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Island peak clmibing is a popular mountaineering program in Nepal as ascending the Island Peak is comparatively easier than other expeditions. The Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse. When seen from Dingboche, the peak looks like an island between a sea of ice. This is where the peak gets its name from. When compared to other peaks, this peak is a relatively difficult climb. However, with the best people in the field and a bit of effort from your side this peak is conquerable.
It was first climbed in 1956 by an expedition team that was preparing to climb the peak of peaks or Mount Everest. The summit of this peak is a difficult climb across ice and snow. The top compensates climbers for their difficult journey with incomparable mountain views of Ama Dablam (6,856) and Makalu (8,481 m). The descent is comparatively easier and faster than the ascent.
The trek to Island Peak also walks us through the countryside, where we immerse in centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. The journey offers some of the most striking scenery in the Khumbu via the enchanting village of Dingboche. Filled with Buddhist shrines, this village of stone charms our path to the mountain.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Preparation for trek, meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - Hotel
Day 03: Short flight to Lukla (2840 m /9320 ft) – Trek to Phakding (2610 m / 8560 ft), Approx. 3-4 hours
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approx. 6 hours -Acclimatization
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3750/12303 ft) via Tangboche Monastery, and Nunnery Monastery. 8hours
Day 06: Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m (13,074 ft), Same day Climb Excursion Hike to Amadablam Base Camp (4,576m/15,013ft)
Day 07: Early morning visit Pangboche Monastery and trek to Dingboche
4,410 meters (14,470 ft). 5 hour
Day 08: Trek to Chuuking-Ri (5,550 metres / 18,209 ft). and Overnight at Chukung Village 4,730 metres (15,518 ft)
Day 09: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m/ 16,732 feet), and Imza Lake viewpoint
Day 10: Summit Push Day for Island Peak (6,189 meters/ 20,305 feet)
Day 11: Trek to Tangboche
Day 12: Trek to Namche (3440m/11290ft) 7-8 hour
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2840 m /9320 ft) 7 hour
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 30 mins flight
Day 15: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,600 feet)Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Apex Himalaya Treks (AHT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with Apex Himalaya Treks display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotelnearby Thamel as per your requirement. Thamel has great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel. Includes: Accommodation,Transportation
Preparation for trek, meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - HotelAfter breakfast, your day will start for sightseeing of three Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley with your professional tour guide. Our first destination for sightseeing will be at Buddhanath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World).Stupa of Bouddhanath epitomizes Buddhism. In this Area, you will visit a Buddhist Monastery and stop for a lunch. If the weather is clear you will get glimpses of the mountain ranges close to Kathmandu, particularly Mt Ganesh Himal from the restaurant location. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath, one of the holiest temple for Hindu religion people. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally, this old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. It normally takes 5 hours tour to visit all these 3 monuments within Kathmandu city. - Entrance fee for these UNESCO site should be paid in Nepali currency. We suggest you to carry some Nepali money while sightseeing. - Please cover your shoulders and while sightseeing - To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect. - Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples) - Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place. Meeting time at 3pm in your hotel with our office representative and he/she will help you to meet with your trekking guide. Your trekking guide will help you for shopping and collecting remaining equipment for the trek. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation ,Accommodation
Date : October 6, 2022
Short flight to Lukla (2840 m /9320 ft.) – Trek to Phakding (2610 m / 8560 ft.), Approx. 3-4 hoursWe take a breathtaking fly from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) on a twin-engine Otter to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, targeting the Sherpa village of Lukla (2840 m), where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. Throughout this perched fly in between the mountain, you can see the amazing view, which includes a dramatic view of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan massive. After lunch, we will hike for around three hours to reach Phakding (2610 m). During three hours hike to Phakding, where Mani stone walls, sacred for Buddhists, made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints. You are going to land at the height of 2840 m from 1350 m (Kathmandu), so we suggest you stay in Lukla for at least one hour to acclimatize Lukla (2840 m) will be windy and cold so we suggest you keep fleece and a warm hat handy though it feels hot in Kathmandu (1350 m) Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Transportation
Date : October 7, 2022
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approx. 6 hours - AcclimatizationFrom Phakding, we continue hiking for around five hours along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, through stands of pine and oak trees, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges loaded with prayer flags. The trail starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia, and giant fir trees prevail, with a breathtaking view of Namche Bazar (3440 m) – the gateway to the Everest region or the Sherpa Capital. Namche Bazar is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We will take an extra day for rest and acclimatization. During acclimatization day, an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest(8848m / 29038 ft), Lhotse ( 8516m/ 27939 ft) (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam (6856m / 22493ft). We will also visit Khumjung Village including the Local Buddhist Monastery and Hillary School in Khumjung Village. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on the traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another presents Sherpa high altitude climbers. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 8, 2022
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3750/12303 ft) via Tangboche Monastery, and Nunnery Monastery. 8hoursThe trail leads moderately flat with a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a close-up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The trail continues wild lives spot of musk deer (a herd of Himalayan Thar) colorful pheasant (Danphe, National bird) Trail descend to Dudh Koshi river where few lodges and series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring you to Tengboche. The famous Gomba (Tengboche Monastery) with the background of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Mt. Everest, and many more peaks. During October/November in full moon, the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with masked dancing and Tibetan opera in the monastery courtyard. On the way to Debuche we will also visit Nunnery Monastary. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 9, 2022
Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m (13,074 ft), Same day Climb Excursion Hike to Amadablam Base Camp (4,576m/15,013ft)After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls are passed as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very photogenic village with stone-walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. Ama Dablam, 6,812m/22,349ft, is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka River, via a steep descent, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma, you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its foot and absorb the enormity of the mountain. Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m/15,013ft on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m/7,500ft almost straight up above. The climbing route follows the southwest ridge the right-hand skyline as you look at it moving onto the face above the hanging glacier three-quarters of the way up. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kantega, 6,783m/22,254ft, Thamserku, 6,618m/21,712ft, and Tawoche, 6,542m/21,463ft. Well worth taking your picnic lunch here. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 10, 2022
Early morning visit Pangboche Monastery and trek to Dingboche 4,410 meters (14,470 ft). 5 hourPangboche Monastery is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibly dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. There used to be a ‘yeti’ scalp and claw kept here, but they were stolen some years ago. The trail is fairly seen open to the confluence of the Lobuche River and begins the last part of the day to Dingboche the last Sherpa settlement with the beautiful terraced field enclosed by a stone wall to avoid barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Includes: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 11, 2022
Trek to Chuuking-Ri (5,550 metres / 18,209 ft). and Overnight at Chukung Village 4,730 metres (15,518 ft)The walk is pleasant as we leave Dingboche, through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. The views are stupendous as we trek to head of Imja valley. While walking through the valley, Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking about 3 km, we reach at yak herdsman’s place called Bibre at 4570m. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse, 6189m), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. About 30 min. walk from Bibre finally, we arrive Chhukung. After Lunch, We might take an opportunity to hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri at 5546m, which offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 12, 2022
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m/ 16,732 feet), and Imza Lake viewpointAnother easy day of hiking will take you to the Island Peak Base Camp – your base for the summit attempt. It is a gradual ascent, but still, try to take it easy and rest your body for the summit climb in the next few days. Includes: Breakfast, Pack-lunch, Dinner, tented Accommodation
Date : October 13, 2022
Summit Push Day for Island Peak (6,189 meters/ 20,305 feet)A very early start to summit day (waking up at 1am) is needed so that the peak can be reached by noon. Strong winds in the afternoon can potentially derail a summit attempt. You will initially cross very rocky and icy terrain (watch your footing!) as you leave high camp, but the ground will soon turn into a glacier, this is the crampon point. Here you will don your hard shell boots and put on your crampons to trek to the summit headwall. Depending on the season and on changes in climate, you will likely have to cross one or two crevasses using a ladder and ropes. The headwall before the summit is a 120m vertical ascent at a gradient of roughly 45 degrees. The ice is often very fragmented so you will make use of an ascender and jumar on fixed ropes (the use of which can be learnt on any basic winter mountaineering course). The summit of Island Peak is particularly small, about the size of a big round dining room table. A max of 4-5 people can fit on the summit at any given time. Once the summit has been reached and you have taken in all the wonderful views, you will descend back to base camp for the or all the way till Chukung, Please descend carefully as it is here that most accidents occur. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch/pack lunch for Summit team, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 14, 2022
Trek to TangbocheWe hike all the way down through rhododendron forest from Pheriche to Tengboche. Beside superb view of green hills, river and great Ama Dhablam we can visit beautiful Tengboche monastery, an old and famous monastery of Khumbu region. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 15, 2022
Trek to Namche (3440m/11290ft) 7-8 hourAfter breakfast, we descend steeply to Namche Bazaar (3441 m). Overnight at Tea-house. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 16, 2022
Trek to Lukla (2840 m /9320 ft) 7 hourAfter Breakfast, retrace the main trail down to Dudh Koshi waving hands to Namche and Khumbu Himalayas to national park exit checkpoint Jorsalle.Trail follows down steam of Dudh Koshi river retracing to Phakding. The trail leads to Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Kosh. The last section of the day, about 45 minutes ascend to accomplish the entire trek. Reconfirm flight Ticket and see off to local porters. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Date : October 17, 2022
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 30 mins flightEarly morning joyful flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer your Hotel. During the day you will have rest after a long journey or shopping time. Includes: Breakfast & feedback, Transportation
DepartureOur team will ensure that you are transferred on time to the airport for your flights if you are departing Nepal. Includes: Breakfast,Transportation
01. Three Meals normal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) without tea/coffee except breakfast during the trek.
– Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
– Round Trip flight fare KTM –Lukla–KTM & domestic airport taxes with (10+5) kg luggage fare.
– Accommodation in Kathmandu for one night in decent hotel in twin sharing basis. Breakfast included
– Clean tea-house accommodation during the whole trek.
– Accommodation during the whole trek will be in clean -houses, twin-share rooms beds with normal foam mattress and pillows included but shared bathroom and toilet.
– Tented stay in Island peak base camp.
– One government license holder English speaking Guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportations.
– 1 Mountain guide for Island peak
05. Permits and official arrangement
– Sagarmatha/ Everest National Park & Local Permit fees.
– Island Peak Permit 1
– SPCC Fee
– Travel & Rescue arrangements.
– All our government taxes.
– Spikes for high passes or during winter (December to February) & more as we discuss
– Climbing equipment for Island Peak
-Harness, Belay device, Ice ax, Helmet, Carabiner, tape celling, Jumar, etc.
01. All food and accommodation other than mentioned in cost include in Kathmandu
02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, extra tea/coffee, hot water, device charging fee, snacks, tips, etc.,
03. All beverages and bar bills.
04. Donations personal equipment.
05. Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while Climbing
06. except stated above.
07. Entrance fee while doing sightseeing around Kathmandu
08. Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond Apex Himalaya control.
09. Compulsory Tips for guide and Porter at the end of the trek
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You can apply for a Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country. Alternatively, can also obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.On arrival visa program takes more than 1:30 hours because of queue for visa and luggage.
You may need following information while filling the visa form:-
Office name: Apex Himalaya Treks & Expedition
Location: Thahity Chowk, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone number of office : +977 1-4257635
House number of office: 135/13
Hotel name: _____________
Location of hotel: ___________
Phone number of hotel: _____________
Zip code: 44601
(Please note: we will send you the actual hotel detail near to date of travel.
Contact person in Nepal: Bimal Karki
Contact person number in Nepal: +977-9841037700
A valid passport must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; two passport size photo and the visa fee in USD cash only.
New Visa Valid Fees provision from 17th July 2019
15 days US$ 30
30 days US$ 50
90 days US$ 125
Many travelers will experience culture shock upon arrival in a new country and is a common experience whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or long term settlement. Nepal is no different, as it is unique in terms of its customs, food and language.
Gathering information and being completely prepared for the unexpected will ensure you can adjust quickly to Nepal upon arrival.
The following list provides some key facts to assist in your arrival and enable easy adjustment.
Food / Water
• People eat their food with the right hand. Take care to wash your hands. Importantly, it is suggested your left hand remains below the table if you choose to eat with your hands. In most restaurants you will be provided the option of using either a spoon, fork or chopsticks.
• Nepalese food is not too spicy, though if you wish to ensure that the dish you are ordering is suitable to your tastes, it is wise to ask.
• Whilst trekking at altitude it pays to eat simple foods whilst you become accustomed to the change in oxygen levels. The general recommendations is to eat non fried foods. The traditional meal of Dahl Bhatwhich is rice, vegetable and dahl is a staple.
• Public display of affection (kissing and hugging) is considered offensive.
• When removing shoes, sandals or slippers place them the right way up. Placing them upside down is considered to bring bad luck. Inside a home or temple is it is common place to remove shoes, seek advice from your host or temple guide to clarify and direct you.
• Physical disciplining such as hitting or spanking a child by a parent is not considered improper in Nepal, though there are varying views and ideas. You will observe this at times throughout Nepal. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. In the event that someone disciplines a child or minor in an in-appropriate manner you can be assured that another Nepali person will step in. They understand the cultural norms and nuances.
• Animals may be sacrificed during Hindu festivals and in other religious and non-religious activities such as a visit to a witch doctor. We suggest that you don’t try and intervene. This is likely to cause offence. Make enquiries with regard to what is to happen at a festival or religious event if you wish to avoid such a situation.
• In general, Nepali people are highly uncomfortable with nudity and immodest clothing. To avoid this, men should wear a top, even when it is hot. Women should cover shoulders and wear skirt/shorts at least to the knee. This is the case both in urban, rural settings and when trekking.
• If you decide to wear Nepali traditional clothing (kurta or sari for women, daurasuruwal and dhakatopi cap for men) this is usually welcomed as a sign that you respect Nepali culture.
• Nepali people take pride in their appearance and whilst it is not necessary to be too particular, having a clean and tidy appearance shows respect for yourself and for those around you – so keeping your clothing, hair and facial hair tidy will be appreciated.
On the street / General
• Be attentive on the street, assume that a vehicle may be on the opposite side that you expect it to approach. On a busy street without lights or an obvious crossing point, you may wish to cross the road with other Nepali people. A simple smile of recognition of the situation and you will find they will provide assistance.
• Buses stop even in places there aren’t bus stops. Just wave. They will stop.
• When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delays almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delay in activities.
• Throughout Nepal electricity outages and load shedding plays havoc with people’s lives. This can generally be avoided by staying in a reputable hotel. It is worth asking the hotel management if they have a back-up power supply and whether it is operational.
• The Nepali term for a strike “bandha” in Nepali. Although they are no longer common place, you may find yourself travelling in Nepal when a strike occurs. If there is a general and complete strike, buses may not operate and shops can be closed. Seek advice from your hotel manager, guide or local people if a strike is to occur. There is good information on the internet via a simple search.
Whilst Nepal is a very busy tourist destination, culturally the country continues to welcome visitors. There is an understanding by everyone of the importance of tourism economically.
Whether you are trekking in the mountains or touring the Kathmandu valley we suggest you that you treat the land its people with care & respect.
Below are some tips on how you can keep the environment clean and show appreciation for age-old culture and traditional religious beliefs. Nepal's Culture might be astonishing and surprising for newcomers therefore these tips are sometimes necessary.
• To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect.
• Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples)
• Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
• Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. People, especially women, do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another, but instead press palms together in a prayer-like gesture known as "Namaste" greeting is preferable.
• Don't eat with your left hand. The left hand is for toileting only.
• Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
• Try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.
• Smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings. Remember, some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
• It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
• Don't offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
• The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
• Do walk around monastery or temple clockwise, so that the outer walls are always on your right. If you encounter a stone wall covered with Tibetan inscriptions, do the same: Walk past with the wall on your right (and don't take any of the stones).
• Don't lose your control. Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal too and will only make any problem worse.
• Do get a receipt of in authenticity when purchasing an antique replica? Otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country. And don't buy ivory or fur from endangered species? Your purchases encourage the trade in such illegal goods, and you won't be allowed to bring them back home anyway.
• Don't give in to children who ask for just one rupee. Although a rupee is a small amount that anyone can spare, successful begging leads young children to drop out of school and take up panhandling as their trade. If you want to help, give to a trustworthy charity or a school.
• Don't take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless consent has been provided.
Most treks pass through villages with very simple ablution facilities and farm lands. There is always villages above the trail, all water should be boiled or treated before consumption. Even clean spring water may contain biological or chemical contamination due to local minerals and be totally harmless to locals but may not be tolerated by tourists. It is wise to avoid non-boiled or untreated water. If it is available, bottled mineral water at the tea houses and lodges are provided at a reasonable cost. Consider your impact on the environment and bring water treatment methods to Nepal which ensure you don’t have to purchase bottled water or boiled water.
Internet is available in particular locations along the Everest and Annapurna treks. You can also purchase wireless modems such as NCELL, NTC for your notebook and you will be able to use them. Do not expect internet in the remote areas of trekking and climbing.
Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close.
The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December, before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time.
It is best to visit hilly areas in summer that is, the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, which are very common. The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.
In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.
You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal you may need anti-malarial protection.
You can exchange in Nepal, primarily in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It really depends on your budget and what you want to do and for how long but approximately $500-$1700 in either travelers’ cheques or cash for your trip would be sufficient. ATM cards and credit cards can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities if additional cash needed. You will need $30 for the tourist visa fee (can receive visa upon entry) at the Kathmandu International Airport. You must pay only in cash in U.S. dollars or Euros. It is advisable to exchange your money either on your first day or the day after while you are in Kathmandu at a reliable money exchange counter.
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find trekking suits you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. It is important to remember, however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. To prepare yourself for a trek, especially a difficult one that lasts two weeks or more, some moderate physical exercise is recommended before you embark on your journey such as walking, running swimming, or hiking. It is also worth remembering you can choose the pace and direction of your trek.
The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which each client has. Generally speaking, treks can range from 2-3 days to a month’s time or sometimes longer periods if trekkers’ wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.
You will mostly be on well-maintained trekking routes that consist of dirt trails. The terrain on some of these trails may be long, steep climbs or descents as well as rocky, dusty paths and forest tracks. There are also a lot of big stone steps and staircases especially on the Annapurna circuit. In some cases, treks include mountain passes so the trail can be narrow in places. You will feel a moderate altitude effect starting at around 3,000m upwards.
Most of what you need during a trek is available in Kathmandu, and you can buy them or rent them once you are there. Most books on trekking will list them; check one out before you embark on your trek. If you do not have a book yet and plan to get one only once you are in Nepal, there are some things you may want to bring from home. Bring ear-plugs to help you sleep in spite of barking dogs. A battery operated short-wave radio can be helpful to listen to weather reports or the news. Also bring along a pocket knife, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, a compass, a good watch with possibly an altimeter, and a day pack. Others, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu for reasonable price.
Generally your hotel or lodge will let you store your luggage with them for some nominal or no fee. As long as you lock up your bags, they are normally safe. If you want then we can also store your luggage at our office store room in free of cost.
The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. However, at night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. If it is raining at the base of the mountain, it will be snowing at the top of its peak. There will be heavy snowfall during the months of December and February. It is important that you stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Temperatures could be as high as 20 degrees C and as low as -10 degrees C.
Along the trekking routes, tea-houses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to be returned after your trip) but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment if possible. Accommodations have private rooms with twin beds that may be used for double or single occupancy. Tea-houses have an adjoining dining room around a fire burning stove. You may take a hot shower but need to ask them to boil the water.
In general, yes. But, it's always good to take sensible precautions in order to avoid any health problems. No matter how tempting and it can get very tempting after a long trek- avoid drinking any other water than bottled water.Do not eat roadside food that is exposed in the open air. Avoid buying and eating raw and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Other than that, it is fine to have boiled, fried or properly packaged food items.
Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. One shouldn't ignore these early symptoms as these symptoms may lead to more serious warnings and cause death sometimes within few hours. Medicine is no substitute for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen. However, the patient must go down to lower altitude even if treatment is given.
First of all, your trekking guide will provide you with First Aid. If the case becomes more serious, you will be transferred to a health post where you can consult with a doctor. For acute sickness, at your request, you will be immediately taken down by helicopter or airplane to Kathmandu for treatment and rest. It is strongly recommended to descend from the mountain if you are suffering severely from altitude sickness.
You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately); flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.
If you want to make modifications to your customized itinerary (Not applicable for fixed departures) even after you confirmed your booking, it is possible. We provide free alterations one time. However, after this, we charge a US $30 dollar surcharge for every new modification but this must be made 15 days prior to your trip so that we can adjust our schedule to your new trip itinerary.
Cancellation of the trip is not possible and you will lose your 10% deposit amount. We won’t charge the amount if the trip is postponed (only once) with valid reason. Postponing notice is required a minimum of 30 days prior to trip departure. If you fail to give proper notice within 30 days prior to your trip departure or do not show up at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice, you will forfeit 100% of the total cost of your trip.
Note: Changes may be possible, but are not guaranteed.