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Mera Peak Leisurely Climb - 23 Days

Trip Facts

Price: USD 2550

Activities: Trekking/Climbing for 19 Days
Duration: 23     Days
Expedition Style: Active
Accommodation: 3 Nights Hotel stay in Kathmandu; 3 Nights in Guest House; 16 Nights in Tented Camps
Meals: All meals while climbing/trekking days and rest of the days breakfast only
Transportation:Private Vehicles/Flights
Service Level:Standard
Altitude:6,344m (20,815ft) at Mera Peak
Expedition Grading:5

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Detail Itinerary
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The large number of Himalayan Peaks on the vicinity of highest mountain of the world has always been a great attraction to the mountain climbers. Mera Peak (6344m/20815ft) stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas. Mera is among the highest of Nepal’s official ‘trekking peaks’. It lies in the Khumbu Himalayan Range. This peak is located south of Everest in the Hinku valley and is relatively easier to climb than most other peaks. Besides the charm of climbing Mera Peak, the trek to base camp from Lukla is rewarding to experience rare un-spoilt regions of Nepal with densely forested hillsides.

With the unparalleled views and stunning panoramas, it makes this trekking peak one of the most sought after mountaineering trips in Nepal. Mera Peak is suitable for novice climbers as the difficulty is not in the climb itself, but in dealing with the effects of altitude. The panorama takes in Kanchenjunga, Chamlang and Makalu to the east, while to the north Everest, the unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/ Lhotse ridge are visible. To the west Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu, what is undoubtedly one of the most glorious views in the whole of Nepal.

This itinerary is designed best to those who have some kind of previous experiences in high altitudes over 5965m/19572ft and are habitual for walking 7-8 hours in a day which allow us to walk a very long distances with required amount of high altitudes acclimatizing. Also the itinerary goes though the nice mountain valley and various geographical elevations.

Day 1        Arrival KATHMANDU
Day 2        Sightseeing KATHMANDU
Day 3        Fly to LUKLA  (2800m/9187ft) Trek to PUIYAN (2770m/9088ft)
Day 4-20   MERA PEAK EXPEDITION (6344m/20815ft)
Day 21      Trek finish. Return to LUKLA
Day 22      Fly back  to Kathmandu.
Day 23      Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS

Trip Cost Includes
01. All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
02. 3 Nights in Hotel Peak Point in Kathmandu including breakfast
03. 12 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
04. An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
05. Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
06. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trek.
07. Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
08. National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
09. Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
10. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
11. ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you

Trip Cost Excludes
01. Nepal entry visa fees.
02. International airfare and departure tax.
03. Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
04. Travel insurance including evacuation.
05. 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
06. Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.

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: Welcome Dinner


Day 2 Acclimatize 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. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft) and trek to PUIYAN (2770m/9088ft)

The journey begins from Kathmandu to Lukla by plane. This airstrip is simply amazing which takes about half an hour to reach there. We start our trek down from Lukla. It makes sense to fly up to Lukla for acclimatization and walk down. Continuing ahead through many traditional villages, jungles, hills, we gradually reach the vicinity of Puiyan. We can have the pleasure of witnessing numerous peaks from here such as Knogde Ri, Khatang, Tang Ragi Tu and other peaks above 7 thousand meters. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4 Trek  to PANGKONGAMA (2846m/9338ft)

After crossing the Puiyan Khola, we turn off the main trade route coming up from the south and join an older route, which climbs steeply to the ridge-line overlooking the Khare Khola. Descending the other side of the ridge, we then contour along the hillside before climbing steadily up to the attractive farming and trading village of Pangkongma. We can not miss the outstanding views of Dudhkoshi River valley and Dudh Kund Himal before reaching the farming and trading village of Pangkongama for night’s rest. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5 Trek to NASHING DINGMA (2600m/8531ft)

With fine views westwards towards Takshindu Monastery and Lamjura, we make our ascend through thick rhododendron forest and bamboo leading to the Pangkongma La. On the way up to the Pangkongma La, it is worth detouring via the Pangkongma Monastery for a guided visit. From the pass, we can have good views of the south face of Mera with its twin peaks and of its neighbour Naulekh. We then make a scenic descent with beautiful views looking south across the endless foothills rising each side of the Hinku valley. This steep descent leads down to the wire rope bridge that spans the Hinku Khola. A steep, strenuous climb on the opposite side leads to Nashing Dingma.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6 Trek to CHALEM KHARKA (3600m/11812ft)

The trail gets steeper as we climb up to the Surke La gaining height gradually through pasture and lush greenery. Eventually, we reach an attractive campsite at a col 1km beyond Chalem Kharka, set among fir trees and rhododendron bushes. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7 Trek  to CHUNBU KHARKA (4200m/13780ft)

Climbing the side of a ridge, we emerge from the last traces of rhododendron and the terrain becomes more rugged. Passing through high grazing country and crossing a small pass, we are treated to some excellent views of Kangchenjunga and Jannu to the east. We continue climbing to Panch Pokhari and then on to camp at Chunbu Kharka. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 8 Acclimatization at CHUNBU KHARKA

Today, we may have a well-earned rest day, though for those feeling fit, there is a rewarding walk up to a hanging corrie lake behind the camp. This has good views and helps aid acclimatization.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9 Trek  to  HINKU VALLEY

We set off from Chunbu Kharka and climb steeply uphill for 20 minutes or so, before contouring around high above the Hinku Valley. We then make a series of steep descents through scree and then rhododendron to eventually arrive on the valley floor, where we cross to the west bank of Hinku River by a wooden bridge at Khote. Khote is now quite a large settlement of lodges that have been built over the past 10 years. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10 Trek to THANGNAK (4700m/15421ft)

Today, we follow the west bank of the riverbed up the valley to Thangnak. A magnificent, towering mountain, known by its survey name of Peak 39 or on some maps, "Kayashar ", dominates the head of the valley. The trail leads steadily up the side of the valley through open pasture, used for the summer grazing of yaks brought up from the lower reaches of the valley. Finally, we reach  Thangnak, which has grown into a small hamlet of tea-shops and lodges since expeditions first started to frequent this region of Nepal. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11 Trek  to KHARE (5025m/16487ft)

Today, we walk towards the mountain as the trail swings to the east. We gain height gradually until we find ourselves at Dig Kharka, close to the foot of the Hinku Nup Glacier. This is a pleasant, grassy camp in an impressive situation. We head towards Mera Base Camp at Khare. We follow the lateral moraine of Dig Glacier to Dig Kharka, which offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The trail climbs through moraines and to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers and then climbs more steeply to our camping spot at Khare. The camping experience at Khare is something that would cherish us throughout our life. It is pleasure to view beautiful North face of Mera Peak from our campsite at Khare.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 12 Acclimatization in KHARE

Acclimatizing does not, of course, mean staying inside and having rest all day. It is important to take short leisurely walks during the day, or climb few feet, to help our body better adapt to the high altitude. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 13 Trek to MERA BASE CAMP

This is an exciting day as we climb onto the Mera Glacier and follow it to the pass. This is a superb high mountain setting and is a worthwhile objective in itself. We need to walk through rock-strewn area for about two hours to make our way to Mera High Camp. The trail can be hazardous if it has recently snowed as there are a number of crevasses here. We make our way to the top of the rock band, which is marked by a large cairn. We set up a high camp and from here the sunrise and sunset can be view along with the Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and south face of Lotshe,  Nuptse,  Chamlang and Baruntse are outstanding and seems like they are piercing the skyline. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 14 MERA PEAK ASCENT

The central summit will soon appear above the head of a wide glacier flanked by two ridges. We climb the centre of this over open snowfields and avoiding crevasses. The route then swings south-east, skirting below and to the east of the left-hand ridge before turning back rightwards towards the main summit ridge of Mera. This short steep snow slope is easily climbed but there is a big effort required to climb. Our reward, however, is a feeling of ecstatic jubilation as we survey the magnificent panorama from the top.  From the summit, can be seen the spectacular views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29030ft), Cho Oyu (8210m/26937t), Lhotse (8516m/27941ft), Makalu (8463m/27767ft), Kangchenjunga (8586m/28170t), Nuptse (7855m/25772ft), Chamlang (7319m/24013ft), Baruntse (7129m/23390ft), Ama Dablam (6812m/22350ft), Kangtega (6779m/22241ft) and many peaks over six thousands meters. After achieving the summit, we retrace our steps down to high camp. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 15 Rest Day at MERA HIGH CAMP

Our mission is fulfilled so we can take it slow. This is a spare day to allow for bad weather or for additional summit attempts. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 16 Trek  to SETO POKHARI

We commence our summit day in the early morning and end up with a 100m (328ft) ascent with rope and ice climbing to reach the summit. The magnificent views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29030ft), Cho Oyu (8201m/26907ft), Lhotse (8516m/27940ft), Makalu (8463m/27766ft), Kangchenjunga (8586m/28169ft), Nuptse (7855m/25770ft), Lubuche (6145m/20160ft), Chamlang (7319m/24013ft) are spectacular from the summit. We then retrace our steps to Mera Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 17 Trek to AMPHU LAPCHA BASE CAMP (South)

From the Mera La we descend into the Hinku valley. After about few hours we stop for some rest by a lake and then continue to the Hinku river, which we follow for another few hours to yet another spectacular campsite by the 'White Lake'/Lampokhari near Chamlang. Amphu Lapcha is the pass most commonly crossed for expeditions climbing both Mera and Imja Tse (Island Peak). Mera is often climbed first as it is technically easier peak. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 18 Trek  to AMPHU LAPCHA BASE CAMP (North) (5300m/17389ft)

Starting from the South base of Amphu Lapcha, we start from an early morning climb. The precipitous crest of the Amphu Lapcha is one of the most dizzying and dramatic crossings in the Himalaya.The climb involve steep sections on rock and ice. It’s better to tackle the pass early in the morning when the snow is stable, i.e., before sunlight melts the snow. We use climbing ropes wherever necessary. The last sections of the climb to Amphu Lapcha winds up through snow shelves. On the other side, a steep descent awaits to be endeavored on fixed lines leading down to the moraine. Reaching at the Amphu Lapcha North Base Camp, we camp and spend the night there. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 19 Trek  to PANGBOCHE (3860m/12665ft)

We walk downhill along the moraine to arrive at Chukkung, the starting point for the Island Peak. The wilderness of the remote Hinku Valley now introduces us to the civilization of Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi river a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. To reach Pangboche after a few long days of hard mountaineering and trekking is a delight. Overnight in Guest House. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 20 Trek  to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft)

Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche (3870m) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. We walk down from the rear of monastery and continue down until we reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once we are out of the forest, we will be walking along a ridge from where we can see down on our left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. We reach Namche Bazaar  for overnight.  Overnight in Guest House. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 21 Trek  back LUKLA

The trek from Namche to Lukla follows the Dudhkoshi down to Lukla. It’s an easy run through Bengkar and Phakding to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party to the Sherpa guides and porters. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 22 Fly back KATHMANDU

We fly back from Lukla 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. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 23 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

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
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 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

THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

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