About Our Trips
Majority of our trips are designed for active adults keen to explore nature and culture in the Himalayan Region of South Asia (Bhutan, Indian, Nepal, and Tibet), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Northeast Asia (China and Mongolia). Our main trips are adventure trekking (walking vacations), sightseeing tours to natural and cultural landscapes, jungle safari to see wildlife, bird watching, horse riding, river rafting, kayaking, cruising the rivers, and mountain climbing. Most of our trip activities involve interacting with local people, their customs and cultures to give you an opportunity to see their way of life, and exploring nature.
A trekking trip can start at low elevations and can take you up to 10,500ft, 13,000ft, 16,000ft and as high as 18,000ft above sea level such as Kalapattar. For example, one to two weeks of trekking in the Everest Region starts at Lukla Airport at 9,315ft, or some trips start at lower elevations and last longer like the four week trek starting at 6,354ft in Jiri. How high you want to trek depends on your fitness and desire. Each trekking trip is rated as Easy, Moderate and Strenuous. So, choose your level of trek based on this rating and/or ask us for consultation. Some treks are done in the foothills of the Himalaya where the rise and fall of elevations may not affect you.
If you are in reasonable shape, enjoy walking, can walk uphill and downhill, you can participate in many of our trekking trips. If you have been hiking in the past and focus on improving your fitness, you will likely find trekking easier.
Nepal’s trails go through many different terrains and sizes (flat, on the slope, uphill and downhill through wide and narrow valleys and gorges).
Family trekking with children, we recommend that you trek up to 12,500ft and lower. How high you can trek, of course, depends on the age of your children. Some of the best places to trek with children include Kathmandu valley rim, Pokhara valley foothills, Helambu, Langtang, Ghorepani and Lukla to Tengboche that can take you up to 10,500ft and 12,500ft elevations. When trekking with small children, an additional guide is required to help to walk and carry the child when necessary. If considering travel with children in other destinations, please ask us.
Lodging options while trekking
There are two types of lodging possible for trekking trips in the Himalaya. One is overnight in local lodges and walk along the main trekking routes, and another is overnight in the tents. There are only a handful of places in the Himalaya that have established lodges along the trekking routes. Thus, when you want to trek in remote less traveled destinations, the only means of travel is by way of trekking with all camping essentials and full crew which we call a ‘Luxury Camping Trek’. On these camping treks, your tents are setup and packed by the guide(s), meals are prepared fresh by your cook and served, luggage are carried by porters. If you enjoy trekking and camping, this is the best way to see the nature and culture in the Himalaya.
Lodge trek involves staying in the lodges for the night and trekking on the main trail from one lodge to another. Breakfast and dinners are served at the lodges where you spend the night. Lunch is served at local inns and restaurants while en-route. Lodges in remote Nepal do not provide blankets. So, you need to bring a sleeping bag. A lodge not providing you with a blanket does not reflect a bad service, because nobody wants to sleep under a blanket where many trekkers have slept. If a blanket is to be provided, please know that lodges in remote area do not have the facility to wash blankets daily because of weather and the availability of modern amenities. You will be much happier in your sleeping bag. You know how your feet smell after hours of walking each day. So, bring along an inner sleeping bag liner so that you can easily wash and dry during the trek. Be it on lodge trekking program or luxury camping trekking program, the sleeping inner liners will keep you comfortable.
Many of our trips in the Himalaya involve walking and camping which we call a luxury camping trek. When you participate on luxury camping treks, we provide you with a two person tent for two people and a foam mattress for each person. All cooking equipment including cooking pots, stove, utensils, cutleries, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and folding stools, candles, kerosene lanterns, and toilet tent are provided. We carry all the food supplies for the trek and camping equipment. Our cooking crew prepares delicious fresh meals three times a day throughout the trek. Meals we serve on the trek are delicious Nepalese, Western and Chinese varieties. Therefore, all you need to bring is a good sleeping bag, and a daypack with your personal gear along with a good attitude for the trip. A fully organized camping trek has the freedom to trek on the main trekking route as well as off the main trails in the scenic wilderness areas. When you are on our fully organized camping trek or walking trip, your luggage is carried by a porter. All you need to carry is your day pack with essentials you need during the day. This is how majority of the trekking in the Himalaya is done and is one of the fantastic trips of a lifetime to experience.
This involves travel by vehicle and plane from one place to another with overnights at hotels and resorts. Short walking on mostly level ground with occasional steps is required on most of the sightseeing tours and is usually less than a mile of walking per day. Our sightseeing trips visit natural and cultural landscapes that have easy access to visitors. These trips are suitable for most travelers who can walk short distances and are in general good health.
River rafting involves adventurous travel down rivers with experienced guides in inflatable raft boats. Overnight trips provide tented camps and your rafting crew cooks for you. This is true for most of Nepal’s rafting trips. However, there are some day trips one can do on Trisuli, Bhote Koshi and Seti Rivers. Although river rafting does not require any experience, you must be able to swim and accept release of liability when you are rafting along these powerful rivers and exciting rapids.
Eco-tours and Jungle Safari
Our eco-tours are designed to explore nature and culture by visiting the sights such as wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation projects with educational programs, and people’s homes in the villages. These trips can be done as an eco-tour by itself or combined with extended trips.
Our jungle safari trips are done on elephant backs and/or in jeeps to see wildlife. Some trips involve walking to see wild animals. Most of our eco-tour destination lodging is in hotels and resorts.
Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India offers attractive trails for mountain biking trips. Short mountain biking trips can be done by most people if you have experience on how to mountain bike. For extended mountain biking trips, you must be active/experienced mountain biker as you must be able to keep up with the group, be able to repair your own bike when necessary. These trips require active peddling with moderate to strenuous exertion of physical energy to move from one place to another.
If you enjoy seeing places by mountain biking and have the stamina coupled with the spirit of adventure travel, you are welcome to join our trips. Group mountain bike trips are followed by support vehicle(s) that include most repair tools and spare parts where possible. Support vehicle with repair tools and parts are not provided for individual biking trips. Please inquire for details.
Birding is possible everywhere in Nepal within many elevations ranging from the lowland hot plains and jungles in the south to the mid-elevations like Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, and rising through forest habitats to the mountainous regions of the north including Annapurna and Everest regions.
Nepal currently has 848 recorded species of birds, and new discoveries are possible. If you enjoy bird watching, and want to see some of our most beautiful birds in Nepal, we will arrange a trip for you. Please inquire for details.
Our active adventure trips are mountaineering expeditions designed for mountaineers who have advanced technical climbing skills and are certified by international mountaineering organizations. Mountaineering involves going beyond the base camp with special climbing permits to the summit of the peak, which requires many years of mountain climbing skills. This sport is not for trekkers or for general travelers.
We do service mountain climbing expeditions in Nepal and Tibet Himalaya to all major 7,000m (22,960ft) and 8,000m (25,240ft) peaks including the Mount Everest (the highest peak on earth at 8,850m / 29,028ft). We have proven track record of successful past expedition services. Please ask us should you wish to ascend the great peaks of the Himalaya.
Trekking Peak climbing
Trekking Peaks are beautiful mountain peaks below 22,000 ft. These ascend to 18,204ft to 21,825ft, and they require a climbing permit issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). This permit is relatively easy to obtain as well as the fee is a minimal. A trekking peak can be scaled by climbers who have at least the basic technical skills in mountaineering. Non climbers can participate in a trip in which there are trekking peak climbers, but they need to wait at the base camp until the climbers return from the summit.
The name ‘Trekking Peak’ came to being in Nepal as the early travelers trekked and scaled these peaks. Although small, these peaks are still mountains with snow and ice and can be as difficult as any another mountain to climb. If you dream to scale the 8000 meter peaks, the trekking peaks are the best to practice on to acquaint yourself with the Himalaya. For many without the goal of ascending higher peaks in the future, this trekking peak adventure is a chance to experience the excitement and challenge of attempting an ascent of a significant Himalayan mountain peak.
Lodging during your trip in Asia
Our intention is to use lodging accommodation that is locally owned wherever feasible. Gateway cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal and most developed travel destinations in Asia; we provide well furnished quality lodging ranging from luxury five stars, deluxe four stars to quality boutique hotels. While traveling in remote parts of the Himalaya, lodging accommodation is provided with basic comfort at local standards. Majority of our trip members are provided with attached bathroom accommodations with hot showers in most of the popular trekking areas. However, in some locations on rare occasions, you might need to compromise for a dormitory room or regular room that has a common bathroom and hot shower. Although all lodging facilities aim high to provide you with quality service, facilities such as hot showers can be unpredictable. Therefore, when you choose to travel with us in this less developed and remote part of the world, you need to accept that this is part of the experience.
The Himalayan Region of South Asia, the quality of transportation is not same standard as the developed countries such as North American, European and Australian transit. Also, transit facilities such as airports, train stations and bus stations operate according to local standards. Therefore, we do not promise nor guarantee the vehicles we use are the same as in the developed countries. For example, most vehicles in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India used for the highland trips will be without air conditioning. Of course, for tours in the plains of India will be in air conditioned vehicles. Air conditioned vehicles are provided for most of our Southeast Asia trips. Vehicles used in the above destinations are locally manufactured as well as Japanese made. As a result, the transportation vehicle quality varies from one destination to another.
Most of our trips are designed for adults. However, some trips are suitable for teenagers or younger children. Age requirement is stated in some of our trips that require particular skills and age group to participate. The age requirement becomes an issue for very strenuous and adventurous trekking trips with high altitude pass crossing, Trekking Peak Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions as well as some rafting trips. We do not accept minors without the accompaniment of a parent, and anyone under legal age (below age 18) must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
Small Group trips in the Himalaya
Our trekking group size is small, a maximum 16 persons including the tour leader in the popular trekking routes in the Himalaya and minimum 1 person on private trips. Whether you are on our fully organized camping trek or are trekking from lodge to lodge, 16 persons are the maximum number, so we can provide quality service.
Small group size is about perfect and can fit at most campsites.
Lodge to lodge trekking can accommodate one person to 16 persons. Group size larger than 16 persons is inconvenient at meal times and for hot showers at the lodges, as there will be other guests staying at the same facility.
Trekking in the remote Himalaya, maximum 10 persons in a group is what we take and the minimum is 1 person. The smaller group size is easier to manage and allows us to provide timely service to our valued guests in the wild places we travel.
In Nepal, sightseeing tour groups are usually operated in the popular destinations of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Kakani, Daman, Chitwan, Lumbini, Tansen and Pokhara, where lodging and transportation are in abundance. Our preferred sightseeing tour group size is 20 persons maximum and minimum 1 person on private trips. However, we can also arrange sightseeing tours for up to 50 persons maximum for school and corporate groups. For large groups, we can also include 1-2 days trekking with overnight lodge accommodation or tented camp.
Sherpa Travel specializes in small group travel, private trips and family holidays in the Himalayan Region of South Asia (Bhutan, Indian, Nepal, and Tibet), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Northeast Asia (China and Mongolia). We strive to provide you with quality and reliable service while you are traveling with us in the Himalaya, so that you will have a comfortable and enjoyable trip.
Sherpa Travel specializes in small group travel, private trips and family holidays in the Himalayan Region of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. We offer private journeys suitable to your own choice of itineraries and schedules tailored to the individual, couple, family, or friends. You can select a pre-arranged itinerary or let us create a new itinerary with the sights you want to see and type of experiences offered.
Private trips also allow you to travel at your own pace to enjoy the sites and sounds of destinations. Whether you want to go on a fully organized camping trek, lodge to lodge trek or travel from one destination to another by vehicle and plane, let us serve your customized trip in the Himalaya and other parts of Asia, where we have established operations.
We have selective destinations that are suitable for travel with your family particularly with children. Our trips designed for travel with your family is an excellent way to explore nature and culture of the Himalaya. Family trips are like private journeys that you pick your own travel dates and we will provide you with the service. Please inquire for details.