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Nepal Adventure Tour

Join others in their 30s and 40s on this trip to the Himalayas

Length

12 Days

Group size

3-12 travellers

Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas

12 Reviews

Trip highlights

Hike the Himalayas

Safari amongst rhinos & elephants

Hindu & Buddhist temples

Stay & cook with locals

The "Indico Travels" experience

Travel with others in their 30s and 40s

Meet Ghurkas in their mountain village

Infinity pool with a view of snow capped mountains

Adrenaline rush while river rafting

If you're looking for an experience that offers a mix of recreational hiking, cultural depth and moments of reflection in a breathtaking setting, then this might be the trip for you. Experience Nepal's culture, nature and people up close with others in their 30s and 40s.

Enjoy a safari and spot elephants, rhinos and - if you are lucky - even tigers! Discover your inner mountaineer on a multi-day hike on wild trails in the Himalayas, where you'll meet local tribes in remote villages. Gain an understanding of world religions in UNESCO-recognized temples and world-famous stupas. Be brave enough to try river rafting and cook and eat with a Nepalese family. Your action packed trip is rounded off by moments of relaxation by the pool, and shared moments with fellow travellers your own age.

Are you ready? Then let Nepal enchant you with its many wonders on this 12-day journey to the top of the world!

Would you like to stay in Nepal for longer? Among other options, we offer a Silent Retreat in a monastery and an extended trek along part of the Everest Base Camp route

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PAX and Mountians
Chitwan crocodile
Kathmandu walk

Map

Itinerary

Nepal Kathmandu
Nepal Kathmandu

Meals included: Dinner

Transportation: Private Taxi (0:30h), Private Bus (1:00h)

Welcome to Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha and the top of the world! You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. Until your fellow travellers arrive and you meet in the lobby in the evening, you have a little time to yourself. Enjoy the view of the mighty Himalayan mountains from the hotel's infinity pool! Later, you'll meet your fellow travelers and your guide. Taste local specialities over a shared dinner and toast to your upcoming adventure. Cheers!

Nepal Kathmandu
Nepal Kathmandu
Nepal Kathmandu monkey temple

Lively Patan Durbar Square

Views over Kathmandu

Prepare momos with locals

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (2:30h)

Kathmandu has the highest density of UNESCO sites of any place in the world and today you will explore several of them! First, you escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a breathtaking view over the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit one of the oldest and most important religious buildings in all of Nepal, the legendary Swayambhunath Stupa - also called the "Monkey Temple", due to the large number of primates present the site.

Your exploration tour will continue at Patan Durbar Square, a marvel of ancient sacred architecture. Here you'll see the Malla King's Palace and visit the Patan Museum inside - national pride of Nepal, as it houses one of the most impressive collections of religious art in all of Asia.

After day of visiting cultural sites it's time to relax and enjoy a meal with a local family in their home: You will learn how to cook traditional momo dumplings. While sharing your momos with each other, you can get to know your hosts and exchange stories.

Nepal Kathmandu
Nepal Kathmandu Thangku
Nepal Kathmandu Butterfly house

Experience local customs

Learn about Thangka art

Visit the Early Childhood Development Center

Boudanath Stupa

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transportation: Local transport (0:30h), Private Bus (0:30h)

Are you knowledgeable about Hinduism and Buddhism? They are the primary religions practiced in Nepal, and today you will learn more about them by visiting two world-famous places of worship.

At the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, you can experience unique local customs and rituals. Afterwards, you'll ride a tuktuk through the streets of Kathmandu to the Boudhanath Stupa - just like the locals. You will learn why this temple is particularly important for Tibetan Buddhists.

Next we will marvel at beautiful Thangka paintings at an art school. The colorful paintings depicting Buddha and other iconic figures are painted by Buddhists in Tibet and Nepal (and make a nice souvenir!).

In the afternoon, we pay a visit to the Early Childhood Development Center which was founded by Pushpa Basnet in 2005, then 21 years old. The ECDC is a non-profit organization that aims to provide support or a new home for children that grow up in abusive families.

You will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore or hang out with your travel companions.

Rafting in Nepal

River rafting

Road trip with a view

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Private Bus (5:30h), Boat (1:00h)

Today calls for a road trip of a special kind! Once your bus took you out of Nepal's capital, the breathtaking landscape of the Kathmandu Valley with rivers, forests and rice terraces will greet you. Your guide will lighten up the journey with local games and songs until you get to the highlight of the day: river rafting. Dive into the raging rapids in the company of experienced rafters and experience a real adrenaline rush in the white water! The guides know their waters like the back of their hand and know how to maximise the fun for an unforgettable experience. Refreshed by the wild waters and the fast currents, you will get on your private bus be driven to Pokhara.

River rafting is an exciting experience and part of the programme, however, if you wish, instead of rafting you can take your luggage on a private bus to Mugling, where you will rejoin with your fellow travellers.

Nepal Phewa Lake boat
Nepal

Hike to World Peace Stupa

Visit Weaving Non-Profit

Explore Bindhyabasini Temple

Rowing boat on Phewa Lake

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (2:00h), Boat (1:00h)

Today you wake up at the base of the mighty Himalayas. After the busy days in Kathmandu, you will soak up fresh air and picturesque views in Pokhara. As the name suggests, the "City of the Lake" is located on the beautiful Phewa Lake, which is featured on many postcards from Nepal.

You go straight for the water and take a rowing boat to a small island with a temple that is of great significance to the locals. Your next stop is the World Peace Stupa, which is perched on a hill above the lake and offers a magnificent view. This type of stupa was built in many locations worldwide for people of all nations and religions to gather and pray for world peace.

In the afternoon, see how beautiful traditional Nepalese textiles are woven and sewn at the Women Skill Development Organization Nepal. Our visit supports this fair trade, non-profit organisation that employs 500 women who face social and economical disadvantages.

Afterwards enjoy your free evening in Pokhara town.

PAX and Mountians
Nepal hiking
Nepal Himalayas hiking

View from Australian Camp

Start of the 3-day-hike

Sunset over Macchhapucchre

Stay at a tea house

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (2:00h), By Foot (3:00h)

Have an opulent breakfast, because you are going up high today! We start our three-day trek into the towering heights of the Himalayas. The hike reaches 2200 metres in altitude at the highest point.

First, we will take the bus a few towns over and can stock up on supplies, then we will hike up into the chilly mountain climate. We will pass colourful prayer flags, picturesque natural scenery and incomparable views until we reach the Australian Camp where we will spend the night. Your accommodation, a local tea house, is already awaiting you with warm treats! You can have a little snack and explore the surroundings. Join your guide for an optional hike around the Australian Camp if you wish to move a bit more.

Experience a picture-book sunset with a view of Mount Macchapucchre and dine together with the locals and your hard-working helpers and enjoy local mountain specialities, a drink or two and lots of interesting conversations.

We begin hiking in Phedi at 1130m and reach 2060m at the end of the day when arriving to the Australia Camp. Our luggage is transported by local helpers, so-called Sherpas. They are protected by trade unions and are adequately paid. For the nights on the mountain, warm clothing, blankets and heaters are provided in the shelters, additional equipment can be rented if needed. Please still bring appropriate clothing (fleece and down jacket) and sturdy shoes.

Nepal Australian Camp
Nepal
Nepal hike

Spectacular hike in Himalayas

Life in the remote mountains

Meet Gurkhas

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: By Foot (4:00h)

Today the early bird catches a very special worm: the sunrise over the Himalayan Mountains. Wake up to the sun's morning rays and watch the spectacle from Australian Camp. You will certainly never forget this morning!

We set off on the hiking trail to Majh Gaon, a remote village. To the left and right are breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders to admire, including the beginning of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, which is famous among mountaineers. Majh Gaon is located high up in the Himalayas, far off the beaten track and thus almost devoid of tourists. This is the home of the Gurung, one of the most important Gurkha peoples. The brave Gurung used to transport salt (Himalayan salt!) across the once difficult-to-pass Himalayan trails between Tibet and Nepal. They are also known for their adventurous honey harvesting techniques. Gain an authentic glimpse into the life of the Gurung, walk through the village on your own or just relax - you definitely deserve this break! However, if you have some energy left, join the guide for an optional hike to another village nearby Majh Gaon.

Later on we start our descent to our accommodation for the night, the Mala Lodge, located at 1400m.

Nepal
Nepal
Nepal

Relax in the jacuzzi

Sunrise on top of the world

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (2:00h), By Foot (3:30h)

The last day of your trek has arrived. Today you get up early to experience another breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayan mountains, tightly wrapped in cozy blankets. The fresh air, the first rays of sunshine, and all this in a remote village in the middle of the Himalayas. You will never forget this moment!

Next we hike down the mountain (until Birethanti at 1100m), where we will be picked up by our private bus. Once back in town, it's time to relax! In the spa resort you can relax your muscles in the Jacuzzi and unwind by the pool. If you like, you can treat yourself to a massage (optional, for a fee) at the hotel spa.

If you feel refreshed after an hour or two at the hotel, you can dive into Pokhara's colourful nightlife! After all, Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal - and the hotel is within walking distance of the many lively bars.

Chitwan canoe
Nepal

Visit the Tharu people

Drive to Chitwan

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Public Bus (5:00h), By Foot (2:00h)

Have you always wanted to go on a safari? Then you should go where endangered species thrive: Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the number of Indian rhinos has doubled and the number of Bengal tigers has even tripled over the past few decades. Tomorrow we will spend the day and the night with the animals - today we will focus on the people of Chitwan.

The Tharu call themselves forest people. Today we visit a village where we can learn more about their culture. What is it like to grow up by the forest, near wild animals?

Chitwan crocodile
Rhino Nepal
Rhino Chitwan

Spot wild animals on safari

Canoeing in a national park

Night in a treehouse

Jungle adventure on foot

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Offroad vehicle (2:30h), By Foot (1:30h), Boat (1:00h)

Today is a real dive into nature, and you'll be sleeping in the jungle!

First, we spend the day exploring Chitwan National Park. We go canoeing - with a bit of luck you might spot animals drinking on the river banks like elephants, and maybe even a crocodile or two. Afterwards, our guide will talk us through the forest on foot - can you read the animal tracks?

In the afternoon we hop on jeeps and go on a safari! There are 600 rhinos and buffalo you'll be looking out for - and will we spot elephants?

Later we set off to our rustic tree house. In our hideout we're safe from wild animals and can actually watch them from above if we're quiet enough. After nightfall, we hear the sounds of the forest while our solar-powered light source might leave us in perfect darkness. Embrace this unique adventure and spend an unforgettable night in the middle of the wilderness.

Chitwan
Nepal
Chitwan

Road trip

Infinity pool with a view

Cable car to Manakamana Temple

Goodbye dinner

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (5:00h)

The tropical birds sitting in the tree canopy around us wake us up with their morning song. We pack our things and leave our tree house for civilisation.

Today we head back to Kathmandu. The journey back takes us past beautiful landscapes. On the way, you hop on a cable car to explore Manakamana temple and its breathtaking views.

Once in Kathmandu, you have time to freshen up. Fancy a drink at the hotel's infinity pool with a view of the Himalayas? Afterwards, you'll come together as a group for a final dinner. Cheers to the guide, to new friendships and our shared adventure!

Nepal rooftop pool Shambala

Journey home

Extension: silent retreat

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Taxi (0:30h)

In the morning, you have free time in Kathmandu to go shopping for last-minute souvenirs or have a last chai tea. After that, we'll drive you to the airport on time for your journey home.

Or maybe you would like to extend your Nepal trip and discover your inner self while spending a few days at a silent retreat? Then check out our optional extension!

You'll travel back home with many new memories. What is going to stick with you most - the challenge of river rafting? The dramatic heights of the mountains? The smiles of the Nepalese people? Or the experience of seeing elephants and rhinos in the wild?

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Bookable: Silent Retreat in Monastery (2 nights)

For a few days, escape the noise of our modern world to a monastery on a hilltop, where you will meditate with Tibetan monks. The idea of a silent retreat is to not speak at all, to go on an inner journey instead. Take this opportunity to sort your thoughts, refrain from using technology and escape the clutches of social media and the like. Use this personal time out away to get to know your inner, silent power. During your stay, experience a guided meditation with a monk. The minimum duration of the retreat we offer is 2 nights - but some people choose to stay longer. Just get in touch if you'd like to stay more than 2 nights. Included: All meals, accommodation in a shared twin room in the monastery, as well as transfers there and to Kathmandu airport afterwards.

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USD 298

Diwali Day 3

3 Days

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Bookable: Special! Diwali Festival (12-14th Nov 2023)

Do you want to have a beautiful experience while diving deep into Nepal's traditional culture? Well, you're in luck, because on this tour you have the opportunity to take part in the Diwali Festival. Also known as the festival of lights, it is widely celebrated in Nepal and India. Buddhists and Hindus alike celebrate this special occasion as their second most important event of the year. Over the course of six days, various aspects of Nepalese religion, culture and family bonds are celebrated in streets decorated with flowers, candles and electric lights. Don't miss out on getting a peek into the Nepalese soul, while it is illuminated by the lights of Diwali! Next dates for this are 12-14th of November in 2023. Price includes accommodation in a shared twin room. Upgrade to a single room for $102 - add a request to your booking!

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Single Room Upgrade

The trip includes accommodation in a shared twin room. Treat yourself to a private single room for USD 519!

What's included

All listed activities & entrance fees (except those highlighted as optional)

Daily breakfast, as well as meals marked as "included" in the daily itinerary

Tour guide throughout (English speaking)

Accommodation in a shared twin room

Single room available for an additional fee, depending on availability

Transfer from Kathmandu airport to the hotel on day 1

Transfer to Kathmandu airport from the hotel on last tour day

Compensation of CO2 emissions of the trip (incl. for your international flights)

What's not included

International flights (please only book after we've confirmed the departure!)

Travel insurance

Tips & gratuities

Reviews

Martin Z

Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas

First of all, I want to thank the Indico team, who made every effort to give us all the information we needed to prepare for the trip and to support us along the way! The concept is great! You meet as complete strangers from various countries all over the world and after just a few days it feels like travelling with a group of friends. Usually, I do not like organized group travels, but somehow it did not feel touristy. The trip itself was full of variety - from the crowded city of Kathmandu with its chaotic traffic to touristy Pokhara with bustling streets full of stores, restaurants and bars, the hike in the mountains with amazing views and beautiful nature in Chitwan national park. My highlights were the Early Childhood Development Center, which is a truly special place that I imagine not many outsiders get to experience, and the hike with all the places we have seen along the way. Personally, I would have liked the hike to be a bit more challenging. All in all, I recommend this trip and traveling with Indico in general :)

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Jennifer S

Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas

I'm typically against organized tours because they can be "cheesy" and too "touristy", but this tour with Indico was anything but. Here are some of my highlights: -Anup was an absolutely incredible guide. I feel like he really got to know us. Rajesh and Nimtay also went above and beyond - The days spent in the mountains were the highlight... it's truly breathtaking. Australian Camp is amazing (I do wish I knew it was a 1000m climb in advance- I would have prepped more but Anup modified things for me. Maybe an opportunity to have a group who does the more intense hike and one that does the less intense? Or just a warning in advance) - The dinner / momo making with the family - we felt SO welcome and it was so special. - The treehouse was a cool experience and I know Rajesh went above and beyond to ensure we were all comfortable there - Diwali was a really special experience - I feel so lucky I got to stay for this. Absolutely loved the rangoli making and the locals coming to watch. - The Butterfly Home - I don't even know where to begin, but I was incredibly touched by this experience. The mission of what Pushpa is doing is inspiring. I'm not sure how you arranged this connection but it was incredible. I'm still processing the incredible past 3 weeks but I can't wait to travel with Indico again.

Véronique O

Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas

This trip is one of the most varied I've done so far. We saw numerous cultural sites, had a lot of exercise and breathtaking views on the 3-day hike, as well as action during river rafting and an adventurous feeling when staying in a tree house in the middle of the jungle, where we were lucky enough to see wild crocodiles and rhinos on the way there. What was particularly impressive for me was the openness and friendliness of the people who were actually ready with the help of our great guide at any time to tell us about their lives. The contact with the agency is very personal, which is very helpful as preparations in Corona times are more extensive than before and highly can recommend this trip to anyone who wants to discover the world

FAQs

Tourists visas are available on arrival for: EU nationals, nationals from the USA, Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well as the large majority of other nations.

In order to speed up the process at the airport in Kathmandu, we strongly recommend you pre-apply for the visa online. You can do this via this link no earlier than 15 days before entering the country. This will save you time at the airport.

This information is just for guidance, please check for updated regulations or information before traveling!

Last updated on: September 26th, 2022

As a tour operator, we are not allowed to give specific vaccination recommendations for liability reasons. We strongly recommend that you consult your local doctor or, even better, a qualified doctor specialized in tropical diseases in good time before your trip. Here are some relevant links for residents of several countries: UK: Gov.uk, USA: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Germany: Auswärtiges Amt.

Please note that for our Colombia tour, a yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory.

As soon as we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants for your trip has been reached and the trip is therefore guaranteed to take place, you can book your flights. The trip will be confirmed or cancelled at least 45 days before departure. We will be happy to give you tips on booking flights! By the way: it is in our interest to fill the trips as soon as possible, so we do our best to confirm them as soon as possible.

A trip is guaranteed to take place when the minimum number of participants has been reached. If you have already booked before the minimum number of participants has been reached, we will let you know, so you can book your flights. We will confirm or cancel the trip no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date. If a trip has to be cancelled unexpectedly, you will of course receive a 100% refund of your deposit or any other payments made.

The tour starts and ends in Kathmandu.

We are an English speaking company based in Berlin. Our tours are led in English and co-travellers are international English speakers.

Nepal: Hiking the Himalayas

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