Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas

Trip Overview

Images of Nepal, its towering mountains and verdant valleys, its ancient cities, villages and exotic peoples, fascinate the world. Through the years AdventureWomen has developed a low altitude, comfortable, and less physically challenging Nepal trekking tour (at 7,500 feet instead of 14,000 feet!) just perfect for women who wish to experience the splendor of the Himalayas and explore this ancient culture.

Our trekking trip in Nepal's Himalaya Mountains is lodge-based (instead of a camping trek), which allows for an easier pace and produces less impact on trails from porters and pack animals. The Nepalese lodges we stay in are of modern construction in traditional style. All have private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and offer excellent local food.

The Himalayas of central Nepal are dominated by the gigantic Annapurna Range, consisting of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Lamjung, and Hiunchuli. Together they form one of the most dramatic and scenic spans of peaks found anywhere in the world. Challenging and diverse trekking experiences abound in these immense mountains. Classic routes and ancient passes carry trekkers over the shoulders of the great peaks. From Kathmandu, we fly to Pokhara for the beginning of our trek in the foothills of the great Annapurna massif. Trekking averages approximately 5 to 7 miles per day.

We also enjoy two days of rafting and relaxing on the beautiful Seti River, with two nights at the Seti River Camp in luxurious safari-style tents with fabulous views of the river. This peaceful, yet energetic and fun time on the water is a wonderful way to transition between our Himalayan trek and the next exciting part of our adventure to the Terai region of Nepal and Royal Chitwan National Park. Located in South Central Nepal, Royal Chitwan is Nepal’s oldest National Park and home to the beautiful Machan Wildlife Resort. Here we stay for a two-day visit and safari by elephant back into the world’s best habitat for viewing the Bengal Tiger!

Next, we travel back to Kathmandu for two nights of exploring and shopping in this extraordinary city of carved rose-brick temples and shrines. The city reflects a diverse and complex system of religious beliefs, with Hinduism and Buddhism intermingled in Nepal in a way that is often impossible for visitors to understand. However, the gentle aura of Buddhism—which is not so much a religion, but a philosophy, a way of life, and a code of morality—pervades the city. From ancient Buddhist stupas (temples) and monasteries, Buddha’s eyes look out in four directions, colorful prayer flags cast their mantras into the breeze, and pilgrims walk clockwise around the stupa while spinning prayer wheels set around its base. Throughout our time in Nepal, you gain a better understanding of the diverse mix of cultures and ethnic groups that make up this fascinating country.

October-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time of year to visit Nepal. The weather is balmy, the air is clean, visibility is perfect, and the country is lush following the monsoon.

Join AdventureWomen® in 2014 on this amazing journey, where you can have it all on this 16 day odyssey in ancient and exquisite Nepal!

Main Attractions

  • Experience Nepal hiking amidst the splendor of the Himalayas and the Nepalese ancient culture on a low-altitude (7,500 feet) Nepal trekking vacation in the spectacular Annapurna region, with porters to carry your gear.
  • Enjoy wildlife viewing and 2 nights in Royal Chitwan National Park. Safari by elephant into the world’s best habitat for viewing the Bengal Tiger!
  • Raft the beautiful Seti River and stay in luxurious safari-style tents at the Seti River Camp.
  • Take an optional scenic flightseeing tour around Mount Everest.
  • Stay in comfortable traditional-style lodges on trek, with solar-heated showers, flush toilets, and electricity.
  • Explore Kathmandu’s ancient city of Bhaktapur and the Buddhist Temple Complex of Boudhanath.

What You'll See and Do!

Cultural Exploration, Cultural Performances, Elephant Conservation Camp, Elephant Riding, Flightseeing, Natural History, Photography, Sightseeing, Trekking, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing

What You'll See and Do

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Cultural Performances
  • Elephant Conservation Camp
  • Flightseeing
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Trekking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas

Trip Itinerary

Birthplace of Buddha, Nepal is home to eight out of ten of the world's highest, most dramatic mountains, including Everest and Annapurna. A wondrous crossroads of geography, culture and religion, Buddhism flows across the northern border from the Tibetan Plateau, while Hinduism holds sway throughout the country’s south. Hike on a world-class, low-altitude trek past the hypnotic sound of monks chanting in prayer, be welcomed by the big-hearted local people into ancient villages, and view the spectacular snowcapped Himalayas at every turn in this mystical mountain kingdom of the fabled Shangri-la.

Day 1 - 2

Thursday - Friday, October 23 and 24, 2014:  USA to Bangkok or Delhi
If you are flying from the west coast of the U.S., you will depart on October 23. Losing one day due to crossing the International Date Line, you arrive in Bangkok late October 24 or early October 25.

Day 3

Saturday, October 25:  Arrive into Kathmandu, Nepal
You must arrive today at the airport in Kathmandu by 2 p.m. After picking up your luggage and exiting customs, look for someone holding a sign with your name on it. Your private escort meets you at the airport and transfers you to the 5-star Hotel Yak and Yeti, our accommodation for tonight, and for two nights after our return to Kathmandu at the end of our trip.

This afternoon at 4 p.m. you meet your AdventureWomen® Associate and our Nepal trip leader in the lobby of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. You then receive a full briefing on our adventure. We are issued our trek duffel bags and are told how to pack for the trek.

Dinner is on your own tonight in one of the terrific local restaurants, or in the hotel. Then it is early to bed after our long journey to Nepal.

If you plan to arrive into Kathmandu a day or two early, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the person in Kathmandu who will make your reservations for any extra nights at the Yak and Yeti hotel. This will also include your pick up from the airport on your arrival. You will pay for this directly with her.

Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu
www.yakandyeti.com

Hotel Yak and Yeti is a premier 5-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel. Find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens as you remain just moments away from all the shops and adventure of the Kathmandu city, located at Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The restored 19th-century palace houses two restaurants, several grand banquet halls, and the Casino Royale. In the lobby, granite floors, carved wood pillars, and gleaming brass and copper provide a suitably exotic feel, and through a wall of glass you can see the hotel’s extensive gardens. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. It is THE place to stay in Kathmandu!

Day 4

Sunday, October 26:  Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Trek to Birethanti
This morning we fly to Pokhara (3300 ft.), the rural capital of Western Nepal.
On arrival we are briefed at our outfitter’s head office, then depart with our guides and porters for the 1 hour transfer by road to the trek starting point.

Our first day’s trek follows a ridge line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas, with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. The route then drops to the Modi River Valley, home to Santuary Lodge and our first night’s stay.

The lodge has stunning views of the sacred and unclimbed “Fishtail Mountain,” or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. We have a picnic lunch in the village of Chandrakot before continuing our trek to the Lodge, arriving in time for afternoon tea.

Set in lush surroundings with colorful flower gardens and the river nearby, the
Sanctuary Lodge has twin bedrooms, solar heated showers, and Western toilet facilities. There is also a central reception and dining area with a fireplace, comfortable chairs, books, and magazines.

Trekking time 4 hours.                                                        (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Monday, October 27:  Trek from Birethanti to Ghandruk
After breakfast we leave Sanctuary Lodge and walk through outlying farms along the Modi River Valley. After an hour of easy walking, we begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. Snacks are provided en-route. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields, and forests. We arrive in the afternoon at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk (6,600 feet) where we enjoy a late lunch while oogling the spectacular close-up views of the surrounding mountains.

Time to freshen up and take a hot shower, change from our hiking clothes, and enjoy the evening Annapurna panorama before dinner. From the garden of the lodge, some of the highest peaks in the world can be seen in their snow capped glory. The lodge is centered around a 150-year-old traditional Gurung village house, which now serves as the dining room and main reception area. New bedrooms with covered verandahs, solar heated showers, and western toilet facilities have been added to this traditional house.

Trekking time 5-6 hours.                                                    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Tuesday, October 28:  Ghandruk
Today we have a free morning to explore the mountain village of Ghandruk, a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers. We meet and talk with the women of Ghandruk, who maintain a local industry weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.

This afternoon you may choose an optional walk to an altitude of 7,500 feet, or relax in the beautiful garden area of the lodge. Lunch and dinner are at the Himalaya Lodge today.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7

Wednesday, October 29:  Ghandruk to Birethanti
After breakfast we depart the Himalaya Lodge and return to Birethanti via the village of Kimche, about midway through our trek. Our hike of approximately 3 hours brings us back to Sanctuary Lodge in time for lunch. For the afternoon, we can relax by the river or in the landscaped gardens from which the magnificent 23,000-foot Machapuchare can be viewed. Or join an optional guided hike to a nearby waterfall.
Trekking time 3 hours.                                                           (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Thursday, October 30:  Birethanti to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun
After a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary Lodge and follow the Modi River until arriving at a cable bridge about 20 minutes up river. After crossing the bridge, we ascend partly on well-paved steps and partly on switch-backs, until reaching the welcome sign of the Gurung Lodge after about 2 hours. We spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby picturesque villages of Majgaun and Patleket. There will also be a visit to the school and the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region.

The Gurung Lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has antique carved windows and spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains.

Trekking time 2 hours.                                                        (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Friday, October 31:  Gurung Lodge via Chandrakot and Lumle, and on to Pokhara - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Today is a busy day! After early morning tea and coffee served on your verandah, you have the opportunity to photograph the stunning scenery of the Annapurnas from several different locations around the Lodge.

After breakfast, we say farewell to the ever-attentive Gurung Lodge staff, and begin our trek back to the village of Chandrakot (5200 ft.), walking through forests with surrounding views of the valley and mountains. A half hour later we arrive at the village of Lumle, situated at 5300 ft., where a vehicle is waiting to transfer us to Pokhara and the Mt Kailish Hotel, just a one hour ride.

We arrive in Pokhara in time for lunch. This afternoon is free to wander among the shops on the lakeside or take a row boat out on the lake.

Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level, 200 km from Kathmandu valley. The city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning anatomic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambiance of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Paragliding and fishing attraction also has become popular in Pokhara.

Once at the Mount Kailash Resort Hotel in Pokhara, your extra raft and Chitwan luggage (which you left in Pokhara before your trek departure) is waiting for you, to pack for tomorrow’s departure. Our tour leader provides us with waterproof bags. All items for our 2 night raft trip are carried in the raft in these waterproof bags. The boats also have watertight drums to keep cameras, sun screen, and any other small items you may need during the day. The remainder of your luggage/clothes for Chitwan is transported in a vehicle to the raft finish point. Dinner is at a colorful local restaurant.

Trekking time 2 hours.                                                        (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Mount Kailash Resort Hotel
www.mountkailashresort.com

Mount Kailash Resort is a newly built luxury hotel with all modern amenities. It is located in the heart of the Pokhara Valley beside Lake Fewa, close to the airport and colorful bazaars, and surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Range. It is a relaxing and tranquil place to stay tonight at the completion of our trek.

Day 10

Saturday, November 1:  Pokhara to the Riverbank Safari Camp
After a leisurely breakfast we leave the Mount Kailish Hotel for our 2 day raft trip on the Seti River. From Pokhara, it is a 1 ½ hour journey through scenic countryside. Upon our arrival at Damauli, our starting point on the river, we are met by our experienced boat crew, who give us a full briefing prior to launch.

The Seti River (1,000 feet) has no road access, so the river and surrounding valley remains pristine. Floating down the Seti gives us a chance to see village life along the banks as well as the abundant variety of birds. On the way to camp, we stop for a picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Today, there are 2 small rapids of no more than grade 2 (about 165 feet long). The remainder of the trip is very much a float experience, all the way to our river camp.

Accommodation at the camp is in comfortable safari-style tents, each with its own changing room, veranda, and attached bathroom with western-style toilets and hot showers. Tents are set up so they have fabulous views of the river. The camp is fully-staffed, with a central dining room that provides a veritable feast at each meal. The surrounding countryside is truly magnificent.
Rafting time is about 3 hours, depending on water levels.       (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Seti River Camp

Day 11

Sunday, November 2:  Layover Day at Seti River Camp
Today is just for relaxing at this beautiful, lush camp on the river. There are “treehouses” you can sit in and read a book. Or, you can choose to take a hike to one of the nearby villages. Many women from our past trips have found this to be a wonderful hike to the village of Darampani, about 2 hours above the river camp. Since no other trek companies hike to this village, it still remains quite untouched by tourism. 45 minutes above the village there is a spectacular viewpoint where you can see the entire Annapurna as well as the Manaslu Range of mountains.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Seti River Camp

Day 12

Monday, November 3:  On the River to Machan Wildlife Resort and Royal Chitwan National Park
We spend this morning rafting and then journey by vehicle for 1 ½ hours to Royal Chitwan National Park. Our trip takes us through very interesting countryside and we eat a picnic lunch on our way. For the next two nights we stay at Machan Wildlife Resort, located inside the Terai area of Nepal, in Royal Chitwan National Park. The rich wildlife of Chitwan has been famous for centuries, and for the next two days we view wildlife from the backs of elephants, who take us on safari through the towering grasslands in search of animals. Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, gaur, four kinds of deer, two species of monkey, two types of crocodile, and 450 different species of birds all live in the park, adding color and music to the biological symphony in the jungle.

From the peace and tranquility of Machan Wildlife Resort, walks (escorted by trained naturalists) are an opportunity to enjoy the remote jungle. In addition, bird watching, jungle treks, wildlife viewing, and photography allow us to experience the wildlife on an intimate basis.

Accommodations at Machan Wildlife Resort are in twin-bedded, timber-framed bungalows, each with en suite private bathrooms that provide modern toilet amenities. To blend with the environment, lighting is by kerosene lanterns placed outside each room at sundown.

All the buildings on site were designed and constructed around the existing trees. Each bungalow’s walls and color scheme is inspired by the indigenous traditional architecture of the Chitwan region. A stream flowing between the bungalows has been widened to form a natural swimming pool, the only one inside the national park.

The Resort restaurant offers Nepalese, Continental, Indian, and Chinese cuisine. The bar offers a wide variety of imported and local liquors, beers, soft drinks, and exotic cocktails.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Machan Wildlife Resort
www.nepalinformation.com/machan

Day 13

Tuesday, November 4:  Exploration of Chitwan
Today we have a full day of exploring the park and jungle. This is a day to immerse yourself in this natural tropical environment. We have another opportunity today to ride elephants in search of game. The elephants provide the only practical means of transport into the area because the grass is too thick and too tall for exploring on foot. The elephant is the king of beasts in the Asian jungle and our elephants and guide are trained to find tigers and hold ground should any confrontation occur. Rhino are also often found around the camp. Naturalists will lead guided nature walks, and you have a choice of other activities throughout the day.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Machan Wildlife Resort

Day 14

Wednesday, November 5:  Chitwan to Kathmandu
After a final morning of game viewing and breakfast at camp, we are transferred to the air field for our short flight back to Kathmandu. While waiting for our flight, lunch is supplied. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we are met at the airport and on our way back into the city, we are taken on a special tour of the exceptional Buddhist Complex of Boudhanath.

After visiting the Stupa, the largest in Nepal, there is free time for shopping (a favorite pastime of all AdventureWomen!) in this marvelous city of bargains.
Late afternoon we are transferred to the 5-star Yak and Yeti Hotel, where we stay for the next 2 nights.

Dinner is on our own tonight in one of the terrific local restaurants.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti

Day 15

Thursday, November 6:  Kathmandu
This morning there may be time for those who made their reservations for the early morning (optional) flightseeing trip to view Mt. Everest (weather dependent). After lunch we enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping and exploring.

Our fun Farewell Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant close to our hotel.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti

Day 16

Friday, November 7:  Kathmandu to Bangkok, with Flights Onward
Our morning is free for further exploration, shopping, or cultural wanderings in Kathmandu. Based on departure times, you are transferred back to the airport for departing flights.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas

Traveling to Nepal 2014


Trekking Conditions and Physical Condition Required

Please read carefully!  You must be in EXCELLENT physical condition for this trek!

Our trekking itinerary is rated as moderately difficult with some high energy.

This means that you will be hiking 5–7 miles per day in a landscape that ranges from rolling hills to steeper and more rugged terrain.

Anyone in very good hiking condition will find this trek both challenging and enjoyable. You should be able to accomplish it at your own pace with the support of your porters and an enthusiastic group.

While trekking on this trip is not extremely strenuous, you must be fit and in excellent health, as medical facilities are generally unavailable in trekking areas. The ups (and especially the “downs”) are difficult on anyone with knee problems, so you should not come on this trip if you have bad knees. Most of the trail is made up of rock steps, and uneven ones at that! While a considerable amount of the trek is downhill, this can be as physically demanding as walking uphill.

The altitude in Kathmandu is 4,500 feet; our trek is between 3,500 and 7,500 feet, so altitude sickness is not a problem. However, almost everyone suffers some shortness of breath on uphill sections, and there is one day of steep downhill rated “high energy.”

Each morning, after an early breakfast, we set out at about 8:00 a.m., stopping mid-morning for snacks. We then continue trekking until we stop for lunch around midday. The trails are winding and well worn but are generally in good condition. Along the way there is plenty of time to explore the countryside and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop. After lunch, we continue to our overnight accommodations, arriving around 3:00 p.m.

Important! Being in excellent physical condition for this trip is essential to your enjoyment as well as to your personal safety and the safety of the group. Although it is not necessary that you have extensive hiking experience, it is necessary that you are in excellent hiking condition. We recommend, with your doctor’s permission, that you begin “training” for this adventure a minimum of three months prior to departure. Step classes, stair climbing, or walking or jogging on an incline will help prepare you for the hills.

If you need help with your training, visit www.fitfortrips.com/adventurewomen.aspx. They can design a trip-specific fitness program and conditioning routine for you, based on your physical capabilities and the activity rating of the trip. Being in great shape will let you get the most enjoyment out of your adventure.

Although challenging, the trek will reward you for your efforts!

Travel Documents and Health Insurance

Citizens of the United States must possess a valid passport and Nepal visa. Your passport must be valid 3 months beyond your intended stay in Nepal, and you need to have a minimum of 2 blank visa pages left in your passport.

You can obtain your visa prior to departing the United States, or get your visa on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal (the easiest way). The cost of a visa on arrival is $25 U.S. for a 15-day entry and $40 U.S. for a 30-day entry. You need to bring 2 extra passport-size photographs for your visa and 2 for trek permits which are obtained in Nepal by our outfitters. It is also a good idea to take an additional 2 extra passport photographs along with you, in case your passport is lost or stolen. All totaled, you should bring 6 extra passport photographs with you.

You MUST have your own health insurance, and not have any physical problems or conditions that would be adversely affected by walking at higher altitudes and the rigors of international travel.

There are no required immunizations for travel to Nepal, but you are encouraged to check with your physician or travel immunization center. Although malaria does not exist at our trekking altitudes, it is probably best to consult your physician about malarial medications for our time in Chitwan National Park. Gamma globulin (for hepatitis) and tetanus are often suggested too.

If for any reason a person must be evacuated, a helicopter will be summoned and the injured or ill person will be taken to Kathmandu. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Be sure your insurance policy will cover you in such a situation, unlikely as it may seem. Any medical evacuation by helicopter must be paid for by the person needing the flight, prior to departure from Kathmandu. The Travel Insured insurance policies we recommend, the Comprehensive Plan and the Post Departure Plan, each have $50,000 of Emergency Medical Transportation/ Evacuation included. each have $50,000 of Emergency Medical Transportation/ Evacuation included. We will send a brochure in your registration packet, or you can apply online on our website.

Important Information About Travel Arrangements

We suggest you book your air reservations with our travel consultant early and soon after registering for this trip!

On this AdventureWomen Nepal Trek, airfare to Kathmandu is not included in the total trip price. However, in order to facilitate group arrivals and departures based on the dates and times that our trip begins and ends, we ask that you work directly with our travel consultants at Montana Travel to make your travel arrangements. After booking your trip, please contact Ciretta at Montana Travel, in Bozeman, Montana, to discuss your air options for getting to Kathmandu, from either the west coast or the east coast.

The earlier you arrange your air schedule, the more options you will have! To get to Kathmandu, you can fly from the west coast of the U.S. through Bangkok, Thailand, or fly from the east coast through Delhi, India or various other options.

Based on past participants who have flown through India, and the problems that they encountered, we suggest that even if you live on the east coast, you fly from the west coast (Los Angeles, Seattle, or San Francisco) to Bangkok.

1-800-247-3538

Email: ciretta@mttravel.com

FAX 1-406-586-1959

CANADIAN RESIDENTS, please call 406-587-1188

When calling, please identify yourself as an AdventureWomen traveler. If you leave a message on Ciretta’s voice mail or email, she will return your call or email promptly. She will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate. If you purchase your ticket through her, she can also help you with hotels and other arrangements, should you want to come early, or extend your trip.

Food and Water

Unboiled water is not safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a pitcher of purified drinking water in each room; when in doubt, stick with bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, or you can treat your own water with purification tablets. Ice must be avoided. While on trek, our porters carry plenty of purified water for each of us. And remember not to brush your teeth with untreated water! Uncooked vegetables are also not safe to consume, unless properly treated by soaking in a solution of iodine. Always peel your fruit.

Climate

Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, and then warm up at midday due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes. The Terai Plain, where Chitwan National Park is located, is about 3,000 feet lower in altitude than Kathmandu and is therefore consistently warmer than the rest of Nepal. Climatically, the country ranges from subtropical to temperate and alpine. During mid-October through November we should have clear skies with warm to hot weather during the day and cool temperatures in the evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease during these months. Highs are in the low 80s F, lows in the mid-40s F. In the Terai, highs are in the mid-80s and lows in the high-60s.

Liability Form

Part of what AdventureWomen® hopes to foster is the taking of more self-responsibility for our own lives, health, and safety. Please read the Liability Form carefully, sign it, and return it with the remainder of your balance due by JULY 25, 2014.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas

Included in the Cost of the Trip

  • Internal air flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, for the beginning of our trek, and from Chitwan to Kathmandu, at the end of our trip.
  • All land transfers in Nepal throughout the trip.
  • Three night’s accommodations at the 5-star Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
  • 5 night’s accommodations in lodges during our trek including solar heated showers, flush toilets, and electricity.
  • 1(one) night’s lodging at the deluxe Mount Kailash Resort Hotel in Pokhara.
  • All meals, purified drinking water, and all local beverages while on trek (in the lodges and river rafting camp). Meals also included for our stay in Pokhara.
  • A comprehensive First Aid pack, carried by our guide.
  • Services of a qualified guide, local guides, porters, and an AdventureWomen Associate.
  • Loan of trek duffel for 5 day trek, and another trek duffel for our raft trip and Chitwan, plus loan of day pack, rain gear, and walking sticks while on trek. Complimentary water bottle, sun hat, and scarf are supplied.
  • While on trek and in the lodges, the following is provided and on loan with your room each night, for each participant: down jacket, wool hat, and gloves.
  • 2 days, 2 nights rafting on the Seti River, including all meals, equipment, and local beverages.
  • 2 night’s accommodations at the Seti Riverbank Safari Camp.
  • 2 night’s accommodations at Machan Wildlife Resort, in Royal Chitwan National Park, including all meals, activities, and elephant rides.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu departure taxes.
  • All permits.

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare to Kathmandu.
  • Some meals in Kathmandu and a 10% tip in any restaurants where the group meals are not included (please see itinerary).
  • Gratuities. Tipping guidelines for our trek are provided at the trek briefing by your AdventureWomen Associate, but the suggested amount you should be prepared to tip during the trip is as follows:

- porters for the trek portion : $50 per person;

- Nepali head guide (who is with the group for the entire trip): $80-$100 per person;

- raft guides and staff (for the Seti River portion): $10 per person;

- naturalist-guide (Chitwan portion): $10 per person;

- Kathmandu sightseeing guide: $5 per person

- miscellaneous drivers (during days when you have a driver): $1 - $2 per person, depending on the amount of driving;

- donations to school children who dance at the lodges, and to any women's groups that your Nepali head guide might suggest: $30 - $50 per person.

All totaled, you should be prepared to tip about $220 - $250 during your entire trip. There are so many wonderful people who will be supporting you to make this adventure a fantastic and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Tips to bellboys at hotels (if you choose to not carry your own bag): $1 per bag.
  • Optional scenic Everest flight while in Kathmandu (approximately $185 –in US Dollars cash, to be paid for at the beginning of the trip while in Kathmandu).

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Nepal Trekking in the Himalayas

What to Bring/How to Pack

BAGGAGE

We suggest that you use your own personal daypack as your carry-on bag during your flights to Nepal. In addition to your passport, money, credit cards, and airline tickets, your daypack should contain all essential personal items: toiletries (that are allowed by new TSA restrictions, see www.tsa.gov/travelers), medications, one set of trek clothing, camera, film (or memory cards). You should wear (or carry in your carry-on bag) your hiking boots on the plane.

How to pack for this trip, and what is supplied:

  • Suitcase of duffel with wheels: You should bring everything you need for the entire trip in a suitcase or duffel with wheels: Your suitcase with extra, clean, clothes will be stored at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu while on trek, and will be available to you only when you return to Kathmandu after the trek, the raft trip, and your stay in Chitwan. Please make your own arrangements to leave your suitcase with the Bell Captain at the Yak and Yeti Hotel.
  • Personal daypack:  Use your daypack as your carry-on bag to Nepal and to carry while on the entire trip. In your daypack you should carry your camera, rain gear, sunscreen, some water (the porters carry the main supply), and personal items. If you do NOT bring your own daypack, you can use one that our outfitter supplies. However, if you have a personal daypack that you find very comfortable to wear and carry (and has a comfortable waist strap, so it doesn’t put pressure on your shoulders), then you should bring our own.
  • Trek Duffel Bag #1 (supplied): On your first night in Kathmandu, you will be provided with the loan of a trek duffel bag. In this bag you will pack all your clothing, personal items, and supplies for the duration of the 5 night lodge trek, and also your clothes for the raft and Chitwan portion of the trip. This is the easiest duffel for the porters to carry. It measures approximately 12" X 12" by 28".

If you can't fit all of this in the trek duffel bag, then please use your personal day pack to also put some of these things into for travel to Pokhara, where our trek begins.

  • Trek Duffel Bag #2 (supplied): On arrival in Pokhara, you will be supplied/loaned another duffel bag #2 (same size as your trek duffel bag #1) and you can transfer your clothes for the raft and Chitwan portion of the trip into this bag. It will be left in Pokhara and waiting for you there on your return from your 5 day trek. You will then take this with you for the raft and Chitwan portions of the trip.

PRE-DEPARTURE TASKS

  • Obtain or renew passport. Passports must be good for a minimum of 3 months from the date your trip is over.
  • Obtain necessary visa(s) in the U.S., or get your visa on arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Evaluate and obtain trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance.
  • Consult with physician for physical examination, immunization, malaria suppressant, and prescription medicine recommendations. Break in primary footwear.

 

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Passport — make sure it is valid for at least 3 months after returning from our trip, and has 2 blank visa pages.
  • 6 extra passport photos: 2 for visas on arrival, 2 to use for obtaining your trek permit in Nepal, and 2 extras (in case of lost or stolen passport/visa).
  • Watch and/or small travel alarm clock.
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries and bulb.
  • Sunglasses (90% - 100% ultraviolet and some infrared protection) and case.
  • Contact lenses, cleaner, saline solution, extra eyeglasses with safety band.
  • Money belt.
  • Cash, credit cards, ATM card. VISA and Mastercard are accepted in Nepal, but be aware that credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels and shops.
  • Address book, writing paper, journal, pen/pencil.
  • Personal day pack (also serves as an airline carry-on bag).
  • Water bottle. We recommend the 24 oz. Nalgene Everyday OTG Tritan Bottle. Made of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, the bottle is completely BPA-free. Tritan™ copolyester provides excellent impact resistance and is suitable for both warm and cold beverages. Water bottles are provided on trek, but you may want to have your own for water on your airplane flights.
  • Locks for your suitcase and duffel bag (when they are left in Kathmandu at the Yak and Yeti Hotel).
  • Ziploc-type bags (at least a dozen, of various sizes) for packing shampoo or other liquids, or for wet, dirty washcloths/clothes.
  • Personal toiletries in small leak-proof bottles.
  • Biodegradable bar soap (can double as laundry soap).
  • Washcloth (sometimes not supplied).
  • Tampons or sanitary napkin supply.
  • Thread, needles, safety pins for minor repairs.
  • Insect repellent (with Deet).
  • Wash & Dries or other antiseptic wipes/hand sanitizer.
  • Your favorite snacks for a "pick-me-up" during the day.

 

 CLOTHING

  • Hiking boots, well broken-in. Please do not buy heavy, leather boots as there are numerous, medium- weight, high-quality hiking boots on the market. Asolo, Garmont, Merrill, Vasque, and other makes are widely available and designed especially for women. Since they are waterproof, Gore-tex boots, although a bit more expensive, are our first choice. Other boots should be waterproofed with one of the excellent waterproofing products available such as Nikwax. Make sure your boots fit properly and are well broken-in.
  • Pair of tennis shoes or slip-on shoes for relaxing in the evening. Crocs or other lightweight sandals (Merrell, Teva, Keen) are also ideal as they are lightweight to carry.
  • 4-5 pairs polypropylene liner socks.
  • 4-5 pairs thick, natural fiber walking socks.
  • 5-6 pairs quick drying underwear. You will want to wash out bras and panties. See the TravelSmith catalog.
  • 2-3 pairs comfortable, lightweight pants.
  • 2 pairs long (hiking type) shorts. The locals do not appreciate short shorts. You may also consider wearing a lightweight skirt while trekking, as this is what the local women wear.
  • One pair nicer pants or skirt for our hotel stay in Kathmandu. Nice, lightweight, wrap-around skirts can be purchased in Nepal.
  • 3-4 cotton bandanas. It’s an AdventureWomen tradition! They can be used as sweat bands, neckbands, handkerchiefs (instead of Kleenexes), emergency bathing suit strap(!), and MORE. Use your imagination!
  • Field shirts: 2 long-sleeved and 2 lightweight short-sleeved, and a few T-shirts.
  • Sweatshirt, sweater, or lightweight polar fleece jacket.
  • Rain gear is supplied for the trek, but you may want to bring your own rain gear—poncho or jacket. Your jacket may double as an outer shell or windbreaker jacket for cooler weather at higher elevations.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Your favorite sun hat.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Extra shoe or boot laces.

 

For Our Raft Trip

  • Teva, Merrill, Keen (or Crocs), or other sports sandals that can get wet and dry fast, and a pair of quick drying river shorts. Life jackets, helmets, and waterproof drums for your equipment are supplied.

 

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT

  • Regarding foot care: To prevent blisters, many hikers use moleskin. However, we recommend bringing a small roll of ordinary duct tape as an alternative. Applied when you feel a "hot spot" before the blister forms, duct tape reduces friction better than moleskin. If you develop a blister, Spenco "2nd Skin" is a very comforting necessity. Also bring foot powder for moisture absorption; cloth, not plastic Bandaids; about 10 individually wrapped alcohol pads; and a small tube of Neosporin or other antibiotic cream.
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc.
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamine, cough drops.
  • Sun screen and lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Tweezers.
  • Ace bandage.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Prescription medicines in their original bottles.
  • Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in health-food stores). This often helps your digestive system get in shape for "new" flora and fauna. Eating yogurt does the same, however it is not always available.
  • Immodium, Lomotil, or similar anti-diarrhea medicine.
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets and/or liquid in leak-proof bottle.
  • Emergen-C.  Good for higher altitudes, and some people swear they get fewer colds on airplanes if they take this during flights.

 

Camera Equipment

For many women, photography is a large part of this trip. We suggest you bring the following:

Digital camera, more memory cards and batteries than you think you need, battery charger, and adapter. Bring an adapter kit since multiple types of plugs are found in the country. Most digital cameras have a built in converter so you only need to bring an adapter. You can also purchase adapter plugs in Kathmandu.

The following items can be purchased in Nepal:

  • Maps.
  • Language or guide books.
  • Local snack foods.
  • Wool hats and sweaters.
  • Local-style clothing in all sizes.
  • Trek clothes such as gortex jackets, fleece, and down jackets.
  • Western-style, all-cotton clothing, as well as cashmere and silk garments.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Post cards, stamps, and books in English.

 

OPTIONAL

  • Small, lightweight binoculars (yes!).
  • Swiss Army knife or equivalent with scissors (for cutting duct tape or moleskin if you have blisters on trek). Make sure you pack this in your checked luggage, and don't have it in your carry-on.
  • Walking stick. Although walking sticks are provided on the trek, if you have a favorite telescoping walking stick that packs into your suitcase easily, by all means bring it.
  • Pictures of your house and family (Nepalese love to see this!)
  • Reading material.
  • Video camera (beware of video taxes).
  • Guide books. For general information about Nepal, the Nepal Insight Guide (latest edition). For trekking information, the Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (eighth edition) guide.

 

LAST-MINUTE REMINDERS

  • Make photocopies of your airline tickets and the first 2 pages of your passport and put them in different locations (suitcase, carry-on bag, etc.).
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary at home.
  • Bring 6 extra passport size photos: 2 for visa on arrival, 2 for trek permits, and 2 additional photos to use in emergencies.
  • Your valuables should be insured for the duration of the trip, but better yet, leave them at home. Don't wear expensive gold and diamond jewelry.
  • Make sure passport, tickets, and visas are valid and in the correct name.
  • Check with airline to reconfirm reservations and departure time. Most airlines want to hear directly from the client for confirmations.

 

Some Extra Items to Add to your "What to Bring" List

We are updating and adding the following items for all international trips. With more than 30 years of experience flying around the world, we think these items help make your long airline flights much more comfortable and even more bearable:

  • Neck pillow - Inflatable neck pillow for blissful support and deep sleep. For packing, it folds into itself. Self-sealing valve means nothing to close. Soft microfleece cover removes for washing. Eagle Creek Large Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow at TravelSmith.
  • Sleep mask /Comfort eye shade - Ultra lightweight and comfortable, the Comfort Eye Shade screens out light and distractions for a cozier flight. Ultra-soft micro fleece for comfort. Adjustable elastic strap for a perfect fit. Made of Molded Polyester Micro Fleece. Eagle Creek® Comfort Eye Shade at TravelSmith.
  • Travel compression socks - Reduce ankle and leg swelling and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. These doctor-designed socks stimulate circulation through gradual compression that stops swelling and guards against (DVT). Made of coolmax®-lycra®-nylon. The TravelSox® cushion Walk Socks have extra-padded soles and are made of moisture wicking SoftPrim®. TravelSox® Cushion Walk Sock™ at TravelSmith.
  • Noise canceling headphones - Block out unwanted sounds of children crying and airplane engine drone, and/or enjoy great audio sound. Reduce distortion and increase perceived loudness so you can enjoy sound at a lower volume. Get the around the ear design, which is very comfortable.

- Bose Quiet Comfort 2 - List Price: $199.99. Oval shaped around-the-ear design, an iPod fits nicely in the center of the case between the headphones. You can get the next generation of Bose Quiet Comfort 3, but the cost is $349.00.

- Audio Technica ATH-ANC7- List Price: $219.95 Excellent sound quality and above average noise cancellation. Comfortable leather cushioning around the ear and can be worn for long periods of time with no discomfort. Excellent headphones with a reasonable price tag. Comparable in quality to the Bose Quiet Comfort 3.


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.