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Daily Tour 28 day Availability: 2018-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Everest Region Tour Guide: Ngwang Sherpa

Trip Detail: Everest and Rolwaling Traverse

After the Kathmandu valley tour the trip starts with a mountain flight to Lukla and begins on the spectacular trail to the Gokyo valley for views of Mt Everest (8848m) from Gokyo Ri and crossing the stunning Renjo La. The challenging approach to the glaciated Tashi Labsta Pass (5760m) from Thame is as magnificent as it is demanding but the effort is rewarded with fantastic mountain vistas. After crossing two immense glaciers the descent of the Rolwaling valley through picturesque Sherpa villages is a great introduction for the equally hospitable Gurung and Tamang villages. The final challenge is a section of wild ridge-top rhododendron forests before decending to the extensive nunnery at Bigu Gompa and drive to Kathmandu.


Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Overview

Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 28 Days
Meal: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu
Lodging: 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu and 24 Nights in Lodge/Guest House During Trek
Transportation: Private vehicles / Flights
Service Level: Comfort
Trek Grading: 3
Activity: 1 Day Kathmandu Sightseeing and 25 Days Trekking
Maximum Altitude: :5,760m (18,898ft ) at Tashi Labsta Pass


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu (1300 m/4265 ft)
Day 2: Acclimatize Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft)
Day 4: Trek to Monjo
Day 5: Trek to Namche
Day 6: Acclimatize at Namche
Day 7: Trek to Phortse Thenga (3680m/12074ft )
Day 8: Trek to Dole
Day 9: Trek to Machhermo (4410m/14469ft)
Day 10: Rest at Machhermo
Day 11: Trek to Gokyo (4750m/15585ft)
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5360m/17586ft) & Back to Gokyo
Day 13: Explore Around Gokyo
Day 14 and 15: Trek to Thame over Renjo La Pass
Day 16: Trek to Parchemuche Tsho
Day 17: Trek to Cave Camp
Day 18: Cross Tashi Labsta Trakarding Glacier
Day 19 and 20:Trek to Bedding
Day 21:Rest day at Bedding
Day 22 and 23: Trek to Simigaon
Day 24 to 26: Trek to Bigu Gompa
Day 27: Trek to Tisang La and Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 28: Fly back Home or extend your holidays

Show Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO

Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Welcome dinner in the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft);
trek to GHAT Early morning flight to Lukla. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa village of Cheplung and continuing north we catch first views of roaring Dudh Kosi river. Crossing a metal suspension bridge over Thado Kosi river we get the superb views of 6367m Kusum Kangru, the most difficult of the trekking peaks. Now after the short climb around the ridge we reach Ghat. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to MONJO
Leaving Ghat, the trail passes a school and enters a complex of mani walls, chortens and boulders carved with Tibetan mantras. And then the trail climbs to a small hamlet of Chhunthawa and onwards to Phakding. Finally we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages we reach Monjo finally after three hours walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to NAMCHE BAZAR
Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge, the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Acclimatize at NAMCHE
We have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. To help our body better adapt to the high altitude, we can take short walks or climb few hundred feet during the day to have a look in the villages, houses, terraced fields and snowy mountains of Kwangde, Khumbu peak, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and the village’s big weekly event, the Saturday market to have fun mingling with the crowds and watching men and women in traditional attire. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to PHORTSE THENGA (3680m/12074ft )
5 hours Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharka and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to DOLE Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to MACHHERMO (4410m/14469ft)
5 hours The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We reach at Machherma by early noon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Rest day at MACHHERMO Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to GOKYO (4750m/15585ft)
5 hours Today the trek takes us at one of our final destination, Gokyo. We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of hiking and sightseeing trips around Gokyo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to GOKYO RI (5360m/17586ft) & Back to GOKYO
5 hours Gokyo Ri is the highlight of the Gokyo valley Trek and is an epic vantage point for the mountain views. We start the climb early in the morning. The path to the peak crosses the stream at the north end of the village and climbs for two hours to a cat’s cradle of prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, there are panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape. We walk down to Gokyo for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Explore Around GOKYO
We spend this day in Gokyo strolling around the lake and hike north to other sacred lakes and return back to Gokyo for night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 & 15 Trek to THAME over RENJO LA PASS
An easy day as we descend further to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Kosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek to PARCHEMUCHE TSHO Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek to CAVE CAMP Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Cross Tashi Labsta Trakarding Glacier Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 & 20 Trek to BEDDING Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Rest day at BEDDING Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 & 23 Trek to SIMIGAON Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 – 26 Trek to BIGU GOMPA Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 Trek to TINSANG LA & Drive back KATHMANDU. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 28 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast

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Notice on Domestic Flight kathmandu to Lukla

The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport.
The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made for 5 people sharing basis with the addition of USD 500 for one way flight per person to change your airplane flights to the helicopter. We will try to coordinate and form groups at the airport for this arrangement, but we cannot guarantee it.
The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla is guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions.
Travelers are suggested to advise us on the preferred alternatives for the flights to/from Lukla affected due to possible delays or disruptions.


Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Cost

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast,
  • 24 Nights stay in Tea House during trek.It means, sharing Bathroom.
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
  • Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )
  • During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee each time only.
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
  • National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
  • ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Wi-Fi, Mineral Water.

Trip Highlight

  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views
  • Local Community
  • Explore Kathmandu

Important Note

In this Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.


Accommodations:

In this Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek you will be accommodated in Alpine Hotel and Apartment or similar hotels in Kathmandu, standard tea houses during trekking and tents when climbing. Most tea house accommodations will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, foam mattress will be made available. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodations in Kathmandu and tea houses are on twin-shared basis whereas a single tent will be provided to each individual for the climbing section. We can cater to special request for a single room in Kathmandu by paying a single supplement of USD 310. However, there are several tea houses on the trekking route that doesn’t allow single room accommodation. On paying a single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu however sometimes it is feasible only in the trekking areas of the lower elevations.


Meals:

During Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek, you can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as more common continental cuisines. Breakfast (only) will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek and climb. While trekking, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be arrange for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, hygienic and freshly-cooked food will be provided. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.

Packing List

In this Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek Equipments and Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Alpine Club of Himalaya inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Trip Detail

IMPORTANT NOTE
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Trip Highlights
Temples and Stupas sightseeing around Kathmandu, HIMALAYAN Mountain flight while flying in and out from Luka, 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and unique Sherpa culture, Tengboche monastery, SLOW and STEADY walking.

Trip style
This Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek follows through the classical route to the Everest Base Camp where we can expect lots of lodges and guest houses. We will be staying at night in these lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Dossier Disclaimer
The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays of Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes to know
Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In this itinerary we dont have much acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one’s tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too. This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only. In case you want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, please feel free to let us know while you book the trip.

Group Leader Description
All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes
Max 14 & Min 2

Your Fellow Travelers
When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part.

Meals
Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on in a tea house or guest house in the mountain, there are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

Transport
Private Bus, Car and Van

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Single Travelers
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation
Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain
My Own Room Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.
Joining Hotel

Kathmandu – Alpine Hotel and Apartment
Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.alpinehotelnepal.com

Cell : +977-9851020731

Joining information Our entire Everest and Rolwaling Traverse Trek is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.

Arrival Information
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact
Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts
Personal
Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile

Kathmandu – Alpine Hotel and Apartment
Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.alpinehotelnepal.com

Cell : +977-9851020731

What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.

Checklist
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and Travel dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear (optional)
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas
CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.

NEPAL – All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.
Destination Travel Guide
For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.

Extra Spending Money
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.

Money Exchange
American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Local payment if any
There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.

Departure Tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.

Tipping Custom
Tips are expected but not compulsory. It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.

Tips while travelling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group

Must have Good Health
You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice
We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.

Must Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Responsible Travel
Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike. We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by “Take a photograph & leave zero foot print” and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.

We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.

-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.

Associated Children Education Project
Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.alpinesocialfoundation.org from each person each trip.

How you can help?
There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.

Respect Local Dress
In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Feedback
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We Want Your Photos
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THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

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Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO

Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Welcome dinner in the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft);
trek to GHAT Early morning flight to Lukla. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa village of Cheplung and continuing north we catch first views of roaring Dudh Kosi river. Crossing a metal suspension bridge over Thado Kosi river we get the superb views of 6367m Kusum Kangru, the most difficult of the trekking peaks. Now after the short climb around the ridge we reach Ghat. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to MONJO
Leaving Ghat, the trail passes a school and enters a complex of mani walls, chortens and boulders carved with Tibetan mantras. And then the trail climbs to a small hamlet of Chhunthawa and onwards to Phakding. Finally we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages we reach Monjo finally after three hours walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to NAMCHE BAZAR
Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge, the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Acclimatize at NAMCHE
We have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. To help our body better adapt to the high altitude, we can take short walks or climb few hundred feet during the day to have a look in the villages, houses, terraced fields and snowy mountains of Kwangde, Khumbu peak, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and the village’s big weekly event, the Saturday market to have fun mingling with the crowds and watching men and women in traditional attire. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to PHORTSE THENGA (3680m/12074ft )
5 hours Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharka and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to DOLE Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to MACHHERMO (4410m/14469ft)
5 hours The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We reach at Machherma by early noon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Rest day at MACHHERMO Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to GOKYO (4750m/15585ft)
5 hours Today the trek takes us at one of our final destination, Gokyo. We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of hiking and sightseeing trips around Gokyo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to GOKYO RI (5360m/17586ft) & Back to GOKYO
5 hours Gokyo Ri is the highlight of the Gokyo valley Trek and is an epic vantage point for the mountain views. We start the climb early in the morning. The path to the peak crosses the stream at the north end of the village and climbs for two hours to a cat’s cradle of prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, there are panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape. We walk down to Gokyo for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Explore Around GOKYO
We spend this day in Gokyo strolling around the lake and hike north to other sacred lakes and return back to Gokyo for night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 & 15 Trek to THAME over RENJO LA PASS
An easy day as we descend further to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Kosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek to PARCHEMUCHE TSHO Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek to CAVE CAMP Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Cross Tashi Labsta Trakarding Glacier Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 & 20 Trek to BEDDING Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Rest day at BEDDING Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 & 23 Trek to SIMIGAON Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 – 26 Trek to BIGU GOMPA Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 Trek to TINSANG LA & Drive back KATHMANDU. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 28 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast

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The Trek to Everest Base Camp (5340m/17521ft) will be a memory that you will cherish for the lifetime. There can be no trek as rewarding as one to the Everest viewpoint, Kala Patthar (5545m/18193ft) since the world’s highest peak is barely 10km/6 miles from there.

3 Reviews

  1. avatar
    Nick
    12:03 am - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    Most intense trekking made possible with the help of Alpine club of Himalaya. Highly recommended.

    5
  2. avatar
    Harry
    12:05 am - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    Mr Sujan planned this trekking for us and went very well. We had best porter and guide. Very helpful and kept motivating us throughout. Highly recommended.

    5
  3. avatar
    Des
    12:10 am - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    Along with trekking we came to know about Sherpa villages, which is a great introduction for the equally hospitable Gurung and Tamang villages. Came to know their culture and traditions too. Thanks to karma for all the information during this trek. I would like to thank to the team .

    5

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