Our grading system explained
- Expedition Grade
Travelling to far-flung destinations on an adventurous holiday is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience and can give rise to many questions about what to expect. At Mountain Kingdoms we provide all the help, advice and reassurance you need from first contact to return. Here is some essential information about the services we offer that ensure you will have the best possible holiday experience.
We know that people like to travel in different ways so we offer a range of travel options: for those wanting to join a group we have fixed departures if you like the look of the itinerary for a group holiday but would prefer to choose your own travel dates then we offer Private Departures for a selection of our holidays; finally, we provide a full Tailor Made service, helping design an itinerary to suit your dates, interests and budget.
We offer five distinctive types of holiday that cater to all ages and abilities: tours, walking and trekking holidays, trekking peaks, cycling tours, and polar cruising. Our walking and trekking holidays vary from gentle strolls around the sights to challenging mountain treks. Please refer to our grading system to help you choose the right adventure holiday for you.
What the Price Includes
At Mountain Kingdoms we believe in transparent, inclusive pricing that offers the best value for money. We do not add extras for meal packages or 'local charges' and try to ensure that all the key elements of your holiday are included so you won't get any nasty shocks. Our 'land only' price therefore includes:
- A Mountain Kingdoms Local or Appointed Leader
- All internal flights
- Group airport transfers - please see 'Airport transfers' overview below.
- All other road transfers, by private vehicle, as per the itinerary
- Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 3/4 star) in main cities, on a bed and breakfast accommodation
- Sightseeing where specified (including entrance fees)
- All applicable national park and permit fees
- Full service on camping treks, including all facilities and support staff
- Full board on all tea house, camping and lodge-to-lodge treks
- On all our holidays your luggage will be transported for you, leaving you to carry day sack.
Additionally our 'Flight Inclusive from' price includes
- The best available economy class return air fare from the UK, and UK Departure Tax - please read, 'Flight inclusive from' price below for further details.
- Offset carbon emissions through the Beyond Carbon scheme
Our prices do not include travel insurance, visa fees (except for holidays to Bhutan), lunch and evening meals in major cities (or as per itinerary), overseas airport departure taxes and tips.
‘Land only’ price
You can join any of our trips in the destination country, by making a Land Only booking. Our Day by Day Itineraries show the city in which the trip begins and ends. All of our Land Only prices include internal flights as required by the itinerary. Before booking your own international flights please check with us first to see whether your trip is up and running. Please note you may need to have airport transfer charged separately.
'Flight inclusive from' price
Our primary aim is to secure you the best available flight for your chosen holiday. When making your booking we will quote you the best Flight Inclusive Price available. You then have the choice of accepting our price, or booking your own flight elsewhere. If you take our Land Only option you are still financially covered under our ABTOT bond.
Our Flight Inclusive Price ‘from’ is an indication price only and is based on the best fare available at the time of printing/publishing online. As airfares change on a constant basis, this should be used only as a guide price. Rest assured that, at the time of booking, we will endeavour to get the best possible price for the flights you need. Remember, the earlier you book the greater your chances of securing the best fare.
Please call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 to hold a space on your chosen tour and we will then provide you with our best possible flight quote.
Flight inclusive packages booked through Mountain Kingdoms are protected through our ATOL bonding scheme.
Flight upgrades and regional airports
Please call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 for flight options from regional UK airports, Business Class upgrades, alternative airlines and stopovers.
The cost of a group transfer to/from the airport is included in the price of your holiday. This is a single group transfer which is arranged to coincide with the timings of the group flights. If you book your own flights which arrive/depart at different times to this, or we book flights at your request that have different timings, we will be happy to provide a quote for a separate transfer.
Price changes & surcharges
‘From’ prices in this brochure are cost indications only. ‘Live’ prices are shown on our website. The Flight Inclusive price, or Land Only price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.
Great accommodation is an essential component of a fantastic holiday and at Mountain Kingdoms our priority is to use quality, character accommodation whenever possible. Accommodation varies greatly by destination and type of holiday including jungle lodges, overnight trains, village houses, mountain huts and remote camping. Most commonly though we use the following types of accommodation:
Hotels and lodges In main cities we use good quality hotels chosen for their comfort and ambiance; these will be booked on a bed and breakfast basis. It should be noted that the quality of individual properties varies according to destination and remoteness but we always endeavour to use the best available when in small outlying towns.
Tea houses On the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character, relative comfort and good food. On our tea house treks you will generally stay in twin-bedded rooms with all meals and extra snacks included. We also include sleeping bags, hot water bottles and 'bed tea'. By staying in tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people contribute directly to the local economy.
Luxury lodges In the Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal, and also in Peru, we offer treks using luxury lodges for those who like to trek in style and comfort. All the lodges have en suite facilities with hot and cold running water, delicious cuisine and touches of extra style such as happy hours, electric blankets and hot tubs with a view!
You will find out more about the accommodation included on the 'Holiday Facts' tab for each individual holiday. If you are thinking of creating your own holiday, then we have accommodation ideas for our key destinations in the Tailor Made section.
Extensions and upgrades
You can extend virtually all our group departures with: extra hotel nights at the start and end of the holiday, sightseeing tours, 'warm up treks' or different activities. There is often the possibility to upgrade our city hotels as well. Full details can be found against individual holidays.
To download a copy of Mountain Kingdoms Booking Conditions, please click here.