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Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is newly opened and promoted trekking trail in Nepal. Nepal Tourism Board is promoting this trekking trail as the new trekking route. Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal. The Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its pristine culture get on to this trekking unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan bring about ‘Tsombo’, which earnings vivid. Against the regal backdrop of the Sringi Himal (7187m / 22998 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,429m / 23772 ft ), and Baudha Himal ( 6672m / 21350 ft) ranges, this quiet Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The community public are mostly of Tibetan origin and seak a unique dialect.
Manaslu Tsum valley trekking is getting popularity day by day and wilderness adventure lover many tourist liked this trail. The route is not only new, it offers the superb Himalayan landscape and untouched culture. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of marble slabs impressed with deities and prayers. The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is said to be inflicted with meditated in the caves of here mountains. Traditionally Tsum valley was a ethnically evident geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which earnings thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible now. Due to its remoteness and reserve, this sacred valley and its public be inflicted with been by passed by mainstream development pro centuries. Equally a upshot, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
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:Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft)/ Khorlabensi, 6 - 7 hrs
Day 04:Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft), 7 hrs
Day 05:Trek from Jagat to Philim(1,590m/ 5215 ft), 3hrs
Day 06:Trek from Philim to Chumling(2363m/7775 ft), 6/7 hrs
Day 07:Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/ 9903ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 08:Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave, 6-7 hrs
Day 09: Trek from Nile to Mu Gumba (3700 m/12140 ft), 4 hrs
Day 10:Trek from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft), 4hrs
Day 11:Trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft), 7-8 hrs
Day 12:Trek from Chumje to Deng (3130m/10,266ft), 7-8 hrs
Day 13:Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft), 6 - 7 hrs
Day 14:Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft), 6 hrs
Day 15:Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft), 3hrs
Day 16:Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hrs exploration
Day 17:Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 3 hrs
Day 18:Rest day/ Acclimatization day in Samdo
Day 19:Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C (4460m/14, 628 ft), 4 hrs
Day 20:Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft), 8 - 9 hrs
Day 21:Trek from Bimthang to Gho 7-8 hrs
Day 22:Trek from Gho to Dharapani (3-4 hrs) and drive to Besishahar 4 hrs
Day 23:Drive from Besisahar to Kathamndu 7-8 hrs
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 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. Please note that: With your tour guide, our office representative will come to meet you at your hotel to take your original passport so that we can make restricted area permit from immigration. (Government have made mandatory rule to show original passport to make permit for restricted area like Manaslu region, Tsum valley region, Upper Dolpo, Nar-phu, Upper Mustang and others). Includes: Breakfast, Transportation ,Accommodation
Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft)/ Khorlabensi, 6 - 7 hrsWe set off early today for Maccha Khola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries &Trishuli river. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m/ 3360 ft ) and the drive from DhandingBensi to Arughat will be in a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Maccha Khola from where we start our whole trek. Overnight in Machha Khola. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Shared bus transportation,Accommodation
Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft), 7 hrsThe narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the TharoKhola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the YaruKhola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to TharoBharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Jagat to Philim(1,590m/ 5215 ft), 3hrsClimb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village where we can observe custom, culture & traditions of local Gurung living at Manaslu area. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Philim to Chumling(2363m/7775 ft), 6/7 hrsWalk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge, and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli ( 7893 ft/ 25257 ft) mountains. Pass Lokpa, climbing further north through pines and rhododendrons. Climb down to Ghumlong, and climbing up to Ripchet. Crossing the ShiarKhola, finally arrive at Chumling. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village which sounds and seems unique and old cultured style. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/ 9903ft), 5-6 hrsCross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal (7429m / 23772 ft). Walk past Rainjham to SerpuKhola. Now we enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuliat 7893m.The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave, 6-7 hrsWhile climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the ShiarKhola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. Attraction: 1. PirenPhu cave 2. Chi PhuGomba Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Nile to Mu Gumba (3700 m/12140 ft), 4 hrsWe are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the white snow cape peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Mu Gumba is very famous monastery in Tsum Valley region. We will have amazing experience staying around monks and meals cooked by monk. Attraction: 1. ChhoSyongNuns Gumba (4000 m/ 13124 ft) 2. Mu Gumba • ChhoSyongGumba will be our acclimatization and exploration walk which is situated around 300 meter above Mu Gumba village. “Walk high and sleep low”. • “ Mountain is about ATTITUDE not about ALTITUDE”, so stay warm, drink more fluid, stay positive and happy enjoying the beauty around. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft), 4hrsContinue a trek to south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Dropping below fromChhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho(2485m/7953ft) .Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we will finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft), 7-8 hrsFrom Mu Gumba, we descend down to RachenGumba. Established in 1905 AD, the RachenGumba is a nunnery in the ShiarKhola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region is of great importance. The interior of the Gumba is splendidly painted with Buddhist mural paintings. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Chumje to Deng (3130m/10,266ft), 7-8 hrsFrom Chumje, we continue on the western route in the lower Tsum Valley. Cross the suspension bridge and trek along the forest with few undulating to Lokpa. After lunch in small town Lokpa, hike toward Deng village which is 3 hours in distance. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft), 6 - 7 hrsAfter a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bihi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en-routes where you can see the real cultures & traditions of the locals. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft), 6 hrsNamrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal (7110m / 22752 ft) and from the village one can also see Mt. HimalChuli ( 7893m/ 25257 ft) in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reachLihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley ofSimnangHimal ( 6251m / 20003ft) with Ganesh Himal always close by and can see majestic and different angled view of Ganesh Himal. We further pass through Sho and reachLho. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu( 8361m / 26781 ft) from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. • Ribung Gompa will be our acclimatization and exploration walk which is situated around 150 meter above Lho village. • From Lho everyday onward we will do acclimatization to adjust with the high altitude. “Walk high and sleep low”. • “ Mountain is about ATTITUDE not about ALTITUDE”, so stay warm, drink more fluid, stay positive and happy enjoying the beauty around. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft), 3hrsThe Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, HimalChuli and Peak 29 (NgadiChuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu. • Explore Samagaon village and Birendra lake Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hrs explorationWe spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon. • Alternative exploration site:Manaslu Base Camp. If you are interested in exploring Manaslu Base Camp over Pungyen gompa then you can discussed with your trek leader. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 3 hrsToday, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of KermoKharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Rest day/ Acclimatization day in SamdoThis is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La ('large pass') to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C (4460m/14, 628 ft), 4 hrsEven today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the SalkaKhola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as LarkePhedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon at LarkePhedi. Overnight in Dharmshala. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft), 8 - 9 hrsAfter a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views ofHimlungHimal, CheoHimal, Kangguruand the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang. • Walking from Larke la to Bhimthang is steep downhill for around 4 hours. We have to be mentally prepared for this. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Bimthang to Gho 7-8 hrsToday is quite a relaxing day as you do not need to walk as long a distance as you did the previous day. Have a relaxing breakfast and begin the journey at about 8 in the morning. The trail in the beginning, however, is quite rough with frequent landslides. You must be very careful and need to walk quickly to avoid tripping. As you pass this landslide zone, you will enter a beautiful forest filled with rhododendron and pine.You continue to trek through vat farmland until you reach the village of Gho. You will be spending the night in one of the fine lodges in Gho.
Trek from Gho to Dharapani (3-4 hrs) and drive to Besishahar 4 hrsIt's an easy trekking day through bamboo forests about 3-4 hours walk down, we see ahead marks of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) board at Dharapani. Now we are in Annapurna Circuit Trekking main trail, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering at the gomba in Thongje. From Dhrapani, the road has been building; you may drive from here to Besisahar by jeep . We'll have a bumpy drive to Besisahar. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Drive from Besisahar to Kathamndu 7-8 hrs.Breakfast in the morning with the view of waterfall at Tal and drive to Beshisharin a private/Shred jeep through rough road till Beshisahar. We will have lunch in Besishahar and then drive to Kathmandu through paved road.
DepartureOur team will ensure that you are transferred on time to the airport for your flights if you are departing Nepal. Includes: Breakfast,Transportation
Although we do our best to follow the schedule above; on such adventurous trip, itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route conditions, local politics, transport or and other factors beyond our control. Apex Himalaya Treks and Expedition guide/leader would decide the best alternatives considering the best concern of the whole group.
01. Three Meals normal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) without tea/coffee expect breakfast during the trek.
02. Fruits every evening after dinner as a desserts
03. Breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu according to the itinerary
– International and Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
– Shared bus ride to Sotikhola village (starting point of trek)
– Share jeep ride from Tal to Kathmandu (ending point of trek)
– Tourist/ local bus station pick-up and drop
– Sightseeing in Kathmandu in Private vehicle
– Clean tea-house accommodation during the whole trek.
– Three night accommodation in Kathmandu in a decent hotel @ Truly Asia Boutique or similar with breakfast basis.
– Accommodation during whole trek will be in clean tea-houses, twin-share rooms beds with normal foam mattress and pillows included but shared bathroom and toilet.
– One government license holder English speaking Guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportations.
– Porter in the ratio of 2 client:1 porter and their accommodation, transportations and salary(A porter will carry max load 20-25 kg). Water proof duffle will be provided for you to put your luggage from us.
– Professional tour guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
07. Permits and official arrangement
– Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP)
– Manaslu conservation permit (MCAP)
– Tsum Valley protected area permit
– Manaslu protected area permit
– Trekker’s information management system(TIMS) card fee. (if needed)
– Travel & Rescue arrangements.
– All our government taxes, VAT and official expenses.
– Trekking Poles
– Water proof duffle bag of 80 liter for your trekking equipment (which meant to be carried by porters)
– Trekking T-shirt
– Gaiter for high passes or during winter (December to February)
– Spikes for high passes or during winter (December to February)
01. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,
03. All beverages and bar bills.
04. Local permit, donations personal equipment.
05. Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).
06. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
07. Entrance fee while doing sightseeing around Kathmandu
08. Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Apex Himalaya control.
09. 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.