Scroll down to discover some of our diverse Independent Add-ons for adventurers! These are a great opportunity to see more of the real Nepal, first-hand with a knowledgeable guide.

PUN HILL TREK – 6 DAYS
Price: from $US1070 per person
Grade: easy to moderate depending on fitness level

The Annapurna region located in Central Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking in the country. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has declared this region an area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 square kilometres, the area is home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and Tibetans. The region is also host to diverse environments: sub-tropical lowlands, stunning valleys, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus, and the towering Annapurna Mountains. The region also contains the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, laying some 6900 metres beneath some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains – Dhaulagiri (world’s 7th highest) Annapurna I (world’s 10th highest) and Machhapuchhre (aka: Fishtail) which is one of the most beautiful.

 

A PEEK AT EVEREST – 7 DAYS
Price: from $US1250 per person
Grade: easy to moderate depending on fitness level

This short trek that takes you up to 3860m at Tengboche, offers an opportunity to view the World’s tallest mountain, Everest, which stands at a lofty 8848m. It also takes you to other fabled destinations in the region, like Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Perfect for those who are a bit starved of time, but wish to go to the bucket list destination that’s Everest, for trekkers. The trek is by no means too easy, as you will ascend above the 3000m mark, usually the zone where altitude starts taking an effect. However, the itinerary is gradual enough to allow for adequate acclimatisation.

 

ORGANIC COFFEE – CROP 2 CUP – 5 DAYS
Price: variable depending on itinerary
Grade: easy

Coffee came into Nepal several years ago when a returning traveller brought some plants from abroad to remote Argakhanchi district in mid western Nepal, and planted some in his garden. The plants thrived, and the neighbours also planted a few, but did not really know what to do with the beans when they were ready for harvest. It’s only in the last 15 – 20 years that coffee has been grown in the mid-hills (between 900m and 1800m) as a cash crop, intercropped with cardamom and fruit trees. Coffee estates are few to come by in Nepal, though its slowly starting. Individual farmers with small land holdings plant a few seedlings and bring in the produce in small quantities to local collectors who also double up as processors. The wet method is used to produce the parchment or green beans. Wholesalers collect the beans, either directly or from the cooperatives, sort and bag them and send them either for export, to the retail industry, or to the coffee shops that keep popping up.

Today coffee is a new-found craze, and coffee shops abound in Kathmandu, Pokhara and even in little towns. This trip is a wonderful way to discover local life in villages, see how the agricultural mechanism functions, participate in harvesting and processing (in the right time of year) and also understand how the export and retail industries function.  Your appreciation of speciality coffee increases quite a bit after this trip. The trip is flexible, and one can choose between going to easy access locations like Begnas near Pokhara for the farm component, or to remote locations in Gorkha or Ilam. Accommodation options can be adjusted between farm stays or hotel stays – totally customisable. Join this journey of discovery. This trip is available all year round.

 

COOK LIKE A LOCAL – 3 HOURS
Price: pay what you think it is worth

Chefs Sakuntala and Asmita take you to the shops to buy ingredients, and teach you how to cook specialities like momo, dal bhaat, or alu paratha, amongst some other options.  The course lasts about three hours and you can join any of the two classes per day, each that take six participants maximum, so the experience is very personal. This course also has no price, and follows a ‘pay what you think it is worth principle’, what we think is a Karmic in nature.  We start with a briefing and a cup of tea, and then continue on to the course. It is very hands on and you participate in the process.
At the end, the recipes are sent to you via email.

 

KATHMANDU INSIDE OUT –  7 DAYS
Price: from $US550 per person
Grade: easy depending on fitness level

Excellent for small groups, couples and families, this trip showcases Kathmandu in a very offbeat light and at the same time showcases the rich culture and soft adventure this place offers. The days are mixed with experiences in traditional food, rich culture, energetic hiking and ends with a relaxing touch!

Photo by Damian Caniglia

We start with immersion into the Nepali architecture and food and then move on to what Nepal is famous for, hiking and trekking. Once we experience this, we move on to more urban content, before topping it off with a farewell dinner. Full of highlights and memorable experiences.

SPLICE OF KATHMANDU – 2 HOURS
Price: pay what you think it is worth
Grade: easy

This market walk was developed to help travellers understand how the market systems work in Nepal and within this two hour walk, you see everything from residential areas, temples, readymade-to-wear markets, wedding markets, rock salt, chillies, vegetables, dried herbs, bead necklaces and even a market for dentures! This adventure is an eye-opening, grass roots experience!

 

RIDE THE MAGICAL MARIJUANA TRAIL – 4 HOURS
Price: from $US65 per person
Trip Grade: arranged according to you level of mountain biking experience

Photo by Bijaya2043, Wikimedia

Developed by a rockstar-cum-mountain biker, the Magical Marijuana Trail is an approximately 25 kilometer ride that showcases what Nepal has to offer in terms of mountain biking. It does suburban trails, single tracks, some downhill, cross-country and even urban trails inside the two townships of Bungamati and Khokana.

In 2017, the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge started working with the youth of Bungamati to create a new initiative called the Bungamati Trails. This ride even touches these trails and helps support the development of a mountain biking destination in Nepal.
You will be led by an expert guide, and we shall organise a good mountain bike and helmet for you. We shall end the ride with a pizza and a drink. Just the way it should be!

SIGNATURE BUSINESSMEN’S RIDE – 4 HOURS
Price: from $US65 per person
Grade: arranged according to you level of mountain biking experience

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This 3-4 hour ride heads past Tribhuvan University then onto the ancient town of Kirtipur. We pass by monasteries, temples and churches along the way which defines the rich religious and cultural mix of Nepal.

As we ride further through the valley we find people involved in their daily life such as agriculture, live- stock farming and wood carving; typical examples of the lifestyle of the local Newari community.

Other highlights include the famous bird watching area of Taudhara and Chobar Gorge!

Includes your mountain bike and helmet.

 

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Back Track Adventures has been leading trekking groups to Nepal since 1985. Our commitment to the tenets of responsible tourism is unwavering and we are deeply passionate about people and nature!

^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.