Classic Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes

“To the Base camp of the world’s highest mountain chasing the footprints of the first ever Everest conquerors”

To the Base camp of the world’s highest mountain following the footprints of the first ever Everest conquerors

 

One of the most rewarding treks in Everest region of Nepal, which is well blended with both cultural and natural attractions of Khumbu! Beside the highlights of the popular recent days EBC Trek, it also caters the time-forgotten landmarks that once were important stopovers during the days of George Mallory, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary – the legends of Everest.

Treading along the trails that the legendary climbers once trekked along, the trek leads you to the maximum elevation of 5545m at Kala Patthar with frequent ups and downs in the typical Himalayan terrain. Not just mountains, you get to see the diverse floral and faunal diversity of  Sagarmatha National Park, dramatic landscapes and authentic Himalayan Sherpa Culture. The beautiful town of Jiri at the beginning of the trek and the thrilling flight after the end of the trek will just be enough to leave you with inexpressible emotions.  Moreover, the Gokyo part of the trek, prior to Kala Pattar and EBC offers you wonderful opportunities to savor the magnificence of glacial lakes. The panoramic view of the mountains like Ama Dablam, Cho You, Luptse, Nuptse and the breathtaking view of the mighty Everest from ridge tops like Kalapattar & Gokyo Ri will make this trip the journey of your lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive to Jiri (1905m) – approx. 7/8 hrs
  • Day 2 Trek to Shivalaya (1760m) - approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 3 Trek to Bandar (2200m) - approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 4 Trek to Sete (2580m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 5 Trek to Junbesi (2670m) around 6-7 hrs
  • Day 6 Trek to Nuntala (2230m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 7 Trek to Bupsa (2360 m) – approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 8 Trek to Phakding (2610m) - approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 9 Trek to Namche (3450m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 10 Rest Day in Namche
  • Day 11 Trek to Dole (4130m) - approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 12 Trek to Machermo (4470m) – approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 13 Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790) – approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 14 Trek to Gokoy Ri (6186m) – approx. 3/4 hrs, rest day
  • Day 15 Trek to Tragnag (4690m) – approx. 4/5 hrs
  • Day 16 Trek to Dzongla (4830m) – approx. 7/8 hrs
  • Day 17 Trek to Lobuche (4928m) – approx. 3/4 hrs
  • Day 18 Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m), Visit EBC & back to Gorak Shep - approx. 7/8 hrs
  • Day 19 Visit Kala Patthar (5545m) & trek back to Pheriche - approx. 7/8 hrs
  • Day 20 Trek to Tengboche or Kyanjuma (3860m) - approx. 6/7 hrs
  • Day 21 Trek to Phakding (4252m) - approx. 6/7 hrs
  • Day 22 Trek to Lukla (2800m) - approx. 5/6 hrs
  • Day 23 Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 24 Depart Kathmandu
  • Day 25

USD 1605 per person on twin sharing basis (Minimum 2 Person)

 

Service Includes:
  • All meals during trek in Local Lodge
  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters
  • Sagarmatha National park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Lukla/Kathmandu airfare with domestic airport departure tax
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Jiri transfers in a private Vehicle
  • 2 Night Accommodation at Hotel Marshyangdi or Similar hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax
Service Excludes:
  • International flight.
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40 per person https://www.explorehimalaya.com/nepal-information/visa-and-entry-procedure-in-nepal/
  • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges ( all together only 15 kg is allow by domestic airline)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfers and services other than mentioned above.
  • Tips to Guide, Driver or Potters
  • Your insurance and Medical expenses

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Drive to Jiri (1905m) - approx. 7/8 hrs

    The road goes through rolling hills, typical of Nepali mid hill region. When the weather is good, there are beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains throughout the way. Jiri is the centre of Dolakha district and is inhabited mainly by Jirels and Sherpas. .

  • Day 2

    Trek to Shivalaya (1760m) - approx. 4/5 hrs

    We can see beautiful forests, paddy fields and a number of hamlets on the trail. A 4 hrs’ trek through the well marked trails along the foothills brings us to Shivalaya, a small village inhabited by Tamangs and Newars, on the bank of Shivalaya river. We also come across Gaurishankar Conservation Area checkpoint at Shivalaya where our entry permit gets checked. .

  • Day 3

    Trek from Shivalaya to Bandar (2200m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    A few hours’ climb leads us to Deurali, a small hamlet from where one can see the beautiful views of Dudh Kunda Himal, Khatanga, Karylung and Peekye. Then the trail goes steep down to Bhandar, a Sherpa village with two stupas and a small monastery. .

  • Day 4

    Trek from Bandar to Sete (2580m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    Walking from Bandar the trail is downhill to the village of Doharpa and Baranda until crossing the steel bridge at Tharo Khola (1480m). Then we continue through the east bank of the river and climb uphill towards Kinja from where we continue our trek to Sete. .

  • Day 5

    Trek to Junbesi (2670m) - approx. 6/7 hrs

    Today is a challenging day with a 3000+ m pass to cross. We trek downhill through the scenic rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch forests. En route you will have to cross Lamjura La (3530m), the highest point till you pass Namche. After passing through the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m), we reach Junbesi. .

  • Day 6

    Trek to Nuntala (2230m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    Passing through the beautiful meadows, we start uphill across Junbesi Khola. After about 1.5 hours we reach Everest Viewpoint from where we can see the spectacular vista of Everest, Thamserku, Kantega and Mera Peak on a clear day. From there we continue to Ringmo village after passing Ringmo Khola. Then we climb uphill cross Trakshindu La Pass (3071m) and continue downhill until we reach Nhuntala. .

  • Day 7

    Trek to Bupsa (2360m) - approx. 4/5 hrs

    Today we still continue downhill towards Dudh Kosi river and cross it through a suspension bridge. We follow the same river in Khumbu as well. Passing though beautiful terraced villages Jubing (1680m) and Khari Khola (2010m) we reach Bupsa. .

  • Day 8

    Trek to Phakding (2610m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    Enjoying the views of the valley and distant mountains, we start with a gentle climb. We pass Kharte village and continue until we reach Khari La Pass at an altitude of 2840m.After this, we descend towards the gorge of Paiya Khola and cross the bridge to reach Puiyan(2730m), a small village. Then we continue towards Khumbu valley passing through Surke and Chhuplung to reach Phakding. Now you have joined the classic Everest Base Camp trail. .

  • Day 9

    Trek to Namche (3450m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first close glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the locals and traders from lowland and highland. .

  • Day 10

    Rest day in Namche

    Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards 4000m+. To acclimatize, we visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. .

  • Day 11

    Trek to Dole (4084m) - approx. 4/5 hrs

    Today is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north of Namche. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. .

  • Day 12

    Trek to Machermo (4470m) - approx. 4/5 hrs

    From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements [yersa], which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze during summer. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Today’s trek is a short one and we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration around Machhermo and just above the village there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyu [8210m] and the mountains which flank the Ngozumpa Glacier. .

  • Day 13

    Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m) - approx. 4/5 hrs

    We head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La - our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. .

  • Day 14

    Rest day - Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m) - approx. 3/4 hrs

    Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to have in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views to have by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo. .

  • Day 15

    Trek to Thagnag (4690m) - approx. 4/5hrs

    Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thagnag and follow a shallow valley to our hotel in the village. .

  • Day 16

    Trek to Dzongla (4830m), approx. 7/8hrs

    Following the highland beauty, we head towards Dzongla for today. After continue walking for about 7/8 hours through the glacial landscape, we reach our destination. .

  • Day 17

    Trek to Lobuche (4928m) - approx. 3/4 hrs

    An early start is necessary today as we have to cross Cho La and make the long descent to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across the Rolwaling Valley to the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier [often snow covered] which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Tengboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche. .

  • Day 18

    Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m), Visit EBC & back to Gorak Shep - approx. 7/8 hrs

    A very early start is required to reach Gorak Shep. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorak Shep. .

  • Day 19

    Visit Kala Patthar (5545m) & trek back to Pheriche - approx. 7/8 hrs

    ln the morning, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar (5545m) following the Khumbu Glacier. After Kalapatthar, we trek back to Pheriche for overnight. .

  • Day 20

    Trek to Tengboche or Kyanjuma (3860m) - approx. 6/7 hrs

    We head down hill towards Tengboche and after crosssig the bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to reach Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Great view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Lhotse as well as dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Beautiful Griffons, Musk deer and Wild goat can be found inside the rhododencdron forest. In the evening we can explore small surrounding area with magnificent scenery. .

  • Day 21

    Trek to Phakding (4252m) - approx. 6/7 hrs

    Descending takes a lot less hours and effort and obviously AMS is no longer an issue. Enjoy the passes and forest until we reach Phakding once again for the overnight stay. .

  • Day 22

    Trek to Lukla (2800m) - approx. 5/6 hrs

    Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience. .

  • Day 23

    Fly to Kathmandu

    We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send some great pictures back home or even go down for a stroll at Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. .

  • Day 24

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepalese support team takes you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc- please ask us). .

General Information

TRIP GRADE

 Moderate to fairly challenging

Longer treks going right into high mountain country, to some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps over high passes. Physically quite tiring, involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.

No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercises and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

TREKKING TYPES

 

We offer several options regarding the organization of your trek:

1) Guide, Accommodation and Porter trek (GAP trek)

Includes: Accommodation, guide and porters

Excludes: Food

This is an abbreviation of Guide Accommodation and Porters (GAP). This option of the trek is for those who want basic support from us. This is the most economic way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters. Trekkers pay for meals directly to the local lodge owner. Expect to spend around 2000-2500 Rupees a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.

2) Camping trek

On camping trek you will be sleeping and eating on tents. A trekking crew contains one Sirdar, one cook and the numbers of kitchen crew, Sherpa assistants and porters depending on the size of the group. Under the leadership of the Sirdar (the local trek leader) the crew will ensure you take the right path. The kitchen crew will keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals. The porters shall transport the gear from camp to camp. Our main aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. Sirdar and his assistants speak basic English, good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents

3) Lodge or tea house trek

Although simple, the teahouses or lodges do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. The lodge or tea house treks are less expensive than camping trek and are largely suitable for small groups.

Includes: Accommodation in Lodge, guide, porters and all meals

YOUR TREK CAN BE ORGANIZED IN ALL THE 3 WAYS AS MENTIONED ABOVE.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Trekking in the Solu Khumbu region (Everest area) doesn’t need tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly Lodges along the trail.

You stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is cheaper to stay in Lodge rather than organizing a camping trek.

Camping trek means sleeping in tents.

On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.

FOOD

 

Lodge Trek:

Meals are included in our price and are taken in Lodges available along the trail. You can find a considerable variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Camping Trek:

Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks.

GAP Trek:

You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the many Lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around 2000-2500 Rupees a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.

WATER

 

On camping trek, our staff will boil water and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP trek and Lodge trek, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house.

We recommend you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from stream is safe if away from settlements.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

 

During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter or yaks. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

GROUP LEADER AND CREW

 

We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:

1) Western leader

2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)

3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)

The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be 2/3 porters for each members while on GAP and Lodge trek 1 porter for 2 members.

JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP

 

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our ‘2018 departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time).

If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list we are ready to tailor your trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want.

GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE TRIP

If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 2 the maximum is 12 people.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

 

 

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods have to be shipped by airplane and then carried to their final destination by porters.

Lodge trek and Camping trek:

You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking, tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places). 

GAP trek:

You need to pay for your meals and should expect to spend around 2000-2500 Rupees a day for your food and snacks.

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.

FLIGHT / LAND TRANSFERS

 

The starting point of the trek is in Lukla which is connected by a 45mins flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu). On your return to Kathmandu, our bus will take you back to your hotel.

COMMUNICATION

 

There are a couple of telephone facilities in the Everest region up to Namche Bazaar. Cell phones work fine up to Tengboche.

If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT

 

Trekking: You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. 

Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided once you book your trip or check CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST LINK. 

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU

 

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

 

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

 

Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek & Camping Trek

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

However, on a camping trek, you begin your day with a hot cup of tea which will be served to you in the tent at 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. Other day activities are the same as mentioned above.

MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU

 

 

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME TO GO

 

 

The best seasons to trek to the Everest base camp region is Autumn (from mid-September till November end), and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow in winter.

March, April, October and November are the most favored months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you. 

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Sherpas live in the upper regions of Solu Khumbu. They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

FESTIVALS

Losar is celebrated in the month of February by the Sherpas. ‘Losar’ means New Year in Tibetan. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity at monasteries. People exchange various goods and gifts among them. Families organize feasts and perform dances.

Dumje is celebrated to mark the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava).The celebration takes place in June and lasts for six days. It is celebrated in a grand way in the villages of Namche, Thame and Khumjung.

Mani Rimdu is a festival that celebrates the victory of Buddhism over the ancient animistic religion of Bon. This festival is celebrated in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwang and Thami. At Tengboche the celebration takes place during the November- December full moon.

 

ITINERARY CHANGES

 

 

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

TREK DURATION

 

 

We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

 

In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you. Since the trek ends in Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic city.

VISA

 

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point.

VISA APPLICATION FORM

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day

* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January - December).

 

HEALTH ISSUES AND VACCINATIONS

 

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a users’ manual which you can use upon your own risk. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines.

If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions

 

FIRST AID KIT

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

RESCUE / EVACUATIONS

 

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

 

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

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

 

 

Environmental Responsibility

Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.

As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

  

Social Responsibility

Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) has been conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.

Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agriculture, culture preservation and fund raising. Explore Himalaya encourages its clients to contribute for the development of Nepal.

Care for Porters and Staff

 

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude porters with crampons.

We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net).

 

For more details on our responsible initiatives, please visit https://www.explorehimalaya.com/csr/

DISCLAIMER

 

It is fundamental you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We can not be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall only be responsible for refunds after deducting the expenses already incurred.

 

If you still have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: 977-1-4418100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

 

1) It is fundamental you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We can not be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall only be responsible for refunds after deducting the expenses already incurred.

 

2) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of USD 300 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.

The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

 

3) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:

2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 300)

29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost

10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost

Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

BOOKING PROCEDURE

 

If you still have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can e-mail us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or contact us directly by phone: 977-1-4418100.

  • February 6 2016

Happy Explorers

A very great experience. Explore Himalaya's staff were very professional and helpful at all times. Our Trek guide was excellent and very professional. They gave good instructions which led to successful climbing. Our itinerary was perfect. We felt secure at all times.

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Community Service

Community Service

We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.

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Address:

Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure
Amrit Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, NEPAL.
GPO Box: 4902
Phone: +977-1-4418 100, +977-4418 400
Fax: +977-1-4418 614
Email: enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

Opening Hours:

Sun-Fri - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact: +977- 9801024990, +977-9851064911 (24X7)