Nepal: Women's Expedition

13 Days | Experience the natural beauty and culture of Nepal from a woman’s perspective

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Women's Expeditions
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With inspiring cultural experiences and days spent trekking in the Himalayas, this women’s only expedition will give you a unique insight into the diverse lives of Nepalese women. Meet a range of female trailblazers, from chefs at a social enterprise to women campaigning to end menstruation discrimination to your all-female mountain guides and porter’s crew. Listen to personal stories shared by locals and spend time reconnecting with nature at a female-run village homestay on the fringes of Chitwan National Park, which is helping to conserve wildlife in the area. Connect with Buddhist nuns as you get an inside look at an all-female nunnery challenging patriarchal traditions. Listen, connect and be inspired on this 13-day female-run adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Nepal: Women's Expedition including Nepal
Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Theme
Women's Expeditions
Destinations
Nepal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HNSW
This trip generates 31 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy a five-day hike in the incredible Annapurna Mountains, wholly supported by an all-female crew of leaders, guides, assistants and porters.
  • Get to know the locals during a Madi Valley homestay run by women working to alleviate the human impact on the surrounding wilderness and wildlife.
  • Visit an NGO working to abolish the practice of Chhaupadi – the illegal but socially common practice of forbidding women to enter their homes, kitchens, schools and temples during their menstrual cycle as they're believed to be rendered temporarily impure.
  • Learn how to create traditional dishes while supporting a unique social enterprise that has changed the lives of disadvantaged women and learn the secrets to creating the perfect MoMo during a cooking class at a Tibetan refugee camp.
  • Swap stories and learn about the lives of local Buddhist nuns as you visit an all-female monastery challenging patriarchal Buddhist traditions.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Sagarmatha Next. Donations help them remove waste responsibly and turn rubbish into art in the Everest region.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You’ll need a high level of fitness for the trekking portion of this trip, as you will be walking for between five to seven hours a day some days. You’ll ascend and descend uneven ancient stone steps for much of the trek, so it’s recommended you use hiking poles (which you can purchase in Nepal).
  • While you’re trekking, you’ll be provided with a duffel bag that a female porter will carry. Your porter can carry up to 8 kg per traveller and any other luggage can be left in Pokhara to collect at the end of the trek.
  • The reality of road travel in Nepal is that things always take longer than you expect. Some roads will be bumpy, dusty or even unexpectedly blocked requiring reroutes and plenty of patience – but that’s all part of the adventure. To make the most of your time in Nepal, you take domestic flights when you have long distances to cross.
  • Accommodation in some destinations may vary in standard and facilities and on occasion hot water may be limited. In more remote parts of Nepal, eating at the hotel restaurant may be practical rather than heading out for optional meals.
  • While Intrepid would love to open these unique experiences to all our travellers regardless of gender, it’s simply not yet possible to do so while operating in a socially responsible and culturally sensitive manner. If you want to travel to Nepal on a similar itinerary, check out some other itineraries or consider booking a private group tour.

Itinerary

Map of Nepal: Women's Expedition including Nepal

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (5 nights), Jungle Resort (1 night)

Activities
  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women
  • Khachoe Ghakyil Ling - Kapan Nunnery Visit
  • Pokhara - Orientation Walk
  • Pokhara - Yes Helping Hands Handicrafts
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch
  • Pokhara - Annapurna Homestay Trek (5 days/4 nights)
  • Ghandruk - Guided Village Tour
  • Ghandruk - Gurung Women Cultural Dance
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - International Mountain Museum
  • Chitwan NP - Jeep safari
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan NP - Tharu village visit
  • Kathmandu - Days for Girls NGO Visit
  • Kathmandu - Dinner at The Village Cafe
  • Kirtipur - Newari Traditional Pedicure
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
Add on activities
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Experience Urban Adventure - USD59
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD49
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight - USD240
  • Activity - Free
  • Chitwan - Bird watching walk - Free

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available to purchase and is valid for all nights on the trip except for those spent in teahouses (Days 3-6).
2. Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit.
3. Between June and August, it is monsoon season in Nepal. If you do choose to travel during this time, please note that you will encounter wet conditions, obscured views, and an extra leech or two. During the monsoon, there is a chance that your itinerary may be adjusted pending water levels in rivers. Don't forget to pack rain proof jackets and trousers. Please see alternative monsoon season itinerary in the weather section of these notes.
4. Please be aware that in the event of an emergency evacuation, Intrepid does not have control over which helicopter service may be used. Some helicopters are not in regular use with Intrepid and have not passed our internal safety auditing.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews submitted.
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Debbie · Traveled April 2024
Nepal is an incredibly diverse nation. This tour covers so much ground, and does it from a woman's perspective, with female guides, porters and experiences with local women. I was constantly amazed, humbled, and very glad I joined this tour. Highly recommend.
Review submitted 16 May 2024

Shannon · Traveled April 2024
The Nepal Women's Expedition was life changing and I could not recommend it enough. As a first time international solo female traveler, I felt supported the whole way and found this experience to be perfect. The other women in the group were so much fun to spend time with and I felt I left with new friends that I'll keep in touch with for years to come. Sumitra, our group leader, was the best part of the trip. She made our two weeks incredibly fun, informative, and she was an amazing person to be around. The trek was the best part of the trip because of our full female team. Ritu, our assistant guide, was a delight to have on the trek and I wished she was with us for the full two weeks. It was incredible spending time with all the porters too and getting to have dinner with them to learn about their lives. Do not hesitate on taking this trip!
Review submitted 14 May 2024

Hannah · Traveled April 2024
Not a question- you should do this remarkable trek, led by exceptional and inspiring Nepali women while connecting deeply with the community & culture. These women are FIERCE and fun! Nothing else like it in this country.
Review submitted 11 May 2024

Emma · Traveled April 2024
The women’s only expedition was just wonderful- what an amazing experience to share with likeminded travellers and the beautiful women of Nepal.
Review submitted 04 May 2024

Sally · Traveled April 2024
My first all-women expedition and won't be my last. We had a blast from the beginning to the end, including the trekking which was tougher than some of us had imagined. The trek involved female guides and porters, which initially made us feel a bit indulged, but their pleasure at being able to work independently while trekking with us meant this feeling soon passed. The cultural excursions had a female perspective to them, including dancing, cooking classes and a Buddhist nunnery (my spiritual highlight of this tour). Highly recommend. My best intrepid tour so far
Review submitted 03 May 2024
Nepal: Women's Expedition
From
CHF  1,465