Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek- North & South

Challenging trek on rarely trodden trails to the foothill of Himalayan giant, Kanchenjunga!

Challenging trek on rarely trodden trails to the foothill of Himalayan giant, Kanchenjunga!

 Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek- North and South is one of the extraordinary Himalayan trails, which covers the beauty of eastern part of Nepal. This adventure offers you off the beaten trek experience with scenic trails. The trail passes through lush meadows and forests, past stunning grand glaciers, and is surrounded by breath taking imposing mountain peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third tallest mountain in the world. The Kanchenjunga trek offers the stunning panoramic view of the massive mountain peaks such as Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and many others. This region is inhabited by a mixed community of Limbu, Rai and Sherpa providing an opportunity to understand their unique culture and lifestyle.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival Kathmandu.
  • Day 2 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square
  • Day 3 Fly to Bhadrapur, transfer to Ilam
  • Day 4 Drive to to Mithlung via Taplejung – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 5 Trek to Chiruwa (1270m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 6 Trek to Sekathum (1660m) – 5hrs
  • Day 7 Trek to Amjilossa (2510m) – 6hrs
  • Day 8 Trek to Gybala (2730m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 9 Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 10 Acclimatisation day in Ghunsa
  • Day 11 Trek to Khambachen (4100m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 12 Acclimatisation day in Khambachen
  • Day 13 Trek to Lhonak (4785m) – 7hrs
  • Day 14 Trek Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) (5200m) –3hrs
  • Day 15 Rest / Pang Pema day hike
  • Day 16 Trek to Khambachen –7/8 hrs
  • Day 17 Trek to Ghunsa – 5/6hrs
  • Day 18 Trek to Sele La camp (4130m) – 5 hrs
  • Day 19 Trek to Cheram (3868m), over Sele La (4720m)– 4/5 hrs
  • Day 20 Trek to Ramche (4610m) – 7/8 hrs
  • Day 21 Day hike to Oktang (south base camp) – 6/7 hrs
  • Day 22 Trek to Tortung (2980m) – 5/6hrs
  • Day 23 Trek to Yamphuding (1692m) – 5/6hrs
  • Day 24 Trek to Mamanke (2000m) – 5/6hrs
  • Day 25 Trek to Kesuwa (2100m) – 5hrs
  • Day 26 Trek to Lalikharka (2220m) – 5/6 hrs
  • Day 27 Trek to Taplejung, transfer to Ilam – 6/7 hrs
  • Day 28 Transfer to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 29 Free Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 30 Depart Kathmandu

PRICE: 2022/2023

CAMPING TREK PACKAGE:

Includes: Accommodation in tented camps, guide, porters and all meals during trekking

 2 persons:       USD 6590 per person on twin sharing

3-5 persons:    USD 6240 per person on twin sharing

6-9 persons:    USD 5910 per person on twin sharing

10-14 persons: USD 5600 per person on twin sharing

 Single Room Supplement: USD 160 per Single Room (Compulsory if no one to share room)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Fully Catered Tented Camping trek (FOT)
  • Domestic Airfares for Kathmandu/Bhadrapur/Kathmandu
  • English Speaking local Trekking Guide and assistants as per group size
  • Porters for carrying luggage during the trek (2 members=1 porter,1 porter carries 25kg total)
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour with English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to the sightseeing monuments
  • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Equipment & clothing all staff & porters
  • First aid kit (bag carried by guide)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • International flight and airport taxes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, extra meals, snacks while walking etc.)
  • Personal gears & clothing
  • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
  • Personal insurance and medical expenses
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
  • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

For more information, please contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your trip activities. .

  • Day 2

    Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square

    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, you will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. .

  • Day 3

    Fly to Bhadrapur, transfer to Ilam

    From Kathmandu you take a flight to lower land of Nepal, Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam, the heart of the tea plantation area of Nepal and stay overnight at Ilam..

  • Day 4

    Drive to Mithlungvia Taplejung– 5/6 hrs

    After having a healthy breakfast, you drive towards Mithlung via Taplejung. Mithlung is your Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek starting point. On the way you can see many beautiful natural scenarios and landscape from the window of the vehicle..

  • Day 5

    Trek to Chiruwa (1270m) – 5/6 hrs

    Today your trek begins and for next three weeks you will be wandering in the place dominated by beauty and wilderness of Eastern Nepal. You head to Chiruwa with your trekking crew. The trek is mainly downhill but you can relax at some points and continue on the trail. .

  • Day 6

    Trek to Sekathum (1660m) – 5 hrs

    Leaving Chirwa, you head to Sekathum. Following the trial along the TamurKhola you come across many small tributary streams. At one point you get to witness the most magnificent view the two rivers SimbuaKhola and GunsaKhola uniting into TamurKhola. Continuing on the beautiful trail you reach Sekathum..

  • Day 7

    Trek to Amjilossa (2510m) – 6 hrs

    Today the trek takes you through the waterfalls and suspension bridge to reach the first Sherpa village on this trek, Amjilossa. It is the village with very few families living there permanently as the place is used when the yaks and sheep are in the pastures..

  • Day 8

    Trek to Gybala (2730m) – 5/6 hrs

    Living the village of Amjjilossa behind the trail leads through the forest of pine, bamboo, rhododendron and oak where you walk in peace while listening to the beautiful chirping of the birds and also see the varities of birdlife. The villages are more Tibetan like as you move forward. Destination for today is Gyabla..

  • Day 9

    Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) – 5/6 hrs

    As you follow the trail, you pass through forest and Phale village which is awinter settlement village. It used to be Tibetan refugee camp in earlier times. The trail further leads us to the resting place for the day, Ghunsa. It is the largest village in the area which has a police station Kanchenjunga Conservation AreaOffice and health post. Communication facilities are also available in the area like telephone and internet..

  • Day 10

    Acclimatization Day in Ghunsa

    As you go along the trek, the altitude increases gradually so you must acclimatize yourself to prevent the altitude sickness. So, today is a rest day at Ghunsa where you can rest or explore the surrounding area..

  • Day 11

    Trek to Khambachen (4100m) – 5/6 hrs

    The trail ascends gently through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, passing many mani walls and chortens. You stop for lunch by the river at RampakKharka. After lunch there is a steep climb before descending to the summer village of Khambachen. The views of Mt Jannu or Kumbhakarna from here are excellent. .

  • Day 12

    Acclimatization Day in Khambachen

    Again, you take a rest day at Khambachen to acclimatize your bodies to the altitude and prepare yourself for the next day trek. Today you can also climb the ridge to see the mesmerizing view of Kanchenjunga..

  • Day 13

    Trek to Lhonak (4785m)–7 hrs

    The trek up to Lhonak via Ramtang village is not too strenuous and despite the increase in altitude, you are able to walk on easily, enjoying the breathtaking views of the valley and mountain peaks. Your lunch stop is at Ramtang, from where the incredible summit of Wedge Peak first becomes visible. During the afternoon Nepal Peak, the Twins, Mera and the White Wave all come into view. Then you arrive at Lhonak, situated high above the Kanchenjunga Glacier opposite Wedge Peak..

  • Day 14

    Trek to Pang Pema (Kanchenjunga North Base Camp) (5200m) – 3 hrs

    A leisurely 3 hours walk from Lhonak takes you up to Pang Pema. The trail follows the moraine before finally reaching Pang Pema, the North Face Base Camp, which is in a sheltered spot, directly opposite the towering north face of Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most spectacular places in the world and is a fitting climax to this unique trek..

  • Day 15

    Rest / Pang Pema day hike

    Today is a rest day, but for the more energetic ones, there are several diversions lined up for the day. One is to ascend the lower slopes of Drohmo for panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its adjoining peaks. Another possibility is to continue up the increasingly difficult terrain on the right flank of the glaciers for alternative views of the more remote peaks around the Jongsang La Pass. .

  • Day 16

    Trek to Khambachen – 7/8 hrs

    Retracing the same route you trek back to Khambachen from Pang Pema..

  • Day 17

    Trek to Ghunsa – 5/6 hrs

    Enjoying the beautiful vistas, you trace your way back to Ghunsa from Khambanchen..

  • Day 18

    Trek to Sele La camp (4130m) – 5 hrs

    From Ghunsa the path takes you through forest and the grassy ridge to reach Sele La camp. You can see a spectacular view of Gunsa, Phole village and Mt. Makalu from the ridge..

  • Day 19

    Trek to Cheram (3868m), over Sele La (4720m) – 4/5 hrs

    Starting your trek early in the morning you cross the Sele La pass and trek along the ridge to Sinelapche La pass from where you can get the magnificent view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga and its valley. The trail descends leading us to Cheram, the only settlement in this route. .

  • Day 20

    Trek to Ramche (4610m) – 7/8 hrs

    Today the trek is in the complete wilderness as you can’t find any settlement on the trail. You trek to Ramche and rest for the day..

  • Day 21

    Day hike to Oktang (South Base Camp) – 6/7 hrs

    Kanchenjunga South Base Campis at a short distance from Ramche. So you hike there from Ramche and return back. The base camp is on the edge of the glacier and surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags..

  • Day 22

    Trek to Tortung (2980m) – 5/6 hrs

    Today you trace your trek back to Cheram and trek to Tortung, a small village with few tea houses. The trail goes down and up the hill through gorge, forest and area prone to landslides..

  • Day 23

    Trek to Yamphuding (1692m) – 5/6 hrs

    After having breakfast, you continue on the trail which goes downhill and steep and long uphill. Then pass over landslide prone area leadsyou to Yamphuding through steep downhill forest. You stay overnight at Yamphuding.Yamphudin is the most remote settlement in this area..

  • Day 24

    Trek to Mamanke (2000m) – 5/6 hrs

    The trek today is quite relaxing as you can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in the KabeliKhola and walk along the trail. The trail takes you to the stream beds that make up the valley side. You cross the ridges followed by an easy descent to Mamanke..

  • Day 25

    Trek to Kesuwa (2100m) – 5 hrs

    Leaving behind the village of Mamanke,following the trail you cross the suspension bridge and walk in terraced field along the KhangwaKhola. You can see the fascinating sight of Mt Jannu, several hamlets and terraced fields stretched along the crest of the ridge while passing through Anpan village to reach Ponpedhara. The trail leads you to Loppodingthen crossing through the dense forest you trudge along the glaciated mountain passes. After crossing the NandevaKholayou reach the terraced fields of Kesuwa..

  • Day 26

    Trek to Lalikharka (2220m)–5/6 hrs

    Today, you can capture the mesmerizing sight of Kanchenjunga glowing against the sun and walking further along the trail you cross Bhanjyang, Tambawa. Continuing on the route you pass through small villages located on a hill and dense forests. Moving ahead the route leads to Kunjari and fascinating terraced farmland. After crossing the suspension bridge over PhawaKhola, you reach LaliKharka where we conclude the day’s trip..

  • Day 27

    Trek to Taplejung, transfer to Ilam – 5/6 hrs

    As you leave LaliKharka, you continue along the trail to reach Taplejung village where you can wander around the village getting familiar with village life, cultural richness, custom and village people. Thereafter, 5 hours of drive will bring you to Ilam where your Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek concludes officially..

  • Day 28

    Transfer to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu

    Driving from Ilam, you will be brought to Bhadrapur and then you take a flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival..

  • Day 29

    Free Day in Kathmandu

    This is a contingency day in case of Bhadrapur flight delays. If you have free time, you can let go the strains of your trip. You can explore around the Heritage sites in the city, stroll down the streets of Thamel for local cultural experience, visit nearby monasteries, relax at a nearby spa centers or do some souvenir haunting in the local bazaar. .

  • Day 30

    Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- ask us..

General Information

TRIP GRADE: Strenuous Trek

This is a long trek that goes far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet. It is physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities, such as, climbing/ scrambling across high passes.

TREK TYPE

Camping trek (no lodge available)
Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents

ACCOMMODATION

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’.

MEALS & DRINKING WATER

We provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene.  This has allowed us to maintain remarkably high standards of health over many years of trek organization - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters.You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

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.

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 ‘2015/16 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 a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when 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 3 the maximum is 12 people.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

All meals will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).
 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 you to allocate 5 - 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

FLIGHT AND LAND TRANSFERS

From Kathmandu, you take a 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar and then you take another short 30-40 minute flight from Biratnagar to Suketar. The starting point of the trek is Suketar. On your return, you shall fly from Suketar to Biratnagar. You can choose between flying or driving back from Biratnagar to Kathmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu).

COMMUNICATION

While trekking you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working.
If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, EXPLORE HIMALAYA 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. Explore Himalaya will thoroughly help you to buy or rent trekking gears in the outlets of Thamel, which sell or rent both international and local gears.

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Your typical day begins with a hot cup of tea brought to the tent at about 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After packing all your bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the morning’s walk. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you. After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.
Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 pm. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and talking with the crew, or perhaps even joining in some singing and dancing, before heading off to the tent for a well-earned sleep.  

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 in the Kanchenjunga region are 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 everyday. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). 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 high passes are covered with snow during winter.
March, April, October and November are the most popular and favored months for traveling. Please choose the time that is convenient for you.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

The majority of people in the Kanchenjunga region are the Tibeto-Mongoloid ‘Rais’ and ‘Limbus’, commonly known as Kirats. They highly dominate the region in the east of the Arun River and a few live elsewhere.  It is believed that they came to Nepal from somewhere in the borders of Tibet and Burma. However, according to their own tradition, they believe to have come to Nepal from the north.
The Rais and Limbus are very peace loving people, shy and deeply religious. Their religion practices, language and clothing are similar to the people of middle hills and also similar to highland people like Sherpas and Chhettris. Limbu men wear a distinctive tall topi, a Nepalese cap that is much more colourful than the ones worn by other Nepalese. A noteworthy part of the Limbu culture is the drink tongba, made of fermented millet seeds and boiling water.
At the higher altitude of the northern part of Kanchenjunga region live the Sherpas, who came to Nepal from Tibet, more than four hundred years ago.
At the southern lower part of the Kanchenjunga region live other ethnic groups like Tibetans, Magars, Tamangs, Newars including the Brahmins and Chhettris.

Most of the people in this region are engaged in farming and livestock rearing. The other major means of livelihood here are cardamom farming and tourism.

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 depending on circumstances.

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.

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, Kalikasthan, 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

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. For your safety, we also carry the ‘Portable Altitude Chamber’ or ‘Gamow Bag’. 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 area 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.

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

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 strew 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.

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 appeals more to you.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) was 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).

BOOKING CONDITIONS

1) It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot 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 be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.

2) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received the deposit of USD 500 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 month 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$ 500)
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

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Testimonials

A very well organized trek. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Whenever we wanted something, Bagbir (the sirdar) answered ‘No problem,’ and really we never faced any problem.

I expected the trail to be uphill all the way, like in the Everest trek. You know, steep climbs, going up and up. But the trail on this trek had a lot of variety. It was different. We started from the foothills where there was a lot of greenery. As we got higher, the landscape changed. Also at the higher reaches there were some landslides, but we could make our way through it. There were some difficult parts but there also parts which were truly very beautiful and lovely. We will surely visit Nepal again! Check out Kanchenjunga trek report on our blog

- Hengel Hermanus Van Den, Denmark

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A very well organized trek. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Whenever we wanted something, Bagbir (the sirdar) answered ‘No problem,’ and really we never faced any problem.

- Hengel Hermanus Van Den, Denmark Read Testimonials | Submit Your Testimonial

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