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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Excellent holiday in Nepal but the level 2 grading is misleading as the walks on two of the days are far harder than level 2. This point has been raised in several reviews by previous travellers and should be picked up by Exodus. The trip code TNX includes a really good mix with trekking, rafting and wildlife. Accommodation was of a really good standard - trekking lodges, Pokhara and Kasara Lodge (Chitwan). The hotel at Kathmandu was perfectly OK but £11 for a beer and soft drink was excessive even for hotel prices.
Two highlights - the fantastic scenery while trekking and the rafting on the River Seti.
Keshar was a good leader but as we were a fairly large group really should have had a trained assistant leader, particularly on the treks where some of the group struggled with the uphill sections of the walks.
Read the trip notes and make sure that you are fit enough to cope with the trek - the trek from Sanctuary Lodge to Ghandruk involved an uphill slog similar to climbing a Scottish Munro then, just when we thought it was over, a lengthy set of steps up to the lodge at the top of the village. Two days later the entire route is done in reverse and lunch is at the Sanctuary Lodge but after lunch there is then a long climb up the other side of the valley to the lodge at Gurung Lodge when the temperature was high.
This is a really good trip and gives a good variety of activities. The lengthy drive from Chitwan to Pokhara was an experience - the road conditions were terrible and credit to our driver for getting us to Kathmandu in one piece.
I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday. The steep ascents of the treks were tough going but the routes through the villages at harvest time and the 'Namaste's of the local children kept me going. Arriving at the beautiful mountain lodges to such wonderful hospitality made it all worth while and the sunrise and sunsets were stunning (we were lucky in having clear skies every day). The rafting was fast enough to be fun and exciting but not scary, and the river camp felt like a real story book adventure. The activities at Chitwan were well planned and allowed for some time to relax by the pool.
There were so many it's hard to pick. Sunrise in the mountains was beautiful, but each part of the trip had it's own special moments. The accommodation is lovely and the food is amazing!
Keshar made everything run smoothly. He knew so much about his country - the customs, the flora and fauna etc. I learned a lot from him and have so much respect for the people of Nepal. He was always cheerful and madesure we were well looked after. I had great confidence in him.
Pack light - there is a lot of packing and unpacking
Climb some hills in preparation.
If you have a chance to bathe with the elephants in Chitwan, get in that river, it's great fun!
Try and stay longer in Kathmandu. There's a beautiful museum in Patan's Durbar Square that is worth a visit and is easily accessible by taxi.
November felt like a good time to visit - no mosquitoes (so no need to take malaria tablets), hot days and cool nights.
Another great trip and an enjoyable diverse itinerary from, temples to trekking, to white water rafting, to safari. Some long days transferring between sites, but well worth it in the end. Great company, excellent leader and a wonderful, friendly country well worth visiting.
On the trek being woken at 6.15am by a knock on the door from the porters with a cup of coffee/tea and coming out of the lodge to see the mountain range appearing above the clouds. Unfortunately, we only had a brief sight of the Fishtail, but the trek to the Himalaya Lodge was well worth the climb. White water rafting down the Seti River was great fun as was the search for one-horned rhino at Chitwan.
Chandra was great fun. He was funny, became part of the team and went to great lengths to pass on his love of his country and the local traditions. On the last night of the trek, all the porters, the Ghurkhas, the group and Chandra danced the night away. Whilst it was no "Strictly", happy hour freed our inhibitions and everyone got up and danced (sort of)!
Be prepared for early mornings and long days travelling. Some part of the treks have numerous steps, if you are used to walking with poles, take them with you. Sink plugs come in handy. We spent approximately £250 each on food, drinks, etc, but if you enjoy spending money on trinkets, presents, etc then you definitely need to allow more.
The trip could have been improved by flying back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We were prepared for a 6 hour drive, as stated in the trip notes, but our trip took 9 hours and was less than luxurious because 40km of the trip was on roads that were under construction. Had we flown back in the morning we would have had time to further explore Kathmandu and rest before returning on the long haul the following day. An additional night at the Seti River camp would have been more than welcome as this was so relaxing.
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