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Peekye Trek 15 Days

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15 Days’ Jiri to Peekye, Junbeshi and Phaplu Trekking.
Beautiful trekking in the lower Everest region.

It is a destination not to miss if one is planning to do trekking in the Everest region

The Offer if Valid for 2021 and 2022

The Peekye region is situated 250 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu and offers travellers many sources of pleasure, particularly the beauty of the landscape and the cheerfulness of the people. Some trekkers prefer the high altitude of the Khumbu area, while others enjoy walking in lower regions, where there is an extensive range of fauna, flora and ethnic cultures in the backdrop of giant Himalayan peaks. The region is also known as Pike, PK, Pikey, Peeky but its correct pronunciation is Peekye. The name Peekye is, still, the miss-spelt from its ancient name “Pokyep La” (incense growing hill) in Sherpa language. The form of “La” (hilltop/hill) still exist in its correct pronunciation.

One of the most beautiful areas and one still mostly off the tourist route is Peekye Mountain (4065m), an exceptional mountain in that it is considered the protector of the entire Solu region. It is a destination not to missed if one is planning to do trekking in the Everest region.

Along this trail, the significant villages that are visited are Jiri, Bandar (Changma) and Golla. Golla is a small Sherpa village of about 40 houses scattered over the slope of Peekye at an altitude of 3,060m and with views of snow-capped mountains: Gaurishankar, Karylung, Numbur and Katanga among others. The religious and cultural life of this village is very vibrant. The town contains four small monasteries, all belonging to the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, in which the monks perform the sacred dance festivals such as Duwa Chhechi, Ngungne, Dumji and Mani Rimdu, each festival is lasting several days.

Peekye is a perfect area for those who have little time but wish to experience varied trek, see Everest in full scale, enjoy deep blue skies, visit typical villages, and experience the mountain climate without seasonal barriers! Each season of the year has its beauty – its feel – to make a trip to this area worthwhile.

The major attractions of the region are traditional life, delicious Sherpa food, festive Buddhist monasteries and the dense forests of pine and juniper, the varieties of rhododendron (which start blooming from March and remain on till September), and the many colourful birds including the national bird, dance, of Nepal.

The views from Peekye stretches from Kanchenjunga, in the far east, to Annapurna in the west. From the top of Peekye one can view Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khatanga, Karylung, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna and uncountable other peaks. The view toward the west and to the south takes in countless hills towards an invisible horizon. And all along the trail, both sunrise and sunset views are truly breathtaking. The sunset view from Peekye has nothing that compares with it in other parts of Nepal, dipping behind the mountains that are southwest of Kathmandu.

The entire area of Peekye is pastureland of the Sherpas of the surrounding area and the period from May to October is spend in this heaven with cattle (naks and yaks). Complementing the rich pastureland are three major cheese production centres, more than anywhere else in Nepal in number and quality. Two of them are on our trail, and one can visit with a warm welcome from their managers with a cup of tasty tea or warm milk and a piece of fresh cheese!

The trek begins from Jiri, which is in a distance of 200 kilometres from Kathmandu and reached after a drive of 6 to 7 hours. Jiri was the only gateway to Everest until the Lukla airport did not build. And ends at Phaplu, the district headquarters of Solukhumbu following a visit of Junbeshi, Thupten Chholing, Dudh Kunda Lake and Chiwang monasteries!

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the widest panoramas in the shortest time
  • Enjoy an extensive range of fauna, flora and ethnic cultures in the backdrop of giant Himalayan peaks.
  • Enjoy a trek experience in one of the most beautiful areas and one still mostly off the tourist route
  • Stand on Peekye lookout at 4.065m. and see Kangchenjunga to the east to Annapurna to the west of Nepal!
  • See the Mount Everest in its full scale
  • Enjoy some of the magnificent sunrise and sunset views from many vantage points
  • Visit several festive Buddhist monasteries, including the Thupten Chholing Monastery.
  • Enjoy seeing and experiencing the vibrant religious and cultural life.
  • Enjoy and experience the delicious Sherpa and other ethnic groups
  • See the varieties of rhododendron flowers full of birds and rare wild animals including snow leopards and Red Pandas.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 15 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Jeep / Hiace Van / Bus
  • Trek starting point: Jiri
  • Trek ending point: Phaplu
  • A domestic flight out: Phaplu to Kathmandu
  • Mode of ground transport: Comfortable tourist vehicles
  • Highest elevation achievement: 4,065 metres Peekye La
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on trek.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients
  • Trip Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of June and from the first week of October to the mid of December through this area can be trekked all year around.

Short Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO KATHMANDU

DAY 02: KATHMANDU TO JIRI (1,905M) A 6-7 hours’ drive

DAY 03: JIRI TO SHIVALAYA (1,113M). A 3½-hour trek

DAY 04: SHIVALAYA TO DEURALI (2,706M). A 4-hour trek

DAY 05: DETOUR TO SHERPA PEAK (3070M) AND TREK TO BANDAR (2200M)

DAY 06: BANDAR TO NAMKHILE (2,290M) A 4-hour trek

DAY 07: NAMKHILE TO GOLLA (2,980M) A 3-hour trek

DAY 08: GOLLA TO NGAUR (3,350M). A 3-hour trek

DAY 09: NGAUR TO CHAMDINGMA (3,510M). A 3-hour trek

DAY 10: CHHAMDINGMA TO JUNBESHI (2,670M). A 7-hour trek

DAY 11: JUNBESHI / THUPTEN CHHOLING / JUNBESHI. A 4-hour trek

DAY 12: JUNBESHI / CHIWANG MONASTERY / PHAPLU (2,425M). A 4-hour trek

DAY 13: PHAPLU / KATHMANDU.

DAY 14: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 15: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

Jiri to Peekye, Junbeshi and Phaplu Trekking, 15 Days A Beautiful trek in the lower Everest region

DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO KATHMANDU

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 the necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU TO JIRI (1,905M) A 6-7 hours’ drive

The road from Kathmandu to Jiri heads toward east traversing through the mid-hill regions. Whether supporting, there are beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains while making 6-7 hours ride to Jiri.

Jiri is the centre of Dolakha district in the Janakpur Zone of northeastern Nepal, 184 km east of Kathmandu, with a population of 14000 people living in 1,560 individual households and with an altitude of 1,905 meters.

Jiri was set up as an agricultural development centre by the Swiss Government Aid in 1938, making it one of the most known towns of eastern Nepal. Jiri once enjoyed as only one trailhead to all the trekkers and mountaineering groups into the Mount Everest region. The trek to Lukla via Jiri takes seven or eight days trek to Everest Base Camp. The trailhead from Jiri into Everest National Park get referred to as the "classic route to Everest". All early Everest expeditions- including the one led by John Hunt that put Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary put on the summit of Everest - walked via Jiri since then Jiri is called the Gateway to Mount Everest.

Jiri is inhabited mainly by Jirels, a Nepalese ethnic group but one can find Sherpas, Chhetries, Sunuwars, and other ethnic groups.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 03: JIRI TO SHIVALAYA (1,113M). A 3½-hour trek

From Jiri, it is another 2 hours' rough road drive to Shivalaya, a small village inhabited by Tamangs and Newars and Sherpas, on the bank of the Shivalaya River. But we start the walk from Jiri which is 3½-hours easy trek and reach to Shivalaya at around the same time with the bus. We arrive here for a hearty lunch and stay overnight and visit around the village.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 04: SHIVALAYA TO DEURALI (2,706M). A 4-hour trek

A 4-hours' rhythmic going up through scattered village above the Shivalaya River brings us to Deurali, a small hamlet from where one can see Dudh Kunda Himal, Khatanga, Karylung, Gaurishanker and Peekye Peak, one of the destinations of our trek. When we reach higher ground, there are beautiful views of the lower valley and surrounding villages. The trail passes through several villages, schools, and a lovely forest area before reaching to Deurali.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 05: DETOUR TO SHERPA PEAK (3070M) AND TREK TO BANDAR (2200M)

An early wakeup may find beautiful views of lower valleys of east and west. After tea and breakfast, we take 1 ½ hour's hike up to a Sherpa Peak at an altitude of 3,070 meters, above the main Deurali village, which provides a beautiful panorama of the entire region. Or if the weather is poor, we visit the Thadung monastery, located above Deurali to the north. We retrace the trail back to Deurali, lunch, and then the trail goes down for 1½ hours to Bhandar, a Sherpa village with two stupas and a small monastery, which is under renovation due to the earthquake of 2015. The Bandar is quite a big village and covers a big area inhabited mainly by Sherpa. Arrive and overnight at Bhandar.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 06: BANDAR TO NAMKHILE (2,290M) A 4-hour trek

The trail further goes down, and after 2 hours one arrives at the Likhu Khola, a river forming the boundary to Solu-Khumbu district and Sagarmatha zone. Nepal's' physical division is with 14-zones, 75-districts, and five development regions. Just after crossing the river, a good climb of 3 hours leads to Namkhile, provides fine beautiful views of Numbur Himal and the trail that walked down and the villages of Bandar and all-around to the west, south, and north.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 07: NAMKHILE TO GOLLA (2,980M) A 3-hour trek

From Namkhile, the path is another 3-hour gradual climb through a forest of pines and rhododendrons. The views toward the North, west, and south are open and could see down from Deurali. As we approach Golla, the panorama toward the west opens with a series of mountains including Gaurishanker and Karilung.

The village of Golla is not visible until you reach its knife ridge of the hill that hides the entire village. The village is on the lap of a hill facing east with a lovely view of Peekye Peak, Mount Gauri Shanker, Khatanga, and Number range. This village is rich with three monasteries including a nunnery, which makes it a typical Sherpa village, whose inhabitants are mainly farmers. Each household has some cows, and some have dzom (a cross between a yak and cow).

The earthquake of 2015 damaged two monasteries and most of the individual houses. The main monastery is under reconstruction, and the nunnery repaired.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 08: GOLLA TO NGAUR (3,350M). A 3-hour trek

Walkthrough a forest full of rhododendrons leads to the hamlet of Ngaur, situated on the top of a hill. This area is dense with pine, juniper, different kinds of rhododendron, and bamboo. The lower valleys of Peekye are densely forested and are a sanctuary for many colourful birds. From Ngaur, the view towards Tseringma (Gaurishankar) and Dudh Kunda Himal is spectacular. Ngaur contains six houses and a small monastery, which remain closed due to earthquake damage. Fifteen minutes from there is a cheese production centre, where one can taste and buy cheese made from nak (female yak) and dzom milk (if it is open). The sunset view from Ngaur has no comparison with the other sunset viewpoints of Nepal since it dips from behind the mountains that are further west of Kathmandu.

Both sunrise and sunset, from Ngaur, are truly breathtaking so one should consider waking up early in the morning to view the beautifully changing of the colour on every mountain summits around.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 09: NGAUR TO CHAMDINGMA (3,510M). A 3-hour trek

The trail goes through barren pastureland where Sherpas from the Golla area pass the summer with their cow and yaks mainly the summer is spent in this heaven with their cattle. The snow-capped mountains are again visible in a broader form. The panorama toward the west and to the south stretches with countless hills, providing a picture of an invisible horizon. In this area, there are three major cheese production centres, nowhere in Nepal comparing to number and quality. Two of them we will visit on our trail, and we will be welcomed with tasty tea or with a cup of warm milk, where one can even buy mini cheese-rolls (small round) for souvenir or for evening celebrations (if they are open).

On arrival, we will take a hearty lunch with an excellent view toward the south and west, including the most significant Himalayan chains in the northwestern horizon.

After lunch we hike up to Peekye top, which is another 40 minutes hike with all the vast panoramas in front - one will not feel that you are hiking due to its amazing views opening from every direction. The view from there is indescribable, stretching from Kanchenjunga to the east to Annapurna to the west (can view Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Manaslu, Annapurna, and other uncountable peaks and at night the glowing lights of the Kathmandu Valley.

After visiting Peekye top, we return to our camp, and the rest of the day is free to stroll around.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 10: CHHAMDINGMA TO JUNBESHI (2,670M). A 7-hour trek

Early in the morning, before breakfast, take a short sunrise hike to the Peekye Top lookout (optional since you have already visited the top of Peekye in the evening). If you do, it is worth the lost sleep. One needs to begin around 4 or 5 a.m., as the eastern horizon slowly brightens and the stars begin to disappear against the background of the dazzling Karilung, Gaurishnker and Everest range. It is about a 40-minute walk to the lookout.

If you don't make the sunrise trip then start with a routine, take a hearty breakfast, and begin the walk of the day. The trail passes through the summit of Peekye so we will be repeating the Peekye top with different views with a different perspective. Photographic stop at Peekye top and continue trek toward Junbeshi which is another 5 hours walk.

A 1½-hour descent leads to Jasa Warngyang, a pass at about 3,800m. From there, one climbs 1-hour through pastureland with a good view of Peekye before arriving at Pambuk La, another pass at 4,000m. After going down 2-hours through a pine and rhododendron forest, one arrives in Taktur, a Sherpa village. Another 1 hour later and you are in the beautiful village of Junbesi.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 11: JUNBESHI / THUPTEN CHHOLING / JUNBESHI. A 4-hour trek

This morning we visit the monastery of Junbeshi, one of the oldest monasteries of the entire region. And also visit the Thubten Chöling monastery, founded by Trulshi Rinpoche.

Trulshik Rinpoche is one of the senior-most masters of the Tibetan Buddhism tradition and the head of the Nyingma schools, and one of the teachers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Trulshik Rinpoche was also the holder of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) and the rare teachings of which he regularly transmits the Dalai Lama. Trulshik Rinpoche was born in 1924, in a place called Yardrok Taklung, in central Tibet. At a very young age, he gets recognized as the reincarnation of the great tertön Do-ngak Lingpa and regarded as the emanation of other major masters of Tibet and India.

After leaving Tibet in 1959, following the Chinese occupation of Tibet, he founded the Thubten Chöling monastery in the Sherpa Land of Solu Khumbu region, to north-eastern Nepal, and lived most of his times there. The Thubten Chöling is renowned as one of the foremost centres for the monastic traditions of the Nyingma schools.

In 2004, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche initiated two important projects: a new monastery in the valley of Kathmandu, and a monastic institute in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.

Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche passed away on September 2, 2011, at his monastery in Kathmandu. His enshrined holy body is in the monastery of Solu Khumbu, at Thubten Chöling, and it is open to the devotees for homage.

His reincarnation, or Yangsi, Ngawang Tendzin Lodrö Rabsel was born in Kathmandu on July 25, 2013, and recognized in 2015. He was born in the family of father Lama Ngawang Jigdrel Chokyi Wongchuk and mother Ogyen Drolma. The reincarnated Rinpoche's auspicious hair cutting, and enthronement completed on the date of May 29, 2018, on the full-moon day of Saga Dawa, the month of occurrence of three most sacred deeds of the Buddha.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 12: JUNBESHI / CHIWANG MONASTERY / PHAPLU (2,425M). A 4-hour trek

This morning we visit the monastery of Junbeshi, one of the oldest monasteries of the entire region. Then we continue the walk to Phaplu, our trek ending point. The trail drops down till Beni and then it climbs up until the Chiwang monastery. This monastery is well known for performing the Manirildup ritual, one of the most important annual pujas followed by a series of mask dances representing the local deities and 8 manifestations of Guru Rimpoche. The celebration is also in the memory of the establishment of the Buddhist religion by the great sage Guru Rimpoche, the Padmasamvaba.

This monastery is situated on a top of a sheer cliff on the northwestern corner of Phaplu. This monastery is the second most active monastery of the region and monastic schools.

We stop at the monastery for lunch, visit the monastery and its monastic school and then descend to Phaplu, which is another 40-minutes interesting walk. The Phaplu/Salleri is the headquarters of Solukhumbu district. On Saturdays, a significant market takes place at a spot a 30 minutes' descent bellow it. Phaphlu is a small Sherpa town with an airport and a hospital the latter built by Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

DAY 13: PHAPLU / KATHMANDU.

This day if we arrive on the right day, we will dedicate to see local bazaar, the weekly bazaar, when local people converge from the surrounding area. People from different walks of life come here to sell their product from grain to milk and vegetable to clothes or let say that one may find everything or sell everything. The young and herders take this day as a holiday to enjoying seeing varieties including the people.

After visiting the market, we take a short flight to Kathmandu, which is 35 minutes. Arrival to Kathmandu and the rest of the day remains free.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 14: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant of Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 15: 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 to see off formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 2262$ 2418$
2 - 3 Persons 1740$ 1860$
4 - 5 Persons 1623$ 1743$
6 - 7 Persons 1508$ 1628$
8- 10 Persons 1455$ 1575$
Single room supplement 270$ 390$

What is included

  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transportations as per itinerary
  • 3-nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Gaurishanker Conservation area entry permit
  • TIMS Permit and permit fee
  • Private transportation Kathmandu to Jiri
  • 1 Guide in the group and 1 porter, between every two members, for entire trekking period
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if one require)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if required)
  • A trekking map in the group and a trekking duffel bag to each member (if required)
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call).
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu on full board basis, accommodation in Teahouse Lodges
  • Phaplu to Kathmandu airfare (tax and airport transport included)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

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 season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer 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 summer 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 summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach 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.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The 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 is 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 to -30 degrees (after sunset to 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 countries 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.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to end of June and from the first week of October to the mid of December through this area can be trekked all year round.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, 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.

Do we join a group during trekking?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

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?
This is one of the most accessible treks with a maximum altitude of 4,065 metres (Peekye Peak lookout) above the sea level. The part Golla to Peekye is altitude gaining day and unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath but you will get acclimatised quickly and feel more adjusted to the altitudes. Most of the trek in this itinerary takes place at an altitude level of 2000 metres.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 400$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while in a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
A comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce/Bus) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together in Kathmandu.A Jeep or bus between Kathmandu and Jiri and a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft for the sector Phaplu to Kathmandu.

What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any major international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language, but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get a 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 of 200$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

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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