Nepal is a one of the few countries in the world with such a tremendous climatic and geographical contrast. From its lowlands with sub-tropical jungles to the arctic conditions in the Himalayan highlands, both possess surprisingly unique topography. Within a mere 150 kilometers the land rises from near sea level in the south to over 8000 meters in the North. This, together with the monsoon rainfall along the south facing slopes; virtually all climate zones found on planet Earth are embraced. Nepal has indeed been endowed with a great diversity of life-zones providing a home for a large variety of plants, birds and animals and Khaptad National Park is one of the best examples of explicit diversity found in this precious little country.
Khaptad National Park is situated in the mid-mountain region of Far-Western Nepal at an air distance of 446 km from the capital covering 225 km2 of area. The core area stretches over the four districts; Bajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham of Seti zone. The park’s headquarter in Khaptad is approximately 50 km and 32 km walking distance respectively from Silgadhi town (Doti) and Chainpur town (Bajhang). The park possesses a unique ecosystem of the mid-mountain region of Western Nepal and at an astonishing 3000 m elevation. The upland is a rolling plateau with grasslands intermixed with oak and coniferous forests. It has cool and wet summer, whereas, the winter is generally cold and dry. The monsoon kicks off in June and ends in September with rainfall averaging less than 1000 mm. Occasional snowfall in winter with chilling wind is another characteristic of this area.
Some most common fauna inhabited in the park are like leopard (Panthera pards), Himalayan yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula), Himalayan black bear (Sus scrofa), jackal (Canis aureus), musk deer (Mochus moschiferus), goral (nemorhaedus goral), Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), wolf (Canis lupus) and common langur (Presbytis entellus). The park also is home to numerous birds and the common bird species found are the Impeyan pheasant (danphe), Nepal's national bird (Lophophorus impejanus), chukor partridge (Alectoris graeca), Kalij pheasant (Lophuralleucomelana), Monal (Tragopan satyara), red and yellow-billed blue magpie (Cissa erythrorhyncapa & c. flavirostris), nutcracker (Nucifraga caryooatactes), flycatchers (Muscicapa & Muscicapella spp.), thrushes (Garrulax spp. & Zoothera spp.), Himalayan griffin ( Gyps himalayansis), cuckoos (Cuculus spp.), forktails (Enicurus spp.), tits (Parus spp.), wagtails (motacilla spp.) and eagles (Aquila spp.). An extensive variety of colorful butterflies, moths and insects also constitute a significant feature of the Khaptad’s ecosystem.
Khaptad National Park also has important religious sites like Tribeni, Sahashra Linga and the ashram and these are regarded as a place for meditation and tranquility. A separate meditation zone has been established at the core of the park together with the religious sites and the ashram of Khapatad Swami, a renowned spiritual saint. Therefore, smoking, chewing tobacco and consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Likewise, slaughtering, killing of any animals or birds is also strictly forbidden.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj- Buditola
After breakfast at the Hotel transfer to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Nepalgunj. Arrive at Nepalgunj. 6 hrs drive from Nepalgunj will reach us to Buditola. Overnight stay at Buditola.
Day 03: Silgadhi
Drive to Silgadhi, camping and overnight stay at Silgadhi.
Day 04: trek to Jhigrana.
After breakfast, trek to Baglek for about 3 ½ hrs. Lunch at Baglek (2160m). After lunch 3 ½ hrs trek to Jhigrana (2300m), camping at Jhigrana.
Day 05: Jhigrana – Bukipani
4 hrs trek from Jhigrana to Bichpani Dharmashala(2950m), Lunch at Bichpani (3020m). After lunch two and half hours trek to Bukipani. Camping at Bukipani
Day 06: Bukipani – Khaptad National Park (3010m)
2 hrs trek to Khaptad (3010m). Afternoon visit khaptad National Park including Baba Ashram, Triveni . Overnight camping at Khaptad National Park.
Day 07: Khaptad National Park
Full day at Khaptad including visit to the Tower, Museum, Khaptad Danda (hill) and patan etc. camping and overnight stay at Khaptad.
Day 08: Trek back to Jhigrana (2300m)
4 hrs trek to Bichpani (3050 m). After Lunch 2 ½ hrs trek to Jhigrana. Camping at Jhigrana (2300m).
Day 09: Jhigrana – Shilgadi
4 hrs trek Uditola, Lunch in Uditola (1790m). After lunch, 1 hrs trek to Shilgadi, Camping at Shilgadi (1330m).
Day 10: Shilgadi – Mahendranagar
From Shilgadhi we drive to Mahendranagar. Arrive at Mahendranagar. Hotel Check in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Drive to Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (SWR) located in the far- western Terai on the southwest edge of Nepal was allocated an area of 155 sq km in 1976, which was later extended to 305 sq km. RSWR is worldwide famous for the herd of Swamp deer, which currently stands at about 2000 individuals. It is the abode of about 45 Wild Elephants and 35 Royal Bengal Tigers, both the endangered species. The reserve is recognized for the largest number of tigers found per sq/km in comparison to its small size. This propitious reserve is also the residence of Blue Bull, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard, Jackals, Langur, Rhesus Monkey as well as one lone Rhinoceros in the reserve. Full day safari. Overnight stay at tented Camp.
Day 12: Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve - Bardiya National Park
After breakfast at the tented camp drive towards the Bardiya National Park. Reach to Nepal Wildlife Resort .Welcome drink will be served upon arrival. After lunch you will be taken for a nature walk to the Jungle. Dinner at 7.30 PM. Overnight at Nepal Wildlife Resort.
Day 13: Bardiya National Park
Early morning wake up call. Tea/coffee at 6.30 AM. At 7.00 AM breakfast will be served. Then you will be taken to the Jungle to see the mighty Karnali River with all its aquatic games, birds, crocodile & if you are lucky you might see the Gangetic dolphin. Lunch will be served on your return. Then you rest for a while waiting for the elephants to take you on a elephant back safari to explore the great one horned rhinoceros, four types of deer, monkey, wild boar, leopard & if lucky the elusive tiger as well. Nepalese buffet dinner will be served at 7.30 PM. There will be native folk dance to entertain you in the evening. Overnight at Nepal Wildlife Resort.
Day 14: Bardiya National Park/ Nepalgunj/ Kathmandu
Early Morning wake up call. Tea/coffee at 6.00AM. At 6.30 bird watching Tour through Bardia National Park. There are 360 different Species of Birds. Breakfast will be served on your return. After breakfast you will visit ethnic Tharu Village to have a close look at their social & cultural life. Then you return to the Resort to prepare for journey to Nepalgunj, catch a flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Starting From: $1980
- Warm welcome with garlands by our guest relation officer on arrival of Tribhuvan INT`l airport, KTM.
- Transfer from international airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra for large size group.( above 10 Pax) otherwise we Manage in roof of our Coach.
- A Cell Phone Sim is provided on arrival.( Pls drop with Guide at the time of Final Departure)
- Welcome drink (tea/coffee/juice) on arrival at Hotel.
- 02 nights’ KTM accommodation with bed & breakfast in 4 star deluxe hotels on twin sharing basis.
- Ground transfers according to the trekking itinerary.
- Air transfer from Kathmandu to Nepaljung and back.
- Khaptad Conservation Permits.( 3 Photos PP size required)
- 3 course of hygienic meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability throughout the trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)- ( Pls inform us at the time of Booking)
- Seasonal Fresh fruits as per availability in Trekking.
- Twin sharing lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size consist 10+ one additional Sherpa on top of the entire Crews.
- Well trained & decades long Experienced local Travel crews include; Sherpa Guide & Normally 1 Porter= 2 Trekkers.
- Food, accommodation, equipments, transfers, insurance and all necessary expenses of travel crews.
- First aid kit box & Maps
- Emergency rescue services by Chopper on trekkers expenses. (Insurance is Mandatory prior trekking)
- Trek memorial souvenir in Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show).
- Dep. transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport.
- All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change) & No any Hidden Cost.
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.( US$ 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, Exotic Himalayas 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 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
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."