Nepal, from its serene natural beauty to the warmth of its people and the birthplace of Buddha is one of our most favored destinations to visit and explore. It is a fascinating kingdom, curled up in the mountain peaks of the Himalayas between China and India, and has a lot to offer for every traveler. With astonishing views of some of the tallest majestic mountains on earth with the Annapurna circuit trek or the more challenging Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal and her irresistible culture, flavorful delicacies, myriad adventures, awe-inspiring natural wildlife, this landlocked Himalayan glacier are worth visiting at least one time in your life.
With Bamboo's Discover Nepal small group guided tours, you don't have to worry about anything. We have got all your Nepal tour needs covered. We'll show you the most outstanding tourist spots and some of the best-hidden gems that the country has to offer. With special permission granted for our Bamboo Nepal guided tours, you'll have endless possibilities to take incredible photos and #selfies while creating enduring memories. All activities are, of course, safely supervised 24/7 by our local guides and tour leaders.
We're here as a guide on your Nepal trips, sharing our passion for travel and exploring, and giving back to ensure you have the best experiences with your like-minded travelers. But First, let's tell you some of the must-know traveling tips of Nepal and why you must visit. We answer some of your most frequently asked questions to get you up to speed on the best way to experience Nepal's travel style! You'll have your very own personal Nepal travel guide and leader with you along the way to give advice and travel tips, so you get the most from your time on this Bamboo Adventure tour of Nepal.
Our Nepal travel tips are not only for the Discover Nepal tour but beyond the adventure as you may wish to continue solo.
Nepal Travel Tip 1. Trekking the great Himalayas may not be everyone's cup of tea. But that doesn't mean that you must miss out on the most glorious peaks on the planet. Take a breathtaking panoramic flight over the Himalayas experiencing Everest base camp, the Kathmandu valley, Pokhara or stunning Annapurna.
Nepal Travel Tip 2. A little bottle of hand sanitizer, for before and after meals will protect you from any tummy upsets that may occur during the tour.
Nepal Travel Tip 3. In Nepal, the nightlife here usually ends at around 10 PM. If you're thinking of going out for drinks, make sure to hit the bars at around 7 PM so that you can have an enjoyable evening before you have to head back to your lodge.
Nepal Travel Tip 4. Don't depend too much on google travel guides to understand Nepal. During your tour with us, your tour guide will show you beyond the book. Learn about a side to Nepal that is hidden from most!
1st Reason to travel to Nepal. Nepal is a region of contrasts. Impressive natural beauties combine with a rich culture and sense of the past. Home to the iconic Mount Everest and her snow-capped ten of the world's 14 highest mountains.
2nd Reason to travel to Nepal. Nepal offers fantastic activities for those adrenaline junkies amongst us with its astonishing natural riches, an array of fishing opportunities, hiking, and mountaineering, mountain biking, and river rafting.
3rd Reason to travel to Nepal. The historical culture and traditional architecture of Kathmandu will leave you mesmerizing. Nepal is well-known for its scenic sanctuaries and monasteries and being the birthplace of Lumbini, the home to the Lord Buddha. Kathmandu Valley houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to sculptures, monuments, artistic shrines, and spectacular artworks.
4th Reason to travel to Nepal. Nepal is an incredible, family-friendly destination, offering a range of fun activities for kids, such as exotic wildlife safaris, river rafting, nature walks, and cultural excursions.
5th Reason to travel to Nepal. It's a very affordable country to visit! What more reasons dp you need to travel to Nepal. You can easily travel around Nepal with Bamboo's Discover Nepal eco-tours on a budget and have an exceptional experience that will leave you hungry for your next adventure!.
After years of working, exploring, and embracing Nepali life we have been asked 100s of questions about the ins and outs of our Discover Nepal tour, not only that we go beyond the tour and have asked our guides to provide some of their top Nepal Faqs! Here you go!
Tours in Nepal are affordable, so your money will go far here. With our Discover Nepal tour, we cram in all the accommodation, transportation, activities, project donations, and some meals! Your spending money is variable depending on the person but on average you will spend from US$20-40 per day!
For most nationalities, you can quickly get your visa on arrival in Kathmandu. It takes around 45 minutes and is the most straightforward way to get your visa. You can even apply for a visa in advance from a regional Nepali consulate present in your country if you'd want to have everything organized in advance. We strongly recommend contacting your local Foreign Office to confirm your exact entry requirements!
We have studied and perfected the Discover Nepal experience and have decided that 14 days is precisely the right amount of length of time you need. That said, we encourage you to extend your stay!
Nepali is the official language of Nepal. It has origins in Sanskrit and is inscribed in the Devanagari text. Nonetheless, English is widely understood by most people in the town areas. However, in the village areas, several ethnic groups use their varied languages. Your guide will speak better English than most English people, so do not fear while on tour, we will even teach you some local phrases to get through the tour in 1 piece!
The perfect seasons for tours of Nepal, group tours, and trekking are the spring that is from March to May, and the fall starting September to November when you'll encounter clear skies and incredible mountain views especially in and around Annapurna base camp or the BIG ONE, Mount Everest. It is also the time of the year when the trails are packed, although there are significant ways to prevent the crowds. The winter season, which lasts from December to early February, and the summer months from June to August are also the great times to travel. Although weather conditions can be pretty unpredictable, these months offer an extraordinary experience and fewer crowds from the traveling perspective. For Chitwan National Park, Nepal's southern jungle region, the winter season is ideal for travel when the climate conditions are pleasant and the foliage less dense to enable better wildlife sightings.
In short, Yes, completely, Nepal is safe to travel on your next vacation or holiday. Nepal is known as a Peaceful & Independent destination in the world. Even after the tragic earthquake on April 25, 2015, Nepal is recovering, and very few areas are prone to earthquakes. Therefore, Nepal is welcoming more tourists to visit and support rebuilding. Nepal is safe in all aspects, even if you are a woman touring alone. Traveling with XYZ Nepal guided tours means complete safety and care in your whole excursion. We have credible and highly skilled travel chauffeurs who will completely take care of your safety and make your holiday memorable.
ATMs are accessible in most of the prominent regions of Nepal, including in some of the famous villages as well. Nepal generally accepts Visa cards, Credit cards, Debit cards, American Express cards, Maestro Cards, JCB cards, UnionPay cards, SCT cards. Cards are also accepted by most hotels and lodgings, eateries, supermarkets, travel offices, and banks. However, regional markets, small cafes or restaurants, guesthouses will be challenging to facilitate with accepting cards, not to mention you need to carry enough cash while wandering to rural areas of Nepal.
Yes and No. The regions of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and most of the other notable cities are set at an altitude ranging between 800-1400m. The national parks in the south are even lower. So it implies that if you are traveling to these regions, there would be no risk of altitude sickness. But if you are planning to head to the trekking trails of the Himalayas, then altitude sickness is a possibility, and the higher and faster you trail, the more the risk becomes. Please ask your tour leaders before doing the Everest base camp trek or going to the Annapurna region. Our Nepal treks are supervised by professional sherpas, mountaineers, and guides, your safety will always be a priority.
There are three significant ways of traveling within Nepal (four if you like trekking and hiking!)
Bus: The bus is inexpensive – and the most adventurous travel style – means to travel around Nepal. Buses are available for every town and village with a road but are informed that bus travel is invariably prolonged, breakdowns are frequent and well, comfort isn't a guarantee! That said, if you are not on a very tight budget, you can take a luxury bus running in major urban centers such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Langtang National Park, Durbar Square, and so on. Some of which are aimed exclusively at the exclusive tourist market. These buses are timely, comfy, and reliable.
Private Vehicle: Many visitors or small group tours get around Nepal by hiring private vehicles. Generally arranged through a tour company although your guide will help you here. Vehicles always come with a reliable driver. Prices for longer journeys are naturally higher, but this is the most comfortable way to get around Nepal if you can afford it. The drivers usually are well versed in English and often act as informal tour guides. You can stop to cherish the scenery, grab a bite to eat or take a slight detour as per your preference. Journey times are also much shorter, and drivers are mostly more courteous of road regulations than bus drivers!
Air Travel: Nepal has a broad internal aviation network, catching a plane is the fastest and easiest way to get from one part of the country to the other. In addition, flying is an excellent way to reach mount trek trails that would otherwise take two or three days by vehicle. Regardless, for each plus, there are various negatives. Aviation prices are steep, the security system is pretty low, and flights are often canceled due to bad weather conditions, particularly on mountain flights. We advise you to never get an internal flight from a mountain airport back to Kathmandu for an international flight on the same day as the chances of the internal flight being discontinued are just too great.
In short no, Nepal is very affordable in all areas and regions.
Discover Nepal like never before with a company that cares about Nepal and her people. Nepali folklore is often illustrated in dance and music, and the people are open to sharing their traditions. Although tourism and traveling are steadily encouraged, Nepal's isolated location has kept its culture and history preserved and unaffected from external influences. Our Nepal tour packages include Nepal group vacations with family and friends and Nepal small group holidays with personnel, relationships designed around you. Nepal is a Himalayan paradise, and we are excited to be the one to show you its beauty. Are you ready for this adventure Travel Nepal trip? Discover Nepal with Bamboo and discover more than expected.
Firstly, on behalf of everybody at Bamboo, | would like to offer you our thanks for choosing to experience this incredible part of the world with us. We guarantee you an amazing time and we're all very much looking forward to meeting you in Kathmandu soon.
| imagine that right now you're very excited about your upcoming adventure and this little guide has been put together to help you understand more about what will be happening, what to expect, how to plan and more. We guarantee your time with us will be unforgettable from start to end.
Bamboo is growing as our style of ‘travel’ has proven to be the ‘way’ to travel. You are now a part of this journey and we welcome you with open arms and hearts. This growing experience is down to people like you, so do get stuck in, become part of our way of life, live every moment and take nothing for granted.
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Guided city tour through Kathmandu's best landmarks
Get off the beaten track and experience real, authentic Nepalese communities
Embark through the crisp lakeside town of Pokhara
Explore the jungles and landscapes of Chitwan National Park
Check out the breathtaking views on the road during your trekking adventure
Passport holders of several countries can get a visa on arrival into Nepal for approximately USD $35 meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. We recommend you visit the official Nepal Immigration website to get access to the latest and most up to date
information on entry requirements:
VISA and passport requirements are YOUR responsibility.
Rooms here will be twin shared (2 beds).
All rooms include air conditioning, a satellite TV, a mini fridge and a private bathroom.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant.
There is a roof terrace, small courtyard with seating and you will be slap bang in the middle of Thamel, the backpacker area, surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops galore.
Your accommodation will be twin shared (2 beds).
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a private western style bathroom.
Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant.
There are some terrace areas with views out over the lake.
Accommodation during the trek will be in basic tea houses or lodges.
During the trek all your meals are included, including tea or coffee during meal times.
WIFI is available in some tea houses along the trekking route.
Hot showers can be used at some of the tea houses at an additional cost as is the charging of phones, cameras etc.
Rooms here will be twin shared (2 beds).
All rooms include air conditioning, a satellite TV and a private bathroom.
All meals will be served in at the hotel restaurant on site.
When it comes to advice on how much money to bring, it’s impossible to say. All our intrepid explorers are very different. Where some go all out, others are on a budget. You can find both
high end and budget restaurants, bars and shops across Nepal. A rough guide for meals and drinks can be found below:
Typical exchange rates are:
$1 - TIO rupees
£1 - 140 rupees
ATMs, or cash machines, are prevalent throughout Nepal and will issue the local currency. If you do plan to bring your ATM card
with you, we recommend that you inform your bank. This should prevent your card being suspended due to irregular withdrawals.
We don't recommend bringing traveller's cheques with you. The reason is that banks across Nepal have odd hours of operating, and
it may cause unnecessary hassle finding a bank open when you wish to make a transaction.
Negotiating a purchase, known as bartering, still happens in the tourist areas of Nepal.
If you're unsure as to whether or not you can barter for a discount please speak to your guide or coordinator.
Packing for a trip to the unknown is always tricky. It’s definitely worth doing a little bit of homework on this one and to consider the local culture when deciding what clothes to bring.
Here is a list of what you will need:
For up to date information about the best travel vaccinations to have before arriving in Nepal we urge you to contact your own GP, a travel health clinic or to check the World Health Organisations website.
Bamboo are not medical professionals and therefore can't offer you medical advice.
Thanks to the world wide web we now have access to great flight deals through websites such as Skyscanner, Google Flights and more. If you'd rather use the services of a booking agent, the likes of STA Travel, Trailfinders and Flight Centre, they are all available online.
Please remember that this tour starts in Kathmandu and finishes in Kathmandu
Travel insurance should be in place for the entire duration of your travel, covering, at a minimum, cancellation of booking, providing medical cover for illness and injury, repatriation whilst overseas, helicopter evacuation off the mountain and loss of baggage.
Once you have booked and confirmed your flight to Kathmandu, please make sure that you have shared your flight arrival time and flight number with our team. Without those details, we will be unable to guarantee that one of our team will be at the airport to meet you on arrival.
Did you know that?
The handshake is not very common in Nepal. People of Nepal put their palms together and bow their forehead and say Namaste.
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On a flight, the bathroom door isn’t really locked when you're inside. Lavatory doors can be locked and unlocked from the outside fora multitude of reasons. It allows flight attendants quick access to locked lavatories in case of emergencies. In other instances, it allows the cabin crew to restrict access to bathrooms during takeoff and landing.
Kathmandu’s International Airport is a very busy airport and can be a confusing place. You will be staying at Fuji Hotel. Please keep this address handy as it will be requested upon your arrival:
Fuji Hotel, Brahmakumari Marg, P.O Box: 6209, Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Once you've passed through Immigration (Passport Control) you'll need to collect your luggage from one of the carousels. Make sure you keep your airline baggage slips as you will need to show these in orde to exit the baggage hall. Once you have your bags please make your way to the exit passing through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel. Once through you will enter the busy main arrivals area.
Please keep a look out for our team. They should be easily recognizable with their Bamboo T-shirts and holding a sign showing the Bamboo logo. Once you've spotted our team, please head over and introduce yourself. You'll then receive further instructions. Please bear in mind that we may be waiting for others to arrive so your transfer to the hotel may not be immediate but we'll get you there as soon as possible.
In the unlikely event that you can’t find our team, please don't panic. As long as you have provide us with your correct flight details one of our team will be there. Please check again in the arrivals area, If you still cannot locate one of our team please call the following number +977 9849 141067.
If you have supplied us with a mobile phone number, please make sure your phone is turned on as we may be trying to contact you.
On arrival to the hotel, we'll help you to check in and give you more details of what's happening next.
Pick up is only available between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm on the official start date.
All trips between cities will be taken in a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus (depending on numbers) and we will have plenty of toilet breaks, snack stops and chances to take photos of the incredible scenery along the way.
Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time.
Below is a typical estimate of the journey times between each location:
KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
Approximately 7-8 hours
POKHARA TO CHITWAN
Approximately 4-5 hours
CHITWAN TO KATHMANDU
Approximately 6-8 hours
Our Discover Nepal tour actually covers a distance of over 450km from start to finish across Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and back to Kathmandu.
Nepal is home to one of the few places on earth where you can see both the Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhinoceros
Any tour is only as good as the guide - fact. The input of a tour guide cannot be understated. Their input into your tour, their little insights, the off-the-beaten-track adventures, the knowledge and experiences that they share with you will make or break your time wherever you are in the world.
At Bamboo, we take the selection and training of our guides and coordinators very seriously. Each guide undertakes a structured training program of three months and only once we're convinced that they are genuine representatives of Bamboo are they signed up to the family.
Each of our tours has English-speaking guides to support you, answer your questions, educate you and to ensure that your time is unforgettable. From time to time we may have new guides-in-training on our tours. If you're lucky to have a trainee on your tour, please be patient. They are undergoing training and therefore their knowledge won't be that of the trained and experienced guide who will be accompanying them.
Although not in any way expected or encouraged, anybody who goes over and above the call of duty to ensure that you have the very best time, may deserve a special little thank you.
Did you have extra special service in a restaurant? Did the bus driver make an additional pit-stop just for you? Did your guide go out of the way so that you could experience something unique? At Bamboo we're firm believers in Karma - what goes around most definitely comes around!
NOTE - Your trekking guides will all be qualified and experienced.