If you have a short break in Kathmandu, the city of temples, but want to have as much as Kathmandu has to offer, this will be the best option for you. Kathmandu tour is completely different and enjoyable. You’ll take a once-in-a-lifetime flight to the Himalayas, seeing the mesmerizing white peaks of Mount Everest and others, take photographs of this amazing panoramic view from the cockpit, visit the captivating medieval city of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, witness daily rituals at holy sites and learn about Hindu and Buddhist tradition. Want an astrological reading? A famous Nepali astrologer can give you reading. You can share the peace and tranquility of Buddhist monks at prayer. You’ll be amazed and rewarded by the most dazzling and colorful array of unexpected sights and shocked about the culture of astonishing contrasts. You will be accompanied by our professional guide who can bring you close to reality.
This is a daily departure tour.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look at our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini, Nagerkot and Balthali the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not too far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel in Kathmandu so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on tour we spend nights in hotels and lodges. The Nepalese hotels/lodges are simple, friendly and atmospheric.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and we do not charge a single supplement. We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the entire trip. If you prefer to have your own single room then you have to pay single supplement, however the single room is only possible in Kathmandu not on the trek.
Normally all breakfast are included on the trip and sometimes Lunch and dinner too as on itinerary. Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economy and these local foods are always fresh.
We eat in the hotel where we stay (if it is included), our trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, Fruits, lunch will be a simple meal with noodles, rice, Pasta and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages are extra.
A Typical Day
You will have free morning in the city and after breakfast we start shortly for a day tour. The day tour can be 5-7 hrs depending on the tours. After the tours you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the tours so far and for general socialising. If the dinner is not included on the trip, you can take in any restaurant you prefer.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide, drinks for all trips & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu and most of the cities using your debit or credit card.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and driver but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trip and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 5-10% of your trip.
Your baggage on tours has no limit but if there is trekking involved, please make it not above 15 kg. For the domestic flight to Chitwan, Pokhara and Lumbini, we have 20 kg limitation. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trips at the hotel in Kathmandu.
This holiday involves no high altitude problem as all of them in a low elevation.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring small change. Bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist checkup.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at Plugs and Socket.
Preparing For Your Trip
This is easy holiday, however It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter steps on the trail while doing walking and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
Nepal can be visit all year around, however October to November and March to May are the best times for holiday in Nepal. These months both side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for explore. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humors and an appetite of adventure and discovery!
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
Today you experience something most people never will, a flight to the Himalayas to see majestic Mount Everest and the more. The forty five minutes flight offers an incredible panorama and amazing view of Mount Everest. You can take a photograph of the world’s highest mountain from the cockpit. You will be taken to the hotel for breakfast. After short rest you will set for a walking tour in Kathmandu Durbar square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destinations in Nepal. The main attraction in the Kathmandu Durbar square is Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The striking place was named in honor of the monkey god, Hanuman. At the southern end of the Durbar Square there is the most curious attraction, the Kumari Chowk. You would be able to see a Kumari House, where the Living Goddess of Nepal resides. After exploring this place we will walk through Asan Bazaar to your hotel.
After breakfast visit the famous Fourteenth century Boudhanath Stupa, Tibetan in origin and one of the holiest of Buddhist sites. Gentle chanting and praying fill the air while the local traders sell lamps, cloth and all sorts of fascinating goods in an enchanting kaleidoscope. Then drive to Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. Witness daily rites and rituals at holy site and learn about Hindu traditions. Want astrological reading? A famous Nepali astrologer helps you for the same. In the afternoon you explore Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
Drive to famous Swayambunath Stupa on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from round the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible far and wide. Afternoon drive to Bhaktapur and explore medical cities of devotees and the best preserved of all the old cities of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is known as many name as 'City of Devotees', 'City of Culture' 'Living Heritage' and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Visit all old courtyards and chat with local people. Overnight at Bhaktapur.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. Do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide help you find the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Aug 16 2015
As a women travelling alone I decided to contract the Trekking Team Group . And I did not regret it. Thanks to Shreehari who asigned his experienced guide Arjun to me, I had a wonderful time visiting (either walking or travelling by public transport) beautiful places like Changu Narayan, Nagarkot and Bakthapur. Arjun is a very thoughtful guide who is eager to explain Nepalese daily life to you. I was struck by the gentleness of the Nepalese people, and their resillience and eagerness (young and old, women and men) to rebuild their beautiful and culturally very rich country after the earthquake. I am determined to go back one day with my family for 'more serious hiking' with Shree and his Trekking Team Group.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.