Exploratory Trips

O.A.R.S. Exploratory Trips

Why Exploratory Trips?


Over the years, we’ve been approached by many of our guides, colleagues and fellow travelers to offer experiences well off the beaten path, to extraordinary destinations, that are just too good to miss! Whether it’s a solstice festival in the Andes, a solar eclipse on the Great Barrier Reef, a sacred river in the Himalaya, or the migration of some magnificent creature, we want to share these unique opportunities and our unprecedented access with our travelers.


Working with our knowledgeable partners and putting our vast travel expertise to work, you can count on the experience of a lifetime with O.A.R.S. Our exploratory trips are available to a finite number of intrepid travelers who long for new and immensely powerful travel experiences. These trips will be promoted primarily by email, so sign up to receive our Watermark E-Newsletter (at the bottom of the page) and you’ll be among the first to know when we announce a new trip.

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Carrie Aronson,
Private & Charter Trips Manager

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Expedition Nepal: Rafting & Trekking in Everest's Shadow

nepal-exploratory1The tallest mountain in the world—Everest—looms majestically in northern Nepal. And while climbing the infamous peak may not be something you’ve ever dreamed of doing, rafting and trekking this Himalayan paradise can be. We invite you to join O.A.R.S. in October for an invigorating and exciting expedition through this remarkable ancient land. We’ll journey from the intoxicating city of Kathmandu into the wild abyss of the Himalaya where the snows of the Kachenjunga feed the Tamur River. The only way to access this remote river is by foot. For four days we’ll trek through exotic moss-covered forest, over mountain passes and past sacred lakes and friendly villages before reaching our put-in for an exhilarating rafting trip down the unrivaled Tamur. As this magnificent land challenges us to the core, we’ll be reminded that true adventure can still be found. Take a peek at the itinerary below…


  • Explore exhilarating Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital city
  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnager before driving to the bustling market town of Hile in Eastern Nepal
  • Travel to Basantapur where we’ll meet our porters and begin our trek en route to the majestic Tamur River.
  • Trek for three days summiting a 10,000-foot pass and enjoy stunning views of Kachengunga, Makalu and Mount Everest
  • Raft for three days on the remote and beautiful Tamur River
  • Join the Sun Kosi River and raft to Chatara
  • Return flight to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner and flights home the next day

TRIP LENGTH: 14 days/13 nights (allow extra days for travel time)
DATE: October 24 – November 6, 2014
PRICE: $2995 per person based on double occupancy ($200 single supplement)

Call our Private & Charter Trips Manager, Carrie Aronson at 1-800-346-6277 ext. 4786 or email her at carriea@oars.com for more information or to reserve your trip today!

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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