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With Eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. The Everest trek is justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, Start festivals and monasteries. The Sagarmatha National Park is rich with flora and fauna, but the existence of the yeti remains a mystery.This trek starts with an exhilarating 35 minutes mountain flight into the airstrip at Lukla. From here you trek slowly upwards to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. It is not long before you glimpse your first view of Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this point it is still many days walk away, but with careful acclimatization it is not long before you find yourself high up in the heart of the Khumbu region. You visit Tengboche monastery en route before continuing on to your goal, an ascent of Kala Pattar, a rocky outcrop to the west of Everest. This vantage point gives fantastic views of the Ice Fall and South Col as well as the immense south-west face of Everest which was first climbed in 1975 by Chris Bonington’s team.This is truly a classic trek, which undoubtedly gives one of the best mountain views in the world. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges.

Trip Highlights:

  • See the highest peak in the world.
  • Magnificent panoramas of mountains.
  • Sherpa culture and hospitality.
  • Lush forests of birch and pine.
  • Many trekking peaks to climb.
  • Connecting treks to remote areas.

Trip Facts:

  • Grade:Moderate
  • Trip Duration:17 days
  • Max. Altitude:5545m
  • Season:Sep – May
  • Trekking:Teahouse
  • Accommodation:4 Nights in Kathmandu (4 Star Hotel) ,12 nights in trekking lodge
  • Transportation:Flight

Outline Itinery:

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) trek to Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3867m)

Day 07: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m)

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260m)

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m)

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep

Day 11: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pherich (4243m.)

Day 12: Pheriche to Thyangboche (3867 m)

Day 13: Thyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m )

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu fly Out

Day 16: Free Day

Day 17: International Departure

General Information:

Time Zone: 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: +977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

Note: Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Switziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as the website may not have been updated recently. 

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or 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.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj • Parsa • Kodari , Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar. Further details can be obtained on request.

 

Duty Free:

Import: 

Apart from your 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.

Export:

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.

 

Bank & Currency:

Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) 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.

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.

ATM:

ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

Insurance:

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:

Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. If you are going on a trek,  good to save your tipping money to guide and porters.

 

Can I bargain?

Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide:

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. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek. Bottle of water is available to purchase widely.

 

Medical Services:

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 a western standard.

 

Immunization:

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 a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf 

 

Climate:

Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with the geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has namely five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The valley of Kathmandu has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of the precipitation is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang.An interesting fact is that there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

 

Here’s a brief view of the average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

Place

Summer (May, June, July)

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Kathmandu

28.1

19.5

312

19.3

3.0

15.4

Pokhara

29.7

21.3

829.7

20.3

7.7

26.3

Chitwan

33.0

25.3

404.0

24.1

8.3

13.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture:

Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century.A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalis are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

 

Religion:

Nepal was declared a secular country by the Parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.

Buddha is widely worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. The five Dhyani Buddhas; Vairochana, Akshobhaya, Rathasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi, represent the five basic elements: earth, fire, water, air and ether. Buddhist philosophy conceives these deities to be the manifestations of Sunya or absolute void. Mahakaala and Bajrayogini are Vajrayana Buddhist deities worshipped by Hindus as well.

Hindu Nepalis worship the ancient Vedic gods. Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer, are worshipped as the Supreme Hindu Trinity. People pray to the Shiva Linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva in most Shiva temples. Shakti, the dynamic element in the female counterpart of Shiva, is highly revered and feared. Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati, Ishwari are some of the names given. Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, also represents Shakti.Other popular deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Hanuman for protection. Krishna, believed to be the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped widely. Hindu holy scripts Bhagawat Gita, Ramayan and Mahabharat are widely read in Nepal. Vedas, Upanishads and other holy scriptures are read by well learned Brahmin Pundits during special occasions.

 

Customs:

The diversity in Nepal in terms of ethnicity again makes room for various sets of customs. Most of these customs go back to the Hindu, Buddhist or other religious traditions. Among them, the rules of marriage are particularly interesting. Traditional marriages call for deals arranged by parents after the boy or girl come of age.

Nepalis do not eat beef. There are several reasons for this, one being that the Hindus worship cow. Cow is also the national animal of Nepal. Another interesting concept among Nepalis is division of pure and impure. “Jutho” referring to food or material touched by another’s mouth directly or indirectly, is considered impure by Nepalis. Nepalis consider cow dung to be pure for cleansing purposes. During menstruation women are considered impure and hence, are kept in seclusion until their fourth day purification bath.Nepal is a patriarchal society. Men usually go out to work while women are homemakers. However, in cities, roles can differ. Most Nepalis abide by the caste system in living habits and marriage. Rural Nepal is mostly agrarian, while some aspects of urban life carry glitz and glamour of the ultra-modern world.

 

Food:

Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakai cuisines. Most Nepalis do not use cutlery but eat with their right hand.The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalis. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make meals in some homes.

Detail Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide is try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, Religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath:-  west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath:- Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) trek to Phakding

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) Flight takes around 30 minutes. Lukla is a small town with an Domestric airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m) it takes approximately three hours. Trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

 

Day 04: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) takes approximately five hours. The trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. Cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar.  Climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. Continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale  enter a forested mountainside. Follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks – the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Kosi you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

 

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)

Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khhumjung where you can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. .There is also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.

 

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3867 m.)

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3867 m) takes around five hours. Leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. As you make your way around a branch ridge, Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. Descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. Though you cannot see it, you can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Thyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Thyangboche (3867m). You may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. There are a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Thyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful.

 

Day 07: Thyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m)

Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m) takes approximately five hours. Leave Thyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop and descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. Pass a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Deboche. Go on to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite bank. Ascend the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and monastery , take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snowcapped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m) Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

 

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.)

Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m) for acclimatization. Remarkable acclimatization day. Breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You have another option as you can hike upto Chhukum. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. On the same day you come back to Dingboche and have rest.

 

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.)

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) takes about five and half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.

 

Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (m)

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (m.)  Takes  about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through rocky path and Khumbu glacier. View of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear at the front of you. Sometime the avalanche can be seen on the way. After a great moment, you retrace back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.

 

Day 11: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4243m)

Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4243m.) and it takes about six hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

 

Day 12: Pheriche to Thyangboche (3867 m.)

Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. You can enjoy a morning visit to the research center. Then, trek back to Thyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views.

 

Day 13: Thyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) which takes about four and half hours. The walk from Thyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. There is an opportunity to visit one of its monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for the overnight.

 

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) it takes about five hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

 

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu fly

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

 

Day 16: Kathmandu free day of your own.

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

 

Day 17: Final Departure.

All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.

COST: $2699

COST INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Twin Share accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu – Lukla return flight for trekking members and Guide
  • Accommodation in lodges during trek
  • Required Crew members
  • Everest trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • National Park Fee
  • All cost for trekking staff (First Aid Eco trained government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two members while on the trek)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staffs
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All Meals during the trekking
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Time Zone:     5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: 977                                         

Electricity:      220V, 50 Hz

 

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.

 

Itinerary changes:

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 the 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.

 

Documents:

  • All trekking members should provide a scanned copy of their passport to Himalayan Experience at least two weeks prior to departure. Passport details should be provided as soon as booking is confirmed. We will need to passport details to organize local flights, permits and various types of bookings.
  • 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.
  • Postal address: PO Box 101, Stepney SA 5069

 

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

 

Note: 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 can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as  the website may not have been updated recently.

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia  (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or 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.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj, Parsa • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi • Gaddachauki , Mahendranagar. Further details can be obtained on request.

 

 

Duty Free:

Import: Apart from your 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.

Export: 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.

 

Currency: Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) Nepalese Rupees (Currency conversion subject to change). Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Most places, you will be charged approx. 4% on credit card. 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: ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

 

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

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 to India, Tibet and Bhutan US$ is widely accepted.

 

Insurance: 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. It can be purchased through this link www.himalayan-experience.net and click the cover more insurance box and purchase the insurance using the flowing link Or https://secure.covermore.com.au/agent/home.aspx?AlphaCode=AAN0660  Or        http://www.1cover.com.au/?affID=10004 .The best idea is to ask us and we will organize it for you.

 

Tipping: Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. So good to save your tipping money to the trekking staffs who would be carrying your bags, looking after you for several days on extreme weather or up or down hill.

 

Can I bargain?: Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide: 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.

 

Medical Services: 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 a western standard.

 

Immunization: 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 a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEC-handouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf

 

Clothing: Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended from May through October for Kathmandu and Pokhara. Warm clothes are needed for winter. An umbrella or a raincoat is a necessity for the monsoons.

 

Climate: 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.

 

Are airport transfers included in the trip price?:

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 a taxi on your own, it will cost you approx: $ 10 - 15 to the city.

 

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.

 

Are there western toilets available?

Accommodation in Kathmandu is very modern and they have western toilets. However some lodges have regular access to western toilets while others don't. The more remote the place the less likely you are to find western toilet facilities. Some lodges you will be staying at will have private bathrooms.

 

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 on competitive price. Most of the time we offer less than internet.  For Everest Base camp Trek, domestic flight to and from Lukla is included. If the weather is bad and helicopter required, it is not included in the cost. It is advised to purchase the insurance if it includes to cost of schedule changes.

 

Is airport tax included in the price?

Yes it is included in the price.  

 

Why are your prices so low and who will be my guide/leader?

Himalayan Experience’s Director is from the Himalayan region with 25 years of local tour organising experience. Dipak Dhamala also knows most of the suppliers very well.  Our local travel agent uses well experience local tour leaders and these trips are also run on a twin share basis. So single travelers 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. Also designed to support the local economy to create the local jobs. Himalayan Experience Group Adventures are led by experienced local leaders, who have enough experience and know their own country intimately. So Himalayan Experience could offer a very competitive price. 

 

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 weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

What is included in the trip price?

  • Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing if included on the itinerary. Some itinerary includes sightseeing. Please look at your detail itinerary.
  • All transport listed in the itinerary
  • All permits and national park fees for the trek
  • Kathmandu – Lukla return flight
  • Catered Lodge accommodation on the trek as per itinerary
  • Guide
  • Porter
  • Light duffle bag (as there is weight restriction on the plane to Lukla)
  • Diamox / altitude sickness preventative tablets (please seek advise from your doctor to take it)

 

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
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities like sightseeing and all personal expenses

 

What happens if a local flight gets 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 your own expenses in Kathmandu. But Can’t guarantee the standard of accommodation as it is last minute arrangements.

 

Why accommodation cost is not included in Kathmandu if Lukla flight get cancelled?

 As this night is included at cheaper accommodation at lodge in mountain. So accommodation in Kathmandu is not the same cost as mountain. So this cost is your own expenses or claim the insurance.  “0” Excess insurance could be handy in this kind of situation if your insurance covers this kind of costs.

 

What happens if the flight gets cancelled in Lukla to return Kathmandu?

Accommodation for one night will be provided with breakfast. Local travel agent will re-organize the next available flight. If you require helicopter, you will have to pay and claim the insurance when you are back home.

 

What happens if I can’t 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 the porter and wait for other members to arrive.

 

What are the challenges:

  • Flight could get cancelled due to bad weather and you may have to wait to catch the next available flight or take helicopter.
  • There could be heavy snow falls. You may have stay in one place until it is possible and safe enough to walk to the next place.
  • There are 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 be required. Useful article to read for altitude sickness: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEC-handouts/Altitude_Illness.pdf
  • There could arise some other unforeseen challenges.

 

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. We also can organize single room on extra cost. Some places there are limited lodges and if incase we can’t organize as many single room booked, it will be refunded. You will have to pay directly to our local agent for single room supplement cost. If in case some places not possible to organize single room, the cost will be returned for those particular night. 

 

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 the risks to our groups. Please keep up to date with http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.html or other reliable sources as well.

 

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.  The best information can be obtained talking to Mr. Dhamala on the phone at 0430 488 222 or 02 800 375 44. If you need to look at the current or next few days weather from Kathmandu, please visit www.himalayan-experience.net  and click the climate watch box.

 

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 none waterproof free duffle bag at the time of briefing. You may like to take some plastic bags or waterproof cover to protect your personal clothing if you like to use it. We would still recommend that you bring a backpack or soft bag. Porters are not always available to carry your luggage for you.

 

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 times a nominal fee is charged for this service.

 

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 @ $ 2 to 3 per day.

 

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 a requirement set down by Travel Compensation Fund [TCF]. Himalayan Experience’s Client Trust Account is audited and monitored yearly in accordance with TCF standards.

 

If we haven't answered yet?

Please contact us at

Himalayan Experience

Tel: 02 800 375 44

Dipak Dhamala

Hot line: 0430 488 222

E-mail: info@himalayan-experience.net

Web: www.himalayan-experience.net

Everest Trek Fixed Departure Dates:

Arrival Kathmandu   End at Kathmandu
4-Feb   20-Feb
     
28-Feb   16-Mar
     
15-Mar   31-Mar
     
25-Mar   10th April
     
2-Apr   18-Apr
     
11-Apr   27-Apr
     
20-Apr   6-May
     
2-May   17-May
     
9-May   24-May
     
16-May   31-May
     
19-Sep   5-Oct
     
26-Sep   12-Oct
     
4-Oct   20-Oct
     
18-Oct   3-Nov
     
8-Nov   24-Nov
     
26-Nov   12-Dec
     
18-Dec   3-Jan

Recommended equipment/packing check list:

 

Footwear:

Other equipment:

Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow

Trekking holdhall or stash sack with lock (keep approx 10kg – weight restriction at the domestic flight) – Provided in Kathmandu. Low quality.

Thick socks

Sleeping bag (4 seasons) Can be rented in Katmandu approx $ 2 to $ 3 per day.

Light socks

Day pack

Camp shoes / slippers

Water bottle

 

Sun cream (optional)

Clothing:

Sunglasses - Must

Down or fibre filled waterproof jacket & trousers

Small alarm clock

Sweater or fleece jacket

5 small clothes pegs

Underwear

Head torch / flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries

Warm and cotton trousers or jeans

Gaiters (optional, for walking through snow)

Shirts and T-shirts

Walking poles (optional, helps on icy path)

Thermals (few layers)

 

Gloves, Wool hat & Sun hat

 

Bathing suit (option), Track suit

 

Other items:

Insect repellent

Toilet articles

Wet wipes (very handy)

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Lip salve

Small towel

Personal medical kit

Toilet roll

Plasters

Laundry soap

Water purification tablets

Laundry bag

Pocket knife

Sewing kit

Binoculars

Camera

Playing cards

Diary

Polar / cotton Liner for sleeping bag

Pillow Case

 

 

 

Admin:

  • 4 x passport size photos (2 for Nepal entry visa if you have not organized visa before you leave, 2 for trekking registration)
  • Lightweight gifts - pens & pencils etc.
  • Photocopy of visa, passport & insurance
  • Approx: $30 cash per day
  • Money for tipping guides & porters  (withdraw before start of trek, as no access to ATM on the trek)

 

Notes:

It is much cheaper (& better for the Nepali economy) to gear up in Kathmandu. You can buy almost anything you need including down jackets $ 40, gaiters ($5-$10), walking poles $ 20, power adaptors ($3), stash sacks ($10), Diamox & water purification tablets $ 10. Jackets & sleeping bags can also be hired. ($2 to 3 ea. per day) Quality is not up to Australian standards, but will do, most of the time.