Tales of Rock & Masala Chai

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
Kathmandu’s hidden old town
The cultural and physical diversity of Nepal's Annapurna region
The Ganges and Varanasi
Pokhara's lake and panoramic views
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
Jaipur’s Amber Fort
Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about
Buddhism's birthplace in Lumbini
  • Fill your face with momos in Kathmandu and get ready for a HUGE trip. Rafting, beach camps, Pokhara lake chill times, Annapurna trek (awesome), animal guys in Chitwan National Park, jungles, Ganges boat rides in Varanasi, Taj Mahal (ie the epicest of epics), village markets, Jaipur, Delhi… BOOM.

    Hard bits: Trekking the Annapurnas. Fun bit: whitewater rafting in thermally heated water. Best bit: practicing your Princess Di pose at the Taj Mahal.


    Over 30 people have died as a result of heavy snowfall in the Annapurna region and north Dolpa district since 14 October. The weather is improving, but conditions at high altitude remain hazardous and light snow is forecast for the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Jomsom regions. Our local partners in Nepal have confirmed that all Intrepid travellers are safe and accounted for.
    The local authorities continue to advise against trekking in the area around Thorang-La pass on the Annapurna circuit because of heavy snow.
    This tour does not  trek in the affected region and will run as per the original itinerary


    Day 1 - Kathmandu

    Momo is not to be confused with muumuu. One is a tasty Nepalese dumpling, the other is a gigantic, floral print dress last seen on Homer Simpson.

    Feed your spiritual side at Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world.

    Then feed your hungry side at Yak Cafe (not very popular with actual yaks.

    If arriving early, perhaps wander down to Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

    Pre-departure meeting and optional group dinner in the evening.

    Hotel Shakti or similar

    Day 2-3 - Rafting and Pokhara

    Enjoy a morning drive over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and, weather permitting, views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges.

    Arrive in Charaudi for an exciting white water raft on the Trisuli River.

    Hit the water and enjoy the thrill of the rapids aptly named Ladies Delight, Upset and Surprise.

    Camp on the beach enjoy dinner by the river.


    Day 3 

    More fun on the river including negotiating the Tea Pot.

    In late morning, end rafting at Simaltal enjoy a light lunch and drive to Pokhara (4hrs) and arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon.

    Chill out at the lakeside cafes.

    Tulsi Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-6 - Annapurna Trek

    We'll do about 5 hours trekking each day (you'll walk off those momo in no time), following the Modi Khola River to Ghandruk. Stay in lodges, meet villagers and try to refrain from filling up your memory card in the first hour.

    Stay in lodges along the way as we follow the Modi Khola River Valley to Ghandruk and Tolka.


    Day 4 - Ghandruk

    Set off on the Annapurna Trek.

    Visit villages along the way.

    Gain superb views of the Annapurna Mountains.

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)


    Day 5 - Tolkha

    Continue trekking through awesome scenery.

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)


    Day 6 – Hyenjakot

    Stop overnight in Hyenjakot, a spot boasting epic panoramic views.

    Enjoy sunset and sunrise from the lodge.

    Day 7-9 - Pokhara and Kathmandu

    Day 7 - Pokhara

    Descend through terraced hillsides to road, drive to Pokhara.

    Afternoon by the lake - maybe take out a boat on the water.


    Day 8 - Kathmandu

    Catch a morning bus back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Trisuli River.


    Day 9 - Kathmandu

    Relax or explore during free time in Kathmandu.



    Tulsi Hotel or similar

    Day 10-11 - Chitwan National Park

    Live out your Jungle Book fantasies as we attempt to spot a range of wildlife including rhinoceros, sloth bear, deer, a range of birds and - if you're extremely lucky - tigers.

    Riverview lodge or similar

    Day 12 - Lumbini

    Our lodge is smack bang in the middle of the jungle. We'll go for a wander, when you can see a stone image of Maya Devi holding on to a branch whilst giving birth to Gautama Buddha. These days she'd be gripping the arm of his father and hissing, "This is all your fault!"

    • Visit temples constructed by Buddhists from around the world.
    • Get acquainted with the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple.
    • Sleep overnight in an authentic jungle camp.
    Lumbini Budha Garden or similar

    Day 13-15 - Varanasi

    Take off your watch - you're on India time now. Not sure what this means? We think the local phrase, "No worries, chicken curries", sums it up perfectly.

    • Cross into India to continue the journey.
    • Set off on an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges.
    • Witness life by the Ganges first-hand.
    • Take a guided walk through Varanasi's back lanes and crowded alleyways.
    • Jump aboard an overnight train to Agra
    Hotel Surya or similar

    Day 16 - Agra - Taj Mahal

    Agra's not the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you see the Taj Mahal nothing else matters. It will blow every expectation out of the water. Try and refrain from letting your jaw hang open, you'll attract flies.

    • Perhaps take an optional sojourn to Agra Fort.
    Hotel Royal Residency or similar

    Day 17 - Tordi Garh

    Welcome to one of our favourite places on the trip. Tordi Garh's our little secret. And you get to sleep in a 16th century palace (curtsying optional).

    • Travel through scenic countryside to Tordi Garh, a place few travellers visit.
    • Visit an old village temple and the local markets.
    • Meet families and other members of the local community.
    • Sleep overnight in the Tordi palace, with it's owner as your host.
    Hotel Tordi Garh or similar

    Day 18-19 - Jaipur

    The Pink City is home to a couple of big icons. like the Amber Fort and The Palace of the Winds. It's also a great place to sit back with a thali plate and enjoy some of the world's best people watching.


    Day 18

    • Travel into Jaipur - the eclectic and busy capital of Rajasthan.

    Day 19

    • Journey to the medieval Amber Fort.
    • Take a tour of the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds.
    • Spend free time in Jaipur doing whatever takes tickles your fancy.
    Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar

    Day 20-21 - Delhi

    By now, you won't even bat an eyelid when a cow wanders into your cafe. After 20 days you'll be haggling with the best of them and sipping chai like it's going out of fashion.


    Day 20

    • Travel to Delhi by bus.
    • Enjoy free time relaxing or perhaps pay a visit to the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid or the Raj Ghat.
    • Optional final group meal.

    Day 21

    • The trip ends today after breakfast, but for those who wish to stay longer, there's a lot of Delhi left to explore.
    Hotel Perfect or similar
  • What's Included

    • • Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.

      • 4 day trek in the Annapurna region with experienced trekking staff, porterage, Gecko's Kit Bag and twin-share lodge accommodation, generally in rooms with sleeping mattresses.

      • 2 day white-water rafting adventure on the Seti River including specialist rafting guides, safety equipment, a cook and a night of camping.


      • Chitwan National Park entrance fees.

      • Sightseeing of Lumbini temple complexes, the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi Temple, with a night at a jungle camp.


      • Boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise and old city walking tour in Varanasi.


      • Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal guided tours.

      • Jeep ride to Tordi and village walk.


      • Overnight stay in heritage property in Tordi.

      • Overnight sleeper train from Varanasi to Agra (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, most meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified.
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    01 Nov 2014 - 21 Nov 2014 Fully Booked US $1,530 Contact Us
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Tales of Rock & Masala Chai

    Hazel - Australia, 26 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    The trip was everything I'd hope it would be. The group I travelled with were fantastic & our group leaders were fun & looked after us every step of the way. I've made some amazing friends & memories to last a lifetime.

    Tales of Rock & Masala Chai

    Shinnyi - Australia, 26 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Nepal Trip 2013 I couldnt recomment these two guides enough and they were just professional and efficient in their duties at the highest levels.

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Auto-rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Jeep, Minibus, Private vehicle, Sleeper train, Taxi, Whitewater raft
1 night Camping, 2 nights Historic hotel, 2 nights Jungle lodge, 3 nights Trekking lodge, 11 nights Hotels/guesthouses

What to know

A good level of fitness is required. You will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 4-5 hours per day. Altitude may exceed 2200 metres - check the trip notes for details.  Rafting on the Trisuli River is grade 3+.

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