Nepal

Nepal is nestled high up in the Himalayan mountains. When we visit Nagarkot you can even see Mount Everest and other majestic peaks in the distance. But besides the overwhelming natural beauty that Nepal has to offer, you will also find very friendly and helpful locals and an abundance of cultural heritage. The palaces built out of brickwork are very impressive, as are all the local temples hidden is small alleys. And don't forget the omnipresent colored prayer flags, characteristic for the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

This Travel will start in the morning of the first day. If you have not spent the night in our hotel in the city center, you are expected to arrive there no later than 09.00 h for an introduction and to meet your fellow travelers. It is your choice to arrive in Nepal early in the morning or one or more days before the start of the Travel. We will gladly help you to arrange a hotel room for you.

Day 1, 2 & 3 – Kathmandu

Samsara Vegan Travels - Travel Route Nepal 11dOur hotel is situated in Thamel, the center of tourist activity in Kathmandu and home to many shops, temples and restaurants. In the morning you will meet your fellow travelers and guide in the hotel. The rest of the day we will organize a walking tour in Central Kathmandu where we can visit Durbar Square and other attractions.

Kathmandu housesThe next day is free for you to enjoy the sights of the city at your own pace. You can walk around the city street all day or visit the Garden of Dreams.

The next day we take a private bus and visit some sights further away from the center, such as Swayambhunath (also called monkey temple), the impressive Bodnath temple and Kopan Monastery.

Day 4 – Patan

Side street templeThis day is dedicated to Patan, another of three historical capitals in the Kathmandu valley. Patan is well known for its art and sculpture galleries. And of course also here a Durban Square with the royal palace. You can walk around for hours visiting many Buddhist monasteries and Hinduist temples. At the end of the day we will make our way back to our hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 5 & 6 – Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur templeFrom Kathmandu we will make our way toward Bhaktapur with our private transport, the third royal city in the Kathmandu valley. It used to be the best preserved one, but unfortunately the 2015 earthquake caused quite some damage and monument and buildings. All the more reason to visit this city and support the local community. In the city center you will find many interesting alleyways and little squares, still breathing an ancient atmosphere. Also Bhaktapur has its Durbar Square with beautiful temples and architecture. This is the place to be if you want to draw your own mandala. Our hotel is right in the city center, where we will also find some nice restaurants.

Day 7 – Nagarkot

Nagarkot+himalayaBy private transport we will drive from Bhaktapur to the mountain town of Nagarkot. On a clear day you can see the Himalayan ranges spread out in front of you, including Mount Everest. Get up early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise with this fantastic view in the background. We will arrive here in the early afternoon sp you will have plenty of time to go for a nice walk. Our hotel has the only vegetarian restaurant in town and will serve us vegan food.

Day 8 – Nagarkot to Bandipur

Samsara Vegan Travels - Nepal - Bandipur villageWe leave the cities behind us and make our way west with our private bus. We will be driving a few hours today, taking in the mountainous scenery along the way. In the afternoon we will arrive in Bandipur, where the Newari culture is beautifully preserved. The town has lovely narrow streets with traditional houses and offers a great atmosphere. Our hotel is within walking distance of the town center.

Day 9 & 10 – Pokhara

Pokhara lakeIn the morning we will continue our way toward Pokhara, which is beautifully situated on Phewa lake. From the town you can see the Annapurna mountain ranges in the background. The remainder of the day and the next day is for you to enjoy your time in and around the town and like. Hop on a boat to the nearby Hindu temple, situated on a tiny island in the lake. Or just stroll around town, choose your lawn chair at the lake and enjoy the sun and the views while sipping on a drink.

For those who cannot sit still, there is always the walk up to the World Peace Pagoda, with spectacular views of the town and lake. Or choose one of many water sport activities on offer.

Our hotel is situated right in the center of town, within walking distance of all attractions and many restaurants.

Day 11 – Pokhara to Kathmandu

With our private bus we will make our way back to Kathmandu where we will arrive in the early afternoon. Depending on the time of your flight, you can enjoy the rest of the day in Kathmandu for those last minute souvenirs or you can make your way to the airport.

Note: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, for example an upcoming monsoon or a broken bus, it is be possible that the travel program must be adjusted. The final decision will be made by the tour leader.

What is included in the price?

  • Transportation according to program
  • 10 Overnight stays
  • All breakfasts
  • Dutch+English+German speaking tour leader
  • Local English speaking guide

What is not included?

  • International flights
  • Meals, unless mentioned otherwise (but we will direct you to vegan restaurants)
  • Entrance fees (unless mentioned otherwise)
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Spending money
  • Tips

For spending money you should count on an average of € 175,- per person per week. In this amount are included costs for food and drinks, entrance fees, additional excursions and personal tips. Souvenirs are not included in this amount as this very much depends on the person.

Tipping in Nepal is common and often a necessary part of peoples income. For common expenses such as tipping in hotels and our bus driver and guide, a joint pot will be used for which a contribution is requested from all participants. For this 11 day journey to Nepal this will be € 25,-. When you are satisfied with your tour leader, a tip will be very much appreciated.

Personal health

On a Travel to an exotic country like Nepal it is important to prepare yourself well. For a thorough advice on required vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis, contact your family doctor or a clinic specialized in vaccinations. Travelers who reside in The Netherlands can find relevant information on thuisvaccinatie. Starting well on time with a vaccination program is essential as some vaccinations have to be repeated one or more times to be sufficiently effective. Make your 1st appointment at least 6 weeks before departure.

Necessary protection

In general, you are advised to protect yourself against the following diseases:

  • Hepatitis A
  • DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, polio)
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria (advice on malaria prophylaxes for Nepal varies, depending on itinerary but also country of residence, please show you doctor your travel itinerary)

Check with your health and/or travel insurance if costs for travel vaccinations and malaria prophylaxes will be reimbursed.

Travel medication

You are also advised to bring a modest travel pharmacy containing painkillers, diarrhea tablets, ORS (Oral Re-hydration Salts), disinfectants, anti-histamine tablets and motion sickness tablets of your sensitive for that.

If you are bringing other medication into the country, ask your pharmacy to provide you with a list of subscribed medication.

Insurance

The costs of health care abroad or an unexpected repatriation can be huge, even in a country like Nepal. To prevent these high costs, a travel insurance will be required. Samsara Vegan Travels obligates its travelers to obtain an adequate a travel insurance for the full coverage of medical assistance and repatriation and can ask for proof of this insurance. Failure to comply with this requirement can be cause for cancellation in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

For your benefit you may choose to have a cancellation insurance.

Safety and travel advice

For up-to-date information about the security situation in Nepal, please visit the website of your national government. Travelers who reside in The Netherlands can find relevant information on Nederland Wereldwijd.

Intensity of the journey

With good health you can easily participate in this journey. Long walks and bike rides are all optional. In the locations where we spend the night we are within walking distance of the town/city center and restaurants, but taxis are also available everywhere. Due to the active nature of the trip this journey is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Travel guidance

All travels to Nepal will be accompanied by a Dutch+English+German speaking tour leader and a local, English speaking guide. The tour leader is the first point of contact during the journey. The tour leader has a lot of experience with traveling and gladly answers all your questions, but he is not a walking encyclopaedia. Also bring your own travel guide for additional information.

Your tour leader

StefanMy name is Stefan van de Wetering, 46 years of age and I am of Dutch origin. I have traveled around the globe extensively and have visited 57 countries so far (see image below for countries I have visited). I have a strong preference to travel in South-East Asia, Japan and New Zealand.

+46 70 597 5950
Samsara Vegan Travels
+31 636 515 427
stefan@samsaravegantravels.com

Countries visited by Stefan

Travel companions

We always travel in small groups, minimum 6 and maximum 16 travelers. The Travel is confirmed to depart if at least the minimum number of travelers have made a booking. In some cases Samsara Vegan Travels can decide to confirm the departure, even if the required minimum number of travelers has not been reached.

Money

The Nepalese currency is the Rupee. Money can be obtained by exchanging Euros or US dollars at banks, exchange offices or in the hotel. Credit cards are becoming more accepted, especially in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Taking money from cash machines is also possible, especially in larges cities, with a debit card with Maestro or Cirrus symbol. Sometimes the machines are out of order, so make sure to have a sufficient amount of cash.

We recommend to bring with you an amount of cash in Euros or US dollars for emergency purposes. If possible bring an additional credit and/or debit card for unexpected expenses or emergencies.

Travel documents

You are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after departure from Nepal.

For obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal you have two options:

Option 1: Apply for a visa at the Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country. You can do this directly by visiting your local Nepalese embassy's or consulate's website and downloading or requesting the appropriate forms or by using one of many commercial visa offices you can find online. More information about what type of visa you need, and the costs involved, you can use the following link for Nepalese Visa. Please ensure yourself of the through time for this application, we recommend to submit your request at least 4 weeks before departure. For travelers who reside in The Netherlands, forms can be found at Visumcentrale.

Option 2: Get your visa on arrival at the airport in Nepal (Visa on arrival). This is the easiest and cheapest way to obtain your visa. The exact procedures for obtaining your Visa on arrival are described here.

As a traveler you are responsible for having the right travel documents.

Climate

The climate in Nepal is dominated by the annual monsoon rains, which are frequent from June till September. The best months to travel are March till May and October and November when the days are warm and dry. The winter months are colder, especially higher up in the mountains, but traveling in winter kind be very enjoyable. It is less crowded and the mountain views are very clear.

Climate Kathmandu

Transport

Driving times Nepal

Most local transport is done by a private bus. Keep in mind that this is Nepal and levels of comfort can deviate from what you are used to in your country, caused by factors such as road conditions, weather and local customs.
To give you an impression of the distances we will be covering, have a look at the table. Driving times do not include stops.

Luggage

From a practical point of view, it is best not to bring a hard suitcase, these do not fit well in the luggage compartments of the bus. The best is to bring a backpack or flexible holdall. Take a careful look at what you want to bring with you, experience shows that you usually have too much with you. You do have to carry your own bag from the bus to the hotel, so do not make it too heavy.

In Buddhist temples, access is not permitted with bare shoulders and knees, dress appropriately.

Accommodation

Standard twin room NepalThe hotels are comfortable and all have private bathrooms and usually air conditioning. Because the exact accommodation can vary depending on the date and group size, we do not send a list. As a general example, rooms will look something like this:

Prices for this journey are based on shared rooms. If you are a single traveler we will put you in room with another traveler of the same sex, if available. If no other traveler of the same sex is available at the time of booking, we will put you on a waiting list till another single traveler is available. Rooms are generally fitted with two single beds, unless otherwise requested. If you would like to have your own room, this is possible for an additional fee of € 170,-.

If you would like to arrive 1 or more days early, or would like to extend you stay after the tour has ended we can arrange a room for you in the hotel we are using for the tour. The daily rate for this is € 38,- for Kathmandu. This rate includes the occupancy for 1 or 2 people, and breakfast. For booking extra nights, you can use the section 'extra nights' in our booking form.

Emergencies

In case of an emergency, both travelers and those who stay at home can reach the tour leader of Samsara Vegan Travels using any of the following media:

+46 705 975 950
Samsara Vegan Travels
+31 636 515 427
stefan@samsaravegantravels.com

If the tour leader is not available or responding, please use these emergency numbers:

+31 640 999 410
SOS@samsaravegantravels.com

We will respond to your call as soon as possible.

For emergency purposes make a scan of your passport, visa, and other important documents and mail them to yourself, or put them online in the cloud. So, in case of theft or loss during the journey, you always have copies of your important papers on hand.

Booking process

The first step to book a Travel is to fill out the booking form as shown on our website. After we have received your application we will send you a confirmation by e-mail as soon as possible, but no later than within 72 hours. The booking is agreed with the submission of the booking form, cancellation is no longer possible without incurring cancellation costs.

All details regarding payment of deposit and the remainder of the travel sum are giving on the booking page.

The Travel is confirmed to depart if at least the minimum number of travelers have made a booking. Do not book your international flights before you have received a message from us that the departure of the journey is confirmed.

11 Days Nepal

Departure Date Arrival Date Duration Price
28 April 2019 08 May 2019 11 d € 1.250,-
12 May 2019 22 May 2019 11 d € 1.250,-
22 September 2019 02 October 2019 11 d € 1.250,-
06 October 2019 16 October 2019 11 d € 1.250,-

 

These travels are covered by STO Garant (Foundation Take Over - Travel Guarantee). This information is in Dutch only, for a detailed description in English of the Travel Guarantee, refer to Terms and Conditions.