Luxury Everest Trekking package is designed by Himkala Adventure for those trekkers who are willing to have all kinds of luxury facilities from the beginning of their trip till the ending. Your luxury trek begins when you arrive in the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you in the airport heartily and transfer you to five star hotel in Kathmandu. Next day, you will be guided by a A grade license holder city tour guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will fly over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla on the third day morning. The lodges in Everest region are heavily geared. They are well organized and of luxury category too. Your trek to the highest mountain in the world in luxurious way, could be the memorable moment of your lifetime.
Everest Base Camp has the trunk like trekking trail from the north of Lukla. The trail traverses to the classic viewpoint of Everest - Kalapatthar. The trail meanders along the Dudhkoshi river and reaches to horseshoe bowl shaped remarkable Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar.Beyond Namche, the trail veers north east onto a tributary valley and climbs to Tengboche, from where the majestic view of Ama Dablam can be seen very close. After we visit Tengboche Monastery, we trek down about 30 minutes to Debuche and overnight stay at Everest Cultural Home.We trek to Dingboche and to Lobuche the other day. The landscape gets changed considerably. Coniferous and rhododendron forests now lie far beneath us. We reach to Gorakshep - the final over 5000 m, the highest lodge located in Khumbu region.
The trail to Everest Base Camp goes right side of the Khumbu glacier, passing by ice caves. We return back to Gorakshep and overnight stay at Buddha Lodge. We hike to kalapatthar the next morning and descend down to Pheriche. There is the Everest View Hotel for the next days overnight stay. The way we trek via Khumjung, Monjo and arrives at Lukla.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel
Day 02:Pre-Trip Meeting and sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. O/N at Hyatt Hotel
Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m), 30 min, then trek to Phakding (2610 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 04:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 05:Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m), then to Debuche (3734 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Everest Cultural Home
Day 07:Trek from Debuche to Dingboche (4410 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Hotel Good Luck
Day 08:Hike to Chhuking Valley (4730 m) and trek back to Dingboche. O/N at Hotel Good Luck
Day 09:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Hotel Mother Earth
Day 10:Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 m), hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs.O/N at Buddha Lodge
Day 11:Early morning hike to Kalapatthar (5,550 m), then to Pheriche (4200 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Hotel Pumori
Day 12:Trek from Pheriche to Khumjung (3,780 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Everest View Hotel
Day 13:Trek from Khumjung to Monjo (2,835 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 14:Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 15:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m). Overnight at Dwarika Hotel
Day 16:Departure to International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hyatt HotelYou are welcomed cordially in the airport by Himkala representatives and transfer to Hyatt hotel at Boudha. The atmosphere in 5 star hotel is really peaceful, loving. You could stroll around Boudhanath Stupa in the evening where you could find the perfect blending of chanting, procession of Tibetan monks with the glow of lights. Overnight at Hyatt Hotel
Day 02Pre-Trip Meeting and sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. O/N at Hyatt Hotel After breakfast, we begin our full day sightseeing from nearby heritage sites. A Pashupatinath Temple, the famous Hindu Temple is about 2 km far from hotel. We first visit there and see the cremation spot where we can feel the notion of life and death. People still cremate the dead body traditionally in the wooden pyre, though there is an electronic cremation spot in the southern part of the temple premises. We can see the holy Bagmati river, and ritual bathers, the priest with the people for their parents' annual service. There are sages living on the other bank of the river near by stone made Shivalaya. The ritual activities before cremation can be seen from the next bank. We can the temple with golden roof and silver doors. After this, we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square where we will see many Hindu temples, Kumari-the living goddess, palaces and the museum. The third place for today is Swoyambhunath - the monkey temple. We visit five places dedicated to five different elements from the nature, the stupa, monasteries. It is the best view point for valley view. After this, we return back to hotel.O/N at Hyatt Hotel
Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m), 30 min, then trek to Phakding (2610 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home You will be escorted to the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan Airport for the early morning flight to Lukla. It’s 40 minute flight from the height 1,350 m to the 2,800 m at Tenzing-Hillary airport to Lukla. The stimulating flight with scintillating Himalayan view leaves you indescribable impression. Upon your arrival at Lukla,Himkala crews are eagerly waiting to greet you and make the trip organized. You begin to hike to Phakding which assist you to acclimatize and adjust with the mountainous atmosphere. You can explore around in your spare time. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 04Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home Phakding is a small village with many lodges, usually of dormitory style: one large room with many simple wooden beds.After fueling up on early breakfast, we start our trek around narrow bench lands cultivated in wheat, potatoes, radishes and onions. The trail climbs and falls repeatedly then crosses to the other side climbing up a cleft in the canyon wall to reach Monjo (2,835 m). The trail continues to gradually climb toward the next village Jorsale (2,774 m). You can catch the glimpse of towering ridge ahead, the Namche Bazaar in between two villages. Descending a natural stone staircase we pass a huge rock and drop down to cross suspension bridge below. Continuing up the west bank through forests, the trail finally reaches the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and the Dudh Koshi . It is the west fork we follow the Swiss funded suspension bridge and the climb begins to Namche Bazaar. After grueling ascent, it’s the first time to view the first sight of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 05Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home Namche is a delightful village nestled in a horseshoe – shaped valley.. Sherpa culture thrives in this town and many trekkers hike up to the Sagarmatha National Park Museum on their rest day to keep their legs and lungs strong. We can visit Kunde (3,850 m) which is famous for the hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 06Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m), then to Debuche (3734 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Everest Cultural Home After breakfast, we begin our trek through direct trail to Tengboche. After walking few hours on flat we descend to Dudh Koshi river (3250 m) where there are small lodges and a series of picturesque water-driven prayer wheels. A steep ascent from there brings us to Tengboche. Tengboche is the famous Gompa, with its background of Ama Dablam, Everest and other peaks.During the November to December full moon, the colorfull ManiRimdu festival is held with masked dances in the monastery courtyard. After visiting monastery, we descend about 30 minutes to Debuche and stay in Everest Cultural Home. Overnight at Everest Cultural Home
Day 07Trek from Debuche to Dingboche (4410 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Hotel Good Luck The trail descend about 30 Minute to Debuche Village and crossing the Imja River. Then, we walk uphill passing by several Mani stones wall to another popular Sherpa village called Pangboche. The trail offers the spectacular view of mountains from rhododendron forest. We will finally reach at Dingboche and resides at Hotel Good Luck. Overnight at Hotel Good Luck
Day 08Hike to Chhuking Valley (4730 m) and trek back to Dingboche. O/N at Hotel Good Luck Proper acclimatization is the key factor to get rid of altitude sickness.We go for short hiking after breakfast gently so that it get habituated for the next day to stay in higher altitude. So,we hike to Chhukung Valley about 2 hours gradually uphill. We will have lunch at Chhukung Valley that leads up to Island Peak with the spectacular views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak, Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and others. We retrace back to Dingboche. Overnight at Hotel Good Luck
Day 09Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Hotel Mother EarthThe trail goes through Mani-prayer stupa about an hour walk from where we can see the beautiful Sherpa village called Pheriche. We will see many mountains on the way to Lobuche. After an hour walk, we reach to Thukla where we can have lunch. We continue the trek to Thukla top where we can see number of memorial statues of the brave expedition member who passed away in Everest Expedition. The trail keeps on going to Lobuche through plain rocky way 45 minutes more. We can also explore Italian Pyramid Center after we check in Hotel. Overnight at Hotel Mother Earth
Day 10Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 m), hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs.O/N at Buddha Lodge The mountain trails leads to Gorakshep by crossing the Italian Pyramid Centre on the rocky moraine path with the view of icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After half an hour walk, we reach to Gorakshep, We drop our luggage their in Hotel and depart to Everest Base Camp. It takes about 2 hours to reach to Everest Base Camp. We may see the climbers setting their camps all around and some on their way up or down. After catching sweeping view of the place where one can materialize his/her dream, then retrace back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Buddha Lodge
Day 11Early morning hike to Kalapatthar (5,550 m), then to Pheriche (4200 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Hotel Pumori It is the day getting up early and be ready to go for sun rise from the Kala Patthar in the extreme cold morning. The sun’s light from the top of Everest descending down to the lower elevation hypnotizes anyone. The Himalayan vista from the top of the Kalapatthar is mysterious and elusive. After returning back to Gorakshep , we take our breakfast and descend to Pheriche, a beautiful Sherpa settelment. Overnight at Hotel Pumori
Day 12Trek from Pheriche to Khumjung (3,780 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Everest View Hotel After having breakfast, we trek down to Khumjung valley. It is the beautiful Sherpa valley surrounded by mountains. Among them, Khumbila is highly revered by Sherpa people as their local deity. Overnight at Khumjung Valley. Overnight at Everest View Hotel
Day 13Trek from Khumjung to Monjo (2,835 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home After breakfast, we continue our trek down to Monjo from Khumjung valley. It takes about 6 hours through the craggy mountain trail. We cross the suspension bridge and climb uphill and descend. Finally, we arrive at Monjo. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 14Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home Today, it is the last day of the Everest Base Camp Trekking to be on the trekking trail.We first climb uphill and descend down to the Bhotekoshi River. After 45 minutes walk climbing uphill, we reach to Lukla. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home
Day 15Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m). Overnight at Dwarika Hotel It is early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After your great journey in the Himalayan region, you feel invigorated with spectrum of images in mind. Himkala Adventure’s representative greets you again from the domestic terminal and transfer to the hotel. You can spend your rest of your time as you wish or can plan for some side trip. In the evening, Himkala Adventure organizes the farewell dinner along with the typical Nepali Cultural show. Overnight at Dwarika Hotel
Day 16Departure to International Airport So, it is time to collect all the memories of your adventure in the Himalayas, the photos of friendly Himalayan people, the ritual activities, overall journey and the souvenirs for your family members, friends. The representative from Himkala Adventure drops you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have great journey to the onward destination.
Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest Trekking in Nepal?
Luxury Everest Trekking offers an opportunity to stay at the finest local luxury lodges and experience the typical Himalayan lifestyle. This is to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with the worlds six tallest peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above.
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 Luxury Everest Trekking hard or easy?
Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest Trekking?
Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest trek?
All guesthouses/lodges in Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest 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?
Luxury Everest 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 Luxury Everest Trekking?
You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Luxury Everest 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.
The cost of trip varies according to the number of travelers 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 Base Camp 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 5,545 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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