Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
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Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

Number one on most people’s wish list is the Everest Base Camp trek. You’ll get incredible views of the giant peak from the hill of Kala Pattar, a wonderful low-altitude loop from Lukla will take you to a string of fascinating Sherpa villages around Namche.

The definitive Everest Base Camp Trek, flying into Lukla & climbing to the viewpoint of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes. Enjoy the natural openhearted friendliness of the Sherpa people and glacial valleys into unparalleled scenery.

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of Nepal's most popular treks and rightly so. Just imagine standing right at the foot of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Trekking to mountain peak - called Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma (Mother deity of the World) in Tibetan and Sherpa - has a long tradition. The trail is very well developed with comfortable and quirky tea houses along the way. Our trip leads you through the Solukhumbu region slowly up the valley, tracing the path of the successful British 1953 expedition all the way to the Everest base camp. Along the way, you will see some of the most impressive mountains like Cholatse and – the favorite of many visitors – Ama Dablam. If you feel up to it, you can hike up Kala Pathar (5,554m) which offers a magnificent panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, and many more famous mountains as well as the Khumbu glacier.

With Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you'll not only be able to enjoy this unique landscape but you'll also have the chance to observe the traditions and rituals of the local Sherpa people. We put great emphasis on authentic experiences and our professional local guides will introduce you to their culture.

All our treks are often set-aside as non-public journeys - no massive, impersonal teams however tiny, individual experiences. Let Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure take you on your very own adventure trek to Mount Everest.

Highlights:

√   Admire Mount Everest and contemplate the history of its exploration Stand on top of Kala Patthar and observe some of the highest mountains of the world

√   Discover the rich culture of Solukhumbu, the Sherpa heartland

Trip Facts

Duration: 15 Days

Trek duration: 12 days

Altitude: 2800m - 5545m

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Accommodation: teahouse

Season: Spring/Fall&Winter

Group Size: 2 - 10 trekkers

Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, hiking

Starting / Ending: Kathmandu

Transport : Private vehicle & domestic flight

Permits: Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Your flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have a visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Representative welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: KTM Valley UNESCO Sightseeing Tours (1350m/4429 ft.)

KTM Sightseeing tour will commence after breakfast on most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites; Swayambhu Stupa- an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley and popular with “Monkey Temple”, Boudha Stupa- the largest stupas in Nepal, Pashupatinathsignificant Shiva Temple & cremation center of KTM Valley. After the complete sightseeing tour, we return to the hotel & do preparation for the Himalayas trek.
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic flight to Lukla/Tenzin Hillary (2800m/9186.352 ft.) and trek to Phakding (2610m/8563 ft.), flight 25min+4-5hr walk

We fly to Lukla. We make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla & from here we'll our trek. Watch out for the Langtang, Jugal ranges then the Rolwaling Himal, Gaurisankar & Menlumtse before getting your first glimpse of Everest on the flight. We'll meet our trekking crew at the Lukla airstrip where we’ll spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc. before setting off through this winding village to the trek start properly at the Khumbu ‘gateway’. It’s gently downhill on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small ‘garden’ farms & old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There will be plenty of shortstops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery & the clear mountain air as we meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. Passing the enormous Mani stone at Thado Koshi we meander up through the many chortens & prayer wheels of Sano & along to our destination Phakding. The afternoon is free. For those who wish to, we’ll make a short trip up to the higher village and delightful tiny Gompa perched on the valley side. Gather again for pre-dinner drinks around the dining fire followed by evening meal.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft.), 5-6hr walk

After breakfast at the lodge, we trek to Namche following with the left bank of Dudh Koshi River. While following the level path along the right bank from the resort, Thamserku 6623m looms skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, we arrive at Banker. Walking on the riverbed on the left bank, through a forest we arrive at Chumow where we can visit the Vegetable Farm. Walking along a path with many ups and downs, crossing a stream you pass by a small village located at 2840m gaining with 230m from Phakding named Monjo. We stop for lunch here. Then from Monjo, descending stone steps you come to a suspension bridge, and, after a short climb, you reach Jorsale.

This is the entrance to the National Park. Walking beside the river, we reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. After crossing a high, winding path, we descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. The river forks here: the right stream is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing another suspension bridge and walking a short distance alongside the Bhote Koshi, we ascend to Top Dhara where we will get the first view of Mount Everest. From here we ascend gradually up to Namche Bazaar (The Sherpa capital).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Acclimatization walk to Museum, Everest View Point Hotel¸ Khumjung (3780m/ 12401.57ft.), Kunde (3840m/ 12598.43 ft.) & Shyangboche (3790m/12434.38 ft.) & return to Namche, 5hr walk

We climb up to the Sherpa Culture museum with its fine displays, photos, and background information. We continue to climb up to the Everest View Hotel after we visit picturesque Sherpa village Khumjung and Kunde where we visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and after we return to Namche via Shyangboche where we have a relaxed afternoon. The rewarding hike offers us splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, Gang Tega & Taboche, the wall of Nuptse, Lhotse, and while to the west and north are Kongde Pharchamo, Teng Ragi Tau, Lamuche RI & Pimu. To the south is the Dudh Koshi valley. Also outside is the Tenzing Memorial, bedecked with flags and an image of the famed climber, the next board has a poem dedicated to Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, written by Ramsey Ullman.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Phortse (3810m/12500 ft.), 5-6hr walk

From here we short climb up and cross the Sagarmatha National Park, the further trail is quite scenic on gentle flat and not so far walk, the trail to the Phortse climbs up and is then narrow beside a towering rock face. The normal path contours around a bluff and steadily gains height to a large white stupa on the skyline and appears closer than it is Yaks often graze here. The trek offers us stupendous views of Ama Dablam and the hidden Hongu valley peaks and Kangtega. From the stupa part of the route is somewhat frustrating. The village of Phortse can be clearly seen just across the valley. From here we descend a long way to the Dudh Koshi River. The route is pleasant through trees down to the teahouse of Phortse Tenga. From here we continue down, passing a camp/lodge in the forest, to a wooden bridge across the river and from here finally we short steep climb and reach Phortse village. The Phortse monastery is located above the village. The village said to be the landing place of Lama Sangwa Dorje, who took to flight in one legend. Trek via Phortse Sherpa village is a good idea.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek Up The Khumbu & Imja Valley To Dingboche(4410m/14468ft.), 5-6Hr Walk

From here we climbing up the hillside, taking any zigzag path upwards upper part of Phortse near the monastery. The trail to Pangboche is truly spectacular. The trek offers us superb views not see on the main route from the Namche to the Pangboche. The trail goes up and downs, with Thamserku and Kangtega visible initially. As it rounds a bluff, Ama Dablam is seen in all its grandeur. Continuing around, the trail enters a small gully. The path zigzags up briefly but steeply; take it steadily and we will be rewarded with superb views at the chest. A further short walk brings us to Pangboche, where we can extend our trip to Ama DBC. From here we climb up through large trees near the teahouse. This climbs briefly, then drops and contours for 15mins. The village of Somare (1010m) and Osho are a short climb. We walk fairly steep climb to reach Dingboche. Finally, the path crests a small ridge and we see the village of our destination 4410m.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Acclimatization Day Hike to Trekking Peak Nangkartshang (5000m/16404.2 ft.)/Chhukung (4730m)& Dingboche,3-4hr/6 7hr

It is necessary to take a day to rest and acclimatize before going higher. The best option is a hike up the valley to Chhukung (4730m) and onwards Island Peak (Imja Tse) or hike up the Nangkartshang (5000m) for short walk. About the hiking destination, you will discuss with your trek guide during the briefing after dinner. The day hike offers us great views of the Imja valley, Makalu, Amphu Laptse and the diverse landscapes surrounding the valley. After we return to the Dingboche and relax in the afternoon.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 09:Trek To Lobuche (4910m/16108ft.) & Short Hike To View Of Glaciers & Lobuche, 4-5hr+2-3hr

The trail to Lobuche leaves Dingboche to the north of the village and from the village, it can be clearly see climbing to the ridge. From here we see good views ahead along with this lateral marine and 3hr or trek will bring us to Dugla (4620m). From here our trip begins with a stiff climb up the side of the marine that marks the end of the vast Khumbu Glacier. Climbing constantly, the trail heads among boulders and crests the rise near a series of small shortens. We will see various memorials here who have been killed in the Khumbu. We cross the usually half-frozen river and keeps to the foot of low hills all the way to Lobuche. Lobuche is not the most inspiring night stop, but the views of Nuptse are certainly memorable.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m/ 16863.52 ft.) & after hike to planet’s tallest pillar Mount Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft.) then retrace steps to Gorak Shep(5140m/ 16863.52 ft.), 5-6hr walk

The initial walk begins with gentle climb after an hour so there is the first steep but shorter climb up on to more moraines. This is the snout detritus of the receding Changri Nup and Changri Shar glacier that flow from the northern flanks of Pumori as well as the peaks of Changri and Chumbu. The further trail is underfoot with large boulders and irregular stones. Crossing this moraine area is tiring and the wind is often icy. A further short walk brings us to Gorak Shep. After lunch, we hike to feet of planet’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest. The hike begins with winds and ducks around boulders, rocky clumps and the huge moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base camp. With tremendous ice spires and cathedral-like blocks of ice, the setting has the drama of its own. The ice is quite the most astonishing gateway to any mountain in the Himalaya, an almost intoxicating highway to the sky. The hike offers us outstanding close-up views of Khumbu Ice Fall, Lhotse, Nuptse and the mountains separating Nepal from Tibet, including Pumori, Marine rocks. After finish overview of views, we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Climb Kala Pattar(Black Rock) (5545m/18192.26ft.) for 360 degree panoramic Himalayan peaks, valleys and diversity landscapes including views of Mt. Everest’s and surrounding peaks after retrace steps to Gorak Sheep, receive breakfast and trek continue to Pheriche (3810m/12500 ft.),3hr+30min+5-6hr walk

From here we cross the dried-up lake and start climbing steeply up and the lower ridge of Kala Patthar. Everest soon appears and gives a great boost to the spirits. Hike to Kala Pattar is mind-blowing and from the spot offer us 360-degree panorama views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, the great snake of the Khumbu Glacier tumbles and wriggles down, with Ama Dablam dominating the horizon, Makalu, Nuptse, beyond the peaks above Namche: Kangtega and Thamserku. A beautiful contorted, tangled know of spires and peaks attracts the eye to the west. Looking to the east, it is black rocky, South West of Face of Everest that grabs all the attenuation. After all the adrenalin-charged climbing and the excited photo-snapping from heaven sent Kala Pattar, Goraksheep is a few easy minutes down, well under an hour. After breakfast, we back down to Pheriche. From Dugla we head down a chute to the side valley with Taboche peak on the right. Alternate option The day you can helicopter ride to KTM or can join Imja Tse (Island Peak Climbing-6160m or Mera Peak Climbing-6470m via passes less tourist route Amphu Lapcha or continue to Gokyo Lakes Trek & Renjo La Pass via Cho La Pass & along the route you can also make a plan to climb Nirekha Peak-6159m. it requires just a few days additional days.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Trek Return To Namche Bazar (3440m/11286ft.), 7- 8Hr Walk

Once back on the main trail the route heads to lower Pangboche and from here the path contours above the river now far below the path. You will get an opportunity to take various Mani Walls along here with a much-photographed stupa/Chorten. After dropping to a bridge over the Imja Khola, the trail heads into wispy juniper forest. Further walking along a level patch of ground through the forest bring us to Debouche and gradually to Tengboche (3860m). Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. From here we walk down into the much-depleted forest. The trail is dusty and descends fairly rapidly into thicker forests then steeply down to the river at funky Phunki Tenga (3250m. After crossing the river on a wide suspension bridge, the path climbs relentlessly up. En route is the lodges and lunch stops of lower Teshinga. We again climb on and around to Sanasa (3700m), descend to cross a riverbed. Walking through pleasant forest we will soon reach Kyangjuma and Namche.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 13/14: Trek Retrace Steps To Lukla (2840/ 9318 ft.) & to Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.), 7-8Hr Walk+35Min Flight

We retrace our steps from day 03&04. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in handy. We take frequent stops where we can have relaxes tea & enjoy. From Lukla, you can back to KTM by Heli charter too in instead the plane.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner & Bed and Breakfast in Ktm]
Overnight at teahouse & hotel in Ktm

Day 15: Departure From Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.)

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meal: Breakfast]

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Note: We are flexible to customize the trip itinerary, dates as per your time frame, service standard etc.

Included Services

All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in KTM by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Fight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses  as per the itinerary

+ Everest National Park Entry Permit fee

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration fee

+ khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality entrance fee

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with the host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For the further more information, have visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guide & Porter

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt


Extra time and expenses due to flight cancellation or delay

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. Cancellation and the delay of the trip only occur starting and end of the trip during the flight day. In case of the flight cancellation due to bad weather, extra expenses (Airport drop and pick up, extra night in hotel, Guide and porter extra days wages, except the number of days included in the package extra days extension due to flight cancellation or some other reason from individual clients, must bear by themselves, etc.) might occurred which are not included in the package and one should ready to bear those expense. We also arrange for a Heli charter from Kathmandu to Lukla or return instead but this adds significant extra cost. While chartering heli because of the flight cancellation, the cost of the fare tickets will be deducted from the heli cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for a week extra day in Kathmandu. Because of the flight delay, there will be changes in your travel date. Make sure that all the extra expenses occurred due to the unforeseen condition will be bear by your travel insurance company

Additional Options:
+Additional porter: 192 USD [16 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuff in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

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Useful Information

Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Flexible Timing

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. We can also arrange for a Heli charter from Kathmandu to Lukla instead but this adds significant extra cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for a week extra day in Kathmandu.

Money and Gratuity

Money and Gratuity; It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in a major currency [some currencies are not convertible to NPR]. USD, GBP, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally fine. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 per day whilst trekking in the Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to gratude their crews at the end of a trek but gratuity are not included in the trip price. If you are happy with the performance of the trekking staff, we suggest the following as a minimum: USD 7 per day of the wages or around one day’s wage for each week on a trek. As a rule, and through tradition, the head cook should get a little more than the porters and ‘Sherpa’ and kitchen crews. The Sardar and Leader/Guide should get a little more again.

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Duration
15 days
Season
Spring/Fall/Winter
Region
Khumbu - Nepal
Grade
Medium to hard
Altitude
5545m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
3* hotel in Ktm/tea-house