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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Trip Highlight

  • Arrival & departure transfer by a private tourist vehicle
  • Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Suketar
  • Visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Yalung Li base camp,
  • Splendid views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Diverse flora and fauna. Interact with locals and learn about their culture,
  • Crossing the pass over Mirgin La
  • The local communities such as Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung
  • 23 nights’ accommodation

About Trip

Fabled Kanchenjunga is the world's third highest peak.  Within Nepal, only Mt. Everest is higher. Located in the extreme north-east corner of Nepal on the border with Sikkim (India) it raises to (8,586mt/28,169 ft).Called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks, this behemoth has always been revered by the people of Sikkim; respectful of this tradition, today most expeditions to the summit stop just below the peak. Our trek into this spectacular but remote part of Nepal will bring us to both the North and South Base Camps of Kanchenjunga through some extremely challenging but unforgettably beautiful terrain.  It will come as no surprise that this trek, requiring nearly a month to complete, will appeal to fit trekkers seeking an adventure taking them off the beaten path.  Whereas the much better-known treks in the Annapurna and Everest Regions attract large numbers of visitors, comparatively few venture into this serenely un crowded area, the Kanchenjunga Himal.  Since the route crosses the passes known as Mirgin-La (4583mt/15,036ft) and Sinelapche-La (4724mt/15499ft) and requires tent camping, we take great care to be sure our trekking party has the proper gear and clothing needed for a thrilling but safe trek.
Adventure Club Trek has designed an itinerary which reflects careful choice of routes, a fantastic exposure to the natural beauty of the area, and last but not least, essential safety concerns, especially gradual acclimatization to the altitude.  We will also obtain the special trekking permits required for this area.  After arriving in Kathmandu (where you may wish to visit Durbar Square and some of the other UNESCO World Heritage Sites), we will review the trekking plan together, and also make sure that each member has the appropriate gear.  We then fly to Suketar via Biratnagar or drive to Phidim (The mood of transportation will depend on client’s choice)   where the actual trek begins the next morning.
Trekking north from Suketar /Phidim, we will overnight at charming Chauki, from which amazing views can already be enjoyed in clear weather.  In Chauki our required trekking permits will need to be presented.  Over the coming days we will trek alongside rushing rivers and impressive waterfalls, past innumerable colorful prayer flags, verdant meadows and abundant rhododendrons, and enjoy the rising excitement that always accompanies this ascent into the Kanchenjunga Himal.  We will have frequent sightings of Jannu, the "Peak of Terror," whose nearly vertical face leads to a 1-meter-wide ridge that was not conquered until 1962. Reaching the year-round settlement of Kambachen after more than a week of trekking, we will spend two nights here to promote acclimatization.  

This is an essential safety precaution to lower the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as we trek ever higher in elevation.  Here at Ghunsa, the largest settlement on our trek, trekking supplies can be bought (such as lip balm and extra warm clothing if you do not already have them), and we will also be required to present our trekking permits.  Continuing north, at first through forests of larch and juniper, the next four days will lead us finally to North Base Camp of Kanchenjunga. Vegetation will become increasingly sparse, the trail may at times be quite steep, and the air will become thinner, but the Himalayan grandeur surrounding us will more than amply reward all of our efforts and careful preparation.  The views from Lhonak, where we will spend one night before finally reaching North Base Camp, are particularly stupendous.  Even after we reach this austere but awesome destination, many more thrills -- and challenges -- lie ahead.  Retracing our steps back to Ghunsa, our journey continues over a series of spectacular passes, including Mirgin-La and Sinelapche-La before we overnight at Tseram.  From Tseram, South Base Camp is two days away, but they are an unforgettable two days!  Finally, we trek south via Jamphud in, and drive from Gopetar back to Kathmandu for fond farewells and the flight back home.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m)

Day 02:KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trip preparation

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m), trek to Lalikharka (2265m) : 3-4 hours

Day 04:Trek Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) : 5 hours

Day 05:Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m): 5 hours

Day 06:Trek Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m): 6 hours

Day 07:Trek Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m): 7-8 hours

Day 08:Trek Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) : 4-5 hours

Day 09:Trek Cheram: Acclimatization and Rest

Day 10:Trek Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m) : 5-6 hours

Day 11:Trek Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram : 5 hours

Day 12:Trek Cheram to Sele La (4290m) : 6 hours

Day 13:Trek Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595); 5 hours

Day 14:Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m) : 6 hours

Day 15:Trek Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) : 6 hours

Day 16:Trek Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143) : 5 hours

Day 17:Trek Pangpema to Lhonak (4,780m) : 6 hours

Day 18:Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m): 6 hours

Day 19:Trek Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) :4 hours

Day 20:Trek Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m) :5 hours

Day 21:Trek Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549) :5 hours

Day 22:Trek Phurumbu to Suketar (2,420m) : 4-5 hours

Day 23:Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 24:Transfer to the airport for your final departure


What is Included

  • Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Kanchenjunga circuit trek
  • Fully- licensed, English-speaking Trekking guide trained in Wilderness first aid.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff cost including their Salary, food, accommodation, transportation, medicine and  domestic airfare.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu with world heritage entrance fees and private vehicle.
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu -Suketar - Kathmandu) with airport departure tax.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Proper Insurance covering all staff, including porters.
  • Kanchenjunga special trekking permit 
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All Government and Local taxes

What is not Included

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandator).

Important Note:

The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m)Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Meals: Dinner Included.

Day 02KATHMANDU: Sightseeing and trip preparationThe exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Included

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Suketar (2,420m), trek to Lalikharka (2265m) : 3-4 hours We take a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, where we meet our ground staffs and porters. After arranging the essentials, have a lunch. Today we walk just 2-3 hours and reach to Lali Kharka, which is a big grazing meadow. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04Trek Lalikharka to Khesewa (2120m) : 5 hours After breakfast, we take our way through the Pakora village. Then we walk along the bank of the Phawa stream and we cross a suspension bridge. After that, we trek up to Kunjuri. After lunch, we reach towards the crest of the ridge to our destination- Khesawa. The dazzling view of Kanchenjunga can be seen at far distance.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05Trek Khesewa to Mamankhe (1785m): 5 hours We take a steep hill side climb through the terraced landscape above the Kabbeli Khola. The trail is zig zag and the shadowy areas make today’s excursion easy. Then we have a lunch selecting a good place. Then we walk further, passing Anpan village along through the Kasawa stream. Finally, we reach to Mamankhe. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06Trek Mamankhe to Yamphudin (2080m): 6 hours After breakfast, we take a climb to Yamphudin walking along the Kabeli Khola. It is up down trail as we cross the ridges and stream beds that make up the valley sides. We can take a bath on the suitable place and relax. Then we walk to Yamphudin and rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07Trek Yamphudin to Tortong (2,995m): 7-8 hours First we climb up steeply for a while and leave the villages that we continue to walk through the meadows and forest. we can have striking views of north and south peak of Kanchenjunga. Then we trek down to the Omje Khola and walk to Chitre. Again we trek down through the forest. Far on the horizon, we can see the Jannu peak. Walking down to Simjua Khoa, we gradually walk to our campsite at Tortong. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08Trek Tortong to Cheram (3,870m) : 4-5 hours We continue walking through the rhododendron forest. It is a gradual uphill leaving the subtropical forest. Walking ahead, we get the impressive views of Yalung glacier. It rises to Kabru and Rathong peak. Cheram is a grazing meadow and slowly we are above the tree line. It is chilling as we walk along the increasing altitude.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09Trek Cheram: Acclimatization and RestOn this day, we take a side trip around the Cheram. We are almost 4000 meters and acclimatization helps to adapt at high altitude.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10Trek Cheram to Ramchaur (Ramche) (4,580m) : 5-6 hours We have a short but outstanding excursion today. The sceneries during the trek are spectacular, which includes the Himalayan views of Koktang, Rathong and Kabru along with the Lake and stream. Have a warm meal and rest.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11Trek Ramchaur (Ramche) to Yalung Base Camp (4500m), back to Cheram : 5 hours This is a huge day to view the piece of paradise. We see the dazzling face of Kanchenjunga South and Jannu peak. Across the Yalung Ri Glacier, we head to Oktang (4730m). We encounter with the southern wall of the mountains. Good fitness and acclimatization is required to explore this alpine region. The major summits of Kanchenjunga and impressive surrounding views can be explored. Back to the campsite. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12Trek Cheram to Sele La (4290m) : 6 hours Exploring the breathtaking landscape of Yalung Glaciers the surrounding panoramas, we begin to trek down the valley, crossing the technical Labsang La. Now we are approaching to the northern part of Kanchenjunga. The trail is not only challenging, but also technical enough to cross. Crossing the Mirgin La, the stunning views of Jannu, Makalu, Gyakung Kang, Everest, Lhotse and Chamalang can be seen. Stay camping at Sele la. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13Trek Sele La to Ghunsa (3,595); 5 hours After breakfast, trek down and climb up steadily to Lumba Sumba Kharka with the view of Jannu peak. Then we move down through the easy trail that goes through the dense forest. We eventually see a picturesque Tibetan village, which is Ghunsa. It is a traditional village with prayer flags on the rooftop. It is famous for Tongba, a local alcoholic drink, made from millet. It is wonderful in high altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14Trek Ghunsa to Kambachen (4,050m) : 6 hours From Ghunsa, we steadily climb up to the south of Ghusa Khola and cross to head through the grazing meadow. Again we climb steeply and from the peak point, descend down gradually to Lakepo. We reach to the Kambachen village after a short climb. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15Trek Kambachen to Lhonak (4,780m) : 6 hours After breakfast, we head through the rocky fields and eventually we reach to Ramtang (4240m). Then we cross the northwest of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and ultimately reach to Lhonak, which is our destination today. As it is located at the higher point, there can be continual stormy wind. We have to be careful to save water as it is scarce in this place. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16Trek Kanchenjunga base camp, overnight at Pangpema (5,143) : 5 hours Pangpema is the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The main summit can be seen only from Pang Pema. The beginning is easier and after some time, the trail becomes steeper. Then we reach Pangpema, located at 5143 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 17Trek Pangpema to Lhonak (4,780m) : 6 hours After breakfast, we hike to the northern ridge of Pangpema. The views of Tent peak and Kanchenjunga are stunning. Then we gradually trek down to Lhonak and rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 18Trek Lhonak to Ghunsa (3475m): 6 hours Almost the trail is dotted by the forest. It depends on your walking pace and the destination you want to reach about where to stay. If possible, we recommend you to trek down through the Phole village and reach to Yangswa, which is a best campsite. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 19Trek Ghunsa to Amjilosa (2,308m) :4 hours Heading Ghunsa to Amjilosa, we head through the sub-tropical forest and steep grassy route. Enjoying the waterfalls, we reach to our destination of Amjilosa. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 20Trek Amjilosa to Chirwa (1,270m) :5 hours From Amjilosa, we climb up for a while and walk down then we reach to the juncture of the Ghunsa Khola and Tamur. Then we follow Simbu Khola and frequently walk over the forest as well as through the rocky boulder. We reach Chiruwa after walking along the Riverside. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 21Trek Chirwa to Phurumbu (1,549) :5 hours Trekking down to the lower altitude is far easier. From Chiruwa, we trek down to Phurumbu and set a camp beside the stream.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 22Trek Phurumbu to Suketar (2,420m) : 4-5 hours Passing through the traverse and picturesque terraced hillside, we reach to Suketar in the afternoon and have a rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 23Fly back to KathmanduFrom Suketar, we fly back to Kathmandu, exploring the Himalayan panoramas. As you land, transfer to the hotel.Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 24Transfer to the airport for your final departureAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Meals: Breakfast Included

Trip Note

Flight Delay in Taplejung (Suketar)

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and  from the airstrip of Suketar. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Adventure Club Trek will organize the alternative available road transportation(Local Bus) to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time to Trek  to Kanchenjunga Circuit 
Autumn months (September-November) and spring (March to May) are considered as the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking. There is better visibility of the landscape during these months, the rivers are lower and the temperature is cooler on the first few days of the trek.

     

FAQs

What are Trekking Trips?

Typically our trekking holidays involve 4–8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – not so! During the day group members often 'string out' and there will usually be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking guide at the front and rear ensuring no-one gets lost.

How is the Trekking Day?

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events. The day begins early at around 6.30 in morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into duffle bag by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 a m and following a good morning's walk, we stop for lunch. About 1 - 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surroundings, and catch up on your diary or reading. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can opt to relax, read, write diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 p m.

Do you have airport transfer facilities?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Who are my guides? Are they trained and experienced?

Adventure Club Trek, being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have year's long trip leading experience and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventure travel companies.

How fit do I need to be?

It's important to be ready for your trip or trek. Our treks are not "races" and you will enjoy them as walking holidays. They are suitable for most ages, depending on your level of comfort in walking and altitude. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. First-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. Altitude acclimatization is important. And in order to prepare for the thinner air in Nepal try to walk or jog around an hour a day for a few weeks before coming to the Himalayan region. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, and jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.

How do I book a trek with you?

After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the form available here (http://www.adventureclubtrek.com/book-this-trip.html). A deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. The next step is to book a plane ticket to Asia and then get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Are the staff is being taken care of? What about Insurance?

We are committed on the welfare of our staff from Trek Leaders / Guides to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, salary, provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our kith and kin as well as the backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.

Can I use credit cards during the trekking?

Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.

Can I change the itinerary?

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 itinerary.

What is the teahouse /guesthouse like?

We book clean and comfortable teahouse/guesthouse which we know very well. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded sharing accommodation. We can book private room for you if you like, at an additional cost as per your requirements.

Do the tea houses have electricity so I can charge my electronic devices?

Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

We provide the full board meals while on trekking and climbing. We offer the open and choice Menu in our tea house trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables.

A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Plenty and healthy dinner comprises of soup, variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes etc as per your section and as available. Tea or coffee is also provided at all meals.

What currency should I bring to Nepal and for my trek?

It is impossible to buy Nepali Rupees outside of Nepal. You can change all major currencies in Kathmandu, and there are a lot of international ATMs. You should change/withdraw money before you start your trek as you will need Rupees everywhere outside Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

Do the porters and guides speak English?

All of our guides speak English some speak French and German. Most of the porters understand Basic English, but do not speak it.

Can we meet the guides and porters before we leave?

You can meet the guides before leaving, the porters are all local to the area of your trek (this helps us to give something back to the local community) so you will meet them upon your arrival to your trekking gateway.

What happens if or someone else in the group gets altitude sickness?

 If any problem occurs it will be dealt with as suits the group. If the group is in a hurry we will split the group and one English speaking guide will remain with (or descend with) the person while the rest of the group continues with the other English speaking guide. If the group is not in a hurry, they can wait for a day or 2 while the person acclimatizes. Our guides all carry a first aid kit which includes Diamox, the drug used to treat altitude sickness. If there is a case of severe altitude sickness or any other emergency, we will call for an emergency helicopter pickup (paid for by your insurance company) and the person can be taken to hospital in Kathmandu, usually accompanied by a friend, or if they're travelling alone, an English speaking guide.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

Yes, we provide you sleeping bags, down jackets, tents, mattresses and kitchen equipment, all of the highest quality. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list.

Is it cheaper to buy trekking gear in Nepal or in my home country?

Apart from shoes, you can pick up everything you need for a trek in Kathmandu for less than you'd pay at home.

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but over packing is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

Will my mobile work while in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are travelling to, and make sure you remember to get international roaming turned on. You can also get the local mobile sim card in Kathmandu.

What temperatures are like during the day and night?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000 and 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful. Expect the unexpected.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is list expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we do. 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 50 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What about security during trekking?

Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping trek' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Can you give me a description of an average day of trekking?

Depending on the day ahead we might wake up at 6:30am, have breakfast at 7:00am and leave at 8:00am. However, for crossing difficult passes the day might start as early as 4:30am. If you are going on a teahouse trek, we would stop for lunch any time from 11am to 1pm depending on availability of lodges. In the camping trip the cooking team goes ahead of the rest of the group to get the lunch ready. After lunch we might walk for another couple of hours or if the morning's climb was steep and we have reached the desired altitude we might stop for the night. At around 6pm the dinner is served and in teahouse trek most lodge dining rooms close for the night between 8 and 9pm.

Start from   $2239 USD

  1. 24 Days
  2. Strenuous
  3. 1-12 People

Trip Code:ACT 37

Destination:Nepal

Activities :Trekking, Cultural excursions

Max. Altitude :5,388 m/17,673 ft

Trek Style :(Teahouse/ Camps(tents)

Best Month:March to May and September to November

Accommodation:Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Teahouse and camps(tents)

Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking.

Transportation:Private vehicles & Domestic Flight

Activity Per Day: Approx 5-7 hours walking

Trip start /finish: Kathmandu

Permits:TIMS card, Kanchenjunga Restricted –area trekking permit, National park permit.

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