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Nepal on a Shoestring - Encounters Travel
Nepal on a Shoestring - Encounters Travel
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Starts
Kathmandu
+3 Destinations
Himalaya Mountains
Ends
Pokhara
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Start in Kathmandu and end in Pokhara! With the adventure tour Nepal on a Shoestring, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Kathmandu to Pokhara and through Kathmandu, Nepal and 3 other destinations in Nepal. Nepal on a Shoestring includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
12 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
35
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Local Transport
Travel style
Adventure

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  • JH
    Written on April 25, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    The 7 day tour could easily have been condensed into 5 nights. We had a day to ourselves before an evening meeting with the rep on day 1, and day 7 ended immediately after breakfast. The guide spoke little English so we got nonsense answers to questions that we asked about places of interest. The trip to Chitwan was the best bit. Getting so close to elephants and rhino was spectacular. The guide in the national park was very good. The hotel was the best on the trip. Comfortable, clean and well appoited. The hotel in Pokhara was a big disappointment - a small room for 2, sockets that didn't work, so no place to recharge camera/ phone batteries. Good places to visit at minimal cost that could have been included in the cost.
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to get back to us with this feedback, it’s very much appreciated. I just wanted to get back to you with a couple of comments on the feedback given, hopefully just to explain the reasons we operate this tour in such a way. - The 7 day tour could easily have been condensed into 5 nights. We had a day to ourselves before an evening meeting with the rep on day 1, and day 7 ended immediately after breakfast. On day 1 of the tour I can see that you arrived into Kathmandu very early in the morning and so you had the remainder of that day free to yourselves. However since this is one of our group tours, not everybody will necessarily be arriving early and in fact it’s fairly common for us to have arrivals throughout the day and into the evening (on the date you travelled we had just 1 other passenger travelling and she arrived after 8pm on Day 1). For this reason we don’t plan any activities or tours on the first day of the tour (we operate our tours this way in nearly all the destinations we offer). Since you booked your trip we’ve actually changed the end of this tour and it now actually ends in Kathmandu a day later, though it will still end after breakfast on the final day which is a departure day (again, we operate the tour in this way as we’ll likely have departures throughout the day, from the early morning and through to the evening. This allows people to be flexible with the flights they book to get the most convenient times for them, and the best prices). - The 7 day tour could easily have been condensed into 5 nights. We had a day to ourselves before an evening meeting with the rep on day 1, and day 7 ended immediately after breakfast. Taking the arrival and departure days out of the schedule it would in theory be possible to shorten this tour by two nights. However taking into consideration the points mentioned above and because this is a group tour it really wouldn’t be feasible for us to be able to do this. It would leave people having to book their own accommodation for the night before the tour proper starts, and their own accommodation on the last night. We’ve included those nights to make things easier all round. Having everyone in the same hotel on the arrival day starts helps avoid delayed starts the next morning if people are checking out of their own hotels first and making their way through traffic to join the group. And at the end of the tour, we don’t like arriving somewhere or finishing a day’s tours and then leaving you to your own devices. We’d much rather include a final night’s accommodation and let you check out and move on to your next arrangements or departure flight at a convenient time for you the next day. - The guide spoke little English so we got nonsense answers to questions that we asked about places of interest. I’m sorry you had issues with the guide in Nepal, this really isn’t something we’ve had feedback about before and we work with the same guides regularly. We do provide a tour leader rather than a professional tour guide to escort the whole tour, with separate licensed guides escorting you on the city tour and wildlife safaris. The tour leaders are all Nepali and while they know lots about their country, they don’t have the same historical or wildlife knowledge that the professionally trained licensed guides do. I’ll certainly be following up with our local team to check on the various guides and leaders used on your trip. - The trip to Chitwan was the best bit. Getting so close to elephants and rhino was spectacular. The guide in the national park was very good. The hotel was the best on the trip. Comfortable, clean and well appoited. The hotel in Pokhara was a big disappointment - a small room for 2, sockets that didn't work, so no place to recharge camera/ phone batteries. I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time in Chitwan. This is often mentioned as a tour highlight for many of our passengers, especially after leaving the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu behind. The wildlife sightings, especially of rhino, can be excellent. I’m sorry you weren’t overly happy with the accommodation in Pokhara, it should be noted that this is one of our ‘Shoestring’ tours and therefore the accommodations are of a lower standard than our other tours in Nepal, though this is reflected in the price of the tour. On the itinerary you booked the price paid was just £399.00 for the 6 night tour with all activities and accommodations as per the itinerary included which we feel offers fantastic value. With our updated itinerary (which now includes transportation back to Kathmandu and a final night here) the price is a little higher, but still represents good value for a budget tour of Nepal. Throughout Nepal, hotels (and everyone else) need to work around issues with electricity due to load shedding which is implemented by the local government in an attempt to ration the limited amount of power they have available to distribute. This does mean that some hotels do have hours where no electricity is available (though some hotels do have generators which allows some lights and sometimes also plug sockets to work). I suspect this may be reason you encountered issues in Pokhara, but we’ll be following up with the hotel to reach a resolution if this wasn’t the case. Unfortunately the load shedding isn’t something which hotels have any control over. Thank you once again for choosing to travel with us in Nepal and for providing this valuable feedback. I hope the above points have been helpful in explaining the way in which we plan this tour. I hope that we can arrange another tour in the future to another of the many destinations we offer.
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  1. Day 1: Arrive into Kathmandu
  2. Day 2: Kathmandu city tour
  3. Day 3: Tourist coach and local transfer to Chitwan National Park. Evening village walk
  4. Day 4: Chitwan National Park wildlife safari
  5. Day 5: Chitwan to Pokhara
  6. Day 6: Sarangkot walk and free time
  7. Day 7: Pokhara, return to Kathmandu
  8. Day 8: Kathmandu, tour ends. Transfer to airport for departure

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  • Transport

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Typhoid
Recommended for Nepal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
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Cholera
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Recommended for Nepal. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
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Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Nepal. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for Nepal. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Kathmandu is the starting point and Pokhara is the endpoint.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 194 km.
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • 88 km
  • Chitwan National Park (Nepal)
  • 97 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)
  • 5 km
  • Sarangkot (Nepal)
  • 5 km
  • Pokhara (Nepal)

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