THE ADVENTURE OVERVIEW
In the western portion of Nepal, there is an unspoiled province known to very few. One of six provinces in Nepal, fewer than 1% of the country’s annual visitors travel to this land enchanted. For us, the Karnali Province is the last refuge of the real Nepal. It is a place largely untouched by time, a place where ancient customs still survive. On this excursion we traverse much of the Karnali Province as we push eastward along the edge of the Great Himalayan Range.
Discover the Nepal no other visitors get to experience and leave behind the gift of safe drinking water.
Of the trips we offer, this is perhaps our favorite. The route is exclusive to us, and quite frankly, no one could find it if we told them where to look. This is a part of Nepal not listed on maps. It is where we do the bulk of our water work and where many of our Nepali friends and team members live. We’re quite fond of the Karnali, and we want to share it with you.
With our starting point in the city of Birendranagar, our team will travel by motorbike and SUV along the banks of the Karnali and Bheri Rivers. This is Bengal tiger territory! As we work our way east we stop at hidden villages, most of them not known to the outside world. Once there we will enjoy ancient songs, dances, and drum beats. With each stop we deliver life-saving drinking water systems to local schools and communities. This is do-good travel, Clean Drink style.
It’s not an easy trip since the bulk of our route is unpaved and unmaintained, but that’s what makes it so special. Just when we start to get tired, the horizon reveals breathtaking views of white Himalayan giants. Evenings are often spent under the hush of a mountain breeze, the smell of burning incense carried in the air.
Arrival Date in Kathmandu: April 4
Earliest Departure from Kathmandu: April 15
Start point: Surkhet near the Indian border
End point: Pokhara, a resort town at the foot of the Himalayas
Total travel days in Nepal: 12
Seats available for the trip: 8 people atop motorbikes or in SUVs
Total length of trip from airport to airport for most travelers in North America: 14-15 Days
Daily travel time: Never more than 5-6 hours
Accommodations: 9 nights of expedition-style camping
Number of people provided safe drinking water: 1,500 - 2,000
THE WATER INITIATIVE
Every CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURE includes two full days working with our safe drinking water initiatives in the Jajarkot, Banke, Surkhet, and Palpa Districts. Schools are a primary focus as they allow us to tap into the youth of Nepal to help brighten their collective futures. Kids are most at risk in Nepal with as many as 15,000 succumbing to water related illnesses each year. Each of those little grey boxes pictured below can produce enough safe water to serve 200-300 school kids for 3-5 years. That’s change provided by our team of do-good travelers, like you.
I never thought I would get to visit Nepal. I certainly never thought I would get the chance to travel there to help save lives. This was the most exciting and rewarding thing I have done in years. Nepal is amazing. - Alex Cyphers
OUR LOCAL GUIDES
We’re proud to have partnered with Vishu Sijali and his expert staff at Altitude Riders. With decades of combined expedition experience, they cater to our every need. In Nepal there is a famous saying, guest is god. They live those words with unrivaled hospitality.
The other reason we use local guides is to ensure we adhere to our own travel sustainability standards. Every dollar we bring into Nepal stays in the country and helps stimulate local economies. In return, we’re shown the real Nepal, the magic kingdom so few get to see. This is luxury travel, Nepali style.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Our carefully chosen routes are remote and rugged. Most of the roads we traverse are unmaintained, primitive, and often prone to damage from landslides, floods, and earthquakes. That, is what makes them so rewarding to conquer.
For this trip, riders on motorbikes will need good fitness and honed riding skills. Our members in the SUV are welcome to drive, once we get out of major cities where government regulations require our own drivers.
Expect 75% of the route to traverse dirt or primitive roads. The 25% of pavement we travel is also pretty challenging.
A CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURE is rugged, but we also love to be comfortable. Our hotel partners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Butwal offer luxurious accommodations with superb service.
When traveling in areas where hotels are not available, our world-class support staff create a posh camping experience complete with table linens and warm tea delivered to your tent each morning. We use the best camping gear available provided by our partners at MSR in Seattle. Each team member gets their own private tent for your comfort. Enjoy a hot shower under a Himalayan peak or a freshly baked cake on the edge of a river. You may be camping half of your time in Nepal, but at no time will you rough it.
I completed two Clean Drink trips in one year, and still can’t wait to go back. It’s the most rewarding travel experience I could ever imagine. - Carl Jonsson
Our expedition cook, Ganga, spent 25 years cooking for climbers at Everest basecamp and throughout the Himalayas. Now he cooks for us. Every day his multi-course meals keep us fueled for adventure and give us a taste of local flavors. One thing is certain, you won’t go hungry on a Clean Drink adventure. - Christophe Noel, Co-founder
INCLUDED IN THE FARE
Luxury hotel lodging in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Accommodations in home stays with most nights camping
All meals while in the remote areas provided by experienced expedition cooks
Ground Transportation to/from hotels
Two domestic flights within Nepal
All SUV rental fees, fuel, and professional driver
Guides, translators, porters, and support staff
National Park permits ($175)
Full day tour of Kathmandu with our award-winning guide
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FARE
International airfare to Kathmandu
Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (a minimal expense at roughly $5 per meal)
Entry fees to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
Alcoholic beverages and optional meals
Visas to enter Nepal are acquired at the airport in Kathmandu on arrival and cost $25.
Our recommended airlines go through the Middle East. We suggest Emirates, and Qatar, but all will work and we can help with booking. Estimated price: $1,200 - $1,500
It is advisable to check with your doctor about vaccinations. You will need basic levels of fitness to enjoy this big trip.
If you would like to extend your stay, we can assist with additional travel reservations and logistics for a nominal fee.
Nepal is one of the safest places on Earth. Worry not.
HOW TO JOIN THE TEAM
If you have questions or want more information about this or other trips in the future, please visit our LAST MILE TEAM page and submit your information. We will get back to you quickly.
If you’re ready to join us, please complete the booking form and we will get you on the path to big adventure!
Please consult the Terms and Conditions page before committing to a trip.
FUNDRAISING: $1,000 MINIMUM
We can't help our friends in Nepal without the financial means to do so. Fundraising is a critical part of our program. Clean water solutions simply cost money.
To help streamline our fundraising efforts, we have partnered with MSR Global Health. Our fundraising campaign is hosted on their website and makes for a fun and easy way to generate excitement and donations. We help every team member meet their target goal. Some may want to reach far beyond the $1000 target. A surprising number of our previous team members, new to fundraising, generated in excess of $3,000. It’s easier than it looks and every dollar raised helps people in need.
I’ve been back from Nepal for three months and miss it every day. I always wanted to visit, but I am so glad I did it with Clean Drink. No other trip would have been as powerful. - Jody Weisenhorn
A deposit of $1,000 secures each participant’s place on the team. Final payment is not due until February 4th, 2020.
Single supplement for private hotel rooms at the Attiti Resort in Pokhara and other locations is $200 (All rooms are private for the three nights in Kathmandu)
Our reservations team can assist with booking additional hotel stays at a large discount for travelers opting to spend more time in Nepal.
Minimum participation: 5
Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more.
Our pricing structure reflects a commitment to compensate our Nepalese partners with a fair wage. Undercut pricing is common in Nepal’s travel market and something we aim to avoid. At the same time, our intimate knowledge of the country allows us to offer the best travel value in Nepal.
We also don’t hide costs as other operators in Nepal are prone to do. Your fare covers 95% of your expenses from the minute you arrive in Kathmandu. For the better part of two weeks you won’t have to reach for your wallet.
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