Nepal

Nepal is nestled high up in the Himalayan mountains. From Nagarkot you can even see Mount Everest and other majestic peaks in the distance. 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. You will find the colored prayer flags, characteristic for the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, everywhere, giving the streets even more color and vibrance.

Dates & Prices
Departure Date Arrival Date Price Tour leader
06/10/2019 16/10/2019 € 1.650,- Stefan
15/03/2020 25/03/2020 € 1.650,- Stefan

Itinerary

Summary

Samsara Vegan Travels - Travel Route Nepal 11dOn our Nepal tour we will take you to many cultural highlights. The starting point is Kathmandu, where we will see many cultural landmarks and see up close the devastation of the 2015 earth quakes. We will venture east as far as Nagarkot, where you will enjoy spectacular Himalaya views. From there we turn around and drive west, through the interesting landscapes of Nepal to Pokhara, a peaceful lake town. This tour will end in the capital Kathmandu.

Day 1, 2 & 3 – Kathmandu

Samsara Vegan Travels - Nepal - Kathmandu housesWe start on 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 am for an introduction and to meet your fellow travelers. It is up to you when you want to arrive in Vietnam. If you want to arrive a few days before the tour starts, we will gladly help you to arrange a hotel room for you.

Our 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. For the rest of the day we have planned a walking tour in Central Kathmandu where we will visit Durbar Square and other attractions.

Day 2 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.

On day 3 take a private bus and visit some sights further away from the center, such as Swayambhunath (also called monkey temple), the impressive Boudhanath temple and Kopan Monastery.

Day 4 – Patan

This day is dedicated to Patan, one of three historical royal cities in the Kathmandu valley. Patan is well known for its art and sculpture galleries and many workshops. This is the best place to purchase beautiful statues. Patan also has its Durbar Square with the royal palace and other spectacular buildings. Many of them were heavily damaged by the 2015 earthquake, but there are still plenty of things to see and explore. The Nepalese put in a great effort to rebuild many of the buildings. You can walk around here for hours. In the narrow streets you will find many Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples. At the end of the day we will make our way back to the hotel in Kathmandu, which is less than an hours drive.

Day 5 & 6 – Bhaktapur

From Kathmandu we will make our way east toward Bhaktapur with our private mini-bus. Together with Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur is the third historical royal city in the Kathmandu valley. It used to be the best preserved one, but unfortunately the 2015 earthquake caused quite some damage to monuments and other buildings. Fortunately, there are many beautiful buildings left. By visiting the city, you will support the local community.

In the city center you will find many interesting alleyways and little squares, still breathing an ancient atmosphere. Bhaktapur also has its Durbar Square with beautiful temples and architecture.

In Bhaktapur there is a rich history of pottery and if you to learn how to draw your own mandala, there are plenty of workshops available. Our hotel is right in the city center, where we will also find some nice restaurants.

Day 7 – Nagarkot

Our private mini-bus will take us 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 so 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 village in NepalWe will drive a few hours today. Along the way you can taken in the mountainous scenery and spectacular views. We will pass back through Kathmandu and leave the cities behind us to make our way West.
In the afternoon we will arrive in the mountain village of 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

In 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. Hop on a boat to the nearby Hindu temple, situated on a tiny island in the lake, or just stroll around town. You can choose a lawn chair at the lake, enjoy the sun and the views while you sip on a cool 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 you can do one of many water sport activities.
Our hotel is situated right in the center of town, within walking distance of all attractions and many restaurants.

Day 11 – Pokhara to Kathmandu

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Today, our private bus we will take us 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

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Meals (unless mentioned) (we WILL direct you to vegan restaurants)
  • Entrance fees (unless specifically mentioned)
  • Visa for Nepal (if applicable)
  • 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.

Country Information

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 is very enjoyable. It is less crowded and the mountain views are very clear.Samsara Vegan Travels Climate Kathmandu

Transport

Samsara Vegan Travels Drving times NepalMost local transport is done by a private mini-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.

Dress

In Buddhist temples you must cover your shoulder and knees. Dress appropriately in places of worship or cultural significance.

Evenings in Nepal can be a bit chilly, so pack something warm to wear or use several layers of clothing.

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 a smaller amount of cash in euros or dollars for emergency purposes and to take out most of the money on arrival. You can best do this immediately after arrival at the airport or near the hotel. If possible bring an additional credit and/or debit card for unexpected expenses or emergencies.

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.

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Practical Information

Level of fitness

For this Travel you need medium level of health. Long walks and bike rides are all optional. If you are in good health you can easily participate in this journey.
To cover longer distances we use our own bus. Most of the hotels are within walking distance of the city center and restaurants. Taxis are readily available.
Due to the active nature of the trip this journey is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Travel documents

You are required to have a passport that is valid for the duration of you stay in Nepal.

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

Option 1: Apply for a visa at the Nepalese embassy in your country. You can do this directly by visiting the Nepalese Embassy's website and filling out or downloading 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.

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.

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, you require travel insurance. Samsara Vegan Travels obligates its travelers to obtain 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.

We advise you to take out cancellation insurance, but this is not mandatory.

Vaccinations

When you travel to other countries, it is important to prepare yourself well. For 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.

For Nepal, 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 will be reimbursed.

Travel medication

We advise you 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, make sure these medications are permitted and ask your pharmacy to provide you with a list of subscribed medication.

Accommodation

Samsara Vegan Travels Standard 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:

Our advertised prices are based on double occupancy. If you travel alone and would like to have your own room, we will charge you the single's supplement as specified below. If you would like to share a room we will try to find another traveler of the same sex to share your room with. At the time of booking we will charge you the single's supplement, this will be reimbursed if we find a roommate for you. The single's supplement for this travel is € 170,-.

Rooms are generally fitted with two single beds, unless otherwise requested.

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.

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 tour is confirmed.

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The Group

Your tour leaders

All travels to Nepal will be accompanied by a Dutch+English+German speaking tour leader. 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 s/he is not a walking encyclopedia. It is always a good idea to bring your own travel guide for additional information.
For more information on our tour leaders, click here.

See the Dates & Prices for which guide is accompanying you on your tour.

Your travel companions

We travel in small groups, for Nepal there is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 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.

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Dates & Prices

Departure Date Arrival Date Duration Price Tour leader*
06 October 2019 16 October 2019 11 days € 1.650,- Stefan
15 March 2020 25 March 2020 11 days € 1.650,- Stefan

*Tour leader may change up until the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances.

For EU residents, all our Travels are covered by STO Garant (Foundation Take Over - Travel Guarantee). (The information on this website is in Dutch only, for a detailed description in English of the Travel Guarantee, refer to the Terms and Conditions.)