Linked to Nepal by the Friendship Highway lies Tibet, The Roof of the World. Still a remote frontier it offers some of the most breathtaking scenery and the highest Mountain Range on Earth.Passing through the countryside of Nepal the scene changes dramatically as the road zig zags through the deep cut, lush Gorges of the BhotKoshi River and steep mountains before winding down to the stark, expansive plateaus of Tibet.Roads pass by whitewashed villages of flat rooved, mud brick houses with their smoking juniper chimney's, shepherds herding their long haired goats and yaks, fields of barley, picturesque lakes and mountains and a culture steeped in history and tradition. The native people of Tibet strike a dramatic contrast to the landscape with their colourfuly woven clothes, bright faces, infectious smiles and resilient natures. Roads wind their way to overnight destinations of Xegar, Shigatse and Gyatse where the monestaries Tashilhumpu, Phalkor and Khumbum are visited. You will find yourself in an atmosphere created by religious art, Buddhist icons, burning butter lamps,insence smoke and resident monks. Castle fortresses, cobbled streets, open air markets and Tibetan fare also set the mood.Along the plateaus awe inspiring mountain ranges make their breathtaking presence felt on the horizon, with a view of Everest, known as Chomolongma by Tibetan's meaning "Goddess Mother of the Universe"] seen from Tingri and the sacred mountain of the Snow Lion. The road slowly climbs to where prayerflags and manistone cairns adorn the high mountain passes and the dazzling Glacier of Mount Nozinkangsa [7,223m] on Karo La Pass [5,010m] looms unexpectedly around the bend. After a drive around Tibet's third largest holy lake [Yamdrok Tso], The Turquiose Lake, a panoramic view can be seen from atop the Kamba La Pass [4,794m]. 

Winding down following the banks of the Yarlung Tsanpo River , (theYarlung Valley being the birthplace of Tibetan culture) Lhasa is reached by highway. Still a city of intrigue offering experiences and establishments of the old world.Religious practices and rituals can still be seen, especially around festival times, with the Holiest Temple in Tibet, the 7th century Jokhang, [Llasa's Cathedral] being a pigrimage destination and sacred circumambulation path. Prostrations are carried out daily by devotees in the front of the Temple which is. surrounded by the open air Bazaar of Bharkor where a large variety of crafts and wares can be obtained. The Potala Palace dating from 1645 looms majestically above the city while the vendors and restaurants of the modern world bustle below. The People's Park opposite makes a good vantage point. The Gates of the Silver Snow Lions guard the entrance to the Summer Palace, [Norbolinka], a peaceful park being home to the remaining residences of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas which they occupied for six months of the year. Tibetan artifacts and evidence of the 14th Dalai Lamas connections to the west can be viewed.

5km from Llasa is the Sera Monestary where the Colleges of Instruction are still evident and monks discussing points of doctrine learned during the morning studies can often be seen in the Debating Courtyard during the afternoon. 8km from Llasa, Deprung Monestary, once the world's largest, housed the 3rd, 4th and 5th Dalai Lamas before the building of the Potala Palace. It also hosts some rock carvings and murals of note. There are numerous additional sights to see around Llasa in the old Tibetan quarter with smaller active temples and shrines. The Cave Temple of Chago Ri, [the hill faces the Potala Palace]], known for its rock carvings. Lukhong, a temple on a lake island in the Ching drol Chiling Park and Gumolingka Island in the middle of the Llasa River makes an excellent vantage point for photos of the Potala Palace.

Shopping opportunities abound in the streets of Llasa where Tibetan and Han culture meet. With a large range of restaurants and local cuisine to experience a stroll around the Lhingkor, the devotional route encompassing the old city may be welcomed.

Departing from Gongkar Airport (90km south of Lhasa), the 70min flight to Kathmandu flies above the towering Himalayas, 7 of the world's highest peaks.

Outline Itinerary:

Drive in - Fly out or vice Versa

Day 01: Kathmandu-Zhangmu(2,500m) 132km:

Day 02: Zhangmu - Xegar (3,900m) 244km

Day 03: Xegar-Xigatse (3,900m) 244km:

Day 04: Xigatse-Gyantse (3,950m) 90km:

Day 05: Gyantse-Lhasa (3,650m) 261km

Day 06-07:In Lhasa:

Day 08: Lhasa- Kathmandu or onward destination.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

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).

 

GROUP SIZE:

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).

 

GUIDE:

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.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

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.

TRANSPORTATION:

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:

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.

 

Health:

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.

 

Insurance:

 Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

 

Itinerary Changes:

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.

 

TRIP EXTENSIONS

 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.

 

BOOKING CONDITIONS

  1. It is fundamental you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary can be taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by international or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural calamities etc. In such cases, Himalayan Experience or its local operator shall provide suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Himalayan experience shall not be responsible such a situation
  2.  Your booking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of US$300 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us. Those joining the tour in Kathmandu can pay the balance on arrival.
  3. If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:

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

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 (Sat): Kathmandu-Zhangmu(2,500m) 132km:

Early morning drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside with spectacular Himalayan view including Mt. Langtang (7,246m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,975m) and Mt. Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and from the Friendship Bridge, start 1 and half hour walk (subject to road conditions) uphill to the Chinese Immigration. After necessary border formalities - Overnight (O/N) at Zhangmu.

 

Day 02: Zhangmu - Xegar (3,900m) 244km:

Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the World with typical Tibetan landscape offering the sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over Nyalam Pass (3,800m) and Lalung La (5,050m) with breath taking close up views of Mt. Xisapangma (8,212m) & world's hight mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.O/N at Xegar.

 

Day 03: Xegar-Xigatse (3,900m) 244km

Continue scenic drive to Xigatse, crossing over a pass of 5,220m with a visit to Shakya Monastery on the way (time permitting and on extra cost) O/N at Xigatse.

 

Day 04: Xigatse-Gyantse (3,950m) 90km:

In the morning visit Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery and picturesque drive to Gyantse and visit Phalkor & Kumbum Monastery. O/N at Gyantse.

 

Day 05: Gyantse-Lhasa (3,650m) 261km:

Full day pictuiresque drive crossing over high passes like Karo La (5,010m) & Kamba La (4,794m) via Yamadrok Lake (Torquise Lake) and the Tibetan life line river Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahma Putra). O/N at Lhasa.

 

Day 06-07: In Lhasa:

Two full days sightseeing tour of Lhasa with Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Drepung & Sera Monasteries.

 

Day 08: Lhasa-Kathmandu (Trans-Himalayan Flight-1hr):

Early morning drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu with breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas including Mt. Everest and Mt.Kanchenjunga.

Trek Cost Details:

COST : US$ ......

COST INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Twin Share accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • 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

 

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 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 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.

 

Time Zone:

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.

 

Visa:

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.

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 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

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Birganj, Parsa
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar

Rest of the details can be obtained at: http://www.immi.gov.np/visa/provisional-visa-arrangement-fee

 

Duty Free:

Import:

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.

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 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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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 travel doctor or your GP before departure.

 

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 western standard.

 

Clothing:

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.

 

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.

 

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

Guide

Porte

Duffle bag

 

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

Travel insurance

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.

 

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

Group departure dates: 

2013
21-Sep    29-Sep     11-Oct     23-Oct    4-Nov    16-Nov    15-Dec

2014
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Recommended equipment/packing list

Footwear:

  • Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow
  •  thick socks
  • light socks
  • camp shoes / slippers

Clothing:

  • Down or fibre filled waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sweater or fleece jacket
  • underwear
  • warm and cotton trousers or jeans
  • shirts and T-shirts
  • thermals
  • wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • Track suit

Other equipment:

  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons)
  • Trekking holdhall or stash sack with lock (keep approx 10kg – weight restriction at the domestic flight)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small alarm clock
  • 5 small clothes pegs
  • head torch / flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  • gaiters (optional, for walking through snow)
  • walking poles (optional, helps on icy path)

Other items:

  • Insect repellent
  • toilet articles
  • wet wipes (very handy)
  • small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • lip salve
  • plasters
  • personal medical kit
  • diamox / altitude sickness tablets
  • water purification tablets
  • toilet roll
  • laundry soap
  • laundry bag
  • pocket knife
  • small towel
  • sewing kit
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • cards
  • diary
  • Polar / cotton Liner for sleeping bag
  • Pillow Case

Admin:

  • Approx: $20-30 cash for your meal. If you go to high classes restaurants, will cost more.
  • 4 x passport size photos (2 for Nepal entry visa, 2 for trekking registration)
  • Lightweight gifts - pens & pencils etc.
  • Photocopy of visa, passport & insurance
  • 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 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.