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Saribung Peak Climbing (6328m) is newly explored peak climbing in Nepal. Saribung Peak Climbing is challenging and very popular trekking trail with beaten track and difficult pass. The trails are rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and pass villages that have changed little over the centuries. Saribung expedition can be done in anti-clockwise for which the trek start from Phu and then ascend to Saribung pass and enter in the Mustang region “Hidden Valley” and return to Jomsom or clockwise for which the trek start from Jomsom and follow Upper Mustang trail and descend to Nar-Phu valley and end at Besisahar.
For mountaineering, it is easy to do Expedition but there are many passes with ice and creases in between the Damodar Kunda region and Nar-Phu valley. The trek starts from one place to another with great sceneries, cultures, religion and geographical variations. Hence trekkers can enjoy the fantastic and picturesque views of diversity in this region.
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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 fly to Pokhara late afternoon, 30 mins flightAfter breakfast, we will do meetingat 9 am 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. After preparation is done, then we will fly to Pokhara around late afternoon. Pokhara (a city of Lake, literally); a city that offers us the magnificent view of various mountains namely Dhaulagiri (8167 m / 26135 ft), Manaslu (8163m/ 26122 ft) , Fishtail (6,993 m/ 22378 ft) and other mountain of Annapurna range. Do some last minute shopping for trekking and self-exploration around the town (walk around few lake, boating etc). If time permits then we will visit: 1. Davi’s fall 2. Gupteshowr cave 3. Sunset view from World Peace Pagoda Useful tips: - Entrance fee for these 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. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation ,Accommodation
Fly from Pokhara (820m/2690ft) to Jomsom (2720m/8923ft), drive to Kagbeni and trek to Chuksang (2980m/9776ft), (20 mins flight + 2 hours drive + 5 hours trek)After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000 m such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom on-wards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 1:30 hour on bus and finally reaching at Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, KakKhola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. Our journey starts with a special permit check-up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Transportation
Trek from Chuksang to Syanboche (3475m/11400ft), 6-7 hrs trekOur trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and DamodarDanda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek Syanbochen to Tsharnag (3560m/11679), 6-7 hrs trekWe ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few tea-houses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. After lunch, begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the GhamiKhola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsharang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsharang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsharang. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek Tshrang to Lomanthang [3700m/12139ft], 3 hours trekWe begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as DamodarKunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Explore Lo-Mangthang (visit Choser caves(3900m/12795ft)Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara (3900m/12795ft)6 hours (via Dhi).We start our trek after breakfast; we leave the village and keep by gently ascending until we reach Day-La with dusty trail from where the last view of the Lo-Manthang. We continue our trail for a while and follow the left trail after skipping the trail to reach Tsarang. The trail gently climbs on the ridge viewing the scenic landscapes until reaching small pass. Then, we climb down a steep and dusty descent in the narrow path. We again come to a wide plateau and descend rocky gully and knee crunching trail until reaching Dhi village. We will have lunch here. After lunch we cross by a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and make a short steep climb. Then, we follow along the upstream of PuyungKhola viewing the unbelievable landscapes and innumerable caves at the stone walls until reaching Yara village. Stay overnight at tented camp. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Yara to GhumaThanti (4800m/15748ft), 8 hours (via Luri Cave)(overnight in tent)Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek. Stay overnight at tented camp. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Namta Khola(4890m/16043ft), 8 hours walk(overnight in tent)After breakfast, we start along the trail. Due to the lack of cooking facilities and conditions during the trek, we take a packed lunch. It’s a similar course of ups and downs. Upon crossing a high pass at 5600m, we reach the Damodar Kunda, a high altitude lake. We continue along the trail to reach Namta Khola where we stay overnight in a tented camp. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Saribung Base Camp (4950m/16240ft), 6-7 hours walk(overnight in tent)To the Saribung Base Camp, the trail traverses high altitudes of the Tibetan plateau. As the previous day, we need to take packed lunch due to lack of proper facilities of cooking along the trail. We stay overnight on a tent in the Base Camp. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Acclimatization day. Today is free day for exploring the surrounding hills(overnight in tent)It’s a day set for acclimatization before heading to higher altitude. We would be taking a demanding flight in altitude, so this day is very important in other to keep up with the changes in the geography. Expeditions to surrounding hills are scheduled to keep the body active and also for acclimatization purpose. Overnight stay in a tented camp. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Camp I (5730m/18799ft), 5-6 hours walk(overnight in tent)We ascend along the moraine of the eastern glacial side all the way to its end, passing along beautiful ice blocks. The path crosses to follow the western moraine at a height of 5700m. Damodar himal and many others form a beautiful array. Shortly, the walk concludes at the High Camp where we stay overnight in a tent. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Summit to Saribung Peak (6346m/20820ft) and Phedi High Camp (4950m/16240ft) 8-9 hours, (overnight in tent)It’s the day to submit the Saribung Peak. We start after an early breakfast in the morning. The trail passes through crevassed glaciers leading through snow slopes to reach the top. Views of Gyajikang, Bhrikuti, Himlung and the like form a wonderful panorama here. We then engage in a walk down to the Basecamp, a slow and constant journey. Overnight in a tented camp. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Nagoru(4400m/14435ft) via Saribung Pass (6020m/19750ft), (overnight in tent)After breakfast, we begin our journey to Saribung pass. It’s a steep and snowy trail to the pass which requires extra caution. We then follow a small stream down to Nagoru where we stay overnight. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Phu Gaon (4080m/13385ft), 5-6 hours walk, (overnight in tea-house)The trail takes along the Tibetan plateau and along barren and eroded valleys, with wonderful views of snow peaks. Phu Gaon is a 5-6 hours walk from Nagoru. The village lies in a hidden valley where culture, religion, ethnic values and natural diversity of different mountain dwellers including Lama, Gurung and Ghale people can be observed. The monastery believed to be the last remaining one constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche, TashiLakhang, is also situated here. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Meta (3560m/11679ft), 5-6 hours walkWe ascend from the Phu Village and cross the hill to descend to the small villages of Kyang and Chyakhu which are alternate settlements to the inhabitants of nearby villages. The mostly deserted trail then leads to Meta where we stay overnight in a tented camp. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Trek to Koto (2600m/8530ft), 6-7 hoursToday’s walk takes about seven hours along the restricted areas of Narphu valley. We follow a rocky trail along the Nar River and forested areas. It’s an adventurous walk that ends at Koto where we stay overnight. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation
Drive from Koto to Besishahar to Kathmandu, 12-14 hour drive (8 hour rough road: Koto to Besishahar and 6 hours black road: Besishahar to KathmanduFrom Koto, we drive through the Thanchok village and passed forested landscape to Timang. This place has a beautiful view of Manaslu Peak among others. Down to Dharapani, we find good views of Annapurna II. We drive in rough road all the way to Besishahar. The drive to Kathmandu from Besishahar is6 hours through interesting journey with scenic hills and winding paths. Includes: Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Accommodation, 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
– Flight fare for Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom
– Shared jeep from Jomsom to Kagbeni
– Private local jeep from Koto to Besishahar
– Private car from Besishahar to Kathmandu
– International and domestic airport pick-up and drop
– Sightseeing in Pokhara if time permits.
– Two night 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast according to the itinerary
– One night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast according to the itinerary
– All the tea-house and camping accommodation during the trek as per the itinerary
– All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) without tea/coffee expect breakfast during the trek.
– Fruits every evening after dinner during the tea-house trek
– Three times meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee during camping trek
– Farewell dinners with team
– English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader) and climbing guide (leader)
– Required number of porter and their 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, special permit for Upper Mustang and Saribung Peak Peak climbing permit
· Camping equipment
– Good quality two men tent and kitchen tent and kitchen utensils for camping
– Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment: Fixing Gear: Fix rope, main rope, snow bar, ice crew…..
· Extra facility
– Excess baggage charges
– Free storage at office
· Medical kit (carried by your guide)
· Nepalese visa fee
· International airfare to and from Kathmandu
· Personal trekking and climbing equipment
· Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
· 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
· Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
· Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
· Tips for guides and porters at the end of the trip
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.