The accommodation options in Nepal cover a huge range of levels and standards, and vary depending on your location and the activity you may be doing. Kathmandu not surprisingly has the biggest number of options, though the best of these can fill up well in advance of peak season months. We use a comfortable 3-star hotel in this area for the start and finish of many of our tours. Trekking lodges are basic, with simple bedrooms and cosy dining rooms and simple shared bathrooms. Wildlife lodges range from simple but comfortable Tharu style thatched cottages to the expensive but deluxe Tiger Tops properties. Rafting trips and some treks will camp overnight, and all equipment and sleeping bags are provided on these tours.
If you are travelling on one of our small-group tours, or you have booked one of our set tour itineraries to do privately, then we will let you know the hotels to be used on your tour a couple of weeks before departure. If you have specific requirements for hotels to be used for your holiday, then subject to availability we can always book them, but we will arrange and price the tour as a tailor-made itinerary.
Where they are available, the star ratings given on this website are the official ratings the hotels have received from the local tourism authorities. Many hotels in Nepal, particularly in remote areas, do not receive official ratings, but this definitely does not mean they of poor quality. There are some really interesting properties throughout the country that may not have every modern luxury, but are full of character and very enjoyable to stay in.
Within each town, city or area there can be a wide variation between the standard of hotels within each star rating. At the top end of each level, the star ratings are comparable internationally, but overall you should be prepared for standards to be a little lower than you may expect from the star rating given (this particularly applies at the 5-star level, where many hotels have obtained a 5-star rating that we would really consider to be 4-star hotels).
All of our tours have been assigned different 'comfort ratings' to give you an idea of the level of accommodation used. More information about comfort ratings...
Tours that we have assigned this comfort rating in Nepal generally spend most of the time trekking or rafting and staying in basic trekking lodges or camping. They will usually also feature some hotels around the 3-star level, particularly in Kathmandu.
Most of our cultural adventure and classic journey tours are set at this level, as the majority of the tours is spent in mid-range hotels. They may also feature sections in more basic accommodation such as trekking and wildlife lodges, or a night or two camping.
These tours feature stays in on some of the very best hotels available in Nepal. We select hotels that we know are at or near the top of the range within each area, and this may mean that the level of accommodation varies during the itinerary (eg. if you stay in the best hotel in Kathmandu and the best hotel in Pokhara, you should not expect the same standard).
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