Richard Frost review 6 Apr 2016
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Pokhara, seeing the mountains on a clear day and the chance to go paragliding for the first time. This was extra but worthwhile!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for long car rides. Many of the roads are under construction (probably still damaged from the earthquake) so journeys can be long. Pokhara to Kathmandu was around 8 hours - also partly due to abysmal traffic jams on the road in the capital.
Kathmandu is very dry and dusty so you will get quite dirty - bring (or buy) a face mask
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Most of the trip was to well known tourist places so I guess we were giving the local community some much needed income after tourism numbers plummeted after the earthquake. We did try and eat locally where possible.
There is only the option of flying rather than car driving around the major tourist
towns - and Nepalese airlines don't have the best safety record!
I was concerned a bit by the elephant safari in Chitwan (even though Responsible Travel give the green light to it). Our mahout treated the elephant well but I saw other being hit quite hard. I love elephants so the visit to the elephant sanctuary left me a little disheartened. Many elephants chained by their legs restricting movement is quite painful to see.
The canoe safari, whitewater rafting, boat riding were all supporting local
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Despite the long journeys I did thoroughly enjoy Nepal and would like to go back to see more and do more trekking. The tour company were very good in communication and responsiveness when we got there. I felt that our safety and enjoyment was their main priority.
Read the operator's response here:
Responsible Travel has reluctantly taken the decision to make an exception to our “no rides” policy. In some national parks, particularly in India and Nepal, elephant back safaris allow visitors to observe highly endangered species including tiger and rhino
You can read more about this in our elephant conservation guided here: