Everest Base Camp Trekking

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Trip Facts - 17 days Trip
  • Tour Cost: USD 790

Trip Overview

‘EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING adventure in the heart of world’s highest Mt. Everest within scenic Khumbu Valley’

  • Sweeping scenic flight to and from Kathmandu -Lukla with amazing views of Himalayan peaks.
  • Land of Highlanders the Sherpa of Everest with impressive Buddhist culture and age old traditions.
  • Explore traditional Sherpa villages with interesting old monasteries of immense interest and heritage
    Within scenic Sagarmatha National Park listed as World Heritage Sites and its high beautiful surrounding From green alpine forest of rhododendron, pines trees to arctic zone of moraine, ice and glaciers.
  • Exceptional views from high Kalapathar hill top with closest views of Everest and adjoining giant peaks.
  • Walking at the foot of world highest Mt. Everest at base camp within Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers.

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING at Glance:

Trip Mode:                                            On Hotels – Lodge on treks.
Trek Grade:                                           Moderate to Adventurous with touch of high altitude
Activities:                                               Tour of world heritage sites-scenic flight and exciting walks
Areas of Trekking:                                Khumbu areas of Nepal’s North East Himalaya region.
People & Culture:                                  Majority of Sherpa people with Buddhist religion & culture
Trekking duration:                               12 Nights & 13 Days (Lukla to Lukla).
Highest Altitude gain:                          5,364 m at Everest Base Camp and 5,545 m high on top Kalapathar hill
Average Walks per day:                       4 hrs to 6 hrs or more as per our standard itinerary days.
Overall duration in Nepal:                  16 Nights & 17 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
Best Season:                                            March to May and September to early December however, can be
trekked all year of the months except the monsoon months of
July to mid September and March to May flowers in full bloom.

Introduction:

Everest Base Camp Trekking provides an opportunity to all travelers and adventurer fulfilling their dreams to stand and admire world number one peaks, standing at the foot of Mt. Everest tallest mountain on earth with sweeping panorama of other giant snow capped peaks.

Everest Base Camp Trekking, made more famous and popular conquest to its summit in May 29th 1953 by legendry late mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary, since then mass flow of trekkers, adventurer and mountaineers have poured in this awesome area high and scenic Khumbu valley in the shade of Mt. Everest.

Besides mountain views the local culture and traditional life of the highlanders the Sherpa people is equally interesting, visit its high and charming traditional villages around Phakding-Monjo-Khumjung and Pangboche including Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu where colorful Saturday market takes place and walking into magnificent Thyangboche Monastery.

Starting this fabulous adventure to Everest Base Camp taking an early morning flight to land at Lukla on its unique airstrip, and then following the Dudh Kosi River right up to its source at base camp where walks leads through nice and lovely Sherpa farm villages encountering interesting prayer wheels and carved stone walls.

Walk leads into lovely cool alpine woodland filled with tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines, as walk progress entering into wild and windswept country where vegetation and tree lines disappears for short juniper and rhododendron bushes, with daily views of Everest with majestic Amadablam and other peaks.

With rest and acclimatization days before heading towards much higher terrain, our journey finally reaches at our main highlight destination at the base of Mt. Everest of above 5,364 m / 17,070 ft high overlooking notorious and awesome Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers.

Adventure concludes with a climb on top scenic Kalapathar at 5,545 m and 18,298 ft high rewards you with amazing panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at mere distance and then heading back to Lukla for exciting short flight to the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu with overwhelming time and memories on Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:                   Reach Kathmandu, complete Nepal visa  process, and transfer to your Hotels.
Day 02:                   In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest and trek preparation.
Day 03:                   Fly to Lukla 2,830 m and walk to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04:                   Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05:                   Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and short excursion.

Day 06:                   Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.

Day 07:                   Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.

Day 08:                   At Dingboche with rest day for acclimatization and short hike.

Day 09:                   Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10:                   Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs.

Day 11:                   Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.

Day 12:                   Trek to Kyanjuma 3,665 m near Sanasa – 06 hrs walks.
Day 13:                   Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
Day 14:                   Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 15:                   Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 16:                   In Kathmandu free and contingency day.
Day 17:                   International departure for homeward bound.

Itinerary

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your Hotels.
On setting foot in Nepal at Kathmandu International airport, where you will be received by our guide and office staff with warm welcome of garland and then transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in to your rooms getting refreshed our guide or leader will brief with information regarding your trip to Everest base camp with other useful information.

Evening welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant includes local folk dance program as entertainment.

Day 02:  In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest and trek preparation.

With free day in Kathmandu with options joining in our interesting tour which leads you around Kathmandu beautiful historical sites, as Kathmandu city with Patan and Bhaktapur steeped with religious monuments of temples-monasteries and stupas listed most as World Heritage Sites.

After a pleasant and exciting guided tour return back to your hotel with rest of the afternoon free, preparation for Everest Base Camp trekking next early morning.

Day 03:  Fly to Lukla 2,830 m and walk to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.


As per the short flight time, morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic air terminal for super scenic panoramic flight to Lukla with awesome views of Himalayan chain of mountains with Mt. Everest and then landing at Lukla unique airstrip.

In Lukla with final preparations where much of the gears will be carried by porters or on pack animals (Ghopkyo crossbreed of Yaks and normal domestic cattle).
Walk leads downhill with short uphill and on gradual winding path most of the way to Phakding village for first overnight stop.

Phakding a nice and large spread out village by the glacial Dudh Kosi River with views of Kwangde Himal located in this river gorge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads to much higher as the trail follows the river upstream crossing bridges to reach at Monjo village and into Sagarmatha National Park.

Walk on gradual path by the bank of the river and in afternoon time climbing up reach at famous Namche Bazaar with views of Everest-Nuptse and Lhotse on walks.

At Namche transfer into a nice and cozy lodge with fabulous views of Tharmasarku and Kwangde Himal with time to wander around Namche.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and short excursion.
Free and rest day in Namche for better acclimatization before heading higher terrain, on this day take a short hike to Namche view point with its interesting museum full of information of Sherpa people culture-mountaineering with flora and fauna of the region.

The top of Namche offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse with magnificent Amadablam peaks towards north.

Other options hike up to Everest view hotel beyond Syangboche at an altitude of 3,880 m high with sweeping panorama of Everest and adjoining peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.

Morning starts with short up and then on scenic pleasant path with few ups and downhill overlooking views of Everest and Amadablam, as the walk leads into patch of alpine woodland and then dropping towards Imjatse River at Phunki-Tenga a small settlement.

Here with lunch break, afternoon uphill into a nice forest of rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir trees, then finally reaching at our overnight stop at Thyangboche near its famous old Buddhist monastery.

A charming spot surrounded by snow capped peaks with close views of Amadablam-Everest and other peaks, located within green forest.

With time to visit its famous monastery where you can observe monks and priest in prayer halls, here most of the climbers and mountaineers take blessing from the priest for safe and successful climb on Everest and other high peaks.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.

Walk is pleasant today but makes a difference walking much higher altitude, starting with a descend for an hour to a bridge, where tree lines fades for short juniper and rhododendron bushes known as azalea facing dramatic change in landscapes.

Heading higher up to the last permanent village at Pangboche, from here onwards are temporary settlement to cater the needs of trekkers at Dingboche –Lobuche and Gorakshep areas.

As the trek progress reaching at Somare and then on windswept country to reach a bridge following the Imjatse River, with last climb to enter into beautiful Imjatse valley surrounded with famous peaks Amadablam-Lhotse with views of Island peaks towards east.

The last leg of the walk brings you at Dingboche, a summer settlement with barley and buck wheat field within its patch of stone walls.

Day 08:  At Dingboche with rest day for acclimatization and short hike.


At Dingboche for another rest to acclimatize well before heading towards our goal at Everest base camp, here options of short hike higher up at Nagarjung hills for best views of the valley and high snow capped mountains includes Mt. Makalu in far eastern horizon.

Day 09:  Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.

Morning start with short climb on top a ridge with Buddhist prayer monuments and then on nice gradual path with slow up as the walk leads with excellent mountain views to reach a small place at Thugla for lunch.

Here Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, this where path from Pheriche and Dingboche joins after a rest and refreshing stop, walk follows with steep climb for an hour to Thugla pass, where you can find witness memorials of unfortunate climbers who have died climbing on Mt. Everest, Lhotse or other high mountains.

From this isolated spot, walk on gradual path to reach at Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs.

Today walk leads to our main highlight of the adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk carries on for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching at Gorakshep, beneath lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapathar.

Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp over moraine and ice to reach at base camp, here enjoy the view of tumbling and notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers.

After a marvelous and exciting time with adventure of a lifetime experience retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 11:  Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.


Morning a steep uphill hike to reach on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, highest point of the adventure with fabulous and unique views of mountains includes Mt. Everest at its closest.

After a great thrill with sweeping views descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk up to Thugla, from here on downhill to Pheriche within windy valley.

A nice scenic walk leads you all the way to Pheriche for overnight stop with many good lodges and a health post of HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association).

Day 12:  Trek to Kyanjuma 3,665 m near Sanasa – 06 hrs walks.

Walk leads to a fine start with views towards a river after the bridge a slow short climb and then on downhill to Somare and Pangboche villages, after the bridge back into greenery and tree lines towards Thyangboche.

From retrace the journey on route Namche Bazaar with overnight few hours ahead from Namche at Kyanjuma for overnight halt, a sleepy and quiet spot with few fine lodge and views of Everest and Amadablam.

Day 13: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
From this isolated and peaceful spot retrace the journey back to Namche bazaar and on downhill to Dudh Kosi to reach at Sagarmatha entrance and exit gate, and then at Monjo village for overnight after a great walk of the day.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
A short and easy day after losing much altitude, retrace the journey back to Lukla with last final climb from Choplung village to reach the famous gate named after ‘Pasang Lamu’ a first Sherpa lady who climbed and died on Mt. Everest.

Finally our adventurous walks completes in Lukla with time for rest and to celebrate the success on Everest base camp trekking and last overnight stop in Lukla and around Everest region.

Day 15:  Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning as per the flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Tenzing & Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport, a short scenic in small aircraft bring you back in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotel with afternoon free for shopping spree and rest.

Day 16: In Kathmandu free and contingency day.
We have allowed extra day in Kathmandu as contingency in case of flight delay from Lukla, which might occur sometimes due to unforeseen bad weather conditions, if all goes well as per our itinerary days enjoy this free day with individual activities or join in for another interesting city tour.

Day 17: International departure for homeward bound.
As per your international flight for home bound or to other respective destination, transfer to Kathmandu airport with excellent memory and overwhelming adventure of a lifetime on Everest base camp trekking.

Price

Trip Cost Includes following services:

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard          hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  • Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  • Full board on treks includes (B-L-D) with twin sharing accommodation rooms in local standard and basic lodge / Tea House (for single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  •  Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and National Park Permit Fees.
  •  Service of trekking guides/ porters with equipment, daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  • Welcome dinner at Kathmandu in authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and re-confirmation of international air tickets.
  • Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu / Lukla /Kathmandu.

Our Trip Cost excludes following services:

  •  Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Trekking gear and personal medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Helicopter services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his /her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Best time

Weather & Climate on Everest Base Camp Trekking:
The weather depending upon the season of trekking around Everest or other higher Himalayan belts, where’s Everest Base Camp trekking can be visited all time of the year, however monsoon months of July to mid September will be wet but much greener with heavy moisture.

The best time will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.
As the trek leads higher above 4,000 m temperature drops in the shade as well in the morning and night time, day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to drop in oxygen and air pressure on high elevation) , where you need strong sun screen to avoid sun burn in direct sunlight.
Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.
December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.

Equipment & Clothing

Trekking Equipment List to Bring from home or rent and purchase in Kathmandu:

Well fitting, comfortable boots / shoes are to be preferred over training shoes and clothing will be required, for strong hot sun on drive through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night in the higher region. Shorts, skirt or lightweight trousers are ideal in the heat of the day along with T-shirt, long sleeved cotton shirts and sun hat. During the evening and the higher altitudes warmers clothing will be needed.

FIBRE PILE JACKETS:
SHORTS OR SKIRTS (for ladies):
LIGHT COTTON TROUSERS:
BREECHES /TRACK SUIT BOTTOMS /ULTRA FLEECE TROUSERS:
DUVET / DOWN JACKETS: (Down feathers or synthetic (required in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WOOL BALACLAVA, WOOL MITTS: (required in autumn / winter and early spring time)
WATERPROOFS: Jacket and trousers
SUN HATS:
SCARF : Silk/Nylon, useful for keeping the sun and dust SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES: Essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays
SUN SCREEN CREAM : High protection factor [20 or higher] or high
altitude glacier cream due to thin air the
U/V is stronger in the sun.
LIP SLAVE/ LABISAN: Protection for the lips with a sunscreen
WATER BOTTLE: 1 litre metal to keep warm while at night time and for drinking purpose.
TOILET ITEMS:
HEAD TORCHES: Petzel (recommended) -spare batteries and bulbs
SEWING KIT:
SMALL KNIFE : Swiss army style – has many uses
NOTEBOOK/DIARY/PENS
SMALL PADLOCK : Useful for locking your kit / duffel bag
MONEY BELTS
SLEEPING BAGS / DOWN JACKETS (which can be hired and purchase in Kathmandu at reasonable cost, if it is too much to carry from home.
OPTIONAL
THERMAREST: Or similar self-inflating mattress, gives decadent luxury
CAMERA GEAR
WALKING STICKS / POLES: Useful crossing rivers and in snow and ice areas.

Notes

Important Notes for the Trekking around Everest and other Himalaya region:

Main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Everest and other Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.

On booking with us preparation of fitness required like walking – jogging – Jumba – aerobic at least a month before your departure from home country, and all clients should be prepared with Travel and Medical Insurance (in case for sudden accidents and immediate evacuation by any means of transport available for quick relief to nearest hospitals.

Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well in advance respectively.

Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu-Nepal to reach at least a day ahead or earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage life of Nepalese and also in case of flight delay (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) which can happen sometimes due to freak bad and unfavorable weather.

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
Important trekking related information and queries wile trekking in Nepal Himalaya:

01: What is Trekking?
Trekking, the word at first comes for long walking journey which is similar to hiking but includes more days of few days to a week or more from moderate-adventurous to challenging walks on trekking in the Himalayan countries involves much down and uphill climb with descend with few gradual walking path.

02: How do I spend a day on daily Trekking?
Trekking depends upon your chosen areas if it’s on mainstream trekking routes like Annapurna-Everest and Langtang you will be spending overnights in the comfort of nice and cozy local lodges with views of Mountains where all meals served on route trekking in lodge or guest house.
Normal day on trek starts with tea and biscuits around 6 a.m. followed by breakfast and then packing your bags for the day walks where larger bags are carried by our porters or pack animals (Yaks & Mules).
While you carry your light day pack with necessary items for the day as the trek starts following our lead guide to lunch stop for an hour or more, and then walking to our designated overnight halt in lodge or camping.
During the walk you will be walking on winding gradual trail with ups and downhill slopes past traditional and cultural local remote farm villages along with the views of snow capped peaks, includes walking into cool alpine forest covered with rhododendron-magnolia-hemlock-oaks-pines and fir tree lines. Walking for 5-6 hrs as per day to day itinerary mentioned in your program.

03: Who leads the trip and are they well trained and experienced?
No doubt about it, all our guides are expert and professional in this line of job with more than decades of experience leading world-wide customers showing the wonders of Himalaya with full knowledge in flora-fauna, local culture and history with traditional life of the villagers including eco-tourism and responsible tourism caring, preserving and respecting local culture and saving the pristine environment from destruction.
All our guides and field staff well trained with medical knowledge and can help you when emergency situation arises with proper care and assurance and will treat you with medical know how, if its serious they are well equipped to call for helicopter services for emergency evacuation.

04: How is the meal in Tea-house and Lodge on route trek?
The meals that we serve on route lodge will be hygienic as our cook and kitchen are well versed in hygiene and eco tourism in lodges we have cooks to supervise and to maintain the food quality as well.
Food can vary depending upon the season and places according to its availability during the right season. Normally, the food menu has Nepali Dal Bhat (rice & lintel soup) with mild vegetable curry, fried rice, noodles, soups of great variation. In some places, Continental foods like Hash Brown Potato, Breads, Pan Cakes, Boiled Vegetables, Stew, Pizza, Cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies etc. But, as you go higher the food menu is very limited due to the harsh cold climate and the altitude.

05: How is the standard of Tea house on treks? Can I have my own single room?

There a few standard of Tea-House or lodge on route trekking depending upon your choice and budget around Everest you can find luxury or deluxe resorts and lodges in few areas, whereas on many places with overnights in simple and basic standard lodge with views of mountains from your rooms.
Most of the lodge with twin sharing rooms with separate common bath and rest rooms with large and warm dining, few places where you can find rooms with attached toilet and bathrooms, higher up due to harsh weather and terrain, much of the facilities are limited but serves you with excellent food menu.
You can book for single rooms on route trekking where available higher up with minimum chances especially in high peak trekking season.

06: How are the arrangements for safe drinking water on treks?
On every treks whether on lodge or camping treks, we serve you with boiled and cooled drinking water which is safe, where purify tablets and process does not work 100 % in Himalayan hard water, due to high mineral contains like manganese-bi-carbonate and iron.
People can buy bottled water (but it is expense and as well not good for Eco-tourism wise as it creates rubbish with the plastic bottles).

07: Do you offer Money Worth and Best Value Trips without Any Hidden / Extra Cost?
Every company has its own policy dealing with wide-world customers regarding price cost of the trip, with more people in the group is much better for the company and as well for trekking members as the trip cost will be much lower than with few persons in the group.
Yes we do offer you with money worth of best services in all our holiday programs with no hidden cost, except extra cost arise, in few situation and places like on restricted areas Upper Mustang-Upper Dolpo and so on, where special permit required at extra cost depending the area of chosen destination.

08: How do I Book a Trip with your company?
At first sending the advance trip payment to our company in our Bank account provided where you must fill forms with detail of your passport with expire dates, most important the trip of your choice and then sending a transfer minimum of 65 % advance trip payment, which is non-refundable to secure your booking well in advance.

On receiving your details of following document like passport with scanned or photo-copy, along with booking forms, then we will send you full confirmation letter with deposit as well a receipt of advance trip payment.
You can contact us for direct transfer to deposit in our bank account and as well with Credit Card payment, we do accept Visa / Master Card or any other safe and widely used Credit Card with extra 04 % surcharge as levy charge.

09: What type of physical fitness should one need to be?
In all types of travel around world-wide one need to be in normal physical shape with sound medical background, as for trekking in Himalaya which is within world highest mountainous region where one requires to be physically fit with sound health depending upon the trekking program chosen.
We strongly recommend that you visit you Medical doctors before you depart from home countries that you are fit for the trek chosen, where doctors can provide you with some medical advice if required on special medical and physical side.

10: Are your staff well taken care with medical Insurance?
Yes all our office staff and as well field staff, guide and porters are well insured before leaving for the trek with medical / health insurance equipped with warm clothing as per the region of trekking / climbing destinations. Our staff is well paid as per Nepal standard of living cost with extra company perks and bonus in making each trek a huge success.

11: What insurance do I need to obtain?
We strongly advice and suggest that all travelers booked with us to obtain Travel and Medical Insurance, which is a must and important in all our trekking destination, as some treks leads to remote areas around Himalaya where medical facilities are less or does not exists.

All travelers should have adequate protection on tour and treks covering personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation expenses by any means of transportation including Helicopter services or air ambulance in emergency and immediate evacuation.
The insurance should also cover items or valuables if lost-missing-damaged or in theft situations.

12: What are the procedures in case of emergency?
Our guide and field staff are well trained in Medical know how, in such case with emergency situations, where clients need to be evacuated from the areas of trekking our staff will contact the head office and soon and immediately we will send the helicopters for safe evacuation to reach nearest medical help and hospitals to save the clients for quick recovery from further illness.

13: Worried about AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)?
Depending upon the areas of trekking from moderate-adventurous to challenging treks or climbs, our programs and standard itineraries have enough acclimatization days at certain heights, where rest and spare days are necessary on high altitude treks.

In certain high altitude treks and climbs we do carry portable oxygen cylinders as well Gamma or Pressure Bags to reduce the problem of AMS if arise, our staff are well trained for this type of situation where the victims will be carried or brought to lower elevation for safe precaution. Normally in high altitude your doctors might have prescribed some medicines like Diamox or Actemodizile for high altitude start using one tab in the morning and one in night time before starting the trekking above 3,000 meters high keep using till return.

The best treatment for high altitude drinks plenty and pee a lot taking slow pace on uphill with plenty of short rest.

With AMS symptoms descend is the only remedy or evacuation in severe case by any means of transport or by Helicopter.

14: What Safety measure and precaution taken from your side of the company?
First of all our guides are well prepared for emergency situation and have gone numerous medical and mountain rescue training each year.

We have set the itineraries days with much rest day for acclimatization at certain heights as safety measures and precaution, carrying portable oxygen bottles and Gamma or Pressure bags when required by the victims of AMS or other illness.

We have strong and good connection with private Helicopter companies for immediate emergency evacuation when needed.

On each trek our guide will carry comprehensive medical kit as well.

15: Do you have airport transfer facilities?
Yes, in all our trips when booked with us we provide transportation to and from the hotel-airport which is included in most of our trip cost.

16: Is there are Hot Shower and washing facilities on treks?
Depending upon the areas of trekking destination, like on normal mainstream trekking Everest- do have hot / cold shower facilities in most of the lodge and hotels, some have hot water buckets for bathe or for washing.

As the altitude gains such facilities are minimum of higher altitude areas, in camping sometimes we carry shower tents providing you with hot water buckets as well washing water every morning before breakfast.

17: How much weight do we carry on the trek?
All your bigger bags with much weight will be carried by our porters and pack animals like Yaks and Mules, on domestic airlines 20 kg is the maximum weight that you can carry not counting your hand bags.

While on trek you will be carrying your personal belonging in your day pack which will be at least 5 to 10 kgs maximum while other bigger bags carried by our porters.

Weight differs on the areas of trekking destination, on climbing you will be carrying much with climbing equipments and warmer high altitude gears as well.

Normally 25 to 30 kgs are enough on moderate and adventurous trekking programs which is the standard weight carried by porters.

18: What is the best way to reach Nepal from USA- UK and Australia / NZ?
Depending upon the season and connection of international airlines to and from Nepal to such countries in Nepal Saudi-Quarter-Gulf-Emirates-Ethiad-Turkish airlines connects travelers to Nepal from Europe as well Air India and other airlines like Jet Airlines also do connect with Nepal from India and to other parts of the world with transit based in Indian cities of Mumbai-Calcutta and Delhi.

For Australia and New Zealand an easy connection with Thai-Dragon (Cathay Pacific Airline) Silk (Singapore Airlines) connects flight to Kathmandu – Nepal via Hong Kong-Singapore and Bangkok while for west of USA can use this route and for East of USA can travel through Europe to reach Kathmandu via respective airlines that connect with Nepal through certain transits points.

19: Do I need to be in Nepal a day earlier before the trip departure and book the air tickets well in advance?

It is best to reach Nepal much earlier at least 2-3 days before the trip departure if it is convenient for you as per you holiday limited time duration or a day before the trek departure, earlier arrival gives you time to blend with Nepalese environment and culture and to plan much better with local shopping for the treks.

20: Can we recharge camera batteries on trek?
Yes it is available in most of the lodge where they have small Hydro electricity power or by solar charging at extra cost, or one can carry a portable solar panel if you are trekking around remote areas of Himalaya without such facilities.

21: Can trekking gears available in Kathmandu for hire or to buy?
Yes, you can hire and buy all types of trekking equipment from Down Jackets to Sleeping bags with other necessary gear needed on treks.
If it’s too much to carry from home you can do your trekking shopping in Kathmandu or at Pokhara depending upon the areas of trekking.

22: Will my Cell phone work while on trek in Nepal?
Yes it works depending upon the areas of trekking, since last 2 decades most of the villagers and guide do have cell-phones including STD / ISTD in some villages and towns Hotels and Lodge.
In some areas like deep valley and gorge area the cell phone does not work well for some days, but normally on high and open areas it certainly works depending upon the local / international SIM used.

23: How much tipping should I keep in my budget?
Tipping is not compulsory, but has become a tradition among guides and trekking staff including porters started from early mountaineering expeditions which is still active to this day with tipping or gratitude to fellow staff-guides and porters in making the trip a great success with much enjoyable time.

Most of the abroad agents have mentioned the rate of tipping in their brochure and websites and it all depends upon the number of trekkers in the group and as well duration of trekking.

Normally you can tip from USA $ 50 to 100 in the kitty money with other members of the trek which is to be divided among trekking staff and porters by the head guide and group leaders.
If you have enjoyed more than enough with overwhelming time with your guides and porters you can hand more than above mentioned figure.

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Our time in Nepal was great USA

Our time in Nepal was great James and Dorothy Miller, Canada

Hello Rajan,

Just wanted to let you know that our time in Nepal was great. We enjoyed all the sites we went to visit the scenery is great. Paras was a great guide in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and very knowledgeable. The guide in Lumbini was also great. It sure makes a vacation that much better when you have such great people for guides.

Driver Sangram and his friend took us out to 2 villages near Lumbini and the people were very friendly, especially the children. We like to learn something about the culture of a country and that involves visiting different peoples to see how they live.

Our jungle trips were great and we got to see a number of birds and animals. Except for the fact that our elephant went a little crazy for a few seconds it was an enjoyable ride through the jungle. Sangram is a great driver and also a good guide when we were alone with him.

Thanks for everything and if we hear of anyone wanting to go to Nepal we will tell them to get in touch with you.

Email: jm55@sasktel.net
Phone: 1-306-873-4194
Travel Year: 2017

Travel Year: 2017
Review submitted -September 22, 2017
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