Hike, bike and kayak vacation in Nepal

“A 12 day adventure vacation in the Himalayas, perfect for people who don’t want to be trekking throughout. Mountain bikes, rafting and yoga all part of the mix. Stay at a mix of camps and homestays. ”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Mountain biking in Northern Kathmandu Valley | Mudkhu Pass | Rafting and camping on Trisuli River | Pokhara | Lowang | Gurung villages | Himalayan homestays | Views of Annapurna Range | Dhampus | Trek to Ghattekhola or Phedi | Yoga

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your inquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Hike, bike and kayak vacation in Nepal

Environment

Nepal is gifted with spectacular natural beauty, and aside from high up in the Himalayas the diversity of the wildlife here is amazing. In recognition of this biodiversity the Nepalese government has established a network of 19 protected areas from 1973, consisting of ten national parks, three wildlife reserves and six conservation areas. This trip is run entirely by our Destination Management Company in Nepal (DMC) and their initiatives and projects help to safeguard these places. Our DMC also works closely with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect the native fauna and support the locals who rely on jungle produce.

We strive to use more eco-friendly accommodation. For instance, we prefer to stay in tea-houses that use alternative cooking fuels to firewood. We spend a night at the Hotel Moon Light because it encourages recycling on the premises. The hotel also sells Beni Handicrafts, which uses the motto: “giving Kathmandu’s rubbish a new life”. All the recycled products are made by women forced to move from the outlying hill districts into the city. They collect all manner of wrappers from the streets of Kathmandu, as well as inner tubes, old silk sarees, synthetic rice bags and more. These are then sorted, washed and dried before being turned into attractive and functional products.

As this trip includes rafting, our leader will inform travelers about the importance of water and how the Trishuli River is becoming polluted due to human impact. During this activity our passengers will also be able to gain an understanding of our suppliers’ efforts to control water contamination.
Our leader will encourage travelers to refill their water bottles from the local tap and then using water purifiers. Our suppliers are also asked to provide passengers with a jug of clean drinking water for their rooms instead of bottled water.

Cycling and rafting are considered two of the eco-friendliest methods of transport. Where we need to use a vehicle, we will try to use public transport and will only travel by private transfer when safety is a concern.

On this trip we use a local supplier who we educate and train on our commitment to responsible business, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as smaller footprint as possible. For example, leaders will manage rubbish collection during the trek and will interact with locals to help maintain hygiene and sanitation in the area.

Community

Our porters will only carry a maximum of 20kg of passenger luggage during the trek, which sets a good example for other operators to follow.
We pay our local crew members good wages and they all receive the necessities they’re entitled to according to local law.

Our DMC has been directly and indirectly campaigning to stop malpractice in the trekking industry. By opting for human porters over domestic animals like donkeys, yaks and jokpos when transporting passengers’ luggage despite it being a more expensive option. However, by using porters we’re helping to create jobs for young Nepalese locals who are then positively impacted by the presence of tourists in the area.

Our leaders are trained in cross-cultural relationships and will inform their respective groups about the local community and their expectations during the pre-departure meeting.

Our entire crew are also locally employed and can therefore provide an opportunity for our passengers to really get to know the local culture in depth.
For instance, our foundation has provided solar power and a water treatment plant with the help of the WWF, helping to improve the livelihood of the locals living near the Langtang conservation area. This project has been really successful and so our foundation is looking to replicate it to help the locals of Chitwan, living close to Ayodhyapuri Village development community.

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