EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: Book before March first and pay only $2,950
THE ADVENTURE OVERVIEW
This exciting adventure, new for 2019, delivers our team members to the most remote corners of Nepal’s Karnali province. Traveling by luxury 4x4 SUV we’ll visit beautiful villages, valleys, and vistas, most of which are not listed on maps and known only to our local experts. This is the Nepal no other foreigners get to discover.
Starting in the low Terai region of Nepal near the Indian border, our team of travelers begin the adventure by delivering lifesaving drinking water solutions to villages in need. These cultural exchanges set the tone for a week of exploration as we push deep into the foothills of the worlds largest mountains, the Himalayas.
Discover the Nepal no other visitors get to experience and leave behind the gift of safe drinking water.
This active adventure includes daily opportunities to hike, explore, and even raft on a wild Himalayan river. We’ll learn how to cook local foods, enjoy regional dances, and witness traditional ceremonies. Time stands still in rural Nepal, the villages we visit will seem untouched by the passing of centuries.
Our serpentine route takes us beneath towering peaks, their snowcapped summits jutting 20,000 feet into the sky. Eventually we arrive in Pokhara, Nepal’s famous adventure city. If you still need more excitement, we can arrange for a sightseeing flight of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest at 29,029 feet.
The final days of this one of a kind adventure are spent in Kathmandu. There we’ll explore the narrow streets of Nepal’s ancient city and revel in our good-deeds-done and memories made.
Start point: Nepalgunj near the Indian border in the Terai region
End point: Pokhara, a resort town at the foot of the Himalayas
Total travel days in Nepal: 11
Seats available for the trip: 9 people in three luxury 4x4 Mahindra Scorpio SUVs.
Total length of trip from airport to airport for most travelers in North America: 14-15 Days
Number of people given access to safe drinking water by each team: 1,500-2,000
THE WATER INITIATIVE
Every CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURE includes two full days delivering safe drinking water solutions to local communities in the Banke District. This jungled region of Nepal is verdant, lush, and teaming with life. Home to wild elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and more than 200 Bengal tigers, it is also home to indigenous cultures like the Tharu tribe. Sadly, it is an area frequently devastated by waterborne illness.
Every year thousands of young lives are cut short by fouled water. Join us and you can make a positive change.
Each LAST MILE TEAM member makes a lasting impact on the health of the people in the Banke District. The donations raised through our easy-to-use fundraising platform go to purchase the tools needed to empower our friends in Nepal. You then get to deliver those resources directly to people in need. Each project becomes a fun and exciting cultural exchange, a chance to connect with people who just need a little help and are always happy to receive it.
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. Rental cars are few and far between in Nepal and heavily regulated. For that reason, we use a fleet of locally-owned Mahindra Scorpio SUVs. They’re comfortable, reliable, and give us a unique vantage point to explore the countryside.
This is the only way we can get to our secret locations. Each of our vehicles is piloted by professional drivers ensuring the comfort and safety of our team members. Sit back, dial in local Nepalese music, and leave the driving to us.
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. You may be camping half of your time in Nepal, but at no time will you rough it.
I came to Nepal to see the Himalayas and experience the culture. I had no idea the country was so diverse and the people so sweet, kind, and welcoming. That’s what I will remember most about my time in Nepal. - Charles Hill
OUR MOST ACTIVE ADVENTURE
Don’t let the SUV fool you, this is an active adventure. We keep our time in the vehicle to a minimum and plan many opportunities each day to stretch our legs and explore. Unlike a traditional Nepalese trekking trip, the vehicle allows us to quickly change the view and transition through the many micro-climates in the country. We begin at near sea level and quickly ascend to heights of nearly 8,000 feet. The vehicle also allows us to reach otherwise impossible viewpoints with ease. You’ll want good walking shoes for this trip. There won’t be a dull moment.
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 Etihad, 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. Malaria prevention medications are recommended.
If you would like to extend your stay, we can assist with additional travel reservations and logistics for a nominal fee.
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.
This has been so much fun, and so rewarding, I want to do this every year. This is way better than a vacation. - Chad Dannen
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 secures each participant’s place on the team
Single supplement for private hotel rooms at the Attiti Resort in Pokhara and other locations is $250 (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.
Because we travel to remote locations far removed from normal tourist routes, our fares include expenses other operations don’t face. Each trip includes two domestic flights to the western portion of the country. Hotels are quite cheap in rural Nepal but simply do not exist along our chosen routes. For that reason, and to ensure your comfort and safety, we travel with an expert staff and cutting edge camping gear. Tent accommodations and preparing our own meals costs considerably more than hotel stays, but we feel it is necessary for your enjoyment.
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