EVEREST BASE CAMP
Everest Base Camp is one of the classic treks in Nepal, most commonly visited as a two week treks starting and finishing at Lukla, a small air strip just to the south of Everest National Park.
During the trekking seasons there are frequent daily flights in and out of Lukla, depending upon the weather. The flight from Kathmandu, which takes around forty-five minutes, passes over the fertile middle hills, with their scattered villages and terraced fields, with an amazing panorama of the high Himalayas as a backdrop. Before long the mountains close in and you are sweeping down to land at the Lukla airport, the gateway to Everest, provides a range of services including accommodation but most trekkers prefer to start trekking as soon as they arrive and use Lukla as a final destination on their return.
From Lukla trekkers must take a moderate two days trek up the Dudhkoshi valley to reach Namche Bazaar in order to avoid high altitude sickness. There are plenty of teahouses along the trail and for the first overnight stay; Phakding (three hours from Lukla) and Monzo (five hours from Lukla) are the most popular spots. Just ahead of Monzo, trekkers enter the Everest National Park at the Jorsale check post. Here the entry permits are checked and the visitor’s passport details recorded. The trail, which has been following the Dudhkoshi from Lukla, starts the way up to Namche Bazaar about one hour past Jorsale.
Namche Bazaar, once a small village but since grown in size to accommodate the influx of trekkers, is the unofficial capital of the Sherpas. It was once an important trading centre on the route from Tibet to Nepal but has now been largely given over to catering for the needs of trekkers. There is a large number of teahouses, equipment shops, curio sellers, restaurants and even cyber cafes that make just about anything the trekker could need, available, albeit at a very higher price than in Kathmandu. For acclimatization reasons, trekkers must spend two nights in or around Namche. This gives the trekkers an opportunity to explore some of the less developed and more traditional villages in the area.
One of the nicest destinations for the acclimatization day is to walk to Thame, home of many famous mountaineering Sherpas, including Tenzing Norgay, a legendary of Everest fame who first scaled the Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953AD. Often Danfe (impeyan pheasant) and Himalayan Tahr can be seen along this trail. The round trip is quite a hard day’s walk taking a minimum of eight hours. An option would be to stay the night at one of the teahouses at Theme and retrace your steps the next day. While at thame, be sure to visit the Buddhist monastery which is located on the hillside about a thirty minute walk above the village. The valley to the north of Thame leads to Tibet via the Nangpa La, the pass traditionally used by Sherpa and Tibetan traders. The valley to the west of Thame leads to the Trashi Labtsa pass and the Rowaling valley (see later trek description)
Easier options for the acclimatization day can be found by visiting the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde, which are about a two-hours walk above Namche. While in Kunde, visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of one of the alleged yeti scalps that are to be found in the region.
Moving on from Namche Bazaar the trail follows the valley of the Imja Khola with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam and dominating the skyline ahead, Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola, at Thyangboche. This is one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in Solukhumbu and a visit is well recommended. Tours of the monastery are conducted each afternoon. If the teahouses and the camp sites at Thyangboche are full, a common occurance in the main season, then more lodging can be found at Deboche, a further thirty minutes walk along the trail, makes an interesting side trip.
Following the Imja Khola from Thyangboche the trekking route climbs gradually through Pangboche and emerges above the tree line. Eventually, after a long day’s trek, you reach the next night’s stop at either Pheriche or Dingboche. Here another rest/acclimatization day should be taken with an attractive day trip being to Chhukung, around three hours walk above Dingboche. The mountain panorama around Chhukung is nothing short of amazing with the massive south face of Lhotse rearing above it to the north and a ring of lesser peaks surrounding it.
From Dingboche or Pheriche it takes another six hours of trekking to reach the cluster of tea houses at Lobuche sited on the lateral terrain of the Khumbu glacier. Above Lobuche it is another three hours walk to the last settlement on the trail at Gorak Shep. Here, only a few teahouses provide shelter for the night before undertaking the final leg of the trek up the glacier to Everest Base Camp. Above Gorak Shep rises the well- known landmark of Kala Patter. A climb of two to three hours will reward the trekker with a marvelous vista. Barely eight kilometers to the east is the summit of Everest and just to the north is Pumori, arguably one of the most beautiful mountains to be found anywhere.
The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to five hours depending on the trail conditions. Care should be taken while traveling here, as the route finding can be a problem and there is always the risk of falls on the ice. There are no facilities at base camp (expeditions are generally reluctant to entertain visiting trekkers) so it is important to make sure that you have food and drinks for the return trip. Descending from base camp, most trekkers will reach at least Lobuche, if not further, by nightfall.
The return trek to Lukla basically follows the upward route but rest days are obviously not necessary. The route can be varied, to make the return more interesting, by diverting through upper Pongboche and returning to Namche via Phortse (look for herds of Tahr on the hillsides), Mong La and Khumjung. Pangboche, which has a few teahouses and campsites, is an interesting place to spend a night. The monastery here is one of the oldest in Solukhumbu and also has Yeti relics.
If you haven’t arranged someone to reconfirm your flight out of Lukla for you, be sure to reach there as early as possible on the day before departure in order to make sure that your seat doesn’t disappear. Arriving in Lukla on the day of departure may create risk to loose your seat.
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu Full Day City tour / Issue Permits & collect air tickets.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m) by plane then trek to Phakding (2600 m) in 3h . Great sight of the Kusum Kangru (6369 m).
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m), Sherpa capital of the region, in 6 h. Climb up on the right bank of the Dudh Koshi, surrounded by summits rising above 6000 m.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Thame (3800 m) in 4 h. Namche Bazaar visit in the morning. Many of the typical mani walls and prayer wheels are spread on the trail to Thame.
Day 06: Thame - Marulung (4200 m) in 4 h. Visit of the picturesque Thame monastery. Walk on the Bhote Koshi bank, the track is highly frequented by yak caravans coming down from Tibet and heading to the Namche market.
Day 07: Marulung - Rermo Pokhari (4875 m) in 4 h. Slope gently up through grassy areas. Camp beside the lake.
Day 08: Rermo Pokhari - Renjo Pass (5345 m) Gokyo (4750 m) in 5 h. Magnificent panorama from the pass : Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal and the small Rermo Pokhari lake on west and Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes on east. Camp beside the lake.
Day 09: Gokyo Peak (5480 m) ascent.
Day 10: Gokyo - Nyimagawa (5050 m) In 5 h. crossing through moraines of the terminal spit of Ngojumpa glacier. From Thagna, climb up through gentle and grassy slopes to the foot of the Cho La.
Day 11: Nyimagawa - Cho La Pass (5420 m) Dzongla (4840 m) in 5 h. The steep trail goes through blocks of rocks. After the pass, we shortly cross an easy segment of the glacier then descend towards Dzongla.
Day 12: Dzongla - Lobuche (4920 m)
Gorak Shep (5100 m) in 6 h. Easy descent on mountainside to Lobuche, then climb up through moraines towards Gorak Shep.
Day 13: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545 m) - Lobuche.
Day 14: Lobuche - Kongma La (5535 m)
After the pass we can enjoy splendid altitude lakes and a stunning belvedere of the Ama Dablam. Option to establish a lower camp site at 4750 m.
Day 15: Camp at 5200 m - Dingboche (4410 m) in 5 h.
Day 14: Lobuche- Dingboche (4410 m) in 5 h .
Day 15: Excursion in the Imja vqlley in 4 h. Climb up to Chukung village (4730 m) through the Imja valley.
Day 16: Dingboche - Tengboche (3870 m) in 5h.
Day 17: Tengboche-Namche Bazaar (3440m) in 5h
Day 18: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800 m) in 6 h. Numerous ascents and descents through the forest, among rocky cliffs and sheer drops overlooking the river.
Day 19: Lukla - Kathmandu by plane.
Day 20: Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.
Day 21: Kathmandu. Hotel - airport transfer.
- Warm welcome with garlands by our guest relation officer on arrival of Tribhuvan INT`l airport, KTM.
- Transfer from international airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra for large size group.( above 10 Pax) otherwise we Manage in roof of our Coach.
- A Cell Phone Sim is provided on arrival.( Pls drop with Guide at the time of Final Departure)
- Welcome drink (tea/coffee/juice) on arrival at Hotel.
- 03 nights’ KTM accommodation with bed & breakfast in 4 star deluxe hotels on twin sharing basis.
- Ground transfers according to the trekking itinerary.
- Day City tour in Kathmandu guided by experienced tour guide.
- TIMS & Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permits.( 3 Photos PP size required)
- Airfare -Kathmandu to Lukla & Vice Versa including 1 Guide.
- 3 courses of hygienic meals in Lodge (tea/coffee, breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) each day as per the best availability throughout the trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)- ( Pls inform us at the time of Booking)
- Seasonal Fresh fruits as per availability in Trekking.
- Twin sharing lodge in trekking route. (If a group size consist 10+ one additional Sherpa on top of the entire Crews.
- Well trained & decades long Experienced local Travel crews include; Sherpa Guide & Normally 1 Porter= 2 Trekkers.
- Trekking equipments including two men tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. (only for 2 days in high pass where we cannot find human settlements). We pick them from Lukla only.
- Food, accommodation, equipments, transfers, insurance and all necessary expenses of travel crews.
- First aid kit box & Maps
- Emergency rescue services by Chopper on trekkers expenses. (Insurance is Mandatory prior trekking)
- Trek memorial souvenir in Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show).
- Dep. transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport.
- All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change) & No any Hidden Cost.
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.( US$ 25 =15 Days and 49 US$ for 30 Days)
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.( approx US$ 50-60)
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities, expenses of Hotel and Food in case flight delayed / cancelled .
- Extra porters if required.( approx US$ 20 a day with his entire expenses)
- Expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural disastar, road blockade, political disturbance, etc.
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
NEPAL ( HIMALAYA )
We offer the finest and the most complete adventure package in Nepal. Our programs allow you to experience all aspects of this truly wonderful country and we make sure that you get the most from your trip. The following travel information has been prepared to ensure your hassle-free trip to Nepal:
PASSPORT & VISA
All travelers to Nepal must hold a valid passport except Indian ID holders. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. As of Now, US$ 25 for 15 Days and US$ 40 for 30 Days on arrival.
An entry visa for Nepal can be obtained either in advance from your local embassy or upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport.
Temperatures could vary from cool mornings and evenings to heated-up middays due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes.
Mid-October/November- Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings.
December/January/February- Clear skies, warm afternoons but cold nights.
March/April/May- Clear mornings, hazy skies in the afternoon, hot during the day and cool evenings.
June/July/August- This is Nepal's rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.
We strongly recommend you pack in a soft-sided bag in order to keep the weight down. Departing from Nepal, the weight limit is 42 pounds (20 Kg.). Only two check-in bags and one hand carry bag are allowed. Excess baggage is charged up to US $ 15 per Kg. Make sure you have locks/padlocks for the bags.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Unless you plan to attend a special party, ceremony or an official function, dress casually. In middle-to-higher priced establishments, men wear slacks and a sports shirt; women wear a casual dress, or a skirt or slacks outfit. Conservative outfits are always appropriate and recommended. Both in the cities and along trekking trails, tight revealing clothing and shirtless men may offend the modest norm. However, outside of Kathmandu loose-fitting shorts with decent length are acceptable for both men and women.
Comfortable clothes made of breathable fabrics are essential. Shorts and a loose shirt of lightweight cotton are ideal during the day, since it is always warm. Comfortable trousers would also be appropriate. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures drop considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.
The most important item you will require while trekking is suitable footwear. Lightweight walking boots with ankle support and rubber soles with thick tread are the best. Unless you're trekking during the rainy season, they needn't be waterproof. It is important that your walking boots are comfortable and broken-in; uncomfortable shoes can ruin the entire trek. Your boots should be worn with thick natural-fiber socks.
For your convenience, Getaway Nepal will provide each traveler with a day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Lukla.
TOILETRIES AND MEDICAL ITEMS
All travelers should bring a supply of personal toiletries. Sometimes, trekkers do suffer from blisters, colds, coughs and minor stomach upsets. Therefore, we recommend every traveler to bring a basic medical kit containing nail scissors, moleskin, Band-Aids, sunscreen, diarrhea tablets, aspirin and a remedy for colds and coughs. Taking Acidophilus tablets a few weeks before travel can help prevent bacterial diarrhea abroad.
There are limitations on the export of Nepalese antiques and items of archaeological or historical value. If you purchase any such item, ask the shopkeeper to assist you in obtaining an export license from the Department of Archaeology; reputable dealers are usually willing to assist. Antique carpets, brass metal statues, and Thankas (finely detailed paintings depicting Buddhist themes) are among the items in this category. Remember, it is illegal to import any items made from any endangered species of wildlife into most countries.
To assist you in planning your trip, we have prepared a suggested packing list. It is meant as a guideline only. Always take your own preferences into account when determining what to bring.
Please refer to our Equipment Check List.
If you're willing to do a white water rafting, add a pair of rubber sandals and a pair of quick drying shorts. We will provide life jackets, helmets and waterproof drums for your equipment.
If you're visiting Chitwan National Park, some of your clothing should be in neutral colors, like khaki. White and bright colored clothes may disturb the wildlife. If you're trekking during the off-season, heavier (waterproof) boots and outerwear will be required.
Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu Valley with few hours of power cut. The current is 220 V/50 Cycles. Sockets have either three round pins or two thick round pins. An extra battery is important due to periodic power supply.
Money Exchangers or Banks will easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupees. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted by most local hotels, but only accepted in some restaurants and shops. Master and Visa Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.
It is not an obligatory culture to tip any where you travel within Nepal. However, since, the total suggested amount does not exceed US $ 70 for a two week program and US $ 35 dollars for a trek; you may choose to tip with some extra cash to show your appreciation for the service provided. 10% of the total amount is appropriate.
Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, throughout the week except for Saturdays and other public holidays.
Even though trekking is not so physically demanding, you still have to be in good health, as medical facilities are only sparsely available in the trekking areas. Kathmandu’s altitude is 4500 feet and we trek between n 3500 to 7000 feet, so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, almost everyone experiences shortness of breath in some uphill climbs. Those with breathing difficulties should consult a physician prior to the trip to determine their fitness for travel.
Only boiled water is safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a flask of purified drinking water in each room: when in doubt, stick to bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, however you can still treat your water with purifying tablets. Remember, even ice should be avoided when you don’t want to risk your health.
During emergency situations in trekking without road access, a helicopter is chartered. You will then be air lifted with your guide to Kathmandu where you will be received by our office staff and taken to an international hospital. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Apart from the inaccessible areas of the trek, you will be rescued by road to Kathmandu where the same procedure will take place. You have to ensure that your insurance policy covers all the expenses for any unforeseen and unpleasant incident. Medical evacuation by helicopter has to be paid for by clients prior to the departure from Kathmandu.
Thefts do occasionally occur in Nepal. Therefore, your valuables should be protected. Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and other valuables with you, or lock them in the hotel’s safety box. We recommend leaving valuable jewelry at home, and using lockable baggage.
TREKKING CONDITIONS AND PREPARATION
Each morning, after an early breakfast we set out at around 8:30 a.m. We will stop mid-morning for tea and continue trekking until lunch break around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way, there will be ample time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. After lunch, we continue until our overnight accommodations, where we arrive around 4:00 PM. During the day, we walk 6 to 8 miles per day.
We urge our guests to purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical and baggage protection. Please ask for additional information.
While Nepal is generally a tranquil and informal country, there are a few norms visitors should be aware of. While entering temples, you must always take your shoes off and the customary practice implies while entering a Nepali house. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather clothes or accessories. Other temples such as Pashupatinath, devotees besides Hindus are strictly forbidden to enter. These customs are well marked around the temple premises, generally with signs in English and we strongly recommend you to respect such practices.
We discourage giving anything to beggars, particularly to children. If you wish to help, it is more fruitful to give contribution to your tour leader who will fairly distribute the donation to the local schools. Exceptions can be made for physically handicapped and to wandering religious mendicants called “Sadhus.”
MINIMIZING YOUR IMPACT
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking strongly supports the conservation and preservation of the nature and historical places by opting for lodges over camps during the treks. By doing so, make minimal use of the valuable firewood and make least impact in the nature, which is our chief goal.
A Ncell Sim Card for mobile phones are easily available at NPR 100, approximately 1.5 $ upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport just on the right side of the arrival Terminal. Be sure, you can produce them a copy of your Passport and one Passport size (1.5”X1.5”) picture. This Ncell Mobile Phone is well connected to almost in major towns and tourist hubs in Nepal except for some trekking routes.
The national language is Nepali, with multiple distinct dialects spoken in different parts of Nepal. All of our guides speak English, also the porters, however at a more basic level. In touristic places like Thamel, Lake Side and Sauraha, Chitwan English is widely spoken.
Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time; 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
We recommend bringing all the camera equipment and film you'll need for your trip. Most people find Nepal more photographable things in here than anticipated, so it is a good idea to bring more films than you think you'll actually need. However 100, 200 and 400 ASA films are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and are relatively inexpensive.
FOOD AND DRINK
Kathmandu has a surprising wide variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nepal has a laid back and relaxed culture and service can be relatively slower than what the Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence), and Tibetan. Rice, lentils and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fresh breads and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables stuffing are among the local favorites.
Taxis: Metered taxis are easily available. However, they generally do not use their meters for Westerners. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting in or insist on having the meters on.
Rickshaws: These two-seater tricycles are a fun way to see the city. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting on.
Bicycles and Motorcycles: Bicycles can be rented from bike shops or hotels on per hour or day basis. Motorcycles can also be rented, however,a driving license is required.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.
A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
Tea House (Lodge) Trekking
Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August - Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Causes of Accident
Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.
Lip Salve (Chap Stick, blister or glacier cream)
Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
Moleskin or other blister pads
Elastic (Ace) bandage
Throat lozenges or cough drops
Iodine-small bottle for water purification
Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
Antibiotic eye drop
Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
Recommended Vaccines & Immunization
Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.
The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.
Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.
The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.
TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS
NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.
Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.
TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.
Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt.Ltd: Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.
Documents required for different Permits
To obtain TIMS Card
Two (2) Passport-size Photographs
Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc-US$ 500 for 10 Days.
Original Passport with two working days:
Mountaineering / Climbing Permits
4 Passport size Photographs & PP Copies
Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays: 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
10 AM – 4 PM (from mid November to mid February
Nepal, APA, APA Publishers
Nepal, Nelles, Nelles
Trekking in Nepal, Bezruchka, Mountaineers
Lonely Planet Nepal
Recommended Restaurants: You may find many international standard Restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
"Have a good trip and "Namaste."
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