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Packed with adventure, these tours offer inspiring destinations and authentic travel experiences at a reasonable price. Using all kinds of transport and accommodation, we’ll take you off the beaten track to discover the true heart of the people and places you visit.
Travelling in small groups is more flexible and allows us to be less conspicuous: we travel and eat with the local people, stay in smaller, family-run hotels and visit places inaccessible to larger groups.
These fast paced tours move on quickly from place to place and with lots of early starts and long busy days, they’re packed with experiences.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options with Explore. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
Each departure date has it's own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.
We have the following different versions of the Abode Of The God-kings trip available at present.
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Accommodation and Meals Expand
Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.
Budgeting for your trip Expand
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the trip price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide.Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch £: 7.00
Dinner £: 10.00
Lunch £: 5.00
Dinner £: 6.00 - 10.00
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer £: 3.00
Water £: 0.30
Area Text: Nepal embraces the sky with a jagged procession of more than 240 peaks, including Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain at 8848m. In the south of the country, near the border with India, the region of Terai comprises plains and foothills - a lush, lowland tropical jungle fed by winding rivers. In the north, the land quickly ascends to rolling hills, a land of verdant valleys, vertiginous ridges, canyons, gorges, and craggy summits, gradually unfolding to ever higher, sparsely inhabited reaches. At its highest zone, where the air is thin and clean, the mountains of Nepal are dominated by snow-fall and slow-moving glaciers, otherworldly arctic vistas of ice, rock, and swirling white clouds. In Nepal, land, sky, and spirit are inseparable. The nation's ethereal landscapes have long drawn adventurers and outdoors enthusiasts, from expert climbers keen to dominate Everest to kayakers and rafters seeking white-water thrills. Wildlife observation is also popular with the Royal Bengal tiger, the one-horned Indian rhino, and the Indian elephant among Nepal's native species. 'Tea-House Trekking' refers to the popular practise of trekking between mountain lodges. Nepal has enough national parks, protected territory, and well-worn trekking routes to keep things as remote or connected as you like and accommodation runs the gamut from tents to rustic huts to five-star eco-lodges. Nepal, like its neighbours India, China and Tibet, is a deeply spiritual place visited by yogis and wandering ascetics - a tradition immortalised some 2500 years ago when Prince Siddharta Gautama renounced his claim to royal power, devoted himself to meditation and attained enlightenment as Buddha. Today, Buddhists are concentrated in the isolated reaches of the north, close to Tibet, where the landscape conceals scores of sacred shines. Elsewhere, Hinduism remains the most practised religion in the country, although in effect, most Nepalese temples serve both Buddhist and Hindu worshippers. If anything, Nepal is culturally diverse. Known collectively as Janajati, scores of distinct indigenous cultures, castes, and ethnic groups survive undisturbed in the remote highlands. Their world remains steeped in vibrant myths and colourful folklore, their collective histories complimented by traditions of evocative dance, music, art, and intriguing festivals. By contrast, Nepalese cities, mostly located in the lowlands of the south, are engines of modernity and social change. Politically, Nepal is undergoing profound transformations, having quelled its war with rebel Maoists and shifted from a monarchy to a democratic republic in 2008. There has never been a more interesting time to visit Nepal.
Bottle of Beer £: 2.00
Water £: 1.50
Area Text: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long been seen as an enigma in the West. Since economic reforms began in 1978, opening up the country to foreign investment and allowing for private business, the pace of the move of China from the class struggles of the days of Mao’s Cultural Revolution to today’s economic powerhouse has been staggering. Today, it is the Chinese tourism boom that is astonishing the world – both that of the new middle class of China exploring the world, as well as travel to China, now the third most visited country on the planet, extraordinary given that it was almost impossible for tourists to visit the globe’s most populous country until the late 1970s. Taking into account the huge size of the country and the difficult language barrier, China for the majority of visitors revolves around an organised highlights tour, which is a suitable introduction for most, or an extended backpacking sojourn for the more intrepid travellers. Beijing, the capital, is one of the most populous cities in the world, but still one of the most impermeable for the visitor. Highlights such as Tiananmen Square and the Mao Zedong Mausoleum are rather austere, however, the sprawling Forbidden City, dating back to 1406, is well worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. In contrast, the hutongs (historic low-rise neighbourhoods of narrow alleys) of the city offer a vastly different experience to that of the massive sights. Often visited next is the famous Great Wall, originally built to protect China from invaders. Constructed from many different materials and in different sections over centuries, the 6,000 kilometres of wall obviously can’t be tackled in a short stay, but most visitors do a small section to get a sense of its grandeur and scale. The city of Xi’an has some fine pagodas and the striking Great Mosque of Xi’an, but it’s clear the biggest tourist attraction is the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site, with 8,000 terracotta warrior sculptures, dating to the 3rd century BC that were only rediscovered in 1974. Nature lovers would not miss the cute pandas at the world famous Chengdu Research Centre, or seeing a section of the Yangtze, China's longest river. Besides the city of Hong Kong, Shanghai is the country’s most outward looking and sophisticated city. A wonderful mix of the old and the futuristic, you can eat dumplings on the street or linger over a degustation menu at one of the city’s fine dining restaurants. Shanghai is also a great place to try the many styles of Chinese cuisine – there’s plenty more for your taste-buds to explore than just Cantonese and if you have time to investigate, there is more to this fascinating country.
Major Language: Nepali
ATM Availability: Although you may occasionally find cash machines these are very unreliable – do not rely on plastic!
Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not generally accepted except in larger establishments in Kathmandu.
Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques are not accepted as a valid mode of payment in Nepal.
Local Currency: Nepali Rupee.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US$ or GBP.
Where to Exchange: In major cities and towns
Major Language: Mandarin
ATM Availability: All major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance: Most major restaurants and stores.
Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques can be changed in Hong Kong and at the Bank of China in all major cities but only during bank opening hours. Please note this is very time consuming and is not recommended.
Local Currency: Renminbi/Yuan
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Either EUR, USD or GBP.
Where to Exchange: In all towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival. When changing money ask for a receipt so you can change Yuan back into your own currency when leaving China.
Joining your trip Expand
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found on our website at www.explore.co.uk, in the tour specific dates and prices section.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer. For more information please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
Important Information Expand
It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Visas can be obtained from the Nepalese embassy prior to travel or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu . A passport sized photograph is essential in order for you to arrange your visa.
All Nepalese visas are multiple entry, they are available to cover 3 different durations. The approximate costs on arrival for; a 15 day visa; US$25, a 30 day; US$40 and a 90 day visa; US$100. Please ensure you purchase the duration sufficient to cover your whole visit including days of entry and exit. Please note that these durations refer to each entry into Nepal e.g. 15 days for each entry.
Chinese (Tibet) permits must be obtained on arrival in Kathmandu and will be processed by our ground agents. You will need to bring one passport photograph with you to apply for this visa. Allow $130, payable in USD for your Chinese (Tibetan) permit. Note: US Citizens are currently required to pay $216.
Note: all passengers should arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 of the tour to allow sufficient time for the Tibet group visa to be processed.
Any passenger with a current Chinese visa for planned future travel should note this will be cancelled on entering Tibet. Any passengers with sensitive occupations, (e.g. media, defence) must contact Explore before leaving.
TIBET GROUP RESTRICTIONS:
Due to the restrictions in place it is not possible for anyone to leave the group whilst in Tibet, everybody must enter and leave Tibet as a group.
It is not unusual for the authorities to amend the entry requirements with little or no warning. Should this happen Explore will do all possible to run the tour but in extreme circumstances we may be forced to cancel a tour.
Please note: If you have more than one passport all visas and permits must be obtained on the same passport.
Vaccinations & Protection
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, infectious hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Although not compulsory, travellers may wish to take immunisation against meningococcal meningitis.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, infectious hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Travellers may wish to take immunisation against Japanese Encephalitis. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
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Temperatures in the lower altitude regions are extremely pleasant. At Pokhara variations in temperature are very limited: from the coldest recorded of 8°C (46°F) to the highest of 31°C (88°F). The mountains are best admired, with greater air clarity, from October to March. Monsoon rains are strongest in June, July and August. The coldest months are December and January.
China has primarily a temperate climate, with a wide spectrum of extremes due to its huge area. Summer months are hot and rainy though in the south the climate is tropical and we can experience rain at any time of the year, often falling in sharp tropical rain-storms which are heavy but short lived. Winter is colder and drier, temperatures in Beijing can be as low as -12c.
Insurance: Please ensure that your insurance policy covers you to the altitude indicated below in the section entitled 'Medical examination' before you come on tour. If you have Explore insurance, you will be covered to this altitude.
Medical Examination: You should visit your GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude the tour reaches, i.e. 5220m.
During the day it can be hot and dry in Tibet and humid in Nepal, hence it is recommended to bring light clothing for daytime and warm clthing for evening. Long trousers are preferable, Lycra fittings are not allowed in Nepal/ Tibet.
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Why choose Explore Expand
We’ve been creating award-winning pioneering adventure holidays for over 30 years, earning the trust of thousands of delighted customers, who feel safe in our hands. Our tour leaders have expert local knowledge and our tours are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in the world.
- With over 30 years' experience, we are passionate about what we do.
- Pioneering small group adventures, self-guided, private journeys & tailormade holidays.
- Award winning tour leaders who you can trust.
- Responsible travel is and always has been one the driving principles of Explore.
Our adventure holidays are full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, boat, plane, rickshaw, camel, or any number of unusual forms of transport . Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine. In this way, it’s easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way. Each tour is uniquely different, so please feel free to browse through our tours to see what may whet your appetite.
When you travel with Explore, you are directly contributing to local economies and helping empower the people you meet. We currently support a range of charities and good causes, including: Toilet Twinning (helping to flush away poverty), Lone Buffalo Foundation (a community project based in Laos providing creative skills for young people), Dekamer ( a turtle rescue centre in Turkey) and Kids Saving the Rainforest (a wildlife rescue centre in Costa Rica supported through the LATA foundation). We also care passionately about the world’s wildlife. We are patrons of the Born Free Organisation and Friends of Conservation.
- The Travel Foundation
Explore are active members and supporters of the Travel Foundation which has established a variety of sustainable tourism projects in destinations and works with industry to improve practice. Visit their website www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk
- Tourism Concern
Explore support the work of Tourism Concern who campaign for fairly and ethically traded tourism, and are part of its Ethical Tour Operator Group www.tourismconcern.org.uk
- For further information on responsible travel go to www.explore.co.uk/ResponsibleTourism/
Know before you go
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link at www.explore.co.uk/travel-safety
Booking your holiday Expand
You can book your Explore holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected. Explore is a fully bonded tour operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT.
The air holiday packages (Tours including flights) that we advertise are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's LicenceÂ granted by the Civil Aviation Authority.Â Our ATOL number is ATOL 2595. In addition, As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore.
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the Explore website or through our dedicated call centre based in the UK where you can. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours.
For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services.
The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking
The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2017.
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