Happy Clients at the start of a multi day mountain bike,Kayak Rafting trip

Raft-Bike-Trek,
Nepal
September 26, 2014

Nepal Raft-Bike-Trek

This is it…the most awesome mountain biking, trekking and rafting adventure that the Himalayas has to offer!

We are excited to have developed this amazing trip that we have been talking about for so long now – it’s a great combination of stunning scenery, amazing biking, a bit of hiking to get up to more brilliant riding and a huge downhill ride to the legendary Sun Kosi river for some wild rafting.

All this action takes you from the mountains of the Everest region to the southern plains of the Terai, experiencing all the landscapes and cultures in between.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Phaplu

This morning we have an early start from our hotel for our short flight to the Everest Region. As we approach the airstrip we see the iconic style of the solid Sherpa houses, giving us a taste of the days ahead. On arrival in the little bazaar of Phaplu we will make ourselves at home in one of the local tea houses. We then put our bikes together and try them out down the main street of the bazaar, to much amusement of kids and adults alike. Time permitting, we head out to explore the bazaar and the old town of Salleri, admiring the two storey Sherpa houses and maybe sampling some local butter tea.

 

Meals: L, D

Accommodation: Local tea house

 

 

Day 2 Trek/Ride to Salung

This morning we get a hearty tea house breakfast before we hit the trails on our way north to Ringmo. We have a combination of jeep, mule and walking trails but most of the way we can ride our bikes. Don’t forget to stop to take in the scenery once in a while. In Ringmo we stop to have lunch and try out the fabulous Shakpa (Sherpa stew)! After lunch we hand over the bikes to our porters who will take them up to Salung, where we will spend the night. Most of the hike up to Salung is steep but through beautiful forest and once we come out of the forest, we get our first big views of the mountains. Closer to Salung we even get our first views of Mount Everest (8848m), Chamlang (7319m) and Makalu (8481m), weather permitting. We stop in Salung and enjoy the sunset before settling in for the night.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Local tea house

 

 

Day 3 – Ride to Junbesi , excursion to Thubtencholing

This morning we have some great trails to ride! We start out with some quite technical, narrow trails and amazing views all the way to Phurteng. Stopping is a must if you want to enjoy the view!!!

 

From Phurteng we have an awesome downhill into the charming town of Junbesi, set in a lovely valley on the main Jiri to Everest trekking and trade route. Junbesi is a large village for this area and it is home to one of the famous ‘Hillary schools’, a hydropower plant and a large monastery, built in 1635 and claimed to be the oldest monastery in the Solukhumbu region (although a few other monasteries lay claim to title this as well).

 

In the afternoon we head up the lovely valley northwards to Thubtencholing, one of the largest Tibetan resettlements in Nepal. The large monastery here was established by the highly esteemed Trulsik Rinpoche, who fled from the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet in the 1950s. As one of the few remaining high lamas who were born and educated in Tibet, Trulsik Rinpoche is of immense importance to Buddhism, in particular to the Nyingma sect to which he and the Thuptencholing Monastery belong. The monastery was built in the 1960s as a ‘temporary’ monastery until the Rinpoche could return to Tibet, however it has now been reconstructed as the permanent home of this Nyingma legacy and the Rinpoche’s reincarnate will be on this site, not in Tibet. In addition to the monastery there is a Tibetan Medical school and hospital, so this is a great chance to learn about this ancient healing art. In the afternoon we will return to Junbesi for a hearty dinner in our cosy tea house.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Local tea house

 

 

Day 4 – Trek to Pike Peak BC

Today we have a big day ahead of us and one that is also breathtakingly beautiful! So we get up early and have a huge breakfast before setting out on an epic walk. We leave Junbesi and trek towards Lamjura La passing through the little town of Thaktor. Half an hour above Thaktor we take a short break at a little tea house before leaving the main trail. Once off the main trail we get into some amazing old growth forest, which helps to take our mind off the climb up to Salun Danda (ridge). At the Danda we then traverse around the hill to reach the main Lamjura Danda. Here you might want to be somewhere near your porter as you could bike some of the ridge down to lunch at Jase Bhanjyang. This is very technical riding, so if you are not into that kind of trail, just leave your bike with your porter.

 

After lunch we have a stunning walk on a spectacular trail which contours around the north side of Pike Peak. Eventually we make the final climb up to Pike peak BC, where we will be staying in a very simple tea house with some wonderfully eccentric hosts! Be prepared to share rooms and sleep on hard beds, this is the night you have brought that nice Therma rest for…

 

Day 5 – Trek to the top of Pike Peak for Sunrise! Ride to Jhapre

We get out of bed really early today because if the weather permits, from the top of Pike Peak we will have the best view in all of Nepal at sunrise. On a clear morning it is possible to see all the way from Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) in the far east of Nepal to Mt Annapurna (8091m) in the west and all the mountains in between including Mt. Everest (8848m). After having taken in the view from the top we return to Pike BC for breakfast. There is nowhere between here and Jhapre to get food and we will only reach there in time for a very late lunch, so eat a lot now and carry some energy bars with you.

 

We set out on the bikes from Pike BC on one of the best rides in Nepal! Overall it is a super downhill ride along Lamje Danda down to Jhapre at 2800m, but do be prepared to carry the bike over short sections of rocky trails and up some steep climbs. At Jhapre we will have a late lunch and if time permits go down and have a look around the big Sherpa village of Tapting below. Once again our accommodation here in Jhapre is old school tea house trekking style, so don’t expect luxury, but nice hosts who will have time to sit and chat till late night!

 

Day 6 – Ride to Okhuldhunga

Today is pure mountain biking! We have a good solid breakfast before setting out on our ride to Okhuldhunga. The first 8 km is on single trails which are as good as they get. As it’s an undulating path it is not easy all the way, but it sure is fun! We reach a small jeep trail at Sigane and continue on this to Dhap, where we stop for a cup of tea before starting the climb up to the bigger road at Jhantardhap. From here it is only a few km till we stop for lunch at Thade.

 

From Thade it is all downhill to our guest house in Okhuldhunga. It is one of the most amazing little roads in all of Nepal, with never ending switchbacks. Stop and take in the view once in a while, it is amazing!

 

Once we reach Okhuldhunga we will leave our bikes at our guest house and go out exploring this little visited bazaar town of the ‘middle hills’ before returning for dinner.

 

Day 7 – Last day on the bike, another big down!

As we leave Okhuldhunga this morning we have two choices, both are good but very different. One is to stay up high on the ridge and ride towards the Sun Kosi on the jeep road, that eventually does a big final decent into the river valley. The other option is to do a big drop on a very technical single trail for 1 km then join a little jeep trail for 9 km down to a little river. Here there are a couple of kilometres of non-rideable trail before we get onto a super nice (but at times challenging) single trail which takes us the last 15 km down to the Sun Kosi.

 

Whichever way we choose to get there, there is no lunch till we reach the river. We can stop for a tea break in one of the little villages along the way but there is nowhere to eat, so carry snacks for this ride.

 

We’ve now completed our mountain bike leg and come down to the mighty Sun Kosi! We wash off the dust from our ride and set up camp above the roar of the first, some-what daunting rapid, called Haktapur 1. We will get all our gear sorted and put away in drybags and water proof barrels and pack our bikes for the truck ride back to Kathmandu.

 

This evening we will get a safety briefing and overview of the next part of our epic adventure. Then we just relax and hang round the camp fire while the guides prepare the first of our great river side feasts.

 

Day 8 – First day on the big river

We get up early for a hearty breakfast and get ready for a ride of a different kind! Our guides will divide us up into teams, remind us of the safety procedures and then run us through a paddle talk. This aims to get all the teams working together so we can start negotiating first of the many rapids on the mighty Sun Kosi.

 

So, now we set off on one of Nepal’s greatest ‘liquid highways’, taking on everything it has to offer. Tonight we camp on one of the many huge, white, sandy beaches and have another great campfire dinner!

 

Day 9 to 11 – Rafting as good as it gets…

Most of the rapids on the Sun Kosi are formed by monsoon debris brought in by side streams and loose rockfall. These rapids change from year to year, depending on the severity of the monsoon rains. We have already negotiated some big rapids on the first day, Haktapur 1 and 2, but now we head on down through the jungle corridor where some big rapids lie in wait for us. With names like Rhino Rock, Big Dipper and Jaws, today’s rapids ensure we have one hell of a white knuckle ride!

 

On the way downstream we meet the famous Dudh Kosi river with its emerald waters that come from the glaciers below Mt Everest. It joins the Sun Kosi giving it more volume and changing the colour of the waters. Our camp for tonight is pitched at the confluence of the Tamur River, another Himalayan classic. This will be our last riverside camp, so we will take the time to reflect on the incredible journey we have just done over a few beers and another great campfire..

 

Day 12 – Finish up rafting and back to the Du…

Today is pretty relaxed and we just strap the gear on loosely and float towards Chatra, our take out point.

 

On the way, we stop at one of Nepal’s oldest Hindu temples. We stop to explore the temple grounds and maybe get to meet a holy man or chat with some of the local ladies, beautifully clad in their colourful saris. We load up again and float through one more wave train and see the mountains and the hills just disappear as we enter the plains of Nepal’s Terai.

 

After stripping down the rafts and loading the bus we venture into the town of Chatra to visit our favourite Dahl Bhat shop, tuck into a great meal and a few cold beers and drinks before we either head to the airport for our 40 min flight back to Kathmandu or take the bus overland, arriving mid-morning the next day.

 

Day 13 – Washing, shopping and bragging!

After we have washed the sand out of our hair, we can relax and enjoy a massage, do some last minute shopping or simply chill out and take it all in from a streetside cafe. We meet up for dinner at one of the many great restaurants in town. We tell some tales and thank our Nepali guides, who have looked after us and made the trip memorable, before heading out for ght drinks at Sams bar!

Dates and Prices

What to bring?

  • A pair of river shorts or swimming costume.
  • A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay.
  • Long sleeved shirt to wear under your life jacket.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top Medium weight – Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum
  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight long Sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes
  • A 3-season sleeping bag and thermarest sleeping mat
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for the trek.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend bringing your own waterproof casing and a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable for the “action” on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the essentials.

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Happy Clients at the start of a multi day mountain bike,Kayak Rafting trip

ラフティング-マウンテンバイク-トレッキング,
Nepal
September 26, 2014

【ネパール】ラフティング-マウンテンバイク-トレッキング

This is it ! まさにこれ!ヒマラヤで体験できるマウンテンバイク、トレッキング、ラフティングがすべて揃ったツアーです。

長い間、実現したいと思っていたこのツアーをようやく形にすることができました。魅惑的ともいえる素敵な景色、最高のマウンテンバイクコース、トレッキングで更に素晴らしいコースへとご案内します。そして、長いダウンヒルコースで、スンコシ川へとたどり着き、ワイルドなラフティングを体験。

エベレストエリアの山々から、南のタライ平原へとバラエティに富んだ自然環境を移動するこのツアーで、様々な地形や文化を体験することになるでしょう。

Detailed Itinerary

1日目:早朝にホテルを出発し、エベレスト方面に向かって、飛行機で移動します。滑走路に着陸すると、印象的なスタイルのシェルパ族の家々が見え、これからの旅の始まりを感じさせます。パプルの小さなバザールに到着後、地元のティーハウスでひと休み。その後、マウンテンバイクの準備をし、バザールのメインストリートで試乗。時間の許す限り、バザールや、古い町サレリを探検し、二階建てのシェルパの家に見入ったり、地元のバター茶を試してみたり。 

2日目:ティーハウスで温かい朝食をいただき、リンモへ向かって北へ走ります。途中、ジープの道、ラバの道、徒歩の道がありますが、ほとんどバイクに乗って進むことができます。時々止まって、周囲の景色を楽しむことを忘れずに!リンモで昼食。シェルパのシチュー「シャクパ」を味わってみましょう。お腹を満たした後、バイクをポーターに預け、今夜の宿泊地サルンへ運んでもらいます。サルンまでの道は急な登りですが、美しい森林を通り、それを越えると、最初の荘厳な山々の景色に対面します。サルンに近づくに連れ、エベレスト(8848m)、チャムラン(7319m)、マカルー(8481m)と、ヒマラヤの山々を拝むことができます(天気がいいことを祈りましょう!)。サルンに到着後、夕陽を眺めてから、休む準備をしましょう。

3日目:ジュンベシへバイク、トゥプテンチョリンへ小旅行
この日は、素晴らしいトレイルを走ることから始まります!まずは、非常にテクニカルで狭いトレイルを走り、Phurtengに到着するまで、素晴らしい景色が続きます。もちろん、途中で止まって景色を堪能することも忘れずに!
Phurtengからは、ジュンベシの町まで、ダウンヒルを楽しみます。ジュンベシは、ジリからエベレストへのトレッキングや貿易ルート上の美しい谷間に位置する、この地域では大きな村です。有名な「ヒラリー・スクール」の一つがあり、水力発電が行われ、ソルクーンブ地方では最も古いといわれる、1635年に建てられた大きな寺院もあります(他にもいくつか“最古”と言われる寺院がありますが…)。
午後、チベットからの定住者が多く住むトゥプテンチョリンを目指し、北方へ向かいます。ここには、1950年代、チベットのロンボク寺院から逃れてきた、高僧Trulsikリンポチェによって建てられた大きな寺院があります。チベットで生まれ教育された残り少ない高僧の一人であったことから、Trulsikリンポチェは、仏教徒、特に彼とトゥプテンチョリン寺院が属するニンマ派にとって、非常に重要な存在でした。この寺院は、1960年代に、チンポチェがチベットへ帰還するまでの一時的な寺院として建てられましたが、現在は、ニンマ派の永遠の家として再建築され、リンポチェは、チベットではなくここに生まれ変わることになります。寺院に加えて、チベタン医療学校、病院があり、古来からの癒しの術について学ぶ、よい機会となるでしょう。その後、ジュンベシへ戻り、ティーハウスで夕食をいただきます。

4日目: ピケピークBCへトレッキング
この日は、盛りだくさんで、また、息をのむほど美しい1日です。早起きをして、これからのトレッキングに備えて、しっかりと朝食を摂ります。ジュンベシを出発し、小さな町タクトールを抜けて、ラムジュラ峠へ向かいます。タクトールを越えて30分程歩き、主要な道を外れる前に、小さなティーハウスでひと休みします。
道から逸れると、素晴らしい古来の森へ入り、サルン・ダンダ(尾根)へ登るという労力から、少し気を紛らわすことができます。尾根に到着した後、メインのラムジャラ・ダンダへ向けて縦走します。昼食を摂るジャス・ベンジャンまで、バイクで尾根を下ることもできますが(バイクを運ぶポーターの近くに居なければなりませんが)、非常にテクニカルなトレイルですので、あまり経験のない場合は、そのまま歩いて行きましょう。
昼食後、ピケピークの北側に沿った、景観の素晴らしいトレイルを歩きます。やがて、ピケピークBCへ最後の登りを終え、風変わりな(良い意味で!)ホストがいるティーハウスへ到着します。この夜は、相部屋で、固いベッドで寝ることを覚悟しておいて下さい。このために、キャンプ用のマットを持ってきたのですから…。

5日目:朝日を見るために、ピケピークの頂上へトレッキング!バイクでJhapreへ。
この日は、朝暗いうちから起床します。もし天候が良ければ、ピケピークの頂上から、ネパールで最高の日の出が見られます!空気の澄んだ朝には、東のカンチェンジュンガ(8586m)から西のアンナプルナ(8091m)まで、エベレスト(8848m)を含むすべての山を望むことができます。朝日を楽しんだ後、ベースキャンプへ戻り、朝食を摂ります。ここからJhapreまでは、食事をする場所が無く、Jhapre到着後、遅めの昼食となりますので、朝食を多めに摂り、エナジーバーを携帯することをお勧めします。
ピケピークBCからは、バイクに乗りネパールでも最高のトレイルへ。ラムジェ・ダンダに沿って、標高2800mのJhapreまでスーパーダウンヒル!ただし、短い岩場のセクションと、数か所の急な登りは、バイクを担ぐ心構えを。Jhapreでは、遅めの昼食を摂り、時間があれば、更に下方にある大きなシェルパの村、タプティンまで足を伸ばしてみましょう。この日の宿は、Jhapreにある古い学校のティーハウスで、寝心地がいいとは言えませんが、親切なホストが夜遅くまでおしゃべりのおつきあいをしてくれるでしょう。

6日目:オカルドゥンガまでバイク。
この日は、純粋にマウンテンバイキング!オカルドゥンガへのライディングに出かける前に、しっかりと朝食を摂りましょう。最初の8kmは、最高のシングルトレイル。うねりのある峠は、すべてが走りやすいわけではありませんが、楽しいことには間違いありません!Siganeで、ジープが走られる細い道に出て、Dhapまで続きます。Dhapでティータイムを取った後、Jhantardhapの広い道まで登ります。そこから数kmでThadeへ到着し、昼食。
Thadeから、オカルドゥンガのゲストハウスまでは、ダウンヒルが続きます。ここは、ネパールの中でも素晴らしい小道で、終わりのないジグザグ道。時々立ち止まって、景色も楽しみましょう。
オカルドゥンガに到着後、ゲストハウスにバイクを置いて、夕食前に、小さなバザールを散策しましょう。

7日目:バイク最終日、再び急下降!
朝、オカルドゥンガを発ちますが、私たちには、選択肢が2つあり、どちらでも良い選択ですが、双方は大きく違います。1つめは、高所の尾根に留まったまま、ジープの道をスンコシ川へ向かって走り、谷底へ向かって大きく下降するルート。もう一つは、1kmほど非常にテクニカルなシングルトレイルを下降したあと、小さなジープの道へ入り、川へ向かって9kmほど下るルート。バイクに乗ることができない数kmのあと、シングルトレイルに入り、最後15km下降して、スンコシ川へと到着します。
どちらを選んだとしても、川へ到着するまでランチスポットはありません。途中の小さな村で、ティータイムを取ることはできますが、食事をする場所はありませんので、スナックなどを携帯して下さい。
ここで、マウンテンバイクの旅は終了、ここからはスンコシ川です。埃を落として、Haktapur 1と呼ばれる、ひるんでしまうようなラピッドの轟音を聞きながら、キャンプの準備。装備を準備し、ドライバッグや防水の樽に荷物を詰め、また、バイクはカトマンズへ戻るトラックへ積み込みます。
夜、これからの冒険について、概要を説明します。その後、ガイドたちが、リバーサイドでのディナーを準備する間、キャンプファイヤーを囲んでゆっくり過ごしましょう。

8日目:ビッグリバーでの初日。
早起きをして、朝食を摂り、川の旅へ出る準備!ガイドが各ボートにチーム分けをし、安全についての説明、パドルの漕ぎ方の説明をします。チームがうまく協力し合い、力強いスンコシ川のラピッドと、うまく交渉できますように。
さあ、ネパールの素晴らしい「流れる高速道路」へ。
無事に1日を終えた後、この夜は、広々とした白い砂浜でキャンプ。キャンプファイヤーを囲んで夕食。

9−11日目:最高のラフティング!
スンコシ川のほとんどのラピッドは、モンスーン期の堆積物や落石などで形成されています。そして、これらは、モンスーン期の雨量により、毎年変化します。
初日に、Hakutapur 1&2など、大きなラピッドをクリアしてきましたが、これからジャングルの谷を抜ける間にも、私たちを待ち受けています。「ライノ・ロック(サイの岩)」「ビッグ・ディッパー」「ジョーズ」と名のついたラピッドは、手に汗握る瞬間を保証してくれます!
川を下っている途中、エベレスト麓の氷河から流れるエメラルド・ウォーターを源流にしたドードコシ川と合流します。この川が、スンコシ川のボリュームを更に大きくし、また水の色を変化させます。この日のキャンプは、タムール川との合流地点です。ここがリバーサイドでの最後のキャンプ地。キャンプファイヤーを囲み、ビールを飲みながら、これまでの素晴らしい旅を振り返りましょう。

12日目:ラフティングを終え、カトマンズへ。
この日は、のんびりと。荷物は緩めに積み込み、ゴールポイントのチャトラに向け、ゆっくりと下ります。
途中、ネパールにある最古のヒンズー教の寺院に止まります。私たちが散策する寺院の周りで、日常のお祈りをしているホーリーマンに出会ったり、美しい色のサリーをまとった女性たちとおしゃべりできるかもしれません。それから、再びラフトに乗り込み、ウェーブの群れを通り抜けると、囲んでいた山々と丘が消え、タライ平原へ到着。ラフトの荷をほどき、バスに積み込んだら、チャトラの町で、お気に入りのダールバートを食べ、冷たいビールを!その後、飛行機で移動のチームは、空港へ向かい、40分のフライトでカトマンズへ。バス移動のチームは、陸路でカトマンズへ(到着は翌日午前)。

13日目:シャワー、買物、そして自慢話!
髪の毛にまで入り込んだ砂を流したあとは、マッサージを頼んだり、最後の買物を楽しんだり、ストリートのカフェでのんびりしたり。夜は、ツアーのメンバーと集まり、カトマンズの美味しいレストランで夕食を共にします。旅の話に花を咲かせ、お世話をしてくれたネパリガイドたちに感謝し、次はSam’s Barでもう1杯!

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What to bring?

  • A pair of river shorts or swimming costume.
  • A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay.
  • Long sleeved shirt to wear under your life jacket.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top Medium weight – Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum
  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight long Sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes
  • A 3-season sleeping bag and thermarest sleeping mat
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for the trek.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend bringing your own waterproof casing and a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable for the “action” on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the essentials.

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