Upcoming Trips & Treks in 2020 & 2021

October 2020

Trekking in Nepal – Fall 2020 – Langtang trek October 25 to November 11 – trip is full!

An exciting, moderate trek in the Langtang valley! Experience local culture, foods, lodges, fall colors and amazing landscapes to 4130 m in elevation allowing for proper altitude acclimatization. Our first day after arrival includes a local walk in Kathmandu, get packs prepared, have a good sleep and get over jetlag. It is a one day drive in a bus, then short trekking days we will have time to soak up the local culture and get to know the villages as we ascend to Kyanjin Gompa, the highest overnight stay at 4130 metres.

This is now a tentative plan and may change due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

NEPAL

Langtang Village pre 2015
Langtang Village pre 2015
Trekking trail to Lama Hotel
Trekking trail to Lama Hotel
Langshisa Ri near Kyanjin Gompa

India

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

February 2021

INDIA – a 12 -day Culture Tour of the Golden Triangle and Rishikesh in 2021! This trip is full, but I can start a waitlist. 

 

February 17 – 28, 2021 – Experience the culture of India and yoga in Rishikesh.

An exciting culture tour of the Golden Triangle and Rishikesh in Northern India, exploring Delhi, Agra (site of the Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Pushkar and includes an exciting 5 day visit to one of the original homes of Yoga in Rishikesh. We will travel by bus, tuk-tuk,  and taxi when needed.  We will take walks in villages and temples, tasting foods of this amazing culture on a relaxed holiday, with comfortable medium hotels and resorts in the foothills of the Himalayas.  Includes accommodations with breakfast, local transportation, internal flight return from Delhi to Rishikesh and Neil as your guide! (package starts in Delhi, international flight not included)

 

$2495 USD double – (+$500 single supplement) $500 USD deposit due June 1, 2020 (balance due September 15, 2020)

 

An optional tour to Bangkok, Thailand for 5 nights/6 days can be arranged with Neil. This would include staying in and touring Bangkok & the ancient city of Ayuthaya by bus and boat return (with lunch) to Bangkok. Cost: $395 USD. Dates are Feb 28 – March 6, 2021

Travel to India and Thailand will depend on what Covid-19 travel restrictions will be in effect.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Laxman Jhula bridge over the Ganga, Rishikesh
Laxman Jhula bridge over the Ganga, Rishikesh

May/June 2021

Cycling in Norway

On the Sjernerøy Islands
On the Sjernerøy Islands

NORWAY Cycle Tour

 

May 29 to June 15, 2021 – Experience the culture and geography of Norway on your bike! This tour is recreational riding, not a race. Fun and exhilarating!

A 17-day tour to discover the unique aspects of this Scandinavian country by cycling islands, along fjords and hills, hiking to a glacier, exploring Viking history and the land with some iconic sights (including Preikestolen) in central Norway. I have organized this itinerary many times and enjoy introducing folks to this amazing country.

Norway can be a bit expensive, however, we stay in some beautiful hostels, hotels and cabins, and enjoy happy hour while cooking our own meals when we choose. We share the cost of food as we go. I rent a 9 passenger van and a trailer for our bikes and gear. Price includes all accommodations, van & trailer rental, ferries, road and bridge tolls, fuel and insurance.

(international flight Edmonton to Stavanger not included)

 

$2695 CAD double occupancy –  $500 CAD deposit due September 1, 2020 (balance due January 15, 2021) (+$500 single supplement)

Check out the blog for more on a typical tour – http://neil-in-norway.blogspot.com

Cycling to Heddal Stavkirkje

November 2021

Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan
Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

BHUTAN- an 11-day Culture Tour of this exotic country in the Himalayas includes the Black Neck Crane festival on November 11!

 

November 5 – 15, 2021 – Experience the culture of India and yoga in Rishikesh.

An exciting culture tour of the land of Happiness. We will take walks in villages and Buddhist temples, a classic hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, tasting foods of this amazing culture on a relaxed holiday, with comfortable medium hotels and resorts in the foothills of the Himalayas.  Includes accommodations with breakfast, local transportation, internal flight return from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan return and Neil and Tsering as your guides! (package starts in Kathmandu, international flight not included)

 

$3695 USD double –  $500 USD deposit due September 1, 2020 (balance due  January 15, 2021) (+$500 single supplement)

Check out the blog for more on a typical tour – http://neilinbhutan.blogspot.com

Gangtey Gompa Monastery, Phobjika, Bhutan

Gangtey Gompa, Black Neck Crane Festival
Gangtey Gompa, Black Neck Crane Festival

Scenes from Yoga in Nepal

More trips to come...

Ever been to NORWAY? If you are a cyclist, a supported tour of this amazing Scandinavian country is being planned for about 17 days in June 2021. Learn about Viking history, cycle around fjords, Stave churches, beautiful landscapes, hike to the toe of a glacier and the famous Preikestolen, eat delicious foods, stay in unique and comfortable hostels and experience half of Norway from the seat of your bike! I am also in the process of planning another tour to BHUTAN  in October/ November 2021. This would include a few days in Kathmandu, Nepal and 11 days in Bhutan for the Black Neck Crane Festival (Nov 11) Please watch for specifics to be posted late spring/summer 2020 and if you are interested please email me and I will add you to the email list. Happy travels!

Testimonials

  • Thank you for an amazing time in Nepal and Bhutan.  When people ask…..the only words that fit for me to say is that “it was a trip of a lifetime." You’re leadership, passion and love for these great countries made this trek to the other side of the world a truly memorable experience."

    CB, Edmonton, Nov 2015
  • "Thank you so much for organizing this awesome adventure. I am looking at all the wonderful pictures I took and it brings it all back. We saw and did so much in such a short period of time, incredible is all I can say."

    MT, Edmonton, November 2015
  • "Thank you once again for such a unique & personal adventure. We were truly blessed to have had your experience, knowledge, and most importantly your friendship along with us on the journey. It helped make our trip run smoothly & worry-free."

    AD, Edmonton, November 2015
  • "Nice blog and wonderful pictures, it was such an amazing adventure, that I am still processing. Thank you, Neil, for the great memories!"

    MD, Edmonton
  • "Just wanted to thank you for all your work to get us to Tibet and Nepal, and for the chance to meet Lok and his crew. Lok was exceptionally helpful while I was in Nepal. I got a beautiful rug, as well as a chance to speak with him about some of the work he has being doing. Tibet was amazing…challenging physically, mentally and emotionally as well as one of the most incredible places and people I have ever had the good fortune to have time with. Trust your travels for the yoga trip will be full of great days. Look forward to meeting up with you some time in the future!"

    PS, B.C. Jan 2016
  • "I had an amazing time in Nepal and have been having great fun showing off the pictures and telling tales. Nepal was a fantastic location to put the new camera to work and try out some new techniques."

    KE, Edmonton
  • "This trip was memorable, we saw Nepal at the grassroots level. Neil's knowledge of the Nepalese culture was excellent. Everywhere we went the people made us feel very welcome, they were all so friendly and kind. The food was so exciting and tasty and I think we all developed an eating problem. We did yoga every morning usually on the roof top of the hotel which to me made it very spiritual and peaceful. In Pokhara we got our first glimpse of the Himalayas and it was spectacular. The company was great and I felt very safe and relaxed. A trip worth thinking about."

    KP, Edmonton
  • "I had a GREAT time on our trip, thanks for a wonderful experience. The hotels you picked for us to stay in were so great, and I felt as if we got to see the best of the places we went; it would probably have taken 3 times as long to find those places if you had not been our guide.. I loved the yoga, and was surprised at how much more flexible I was after I got back. Thanks again for a lovely trip, and it was great getting to know you; although it felt like I already knew you for a long time before that. Maybe in a monastery in Tibet a long time ago?"

    WV
  • "Take good care, and once again, words cannot efficiently tell you how much we enjoyed your company and the trip you organized for us! It really was a once-in-a-lifetime-experience for us."

    FS, Edmonton

Trekking & Travel Experience

I am an independent trekking leader organizing and leading treks and travel to Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan and Norway. With 20 trips to Nepal to date, I have introduced adventurers to this special part of this world. While guiding them I’ve gained an amazing insight into the people, culture and the incredible Himalayan mountain ranges! I also assist in making arrangements for travel to Southeast Asia and have led several cycle tours to Norway (2014, 2015, 2017, next in June 2021)

My Nepal experience includes guiding 5 treks to the Langtang Valley in Nepal, three treks to Annapurna Base Camp (aka the Annapurna Sanctuary), and twice around the Annapurna Circuit. I have led 6 Yoga and Culture tours to Nepal and more to come in 2020! In fall 2014 I led a group into the Langtang valley and another to Everest Base Camp, one of the top 10 treks in the world! I have organized 3 group Bhutan tours (2015, 2017, & 2018, next one Fall 2021) via Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the Black Neck Crane Festival and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest – the Taktsang monastery. In fall 2018, I led a tour to Tibet for 10 days which included monasteries in Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Xegar and a visit to Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side.

In April 2015, Nepal experienced a major earthquake, however, in spite of news reports of devastation, most hotels and tea houses were NOT damaged and many cultural sights are still intact. With the opening of the Langtang valley, all trekking trails are open as of October 1, 2016. Many trekking areas continue to rebuild as evidenced on our recent Manaslu trek in March 2018. We can help Nepal rebuild by traveling there which helps put cash into the local people’s shops and villages. The spirit there is incredible! Join me in supporting the rebuilding process. Namaste!

Travel Blogs

In 2016 I traveled around the world in 9 weeks with time in New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Norway with 18 flight segments and over 44,000 kilometers!

Check out these travel blogs…

Neil in Morocco http://neil-in-morocco.blogspot.com

https://campers-village.com/blog/post/around-the-world-with-neil-haggard/

neil’s World Tour 2016 http://neilsworldtour.blogspot.com

neil in Nepal  http://neilinnepal.blogspot.com

neil in Norway   http://neil-in-norway.blogspot.com

neil in Bhutan  http://neilinbhutan.blogspot.com

neil in Beijing  http://neil-in-beijing.blogspot.com

neil in New Zealand  http://neilinnewzealand.blogspot.com

neil in India  http://neiltoindia.blogspot.com

nei in Iceland  http://neiliniceland.blogspot.com

neil in Japan  http://neil-in-japan.blogspot.com

neil in Tibet 2018  http://neilintibet.blogspot.com