Choosing Your Nepal Journey

Nepal Update

Visitors on our incredible Mustang pony treks need only to transit briefly through Kathmandu. Pokhara and Upper Mustang, where we actually stay and trek, were virtually unaffected by the 2015 earthquake.

The sooner visitors start to return, the sooner our Nepali friends can start to rebuild their faith in the future. If you do any trekking this year, you will make a vital contribution in many ways.

Please contact us so we can explain in detail why we are confident the Mustang trip is not only as safe today as it ever was, but also extremely important. To start, check out our blog: Is it safe to visit Nepal?

Richard Everist & Lucrezia Migliore

Choosing Your Nepal Journey
If you’re returning to Nepal, chances are you’ll have some firm ideas about what you want to do. But if you don’t already have firm ideas, or if you’re planning your first trip, the range of options can be daunting.

Around The Sun – and all our experts - will be pleased to talk to talk to you if you want to bounce around some ideas. Check out, which is designed to help with your Himalayan decisions. There are no right or wrong answers, just solutions that will better suit your particular needs and interests – or not.

If none of our guided small group trips meet your needs, please contact us so we can develop a customised, private itinerary that will deliver you a perfect holiday. See Create Your Own Journey.

Of all the Himalayan countries, Nepal offers the greatest range of Himalayan experiences: from full-service trekking with tents and proper support staff, to individual treks between (more or less) comfortable tea houses. Nepal also has a complete representation of all the major Himalayan ecosystems – from the jungle-clad foothills to the high-altitude desert of the Tibetan Plateau.

Nepal possibilities include:

  • Elephant-back safaris in search of rhinos and tigers, based in luxury lodges and tented camps
  • Rafting and canoeing from the mountains to the plains, through untouched gorges, and some of the most exciting white water on the planet
  • Luxury trips utilising a new breed of luxury mountain lodges, and plane and helicopter sightseeing
  • Taking meditation courses in thriving Buddhist monasteries
  • Exploring the remarkable architectural, artistic and religious heritage of the Kathmandu valley
  • Trekking through spectacular scenery and experiencing a farming societies that are little changed, where the internal combustion engine is yet to reach

Around The Sun steers clear of the iconic, but extremely crowded, Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit walks. Both these walks can now be undertaken as individual tea house treks, and although the views are great, the lack of cultural authenticity and the crowds are not.

There are increasing numbers of luxury lodges in Nepal, but although these lodges definitely have their place, on the whole the best experiences are based around camping, and tent-based treks. A full-service trek is much more expensive than a backpacking, self-service tea-house trek, so your budget is a critical variable! Obviously a certain amount of comfort is sacrificed in order to get off the beaten track – even with full-service treks - but ATS trekking crews make sure everyone is as safe, comfortable and well fed as is humanly possible. It is certainly a very different experience to camping as most westerners have experienced it.

Around The Sun’s trips take you off the beaten track, have spectacular scenery (arguably more spectacular than the better known and iconic treks), introduce you to authentic Nepalese and Tibetan culture, and make sure you are safe and comfortable.

Nepal Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Mustang & Tibetans

Mustang is a largely unchanged Tibetan/Nepali kingdom lying at the northern end of the world's deepest valley. The valley has, for thousands of years, been a link between Tibet (and China) and Nepal (and India). You'll meet Tibetan farmers, monks, refugees, nomads - and maybe even the King.

Luxury: Pony / Trek / Camp
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Pony Trek
Challenge: Medium
Cost: from $7000

Journey Finder

All ATS itineraries can be run for private groups or adapted to meet your interests.

Nepal Journeys


Planning a Holiday?

Congratulations on finding Around The Sun! We’d love to talk to you about your next holiday adventure.

Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.