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Jhomolhari Trek - 11 Days

Trip Facts

Price: USD 2170

Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Duration: 11     Days
Holiday Style:
Accommodation: Hotel in city and Tented Camps during trek
Meals:All meals
Transportation:Private Vehicles
Service Level:
Holiday Grading:3

Highlights 


Culture and History 
Mountain
Local People 
Scenic Views 
Tiger's nest 
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Information 
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Details

Distinctive and remote, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan offers a unique experience. From the stunning scenery and vegetation to the vibrant traditional dress, prepare to be intrigued by the imposing dzongs and Buddhist traditions of the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon.Towns, Dzongs and temple are one aspect of Bhutan, but the majority of the country is deep forests with a scattering of tiny settlements and high grazing lands. A trek provides the best opportunity to experience the real heart of Bhutan and to get insight into the rural culture of the kingdom through contact with people in remote villages and the staff accompanying you.

The first three days of the Jhomolhari Trek follow the Paro Chhu valley to Jangothang, climbing gently, but continually, with a few short, steep climbs over the side ridges. It crosses a high pass and visits the remote village of Lingzhi, then crosses another pass before making its way towards Thimpu. The last four days of the trek cover a lot of distance and require many hours of walking. The trek also affords an excellent opportunity to see yaks.

Day 1       Arrival in PARO
Day 2-10  JHOMOLHARI TREK
Day 11     Trek finish. Flight back home

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in PARO
When you arrive in Paro airport, you will be met by our Bhutanese representative and guide who will escort you to the hotel after the custom formalities at Paro airport.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Trek to SHARNA ZAMPA

On a clear day, we can see the snow-covered peak of Jhomolhari in the distance. A short distance upriver is the small settlement of Chang Zampa. Walking a distance takes us to the settlement of Mitshi Zampa. Here the route leaves the road and crosses to the left bank of the clear, fast flowing Paro Chhu via a swiss built suspension bridge at 2540m. The route enters an area of apple orchards and blue-pine and fir forests. Soon, the valley widens and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. Below the Gunitsawa, the trail crosses the Paro Chhu to river right on a wooden cantilever bridge at 2790m. It then climbs to Sharna Zampa, a camping place in meadows surrounded by trees 2850m. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3 Trek to THANGTHANGKA

This is a long, hard day with lots of short ups and downs of 10m to 20m. its made more strenuous because of all the rock-hopping necessary to avoid mud holes. The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chhu through conifers and rhododendrons.At 15 minutes beyond Sharna Zampa are the remnants of an old bridge with a house and a chorten on the other side. At this point the route enters Jigme Dorji national Park. After three hours of trekking there’s a bridge back to river right of the Paro Chhu at 3560m. We follow the trail on river right as it turns a corner where there is an outstanding view of Jhomalhari.15 minutes from the bridge is a lovely meadow with Jhomolhari looming at the head of the valley. This is Thangthangka(3160m) where there is a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese –style house in a cedar grove at the edge of the meadow. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek  to JANGOTHANG

As we climb beyond the camp, Jhomalhari disappears behind a ridge. The trail crosses a wooden bridge over a fast-flowing stream a short distance beyond the army post. At 3770m/12,441ft, about one hour from camp, the trail turns sharply right at a whitewashed mani wall. There are two trails, an upper and a lower route. Both contour up the valley from the chortenand end up near the riverbank, following the bottom of the valley as it makes a sharp bend to the right. Above the trail is the village of Soe. One hour beyond Soe is the settlement of Takethang, a cluster of stone houses on a plateau at 3940m/13,002ft.The trail follows straight across the plateau, high above the river. It then crosses a little stream on a bridge made of big stones laid on logs. On the opposite side are a white chorten and a few houses of Dangochang. It is slow going uphill beside a side stream to the camp at Jangothang (4080m) and a spectacular view of Jhomolhari. This is a popular trek route and Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalaya.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Acclimatisation Day and Exploration of JANGOTHANG

There are four major possibilities for day hikes. The first and best, is a three-to- four hour excursion up the ridge to the north of the camp. There’s no trail, but it’s a broad open slope and we can just scramble up it. The ridge is endless, but after an hour or so of climbing there is a good view of Jichu Drakye. 

A second alternative, which can be combined with the walk up the ridge, is to trek up the main valley towards the last house, then continue up the valley towards Jichu Dakye.

A third hike is to go up towards the head of the valley in the direction of Jhomolhari.

The last alternative is an expedition to Tshophu, a high altitude lake. It takes about an hour to get to the top of the ridge and then another 30 minutes following a stream to the lake. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 Trek  to LINGZHI

Jangothang is the last settlement in the valley and it’s an extremely isolated place. Near the houses the trail turns a corner and there’s a spectacular view of Jichu Drakye. Jichu Drakye towers above the Paro Chhu valley and soon the top of Jhomolhari appears over the ridge above the camp at Jangothang. The snow peak in the middle is a secondary summit of Jhomolhari. There is a false summit with a cairn at 4680m/15,355ft. As the trail approaches the ridge, we can see Jichu Drakye to the northwest. The final pull is up a scree slope to Nyile La(4870m/15,978ft),about four hours from the camp. As Nyile La is frequently very windy, we probably won’t stay long on the pass. After a long descent, the trail now travels north; contouring along the side of the hill high above the valley. The trail descends steeply into the large Jaje chhu village valley. Lingzhi is up the obvious trail on the opposite side of the Jaje Chhu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to SHODU

Walking about three hours from the camp, the trail crosses the Mo Chhu. The trail climbs steeply up the side of the main valley and crosses into a large side valley, climbing above a stream. It then makes an impressive climb up the headwall, switch backing through rocks to a large cairn atop Yeti La at 4930m/16,175ft. From this pass, on a clear day, we can see Jhomolhari, Gangchhenta and Tserim Kang. The trail follows the outflow from the lake, descending into another huge valley and another, larger lake, Khedo Tsho at 4720m. Descending from upper Wang Chhu valley, we cross the south bank (river right) of the Wang Chhu on a log bridge, the trail transverse a narrow, sandy slope to a camping place at Shodu(4080m/13,386ft), just at the tree line. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to BARSHONG

After leaving Shodu, the trail transverses under steep yellow cliffs with a few meditation caves carved into them. Descending on a steep stone staircase, the trail reaches the river, crossing it on a log bridge at 3870m. For the next three hours the trail crosses the river five more times, slopping through muddy cypress forests on the south slope and hugging the steep canyon walls and crossing large side streams on the northslope, eventually ending up on the north bank(river left) at 3580m. The route climbs gradually for one hour to Barshong, where there is a dilapidated community hall and the ruins of a small dzong. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9 Trek to DOLAM KENCHO 

The trial descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply on a rocky trail to meet the Wang Chhu. Thirty minutes of walking through a large forest leads to a clearing known as Ta Gume Thang(waiting for horses) at 3370m. We stay on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. The route then makes a steep climb to 3340m. After transversing for about 30 minutes in rhododendron forests, a trail leads off to the right. This descends to Dolam Kencho, a pleasant camp in a large meadow at 3320m.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to DODINA and Drive to THIMPU

From the camp the trail climbs back to the trail, reaching a crest with a cairn at 3430m, and then climbs again to a pass at 3120m. The other short decent and climb through bamboo forest leads to a rocky stream bed, which the trail follows down to the remains of a logging road along the Wang Chhu at 2720m. It is then a 15-minute walk south along a rocky route to the roadhead at Dodina (2640m), opposite the bridge that leads to Cheri Gompa.From Dodina, it is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Drive to PARO

After early breakfast, we drive to airport for departure. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

What is Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and  Porters in Bhutan.
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. 
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing 
  • Driver, his salary, meals and accommodation 
  • Fuel, Road Taxes and Paring fees
  • Service charges and Government Fees. 
  • Necessary Tent and Matteress 

What Is Not Included

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet,     laundry, etc.)
  • rip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu 

Day 1 Arrival in PARO
When you arrive in Paro airport, you will be met by our Bhutanese representative and guide who will escort you to the hotel after the custom formalities at Paro airport.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Trek to SHARNA ZAMPA

On a clear day, we can see the snow-covered peak of Jhomolhari in the distance. A short distance upriver is the small settlement of Chang Zampa. Walking a distance takes us to the settlement of Mitshi Zampa. Here the route leaves the road and crosses to the left bank of the clear, fast flowing Paro Chhu via a swiss built suspension bridge at 2540m. The route enters an area of apple orchards and blue-pine and fir forests. Soon, the valley widens and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. Below the Gunitsawa, the trail crosses the Paro Chhu to river right on a wooden cantilever bridge at 2790m. It then climbs to Sharna Zampa, a camping place in meadows surrounded by trees 2850m. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to THANGTHANGKA

This is a long, hard day with lots of short ups and downs of 10m to 20m. its made more strenuous because of all the rock-hopping necessary to avoid mud holes. The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chhu through conifers and rhododendrons.At 15 minutes beyond Sharna Zampa are the remnants of an old bridge with a house and a chorten on the other side. At this point the route enters Jigme Dorji national Park. After three hours of trekking there’s a bridge back to river right of the Paro Chhu at 3560m. We follow the trail on river right as it turns a corner where there is an outstanding view of Jhomalhari.15 minutes from the bridge is a lovely meadow with Jhomolhari looming at the head of the valley. This is Thangthangka(3160m) where there is a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese –style house in a cedar grove at the edge of the meadow. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek  to JANGOTHANG

As we climb beyond the camp, Jhomalhari disappears behind a ridge. The trail crosses a wooden bridge over a fast-flowing stream a short distance beyond the army post. At 3770m/12,441ft, about one hour from camp, the trail turns sharply right at a whitewashed mani wall. There are two trails, an upper and a lower route. Both contour up the valley from the chortenand end up near the riverbank, following the bottom of the valley as it makes a sharp bend to the right. Above the trail is the village of Soe. One hour beyond Soe is the settlement of Takethang, a cluster of stone houses on a plateau at 3940m/13,002ft.The trail follows straight across the plateau, high above the river. It then crosses a little stream on a bridge made of big stones laid on logs. On the opposite side are a white chorten and a few houses of Dangochang. It is slow going uphill beside a side stream to the camp at Jangothang (4080m) and a spectacular view of Jhomolhari. This is a popular trek route and Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalaya.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Acclimatisation Day and Exploration of JANGOTHANG

There are four major possibilities for day hikes. The first and best, is a three-to- four hour excursion up the ridge to the north of the camp. There’s no trail, but it’s a broad open slope and we can just scramble up it. The ridge is endless, but after an hour or so of climbing there is a good view of Jichu Drakye.

A second alternative, which can be combined with the walk up the ridge, is to trek up the main valley towards the last house, then continue up the valley towards Jichu Dakye.

A third hike is to go up towards the head of the valley in the direction of Jhomolhari.

The last alternative is an expedition to Tshophu, a high altitude lake. It takes about an hour to get to the top of the ridge and then another 30 minutes following a stream to the lake. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek  to LINGZHI

Jangothang is the last settlement in the valley and it’s an extremely isolated place. Near the houses the trail turns a corner and there’s a spectacular view of Jichu Drakye. Jichu Drakye towers above the Paro Chhu valley and soon the top of Jhomolhari appears over the ridge above the camp at Jangothang. The snow peak in the middle is a secondary summit of Jhomolhari. There is a false summit with a cairn at 4680m/15,355ft. As the trail approaches the ridge, we can see Jichu Drakye to the northwest. The final pull is up a scree slope to Nyile La(4870m/15,978ft),about four hours from the camp. As Nyile La is frequently very windy, we probably won’t stay long on the pass. After a long descent, the trail now travels north; contouring along the side of the hill high above the valley. The trail descends steeply into the large Jaje chhu village valley. Lingzhi is up the obvious trail on the opposite side of the Jaje Chhu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to SHODU

Walking about three hours from the camp, the trail crosses the Mo Chhu. The trail climbs steeply up the side of the main valley and crosses into a large side valley, climbing above a stream. It then makes an impressive climb up the headwall, switch backing through rocks to a large cairn atop Yeti La at 4930m/16,175ft. From this pass, on a clear day, we can see Jhomolhari, Gangchhenta and Tserim Kang. The trail follows the outflow from the lake, descending into another huge valley and another, larger lake, Khedo Tsho at 4720m. Descending from upper Wang Chhu valley, we cross the south bank (river right) of the Wang Chhu on a log bridge, the trail transverse a narrow, sandy slope to a camping place at Shodu(4080m/13,386ft), just at the tree line. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to BARSHONG

After leaving Shodu, the trail transverses under steep yellow cliffs with a few meditation caves carved into them. Descending on a steep stone staircase, the trail reaches the river, crossing it on a log bridge at 3870m. For the next three hours the trail crosses the river five more times, slopping through muddy cypress forests on the south slope and hugging the steep canyon walls and crossing large side streams on the northslope, eventually ending up on the north bank(river left) at 3580m. The route climbs gradually for one hour to Barshong, where there is a dilapidated community hall and the ruins of a small dzong. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to DOLAM KENCHO

The trial descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply on a rocky trail to meet the Wang Chhu. Thirty minutes of walking through a large forest leads to a clearing known as Ta Gume Thang(waiting for horses) at 3370m. We stay on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. The route then makes a steep climb to 3340m. After transversing for about 30 minutes in rhododendron forests, a trail leads off to the right. This descends to Dolam Kencho, a pleasant camp in a large meadow at 3320m.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to DODINA and Drive to THIMPU

From the camp the trail climbs back to the trail, reaching a crest with a cairn at 3430m, and then climbs again to a pass at 3120m. The other short decent and climb through bamboo forest leads to a rocky stream bed, which the trail follows down to the remains of a logging road along the Wang Chhu at 2720m. It is then a 15-minute walk south along a rocky route to the roadhead at Dodina (2640m), opposite the bridge that leads to Cheri Gompa.From Dodina, it is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 Drive to PARO

After early breakfast, we drive to airport for departure. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

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 trip 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 trip 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 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 this Trip 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 trip 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 – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057

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 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 – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057
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.cennepal.org.np 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
Every travelers have fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection

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