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Can I just book a flight to Katmandu?

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And then find a group to join or local guide to take us around for a week?

I know you're all intrepid travellers but we're a couple of over 55s looking to leave our comfort zone and enjoy the wonder that Nepal sounds like. We have no health issues, but can't make it up Everest, so walks and travelling around no problem. I've looked at some specialist travel companies but they're pricey and cannot find one with a sensible budget or time-frame. Many tks.

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Hi genbits,

as you mentioned that time frame seems limited, better to book in advance because it saves time and you can visit more places. You may be shopping with several companies and compare the price as well as their feedback. By the way, the cost depends sometimes on your visit by the season/month.

Good Luck!!!

NKT

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I do not think you can find groups to join if you just come to Nepal on you own. There are trekking groups sometimes available, but I have never heard about regular city tour groups.

But no worries: just contact local travel agencies and ask for a tour to your liking with hotels with your preferred standard. One week could cover Kathmandu and a trip to Pokhara and Chitwan national park.

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Hi genbits

It is possible to fly into KTM, find a guide and tour around with a guide (finding others to travellers for a general tour is more difficult). However, I think there a little research and homework will pay dividends in a number of ways.

First, I would decide what you want to see and do. The tours you have looked at already can be a start and I would also look at other sources of information and inspiration because standard tours can be a bit samey and miss some gems. They might not meet your needs in terms of 'pace' too. A guidebook is a worthwhile purchase, youtube can be useful and members on here will make suggestions. Stating a little about interests, preferences and what attracted you to Nepal will help us to make suggestions. As a starter there is an article about 7 days in Nepal to the top right of the forum.

Once you have an idea of what you want to do you can contact agencies in Kathmandu, tell them what you want to see and do, transport preferences and whether you want them to arrange hotels and so on. Pretty much all outfits in KTM will organise a bespoke tour for you. Travellers will make recommendations should you ask but watch out for unsolicited private messages from travel professionals promoting their services - it's against TA rules and not likely to be the best way of choosing a company.

You could finalise everything before getting there but some flexibility in Nepal is always a good idea. Logistics are not always reliable and having the freedom to make at least some decisions about what to do when you are 'on the ground' can be important for a happy trip. People will cast an eye over quotes you get too.

if you mean finding a tour where you can join others is much more difficult - this is where international companies have the advantage. However, meeting other travellers as you go is possible.

Good luck.

scoodly

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The answer is YES YOU CAN (except, perhaps, joining a group)

But as already stated: do your research and homework in advance. If little or no trekking planned (though a short easy trek is highly recommended), get the Lonely Planet Nepal Guide (not the LP "trekking" guide), available directly from LP website in paper or electronic form (this guide does have some trekking info).

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Brilliant, just what I wanted to know - much appreciated. Will do!

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Many tks for that!

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Great, many tks!

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Many tks for that, will do!

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