Nar-Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake Trek with Meso kanto Pass 21 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 21 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Public Jeep and Tourist Bus
  • Activity City Tour, Trekking and walking
  • Best Season March- may and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu

Trek Overview 

Nar Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake via Mesokanta Pass Trek takes us across some of the best passes in the region as we cross the Kanga-la, Mesokanta-la & the Tilicho Pass where we view the powers of the gods of nature in their best forms above the timberline. Our venture also takes us to the highest lake in the world, that of Tilicho, a virtual gem of nature that’s almost nervy to even imagine as we view the serene lake in all its immaculate beauty. The Nar & Phu Valleys were just recently opened for visitors in 2003 when a few visitors who visited this isolated region came back stunned by an ordeal that created waves in the world of high and wild forays into some of the most remote territories on the planet.

This venture is an unbelievable experience amidst a natural ecosystem in an unexplored part of Nepal and geographically positioned in a wonderfully remote corner of the Annapurna region. Our program begins in the bustling town of Besisahar. The trek builds up as we hike through Bahundanda, Chamje, and Dharapani before we reach the quiet little village of Phu. On the way, we hike through interesting terrain as we see typical old-fashioned Tibetan culture set in a slow and laid-back form that goes back to the middle ages & makes it so wonderful to view. We also come across some lovely mountain views and unusual alpine scenery.

After crossing the Kangla-pass from Nar, we get closer to the Point of Tilicho Lake and the immediate environment near the end of the trek only serves the special moments of this trek & makes it absolutely gratifying for those daredevil adventurers who seek to explore the true Shangri-La of Nepal’s Himalayas. Our forays go through the Challenging high passes of Kangla at (5322m) and Tilicho Pass at (5340m), both giving us outstanding views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himal, the Dhaulagiri range, and Tilicho peak…its mesmerizing!! This is a true outing in the wild for those who want to discover the unknown from the known which can only happen off the beaten trail; & challenging high passes indicate that you must be physically fit with a good hiking experience to get the best out of this trip without any hitch-ups.

After we’ve enjoyed the unique Nar Phu valley, we return to Manang, a port village on the Annapurna trail, and then continue our hike to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world, followed by plodding up to Mesokanto La before we touch down at Jomsom. The trails around here are less crowded and this is what you will love it for. The landscapes & sceneries in this particular area give you a different experience of Mother Nature in its most divine form. Check us out at the ADVENTURE CLUB for more information about this mother of all treks in one of the most spectacular regions in the world. Get friendly with us at:

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip  Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfasrt
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms, and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive, we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Overnight in Jagat.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,410m

After breakfast, we get going to Dharapani. The trail starts with a descent towards the Marsyangdi River followed by a walk through a dense forest. We continue on the trail towards Chamje with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. We cross a suspension bridge after Chamje heading towards Sattale(7 storeyed). The next village en route is Tal(Lake) where we arrive after a towards the grassy riverbanks of Marsyangdi River. The trail goes constantly up and down and eventually takes on a steep forested path towards Karte. We pass by a few small waterfalls and streams and cross a suspension bridge to get to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,960m

Our destination for the day is Koto. First, we trek towards Bagarchhap, walking through pine and fir forests. While at Bagrachhap, we explore the local monastery. After an hour’s trek, we arrive at Danaque followed by a steep climb towards Timing with marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Again, the trail passes through the pine forest towards Latmarang, and along the way, we catch a glimpse of Annapurna II. A short walk from Latamarang will take us to Koto. Overnight in Koto.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,610m

Getting the restricted area permit, we begin our trek through the bank of the Soti Khola. Then we climb into the pine forests and walkthrough. We also cross various suspension bridges on the way. Dharmashala is located near a cascading waterfall, which is superb to see. If your physical fitness supports you, then we can walk up to Meta village, which is 1.5 hrs more. Otherwise, we stop at Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,210m

Today, we start the trek to Kyang. First, we reach Meta village and walk up, and then descend to the bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge, we walk through the human-less zone, so we recommend you bring packed lunch from here. When Tibetan refugees had captured this place, they settled down around this area, which is known as the Khampa settlement. Overnight in Kayang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,840m

Today, we commence our trek crossing the Phu Khola on the way. Walking is really tough through the rocky trail. Gradually, we enter the hidden and isolated valley. The landscape is really worth exploring. Phu village is popular to explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture with a beautiful Tashi Lakhang monastery, which was built by Karmapa Rinpoche. It is one of the most significant monasteries out of 108 world’s famous monasteries. Overnight in Phu village.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,050m

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Ghale here. Besides this, we can trace how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations in such remote locations or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gaon.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,050m

After breakfast, we begin to trek down through the rocky trail, following the bank of the Phu Khola. The trail is full of massive rocks and small pointed rocks that make our trek challenging. We reach Kyang then Chyako and finally Junam Goth resided beside the Junam Khola. Overnight in Juman.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude. 4,160m

Today, we begin to trek down and cross Mahendra Pul then find the trail that leads us to the Naar village. it is a continual ascending via Yughat. Numerous monasteries and Mani walls are beautiful things to see. Gradually, we reach Naar village. Overnight in Nar Village.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,546m

We spend a rest day in Nar before heading to Ngwal via Kang La Pass (5310m): It is adventurous but the views of the Lamjung Himalayas, alpine landscape, and others can be seen as outstanding. Enjoy the day with a delicious meal. Overnight in Nar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,510m

After breakfast early in the morning, we begin to ascend to Kang La Phedi, also known as Jhombu Kharka. Passing various difficulties, we reach the top of Kang La Pass through the steep notch trail. The views of the charming Annapurna range, including Chulu East, Chulu West, Chulu Central, and Chulu Far East can be seen. Then we descend through the steep moraine path, enjoying the waterfalls. With a steep descent, we reach Ngawal and see the flat-roofed stone buildings.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5310m

From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of the Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay. Overnight in Manang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,500m

After an acclimatizing day at Manang, we head towards the route of Tilicho Lake, splitting from the main trail that leads us to the Thorung Pass. Through the western gate, we descend to the stream and reach Khangsar after crossing it. It is an ancient village of Tibetan Buddhists and is renowned as the last Tibetan village. Overnight in Khangsar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,734m

Heading through the newly built trail, we pass a colorful monastery. There are clearly two different trails, but we recommend you to take the downward trail. The upward trail goes through a comparatively steep and technical route via Kharka and Top of the Col (4970m) and descends to the base camp. The trail we recommend is a newly developed trail that continues to a high crest and finally, we reach the Tilicho base camp. Overnight in Tilicho base camp.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4140m

Leaving the Tilicho Lake, we reach Tilicho Northern moraine top and finally cross the Mesokanto La Pass of 5315 meters. The stunning Tilicho peak, Muktinath Himal, Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna I, and others are splendid that can be explored from the top. Then we do a steep descend and set a camp somewhere on the Chauri Kharka (yak grazing meadow). Overnight in Chauri Kharka.

  • AccommodationTeahouse/ Camping
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,315m

We have an easy trail to walk today from the Kharka. First, we reach Kaisang and explore the nearby Nama Phug Caves and then follow the Thini Khola. Passing the ACAP office, we reach the Thini Gaon. The Bonpo Gompa is a great attraction in this village. Gradually, we reach Jomsom, which is a busy town with an airstrip. According to our itinerary, the next day we fly to Pokhara but you also have an option to take the adventurous road drive. Overnight in Jomsom.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2760m

Early in the morning, we take a picturesque Himalayan flight with views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, and others. Then transfer to the hotel. As your choice, we take you on the sightseeing tour. Davis falls, Mahendra cave, the international mountain museum, and the world peace Stupa are some of the wonderful sights to see. Then you can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude800m

Our adventure ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Private Arrival and Departure transfer on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed with breakfast.
  • Full board meals while trekking ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea and coffee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Accommodation on 2 men tented camp.
  • Experienced, government licensed, English-speaking guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Trekking Cook and other supporting staff.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Staff costs include their salary food, accommodation, transportation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Domestic flights from jomsom to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • All ground  transportation to and from the starting and end points of the trek as per the itinerary 
  • Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Proper Insurance covers all staff, including porters.
  • Down jacket and sleeping (be returned after trip completion).
  • Guided city tour with world heritage entry permits fees and private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment (the two men member tent, Dinning tent and staff and kitchen tent, toilet tent)
  • Adventure Club Trek bag/duffle bag, First Aid Kid, T-shirts, and trekking map 
  • Trekking Permit and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • All government and Local Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 17, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 07, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1579
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1579
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 23, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 13, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1579
Start DateStart: MondaySeptember 26, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 16, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1579
Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 29, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1579

If one of our set trips doesn’t fit your timing or you want to experience a trek you’ve designed, let us help you craft the trip of a lifetime. We’ll give you a complete quote based on your requirements, from itinerary, travel dates, group size, number of support staff, and of course, crafted to fit in your budget. We can also make our set trips be your private trip if you have at least a couple or more who want to go. These would be perfect for your group or family trip.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and for purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in 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. Adventure Club Trek has 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.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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