Everest Base Camp Trek (Non Indian Nationals)

from $ 1,350.00

The Himalaya are a complex skein of ranges and probably, the mightiest geographical feature on the surface of the earth. With more than a hundred peaks 7000m above sea level and about twenty peaks reaching almost 8000m are higher than the highest mountains in the rest of the world. The Himalayan mass which is about 3200 km long and 480m wide has successive ranges are steeped up and the highest peaks tend to be the furthest and appear to be dwarfed by smaller peaks. In the midst of all these mountains lies the mighty Everest.

Nepal is known as the “Land of the Himalaya” the world over. There are 1,310 peaks above 6000 meters of which 238 are already opened for climbing. Likewise, out of fourteen 8000 meters peaks eight of them, including the highest in the world, Mount Everest lies in Nepal. The other seven are namely Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna. This trek to Everest Base Camp is probably the only trail in the world where so many mighty and magnificent Himalayas can been seen at such close proximity.

Mount Everest is also known by the Tibetan name Chomolangma (goddess mother of the snows), and by the Nepali name Sagarmatha (Mother of the Universe).

When Mallory was questioned why he wanted to climb Everest he replied :- “Because it is there”; but it took more than 3 decades and in this period more than 20 expeditions tried but failed to summit the mighty and magnificent Mt. Everest. Finally on May 28th 1953 – Mt. Everest was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and till 2003 1300 climbers has reached the ‘Top of the World’. Today, after more than 5 decades, the trail to the mighty and magnificent mountain remains the same. Passing through Sherpa villages we do see a lot of changes with cyber-cafes and pubs with pool tables along the way. However, one thing that has remained constant over the generations is the absolutely spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Big Three– Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse.

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. En-route, traverse through rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions. The Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Trekkers get a close view of the world’s greatest mountains, Everest, Lhotse 8516 meters, Nuptse, Thamserku 6623 meters, Tawache and others.

Today, after more than 5 decades, the trail to the mighty and magnificent mountain remains the same. Passing through Sherpa villages we do see a lot of changes with cyber-cafes and pubs with pool tables along the way. However, one thing that has remained constant over the generations is the absolutely spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Big Three-Mt. Everest 8848 meters, Mt. Lhotse 8516 meters and Mt Nuptse.

 

Note: Separate cost will be provided on request based on choice of category of hotels and other necessary programs if required. Suggested altogether

 

 

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    All about the Everest Base Camp Trek (Non Indian Nationals).

    TRIP FACTS

     Best Period:           Feb, Mar, April, May – Oct, Nov, Dec

    Trek Period:            11 Nights / 12 Days

    Flights:                    2 Ways. (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu)

    Trek Type:              Moderate to Strenuous

    Highest Altitude:    5545 meters

    Warning:                 Altitude Sickness.

    Trek Start Point:     Lukla

    Trek End Point:      Lukla

    Accommodations: Lodges on trek

    Trek Cost:               (*Details of cost included /excludes given at the bottom of the itinerary.

     

    (Please note all times mentioned are estimated and not actual hours and may vary as per individual, physical, weather & Group conditions) 

     

    FEATURES

     National Park: Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms)

     Mountains:     Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Amadablam, Nuptse, Tawatse, Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.

    Rivers:            Bhote Koshi, Dudh Koshi and Imjatse Khola.

     Villages:         Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, etc

     Tribes:            Mostly Sherpa’s, Rai’s, Tamang’s & Tibetans

     Forests:          Of Rhododendron and Pine.

    Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transfer from Hotel / Domestic Airport / Hotel in a private deluxe a/c vehicle accompanied by the representative / guide from Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
    • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu @ USD 358.00 per person for both ways inclusive of all the airport taxes. (Subjected to change without prior notice)
    • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu for the trek guide inclusive of his airport tax which is a special Nepali fare. (Subjected to change without prior notice)
    • Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees of USD $ 30.00 per person. (Subjected to change without prior notice)
    • Trekker Information Management System Card (TIMS) Card of USD $ 10.00 per person. (Subjected to change
    • 11 Nights / 12 Days trek in the Everest / Khumbu region inclusive of accommodations at standard Lodges / Guest houses (Rooms with attached baths will be provided only at Phakding, Namche, Thyangboche, Dingboche, Pheriche, Lukla) and all meals (breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) prepared by the cook at the Tea Houses / Lodges from the menu upon discussion with the group’s preference and the things that are available.
    • Services of an experienced (knowledgeable and trained in High altitude and first aid) Trek Sirdar /Escort/Guide.
    • Locally hired Porters who will assist the guest to carry their luggage.
    • All expenses for the guide and support staff including their daily allowances which includes their meals and accommodations as well.
    • Contribution to Guide and Porter Insurance
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • Government taxes and tolls and entrance fees where applicable.
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International Airfares.
    • Nepal Visa fees (If applicable).
    • Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu & other necessary arrangements in Kathmandu except the pre and post trek airport transfers for the trek.
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) while the guest stay at hotels in Kathmandu (except a welcome dinner on the day of arrival)
    • Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
    • Personal medication
    • Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
    • Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses.
    • Costs incurred due to cancellation of flights, altitude sickness or unforeseen circumstances (riots, natural calamities etc) and situations beyond the control of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
    • Tips for the trek staff
    • Any item not mentioned in the above ‘cost includes’.
    1. Day 1 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m) and trek to Phakding (2652m)

      Early morning transfer to the airport escorted by Trek Guide and fly to Lukla (2880m). This 45 minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival, meet porters and while they reassemble and pack the bags, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of cobbled street.

      The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. There are suspension bridges to connect the main trail and the villages along the way.

      The main trail is also shared by packed animals and local porters, so it is advisable always to walk on the wall side and leave the way for the potters and animals. From there we follow the regular trail passing small villages of Chaurikharka, Cheplung, Thado Koshi and Ghat with shops and restaurants along the way, it’s from here were we will have the glance of the Mt. Kusum khanguru (.6369m). Continue further past the monastery, Mani walls and chorten to arrive at the posh looking Yeti Mountain Lodge, from here climb gently to finally arrive at the cluster of lodges at Phakding (2,652 m). Upon arrival at Phakding we check in to the lodge. Rest of the day is free to relax or browse around this small village

       

                     Dinner and overnight at the lodge           

                Duration of Trek:  3 ½ – 4 hours.     

       

    2. Day 2 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

      Leave the main village and the follow the trail on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside, small wayside villages and a monastery. We cross the Dudh Koshi at Benkar where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow peaks Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Mt. Thamserku (6623m). Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch. After lunch, trek up to the check post to check the permits and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest.

      This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest. Our first good views are of the west ridge of Kusum Kangru (6369m). Follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing over a suspension bridge, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar. Near half waypoint at top danda, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m) – the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air.

      Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, ”Welcome to Namche Bazaar” but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town. Upon arrival at Namche Bazaar (3447 m) check into the lodge. This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt. Thamserku (6648 m) and Kongde Ri (6624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbi Yul (5707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.

                     Dinner and overnight at the lodge          

                 Duration of Trek: 5 – 5 ½   hours

    3. Day 3 Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

      After a leisurely breakfast, excursion to Hotel Everest View which starts from the main square in Namche bazaar with a flight of cobbled stone steps all the way  to Shyangboche airstrip (3790 meters), which was built to serve Hotel Everest View. Cross the airstrip and climb past the telephone tower to a trail that leads off to the right (east wards) the trail somewhat levels at the top of the ridge, from here the trail is gradual all the way to the single storey hotel at 3890 meters. Hotel Everest View, as the name suggest have the amphitheater views of the giants of the Himalayas Mt. Everest (8,848 M), Mt Lhotse (8,516 M), Mt Nuptse (7,855 M), Mt Tawoche (6,542 M), Mt.Cholatse (6,440 M), Mt. Amadablam (6,814 M), Mt. Kangtega (6,783 M), Mt. Thamserku (6,618 M) and Mt. Kusum Khangaru (5,808 M) is what is on offer (Weather Permitting)

                     Note: Please allow for some money today to spend for tea/coffee at the Hotel Everest View as we will be using the premises of the Hotel

       After enjoying the views, backtrack to Namche. Along the trail you may also lookout for the Danphe (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal.

      Post Lunch, free to explore the Namche bazaar and may be even enjoy a coffee at the local bakery.

       

      Later visit the famous Bazaar, the hub of the Khumbu. Many traders from Tibet are also seen mingling with the local populace.

       Dinner and Overnight at the lodge       

       Duration of Trek: 3 ½ – 4 hours.

       

    4. Day 4 Trek from Namche to Thyangboche (3860 M) & continue to Devouche for overnight

      After breakfast there is a steep climb for about 20 minutes and after we pass a bank we reach a big prayer stone. From there the path is steady with magnificent views of the Himalayas especially of the Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku and Kangtega.

      After reaching the re-forestation nursery at Tashinga, the trail drops steeply to cross the Dudh Koshi at Phunke Tenga (3250m), next to several large water driven prayer wheels. Here we stop for lunch in one of the local lodges. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Thyangboche Monastery and one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kangtega and is a classic setting with superb views back up the valley to the Amadablam, and the Everest poking its south west face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and Lhotse. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m).

      The Thyangboche Monastery is one of the most important monasteries of the Khumbu Region and the late afternoon can be spent visiting this ancient Monastery. It is the traditional place where all Everest Expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards the base camp.

      After visiting the monastery set out on the trail with a short, steep and muddy descent through a forest of birch, conifer and rhododendron to the meadows of Devouche.

      Rest of the day at leisure.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

       Duration of Trek: 5 ½ -6 hours.

    5. Day 5 Trek from Devouche to Dingboche (4410 M)

      After breakfast, set out on a level trail trough forests to arrive at a newly constructed bridge high above the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River with fine views of Mt. Amadablam. Cross the bridge and climb for another 10 minutes to arrive at a resting place. Continue to climb till a pass and then there is a gentler walk to the village of Pangboche (3985m) which also has a monastery. The monastery lies more on the route to Phortse and is not easily reached from the lower trail and for those who desire to visit the monastery, the trail bifurcates just before the village after the pass and a hard half hour of climb up the ridge brings one to this fabled monastery. At the monastery is housed the Scalp of the Yeti which traveled the world in the 60’s. From Pangboche the trail gradually ascends towards Shomare following the Imja River where we will stop for lunch.

      After lunch in the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea-houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular although Everest has disappeared behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge; the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation. We are now almost completely above the tree line. In clear conditions, look out for spectacular sunsets here and on Amadablam. Today’s walk is quite tiring due to the altitude, so it is important to take notice of your leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge 

      Duration of Trek: 5 – 5 ½ hours

       

    6. Day 6 Rest and acclimatization at Dingboche (4410 M)

      As per the study on high altitude sickness, it has been found that most of the people suffer or show signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) from the altitude of 14,000 ft. Thus it is highly recommended to have a rest day to acclimatize at this altitude before starting an ascent.

      A trekkers’ sub aid post operates at Dingboche, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association and Tokyo Medical College. A western physician is usually in attendance during the trekking season. This establishment, and the doctors who operates it, specialize in the study and treatment of altitude sickness and strive to educate trekkers in the dangers of too fast an ascent to high altitudes.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

      Duration of Trek: 3 ½ – 4 hours.

    7. Day 7 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4931 m)

      After breakfast take left hand trail and start ascend towards the top of the hill which has number of Chorten. From the Chorten, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuche Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally fairly flat on wide-open fields. After arrival at the ridge, descend, for about ten minutes, cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for an early lunch.

      After lunch, there is a steep ascent for about an hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to those brave mountaineers who died during expeditions. The memorial chortens dots the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. Further on the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and the rugged beauty create almost a moonscape. The campsite at Lobuche is reached after another hour of steady trekking through the moraine and is situated in a windswept valley with the enchanting views of the Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m).

      (Note: due to unavailability of water, this is the only lunch stop available).

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

      Duration of Trek: 4 ½ – 5 hours.

    8. Day 8 Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5180m) / Everest Base Camp (5360m) and Back

      From Lobuche, the trek begins with a pleasant walk with a vista of the Himalayan giants surrounding the landscape and a short climb brings one to another valley. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The trail continues to slowly contour on the open landscape and after about an hour, there is a steep ascent for about 10/ 15 minutes. Climb slowly to a ridge and then continue on a trail of rocks caused by rockslides. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Ghorakshep and then descend to Ghorakshep, a settlement with 4/5 tea houses to stay for overnight.

      This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. In 1953 the British Everest expedition called this “lake camp’. Ghorakshep or ”graveyard of the crows” has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach of the 1963 US expedition and the monument of Indian Ambassador H. Dayal, who died during a visit to the Everest Base Camp after the 1965 Indian expedition, are north-east of the lake.

      The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not spectacular as the ascent of Kalapatthar because there is no view of Everest itself from the base camp. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse, which loom over the Base Camp, shades the view of Everest After a quick lunch, trek begins from Ghorakshep lodge first through wide open moonscape land and then along the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks passing by the memorials of Rob Hall and Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The trail continues on a ridge from where a small glimpse of Mt. Everest can be seen. At the end of the ridge, a scrabbling descent leads to the entry into the Khumbu Glacier. The trail through the glacier is an interesting one in that one can actually feel as if one is inside a fridge with the cold seeping from all sides. The Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camp for Lhotse and Nuptse.

      It is not actually a specific site as various expeditions have elected different locations for a semi permanent camp during their assault on the mountains. Some of the sites that expeditions have used as base camps are identifiable form debris on the glacier at 5360m or more. However the highlight of the trip to this place is the sight of the Khumbu icefall and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is an interesting and an exhilarating one. Later return to Ghorakshep.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

      Duration of Trek: 7 ½ – 8 ½ hours.

       

    9. Day 9 Excursion to - Kalapathar (5545 m) & back to Pheriche (4280 M)

      Early wake up and then after a quick cup of tea/coffee, set off by taking the left-hand side trail and head straight up the hill to Kalaphattar (5545m) for views of Mt. Everest. The trek up to the top is an arduous one and takes about a 2 ½ to 3 hrs to reach the top.

      The early morning or late afternoon is the best time to view Mt. Everest from this vantage point as the sun is behind the observer and directly on the mountains in front. The climb to the Kalapatthar though tough, is well worth it as the views from here are breathtaking. The giants of the earth are all around including Mt. Pumori (7145m), Everest (8848m), and China’s peak Changtse (7553m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m), Amadablam (6812m) and many others. Later return to Ghorakshep for a much needed breakfast.

      After some rest set out backtracking on scattered rocks and jumbled moraines to return to Pheriche. The trek immediately starts with downhill through the rocky path with snow covered mountain views.

      Upon arrival at Pheriche check in to the lodge and later one is free to relax and explore around the village.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

      Duration of Trek: 6 ½ 7 ½ hours

    10. Day 10 Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3440m)

      Descending takes a lot less hours and effort and obviously AMS is no longer an issue, enjoy the passes and forest until we reach Namche in about 6 hours for the overnight stay.

      Dinner and overnight at the lodge

      Duration of Trek: 8 hours.

    11. Day 12 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1340 M)

      After a hearty breakfast, walk up to the airport and later board the 45 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.

    AFTER ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

     

    1. TREK BRIEFING:

    On your arrival in Kathmandu, we will arrange to meet for a pre-trek briefing. Full information on all aspects of your trek, questions and doubts will be discussed. On trek your Sherpa leader (sirdar) will give you more details about the route, villages, people and other information regarding the trek.

     

    1. PACKING:

    Please bear in mind the domestic airline baggage weight restrictions when packing. In this matter we request you to try and limit your baggage to around 15 kgs. (about 35 lbs.). You may leave behind part of your luggage in your hotel or our locker room before the trek, in Kathmandu. All baggage are to be clearly marked and locked. Kindly refrain from carrying or wearing valuables on the trek. You may leave them behind at the safety deposit box at your hotel or with us.

     

    1. HOW TO PACK:

    Your clothes and equipment should fall into the following 4 categories:

    1. What you are going to leave behind in Kathmandu.
    2. What you are going to wear on the trail.
    3. What you are going to carry in your day pack.
    4. What you would like the porters to carry for you.

     

    Excess clothes and luggage can be stored in your hotel’s storeroom, and valuables in the safety deposit box. Please label your luggage and make sure to take a receipt from the front desk of your hotel for all the things you would like to leave behind while you are away.

     

     
    ON TREK

     

    1. FOOD AND DRINKS:

    On the trek the food will consist of the food available at the lodges. Menu will be available at the lodges and the guest will have a choice of the food they like. The water provided is pressure boiled. Water bottles may be filled at night so that you have cool water to drink the following day. Mineral water in bottles can be bought on many trek routes at an additional cost.

     

    1. YOUR STAFF ON THE TRIP:

    Will consist of one English speaking Sirdar or Escort who will be wholly responsible for the execution of the trip once it hits the trail. Sherpa(s) and reliable porter(s) will assist him and the numbers vary according to the size of the group.

     

    1. WE WILL PROVIDE:

    For persons who purchase the whole vacation package from us, we will also provide pick-up and drop at Kathmandu Airport, domestic surface / air transport, welcome drink and hotel in Kathmandu with American breakfast. The price of the trip does not include the hire of sleeping bags and down parkas, personal expenses like laundry and bar bills, tips and gratuities (Tips to staff).

     

    1. A TYPICAL DAY:

    A normal day on trek would start at about 6:00 am with a wake up call and a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your room, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing – also delivered outside your room. Breakfast will have to be ordered before one goes to bed and the breakfast will be served at the dining room (common) and we advise guests to pack their bags and leave it outside their room so that the Sherpa boys can load them on the porters baskets.

     

    The morning part of the trip would begin after breakfast and last about three to four hours when a stop for lunch would be made. The afternoon part of the trip will be another two to three hours to camp Relax through the evening until dinner time. After dinner you have the choice of sharing yarns with your colleagues or fellow trekkers.

     

    1. SANITATION AND PERSONAL HYGIENE:

    A latrine, which is usually outside the lodge, is the most common type of toilet all through out the trek. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. The streams and rivers, and at times hot springs along the trail helps. However, there are a few tea – house / lodges that currently have attached bathrooms. Arrangements will be made to include tea – houses with attached baths where possible / available.

     

    1. DAILY WEAR:

    Your Sherpa or guide/escort can help you plan your daily wear before each day’s walk. Please carry an extra shirt or a T-shirt and a light jacket in your backpack. The mountain air is cold, so you can keep dry and warm after sweats and chills.

     

     

    1. WHAT TO CARRY DURING THE TREK:

    Your daypack, preferably waterproof should be light, small and comfortable. All small personal items like toilet paper, water bottle, medicines, extra shirt, light warm wears, rain gear, gloves etc., that may be needed for the days trek should be packed. Your duffel will be carried by porters who may not be with you at all times.

     

    1. GENERAL MATTERS:

    Your personal belongings will be looked after by our staff so please help them by not leaving them unattended in villages and other public places. The common dinning room has a fire place which is usually lit at round 5:00 pm.

     

    We do not want to add to the large scale deforestation problem in the country. You will find the Nepalese people friendly, charming, inquisitive and quite ignorant about the west. We request you to maintain and follow the local customs.

     

    Handouts by trekkers has led to increase begging especially among village children, affecting their independent-spirited nature. As dental hygiene is a big problem no chocolate and sweets for the children, please. The Sherpa or leader/Escort can advise you if you are keen to help locally.

     

    1. MONEY ON TREK:

    You may want to buy drinks at wayside shops and souvenirs from the natives. Small change should be carried. As customary, we can help discuss in detail in the pre-trek briefing.

    WHAT TO WEAR:

    Light clothing are only for short treks up to seven days at altitudes up to 6000ft (1830m) during fall (autumn) from September to November and in spring between March to May. The other months at all altitudes will be cold and at most times the temperatures will be below zero.

     

    Footwear: 

    You will need hiking boots with ankle support, sneakers for flat trails and flip-flops or chappals for use around the camp / guest house.

     

    Clothes:

    Shirts, T-shirts (4), blouse, etc., for day wear and a woolen shirt for evenings.

     

    MEN:            Shorts, cotton trousers, jeans, sweat-pant (recommended) etc.

     

     

    LADIES:       Shorts (not too short), long skirts are acceptable in well trekked areas,

    jeans or trousers if preferred. Sweat pants are recommended.

     

    Undergarments & Socks:

    Thermal underwear and inner trouser for the above 7,000 ft. treks. Thick trek socks.

     

    Warm Clothes:

    A light sweater, a windcheater or light lined/padded jacket and down jacket or parka for above 7000 ft. treks. Woolen thick cap and warm gloves.

     

    Sun / Rain:

    Rain gear or umbrella and a sun hat is essential. Global warming has led to freak weather conditions and it has become more and more difficult to predict weather conditions.

     

    Note: Umbrellas are cheap and easily available in Kathmandu.

     

    HOW TO PACK

     

    In The Day Pack:                                      In The Duffel Bag:

     

    Sun glasses                                          Towels

    Moisturizing/Sun screen lotion                Flash light

    Prescribed medicines                            Spare batteries

    Camera and spare film                          Toiletries

    Binoculars-optional                                Washing soap

    Reading Reference book/Note book       Spare clothes all wrapped in plastic bags

    Pencil/Pen

    Water bottles

    Trek permits

    Toilet paper

    Umbrella/rain gear

    Sweater

     

    Additional Items:

    For most treks from mid-November till mid-February and for those above 10,000 ft./3000m., in Spring and Autumn, anti-dazzle glasses or goggles with side attachments are recommended and High altitude food supplements (favorite snacks) if necessary.

     

    NOTE:         

    Although Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. provides sleeping bags on request for a nominal fee, it is best to bring your own if you wish. You may have your sleeping bags checked during the pre-trek briefing to make sure that it is the right one for the trek you will be going on.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    In the event of an accident or serious ailment on a trek, helicopter evacuation can be arranged. The helicopter fare with 10% service charge and the hospital/medical charge will have to be cleared before departing from Kathmandu. A risk, release and guarantee form has to be signed before leaving on a trek with us. It is advisable to leave behind approximately US$ 1000.00 for an emergency back up measure.

     

    INSURANCE:

    We strongly recommend you to take a comprehensive holiday insurance in your own country covering adventures involving some elements of risk. However there is now, a few insurance companies providing insurance to foreigners travelers visiting Nepal.

     

    BOOKS:

    Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas by Stan Armington published by the Lonely Planets books provides you a comprehensive information on all matters regarding trekking in Nepal

     

    The Trekking Peaks of Nepal by Bill O’Connor published by Crow Wood press in U.K. provides you with information on all matters regarding climbing peaks in Nepal.

     

    Trekking in Nepal by Toru Nakano published by Allied Publishers gives you some insight into some important trekking areas in Nepal. A map of Nepal is enclosed in the book.

     

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