Makalu Base Camp Trek

(TripID #NV-00 92)

Trip Details

Trip Length 25 days Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Difficulty Strenuous Max Elevation 5,000m/16,404ft at Base Camp
Trek/Tour Style Camping Meal Full board on trek
Accommodation Hotel/Tented camp Transportation Flight/bus/private vehicle
Best Month March to June & Sep to Dec Group Size 2-10 Persons
Trip includes 4 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, best available hotel/lodge while in trip.
* Land costs only - international airfare not included.

Trip Overview

Mt. Makalu (8,481 m/27,825 ft) is the fifth tallest mountain in the world lies in the Khumbu region of northern Nepal. Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks, namely Kangchungtse and Makalu II. At the base of Mt. Makalu lies a Himalayan glacier valley. It is called the Makalu-Barun valley. The valley is a part of the Makalu Barun National Park, a home to some of the rarest flora and fauna of not only Nepal but also the world.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking opens windows to enjoy both the high Himalayan Mountains and the cultural life that thrives on their laps. The people living in the Makalu region are mainly Sherpas of Tibetan origin. They offer hospitality of the highest level and their cultural and traditional celebrations are intriguing.

The trek offers some of the most outstanding sceneries of lush tropical greens of Arun Valley, Makalu and its tributaries as well as Khumbakarna mountain range. You can enjoy the majestic vista of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang. The highlight of the trip will be the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, which can be seen from the Makbase camp.

Sample day on "Makalu Base Camp Trek"

Makalu Base Camp Trek is managed by a team of professionally trained leaders and guides responsible for all aspects of the running of the trek. Our special departure trek is well versed in the culture and natural history of the Himalayas. Your days start with a cup of hot tea served to you in your room. One of our trekking staff will make sure that you have a bowl of warm water for you so that you can wash yourself. After you pack your baggage, you will be served your breakfast after which we are ready to roll for the day.

The freshness of the cool air and the beauty of the mountains painted by the morning sun will accompany the early mornings' hikes. Your day's trek involves navigating numerous picturesque forests, hills, mountains and the local villages for the next three hours. Around mid-day, we find a pleasant spot for lunch and we will take an hour time for our lunch. During our lunch, we can take our boots off and expose our feet to fresh air. After lunch, you'll walk for some three or four more hours before calling it a day. You can take your time to change, freshen up after which we can set off to explore the area. Every day, you have plenty of time for photographs.

You can spend the evenings as per your wish, be it reading books in peace, chatting with fellow trekkers and trekking staff. Normally our trekking crew takes packs of cards with them and if you join them for a game of cards, you will get a chance to learn a few Nepalese card games. The porters and Sherpas have fun singing and dancing and you can always join them. You will have a lot of fun before you finally decide to pass out and recharge yourself for the next day! 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:
Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03:
Fly to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft) and camp
Day 04:
Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 05:
Trek to Chichila, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06:
Trek to Num, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07:
Trek to Seduwa, 5 hrs walk
Day 8:
Trek to Tashi Gaun, 3-4 hrs walk
Day 09:
Trek to Kahuma Danda, 5-6 hours walk
Day 10:
Trek to Mumbuk, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 11:
Trek to Nehe Kharka, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 12:
Trek to Sherson (4,600m/15,088ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Day 13:
Acclimatization day
Day 14:
Free day at Sherson for a day excursion
Day 15:
Trek to Yangri Kharka, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 16:
Trek to Mumbuk, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 17:
Trek to Kahuma, 5-6 hours walk
Day 18:
Trek to Navagaun, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 19:
Trek to Num, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 20:
Trek to Chichila, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 21:
Trek to Khadbari, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 22:
Trek back to Tumlingtar (950m/3,116ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 23:
Fly to Kathmandu
Day 24:
Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 25:
Departure from Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary for Makalu Base Camp Trek

Day 01:

Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, we will take you to welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu offering typical Nepalese cuisine during which we will also brief you about the trip. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:

Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, we will take you for our guided trip of the cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. We will visit the revered Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the world's biggest stupa- Bouddhanath stupa, and later visit Swayambhunath. We will also explore the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square and enjoy its magnificent architecture and warm ambience. While in Kathmandu Durbar Square, we will also visit Kumari temple, home of the living goddess Kumari. You can also take your time to do trek preparation and talk to your trekking staff regarding any questions about the trip and necessary preparations. 

Day 03:

Fly to Tumlingtar (950 m/3,116 ft), 50 minutes flight and camp.
The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar will take some 50 minutes over the range of snow capped Himalayan peaks. Upon landing at Tumlingtar, a village located along the Arun River, we will head towards our campsite. Our trek crews will be there to welcome us. We can use the later part of the day and the evenings to explore Tumlingtar. 

Day 04:

Trek to Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200 m/3,936 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
A pleasant walk along the farms of Tumlingtar village starts the day. The trail ascends gradually along subtropical forest as we head to Khadbari. Khadbari is a major town in Makalu region. We then head towards our campsite at Mani Bhanjyang from Khadbari. 

Day 05:

Trek to Chichila (1,800 m/5,904 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
We set off early after breakfast along the trails atop the Mani Bhanjyang ridge. It takes some four hours for us along the trails to reach Bhotebas. We will stop there for lunch. The Chichila village is some two hours walk after lunch and the trail passes through some fertile farmland and forests. Chichila is a scantily populated small village that offers tremendous view of Mt. Makalu and the Kumbhakarna range.  

Day 06:

Trek to Num (1,500 m/4,920 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Num is a small village with very few houses and a primary school atop a hill plateau. The trail from Chichila to Num takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest. The forest looks mesmerizing during the blooming season.  We end our day's walk once we reach our campsite at Num.

Day 07:

Trek to Seduwa (1,493 m/4,897 ft), 5 hrs walk
The early mornings trail takes us down a steep trail heading towards the Arun River some 800 meters down. The paths can be slippery and we need to walk cautiously. A suspension bridge waits us down to take us across the Arun River. The path ascends upon crossing the River. We walk up to Runruma and stop there for lunch. Further ascending along a steep trail brings us to the Seduwa village. It will serve as our campsite for the night.

Day 08:

Trek to Tashi Gaun (2,200 m/7,216 ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Today is going to be a comfortable day in terms of walking. A pleasant walk along the villages and their terraced farm takes us to Tashi Gaun. The only uphill climb for today will be while we approach Tashi Gaun. We will spread our tents at our campsite and use the rest of the evening to explore the village and its surrounding.

Day 09:

Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m/11,480 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Rhododendron and oak forests, summer pastures, and shepherd huts will be the most prominent features of today's walk. We will see plenty of those as we head towards the Kahuma ridge. The uphill climb is pretty demanding. From atop Kahuma Danda, which will serve as our campsite for the night, we can see a wide range of Himalayan Mountains.

Day 10:

Trek to Mumbuk (3,400 m/11,152 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
We can stay early to witness the morning sun pain the mountain range right in front of us. After enjoying the sunrise with breakfast, we will walk past Thulo Pokhari and later Sano Pokhari. In case it snows, the path ahead can be tricky. Otherwise, we require simple hike downhill to Mambuk. 

Day 11:

Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,750 m/12,300 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
We hike some of the most beautiful trails of the Barun Valley today. Barun Valley is one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. These unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangerd clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. The walk is pleasant as we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley. The gradual uphill trail rolls against the run of Barun River along the Bvalley gorge. Our campsite at Nehe Kharka is also used as summer pastures by the people of neighbouring villages like Tashi and Navagaun. 

Day 12:

Trek to Sherson (4,600 m/15,088 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
As we continue our trek today, we will notice the change in vegetation. Although the forests still have rhododendron, oak and juniper bushes, we see lesser vegetation. We start by crossing the wooden bridge over the Arun River and pass the prayer wall of Ramara that are painted with Tibetan prayers. As we approach Sherson, the Barun glacier starts to become visible and we start getting view of the majestic Mt. Makalu.  Sherson doubles as the lower base camp for Mt. Makalu expedition.  We can get proper view of Mt. Makalu's south face and Mt. Baruntse from our campsite at Sherson.

Day 13:

Acclimatization day
After already having ascended an altitude of more than 4,500 m, we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending. We will use the day to hike around Sherson. For example, if we walk a bit further towards the right side of our camp, we can get a closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and Mt. Everest. Better view of those peaks can be enjoyed upon hiking an hour up onto a large meadow. 

Day 14:

Trek to Mt. Makalu Base Camp and Back (5,000 m/16,404 ft)
The Mt. Makalu Base Camp is some five walks away from Sherson. We start as early so that we can enjoy before the weather starts getting bad. We will return to our campsite at Sherson after spending quality time at the Base Camp of Mt. Makalu.  

Day 15:

Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,645 m/11,956 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
We start our trek back by heading towards the end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharkha for the overnight stop.

Day 16:

Trek to Mumbuk (3,400 m/11,152 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
We leave the Barun Valley and climb uphill through alpine forest to reach Mumbuk, our campsite for the night.

Day 17:

Trek to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m/11,480 ft), 5-6 hours walk
We start our day's walk after breakfast along the ridge of Kohuma Danda via Shipton-La and Thulo Pokhari. The campsite for the night offers pictuiresque view of the Mountain range we enjoyed from close just few days back. 

Day 18:

Trek to Navagaun (2,500 m/8,200 ft) via Tashi Gaun, 6-7 hrs walk
Navagaun is a Sherpa village and is a neighbor of Seduwa village. As we pass Tashi Gaun, the trails are cool and the forest provides shade from the sun. As we continue our walk, the terraced fields signal that we are approaching Navagaun. 

Day 19:

Trek to Num via Seduwa, 6-7 hrs walk
The day's walk is easy as we walk downhill through the farms for some good couple of hours to reach Seduwa. From there, the journey to Num takes another couple of hours. 

Day 20:

Trek to Chichila (1,800 m/5,904 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The early morning's walk requires us to trek uphill for some three hours until we reach atop a ridge. From there onwards, the trails are downhill until we reach Chichila. We can use the remaining time of the evening to explore Chichila. 

Day 21:

Trek to Khadbari, 6-7 hrs walk
The route from Chichila to Khadbari is easy as the trails run through farmlands and small villages. Khadbari is a big village and our campsite is on the edge of the village. 

Day 22:

Trek back to Tumlingtar (950 m/3,116 ft), 3-4 hrs walk
It is the last day of our trek today. We walk downhill from Khadbari on our way to Tumlingtar. We will be on time for lunch. Along with us will be fond memories of the wonderful adventure we had. We will enjoy the evening with all trekking staff and porters at our campsite.

Day 23:

Fly back to Kathmandu
We will take our flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel where you can relax a bit and enjoy the rest of the day as per your wish. 

Day 24:

Leisure at Kathmandu
The day can be used to do some last minute souvenir and gift shopping. In the evening, we will take you for a nice dinner at a Nepalese restaurant. 

Day 25:

Departure from Kathmandu

Some of you might also have few more days and some other activities planned in Nepal. For the rest of your who are returning today, depending upon what time your return flight is, you can do some last minute shopping if you like to. We will transfer you to the airport hoping it won't be long before we see each other again!

 

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!



Price

US $3220 per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Pick Up » : Welcomes you with garland of flower in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative
  • » Domestic Drop/Pick Up » : Kathmandu Domestic Airport drop & pick up as flight indicated in itinerary
  • » Drop to Airport » : By means of appropriate private vehicle, with our airport representative, last minute transfer to airport after trip for onward journey
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Trekking file consisting broad trip information and  introduce with your trekking guide at the time of remaining payment of the trip price after your arrival
Sight Seeing:
  • » Sightseeing Places » : Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square by private vehicle
  • » Guide » : Experienced English speaking city tour guide
  • » Entrance Fees » : All entrance of sites & monuments fees
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Kathmandu » Four Star deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary
  • » Trekking » Comfortable, neat and clean accommodation on teahouse/Mt. lodge during trekking
  • » Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner » : Full board of meals are included while on trek and only breakfast are included in Kathmandu
  • » Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
  • » Hot Drinks » : High altitude friendly different soups hot lemon or tea is served as cup basis in food time
  • »Welcome &  Farewell dinner » : We will take you to one finest restaurants of Nepal (Alcoholic beverages are excluded )
Flight / Transportation:
  • » Kathmandu to Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by Flight
Trekking Permit :
  • » All necessary Trekking permit & TIMS card
National Park Fare:
  • » All necessary National Park entrance fee
First Aid:
  • » Medical kit box during the trip
Trekking Crews :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English Speaking mountain experience, First Aid and eco trained local guide escorts during your trekking
  • » Assistant Guides » : We provide assistant guide walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
  • » Porters » : We provide two of you a porter to support you to carry trekking stuffs (Luggage per porter carries 25kg)
Porter Equipment :
  • » Trekking boots and Jacket in trekking 
Insurance:
  • » Guide /Porters » : Company provide insurance for our guide and porters as per state law
Trekking Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt
  • » Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bags (which needs to be returned after the trek)
  • » Altitude Chamber » : Portable Altitude Chamber on request
Certificate:
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
Others:
  • » All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

Cost Excluded:

Visa:
  • » Nepal » You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

- 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

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Airfare:
  • » International Airfares
Meals:
  • » Lunch & Dinner in KTM » : Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu is excluded (Except welcome & fare well dinner)
Drinks:
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price
Insurance:
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request
  • » Optional Excursions » Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest
Trekking Equipment:
  • » You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list)
Tipping:
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost
Others:
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Departure Dates for Makalu Base Camp Trek

We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

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Useful information before joining this trip

Our Effort 
Our trek is managed by a team of professionally trained leader/guide who are responsible for all aspects of operation of the trek. We will make every effort to keep the treks as the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and health conditions of the member of the trekking team can be a factor compelling us to change the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs accordingly, but please be prepared to be flexible when if it is necessary.

Please note that the flights to and from Lukla are heavily dependent on weather conditions and, delays can occur. So we always recommend you to have one/two additional nights in Kathmandu after your Everest base camp trek which would ensure you that there is no impact on your international flight even if your trip delays due to the flight problem. If everything runs smoothly as per the plan, you can use these days for city tours, Bunjee jumping or River rafting as per your interest.

Trekking Group
Nepal has abundance of offers to establish it as a round the year travel destination. Based on this fact, many international tourists are indeed incorporating Nepal in their wishful travel itinerary. For this Everest Base Camp trek, in our trekking group there will be one trek leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers but we provide one assistant guide as per group size. Generally in our group the minimum number of tourist will be two and the maximum group size is ten. For single traveler, we organize the trip with single supplement. We saying 10 people are our maximum pax for the trek doesn't mean we are not operating more than 11 persons, we do it on request. However it is good to keep the limit group size which means we can provide a best services and personal take care to our valuable clients during their trip with us.

Physical and Mental Requirements 
Trekkers who are making their plan to travel in the Himalaya, most require three basic components of preparation - aerobic, strength, and mental. Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will trekking in thin air, up to 50% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning you will be able to minimizing the potential effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). Hiking for at least two hours per day with some weight on your back is the best way to prepare yourself for trekking. Running, cycling (outdoor or stationary), Nordic track, hill climbing, or any exercise that gets your heart rate into the aerobic range for sustained periods of time.

Every day you will walk in the Himalaya around 4 to 7 hrs and reaches at highest place to 5550m/18204 feet. So, health is a most essential part for your adventure travel. Nepal Vision treks most require your medical fitness certificate prior to your booking. Before the trip booking with us we suggest to consult with your Medical Doctor and in his/her references go for your trip booking process.

Trekking in the Himalayas is a relatively safe activity and mishaps or problems are usually minor. However, unpleasant things can occur on a long trek. You might have a bout of mild illness, not sleep as well as usual, find the trek pace too fast or slow - any number of things might be annoying or stressful during some part of your trek. Before you leave for Nepal, or for any foreign destination for that matter, think about the journey as more than just a quest to reach a destination. Try to imagine your trip as an opportunity to experience whatever happens as an essential part of the journey. It doesn't matter so much whether you actually reach Everest Base Camp. You should be prepared to find joy and fulfillment in all the moments of your trip, including the less pleasant ones that you hadn't expected. Preparing to keep a very positive frame of mind throughout your trip, along with good physical conditioning, will insure that you are ready to experience all the wonders of Nepal.

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Your Trek Leader's role is to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, advice on how to fill your free time and co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour - although occasionally he may need your understanding if things do not go according to plan. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.

We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication). We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking. Nepal Vision trained its guide/trekking staff on following course.

  • Trekking Guide Training & licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • English Language KEEP
  • Conservation & Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Experience
Nepal Vision has been operating in the Himalaya for over 15 years and specializes in responsible travel. We offer small group adventure expeditions to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and the Indian Himalaya. Our unrivalled itineraries reflect our long experience in the region. All our treks are accompanied by a highly experienced local leader ensuring safe acclimatization at every stage. You can hike, mountaineer and climb your way through the homeland of the adventure holiday.

Nepal Vision is one of the world's leading adventure travel company offering hundred of itineraries on this continent for small group active adventures and expeditions, walking tours and cultural journeys. The company has been operating trekking and adventure travel holidays and vacations since 1992. Each itinerary has several scheduled departure dates throughout the whole year.

Our all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their travel experiences.

Acclimatization
We are experts at operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our treks are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Diamox (Acetazolamide) 
Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. This is especially helpful at night when respiratory drive is decreased. Since it takes a while for Diamox to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days at higher altitude. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night). (The standard dose was 250 mg., but their research showed no difference for most people with the lower dose, although some individuals may need 250 mg.) Possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips, blurring of vision, and alteration of taste. These side effects may be reduced with the 125 mg. dose. Side effects subside when the drug is stopped. Contact your physician for a prescription. Since Diamox is a sulfonamide drug, people who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take Diamox. Diamox has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions to people with no previous history of Diamox or sulfa allergies. Frank Hubbell of SOLO recommends a trial course of the drug before going to a remote location where a severe allergic reaction could prove difficult to treat.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in the hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing.

If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Nepal Vision Treks have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Everest Base Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.

Passport and Visa Requirements

All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. Visas can be obtained from the Nepalese embassy prior to travel or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and various international border crossings between Nepal and its neighbors. Make the visa process easier a passport-sized photograph for immigration and having the correct USD cash is required - please bring this in your hand luggage. In addition, trip in Nepal requires photos for the various permits. Please bring a total of 3 photographs.

  • 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.

You will require visa fee in cash (this is payable in any major currency but NOT travellers cheques) and passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.

If you plan to obtain your visa in your country, you can download the application form from the website at: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Please note: Visa regulations and costs do change frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate.

Permits and fees
In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. Incase of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

Health and Fitness for trekker
We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

Meals and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charge US$200.

While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses which are basic structures, generally with shared facilities but very comfortable. In some guesthouses, showers are available; where there are no showers; there are private facilities in which you can sponge bath.

Ethical and Environmental considerations 
The Nepal Vision Treks is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities visited and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that The Nepal Vision treks and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound.

  • On this trip: Our policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. Our small groups (maximum of 10 people) have a minimal impact on the Himalayas' fragile environment as we explore predominantly on foot. All trek guides are responsible for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimize the impact that they may have. Our porters in Nepal are equipped with suitable clothing and footwear for the type of trek they are about to work on, and this is recorded at the start of the trek.
  • Our Travel Code: Clients who travel with us will automatically receive a copy of our Travel leaflet. This contains details and advice on how you can make a positive difference when you travel. If you would like a copy in advance of travel please contact us.
  • Charity: We work in partnership with rural village communities. We work with some of the world's poorest communities where three out of four children die before the age of five. We also support local people to develop a balance between their needs and the wildlife with which they share the natural habitat and ecosystems.

How to Book
To join a Trekking adventure, please contact us and advise which adventure you'd like to book.

We'll send you the relevant booking form (along with our terms & conditions) which you'll need to complete and return to us.

A completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our booking process.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Clothing and Equipment

Correct Clothing & Equipments are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel with us.

FOOTWEAR
» RUNNING SHOES » : 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days.
» LIGHT HIKING BOOTS » : 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.
» HIKING GAITERS (Optional) » : 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.
» WOOL SOCKS » : 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
» LINER SOCKS » : 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

CLOTHING
» LIGHTWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR » : 2 pair, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
» LIGHT TREKKING PANTS » : Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.
» T-SHIRTS » : Lightweight crew style t-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.
» BANDANA » : Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.
» SYNTHETIC/SOFT SHELL JACKET » : A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
» INSULATED DOWN-JACKET » : Medium to heavy weight with hood.
» HARD SHELL JACKET WITH HOOD » : We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
» HARD SHALL PANTS » : Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.

HANDWEAR
» FLEECE/SOFT SHELL GLOVES » : 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
» SHELL GLOVES WITH INSULATION » : 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.

HEADWEAR
» HEADLAMP & SPARE BATTRIES » : A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries!
» SUN HAT » : The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.
» NECK GAITER OR BUFF » : Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.
» GLACIER GLASSES » : 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
» SLEEPING BAG » : High quality with hood to at least - 10 Degree, Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics. (Company provide you sleeping bag for this trek)
» BACKPACK » : A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max
» ADJUSTABLE 3 SECTION TREKKING POLES » : Optional
» WATER TREATMENT TABLETS » : Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water
» WATER BOTTLES » : 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
» PEE BOTTLE (Optional) » : but very useful.
» PEE FUNNEL FOR WOMEN (Optional) » : Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)
» SUNSCREEN » : SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.
» HAND/FOOT WARMERS (Optional) » : Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
» LIP SCREEN » : SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.
» MP3 PLAYER (Optional) » : Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitude (above 13,000ft). Chargers can be used at several lodges along the way.

TRAVELING
» LARGE DUFFLE BAG WITH TRAVEL LOCKS » : 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing.
» PLASTIC BAGS (5) » : For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.
» TRAVEL CLOTHES » : You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
» TOILETRY BAG » : Include toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush, Wet wipes 1-2 per day and hand sanitizer: Hand moisturizer.

FIRST AID
» PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT (small and simple) » : Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.
» DRUGS/MEDICATIONS/PRESCRIPTIONS » : Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

This above list is only a guideline for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please give us a call (977 1 4423297). Or you can email at: info@nepalvisiontreks.com  

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.

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