Nepal's Royal Trek

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Dates: Mar-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 16

Activity Level: 3-4

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Nepal's Royal Trek

Price:

2014

REI Member: $3,199

Non-member: $3,475

2015

REI Member: $3,499

Non-member: $3,899

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $499 not available in tea houses or jungle lodge

Internal flights: $695 subject to change

Special payment and cancellation policy applies; see Trip Details tab for more information.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Oct 5–20
  • Oct 26 – Nov 10
  • Nov 16 – Dec 1
  • Dec 21 – Jan 5

2015

  • Mar 1–16
  • Oct 11–26
  • Nov 1–16
  • Nov 22 – Dec 7
  • Dec 20 – Jan 4

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Group Size: 4-14

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Trekking
  • Jungle Safari

Accommodations:

Lodges/Hotels, 7 nights; Camping, 3 nights; Tea houses, 5 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Nepal from its tropical south to its Himalayan north
  • Follow centuries-old paths used by royalty on winter treks to India
  • Go on safari at Royal Chitwan National Park in search of the elusive Bengal tiger
  • Trek in among the highest mountains on Earth in Langtang Valley.
  • Visit historical sites, learning about Nepal's ancient traditions and cultures

Home to the world's highest mountains, Nepal boasts unmatched geographic diversity. In less than 200 miles, it rises from just 300' on the border with India to over 29,000' at the summit of Mt. Everest. Beyond its dramatic landscape, Nepal is a place steeped in the traditions of ancient cultures. It may be a small country, but it has a huge heart.

Our trek begins in the Middle Himalaya in a stunning, off-the-beaten-track area virtually untouched by the modern world. We follow paths once taken by Nepal's royalty as they traveled south to winter in India. In the subtropical jungle of Royal Chitwan National Park we travel astride elephants watching for rhinos, monkeys, and even the elusive Bengal tiger. Next, we take an exhilarating helicopter flight up to the Langtang Valley near the Tibetan border to hike amongst breathtaking Himalayan giants. Join us for a memorable exploration of Nepal, from south to north.

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Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Namaste. Enjoy a traditional banquet and orientation to our adventure.
  • Day 2 - Tour Kathmandu - See Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Days 3-5 - Trace the ancient footpaths Nepalese royalty used to travel to India.
  • Day 6 - Travel to Royal Chitwan National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger.
  • Day 7 - Go on a jungle safari, looking out for rhino, boar, monkey, and more.
  • Day 8 - Learn about the park's elephant breeding center and conservation efforts.
  • Day 9 - Helicopter ride to Ghora Tabela. Hike through rhododendron forests.
  • Day 10 - On the way to Langtang Village, pass long mani-walls and prayer wheels.
  • Day 11 - Trek through ruggedly wild and exceedingly beautiful mountain scenery.
  • Day 12 - Hike one of the options near Kyangjin to further explore the Langtang Valley.
  • Day 13 - Summit Kyangjin Ri for jaw dropping views of Himalayan peaks.
  • Day 14 - Return to Kathmandu and explore this colorful city.
  • Day 15 - Wander medieval Bhaktapur and marvel at carved temples in Durbar Square.
  • Day 16 - Our exploration of Nepal from south to north ends.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Namaste. Enjoy a traditional banquet and orientation to our adventure.

    Our trip begins in Kathmandu, Nepal. After clearing immigration and customs at the Kathmandu airport, you are met by a representative and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to rest and explore on your own. In the early evening we gather for a banquet of traditional Nepali foods and a general trip orientation. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Tour Kathmandu - See Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

    Very early this morning there is an optional flightseeing tour (additional cost) to view Mt. Everest from the air - the views of the Himalayas are extraordinary! After breakfast, meet your group in the hotel lobby for a half-day guided tour of the ancient sites of Kathmandu. Our local city guide provides insights into Swayambhunath Stupa, known as the Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist sites. This afternoon we visit a Tibetan refugee weaving center and Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most the most significant Hindu temples to Lord Shiva in world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, a tributary of the holy Ganges River in India. We return to the hotel late this afternoon with time to pack for tomorrow's trek. Breakfast included.

  • Days 3-5 - Trace the ancient footpaths Nepalese royalty used to travel to India.

    Our three and a half day, fully-supported camping trek in the Middle Himalaya begins today. Our trail loosely traces the ancient footpaths Nepalese royalty used hundreds of years ago to travel south to India for the winter. (This is not to be confused with the route in the Annapurna Range Prince Charles once took that has been called the Royal Trek). Today these trails are used by local villagers and farmers to cross the miles from their homes to the nearest towns. Far off the beaten path, ours is a route you won't find in any guidebook, and we don't anticipate meeting any other trekkers on our journey.

    Each day provides unique opportunities to meet and interact with the local people whose rich Hindu culture has been little touched by the modern world. As we make our way through stands of wild poinsettias and terraced hillsides of buckwheat and mustard, we will stop at a Tibetan gompa that offers magnificent views of the Bagmati River valley, meet Newari farmers plowing their fields, sip tea with a Tamang family and perhaps share an evening of traditional stories around a small home hearth. We will also take time to visit a local school where we meet the local students and teachers.

    Each morning our guides and porters wake us with sweet hot tea or coffee at our tents. Our dedicated cooking team prepares delicious meals that incorporate fresh, locally sourced ingredients. In the evenings our trekking staff sets up camp on a hillside offering large vistas, immense quietness and endless starry skies. This is a slice of traditional Nepal at its very best! All meals included.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours daily; Terrain: rolling hills with some steep sections; 1,000-2,000' daily elevation gain/loss at altitudes between 6,000' and 8,500'.

  • Day 6 - Travel to Royal Chitwan National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger.

    We break camp and say goodbye to our Middle Hills trekking crew. Our final morning of trekking takes us downhill to the river valley where we are met by our private vehicle. Our drive winds through small villages on its way to Royal Chitwan National Park. While the wildlife is elusive, this park is home to rare black rhinos, Bengal tigers, and large herds of elephants. After checking into our comfortable jungle lodge this afternoon, the rest of the day is yours to shower, relax, and explore the local village before gathering for dinner. All meals included.

    Trekking: 3 hours. Terrain: Continuous downhill with some steep sections; 2,000' elevation loss. Driving: 4-5 hours.

  • Day 7 - Go on a jungle safari, looking out for rhino, boar, monkey, and more.

    A full day of wildlife viewing and jungle exploration in Chitwan National Park in on today's agenda! An early morning ride in a dugout canoe along the misty shores of the Rapti River is the perfect way to spot kingfishers, flycatchers, and many other species of waterfowl in addition to basking crocodiles and the highly endangered gharial, a member of the crocodile family with a long, slender snout. Step out of your canoe and onto jungle trails for an extensive nature walk with the park's naturalists. Keep your eyes open for one-horned rhino, wild boar, langur monkeys, three types of deer, sloth bear, myriad birds and, of course, the endangered Bengal tiger. We finish our day with a late afternoon elephant safari. Our unique perspective from the top of our surefooted elephants gives us the best chance of spotting rhinos, but the real enjoyment is the magical experience of lumbering through jungle, streams, and grasslands on these majestic animals. All meals included.

  • Day 8 - Learn about the park's elephant breeding center and conservation efforts.

    We are up early for a final outing in Chitwan National Park. Visit the elephant breeding center to learn about the park's elephant conservation efforts and training programs before transferring to a local airfield for a 20 minute flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. This is a good time to shop for gifts in the colorful Thamel markets. Breakfast included.

  • Day 9 - Helicopter ride to Ghora Tabela. Hike through rhododendron forests.

    Another early start as we return to the Kathmandu airport to board our charter helicopter for a breathtaking flight north to the village of Ghora Tabela (9,450'), just below the Langtang Valley. If the skies are clear, our helicopter flight is a visual highlight, floating high above the river valleys and ridgelines. Have your camera ready! Once landed, we settle into a local teahouse before setting out on a warm-up hike to aid with altitude acclimatization. We hike approximately 2 hours in sight of Langtang I, a high, snowy peak dominating the horizon, gaining roughly 900' of elevation before returning to our teahouse for dinner and an early turn-in tonight. This is a beautiful area of rhododendron forests and berberis dotted with the small stone homes of the local people. Porters carry all our gear. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2-3 hours; Terrain: rolling hills with some level sections; 800-900' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 10 - On the way to Langtang Village, pass long mani-walls and prayer wheels.

    This is an invigorating day of hiking up to the Langtang Valley and the village of Langtang (11,480'). Our trail zigzags higher and higher while offering tantalizing views of the Langtang peaks that await us. As we climb into the broad valley, we pass old mani-walls, spinning prayer wheels, and goths, temporary shelters for herders. Langtang Village itself is a community of stone houses, walled fields of buckwheat and potatoes, and an old gompa with a resident lama. The people who make Langtang their home are the Tamangs and the Sherpas. For hundreds of years they have crossed from Tibet to live in the high reaches of the Himalayas. We overnight in a local teahouse. All meals included.

    Trekking: 3-5 hours; Terrain: continuous, gradual uphill with some level sections; 2,000' elevation gain.

  • Day 11 - Trek through ruggedly wild and exceedingly beautiful mountain scenery.

    Snowcapped Himalayan giants surround the upper Langtang Valley. A delightful morning's trek from Langtang to Kyangjin (12,600') winds up and through ruggedly wild and exceedingly beautiful country offering fine mountain scenery. Ice-fluted Gangchempo (21,000') dominates the eastern landscape. Wandering past icy streams and glacial pools, aside long mani-walls and stone chortens draped in colorful prayer flags, our hike is entirely through the open valley until we top out at a rise above Kyangjin Gompa. From here the mountain views are even more spectacular with Langtang Lirung (23,700') being the most dramatic. We settle into our teahouse, our home for the next three nights. All meals included.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours; Terrain: gradual and steady uphill; 1,100' elevation gain.

  • Day 12 - Hike one of the options near Kyangjin to further explore the Langtang Valley.

    We can choose from a variety of day hike options in the Kyangjin region. The Lirung Cirque of hanging glaciers and Langtang Lirung basecamp are beautiful treks, or we might hike up-valley toward Nubamtang (13,123') with its justifiable reputation for mountain grandeur. Above Kyangjin we can follow the Langtang Khola (river) on an easy path that passes yak herders' settlements and pastures and cuts across rocky moraines and glacial streams. One mountain after another draws our attention and pulls us onward. The walks in the upper valley are magnificent! All meals included.

    Hiking: Various options ranging from 3-7 hours; up to 2,000' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 13 - Summit Kyangjin Ri for jaw dropping views of Himalayan peaks.

    A rewarding option is a hike to higher elevation for 360 degree views of the immense peaks of the Langtang Range from the summit of Kyangjin Ri (15,200'). The trail climbs steeply, but our hard work is rewarded with jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung, Tserko Ri, Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, and Dorji Lapka to name just a few. Should weather or other conditions dictate, we can choose an alternate hike in the Kyangjin area. Or, grab a book and your camera and soak up the quiet splendor of Kyangjin from a sunny spot in the village. A visit to Llakpa's coffee shop and bakery is an afternoon treat not to be missed. This is the final evening with our Langtang trekking porters and support staff. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-6 hours. Up to 2,600' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 14 - Return to Kathmandu and explore this colorful city.

    We bid farewell to this magnificent high mountain country and board our helicopter for a morning flight from Kyangjin to Kathmandu. After we transfer to our hotel, the remainder of today is free for relaxation or exploration. Breakfast included.

  • Day 15 - Wander medieval Bhaktapur and marvel at carved temples in Durbar Square.

    This morning we will tour of Bhaktapur. Located about an hour outside of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a treasure of medieval architecture, and our local guide knows all its hidden corners. We wander the narrow streets, marvel at carvings and temples in Durbar Square, and stop to watch artisans throw pots on a wheel using methods that span generations. Time permitting, we also visit a local Thanka school where we learn how the community of Bhaktapur is preserving this art form that is equal parts painting and meditation. Our farewell banquet of traditional Nepali foods is the perfect end to this spectacular Himalayan journey. Breakfast and dinner included.

  • Day 16 - Our exploration of Nepal from south to north ends.

    Our journey in Nepal ends with a transfer to the Kathmandu airport for flights home. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Note about flights

We have scheduled our treks during the times of year when weather conditions are typically at their best. However, conditions in the Langtang can be unpredictable, just as they are in any mountainous region. Flights to and from Langtang as well as from Chitwan are not always dependable due to weather or other conditions, and there may be flight delays.

Price Includes

Accommodation and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; National Park fees; guided city tours; private in-country transportation; skilled bi-lingual Nepali trip leader(s); trekking support staff (porters/cooks); camping equipment (tents, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils); airport transfers.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Nepal; flight from Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu and helicopter flight within Nepal (mandatory add-on cost); 4 lunches and 3 dinners; optional Mt. Everest flightseeing tour; visas; optional gratuities to guide(s) and trekking support staff; cost for passport or immunizations; insurance of any kind; any necessary emergency evacuation expenses; items of a personal nature such as liquor or laundry fees.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

In addition to the required $400 deposit to reserve your space on this trip (fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure), the cost of the flight from Chitwan to Kathmandu and the internal helicopter flight (Kathmandu-Langtang) is also due in full at the time of registration and is non-refundable unless REI Adventures cancels your departure for any reason. If you need to cancel your participation on this trip for a reason covered by your optional travel insurance plan, this flight cost would be reimbursable by that plan.

Qualifications

This trip is rated as Moderate Plus [3-4] with optional hikes on 2 days in the high Himalaya tending towards a Vigorous [4].  Trekking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy hiking. Nepal has an "up and down" topography; there is very little level walking. We expect participants to be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by porters, leaving participants free to carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. However, each person should be equipped with a "spirit of adventure" and have prior experience with backcountry camping, sleeping in a tent and hiking 3-6 hours on mountain trails on uneven terrain. Part of this itinerary spends time at altitudes between 10,000' and 12,500', with optional hikes to higher elevations up to ~15,000'. The trails themselves are only moderately difficult, but at these altitudes hiking will feel more strenuous. A good physical conditioning program should be undertaken several months in advance. The Chitwan Jungle visit is rated Easy Active [2].

Weather

This trip visits three different ecosystems within Nepal. Temperatures vary with altitude. In Kathmandu, daytime temperatures range from the mid-70s to upper-80s with evening temperatures in the 40s and 50s. March to May: Mornings are bright and clear with air becoming hazier as the day progresses. In the Middle Himalaya, daytime temperatures range from the 70s to lower 80s with evening temperatures in the upper 40s. The forests of rhododendron are spectacular, and mountain views in the Langtang area are often crystal clear and daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-40s-upper 50s degrees during the day and can dip below freezing at night. October to December typically provides the clearest mountain views. In the Middle Himalaya temperatures are typically 15 degrees cooler than in springtime. In the Langtang, daytime temperatures are in the upper 30s to mid-40s with evenings well below freezing. Chitwan National Park, located in the Terai region along the border with India, is a tropical climate and is hot, typically in the upper 70s to upper 90s, and humid all year. However, during the winter months cool (40s-60s) mornings and evenings are common.

Single Travelers

If you request single accommodations, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign a rommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised there are a limited number of single accommodations available, and single accommodations may not be available at all lodges and teahouses.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Nepal's Royal Trek Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. You will be traveling in extremes from the sub-tropics of the south to the snowcapped peaks of the north. There are a few items you will need that are exclusive to either use in the south or north. You can't imagine needing a down jacket in the jungle but you'll be glad to have it in the high Himalayas.

Flight Weight Restriction

Helicopter flights to Langtang have a 30 pound luggage weight restriction, which includes your daypack. Please adhere to this list and bring only what you need. You can leave extra gear behind in our Kathmandu hotel.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Three-person tents (used by two people)
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Cooking and eating utensils while camping
  • Sleeping pad
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • 2 copies of first page of passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa form
  • 4 passport photos
Luggage
  • Suitcase or rolling duffel for international travel; will leave in hotel storage while trekking
  • Duffel bag - extra-large, 5,550 – 9,500 cu in. (no framework) for use on treks
  • Plastic garbage bags (2) to line duffel bag if it rains
  • Daypack, 2,000 cu. in., to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing, etc.
  • Waterproof rain cover for your daypack
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag rated to 15º F or below and stuff sack (this is warm for the Middle Himalaya but you’ll appreciate it in Upper Langtang)
Outerwear (* = required)
  • *Rain jacket, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • *Rain pants, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • *Down jacket or equivalent
  • *Fleece jacket
  • *Fleece or down vest
Clothing (* = required)
  • *Expedition-weight thermal top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • *Midweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Fleece or down pants (recommended for early spring or late fall trips)
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts (men only; longer, to the knee)
  • Travel skirt (mid-calf length is ideal)
  • Long-sleeve shirts (2)
  • Synthetic T-shirts (2)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks (4 pairs), wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks (2 pairs)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim (baseball cap is fine)
  • Warm wool or fleece hat (should cover ears)
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and sightseeing
  • Comfortable shoes
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Camp shoes (tennis shoes or sandals)
Travel Accessories
  • Two one-quart water bottles or hydration system + 1 one-quart water bottle
  • Trekking poles – highly recommended
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Favorite energy snacks
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, travel size deodorant, etc.)
  • Toilet kit: ditty bag containing 2 rolls toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, and hand sanitizer gel or Wet Ones
  • Small quick-dry towel
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel/Wet Ones
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Electronics/battery charger
  • Small binoculars
  • Watersport sandals for Chitwan National Park
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Knee supports
  • Travel pillow

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots), camera, film and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Culturally sensitive dressing tips: For women, pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf) is recommended. Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advised unless worn under other clothing. For men, pants are best. Men may wear hiking shorts, but they should be longer, near the knees. Men should never go shirtless.
  • Wind chill can be a significant factor while trekking. Air temperatures are not very cold, but when the wind is constant, and when you combine this with altitude, you can be robbed of body heat quickly. Layers of warm clothing and rain gear are very important.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Trekking poles are highly recommended. They will save your knees both up and down the trail while aiding in balance over rocky, uneven terrain and shallow river crossings.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Chitwan National Park: Early morning elephant rides can be particularly cold before the sun rises to dispel the damp morning mist. Lightweight, loose-fitting pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended, as they give protection from the tall grass and forests. We highly recommend neutral colored clothing for safari activities.
  • The terrestrial leech typically emerges during the rainy season in areas like Chitwan National Park. This is not a time when we typically visit the Park but it's possible to encounter them on rare occasion. Covering your skin and tuck your long pants into your socks will be helpful.
  • For trekking & sightseeing, it is recommended to pack your own "toilet kit," a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag of clean toilet tissue, a spare Ziploc to dispose of soiled tissue, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Note that toilet tissue must be discarded in a waste basket and not along a trail.
  • It is difficult to obtain feminine health supplies in some areas of Nepal. Women are advised to bring these items from home.
  • Hydration systems. Drinking lots of water while above 10,000' is extremely important for acclimatization. Using a system such as a Camelback allows for easy and continuous hydration (you don't have to stop and pull your water bottle out of your daypack).
  • Altitude and alcohol do not mix well. When at altitude, it is recommended to limit your alcohol consumption as it will inhibit the ability to acclimatize and jeopardize your enjoyment.
  • Gifts: Please don't bring extra gifts, as these are a burden to you and the staff while trekking. The best gift is a conversation or tips where appropriate with staff.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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      5.0

      A very complete cross-section of Nepal

      By Mike Davis

      from Neosho, MO

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      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

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          Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

          The guide, KP Kafle, is a consummate pro, a philanthropist and a great advocate of his native Nepal. The staff was outstanding!

          I was a bit disappointed in not being able to see and photograph more wildlife, especially birds, in Chitwan NP. Part of that was seasonal.

          For photographers, I would either take a light zoom lens or forego trying to photograph wildlife. We rode in dugout canoes and on elephants (both fun) but they are very unstable platforms for shooting. I seldom used my big 100-400mm lens and its weight was a problem at times. You don't need lenses such as that in your backpack when climbing.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Nepal is new territory for me.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • The trek through the middle Himalayas away from other trekkers and into native homes and villages.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be in good physical condition for mountain hiking.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nepal Royal Trek November 2011

          By Heatshield

          from Pleasanton, CA

          About Me Avid Adventurer

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          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Meeting local people
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

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              Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

              Our guide, KP, is the one who created this trip in the first place and he is really remarkable. He has the logistics completely organized and that just let us truly enjoy the experience. He did an excellent job of showing us how the Nepalese people live. He is also quite a philanthropist and is doing a remarkable job at setting up schools and infrastructure. He is far more than a guide.

              We loved all the trekking and would even look for something more rigorous since this was really not that difficult a trip. The scenery was all spectacular. I had hoped to learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism and got just enough to sate my curiosity without being overwhelming.

              We had a great time with our fellow trekkers. Lots of encouragement along the way and great dinnertime conversations. Everyone has so many tales of other adventures we now have great ideas of places to go for the next ten years!

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • We wanted to see this part of the world, but were not interested in Everest Base Camp due to the crowds, garbage and extreme elevation. We really liked the fact that while trekking the Middle Himalaya there were absolutely no other tourists and even in the High Himalaya, we only saw a handful.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Climbing to 15,000 feet.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Bring a good camera! Also, the sleeping bag liners made a huge difference when up in the High Himalaya.

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nepal Royal trek November 2011

              By Lammergeier

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Avid Adventurer

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              • Exceeded Expectations
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              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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                  Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                  Our big travel trip this year was a 3 week trek in Nepal. We signed with REI. The trip was set up for camping in the middle Himalayas followed by elephant back safari in Chitwan National Park followed by trekking in the high Himalayas.
                  Wow! What a trip! What more can we say. The confluence of so much history, natural beauty and culture is a bit on the overwhelming side, but completely wonderful. A sensory stimulation that is hard to express. We completely lucked out on our travel companions, a diverse group of fun and compassionate people. Traveling with them was a joy. Our guides were also very special people. Our head guide (KP) not only leads trekking trips, but has also used his contacts with foreigners to set up a philanthropic trust that provides education and social support for local communities. When we were camping in the middle Himalayas, we visited many of the communities that were benefiting from his foundation (schools, women's health initiatives, installation of water treatment and bio-fuels systems). Visiting with the local people was an amazing experience as most of these families are living as they were 100 years ago. Of course as honored guests each time we visited, we were offered "roxy" which is the local firewater that is brewed from corn or rice grown right on the hillside next to the house. Every household has their own version and it seemed to us every "House Mama" had the perversion to judge how great a hostess she was based on how much hooch her visitors would drink during their stay. Since we were hiking on thin little trails on the edges of some very steep drops, it became an interesting dilemma on how to be culturally sensitive without getting drunk In the evening the porters set up our tents for us (Oh, the luxury!). The camps were located on the tops of hills with spectacular views of the terraced hills in the foreground and the high Himalayas in the distance. In the morning we were greeted with warm wash water and hot tea outside our tents to help get us going. This was much appreciated given there was frost on the ground many mornings!
                  From the middle Himalayas we took a long, dusty van ride to Chitwan National Park. The park is renowned for its Indian rhinos and tigers. It is a tropical jungle (think Jungle Book). On our first evening, we took a nature hike along the river where we saw elephants crossing the river. After the hike, we sat at a riverside bar sipping drinks and watching an Indian rhino in the distance, many birds and two gharials (fish eating crocodiles with cool bulbous ends on their snouts) sunning themselves. Seeing the gharials was really lucky as there are only 40 left in the river. They are more highly endangered than tigers. The next morning we took a misty canoe ride on the river. The lighting was very theatrical and let us approach some crocodiles, one gharial and a number of bird species very closely, but it was not good for photo ops. Then Ray and I had the opportunity to help bathe one of the elephants that we would be riding during the afternoon elephant back safari. Her name was Le Kari. The bathing the elephants part, is a ruse to convince naïve people like us to get in the river with the elephant. The mahout helps you climb on the kneeling elephants back, then they have the elephant stand. From there, it's the elephant that bathes you! The elephants fills it trunk with water and sprays you until you are completely soaked. At the end, the Mahout has the elephant shake until you go flying off and land in the river. It's a very thrilling experience. I think it's the favorite part of the mahouts day to see the levity and chaos they and their elephants create Next was the highlight of the afternoon, the elephant back safari. An amazing outer world experience because you are traveling at the level of the top of the elephant grass which is 20' tall. It reminded us of the beginning of the invasion of Naboo in Star Wars where the armies are moving through the alien vegetation. Quiet and ethereal. While on the elephant we were able to get quite close to many wildlife species. They seemed to not notice that there were people on the elephant's back. We were literally right next to a momma Indian rhino and her calf and meandered through herds of 4 different deer species. We even saw the very fresh footprints of a tiger at a waterhole. We assume we missed him by just a few minutes and he was likely in the grass looking at us as we stopped to admire his paw prints. If that was not enough, after our safari, we stopped by the elephant breeding center. There we met a 6 month old elephant calf who decided to come over to our group to get scratches and a rub down. We were was able to play with her and blow in her trunk. Talk about too cute!
                  After Chitwan we returned to Kathmandu where a local expert (Babu) took us around some of the most revered Hindu shrines and Buddist stupas (temples). There are thousands of shrines around the city. The religion and use of shrines is fully integrated into the fabric of daily life. People praying, making offerings and receiving tikas (blessings) was a common sight. Some of the fascinating places we visited were Durbar Square (17th century palace and temple complex), Bhaktapur (12th century astronomy tower, shrine, palace and marketplace), Buddhanath Stupa (built 600 AD, largest Buddhist stupa, we were able to enter the monastery and experience deep Buddhist throat chanting first hand. Very moving, literally as it vibrates your chest. The artwork was incredible), Swayambhunath (Built 700 AD, Known as the Monkey temple because of all the Rhesus macaques that swarm the hill on which it is located. It is a Hindu shrine with 365 steps to represent each day of the year), Pashupatinath (Built 1696, but site of worship for centuries before, Hindu crematorium located on the banks of the holy Bagmati river where we saw bodies being cremated and relatives/Sadhus returning their loved ones' ashes to the river to speed their journey to the next world/rebirth. It was a slightly disturbing, but moving experience). We also traveled on foot on our own to Thamel, the part of the city where mountaineers stage their treks up Mount Everest. We ate at several restaurants that have been mentioned by famous mountaineers in the past. The most interesting was the Rumdoodle where we were able to see the signature of Sir Edmund Hillary. The walls and ceiling are covered with 2 ft long wooden feet signs (representing a Yeti foot) that climbing groups decorate and post after completing a summit. Our REI group met at the Rumdoodle after our summit of Kyanjin Ri and posted our own foot. If you are ever in Kathmandu, you can stop by and see it. From Kathmandu we were also able to take a small plane flight on Yeti airways to see Mount Everest. We were all holding our breath because the weather had been cloudy just a few days before. However on our day and for the rest of our trip we had gorgeous clear weather. So we got a stunning view of the Himalayas and Mount Everest. It just whetted our appetites for our trekking in the high Himalayas.
                  To get up to the high Himalayas we took a stomach dropping helicopter ride. When we left in the morning there was still a cloud layer, so our pilot had to fly through the river valleys and under the clouds. Let's just say we felt like we could touch the leaves on the trees located on the tops of ridges…We safely arrived in Ghod Atabela (we remembered it as "goat table") and awaited the rest of the group to arrive on 2 more choppers. By the time the last chopper arrived, the sun was starting to shine. We spent the rest of the day getting acclimated by hiking from 9000 feet to a small suspension bridge located over the Langtang river at 10,000 ft. That night we stayed in a rustic tea house run by a local family. It was definitely COLD to get up in the middle of the night to use the latrines! However, the views of the starry sky made it worthwhile! The next day we hiked to Langtang (at ~11,000). On the way we saw a pair of Lammergeiers (highly endangered huge vultures that eat the marrow out of bones) that were completely awesome. We also saw many songbirds, other raptors and flocks of snow pigeons that swirled around like an Escher made snowstorm. Visually uplifting and stunning! After that we hiked to Kyanjin Gumba (~12,500 ft). After arriving and setting up our gear in the local tea house, we went on a 2 hour hike up to the Langtang Glacier moraine. We saw Tahr antelope and red billed choughs (amazingly musical and acrobatic black birds that live at high altitude). That day happened to be my birthday, so my husband secretly packed up a set of Chocopies that the entire group enjoyed for dessert at lunch. At dinner there was another surprise. One of the local villagers had spent some time in Europe and he had learned how to bake some pastries. He even had a little "German" bakery that he had opened in the village. Our guide KP asked him to make a chocolate cake that our group and the tea house owners devoured in quick order after dinner. What a nice birthday surprise! The next morning we woke up early for our big assent to 15,200 ft (Kyanjin Ri) . Hiking the last 1000 ft required walking in slow motion. It took a bit of concentration and will power to maintain the steady pace. Especially since we could not see over the top of the ridge. However, this made the final experience even better, because when we reached the top and looked over to see the Kyanjin and Langtang glaciers spread out before us, it was a true "Wow!" moment. Amazing glaciers, so close we felt like we could reach out and touch them. The Langtang glacier had an area where some of the ice had melted leaving thousand foot tall glacial ice "trees". The snows on top of many of the mountains were a pristine glacial white, and some had a marshmallow cream look to them. Gorgeous and different from other peaks we have seen.
                  That evening we all celebrated with an apple pie that the local bakery "chef" prepared in our honor. The next morning helicopters picked us up to take us back to Kathmandu. It was hard to say goodbye to the mountains. It was even harder to face up to the 36 hour journey we had in front of us to return home. Our flights back went through Delhi, Chicago and finally San Francisco. Our only consolation from the long flight ahead was that when we reached San Francisco we would have circumnavigated the globe. Somehow, that felt like an achievement to us

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Location, itinerary and dates
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Hard to say there were so many "wow! moments. Here are a few. Our travel companions, scenery, cultural diversity, elephants, guides, summiting Kyanjin Ri
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Keep a sense of humor, you are traveling in a developing country, so things are wonderful, but not always "perfect". Be prepared to have your cultural knowledge stretched. It helps to be open-minded and gracious. Bring a really good sleeping bag, layered clothing, lots of hand sanitizer, Quick dry clothing that you can wash and dry quickly in room. Pay attention to the mailed instructions!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nepal's Royal Trek

                  By jbtwisted

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                  • Activity Level
                  • Food

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                    Truly a great experience. Had a great time. Be prepared for Kathmandu to be very polluted. Worst part of trip was being in Kathmandu. Best part was every place else, truly spectacular! Hiking is easy, don't be afraid to do this trip, much easier than expected. I don't like being cold but it was not nearly as cold as I expected, in fact I took to many clothes. Make sure to have a good sleeping bag. One of the best/memorable trips I've ever had and the guide is excellent.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • I'd never been there.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Hiking to 15,100 feet.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Take a good camera, warm clothes and toilet paper. Make sure to have a good sleeping bag.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Trek. I'd do it again in a minute

                    By Bill and Thoi

                    from Milpitas, CA

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful route
                    • Excellent organization
                    • Great staff
                    • Great treks
                    • Inspirational leadership
                    • Scrumptious food
                    • Well done

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                      It was an incredible journey; one of the best experiences of my life. Hopefully I won't be too old to do it again. Everything was so well planned. In the morning the staff brought hot water right to the tent to wash up and then hot tea. They served very good, healthy breakfasts, lunches, and really big and good, healthy dinners. They also served cookies and tea at teatime. They were the friendliest people I have ever met in my life.

                      Thanks a million to K.P. and his staff of REI's "NEPAL ROYAL TREK" to give use a wonderful experience and an incredible Journey.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Because we like to challenge ourselves and experience different cultures.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Getting to know the people in the villages and to be able to live and be together with the Nepalese and Tibetan people. And the challenging treks in both the middle and the high Himalaya.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Be prepared. Bring warm enough clothing to the high Himalaya. Even the teahouses are really cold inside.

                      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great glimpse of Nepal!

                      By JoshuaRoundy

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Culture
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Quality Equipment Provided
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                          We recommend arriving a few days before the trip. Not only did it give us time to recover from the long flight, it gave us an opportunity to explore Kathmandu on our own. If you do arrive early, and are a little scared to jump right in and try the Nepali food, we recommend Fire and Ice (great pizza place), or a restaurant in the Garden of Dreams. Both were delicious.

                          As for the trip, virtually everything is taken care of. The porters carry your duffle bags for miles and then set up camp before you arrive. When we arrived at our first site for the trip, our bags were already there, tents were up, and the cook was already preparing our dinner. The site overlooked the valley we just hiked, and in the distance was Kathmandu. Needless to say, I was impressed. KP's cook/staff make a delicious array of Nepali food and comfort foods. There was a point in the trip where we thought we were actually gaining weight because they fed us so well.

                          The middle leg of the trip was in Chitwan National Park. The activities were pretty cool, but not strenuous. We did see rhinos, gators, birds, barking deer, and elephants. One thing to remember is that even though you're in a "jungle resort," you are still in a remote town in a developing country. Despite their efforts to provide Western amenities, things could go wrong (i.e. no hot water due to lack of electricity).

                          The last leg was in Langtang National Park (upper Himalayas). The hikes were fun, and not too hard. However, you do climb to the last village which is at an elevation of 12,600 ft. We drank a ton of water to stay hydrated, and ate delicious soups at the tea houses to combat altitude sickness. You have the option of climbing a 15,100 foot peak called Kyanjin Ri. I highly recommend doing this climb because the views are breathtaking. Despite being at 15,100 ft, you are surrounded by peaks that are 20,000+. Finally, the people in each village were so friendly and welcoming, and the experiences were very humbling.

                          Overall, this is a great trip that provides so many experiences. If you want to trek every day, I would recommend looking at some of the other trips REI has to offer. If you want a well-rounded trip that will provide opportunities to trek, experience the culture, and make you fall in love with Nepal, this is the trip for you.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • My wife and I got married a few months before the trip, and thought an adventure to the other side of the world would not only be a great experience, but a perfect honeymoon. We are not disappointed by our decision!
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • From meeting and having a drink of moonshine with a retired general, to climbing a 15,100 ft. mountain Christmas morning, to walking along a river near the jungle and having a rhino charge at us (no joke), to seeing bodies burn at the crematorium, to meeting school children taking English exams; there are simply too many memories and highlights, it's really hard to narrow it down to just one!
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • This trip is a good mix of cultural experiences and outdoor activities. Even though it's rated a 3-4, most days were a 3. If you travel in December, bring a down jacket and/or plenty of warm clothing for the Langtang region. There is no heating system in the tea houses and your room gets very cold at night (our guide provided hot water bottles for our sleeping bags which helped).

                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Mountains, Culture and Exercise!

                          By Ed Page

                          from Juneau, Alaska

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Activity Level
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Quality Equipment Provided
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                              Kathmandu was actually a neat place to tour albeit crowded with crazy traffic. The one day guided tour was just the right length. We also did a few days on our own.
                              The scenery was nothing short of awesome and the REI guides and staff were very accommodating and helpful. They arranged tea in the a.m. before breakfast, lunch on the trail complete with hot soup, and tea in the afternoon before dinner. Their Christmas cake was a real surprise....great folks!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • Nepal and the Himalayas have great appeal, however, we were unsure of how to arrange the trip. While we have done numerous multi-day hikes, kayaks and canoe trips on our own over the years, the complications of a trek in the Himalayas is something we felt best to get help with. Having been members of REI for over 35 years we elected to go with them!
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Seeing Everest, clear as a bell, day after day! Also, the millions of stars at night and seeing the locals go about their lives transporting everything they needed on their backs or on yaks and other animals. What a unique, peaceful existence they lead in the Himalayas. Once on the trail we never saw a wheel or internal combustion engine!
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • Bring warm clothes...it got down to 10 degrees F at night!

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              The best Nepal has to offer

                              By DoNotFeedTheSnake

                              from St. Louis, MO

                              About Me Casual Adventurer

                              See all my reviews

                              Pros

                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Guides
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                                  It was a great experience overall. Recommend!

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • Wanted to visit all 3 levels of Nepal: tropics, hills, mountains
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • take lots of extra camera batteries. warm clothes for the mountains.

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome trip

                                  By golfer

                                  from MN

                                  About Me Casual Adventurer

                                  Pros

                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                                      K.P. is an amazing person/guide. He has a great outlook on life and a great love for his country and you can't help not to fall in love with Nepal too.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • I chose it for the variety - the jungle elephant ride to the helicopter ride to the mountains - and everything in between.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • The highlight was probably seeing the rhino while on our elephant ride in the jungle. But I also loved the mountain scenery of the Himalayas. I loved everything about this trip...it's hard to pick just one thing.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Make sure you're in shape...legs need to be strong and good cardio is needed for hiking in the mountains.

                                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      "Wanting to return"

                                      By rangers2

                                      from Fallon, NV

                                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                                      Pros

                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Exceeded Expectations
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Guides
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                      • Quality Equipment Provided
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about REI Adventures Nepal's Royal Trek:

                                          The shrines and temples of Kathmandu were rich with Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Away from the city the other Nepal opened up to us. While the high humidity and steep trails of the middle Himalayas surprised us, the rare opportunity to visit non-commercial regions was worth every bead of sweat! The vibrant marigold and mustard fields against densely vegetative mountains were amazing. Food preparations were basic but good. The helicopter ride to the higher region of the Himalayas was money well-spent. The ride was a time-saver & provided spectacular views. Jagged peaks with swirling clouds bordered our entrance to the Lang Tang Valley. Tea houses with sparse accommodations were comfortable. With trails here less steep and cooler temperatures, this was the perfect finish to a treasured trekking experience. Our master guide KP was a very efficient organizer and planner. He had a true love for his country. His staff were hard-working and helpful. Most memorable was the genuinely cordial greeting of "Namaste" from the Nepalese people. This constant expression opened our hearts to the country that left us wanting to return.

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                          • Plan for limited electricity in Kathmandu & Chitwan especially if your recharging camera batteries. Hotel accommodations are probably equal to 2-3 star. Plan for air pollution & crowded conditions in Kathmandu.

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