Everest High Pass Trekking - 23 Days

Trip facts

Trip Code: GHA-EHT-04
Duration: 23 Days
Best Season: Mar - May/Sep - Nov
Max. Altitude: 5545 M. (Kalapattar)
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Accommodations: Hotel, Lodge
Transportation: Flight, Private Vehicle

The Three passes Trek in Everest's Khumbu Region is a challenging journey for trekkers seeking the thrills of a Himalayan adventure. From East to West the high mountain passes are the Kongma La (5527 m/18,135 ft), Cho La (5420 m/17,783 ft) and Renjo LA (5375m, 17,634 ft). If you are in good shape and looking  for something beyond the ordinary, then Everest's Three Passes is ideal for you !

The Three Passes journey is an adventurous option in the Khumbu for people who are moderately fit and seeking an extra-ordinary challenge. The adventure includes all the mountain scenery that you can possibly take and more, with soaring mountains and alpine landscape surrounding you at every step. This strenuous trek is considered by some to be a best of Everest tour. It is designed to include panoramas of the famous peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and many more with an experience of mountain villages, too, and hospitable Sherpa culture.

The first pass Kongma La (5527 m/18,135 ft) is the highest, and connects Chukhung with the Khumbu Valley that leads to Everest Base Camp. The next pass, the Cho La (5420 m/17.783 ft) includes the crossing of a small glacier. Crampons and an ice axe would be helpful but are not usually necessary. However, use caution and get reports from lodge owners and other travelers before attempting this pass. From the Cho La, the route reaches the Gokyo Valley with its serene mountain lakes alongside Nepal’s largest glacier, Ngozomba Glacier – this glacier will be unforgettably traversed! Enjoy the otherworldly atmosphere at the collection of hotels at Gokyo, followed by a climb to the third pass, the Renjo La Pass (5375m, 17,634 ft), and a descent into the remote Thame Valley. The fascinating journey over the Renjo La takes you through remote Sherpa Villages before revisiting Namche Bazaar. Then make a return down the Dudh Kosi Valley to Lukla for a flight or hike beyond to the road.

Non-stop mountain views along the way of the way of the Three Passes Trek include Everest and a feast of peaks jutting into the heavens. Trekkers often include Everest Base Camp in the Three Passes Trek to satisfy the chance to get as close as possible to the world’s highest mountain without being a climber. The direct views of the legendary Khumbu icefall are unforgettable. The three passes journey also offers two of the best viewpoints on earth, Kala Pattar (4250 m, 13,945 ft) and Gokyo Ri (5340 m, 17,519 ft), both with unobstructed views of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas and glacier valleys below.

Other highlights of the Three Passes Trek include the lovely lakes of Gokyo and charming Thame village with a Buddhist monastery perched above the town. The Sherpa villages in the region will allow you to witness a customary way of life there. Wildlife in the stark highlands includes musk deer, Himalayan thar, snow leopard, snow cock, pheasant and people even lay claim that the fabled yeti resides somewhere in the Khumbu.

People can begin the trek from Jiri, Shivalaya or Bhandar, after a daylomg bus ride. The hike in to the Khumbu adds another week to ten days to the journey but will help the acclimatization process and get your legs and lungs in shape, too. In fact, the walk in from Jiri has nough ups (and downs) to equal a climb of Everest itself if added together! Nowadays, most people opt to fly into the region by way of the mountain airport at Lukla. During the high season and because of occasional poor wather, flights can be delayed causing bottlenecks and limiting the flow of trekkers in and out of the region.

The trek to the Khumbu follows the narrow Dudh Kosi river valley to Namche Bazaar, gateway of the Khumbu Region. The settlement is located in a natural amphitheater overlooking a valley with the astonishing spectacle of the surrounding mountains. It splits away from the Everst Base Camp journey and heads into the breathtaking Chuukhung valley before surmounting the Kongma La and working west to cross a small glacier to  the Cho La and finally over the Renjo La. The whole journey offers non-stop jaw-dropping mountain scenery that will be a highlight of a lifetime.

Itienery Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmadnu (1300 m).
Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing & prepration for trekking.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 45 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,610 m) 3-4 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5/6 hrs.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung village (3,790 m).
Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867 m), 5/6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358 m) 5/6 hrs.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Chukkung (4,730 m) explore around.
Day 10: Chhuking via Kongma La (5,546 m) to Lobuche (4,930 m) 7/8 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5100 meters) walk 3 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Everest Base camp (5,364 m) 2/3 hrs then back to Gorak shep (5180 m).
Day 13: Hike to Kala pattar (5545 m) and trek to Zongla (4,830 m) 5/6 hrs.
Day 14: Dzongla via Chola La (5,320 m) to Tangnank (4,700 m) 6/7 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) 2/3 hrs.
Day 16: Rest day in Gokyo (4790 m)/ Explore day in Gokyo peak (5,350 m) 2/3 hrs.
Day 17: Gokyo via Renjo La (5,446 m) Lunde.
Day 18: Trek to Thame (3,800 m) 4/5 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Namche (3,430 m) 3/4 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2800 m) 6/7 hrs.
Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300 m).
Day 22: Lesiure day in Kathmandu (1300 m).
Day 23: Transfer to Tribuwan international airport.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]

Useful Informations

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
For Everest region Trekking often twin Otter is the primary mode of transport form to Lukla. The flight is depend on the weather. Sometime flight (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to the bad weather condition of Mountain or technical problems. In such case Global Holidays Adventure will charter a helicopter to ensure your international flight.

The cost of helicopter charter is not included in your entire tour cost. So you can directly pay to our Kathmandu Office. We accept cash, traveler's cheques, or credit card (Master Card, Visa Card, National Card only) . You will be given a receipt upon payment so That you may claim the insurance. The begins for US$ 600 to US$ 3500 depending on the number of group.

Helicopter Rescue
While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make that the policy of the insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmadnu (1300 m).
After arrival at international airport, Our company representative's will welcome you and transfer to the hotel nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel with BLD basis.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing & prepration for trekking. (1300 m).
Today, After morning breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple.After exploring the surrounding areas we also visit Kathmandu Durbar square with unique architectures and kumari (living goddess). After sightseeing at evening time pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnight at hotel with BLD basis.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 m) 40-45 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,610 m) 3-4 hrs.
Today, Early in the morning fly for Lukla airport. From Lukla we'll pass Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Ghat (2,530 m). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi river. To assist acclimatization, this first day trek is for 3-4 hrs short distance. If you are still interested to do more activities they will have an opportunity to do side trip to monastery around in Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5/6 hrs.
From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi river and reaches Zamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840 m) and enters the Mt. Everest National park. Walking some distance uphill you will be at Jorsale (2830 m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879 m). The trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung village (3,790 m).
Today, we take rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike to the Everest view hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary school and Khunde hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai peoples. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867 m), 5/6 hrs.
Today, we leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi river at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. After reaching Tengboche you will see the local Monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 07: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358 m) 5/6 hrs.
Today, From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongest thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquiste views of Lhotse, Island peak and Ama-Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
On this day you may have full day rest or there are some places where you can go for a day hike; up to Chhukung (4,730 m) for acclimatization (point of climbing famous Island peak) or climb up to Nagarjun peak about two hours offer view of Imjaste valley with Dingboche village and Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) Ama Dablam, Island peak etc. and back to Dingboche for overnight. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 09: Dingboche to Chukkung (4,730 m) explore around.
Today, we can enjoy another day for acclimatization with only two hours of walk. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley. We get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse massive south wall.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 10: Chhuking via Kongma La (5,546 m) to Lobuche (4,930 m) 7/8 hrs.
This day is quit difficult as we cross Kongma La pass. At first we walk in the plain area in the valley and then ascend the steep path to the Kongma La pass amid the crags of this outlying ridge from nearby Nuptse. From the pass we descend steeply to the Khumbu Glacier. We cross the glacier and head to Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5100 meters) walk 3 hrs.
Today, we leave Lobuche early morning, trekking up a rocky yak trail on the right side of the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorak shep, a walk of about three hours. The walk isn't difficult, but there are a few hills to crest, more memorials along the way, and you should feel the altitude. The last stretch of the trail snakes up and down glacial scree, and just before Gorak shep we get a view of Everest. Gorak shep, with Kala pattar just to the left is a welcome sight; the Himalayan Lodge has expanded , the rooms are lovely, the toilets are inside and the dinning room is always lively and warm.Food is even good, quite a feat at5180 meters, many days walk from the market.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base camp (5,364 m) 2/3 hrs then back to Gorak shep (5180 m).
This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu glacier and up to Everest Base camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu icefall from base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep fro the night. Overnight at Guesshouse with BLD basis.

Day 13: Hike to Kala pattar (5545 m) and trek to Zongla (4,830 m) 5/6 hrs.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. In the morning we climb Mt. kala pattar, a small peak. From Kala pattar we can see the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 meters, towers directly ahead and other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then we forward for Zongla. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 14: Dzongla via Chola La (5,320 m) to Tangnank (4,700 m) 6/7 hrs.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek of the trek. In the morning we climb Mt. Kala pattar, a small peak. From Kala pattar we can see the most magnificant mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 meters, tower directly ahead and other giants, Nuptse, Pumori Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then we forward for Zongla. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 15: Thangnak to Gokyo (4,790 m) 2/3 hrs.
Today, we walk along the glacier route until we reach first lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi river up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 16: Rest day in Gokyo (4790 m)/ Explore day in Gokyo peak (5,350 m) 2/3 hrs.
Today, we take rest and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 17: Gokyo via Renjo La (5,446 m) Lunde.
Today, At early in the morning we cross the Renjo La pass. From the pass we can see the views of Everest, Lhotse and surrounding mountains. We also see the beautiful scenery of the Gokyo lake and Gokyo village below the Ngozumba glacier. From the pass we descend down on a stone staircase to Lunde where we stay overnight. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 18: Lunde to Thame (3,800 m) 4/5 hrs.
This day we trek down to Thame, a sprawling village. From thame we can see the stunning views of the mountains like Thameserku, Kantenga, Kusum Kangguru etc. here we can explore the village and visit monastery established around 300 years ago. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 19: Thame to Namche (3,430 m) 3/4 hrs.
After morning breakfast we begin our walking in the flat trail and then descending to Thamo. In Thamo we can visit the Khari Gompa where you find Nuns and Monks. Then we head to Namche bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.

Day 20: Namche to Lukla (2800 m) 6/7 hrs.
Today, finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthosue with BLD basis.

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300 m).
Today, Early morning enjoying your last glimpse of the mountians you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minutes scenic flight. After arrival at Kathmandu airport you will transfer at hotel. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.

Day 22: Lesiure day in Kathmandu (1300 m).
Today, After morning breakfast you can do shopping or you can buy gift for your family, friends, relatives.It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.

Day 23: Transfer to Tribuwan international airport.
Today, our company representative will drop you to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure for your home country or onward  destination.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]

Price Include

  1. All airport / Hotel transfer as per the itinerary.
  2. Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a professional English speaking tour guide.
  3. 4 night accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
  4. Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight Ticket.
  5. Teahouse accommodation during the trekking.
  6. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and boils water during the trekking.
  7. All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
  8. Necessary staff with experience English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters.
  9. Staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  10. Trekking permits and TIMS Card ( Trekking Information Management System).
  11. Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and Sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip).
  12. Welcome and farewell dinner.
  13. Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
  14. All government and local taxes.

Price Exclude

  1. Nepal visa fee (Bring accurate cash and two passport size Photographs)
  2. International airfare
  3. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the itinerary.
  4. Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen.
  5. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  6. All Personal expenses (phone call, bar bills, battery recharge, shower heater etc.)
  7. Tips for guides and porters.

Why TREKKING IN NEPAL ?
Trekking in Nepal provides an excellent opportunity to observe the local culture of the people and enjoy the beauty of nature undisturbed by the incluence of modernity. The diversity of Nepal's nature and range of exotic culture make this country ideal for trekking. This makes trekking in Nepal most popular. Besides, where else can you stand at the foot of the tallest mountains in the world.

WHERE IS NEPAL ?
Nepal is located in South Asia and is bordered by China to the North and India to the East, West and South. Nepal is also country of World highest peak Mt. Everest.

HOW CAN I ENTER NEPAL ?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi.

Visa Info: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

WHAT IS TREKKING ?
Trekking is an adventure activity that generally involves walking from one place to another every day.

WHY TREK WITH GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?
Trek with us because we provide you the best quality service and the most reasonable price. We organized everything for you to make a smooth and enjoyable trip allowing you to get the most out of your time in Nepal. Also, our company is registered in different government bodies & non-profit organizations of Nepal such as the Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Mounteering Association, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

WHAT IS A TEA HOUSE TREK ?
Tea House are local lodges where you get to eat and sleep during your trek. There are plenty of tea houses across all the trekking routes in Nepal. A tea house trek means that you get to stop and rest each day at a tea house during your trekking period. Unlike camping treks you don't have to carry food, tents and other items during a tea house trek.

Camping trek: Camping treks require us to carry tents, Kitchen gear, food and other equipments. Unlike tea house treks camping treks are more adventures.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR TREKKING ?
In Nepal, there are two seasons which are considered prime time for trekking. These times range from Feb-May and Sep-Nov. There are places to visit during Monsoon season ( June-August), such as Mustang and Upper West part of the Annapurna Circuit, as these treks are in the "Rain Shadow" and virtually untouched by Nepal Monsoon. Our Philosophy is simple. We believe in " Sustainable Tourism through eco friendly practices'.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NEPAL ?
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature can range from extremely hot ( 37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May and Sep-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon ( June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.

WHAT TYPE OF SHAPE DO I NEED FOR THIS TRIP ?
GHA offers trekking opportunities for all every age and fitness level. Our treks are graded on difficulty level, 1 being the easiest and 5 being for advanced trekkers. The level of difficulty is based on the altitude and natural terrain of the trek. The difficulty levels for eash trek can be found on each indivisual itinerary of both our website and brochures.

IS SOMEONE GOING TO METT ME AT THE AIRPORT ?
Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three
months.

DO I HAVE PRE_DEPARTURE MEETING ?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek leader.

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

HOW DO I PAY TO GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?
After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveller Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION CAN EXPECT IN KATHMANDU AND IN TREKKING ?
In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It's depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking:  You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it's good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. And you will have twin sharing tent with matteress in camping trek.

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek commmon toilet facilities are available at tea house. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE FOR TREK ?
There are no restrictions on the size of a group. We organize trekking to an individual as well as a group and services will be same.

IS IT POSSIBLE TOORGANIZE MY OWN PERSONAL GROUP ?
It is possible to organize your own trekking group. Simply book with us online or in one of our trekking offices in Bhagawan Baha, Thamel, Kathmandu and we will get your next Himalayan adventure sorted. You may choose to have a private group, or keep it open, in which case other travellers can join your group. We allow up to 8 people to join a group.

DO THE GUIDE AND SUPPORT STAFF SPEAK ENGLISH ?
Most of guides speak fluently English and some speak well. Some of the support staff do speak little English and some do not speak.

DO SOMEBODY CARRY OUR BACKPACK ?
Yes, Our Porters/sherpas will carry you heavy backpack and you will carry only the baypack.

WHAT IS OUR DAILY ROUTINE WHILE IN TREKKING ?
Daily Routine starting from 7 am. Wake-up 7 am, start trek before 8 after breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm lunch and trek end 3:30 to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner. After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT IN TREKKING ?
Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegerarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( Variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. YOu can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will take on the way to distination.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE LIKE IN TREKKING ?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and 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 makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.

CAN I CHARGE MY CAMERA BATTERIES ON MY TRIP ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, Some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.

HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL MONEY DO I NEED PER DAY ?
In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 15-20 for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's all depends on your spending habits. US$ 15-20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Global Holidays Adventure will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an events as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the most frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

IS GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE'S STAF F INSURED ?
Yes, GHA insures all our trekking staff including guide, cook, sherpa and porters.

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

IS THE WATER OK TO DRINK ? DO I NEED TO BRING PURIFYING TABLETS/FILTER ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
This is difficult things to tell. It's up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

WHAT ESSENTIAL DOCUMRNTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME ON TOUR ?

  • Valid passport, must be valid up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a seperate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a seperate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase seperate.
  • Flight ticket.
  • Emergency contact numbers for insurance & family contact.


CAN I ADD ESTRA DAYS TO MY TREKKING TRIP ?
A trekking holiday should be about making it to the final quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

IF I EXTEND MY HOLIDAY, ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ?
Yes, there are many options and choice to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

  • Trisuli River Rafting
  • Chitwon Jungle Safari Package
  • Volunteering in School and Village
  • Kathmandu shopping Tour
  • Pokhara paraglading tour


WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS WILL I NEED ?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are covers for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We are recommend.

  • A dental check up prior to travelling
  • That you know your blood group in case of Emergency.

The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you many need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, Camera, sun cream & toilet paper etc. Should be carried by yourself so you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

Global Holidays Adventure will provide complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porters. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag ( Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.

  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.

  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.

  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.

  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc so don't go cheap here.

  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional)

  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional)


HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-shirts ( 2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.


FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it ( Otherwise you will get lots of blister)
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals ( Optional)


MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please not our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with uss before starting to take his medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have also more extensive medical gear, but your should have the basics for general use.


MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos ( 4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.
  • 2 Bandanas


MOPTIONAL

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. Although there are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc especially when going downhill ( Optional )
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional )
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )


These above mentioned equipment list is only the supporting guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Especially for women, Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with lycra can often be offensive to local. If you fell these items comfortable to wear then use it on base layer and please pack something to wear on the top of them.

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Sightseeing Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) | Holy temple of Pashupathinath | Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath | Patan DUrbar Square | Scenic flight to and from Lukla | Experiencing life style and Culture of Shrepa People of Himalaya | Tengboche Monastery | View of Khumbu Ice fall | Mountains views and Sunrise form Kalapatter | Walling on the Khumbu glacier | Gokyo Lake | Cho La Pass | Ranjo La Pass | Gokyo-Ri

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