Through our original Nepal division,
we will journey to the ancient land of the yogis
Nepal, land of the Himalayas, birthplace of the Buddha, and site of countless adventures, we are ready for you! This incredible part of the earth boasts 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world, so there are plentiful epic views for us to take in. Not only that–the culture, history, and people of Nepal are absolutely wonderful to experience first hand. In fact, we believe Nepali people are some of the most hospitable and kind people in the world.
On this particular adventure, we will hike through the Annapurna region of Nepal for a week, taking a slow ascent to some incredible views of Mt. Annapurna. At the highest elevation, we will visit Khayer Lake at the foot of Mt. Annapurna, a scarcely traveled path that will be a quiet and beautiful treat for us. Then, we’ll spend a few days in the lake town of Pokhara, enjoying the amazing culinary scene and night life. You’d think the highlights of the trip would be over! Not so. We’ll then hop over to Lhasa, Tibet and take tours of all the ancient monasteries, learning peaceful practices from the resident Tibetan Buddhist monks. Last, we’ll head back to Kathmandu, tour the ancient religious sites of the city, grab any souvenirs (they are awesome in Nepal), and head home.
We will offer yoga twice per day weather permitting. If weather does not permit, we will do our best indoors and at minimum get a meditation in! All classes are optional. Please bring a travel-sized yoga mat with you (ask us for our recommendations!).
August 30 – September 12 2019
$500 per person deposit required to reserve your spot.
$2750 per person based on double occupancy (includes deposit)
Space for this adventure is limited.
- August 30, Friday. Arrive in Kathmandu. Rest day and overnight in Kathmandu.
- August 31, Saturday. In-country flight to Pokhara. Drop extra bags at hotel and begin Khopra Danda trek. Trek day 1.
- September 1, Sunday. Trek day 2.
- September 2, Monday. Trek day 3.
- September 3, Tuesday. Trek day 4.
- September 4, Wednesday. Trek day 5.
- September 5, Thursday. Trek day 6.
- September 6, Friday. Trek day 7 and arrival back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
- September 7, Saturday. Pokhara activities and nightlife party. Overnight in Pokhara.
- September 8, Sunday. In-country flight to Kathmandu. Quick flight then to Chitwan National Park. Overnight in jungle lodge.
- September 9, Monday. Jungle safari tour of Chitwan National Park. Overnight in Chitwan.
- September 10, Tuesday. Flight back to Kathmandu. Kathmandu sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
- September 11, Wednesday. Kathmandu sightseeing then farewell dinner! Overnight in Kathmandu
- September 12, Thursday. International departure.
All in-country flights and in-country ground transportation
All meals, except those during free periods
All activities and tours/excursions
All trekking guide, porter, and teahouse fees
All yoga sessions
Trekking and park permits
Cultural heritage site entry fees
2 family/couple/individual photography sessions
Nepal entry visa (must be done by you at Nepal airport)
Alcohol and extra drinks
Meals/drinks during free periods
Tips (trek guide, porters, drivers, hotel employees, tour guides, restaurant staff)
ACTIVITIES and TOURS:
Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
7 day trek through the Himalayas
Paragliding in Pokhara
Food tour in Pokhara
Boat ride on Begnas Lake
Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park
Tours of cultural sites in Kathmandu
Farewell dinner and show in Kathmandu
How do I get all the way to Nepal? What is the best flight?
We recommend flying Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airlines, or Emirates. These three will have layovers in the Middle East and generally the best prices.
When should I leave to get to the adventure on time? Will I be super jet lagged?
Simply check the arrival time on whatever flight you are buying and ensure it arrives before the evening of Friday, August 30th in Kathmandu. If you are coming from the US, you most likely will leave the night of Wednesday, August 28th to account for the flight length, layover length, and time change. We recommend arriving and beginning to trek right away so you’ll adjust freakin’ quickly to the time change. Most of our travelers don’t experience jet lag until they go back home!
How do I get a Nepal visa?
It’s really easy. You can either pay for a company to get you a visa before you leave (ask us and we can help) or you can simply get one when you arrive in Nepal. It takes a few minutes and costs $25 per person. You can pay in USD for this at the Nepal airport. You can use a debit/credit card, though we don’t recommend it because you’ll also be charged a currency exchange fee by your bank. Note: PLEASE make sure right now that your passport is up to date, has enough blank pages, and not set to expire before we return! If you need to update your passport or even get one for the first time, start NOW. It takes up to 8 weeks sometimes to process. It is a giant hassle to get this done last minute! Please contact us if you’d like help with this process.
How much money should I bring? Should I convert cash? Should I rely on my debit/credit card?
We recommend going cash as much as possible while in Nepal, as some places don’t accept cards and also, there is a currency exchange fee every time you use a card in Nepal. You’ll have about 3 meals that which occur during free periods and you may want to buy snacks or extra drinks or alcohol as well. Not to mention all the cool swag you can buy there! Personally, we take about $500-700 spending money per person for every two weeks we are there. Bring USD with you, then we will convert in Nepal on our first day. Always hide your money safely on the journey to Nepal to ensure it makes it there with you.
Can I use Nepali ATMs?
Yes, you can! However, there is a bank fee and a conversion fee, which can total to $10-12 each time you use the ATM. Plus, must ATMs limit you to 20,000-35,000 per use (which is roughly $200-300 USD). ATMs will be available to use in Kathmandu and Pokhara, though not on the trek and it will be challenging to do so in Lhasa, so plan accordingly.
What are the prices like in Nepal compared to Western countries?
Things are generally inexpensive for us Westerners there! There are a few exceptions: alcohol is not that much cheaper (they have to import it and it is pricey for Nepalis!), water bottles up on the mountain are priced like they are back home (you try carrying giant amounts of water up mountains, haha!), and some “fancier” restaurants and bars are the same prices as have at home. Besides that, generally food is cheap, clothes are cheap, statues/singing bowls are cheap, knick knacks/souvenirs are cheap, etc!
How do I tip in Nepal?
Nepal’s economy depends heavily on tourism (and rice..mmm). Think about it–Nepal has been the crossroads between India and China for centuries! Nepalis pride themselves on being great hosts and providing excellent service. Thus, we ask that you remember this when traveling through Nepal. You don’t need to tip as much as we do in the states, yet 10% for service industry and drivers is typical and then you decide how much to tip your trekking guide based off your satisfaction level. People to NOT tip in Nepal: store clerks, salespeople, monks/priests, beggars, and hotel front desk staff (unless they really wow you–then feel free!). Please budget for tipping $1-5 per day and around $40-50 per person for the trek guide and $20-30 per person for your porter.
Is it safe?
YES! Disclaimer: it is as safe as it is to travel to any foreign land. There is no terrorism activity in Nepal, nor is there civil unrest. Natural disasters do occur, though not at an alarming rate. As in any city, whether your hometown or a distant place, be smart with your belongings to avoid petty crimes. Don’t flash your cash, don’t wear obviously expensive clothing/jewelry, and ask for a safe in the hotel if you have something very valuable.
Can I drink the water? Eat the food?
No, you cannot drink water out of the tap. Yet there is PLENTIFUL water supply systems for travelers. The hotel will provide filtered water, as will most restaurants. If filtered water is unavailable, water bottles are the way to go. You can shower and brush your teeth with tap water, but that is it. You can easily eat all the food–Nepal does not have a “Delhi belly” danger like India. If your stomach is sensitive, you could experience some mild discomfort as you adjust to different foods. The food is generally not spicy and if you are sensitive to spicy foods, simply be sure to ask if something is spicy before you order it. Everywhere we take you, the restaurant/cook will have washed all the food with drinking water so there is no danger of illness. However, please use your discretion. Janan has a sensitive digestive system, for example, so she does not eat raw vegetables while in Nepal. Maria totally does. Neither have ever been sick in Nepal.
Do I need vaccinations?
This is 100% up to you. The CDC website recommends that you up to date on your routine vaccinations (such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot) and then get Hep A and Typhoid vaccines. Hep A is a series vaccine, so take note if you are going to get this one, to get your first one 6 months before we travel so you have time for the second one. They have some “lightly recommended” ones that you can check out on their website here. Note: many people think a yellow fever vaccination is required for Nepal and it is NOT. You have almost no chance of contracting it there and the Nepali government only requires it if you are traveling from a country that has a risk of yellow fever (the US does not fall into this category).
Is altitude sickness an issue?
While we have never experienced it in all the times we’ve trekked Nepal, this is something to simply keep in mind. On this trip, we will travel in the range that which some people can experience altitude sickness. There really is no training to avoid altitude sickness as it has been proven to occur randomly. We recommend that if you are worried about this, to consult with your regular physician and gain an altitude sickness prescription. If you do so, note that you must begin taking the pills BEFORE we leave. The medicine works by building up over time. Make sure you are ok with the side effects (so talk to your doc!). Whether you are taking the medicine or not, you must stay hydrated AF. We will do everything in our power to ensure everyone acclimates and we all have a good time. Altitude sickness can be life threatening in rare cases; if you’ve experienced it before or you want to cover your bases, acquire travel insurance that covers trekking evacuation. It is typically inexpensive.
What if I get sick?
On the trek, we will take it day by day and make in-the-moment decisions based off your feedback. If we are in the cities, there are plenty of pharmacies and clinics.
What happens if I don’t get travel insurance?
There are two types of travel insurance for this trip and both are optional. One is simply getting some return if you cancel the trip. There are different levels of this type of insurance, the lowest being some reimbursement of flights/money spent on the trip if it is canceled due to a disaster, up to cancel-for-any-reason insurance that is exactly as it sounds. Then, there is insurance to cover you in case of a medical emergency while doing a high-risk activity, and this would include helicopter evacuations from the trek itself. Please ensure when you are shopping insurance that you read the fine print and make sure that the policy covers ALL altitudes. Some will over cover up to 3,000m. For reference, our highest elevation will be 4,620m. Ask us if you need any assistance with this. Note: we’ve never purchased policies personally before because the probability of emergency is so low in our trekking region and itinerary.
Can I pay extra to get single occupancy?
Of course! Contact us for that pricing (we basically have you pay double for the accommodations). However, when we are on the 7 day trek, there may or may not be days at the guesthouses where a single room is unavailable and you must bunk with someone else in our group. Guesthouse towns are extremely small, so if there is a couple of large groups, they don’t allow single occupant rooms so that no one is left sleeping outside in the cold! When we are in the bigger cities, single occupancy is no problem.
What do I do during the free time?
This is the perfect time for you to explore the area that we are in. Go eat street food, shop, meet the locals, get coffee/a drink, take photos, etc. We will operate in the buddy system, however, so please do not plan any activities more than a few blocks away from the hotel. This is for your safety since you most likely won’t have phone service in Nepal and we must keep a headcount on all our lil trekking ducklings in this foreign land!