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The Ultimate Adventure Through Nepal

9 nights
Moderate

Trek through the mighty Annapurna foothills, raft and canyon wild rivers, and seek out wildlife in the lush jungles of Chitwan

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, English-speaking tour leader and specialist activity guides

All accommodation

6 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in local teahouses and 1 night camping

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between, including an internal flight (Bharatpur – Kathmandu) and porterage on the trek

Equipment & Permits

All your rafting, yoga and canyoning equipment, with entrance fees and permits taken care of

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

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Tackle thrilling rapids and soak up the scenery as you raft down the mighty Trisuli River, flanked by steep gorges and lush mountains

Embark on a 3-day trek with epic views of the Annapurnas and practice yoga in the shadow of snow-capped Himalayan giants

Spot rhinos in the jungles of Chitwan National Park after slipping and sliding through the canyons of Jalbire, one of Nepal's hidden gems

Visit authentic ethnic villages, engage with the friendly locals, and experience the best of Nepal without having to commit to a long-distance trek

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu!

Durban Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-1755513351

Meet your host at the airport in Kathmandu and hop on a transfer to your central hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to head out and explore some of the city's sights before meeting your guide and fellow adventurers for a welcome briefing and dinner.

Day 2

Raft the Trisuli River

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Rafting

4hrs · 17km

Driving

2.5hrs

Leave Kathmandu after breakfast and embark on a picturesque drive lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours westward to reach the renowned Trisuli River. Known as Nepal's ultimate rafting destination, the Trisuli River boasts impressive gorges and thrilling whitewater rapids, making it ideal for beginners. Upon arrival at Gajuri, begin an exhilarating two-day rafting expedition, paddling against a backdrop of stunning scenery. With a mix of pool and drop rapids along the way, there's plenty of time for quick swimming stops or simply soaking up the breathtaking landscape. Tonight, you’ll bed down in riverside campsite, ready for more water fun tomorrow!

Day 3

Rafting from Charaudi to Fishling and on to Pokhara

Pokhara lake and Annapurna in Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-480374190

Rafting

3hrs · 13km

Driving

6hrs

Get ready for another day of adventure as you navigate the scenic river stretch from Charaudi to Fishling. As you paddle along the Trisuli River, you'll be surrounded by its captivating landscape, passing through small gorges and encountering several exhilarating rapids rated Grade III. Catch a glimpse of the panoramic cable leading to the renowned hilltop Hindu temple, Manakamana, before continuing by road to Pokhara, road-tripping through some mind-bendingly beautiful Himalayan scenery and terraced farmland. Settle into your lakeside hotel and soak in the tranquility of this beautiful city as you prepare for tomorrow's mini trek to the foothills of the Annapurnas.

Day 4

The Dhampus Trek, one of Nepal's best-kept secrets

Hikers climbing up the steps through the jungle of Annapurna Range on Himalayas, Nepal. Photo: GettyImages-521430248

Hiking

6hrs · 12km · 1000m up · 130m down

Yoga

1hr

Depart from Pokhara in the morning and embark on a one-hour journey by vehicle to Hemja, which marks the start of your exciting 3-day trekking adventure. Get ready to traverse some fantastic scenery of terraced farmland, stopping in traditional local villages including Dhampus and soaking in some superb panoramic views of green valleys and mountains along the way. Today’s final destination is Australian Camp (2,055m), where you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the Himalayas and mighty peaks like Mount Machhapuchhre and Mount Lamjung. Unwind in your cosy teahouse, stretch your muscles with some restorative yoga and enjoy a sunset over the distant Annapurnas range, all bathed in a golden glow.

Day 5

Sunrise yoga and trek to Panchase

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Hiking

6hrs · 14km · 900m up · 900m down

Yoga

1hr

Wake up early in the morning to catch an amazing sunrise, followed by a session of yoga and meditation led by your local instructor amidst the breathtaking surroundings. Fuel up for breakfast, then set off hiking through forests, across rivers and local hamlets, including the traditional Gurung, Brahmin, and Chettri villages, giving you the chance to truly immerse yourself in the rich local culture and picturesque farmland. Tonight you'll bed down in a local teahouse nestled in the village of Panchase, renowned for its panoramic location offering stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu Himalayan ranges.

Day 6

Morning yoga and trek to Bhumdi

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Hiking

6hrs · 15km · 750m up · 1200m down

Yoga

1hr

Wake up to magnificent views of the mountains illuminated by the sunrise and join an optional morning yoga class before setting off on your final hike. Despite the proximity to bustling Pokhara, you're unlikely to encounter many other trekkers along today's trail, which winds through beautiful meadowland and forest, with mountains regularly peeking out between the trees. Listen to the chirping of birds above and keep an eye out for monkeys hiding among the branches as you approach Bhumdi. From there, you'll take a quick transfer back to Pokhara. Celebrate the end of your short yet soul filling trekking experience with a well-deserved drink by the lake, then rest up for the final leg of your Nepal adventure tomorrow.

Day 7

Canyoning in Jalbire and on to Chitwan

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Canyoning

3hrs

Driving

6hrs

Bid farewell to the picturesque Pokhara Valley and the iconic Fishtail Mountain as you embark on a journey toward Chitwan National Park, making a stop en route at one of Nepal's most beautiful canyons. Jalbire will be your playground for a thrilling canyoning experience, featuring majestic waterfalls, rock slides, and giant jumping rocks leading to pristine pools of turquoise water. Spend approximately three hours here before continuing on to Chitwan, Nepal's first national park, which protects more than 900sq km of forests and grassland and an incredible diversity of wildlife including ghariyals, rhinos, elephants, pythons, and several species of deer. Enjoy sunset along the banks of the Rapti River, tuck into a delightful dinner at your comfy jungle resort, before a full day of wildlife and nature exploration tomorrow.

Day 8

Jungles and wildlife of Chitwan

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Safari

3hrs

Canoeing

1hr

Rise early and start your day of wildlife exploration with a visit to the Crocodile Conservation Project, a dedicated initiative to safeguard the endangered crocodile species of Chitwan. Established in 1971, the Gharial conservation centre focuses on breeding and releasing these distinctive crocodiles into the wild. Next, board a dugout canoe for a leisurely cruise along the Rapti River, the perfect chance to catch your first glimpse of aquatic birds, Gharials, and other wildlife that feed along the picturesque riverbanks. Return to the hotel for lunch before embarking on a jeep safari through the wilderness and thick jungles of Chitwan, eyes peeled for local wildlife including bisons and the elusive one-horned Rhinoceros.

Day 9

Back to Kathmandu

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Hiking

1-2hrs · 5km · 100m up · 100m down

Fuel up on breakfast before a morning jungle walk led by a knowledgeable park naturalist. Immerse yourself in Chitwan's lush natural surroundings as you observe diverse bird species, flora, and fauna. Later, take a short drive to Bharatpur where you'll catch a domestic flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Thamel's lively streets and perhaps visit the famous UNESCO Durbar Square, a cultural gem showcasing the architectural and artistic grandeur of ancient Nepal with palaces and temples. Celebrate the end of your epic adventure through Nepal and bid farewell to your fellow travellers and host over an optional farewell dinner.

Day 10

Bye bye Himalayas

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Enjoy a lie-in followed by breakfast at your hotel. Then, if time permits, spend your last day exploring the city before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7 – Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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Breakfast typically consists of hot porridge, muesli, or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs.

For dinner, the menus usually offer a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables, and pickles – delicious and healthy), momos (Nepalese dumplings), mixed noodles, pasta, and even pizza, with additional options of local and international dishes available at hotels and in cities. Some of the included lunches during activities will be picnic-style, while on the trek, you are free to choose your preferred dish at one of the local teahouses along the route.

Dairy-free, vegan, or vegetarian diets can be accommodated, although meals may become somewhat repetitive – dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are challenging to cater for on teahouse treks (be cautious as powdered soups and seasonings often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused, potentially causing cross-contamination). Please communicate your dietary requirements to your guide so they can assist when ordering, and bringing along extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

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Kathmandu

On your first and last nights, you’ll stay in a centrally located hotel in Kathmandu's Thamel area, usually the Hotel Holy Himalayan or Thamel Heritage Hotel, on a twin-share basis, with en-suite bathrooms, air-con and WiFi.

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River camping

You'll spend one night in a wild and beautiful location beside the river at a fixed river campsite, featuring twin-shared safari tent accommodation with shared facilities. All equipment and bedding will be provided for you.

Pokhara

You'll stay in a hotel near the lake, close to the local bars and restaurants, usually the Hotel White Pearl, Hotel Big Pillow Inn or Hotel Kausion, subject to availability. All rooms are on a twin-share basis.

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Along the trek

You’ll be spending two nights in local teahouses, mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets, in twin rooms. WiFi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

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Chitwan

Your two nights in Chitwan will be spent in twin-share rooms at the comfortable Jungle Villa Resort (or alternatively, at the Jungle Wild Resort or Landmark Forest Park, subject to availability). The properties are surrounded by lush greenery and near the edge of the Rapti River.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked, subject to availability – see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking.

This trip has been rated as Moderate

An action-packed journey through Nepal's iconic beauty, cultural highlights, and some little-visited corners, this trip is an ideal introduction to the country without committing to a long-distance, high-altitude trek. Most days involve 4-6 hours of activity, with a couple of long road transfers and one internal flight maximising time to cover a wide range of places and experiences in just ten days.

While rafting the Trisuli River, you'll cover a total distance of approximately 30km over two days. The activity is led by specialist guides, and all equipment is provided, including 6-9 seater rafts, helmets, life jackets, and safety kayaks/boats. You will encounter approximately 17 grade -3 and 3+ rapids along the route, but none of them are particularly challenging, making it suitable for both total beginners and more experienced rafters.

You'll also join a 3-day trek at the foothills of the Annapurnas, along paths and trails that are relatively comfortable underfoot. There are a few sustained climbs and plenty of steps, but the views are worth it, and all should be attainable for a regular hill walker or those with a reasonable level of fitness. The trek does not reach high altitude, as the highest point is about 2,500m, but you will still get some great views of the mighty Annapurnas in the distance. Overall, a good level of fitness, stamina, and experience walking in the hills will make the going more enjoyable, so consider factoring in some training beforehand – we advise doing at least a couple of weekends of back-to-back days hillwalking.

While on the trek, you'll be joined by a local yoga instructor who will offer some morning and evening yoga classes, either in the comfort of your teahouse or outdoors, with stunning views of the mountains. Practice will include breathing exercises (Pranayama), common yoga flows, and some meditation.

Canyoning will involve sections of hiking, scrambling, abseiling, optional jumps, sliding, and swimming. Full gear and tuition will be provided; all you need is a basic fitness level. However, you should be comfortable in the water and not overly afraid of heights, as there is a 25m rappelling section to tackle (optional).

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings, which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of the activity. We recommend bringing an additional small duffel bag or 40L rucksack where you can pack your overnight kit during your 2nd night/3rd day trek, which will be carried for you by a porter (on a 2:1 basis).

The best time to visit this part of the Himalayas is before or after the monsoon season, which runs through July and August. The months of March to May and late September to November tend to be dry and pleasant for trekking and all the other included activities. In the cities and valleys, you can expect daytime temperatures of around 25-30°C. As you climb into the mountains, this will drop the higher you go. The higher villages on the trek may reach temperatures close to freezing overnight. Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict, so do come prepared for all conditions.

Please note that you may encounter higher temperatures above 30°C and high humidity in Chitwan, but the wildlife tracking activities there are leisurely, with plenty of time to relax in the comfort of your jungle resort.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Any time on Day 10

Transfers

Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if booking extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance. On Day 1, your tour leader will arrange a group briefing before a welcome dinner, so we strongly encourage you to book a flight landing by 16:00 in order to be able to join this on time.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major aiports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

  • All your rafting and canyoning equipment, yoga mats and camping equipment on Day 2

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or main luggage (max 15kg)
  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litre +)
  • Small soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack (for the porters to carry overnight kit during the 2n/3d trek)
  • Small drybags, if you want to take your phone with you on the water-based activities

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Sun hat
  • Underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • Swimwear

SHOES

  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings)
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Water shoes, water sandals with a heel strap or an old pair of sneakers you don’t mind getting soaked

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)

OTHER

  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Sunglasses (UVA + UVB resistant) + strap (you don't want to lose your sunnies in the river)
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Spare batteries (camera, torch, etc)
  • 2 reusable water bottles
  • Prescription glasses or contacts (bring an extra pair)
  • Passports (visas and copy of your passport)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof sunscreen 30+ SPF
  • Earplugs
  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 288kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

An action-packed journey through Nepal's iconic beauty, cultural highlights, and some little-visited corners, this trip is an ideal introduction to the country without committing to a long-distance, high-altitude trek. Most days involve 4-6 hours of activity, with a couple of long road transfers and one internal flight maximising time to cover a wide range of places and experiences in just ten days.

While rafting the Trisuli River, you'll cover a total distance of approximately 30km over two days. The activity is led by specialist guides, and all equipment is provided, including 6-9 seater rafts, helmets, life jackets, and safety kayaks/boats. You will encounter approximately 17 grade -3 and 3+ rapids along the route, but none of them are particularly challenging, making it suitable for both total beginners and more experienced rafters.

You'll also join a 3-day trek at the foothills of the Annapurnas, along paths and trails that are relatively comfortable underfoot. There are a few sustained climbs and plenty of steps, but the views are worth it, and all should be attainable for a regular hill walker or those with a reasonable level of fitness. The trek does not reach high altitude, as the highest point is about 2,500m, but you will still get some great views of the mighty Annapurnas in the distance. Overall, a good level of fitness, stamina, and experience walking in the hills will make the going more enjoyable, so consider factoring in some training beforehand – we advise doing at least a couple of weekends of back-to-back days hillwalking.

While on the trek, you'll be joined by a local yoga instructor who will offer some morning and evening yoga classes, either in the comfort of your teahouse or outdoors, with stunning views of the mountains. Practice will include breathing exercises (Pranayama), common yoga flows, and some meditation.

Canyoning will involve sections of hiking, scrambling, abseiling, optional jumps, sliding, and swimming. Full gear and tuition will be provided; all you need is a basic fitness level. However, you should be comfortable in the water and not overly afraid of heights, as there is a 25m rappelling section to tackle (optional).

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline, shared between the group:

  • Approximately USD100-120 per person for the trip, depending on the size of your group (USD50-60 for the main tour leader, the remaining to be shared amongst the other activity guides and staff)

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Although most teahouses and hotels have the option to buy bottled water, we advise against it to reduce the use of plastic. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - some trekkers like to use UV handheld devices such as a Steripen but other options are available.

This trip is scheduled to run outside the monsoon season so severe weather disruptions are unlikely to occur. However, should external factors, (such as severe weather conditions) cause alterations to what is possible, then the ordering of the above itinerary and/or the exact number of days spent in each location may have to change. The local host will endeavour to ensure that any replacement activities are of a similar style. One internal flight is included on this trip in order to make most of your time in Kathmandu at the end of your trip and avoid a third long road transfer. Please provide your passport details soon after booking so your seats can be reserved. Should the flight get cancelled, your host will arrange a transfer back to the capital by road (approx. 6-7 hrs drive).

The best time to visit this part of the Himalayas is before or after the monsoon season, which runs through July and August. The months of March to May and late September to November tend to be dry and pleasant for trekking and all the other included activities. In the cities and valleys, you can expect daytime temperatures of around 25-30°C. As you climb into the mountains, this will drop the higher you go. The higher villages on the trek may reach temperatures close to freezing overnight. Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict, so do come prepared for all conditions.

Please note that you may encounter higher temperatures above 30°C and high humidity in Chitwan, but the wildlife tracking activities there are leisurely, with plenty of time to relax in the comfort of your jungle resort.

Any luggage not needed for the short trek can be left at your hotel in Pokhara.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal, but generally people spend between $15-$25 per person per day on meals and hot drinks. Below is an approximate breakdown of some items:

  • Dal baht: $4 to $7
  • Chow mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/hot chocolate: $1.00 to $3.00
  • Chocolate bars: $2 to $4

Teahouses will provide cold water free of charge; however, it will need to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the drinking water FAQ for our advice. Other extra costs to be considered are:

  • Shower: $2-$4
  • WiFi: $2-5
  • Electricity: $2-5

No, you'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings, which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of the activity. We recommend bringing an additional small duffel bag or 40L rucksack where you can pack your overnight kit during your 2nd night/3rd day trek, which will be carried for you by a porter (on a 2:1 basis).

This trip includes a one way domestic flight from Bharatpur to Kathmandu, operared by Buddha Air.

Nepal's mountainous terrain and weather make for challenging flying conditions and sadly more incidents (including fatalities) occur here than in other countries. Since 2013 the EU has banned all Nepalese domestic airlines from flying within EU airspace in order to raise awareness of the poor safety record (although no Nepalese airlines were operating routes within the EU prior to the ban). You should be aware that flying in Nepal is an identified risk: please consider this carefully before booking. Additional information can be found on the Aviation Safety Network entry for Nepal as well as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for Nepal

Domestic airlines in Nepal are generally not accredited by any internationally recognised safety audit systems and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of Western nations.

What does MBA do about this?

MBA collaborates with other UK travel companies that arrange for independent air-safety auditors to visit Nepal annually to assess the local airlines. MBA then only uses the carriers that were approved as part of the most recent audit. If any concerns are subsequently raised about an approved airline between audits, we put them on hold until the auditors are satisfied that safety standards are being met. Buddha Air has been deemed safe in the most recent air-safety report obtained by MBA in 2023.

You should aim to keep your luggage as light as possible, not exceeding 15kg which is the weight limit on the internal flight. Extra weight can be purchased locally for a fee if required (Rs 100 per extra kg)

You will be joined by one tour leader from the trip start to end, as well as local specialist guides including rafting, yoga and canyoning instructors. You will also have some helpers when on the trek (on a 2:1 basis), who will help carrying your overnight kit if desired.

We've sourced some great optional activities for you to do in and around Kathmandu should you wish to explore the area further. Please discuss these directly with your host, who will be able to book them for you.

Cook Like a Local: This short cooking workshop (approximately 3 hours) teaches you how to cook popular Nepali dishes like momos and dal bhat. You'll meet your teacher and accompany them shopping, then head to the kitchen and learn to cook alongside them. Price: pay what you think the workshop is worth!

Shop Local: A 2-3 hour guided exploration of the markets of Kathmandu. Learn about the vendors that line the narrow and crowded alleyways and witness everything you could ever imagine being sold, haggled, or bargained for. It’s a great chance to learn about the melting pot of cultures that exist in Kathmandu. Price: $9-$50 per person, depending on group size.

Master of the Arts: Patan Durbar Square is popular for its handicrafts, and this trip will explore the local factories where they are produced. You’ll visit 2-3 factories and learn about the traditional processes they use and see artwork being produced. Price: $14-$59 per person, depending on group size.

Introduction to Shamanism: Shamanism, which is believed to heal many diseases, is not practiced widely these days. However, this trip enables you to meet a practicing Guru and learn all about this age-old tradition. You’ll visit a small house for an introduction, followed by lunch and then a drumming session where you’ll learn the importance of rhythm to healing. Price: $90-$150 per person, depending on group size.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

Private trip

Got questions? We've got answers

Our friendly and expert team is on hand to help you choose one of our adventures. So if you want answers to questions like "Who else is going?" or anything else about this trip – please get in touch.

We've got your back

Guaranteed to run

All our trips are now guaranteed to run. Once you’ve booked your spot you can immediately make your travel arrangements, no uncertainty, no hanging about (excludes 'request to book' departures). Full details

Flexible payments

Secure your spot with the minimum deposit and pay off the remaining balance in as many instalments as you like, with no interest or fees. Full details

Happiness Guarantee

We’re so confident you’ll have an amazing time we’ll put our money on it. Full details

Full financial protection

To give you complete peace of mind we’re backed by ABTOT, ABTA and ATOL memberships. Full details

Tried & Trusted

We’re rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot with over 900 verified trip reviews averaging 4.8/5.

Connect before you go

You'll be invited to join a WhatsApp group to get to know each other before your big adventure together. Full details

DEPARTURE DATES

October 2024

Friday • 18th October 2024

to Sunday • 27th October 2024
Guaranteed to run
New Trip Offer - Next 1 spot available at 10% off
Private trip

Go private and split the bill with ease.

Forget complex logistics, we've taken care of all the details to ensure a hassle-free get together. All of the adventure, none of the faff.

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