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Nepal

Kathmandu and the Himalayas

We start and end our tour in Kathmandu where we have the opportunity to visit the principle sites. We then experience a two night stay in a jungle camp where we look for white rhino on elephant back. A firm favourite of McCabe travellers is Begnas Lake Resort, where we have time to relax and enjoy just being in such a unique and wonderful environment.

From Begnas, we visit Daduwa school, supported by the McCabe Educational Trust. The hospitality shown by the staff, pupils and villagers is overwhelming. We include all meals in the tour price with flights on Qatar Airways from London Heathrow via Doha to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

  1. Journey to Kathmandu

    Qatar Airways via Doha departs Heathrow at 1505 arriving Kathmandu at 1100 Thursday morning.

  2. An introductory walk

    An afternoon introductory walk. Three night stay in Kathmandu at Summerhill, a delightful guest house set in peaceful gardens or a local hotel.

  3. Kathmandu

    We explore the old Durbar Square and ascend the Swayambhunath Stupa. Lunch in Boudhnath and visits to the biggest stupa in Nepal and the Pashupatinath Temple on the Bagmati river.

  4. Patan and Bhaktapur

    Visits in Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur, a showcase of medieval architecture.

  5. Chitwan National Park

    A four hour drive to Chitwan National Park in the Terai region bordering India. Two night stay at Machan Country Villa, providing modern comforts in a jungle setting.

  6. Jungle Activities

    A safari on elephants in search of white rhinos. Very few remain but we have an excellent chance of seeing them.

  7. Drive to Begnas Lake

    We drive to the foothills of the Himalayas and a four night stay at Begnas Lake Resort, set amidst a hillside garden with swimming pool and spa and breath-taking mountain views.

  8. A hike in the foothills

    Enjoy an easy hike into the Himalayan foothills.

  9. Dadhuwa School

    Today we will visit the school at Dadhuwa which MET helped build. The school is situated on a hilltop and we drive up in 4 wheel drive vehicles – a great experience.

  10. Pokhara

    A visit to the bazaars of Pokhara.

  11. Return to Kathmandu

    A five hour drive back to Kathmandu with lunch en route and two night stay at Summerhill House or a local hotel.

  12. Bungamati and Khokana villages

    Morning walk to the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana and free time. Evening farewell dinner with local entertainment.

  13. Homeward Bound

    Free day. Qatar Airways via Doha departs Kathmandu at 2045 arriving Heathrow at 0620 on Tuesday Morning.

  14. Mt. Everest Trip

    There is the opportunity in Kathmandu to take as flight to the summit of Mt. Everest. This is weather permitting and costs in the region of £200.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are, drinks and shopping. We include lunches and gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2020 Price: £2,975, Single Supplement: £425, Travel Insurance Premium:  £79/£119

Included

Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunches and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Visa costs, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement

Touring information

This journey involves some long drives on very bumpy roads but is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. No particularly high altitudes are involved.

Passports, visas and health

All foreign nationals require a visa to enter Nepal and the visa cost is included in the price of the tour. A visa application form will be sent with your final invoice and the visa is issued on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Please check that you have at least six months validity on your passport. No inoculations are essential but the McCabe office will be happy to make recommendations and we advise you to consult your doctor regarding your own personal requirements.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for this pilgrimage to Nepal is £79. Travellers over 75 pay £119. We also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.

Airline

Flights are from Qatar airways from Heathrow with daily departures.

Hotels

You can expect good, comfortable, clean accommodation during your stay and all rooms have private facilities, whether it is a private guest house, a jungle lodge, a lakeside spa hotel or a larger more western-style city centre hotel. Some single rooms are available at a supplementary charge, however, if you are trekking as part of your programme, single accommodation cannot be guaranteed.

Begnas Lake Resort

In a pristine natural setting, with gurgling mountain springs forming natural boundaries on either side, the resort rolls down the hillside to Begnas lake. To the north and the north-east are the great Himalayan snowy peaks of the Annapurna range below which lie terraced paddy fields and the tranquil Begnas lake - a perfect picture frame from the balcony and windows of every guestroom. On the southern upper slopes there are hazelnut trees interspersed by coffee, cardamom and flowering plants. The restaurant offers a wide choice of cuisines from the continent as well as oriental and Himalayan dishes and most vegetables, herbs and spices can be seen growing within the resort gardens. In this healing and life-nourishing environment, you will find a spa that offers a range of classical Ayurvedic treatments as well as soothing and rejuvenating massages.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Summerhill Guest House in Kathmandu

Machan Country Villa in the Terai region

Begnas Lake Resort

Cuisine

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included daily; drinks are generally not included, except at breakfast when tea, coffee and fruit juices are usually provided. If you require vegetarian meals or have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will advise the airline, hotels and restaurants. On arrival at each establishment, please check that staff is aware of your needs. Dinners offer a choice and in our experience most travellers are happy with the variety of Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Nepali cuisine.

Most Nepalis are vegetarian, so vegetarians are well catered for. Bottled water is on sale everywhere and we strongly recommend that you do not use tap water, even for brushing your teeth.

 

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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