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Highlights of Nepal - Exodus Travels
Highlights of Nepal - Exodus Travels
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19 reviews
Starts
Kathmandu
+5 Destinations
Himalaya Mountains
Ends
Kathmandu
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Highlights

Start and end in Kathmandu! With the discovery tour Highlights of Nepal, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 4 other destinations in Nepal. Highlights of Nepal is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus

19 Reviews

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  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 1
    Written on November 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great way to get a flavour for this amazing country. You get to see the bustling city, lush forest area and amazing mountains. It takes the stress out of travelling around trying to fit things in and cherry picks the best bits to see.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing at some of the highest points we climbed to as a group and looking around and seeing everyone of different ages and abilities smiling and taking in the views and where we had walked from - Pokhara up to Raniban in particular.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was knowledgeable, explained everything clearly so we weren't bombarded with information but drip fed it as needed. He balanced the needs of the various people in our group really well and we felt well looked after.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do come prepared with the right gear so you can fully enjoy the experience. Investing in good boots and socks plus waterproofs is well worth it. Taking time also do a few good long hilly walks will also help with you being able to feel like you are not too puffed out - although the pace is flexed according to the needs of everyone in the group too :o)Is there anything else you would like to add?A great experience!

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 2
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our Highlights of Nepal trip was exactly that - it offered us such a variety of sights, smells, tastes, and feelings, with barely a rest between each new adventure.  Our guide Prasant was knowledgable and good company, and in one case of injury gave us confidence and reassurance.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our treks in the Annapurna foothills gave me the most pleasure.  They were hard work, climbing stony paths up and down many thousands of feet, but passing through villages and past shrines, talking to local people and gazing at spectacular mountain vistas - it was everything I wanted from my first taste of the Himalayas.  Kathmandu was also a wonderful experience - I walked all day through the old city, on back roads past all sorts of hidden treasures; the musical instrument making area, the dental treatment zone (this was interesting!), the religious painting area, Durbar Square (of course), Thamel (of course) and finally ending the day with a cooling drink in the Garden of Dreams, a tranquil neo-classical historical garden which offers the tired walker a complete contrast to the chaos and colour of the city outside.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was excellent.  Prasant was highly experienced, having guided in the area for (I think) more than 17 years.  I never once doubted his abilities - even when one of our party was badly injured.  He took admirable control of that situation and reassured the rest of us that everything would be done to assure the best possible outcome for our fellow traveller.  He understood the mix of our group well, and never hurried the slower walkers, nor frustrated the faster ones.  Our evening meals were always fun with him with us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you have the right walking shoes/boots, with the right socks too!!  And for the jungle part of this particular trip it is vital for your required long trousers and long sleeved top to be very light-weight.  I only had my normal UK weight Spring clothes to wear on our jungle walk, and I thought I would completely melt in the heat!  Is there anything else you would like to add?For someone who loves mountains - I have explored many of the major mountain ranges in the world - my visit to the Himalayas was the fulfillment of a life-long dream!  This trip gave me everything I hoped for - uplifting moments, good company, new friends, everlasting memories, and a whole new folder of spectacular photographs!  I want to go back next week ........

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 3
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our Highlights of Nepal trip was exactly that - it offered us such a variety of sights, smells, tastes, and feelings, with barely a rest between each new adventure.  Our guide Prasant was knowledgable and good company, and in one case of injury gave us confidence and reassurance.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our treks in the Annapurna foothills gave me the most pleasure.  They were hard work, climbing stony paths up and down many thousands of feet, but passing through villages and past shrines, talking to local people and gazing at spectacular mountain vistas - it was everything I wanted from my first taste of the Himalayas.  Kathmandu was also a wonderful experience - I walked all day through the old city, on back roads past all sorts of hidden treasures; the musical instrument making area, the dental treatment zone (this was interesting!), the religious painting area, Durbar Square (of course), Thamel (of course) and finally ending the day with a cooling drink in the Garden of Dreams, a tranquil neo-classical historical garden which offers the tired walker a complete contrast to the chaos and colour of the city outside.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was excellent.  Prasant was highly experienced, having guided in the area for (I think) more than 17 years.  I never once doubted his abilities - even when one of our party was badly injured.  He took admirable control of that situation and reassured the rest of us that everything would be done to assure the best possible outcome for our fellow traveller.  He understood the mix of our group well, and never hurried the slower walkers, nor frustrated the faster ones.  Our evening meals were always fun with him with us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you have the right walking shoes/boots, with the right socks too!!  And for the jungle part of this particular trip it is vital for your required long trousers and long sleeved top to be very light-weight.  I only had my normal UK weight Spring clothes to wear on our jungle walk, and I thought I would completely melt in the heat!  Is there anything else you would like to add?For someone who loves mountains - I have explored many of the major mountain ranges in the world - my visit to the Himalayas was the fulfillment of a life-long dream!  This trip gave me everything I hoped for - uplifting moments, good company, new friends, everlasting memories, and a whole new folder of spectacular photographs!  I want to go back next week ........

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 4
    Written on January 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a great holiday and introduction to what Nepal has to offer. It's made us want to do more walking holidays and we'd love to go back to Nepal some day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were a lot of great things:Watching the sun rise from the roof of the guest house in Bandipur. Seeing the mountains emerge from the clouds surrounding them every afternoon and realising just how massive they are.Enjoying a cold Gorkha beer at the teahouse after a day of trekkingDrifting lazily down the river in a dugout canoe and watching the kingfishers and crocodilesBoudhanath stupa in Kathmandu is definitely worth visitingRelaxing in the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu before we flew back  homeWhat did you think of your group leader?Keshar was an excellent leader who looked after us really well. He made it a great and memorable holiday and we learned a lot about Nepal from him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We loved the trekking and it's worth doing a bit of preparation as there are a couple of days with steep climbs and you want to enjoy yourself. In October, pack for warm days but the temperature drops in the evening, even in Kathmandu.We weren't sure what to expect from the teahouse accommodation as the trip notes say they are quite basic. However, all the places we stayed in had great character and were really well run which made up for the occasional shared bathroom. There was no problem in finding electrical sockets, even on trek, and WiFi was available in unexpected places.Among the places visited, you'll not find an ATM outside of Pokhara and Kathmandu, so make sure you have enough cash before the trek starts. Also, most places will not change Scottish notes, thankfully we were warned in advance.I'd recommend the optional paragliding excursion in Pokhara for a unique view of the city.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had a great crowd of fellow travellers which made the trip even more enjoyable.

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 5
    Written on January 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a great holiday and introduction to what Nepal has to offer. It's made us want to do more walking holidays and we'd love to go back to Nepal some day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were a lot of great things:Watching the sun rise from the roof of the guest house in Bandipur. Seeing the mountains emerge from the clouds surrounding them every afternoon and realising just how massive they are.Enjoying a cold Gorkha beer at the teahouse after a day of trekkingDrifting lazily down the river in a dugout canoe and watching the kingfishers and crocodilesBoudhanath stupa in Kathmandu is definitely worth visitingRelaxing in the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu before we flew back  homeWhat did you think of your group leader?Keshar was an excellent leader who looked after us really well. He made it a great and memorable holiday and we learned a lot about Nepal from him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We loved the trekking and it's worth doing a bit of preparation as there are a couple of days with steep climbs and you want to enjoy yourself. In October, pack for warm days but the temperature drops in the evening, even in Kathmandu.We weren't sure what to expect from the teahouse accommodation as the trip notes say they are quite basic. However, all the places we stayed in had great character and were really well run which made up for the occasional shared bathroom. There was no problem in finding electrical sockets, even on trek, and WiFi was available in unexpected places.Among the places visited, you'll not find an ATM outside of Pokhara and Kathmandu, so make sure you have enough cash before the trek starts. Also, most places will not change Scottish notes, thankfully we were warned in advance.I'd recommend the optional paragliding excursion in Pokhara for a unique view of the city.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had a great crowd of fellow travellers which made the trip even more enjoyable.

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 6
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was certainly a positive experience and my wife and I would not heitate in recommending it. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The fantastice mountain views and the friendliness of the Nepali people. Even in the hustle of Kathmandu you felt at ease.What did you think of your group leader?The trek leader and the assisstant were exceptional in there atitudes to the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel light you do not need a lot on the trek. Ensure that you do a lot of hill walks to get fit before you go so that you can enjoy the experience..

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 7
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I can't remember a trip where I literally enjoyed every moment! The guide(s) were excellent and a pleasure to be with. So much fun!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Arriving on the brow of a hilll after a long exhausting walk to be met with the view of Annapurna in all it's glory!Fantastic! What did you think of your group leader?One of the most knowledgeable, patient and fun people you could meet. What a credit to Exodus!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Relax, and enjoy this part of Nepal. Wonderful people and a priviledge to be allowed to spend a short time in their fabulous country.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip Exodus. Spot on from beginning to end. Highly recommended and I will be booking with you again (probably this year!). Thanks

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 8
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was certainly a positive experience and my wife and I would not heitate in recommending it. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The fantastice mountain views and the friendliness of the Nepali people. Even in the hustle of Kathmandu you felt at ease.What did you think of your group leader?The trek leader and the assisstant were exceptional in there atitudes to the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel light you do not need a lot on the trek. Ensure that you do a lot of hill walks to get fit before you go so that you can enjoy the experience..

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 9
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I can't remember a trip where I literally enjoyed every moment! The guide(s) were excellent and a pleasure to be with. So much fun!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Arriving on the brow of a hilll after a long exhausting walk to be met with the view of Annapurna in all it's glory!Fantastic! What did you think of your group leader?One of the most knowledgeable, patient and fun people you could meet. What a credit to Exodus!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Relax, and enjoy this part of Nepal. Wonderful people and a priviledge to be allowed to spend a short time in their fabulous country.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip Exodus. Spot on from beginning to end. Highly recommended and I will be booking with you again (probably this year!). Thanks

  • Highlights of Nepal reviewer 10
    Written on December 10, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Looking for a taster to Nepal, with the right mixture of trekking, sights and culture, then I would highly recommend this trip. One thing to say the walking is not easy it's all up or down so get your boots out beforehand and practice.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many inspirational parts to the trip the mountain views at sunrise and sunset, trudging through the jungle on the back of an elephant were the most inspiring. Having been back home for a few weeks you have to get the photos out to believe you were really there.What did you think of your group leader?Our leader really did add to the holiday, I went to places and saw things that you really wouldn't of seen if you'd booked a holiday in Nepal yourself. I do think the leaders helps make the holiday, you do have to remember he is part of a team the trek porters and guides and the jungle guides just add to the whole sense of adventure. the feeling when you get to the top of the final climb of the trek just sums the whole experience up.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Going to Nepal is an experience, you have to take life as they do laid back (in fact almost horizontal) just chill out and enjoy the whole thing. As for advice two things:- Don't pack too much, travel light you can get your washing done. Just rember you are unpacking and re-packing virually every other day.check the weather forecast for the time of year you are going, I really didn't need all the warm clothes I packed.  Is there anything else you would like to add?Whilst this isn't the toughest trek you'll ever do (or maybe it is) it is not easy, don't let the "leisurely/moderate" tag fool you it is 4 half days of walking up and down stone uneven steps. On the BIG PLUS side the sights, smells and fun you'll have more than compensates for the hard work. The rest of the holiday just adds to the whole experience.If you want to lay back on the beach and relax Nepal is not for you (but then you're proabably not reading this). However if like a sense of adventure and the unexpected then this is just the taster for a wonderful country,.I say go for it !!!  

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  1. Day 1: Start Kathmandu.
  2. Day 2: Drive to lakeside town of Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Range.
  3. Day 3: Free day in Pokhara; optional excursion to Sarankot for sunrise.
  4. Day 4: Drive to Khare; trek through forest to Australia Camp (1880m); afternoon bird watching walk.
  5. Day 5: Walk through beautiful terraces to Dhampus with magnificent views of Macchapuchhare and the Annapurnas; return to Pokhara.
  6. Day 6: Boat across Lake Phewa; short walk to Raniban visiting the World Peace Pagoda en route.
  7. Day 7: Short flight to Bharatpur and transfer to Chitwan National Park; afternoon jungle activity.
  8. Day 8: Jeep safaris, dugout canoe rides and birdwatching walks around the Chitwan area.
  9. Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu; drive to Mediaeval Bhaktapur.
  10. Day 10: Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square; return to Kathmandu.
  11. Day 11: Free to explore Kathmandu; optional scenic Everest flight.
  12. Day 12: Ends Kathmandu.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 366 km.
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • 95 km
  • Bandipur (Nepal)
  • 52 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)
  • 17 km
  • Dhampus (Nepal)
  • 17 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)
  • 97 km
  • Chitwan National Park (Nepal)
  • 88 km
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)

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