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Rolwaling and Everest Trek 21 Days

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Rolwaling and Everest Trek is an adventurous trekking trip in the Nepal Himalayas. The Rolwaling and Everest Trek involves walking into the depths of the Bhote Koshi River and Ralwaling valleys with a beautiful setting of natural forest and waterfalls fed by a beautiful mountain range. Every night is spent in charming countryside camps, sparsely inhabited typical villages and open meadows surrounded by some of the great mountain masses of the Rolwaling region. The Rolwaling & Everest Trekking crosses over the Tashi Lapcha Pass, the only entrance between Rolwaling and Everest, and reaches Thame village in the Khumbu valley. This trek ends at Lukla after a beautiful circuit of Gokyo Valley, one of the loveliest lake valleys of the Everest Region.

Introduction
Rolwaling Valley is a Beyul, one of the lands hidden by Padmasambhava. Located to the west of Khumbu, it is a very narrow and isolated valley inhabited solely by Sherpas who cultivate barley and potatoes and keep yaks (male) and naks (female). The main settlements are Beding and Na. To the western edges of the Rolwaling village, about 30 kilometres, lies the famous Mount Gauri Shankar. This beautiful valley is gorged by Rolwaling Chu (River), creating access to the Khumbu region by the Tashi Lapcha pass, a very high and dangerous pass, at 5,755 metres always covered by snow and ice.

Gauri Shankar is the second-highest mountain of the Rolwaling region and the central peak. The mountain’s name comes after the Hindu goddess Gauri, a manifestation of Durga and her consort Shankar. The Tibetan/Sherpa name for the peak is Jomo Tseringma or Tseringma. The Nepal Standard Time, GMT+05:45, is based on the meridian of this mountain peak.

Rolwaling and Everest Trekking Package 2022 and 2023

Tsho Rolpa Lake, above the Rolwaling village, will be seen when going toward Tashi Lapcha is said to be the largest of the Himalaya. This lake, which is now slowly drained to regulate the water density, once threatened to burst and inundate the entire Rolwaling Valley. The trek to Rolwaling, especially the Tashi Lapcha Pass, is challenging, and people interested in it must be well prepared and accompanied by experienced Sherpa guides and assistance. The Rolwaling valley to Khumbu is considered an exciting mountaineering adventure.

To the southeast of the Tashi Lapcha Pass is the famous Phapchermo peak of 6,187 metres, first climbed in 1955. Phapchermo is one of the most preferred trekking peaks is an attractive snowy peak, which lies due south of Tashi Lapcha. It is well-defined north by a northwest ridge rising from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. The face forms a uniform snow slope to the west of the ridge, broken by crevasses and rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau glacier. Access to Phapchermo is mainly through the Rolwaling valley. The only route to access the peak is from the Khumbu side via Namche Bazaar and Thame. The journey through Rolwaling enables one to climb one or two trekking peaks and a fascinating crossing of a high glaciated Pass followed by a descent and a return trek through a new valley, the Khumbu or vice versa.

Trip Highlights

  • Cross one of the challenging high mountain passes between Rolwaling and Khumbu valley.
  • Experience a mountaineering atmosphere.
  • Visits the innermost ancient villages of Rolwaling and Khumbu valley.
  • See the Gauri Shanker and Everest from their best angles.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 20 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / optionally visit UNESCO sites
  • Trek starting point: Gongar Khola (Chhet-Chhet)
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • Road transport: 4x4 Jeep Kathmandu to Gongar
  • Domestic flights: Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,756m metres Tashi Lapcha
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, tented camps Na to Thame, and teahouse Lodge on full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: Open menu in teahouse Lodge and expedition meals during Na village to Thame trek.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to challenging
  • Best season to trek: from the end of February to the mid of November

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350M)

Day 02: Free day / permit day

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Gongar Khola 1,400m. A 7 hours drive.

Day 04: Trek to Simigaon 1,900m. A 5 hours trek

Day 05: Trek to Gongang 2,200m. A 5 hours trek

Day 06: Trek to Pheding 3.693m. A 6 hours trek

Day 07: Trek to Na 4,183m. A 3 hours trek

Day 08: Rest and explore Na

Day 09: Trek to Cho-Rolpa Lake 4,800m. . A 5 hours trek.

Day 10: Trek to Noisy Knob 4,980m. A 6 hours trek.

Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha 5,756m. A 5 hours trek

Day 12: Climb Phapchhermo 6,187m. & trek to Thengpo. A 9-10 hours climb and trek

Day 13: Trek to Thame 3,800m. A 3 hours trek

Day 14: Trek to Lungden 4,300m. A 6 hours trek

Day 15: Trek to Renjo-La 5,417m. and to Gokyo 4,750m. A 7 hours trek

Day 16: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840M. A 6 hours trek

Day 17: Trek to Khumjung / Namche / Jor Salle. A 5-6 hours trek

Day 18: Trek to Lukla. A 6 hours trek

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 20: A free day / optionally take a guided city tour

Day 21: Departure

Detail Itinerary

21 Days Rolwaling & Everest Trekking

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350M)

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day / permit day

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu to prepare for the trek. Please let the Annapurna Treks representative know if you want to join the sightseeing tour around the ancient and historical Kathmandu valley and the famous Hindu temple and Buddhist stupa listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Gongar Khola 1,400m. A 7 hours drive.

Today we drive to the trekking starting point. It takes about eight hours to drive to arrive at Gongar Khola. Until Charikot, the official centre of Dolkha district with a small town, the road is comparatively good. After Charikot, the road is rough but takes you through sparse villages with a lovely view of the entire valley.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Simigaon 1,900m. A 5 hours trek

The valley becomes narrow, and the flow of Bot Khola (Tibet River) follows in its most vigorous might. You will cross many beautiful waterfalls until Chhot-Chhot. From Chhot-Chhot, you will climb up for an hour to Simigaon, leaving the Bot Khola. Simigaon is the first Sherpa village to Rolwaling. The people here are comparatively prosperous than the down valley because of its fertile land. The meaning of Simigaon is the village of beans. Beyond beans, they grow wheat, Potato, Corn and all kind of vegetables. From Simigaon, one will have a charming view of Mount Gauri Shanker.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 05: Trek to Gongang 2,200m. A 5 hours trek

Today, you are entering the main Rolwaling valley; the altitude gains quickly without feeling. The view of Mt. Gaurishankar gives rhythm to your trek. The trail leads through maple, fir, and rhododendron forests with beautiful mountain streams and waterfalls. Our trail passes through several open meadows used for the cow shades, where grazes Naks in winter and cows in summer.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 06: Trek to Pheding 3.693m. A 6 hours trek

The trail is pleasant through the Rolwaling River. The trail leads very nearby Mt. Gauringshankar to the winter village of Sherpas of Rolwaling. The valley is narrow, both sides surrounded by giant peaks but beautiful. Pheding (Bedding) is the main village of the Sherpas of Rolwaling. The people of this valley own three houses in 3 different parts: one for the summer in Na, one the main home in Pheding and the other for winter in Ngimare, one hour walk down from Pheding village.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 07: Trek to Na 4,183m. A 3 hours trek

It is an easy trek through pasture lands until Na village. As we approach Na, the valley opens broader and accordingly, the mountain sceneries, in all directions. Na village is surprisingly seated in the cradle of a giant Mountain. Sometimes you can hear and see active avalanches by the side of the village, but it is safe.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 08: Rest and explore Na

Day 08: Rest and explore Na and around
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 09: Trek to Cho-Rolpa Lake 4,800m. . A 5 hours trek.

Today we walk up to Cho Rolpa Lake. The entire trail till the Cho-Rolpa offers a beautiful panorama of giant peaks. Time permitting, one can hike up to a sacred lake beyond Lake Cho Rolpa. Cho Rolpa is the name of a lake formed by the glacial water. These three kilometres long lake has been declared danger of possible explode, and the water from the lake has regulated a level.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 10: Trek to Noisy Knob 4,980m. A 6 hours trek.

Today we walk along and across the Tsho Rolpa glacier. The path quickly takes us up through rocky and mountainous terrain. We have a beautiful view at the Tsho Rolpa Lake to the West and Tsho Rolpa glacier to the east. We go down again across boulders, often sliding down, and start crossing the rocky glacier. Sometimes, it is difficult to find the trail if there are no movements. You are entirely inside mountain masses but still could find several dispersed cairns. The name Noisy Knob is very suitable for this campsite. You can hear and see many avalanches and cracking of ice chunks all day and night. One can experience an authentic mountain atmosphere.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha 5,756m. A 5 hours trek

It is not a challenging climb and dangerous to pass Tashi Lapcha. Tashilapcha is the border mountain between Thame/Everest and Rolwaling region. Just on the pass stands the Phapchhermo Peak. The camp is mostly set under a giant rock locally known as Tashi Phuk (Tashi Cave). This site is prone to stone falling from the fragile mountain above us, and one needs to take special care while moving around or out of the campsite. Therefore, the suggestion of the guide must follow strictly. From the saddle, the views toward Thame is open. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 12: Climb Phapchhermo 6,187m. & trek to Thengpo. A 9-10 hours climb and trek

If everything goes well, as planned, we start to climb Phapchhermo early in the morning, and in the afternoon, we trek down to Thengpo. Phapchermo peak of 6,187 metres, first climbed in 1955, is an attractive snowy peak, which lies due south of Tashi Lapcha. It has a well-defined north by a north-west ridge rising from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. The face forms a uniform snow slope to the west of the ridge, broken by crevasses and seracs rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau glacier. The mountain is quite scenic, with Khumbu Mountains including Everest and Rolwaling mountains.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 13: Trek to Thame 3,800m. A 3 hours trek

After breakfast, two and a half hours descend to Thame Village. It is easy and scenic trekking down full of sceneries, and we are again back to the human settlement. En route, we visit the Thame Monastery, one of the area's most important and festive monasteries. Visit the monastery and probably get well come with a cup of Sherpa tea (Salted tea). We then further walk down to the Thame village. The trail provides a complete view of Thame and its surroundings. We arrive for lunch, which allows us a relaxing day at our guest house.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Lungden 4,300m. A 6 hours trek

The kitchen staff trek down to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the group extend the trek through Renjo La to Gokyo and descend to Namche via Phortse village, a beautiful and not to miss circuit.

From Thame village, the trail follows the entry route to Tibet through Nangpa La, which passes nearby Mount Cho-Oyu 8012m, first summited in 1954. We walk about 4 hours on an old trade route to Tibet with a beautiful landscape to the village of Lungden. The name of the Lodge, Renjo La Support Lodge, is suitably given.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Renjo-La 5,417m. and to Gokyo 4,750m. A 7 hours trek

An important day begins with an early start since it is a long walk. The first part of the trail brings us on top of Renjo La Pass, which is approximately 4 hours walk. After a photographic stopover, to enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Everest Range and uncountable other summits surrounding us from all directions, we start on the downhill hill for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo. Finally, the trail passes along the beautiful Dudh Kunda (milk lake/Gokyo Lake). The mountain sceneries of the entire day are unforgettable!
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 16: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840M. A 6 hours trek

The foot of Gokyo Ri lies five minutes away from the stream that feeds Gokyo Lake. After an hour of steady and panoramic going up, one reaches the summit of Gokyo Peak. Your effort to get this summit gets rewarded with Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapatthar, Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m), just in hand reaching distance. After spending a wonderful break at the summit, taking the essential photograph or whatever one wishes, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast.

Then we continue a pleasant trek to Phortse village. The trail retraces till the first lake and then gradually goes down following the river and traverses to the Phortse village. This part of the trail is less frequented by local and trekkers, which provide sanctuary to the wild animals and birds, and we may enjoy seeing some of them. 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 the Khumbu region and offers a beautiful panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 17: Trek to Khumjung / Namche / Jor Salle. A 5-6 hours trek

We go down to Phortse Tenga, 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 offered by this beautiful viewpoint. The trail further descends to Khumjung village through a narrow cliff trail. On the way we see Khumjung and Khunde villages and take a short and panoramic trek down to Namche Bazaar for lunch stop. The first part of the trail climbs a hill ridge that divides Namche and Khumjung and then takes a scenic path down to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge together from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, killing 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 operators from around buying.

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. You are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jor Salle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in the higher altitudes.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla. A 6 hours trek

From Jor Salle, the trail mostly follows the river, retracing through some small Sherpa villages and arriving at Lukla. At Lukla, spend your 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 one-long-day trek and one-day Jeep ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trekking back to Everest Base Camp!
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Teahouse Lodge.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu

Early morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and fly back to Kathmandu. Finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax, or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends & family as a souvenir from Nepal.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the Hoel.

Day 20: A free day / optionally take a guided city tour

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

Day 21: Departure

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. Our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport at the indicated time. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), see off formalities, you will go through the immigration and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 4298$ 4418$
2 - 3 Persons 3453$ 3573$
4 - 5 Persons 2994$ 3124$
6 - 7 Persons 2770$ 3020$
8- 10 Persons 2554$ 2684$
Single room supplement 440$ 560$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi or similar Hotel Shanker or Malla
DURING TREK Tented camp Tented camp

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu to Gongar Khola transportation by bus
  • Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters for the entire trekking period
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff
  • All camping equipment such as two men dome tent (Ozark/Mountain Hardware) dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, Shower tent, hard and soft mattresses for each member and kitchen equipment for daily use.
  • All necessary food and beverages for trekking
  • A Trekking ma in the group.
  • A good sleeping bag for each member (if one requires)
  • A pair of trekking poles for each member (if required)
  • A trekking duffel bag for each member (if one requires)
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency.
  • Phapchhermo climbing permit fee
  • A climbing Sherpa guide for Phapchhermo Peak
  • Fix rope, climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar etc. for Phapchhermo Expedition
  • Lukla to Kathmandu airfare (Tax included)
  • Gaurishanker, Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits
  • A medical kit box for first aid purpose.

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 bottled beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those not mentioned in the 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:
Nepal has the most extensive altitude range of any country on Earth, from 65 meters in the Terai to 8848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude and vast valley have its weather problems. The weather is often stable in the spring and fall, and even the high passes may be free of snow. We can trek up to Everest Basecamp with simple running shoes with good weather. But one needs to be sufficiently prepared for any sudden weather changes. On a sunny and calm day, the temperature remains normal, 8 to 23 degrees, but if cloudy and windy, the temperature may drop to freezing in no time.

The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or mid-February to May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. 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 months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista 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 experience floods and travel is hot, and temperature may, at times, reach around 38 degrees. Still, Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands during this season. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna in the mountains and Terai. During this season, one may find ample rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly 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 under snow cover. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day, the temperature rises around 5 to 11 degrees and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature is much better than in some European countries, America and Canada, even during the full winter. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

Weather in Autumn:
September to November is generally the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. The Autumn season is the best time to travel to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal clear mountain sceneries. Autumn is also a prosperous time; the country collects all its crops and falls several important national festivals such as Dhasain and Tihar, and several Buddhist mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu mask dance festival in Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Weather in Winter:
December to February is generally the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 22 degrees in Kathmandu to – 17 to -30 degrees at Everest Base Camp with a short daylight period. Above 2000 metres, the day remains sunny, and the night sky remains crystal clear, enabling to count stars. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, and the deep valley remain under a misty cloud until mid-day. From the end of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 3,000 metres and deep mountain valleys. It is still an ideal time to visit Nepal because the mountain sceneries are wider. The famous destinations such as Everest and Annapurnas have fewer tourists, and the temperature is still much more favourable than many western countries. The temperature remains -17 (Everest BC) to 0 to 22 degrees (Kathmandu).

Weather in Spring:
Spring – March to May is Nepal's second-best trekking season, with a long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 2000 to 3000 metres is generally beautiful with many 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, Bardia and Suklaphanta. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach Everest BC targeting Everest's summit. Clear days remain hazy, and may expect some thunder and light rains in the low land and light hailing above 1,300 metres above sea level. The temperature remains 11 to 21 degrees.

Weather in Summer:
June to August is the monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomenon to recharge the mountains, hills and terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and water. The preceding rainy months are July and August, and we may expect daily rains after the late afternoon with heavy rains at night. In the summer season, the forest turns to lush rain forests, and rivers get swelled to their full destructive strength. The country's southern belt, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces will be attractive with crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, people travelling to Tibet, including Mount Kailash, from Nepal, flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive these months to see rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. The summer. is also the best time to trek in Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Nar Phu and Upper Mustang regions and falls several festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Indra Jatra etc. The temperature remains 13 to 38 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. While on the trek, we sleep in a comfortable camping tent (Ozark/Mountain hardware) with a hard and soft mattress for each. While on camping treks, there will be a dining tent with tables and chairs where you can sit and take meals. A kitchen tent gets set in every camp to prepare food.

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 there will be time to obtain anything necessary if anything is missing.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is 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 or activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from; jungle safari at Chitwan national park or white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. 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?
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 schemes 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, 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 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 ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry most of your 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 and give to a porter each morning. The porter will carry the kit bag each day and deliver it 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 altitude symptoms that do not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have 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 the cost includes and excludes 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 a hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person, which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while on a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) and a Jeep or Bus between Kathmandu to Gongar Khola and Manthali to Kathmandu as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Lukla to Manthali, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft.

What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any 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 consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get a vaccination in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings must be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. To secure your place, we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum of US $400 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 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months before 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 for 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 team's group leader and sirdar/guide will make the final decision.

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