READ Nepal: Kathmandu, Everest & The Annapurnas

Group Tour

14 Days From £5,570

Overview

Nepal is not just about climbing Himalayan peaks, but also about its friendly people and rich environmental diversity. The country rises from 100 feet above sea level to Mt. Everest in less than 100 miles. On this imaginative trip, two weeks door-to-door and perfect for a family, we actually get to see everything, from the jungle to the snow-capped Annapurnas and hopefully even Everest. Along the way, we are hosted by members of the READ ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

13 x Breakfasts
13 x Lunches
12 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibuses, motorised canoe, 4X4 jeeps and domestic flights.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 10

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights x Premium
6 nights x Superior
3 nights x Simple

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Flexible booking conditions regarding transfers and cancellations

ACCOMMODATION

Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will be in hotels, a lodge & a community owned inn when we go to see the Dumje Festival, where guests might be required to share a room. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Book With Confidence

We understand that flexibility is now a key factor when booking a holiday, and we believe our Covid Promise and Covid Viable Test provide that.

We believe these terms and conditions for making a booking are amongst the most generous in the travel industry right now, and we hope they will give you the confidence, when you feel ready, to go ahead and book your next adventure.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

READ Nepal: Kathmandu, Everest & The Annapurnas
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DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN KATHMANDU

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN KATHMANDU

The tour officially starts late morning at our hotel. In the afternoon, time permitting, we will take a walk along Asan Tol, the market street, and visit Durbar Square, followed by a welcome dinner this evening.

Yak & Yeti or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: VISIT SWAYAMBUNTH, PASHUPATINATH & BODHANATH

DAY 2: VISIT SWAYAMBUNTH, PASHUPATINATH & BODHANATH

We will rise early and be picked up by our guide to visit Swayambunath, the lotus temple, at sunrise. At this hour of the morning, the temple belongs to the local people and not the tourists. Here, at the site of the origins of the Kathmandu Valley, we will visit the temple, see all the morning worshippers and listen to the sacred songs sung by the local Newaris of the valley. We can also walk the kora, or pilgrim walk, around the temple with the local devotees. From here we can then walk down to the Vajra Hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we will be met by the van and taken to the READ office to meet with the staff and get a sense of the program, before stopping at a local restaurant for a light lunch and heading back to the hotel for a short rest. Mid-afternoon we then visit Bodhanath, the main shrine for all of the Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal. Here we can wander around the temple and stop in some of the shops. About half way around Bodha is a thangka store, where we can watch people painting and learn how thangkas are created. From Bodha, it is a short drive to Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the Nepali Ganges said to wash away sins. Pashupati, dedicated to Shiva as the Lord of Animals, is the holiest shrine in Nepal for all of the Hindus. The river is the dividing line between the temple on one side at the location of the aarti ceremony on the other. Aarti is performed by priests holding oil lamps filled with ghee (clarified butter) and offering the light from the lamps to God. The ritual is considered the highest form of prayer and includes a divine dance performance called Tandav, that mirrors the dance said to be performed by Lord Shiva. After aarti, we will have dinner.

Yak & Yeti or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: KATHMANDU - BHARATPUR - CHITWAN: OX CART RIDE & EVENING DANCING

DAY 3: KATHMANDU - BHARATPUR - CHITWAN: OX CART RIDE & EVENING DANCING

After breakfast, we head to the airport to catch a flight to Bharatpur, and continue 30 minutes by road to Chitwan National Park. Although the park is known for the one-horned rhinoceros, gaida in Nepali, and the Royal Bengal Tigers, it is also a major stop on the north-south migration flyway and plays host to more than 450 migratory and resident birds. In terms of animals, the park is home to sloth bears, gaur, a wide variety of deer, wild boar, langurs, and the endangered gharial. Arriving in Chitwan, we will head to the lodge, unpack, and have some lunch. We then head out on an ox cart ride through the area to get a sense of the villages and culture. After dinner, there is time for a trip into Sauraha to see a performance of Tharu Dancing.

Green Mansions Jungle Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: CANOE TRIP, JHUWANI LIBRARY & JEEP SAFARI

DAY 4: CANOE TRIP, JHUWANI LIBRARY & JEEP SAFARI

This morning early, we will take a boat ride on the Rapti River to do some birding. From here we then head out from the lodge to the village of Jhuwani. Here we can visit the library, explore the Tharu Village and spend time with the local people. Jhuwani also boasts a school for the blind. In the afternoon, time permitting, we can do a jeep safari through Chitwan or explore Sauraha.

Green Mansions Jungle Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: CHITWAN - POKHARA VIA MANA KAMANA & READ LIBRARY IN DEEPSHIKHA

DAY 5: CHITWAN - POKHARA VIA MANA KAMANA & READ LIBRARY IN DEEPSHIKHA

For our last morning in the jungle, we head out on an early morning jeep safari. At this time of year, park grasses have been cut short, so the likelihood of seeing some of the many animals is high. After breakfast, our path then takes us to the lake town of Pokhara, stopping en route at the pilgrimage site of Mana Kamana. Here pilgrims come to make a wish for something special – recovery from an illness, success in examinations, a happy marriage, and other dreams. We take the cable car to the top, where we can visit the temple to Kali and watch or join the locals in their worship. After lunch, we continue to Pokhara, stopping at the READ Center of Deepshikha.

Fish Tail Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: EXPLORE POKHARA, SUNRISE CABLE CAR OR PARAGLIDING, MOUNTAINEERING MUSEUM & BOAT RIDE ON LAKE

DAY 6: EXPLORE POKHARA, SUNRISE CABLE CAR OR PARAGLIDING, MOUNTAINEERING MUSEUM & BOAT RIDE ON LAKE

Today we will explore Pokhara. Lusher and more tropical than Kathmandu, Pokhara’s setting at the base of some of Nepal’s most famous mountains – Machhapuchare, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri – has made it a haven for tourists, trekkers, and hippies. Culturally, it is where the Hindu caste groups of the valley meet the Gurungs of the nearby highlands. By the 17th century, Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, later annexed by the present ruling Shah Dynasty. In the hills surrounding Pokhara are the ruins of palaces and forts dating back to the time of the Kaski era. Rising early, we have a choice. We can take the brand new cable car up to Sarankot for sunrise and breakfast. Or, weather permitting, the more intrepid can opt to do some paragliding (to be paid for locally). Returning to town, we travel next to the mountaineering museum, where we can explore some of the different cultures that inhabit Nepal and get a sense of the history of mountaineering. Later, we can take an afternoon boat ride on the lake and then enjoy exploring Pokhara on our own.

Fish Tail Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: POKHARA - GORKHA VIA BANDIPUR

DAY 7: POKHARA - GORKHA VIA BANDIPUR

This morning, we drive out from Pokhara to the charming hill town of Bandipur. Originally a sleepy Magar hill village, Bandipur became a key stop on the India-Tibet trade route and developed into a prosperous trading centre and community. Buildings with neo-classical facades and shuttered windows lined the streets, which were paved with silverish slate. During the 100 years of Rana rule from 1846-1951, Bandipur was at its height, and even received special permission to have its own library! During the 1970s, the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway was constructed, and, for logistical reasons, the road ran through the Marsyangdi Valley, bypassing the mountain town of Bandipur. Sadly, the municipality’s influence declined drastically, and the population moved to more profitable areas, leaving almost a ghost town in its stead. Despite all, the library still remained. In recent years, the town has drawn a number of tourists, many of the homes and shops have been restored and there are some charming hotels. On arrival, we can have lunch and explore Bandipur, before continuing on to Gorkha.

Gorkha Gaun Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: VISIT PALACE TEMPLE & MUSEUM

DAY 8: VISIT PALACE TEMPLE & MUSEUM

We begin our day with a drive and then short walk to the Gorkha Durbar or palace, the birthplace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the George Washington of Nepal. We can visit the site and then continue to the Bajra Bhairab Temple slightly above the palace, where if the weather is clear, we will have excellent views of Langtang and the Annapurna Massif. On the return, we walk along a ridge down into the town of Gorkha where we can have lunch, a buffet, at a local restaurant. After lunch, we head over to the Museum, which boasts a good collection of photos and historical descriptions of Gorkha history and monarchs. Leaving the museum, we then explore the town and Gorkha Bazaar, filled with goods that are important for local townspeople. At the base of the bazaar, we will meet our car and head back to the lodge.

Gorkha Gaun Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: GORKHA - KATHMANDU

DAY 9: GORKHA - KATHMANDU

Leaving Gorkha, we have about a 5-hour drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore at leisure.

Yak & Yeti or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: KATHMANDU - PHAPLU - JUNBESI: FESTIVAL & READ CENTER (2700M / 8860 FT)

DAY 10: KATHMANDU - PHAPLU - JUNBESI: FESTIVAL & READ CENTER (2700M / 8860 FT)

This morning early, we catch a flight to Phaplu, where we meet our vehicle and then drive up and down to the classically beautiful Sherpa village of Junbesi. Here we will stay at a local inn and have some sense of what it is to live in a Sherpa home. Junbesi is home to one of the original Hillary schools and has a long history and culture of which it is very proud. Today is also the first day of the spring festival of Dumje, aimed at driving evil spirits out of the village and ensuring a good spring planting.

Tea House Trekking Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: EXPLORE JUNBESI, DUMJE FESTIVAL & READ CENTER

DAY 11: EXPLORE JUNBESI, DUMJE FESTIVAL & READ CENTER

We have a free day to explore the town today. In the centre of town is the school and near the school is the Junbesi Library, the very first of the READ Global libraries to have been built in Nepal. The driving force behind the library was a local Sherpa, Ang Domi Lama, who now resides in New York. The library was badly damaged during the earthquake, and has recently been rebuilt. Junbesi also boasts a very old gompa or temple that is central to the community and has some beautiful old paintings that are well worth examining, and down the road a bit is a clinic. At this time in the spring, we can also enjoy the Dumje Festival in the courtyard of the gompa. Dumje is an exorcism festival, driving the evil out of the village to ensure a good planting season as well as happiness and health for the villagers and all sentient beings.

Tea House Trekking Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: EXPLORE JUNBESI & DUMJE FESTIVAL

DAY 12: EXPLORE JUNBESI & DUMJE FESTIVAL

Today we continue to watch the Dumje Festival. Those who wish can also take a walk or drive to the monastery of Tuptencholing, the major religious site in the Solu Valley. Tulshe Rimpoche, who passed away several years ago, was one of the foremost Nyingmapa scholars in the Buddhist world, and Tuptencholing is recognized as a major site of learning both in and out of Nepal. We can spend as much time as we wish at the monastery. Be sure also to go down and visit the kitchens to see the giant cauldrons holding tea, potatoes and other food for the monks and nuns.

Tea House Trekking Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: JUNBESI - PHAPLU - KATHMANDU: VISIT BHAKTAPUR & FAREWELL DINNER

DAY 13: JUNBESI - PHAPLU - KATHMANDU: VISIT BHAKTAPUR & FAREWELL DINNER

Following breakfast, we return to Phaplu to catch the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, where we visit its Dhurbar Square, museum and unique temples. Bhaktapur resembles the Kathmandu of 20 years ago. In the centre of town, few cars are allowed, and the original architecture of the valley has been retained. Here we can see the beautiful woodcarvings for which the Newari artisans of the valley are rightly famous. Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery. In one of the side squares, we can see the Kumalis, or potters making and firing their pots as they have done for centuries. Returning to Kathmandu, we stop at Baber Mahal Revisited for a farewell dinner.

Yak & Yeti or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: VISIT PATAN & MUSEUM, KUMARI, AFTERNOON FREE BEFORE EVENING DEPARTURE

DAY 14: VISIT PATAN & MUSEUM, KUMARI, AFTERNOON FREE BEFORE EVENING DEPARTURE

On our final day we rise early to spend the morning in Patan, one of the three cities of the Kathmandu Valley. Also called Lalitpur, the “Beautiful city”, Patan is the most Buddhist of the three cities and famous for its excellent metalwork. Early in the morning, we will visit the Golden Temple, the largest Newari Buddhist monastery in the valley and a superb example of Newari metalcraft. We will participate in the morning rituals at the temple, where a constant stream of devotees offers their puja or worship to the main shrine image of Sakyamuni Buddha. Behind the temple is one of the best makers of singing bowls in Nepal. We can spend time with him, learning about the sound and medicinal qualities of the bowls, and sampling some of the different varieties he has in his shop. We will then walk to the house of the Kumari, the living goddess, who manifests herself in the body of a virgin girl. The Goddess Kumari is one of the most popular deities in the valley, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. At her home we will take her darsan, that is, receive her divine vision. We will participate in her private worship, performed by members of her family and rarely seen by tourists. This will also be an opportunity to talk to her family and learn about what it is like to be a parent of a goddess and what her life is like. When we are done, we walk to the Patan Museum in Dhurbar Square and explore the museum. After the museum, we have lunch and then return to Kathmandu, where the afternoon is free. Those on the suggested group flight out of Kathmandu will be transferred to the airport in time for check in.

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Events

Dumje Festival

Dumje Festival

Held in the beautiful Sherpa village of Junbesi, the spring festival of Dumje is an exorcism festival, aimed at driving evil spirits out of the village to ensure a good planting season as well as happiness and health for the villagers and all sentient beings. Observers can enter the courtyard of the gompa where there will be dances, rituals and prayers throughout the festivities. This is a truly unique opportunity to get a glimpse of Sherpa culture and enjoy the hospitality and traditions of this remote community.

Responsible Travel

With local people, culture and eco-systems in mind, responsible travel and sustainable tourism are at the core of Wild Frontiers. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our travellers but also benefits the people and places we visit.

When designing our tours, we actively seek out experiences that have a positive impact on the communities and precious environments we visit - from supporting social enterprises; resting our heads in rural homestays; and eating at locally owned restaurants; to helping fund conservation projects that protect wildlife and their habitats. 

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including the work of the Wild Frontiers Foundation through which we fundraise to aid community empowerment and education projects.

Dr. Antonia Neubauer

Traveler, humanitarian and teacher, Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer is the guiding spirit behind Myths and Mountains, a Wild Frontiers company, and founder of READ Global, a nonprofit global organization dedicated to inspiring rural prosperity by building rural library community centers and seeding sustaining businesses as catalysts for development. READ Nepal was selected as the recipient of the 2006 Access to Learning Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Toni also received the IIPT’s Ambassador for Peace Award, Walk the Talk Global Citizen Award, the Friends of Nepal Award, and the Northern Nevada International Center's International Visionary Award. She was recognized as a travel expert in Wendy Perrin’s WOW list, for her time in Nepal and Bhutan, and is the Conde Nast Nepal Top Travel Specialist. Myths and Mountains has also been the recipient of Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award, as well as The London Observer’s Ethical Award. For more than a quarter of a century, Toni has traveled within Asia and Southeast Asia, getting to know the people and their way of life. These intimate experiences are the heart and soul of every one of her trips, and this is what makes each journey so unique. Toni speaks six languages, holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration, as well as a Masters in French Literature. She has visited 60 countries around the world, and has spoken for diverse organizations such as Sister Cities, Yale University, The Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict and The Adventure Travel Trade Association, and became a frequent guest on a variety of radio shows.

READ Nepal

***We ask all those booked on this tour to make a donation of £250/$300 to READ Global. This can be done directly here on the READ Global website.***

Toni has been traveling to Nepal since 1983. Twenty years ago, she asked a casual question of a Nepalese guide: “What is the one thing you would like to see in your village?” When she got the answer “a library,” Toni sprang into action. A former language teacher and education researcher, she had directed major studies on literacy and school-business partnerships in the US and served as a consultant to the Pew Foundation, Lilly Endowment and the U.S. Department of Education. Founding READ Global was what she had to do. Today dozens of self-sustaining, community-chosen, READ Community Library and Resource Centers dot the landscapes of 3 countries, thanks to her energy and forward-thinking take on rural needs and village abilities.

READ has its roots in Nepal, where their first office opened in 1991 after a rural villager told the founder that all he wanted for his village was a library. Since then they have opened READ Centers across the country, offering training programs in livelihood skills, literacy, health, and technology. With their partner communities, they have seeded sustaining enterprises that address community needs: from fish farming and turmeric farming to a community radio station. Almost 4,000 women participate in savings cooperatives at READ Centers in Nepal.

For more than half of the rural population, it takes longer than half an hour to get to the nearest all-weather road, making it hard for rural Nepalis to access resources. Social norms make girls' education a low priority, and as a result 53.3% of women can't read. Schools are often inaccessible and have no books for a library or resources for a computer lab. Furthermore, less than 30% of the rural population has access to electricity.

On this tour we will get to learn more about the amazing impact of the READ Centers and meet individuals who both run the centers and have benefited from them. 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
QR0328 London Gatwick (LGW) 15:15 Doha International Airport (DOH) 23:55
QR0648 Doha International Airport (DOH) 01:35 Kathmandu Airport (KTM) 09:05
QR0647 Kathmandu Airport (KTM) 20:20 Doha International Airport (DOH) 22:35
QR5945 Doha International Airport (DOH) 01:05 London Gatwick (LGW) 06:20

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com

For this tour UK & US passport holders currently require a visa for Nepal.

Non-UK and non-US passport holders or residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

April generally sees hot and sunny days across the country, with Pokhara and Kathmandu seeing temperatures move into the 90s Fahrenheit. It is a wonderful time to be in the mountains where temperatures will be a bit cooler, cold at night, and when the views are generally clear and there is little rain, so it makes it a very popular time for trekkers.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. Please note when in Junbesi for the festival, accommodation will be quite basic with shared facilities. 

Barring catastrophe, the trip is led by Dr. Antonia Neubauer, Founder of READ Global and winner of the country of Nepal’s highest award - The Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award. (Previous winners have included Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Tony Hagen, Ban Ki Moon and Aung San Suu Kyi and John Wood). Should Dr Antonia Neubauer not be able to lead the tour either the Executive Director (Sanjana Shrestha) or Deputy Director (Mr. Chinkaji Shrestha) of READ will instead lead the group.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour apart from during the festival days in Junbesi where there are a limited number of rooms.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 9128 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.