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Langtang Cultural Trek-Gosainkund Pass - 10 Days

Trip Fact

Price: USD 1199
Activities: 7 Nights  Trekking
Duration: 10 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu and 7 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: 4,610m (15,125ft) at Laurebinayak Pass
Trek Grading:3

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

This moderate and short trek towards the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore the cultures and traditions of the ethnic group of Tamangs who speak Tibeto-Burman language and trace their roots back to Tibet practicing a form of Tibetan Buddhism, as in our way we will pass by series of Tamang villages in high and isolated region to reach sacred alpine lakes of Gosaikund where thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during the full moon festival in August. The lake is also sacred to Buddhists. Gosaikunda is actually the largest of three main lakes the other two being Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. Hindu legend has it that the lakes were formed when the God Siva plunged his trident into the ground in order to obtain water. The Trisuli River has its source in the lakes thus the name. The large rock in the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and pilgrims believe that an underground channel carries water from the lake to the pool at the Kumbheswar Temple in Patan, 60 km to the south.

Equipments and Packing List

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

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Day 1        Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2        Drive to DHUNCHE (1950m/6398ft)
Day 3-5     Trek to GOSAIKUNDA (4400m/14436ft)
Day 6        Trek to LAUREBINAYAK PASS (4610m/15125ft)
Day 7-8     Trek to CHISOPANI (2140m/7021ft)
Day 9        Return back to SUNDARIJAL (1350m/4429ft), KATHMANDU
Day 10      Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Drive to DHUNCHE (1950m/6398ft)

In the morning after breakfast we have a trip orientation meeting after which we head for a drive to Dhunche, 117km from Kathmandu where we need to pay entrance fee to Langtang National Park. Just below Dhunche is the Trisuli Ganga River that flows from Gosaikund. Dhunche has a small Tamang Museum that provides insight into this ethnic group of Nepal. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Trek to CHANDANBARI (3330m/10926ft) 6-8 hours/1380m ascent

From Dhunche to Chandanbari is a steep, hard trek that climbs more than 1300m. So we take a short cut down a ravine that rejoins the road at the bottom of the village. We follow the road downhill to reach a level trail that follows the south bank of the Trisuli Ganga eastward through fields and pastures. The trail follows the north side of the river for a short while, then begins the steep climb towards the ridge. After the initial climb the trail levels a bit, passes through the tiny village of Deorali (2660m) and then continues up to the ridge. Now we climb through a forest of firs and rhododendrons and reach a trail junction at Dimsa (3030m). From here we turn right and continue up past an army camp, then up through scrub and oaks to Sing Gompa which is also known as Chandanbari. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4 Trek to GOSAIKUNDA (4400m/14436ft) 4-5 hours/1130m ascent

The trail climbs steeply up a ridge with great views of the village framed by snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species. The trail crosses behind the ridge and stays in deep forests to reach a saddle at Chalang Pati (3550m) after a while. From here onwards we are in the Gosaikund protected area where killing of animals, lighting of wood fires and grazing of goats are prohibited. And through ascending trail with great views we reach Laurebina Yak (3920m). The views are truly magnificent and we can see the Annapurnas, Manaslu (8156m), the four peaks of the Ganesh Himal (with Paldor Peak), some enticing unnamed peaks in Tibet and finally Langtang Lirung. Now the trail ascends into the alpine country above the treeline, up the ridge to a small concrete temple with a statue of Sakyamuni. We continue to goths for views of the waterfalls from the first of the lakes, Saraswati Kund. The trail leaves the ridge and heads high above the Trisuli Valley which is spooky and very dangerous if covered with snow. The trail climbs gently to a spur marked by prayer flags and two rock carvings of Ganesh, as the second lake in the chain, Bhairav Kund, comes into view which is further 35 minutes to the third and largest lake Gosaikund.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5 Acclimatize GOSAIKUNDA

At Gosaikund there is a Shiva shrine, helipad and numerous stone shelters for pilgrims. Gosaikund which has a black rock in the middle is said to be the head of Shiva. According to legend, Lord Shiva created this high altitude lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thrust after consuming poison gathered from the churning of the oceans. There is a white rock under the water which is said to be the remnant of ancient Shiva shrine. It is also said that the water from this lake disappears underground and surfaces in Kumbheswor pool next to the five storey Shiva temple in Patan, more than 60 km away. For the best views of the lake we climb the ridge to two viewpoints (4640m) decorated with prayer flags. It is also possible to follow faint trails south from the southeast corner of the lake to a series of smaller half frozen lakes: Dudh (Milk) Kund, Chandra (Moon) Kund, Ragat (Blood) Kund and finally Ama (Mother) Kund along with views of Chhyarkung Chuli peak to the right.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 Trek to LAUREBINAYAK PASS (4610m/15125ft) down to THAREPATI (3640m/11943ft) 8-9 hours/1320m ascent; 630m descent

This day is a long and arduous day of trekking that we start climbing on a rocky trail from northern side of Gosaikund lake and passing through more small lakes finally we reach Laurebina Yak Pass where we explore the fine views of surrounding hills and large lake Surya (sun) Kund just to the southwest. From the pass the trail descends alongside a stream to reach Bhera Goth from where we should not forget to take lower safer trail because the upper trail has several very steep parts that are extremely dangerous when there is snow and there is no food or accommodation in this trail until we reach Tharepati. Following the lower trail along a rough, knee busting descending route we reach the middle of the valley of Phedi. The concrete chorten beside the Dawa baby is a memorial to a Japanese victim of the Thai airbus crash in 1992. From Phedi the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest and crossing through difficult rocky trail across moraines and dry streamand then now descending through forests , climbing in and out of ravines below the towering cliff of Thare Danda  we reach Gopte (3440m). Descending from the ridge at Gopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines, then make a final descent to Tharepati where we can climb to the ridge top for early morning views of Dorje Lakpa, Shisha Pangma and a line of peaks all the way to Khumbu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7 Trek to GUL BHANJYANG (2140m/7021ft) 5-6 hours; 210m ascent, 1650m descent

From Tharepati we descend steeply through dense pine forest to the appealing village of Magin Goth (3285m) from where we pass many locals hauling bamboo and reach Mere Danda (3510m). After climbing Yurin Danda ridge, the sawtooth peaks above Langtang and Gosaikund soar into view and our trail ducks in and out of fir and rhododendron forest to reach Kutumsang (2450m) and continuing over small pass we descend down the hill to reach the Tamang village of Gul (Golphu) Bhanjyang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8 Trek to CHISOPANI (2140m/7021ft) 5-6 hours; 970m ascent, 790m descent

Passing a gleaming white chorten the path leads to a friendly sprawling Tamang village of Thotong at 2260m. We will have good views of the peaks as we climb up through rhododendron forests to the village of Lapchu Danda (2420m) and descending for 200m past a series of ruined huts and through fields and secondary growth forest to a larger village of Chipling (2170m). Now descending steeply we reach a small chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang from where gentle descent takes us to chhetri village of Pati Bhanjyang (1770m). Finally through muddy zigzagging path with good mountain views the trail continues level among pine plantations to reach Cisopani village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9 Trek back SUNDARIJAL (1350m4429ft), KATHMANDU

Trek back from Chisopani crossing Borlang Bhanjyang (pass) at 2440m and then trek down the Shivapuri ridge to the road at Sundarijal, Kathmandu from where we will be picked up and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner 

Day 10 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

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. 7 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 Langtang
09. ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
10. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.


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.

07. Entrance Fees in kathmandu

08. Desserts, Mineral Water, Hot Water, Hot Shower and Wi-Fi.

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 Drive to DHUNCHE (1950m/6398ft)

In the morning after breakfast we have a trip orientation meeting after which we head for a drive to Dhunche, 117km from Kathmandu where we need to pay entrance fee to Langtang National Park. Just below Dhunche is the Trisuli Ganga River that flows from Gosaikund. Dhunche has a small Tamang Museum that provides insight into this ethnic group of Nepal. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Trek to CHANDANBARI (3330m/10926ft) 6-8 hours/1380m ascent

From Dhunche to Chandanbari is a steep, hard trek that climbs more than 1300m. So we take a short cut down a ravine that rejoins the road at the bottom of the village. We follow the road downhill to reach a level trail that follows the south bank of the Trisuli Ganga eastward through fields and pastures. The trail follows the north side of the river for a short while, then begins the steep climb towards the ridge. After the initial climb the trail levels a bit, passes through the tiny village of Deorali (2660m) and then continues up to the ridge. Now we climb through a forest of firs and rhododendrons and reach a trail junction at Dimsa (3030m). From here we turn right and continue up past an army camp, then up through scrub and oaks to Sing Gompa which is also known as Chandanbari. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to GOSAIKUNDA (4400m/14436ft) 4-5 hours/1130m ascent

The trail climbs steeply up a ridge with great views of the village framed by snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species. The trail crosses behind the ridge and stays in deep forests to reach a saddle at Chalang Pati (3550m) after a while. From here onwards we are in the Gosaikund protected area where killing of animals, lighting of wood fires and grazing of goats are prohibited. And through ascending trail with great views we reach Laurebina Yak (3920m). The views are truly magnificent and we can see the Annapurnas, Manaslu (8156m), the four peaks of the Ganesh Himal (with Paldor Peak), some enticing unnamed peaks in Tibet and finally Langtang Lirung. Now the trail ascends into the alpine country above the treeline, up the ridge to a small concrete temple with a statue of Sakyamuni. We continue to goths for views of the waterfalls from the first of the lakes, Saraswati Kund. The trail leaves the ridge and heads high above the Trisuli Valley which is spooky and very dangerous if covered with snow. The trail climbs gently to a spur marked by prayer flags and two rock carvings of Ganesh, as the second lake in the chain, Bhairav Kund, comes into view which is further 35 minutes to the third and largest lake Gosaikund.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Acclimatize GOSAIKUNDA

At Gosaikund there is a Shiva shrine, helipad and numerous stone shelters for pilgrims. Gosaikund which has a black rock in the middle is said to be the head of Shiva. According to legend, Lord Shiva created this high altitude lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thrust after consuming poison gathered from the churning of the oceans. There is a white rock under the water which is said to be the remnant of ancient Shiva shrine. It is also said that the water from this lake disappears underground and surfaces in Kumbheswor pool next to the five storey Shiva temple in Patan, more than 60 km away. For the best views of the lake we climb the ridge to two viewpoints (4640m) decorated with prayer flags. It is also possible to follow faint trails south from the southeast corner of the lake to a series of smaller half frozen lakes: Dudh (Milk) Kund, Chandra (Moon) Kund, Ragat (Blood) Kund and finally Ama (Mother) Kund along with views of Chhyarkung Chuli peak to the right.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to LAUREBINAYAK PASS (4610m/15125ft) down to THAREPATI (3640m/11943ft) 8-9 hours/1320m ascent; 630m descent

This day is a long and arduous day of trekking that we start climbing on a rocky trail from northern side of Gosaikund lake and passing through more small lakes finally we reach Laurebina Yak Pass where we explore the fine views of surrounding hills and large lake Surya (sun) Kund just to the southwest. From the pass the trail descends alongside a stream to reach Bhera Goth from where we should not forget to take lower safer trail because the upper trail has several very steep parts that are extremely dangerous when there is snow and there is no food or accommodation in this trail until we reach Tharepati. Following the lower trail along a rough, knee busting descending route we reach the middle of the valley of Phedi. The concrete chorten beside the Dawa baby is a memorial to a Japanese victim of the Thai airbus crash in 1992. From Phedi the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest and crossing through difficult rocky trail across moraines and dry streamand then now descending through forests , climbing in and out of ravines below the towering cliff of Thare Danda  we reach Gopte (3440m). Descending from the ridge at Gopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines, then make a final descent to Tharepati where we can climb to the ridge top for early morning views of Dorje Lakpa, Shisha Pangma and a line of peaks all the way to Khumbu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to GUL BHANJYANG (2140m/7021ft) 5-6 hours; 210m ascent, 1650m descent

From Tharepati we descend steeply through dense pine forest to the appealing village of Magin Goth (3285m) from where we pass many locals hauling bamboo and reach Mere Danda (3510m). After climbing Yurin Danda ridge, the sawtooth peaks above Langtang and Gosaikund soar into view and our trail ducks in and out of fir and rhododendron forest to reach Kutumsang (2450m) and continuing over small pass we descend down the hill to reach the Tamang village of Gul (Golphu) Bhanjyang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to CHISOPANI (2140m/7021ft) 5-6 hours; 970m ascent, 790m descent

Passing a gleaming white chorten the path leads to a friendly sprawling Tamang village of Thotong at 2260m. We will have good views of the peaks as we climb up through rhododendron forests to the village of Lapchu Danda (2420m) and descending for 200m past a series of ruined huts and through fields and secondary growth forest to a larger village of Chipling (2170m). Now descending steeply we reach a small chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang from where gentle descent takes us to chhetri village of Pati Bhanjyang (1770m). Finally through muddy zigzagging path with good mountain views the trail continues level among pine plantations to reach Cisopani village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek back SUNDARIJAL (1350m4429ft), KATHMANDU

Trek back from Chisopani crossing Borlang Bhanjyang (pass) at 2440m and then trek down the Shivapuri ridge to the road at Sundarijal, Kathmandu from where we will be picked up and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 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
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