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gurung village trek
Daily Tour 11 day
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Annapurna Region Tour Guide: Ngwang Sherpa

Trip Detail: Gurung Village Trek

The picturesque trek to Siklis, a beautiful largest Gurung village in Nepal ( the second largest being Ghandruk ) located northeast of Pokhara, at an elevation of 1980m/6496ft, in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal carrying its well-preserved example of traditional Gurung culture, lifestyle, and handicraft production. The Gurung Village trek takes us to the rarely visited valley through forests, across rivers, camp near hamlets, and always there are the Annapurnas as a beacon. Traditional Gurung village away from the tourist trail offers a cultural experience that is often missed on the more popular trails and where your presence is as honored as that of a visiting God. The route from Ghalegaun-Siklis is known as the ecological trek as it is under the care of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).

The historic hill trek to Siklis still retains an aura of old times. Historically, Siklis is renowned as one of the major origin places of Gurung Community. Here, we find the various ritual practices of Gurungs especially the works of Jhankri (shaman) and Lama (priest), who have important roles in marriage, death, and day-to-day lives. Traditional technologies like alcohol fermentation, weaving clothes and sacks from the wild nettle, weaving various bamboo products, traditional water mills and stone grinders, wooden thrashers, etc are also important features of Siklis. In this region, we spot Nepal’s birds of prey including the 9ft wingspan Lammergeyer. The region is rich in flora and fauna particularly birds and butterflies because of its pristine forested surroundings and the great mountain views add excitement.

For Gurung Village Trek, we take a route – Pokhara-Birgunj-Ghalegaun-Taratop-Parje-Sikils-Lamakhet-Kalikasthan-Begnas Lake-Pokhara


Overview

Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 11 Days
Meal: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Lodging: 5 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara, and 3 nights in Lodge/Guest House during trek
Transportation: Private vehicles / Flights
Service Level: Comfort
Trek Grading: 2
Activity: 6 Days Trekking and 1 Day Kathmandu Sightseeing and Pokhara


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (884/2900ft)
Day 4: Drive to Bhurjung and Trek to Ghalegaun (1500m/4922ft) 4 hours
Day 5: Trek to Tara Top (2600m/8530ft) 6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Parje (2500m/8202ft) 6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Sikils (1980m/6496ft) and Lamakhet (1200m/3938ft) 5 hours
Day 8: Trek to Kalikasthan (1400m/4594ft) 5 hours
Day 9: Trek to Begnas Lake (610m/2002ft) and drive to Pokhara 4 hours
Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Fly back home or extend your holidays

Show Gurung Village Trek 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 Sightseeing in KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we depart the hotel for a full-day 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. Afterward, 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. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Drive to POKHARA (884/2900ft)

After morning breakfast in the hotel, the tour starts with the scenic view of beautiful hills, countryside lifestyle driving along the Trishuli River. Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Drive to BHURJUNG & Trek to GHALEGAUN (1500m/4922ft) 4 hours

After breakfast, we drive to Bhurjung and start the trek to Ghalegaun. We continue along the west bank of the Seti River and through several small Gurung settlements. The paths through the villages are paved with large stones and several of the ascents are stepped in the same way. We cross Sardi Khola and make a steep ascent to our campsite on a ridge high above the river. Wonderful views of Annapurna South (7273m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchare (6997m). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to TARA TOP (2600m/8530ft) 6 hours

Early morning after breakfast we walk through the dense forest with the beauties of nature around. The trail is steep up the hill, which enables the views of Machhapuchare, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, etc. Tara Top is the viewpoint for the gigantic views of the mountains touching the sky. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to PARJE (2500m/8202ft) 6 hours

Today we walk along the thick forest with the panoramic beauty of nature which is easier than the previous day. Parje is at the top of the village with the big ground where we camp in mid of nature. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to SIKLIS (1980m/6496ft) & LAMAKHET(1200m/3938ft) 5 hours

Today we wake up in the morning with the zeal to explore the Gurung village, Siklis.  After Siklis we walk down to reach to Madi River to reach Lamakhet. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to KALIKASTHAN (1400m/4594ft) 5 hours

In the shiny morning, we ascend up the hill to reach Kalikasthan. Kalikasthan is popular for the viewpoint it offers to its visitors with the panoramic views of mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to BEGNAS LAKE (610m/2002ft) & Drive to POKHARA 4hours

Through rice fields, fruit orchards, and friendly villages we finally make our way to the quiet banks of the Begnas Lake. Our trek ends with a boat ride across the tranquil Begnas with its waters reflecting the mountains. From Begnas we drive to Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Fly back to KATHMANDU

From Pokhara, we fly back to Kathmandu and are dropped at the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized by buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11 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

Plan your own Trip

Gurung Village Trek Cost

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • 5 Nights stay in Tea House during the trek.It means, sharing Bathroom
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during the 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 Annapurna
  • Airfare from Pokhara 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
  • Guide/Porter, their salary, meals, and accommodation

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • 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
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Desserts, Mineral Water, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Wi-Fi

Important Note

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 the Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.


Accommodations:

We will be staying at Alpine Hotel Nepal in Kathmandu, Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara, and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD350. Alpine Club of Himalaya will arrange rooms with attached washrooms. However, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.


Meals:

During the Gurung Village 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 Gurung Village Trek, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be arranged for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During the climbing session, hygienic and freshly-cooked food will be provided. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.


Packing List

Equipment 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 a 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 headscarf, 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 Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the 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)
  • Multipurpose 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 swimsuit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (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 Gurung Village 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 on the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This Gurung Village Trek is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours, and guest houses and lodges with private rooms with shared bathrooms.

Dossier Disclaimer
The information provided on 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 the most updated information in the PDF or on 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 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 members, and delays 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 this Gurung Village 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
This Gurung Village Trek operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In the Gurung Village Trek itinerary, we don’t have many acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the effects of altitude on one’s tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms with 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 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 maybe 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 farewell dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on a tea house or guesthouse in the mountain, there is a variety of choices 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, hash brown, and eggs of any style. A 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.

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

Cell : +977-9851020731

Joining information Our entire trip 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 books a 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 the airport picks up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving at Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is 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 the 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 at +977 1 4440476/4440534 as an 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 a 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 homestays, villages, or camping, Alpine Club does not provide 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, Sunblock, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons
Earplugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swimwear (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. Lightweight 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 a 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 China. Please check with the 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 for 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 meals or accommodations.

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

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 traveling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximately $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service you have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ 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 traveling. 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 the rest of the group.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regularly updated advice services 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 traveling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you won’t need it while traveling. 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 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 a good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for the trek, climb, and mountain expedition you are requested to have complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.

Must-Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us upon 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 travelers and hosts 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 helps them to take part in different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by “Take a photograph & leave zero footprints” and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts, and helps local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for the current generation what we firmly believe 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 in this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and a plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel to do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable is 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/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Feedback
We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback

We Want Your Photos
Every traveler has fun taking great photos while traveling, we always expect great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photo collection! We will give you a copywriter in your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection

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 Sightseeing in KATHMANDU

After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day 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. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Drive to POKHARA (884/2900ft)

After morning breakfast in the hotel, the tour starts with the scenic view of beautiful hills, countryside lifestyle driving along the Trishuli River. Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Drive to BHURJUNG & Trek to GHALEGAUN (1500m/4922ft) 4 hours

After breakfast we drive to Bhurjung and start the trek to Ghalegaun. We continue along the west bank of the Seti River and through several small Gurung settlements. The paths through the villages are paved with large stones and several of the ascents are stepped in the same way. We cross Sardi Khola and make a steep ascent to our campsite on a ridge high above the river. Wonderful views of Annapurna South (7273m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machhapuchare (6997m). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to TARA TOP (2600m/8530ft) 6 hours

Early morning after the breakfast we walk through the dense forest with the beauties of nature around. The trial is steep up the hill, which enables the views of Machhapuchare, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri etc. Tara Top is the view point for the gigantic views of the mountains touching the sky. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to PARJE (2500m/8202ft) 6 hours

Today we walk along the thick forest with the panoramic beauty of nature which is easier than the previous day. Parje is the   top of the village with the big ground where we camp in mid of nature. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to SIKLIS (1980m/6496ft) & LAMAKHET(1200m/3938ft) 5 hours

Today we wake up in the morning with the zeal to explore the Gurung village, Siklis.  After Siklis we walk downward to reach to Madi River to reach Lamakhet. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to KALIKASTHAN (1400m/4594ft) 5 hours

In the shiny morning we ascend up the hill to reach Kalikasthan. Kalikasthan is popular for the view point it offers to its visitors with the panoramic views of mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to BEGNAS LAKE (610m/2002ft) & Drive to POKHARA 4hours

Through rice fields, fruit orchards and friendly villages we finally make our way to the quiet banks of the Begnas Lake. Our trek ends with a boat ride across the tranquil Begnas with it’s waters reflecting the mountains. From Begnas we drive to Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Fly back to KATHMANDU

From Pokhara we fly back to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11 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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Through rice fields, fruit orchards and friendly villages we finally make our way to the quiet banks of the Begnas Lake.

2 Reviews

  1. avatar
    Susan
    10:07 pm - April 4, 2019 / Reply

    We had awesome trek to see Gurung community with the help of Sujan and Alpine club of Himalaya. We managed historic hill trek to Siklis still retains an aura of old times. Historically, Siklis is renowned as one of the major origin places of Gurung Community. Here, we find the various ritual practices of Gurungs especially the works of Jhankri (shaman) and Lama (priest), who have important roles in marriage, death and day-to-day lives. Traditional technologies like alcohol fermentation, weaving clothes and sacks from the wild nettle, weaving various bamboo products, traditional water mills and stone grinders, wooden threshers etc are also the important features of Siklis. In this region we spot Nepal’s birds of prey including the 9ft wingspan Lammergeyer. The region is rich in flora and fauna particularly birds and butterfly because of its pristine forested surroundings and the great mountain views add an excitement. The experience was just awesome. Thanks to the entire Alpine team karma and dikki.

    5
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    Eileen
    11:50 pm - April 27, 2019 / Reply

    Very good support from start to end of the trip. Sujan planned out trek very well. We had a life time achievement by doing this trek. Learnt about Gurung culture and traditions etc.

    5

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