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Discover Nepal
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YOUNG @ HEART (AGE 50 +)

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Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park
14 days
The tour will start in Kathmandu on a Thursday
The tour will end in Kathmandu on a Wednesday, 14 days after your start date
Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport (KTM)
Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport (KTM)
Maximum of 12 pax for projects and 15 pax for trekking
Average age range : 50 - 75
Going Solo? : Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (THU): Arrival - Kathmandu 

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. As today is an arrival day, our team will be busy working between the guesthouse and the airport. This means once you've been picked up and you're checked into the guesthouse, the remainder of the day is free for you to do as you please; catch up on your sleep, check-in on Facebook, gradually meet your fellow adventurers or get out and explore the local area.

This evening we'll all meet up for an early supper to get to know each other.

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DAY 1 (THU): Arrival - Kathmandu 

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. As today is an arrival day, our team will be busy working between the guesthouse and the airport. This means once you've been picked up and you're checked into the guesthouse, the remainder of the day is free for you to do as you please; catch up on your sleep, check-in on Facebook, gradually meet your fellow adventurers or get out and explore the local area.

This evening we'll all meet up for an early supper to get to know each other.

DAY 2 (FRI): Kathmandu

After breakfast, we'll have a Bamboo orientation. Our local team will run through the itinerary and answer any of your questions, give you a few hints and tips on culture, customs and traditions and make sure that you're set to get the most from your time with us.

After we have discussed all we need to, we'll head out for a tour of the fascinating ancient city of Patan.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 3 (SAT): Kathmandu to Pokhara

This morning we drive to Pokhara. On arrival, if time allows and if weather permits, we may have the chance to take a boat across the stunning lake here and hike up the hill to visit the Peace Pagoda; one of the highlights of Pokhara.

In the evening, we'll get together over dinner for a final debrief of what is to come before we split into our trekking and giving-back groups. We'll have you fully prepared and ready for what comes next!

Please see below a summary of the Trekking or Give-Back options. You will only be able to join 1 of these. Please ensure you let our team know which one you would like to do when you book.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAYS 4 - 10 (SUN - SAT)

OPTION 1 - Let's get trekking!

It's time! On the morning of day four, we will drive to Khande, which will take around 45 minutes to begin the incredible trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp in the heart of the Annapurna mountain range.

We will be climbing through jungle, passing local villages and experiencing breathtaking views along the way. We will have plenty of stops during the day, including lunch, and to set up camp each night. Don't worry; you will be accompanied by experienced guides throughout your trek to help you with anything you need.

You will be trekking for approximately 36hrs spread across the six days, starting at around 1800m and reaching the highest altitude of 4450m at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

The trek is a mixture of steep climbs and gentle inclines, make sure you bring suitable footwear and drink enough water throughout each day.

You may be lucky enough to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife, including deer, monkey, and many species of birds that all live in this dense jungle. On the morning of day eight, you will wake early to catch the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas.

After the final bit of trekking on day 10, you will transfer back to Pokhara and meet up with those who have been living in the local village giving back to the community. You'll have an evening of swapping stories, photos and laughs about how your last six days were spent and get ready for the next part of your adventure back together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner*
*Lunch & Dinner are not included on day 10

DAYS 4 - 10 (SUN - SAT)

OPTION 2 - Giving back

Our community-based projects are very much dependant on the needs of the community at the time. We are work with one of the most respected NGOs in Nepal, who have many years and thousands of hours' experience in working in these communities.

You can expect to get your hands dirty in one of the following areas:


1. Classroom and school decoration

2. Essential maintenance work within schools, health posts, communal buildings, and youth clubs

3. Simple health and hygiene projects such as making wash pits, building toilets and water tanks

4. Small community projects, such as trail building and working on a community farm

On day 10, you will transfer back to Pokhara and meet up with those hearty souls who chose the trekking option. You'll have an evening of swapping stories, photos and laughs about how your last six days were spent and get ready for the next part of your adventure back together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner*

*Lunch & Dinner are not included on day 10

DAY 11 (SUN): Pokhara to Chitwan National Park

After an early breakfast, we'll leave Pokhara and head south to Chitwan National Park. On arrival in the national park, we'll have a sightseeing trip - this is an exceptionally stunning area of a country overflowing with stunning views and wildlife.

In the evening, there's a dinner and a 'Tharu' cultural program to welcome you to this area of the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 (MON): Chitwan National Park

Today will be filled with many activities, so make sure you have a hearty breakfast! Canoe trip, jungle walk and jeep safari! This is going to be one of the highlights of your trip to Nepal, so make sure that you and your camera are both fully charged!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13 (TUE): Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu 

After an early breakfast, we'll leave Chitwan for the transfer back to Kathmandu.

All being well, we'll arrive back early afternoon, so there'll be plenty of time to do some final shopping or sightseeing and get yourself looking pretty before we have a final night dinner together at one of Kathmandu's best restaurants. This has to be a night to remember to finish off the most unforgettable team-trip in Nepal.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (WED): Departure - Kathmandu

It's over! There will be time over breakfast to swap phone numbers, emails, and memories before a tidal wave of hugs and hi-5's! It's going to be emotional, but we promise that you'll be completely in awe of every second that you've spent with our team here.

For those of you who need to head back to the airport, we can help you arrange transport. For those sticking around to discover Nepal further, our team will be there to answer any questions that you have and to make sure you're armed with all of the information that you need to go it alone.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • Walking tour of Patan, the ancient city of artisans
  • See the Himalayas with your own two eyes!
  • Get off the beaten track and meet authentic Nepali Communities
  • Relax in the stunning lakeside town of Pokhara
  • Explore the jungles of Chitwan National Park
  • Embrace a beautiful culture
  • Connect with a community at our projects, or trek through the stunning Annapurna mountain range
  • Dig in - eat your Daal Bhat like the locals (with your hands)

Accommodation and Meals

Whilst in Kathmandu, Pokhara Lakeside and Chitwan you will be staying in comfortable guest houses with hot showers, western bathrooms and air-conditioning. Rooms will generally be twin share but occasionally triple or quad shared. Single rooms may be available (subject to availability and pre-booking with payment of a single supplement)

Projects Option: 

For those doing the projects option you will be staying in a traditional homestay living with one of the families in the village. Rooms will be twin sharing with single beds and Nepali style mattresses. Traditional washing facilities and bathrooms will be available. No aircon, hot water or WIFI. It is a very authentic but magical experience. 

Trekking Option:

For those doing the trekking option the housing will be more basic and you will be staying at Tea Houses. You will be sharing a room that will have single beds with hard mattresses and pillows. It is essential you bring a sleeping bag along with you. All housing will have a communal outside toilet. 

INTERNET:

WiFi is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara Lakeside, Chitwan and in some teahouses during the trekking. There is no WIFI during your project time in the village.

LAUNDRY:

You can use the local laundry services that are quick, cheap and good in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Locations

  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp (trekking option only)

What’s Included

All accommodation
All in-country transport
24/7 support from our experienced local guides
All tour activities included in the itinerary
Heaps of meals!
Project donation
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice

FAQ

In short – anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:

International flights – we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel insurance – you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking when you pay your program fee. Please note that if you are doing the trekking option, your insurance must cover you to the highest elevation of the trek and include emergency evacuation.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see section 3 for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport (airport code KTM) on your tour start date. Providing you arrive on this day between the hours of 6am and 8pm, one of the team will be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel in the city. If you arrive before the official start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

Your tour will end on day 14 in Kathmandu so you need to make your departure arrangements from there that day at any time.

Passport holders of several countries can get a visa on arrival into Nepal for approximately USD $35 meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. We recommend you visit the official Nepal Immigration website to get access to the latest and most up to date information on entry requirements: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are some other meals. Any meals not stated in your guide are up to you to purchase, if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat.

Make sure you bring some cash with you to change into the local currency (Nepalese Rupee) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.

You will be invited to a Facebook group before you travel to Nepal where we will share loads of extra information on visas, arrivals and projects.

This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

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1. Pay a deposit today and the remaining balance 120 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments).

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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Nepal is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group. We always recommend that you contact your embassy or consulate to register yourself as in Nepal for your relevant dates.
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