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Himalayan Vistas

The Himalayas are some of Mother Natures' finest work, rising like fangs from the earth below. Nepal is a wonderful feast of mountain walking, cultural delights, and incredible views.

  • Nepal

  • 13 nights
  • Full board
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

    Mountains

    Wildlife & Nature

  • Feb

    Nov

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 3

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Wake up to incredible Annapurna Mountain range views at Bandipur.
  • Enjoy guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
  • Have a go at making momos, a traditional Tibetan snacks, enthusiastically adopted by Nepal.
  • Marvel at the views on the boat ride across Phewa Lake.
  • Look out for Chitwan wildlife from jeep or canoe. Two great experiences.

Nepal is  a small country. By area it is about half the size of the UK. Yet in that small area it packs as much splendour and variety in as any country in the world. From the highest mountain range and 8 of the 10 highest peaks to lowland jungle plains, covering a huge array of climatic  and ecological zones, it is astonishing what can be seen of the natural world in Nepal. And then there is the cultural dimension. This is country where cultural and religious tradition are enmeshed in everyday life. The Nepalis are proud of there traditions and will be delighted to educate visitors in local ways. Our Himalayan Vistas holiday allows anyone to get a flavour of everything the country has to offer.

You fly into Kathmandu and drive up to Bhaktapur, the quiet and relaxing former capital city. Astonishing restoration following on from the 2015 earthquake has almost returned the city to its former glories. You spend a day walking around the city and another in the hills above for hopefully our first views of the Himalayas.

Next we head down to the lowlands and Chitwan National Park. Home to rhino, leopard, crocs and a huge array of bird life it a superb place to see wildlife, whether from a jeep, on foot or from a canoe. You continue to Pokhara for a day of guided sightseeing, walking, a relaxed boat trip across Fewa lake and enjoying a momo making class in a local Tibetan Camp. There is also a free day to relax, explore further or catch up on shopping. 

Heading east you arrive in the village of Bandipur where great views of the Annapurna range can be enjoyed. From the hotel it is a very short walk to the best viewpoint in the village. Make sure you are there at dawn to enjoy the best views. This is impressive in itself but we assure you, the views will only improve. You will walk to the surrounding countryside, hopefully enjoying mountain views to the north along the way. Because there is so little light pollution in Nepal the view of the night sky is often magnificent. 

Finally you return to Kathmandu. The time in Kathmandu will be spent sightseeing with a local guide, discovering the various pockets which make this one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. Unsurprisingly, this is a great place to shop from camping gear, fleece jackets, Tibetan hats or books; everything can be found and haggled over. 

As the trip comes to an end, you'll enjoy a final dinner in Thamel, the centre of tourist Kathmandu and full of life before boarding the plane with a bag full of experiences and memories. The world certainly is more beautiful on foot!


  • Return flights from London to Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board accommodation
  • Services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days
  • Entrance fees to all included highlights
  • English speaking Nepali guide
  • Free 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • All transport for walks and excursions.
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

42300

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

We depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Day 2

Bhaktapur

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer about 1 hr to Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur is one of the three cities that dominate the Kathmandu Valley. However, unlike Kathmandu, Bhaktapur preserves a peaceful air quite unlike its larger neighbour. It is lovely place to explore on foot with everything being easily accessible. After some time to freshen up in the hotel we can walk out to see the sites. We will visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square with our Nepali guide. The square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is regarded as the centre of traditional Nepali culture and customs. It is an ideal place to experience the unique arts of wood carving and pottery. Look out for Nyatapola Temple, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Peacock Window and the Golden Gate. We will have an included restaurant lunch in Bhaktapur.

Day 3

Bhaktapur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we start the walking in earnest. After breakfast we drive to Nagarkot and have a quick look around the town. There is an Everest viewpoint in town, but it is rare for the climatic conditions to allow you to see the mountain from here. We will set out on our walk down to Nala and drive back to Bhaktapur. We should get back in time for you to have another look around the city if you would like to.

Day 4

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we depart Bhaktapur and drive south west to reach Chitwan National Park, located on the Terai plains and away from the mountains. Today's drive is approximately 120 miles and can take between 5 - 6 hours depending on traffic. We will make plenty of stops along the way for photo stops and to stretch the legs. One stop will be in Kurintar. Kurintar is a small village located on the sandy banks of the Trishuli river. We will visit the famous Beer Garden and explore before continuing our drive to Chitwan. On arrival hopefully we will be welcomed by the owner of the lodge who has some great stories to tell about the history of the Lodge.

Day 5

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have plenty of time in Chitwan National Park so the pace will be leisurely. We can look forward to some outstanding wildlife encounters. We will embark on a jeep safari which offers the finest (and safest) chance of observing rhino in the wild. Fear not, sightings are common. Leopard have been spotted on occasion and there are tigers in the park. It is common to come across tiger prints, but tourists very rarely see tigers. Wild boar, various species of antelope and crocodiles are commonly seen. You will also enjoy a canoe trip along the river which is the perfect way to observe Nepal's varied bird life. This has proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Day 6

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we'll continue our activities around the park. For a more cultural experience, we walk to a local ethnic Tharu village and gain insight into the way of life. Please remember that the climate is significantly warmer down here compared with the mountains, so the pace of activities will be slower.

Day 7

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we leave Chitwan and drive about 5 hours to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara takes about 2½ hrs. so we should arrive in time for a late lunch. After checking in at hotel, we will head out to start our sightseeing programme with a visit to Bindabasini Temple and Old Market. We will also allow time to enjoy the facilities at our hotel. After dinner we will walk around the lake side area which is lively in the evening.

Day 8

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent

    100m

Pokhara is a pleasant lakeside city and is second-largest tourist hub in Nepal after Kathmandu. After breakfast we visit some of the touristic highlights surrounding the Pokhara Valley. First, Phewa Lake, we take a boat ride across the lake and hike an hour up to the World Peace Pagoda. After enjoying the view from here we will walk down to Raniban for lunch. Later we drive down to the Tibetan Refugee camp to immerse ourselves in the art of momo making and the best bit...tasting. Momos are a Tibetan delicacy available throughout Nepal, and are something akin to Italian ravioli (only bigger) and come with a huge variety of fillings, including vegetarian options. It would be a great shame to leave Nepal without tasting a variety of momos!

Day 9

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today early we drive to Sarangkot to enjoy the most breathtaking sunrise. Sarangkot is a hill on the western side of Pokhara with an altitude of 1600m known for its panoramic mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It also provides an expansive view of the city of Pokhara, from the extreme north to the south including Phewa Lake. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax in the lakeside area. Later we enjoy group dinner at a restaurant in Pokhara.

Day 10

Bandipur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we take a drive towards Bandipur which 50 miles to the east of Pokhara  and takes 3 hours to drive. Bandipur is a small mountain town and it is one of the best hill stations in Nepal. It is famous for its antique cultural atmosphere and unique geographical formations. On a clear day, views north towards the Annapurna range are nothing short of spectacular. Fortunately the best view of the mountains can be enjoyed from the far side of the football pitch in front of our hotel. We should have time for an introductory stroll around the village. The cobbled main street in the village is a lovely place for a drink as the sun goes down.

Day 11

Bandipur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we explore Bandipur and visit some of the local attractions. We will take a leisurely hike to the less explored, delightful little Magar village of Kurikha. On the way there is plenty of opportunity to interact with the local villagers, witness age-old farming methods and bask in the glorious views of the Himalayas.

Day 12

Kathmandu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we make our way back to Kathmandu. The distance from Bandipur to Kathmandu is 90 miles and 5 hours drive. As with arrival in every big city, traffic can slow us down. We have some free time at the hotel before taking dinner out in a local restaurant. Our hotel is located close by Thamel, the tourist enclave, a lively place for an evening stroll.

Day 13

Kathmandu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our day today is devoted to sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. It is impossible to see everything in a day but we will include highlights such as Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temples and Kathmandu's Durbar Square. 

We will have a farewell dinner in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. This the main tourist area and is full of friendly restaurants, souvenir shops, live music venues, bars, pubs and coffee shops.

Day 14

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We return to Kathmandu Airport for our day flight back to the U.K.

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Nov 2024 - 19th Nov 2024 (13 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Kathmandu
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

We depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Day 2

Bhaktapur

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer about 1 hr to Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur is one of the three cities that dominate the Kathmandu Valley. However, unlike Kathmandu, Bhaktapur preserves a peaceful air quite unlike its larger neighbour. It is lovely place to explore on foot with everything being easily accessible. After some time to freshen up in the hotel we can walk out to see the sites. We will visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square with our Nepali guide. The square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is regarded as the centre of traditional Nepali culture and customs. It is an ideal place to experience the unique arts of wood carving and pottery. Look out for Nyatapola Temple, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Peacock Window and the Golden Gate. We will have an included restaurant lunch in Bhaktapur.

Day 3

Bhaktapur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we start the walking in earnest. After breakfast we drive to Nagarkot and have a quick look around the town. There is an Everest viewpoint in town, but it is rare for the climatic conditions to allow you to see the mountain from here. We will set out on our walk down to Nala and drive back to Bhaktapur. We should get back in time for you to have another look around the city if you would like to.

Day 4

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we depart Bhaktapur and drive south west to reach Chitwan National Park, located on the Terai plains and away from the mountains. Today's drive is approximately 120 miles and can take between 5 - 6 hours depending on traffic. We will make plenty of stops along the way for photo stops and to stretch the legs. One stop will be in Kurintar. Kurintar is a small village located on the sandy banks of the Trishuli river. We will visit the famous Beer Garden and explore before continuing our drive to Chitwan. On arrival hopefully we will be welcomed by the owner of the lodge who has some great stories to tell about the history of the Lodge.

Day 5

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have plenty of time in Chitwan National Park so the pace will be leisurely. We can look forward to some outstanding wildlife encounters. We will embark on a jeep safari which offers the finest (and safest) chance of observing rhino in the wild. Fear not, sightings are common. Leopard have been spotted on occasion and there are tigers in the park. It is common to come across tiger prints, but tourists very rarely see tigers. Wild boar, various species of antelope and crocodiles are commonly seen. You will also enjoy a canoe trip along the river which is the perfect way to observe Nepal's varied bird life. This has proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Day 6

Chitwan National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we'll continue our activities around the park. For a more cultural experience, we walk to a local ethnic Tharu village and gain insight into the way of life. Please remember that the climate is significantly warmer down here compared with the mountains, so the pace of activities will be slower.

Day 7

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we leave Chitwan and drive about 5 hours to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara takes about 2½ hrs. so we should arrive in time for a late lunch. After checking in at hotel, we will head out to start our sightseeing programme with a visit to Bindabasini Temple and Old Market. We will also allow time to enjoy the facilities at our hotel. After dinner we will walk around the lake side area which is lively in the evening.

Day 8

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent

    100m

Pokhara is a pleasant lakeside city and is second-largest tourist hub in Nepal after Kathmandu. After breakfast we visit some of the touristic highlights surrounding the Pokhara Valley. First, Phewa Lake, we take a boat ride across the lake and hike an hour up to the World Peace Pagoda. After enjoying the view from here we will walk down to Raniban for lunch. Later we drive down to the Tibetan Refugee camp to immerse ourselves in the art of momo making and the best bit...tasting. Momos are a Tibetan delicacy available throughout Nepal, and are something akin to Italian ravioli (only bigger) and come with a huge variety of fillings, including vegetarian options. It would be a great shame to leave Nepal without tasting a variety of momos!

Day 9

Pokhara

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today early we drive to Sarangkot to enjoy the most breathtaking sunrise. Sarangkot is a hill on the western side of Pokhara with an altitude of 1600m known for its panoramic mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It also provides an expansive view of the city of Pokhara, from the extreme north to the south including Phewa Lake. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax in the lakeside area. Later we enjoy group dinner at a restaurant in Pokhara.

Day 10

Bandipur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we take a drive towards Bandipur which 50 miles to the east of Pokhara  and takes 3 hours to drive. Bandipur is a small mountain town and it is one of the best hill stations in Nepal. It is famous for its antique cultural atmosphere and unique geographical formations. On a clear day, views north towards the Annapurna range are nothing short of spectacular. Fortunately the best view of the mountains can be enjoyed from the far side of the football pitch in front of our hotel. We should have time for an introductory stroll around the village. The cobbled main street in the village is a lovely place for a drink as the sun goes down.

Day 11

Bandipur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we explore Bandipur and visit some of the local attractions. We will take a leisurely hike to the less explored, delightful little Magar village of Kurikha. On the way there is plenty of opportunity to interact with the local villagers, witness age-old farming methods and bask in the glorious views of the Himalayas.

Day 12

Kathmandu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we make our way back to Kathmandu. The distance from Bandipur to Kathmandu is 90 miles and 5 hours drive. As with arrival in every big city, traffic can slow us down. We have some free time at the hotel before taking dinner out in a local restaurant. Our hotel is located close by Thamel, the tourist enclave, a lively place for an evening stroll.

Day 13

Kathmandu

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our day today is devoted to sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. It is impossible to see everything in a day but we will include highlights such as Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temples and Kathmandu's Durbar Square. 

We will have a farewell dinner in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. This the main tourist area and is full of friendly restaurants, souvenir shops, live music venues, bars, pubs and coffee shops.

Day 14

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We return to Kathmandu Airport for our day flight back to the U.K.

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Feb 2025 - 18th Feb 2025 (13 Nights)

5th Nov 2025 - 18th Nov 2025 (13 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Kathmandu
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Bhadgaon or similar

Please note we will stay in this hotel or similar.

A short walk from Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Hotel Bhadgaon offers comfortable accommodation with free Wi-Fi,  restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, kettle, bidet, hairdryer and desk. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning.

Sapana Village Lodge or similar

Please note we will stay in this hotel or similar.

The Sapana Lodge is beautifully situated close by Sapana village with views out across grassy plains. It is built in traditional style with chalet type accommodation in cottages around the grounds. There is plenty of outdoor seating areas. The restaurant overlooks the local river. Look out for kingfishers fishing from the footbridge. The rooms are beautifully appointed with individual murals on the walls, each room has a personal touch. Please read through the inspirational story owner Dhurba Giri on the hotel website. When you meet him ask about his elephants! It makes a good story.

Hotel Barahi or similar

Please note we will stay in this hotel or similar.

The Barahi Hotel is situated in the Lakeside area of Pokhara. All rooms feature balconies and offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minibars, safe and tea & coffeemaking facilities. A breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant or outdoor terrace. Other amenities include a cafe and an outdoor pool with a poolside bar.

The Durbar Himalaya Classic Hotel or similar

Please note we will stay in this hotel or similar.

The Durbar Himalaya is a lovely hotel recently built in traditional Nepali style with plenty of wood carving. Rooms are spacious and come with fridges, TV, air conditioning and ceiling fans. The viewpoint on the far side of the football pitch at the front of the hotel is a great place to watch the sun rise across the Himalaya.

Hotel Manaslu or similar

Please note we will stay in this hotel or similar.

Designed with restored wood-carved pillars and windows, plus pieces by local artisans, the Hotel Manaslu is set in leafy grounds. It is a 15 min walk from the main tourist hub in Thamel.  Decorated in the Newari style, refined rooms have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Breakfast is served in an ornate restaurant offering international fare. There’s an open-air cafe, warm lobby lounge, terrace, courtyard and an outdoor pool with traditional stone carvings.


Green Park Chitwan

Green Park Chitwan is located in Chitwan on the banks of the Rapti River,. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this resort. Comfortable spacious rooms offer flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar and electric kettle. Private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include a seating area and satellite channels. The in-house restaurant serves Indian, Nepali, Chinese and Continental dishes.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for snacks and drinks is £5-£10 per person per day. This is a full board tour so no need to account for lunches.

Currency in Nepal

Nepalese Rupee.
It is probably most convenient to chnage money in the hotel on arrival in Kathmandu. The rates will not be the best but perhaps the convenience outweighs the cost.  There is also a money-changing booth at the airport before immigration which offers reasonable rates. Money can also be changed on the first day's sightseeing.

Sterling cash is freely exchangeable, as are US dollars and euro. It is now becoming possible to change money whilst on the trek, please discuss with your RWH Travel leader. Change is in short supply in the mountains so bring rupees in small denomination notes from the cities. Many hotels accept credit cards, check locally. There are ATM machines in towns and cities.

Nepalese Rupees can only be purchased once in Nepal and the export of Nepalese currency is illegal. You should remember to keep all exchange receipts as if you have any rupees left over when you get to Kathmandu Airport, you can change back up to 15% of the total amount you have changed during the holiday.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Kathmandu with a stop en route. The transfer from the airport to our Kathmandu hotel is by road and takes approx. 30 mins.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for Nepal

A passport is required plus a Nepalese entry visa for holders of British passports visiting Nepal. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Holders of non-British passports should check with the Nepalese Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding visa requirements. Visas are also obtainable from the Nepalese embassy in London before you travel. They can be obtained by post or personal visit. The cost of the visa at present is £25.

For details of obtaining visas in London please consult the Nepalese embassy website:

Embassy of Nepal
Tel: +44 (0)207 229 1594
12A Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QU
E-mail: eon@nepembassy.org.uk
Web: https://uk.nepalembassy.gov.np/visa/

The visa procedure has recently (August 2023) been updated. Please consult the above weblink for the latest details. For the address in Nepal please use the first hotel you stay in in Nepal.

Entry visas may be issued at the airport on arrival in Nepal, however this option involves excessive waiting, delaying yourself and fellow party members. The visa issued is the same as the one you obtain in the UK. It can make passing through immigration at Kathmandu Airport stressful and time consuming if you do not have a visa. A passport size photograph and the correct amount of cash are required for the visa on arrival. 

Meals

All meals are provided throughout the holiday starting with dinner on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 14. Vegetarians are easily catered for in hotels and tea huts. In hotels breakfasts will be buffet style with plenty of choice. Dinners are commonly buffet as well with choices of meat and vegetable dishes to suit every taste. 

In the mountains the food has a lot in common with Tibetan cuisine whilst in the foothills Indian influence is stronger. The staple of Nepali food is is dahl bhaat, a lentil stew served with rice. It is typically served up on a plate with green veg, relish and a meat dish (if required) possibly goat or buffalo but never beef. You will be offered it everywhere in large quantities. Momos will also appear on menus as starters, again in various flavours. Coffee is becoming common in Nepal with flat whites and the like available to those who feel they can't do without. Foreign wines are available at western prices but the local beers are generally good and reasonably priced. Perhaps they taste at their best after hiking up a mountain.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Free Water to Go Bottle

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles. We have included a bottle for everyone who books on this trip to avoid the use of single use plastic bottles. Normally these bottles will be handed out on arrival in country. Please use this water bottle any time you drink un-bottled water. This will go a long way to help avoiding any issues with sickness.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Nepal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Nepal. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisation is recommended. You might also like to consider immunisation against Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. Dengue fever exists in Nepal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Holiday Specific Health Advice

You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The itinerary involves much travelling, early mornings and the walking will be up to Grade 6 standard. Travel days on the holiday can take a long time given Nepal's infrastructure. All journeys over 2 hours will include stops for refreshment.

Air Pollution

Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.

High Altitude

Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m. 

Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Nepal

  • Capital

    Kathmandu

  • Currency

    Nepalese Rupee

  • Language

    Nepali

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:45

  • Flight duration

    9hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 24mm

  • March

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 31mm

  • April

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

  • June

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 244mm

  • July

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 424mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 337mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 238mm

  • October

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • November

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • December

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

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