Everest Gokyo Trekking is considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp trekking that is of magnificent view of mountains and the Ngozumpa Glacier. The Everest Gokyo Trek is to be done by those who are physically fit and fine . It is one of the challenging route to the must- do venture for the die- hard trekkers. So, the Gokyo trek features the incredible scenery of the remote hidden Gokyo Valley,the source of Dudh Koshi river and five tranquil appearance, emerald lakes, moonscape like glaciers, and gorgeous mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu, four of the eight highest peaks on earth. Gokyo Valley Trekking is fairly popular trekking route, ends at Gokyo Ri , on the western end of the Gokyo Lake. Ri means peaks in the local Sherpa language.
There is no human settlement above Phortse Tenga except tea houses. There is a medical center at Machhermo at the height of 4,410 m providing information and basic treatment on altitude sickness. After Gokyo Ri, we typically turn around and retrace our steps back to the trail head. This has an alternative route leads to the east over Cho La pass where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trek. We can get the wonderful ice ridge in between Cho-Oyu and Gyachung (2,922 m) located in Khumbu region.
The Gokyo Trek is the blending of the duo cultural and adventurous parts that feed the trekkers more than they had expected.The unique geographical location, friendly and decent Sherpa people, their way of living, culture, ornately decorated monasteries, colorful prayer flags, the chanting mantras of “Om Mani Padme Hum” with the spinning prayer wheel vibrates the atmosphere. Besides this, the Sagarmatha National Park adds more flavor to the trek with the wonderful types of Himalayan plants like pine, hemlock, fir, juniper, birch, rhododendron and shrubs to the alpine. Likewise, it is the great habitat to the Ghoral,Tahr, Serow, Musk deer, and the birds like Impheyan Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Red Billed Cough,The Yellow Billed Cough and so on.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m), Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Pre-Trip meeting and Kathmandu Sightseeing. O/N at Hotel
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) from Kathmandu then trek to Phakding (2,652 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 04:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 05:Day Rest to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar
Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3,680 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 07:Trek from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo (4,470 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 08:Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 09:Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), then back to Gokyo, 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 10:Trek from Gokyo to Phortse Tenga (3,680 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 11:Trek from Phortse Tenga to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 12:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 13:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning, 30 min. O/N at Hotel
Day 14:Departure in the International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m), Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at HotelAfter you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and the completion of custom formalities, you will be welcomed by the representative of Himkala Adventure. Then we go ahead towards the hotel. You can spend rest of your time taking rest or walking around Thamel, exploring local market. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Pre-Trip meeting and Kathmandu Sightseeing. O/N at Hotel The day commences with the breakfast and the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You may appreciate by the rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal.These places are skillfully built temples and old palaces, delicately-engraved stone and metal images, carved wooden columns and pillars are of Newar’s artistic achievement and the stupas and monastery ornately decorated gives you the spiritual thrill. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow till two weeks. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) from Kathmandu then trek to Phakding (2,652 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Guest House After having breakfast, we drive from our hotel to the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan International airport at Kathmandu for the morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The weather can deceive at the day time and flight may be cancelled so we fly in the morning. It takes 40 minutes flying over the Dudh Koshi River, with pleasant mountain views and lands at Lukla. You have to keep in mind that you were flying from 1,350m to 2,800 m and should not be in rush. After we land, our Himkala crews manage our luggage and the guide leads for the 3 hours hike to Phkading. After we walk through scenic Himalayan villages and forest full of pine and rhododendron, we reach at Phakding. Overnight at Phakding
Day 04Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House After having breakfast, we set out for the trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar where the trail undulates and passes through Monjo and Jorsale. These are the two villages from where we can have nice first glimpse of towering Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We keep on walking the west bank through the forest until we reach to the confluence of the Bhotekoshi from the Tibet and the Dudh Koshi .After crossing the suspension bridge, and taking steep ascent, we reach to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar
Day 05Day Rest to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar is an appealing Sherpa town, facilitated by an electricity, internet, bakery, telephone, bakery, cusmetics and so on. The horseshoe-shaped valley is popular for the acclimatization as it has many other places to visit so that one can habituate in the high mountainous region. As it is the administrative center of Khumbu region and headquarters of Sagamatha National Park, it has brought different identity. We can hike up to the Syangboche airstrip, visit tourist visitor center, pass the nearby monastery or go for other side trip rather than sitting idle in the hotel. Overnight at Namche
Day 06Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3,680 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast we set out from Namche Bazaar following the trail to the east where there is Sagarmatha National Park sits. We can head northwest continuing through the forest, passing below the villages such as Trashinga and Levishasa. There is small settlement with few lodges and tea shops. The place is called Pungo Tenga or Phortse Tenga which has many water mills and water driven prayer wheels around.
Day 07Trek from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo (4,470 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House Being refreshed early in the morning, after breakfast we continue our journey to Machhermo. We cross the Bridge of Dudh Koshi River and passing many waterfalls and bridges, we arrive at Dole. We receive the magnificent view of Cho-Oyu, Kangtega and Thamserku from over the ridge of Dole. The trail further traverses to the Dudh Koshi Valley passing some villages and reaches to Machhermo. Machhermo has Tourists’ Aid Center which counsels and does the primary treatment to the AMS victims. Overnight at Machhermo
Day 08Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House From Machhermo, we follow the rift of Gokyo valley between Cho La and Ranja La Pass. We give continuity for the trek following the river from the Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa Glacier on the left. After crossing the iron bridge, we visit the first lake Longpongo. Then passing the second Lake Taboche Tso, we reach to Gokyo village which stands by the third Lake- Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at Gokyo
Day 09Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), then back to Gokyo, 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House Hike up to Gokyo Ri is an amazing in the clear morning. You can visit other lakes one after another. It is great moment to see sun rise and the biggest glacier Ngozumpa very close from the top of Gokyo Ri. This is about 700 m from the hotel at Gokyo. We descend down all the way from the top Of Gokyo Ri and have breakfast explore around the Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo
Day 10Trek from Gokyo to Phortse Tenga (3,680 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House Trek from Gokyo to Phortse Tenga is about 6 hours trek in a single day which we had trekked in two days. The trek gently descends from Gokyo to Machhermo and steeply goes down to the Phortse Tenga.Overnight at Phortse Tenga
Day 11Trek from Phortse Tenga to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House The trek from Phortse Tenga immediately escalates steeply down to the Namche Bazaar through the beautiful forests of pine and rhododendrons. While coming down to Namche, we visit Khumjung, culturally elegant village of Khumbu.This is the place where Sir Edmund Hillary had built the school for the kids of this remote area and the his Himalayan Trust. Khumjung has a monastery and the sacred cave high above the village. The most important thing is the Yeti scalp well preserved here. Overnight at Namche Bazaar
Day 12Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House This is again the steep walk down to the Dudh Koshi valley and cross the suspension bridge. After this we pass through the forest and Sherpa villages. Upon arrival at Lukla, we spend time relaxing, walking around. Overnight at Lukla
Day 13Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning, 30 min. O/N at Hotel We fly from Lukla to Kathmandu early morning. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, in the domestic terminal, our Himkala representative greets you and takes you to the hotel. You could go for the side trip or do shopping at local market in the cheaper price. In the evening, there is a dinner with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 14Departure in the International Airport We transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport, 3 hours before you fly to the next destination. With warm feeling, showing gratitude to you that you joined Himkala for Everest Circuit Trekking, our represents departs from airport and you go ahead for custom formalities. Namaste with palms together
Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Everest Gokyo Trekking for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.
This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Everest Gokyo Trekking before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.
1) How is Everest Gokyo Trekking in Nepal?
Everest Gokyo Trekking goes through Gokyo valley and the hike to Gokyo Ri offers the majestic view of mountains. The trek in the heart of Sherpaland presents the best natural setting of the earth. The Namche Bazaar, the Himalayan culture and the tallest peak on the backdrop fascinate everyone.
2) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?
Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.
Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in Exciting mountain flight over the mountains from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.
3) Is the Everest Gokyo Trekking hard or easy?
Everest Gokyo Trekking can be easy and very exciting if you could walk minimum 5 miles a day and does have aerobic shape (with doctor’s approval). The actual trekking is on mostly ground level with a few sections of hill sides - up and down. You should carry more than a light day pack with your jacket, snacks and water bottle. The important thing is that you should acclimatize yourself with higher altitudes for that you need to maintain your health, should have a large fluid intake and always in slow pace in the Himalayas.
4) Is it dangerous to trek to Everest Gokyo Trekking?
Yes or No, Yes, because if we do not take proper precautions of Altitude sickness, there is risk of life. So, one should quite aware what is going on. Next thing we have to be careful with the caravan of yaks, occasionally, there is an incident that trekkers get injured due to rock fall by the flock of yaks or who inadvertently bump them off the trail and go down steep to the hill side. So, be always on the uphill side when the yaks pass by!
5) Do I really need to use guide to Everest Gokyo trekking?
You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.
6) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?
Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.
7) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?
Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.
8) How are tea house facilities during Everest Gokyo Trekking?
Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Everest Gokyo Trekking area are highly professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.
9) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?
Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.
10) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?
The foods in the Himalayas are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.
Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.
11) What mode of transportation do I use?
We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.
12) What is the best season for this trekking?
The best season for Everest Gokyo Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
13) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?
The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Everest Gokyo Trekking is comfortable.
14) Who will be guiding me during this trip?
We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed. All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government. We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.
15) What sort of experience do your guides have?
Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.
Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.
16) May I charge my electronic gadgets during Everest Gokyo trek?
Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.
17) How much additional money is required for this trip?
It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.
18) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?
The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.
19) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?
We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Everest Gokyo Trek. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.
20) Are there communication or internet services during Everest Gokyo trek?
All guesthouses/lodges in Everest Gokyo Trekking trails have telephones and internet services. They provide the WIFI service with some extra charge which helps to get updated with social Medias, friends or family. All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.
21) May I get chances for shower during Everest Gokyo Trek?
Most of the guesthouse provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.
22) May I add extra days in trekking?
Everest Gokyo Trekking is the prime destination where one can feel stepping on the lap of highest mountain in the world. It is the matter of glory and pride that your dreams come true. If you have any more days spared, you could easily extend your trek with some side trips to the nearby Sherpa Villages or can deviate the other routes. If you would like to customize or shorten your trip, it is quite possible as well.
23) What happens in case of emergency?
Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency
24) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?
We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking. Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism. Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact. Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places. So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
25) What is the baggage allowance from/to Kathmandu – Lukla flight?
There may be different baggage allowance as per the different airlines but in general, a traveler to/from Lukla is allowed to carry 10 kg of check-in luggage and 5 kg of carry-on hand luggage per person with his/her flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5 kg per person only) will be charged at 120 NPR per person at your own expense.
26) What type of shoes should I wear during Everest Gokyo Trekking?
You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Everest Gokyo trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.
27) Can I use credit cards in the Everest Gokyo Trekking route?
No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. There are ATMs in Lukla and Namche Bazaar but one cannot rely upon. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.
28) What about extreme weather and airport closures in Lukla?
Weather conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable. Flights can be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather. Flights to and from Lukla are particularly prone to travel delays. There is no other alternative except having patience for the good weather or have some optional trip around or chartering helicopters. You will be accommodated at your joining hotel in your own expense.
29) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.
However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
310 How is Camping Trek to Everest Gokyo being operated?
Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.
Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.
The cost of trip varies according to the number in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.
You are requested to send the following documents after you confirm or book the trip with Himkala Adventure:
A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
It is advised to maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques, bank/ATM card, contact numbers, international flight tickets, and emergency contact numbers.
The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May. The day temperature for walking to Everest Gokyo Trekking is comfortable. The sky is clear although there is snow and rainfall occasionally. It is about 10 degree centigrade at the height of 3,600 m and increasingly lower, the higher we go.
A traveler to/from Lukla is allowed to carry 10 kg of check-in luggage and 5 kg of carry-on hand luggage per person with his/her flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5 kg per person only) will be charged at 120 NPR per person at your own expense.
Extreme Weather and Airport Closures:
Weather conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable. Flights can be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather. Flights to and from Lukla are particularly prone to travel delays. There is no other alternative except having patience for the good weather or have some optional trip around or chartering helicopters. You will be accommodated at your joining hotel at your own expense.
There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.
Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.
Your trip will be meaningful if you could find yourself fit and fine. You will be walking up to 5,883 m from the sea level. As the geographical region varies, there is a temperature variation as well. So, we advise you to undertake regular physical exercise, jogging, hiking, riding, ascending and descending the long stairs etc.
Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.
Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation and Foods in the Himalayan region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary. In high altitude regions, there are very few tea houses and one has to be happy to share in simple dormitories without electricity, without running water. Hot shower means a bucket of hot water upon our request.
Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.
Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.
While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.
Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.
Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.
Local Dress in Nepal:
Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.
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