Whether you are exploring the back lanes of one of the many incredible medieval cities, searching for rhinos, tigers and bears in the sub tropical jungle or traversing the ancient trails that criss-cross the worlds highest mountain range, Nepal is an extraordinary travel destination.

And wherever you are, no matter how incredibly stunning or majestic the sights, it's the Nepalese people with their warmth and open friendship that will capture your heart.  

So much so, that you cannot help but return home touched and inspired by the hospitality, magic and sheer beauty of this tiny land.

An extraordinary travel destination



Stretching from the worlds highest mountains all the way down to subtropical jungle, Nepal packs everything into a tiny landlocked nation only 800km long by 500kms wide.

The land where Buddha was born, where climbers test their resolve in the rarified air of Sagarmatha (Mt Everest), pagoda roofs were first designed, elephants roam and the elusive snow leopard resides.

Nepal’s rugged mountain beauty and architectural brilliance is home to a diverse 126 ethnic groups that together create a Hindu kingdom with strong Buddhist influences. A religious harmony where the sharing of gods, temples and festivals are an every day occurrence. In fact, there are more festivals in Kathmandu Valley alone, than days of the year.

Its bustling capital has been the crossroad for travellers for over 2,000 years and the myriad of cultural influences are still alive and can be seen everywhere, from the medieval back lanes to the shrines dotted on every street corner.

We will take you into the heart of Nepal, its people and culture and give you time to absorb the energy surrounding you, and perhaps return home with a new found appreciation of life.

Nepal at a glance

Capital

Kathmandu

Main Language

Nepalese

Currency

Nepalese Rupee

Area

143,350 Km2

Population

30.56 million

Main Religions

81% Hindu,

9% Buddhist 

Climate

Sub tropical to alpine

An extraordinary travel destination



Stretching from the worlds highest mountains all the way down to subtropical jungle, Nepal packs everything into a tiny landlocked nation only 800km long by 500kms wide.

The land where Buddha was born, where climbers test their resolve in the rarified air of Sagarmatha (Mt Everest), pagoda roofs were first designed, elephants roam and the elusive snow leopard resides.

Nepal’s rugged mountain beauty and architectural brilliance is home to a diverse 126 ethnic groups that together create a Hindu kingdom with strong Buddhist influences. A religious harmony where the sharing of gods, temples and festivals are an every day occurrence. In fact, there are more festivals in Kathmandu Valley alone, than days of the year.

Its bustling capital has been the crossroad for travellers for over 2,000 years and the myriad of cultural influences are still alive and can be seen everywhere, from the medieval back lanes to the shrines dotted on every street corner.

We will take you into the heart of Nepal, its people and culture and give you time to absorb the energy surrounding you, and perhaps return home with a new found appreciation of life.

Nepal at a glance

Capital

Kathmandu

Main Language

Nepalese

Currency

Nepalese Rupee

Area

143,350 Km2

Population

30.56 million

Climate

Sub tropical to alpine 

Main Religions

81% Hindu, 9% Buddhist 

Around every corner

you will find a new adventure


  • Searching out bargains and unusual curios in the ancient bazaars of Ason Tole
  • Roaming in, on and around the exquisite architecture in UNESCO World Heritage squares
  • Sharing a meal with a Newari family in their 100 year old home
  • Sitting on temples steps, watching daily life unfold, as it has for hundreds of years
  • Sharing a moment with a local to practise your Nepali or help with their English
  • Coming face to face with rhinos, bears, tigers or elephants in the national parks.
  • Descending forested single tracks to full extreme enduro in unridden terrain
  • Relaxing in quiet pools before paddling on to the next exhilarating rapid.
  • Being the first Westerner that nomadic traders have met on the remote trails
  • Being the first Westerner that nomadic traders have met on the remote trails

Travel Nepal your way


Group Journeys

When you travel on any of our awe-inspiring Nepal group departures, you will be joining other like minded adventurers.

We keep group numbers small to make it easier for you to move around, interact and free up time for those wonderful unsuspected opportunities .

 All you have to do is book and pack, the rest has been taken care of.

Personalised Journeys

Let's get together and handcraft your dream Nepal adventure, whether for yourself or your tribe.

Whether you know exactly what you want or would like us to point you in the right direction, we will make sure that you depart on the dates you choose, travel the way you feel comfortable and get to experience the incredible places that truely excite you.

Whichever path you choose

We will support you the entire way, from your first enquiry at home to your local guides in the streets of mountains.

All our Himalayan journeys, group or personalised are sustainable and unique experiences, designed to fully immerse you in the local culture, invigorate your senses and ignite your creativity.  Let us help you experience the Himalayas from the inside.

Travel Nepal your way


Group Journeys

When you travel on any of our awe-inspiring Nepal group departures, you will be joining other like minded adventurers.

We keep group numbers small to make it easier for you to move around, interact and free up time for those wonderful unsuspected opportunities that allow you to enjoy a truly personal experience.

All you have to do is book and pack, the rest has been taken care of.

Personalised Journeys

Let's get together and handcraft your dream Nepal adventure, whether for yourself or your tribe.

Whether you know exactly what you want or would like us to point you in the right direction, we will make sure that you depart on the dates you choose, can travel the way you feel comfortable and get to experience the places that truely excite you.


Whichever path you choose

We will support you the entire way, from your first enquiry at home to your local guides in the streets of mountains.

All our Himalayan journeys, group or personalised are sustainable and unique experiences, designed to fully immerse you in the local culture, invigorate your senses and ignite your creativity.

Let us help you experience the Himalayas from the inside.

Some highlights


Swayambhunath

The most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in the valley, Swaymbhunath was built around 460AD and rests on a hill west of Kathmandu.  It has always been a strong hallmark of faith and harmony over the centuries, incorporating Hindu temples and deities on a sacred Buddhist site. Just completing the steep climb to the top has to be good for your Karma.

Patan

The oldest Buddhist city in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is also known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty). Renowned for its rich, cultural and artistic traditions, it is filled with intricate wood and stone carvings, glistening metal statues, dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, over 1,200 monuments and some of the finest architecture in Nepal.

Boudhanath

Boudha is the heart of Kathmandu's thriving Tibetan community. Buddhist temples, Tibetan shops and cafes encircle the sacred Boudhanath stupa, where pilgrims perform the twice daily ritual circumambulation. Not just a devotional and meditative practice, it is also time to catch up with neighbours, gossip and check out the tourists.

Bhaktapur

Founded in the 12th century as part of the old India to Tibet trade route, Bhaktapur is home to four Unesco World Heritage squares.  This living museum is still bustles with life and is full of towering temples including the tallest temple in Nepal, the over 300 year old Nyatapola.


Ason Tole

The ancient central marketplace. A myriad of intersecting streets and narrow lanes teeming with rickshaws, motorbikes and cows crammed in amongst small shops, street vendors, ancient Newari architecture, shrines, temples and statues. Full of colour and life, it's where the locals shop.


Trekking

Wandering on ancient trails connecting local villages or pushing your limits high into the mountains, trekking is the best release from our stressful lives back at home.  You will always be fully supported by our trekking staff, who will constantly astound you with their ability to provide incredible service even in the most remote places. 

Mountain biking

Relaxed village to village trails pausing for a chai when the mood takes you. Drive up, flow down forested single tracks. Monster enduro ascents and descents. Everything, from groomed trails to naturally-formed rock gardens with off camber turns and switchbacks. Nepal is your mountain biking paradise.


Rafting

Long, clean rivers surrounded by forest, jungles and mountains, creates some of the best and most varied white-water adventures in the world. Skilled guides, white sandy beaches, campfires, relaxing pools to fierce rapids.  Everything from beginners one day tours to a week or more paddling that can require a few days trekking to the remote starting point.

Wildlife

Not just tigers, rhinos, bears, snow leopards, crocodiles, elephants and yaks, Nepal has nearly 900 species of birds, more than 185 species of mammals, over 13,000 species of plants, 1,950 of them medicinal.  All this rich biodiversity comes from the extreme altitude range of sub-tropical Terai to the highest mountains on earth.  

Some highlights


Swayambhunath

The most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in the valley, Swaymbhunath was built around 460AD and rests on a hill west of Kathmandu.  It has always been a strong hallmark of faith and harmony over the centuries, incorporating Hindu temples and deities on a sacred Buddhist site. Just completing the steep climb to the top has to be good for your Karma.

Patan

The oldest Buddhist city in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is also known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty). Renowned for its rich, cultural and artistic traditions, it is filled with intricate wood and stone carvings, glistening metal statues, dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, over 1,200 monuments and some of the finest architecture in Nepal.

Boudhanath

Boudha is the heart of Kathmandu's thriving Tibetan community. Buddhist temples, Tibetan shops and cafes encircle the sacred Boudhanath stupa, where pilgrims perform the twice daily ritual circumambulation. Not just a devotional and meditative practice, it is also time to catch up with neighbours, gossip and check out the tourists.

Bhaktapur

Founded in the 12th century as part of the old India to Tibet trade route, Bhaktapur is home to four Unesco World Heritage squares.  This living museum is still bustles with life and is full of towering temples including the tallest temple in Nepal, the over 300 year old Nyatapola.


Ason Tole

The ancient central marketplace. A myriad of intersecting streets and narrow lanes teeming with rickshaws, motorbikes and cows crammed in amongst small shops, street vendors, ancient Newari architecture, shrines, temples and statues. Full of colour and life, it's where the locals shop.


Trekking

Wandering on ancient trails connecting local villages or pushing your limits high into the mountains, trekking is the best release from our stressful lives back at home.  You will always be fully supported by our trekking staff, who will constantly astound you with their ability to provide incredible service even in the most remote places. 

Mountain biking

Relaxed village to village trails pausing for a chai when the mood takes you. Drive up, flow down forested single tracks. Monster enduro ascents and descents. Everything, from groomed trails to naturally-formed rock gardens with off camber turns and switchbacks. Nepal is your mountain biking paradise.


Rafting

Long, clean rivers surrounded by forest, jungles and mountains, creates some of the best and most varied white-water adventures in the world. Skilled guides, white sandy beaches, campfires, relaxing pools to fierce rapids.  Everything from beginners one day tours to a week or more paddling that can require a few days trekking to the remote starting point.

Wildlife

Not just tigers, rhinos, bears, snow leopards, crocodiles, elephants and yaks, Nepal has nearly 900 species of birds, more than 185 species of mammals, over 13,000 species of plants, 1,950 of them medicinal.  All this rich biodiversity comes from the extreme altitude range of sub-tropical Terai to the highest mountains on earth.  

When to go

Nepal broadly, has four seasons. Winter is dry and cold. Monsoon is sticky, wet and warm with a stifling pre-monsoon atmosphere while waiting for the real rain. Spring is warm and clear and autumn is dry and clear.

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Autumn and Spring


Autumn the weather is milder and the skies are generally clearer making it particularly suitable for hiking and trekking. Spring can be cloudier and have more rain than autumn, however the wildlife and flowers are at their most vivid.

Monsoon


Pre-monsoon is stifling hot. When the rain arrives, mainly at night, the weather cools a bit, but it will rain nearly every day. Everything is lush and green with a lot less tourists and some great festivals. Perfect season for rain shadow areas Dolpo and Mustang in the north west. 

Winter


Dry and icy cold at night on a trek. Dressing warmly makes for a pleasant stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with almost no tourists.

Quick facts


Geography

Snuggled  between India and Tibet, Nepal is divided into three distinct north/south geographic zones. The sub-tropical Terai to the south which sits on the Indian Gangetic plane, the middle hills, vibrant and full of life, and the mighty Himalayan mountain range. Kathmandu Valley was once a lake (legend has it, drained by Manjushree with his mighty sword)and is now a fertile valley with an ever expanding capital city.

Ethnicity

Nepal is a mixture of indiginous Nepali tribes with Tibetan-Burmans from the north and Indo-Aryans from India in the south. Over the centuries, they have merged into an overlapping class order that still influences the running of everyday modern life. Foreigners are usually considered casteless, but we have a lot of status and are often considered to be fabulously wealthy.


Culture

Nepalis are very loyal to their culture which is often shrouded in religious customs, rituals and festivals. They have a moral and ethical approach to life and can be quite reserved in their behaviour. A stoic, hard working nation that accepts the belief of karma when there is no more they can do to control a situation. Elders are usually authority figures and family and friendships are deep, lasting relationships with strong expectations of loyalty. Many will combine their resources and surrender their personal aspirations for the sake of the family unit.

Festivals

While many of Nepal’s festivals stem from ancient animistic and religious rites, every faith tends to gets involved, turning them into multi-religious affairs. Spiritual and devotional rituals are always quietly and respectfully followed to ensure a prosperous life, but the public celebrations are often joyous, racaous affairs including epic masked dances, 20 metre high chariots dragged through tiny medeival laneways, massive tug-of-war games, blessings from a living godess, religious plays, wandering minstrals and street singing.

Food

With so many ethnic groups, local Nepali food alone offers an amazing range of diversity for the adventurous. Then, blended with strong influences from Tibet, India, Bhutan and China an amazing world of aromas, flavours and textures opens up. Vegetarians are well catered for and meat consists mainly of buffalo, chicken and goat. Out on the trail, it is more of a simple fare with the national dish dal bhat or potatoes, noodles, eggs and soups, often served with fresh greens.

Arts and crafts

Everywhere you turn the ancient architecture and crafts are not just on display in the streets and museums but still an important part of everyday life. You always have the opportunity to sit with artisans and immerse yourself in understanding the intricate techniques required to create these masterpieces, enjoy scouring shops and collections for the perfect item to bring home or just be an admirer of the incredible skills and beauty that surround you.