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How our tours work

Nearly all our tours to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet are itinerary based - in other words, we show you around the country with stops at several different destinations along the way so that you can see, learn and enjoy as much about your destination as possible.

We offer tours which concentrate on different geographical areas, feature a range of activities including trekking, white water rafting and wildlife safaris, and that feature a range of comfort and accommodation levels. You can join a small-group or enjoy a completely private or tailor-made holiday experience.

How to find a tour...

You can search of all the destinations and activities offered by Nepal Uncovered, by using our tour finder, which can be found on every page of our websites in the left hand menu.

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Whichever way you search, you will find descriptive itineraries, maps, and tour highlights. We also feature extensive information on the countries we visit and the activities we offer through country and activity guides and features.

Small-group tours

Nearly all the tours detailed on this website have regular departures that you may join as an individual, couple, family or group of friends. Joining a group tour is a great way to enjoy the destination at a lower cost, and to also meet some like-minded people along the way. We keep the maximum number in each group small (normally up to 12 people) to improve your experience and relationship with your guide and with other members in the group. The minimum number of travellers required for a tour to run is also kept as low as possible (min 2-4) which means that we hardly ever cancel a tour departure. Most tours depart approximately once a month through their most suitable seasons (we avoid travelling during the monsoon months on many, but not all tours). Exact dates for each tour are given on each tour web page, and are also available on request.

During busy periods we may run several groups on the same tour starting on the same date. When this happens, we take great care to split our travellers up in such a way as to give you the best holiday experience (eg. keeping similar ages together, families with similar aged children together).

Private tours

All the suggested tour itineraries on this website can also be run privately on nearly any date (there are some restrictions with regard to the flight schedules between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and the issue days for Tibet visas). This type of travel is most suited if our group dates do not fit with your available holiday, if you do not want to travel with other people in a larger group, or if you want the extra flexibility and personal touch that a private tour affords. You can book the itineraries exactly as they are described, or they can be extended or shortened to suit your travel requirements. Prices for booking each tour privately are given on each tour web-page - because we keep our group tour minimum numbers low, the extra cost for doing the same tour privately is not that high.

Tailor-made tours

You can also use the itineraries on this website as a starting point to give you some interesting ideas and to show you what is possible. If you contact us with ideas and requirements, we can then customise an itinerary to fit your personal preferences and interests, available dates and budget. Our travel consultants know Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet very well and have years of experience in designing itineraries for our travellers, and are always very happy to work with you and provide their own suggestions to ensure you end up with a really special holiday.

We also often work with larger groups including schools, walking clubs and societies, so if you are an organisation or business looking for a tailor-made tour, please contact us and our staff will be happy to help.

Tour leaders/guides

Our policy at Nepal Uncovered is to use only local guides and tour leaders, as we feel that this not only contributes to the local economy but also provides you with the best local knowledge available. Local guides can almost invariably give more information and bring a country, its history, culture and nature alive much more than non-native guides. All our guides are fully trained, have a high level of English, and are experienced in dealing with western travellers. We select our guides carefully and value them very highly as we know how important a good guide is to your holiday experience. We are very pleased that many of our guides been working with us for many years. Our clients often describe their tour guide as being one of the highlights of their holiday.

What transport do we use?

In keeping with our aim for our tours to immerse themselves in the local culture and environment, we feature public tourist coaches and local buses for some journeys on our Nepal tours. However, most journeys and sightseeing tours use private vehicles. We do offer optional upgrades to internal flights for some journeys in Nepal, and some tours may include an internal flight as part of the set itinerary where we feel it greatly improves your experience and the running of the tour. All travel in Bhutan and Tibet is in private vehicles.

For other journeys and your sightseeing tours, we use private coaches, mini-buses, mini-vans, people carriers or cars depending on the number of people in your party. We always ensure there is a good ratio of extra free seats to travellers to give you space and so you don't feel squashed. All vehicles are regularly inspected, and many but not all are air-conditioned (we take account of the season and climate at the time you are travelling). ,In some areas such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks in Nepal, we need to use locally owned jeeps and other vehicles, and in these places vehicle quality and safety standards may be lower.

Please see the tour itinerary pages and factsheets for specific transport arrangements for each tour.

Which hotels do we use?

This website features accommodation pages for Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, which list a range of different hotels and accommodation options available. We give our tours different 'comfort ratings' (see below) and each tour page gives links to the range of hotels used in each location visited. The accommodation pages then give information on which hotels are used for different comfort ratings.

If you book a place on a tour joining a small-group departure, or as a private departure, then we will let you know the hotels to be used for your holiday a couple of weeks before your departure. If you have specific requests for particular hotels, then please request a tailor-made tour and we will confirm the hotels at the time of your booking.

Tour categories

In order to help you more quickly and easily decide if one of our suggested tour itineraries is right for you, we have rated each tour using the following three categories:

TRAVEL IDEAS
Our travel ideas are a convenient way to categorise the type of tours we offer. Below you will find a full list of all our travel ideas along with a brief explanation of each travel idea.

Cultural adventuresThis travel idea describes tours that may concentrate on cultural and historic sightseeing, but that also feature some more adventurous sections (for example a short trek or white water rafting experience, and active wildlife safaris). These may be more physically active than other tours, and may include some basic accommodation and local transport options.

Classic journeysThis travel idea describes general sightseeing tours, which focus on the cultural and historic background of a country. There are no particularly adventurous or strenuous elements and private transport is generally used throughout the tour.

Family holidaysThese tours are designed specifically with families travelling with children in mind. They are usually run at a slightly slower pace with less intense sightseeing, some activities or visits chosen especially for children, and more time to relax. The guides we use are have experience working with children and know how to make the itinerary interesting but not too testing, especially in hot climates.

Trekking toursOur trekking tours are itineraries that are particularly focussed on a particular trekking route (tours that combine a trek and other activities will be classed as a Cultural Adventure). They range from short, relatively easy treks, to long demanding routes such as the classic Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks in Nepal. Nearly all our trekking tours in Nepal are lodge based, while all in Bhutan camp overnight instead.

Rafting tripsNepal is one of the very best countries in the world for white water rafting, and these tours concentrate on some of the country's most exciting and demanding rivers. Some Cultural Adventure tours may also feature white water rafting in a multi-activity itinerary.

Wildlife safarisOur wildlife safari tours are designed for people who have a specific interest in concentrating nearly their whole trip on viewing a range of different wildlife and exploring different parks and eco-systems. Many Classic Journey and Cultural Adventure tours may take in a national park and some wildlife viewing activities as a relatively minor part of their itinerary.

Special interestsOur special interest tours are designed for people interested in something out of the ordinary. The itinerary concentrates on a particular theme or topic, but may also include some general sightseeing as well. Examples of special interests may include ancient religious or sites, wildlife or bird watching or photography, to name but a few.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVEL
To help you know what to expect, we have rated all our holiday itineraries based on how much physical activity is included in them.

Easy physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tour itineraries is minimal and would normally only include gentle walking, usually around sites of interest. These itineraries are suitable for nearly everyone both young and old and are also well suited to families with children.

Mild physical activity ratingAlthough still suitable for most people, including young and old, these tour itineraries do involve some level of activity. The level of activity on these itineraries is generally quite mild but may include some longer walks, sometime on uneven ground. There may also be some walking up and down extensive or steep steps/slopes, or perhaps activities such as elephant-back safaris which would require a greater level of physical mobility.

Moderate physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tour itineraries is more demanding and might include short treks, longer days and more physical activities such as short white water rafting trips.

Hard physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tours is of a strenuous nature and will require a good level of physical fitness. Activities at this level might include longer treks and white-water rafting trips. All of our tours that feature white-water rafting give the internationally recognised rapid gradings appropriate for the river used.

Note: All our tours that include trekking have a separate trekking grade. This trekking grade is designed to give you a better idea of how difficult the trek will be. It should also help you decide whether or not you are experienced enough to join one of our treks. For more information on trekking grades, please read our Trekking grades feature.

COMFORT RATING
Each of the travel ideas listed above may include tours set at different levels of accommodation. We describe this by using the comfort ratings below. You can use these to select or dismiss particular itineraries based on your personal preferences and the style of holiday you are looking for. The nature of itinerary based tours like ours means that it is not always possible to maintain the same comfort level for every night of the trip - indeed part of the idea is to mix this up a little. These ratings therefore give a general overview of the accommodation level to be used and individual itineraries may include one or more nights at a higher or lower level.

Basic comfort ratingOur basic rating is only used where the level of services available for a major portion of the tour is very limited. This might include the use of 2 to 3-star hotels, trekking lodges and camping. This level of tour is suitable for anyone wishing to spend some time off the beaten path and therefore accept a lower level of comfort. You normally still get several nights in around 3 or 4-star level hotels at the start and end of the trip however.

Standard comfort ratingOur standard rating is based on good quality, comfortable hotels around the 3-star level. Our Cultural Adventure tours that feature short treks and overnight white-water rafting trips are set at this level despite the basic accommodation during those parts of the tour. This level of tour is suitable for anyone interested in a good balance of comfort and value for money.

Luxury comfort ratingTours with our luxury rating use mainly high quality 4 and 5-star hotels to provide you with all the luxury and comfort available. We may still use hotels at a lower level where there are no better alternatives available, but the majority of the tour will be in hotels with a local 4 or 5-star rating. Particularly in Nepal, these ratings do not compare favourably to international hotels and you should not expect the same levels of accommodation and service as in western countries.

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Customer feedback

"Service and trek was excellent. Our guide Govinder was excellent and worked hard to give us a great trek."

Nevin Sood (Help the Heroes Everest Base Camp)

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