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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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:
Summer (May, June, July)
Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you trek in the Everest region, you feel like you are on top of the world, in fact, you virtually are! This spectacular trek from Lukla to Gokyo will offer you awesome scenery, giant glaciers, teal coloured glacial lakes and, from Gokyo Ri, a magnificent panorama of some of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu peaks.Gokyo Ri, aka Gokyo Peak (5,357 m, 17,575 ft above sea level), is a peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4,750 m, 15,583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From Gokyo Ri it is possible to see five 8,000-metre peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are in the area. The Gokyo trek is a fairly popular trekking route. The route itself ends at Gokyo Ri, and trekkers typically turn around at this point and retrace their steps back to the trailhead. There is an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier and just south of Taujun Lake. This alternative route leads east over the Cho La, a pass at 5,420 m (17,782 ft), where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trek. There is another higher summit just north of where the main Gokyo trek route ends. It stands at an altitude of 5,483 m (17,989 ft) above sea level.
Day 01: 08th October: Arrive Kathmandu:
Upon arrival meet Himalayan experience representative at the airport. Drive and check-in to the hotel. Overnight (O/N) at Kathmandu Eco Hotel.
Kathmandu valley stands at 1350 metres and the valley is surrounded by hills at an altitude of around 2400 metres. There are three important cities in the valley. Kathmandu, the Capital City of Nepal and also the political, cultural, commercial and business hub of the Kingdom, is located in the western end of the Kathmandu Valley. Its major places of interest are the Basantpur or Hanuman Durbar Square complex, Pashupatinath, Budhanilkantha, Swayambunath, Bouddhanath, the Rana palaces, and the historic city of Kirtipur. Patan, famous for its bronze and silverware, is located at the southern end of the Valley. The major highlights of Patan are the Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Royal Bath, Kumbheshwor Temple, The Golden Temple, and many other ancient, historic and artistic landmarks. It was one of the major architectural creations of the Malla Dynasty. The "Temple City" of Bhaktapur is located in the eastern end of the Valley, and is about 12 kms away from Kathmandu. It is a semi-fortified city that is very famous for its Palace of 55 Windows, the Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya Square and other historic monuments and heritage sites. Bhaktapur, renowned for its intricate woodcarvings and terra-cotta artistry, still preserves its precious culture and history.
[Meal code: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D=Dinner]
Day 02: 09th October Kathmandu B
5.00 AM drive to airport for one hours Mt. Everest scenic flight (06:15 flight). Breakfast will be served after your return to Hotel. Meet with guide and he will look after you for the day. Free day for organizing the equipment and walking tour of Thamel or Kathmandu Durbar square. O/N at Hotel Grand.
Day 3: 10th October: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 2700m / 3 hours)
In the morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m). The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip to Lukla. After landing we will meet our porters who will carry our equipment during our trek. The trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), we soon reach our lodge at Phakding. We aim for Jorsale if our flight is in time. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to again cross the Dudh Kosi, to Jorsale (2805m). O/N at lodge.
Day 4: 11th October: Namche Bazaar (3446m / 5-6 hours)
Today the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we move into our lodge in the heart of the village and then the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. O/N at lodge.
Day 5: 12th October: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatisation day)
We stay at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the high altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning. There is a superb panoramic view of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exist; perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) along the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Our guides will be on hand to offer us advice and to escort us on our walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the flatter areas around and above Shyangboche where beautiful views abound. The additional altitude gained can also be of importance in the acclimatisation process. O/N at lodge.
Day 06: 13th October: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3867m / 6 hrs)
From Namche a steep one-hour climb to Syangboche (3720 m) provides excellent views of Everest and Ama Dablam (Alternatively we can use direct route without going to Syangboche). From there we descend to Punki Thanka via Khumjung, then the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwangde (6187m,) Tawachhe (6542m) Everest (8848 m) Nuptse (7855m,) Lhotse (8618m,) Ama Dablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region. Thyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful. O/N at lodge.
Day 07: 14st October: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m / 5hrs)
It is a short, steep and muddy descent to Dingboche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. We then cross the bridge and ascend through the forest, past magnificently carved many stones to Pangboche at 3860m. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching Dingboche at 4240m. 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. O/N at lodge.
Day 08: 15th October: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.)
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: 16th October: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m / 5 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. O/N at Mother Earth lodge.
Day 10: 17th October: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep and return to Gorkshep (5200m / 6 hrs)
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. O/N at lodge.
Day 11: 18th October: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) & return to Lobuche - Zongla (4710m/15453ft - 6 hours)
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. From here, you head to the west toward Cho – La and reach Zongla. O/N at lodge.
Day 12: 19th October: Zongla - Thagnag (4500m/14764ft) via Chola-la cross (5420m / 6 - 10 hrs)
The early part of the trek goes through flat stone path for an hour passing through arid valley. Now you head towards steeply ascent path as you reach Chola glacier. You walk for half an hour along the icy trails. After you reach Chola pass the route moves down through the stony path until you reach Phedi. Today, we may need to self-sufficient for lunch. Some nuts or any easy bites would be ideal. The path goes ups and down for some distance and you arrive at ridge. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mount Everest. From here you climb down to Thangnag, a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machhermo peak and some others. People here mostly grow potato, buck wheat, wheat and some green vegetables. This is the most challenging day of the entire trip, which depends on the weather. Also it could be easier if we cross opposite direction. But our main goal is to get to Everest base camp and Kalapattar. So was chosen to cross this directions. Suggest to start as early as possible. But no later than 5:30 in the morning. Depends on the weather condition. You perhaps may need to hire crampons from Namche if there is early snow fall and good to carry Ice axe and perhaps ropes.
Day 13: 20th October: Thagnag (4500m) to Gokyo (4790m/4:30 hours)
Trek from Thangna to Gokyo (4750m.) which takes about four hours. To reach Gokyo your trails move along the glacier route until you reach first lake. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi stream upto Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. From Gokyo you can enjoy Dudh Pokhari lake.
Day 14: 21st October: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion
Rest day or excursion in and around Gokyo valley including Gokyo Ri 5340m. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, one of the largest glacier in Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake, the beautiful glacial lakes.
Day 15: 22nd October: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5483m]
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you might start just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. The best vantage point to enjoy the spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhoste, Everest and on a clear day Mt. Makalu. The vantage point can be reached in about 2-3 hours, from the summer grazing village of Gokyo.
Day 16: 23rd Octiber: Descend to Dole (4210m/ 5:00 hrs)
After breakfast walk to the village of Dole through Machermo following Dudh Koshi stream. There are yak pastures and few human settlements. From here you can have an excellent view of Tawoche.
Day 17: 24rd October: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446 m/ 6 hrs)
The walk from Machhermo is mostly downhill to Phortsetenga following the forest covered rhododendron, pine and local incense. After that the trails climb steeply until you reach Monglo, a place with tea shops. The path now descends gently to Khumjung, the typical Sherpa village of Khumjung. Sir Edmund Hllary establish the hospital here and the first high School in Khumbu area. Then a short climb to Syangboche, the highest airport in the world and Everest view hotel, then descend Namche Bazar to join the Lukla trail.
Day 18: 25th October: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2783m / 7 hours)
A four hour walk today descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, This is your final day trekking; it will take you around 3 hours to Lukla from Phakding . This evening you will have a farewell ceremony with guide and porters.
Day 19: 26th October: Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m)
You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 20: 27th October: Free day in Kathmandu. B
This day can be used as reserve day if In case of flight cancellation. ½ Day sightseeing in Kathmandu. O/N at Kathmandu Eco Hotel.
Day 21: 28th October: Kathmandu B Free day. Sightseeing (Option)
½ Day sightseeing tour (Bauddhanath and Bhaktapur) . Over night at hotel.
Bhaktapur: One of the three ancient cities of Nepal, and the only one to be heritage listed as an entire city, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture, as well as thriving local pottery and weaving industries. It is one of the few places left in Kathmandu that is free of cars and maintains a traditional way of life.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This spacious, beautiful square is packed from end to end with ancient temples and monuments including the ‘Lion Gate’ and ‘The Bell of the Barking Dogs.’ It’s a great place to explore for an hour or two and absorb the local life.
Nyatapola Temple: Dating back to 1702, this five-story pagoda is an impressive sight. Staring down at you from the terraces are intricately carved figures of wrestlers, elephants, lions and griffins.
Dattatreya Square: The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty till the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples. The Peacock Window, which is also called the "Mona Lisa of Nepal", is a rare masterpiece in wood. Dating back to the early 15th Century, the unique latticed window has an intricately carved peacock in its centre.
Bouddhanath : 8km from the city centre, this is Kathmandu’s largest Stupa. It’s especially colourful on Saturdays, when Tibetan refugees flock here to pray.
Day 22: 29th October: Free on your own or departure
COST : US$ 1499
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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. 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 Or https://secure.covermore.com.au/agent/home.aspx?AlphaCode=AAN0660 Or http://www.1cover.com.au/?affID=10004
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 at 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: TUTUhttp://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEC-handouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdfUUTT
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?
The land price of your trip does not include:
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. But Can’t guarantee the standard of accommodation as it is last minute arrangements. “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?: Accommodation for one night will be provided with breakfast. Local travel agent will reorganize 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:
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.
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 TUTUhttp://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.htmlUUTT 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.
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Dipak Dhamala: Hot line: 0430 488 222
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.