Trip Starts: Kathmandu Trip Ends: Kathmandu Transportation Facility: Road Trip Duration: 22 Days Trip Activity: Trekking,Adventure Trekking Guide: Available (Male) Best Season: Basanta Ritu (Spring),Sharad Ritu (Autumn) Min-Max Group Size: 2 - 15 pax Fixed Departures: No Min Age: 12 years or above Security: 100% Guaranteed! Customized Trip Route: Available
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Map - Tsum Valley Manaslu Trekking
Map – Tsum Valley Manaslu Trekking

Tsum Valley, or Chum Valley Manaslu trek, is located in the northern most part of the Gorkha district of Nepal.
Tsum Valley is popularly known as the “Hidden Valley” owing to it’s remoteness, and year’s of isolation from the outside world. Tsum come’s from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means “Lively” and the village inhabitant’s are called Tsumba people . The local people are devout Buddist’s and follow the teaching’s of Guru Rinpoche.
The Tsum valley continue’s to preserve it’s ancient Buddhist culture and natural treasure’s . The trail is very beautiful and interesting , with beautiful stream’s and river’s, towering mountain’s, cascading waterfall’s and hot mountain spring’s ,the trail is strewn with artistic chorten’s and lined with Mani wall’s, made from thousand’s of stone slab’s carved with detail’s and prayers.
Traditionally Tsum Valley was a distinct geographical area called “Tsum tso Chuksum” which mean’s thirteen province’s ruled as a single territory. The ancient remain’s of the Tsum kingdom are still visable today .Tsum valley is aslo considered a home to the legendary and elusive Yetis.
Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet ensures this is a unique and unforgettable trek , rich in culture , beauty, and wildlife , especially the Himalayan Thar, and Blue sheep which congregate in herds of 50 to 200.
As previously mentioned on the Tsum Valley trek, you will come across some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu-Gumba which lie on a beautiful plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang situated at the base of a conical hill , against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. Although Tsum Valley and Manaslu can be taken as independent Trek’s, we have combimed the two beautiful route’s to offer you the best experience of the Himalaya’s local culture and nature.
If the given itinerary is not suited to your time frame, and intrest’s ect, please let us know at (Adventure White Himalaya Treks).whereupon we will be more then happy to tailor an itinerary that suits your requirements , to ensure that you have a memorable and un forgettable trek of a life time.

Day 01: Welcome you at the Airport & transfer to your Hotel

You are greeted with a warm welcome from our staff at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Then you are whisked away to your hotel in private transportation where our guide will brief on the programs on days ahead.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation

We will prepare for the days ahead of us, introducing to your guide, briefing about the trek. We will also need your passport with Nepal’s visa as well for to receive permit on the restricted areas ahead.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 m, 7-8 hrs)

This phase of the itinerary begin with breakfast and a morning drive to Dhading Besi alongside winding roads, beautiful hilly landscape, twisting rivers. After Dhading Besi, we will be arriving at Arughat through circuitous dirt road which is little bumpy and finally to Sotikhola for an overnight stay.

Day 04: Soti Khola trek to Machhekhola (869 m, 5 hrs)

Our journey continues with enticing hilly landscape with equally beautiful villages, waterfalls, rice fields through serpentine roads. We pass through Riden Gaon, Lambesi and Labubesi on our way. We will cross Budhi Gandaki River before reaching Machhakhola for overnight stay.

Day 05: Machhakhola trek to Jagat (1,340 m, 7 hrs)

The trek begins following a narrow trail passing through Tharo and then to Khorlabesi before reaching Tatopani. You can now relax yourselves in the hot springs and get relieved from fatigue and stress while at Tatopani. From here and a climb through a ridge and meet Budhi Gandaki river crossing suspension bridge, then to another ridge and short forest path arriving at Doban. A climb through stone staircase and down meeting the Yaru River and an upward on the stairs will get us to Thado Bharyang. We cross Budi Gandaki River, then a climb over a ridge before reaching Jagat for an overnight stay.

Day 06: Jagat trek to Lokpa (2,240 m, 6-7 hrs)

The early morning trek makes us climb through a rocky ridge up to Sellari from where we descend down towards Sirdibas. The valley widens as the trial take us to ghattekhola and upstream to wads the Gurung village Phillim. Walking towards the northern direction through the forest we reach the Chasapani. Leaving the Chasapani we cross the George walk for around half an hour only to arrive at beautiful water fall. Then we walk in to the Pine and Rhododendron forest, descend down the trial to wards Tsum valley to Lokpa then overnight stay at local tea house.

Day 07: Lokpa trek to Chumling (2,386 m, 5 hrs)

Today is tough day as the altitude increase and the trial is mostly ascending too. The panoramic view of Himalaya hides and seek time again throughout the trial. We walk down beautiful village of Lungwa khola and then ascend through Pine forest to Gumlung. After crossing the Sirya khola we finally reach the Chumling the lower Tusm valley famous for chumling Gompa and the stone paved street of the village. Then overnight stay at teahouse.

Day 08: Chumling trek to Chhokangparo (3,031 m, 4-5 hrs)

We walk on the other side and enjoying views of Ganesh Hemal walk towards the Rain jam towards the Sherpu khola. We cross the more bridge and head towards a village Named Gho.Wer walk further 2hrs. To finally walk to the upper Tusm valley and reach the Chokhangparo.Then overnight stay at Local guesthouse.

Day 09: Chhokangparo trek to Mu Gumpa (3,700 m, 6 hrs)

Today there is strong rise in altitude and the ascent in the trial too. We walk pass the Lama on crossing suspension bridge towards the Richen Gompa also known as Nunnery Gompa. After making a visit to the gompa we return back on the trial. We pass through the Shiar khola, Lar, Phurbeand pangdun village Many Buddhist Monasteries cross the final bridge before   reaching Mu Gompa.

Day 10: Mu Gumpa trek to Chhokangparo (5 hrs)

Today we spent the day resting and explore the MU Gompa the other Tibetan Landscape and the most remote area of Tsum valley Mu Gompa is the largest Monastery in the region. After we walk to back the trial to Chhule and Phurbe. On the east bank of Shire khola we arrived at Chhokangparo.

Day 11: Chhokangparo trek to Lokpa (5- 6 hrs)

We walk back to the trial enjoying the dense Pine and Rhododendron on forest descending down to Chumling and the walking towards the lower Tusm valley Lokpa.

Day 12: Lokpa trek to Deng (1,860 m, 6 hrs)

Follow the trail down to the junction with the Manaslu trail up from Philim. Cross the Budhi Gandaki (below its confluence with the Siyar Khola) and enter its narrow gorge on an up-and-down trail with river crossings. After a suspension bridge the trail enters bamboo forest and rises to the village of Deng (1,800 m).

Day 13: Deng trek to Namrung (2,630 m, 7 hrs)

Today the trek will start off going to Deng then to Rana village crossing Budhi Gandaki River through suspension bridge. Ascending further through Bhi Phedi and enchanting forests to Ghap, then being accompanied to views of Siringi Mountain to Prok village. Going upstream to a gorge past where you can see the roaring river and after a steep climb to Namrung. Our destination Namrung is a quaint buddhist village featuring houses build reminiscent of Tibetan architecture where we can find monasteries, mani walls, chortens, prayer and also small hydroelectric plant.

Day 14: Namrung trek to Sama (3,520 m, 7 hrs)

A steep climb through forests alongside barley terraces, chrotens and scenic views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak will take us to village of Lihi. We then go to Sho, Lho and Shyala. A small ascend should move us closer to Pungen glacier, then to a walk for Ramanan Kharka. Continuing on the trail from descend to rocky riverbed and past Chorten onto the wide grassy area and potato fields, we arrive at Samagaun.

Day 15: Acclimatization day. Hike to Manaslu Base Camp.

We will be taking a break today for acclimatization but still we keep ourselves busy by visiting Birendra Lake and other places around Samagaon. A visit to ancient Pungyen gompa which provides magnificent view of the glacier and nearby Sherpa villages will introduce to local culture.

Day 16: Sama trek to Samdo (3,860 m, 3 hrs)

Amongst desert path, windy valley, we come to Kermo Kharka and then past Budhi Gandaki river ascending to a stone arc. This path leads us to Samdo our destination, four kilometers away from the Tibetan border. Visitors are not allowed to pass the border but you can sure enjoy the Manaslu glacier and Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Mt. Manaslu here.

Day 17: Samdo trek to Dharmasala (4,460 m, 5 hrs)

Crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River, we hike upwards seeing glimpses of Larkya glacier on the way. Further on the trail going around the Salka Khola valley, we will arrive at Larke Phedi or Dharmasala. This day will be of short walks for further acclimatization for Larke pass tomorrow.

Day 18: Dharmasala trek to Bhimthang (3,590 m) via Larke La Pass (5,160 m), 8-9 hrs

A short morning walk will take us to Larkya glacier with stunning views of Larkya Peak, then an ascend which becoming steep before arriving at the end of the pass presenting scenes of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. You may get to see these introvert creature such as blue sheep, marmot, pika, Tibetan snow-cock tracks and snow leopard paw prints. Another ascend will take us to  Bhimthang village not before we these beautiful pastures and equally beautiful peaks of Annapurna II, Kang Garu peak and Cheo peak.

Day 19: Bhimthang trek to Dharapani (1,960 m, 8 hrs)

Making a climb over the ridge and pastures, we bid farewell to Bhimthang. Following wooden bridge and forests of pine, juniper, spruce and intersecting glacier we cross a bridge to small village of Karche. Moving further on the trail, rocky terrain besides the river bed contouring hillsides, we now arrive at Dharapani. Dharapani, Annapurna tourist highway leaving Manaslu trail. Village is at the tip end of the Manaslu trail. Overnight stay in a local tea house.

Day 20: Dharapani Drive to Besisahar (7-8 hrs)

After the breakfast, we will drive back to Besisahar saying bye bye to Dharapani. After 7-8 hours drive, we will reach Besisahar. We will also enjoy the beautiful scenarios on the way to Besisahar. We get refreshed here. Overnight stay in a local tea house.

Day 21: Besisahar Drive to kathmandu (6 hrs)

Recollecting all the pleasant memories that you made in this trek, those will serve you for a lifetime as we bid farewell to Besisahar. We are taken by private vehicle to familiar road of twisting rivers, rock gorges to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Departure Day

Today is your last day in Nepal. Our airport representative will take you to the airport for the final departure for you home country.

Cost Included
  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Three night stay in standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included
  • All necessary trekking permits for Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna conservation area, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek.
  • Three meals a day during the trek.
  • Adventure White Himalaya Treks duffel bag/agency T-shirt.
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English First-aid kit.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola by bus
  • Dharapani to either Pokhara or Kathmandu by bus
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
Cost Excluded
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance loss of property and theft, etc
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Note:

This section is intended to give you heads up on how trip will be organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

  • Travel insurance: Travel Insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (you can buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
  • Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 30 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 90 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

Hint: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).

 

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How can I book a tour package with you?

Simply, fill up and submit a booking form that is available at the following URL;
https://www.adventurewhitehimalaytreks.com/en/book/
If there are any details you are unsure of, we are on hand to provide the answers, just send us an email or give us a call.

What is your booking and payment condition?

Your booking will only be confirmed by info@adventurewhitehimalatreks.com after you have submitted a completed booking form and made a non-refundable deposit of 10 percent of the cost of your trek or tour.

Note: Final payment is due to days prior to departure. We accept payment by cash, by credit card or by bank transfer to our company bank account.

What is your cancellation policy?

If the cancellation letter is received by Adventure White Himalaya Treks more than 30 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will be retained (maximum 10% of total land price) plus any air cancellation fees that may apply.

If the cancellation letter is received less than 30 days prior to departure, the following per person cancellation fees will apply;

→ 15 days prior to departure: 25% of the total price

→ 7 – 14 days prior to departure: 35% of the total price

→ Less than 7 days prior to departure: 50% of the total price (except for the total cost of government fees)

→ On departure date or later: 100% of the total price

Do I need a VISA to enter Nepal?

A VISA for Nepal must be obtained prior to departure from your home country or a VISA can be obtained at KATHMANDU AIRPORT.
Please note that your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return and two passport size photos is needed.
For more information, please visit the information page on the Nepal Tourism Board official website (www.ntb.com.np/visa-information)

Will there be somebody to pick up us at the airport?

Yes, our staff will welcome you at the airport. They will be holding a sign board with your name on. They will then take you to your hotel and check in. Here, your guide will formally introduce himself and discuss the upcoming trip with you. You will be asked for two passport size photos and a photocopy of your passport for the trekking permit.

What are differences between Silver and Gold?

The differences boil down to accommodation and meals expenses between two packages. For instance, in a gold package, we provide you with accommodation in tea houses and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) whereas, in silver packages, the trekkers pay by themselves. Apart from that, services included in a silver package match that of gold package.

What accommodation do you offer during trekking?

We offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge) in the Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang region. A tea house is an amalgamation of social hang out, restaurant and guest house all in one. Most of them have running water in the facility, many of them having hot showers which the hotel will charge extra. The rooms come with blankets, some additional furniture with twin beds. While bathrooms are shared and toilets can either be a squat type of western style.

What meals do you offer during trekking?

During trekking, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where lunch will be between at one of the trail side restaurants. Traditional Nepali meal (Dal Bhat) i.e. rice and lentils as well as a variety of different western items such as pizza, pasta, and French fries. Most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants do have soft drinks, snacks and beer readily available.

What sort of hotels do you use?

In city areas, we will offer you a choice of hotels, depending on your requirements and your budget. We have a wide range of options and can discuss these with you. However, in the trekking areas, we use the local lodges or tea houses or homestays if required we will arrange for all necessary camping equipment.
Most properties in the trekking areas are simple with basic facilities. We use those we know to be the best offering in terms of comfort, food and facilities.

Will you be able to accommodate my eating habits?

Yes, trekkers can also be accommodated with vegetarian meals along with a variety of western items and traditional Nepali meal, Dal Bhat. We recommend you eat vegetarian and happy to facilitate that with the tea houses.

Can I take shower in tea house?

For in most tea houses have running water facility with hot shower. Some of them have hot water but not in the shower but from a bucket as expected. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version.

How is the temperature of Everest base camp and another mountain?

In Autumn season, the afternoons are quite moderate. In good weather, it can get 15°C to 20 °C approximately above 4,000m and 0°C to 5 °C in the mornings and the evenings. The weather above 4,000m changes frequently with abrupt snowfall and temperature getting approximately -5°C to 15 °C but that all depends solely on the weather at that time.

Is physical fitness important in Trekking? Should I do prior preparation to trek?

Even if you never went trekking, you need not worry, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. If you are spirited, reasonably fit, enjoy walking, you will be fine. But we do suggest you’ve dabbled in physical activities such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on this journey.

Is there facility of Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek?

While in Nepal, the electricity specifications are 220 – 240-volt 50Mhz (50 cycles per second) of power. You just might need to have a plug adapter in case of socket fitting which can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. You might have to pay a small fee per hour for recharging facilities in some places.

Are you a licensed trekking agency?

Yes, we are a licensed agency. We are a Nepal Government and TAAN registered trekking agency. We are also member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Himalaya Rescue Association (HRA). You are in safe hands travelling with us.

Do I require travel insurance?

Yes. Travel insurance with maximum medical cover is essential for all trips to Nepal.

Can your guides speak English?

Yes. Our cultural tour guides and city guides are quite proficient. Our trek guides or Sirdar and assistants speak good English and are able to explain your surroundings, there culture and any sight that catches your eye.

What sort of accommodation can I expect while trekking?

Tea houses are generally built using local materials and are quite comfortable. Often family run, they usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs and often uses fire. All food will be cooked according to order in the family kitchen. The toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside. Most lodges provide a mattress and a quilt or blanket. It’s a good idea to always have a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat may be useful and perhaps an inflatable pillow. Most places will provide you with a lock for your room, but you may prefer to use one of your own. Theft is almost unheard of from the lodge owners; security is more of a risk around other Westerners. Along the way there are a few ‘up market’ places to stay.
If you choose a camping trek, a tent will be provided if you do not have your own. We provide a kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tents for all camping treks. You should bring your own sleeping bags, mats and whatever other home comforts you need. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy luxury items such as chocolate, beer or soft drinks, which we do not carry with us. We also provide a limited amount of toilet paper and facilities for hand and face washing before meals. You will also get a bowl of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

Can I have a single room or tent or do I have to share?

Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 and maximum as your wish).

Cost of private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, is negotiable. We also arrange treks for single woman. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it a solo trip. We assign local guide and porters whom you can trust your life with.

What permits might I require and what fees might I need to pay?

If you go trekking into the mountainous regions and high national parks of Nepal, you will be required to a trekking permit, called TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems). Some restricted regions of Nepal also require additional permits to visit. Climbing also necessitates permits for climbers and porters and the cost varies for categories of submit and altitude. Adventure White Himalaya Treks will organize all necessary permits for you as part of our service commitment. For more information, please visit the official website of Nepal Tourism Board (https://www.ntb.com.np/permits_fees/).

How long do we walk for each day?

All our trekking programs are classified into three different categories according to the level of difficulty. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally do not go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours a day.

While moderate is a little harder and more challenging treks which take you right into high mountain country. These can be physically quite tiring, involving approximately 6 – 8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.

Strenuous treks are longer trekking that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7 – 9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities.

Definitely not for beginners.

What sort of food can I expect to enjoy while trekking?

Most tea houses cook a good range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal-bhat, bread, soup, fresh vegetables (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 on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day.
In many larger villages, you may find some meat in the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. If you are on a camping trek, the cook can prepare specially requested food if you advise before leaving Kathmandu.

In any case, you will have similar fare to tea houses, except that along the way we may buy some fresh local produce such as fish, chicken or cheese to supplement the supplies. And the cost of all the food we prepare is included in the price of camping treks – you can eat as much as you like. Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that the food is fresh, nutritious and tasty. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Is the water OK to drink or do I need to bring purifying tablets or filter?

On camping trek, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On tea house trek, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks and mineral water in the tea house, however, to help conserve our environment and reduce porters loads, we recommend you to bring water purification tablets.

What health precautions should I take?

Health care services in Kathmandu Valley are sound. All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. For major health crisis or emergency, one may have to be evacuated to Kathmandu.

Useful Tips:
  • A travel insurance policy that covers medical treatment is recommended for all tourists.
  • Similarly, we recommend you to make sure that the insurance covers activities such as trekking and rafting that you will be undertaking during you stay in Nepal.
  • Getting special vaccinations are not necessary when visiting Nepal.
  • We still recommend that you consult with your physician regarding special immunizing against any tropical disease.
  • It may be a good idea to get a complete checkup before departure.
  • We recommend that you undertake training programs to be physically fit if you plan to go high-altitude trekking or mountaineering when you are visiting Nepal.

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  • Please make sure that food is thoroughly cooked and served hot when eating out. *
  • Please make sure that salads and fruits are washed with purified water or peeled when eating out.
  • Beware of food that has been kept out in the open for long.
  • Always make sure that your water is clean by opting for boiled and then cooled water, treated water or sealed water from reputed brand.
  • Always carry a bottle of water when trekking or venturing off away from the city or town.
  • Do not walk bare feet on damp mud and grass in unknown areas.
  • Please do not swim in lakes and water bodies, especially where depth and vegetation are not known.
  • Always carry and use mosquito repellant when in Terai region or during summers.
  • Please have a handy medical first-aid kit ready for any situation.
Are the trip destinations safe?

Security and safety are a high priority, there are often risks associated with adventure travel, particularly to overseas destinations that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe.

The decision to travel to a particular country or region is personnel one. However, in trekking, all our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold license issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But, we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you ar eon ‘camping trek’, please do not leave your bags unattended for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach the campsite.

At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa each night to guard the campsite. If you have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times.
Never leave your baggage unattended.

How strenuous is the trip? AM I fit enough?

Most of our trips require active participation, in general, the fitter you are the more likely you are to enjoy the trip. We grade each of our treks taking into consideration the altitude, number of days and general gradient.

Bearing in mind you will be in the Himalayas you do need to have a degree of fitness, if you wish to discuss any of the details further with us, we are more than happy to help.

What is the weather going to be like?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict however, Nepal does have a pretty reliable climate. In the mountains, nights are generally cold; depending on the altitude you will find extra layers, often a down jacket useful. Winters brings with it cold days but, when the Sun is out it is quite beautiful and often warm enough for T-shirts to be worn.

There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March – April) is particularly lovely as the Rhododendrons are in full bloom, and the mountain still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos.

You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses for high altitudes or winter treks and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you cans stay warm and dry in just about any conditions.

Expect the unexpected! If unsure about the weather conditions on the trail, ask your guide.

Will my trek stick to the itinerary and specified dates?

Every effort will be made to keep to your itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes.

The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

What is your advice to me regarding cultural etiquette in Nepal?

Some tips on the common etiquettes practiced by Nepali people should be useful to visitors.

  • The form of greeting in Nepal is ‘Namaste’ performed by joining both palms together. It literally means ‘the divine in me salutes the divine in you’.
  • As a mark of respect, Nepalese usually take their shoes off before entering someone’s house or place of worship.
  • Food or material that has been touched by another person’s mouth is considered impure or ‘Jutho’ and, therefore, is not accepted unless among close friends or family.
  • Touching something with feet or using the left hand to give or take may not be considered auspicious.
  • Women wearing skimpy outfits are frowned upon especially in the rural parts of the country.
  • As a part of the tradition, some Hindu temples do not allow non-Hindus to enter.
  • Leather articles are prohibited inside some temple areas.
  • Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
  • To avoid conflict photography is carried out after receiving permission from the object or person.
  • Nodding of the head means ‘yes’ while shaking of the head means a ‘No’. A slight dangling of head from left to right means ‘Ok’.
What happens if I get sick?

Most importantly, do not panic.

You should always ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated. A slight case of diarrhea is to be expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches – all a part of walking in the hills.

Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous, but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 3 liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and be sensible.

If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter or guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell, you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone.

A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow.

For more information, please visit www.high-alttude-medicine.com this excellent site will tell you all you need to know, and also include a phonetic Nepali questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.

How can I look after my porter?

Always make sure that your porter has enough warm and waterproof clothes – if he does not ask us to provide some. Keep an eye on your porter (just as he keeps an eye on you) when on the trail. The porter is working for you and his welfare is your responsibility – if he is unwell give him the day off and watch him. If he shows signs of altitude sickness, you must be firm and take him down to a safer altitude. Never leave him to wander alone down the mountain.

Make sure that he has sufficient food and drink. Your porter can also be your friend – talk to him about his family. Most porters are students trying to earn extra cash, or married with very young families. These guys can be away from home for months on end carrying packs up and down hills. It’s a hard life and small gestures of appreciation, like buying them a cup of tea, never go astray.

What to do if the guide or porter leave me alone on the trail?

Sometimes, the porter or guide may go ahead if you are walking slowly on an easy trail, usually to find a good place to eat or stay the night.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have been abandoned. Adventure White Himalaya Trek’s porters or guides will never leave you for long periods and will never steal your bag or belongings. Guaranteed.

Do you provide any equipment for my trek?

On all our camping treks, we provide the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A-frames and normally people share one tent between two, a form mattress each, all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves, candles or kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent.

What type of ground transportation is used on your tour?

We have a fleet of mostly tourist vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches.

How much spending money should I bring?

This will depend on the destination and your spending habits. However, our trip dossiers will give you an idea of how to budget for additional meals, optional excursions, and extra expenses you might incur on any specific trip.

Are credit cards accepted?

Yes, in most cities. But, you can’t use your credit card in remote and less developed areas at all.

Payment in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like American Express, Master, and VISA are accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. Remember to keep your foreign exchange encashment receipt while making foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepali rupees. The receipt may be needed to change left-over Nepali currency into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank.

ATM is widely in use in Kathmandu. Major Banks, hotels and exchange counters at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) provide services for exchanging foreign currency.

Exchange rates are published in English dailies such as Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times. Nepali currency notes are found in denominations of Rupees 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are found in denominations of Rupees 5, 2 and 1. One rupee equals 100 paisa.

Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

Tips are not included, but are greatly appreciated by your guide and porters. This depends on your budget and level of appreciation, but 10 percent of your cost is a good guideline.

What happens in case of an emergency?

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, we will arrange a helicopter evacuation. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before signing for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to go to the nearest communication point, he/she needs to call our office and let us know the details. While asking for the helicopter, we will need your exact location and details of the casualty. DO not move from your location, the helicopter will be with you as soon as possible

If I arrive a day early, are you able to help with accommodation on arrival?

Yes, we will be delighted to help. Just let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do what we can.