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An opportunity to visit the base camp of Everest [5200m] with an experience across the Tibetan Plateau.
True to its nickname, “the Roof of the world”, Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range which separates it from its neighbors, India, Nepal and Bhutan, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries, yaks, sand dunes, and high altitude desert that goes as far as the eyes can take it.
On this Tibet overland tour you have three days (i.e. 4 nights) in Lhasa to acclimatize and to absorb the exoticism of Tibetan heritage and to explore this history-laden city to its core. You will be expertly guided around the most significant and ancient Gompas (monasteries) of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse by your Tibetan guide, who will instruct you on the intricacies and mysticism of Tibetan Buddhism. With its spectacular mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet would certainly be a unique mystical destination to visit.
You drive down Friendship highway by a luxury Toyota land cruiser 4 WD passing through small Tibetan settlements where you get upfront views right from your vehicle of nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain peaks.
A special highlight of this trip is the visit to the Everest Base Camp where you will be rewarded with panoramic and breath-taking views of Mount Everest from the north side. This overland tour will be a mystical delight that will be remembered by the fireside for many winters to come.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Lhasa Free Day
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse
Day 06: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse
Day 07: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar
Day 08: Drive to Rongbuk; explore Everest Base camp
Day 09: Drive to Zhangmu
Day 10: Drive Kathmandu
ARRIVAL IN LHASA:
Lhasa is connected by railway line from Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Xining and Shanghai. Air China operates flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa (Tue, Thu & Sat ). This flight offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and many other Himalayan giants. We will organize your pick up once you reach Lhasa and drive you to your hotel.
Visa & Entry Procedure:
For Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencement of your trip. Tourism regulations in Tibet are subject to change without prior notice. As per current regulation Chinese Embassy issues visa on Mon, Wed and Fri (9am – 11am) in Kathmandu. Hence, we will need your original passport 1 day before the visa processing day.
Those entering Tibet from mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Guilin etc) have to get Chinese visa from their country (please ask us for the best way of doing it).
We bring together a small group of like minded people. During the trip, not only do they gain a memorable and insightful travel experience but also get an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other. On our fixed scheduled departures, group comprises of maximum12 & minimum 2 persons. You are likely to join a group from different countries. Average age ranges from early 20s to mid 50s.For private trips, no minimum and maximum apply.
If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people (min 1 max 100 at a time).
Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.
In Lhasa, you will stay in a 3 star hotel. The hotel is renowned for its hospitality and warm Tibetan ambience. It is conveniently situated in the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square. If you would like to book a single room, please do inform us. A supplement charge will incur in that case. (Up gradation to 4 & 5 star available on request).At Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and Zhangmu accommodation will be in the available hotels, your guide book the rooms on arrival. If rooms are not available at specified hotel, he will book a room at another similar category hotel.
We shall try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to overlook minor discomforts.
These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible.
A TYPICAL DAY – OVERLAND DRIVE :
After breakfast, we begin our day's drive at about 9am. We'll drive for several hours, stopping along the way for photographs or places of special interest, before stopping for lunch at around midday. After lunch we continue our journey, generally arriving at our destination by 3 or 4pm.
FOOD: All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. A must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available.
Expect to spend around 15-20 US$ per day for meals.
Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.
You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones..
Climate and best time to visit:
The best time for this tour is from April to November. Between April and November the average temperature ranges from 15-25 degrees Celsius and the skies are generally clear and blue. From July to August though there can be the odd shower during the day. The nights, however, can be very cold and temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius.
Clothing & accessories:
During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Keep a scarf handy as some of the roads can be dusty. While visiting sites and exploring during the day, keep yourself covered from the UV rays with a sun hat or cap and sunscreen lotion or cream.
Personal Expenses: Besides Chinese Yuan, only US $ are accepted in Tibet. But the shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China (exchange rate between USD & RMB is 1:8.5 at the time of writing this text). While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.
Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.
Tips are appreciated by your support team, after completion of the trip. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. For this you can allocate around 5% of your total tour cost.
Vaccination requirements change frequently, so we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate.
Rescue and Evacuation :
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.
One should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.
PEOPLE AND CULTURE:
The Tibetans are classified as belonging to the Mongoloid family of people. They are probably descendents of a variety of nomadic tribes who migrated from the north and settled along sedentary cultivation of Tibet’s river valleys. The Tibetans living within the borders of present day Tibet are easily identified by their distinctive dialects, social customs and dress. The Topas live in the highland regions (Lato and Ngari), the Tsangpas in the West Tibet (Tsang), the Upas live in central Tibet, the Horpas comes from the north (Nagchu/Jangtang), the Kongpowas from the south, the Khampas live in the east, the Amdowa in the northeast, and the Gyarongwa in the extreme east.
Travelers to Tibet inevitably find Tibetans to be friendly and possessing a great sense of humor. It is appreciated when you try and use Tibetan language when communicating with Tibetans. The further from Lhasa you travel, the more often Tibetan is used. Religion is extremely important to the majority of Tibetans, and travelers should endeavor to respect their customs and beliefs. Always circumambulate Buddhist religious sites or monastery in a clockwise direction, and when in a monastery do not wear a hat, smoke or touch frescoes. In addition, refrain from climbing onto statues, mani stones or other sacred objects They are warm and friendly people.
Some speak a bit of English and are happy to have a chat with you. Don't photograph people without permission, and be aware that some locations prohibit photography without a fee.
In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan or take a cultural tour in Pokhara and Kathmandu. You may as well take a trip to India or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you. Please ask us for details.
DATE OF CANCELLATION (Charge incurred)
2 months before departure - loss of deposit (US$ 300)
29 days to 2 months before departure - 30% of total trip cost
10 to 28 days before departure - 60% of total trip cost
Less than 10 days before departure - 100% of total trip cost
Day 1 Arrive Lhasa (3660m)
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.
Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.
You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day 4 In Lhasa
This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang.
There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this additional tour will incur an extra cost.
Day 5 Drivye to Gantse (3950m) 261 km
Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
Day 6 Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km)
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After exploring Gyantse, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Shigatse,(3900m) the second largest Tibetan city. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse.
Day 7 Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar. At Shegar, you will be accommodated at ‘Everest Resort’.
Day 8 Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km - Explore Everest base camp
Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. You have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.
Overnight accommodation at a guest house.
Day 9 Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) 181km
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter.
Day 10 Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 123km
A few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi river brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
COST : USD$1640 Per Person on twin sharing basis-Min 3 Persons
Single Room Supplement: USD$ 250, Hotel/Lodge,Local Leader
FLIGHT / TRAIN FARE
Flight rates and taxes are subject to change without prior notice
Kathmandu - Lhasa: USD 439 (Tue & Sat in high seasons)
Chengdu - Lhasa: USD 250
Beijing - Lhasa: USD 490
Shanghai - Lhasa: USD 512
Kathmandu - Beijing: USD 790
If you are traveling in Nepal before going to Tibet, you MUST apply for your Chinese visa in Kathmandu. We can get it within two working days with your original passport.
Note: If you wish to join in Kathmandu you have to arrive 2 days prior to trip departure dates. Those who wish to join in Lhasa, can arrive Lhasa on the date mentioned above or earlier.
Trip Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging:
This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and Kalapattar (5554m). Physically quite tiring, it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required; you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, your guide or we will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
All trekking members should provide scan copy of passport to Himalayan Experience at least two weeks prior to departure.
Tour terms and conditions must be signed and sent to Himalayan Experience at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
Copy of insurance must be provided 2 weeks prior to departure.
5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT
Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:
All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival.
All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport to be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal.
Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia,Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you may like to visit http://www.immi.gov.np/touristvisa.php. We will be happy to help if you have further questions.
Tourist visa fee:
The Royal Nepalese Embassies or consulates (approx: AU$ 85.00) and at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.
Applying in Australia: You can apply in person or by mail to Honorary Consulate of Nepal. Detail information to apply can be found at www.nepal-consulate.net.au
By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Rest of the details can be obtained at: http://www.immi.gov.np/visa/provisional-visa-arrangement-fee
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.
The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons.
Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 92.00 Nepalese Rupees. Currency conversion subject to change. Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays. ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available. Too many blackout hours in Kathmandu valley and Pokhara.
A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour.
Tipping is becoming fairly common in upmarket restaurants in Kathmandu, so leave around 10% of the bill if service was good. Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.
The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin with insect repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek.
Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however. It may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with travel doctor or your GP before departure.
Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on western standard.
Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended from May through October. Warm clothes are needed for winter. An umbrella or a raincoat is a necessity for the monsoons.
Nepal has a typical monsoonal two-season year. There's the dry season from October to May while wet season of the monsoons last from June to September.
People & Religion:
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups-the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Kathmandu Valley is the spiritual and cultural meeting point of all these groups. Hindu Temples and Buddhist shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha,the Light of Asia. There is a complex blending of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal.
Dialling Code: 977
Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz
Q. Are airport transfers included in the trip price if I arrive or depart out of the tour dates? If not, how much will a taxi cost from the airport?
Transfers are generally included in the price for everyone who arrives on the tour start date and departs on last day of the tour. Himalayan Experience is able to arrange transfers for you at an additional cost for early arrival and late departure . Arrival and departure transfers as well as pre and post accommodation can be organized on request. Alternatively, if you take taxi on your own, it will cost you approx: $ 10 to the city.
Q. What time can I check in and out at my accommodation?
Generally check-in and out is 12:00 Noon. However some time room may not be ready to check in if they have group check out at 12:00 noon. It will take some time for them to make your room ready.
Q. Are there western toilets available?
Accommodation in Kathmandu and very modern and have western toilets. Some lodges have regular access to western toilets while others don't. More remote the place the less likely you are to find western toilet facilities. Some lodges you will be staying will have private bathrooms.
Q. What is the currency in my destination?
While traveling in Nepal: Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take Local currency. When you travel India, Tibet and Bhutan US$ is excepted widely compare to AU$.
Q. Are flights included?
The prices are quoted 'land only'. You may be starting your trip from any part of the world. You may also have different airline preferences and affiliations. Some of you may choose to book your international flight with your local travel agent, directly with an airline or via an online site. we also offer the option to purchase international air tickets. For Everest Base camp Trek, domestic flight to and from Lukla is included.
Q. Who will be my guide/leader?
This depends on the trip. Himalayan Experience Group Adventures are led by an experienced local leaders, who have enough experience and know their own country intimately. Also designed to support economy to create the job. So Himalayan Experience could offer the very competitive price.
Q. Why are your prices so low?
Himalayan Experience’s Director is from Himalayan region with 20 years of local tour organising experience. Dipak Dhamala also knows the suppliers very well. Our local travel agent uses well experience local tour leaders. Our trips are also run on a twin share basis, so single travellers do not have to pay a single supplement. We know the best of what to see and do, so we save you money by using your time efficiently.
Q. Is it possible to make any changes to the itinerary?
No. It is not possible to make any changes to our group trip itineraries, unless it is a private trip and suitable to change at the time. However, it will be changed according to the circumstances.
Q. What is included in the trip price?
All accommodation as listed in the itinerary [4 nights in Kathmandu and 12 nights on the trek]
All transport listed in the itinerary
Sightseeing and meals as listed in the Itinerary [2 half day sightseeing Kathmandu with all permits and guide]
All permits and national park fees for the trek
Kathmandu – Lukla return flight
Lodge accommodation on the trek
The land price of your trip does not include:
International or internal flights unless specified
Taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
Visa and passport fees
Optional activities and sightseeing and all personal expenses
Q. What happens if local flight get cancelled from Kathmandu?
If the local flight get cancelled due to the bad weather, before you fly to Lukla, Himalayan Experience’s local representative will book the available accommodation on you own expenses. But Can not guarantee the standard of accommodation as it is last minute arrangements.
Q. What happens if the flight get cancelled in Lukla?
Accommodation will be provided with breakfast. Local travel agent will reorganize the next available flight.
Q. What are the challenges:
Flight could get cancelled due to bad weather and you may get to wait to catch the next available flight
There could be heavy snow falls. You may have stay in one place until it is possible and safe enough to walk to next place.
Chances of getting high altitude sickness. If possible, will be taken to the nearest health post and also use of altitude chamber. Most of the time walking down hill might help. But if it is acute then, helicopter rescue may require.
There could arise some un-fore seen challenges.
Q. What happens if I can not continue the trek all the way to Everest base camp?
There will be some support staff for guide. One Support staff will be allocated for every 4-5 trekking member. Some time you may be walking back with porter and wait for other members to arrive.
Q. Can I book a single room?
You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis however throughout your Himalayan Experience trip, rooming is organised on a twin share basis.
Q. Safety Information
Himalayan Experience runs trips in keeping with a basic travel safety policy. Should our local travel operator on the ground deem an area unsafe, trips will be cancelled so as to minimise risks to our groups. Please keep up to date with http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.html or other reliable sources as well.
Q. What is the best time of year to travel? What is the weather expected to be like in my chosen destination at the time I want to travel?
The Himalayan Experience pre-departure information provides guidelines about the trip. If you need to look at the current or next few days weather from Kathmandu, please visit www.himalayanexperience.net and click the climate watch box.
Q. Can I take a suitcase?
Yes you can bring the suitcase to Kathmandu and Chitwan. But there is weight limit for Kathmandu – Lukla flight. You are allowed to bring on 15 Kilos including hand carry. (5kg hand carry and 10 kg carry luggage).
Himalayan Experience will provide a free duffle bag at the hotel who likes to use. They are not waterproof. You may like to take some plastic bags or waterproof cover to protect your personal clothing.
We would still recommend that you bring a backpack or soft bag. Porters are not always available to carry your luggage for you.
Q. Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?
Yes. Starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you at your own risk. Some time nominal fee is charged for this service.
Q. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
Please refer to the packing 'checklist' on your Trip Notes. But if you are going to Nepal, it can be hired easily in Kathmandu @ $ 3 per day.
Q. Is Himalayan Experience financially secure?
Yes. Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) is a legislated body governing the licensing and operation of travel agents in Australia except Northern Territory. Himalayan Experience has substantial financial reserves that requirements set down by Travel Compensation Fund [TCF]. Himalayan Experience’s Client Trust Account is audited and monitored yearly in accordance with TCF standards.
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Notes:It is much cheaper (& better for the Nepali economy) to gear up in Kathmandu. You can buy anything you
need including down jackets, gaiters, walking poles, power adaptors ($3), stash sacks ($10), diamox &
water purification tablets. Jackets & sleeping bags can also be hired. ($3 ea. per day) Quality is not up to
Australian standards, but will do, most of the time.