Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek South to North

  • Max elevation 5143m
  • Difficulty Easy, sensible to fairly challenging
  • Trip Type Trekking & Cultural Tour
  • Duration 24 Days
  • Accomodation Hotel/Guest House/Camping
  • Transportation Flight/private vehicle
  • Trip Style Demanded
  • Group Size Minimum-2 Maximum-20
  • Best Season January - June, August - December
  • Food Full board meals during the trek and Kathmandu breakfast only
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Kanchenjungha Base Camp Trek, a pure and raw adventure which is ” third highest peak in the world” in the eastern part of Nepal border of India, Sikkim. In Tibetan, the name Kanchenjunga means five great treasures of snow at the spectacular mountain views known as an unspoiled area with the impressive beauty of the Himalayas which is rare to find in the world. The great diversity of the ethnic group’s remoteness, flora, fauna are the most spectacular views. This trek describes  Pathivara Temple which is important religious Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage sites, many Nepalese and Indian visit Kanchenjunga.

The trek goes through northward to Ghunsa and it climbs to the Kanchenjunga Base camp ( 5143m) continues high alpine landscape. Yalung Base Camp (4500m) back south to Taplejung where our trek starts and ends.
The trail goes through the Kanchenjunga conservation area managed by local communities in partnership with WWF. this is one of the least densely populated areas in Nepal. The alpine meadows high altitude wetland is the home to the endangered Snow Leopard and red panda, Himalayan black bear, Blue Sheep, Clouded Leopard and Assamese Macaque make this trek worth exploring. Kanchenjungha was the best hunting destination for the Trophy hunter where Himalayan Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr used to hunt and during the Maoist conflict with security reason hunt is closed now we are on the progress to re-opened for the blue Sheep hunt in Kanchenjungha.

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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrival In Kathmandu (1340m).
  • Day 2 : After breakfast guided sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu.
  • Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur drive to Taplejung trek to Mitung (920m) 3 hrs.
  • Day 4 : Trek to Chhiruwa (1270m) 6hrs.
  • Day 5 : Trek to Sekathum (1576m) 6hrs.
  • Day 6 : Trek to Amjilasa (2308m) 7hrs.
  • Day 7 : ,Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7hrs.
  • Day 8 : Trek to Gunsa (3600m) 7hrs.
  • Day 9 : Rest day Acclimatization and explore in Gunsa.
  • Day 10 : Trek to Kambachen (4050m) 7hrs.
  • Day 11 : Trek to Lhonak (4780m) 7-8hrs.
  • Day 12 : Trek Lhonak-Pangpema-Lhonak (5143m) 7hrs.
  • Day 13 : ,Trek to Ghunsa 7hrs.
  • Day 14 : Trek to Sinion La Base Camp (4100m) 7hrs.
  • Day 15 : Trek to Tseram via Sinion La (3870m) 7hrs.
  • Day 16 : Trek to Ramze (4580m) 5hrs.
  • Day 17 : Ramze explore the surrounding.
  • Day 18 : Trek to Tortong (3000m) 7-8hrs.
  • Day 19 : Trek to Yamphudin (2080m) 7-8hrs.
  • Day 20 : Trek to Phupe Danda ( 2120m) 7hrs.
  • Day 21 : Trek to Lali Kharka ( 2265m) 7-8hrs.
  • Day 22 : Trek to Taplejung a short trek rest for the day.
  • Day 23 : Drive back to Bhadrapur or Biratnagar fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 24 : Departure from Kathmandu.
  • Day 1 : Arrival In Kathmandu (1340m).

    On your Panoramic flying into Kathmandu on the clear weather. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

  • Day 2 : After breakfast guided sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath and after that to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

  • Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur drive to Taplejung trek to Mitung (920m) 3 hrs.

    Cross the small river over a suspension bridge. Then our trail descends down to Tamor Riverwalk through villages and terraced fields. Some irregular villages give us an opportunity to meet local people. Upon arriving at Tamor River, we follow some narrow trails close to the river. Then gradual uphill trail through the terraced fields and few houses take to the village of Mitlung.

  • Day 4 : Trek to Chhiruwa (1270m) 6hrs.

    Follow the river bank, through small villages and jungles. A suspension bridge over a small river keeps on engaged on business of serious trekking. Small tea breaks give us plenty of opportunities to encounter with local people and have a look over wild bee hives hanging over the cliffs. Upon arriving at Chirwa, we can make small exploration to Cave nearby.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Sekathum (1576m) 6hrs.

    We gradually gain the elevation following the river bank of Tamor. You need extra courage to cross to cross some of the suspension bridge that comes along the way. After we cross Taplethok village we can see cardamom farmyards. In recent years cardamom farming has become one of the good sources of earning for local people. Cross the river over a suspension bridge and follow the gradual uphill trail to Lelep. From Lelep the trail is downhill until the Ghunsa River. Upon crossing Ghunsa River, we come to Sukathum.

  • Day 6 : Trek to Amjilasa (2308m) 7hrs.

    Our trek gradually ascending and following the Ghunsa River and cross the river again to our left side. A short steep uphill walk takes us to bit high and keep the distance with Ghunsa River. En route we pass some alienated houses of people and dense forests. We pass a beautiful waterfall on our left-hand side just before Amjilasa.

  • Day 7 : ,Trek to Gyabla (2730m) 7hrs.

    The trail through a dense forest of bamboo and rhododendron is accompanied by the river. On crossing Sungbung Khola over a suspension bridge the trail gets steep up. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall next to Gyabla Village the river. Perform short walk which takes you to the village of Gyabla.

  • Day 8 : Trek to Gunsa (3600m) 7hrs.

    Today after breakfast trail descends to the river and cross it. Then we track further north. Following the gradual uphill trail, we come to Phale. This is Tibetan refugee settlement. You can get a chance to buy some local handicraft products. Our trail continues further through Juniper forest which is followed by Ghunsa Village.

  • Day 9 : Rest day Acclimatization and explore in Gunsa.

    Though today is a rest day, it's better to keep your feet busy so that it doesn't get lazy. Explore the village preserved by Sherpa people. The village is towered by tall peaks and guarded my mountains. Get to know the Sherpa culture and explore the monastery.

  • Day 10 : Trek to Kambachen (4050m) 7hrs.

    From Ghunsa we advance further to north through gradual uphill and pastures abundance of wildflowers. We cross Ghunsa River just before Rampuk Kharak over a wooden rough bridge. After Rampuk Kharka, a beautiful waterfall and a glimpse of Mt. Jannu greet us and inspire to go further and we arrive at Kambachen in the evening you can see yak pasture stone made huts and blues sheep as well.

  • Day 11 : Trek to Lhonak (4780m) 7-8hrs.

    We start the walkthrough meadows. Then a long gradual walk through the moraine along the riverside takes us the Ramtang Monastery. After Ramtang Monastery we can have the first glimpse of Kanchenjunga Glacier. We have some beautiful glimpse of giant mountains. A final descent takes us the Lhonak, It Surrounded by high mountains and dry slopes.

  • Day 12 : Trek Lhonak-Pangpema-Lhonak (5143m) 7hrs.

    Today you will be enjoying followed Kanchenjunga glacier that gradually takes us to Pangpema/Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. The trail is to steep we need to be careful while walking. Enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Jannu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Chang. Then we retrace back to Lhonak.

  • Day 13 : ,Trek to Ghunsa 7hrs.

    We descend gradually through glacier and moraine facing the massive mountains all the way. Cross the river over a small wooden bridge and here comes the Ghunsa.

  • Day 14 : Trek to Sinion La Base Camp (4100m) 7hrs.

    The gradual downhill trail takes us to Yamntari Khole (River). Upon crossing the river over a suspension bridge we track further to south through Juniper and Rhododendron forest. The forest is decorated with plenty of prayer flags. Subsequently, the trail ascends to Sele La (Pass). We cross the pass and get down to the river. Cross the river and conclude the day at Sinion La Base Camp.

  • Day 15 : Trek to Tseram via Sinion La (3870m) 7hrs.

    Today we will be crossing over three high passes. It is going to be high scenic traverses as there is only little descent between the passes. We mount gradually to the pass of Sinion La 4400 m and climb to Mirgin la 4500 which offer a magnificent view over Jannu Himal and Makalu, Baruntse rises in distance. After final ascend of Sinelapche Pass (4650m) we have steep descent. Our final camp will be at a small village of Tseram with few stone huts.

  • Day 16 : Trek to Ramze (4580m) 5hrs.

    We ascend gradually alongside the Sinbuwa Khola and pass alongside yulung Glacier. The icy winds from the icy wall will test your resistance and Rathong, Kabru, Kokthang range greets you on the way and we will camp at a large flat ground in Ramze with changes to see the flock of Blue Sheep.

  • Day 17 : Ramze explore the surrounding.

    Today we will explore the south base camp of Kanchenjunga. We follow the Simbuwa Khola and yulung glacier upward through the curved valley and suddenly we confront with the southern wall of the mountain with the superb panoramic view of three Giant mountain of the eastern Himalaya the Kanchenjunga 8586, Kanchanjanga center 8473, Kanchenjunga south 8476, similarly the Jannu Himal on the north-west and the massive glacier formed between the ice wall.

  • Day 18 : Trek to Tortong (3000m) 7-8hrs.

    With all the spectacular beauty of the Kanchenjunga south we retrace our way back to Tseram and flowing the Simbuwa Khola entering through the dense rhododendron forest we descend steep downhill to our campsite at Tortong.

  • Day 19 : Trek to Yamphudin (2080m) 7-8hrs.

    We have steep uphill walk until the Lasiya Bhanjyang(3310m). From Lasiya Bhanjyang, the trail change and descend down to Chitre and further to Yamphudin following lush green rhododendron forest and landscapes. Yamphudin is a small village of indigenous people Gurung, Rai, and Limbu.

  • Day 20 : Trek to Phupe Danda ( 2120m) 7hrs.

    Today trail down to Kabeli Khola. Upon crossing Kabeli Khola over the suspension bridge, our trail gradually descends to Rate Khola. From Rate Khola we have steep uphill climb until Ekchana Bhanjyang. Then descending through forest and terraced fields, we come to Kabeli Khola again. After crossing the river we climb to Mamankhe followed by another descend to Kabeli Khola again. After crossing the river we follow mix trail of up and downhill to Khesewa.

  • Day 21 : Trek to Lali Kharka ( 2265m) 7-8hrs.

    The downhill walk through the forest and few villages take us to Kande Bhanjyang. Then trail descends to Simbu passing terraced fields and few settlements. Final uphill trail of the day takes us to the village of Lalikharka.

  • Day 22 : Trek to Taplejung a short trek rest for the day.

    As we leave the valley, we continue ascending along the ridge for about 3 hours to Taplejung village. We can wander around the village getting familiar with village life, cultural richness, custom and village people.

  • Day 23 : Drive back to Bhadrapur or Biratnagar fly back to Kathmandu.

    3-4 hours of drive from Phidim will bring us to Biratnagar and then we take a flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Day 24 : Departure from Kathmandu.

    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc. please ask our official operating representative.

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Lodge Trek Camping Trek
US$ 720.00 US$ 820.00

Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Fully organized camping and tea house trekking.
  • English speaking local guide and porter (two trekker 1 porter)
  • Required Trekking permit and National park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu/Bhadrapur/Kathmandu airfare
  • Bhadrapur-taplejung-Bhadrapur transfer by private transportation
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • Airport transfers with an escort
  • Equipment and clothing for porter and staff
  • Insurance for all staff and porters

Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40 per person
  • International flight
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges,
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking, hot shower
  • Your insurance.

Trekking Equipment.

1.Warm fleece hat with ears cover or balaclava.
2.Sun hat and scarf to cover face.
3.Good polarized sunglass (uv protector).
4.Cold proof polypropylene tshirt (2/2 half and full sleeve).
5.Wind proof fleece jacket and thermal down tshirt.
6.waterproof shell jacket and Gore-tex jacket.
7.Light weight poly-liner gloves and wool or fleece gloves(1 pair each).
8.A pair of expedition mittens.(waterproof shell).
9.underwears.
10.light weight cotton pants and hiking shorts.(1 pair each)
11.A pair of light and expedition thermal bottoms.
12.A pair of fleece trousers and A pair of waterproof shell pants.(breathable fabric)
13.A pair of socks.(Thin lightweight inner and thick warm wool hiking socks).
14.Hiking shoes with spare laces.
15.light sandals/shoes for camp.

Extra necessary equipment.
1. Headlamp (with extra battries and bulbs)
2. Basic First Aid Kit
3. Large plastic bags.
4. 2 water bottles.(1 liter each)
5. Toiletries and Medium size towel.
6. Face and body moisturizer
7. 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches)
8.A small day trek bag( with combination lock).
9. Small padlocks for duffel bags.
10. Books, Games, Binoculars. (Optional).

Travel information

TRIP GRADE: Strenuous Trek
This is a long trek that goes far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet. It is physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities, such as, climbing/ scrambling across high passes.

TREK TYPE
Camping trek (no lodge available)
Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents

ACCOMMODATION
Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.

We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection to this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website.

MEALS & DRINKING WATER
We provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain remarkably high standards of health over many years of trek organization – and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters.You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

GROUP LEADER AND CREW
We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:
1) Western leader
2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)
3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)
The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be 2/3 porters for each members.

JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP
Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our ‘2008/09 departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time).
If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE TRIP
If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 3 & the maximum is 12 people.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
All meals will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 5 – 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

FLIGHT AND LAND TRANSFERS
From Kathmandu, you take a 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar and then you take another short 30-40 minute flight from Biratnagar to Suketar. The starting point of the trek is Suketar. On your return, you shall fly from Suketar to Biratnagar. You can choose between flying or driving back from Biratnagar to Kathmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu).

COMMUNICATION
While trekking you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working.
If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, EXPLORE HIMALAYA can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

REKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT
Trekking: You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack.

Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided once you book your trip or check CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST LINK.

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU
It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bough or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu. Explore Himalaya owns a gear shop in Kathmandu selling and renting out climbing and trekking gears, both Nepali made and original.

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK
Your typical day begins with a hot cup of tea brought to the tent at about 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After packing all your bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the morning’s walk. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you. After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.
Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 pm. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and talking with the crew, or perhaps even joining in some singing and dancing, before heading off to the tent for a well-earned sleep.

MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME TO GO
The best seasons to trek in the Kanchenjunga region are Autumn (from mid-September till November end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher everyday. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended; as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper high passes are covered with snow during winter.
March, April, October and November are the most popular and favored months for traveling. Please choose the time that is convenient for you.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The majority of people in the Kanchenjunga region are the Tibeto-Mongoloid ‘Rais’ and ‘Limbus’, commonly known as Kirats. They highly dominate the region in the east of the Arun River and a few live elsewhere. It is believed that they came to Nepal from somewhere in the borders of Tibet and Burma. However, according to their own tradition, they believe to have come to Nepal from the north.
The Rais and Limbus are very peace loving people, shy and deeply religious. Their religion practices, language and clothing are similar to the people of middle hills and also similar to highland people like Sherpas and Chhettris. Limbu men wear a distinctive tall topi, a Nepalese cap that is much more colourful than the ones worn by other Nepalese. A noteworthy part of the Limbu culture is the drink tongba, made of fermented millet seeds and boiling water.
At the higher altitude of the northern part of Kanchenjunga region live the Sherpas, who came to Nepal from Tibet, more than four hundred years ago.
At the southern lower part of the Kanchenjunga region live other ethnic groups like Tibetans, Magars, Tamangs, Newars including the Brahmins and Chhettris.

Most of the people in this region are engaged in farming and livestock rearing. The other major means of livelihood here are cardamom farming and tourism.

ITINERARY CHANGES
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.
You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative depending on circumstances.

TREK DURATION
We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

VISA
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point.

Visa application form
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days – US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days – US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension
* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day

* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

HEALTH ISSUES
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. For your safety, we also carry the ‘Portable Altitude Chamber’ or ‘Gamow Bag’. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a users’ manual which you can use upon your own risk. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

RESCUE / EVACUATIONS
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

INSURANCE
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.
As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strew with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

TRIP EXTENSIONS
In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Nepal Travels works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) was conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.
Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agriculture, culture preservation and fund raising. Explore Himalaya encourages its clients to contribute for the development of Nepal.

CARE FOR PORTERS AND STAFF
We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude porters with crampons.
We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group

BOOKING CONDITIONS
1) It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.

2) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received the deposit of USD 500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.
The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

3) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
2 months before departure loss of deposit (US$ 500)
29 days to 2 months before departure 30% of total trip cost
10 to 28 days before departure 60% of total trip cost
less than 10 days before departure 100% of total trip cost

BOOKING PROCEDURE
If you still have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can e-mail us at sales@nepaltravels.com or contact us directly by phone: 977-9851090618 (+ 977 1 5551086)

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