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34 Days’ Amadablam Expedition programme

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Mount Ama Dablam, with a height of 6,812 metres, is the most beautiful mountain of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. The name, Ama Dablam, comes from the Sherpa dialect and the meaning is mother’s Necklace

Mount Ama Dablam, with a height of 6,812 metres, is the most beautiful mountain of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. The name, Ama Dablam, comes from the Sherpa dialect and the meaning is mother’s Necklace. The World knows the region as Mount Everest region, but actually, Mount Ama Dablam is its dominant mountain, due to its exposure above the valley to the east of Khumbu.

This mountain is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. Given its mix of steep rock and ice along the climbing route, high above the broad valley of Tengboche, many climbers love to test their technical climbing skill on it. The standard route up this mountain is along its southwest Ridge, requiring three standard camps above basecamp.

This beautiful mountain has been first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge as part of the Silver Hunt Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Our team will meet in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. Kathmandu has several selections of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing in its stores if some of us require to gear-shop. We will have two full days to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to base camp properly.

The journey to basecamp starts with a short panoramic flight to Lukla, in a helicopter. The Amadablam basecamp is reached over an eight-days acclimatizing trek through villages of the Sherpas, but we will give some more days to tame our body in the local atmosphere, the only best way to perfect acclimatization, by trekking to Kalapathar and summiting the Lobuche Peak of 6119 metres.

On the way, we will stop at Pangboche Village, which is one of the oldest villages of the Khumbu valley. We will visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monks at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition and continue to walk up to basecamp. The final Puja ceremony gets celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on the mountain at the Amadablam basecamp.

Once the puja gets performed the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the equipment, high altitude food and other supplies to the higher camps and the climbing member will accompany them to Advanced camp, the camp-one and camp-two for acclimatizing climb. After a week or so on of acclimatizing, we will begin our ascent to the summit following the routine procedures. The summit attempt initiates from the camp-two, but a possible camp probably set at camp-three, at the Dablam.

Trip Highlights

Trip Profile

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu1,350m

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m.)

Day 03: A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m.)

Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m

Day 06: Acclimatization in Namche

Day 07: Hike to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung 3,790m

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m

Day 09: Stay at Tengbohce (An acclimatizing free day)

Day 10: Trek to Dingboche 4,410m

Day 11: Dingboche. A 6-7 hour excursion

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m. A 3-4 hour trek

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m. An hours trek

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche Peak Basecamp 4,930m. A 3 hours trek

Day 15: Climb to High Camp 5,400m. A 3 hours

Day 16: Acent of Lobuche Peak. A 8-10 hours

Day 17: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m.) and visit

Day 18: Trek to Amadablam Basecamp (4,600m.)

Day 19: Resting, Meeting and prepare climbing

Day 20: Resting, Meeting and prepare climbing

Day 21-Day 27: Summit Amadablam (6,812m) & back to BC

Day 28: Trek to Pangboche and to Phortse.

Day 29: Trek to Jorsalle A 5 hours trek

Day 30: Trek to Lukla 2,866m

Day 31: Trek to Lukla 2,866m

Day 32: Fly to Kathmandu. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive

Day 33: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

Day 34: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu1,350m

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m.)

A whole free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. This evening you will need to hand over your bags to basecamp to us for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Amadablam basecamp.

Day 03: A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m.)

The mountaineering team leader will need to go to the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and responsibilities.

Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m

A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek. Early in the morning, at 07:30 hour, we'll drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a Helicopter flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. During the helicopter journey, you can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalaya and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival to Lukla, you'll meet the guide, porters and Sherpa staff. At Lukla, we stop for about an hour for refreshments and to reorganize and kitbags for porters. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night. A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several Sherpa villages with the view of Kongde Peak. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudhkunda river.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m

A 5 hours trek. Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley killing of any animal is forbidden so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.

Day 06: Acclimatization in Namche

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. If one wishes for a long day excursion, then your guide will take you to Thamo, a small traditional village, on the way to Thame which takes about 2 hours going up and one and half hours to come back.

Day 07: Hike to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung 3,790m

A 3 hours trek. Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m

A 5 hours trek. This day's trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe etc. We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery. From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.

Day 09: Stay at Tengbohce (An acclimatizing free day)

Regular trekkers do not need this acclimatization, but the mountaineers require it to tame one's body system to the local atmosphere. The guide will take you higher up toward Kangthega for a nature walk, which also provides a beautiful view of Tengboche and Amadablam.

Day 10: Trek to Dingboche 4,410m

A 5 hours trek. The trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and beautiful mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dingboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. We arrive at Pangboche village and then go on to Dingboche. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier, below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. If the weather permits, it is advisable to climb up the village for a better view of town and surroundings.

Day 11: Dingboche. A 6-7 hour excursion

It is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful with Buddhist stupas and prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m), at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000 metres of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m. A 3-4 hour trek

The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World's most significant mountain masses surround you, feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m. An hours trek

We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar lookout. From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 45-minutes’ walk put us on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest distance. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast and a relaxing day. In the evening we maybe repeat the Kalapathar for a sunset view. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are truly breath-taking so those willing may take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view!

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche Peak Basecamp 4,930m. A 3 hours trek

The trail to Laboche Peak Base Camp is a short walk, 45 minutes, with beautiful views of Mount Amadablam and Pheriche Valley. The base camp situates in a small valley opening to the south, which provides fantastic views and a warm place to camp. We reach camp to meet with our cook and kitchen crews and spend an excellent rest day and prepare for next days’ climbing up to high Camp.

Day 15: Climb to High Camp 5,400m. A 3 hours

Today we shift our camp to high camp of Lobuche Peak, which is situated high above a rocky ridge. The route to high camp climbs up a grassy gully continuing above the base camp. After setting high camp, we continue the climb and fix ropes on some section and descend to high camp, which will also help for better acclimatization and save time for rope fixing for tomorrow.

Day 16: Acent of Lobuche Peak. A 8-10 hours

Lobuche Peak, 6,119 metres, is the second-most famous peak climbed during an Everest Base Camp trek or in an Everest Acclimatizing climb. The Base Camp situates in a small valley between Zongla and Lobuche in a small valley facing southeast. The usual route to the high camp and summit goes up a small valley continuing up from the basecamp. The climbing begins very early in the morning with a packed lunch. The first Phase of climbing is a rock scramble and steep snow slopes till 6,000m, which many refer to as the summit of Lobuche East. However, the actual summit is much further with far harder climbing. The summit gives stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam and other major peaks of Khumbu Himal. The mountain has two summits, East and West, with heights of 6,119 metres and 6,145 metres. A continuous ridge connects them, but West Summit requires a descending and climb a steep slope to the summit. The East Peak is referred to as a trekking peak and the West as an Expedition Peak. After the ascent, we directly descend till basecamp, where our kitchen crews will be waiting for us with some recharging hot items.

Day 17: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m.) and visit

A beautiful day with an easy going down! All direction are surrounded with one of the great masses of the beautiful mountain peaks including the majestic Amadablam, our main target. The village of Pangboche provides one of the best views of Amadablam and Lhotse and Nuptse. We check into our lodge dinner and overnight in lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Amadablam Basecamp (4,600m.)

After breakfast we visit the Pangboche village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. In the monastery, pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monk at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition. After the visit we take a beautiful and short trek to Amadablam basecamp. We arrive to basecamp for lunch. We will be greeted by our kitchen crew, climbing Sherpa guides and liaison officer. Our camp will be ready before our arrival so check-in into the tent assigned for you. After lunch we will briefly meet about the rest of the program, take our duffel bags and take into our tents for un unpacking and further organizations.

Day 19: Resting, Meeting and prepare climbing

We will stay at basecamp two days for resting, meeting and the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guide, Sherpa climbing guides and all equipment that we will take with us on the mountain. A monk from Pangboche village will be invited for a puja ritual to solicit the local deities for a peaceful and an obstacle less expedition.

Day 20: Resting, Meeting and prepare climbing

We will stay at basecamp two days for resting, meeting and the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guide, Sherpa climbing guides and all equipment that we will take with us on the mountain. A monk from Pangboche village will be invited for a puja ritual to solicit the local deities for a peaceful and an obstacle less expedition.

Day 21-Day 27: Summit Amadablam (6,812m) & back to BC

BC to ABC – 3-hours ABC to C1 – 2-hours C1 to C2 – 2:30-hours C2 to C3 – 3-hours C2 to Summit and to C2 – 12-hours

Day 28: Trek to Pangboche and to Phortse.

We descend to Pangbcohe village and take lunch. After lunch, we’ll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists less frequent the trail so one can see wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers an exceptional panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery.

Day 29: Trek to Jorsalle A 5 hours trek

We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama once again. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in height.

Day 30: Trek to Lukla 2,866m

A 6 hours trek From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest basecamp!

Day 31: Trek to Lukla 2,866m

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 3 days' trek and bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp!

Day 32: Fly to Kathmandu. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive

We’ll board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then drive to our hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and free

Day 33: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

The team leader requires to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and to sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities. The evening gets celebrated with farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.

Day 34: Departure

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.

Cost

Amadablam Exp
NUMBER IN GROUP COSTS PER PERSON
2 - 3 Persons 6,500$
4 - 5 Persons 6,000$
6+ Persons 5,600$
Single room supplement 318$
CITIES ACCOMMODATIONS
KATHMANDU Shanker / Malla
TREKKING En tea house Lodge
KHARE TOP CHUKUNG Tented camp
Other costs:
Health Issue:
If you are undertaking a mountaineering expedition, anywhere around the World in any height of the Mountain and with any pre-experience, personal health is the most critical factor for success and life safety. We suggest making body check-ups and consult with a regular physician. We don’t recommend climbing mountains to those who are suffering from Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with allergy with cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past and to them who has the tonsil problems. And we suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu, before heading to Mountain.

Emergency Evacuation:
All the emergency evacuation is only possible by Helicopter because there is no roads-access. In case of needing an emergency evacuation, from basecamp to the nearest hospital or Kathmandu, the clients are responsible to pay directly to the helicopter company. Your insurance company will cover most costs; however, if the insurance company does not guarantee the payment, then it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour and each flight to and from BC cost is a minimum of 2,800$. The price may rise in case of bad weather, requiring the Helicopter several landing on the way to basecamp or while flying back to Kathmandu.

Equipment:
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the basecamp, and one extra at basecamp. And a down jacket and down suite, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers’ energy and confidence, which are the key factors of success. All the material are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Group Split:
If some member leaves the expedition or splits from the group, whatever may be the reason, then there will be an extra cost of USD 200 per person to return to Lukla. He/She will get the service of a Sherpa/Porter till Lukla and provided full board service.

Lukla Airport:
In the case of bad weather, Lukla is a place like a border, but without a border, so one may need to charter a Helicopter or share helicopter cost. The helicopter flight may be joined with other people and divided the price. The helicopter carries up to 6 people (if the number is less than the amount should be divided accordingly). Generally, if flight get cancelled and require to take a helicopter, then a supplement of USD300 per person per member/Sherpa will be applied and accordingly while coming back.

Baggage allowance:
Each climbing member baggage allowance is 40-kilos per person. We request to prepare two baggage containing 20-kilos in each.

What is included

  • All airport transport as per itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included.
  • Helicopter flight Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu (all tax included). Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry fee. Lobuche peak climbing permit and Mount Ama dablam climbing permit
  • Liaison officer and all his expenses. 1 Climbing Sherpa guide for every two members and all their expenses such as equipment allowance, insurance and daily wages. Required number of porters to transport the expedition material to basecamp and back.
  • Tea house trek service Lukla to Amadablam basecamp and BC to Lukla on full board basis. Tented camp service at Lobuche and Ama dablam expedition period. Individual two men dome tent at BC and two-men sharing tent above BC
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, dining table and chairs, staff tent Toilet & shower tent etc. Cooking set with gas during expeditions, gas and heater in the dining tent, generator/solar at BC for light and battery charging • Korean fix rope, main rope, snow bar, rock pitons, Ice screw, carabiner etc. for group use for Lobuche Peak and Ama Dablam expedition. Insurance of all local workers. EPI Gas with burner and cooking set for above basecamp
  • Imported high altitude food to use above Base Camp.
  • A satellite phone with enough recharge for emergency use.
  • Radio walkie-talkie set both for member and climbing Sherpas.
  • A medical kit box and two cylinders of oxygen with Top Out Mask Set for medicinal purpose.

What is not included

  • Travel Insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well).
  • Visa to Nepal
  • Summit bonus for Ama Dablam (please allow minimum 500$ per Sherpa), tips for cook and base camp staff and those, not mentioned in above SERVICE INCLUDES section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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