A Taste of Nepal Tour

A Taste of Nepal Tour

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A Taste of Nepal Tour

10 Days Starting and ending in Kathmandu International Airport

Visiting: Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Besisahar, Pokhara

Tour operator:

Responsible Adventures

Tour code:

300642

Recommended For:

50 plus, Family-Kids, LGBT plus

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

2-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Halal

Tour operated in:
English
Private Available:

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$4000
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Tour Overview

This deluxe tour represents Nepal in the form of a teaser that gives you a taste of what Nepal has to offer. This itinerary for ten days is a comprehensive program that will let you experience some aspects of NEPAL. With 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by landmass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolis. Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest (8848 M). It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanised. This program features: Cultural Heritage of Nepal Experiencing Buddhist and Hindu lifestyles Wildlife in Chitwan with unique experiences 300 Kilometres of Himalayan panorama from off the beaten path village in Nepal Unravelling History of Nepal Meet a Nepalese personality (mystery) Paraglide in an exclusive non-touristic area

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Kathmandu To Be Received By Your Trek Leader And Transferred To Your Hotel.
Location: Tribhuvan International Airport
Accommodation: Hotel, Boutique hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive in Kathmandu to be received by your trek leader and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 : Full Day Sightseeing In Kathmandu
Location: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel
Accommodation Name: Baber Mahal Vilas
Meals Included: Breakfast

Patan City – In Patan, the old Newar city, you will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky-piercing temple of Taleju, and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Mahabouddha, and (the golden temple) with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curio shops, and Bazaars. Patan durbar square is part of the ancient Royal Palace. This durbar square is the smallest among the three durbar squares, often referred to as the most beautiful. There are many temples around this place, and it is perhaps the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be witnessed in the country. There are three central courtyards or chowks, they are Mul Chowk in the centre, Sundari Chowk, and Keshav Chowk are in the Square. There is a masterpiece of stone architecture at Sundari Chowk. On the way, you can visit the Golden Temple, the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, etc.

PM: Proceed to Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square for sightseeing.

Swoyambhunath means ‘Self-Observation.’ It is believed that Swoyambhunath was established more than 2,000 years ago. An inscription dating 460 A.D. states that King Manadeva carried out the construction. Swayambhunath developed into an important Buddhist learning site by the thirteenth Century. It is popularly known as the Monkey Temple amongst the tourist. Swayambhunath occupies a central position; it is one of the most sacred monuments amongst Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the middle of the old city of Kathmandu in Basantapur. The complex was a residence for Nepal’s family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Palace. The establishment of the Palace dates back to Licchavi times.

There are about fifty temples in the vicinity, including the titular deity temple, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards: the Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple. The inner courtyard consists of the Hanuman Dhoka and the main Palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, like the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most of the palace premises are open for tourists throughout the week during office hours.

Drive back to the Hotel.

Overnight at Baber Mahal Vilas – a boutique hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.

Day 3 : Drive To Chitwan (Approx. 160Km / 5-6 Hours' Drive)
Location: Chitwan National Park
Accommodation: Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upon arrival, check-in at the resort and free time till Lunch

Lunch at Resort

Royal Chitwan National Park

Royal Chitwan National Park is a testimony of successful nature conservation in South Asia. This first national park of Nepal was established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem that is invaluable. The national park covers 932 sq. km and is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of Nepal’s southern central part. This park is home to more than 43 species of mammals. The park is especially renowned for protecting the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, gharial crocodile, and many other common species of wild animals. The estimated population of endangered species of gaur, wild elephant, the four-horned antelope, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, striped Hyena, monitor lizard, python, chital, hog deer, barking deer, sloth, palm civet, wild dog, langur, and rhesus monkeys.

In the afternoon: Tharu village tour, this cultural tour lasts for 1.5-2 hours.

Evening: Slide show, one of the resident naturalists, will talk about the Royal Chitwan National Park’s history and facts as we topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.



Dinner and Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. Full board plan.

Day 4 : Chitwan With Full Activities.
Location: Chitwan National Park
Accommodation: Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast is at Hotel

Morning Jungle Safari by Jeep

In the morning, experience the most exciting activity in Chitwan – Jeep Safari in the jungle.

Enjoy Jeep safari, an unusual program, with an experienced driver at the wheel and an expert naturalist leading you deep inside the forests on the jeep tracks, exploring the magical mystery of the forest from the comfort of your seat. This exciting activity in search of wildlife such as several types of deer (spotted dear, barking dear, hog deer), monkeys, wild boar, sloth bear, Hyena, leopard, and, if you are lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. We will visit deep inside the national park, where the Naturalist will brief you about the forest with its variety of trees, species, birds, etc.

Lunch at Resort.

Bird Watching: You will get a wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and proceed for bird watching. This National Park is home to more than 530 species of birds. The Naturalist will help you to identify them. Some of the birds’ species are Cormorants, Herons, Cranes, Ducks, Egrets, Storks, Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Swallows, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, Hawks, Osprey, Falcons, Kestrel, Parakeets, Ibis, Kites, Woodpeckers, and many others. Bird watching is always best done in the early mornings on foot.

Evening: Tharu Cultural dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.

Day 5 : Chitwan To Rajko Danda Drive. 5 Hours
Location: Besisahar
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your driver will drive you towards Rajko Danda. Approximately 5 hours. You will stay at a village homestay. The accommodation will be basic with neat and clean rooms.

The highlights will be to experience authentic Rural life, taste organic food, and the rapidly fading culture. We will have lunch and go on a walking tour of the village, visit the primary school. This district has significance in Nepal’s history of the last ruling Royal Family. Moreover, this district is one of the many recruitment areas of the world-renowned Gurkha soldiers.

Evening Cultural show by the Women’s organisation. You can enjoy the cultural show and drink locally distilled “Hooch” as part of the cultural integration.

Day 6 : Drive To Pokhara. 4 Hours
Location: Pokhara
Accommodation: Hotel, Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Early morning walk up to Shiva temple (Approximately half an hour) for the sunrise over the Himalayas (Weather permitting). This is one of the main highlights of the whole tour. You will get a Himalayan panorama of more than 300 kilometres.

After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara (approximately 4 hours) and visit the city’s highlights, including the Gurkha museum, which explains Nepal and Bindabasini temple’s famous warrior history’s important Hindu temple Pokhara and visit Devi’s fall.

Half-day tour of Pokhara.

Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 900m from sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is a centre of adventure. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the Himalayas’ magnificence rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

Upon arrival at Pokhara, check-in at the Hotel

Half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara

Devi’s fall:

Devi’s fall is also known as Devin’s and David’s fall. It is a lovely waterfall about 2-Km southwest of the Pokhara airport. Legend has it that a trekker (David or Devin) got washed away by the Pardi Khola and disappears into an underground canal beneath the waterfall.

Gupteswore Cave is of the largest caves in Pokhara dedicated to Lord Shiva is another nature’s wonder in Pokhara.

Day 7 : Pokhara - Full Day Sightseeing.
Location: Pokhara
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bindabashini Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Durga (manifestation of Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty version of the goddess). This temple is located near the Old Bazaar of Pokhara. The white pagoda-styled building is of great religious significance to Hindus of Pokhara. Devotees throng to this temple daily and also offer animal sacrifices. One might even get to witness a Hindu wedding ceremony taking place on the temple premises.

Back to Hotel for breakfast.



Half-day sightseeing tour of World Peace Pagoda



The Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa constructed focusing on World peace for people of all races and creeds. Most of this structure was erected under Nichidatsu Fujii’s guidance (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order’s Founder. Meeting Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 hugely influenced him. As a result, Fuji decided to dedicate his life to promoting non-violence. Thus, he began building Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace in 1947.



It is balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Lake. The bright-white Pagoda of Pokhara offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and the Lake. Pilgrims climb the hill using trails from the various parts of the city or take a boat across the Lake to climb from the shore.



Hike down to Lakeside (04 K.M. / 1.5 hrs. walk)

Cross the Lake by boat, including a visit to the Barahi Temple.



Phewa Lake

The centre of attraction in Pokhara is the Fewa or Phewa Lake. It is the largest and most attractive of the three lakes that add to the magnificence of Pokhara. One can row or sail a hired boat across the water or visit the island temple in the middle. After the boat ride, you are free to shop on the lakeside market. Enjoy 1-hour boat ride at Phewa.



PM: Free for personal activities and return to the hotel after dinner.

Day 8 : Pokhara To Kathmandu By Flight
Location: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the Hotel. After Breakfast, drive to Pokhara airport for a flight back to Kathmandu on a 30-minute flight.

Arrival at Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.

PM: Free for rest

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (B.B. Plan)

Day 9 : Kathmandu
Location: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Optional: The Ultimate Experience “Mountain Everest Flight”. **weather permitting**



Optional Enhancements at extra cost:

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT from Kathmandu on day 09

On a chartered helicopter towards Everest, the ultimate mountain flight stops at a resort for Champagne breakfast before returning to Kathmandu. Total time for the experience 45 minutes flight to Lukla, 12-15 minutes of flying towards Everest, 30 minutes for champagne breakfast at a resort while looking at Everest and surrounding Himalayan peaks/

U$5500 per chartered helicopter – maximum five passengers.

Or a less expensive alternative is the

Chartered helicopter flight in the Annapurna Himalayas US$1500 – seats up to 4 passengers. Total flight time of 35-40 minutes flights to a viewpoint with 30 minute stop for admiring the view. This can be done on the morning of day seven or day eight.

PM: Today, you’ll visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath

Pashupatinath (UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated on River Bagmati banks around 8 km from the city, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. The Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is not known for sure when Pashupatinath Temple was founded. But according to Nepal Mahatmaya and Himvatkhanda, the deity here gained great fame there as Pashupati, the Lord of the Animals. Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings presiding deity here is Shiva, who is worshipped in the form of the lingam. However, only Hindus are allowed inside.

The Monasteries surrounding the most important and beautiful Stupa belong to four famous Tibetan Buddhism orders: Nyingma-pa, Kagyu-pa, Sakya-pa, and Gelug-pa. While circumambulating, you will contemplate the prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Buddhist and non-Buddhist people, amazed by the magic of the Stupa. Mindful circumambulation around one of the biggest and beautiful stupas in the world. Boudhanath, which was built in the 14th Century, is possibly the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa. The Stupa has become one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism. The construction of the Stupa serves as a three-dimension that shows the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment. The Stupa’s base is surrounded by 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha and prayer wheels. Several monasteries have sprung up many different sects of Tibetan Buddhism around the Stupa, including one (on the west side of the Stupa) that houses an enormous seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.

Free time till dinner

Transfer to Restaurant for dinner (Nepalese menu)

Farewell dinner: In the evening, enjoy an evening of traditional Nepalese culture as you taste various delicious local dishes and experience classical folk music and dances from all over Nepal. You can listen to traditional folk music performed live, watch elegant dances performed in beautiful, glittering costumes, and experience and learn about Nepal’s rich and diverse culture.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. (B.B. Plan)

Day 10 : International Departure.
Location: Tribhuvan International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

International departure. You will leave the hotel 3 hours before your flight time.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Boutique Hotels

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    All airport transfers for your arrival and final departure are included.

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    You will be met and picked up from Kathmandu domestic airport

  • Drinks with Meals

    Bottled Water

  • Entrance Fees

    All entrance fees and permits are included.

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Where available

  • Fully Guided

    Expert Tour leader

  • Game Drives on Safari

    All activities in Chitwan National Park

  • Local Taxes

    All included

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

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What's Not Included

  • International Travel

    International airfare is not included.

  • Country Entry Visas

    Nepal tourist visa fee is not included.

  • Meals – Half Board

    Most lunches and dinners not included.

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    Suggested amount 10 % of the total cost

Optional Extras

  • Mountain flight by Chartered Helicopter

    Optional: The Ultimate Experience “Mountain Everest Flight”. **weather permitting** Optional Enhancements at extra cost: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT from Kathmandu on day 09 On a chartered helicopter towards Everest, the ultimate mountain flight stops at a resort for Champagne breakfast before returning to Kathmandu. Total time for the experience 45 minutes flight to Lukla, 12-15 minutes of flying towards Everest, 30 minutes for champagne breakfast at a resort while looking at Everest and surrounding Himalayan peaks/ U$5500 per chartered helicopter — maximum five passengers. Or a less expensive alternative is the Chartered helicopter flight in the Annapurna Himalayas US$1500 — seats up to 4 passengers. Total flight time of 35-40 minutes flights to a viewpoint with 30 minute stop for admiring the view. This can be done on the morning of day seven or day eight.

Booking Notes

Please review our Booking Terms & Conditions.

We will be in contact to confirm your tour start & end time

FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do I need a Visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa that is obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.
All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian Visa online by filling the online application form to get the Indian Visa.
The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Instructions for Regular Visa Application. The applicant is required to bring the referral number and the required documents on the scheduled date of Interview.
The status of Visa Application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry.
The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about Indian visa.

What should I bring on a Trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

See our Travel Info Page for additional answers to common questions.

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Arrival at Kathmandu Airport

Am I too old to go trekking

Food on Trekking Holidays

What to bring on the trek

Typical Trekking day

Check out our Q&As

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We will happily assist with pre and post-tour accommodation.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    There will be time to explore at the end of the day once you have reached your destination. Please request for either your trek leader or someone to accompany you.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Children who are used to hiking can take part in this tour. If the children are too young or not used to hiking, you can book an extra porter to carry the child as long as the kid is not more than 40kg in weight.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    10% of the tour cost.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, all entrance fees and applicable permits are included in the price.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa�۪s included in the price of the tour?

    Nepal Visa is not included in the price.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    The luggage limit on all domestic flights is a total of 15 kg for checked-in bag and hand luggage.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes there is wi-fi at the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The wi-fi might not be working on the trekking route.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12 persons.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes. A tourist visa is required for this holiday. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/online

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    An expert trek leader will be with you throughout the tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    As of October 2020, a PCR test of less than 72 hours with negative result prior to your deparutre is a must.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    You will know the name of the boutique hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara before your departure.

  • What happens if a group doesn�۪t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    A minimum of 4 is required for the special permits to be issued by the government.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Our tour guiges or trek leaders are above average English speakers. Some of you might have some difficulty understanding their accent but feel free to ask them to repeat what you don't understand.

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 star category boutique hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Trekking lodge while on the trek.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Nepalese rupees. You can either withdraw from the numerous ATMs in Kathmandu or exchange your currency at a money changer in the capital.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    No.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate to Fit level is necessary for this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    You need to inform us of your flight details. Your trek leader (guide) will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No international flight is included. Domestic flights are included if it is mentioned on the program.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes, as this is an international dearture.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No supplement for solo travellers unless they request speciafically for single occupation. Travellers will be partnered with another traveller of the same gender.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Stephanie Ng  

2 nd trekking vacation with RA

26-Mar-21

It's our second time trekking with responsible Adventure. Trekking in Nepal and especially Everest base camp was an awesome experience. Raj and his team took really good care of us. they prepared special meals and drinks (every morning) that could help us with acclimatization. They even went extra mile for us - one of the porters even offered us his own water to drink and his warm down gloves when our water froze and when our gloves weren't sufficient for us in the cold. Though there are cheaper options, i honestly feel that it is worth paying a little more for such wonderful service. Especially in the mountains, it is important to have a company that cares for you, being safe and reliable.

Foo Chee Chang  

Yet another excellent experience with Responsible Adventures

21-Jan-17

"I've gone trekking with Raj and Responsible Adventures a couple of times now, but this was a special one - this is my first camping trek in the Himalaya, and more importantly, we traveled to Chandra's home - a remote village called Majkharka in the Solu district - to attend his traditional wedding ceremony. Chandra is a dear friend of mine and also my guide when I went on the Manaslu Base Camp and Langtang/Gosaikunda treks, so it was a real honour and pleasure to be invited to an event so important to him. Responsible Adventures organised the logistics and made all the arrangements for this trip so that us city-dwellers could be left free to savour this cultural experience - from the thumping 4WD off-road journey to housing us in very spacious tents to custom meals (including my favourite freshly ground and brewed morning coffee). Raj and his crew (shoutout to the 2 Dils and Sundar) clearly outdid themselves again. I had initially worried that our presence would lead to too much unnecessary spectacle and negatively influence proceedings, but thankfully that was kept to a minimum. I attribute that mostly to Chandra and his fellow villagers - while they were extremely welcoming and hospitable (including plying us with copious amount of moonshine "chang", a fermented millet alcohol, and "raksi", a distilled rice/millet wine), they seemed more intent on making sure that the ceremonial proceedings were done right and all their guests from near and far well taken care of and enjoyed themselves. It also helped that the 4 of us foreigners were really sporting and keen to immerse ourselves in the experience! Great times with Responsible Adventures once again and looking forward to future trips with them!"

Steph Weedon  

So good we returned.

26-Mar-21

My first trip with Raj was around the Annapurna region. Raj and his staff were incredible, and everything was planned out to perfection. the meals cooked were excellent and very varied. There was a mix of asian and western food, and both were done well. It is so nice to have a guide who can speak perfect english and has a real grasp of western culture, through this he was able to really articulate key cultural differences between us and the people we were seeing. It was also evident that he was working hard to reduce the impact that we were having on the surrounding country. 2 years after our first trip to Annapurna my father and I returned for another trip with Raj, this time for everest basecamp. The service and care again were excellent, and I could tell that Raj had experimented with different foods and these were added to the menu. Raj worked well to keep us motivated and at a steady pace to ensure we made it to our destination, even through the more challenging wet season. I would definitely recommend Raj and responsible adventures, a truly professional and personal service.

Gwen Ross  

Raj Set the bar.

26-Mar-21

Raj set the bar as far a trip planning, i.e., accommodations, restaurants, tours. Guides were very proficient. If a change needed to made, it was smoothly done. The bus driver to Mt. Everest was cautious yet proficient in his driving. I would highly recommend this company. If you have difficulty walking, please bring a cane with a rubber tip. You will need it, as there are many steps on some of the sites.

Peter Waugh  

Wonderful tour of Mount Kailash

26-Mar-21

Great trip. Awesome guide and buddy in Raj. His team were superb including the cooks drivers, yak drivers and local guide Brilliantly well-organised and flexible enough to adjust when we wanted to do or add something different

New Zealand
XYT  

Annapurna base camp trek

26-Mar-21

When incidents happen, a situation occurs or someone gets sick or conditions get uncomfortable the mark of a good guide becomes apparent. How adaptable is the guide, how prepared, how solution-oriented? Experience certainly but also the priorities, whether the client's interest is truly the top consideration. In the extremely competitive Nepali trekking industry service standards are wide-ranging - which is less of a concern than safety standards. Except that service and safety are often tightly linked in Himalayan trekking in my opinion where weather changes in a blink of an eye and is never reliably predictable. Pre-trek advice counts as much as service provided during the trek. With Responsible Adventures and Raj, our questions were always promptly answered in great detail. Pre-trek advice on gear was particularly prescient when clear skies turned foul on the last 3 days - in the middle of dry season. During the trek, I consistently felt that we were in good hands, from the experiences shared and awesome food prepared to the way our itinerary was revised day to day taking into account both the weather changes and the physical condition of each person in the group. Great attention was paid to preparation and end to end service delivery from the time we were picked up at Kathmandu airport to the send-off at the same place. The experience as a whole was more than enjoyable - it was a fabulous holiday with beautiful scenery, newly made friends, altitude and weather challenges surmounted and overall, a fantastic trek.

Marjorie Queen.  

Wonderful trekking vacation

26-Mar-21

Raj is an amazing tour leader which helped us even to rent sleeping bags. He and his whole team made sure that we receive only the best of our trek. Highly recommended!!

Drummer kidz  

Unforgettable

26-Mar-21

If you are travelling to the Everest/Nepal region and are looking for a guide or trekking company, I would highly recommend Responsible Adventures. They were very professional, spoke immaculate English and were knowledgeable in the area and we had a great trek up to Base Camp with them. Looking around on the internet before we left they seemed to be a little more expensive than some of the other companies but we were very impressed with the way the leader Raj corresponded with us and was able to customize a schedule that suited our needs. The extra money was worth it if for no other reason than that we had our own chef who overlooked all the meals prepared for us (sometimes having to take control of bad hygienic situations so our health would not be compromised��_what price do you put on your health?). We crossed paths with a number of different groups on the way and were sometimes appalled at the low level of English spoken by the guides that were running the show. In fact we had a number of outsiders comment on the level of service that we were receiving compared to what they were getting. Definitely worth the extra money, the small things added up to a much better overall experience. Safe to say it was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives, the region is just spectacular! The trek was a lot harder than we originally anticipated but we were a group with no previous trekking experience so were not really sure what we were in for. Our trek leader Raj was with us from the moment we arrived at Kathmandu airport until we caught our plane home, which was actually longer than he was meant to stay with us. It was great having him there for the extra days especially beforehand as he took us to all the right places to buy or rent the necessary gear for the trek. Looking back, had we not spent those extra days in Kathmandu we would have been severely under-prepared. He also took us out to a lot of the local places and gave us a taste of authentic Nepalese life but we were staying in 5 star hotels in Kathmandu so we were able to escape the bustle and dust when we had had enough, which was important. Most important items were a hired sleeping bag that was a saving grace against extreme temperatures and a camel pack for water so you don�۪t have to keep stopping to re-hydrate. I would go back to the region in the future, perhaps the Annapurna trek next time and I believe Responsible Adventures do that trek, so for me it�۪s a no brainer to choose them again. We all would consider Raj as a friend now and certainly someone who you would trust with your life as that�۪s what you are doing.

Noel Frame  

An Epic week in Nepal with Responsible Adventures

26-Mar-21

I first heard about Raj and Responsible Adventures through a friend of a friend (Matthew). I had been planning on trekking in Nepal but had little to no success in finding a guide. Other Friends had recommended different companies or contacts of friends that they knew in Nepal who recommended other companies and all of them ended up not really fitting what I was looking for. Matthew reached out to me and had nothing but praise for Raj. He had trekked with Raj about a year ago and highly recommended him. I was worried because it was so last minute, in fact, it was three days before I was to leave for Nepal. Matthew assured me that Raj would point me in the right direction and take care of me the best he could. He also told me that Raj was very efficient in responding in a timely manner. He also explained that he had trekked several times prior to being exposed to Responsible Adventures and that a trek with Raj and his team was unlike any other trekking experience. I reached out to Raj and just as my friend had said, he replied very quickly. What I noticed immediately was his candid manner in which he explained that it was very late for me to be booking with him and that it was high season and things might be difficult. He made every effort to accommodate me and ended up being my personal guide for the week. I was especially grateful that he was willing to customize and improvise the details in order to help me have the most memorable experience. Raj was thorough and exact in his planning and communicated extensively via email in order to make sure that I had all the information I needed to move forward with the trek. He helped me with the visa process and procuring domestic flights within Nepal as well as accommodations for hotels. This was a huge burden lifted for me as I had waited until the last minute to make plans, and it was high season. As such, I was worried I wouldn�۪t find appropriate accommodations. Raj made it all happen for me! My actual trekking experience with Raj was just delightful! He is knowledgeable and shared with me the history of his beloved country. He was also careful and capable, witty (made me laugh out loud all day long), conscientious and has trekked long enough now (30 years) to know all the owners of the tea/guesthouses. We got special treatment because of his good relations with these owners. I would absolutely recommend Raj and his company for anyone seeking a unique and very memorable Nepal trekking experience.

Andrew Stanley  

Family trek - Annapurna and beyond

26-Mar-21

Having just returned from a month in Nepal, I am reflecting on just how spectacular our trip on the Annapurna Circuit (Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek). The first half of the trip was with the entire family (my wife, our 8-year old daughter and our 6-year old son). Admittedly, my wife and I were a bit nervous about how our kids would fare with the long days of trekking. To our delight, Raj and his team crafted an absolutely ideal experience to meet the unique needs of our family. They had arranged to bring along two large baskets which were rigged to accommodate our kids to sit in them when they got tired of walking! It was perfect. We thought our daughter would have used the basket much more, but we were so pleased and proud that she got into a groove and really didn�۪t use the basket much at all for the entire trek. She pushed herself and learned a few things about what she�۪s capable of - a valuable lesson, to be sure. Another great benefit of doing a family trek is just the sheer mount of quality time together in the mountains / out in nature. Playing games as you trek, chatting away...we found our kids opened up to us and we were able to really connect with them - so,etching that is difficult to do during the breakneck pace of our everyday lives. I would imagine doing a trek with older kids / early teenagers would be a great way to connect with those sometimes hard-to-reach pre-teens in those ever important adolescent and early adult years. No phones, minimal internet, mountains, great food, and top notch family fun. The Responsible Adventures crew went above and beyond in other ways as well. Raj and the team provided a wellness angle that we didn�۪t expect and were ecstatic about. We were treated to a number of gourmet meals - prepared by our very own, specially trained trekking chef - all of which inlcuded locally sourced fruits and vegetables, minerals and superfoods rich in antioxidants. The fresh local organic coffee from a French Press was a hit. We even had sushi, tempura, and an incredible Thai green curry with Himalayan mushrooms, chayote, goji berries, and other delectable treats. We were the envy of all other trekkers in the guest houses! Raj is knowledgeable, safety conscious, passionate, professional in every way, and was always thinking several steps ahead to ensure my family and I had the best possible experience. Finally, and perhaps one of the things that most people take for granted, Raj�۪s English is impeccable. Being able to speak articulately to us about history, religion, culture, and our natural surroundings created an infinitely richer experience for the family. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend Responsible Adventures to anyone looking for something above and beyond your average Nepal trekking trip. In fact, I�۪m already planning another trip back next year! There are loads of cheap, ���quick and dirty�۝ trekking ���companies�۪ that can take you out to the mountains; never has the adage ���you get what you pay for�۝ been more true. Whatever the slight premium you pay to go with Responsible Adventures, it is well worth it. Thanks, Raj and the RA Team!

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