Nepal Tour Operator

Nepal tour operator specialize in tours of all types be it cultural, historical, and natural or pilgrimage. They can also help you in arranging visas, transportation, airline and bus tickets and coordinating sightseeing tours.

The first travel/tour agency was opened in Nepal back in 1964. Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) was formed in 1966 and today has over 800 members.

According to 2017 data, there are altogether 3824 travel agencies in Nepal and their number is increasing annually by 10%. Some are run on traditional manner while others are more modernized. Some focus on B2B and some on B2C. Still others focus exclusively on recommended clients.

Likewise trekking agencies manage trekking and other adventure activities in Nepal. Formed in 1979, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has over 1800 members and is the biggest tourism association in Nepal. TAAN also issue Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards to trekkers.

Best Nepal Tour is a Nepal tour operator as well as trekking organizers based in Kathmandu. It operates in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. Best Tour Nepal is committed to providing trustworthy services at reasonable prices.

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Nepal Tour Guide / Trekking Guide

Tour guiding in Nepal is one of the most lucrative and sought after professions. There are over 4000 certified Nepal tour guides in tourism providing a strong foundation for Nepalese tourism industry.

The attraction of educated youth in tour guiding profession is increasing every day. Since 2000, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of young adults, both men and women, taking up tour guiding as a profession. 

Every year Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) conducts training to produce skilled manpower in trekking and tourism field. Of late Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA) has also started organizing training and offering trekking and tour guide license.

Training includes both theoretical and practical courses. Tour guide training offers classes in Nepalese culture, history, nature, anthropology, trekking, iconography, environment, art &architect, religion, wildlife and demography.  First Aid and communication are two other courses offered in the training.

To be eligible for tour guide training, one should have bachelor’s degree, possess few years’ experience in the field and those with a flair for second language (European, English, Japanese, Chinese etc.) is given a priority.

Thousands of youth apply for the training but only few get selected year. The aspirants have to go through rigorous monitoring, screening and interview process.  Besides practical classes, trainees are also required to sit in examination to receive tour guide license.

Similarly there are nearly 15000 trekking guides in Nepal. To be eligible for trekking guide training, one needs to have some years of experience working as trekking porter and have at least passed 10th grade. Unlike tour guide training, trekking guide training focuses more on nature, culture, history, first aid as well as communication.  

Best Tour Nepal employs qualified licensed guide, who are selected on the basis of their experience, discipline and commitment to their profession.

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About Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda trek is named after Gosaikunda Lake situated at an altitude of 4380m in the famous Langtang trekking region. It is just a day’s walk from Dhunche, the district headquarters of Rasuwa district. Dhunche is directly connected to Kathmandu by road and is accessibly on both private and public vehicle.

What to expect during the Gosaikunda Trek?

The ultimate goal of Gosaikunda trek is to reach Gosaikunda Lake, an alpine freshwater, located at an altitude of 4380m. There are other 107 freshwater lakes in this area all of which lies within Langtang National Park. The trail passes through Tamang villages on the trek giving you spectacular views of Langtang and Ganesh Himalayan ranges.

Gosaikunda Trek altitude

Gosaikunda trek altitude ranges from 1880m up to 4380m. The highest place you will reach on Gosaikunda trek is Gosaikunda lake. This variation in altitude is reflected by the change in climate and vegetation as you will move to sub temperate to alpine zone.

Gosaikunda Trek cost

Usually Gosaikunda trek cost around US$70 per day. This cost includes transportation between Kathmandu and Dhuche and a day’s food and lodging. Extra expenses related to insurance, refreshments, alcohol, tips etc. are excluded from this cost.  The cost actually depends upon the route you have chosen and the services you are trekking.  

Gosainkunda Trek cost for Nepali

Gosainkunda trek cost for Nepali is approximately US$50 per day. This cost is inclusive of transportation from Kathmandu to Dhunche and back, food and transportation. Any additional costs such as refreshments, alcohol, gifts, tips etc., are excluded from this cost.

Gosainkunda Trek route

Gosaikunda trek route usually begins from and ends in Dhunche , the district headquarters of Rasuwa district. Alternatively it can also end in Sundarijal. Gosaikunda trek route passes through traditional villages of Tamang community and party through Langtang National Park. The trek route is well maintained with signage and stone steps at different sections.

Dhunche to Gosaikunda

Dhunche to Gosaikunda is the shortest trekking trail to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m). It takes a total of 2 days to reach Gosaikunda and one day return to Dhunche. We will stay overnight in Chandanbari en route and one night in Gosaikunda before coming back to Dhunche. Dhunche is the district headquarters of Rasuwa District, located about 114km or 5hrs drive from Kathmandu. Both public buses and private vehicle ply between Kathmandu and Dhunche.

Gosaikunda Trek season

Gosaikunda trek season occurs two times of the year: Spring (March-April) and Autumn (Sept-Nov). During these seasons, the weather is excellent due to sunshine and balmy climate. Also flowers bloom, the entire forest turns green due to new leaves and the visibility of mountains is clear. The chances of catching the views of Himalayan ranges is easy over the period.

Gosainkunda Trek weather

Gosaikunda Trek weather is best during Spring (Feb-April) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). These periods are characterized by balmy and sunny weather and pleasant days. The scenery of Himalayan peaks is also visible along with blossoming of beautiful flowers and trees in the forests.

These treks can be adjusted for longer or fewer days depending upon your time availability. Langtang treks won’t disappoint you. Most importantly if you do Langtang trek, it will help contribute to local economy and especially support the rebuilding process in the aftermath of 2015 earthquake. This trek is popular among both local and foreign tourists.

Gosaikunda Trek itinerary – how many days?

We have two Gosaikunda Trek itinerary

Gosaikunda Trek 7 days 6 nights

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek 12 days 11 nights

If you have any confusions, queries or questions about Gosaikunda trek or any other treks, feel free to contact us.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary

Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary is one of the longest trails in the famed Annapurna region. Also called Annapurna Round trek, Annapurna Circuit trek takes you to the trans Himalayan area of Manang and Mustang valleys. Once part of the expansive Tibetan kingdom, Annapurna circuit trek itinerary passes through an area heavily influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition. Meet the Manangis people who are known for their horse riding and Thakali people of Jomsom and Kagbeni who are extremely skilled in trade and preparing delicious cuisine.

On Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary you will cross Thorang La pass at the elevation of 5416m. The second part of the journey is down Kali Gandaki river on the bank of which lies Muktinath or Chumig Gyatsa. Muktinath is one of the most sacred Buddhist and Hindu temple featuring the statue of Padmasambhava, eternal flame and 108 water spouts. A large part of the trekking trail covers Annapurna Conservation area which is a role model for eco tourism.

Thorang La is one of the highest Himalayan passes in Nepal. The pass can be approached clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The easier and safer route is anti clockwise which begins from Thorang Phedi and drops down to Muktinath. The reverse route is not impossible but it is not recommended due to heavy ice trail near Muktinath early in the morning. If you approach the pass from Thorang Phedi, you will reach Thorang La before 12pm and as you prepare to trek down to Muktinath, the ice already starts to thaw making it easier and safer for trekkers to reach Muktinath. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Besi Sahar and passes through Bulbule, Syange, Chame, Manang, Thorang La, Muktinath, Jomsom, Marpha, Tatopani and exits out of Beni. It used to be around three long weeks of trek but nowadays because of road construction, the trail has become shorter. Most of the scenic parts of the trail can now be covered on a drive. Annapurna Circuit Trek is surprisingly becoming even more popular due to its shorter duration. Lonely Planet and other guidebooks have repeatedly put Annapurna Circuit Trek as one of the best trekking destinations in the world.

Scroll below for the latest updated Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.

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High Altitude Sickness (HAS)

High Altitude Sickness (HAS) is a phrase used to describe the health condition especially among trekkers when they reach a certain higher altitude. HAS is usually prevalent for those trekking in high Himalayan region beyond 2500m altitude.

When gaining altitude, body will need to adjust or acclimatize to low oxygen availability and decreasing air pressure. Failing to adapt to this change in pressure and oxygen can impact one’s health. The risk of HAS increases if you are at 2500m or higher. It takes anywhere between 12 hrs. to 24 hrs. to suffer from HAS.

Anyone is prone to suffer from HAS, no matter how fit, healthy or strong one is both mentally and physically or irrespective of one’s geographical origin.

Causes

The main cause of HAS depend on

  1. how quickly you move to a higher elevation,
  2. how high you go up,
  3. the altitude where you sleep,
  4. the amount of liquid consumption to avoid dehydration

Symptoms

The common symptoms of HAS are a combination of the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to walk
  • Change in behavior
  • Decrease in body oxygen level

Prevention

The basic prevention measure to avoid HAS is proper acclimatization. You need to acclimatize with increasing height gain, climate and weather gradually as you go up higher altitude. Gaining altitude slowly and gradually is the best way to prevent HAS.

Secondly you have to monitor the symptoms of altitude sickness and treat early. If you happen to suffer from any of the symptoms, the best thing to do is to immediately go down to a lower elevation.

It is important that you follow the guidelines and advices provided by your trekking guide.

Based on our long experience, trekkers should move up slowly, monitor body’s responses and share your feeling and experiences with your experienced guide while on trek. Drinking lots of water, garlic soup, local herbs recommended by your guide etc are also some preventive strategies.

Care and Treatment

If you are trekking with Best Tour, you are in safe hands. Our guide closely monitors our clients behavior, appetite, body temperature. A separate record is kept of all our clients by our well qualified guide. This helps to determine the condition our clients are in. We also check oxygen level with the help of oximeter.

When going trekking in the Himalayas, Best Tour provides enough soup, energy bars and fruits. We also offer enough water to prevent dehydration and keep you warm. 

We also administer proper, prescribed medication if the situation gets worse. All our guides are trained in offering first aid, so they are experienced in treating HAS.

If trekkers condition takes turn for worse, we immediately conduct emergency rescue services from the mountains to bring them directly to place where well equipped hospitals are available

Recommendations

Walk Slowly

Listen and follow Guide’s instructions

Drink enough water

Consume sufficient amount of energy and carbohydrates

Drink plenty of soup

Take proper rest

Sleep well

Climb down to a lower elevation if you suffer from HAS

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Nepal Trekking tour

Nepal Trekking tour is a unique combination of trekking and cultural activities. It is designed to offer you both adventure and relaxation at the same time. This program offers relatively easier treks to nearby hills and valleys. Such treks do not go above an altitude of 4000m depending on the time, landscape and route. You will be guided by an experienced trekking guide.

The rest of the program focuses on relaxing light programs such as practicing yoga and meditation, visiting world heritage sties, sightseeing temple and monastery and learning about local culture and lifestyle.  We are offering following Nepal trekking tour packages:

If you are interested in other sites not mentioned above, then please contact us for further information

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Khopra Danda Trek without Guide

Khopra Danda trek is a community based trek. Adventure lovers often want to experience such remote and pristine trail independently where they have total freedom. Although Khopra danda trek without guide is a good idea to explore but it is not suitable for all trekking trails.

Khopra Danda trek or Khopra Ridge trek is a newly opened remote trekking trail and most of it passes through forested path inhabited by wild animals. The trail does not have adequate facility of lodges and rest points. Khopra Ridge trail is mainly used by cattle and sheep and does not carry proper signage with the result that trekkers often losing their way. So in terms of safety it is a must for all trekkers to take trained and professional guide. I personally do not recommend Khopra danda trek without guide.

The challenge of reaching Khayer Lake at an altitude of 4600m is daunting for trekkers. In its entirety you will come across three viewpoints, Muldai, Khopra Danda and Mulde Hill. The views of Fishtail, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu along the trek will melt your heart.

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Famous Hill Stations of Nepal

Hill stations have many things to offer from majestic views of Himalayan peaks, local culture to pristine nature. That is why I regularly visit famous hill stations of Nepal whether it is in winter or summer. Famous hill station in Nepal some hill stations require long days of travel or trekking while others are well connected by road.

Exploring famous Hill stations in Nepal, today is as easy as ever. There are facilities of vehicles in many places now making it comfortable and easy for travellers. The beauty and charm of hill stations still remain as alluring as before. Some of the famous Hill stations in Nepal not to be missed during your visit to Nepal have been listed below.

Chandragiri (2551m)

Chanragiri is tallest hill on the southwest of Kathmandu. It a great vantage point to see 180 degree view of snowcapped peaks from Mt. Everest and Annapurna to Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. It is just 14 km from Kathmandu.  A few minutes ride on a cable car takes you to the top of Chandragiri which features Bhaleshwar Mahadev temple along with children play park and a cafeteria.

How to get there?

Public transportation is available from Kathmandu to cable car station which takes about 45 minutes. Still travel by private car is best.

Kalinchowk (3842m)

Kalinchowk is famous for Kalichowk Bhagawati temple. Located in Dolakha district, Kalinchowk is snowbound during winter. Kuri village (3300m) near Kalinchowk is often regarded a mini Switzerland. Cable car ride is available from Kuri to the top of Kalinchowk. One can witness 180 degree views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Gauri Shankar. Kalinchowk is famous for local potatoes, hard cottage cheese and local spirit Tumba.

How to get there?

Though public transportation connects Kalinchowk with Kathmandu, it is best to take a 4 wheel jeep or ride a bike. It takes around 8 hrs to reach Kalinchowk. Basic guest houses are available for accommodation.

Nagarkot (2175m)

Located just 33 km northeast of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the nearest and most popular hill station around Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is a fantastic viewpoint to see a wide Himalayan ranges including Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, Ganesh, Manaslu and Kanchejunga along with romantic sunrise and sunset views. There are plenty of hotels and lodges in Nagarkot from budget to high standards. Snowfall occasionally occurs in Nagarkot when the temperature is really low. We are offering following tours in Nagarkot:

How to get there?

Public buses and private vehicles are easily available to take you to Nagarkot from Kathmandu which is a ride of about one and half hrs.

Kakani (2030m)

Located in Nuwakot district, to reach Kakani one has to cover a distance of just 20km. Kakani is a famous hill station for viewing Himalayan peaks from Manaslu to Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung. Kakani do not see snowfalls in winter however it is a bit chilly in winter.

How to get there?

Public transportation are regularly available though you can also take private vehicle. Facility of basic hotels is available in Kakani.

Daman (2322m)

Daman is another popular hill station around Kathmandu Valley. It is located some 77km southwest of Kathmandu in Makwanpur district. There is a viewtower in Daman that is vantage point to see Himalayan panorama. Daman is the first hill station to get recognition after it connected Tribhuvan Highway, Nepal’s first highway. Daman regularly receives snowfall in winter. The place is full of good hotels.

How to get there?

Both public bus and private vehicle are available to go to Daman. It usually takes four hours to reach Daman from Kathmandu.

Bandipur (1030m)

Bandipur is a Newari town lying midway from Prithivi Highway at a distance of 140 km from Kathmandu. The town was once a commercial center connecting Kathmandu with Terai region. It is located at an elevation of 1030m on the Mahabharat range above Marshyangdi Valley. Bandipur is characteristic of Newari and Magar culture, Newari architecture, cobbled streets, medieval houses and temples. The captivating view of Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri is another attraction of Bandipur. Plenty of excellent accommodations are on offer in Bandipur.

How to get there?

It takes 5 hours from Kathmandu to reach Bandipur on Prthivi Highway. Both public buses and private vehicles can be easily hired.   

Ghandruk (2012m)

Ghandruk is one of the popular villages in Annapurna trekking route. Inhabited by Magar and Gurung communities, Ghandruk is a viewpoint to watch stunning views of Annapurna, Macchapuchre and Hiunchuli. Ghandruk is surrounded by pristine forests of rhododendrons and pines and rarely sees snowfall in winter.

How to get there?

It is just a 3 hr drive from Pokhara followed by 30 minutes’ walk.

Jomsom (2743m)

Located on the banks of Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom is a medieval town inhabited by Thakali community. Originally called Dzong Sampa, which means new fort, Jomsom is the gateway to Muktinath.. It takes only 5 hrs from Jomsom to reach Muktinath. Jomsom is famous for Thakali culture and cuisine and magnificent views of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulaigiri peaks.

How to get there?

You can take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively you can directly take a public bus from Kathmandu to Jomsom. Still nothing can beat the comfort and adventure of taking a Private 4 wheel drive.

Kanyam [tea garden]

Kanyam [tea garden] is situated in Ilam district, famous for its tea gardens. The chilly wind of the hill and the extensive green plots of tea spread as far as the horizon will capture your heart and mind. Don’t forget to try authentic tea of Nepal when you are in Kanyam. You can opt for basic guesthouses for accommodation.

How to get there?

Public buses and private vehicles are available to take you to Kanyam.

Jaljala (3090m)

Jaljala is a beautiful hill station situated in Thabang Village in remote Rolpa district. Once a hub for Maoist revolution, today Jaljala welcomes tourists in hordes. It is located 22 km from Libang, district headquarters of Rolpa. The trail to Jaljala offers you beautiful views of Sisne mountain.

How to get there?

Public transport is often not timely and reliable to reach Jaljala. Better option is to hire a 4 wheel drive. You can also directly fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and then take a private jeep further. 

Bhedetar (1430m)

Located in Dharan, Bhedetar is a popular hill station in the east. It is at 17 km distance from Dharan.

How to get there?

Night and day public buses regularly leave Kathmandu for Dharan. Other option is to fly to Biratnagar and then take a private car to Bhedetar.

Palpa (1310m)

Palpa is a medieval kingdom ruled by Sen kings. The town of Palpa is inhabited and influenced by mercantile Newari traders. It is a base point to go on a hike to nearby Sri Nagar hill (1524m) from where one can witness a panorama of Himalayan ranges in the likes of Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Palpa is famous for Nepali Dhaka cap and Karuwa (water vessel).

How to get there?

Public transportation, private vehicle as well as motorbikes are popular transport for accessing Palpa.

Dhampus (1650m)

Dhampus is a village situated nearby Pokhara at a distance of 20km. It is the most photographed place in Nepal which firmly attest to the beauty it possesses. The village is mostly inhabited by Gurung and Magar ethnic communities who follow their unique culture and lifestyle. Dhampus is a perfect viewpoint to capture Macchapuchre, Annapurna ranges and Lamjung Himal. 

How to get there?

30 min drive on a public bus or private vehicle to Phedi from Pokhara followed by 15 minutes steep uphill ride will reach you Dhampus. Or you can also trek for one and half hour from Phedi to Dhampus.

With so many places to choose from, you will have more than you can chew. I personally prefer going to Kalinchowk or Ghandruk than anywhere else. However your tastes might be different depending on what you like.

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Everest Trekking packages

Everest Trekking Packages? Which one to choose?

Everest trekking packages come with different duration and attractions however the main goal of Everest trekking tours is to offer you the experience of Everest region and its cultural and natural beauty.

Everest Base camp trek packages are highly recommended by Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and other renowned travel sites. Everest is so popular that Nepal is synonymous with Everest. Everest region is rich in geographical diversity as the altitude here ranges from 2800m up to 8848m, earth’s highest point.

Mount Everest trekking packages allow you to observe pristine wildlife, learn about beautiful Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism and many glaciers which are under threat of climate change. The EBC package takes you along Sagarmatha National Park, which is a world heritage site and home to many rare wildlife species such as Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Lophophorus etc.

Everest Base Camp trek packages take you to Everest Base and climb up to Kalapathar at an altitude of 5550m to witness a majestic north face of Mt. Everest along with Khumbu Glacier and Cho Oyu. You will spend a few days in Sherpa villages of Lukla, Namche, Dingboche and Pheriche interacting with local people and learning their lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhism.

Following is a list of famous Everest trekking programs we are offering:

  1. Three passes Trek 19 days 18 nights
  2. Island Peak climbing 17 days 16 nights
  3. Gokyo Lake Trek 17 days 16 nights
  4. Jiri to Everest Base Bamp Trek 14 days 13 nights
  5. Classic Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days 11 nights
  6. Everest Luxury Trek 6 days 5 nights
  7. Pikey Peak trek

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Day Trips From Kathmandu

There are plenty of options for day trips from Kathmandu thus suiting travellers of varied interests and duration.

Kathmandu Valley is a cultural and historical pot of Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and where the only international airport of Nepal is located. It is a magnetic point for travellers coming from all over the globe and is obviously the starting point for all day trips from Kathmandu. Kathmandu offers plenty of opportunities for tours, whether its cultural, natural or historical.

Whether your interest lies in cultural tours of world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley or visiting a nearby hill station to watch sunrise and spectacular Himalayan peaks, you have multiple choices.

These sites and attractions are often within walking distance, making the trip very comfortable and enjoyable.

The prices of day trips from Kathmandu are being offered at reasonable prices and operated by licensed tour guides who take care of your personal needs.

Eyes on Nepal published a blog here – How many days in Kathmandu? Insider’s Guide to visit Kathmandu Nepal

Here is a list of famous day trips from Kathmandu offered by Eyes on Nepal at reasonable price and they provide excellent services:

  1. Nagarkot Sunrise Tour
  2. Nagarkot Day Tour – Visit Nagarkot & Bhaktapur
  3. Nagarkot Day Hike via Jarsing Pauwa
  4. Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu
  5. Kathmandu Day Tour – Visit Unesco Sites in Kathmandu Valley
  6. Dhulikhel Namobuddha Panauti Day Tour – High Recommended!
  7. Dakshinkali Pharping Kirtipur Tour
  8. Patan Bungamati Khokana Day Tour
  9. Chandragiri Hill Cable Car Day Tour – Highest viewpoint in Kathmandu

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