altitudes and steep climbs. A good level of fitness will be required.

Culture shock rating 3/5
Conditions in Nepal are not always as comfortable as in other countries. You may need to occasionally deal with a squat toilet, or the great outdoor loo (especially on the Jomsom trip), cold showers or power failure.

Travel insurance
Travel Insurance is highly recommended whilst traveling to Nepal and is compulsory for any group tour with Incredible Indian Tours. If you are relying on travel insurance provided through your Credit Card, take note that the policies are often inferior and may not provide adequate coverage.

Visas
Foreign nationals apart from Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. They are available on arrival and at embassies/consulates in advance.
For information, or assistance with obtaining a visa, check out the following website.
http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/tourist-visa.html

Health
We recommend that you consult your doctor for current medical travel information about before departure. Your leader will be carrying a basic first aid kit, but we suggest you bring along your own as well as any personal medical requirements .
The following websites have up-to-date information about health requirements.
Australia https://www.travelvax.com.au/
New Zealand http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/travelling
USA https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
UK http://www.travelhealth.co.uk/
Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines

Communications / Keeping in touch
Most of our hotels have wifi as do many restaurants and cafes. If you have an unlocked mobile phone, you will be able to purchase a local sim card easily and inexpensively. Please bring extra passport photos for this.

Your tour manager
Your tour manager is there to organise and streamline your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Whilst they are not a guide per se, they will share their local knowledge, give you suggestions for your free time and manage the day to day running of the tour. They will introduce you to their local friends and recommend great local restaurants and experiences. They will have a broad general knowledge of Nepal, so do feel free to tap into their wisdom. A full time local guide, as well as specialist guides will be with us throughout the tour to provide an in depth insight into the history and culture.

Responsible travel
We believe strongly in responsible travel. This includes being respectful to the local culture (ie dressing appropriately, and learning a few basic cultural do's and don'ts), being mindful of the environment, and leaving a positive image behind. Remember we are ambassadors for our country. Bringing a few photos of your family and home with you is a great way to interact with the locals by giving them a glimpse of your world whilst you visit theirs.

Joining hotel and arrival information
Hotel Heritage
Bhaktapur ­ 11
Nepal.
Ph: +977-1-6611 628
Email : info@hotelheritage.com.np

Transfer/joining instructions
Your included airport transfer pickup will await you holding a sign with your name when you exit the baggage claim area of the arrivals hall. There are usually large crowds here so please look carefully for your transfer.

Arriving early
Our home in Bhaktapur is a boutique hotel situated well out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Surrounded by manicured gardens, and with views of the mountain ranges, Hotel Heritage offers a wide range of facilities including a wonderful restaurant, terrace sitting area and two gardens. Rooms are equipped with television, reading nook, free wifi, telephone and minibar.

Early arrival information
If you are arriving earlier than day 1, extra accommodation in Bhaktapur is available at USD100/115 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room. Please notify us as early as possible if you require extra accommodation as rooms are always booked up well in advance.

Finishing Hotel
Kathmandu Guest House
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4700 632 / 4700 800

Staying on
If you are staying on in Kathmandu after the tour, extra accommodation at is available at the Kathmandu Guest House in Deluxe rooms for USD85/90 Single/Double (or equivalent) per night per room.

What to take
We will be on the move a lot, so try to pack as lightly as possible. The smaller your bag in Nepal the better, as the transport we use tends to have limited storage space.

Nepal is very conservative and we ask that you dress accordingly. As a guideline, shoulders and knees should always be covered. The wearing of shorts (except if trekking) is looked upon by locals as akin to wearing your underwear and will limit your entry into mosques, temples and other places of worship. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool. Singlets, tank tops and shorts are not suitable attire for Nepal.

On booking, you will receive a detailed packing list for this tour with suggested items to bring and what you can purchase/hire locally for the trip to Mustang.

Laundry
Inexpensive laundry facilities are offered by most hotels we use in the larger towns, ie Bhatkapur, Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.

Weather
The weather during our journey should be great. Daytime temperatures will be warm to hot, in the range 15-30 deg Celsius in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan and somewhat cooler up in the mountains. Warm clothing will be required for the trip to Jomsom as we are at altitudes of nearly 3000m and temperatures can get down to zero at night. Rain is not very likely at this time of year, but is always a possibility, as is plenty of sunshine, so an umbrella or rain jacket, sunblock and a hat are essentials.

Checklist
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance (don't forget your emergency insurance contact details), air tickets.
Photocopy of above documents
Day pack
Health vaccinations/medication
First aid kit
Money: ATM card (widely available and easy to access in the main centres); credit cards (widely accepted in main centres); cash and travellers cheques (for emergencies)
Money pouch
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight
Mosquito repellent
Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper
Lock for your bag or suitcase
Good hiking or walking shoes for optional trek
Teva-type sandals for white-water rafting
We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt to store your passport, air tickets, credit cards and cash. Avoid bringing valuable jewellery with you. Some hotels we use may have safety deposit boxes.

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