Kanchenjunga Trek..27 Days

Trip Introduction

The literal meaning of Kanchenjunga is “five treasures of snows“where the treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grains and holy books. Kanchenjunga is situated in the Taplejung District of eastern Nepal, known as a home of snow leopard. An office is opened for snow leopard conservation, monitoring and study in the Kanchenjunga region. Taplejung is on the border of India, accessible via flight or bus from Kathmandu which takes 35 minutes from Biratnagar to Suketar (Taplejung) airport & 24 hrs by Bus. Kanchenjunga is ranked as the third highest mountain in the world and second highest in Nepal with an altitude of 8586m. This is a strenuous trek through sparsely populated country to the base camps of the third highest mountain where small adventurous groups can be done as a tea house lodge trek. Most of the places, simple accommodation and meals are available. In these days, though Lhonak has very limited accommodations but tents can also be rented in Ghunsa. It is also one of our most adventurous and demanding treks, which passes through a wild and gripping district of eastern Nepal. The first few days of the trip are spent in Kathmandu, doing a little sightseeing and getting everything ready for the expedition before making our way to the trek starting point. We will pass thru the fascinating landscapes on the way including the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which is the best part of a day long drive from Kathmandu to the start point.


The trek starts from humid lowlands through the intensively debonair hillsides of the Nepal mid-hills. The people of the region are a blend of Chhetri, Limbu, and Sherpas. We will see a subtle change in the racial make-up as we steadily climb through intermittent settlements and forests of rhododendron, birch and fir, heading towards the peaks of Jannu and Khabru and the great north face of Kanchenjunga. After two weeks, we finally reach 'Pang Pema' (5,140m) - Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Here we are offered some of the finest high mountain panorama anywhere in the world. There are many highlights of this expedition. We start in the tropical lowlands with its intriguing mix of culture and geography, and ascend through pristine forest up into an alpine wilderness that is as vast as it is remote. We follow the enormous Kanchenjunga glacier to meet irresistible panoramic views of this enormous massif of rock, before turning on our heels for the return leg of our journey. Our Kanchenjunga trek offers the traveler an exclusive experience to explore one of the most remote and beautiful regions of eastern Nepal, and even a chance of encountering the elusive legendary Yeti.

Likewise, Kanchenjunga area is well known for its verities of flora and fauna where it is estimated that there are about 2000 species of flowering plants. The largest families are Compositae, Leguminosae, Orchidaceae, Rosaceae, Ericaeae, and Graminae, and the largest genera are Rhododendron, Rubus, Pedicularis and Primula. Twenty-three species are endemic to Nepal. Thirteen species are threatened: Michelia kisopa is considered endangered; Aconitum spicatum, Bergenia ciliate, and Larix Griffithiana are threatened commercially; Choerospondias axillaris, Nardostachys grandiflora, Paris polyphylla, Picrorhiza scrophulariiflora, and Swertia chirayita are rated as vulnerable; and Tetracentron sinense and Ulmus wallichiana are rare. The region is also famous for its stands of Himalayan Larch (Larix griffithiana) and numerous medicinal and aromatic plants.

A preliminary evaluation indicates that the KCA is home to 252 species of birds, 22 species of mammals, 82 species of insects, 5 species of fish, and 6 species of amphibians. Of these, the snow leopard (Panthera unica) and the red panda (Ailrus fulgens) are endangered; the Himalayan black bear (Selenoroctos thibetanum), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), serow (Capricornus sumatraesis), and assamese macaque (Macaca assamensis) are vulnerable. Other species include the rhesus macaque, gray langur, porcupines, yellow-throated marten, smooth otter, fox, jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, common leopard, beach marten, pika, musk deer, goral, and barking deer.

Climate- We can find variations in the climate depending on its topographical locations along the elevation gradient. A prolonged wet season may persist caused by the early arrival and late departure of the monsoons. In Tapeljung district of North Eastern Nepal, where the Kangchenjunga West and Kangbachen are situated is exposed to the full force of the monsoon and has humid summer conditions.

Topography – is characterized by narrow V-shaped valleys with steep side slopes. The area is drained by the Kabeli, Simbuwa, Ghunsa and Yangma rivers which are tributaries of the Tamor River. These rivers cut deeply into the mountains, creating deep gorges.

People – living in areas of high altitudes have a very tough life style and due to climatic and geomorphologic challenges that come with the terrain and the altitude make these places relatively low socio-economic activities, unforeseen productivity, and high environmental fragility in comparison to the lowland areas. Like the midhills, the high altitude areas are inhabited by different ethnic groups and speak a variety of languages and dialects. They are mainly Tibeto-Burman ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Jirel, Thakali, Magar, Gurung and Sherpas. Of these, the Sherpa communities generally live in the highest areas, beyond which there is no possibility of human settlement. Rice, wheat, maize, millet, mustards, and vegetables are grown on narrow terraces. Cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats are grazed on high-altitude alpine meadows during the summer and brought to lower lands for the winter. Local forests are the source of wood and construction materials.

The trek to Kanchenjunga region offers you the nature in its unadulterated form, where besides the Mt. Kanchenjunga, you get to see various other fascinating mountain peaks; Mt. Yalung Kang (8505m), Dromo Peak (6100m), Yalung Ri (5200m), etc., rich flora & fauna, and the stunningly beautiful scenarios. This region is inhabited by the friendly people of Nepal, such as Limbu, Rai, Gurung, Magar (universally acclaimed brave-warriors), Chhetri and Brahmins whose cultural treasures and rituals always thrill the visitors. In spite of the difference in traditions and rituals, you get to see them living in peace and harmony with other ethnic groups. However the easiest and quickest possibility to reach the starting point, i.e. Taplejung is via airways, to capture the scenic beauty of 'MILKE DANDA' (reserved forest where almost 24 different varieties of Rhododendron flowers are found), it is suggested to pick up a tourist coach to reach Basantapur and start trekking from there. As Mt. Kanchenjunga lies in the Indo-Nepal border, you are not allowed to complete the circuit trek except for its Northern and Southern elevation. Few high passes are encountered while trailing to both the elevation in one go however during favorable weather conditions, it is quite accessible, or else, an additional of 2-3 days will be required to complete the trek via a moderate route.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU,

Arrival & transfer to Hotel

DAY 2: SIGHT-SEEING OF KATHMANDU:

Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.

DAY 3: KATHMANDU – HILLE -

We fly to Biratnagar, an industrial city in the lowlands of Eastern Nepal. From here we drive to Hille, a Tibetan settlement where we pitch our first camp.

DAY 4: HILLE – SHIDUA –

We take the trail to Buranse Danda, towards the Tamur River along a ridge. At the top of this ridge we arrive at Shidua, where we camp for the night.

DAY 5: SHIDUA – DOOR PANI –

We trek through a forest rich in wildlife to chitre. The views of Makalu 8476m and Chamlang are today's highlights. We continue through rhododendron forests to the hamlet of Door Pani 2780m for overnight camp.

DAY 6: DOOR PANI – GUPA POKHARI –

After gentle climb through more rhododendron forests to a mountain ridge, we drop down to the village of Tongise Phedi and continue through grassy fields with Mt. Makalu in a constant view. Soon the Kanchenjunga range appears and we come to Mongol Bharai pass, lined with mani stones. We descend to a lake,Gupta Pokhari, for our camp.

DAY 7: GUPA POKHARI – NESUM –

Today we cross a pass at 3025m, descend through a dense forest towards Gurja Gaon and Nesum (1615m) with Mt. Jannu and Mt. Kanchenjunga behind us. Overnight camp in Nesum.

DAY 8: NESUM – TAPLEJUNG –

Today we visit the central hub of this region, Taplejung. We descend to Doban through paddy fields and start the trek up to the Tamur River to Taplejung.

DAY 9: TAPLEJUNG – CHIRWA –

Continuing up the Timur River in a valley populated by the Limbus peoples, the descendants of the Kirati warriors who ruled Nepal at the dawn of Nepalese history, we camp near Chirwa, a pleasant bazaar with a few tea houses and shops.

DAY 10: CHIRWA – SAKATHUM –

We continue up th Tamur past Tapethok and cross the simbuwa khola, a river formed by the Yalung Glacier. We climb over another ridge to join the Ghunsa Khola valley and camp by the banks of the river at Sakathum.

DAY 11: SAKATHUM- AMJILASSA –

We follow a steep and narrow trail up river. From the high spots there are wonderful views of the Ghunsa Khola below. The path decends steeply and we arrive at the mountainside village of Amjilassa for our overnight stay.

DAY 12: AMJILASSA – KYAPAR –

We shall be doing some climbing dduring the next 5 Day! We climb steeply to Kyapart,, perched in the middle of terraced hills anout 350m up from the Ghunsa Khola.

DAY 13: KYAPAR – GHUNSA –

We descend form Kyapar and make an easy climb up the right bank of the Ghunsa Khola. Aftr the village of Phere, we enter rhododendron forests and climb a gentle hill before descending back down to the Ghunsa Khola and crossing a bridge to the village of Ghunsa overnight camp there.

DAY 14: GHUNSA – KHAMBACHAN –

We glimpse the Jannu Glacier, later on we get a view of Jannu (7710m) we descend the mountainside to our camp at Khambachand and overnight staying there.

DAY 15: ACCLAMITAZATION DAY IN KHAMBACHAN –

Acclimatization at Khambachan: This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. So deserve a rest today to collect our thoughts on how wild and wonderful everything has been so far.

DAY 16: KHAMBACHAN – LHONAK –

Well rested, we shall now start a stint of real climbing. We trek to the edge of Kanchenjunga Glacier and cross over to the Lhonak Glacier. We arrive at our campsite at Lhonak, from where we can see the trekking peak Mera (6476m)

DAY 17: DAY TRIP TO PANGPEMA –

We shall have excellent views of the towering peak of Kanchenjunga today.

DAY 18: KHAMBACHEN - THE PASSES –

We select to cross either of the 2 passes today depending on the weather conditions: Lapsang la, the higher pass at 5180m or the Mirgin La at 4500m.

DAY 19: HIGH CAMP –

We shall again rest today to recover from the efforts of the previous Day.

DAY 20: HIGH CAMP – RAMCHE –

We descend to the Simbuwa Khola valley and camp at Ramche.

DAY 21: RAMCHE – TSERAM –

We take a day trip to the Yalung glacier for a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga south face from a chorten at about 4500m. We descent later to Tseram for our overnight camp.

DAY 22: TSERAM – TORONTAM –

We are starting to descend from today. We steadly descend through forests of rhododendron to Torontam at 3000m.

DAY 23: TORANTAM – YAMPHUDIN –

We descend today to Yamphudin (1650m) a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs and are the first real vilalgel since Ghunsa.

DAY 24: YAMPHUDIN – PONPHE –

We descend from Yamphuudin to the Kabel Khola and climb to Ponphe 1680m.

DAY 25: PONPHE – PHA KHOLA –

From Ponphe we climb to a ridge then descend fthough as series of side valleys past Phun village to Kesawa. The trail continues to ascend to a Gurung settlement at Bhanjyang (pass) from here the trail traverses a ridge and descends to th Limbu village of Khunjari. We camp below on the banks of Pha Khola.

DAY 26: PHA KHOLA – TAPLEJUNG –

We descend today to the airport of Taplejung for our overnight stay.

DAY 27: TAPLEJUNG – KATHMANDU –

We fly in the morning back to Kathmandu via Biratnagar after an amazing trek. Transfer to hotel

Prices:

Starting From: $2450

Cost includes:

  • Warm welcome with garlands by our guest relation officer on arrival of Tribhuvan INT`l airport, KTM.
  • Transfer from international airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra for large size group.( above 10 Pax) otherwise we Manage in roof of our Coach.
  • A Cell Phone Sim is provided on arrival.( Pls drop with Guide at the time of Final Departure)
  • Welcome drink (tea/coffee/juice) on arrival at Hotel.
  • 03 nights’ KTM accommodation with bed & breakfast in 4 star deluxe hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • Ground transfers according to the trekking itinerary.
  • Day City tour in Kathmandu guided by experienced tour guide.
  • TIMS & Kanchenjunga Entry Trekking Permits. ( 4 Photos PP size required).
  • Suketar  to Biratnagar and Kathmandu By Air including Guide.
  • 3 course of hygienic meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability throughout the trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)-
  • Seasonal Fresh fruits as per availability in Trekking.
  • Twin sharing lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size consist 10+ one additional Sherpa on top of the entire Crews.
  • Well trained & decades long Experienced local Travel crews include; Sherpa Guide & Normally 1 Porter= 2 Trekkers.
  • Food, accommodation, equipments, transfers, insurance and all necessary expenses of travel crews.
  • First aid kit box & Maps
  • Emergency rescue services by Chopper on trekkers expenses. (Insurance is Mandatory prior trekking)
  • Trek memorial souvenir in Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show).
  • Dep. transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport.
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change) & No any Hidden Cost.

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.( US$ 25 =15 Days and 49 US$ for 30 Days)
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.( approx US$ 50-60)
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities, expenses of Hotel and Food in case flight delayed / cancelled .
  • Extra porters if required.( approx US$ 20 a day with his entire expenses)
  • Expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural disastar, road blockade, political disturbance, etc.
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

NEPAL ( HIMALAYA )

We offer the finest and the most complete adventure package in Nepal. Our programs allow you to experience all aspects of this truly wonderful country and we make sure that you get the most from your trip. The following travel information has been prepared to ensure your hassle-free trip to Nepal:

PASSPORT & VISA

All travelers to Nepal must hold a valid passport except Indian ID holders. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. As of Now, US$ 25 for 15 Days and US$ 40 for 30 Days on arrival.

An entry visa for Nepal can be obtained either in advance from your local embassy or upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport.

CLIMATE

Temperatures could vary from cool mornings and evenings to heated-up middays due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes.

Mid-October/November- Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings.

December/January/February- Clear skies, warm afternoons but cold nights.

March/April/May- Clear mornings, hazy skies in the afternoon, hot during the day and cool evenings.

June/July/August- This is Nepal's rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.

BAGGAGE

We strongly recommend you pack in a soft-sided bag in order to keep the weight down. Departing from Nepal, the weight limit is 42 pounds (20 Kg.). Only two check-in bags and one hand carry bag are allowed. Excess baggage is charged up to US $ 15 per Kg. Make sure you have locks/padlocks for the bags.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

ABOUT TOWN

Unless you plan to attend a special party, ceremony or an official function, dress casually. In middle-to-higher priced establishments, men wear slacks and a sports shirt; women wear a casual dress, or a skirt or slacks outfit. Conservative outfits are always appropriate and recommended. Both in the cities and along trekking trails, tight revealing clothing and shirtless men may offend the modest norm. However, outside of Kathmandu loose-fitting shorts with decent length are acceptable for both men and women.

ON TOUR

Comfortable clothes made of breathable fabrics are essential. Shorts and a loose shirt of lightweight cotton are ideal during the day, since it is always warm. Comfortable trousers would also be appropriate. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures drop considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

WHILE TREKKING

The most important item you will require while trekking is suitable footwear. Lightweight walking boots with ankle support and rubber soles with thick tread are the best. Unless you're trekking during the rainy season, they needn't be waterproof. It is important that your walking boots are comfortable and broken-in; uncomfortable shoes can ruin the entire trek. Your boots should be worn with thick natural-fiber socks.

For your convenience, Exotic Himalayas Nepal will provide each traveler with a day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Lukla.

TOILETRIES AND MEDICAL ITEMS

All travelers should bring a supply of personal toiletries. Sometimes, trekkers do suffer from blisters, colds, coughs and minor stomach upsets. Therefore, we recommend every traveler to bring a basic medical kit containing nail scissors, moleskin, Band-Aids, sunscreen, diarrhea tablets, aspirin and a remedy for colds and coughs. Taking Acidophilus tablets a few weeks before travel can help prevent bacterial diarrhea abroad.

CUSTOMS

There are limitations on the export of Nepalese antiques and items of archaeological or historical value. If you purchase any such item, ask the shopkeeper to assist you in obtaining an export license from the Department of Archaeology; reputable dealers are usually willing to assist. Antique carpets, brass metal statues, and Thankas (finely detailed paintings depicting Buddhist themes) are among the items in this category. Remember, it is illegal to import any items made from any endangered species of wildlife into most countries.

PACKING CHECKLIST

To assist you in planning your trip, we have prepared a suggested packing list. It is meant as a guideline only. Always take your own preferences into account when determining what to bring.

CLOTHING

Please refer to our Equipment Check List.

If you're willing to do a white water rafting, add a pair of rubber sandals and a pair of quick drying shorts. We will provide life jackets, helmets and waterproof drums for your equipment.

If you're visiting Chitwan National Park, some of your clothing should be in neutral colors, like khaki. White and bright colored clothes may disturb the wildlife.

If you're trekking during the off-season, heavier (waterproof) boots and outerwear will be required.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu Valley with few hours of power cut. The current is 220 V/50 Cycles. Sockets have either three round pins or two thick round pins. An extra battery is important due to periodic power supply.

CURRENCY

Money Exchangers or Banks will easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupees. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted by most local hotels, but only accepted in some restaurants and shops. Master and Visa Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.

TIPPING

It is not an obligatory culture to tip any where you travel within Nepal. However, since, the total suggested amount does not exceed US $ 70 for a two week program and US $ 35 dollars for a trek; you may choose to tip with some extra cash to show your appreciation for the service provided. 10% of the total amount is appropriate.

BANKING HOURS

Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, throughout the week except for Saturdays and other public holidays.

HEALTH

Even though trekking is not so physically demanding, you still have to be in good health, as medical facilities are only sparsely available in the trekking areas. Kathmandu’s altitude is 4500 feet and we trek between n 3500 to 7000 feet, so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, almost everyone experiences shortness of breath in some uphill climbs. Those with breathing difficulties should consult a physician prior to the trip to determine their fitness for travel.

Only boiled water is safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a flask of purified drinking water in each room: when in doubt, stick to bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, however you can still treat your water with purifying tablets. Remember, even ice should be avoided when you don’t want to risk your health.

During emergency situations in trekking without road access, a helicopter is chartered. You will then be air lifted with your guide to Kathmandu where you will be received by our office staff and taken to an international hospital. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Apart from the inaccessible areas of the trek, you will be rescued by road to Kathmandu where the same procedure will take place. You have to ensure that your insurance policy covers all the expenses for any unforeseen and unpleasant incident. Medical evacuation by helicopter has to be paid for by clients prior to the departure from Kathmandu. 

SAFETY

Thefts do occasionally occur in Nepal. Therefore, your valuables should be protected. Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and other valuables with you, or lock them in the hotel’s safety box. We recommend leaving valuable jewelry at home, and using lockable baggage.

TREKKING CONDITIONS AND PREPARATION

Each morning, after an early breakfast we set out at around 8:30 a.m. We will stop mid-morning for tea and continue trekking until lunch break around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way, there will be ample time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. After lunch, we continue until our overnight accommodations, where we arrive around 4:00 PM. During the day, we walk 6 to 8 miles per day.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We urge our guests to purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical and baggage protection. Please ask for additional information.

ETIQUETTE

While Nepal is generally a tranquil and informal country, there are a few norms visitors should be aware of. While entering temples, you must always take your shoes off and the customary practice implies while entering a Nepali house. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather clothes or accessories. Other temples such as Pashupatinath, devotees besides Hindus are strictly forbidden to enter. These customs are well marked around the temple premises, generally with signs in English and we strongly recommend you to respect such practices.

BEGGING

We discourage giving anything to beggars, particularly to children. If you wish to help, it is more fruitful to give contribution to your tour leader who will fairly distribute the donation to the local schools. Exceptions can be made for physically handicapped and to wandering religious mendicants called “Sadhus.”

MINIMIZING YOUR IMPACT

Getaway strongly supports the conservation and preservation of the nature and historical places by opting for lodges over camps during the treks. By doing so, make minimal use of the valuable firewood and make least impact in the nature, which is our chief goal.

COMMUNICATION

A Ncell Sim Card for mobile phones are easily available at NPR 100, approximately 1.5 $ upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport just on the right side of the arrival Terminal.  Be sure, you can produce them a copy of your Passport and one Passport size (1.5”X1.5”) picture. This Ncell Mobile Phone is well connected to almost in major towns and tourist hubs in Nepal except for some trekking routes.

LANGUAGE

The national language is Nepali, with multiple distinct dialects spoken in different parts of Nepal. All of our guides speak English, also the porters, however at a more basic level. In  touristic places like Thamel, Lake Side and Sauraha, Chitwan English is widely spoken.

TIME ZONE

Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time; 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

PHOTOGRAPHY

We recommend bringing all the camera equipment and film you'll need for your trip. Most people find Nepal more photographable things in here than anticipated, so it is a good idea to bring more films than you think you'll actually need. However 100, 200 and 400 ASA films are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and are relatively inexpensive.

FOOD AND DRINK

Kathmandu has a surprising wide variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nepal has a laid back and relaxed culture and service can be relatively slower than what the Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence), and Tibetan. Rice, lentils and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fresh breads and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables stuffing are among the local favorites.

TRANSPORTATION 

Taxis: Metered taxis are easily available. However, they generally do not use their meters for Westerners. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting in or insist on having the meters on.

Rickshaws: These two-seater tricycles are a fun way to see the city. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting on.

Bicycles and Motorcycles: Bicycles can be rented from bike shops or hotels on per hour or day basis. Motorcycles can also be rented, however,a driving license is required.

Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!

Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.

The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.

A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.

For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.

Is trekking for everyone?

Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like.  One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.

We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.

Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.

Types of Trekking

Tea House (Lodge) Trekking

Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)

Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers.  Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.

Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.

Trekking Seasons

Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.

Autumn:  September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.

Winter:   December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.

Spring:   March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.

Summer: June to August - Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.

Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries 

We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.

Causes of Accident       

Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CONSIDERATION

Immunizations

Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.

Suggested Medicine

Lip Salve (Chap Stick, blister or glacier cream)

Foot powder

Band-Aids (plasters) and tape

Moleskin or other blister pads

Elastic (Ace) bandage

Antiseptic

Aspirin

Throat lozenges or cough drops

Decongestant tablets

Iodine-small bottle for water purification

Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP

Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy

Thermometer

Antibiotic eye drop

Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)

Azithromycin

Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%

Decongestant (Actifed)

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Hydrocortisone 1%

Ioperamide (Imodium)

Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin

Paracetamol

Painkiller

Promethazine (Phenergan)

Ranitidine

Rehydration salts

Tinidazole

Suntan lotion or sun-block cream

Recommended Vaccines & Immunization

Cholera

Typhoid-paratyphoid

Tetanus

Polio (oral)

Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)

Typhus

Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)

Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.

The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.

WATER

Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water  safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is  to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.

CLOTHING EQUIPMENT

The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.

TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Organized Trekkers

Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s

TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt.Ltd: Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents required for different Permits

To obtain TIMS Card

Passport

Two (2) Passport-size Photographs

Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa

GUIDE BOOKS:

Nepal, APA, APA Publishers

Nepal, Nelles, Nelles

Trekking in Nepal, Bezruchka, Mountaineers

Lonely Planet Nepal

MAPS

Mandala

Nelles
Recommended Restaurants: You may find many international standard Restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

"Have a good trip and "Namaste."

 

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Price start from : $ 2450

Activities:

Trekking & Hiking

Accommodation:

Tented Camp or Lodge

Trip Duration:

3-4 weeks

Trip Grade:

Hard

Altitude:

Max 5500 Meters

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

By air and Bus

Group Size:

2-16 Pax

Best Month:

March-May and Sept-Nov

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