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Everest Base Camp Aggressive Trek - 12 Days

Trip Fact

Price: USD1299
Activities: Trekking for 9 days
Duration: 12 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu and 9 Nights in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Maximum Altitude:5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Patthar
Trek Grading:3

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Details

Our Everest Base Camp (Aggressive) is a thrilling, tough and amazing Himalayan trek from Lukla to Kala Patthar that is mostly a steady climb from 2800m/9187 ft to 5545m/18193ft, the trail taking us through the valley of Dudh Koshi river to the Sagarmatha National Park and finally to the foot of Mt. Everest following the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

From Kathmandu domestic airport, we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek to upper Phakding and follow the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers. From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Tengboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier to reach Lobuche, and the next day we trek uphill to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep for the nights stay. Climbing on to the grassy ridge of Gorakshep we reach the rocks of Kala Patthar (5545m) in about 2 hours from where we gaze at one of the most ashtonishing views on earth.

This trek is particularly strenuous as there are many ups and downs and the itinerary doesn’t allow us for proper acclimatization days. So this aggressive trek is designed for those who have good physical fitness with some prior trekking experience but have the limited time frame.

Day 1 Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187 ft); Trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft)
Day 3-9 Trek to EBC (5340m/17521ft) and KALA PATTHAR (5545m/18193ft)
Day 10 Return back to LUKLA. Trek finish
Day 11 Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 12 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. Overnight at hotel.Meals: NO

Day 2 Acclimatize in KATHMANDU

In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a full day guided tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour we will see the glorious Newari architecture of old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Last minute shopping can also be done this day. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Drive to ARUGHAT BAZAR (600m/1969ft)

We drive to Arughat Bazar which is a bustling market town cut in half by the Buri Gandaki River. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to SOTI KHOLA (710m/2330ft) 5-6 hours/220m ascent, 110m descent

To begin the trek from Arughat we turn west across the bridge over the Buri Gandaki. We pass the stone buildings of the hydroelectric power plant and walk through fields of rice and millet to Maltar. We continue our trek past through forests full of monkeys to Sante Bazar with a view of Sringi Himal (7187m) up the valley. Now the trail becomes more difficult as the trail crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge and we pass through Arkhet (760m) to a stone paved trail that climbs through fields and descend to a high, cascading waterfall to make a long, steep slog up a ridge to Kyopani, a small Magar and Gurung village at 820m.From here the trail descends to Soti Khola where there is a good swimming hole and waterfalls. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to MACHHA KHOLA (900m/2953ft)

Crossing the bridge and making our way through beautiful sal forests, we climb onto a ridge above high rapids on the Buri Gandaki and the route gets a bit more precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream and after few ups and downs past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail that makes its way down and past a few rice terraces to reach a Gurung village of Labubesi (880m). We drop to a sandy riverbed at 860m and walk along rounded stones before climbing about 110m over a side ridge and we head down again to the river and traverse to the village of Maccha Khola. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek JAGAT (1410m/4626ft)

Now the trail eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and then reaches Khorlabesi having fields of tobacco, wheat and buckwheat. The valley is extremely steep and the trail climbs over a small ridge and again climbing steeply we descend and after more ups and downs we reach a small trailside hot spring from where the route takes us to Tatopani (930m). From this hot spring the trail climbs over another ridge and then crosses the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge from where we climb staircase to come across a landslide and over a ridge we reach a village of Doban (1000m).  Now crossing a long suspension bridge and then a big landslide we find ourselves atop a ridge from where the trail descends and reach Yaru Khola (1330m) where we cross a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and after ups and downs of stone stairs we reach Tharo Bhanjyang. Now we cross the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, climb over a ridge and trek along the river for a while and climb to the compact village of Jagat.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek EKLE BHATTI (1600m/5250ft) 4-5 hours, 270m ascent

From Jagat we go quite a distance upstream and cross the suspension bridge and climb over a ridge to a settlement of Salleri (1440m). As we continue up along the side of a cliff we have good views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m), where a decrepit stone kani and several mani walls indicate that the trail is now entering a region of Tibetan influence, although the people are still Gurungs. Now the trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola from where the trail continues to cross the bridge and climb up to a large Gurung village of Philim (1590m) having corn and millet fields. The trail turns north and stays fairly level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 Trek DENG (1800m/5906ft) 3-4 hours; 280m ascent, 80m descent

Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. Crossing through grassy slopes dotted with pine trees and then the blue metal bridge over Buri Gandaki River, trekking along river banks and climbing over ridges and descend to the river, the trail takes us to the pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola and we finally reach a Gurung village of Deng.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek GHAP (2160m/7087ft) 3-4 hours; 420m ascent, 120m descent

Recrossing the Buri Gandaki we reach the north bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and climbing on steps past a waterfall and crossing two streams the trail darts in and out of two ravines, then climbs high above the river before dropping into the Sringi valley. We cross the Sringi Khola at 1990m on a funky suspension bridge, then climb steeply and traverse above the Buri Gandaki where it flows between vertical rock walls. The trail now makes more ups and downs in forests, passing a mani wall, and then turns a corner and contours to Ghap. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings that depict the Buddha in various meditative poses, as well as the Tibetan saint Milarepa. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to LHOGAON (3180m/10434ft) 6-7 hours; 1290m ascent, 210m descent

Our route cuts across fields and heads into the woods and pass three streams in a forest of big firs alive with birds, including the National bird of Nepal Danphe. On the north side of the river is the Tom Khola which flows in a deep gorge from Tibet. We climb alongside the river past two long mani walls to a waterfall and then we climb over a large rock to avoid one big mud hole, and then continue up through deep forests of fir and rhododendron. In the middle of the forest is a wooden bridge that spans the Buri Gandaki at 2240m crossing which is made more exciting by mist rising up from the valley and the lack of handrails on the bridge. The trail takes us to a big rock cave and crosses the river again on another wooden bridge at 2510m under the watchful eyes of a tribe of grey langur monkeys. Now the trail takes us to a long serious climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests, finally entering Namrung (2660m) through a stone archway. Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and people dress in Tibetan style wraparound cloak. We climb past mani wall and fields to reach Basram, then up through the forests of firs, rhododendrons and oaks to a promontory. Now the trail passes through a stone arch and wheat fields to reach Lihi (2900m). From here we make a long sweep into a wooded canyon and cross the Hinan Khola on a double span cantilever bridge to reach Sho (2960m). The views now start to get spectacular. Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m) appear at the head of the valley. The trail crosses the small ravine and wheat fields to reach a small settlement of Shrip and climbing past a small stream we reach a big village of Lhogaon with a gompa and spectacular views of Manaslu.  Overnight at tented camp.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek SAMAGAON (3530m/11582ft)

Now we drop down and cross the bridge of Damonan Khola, and then ascend again. From here we take the right hand trail that follows the north fork of the stream up for a long distance through damp forests on either muddy or icy ground and finally reach a plateau at Shyaula (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m)and Manaslu. Now crossing the total desolation area of acres of blackened stumps of trees we cross a ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang Khola, then descend onto a rock strewn moraine and cross through boulders and fields to reach Samagaon that has a large village gompa and crops grown are only potatoes and barely. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek SAMDO (3860m/12665ft)

Walking west beside the stream we head for the Kargyu Chholing Gompa climbing up to many buildings and residences. This is a Nyingma gompa with eight separate temple buildings out of which the biggest one is Pemba Chholing Gompa which houses a large statue of Guru Rinpoche. Now the Larkya La trail passes through several mani walls and juniper and birch forests and the stone huts at Kermo Kharka. Then it gets rougher as it reaches a ridge where yak trains have ground the trail into mush and then we drop off the shelf, cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply between two forks of river and now passing through kani we reach Samdo, nestled behind a ridge. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek LARKYA PHEDI (4480m/14699ft) 3-4 hours; 630m ascent

From Samdo we descend on a wide gentle trail past many fields to a large mani wall and stone archway to cross a wooden bridge at 3850m. A fine, old mani wall marks the start of the climb to Larkya La. We climb gently through tundra and juniper opposite the huge Larkya Glacier that drops from Manaslu North. Staying high on the ridge to the right we find a trail that crosses the top of two large ravines from where the trail gets steeper and climbs the side of a ridge to about 4000m, where there is a viewpoint at the edge of huge gorge. We climb in and out of the gorge and contour to the only shelter on the route before the pass, Larkya Rest House at Larkya Phedi. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek LARKYA PASS (5100m/16733ft); Down to BIMTANG (3720m/12205ft) 7-9 hours, 810m ascent, 1570m descent

Starting early in the morning we head for long gentle climb beside a moraine. We cross a small ridge, descend a bit to a lake and keep climbing the ridge until we reach the top of the moraine at 4690m. Crossing rough and indistinct steep and grassy slopes and descend to four frozen lakes, then make the final steep climb to the Larkya La from where the views are tremendous. The peaks to the west of the pass are Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Now the descent begins along the top of a moraine to the west, then drops steeply and traverses scree slopes to a long set of steep, rough switchbacks. If there is snow we will have to fix a rope on the steepest stretch. Once off the top the trail crosses the moraine and descends more gently to a final long, steep, slippery descent on loose gravel to Taubuche (4450m) from where the easy trail descends through grassy moraine to a small meadow and a spring at 4080m. Now the turn turns a corner, the valley becomes larger and the trail heads down to a large meadow, a mani wall at Bimtang which is a huge valley rounded by high peaks and we might hear many avalanches during the night. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek down TILJE (2300m/7546ft)

The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, on a wooden bridge. We climb over the side of the moraine and descend into a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430m). Now the trail descends, switchbacking down to a fork of the Dudh Khola, then follows the river through forests to a herders hut at 3030m and finally reach Karache (2700m). We cross through fields to make a steep climb over a decorated ridge, while the river loops around in “S” shape below and then we reach a village of Gho (2560m) from where the trail continues through fields, over a clear stream and rhododendron and oak forests and staying on the north bank of Dukh Khola we climb over a small ridge to reach a large Gurung village of Tilje.  Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek down SYANGE (1080m/3543ft)

We leave the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment.  As the trail descends through scrub forests, the wall of the Marsyangdi Valley looms larger. We cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola at 1930m and climb up through arch and mani wall to reach village of Thonje from where we turn left, cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to get to Dharapani (1920m) from where we descend to another village of Karte (1850m). Descending past fields and stand of bamboo and rhododendrons we reach Chamje (1410m) and we move downhill again to find ourselves at a village of Jagat and finally we reach Syange. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day17 Trek down BHULBULE (840m/2756ft) 4-5 hours; 250m ascent, 490m descent

Descending downhill following through the Marsyangdi Khola south into villages with rice terraces we reach Bhulbule crossing the Brahmin settlement of Bahundanda (1270m) which is a attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge and Ngadi ( 900m ) respectively. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Drive back KATHMANDU

From Bhulbule we drive back to Kathmandu. 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 19 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
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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

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

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