Nepal: Mountains and Temples – Plus

Nepal: Mountains and Temples – Plus

Start: Kathmandu Finish: Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu, Panauti, Bandipur, Pokhara


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: 25538

Tour operator: G Adventures

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Part of our new Travel with Confidence Plus Collection, this trip features a smaller group size, private transportation, en-suite bathrooms, and a discounted rate for My Own Room. Ten days is all it takes to experience what makes Nepal so ridiculously amazing. Featuring extra health and safety measures, this tour starts and ends in Kathmandu and packs incredible views, temples, hikes, food, and moments into every step along the way. Experience local living and ancient Magar culture in Panauti. Opt to para sail or just stroll along Phewa Lake at Pokhara. Have your mind blown as you hike alongside one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges.

Highlights

  • iconTake in Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • iconTake in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Connect with local people at the Panauti Community Homestay, Hike alongside lakes and mountains, Dive into Kathmandu's urban cultural vibes
  • icon Dive into Kathmandu's urban cultural vibes
  • icon Connect with local people at the Panauti Community Homestay
  • icon Hike alongside lakes and mountains

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

Arrive at any time and welcome to Nepal's bustling capital - Kathmandu.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers as we wander through Patan Durbar Square for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

This morning you have the option to get up close and personal on a flight to view Mt. Everest. Later take a walking tour of Patan Durbar Square where we view the Royal Palace and the temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. Also visit Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess; If she is accepting visitors, we can receive a blessing. After, visit Swayambhunath the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Remainder of the day is free to explore, opt to visit Bhaktapur or the Pashupatinath Temple or stroll around the bustling markets.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular square built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. Located within it are the Royal Palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. We also visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum. South of the square lies the Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess, the Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Talejn. The Kumari lives a cloistered life, rarely leaving the confines of the chowk. When she does, it is for important religious festivals, but her feet are not allowed to touch the ground. Once the Kumari reaches puberty, another 3-5-year-old girl will take her place. If she is receiving visitors, we may be able to stop by for a blessing.

ACTIVITY: Visit Swayambhunath Buddhist temple and Unesco World Heritage Site, the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu. Explore the structure and be sure to check out the Buddha's eyes painted on each side of the Stupa. The site is also known as the monkey temple, for the vast amount of creatures who call the complex home.

FREE TIME: HALF DAY Get out and explore exciting Kathmandu.

icon Day 3: Kathmandu/Panauti

Location: Kathmandu

Meals: LUNCH, DINNER

Drive to Sanga and lace up your hiking shoes for a hike through the countryside and local Villages. Take in stunning views and meet friendly folks along the way to Panauti Village community homestay; a G Adventures–supported initiative. Settle into one of the welcoming homes and get to know your host family by pitching in and learning how to cook local dishes for dinner this evening.

Many families in Panauti Village have come together to establish a homestay program. Get to know a local family, explore this lovely village, and if you are inclined to pitch in, assist with preparing your evening meal - learning how to cook local dishes then eat together with your host family.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take in the stunning views, nature and culture on the 11 km hike to your community homestay. The Sanga to Panauti trail has only recently been developed, through villages that are new to foreign visitors. We start from Sanga, a Bhramin community where a large Shiva statue gives a sign of Blessing. Continue through the Tamang community, home to the original Horse Warriors who migrated from tibet. Hike through a few more villages into Panauti town.

ACTIVITY: Set up in 2013, the Panauti Community Homestay is ran by a group of women who started the initiative as a way of challenging the lack of opportunity often faced by women in rural areas. The project allows them to raise their social status and income while also providing an opportunity to share their culture and customs with travellers. By sending our groups to a homestay, G Adventures is increasing income for the community and assisting with small business opportunities in hospitality. Although simple, rooms are clean, comfortable and typical of the households in which you are staying.

icon Day 4: Panauti

Location: Panauti

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside and ride through three indigenous towns: Panauti, Sunthan and Khopasi. Explore small temples, peddle through an orange farm, learn how silk is produced from silk worms and try a cup of Nepali masala tea. Head back to our homestay for lunch then take a free afternoon to explore the town on your own before another home-cooked dinner with your hosts.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside and three indigenous towns: Panauti, Sunthan and Khopasi. Starting in Panauti old town we explore around the old market, Indreshwor temple and Tri-beni ghat. Continue through orange farms to Sunthan, where we take a break and explore the Village. Peddle on to Khopasi, another small newari town where we enjoy a cup of Nepali masala tea. Riding back towards Panauti we visit a silk farm where we learn about the process of making silk and silk worms. Head back to our homestay in Panauti.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Take some time to walk around the Village and explore on your own.

icon Day 5: Panauti/Bandipur

Location: Panauti

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy stunning views as we drive along the Trishuli River passing ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terraces and the mountains beyond. Arrive in beautiful Bandipur village an ancient trading stop which has been able to maintain its distinct culture. Take an orientation walk around town exploring a bit of history, architecture, and local tradition.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take a walk with your CEO around the small town of Bandipur. Sitting at an altitude of 1030m, Bandipur is home to the Magar and Newar communities, and is known for its culture and tradition.

icon Day 6: Bandipur

Location: Bandipur

Meals: LUNCH

Enjoy a hike along local trails with stunning panoramic views of the entire Annapurna Ranges. Along the way we pass though small communities, the old fort of Purano Kot, and visit temples. Continue to Ramkot Village inhabited by the Magar Tribe, a very remote and simple Nepalese community originating from the ancient Mongols. Take a walk through the town before returning by vehicle to Bandipur.

ACTIVITY: Follow village trails and catch a glimpse of typical rural-life, traditional homes and interesting temples. The trek gives a stunning panoramic view of the entire Annapurna Ranges. Highlights include the old fort of Purano Kot, and a Temple where local people come to pray to the god Mahadav for rain during times of drought. Continue to Ramkot a beautiful village nestled amongst the hills inhabited by the Magar Tribe, a very remote and simple Nepalese community originating from the ancient Mongols. We'll take a walk around viewing the traditional round houses, untouched by modern development.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 7: Bandipur/Pokhara

Location: Bandipur

Drive towards the mystical Himalayan mountains, and our next stop, Pokhara. Get your bearings in town on an orientation walk around Lake Phewa and be sure to capture a panoramic group photo with the stunning Annapurna range backdrop. If you want to get your adrenaline flowing, pre-booking the Paragliding in Pokhara excursion when booking your tour.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views of the Himalayas and Phewa Lake while getting your bearings around this scenic city.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Jump in a boat or hit the markets, either way there are lots of bars and restaurants to visit along the way.

icon Day 8: Pokhara

Location: Pokhara

Get to know Pokhara more in-depth by freely exploring this exciting city. Opt to visit Mt Sarangkot for a spectacular Himalayan sunrise, visit the stunning World Peace Pagoda or explore Lake Phewa by boat, then wander the markets for some last minute shopping. Later, get ready for your big night out at a lakeside bar with your new friends. Grab a drink on us and cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've just shared.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO to best lakeside bar with a mountainous view and enjoy a drink on us to cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've just experienced.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY There's so much to do in Pokhara, the day is yours–have fun.

icon Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Location: Pokhara

Travel the last leg of this trip through the stunning green valleys, terraced hills and sweeping mountain views back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the city which is fascinating at every turn, simply wander around and see where chance, fate, or the city may lead you.

Additional Information: Want to take the fast route back to Kathmandu? Book the Pokhara to Kathmandu flight extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent about booking.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 10: Kathmandu

Location: Kathmandu

Depart at any time. If you crave more adventure, opt for an Everest flight in the morning (weather/time permitting).

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nts), community homestay (2 nts).

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    Pokhara Orientation Walk

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    Bike Tour of Panauti Region

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    Swayambhunath Temple Visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Ramkot Village Hike

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    Patan Durbar Square Tour

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    Hike to Panauti Community Homestay

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    Your G for Good Moment: Panauti Homestay, Panauti Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Lakeside Bar, Pokhara

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    Bandipur Orientation Walk

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    Meals

    2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Meals Included

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, hiking, walking.

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Money Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard but these are limited to major cities. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Packing List

ANNA: • Antibacterial wipes/gel • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • Feminine hygiene products (These can be hard to find locally) • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Gloves • Hat • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Insect repellent • Insurance info (With photocopies) • Jacket • Long pants/jeans • Moisturizer/lip balm • Moneybelt • Passport (With photocopies) • Passport photos (Necessary for visas. 3 should be sufficient) • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Pocketknife • Required visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Shorts • Sleeping bag and liner (Seasonally appropriate) • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season • Small travel towel • Snacks • Sport/hiking sandals • Sturdy walking shoes • Sunblock • Sunglasses • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Vouchers and pre-departure information • Warm clothing • Warm layers • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain gear

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your CEO, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

About Accommodation

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. A sleep sheet/bag is recommended as whilst there is plenty of bedding and (in most cases) it does get washed, it can be dusty and cold especially in winter/Spring.

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    Minimum Age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

    Tipping

    It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from USD1-2 per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD20-30 per person, per week can be used.

    Group Leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

    Meals Included

    2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

    About our Transportation

    We use a private vehicle for this tour through Nepal. It's important to note that roads in general in remote areas of the country are often narrow, winding and poorly maintained so be prepared for bumpy rides. That said, the stunning views more than make up for a bit of discomfort.

    Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

    Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

    Travel with Confidence Plus Collection

    The Travel with Confidence Plus Collection includes all of the new health and safety measures we’re now taking on all of our tours, PLUS: Our maximum group size has been reduced to 12 travellers on most tours to ensure even smaller groups, exclusive use of private transportation (except planes), My Own Room option is available for 50% off, and now includes extra space on all our private vehicles, and all rooms on tour will be either single or twin-share and have en-suite bathrooms.

    Laundry

    Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

    Group Size Notes

    Max 12, Avg 10.

    Joining Instructions

    When arriving into Tribhuvan Intl Airport in Kathmandu you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 200-250 Rupees (approx 3-4 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

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    Solo Travellers

    We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

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    Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

    Departure Tax

    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

    A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

    Important Notes

    1. WEATHER Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly and our CEO may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. For more information please read the "what to take" section of this trip notes. 2. DRONES IN NEPAL Please note that drones and the flying of drones are prohibited in Nepal. If you violate these regulations the police may take you into custody.

    Max Pax

    Group Leader Description

    All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

    International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

    Transport

    Private vehicle, hiking, walking.

    Trip Specific Safety

    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications at Tribhuvan Internartional Airport please call our local G Adventures Transfer providers directly at: Mr. Rajju Maskey From outside of Nepal: +977 98 0201 4444 From within Kathmandu: 98 0201 4444 From within Nepal, but outside Kathmandu: 098 0201 4444 EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures South Asia Manager, Rishab (Delhi, India) >From outside of India: +91 88 5180 6614 >From within Delhi: 88 5180 6614 >From within India, but outside Delhi: 088 5180 6614 G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time): +66-02-3815574 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found <a href='https://www.gadventures.com/contact-us/?ref=footer'>here</a>. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

    Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

    What's Included

    Your G for Good Moment: Panauti Homestay, Panauti Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Lakeside Bar, Pokhara. Patan Durbar Square Tour. Swayambhunath Temple Visit. Hike to Panauti Community Homestay. Bike Tour of Panauti Region. Bandipur Orientation Walk. Ramkot Village Hike. Pokhara Orientation Walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

    Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: <a href="http://www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/"> www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/</a>

    Highlights

    Take in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Connect with local people at the Panauti Community Homestay, Hike alongside lakes and mountains, Dive into Kathmandu's urban cultural vibes

    Local Dress

    In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

    My Own Room

    My Own Room - Now 50% Off If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout the trip, select this option during the online booking process. For tours in the Travel with Confidence Plus Collection, it’s now 50% off and includes free space next to you on our private vehicles.

    What to Take

    What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended–most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) . You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

    Optional Activities

    Mount Everest - Everest Flight (216-246USD per person) Kathmandu - Bhaktapur Excursion (500NPR per person) - Pashupatinath Ghats and Temple Visit (500NPR per person, 1500NPR per group) Pokhara - Paragliding in Pokhara (8090INR per person) - Lake Phewa Boat Ride (385NPR per person) - Flight: Pokhara to Kathmandu Sarangkot - Sarangkot Sunrise Walk (30NPR per person) - World Peace Pagoda Excursion (1000-1500NPR per group)

    Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

    Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

    Health

    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our CEOs are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

    Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nts), community homestay (2 nts).

    Visas and Entry Requirements

    Please note it is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Your travel agent can assist. Below are the visa requirements at the time of printing (subject to change at any time). NEPAL: All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $30: Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $50 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $125

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