12 Days in Nepal from AU$16,380
A unique and ambitious research trip combining the spectacular views of Everest, helicopter transfers and a Tiger safari in West Nepal. A little bit of pampering and a remarkable Himalayan experience.
Research trips are once off itineraries where we test out new routes and locations to see if elements of the route might be viable for future Be Your Best adventures. The details of such trips can change on short notice, and typically they cover a small region but offer more time in that region to discover new highlights.
We typically limit access to research trips to people who have travelled with us previously and can be assured that they will roll with the bumps in good humor. Always chat with Ewen or Shellie first before booking onto a research trip. This particular itinerary combines a little 4-star luxury in between 3-star lodgings.
We’re heading to Samboyche to enjoy views of Everest, and with the help of helicopter transfers we’ll get a chance to step foot at Everest Base Camp. We start the trip in Lukla to adjust to the thin air before heading higher up the hill. After our Everest encounter we fly to the far west of Nepal to visit Bardiya National Park for some luxury digs and follow the trail of the wild Tigers, Rhino and birdlife.
It's been ten years since Ewen Bell first started guiding trips to Nepal. His favourite season is winter when the air is cool and dry in the mountains, giving clear views of snow-capped mountains.
Not much at all. All meals, permits and ground transport are covered already. If you're not buying much in the way of souvenirs then $20 for a sim card and maybe another $50 for drinks should cover the basics. We also provide a more detailed "Pre-Departure Pack" when you book in the tour.
No, most of the walking is very very easy. There are a few steep bits that are very short, but we also have the added impact of a little altitude in the mix. So we do everything gentle, and every walk is optional.
The terrain in Nepal is always uneven, which means solid walking boots with high ankle support is recommended. We don't do heavy walks on the Be Your Best tours, but we do expect to travese dusty and rocky trails.
Very cold. We travel on the edges of winter and the night air can drop to zero degrees. Guesthouses are energy poor and offer no heating, so we supply sleeping bags for additional warmth. Some people feel the cold more than others, while some people get too warm inside the sleeping bags.
Yes. Everywhere we travel is good for electricity, although the supply can drop out for hours at a time. Charging camera batteries or a laptop each day is never a problem.
Yes there is mobile networks at every place we stay on the tour. The networks do vary so roaming connections may vary also. We recommend a local sim-card for cheap internet access as hotel internet is often slow.
We supply all travellers with a detailed Pre-Departure Pack when they book for a tour, which includes how to apply for "Visa on Arrival" and a lot of other information such as help with packing. For more general information we recommend you read through the brochure shown below.
Masks are a part of daily life in Nepal and will be required in many public settings. We ask that all travellers obey all local public health regulations during the trip.
Yes, we can arrange a PCR if you need one for onward flights and ensure you get documented results returned on the same day. This costs US$30.