Our Nepal and Tibet trips are semi independent in style. Local guides provide sightseeing and assistance at each port of call, the tours are not escorted throughout by a tour leader. On bus journeys and flights you will therefore travel without a guide and will be met upon arrival at your destination and transferred to your hotel. In Chitwan National Park guiding will be provided by the lodges own expert jungle guides. The number of passengers joining our Himalayan tours and treks varies from week to week. On average our groups are small, typically between 2 - 6 travellers. Transportation is a combination of public tourist buses, internal flights and private vehicles.
Please note that Nepal and Tibet are still poor, underdeveloped regions and their infrastructure and weather patterns can sometimes lead to delays or cancellations. This may take the form of flight delays due to low cloud in the mountains or foggy conditions in Kathmandu and Lhasa. The road network is quite congested in the cities and suffers from poor maintenance on some routes again causing delays and a rough ride from time to time.
Whilst Kathmandu has a good choice of high quality hotels, in other areas hotels and facilities are not as high as Western standards. Power shortages, water supply issues and fuel scarcity are common problems throughout Nepal. We will always try to offset any unforeseen problems but patience and understanding should be included when packing. Bear in mind that tourism is still relatively new to these beautiful Himalayan regions, things do not always run smoothly and a sense of adventure is a must!
Whilst trekking, accommodation options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! We use simple family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cosy wood burning fire. Two to four people share a room and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Lodges tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Despite the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Himalayan people.
We offer basic 3 star hotels and lodges as standard, though you can upgrade to 4 star hotels in Kathmandu. The emphasis is on accommodating you in well-managed lodgings that factor in comfort, cleanliness and a modest range of guest facilities. Pre/post accommodation is located at the hotel your group tour commences/ends and does not include any guiding or touring services on these days. Solo travellers will need to book a single room for any pre/post accomodation required.
On all of our Nepal and Tibet group tours we offer the option to pay a supplement and upgrade your stay from basic 3 star to 4 star hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa (where applicable). In Chitwan National Park, those paying the supplement will also benefit from an upgrade to a better located lodge with a higher level of service, although please note that these lodges are still of a 3 star standard and within the park itself there is no electricity, so pack a torch! Whilst trekking in Nepal and aside from Lhasa in Tibet (on our Nepal to Tibet tour) 4 star accommodation is not available but we will upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation where possible.