UK Tel : 01539 567118
Outside UK Tel: +44 15395 67118
Namaste! Snow Cat Travel is the brand name for the premium tailor-made holiday service provided and operated by Rural Heritage Journeys PVT LTD of Nepal and our Head Office is in Kathmandu. Our sister 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. We also operate under licence in Bhutan with our subsidiary company Rural Heritage Bhutan.
Our Sales Office is based in the UK
As more and more people now want their visit to Nepal or Bhutan to be so much more than a fixed group programme we've created Snow Cat Travel 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 our tours and treks featured are examples and can be customised to your personal requirements. We are tailor made specialists, operating private custom trips only
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 knowledge 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. Please note that we do not operate fixed departure group tours.
With a senior management background with some of the UK's best known adventure travel companies & a deep rooted passion for Nepal that stretches back over 25 years, UK BASED Mark personally manages all customer enquiries and will design your adventure to perfection for you.
Group Chief Executive
As well as Rural Heritage Journeys, which manages all aspects of tour operations, Niraj also heads our 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 and to your personal satisfaction. From arranging guides and porters to booking transport and accommodation.
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.
In response to the 2015 earthquake, Support Rural Nepal is our own private initiative. Providing immediate relief to those affected was clearly first and foremost. However, continuing support remains absolutely essential, not only to recover and rebuild but to also help the future outlook of the people of rural Nepal. We remain 100% committed to this benevolent project. If you'd like to know more, help in any way or get involved, please click the SUPPORT RURAL NEPAL logo on the left, which will take you to our Facebook page. Alternatively, please contact us.
Map showing the location of our Head Office in Kathmandu
Rural Heritage Journeys PVT LTD, First Floor, Vista Building, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
Click images to view our Membership Certifcates
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
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 latest publication on his Upper Mustang Trek with Snow Cat Travel here
For 2018 Stuart has once again chosen Snow Cat Travel to trek into Inner Dolpo and assist with in-depth research into the Yarsa Gumba trade for an article scheduled to be published by the magazine of The Royal Geogrpahic Society.
Also during 2017, we supported Lonely Planet journalist Paul Stiles on his first visit to Nepal with full guide, accommodations and travel services 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.
Joe Bindloss - Destination Editor - Indian Subcontinent - Lonely Planet Publications has commented in respect of the Snow Cat Travel website..." I think the site has some great content ....the trips cover some really interesting bases ...There’s loads of information here that gives a strong feel for what life will be like on the trek, but also plenty of inspirational pics to show what life in Nepal is like as well."