Pre-booking

Bucket List Adventure Travel’s clients come in all shapes, sizes and ages and from all walks of life! Taking a popular trek such as Nepal’s Everest Base Camp Trek as an example, we would not be surprised to find an age range from 20 to 70, with a reasonable mix of male and female travellers. Around half of our clients in a typical group will be solo travellers, with the others being couples or groups of friends.

Yes you can. Our minimum age on a regular Bucket List trip (not a Private Group) is 16 at the time of travel and anyone under the age of 18 at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult.

All of our tours or treks include the following services, as detailed on this website for that particular trip: They include internal flights (where appropriate), land transport, accommodation, meals (as specified), guides and support staff.

Transport

All transport during the trip is included, whether private or public, including internal flights, road transport and transfers as per the itinerary.

Domestic Flight Tickets

In Nepal the price of domestic return flights can vary in price depending on the time of year. Generally, the sooner we can book these flights, the lower the ticket cost. To allow us to pay for these flights as soon as the trip is guaranteed with a deposit, we will then arrange for these to be booked.

Accommodation

The standard of accommodation we use can vary from our comfy hotels in Kathmandu to basic high mountain refuges. We always try to choose comfortable accommodation with local character, although in some areas this may not meet Western standards. This is all part of the experience of an adventure holiday and a flexible approach is required. Where hotel accommodation is provided, this is based on twin occupancy. On climbing trips that require high camps, up to 3 people may on occasion be required to share a lightweight mountain tent.

Included Meals

Wherever practical, all meals are provided within the trip price. Each trip description on this website gives an indication of the meals that are included for you when booking the trip.

Staff

All Bucket List groups are accompanied by a professional leader or a local guide selected on the basis of his or her experience and leadership skills. There will also be a local crew of drivers, cooks, porters and other appropriate staff. We only appoint leaders who have consistently demonstrated that they can meet the high standards expected by us and by our clients. Some climbing trips will have 2 or more leaders, depending on group size.

Cost of visas, vaccinations, tips for porters, guides and other staff, bar bills, drinks with meals, hotel refreshments, laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, meals other than those specified on the relevant trip details, entrance charges to some historical sites, certain national park and peak fees – as highlighted in our website, travel insurance, personal clothing and equipment(unless stated), foreign airport taxes, excess baggage charges.

Whilst we routinely cater for vegetarians, we cannot provide special diets. We suggest that you contact us by email to discuss your dietary requirements; it is possible to accommodate certain dietary requirements in some places, but there are many trips where this is not possible at all. Note that we cannot provide separate menus and cannot accept any liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerance’s.

Ever since we ran our first trip, we have been committed to operating in a responsible manner. We recognise the fragility of the world’s wilderness environments and minimise our environmental impact by keeping our groups small and operating according to a ‘Mountain Code’, that is provided to all groups, trek leaders, agents and staff. We make sure that our local staff are well treated and well paid, we respect indigenous cultures, take care to protect the environment of the places we visit and take every opportunity to make a positive contribution wherever we travel.

The Bucket List Mountain Code

PROTECT the environment – its flora, fauna and landscapes RESPECT local cultures – traditions, religions and built heritage BENEFIT local communities – both economically and socially CONSERVE natural resources – from office to destination MINIMISE pollution – through noise, waste disposal and congestion

It is also important to us that our clients are not the only beneficiaries of the travel experience, but that we share a two-way relationship with the areas that we visit.

Flights

Bucket List Adventure Travel are an adventure and in-country specialist for the destinations we operate in. We are not specialists in air ticketing and as a small specialist operator we cannot compete with large companies for flights, so we don’t, we send you to them instead.

We have teamed up with www.momondo.co.uk who are amazing at getting great value tickets. It takes less than 5 minutes to book with them and it’s so simple. We have used these ourselves and they come highly recommended.

Check out the Momondo price comparison tool on our Flights and Comparison Page to give you an idea on how much your flights might be. – Click Here

Of course, If you would prefer you can look for flights yourself.

Please make sure that the company you buy the tickets from is ATOL bonded as this offers you protection in the event of their insolvency.

Internal Flights

Bucket List Adventure Travel does include internal flights in Nepal on some trips and tours. Refer to the trip details section for more details.

One of our staff will be holding your name plate at the arrival terminal of the airport who will help you get to your Hotel. Please look out for your name plate displayed whilst exiting the terminal building.

Kathmandu Airport is chaotic once you leave the baggage collection. Try not to be alarmed by the number of taxi drivers asking you if you need a lift as it’s normal practice. Kindly decline and wait for our staff whilst keeping a look out for you name plate. Our staff in Nepal will have you flight arrival details and will be ready and waiting to take you the hotel.

Visas

Once you arrive in Nepal it’s easy to obtain a visa. This is upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport or if you are getting in to Nepal from India overland, you can get your visa at the border immigration office. You need to carry a valid passport and a passport size photograph. The visa fees are 25$ for 14 days and 40$ for 30 days and 100$ for 60 days. If you would like get your Nepal visa arranged before you leave your home country, simply visit your local Nepalese embassy.

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Bucket List Adventure Travel unfortunately cannot arrange your visa before you arrive in Nepal. This must be completed on your arrival.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu we use the Apsara Boutique Hotel which is 3* hotel located in Thamel. This has a lovely friendly atmosphere and a beautiful Garden in which to relax with well decorated rooms as well as 24 hour hot shower and Wi-Fi facilities. There is also a spa attached to relax the aching muscles after a long trek.We can update and change your accommodation by request but the price of this may vary.

During a regular trek the accommodation is very basic accommodation, however this is adventure travel and you will be trekking in some of the most remote places on the planet. However during the trek you can expect neat and clean beds with a comfortable mattress. Beds are quite small but after a hard days trekking they are the comfiest thing around. There is chimney heater in the dining hall where most of the groups congregate and trekkers huddle around this to keep warm into the night. There are blankets available on request. Some of the lodges or tea houses we use also offer private bathrooms as some at higher altitudes are shared only.

Expect to have only 3-4 showers on your trip. You can also have hot water on a bucket by request but at high altitude it is not easy to heat or use a shower. Our experienced Guide will instruct you on how to maintain personal hygiene whilst in the wilderness

Yes, there are telephone/internet facilities on most of the treks we operate except the very remote areas that we venture to. Our trek guide will also have a cell phone so that we can get in contact with you whilst you are on our trek. In most instances there is also WIFI available in the lodges we use even at high altitude but these are provided as an extra cost. If you need us to pass a message to your family we can do this upon request.

Depending on the type of camera you have, we suggest taking a couple of spare batteries. This will probably be the lightest option, rather than carrying your charger and converter etc. Modern lithium batteries hold their charge well and can last for a two or three week trip, depending on usage of course.

On trek, you can minimise battery use by not viewing photos and by switching the camera off as much as possible. A compact solar charger or a power monkey could also be a good investment. In some mountain areas, eg the Khumbu (Everest region) in Nepal, there are opportunities to charge batteries (in lodges – for a small fee). Electrical power is not always guaranteed in Nepal. Voltage in Nepal is 230V, so you will need a voltage converter and plug adapter to use UK and US appliances. However this is not the case in more remote valleys so we would always suggest taking spare batteries

Before the Trip

You should take 2 items of luggage.

  • The first of these we would recommend a Backpack between 40-80 liters. These are big and strong and should be large enough to carry everything you need, even for a 4-week Himalayan adventure.(If you bring a suitcase you can then use one of our own Duffel bags on trek for our porter to carry for you)
  • Secondly, you should take a daysack or small rucksack, large enough to carry your camera, water-bottles, waterproof jacket and fleece jumper. For most trekking trips, a 30 litre daysack is large enough. You will carry this as hand luggage on all flights.

If you have your own sleeping bag we suggest you bring it with you. If not we have these available for you. You can select this option when booking a trip with us. These sleeping bags are second hand material but nice and clean and 3 season or above and used at high altitude previously

As an adventure travel company we always suggest people who take part in any of our trips have some level of fitness and most treks require on average 4-6 hours of walking per day with some of the longer days reaching 8-10 hours. Hiking at altitude can be tough at times and we always recommend doing some CV exercise prior to the trek whilst also incorporating some hill walking to get the legs used to going up and down mountain paths. The more you do before the trip the more you will get out of it. If you want some advice on training for a trek just get in touch with us by email.

Most of the treks and climbing expeditions we operate are at high altitude where the body and mind will be tested to its limits. The trips are meant to be tough and challenging and that’s what makes the journey so worth it but the decision to take part is one you will have to make yourself.

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