Nepal Tours, Treks, and Adventures

Himalayas Hiking Adventure Tours v4

Discover the home of the highest mountains and the friendliest locals in the world on our guided Nepal tours

Geographically compact, the breathtaking mountain views and rich culture make Nepal feel much more extensive. It’s a place where white peaks reach the sky, yaks carry necessities to tiny villages, and monks meditate in monasteries deep in the mountains. Our Nepal tours focus on trekking to explore the world’s most dramatic landscapes while also stopping by important temples and bustling markets. Whether lacing up your hiking boots for another day on the trail or strolling through a medieval city square in Kathmandu, Nepal is worth the many lay-overs it might take to get there.

Nepal Tours and Trips

Himalayas

Everest Base Camp Trek

4.74

  • Duration 19 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 5 
    • Activity Level 5

      The Upper Limit

      I'm ready to put in the hard work to reap the rewards. I'm a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.

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We invite you to join us for one of our most incredible journeys, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to reach Everest Base Camp. Join our Kiwi and Nepalese guides on an itinerary that will give you plenty of time to acclimatise and enjoy the customs and culture of Nepal.

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

Himalayas

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

4.62

  • Duration 14 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Throughout your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you'll hike up the glacial Modi Khola River gorge, pass through tiny Gurung settlements and into an alpine area that will take your breath away. Upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp, you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views of mountains all around you.

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

Himalayas

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

4.78

  • Duration 14 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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On this 14-day Everest Lodge to Lodge trek, you'll hike up Khumbu valley towards Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Everest and Ama Dablam, while avoiding higher altitudes. We'll explore the fertile valleys, get stunning views of Everest, and meet the beautiful local people.

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

Himalayas

Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure

4.4

  • Duration 12 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Over the course of this eye-opening twelve day adventure we’ll get to know the beautiful and generous Tamang people of rural Nepal, then cross over into Bhutan to explore numerous other sacred sites of significance to the Buddhist religion, such as Tiger's Nest.

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

Himalayas

Kathmandu Valley Adventure

4.4

  • Duration 5 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 1 
    • Activity Level 1

      What's The Rush?

      I'm active and in decent shape and not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I'm happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.

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We've used our years of experience venturing in Nepal to craft this short but encompassing 5-day trip. You'll explore the diverse Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, wander Patan Kingdom, the 'city of beauty', and watch the sunset over the Himalayas from Mystic Mountain Resort.

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

What Our Guests Say About Their Nepal Adventures

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- July 2020

Annapurna

"Beautiful country and great guides. read more

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4 Stars (280 reviews)

Jo, United States

- June 2020

Snow Leopard roars!

"This was the inaugural Snow Leopard trip, so as with any new venture there were… read more

"This was the inaugural Snow Leopard trip, so as with any new venture there were a few hiccups and rough spots along the way--but not to worry! Trip guide Dan and his country guides Arjun and Gangchu took everything in stride and made adjustments on the fly, creating a seamless and engrossing experience. The scenery was breathtaking, of course, but just as memorable was the variety of cultural experiences to which we were introduced, from remote villages reached only by rutted dirt roads to the dusty confusion of Kathmandu, hot stone baths, ethnic dancing, more temples and stupas than could be counted and a never-to-be forgotten introduction to the Divine Madman and his iconography. Our lodging ran the gamut from guilt-inducing luxury in Kathmandu to more modest but still quite comfortable guest houses in Bhutan, the food was predominantly vegetarian and mostly unexceptional but satisfying, and the company--guides, fellow travelers and hosts--warm and welcoming. read less

4 Stars (5 reviews)

Andrew, United States

- April 2020

Mission accomplished!

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5 Stars (266 reviews)

Robyn, United States

- April 2020

I reached Everest Base Camp and then conquered Kala Pattar. On to summit Everest?

"This trip was an important milestone in my life because I learned that I'm much… read more

"This trip was an important milestone in my life because I learned that I'm much tougher and in better shape than I thought I was. I won't sugar coat this---it's a physically and mentally challenging journey, but Mel and Shree couldn't have done a better job motivating us, caring about us, guiding us, and encouraging us. The trip in its entirety was very well-planned and well-executed, and the little perks (gumdrop and cookie breaks) were fantastic. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention how wonderful the porters were. I highly recommend this trip and Active Adventures and look forward to my next adventure. read less

5 Stars (266 reviews)

Ali, United States

- April 2020

Excellence during Global Crisis

"The EBC trek was amazing...unfortunately, Covid-19 took off while we were on the trail and… read more

"The EBC trek was amazing...unfortunately, Covid-19 took off while we were on the trail and AA made the right decision to cut our trek short on Day 6 so that we could all get home safely.

The trip itself was AMAZING! ALL of our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the culture, wildlife and geography of Nepal and are passionate about the people and environment there. We didn't miss a thing as they took us to all the best vantage points to view every breathtaking scene. All the food was delicious and the tea houses were comfy and clean.

With the Covid-19 crisis, the whole team, our guides and the back office, worked hard to rearrange our flights back to Kathmandu and to help us with our flights home to make sure we all got out safely. When other trekkers were still going up, they made the RIGHT decision to get us home, despite the financial cost to themselves. They also took efforts to help the Nepali guides and porters who were losing their employment for the year due to the virus.

THIS IS THE TYPE OF COMPANY THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO WORK WITH BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING OUT FOR PEOPLE! I will always choose them for my tours in the future read less

5 Stars (266 reviews)

Laura, United States

- March 2020

From the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu to the serenity of Bhutan we loved it all.

"We had some extra time in Kathmandu to explore and experience a food tour which… read more

"We had some extra time in Kathmandu to explore and experience a food tour which was great. The itinerary, guides, food, and accommodations were great. The food at the farm house in Bhutan was amazing. The misty morning hike to the Tiger's Nest, clearing as we arrived, was spiritual. The views of the Himalaya on a clear day during our return flight to Nepal were spectacular. The extra luxury of the Marriott in Kathmandu was a treat and so was the evening of dancing at another farm house. Gangchu our guide in Bhutan made our tours and hikes enjoyable and informative as did our guides in Nepal and Dan our leader. The drivers and vehicles were excellent. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)

Scott, United States

- December 2019

A journey filled with gratitude, awareness and happiness

"From the moment my Father and I met with our lead guide, Dan, we felt… read more

"From the moment my Father and I met with our lead guide, Dan, we felt absolute connection and excitement. Dan and the support team shared so many invaluable lessons that came from the Nepalese people and land. I felt cared for when I became ill (sinus infection) at about 12K feet and with that assistance I felt strong enough physically and mentally when the morning came to hike to the top of Kala Patthar. The entire journey enriched my life dramatically and I greatly look forward to returning to Nepal with Active Adventures. read less

5 Stars (266 reviews)

Layne, United States

- December 2019

Karen, Canada

"Koru and Shree were amazing! Koru has an amazing personality and made us feel… read more

"Koru and Shree were amazing! Koru has an amazing personality and made us feel like close friends. We enjoyed our dinner conversations with him, learning about the Himalayas but also about New Zealand. He even partook in learning some new Canadian card games with us in the evenings. He has a pleasant,caring, genuine personality and we would love to have him as our guide again.
Shree was fun as well as a wealth of knowledge of Nepal culture, politics, traditions as well as patiently and repeatedly told us the names and spellings of all the mountains. Both Shree and Koru guided us to the best deals for quality items in both Pokhara and Kathmandu. Shree organized great tours of Kathmandu.
Our porters were also very polite, attentive and fun. We had a night of dancing to native music where everyone joined in the fun. These guys went out of their way to make our trip memorable. read less

5 Stars (280 reviews)

Karen, Canada

- December 2019

Trip of a Lifetime

"This trip has been on my bucket list for awhile. I couldn’t have asked for… read more

"This trip has been on my bucket list for awhile. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Our guides were fabulous, our porters extremely helpful and everyone always had a smile on their faces. The views were stunning! We were looked after from the time we arrived until the time we left Kathmandu. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. read less

5 Stars (280 reviews)

Barb, Canada

- November 2019

awesome and inspiring

"Loved this trek! DK, our guide was wonderful. I really felt that he would… read more

"Loved this trek! DK, our guide was wonderful. I really felt that he would get us through any hardships that we might encounter on our journey - his connection the porters was extraordinary and i loved the fact that he was able to communicate with them in their own language. Due to his language abilities and his relationship with his team members, we were able to gather a much deeper appreciation of the culture than we might otherwise have experienced.
This was my second trip to nepal and second annapurna trek and this trip was so superior to my first journey (which was not associated with active adventures) I came away from this adventure with a much deeper appreciation of the nepalese people and the himalayan mountain range. I can't wait to take another active adventures trip! read less

5 Stars (280 reviews)

Marilyn, United States

- November 2019

Life Confirming

"Nepal and the Himalayas … how to describe this trip? Kathmandu- chaotic, but zen.… read more

"Nepal and the Himalayas … how to describe this trip? Kathmandu- chaotic, but zen. Third world with a twist. Lukla- quite the airport, both arrival and departure. Khumbu trek- a road of stones and stairs, animals, and people, dust, exotic smells, noise at all levels, but calm. As you trek and enter nature it all becomes part of you. Truly an experience of being one with the earth and all of her sentient beings. I found myself chanting and crying as I viewed Everest and the sister mountains. I trembled at my first of 12 suspension bridge s and overcame my fear by bridge # 10. The Nepalese are wonderful and welcoming; children's laughter and song always present somewhere. For me, this trip exceeded my expectations and has won its place to the top of my favorite trips list. Thank you to the wonderful guides- knowledgable and caring. Thank you to active adventures- always a pleasure to see what you have created. read less

5 Stars (58 reviews)

Genie, United States

- November 2019

Beyond Amazing

"I really did not know what to expect when this trip was booked other than… read more

"I really did not know what to expect when this trip was booked other than having the chance to see Nepal and trek the Himalayas. There was no way to anticipate what it was really like when we there from the moment we arrived in Kathmandu and experienced the traffic on the way from the airport to the hotel, to the heartstopping landing at Lukla airport, to seeing the mountains for the first time, to the actual trekking through the mountains, valleys and villages. There is something powerfully overwhelming and awe inspiring being among the steep peaks and deep river valleys in an area of the world where life has gone on and people have learned so survive for what seems forever. The trek and the adjustment to the Nepalese diet was, at times, demanding, but every day was worthwhile. There was something deeply moving and transformational about this trek compared to other outdoor adventures. Perhaps it is the holy mountains or the deeply spiritual nature that is everywhere on display walking among stupas, prayer flags and stones carved or painted with Sanskrit that makes Nepal and the trek so extraordinary. Even after almost two weeks back, I can still feel the energy of this trip in every moment. read less

5 Stars (58 reviews)

Larry, United States

- November 2019

The Amazing Nepal

"First time in Nepal, my partner has been there 4 times. I was overwhelmed when… read more

"First time in Nepal, my partner has been there 4 times. I was overwhelmed when arrived in Kathmandu, starting at the airport, traffic, noise! After a night sleep we ventured out and it was so beautiful to see this chaotic city, where everyone knows which one is going left, right or crossing without any accidents. I loved the beautiful colors worn by the women. It was great walking around Durbar Square and see temples and pagodas. We visited also Pashupatinath, we were happy to witness the cremations and Bhaktapur, the old city full of wooden curvings, temples and no traffic. On our flight to Luckla it was great to see the countryside with terraces and the steep valleys. In Luckla it was like we stepped in a different world. Our trek was perfect for my physical strength and I enjoyed walking and seeing the Himalayas, especially when I was able to see them all above Namche Bazar on our way to Khumjung. Elder and Gokool were always friendly and knowledgeable about the surroundings, mountains and customs. On this trip I though about my mother a lot (she passed away in March), she was from the mountains in Italy and it brought back memories of my childhood living in the mountain where there was no roads and cars. I loved the food and enjoyed the drinking tea wherever we stopped. I am hoping to go back one day not too far in the future. read less

5 Stars (58 reviews)

Gilda, Australia

- November 2019

E.B.C. trek oct. 21 - nov. 8

"When I hit day 5 it became apparent to me that this was going… read more

"When I hit day 5 it became apparent to me that this was going to a very challenging trek ! Although with Koru's and Shree's encouragement, very positive attitude (and Shree & Koru's singing) I gained more and more strength as each day went on. Then the day came when we reached base camp - WOW !!! The overall feeling of elation, accomplishment and self confidence that will be with me forever cannot be described. I can't begin to thank Koru, Shree & the porters enough - well done Active !!! read less

5 Stars (266 reviews)

Bob, United States

- November 2019

Khumbu Trek

"Good weather, great environment, and great leaders. Good group and a good challenge without going… read more

"Good weather, great environment, and great leaders. Good group and a good challenge without going to the extreme.
My 5th time in Nepal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. read less

4 Stars (58 reviews)

Rudi, Australia

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Adventure Tour

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Where you plan to go may determine the best time to visit Nepal. With the highest mountains in the world, elevation and rain shadows play a big part in the climate of each area. Luckily you can find a trek suitable for almost anytime of the year. For trekking to the Everest Base camp or Annapurna Trek, consider visiting in the winter (mid-January to mid-March), spring (mid-March to mid-May), or autumn (mid-September to mid-November). However, the Mustang region is great to explore during the monsoon season (mid-July to mid-September). And any of the lower elevation areas can be hiked in pre-winter (mid-November to mid-January).

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a trekker’s paradise with access to the Himalayan mountains, sacred sites, and charming villages where you can watch the sunset with a warm slice of pie. Mountain “teahouse” lodges bring a new comfort level as you head into the mountains and disconnect from the outside world. With knowledgeable guides, endless views, and welcoming culture, trekking in Nepal is simply unforgettable.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest has crossed the mind of every adventurer we know, and visiting the Everest Base Camp is an impactful way to knock it off your bucket list. On the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will hike through friendly Sherpa villages and past the world’s highest marketplace. Seeing the tallest mountain in the world for the first time, finally coming into camp, and celebrating at high altitudes will be something you’ll never forget.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

What’s better than 360-degree views of mountains in the Himalayas at the Annapurna Base Camp and Machapuchare (Fish Tail)? Not much, but perhaps the journey to get there. On the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you’ll make your way through a scenic glacial gorge, tiny Gurung settlements, and experience the deafening silence of the mesmerizing amphitheatre.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Adventure Tour

Best Places to Visit in Nepal

Embark on an Adventure to Everest

The trek to Everest starts above the treeline, and the staggering alpine vistas only increase as you get closer to the world’s highest peak. Although challenging, the journey is also delightful as you utilize acclimatization downtime to explore villages along the way and embrace Sherpa culture. Reaching Everest Base Camp is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and getting to explore Everest along the way is all bonus!

 

Trekking Annapurna

With jaw-dropping mountain vistas and landscapes, it’s surprising that the Annapurna region is still one of the quieter trails in Nepal. The sanctuary you pass through includes lush meadows, ancient jungles, and a greater connection to local culture. Challenging at times with high altitude and unpredictable weather, most people would say Annapurna is well worth the effort with a little taste of everything Nepal offers.

Discover Kathmandu Valley

Located in a bowl-shaped valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the Kathmandu Valley has a little bit of everything, including Nepal’s capital city with the same name. Kathmandu is a crossroads between China, India, and Europe. You can explore influences in everything from the cuisine to the religion while taking on a unique charm of its own. Not interested in the hustle and bustle? It’s easy to explore areas outside the city from small villages, terraced fields, and national parks with subtropical to temperate environments.

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Keeping you Safe: COVID-19 Safety Measures

We believe our small group, off-the-beaten-track adventures are the safest way to travel. To keep you, your fellow travellers, our guides and the communities we travel in safe, all adults over the age of 12 (i.e. 13 years and above) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To keep you healthy during your trip, we follow all ATTA, WTTC, Qualmark and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) health and safety guidelines, as acknowledged by their stamps.

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FAQs about Visiting Nepal

Is Nepal a safe place to visit?

Yes! People in Nepal have a strong belief that guests are equal to God, so all visitors can expect the warmest of welcomes. This also means that Nepal is very safe place to travel and the crime rate is very low. The only real concern to a traveller is petty theft, so we recommend taking the same common sense precautions you would in any other city. Don't bring valuable things with you unless necessary for your trip. Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch under your clothes. Lock your bags and luggage and leave valuable items you don’t need for the day (e.g. passports and credit cards) in the hotel safe.

 

How safe is a trip in the Himalaya mountains?

Safety is a priority on all our trips, though understandably it's a question we field more frequently when it comes to the Himalaya region. Here are some of the key steps we've taken to ensure your safety whilst trekking in this incredible region:

  • We select experienced Active Adventures guides who've already completed comprehensive training (with us) in New Zealand, and have seasons under their belt.
  • Our guides work as a team alongside Nepali guides and porters, ensuring an excellent mix of maturity, leadership and local knowledge.
  • We limit group sizes to 10-12 to ensure a high guide to guest ratio.
  • In addition to Outdoors First Aid training, our guides are also skilled to identify symptoms of high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). In addition to the medication that you may be carrying with you, we also have access to oxygen and a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) at certain parts of the trail.
  • We do our very best to match our travellers to the appropriate trips. Our aim is to inspire and challenge you, so finding that balance of effort vs reward is at the heart of what we do. So, on trips such as this one, before you even arrive we will have asked you a series of questions to determine if this trip is appropriate, as well as providing comprehensive gear lists and training plans.
  • Our guides carry satellite phones.
  • We provide a high quality super-down jacket, 4 season sleeping bag and hiking poles free of charge, to ensure all trekkers have the appropriate essential equipment. These are selectable through our online booking information process

Is food expensive in Nepal?

The average cost of food in Nepal is 750-1000NPR (US$8-10) per day per person. A meal in a regular restaurant is roughly 250 NPR, a coffee will cost roughly 126 NPR (US$1) and a can of beer about 300-400 NPR (US$2.50-3.30)

What is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal is between September and December, festival season! The rains have eased off significantly, and autumn (mid-September to mid-November) is a time for celebration in the predominantly Hindu country of Nepal, as well as having the best day time temperatures. Spring (mid-March to mid-May) in Nepal is also a great time to travel there , and is characterised by the striking colours of blooming rhododendrons in the valleys, gardens, and hills.

What if I'm a solo female traveller?

Nepal is a safe country for all travellers, including women, however, women should still be cautious. Some Nepali men may have peculiar ideas about the morality of Western women, given Nepali men's exposure to Western films portraying 'immodest' clothing and holiday flings with locals. Avoid unwanted attention by dressing modestly; a good rule in Asian countries is cover your body from your elbows to below your knees. This means wearing clothes that cover the shoulders (no singlets) and thighs (no shorts) - take your cue from the local people if you need to gauge what's acceptable. You might find that a long skirt or sarong is very useful when visiting sacred sites.

Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?

Yes, everyone visiting Nepal (except those with an Indian passport) will need to apply for an entry visa upon arrival in Kathmandu. You will be issued with an application form either on your flight, or at the airport when you arrive. There is often a queue at the airport in Kathmandu as immigration officials check through passports for previous visas, so get in the queue quickly and prepare for a bit of a wait. You’ll need US$25 cash (for up to 15 days) or US$40 cash (for up to 30 days), a passport that’s valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Nepal, and 2 passport photos for your visa application to get a multiple entry visa.

Do I need any immunisations to travel to Nepal?

Nepal does not officially require any immunisations for entry into the country, but the further off the beaten track you go, the more necessary it is to take precautions. Travellers who have come from an area infected with yellow fever are required to be vaccinated before entering the country. For our trips to Nepal (less than a month long) we recommend getting vaccinated against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio (infectious hepatitis) and Tetanus. These are our guidelines only and you’ll need to check with your local travel clinic for the latest advice. We also recommend recording all vaccinations on an International Health Certificate, available from a doctor or government health department.

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is accepted in Nepal (and appreciated!). Your loose change (or 5%) is fine in cheaper places; around 10% in more expensive restaurants. Round up the fare for taxi drivers. Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides at the end of an awesome trip. Up to US$100 each for your Active Adventures trip leader and Nepali leader and up to US$100 (10,000 Nepali rupees) to be shared amongst your Nepali porter team seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too. Tips are gratefully accepted in either their local currency or US dollars.

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Nepal?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Himalayas trips?

Accommodation

All accommodation on your trip is provided in Kathmandu and on your trek, so you don't need to worry about a thing. You'll stay in a local Guesthouse in Kathmandu run by our operating partners. When you're out trekking you'll stay in guest houses also known as 'tea houses', with shared bathroom facilities. They are fairly basic by western standards but the location, views and warm Nepalese hospitality make it all part of a wonderful adventure. There is always an area to socialise with your fellow travellers and eat, drink, relax, read and rest your feet after another amazing day in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Meals

All your meals are provided apart from on your free days when we find most people enjoy checking out the variety of things on offer in the bigger towns. On your trek you'll eat in the local hotels (known as tea houses) with the main dish on offer being 'dhal bhat' a sturdy meal of lentils and rice that will set you up well for your day of hiking. If this doesn't take your fancy there is plenty of choice on the menu from chapatis, curry, rice, potatoes and even pizzas in some places! We recommend avoiding meat in Nepal and sticking to vegetarian fare so as to avoid any stomach upsets that may impact your experience.

Transport

You're mostly using the trusty transport of your own two feet in Nepal. There aren't too many roads in the Himalayas! You'll be using local trade routes and come across many local people selling their wares along the way, delivering goods by foot to businesses further up the mountains and travelling to visit their families. To get to the trek starting point we travel by plane to Lukla for the 'EBC' Everest Base Camp and Khumbu treks, by plane to Pokhara and on to Jomsom for the Mustang trek, and by plane to Pokhara and then bus to the 'AST' Annapurna Sanctuary trek.

Guides

You will be accompanied on your trek by an Active Adventures guide and a local team of guides and porters. They will work closely together to ensure your trip is special, fun, hassle free, safe and successful. From organising your lodgings each night to carrying your gear, this is a team you couldn't do without. They are used to working together, have a great team bond and are always looking for ways to make your trip special. They will keep you entertained, motivated and happy, even on the most challenging days. We are extremely proud of our guiding team in Nepal and the way they work together, and we look forward to you meeting them on your adventure.

How many people are there on each of our Nepal trips?

We take up to 10 people on each Everest Base Camp Trek, and 12 on our other Himalayas trips. All our trips have an excellent guide leading the way along with a team of porters. We have found that our trips tend to attract people with fairly similar interests and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What rooming is provided on your Nepal trips?

Our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate (two people per room), and in the tea houses we will endeavour to place you in rooms of two people. However on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek ‘AST’ there are regulations which restrict the number of tea houses and rooms that are allowed to be built above the town on Chhomrong. For this reason, there is limited space and during peak season expect to be sharing with fellow Active Adventures group members where there will be four to six people sharing a room.
Some of the main lodges and hotels have a double bed option for couples, though the tea houses are usually twin share beds only, and some tea-houses may have bathrooms down the hall from your room or a few metres away from the main building.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We don’t believe in charging you extra for travelling alone and we have lots of single travellers on our trips. There’s no forced single supplement if you don’t mind sharing a room (you might even get a room to yourself sometimes). If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room.

If your trip uses lodges and tea houses that are either twin share, or sometimes even more people sharing, then the upgrade cost will reflect this.

How much luggage can I bring on the Nepal trip?

You'll need one medium sized piece of luggage and a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days on the trails. 

In Kathmandu we'll give you an Active Adventures Himalayas porter bag of around 50L of space for your sleeping gear and teahouse clothing. Your main bag will then be left in the hotel in Kathmandu in secure storage with anything you need at the end of your trip. Your daypack should be big enough to fit your rain gear, camera, water bottles/hydration system, and anything else you need during the day while you're hiking.

What kind of clothing should I be packing for my trip to Nepal?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

You will need proper hiking boots - trail shoes are not good enough. We'll be taking you to some awesome places where you'll be hiking over a variety of terrain, therefore your boots should have full ankle support and a stiff sole with a high profile tread. It's also important that whichever footwear you decide to bring that it's well broken-in and waterproofed before you come down. If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Nepal?

The staple food of Nepalese people is "daal, bhaat, tarkari" (lentil soup or curried vegetables with rice) and this hearty meal is something that you’ll certainly enjoy whilst out on the trails. The food in Nepal is healthy and nutritious, with things like lentils, potatoes, rice and vegetables making up the most basic meals. The restaurants in Kathmandu are varied and plentiful - you’ll find various restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian and all sorts!

 

What if I need a special diet?

We can deal with all sorts of different diets during main meals, like…

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, but eat fish) • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

We recommend everyone sticks to vegetarian fare (even if you’re not usually vegetarian!) for the duration of your trekking trip to avoid any stomach upsets. Your guides will let you know if there’s anywhere in particular to avoid meat.

Also if you have a sensitivity to dairy or gluten, and you have a favourite snack or brand of snack which suits you at home, we suggest you bring some along. There are meal options for you and a plenitude of food however gluten/ dairy free biscuits, chocolate and muesli bars are hard to come by. Some long-life probiotics might be handy to bring along too (ones that don’t require to be kept in the fridge only!) to take one each day you’re away – this may help your stomach and is good in places when you cannot have yoghurt.
Bring alcohol-based hand wash, and wash your hands constantly to avoid stomach upsets. Your guide will also provide soap to properly wash hands at each stop.

There are a few local customs to be aware of with regard to food and meals in Nepal:

  • Always use your right hand for eating and handling food. The left hand is considered dirty, so don’t use it to eat or pass food to other people.
  • It’s important not to touch another person’s food.

Can I drink the water in Nepal?

Being in a tropical environment and not treated by the government, the water in Nepal contains different bacteria to what we’re used to at home. We highly recommend you to not drink it or use it for brushing teeth, even in Kathmandu. Use treated water at all times. This also applies if you’re travelling through a developing country on your way to Nepal.
Plastic bottles are causing a huge environmental impact in Nepal, with plastic bottles littering some of the highest and most stunning places in the Himalayas. We’re sure you’ll agree with us that this is heart-breaking to see, so please use treated water rather than buying plastic bottles, or reuse the same bottle. Our purification tabs work perfectly, we’ll provide these for you at your trip briefing, and treated drinking water is provided in the hotels where we stay.

What is the currency in Nepal?

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese rupee - US$1 is worth about 97 Nepalese rupees (at the time of writing). 

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currency?

We recommend you bring a variety of payment options with you to Nepal. US dollars are most easily exchanged, and a Visa Debit ATM card and a credit card should be carried in case of emergency. Nepalese rupees are the standard currency and are hard to sell outside of Nepal.

Cash is the easiest option and most widely accepted form of payment in Nepal. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in some places, with additional transactions fees. Be sure to let your credit card company know you are travelling to these countries. If bringing US dollars to Nepal, bring brand new & good quality notes, the bigger the denomination the better.

Except in Solu Khumbu and on the Annapurna treks, changing foreign money is likely to be very difficult if not impossible, so bring enough money for the whole trek and don't count on being able to change Rs 1000 notes except in Namche Bazaar and Jomsom. Away from major centres, changing a Rs 1000 note can be very difficult, so it is always a good idea to keep a stash of small-denomination notes. Even in Kathmandu, many small businesses - especially rickshaw and taxi drivers - simply don't have enough spare money to allow them the luxury of carrying a wad of change.

We recommend bringing about US$15-30 (or equivalent) cash with you per person, per day. It should be plenty for extra food or drinks, bottled drinking water and to charge up your cameras in the tea houses as well as any souvenirs you would like to buy. Drinks and things tend to get more expensive the higher into the mountains you go, so be prepared for the different prices in different places.

Is altitude a concern in the Himalayas?

Our Nepal treks will take you to higher altitudes, so it’s important to be aware of the causes and risks of altitude sickness, and how we manage them. You’ll be accompanied on your trip by a very experienced guide and we’ll be taking all the recommended (and more!) acclimatisation days to allow you time to get used to the higher elevations. Altitude sickness is something that can occur above 2,400m or 8,000ft and affects everybody differently regardless of fitness (after all no-body is the same). Unless you live somewhere with high elevation, it's difficult to predict how your body will react to the higher altitudes, though there are some things you can do along the way to help you acclimatise.

One of the most important of these is to walk slowly and drink plenty of water – it’s really important that your body stay well hydrated at all times and you never over-exert yourself. Also, eat light meals to make it easy for your body to digest food, avoid coffee and alcohol which dehydrate you and slow your breathing down, take plenty of rests and keep yourself warm at all times. If you are concerned or have any problems, then tell your guide straight away. If you are concerned, chat to your doctor about a prescription for Diamox which is proven to help with altitude. If you need any other information please get in touch – we know the place well and we can give you plenty more specific advice.

Learn more here about dealing with altitude

What time zone is Nepal in?

Nepal Time (NPT) is the time zone for Nepal. It is +5:45 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). 

What types of plugs and voltage do you use in Nepal?

Nepal operates on a 220 volt / 50Hz syetem with round two- and three-pin plugs (C, D and M).

Will we have access to eletricity everywhere we stay?

Electricity is becoming more available throughout the Himalayas, however it’s still unreliable in many places. Local residents here usually have solar chargers they offer to recharge your devices (iPods, cameras, etc.) for around US$5-7 per device, depending on power availability. Some people bring their own solar charger though this is not mandatory. 

Will I have access to the internet and WiFi in Nepal?

Most of the places we go are pretty remote so WiFi is not always available though it is available at the teahouses in Namche Bazaar, Deboche, Periche and Kumjung at a charge ~ around US$5-10 per day. WiFi is also commonly available throughout the Annapurna Valley.
As far as internet access goes, there are internet cafe’s at Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and Khumjung so you should be able to check your email at least once or twice during your trip as well. Phone centre’s are also available at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

What cultural practices should I be aware of?

Nepal has numerous cultural practices that are unusual to foreign visitors, so being aware and following them, when you can, will add so much to the whole experience. In the busier tourist areas, like Kathmandu or Pokhara, there is a high degree of tolerance towards visitors, but when we head further afield and away from these places, you should be sensitive to local customs. For example, shaking hands is not a common form of greeting; instead make a great first impression by pressing the palms together in a prayer-like gesture and saying Namaste (nam-ast-ay).
A few social conventions we recommend to follow are:

  • Women should dress conservatively and keep shoulders and legs covered (a good rule of thumb for Asian countries is have your elbows to knees covered)
  • Permission should be sought before taking photographs, particularly at religious sites
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are not seen as appropriate
  • Footwear should be removed when entering houses, especially kitchens, or shrines
  • Seek permission before entering a temple, and do not take leather articles inside them
  • Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place

What is the weather like in Nepal?

Nepal has a huge variety of weather conditions throughout the year and as a result of having one of the largest mountain ranges in the world its weather can also change very quickly as well. As Nepal sit in the tropical belt and the mountains here are very steep, it means quite often on your trip you’ll experience hot and humid tropical climates right through to sub-zero alpine climates. We recommend you follow the gear list closely and pack for all situations. You may not have to use everything in your bag, but at least you have it just in case.

Any good books or videos about the Himalayas?

There are so many great stories to come out of the Himalayas, probably because the landscape and the people inspire such creativity and adventure. Here is a list, gathered from across the Active Adventures family, of recommended reads:

  • Seven Years in Tibet and the sequel Return to Tibet. Two autobiographical travel books written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer. Seven Years in Tibet is based on Harrer's real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the second world war and the time before the Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded. The book quickly became a best seller and has now sold millions of copies and been made into a movie twice - most recently in 1997, starring Brad Pitt!
  • The Snow Leopard is an account by Peter Mathiessen, of his and George Schaller's 1973 journey to Crystal Mountain, in the Dolpo region on the Tibetan Plateau. They went in search of the extremely rare Snow Leopard that exists only in the high parts of Asia. Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. 
  • A more recent book, Michael Palin's Himalaya accompanies the successful 2004 BBC series. If you're looking for a great coffee table book to help get you inspired, this is it! There are some awesome images by Basil Pao interspersed regularly with Palin's fantastic sense of humour and easy-reading stories. 
  • You can't go past Into Thin Air, by best selling author Jon Krakauer. This is a hair-raising tale of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster when eight climbers were killed and several others were stranded during a rogue storm. Whilst a little more 'extreme' than our Everest Base Camp trek, this book definitely portrays another element to mountaineering in the Himalayas! Since it was published it has raised many questions surrounding the morality and competitive nature of summiting Mt Everest.
  • For those interested in Tibetan Buddhism, The Path to Enlightenment by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is a must read. In 1959 the Communist Chinese Government forced the non-violent Tibetan Buddhist Government into exile. Having spent the majority of his life in India, the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has spent this time advocating for Tibetan's inside and outside of Tibet. Along with defining the Lam Ram, which are the stages on the spiritual path, the Dalai Lama describes the difficulty of attaining Nirvana (full Buddhahood), but urges determination.
  • Sherpas: Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal by James F Fisher is a fascinating snapshot of how tourism and modernisation have affected the traditional way of life of the Sherpa people - both positively and negatively. Fisher first visited the Sherpas of Nepal when he accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary in 1964, to help build school houses. One of the by-products of this new school building was a small airstrip, which dramatically increased tourism to the area.
  • Touching My Father's Soul by Jamling Tensing Norgay offers a great insight into the Sherpa world. Jamling Norgay was a mountaineer in his own right, who was a climbing leader on the ill-fated 1996 Everest IMAX expedition. As well as a first-hand account of the 96' tragedy, this book also tells little known stories of Tenzing's historic climb. 

What kind of things are there to do on my free day in Kathmandu?

There are heaps of activities to enjoy and places to explore in and around Kathmandu, whether you want to experience some of Nepal’s rich culture and history, take some time to relax and reflect upon your time in this amazing country, or keep the adventures coming! If you’re keen to stick to the city, then you could head out and explore the vibrant streets and shops of Thamel, browse for souvenirs and relax with a cheesecake and cup of Nepali tea up on one of the rooftop cafes. Or you can choose to escape the hustle and bustle and soak up the serenity of the Garden of Dreams, just a 2 minute walk from hotels in Thamel and a million miles away from the city. There are also some awesome day trips just a short bus or taxi ride away. Patan is famed for its local arts and craft scene and museum, or you can wander the cobbled streets of Bhaktapur, the country’s best-preserved medieval town. Or head for the hills! Hire a guide and go for a day hike up Nagajun hill!

If you fancy getting a glimpse into the beautiful melting pot of religions in Nepal, visit the spectacular Pashupatinath (Hindu) or Bodhnath (Buddhist) temples, just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Nepal is also famous for being one of the world’s best outdoor adventure destinations, which is one of the main reasons we love it here so much! So if you’re keen to hit that adrenaline high or try something a little different whilst you’re here you’ve got heaps of options to choose from – take to the water and learn to kayak, or go white water rafting on one of Nepal’s mighty rivers; mountain bike in the Kathmandu Valley, bungy jump 160m at the Last Resort, go canyoning and abseil into a waterfall, or hone your climbing skills at the climbing wall in Kathmandu and imagine yourself summiting one of the many famous peaks you’ll have seen along the way!

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.

Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

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