An amazing 16 day trip to the magical country of Nepal.

See the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Explore the mountains, rivers and jungle. Spend a week with the people of Meghauli and take part in the Jungle Jamboree with the Scouts of Chitwan

Days 1—3 London to Kathmandu
Our journey begins early in the afternoon with a coach trip to London Heathrow to catch the evening Jet Airways flight to Delhi. We will arrive in Delhi after breakfast and then catch an onward flight to Kathmandu, arriving early in the afternoon. We will be met by our hosts and taken to the Tibetan Guest House in the historic district of Thamel. Here we will find bustling streets and old temples and shrines and can wander freely absorbing the vibrant atmosphere of this exotic capital. We will visit the world heritage sites of BoudhaNath Stupa and SwayambhuNath – the Monkey Temple – and after dark see the Hindu cremation rituals at PashpartiNath

Days 4 — 6 Meghauli
After breakfast we will board our private bus for the journey to Meghauli. Our journey will take us through the Kathmandu valley and onward through the tree-covered hills and water-filled ravines interspersed with small settlements and steep terraced farms. After 6 hours we will enter the bustling city of Bharatpur and onwards for the final hour of our journey on an unsurfaced road to Meghauli.
Meghauli will be home for the next 6 days.. Meghauli is home to the Tharu people, amongst the poorest in the world. People here live in mud huts with what livestock they have. We will be camping by a picturesque river close to the Friendship Clinic.

Days 7 — 9 Meghauli (The Jungle Jamboree)
The campsite is built and ready for the 70 Scouts from the Chitwan District who will join us. Ceremonies are very important to the Nepalese and the camp opening will be no different. Expect elephants and dignitaries and a very warm welcome!
We will be running the camp, the result of our preparations over the previous few months. Like any Scout camp anywhere in the world, there will be skills to teach and activities to run. We will make new friends and have great fun.

Days 10 — 11 Pokhara
Early in the morning we will say our goodbyes and board our private bus for the trip to Pokhara. We will leave the jungle behind and within a couple of hours get our first glimpses of snow-capped mountains. Another 4 hours and we will be in Nepal’s second city, Pokhara. You will immediately notice how different it is to Kathmandu – more spacious, quieter with less hustle and bustle. Set next to Lake Phewa, it is surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Annapurna range rising to more than 8,000 metres.
The next day will be a rest day when we will be able to relax and take a boat ride on the lake. Clothes can be washed and repairs done ahead of our next adventure, be it the mountains or the river.

Days 12 — 14 Trekking in the Annapurnas (option 1)
We will drive to the start of our wonderful trek through the stunning Annapurna Mountains. Travelling below the skyline of the beautiful Fishtail Mountain - Machapuchare (which resembles the Matterhorn), we pass through tiny villages along good trails. There are no roads up here, so the trails between villages are the main roads for the people who live here. We may pass children in their school uniforms heading off to school who often need to walk several miles there and back. We may also pass ladies laden with wood collected in the forests for their fires. This area is where the famous Gurungs live, many of whom who join the British Gurkha Regiments. The whole area is totally pro-British and you

Days 12 — 14 White-water Rafting (option 2)
We will make a 3-hour drive to the Kaligandaki river and the start of our rafting expedition at Maldunga. It will be the end of the monsoon season and the rivers will be full as the waters flow down from the mountains.
Named after “Kali” the goddess of destruction, the Kaligandaki is said to be one of Nepal’s most holy rivers. Beginning its journey high on the Tibetan Plateau in Mustang, the “Might Kali” plunges down through the Himalayas, carving into one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. With exciting white water rapids, spectacular mountain views, traditional villages, endless suspension bridges, waterfalls, and jungle corridor.

Days 15 — 16 From Pokhara to Kathmandu then Home.
After returning from our adventures on the river and in the mountains, and spending a comfortable night in a hotel in Pokhara, we will begin our journey back to Kathmandu. We will once again be staying in the Tibetan Guest House. There will be time for a final shopping trip and look around Thamel. In the evening we will have one last party before an early start for the airport and flight home