Experience the natural beauty and culture of Nepal from a female perspective.
Through a mix of festival celebrations, cultural experiences and trekking in the Himalayas, this women’s only expedition will give you a unique insight into the diverse lives of Nepalese women. Meet a wide range of female trailblazers, from chefs at a social enterprise, women campaigning to end discrimination against women who are menstruating, to an all-female crew of mountain guides and porters. Hear a range of inspiring personal stories and spend some 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. You’ll also have the chance to take part in the Hartalika Teej Festival alongside the locals, a three-day women’s only Hindu celebration.
Enjoy a five-day hike in the stunning Annapurnas, while being completely supported by an all-female crew of leaders, guides, assistants, and even porters.
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 are thought to be rendered temporarily impure.
Visit Madi Valley, a homestay run by women that is working alleviate human impact on the surrounding nature and wildlife.
Learn how to create traditional Nepalese dishes while supporting a unique social enterprise that has changed the lives of more than 1,000 disadvantaged women in Nepal.
Take a wilderness safari through Chitwan National Park, widely recognised as one of the best national parks in Asia, and search for rhinos, crocodiles, monkeys and deer.
Dress up in red to celebrate Hartalika Teej Festival with local ladies as they sing and dance their way to visit Pashupatinath Temple, open exclusively to women on this special day.
While far less challenging than Everest Base Camp, you will still need a high level of fitness for the trekking portion of this trip, as you will be walking for between five to seven hours per day. For a large portion of the trek you will be ascending and descending uneven ancient stone steps. We recommend the use of hiking poles which you can bring or purchase for very low costs in country.
While you’re trekking, you’ll be provided with a duffel bag that a female porter will carry for you. Your porter can carry up to 8 kilograms per traveller and any other luggage can be left in Pokhara to collect at the end of the trek.
While on a map we aren't travelling particularly far, 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, we take domestic flights when we 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, it may be practical to eat at the hotel restaurant rather than heading out for optional meals.
While there will be opportunities to spot many different kinds of wildlife in the national parks, you are not guaranteed to see specific animals – they’re in the wild after all, so they’ll have their own agendas.
You may be offered an elephant ride during your time in Chitwan. Intrepid Travel has a strong elephant welfare policy and as such we discourage travellers from riding elephants in Nepal or anywhere around the world. See Intrepid’s Animal Welfare policy for more information.
While we would love to open up 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're interested in travelling to Nepal on a similar itinerary, check out some of other itineraries or consider booking a private group tour.
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available to purchase and is valid for all nights spent in hotels on your trip. While in homestays single rooms will be subject to availability.
2. Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit.
3. Pleas note that only Hindus are allowed to enter the inner sanctuary of Pashupatinath Temple.
4. 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.
5. As the Hartalika Teej festival date is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar, we cannot guarantee the 2020 departure date until approximately mid April when the festival date will officially be released.
6. A minimum of 3 travellers is required for departures of this trip to run.
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