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Nepal Annapurna Trek with Chitwan Safari 2018

Solo Travellers 40 Years & Over
Sunday 7 - Friday 19 October 2018 (ex. Kathmandu)

Other Notes

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single/solo travellers.

THE PACE  [4 OUT OF 5]
To determine the grade of a particular adventure a number of factors are considered. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek.

This Annapurna Trek is graded introductory, on a hiking standard and this is assuming a good level of fitness. The grading is primarily due to the altitude and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking for up to five to six hours a day at a slow but steady pace.

You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

ABOUT THE MEALS     

Special Diet Requirements
Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).  

Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance, ideally at the time you confirm your booking to determine whether we can cater to such dietary requirements. Please note that options are likely to be limited in very remote locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable.  

There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‑free or allergen‑free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‑threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‑administering these medications. 

Meals on the Trek
While on the trek, it includes a full meal service as part of the trip price.

An important aspect of this service are the meals that are prepared for you and we are frequently complimented by returning travellers about the food provided. Ensuring that you stay healthy is one of our highest priorities. Therefore, each trek is accompanied by a trained cook as well as kitchen staff who provide you with three hearty meals each day.  

High levels of hygiene are engaged to ensure that our travellers stay healthy and fit. Cooking staff have mastered the preparation of a varied and balanced menu and there is always plenty of food for those who may like seconds. The cooks are trained to provide excellent food for vegetarians and anyone who has a limited diet including those who are lactose or gluten intolerant.  

The meal inclusion on your trek is for your benefit and takes all the hassle, expense and worry out of your holiday. Typically, you can expect breakfast to consist of muesli or cereal, eggs, local breads and pancakes and hot drinks. 

Lunch will generally be vegetables, salads, bread, cheese pasta style dishes, tinned fish and meats and are normally eaten picnic style.  

Dinner is three courses and includes soup, seasonal vegetables, meat, rice or pasta and bread with some local specialties also in the mix.  

Dessert is always served after the main meal each evening followed by hot beverages. 

Drinks Supplied on the Trek
You will be supplied with boiled drinking water at camp in the morning and afternoon as required, and at lunch. Staminade and the various other powder concentrates are a good additive. Connect your bottle top to your water bottle if it is not already attached to avoid it falling on the ground and becoming contaminated. Make sure that the rubber seal is in place.  Soft drinks and beer are available at some places on the trail.  

Drinking of alcohol at high altitudes is not encouraged, due to the adverse effects this can have on your health. However if you must, please note the following. Don’t drink alcohol during the day and be aware that alcohol limits your ability to acclimatise to altitude during your ascent.  

If you wish to drink tea at a tea house, your exposure to harmful bacteria will be greatly reduced if you use your own cup.

GUIDES AND TREKKING STAFF
There are staff allocated to a desk on the ground floor of the Radisson Hotel which co-ordinate the operation in Nepal. They are responsible for ensuring that your trip runs as smoothly as possible. Should there be any matter which you wish to discuss, please contact this office and they will be happy to assist you.

Trekking staff will generally consist of your group leader, the sirdar, cook and kitchen staff, Sherpa guides and porters. This self-contained team can take you safely to the remote regions of Nepal and affords you an opportunity to spend time with the Nepalese on a daily basis. They can be a little shy at first but a smile and a joke will soon relax them and you will find them excellent company and great fun.

IMPORT LAWS AND CUSTOMS - NEPAL

Free import

• Tobacco not exceeding 250 grams (equiv. to 250 cigarettes)
• Whisky/wine not exceeding 1.15 liters or beer up to 12 cans
• Cloths and goods for personal use
• Medicine not exceeding NPR 1000
• Fruits or canned food not exceeding NPR 1000.-.

Restricted

• Local currency (Nepalese Rupee-NPR) and Indian currency: nationals of Nepal and India: unlimited and in small denominations.Other nationalities: foreign currencies exceeding USD 2000.- must be declared.
• Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinarian health and rabies certificate

STAYING IN TOUCH 
Email and SMS are the most convenient ways to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away. In most destinations and certainly in major cities you can expect access to internet services and also local telecommunication companies for SMS.

Be sure to have an email account that you can access from any internet service while travelling. e.g gmail, hotmail etc.

To be able to send SMS messages while away you need to check with your mobile phone provider that international roaming services are turned on.  You need to check with your provider the cost for sending and/or receiving SMS while you are outside of your home destination as usually this service is not included in mobile plan packages.  

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:

  • We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  • Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  • We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  • Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  • Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  • Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  • Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday.
  • travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join this holiday

Please send your travel insurance policy details before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must receive your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.

We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability.

You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. Before you travel you must contact your bank to request the details of their insurer and the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy.  You must also request the contact information for the insurer while travelling.  For all credit card policies be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses.

DISCLAIMER
We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly.  

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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