Island Peak Climbing with EBC 19 Days
sland Peak (6,169m): also known as Imja Tse is one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal for climbing on the Himalayas. Along with the…
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sland Peak (6,169m): also known as Imja Tse is one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal for climbing on the Himalayas. Along with the most enjoyable climbing experience, Island Peak presents some of the most spectacular scenery of leading mountains in the Khumbu region. From Dingboche, the view of this peak gives an impression of an island in a sea of ice. The semi-circular panorama of Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,516m) to the north, Makalu (8,463m) to the east and Ama Dablam (6,812m) to the south adds more charm in climbing the peak. For many mountaineers, Island peak be the beginning of climbing for bigger mountain expeditions. For some Island, peak stands for the purpose of acclimatizing before heading to higher elevation climbing. And for Island peak climbing, Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp Trekking is most suitable to fit your body and mind.
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Arrival in KathmanduUpon 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 hotel nearby 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
Short flight to Lukla (2840 m /9320 ft) – Trek to Phakding (2610 m / 8560 ft) , Approx. 3 hoursWe take a breathtaking fly from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) on a twin-engine Otter to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, to the Sherpa village of Lukla (2840 m), where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. Throughout the flight, dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan range will come into view. After lunch we will hike for around three hours to reach Phakding (2610 m). During the three hour hike to Phakding you will pass Mani stone walls, sacred for Buddhist, made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated colored paints. - You are going to land at the height of 2840 m from 1350 m (Kathmandu), so we suggest you to stay in Lukla for at least one hour to acclimatize - Lukla (2840 m) will be windy and cold so we suggest you to keep fleece and warm hat handy though it feel hot in Kathmandu (1350 m) Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Transportation
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. Trail starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees prevail, with 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 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) . On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on 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
Trek to Debuche (3860m/12660ft) – Approx. 5 hours hikeAfter leaving Namche Bazaar the trek takes five to six hours continues along the rushing glacial waters of the DudhKoshi with magnificent views of the mountains that becomes more dramatic as you approach the holy place of Tengboche (3860 m). A traditional site with its wonderful Gompa (monastery) is a spiritual center of the Khumbu region where the Rimpoche (Lama Re-incarnate) exists. The monastery is made of decorated with wall hangings, a twenty feet sculpture of Buddha and the musical instruments of robes of the Lamas. If you are lucky enough you will see the monks performing their rituals and hear the divine chanting and music. Thyangboche known as the best place where panoramic view of Kwangde(6011m/ 19236 ft), Nuptse ( 7879m / 25850 ft ), Lhotse ( 8516m/ 27939 ft), Kangtega (6782m / 22251 ft) , AmaDablam (6856m / 22493ft) and Everest emerge. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft) - Approx. 5 hours.Hiking from Debuche, the trail crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of Mani stones holding ‘Yeti Scalp’ in its Gompa. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the picturesque traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche just under AmaDablam with its lovely views of Lhotse( 8516 m / 27939 ft), Island Peak ( 6189m / 20305 ft) and AmaDablam.( 6856 m / 22493 ft) Agriculture is only barely possible in such high altitude places and the lives of the local Sherpa’s are simple by any standards. Much of the walking during this five to six hours trip to reach the altitude of 4100 m is over comparatively gentle gradients, although you proceed at a leisurely pace because of the elevation. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Acclimatization day Alternative hike:Chukkung village or Nangkartshang view point.You can discuss with your trekking guide about the alternative hike you prefer. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek toLobuche ( 4940m/16207ft )- Approx. 5 hours.Lobuche can be reached by foot and you can continue hiking past frozen rivers where stone houses sit in an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. We can view the Khumbu Ice fall, Pumori (7,161 m / 23,494 ft)and many smaller peaks from ridge tops on the track. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m/17400ft)-back to Gorakshep after short visit (5170m/16961ft). Approx. 8 hours hike.After leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorakshep is one of the most beautiful. Trail is mix of stony path and melting glacier surface though we don’t need specific equipment. After 4 hours of walking with spectacular view of Himalayas we reach Gorakshep for overnight. After lunch we trek to Everest Base Camp with our light bagpack. A reasonably difficult day walking along the Khumbu glacier and upto Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5365 m. Everest Base camp it the closest place to reach Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. You might see group of people attempting to climb massive Mount Everest. Then we hike back to GorakShep. - EBC is side trip, so we suggest you to carry only light backpack (water, chocolate and valuable things) Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18192ft). Then trek to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft) - Approx. 8 hours.Another difficult but rewarding day of our Everest Base Camp Trek. We wake up early in the morning and start our hike to Kala Pattar at the elevation of 5555 m. The climb is challenging but the trekker gets the most superb mountain scenery: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848 m (29028 feet), towers directly ahead and on all sides emerge the other giants, Nuptse( 7879m / 25850 ft), Pumori(7,161 m / 23,494 ft), Cholatse (6440 m/ 20608 ft), Lhotse ( 8516m / 27939 ft) and countless others. Afterwards we make a quick plunge to GorakShep, a tiny village at 5180 m and then trek down to Periche. Overnight at Teahouse. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek To Chhukung : 4 hours and acclimatizeFrom here we have a short walking day as it is very important to avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air and get acclimatization to climb Island peak. Our guide will give important and useful information about the situation on climbing Island peak and about next day’s activities. Overnight at guesthouse (4710 meters). Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Island peak base camp: 4 hoursThe path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a stream-side leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the AmphuLapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Overnight in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft). Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Summit to Island peak (6187meters) and return to base camp/ Chhukung (4750meters)Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft), from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridge-line, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45Â°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to from Chukkung to Tengboche - Approx. 8 hours.After difficult but rewarding day of our Island Peak. We walkdown hill to Tengboche via beautiful Pangboche village. On the way down we can enjoy the missing beauty of nature with smooth walk all the way to Tengboche. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Namche Bazzar: 6 hourWalk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche (3,870m/12,697ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. The rear of monastery and continue down until you reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once you are out of the forest, you will be walking along a ridge from where you can see down on your left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. Reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft), for overnight Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Lukla (2804meters) : 6hours:Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. You can have a good time with two local alcoholic beverages 'Chang' or 'Rakshi.' Feel free to dance with your crew-members in the Sherpa way. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla :Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at hotel. Includes: Breakfast, Fare-well dinner & feedback, Transportation, Accommodation
DepartureOur team will ensure that you are transferred on time to the airport for your flights if you are departing Nepal. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation
– All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
– Kathmandu to Lukla (both-way) airfare
– Three night 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast according to the itinerary
– All the tea-house accommodation during the trek
– Tented accommodation above Chukkung
– All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) without tea/coffee expect breakfast during the trek.
– Fruits every evening after dinner
– Three times meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee with biscuits during climbing
– Farewell dinners with team
– English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader) and climbing guide (leader)
– One porter and his salary, foods, accommodations and insurance.
– Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
· Apex Himalaya’s trekking duffel bag for porter, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
– All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
· Camping equipment
– Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
– Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment:Fixing Gear: Fix rope, main rope, snow bar, ice crew, rock pitons
· Personal Climbing Equipment
– Climbing Boot (though we suggest you have bring your own climbing boot for your comfortless) , Crampons, Ice axe/ ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, Tap sling, Fix rope, snow bar, ice crew, rock pitons,Walkee Talkieetc.
· Extra facility
– Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
– Free storage at office
· Medical kit (carried by your guide)
· Nepalese visa fee
· International airfare to and from Kathmandu
· Personal trekking equipment
· Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
· Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
· Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
· Travel and rescue insurance
· Salary of personal porter if you need (extra porter)
· Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
· Personal climbing guide if requested
· Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
· Tips for guides and porters
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You can apply for a Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country. Alternatively, can also obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.On arrival visa program takes more than 1:30 hours because of queue for visa and luggage.
You may need following information while filling the visa form:-
Office name: Apex Himalaya Treks & Expedition
Location: Thahity Chowk, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone number of office : +977 1-4257635
House number of office: 135/13
Hotel name: _____________
Location of hotel: ___________
Phone number of hotel: _____________
Zip code: 44601
(Please note: we will send you the actual hotel detail near to date of travel.
Contact person in Nepal: Bimal Karki
Contact person number in Nepal: +977-9841037700
A valid passport must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; two passport size photo and the visa fee in USD cash only.
New Visa Valid Fees provision from 17th July 2019
15 days US$ 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.
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