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Nepal

Experiential Tours of Nepal

Nepal seems to have it all: tropical jungles, magnificent snowcapped mountains, and a rich and varied history and culture. The Nepalese people are always pleased to welcome people into their country of which they are understandably so proud, and once you have visited we are sure you will want to return.

This small country is wedged in between two giants, the arid plateau of Tibet and the hot fertile plains and jungles of India. The Himalaya forms the backbone of Nepal and provides some of the best mountain scenery in the world. There are many ways to enjoy the spectacular beauty of these giants and Nepal offers them all.

 

Chitwan National Park

The majesty of the Himalaya is equalled by the wildlife of Chitwan National Park, where elephant-back safaris seek the elusive tiger and the rare one-horned rhino, while boat trips offer sightings of the park’s 450 bird species and gharial crocodile.

 

Scenic flight to Everest

Those wishing to see the world’s highest peak can see the dark foreboding mass of Everest from the comfort of a light aircraft, or alternatively take to the trails and walk in the Sagarmatha National Park.

 

Kathmandu Valley

The unique architecture of the Kathmandu Valley, the photogenic mountain villages and the open and friendly demeanour of Nepal’s people complete the experience.

 

Luxury Lodges

Long the preserve of mountaineers and trekkers, the spectacular vistas can now be enjoyed by all. A series of luxury lodges in the Annapurna region, staffed primarily by the Gurkhas, complete with hot water, down pillows and en suite facilities provide a more comfortable alternative to the standard tea-houses.

 

 

Special Knowledge

For many, Nepal is characterized by the presence of the Himalaya and the amazing opportunity they present to walkers and trekkers. Our knowledge extends beyond the mountains and into the lowland Terai, the terraced foothills of the Kathmandu Valley and the jungles of Chitwan National Park, home to an array of wildlife.

 

Trekking in Nepal

A stay of two weeks is perfect for sightseeing though trekkers may prefer extra time to undertake longer routes. Alternatively, we can arrange four or five-day trips from India, the overland route from Tibet or include Nepal en route to Bhutan.

 

Accommodation

In Kathmandu you will find an extensive range of accommodation, from international five-star hotels offering a wide range of facilities to small and intimately run local guest houses.

The traditional tea houses in the Annapurna and Everest regions provide simple yet very hospitable accommodation for trekkers, offering fresh and revitalising Nepalese food for a day on the trail, while more luxurious options are on hand for those seeking a more pampered stay.

In the national parks there are lodges of varying standards where you can enjoy jungle living with the local naturalists.


Language

The official language is Nepali. There are many other languages, including Maithili and Bhojpuri. English is spoken for business and by people involved in tourism.


Food & Drink

Nepal has not developed a distinctive style of cooking. Food usually consists of lentils and rice, Dal Bhat which may also be eaten with goat, buffalo or chicken. An exception is Newar cuisine, which can be very elaborate and spicy. Dishes include spiced vegetables, chapatis and tsampa (eaten by the hill people), which is a raw grain, ground and mixed with milk, tea or water. Sweets and spicy snacks include jelabi, laddus and mukdals. Regional dishes include gurr, a Sherpa dish of raw potatoes, pounded with spices, then grilled like pancakes on a hot, flat stone. There is a wide selection of restaurants only in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Government tax is added to bills.

All tap water, including when brushing teeth, should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Pork, salad, uncooked vegetables, fruit without peel and mayonnaise may carry increased risk.

 

Social Conventions & Etiquette

The following are some local conventions it is advisable to adhere to: never step over the feet of a person - always walk round. Never offer or accept anything with the left hand, use the right or both hands.

It is rude to point at a person or statue with a finger (or even with a foot). Shoes and footwear should be removed when entering houses or shrines. Do not stand in front of a person who is eating as this means your feet will be next to his food: squat or sit by his side. Local Chorten & temples should be passed by in a clockwise direction. Small flat stones with inscriptions and supplications next to the Chorten should not be removed as souvenirs. Shaking hands is not a common form of greeting; the normal greeting is to press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture, give a slight bow and say 'Namaste' which means 'respect the God within you'.

A gift given to a host or hostess will probably be laid aside unopened; to open a parcel in the presence of a guest is considered uncivil. Overt public displays of affection, especially near religious places, are inappropriate.

 

 

 

 

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