UK Tel : 01405 862917
Outside UK Tel: +44 1405 862917
Snow Cat Travel is the brand name of and trading as Rural Heritage Journeys PVT LTD of Nepal with a Head Office in Kathmandu.Our parent company Rural Heritage Nepal owns and operates select boutique, heritage hotels in Nepal such as the Famous Farm at Nuwakot and the Old Inn at Bandipur.
The Snow Cat Travel Sales Office is based in the UK
We've been around since 1999, initially as a Destination Management Company for the travel trade, providing services to International Tour Operators (which we still do!). Although we all go back even further!
As more and more people now want their visit to Nepal or Bhutan to be so much more than a fixed group programme Snow Cat Travel was created specifically for the discerning traveller who desires a more personal travel service, enhanced cultural experiences and that also prefers to book their holiday directly with a locally owned Nepalese company. All the benefits of booking directly with a registered Nepal Travel Agency (e.g. lower prices) combined with the “know how” of British Tour Operator gained knowledge, standards and experience to give our valued clients the best possible service from creating their tailor made holiday to delivering it here in Nepal and Bhutan.
With over 30 years knowledge and experience as a Trek Leader (Himalayas and beyond) and combined with senior management postions with some of the UK's best known adventure travel companies, UK BASED Mark personally manages all customer enquiries.
Group Chief Executive
As well as Rural Heritage Journeys, which manages all aspects of tour operations, Niraj also heads the Rural Heritage Nepal division that owns and operates a number of lovingly restored traditional Nepalese buildings converted into guest accommodations.
The man that makes the 'magic' happen. Abhi and his team work tirelessly to ensure all aspects of your bespoke holidays run as smoothly as possible. From arranging guides and porters to booking transport and accommodation. Abhi is the " main man".
The real 'stars' of your trip are our support crews that are so hard working, conscientious and cheerful in enabling our clients to experience Nepal & Bhutan to the utmost. Invariably our clients return from their Himalayan treks and adventure journeys full of praise, admiration and respect for all the Nepalese & Bhutanese people whom have ensured their holiday has been both wonderful and memorable. Our friendly, knowledgable english-speaking guides are both trained and qualified. Their passion and enthusiasm is second to none. Of course, the type of support crew you'll have will depend upon the itinerary itself. Certainly you'll meet and get to know more than your guide, whether it be the gentleman who looks after our 'meet and greet' and transfer services for your arrival and departure at Kathmandu Airport, to our courteous drivers whose high standards, patience and skills negotiating traffic, potholes and everything else overland travel in Nepal & Bhutan brings is just incredible. If you're heading into the Himalayas then it's likely you'll have porters (pack animals usually in Bhutan) to carry your main baggage. The first time visitor is often astounded that porters are sometimes women too. But, being a trekking porter is considered a very good job and our porters are paid a fair wage (in fact respectable tour operators follow a code of practice for both porter wages and welfare) and the loads they carry is strictly limited to a regulated maximum. If your holiday involves camping then you'll have additional trek support crew such as a cook and his assistants, additional porters to carry all the camping gear and so on. How they manage the whole operation of preparing breakfast (and bed tea of course), breaking camp and packing up and then most likely passing you on the trail and having camp set up and ready, welcoming you to camp with refreshments and with supper already on the go is just mesmerising. That they do all of this seemingly without effort and always with a smile invariably endears them with our clients. Indeed we actively encourage you to make the effort to get to know our Nepalese & Bhutanese people whom are working as part of your holiday team.
Map showing the location of our Head Office in Kathmandu
Rural Heritage Journeys PVT LTD, First Floor, Vista Building, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
We are a fully licensed and registered Tour & Trekking Operator registered with the Government of Nepal.
Registration Number 69102
We are members of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, the Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents and the
Nepal Mountaineering Association
As Rural Heritage Journeys PVT LTD, we are members of this prestigious and internationally renowned association of global adventure travel tour operators and travel professionals. As an ATTA Member we have accepted the values of ATTA and are a part of their adventure travel community striving towards a responsible and sustainable future.
See a copy of the ATTA Values Statement here (PDF download)
We are proud to be the chosen travel partner for Nepal with Insight Guides. As one of the world's leading publishers of travel guides Insight Guides also offer private, tailor made trips to worldwide destinations and for which we are honoured to be their dedicated tour operator for Nepal.
See our featured trips to Nepal via Insight Guides here
We are proud to be associated with both the prestigious publications - Lonely Planet and Rough Guides
For the 2018 editions of Lonely Planet Nepal, Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal and The Rough Guide to Nepal we are both honoured and privileged at Snow Cat Travel to be listed as a Lonely Planet recommended Nepal Trekking Agency & Tour Operator. Only a very select handful from a choice of thousands receive such an accolade.
During 2017 we were chosen by Stuart Butler - Author of the Rough Guide to Nepal and Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal to provide technical and logistical advice, assistance and expertise for the next editions of both publications, along with support for media articles to be published elsewhere.
In researching "alternative" and fact finding trekking possibilities in Nepal, we also provided Stuart with full logistical trek support services during 2017.
See Stuart Butlers publication on his MUSTANG TREK WITH SNOW CAT TRAVEL
In 2018 Stuart has once again chosen Snow Cat Travel to trek into the Tsum Valley/Manaslu Circuit and assist with in-depth research into the Yarsagumba trade for an article scheduled to be published by the magazine of The Royal Geographic Society.
In Stuart's words...."Not just have staff ensured my trips to Nepal have gone smoothly but the team at Snow Cat Travel have been great fun to be involved with....."
Also during 2017, we supported Lonely Planet writer Paul Stiles on his first visit to Nepal with full guide, accommodation and travel services for research and updates for the next Lonely Planet Nepal publication. An epic five week journey that covered the far east, central, western and lowland Nepal including Chitwan, Bardia and Lumbini. His brief was to cover 371 locations during this period....phew! Our Operations Manager (Abhi) also contributed to the updated Transport in Nepal section.
In Paul's own words...."Nepal is a country where logistics are the primary challenge....not sure what I would have done without you guys"
To see independently published comment from Paul and Stuart see our Facebook reviews
Snow Cat Travel Brand Manager, Mark (L) and Chief Executive, Niraj Shrestha (R) with Lonely Planet Destination Editor, Joe Bindloss (Centre) at Lonely Planet HQ in London
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To become a professional guide with Snow Cat Travel isn’t easy. We only choose the very best ones for our clients. All Snow Cat Travel guides are both professionally qualified and licensed by the Government of Nepal. But, there's a lot more to becoming a qualified Nepal Guide. Not only do we hand-pick Snow Cat Travel guides based on qualifications alone, guides are selected only with proven knowledge and experience criteria, but more than that…we look for personality too…a friendly nature with a “can do” attitude. And yes, being able to speak English.
Find out what it takes to become a professional guide in Nepal and meet some of our amazing Snow Cat Travel guides too from the link below.
Ever wondered who shows the people from the world's most famous travel guides around Nepal?
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Recommended by expert travel professionals
Abhi Shrestha our Operations Manager in the Kathmandu office with Bradley Mayhew co-author of Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal
Paul Stiles Lonely Planet Nepal 2018 author checking one of the 371 locations he visited in Nepal with his Snow Cat Travel Guide
We are regularly consulted by TV & Film Production companies for Nepal. In 2018 we provided extensive advice and logistical support in Nepal for Wall to Wall - A Warner Bros UK TV Proudction company. This was for the "Nadiya's Asian Odyssey" featuring Nadiya Hussain, of which episode 2 of the series was in Nepal and broadcast on BBC1.
"Mark, Snow Cat really is the go-to company for Media companies!"
Magean Tillock - Researcher
"I feel in great hands Mark thanks. As ever your observations are on point . We know our schedule is ambitious...Thank you again for being amazing and such a good liaison " Laura Abrahams-Producer
In early April 2019 SNOW CAT TRAVEL were chosen by ETIHAD AIRWAYS to design and deliver "on the ground" a tour of "Hidden Nepal" for renowned Travel Writer Simon Parker and Professional Travel Photographer Ben Read whom were visiting Nepal for the very first time.
Their brief was to produce an article about Nepal away from the main tourist trails for the prestigious ATLAS IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE for ETIHAD AIRWAYS, one of the world's leading, luxury airlines. The Atlas Magazine is estimated to be read by up to 20 million people!
SNOW CAT TRAVEL took Simon and Ben beyond Kathmandu to Nuwakot, rafting on the Trisuli River, a visit to Bandipur, para-gliding in Pokhara and to explore the ancient wonders and traditions of Bhaktapur.
This article has now been published in the Atlas Magazine. In fact the editor of the magazine was so impressed with the results, extra space in the magazine was given to Simon & Ben's article!
You can read the article for yourself by clicking the link below: