Trip Starts: Kathmandu Trip Ends: Kathmandu Transportation Facility: Plane or Road Trip Duration: 20 Days Trip Activity: Trekking Trekking Guide: Available (Male) Best Season: Sharad Ritu (Autumn) Min-Max Group Size: 2 - 15 pax Fixed Departures: Yes Min Age: 12 years or above Security: 100% Guaranteed! Customized Trip Route: Available
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Upper Mustang trek is a rare and privileged opportunity, you can experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. In many ways, trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking in to Tibet, which geographically is a part of it. Upper Mustang is known by Tibet of Nepal. That was separate kingdom of Nepal during the king’s period.

Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830’s. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Manthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom its full of culture and religious heritage. The early history of Lo Manthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Manthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,300 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Adventure White Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon your arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Day 02: Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:30 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagodas and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Note: The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m) by Tourist Bus 7 Hours

Your guide will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.30 am to Pokhara. The bus ride will reach you to Pokhara after 7 continuous hours.

Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m) 4 Hours Or you may drive bus or jeep as well it will take 8 to 9 hours

Early morning you will be flying northwest from Pokhara towards the great portal between the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8,000 m and the deepest gorge on this planet.

On arrival to Jomsom, you will meet rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu, you will have a guide with you. You start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang and the trek will take you around 4 hours to reach Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni Trek to Chaile (3,050 m) 6 Hours

The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way with different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chusang village in about 1/2 hour, then we trek and cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of the conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel that the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. The trek will take you 6 hours in total to reach here. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

Day 06: Chaile Trek to Geling (3,500 m) 7 Hours

The climb continues along steep, treeless, water less terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge and with further descent comes a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge, where the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800 m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at (3,770 m) and descend to Geling Village. It will take around 7 hours to reach this village.

Day 07: Geling Trek to Charang (3,620 m) 7 Hours

From Geling village, the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nya La and descends below the blue, grey and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to Mani Wall, perhaps the longest and most spectacular Mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3,600 m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit, and observe collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s. After 7 hours of walking, you finally reach Charang.

Day 08: Charang Trek to Ghar Gumba (3,920 m) 2 Hours. Trek Lo Manthang (3,810 m) 4 Hours.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. Few meters ahead lie the 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. To reach here it takes approximately 2 and a half hours from Charang. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. After visiting Ghar gompa and spending an hour to roam around, the trek continues to Lo Manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally, from the ridge, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross the stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. The total duration to reach Lo Manthang would be around 4 hours from Ghar Gumba.

Day 09: Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar

It takes around 2 hours to reach Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo Manthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Ghar gumba Trek to Yara (3,650 m) 7 Hours

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4,100 m and descends down to Dhi village within 5 hours of the trek. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and settled in a very suitable place. We then cross a river to follow a path along the left bank of a river side to Yara village at (3650m).

Day 11: Yara Trek to Tange (3,370 m) 7 Hours

From Yara, the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes. There is no bridge on the river so you need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river, the trail climbs high above a pass of (3,850 m). The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass, the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of (3,370 m). Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops, one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. The duration of the trek for this day would be around 7 hours.

Day 12: Tange Trek to Chusang (3,022 m) 9 Hours

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they must have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of Chusang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. It will take around 9 hours to reach Chusang.

Day 13: Chusang Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) 5 Hours drive to Jomsom (2,715 m) 1.5 Hour.

This is the last day of the trek. We follow our trail through the village after passing the scenic Mani walls. We walk past the plateau, and ascend until we reach a small pass from where we can see high mountains and picturesque view of the holy Muktinath temple. We follow the trail taking us to Muktinath temple passing the Kani/gate. We explore the temple, and rest for some time. From Muktinath we take a local jeep and drive back to Jomsom. The drive will be of around an hour.

Day 14: Morning Flight from jomsom to Pokhara and Sightseeing around Pokhara

Today 30-minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to a hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Davis waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave.

Day 15: Flight back to Kathmandu (30 minutes) Or drive by tourist bus to till to Kathmandu 7 hours. Then over night stay at Pokhara in hotel.

Way to Pokhara to Kathmandu is quiet busy road the trial is paved road, but sometime may have traffic so it will be going to longer than the normal point time. May you will have to see the ago farm, dense forest, Hillock and others village community as well. After Muglin you may through the Trusuli river where lots of rafting group will be rafting in the Trisuli river that will be fantastic. Rusuli is religious serine of among the rivers of Nepal. Then, Finally after 7 hours we arrive Kathmandu then we celebrate farewell dinner with cultural restaurant with exchanging the full of enjoying over there

Day 16: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back to your country.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Cost Included
  • Entry permit for separate Upper Mustang
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
  • All meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea house
  • All land transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu and Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All pick up and drops (airports to hotel and airport to hotel)
  • Duffle bag where you can put your trekking gears
  • T-Shirt where our company’s logo will be printed
  • One guide for below five persons below ten persons another guide will be add like same in groupism
  • Each two persons get one porter (each porter can carry 25 kg of luggage)
  • One day accommodation in Pokhara two-night accommodation in Kathmandu will provide you.
  • Salary for guide and porters
  • Insurance for guide and porters
  • Sleeping bag for negative twenty temperature
  • Certificate will be provided by Adventure White Himalaya Pvt.Ltd.
  • Information about trekking, tour and expedition if anyone interested about the information
Cost Excluded
  • Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
  • Personal nature of expenses such as drinking water, hot shower Wi-Fi etc.
  • Lunch and dinner in city
  • Your personal trekking gears
  • Food and accommodation in city
  • Light weight trekking boot
  • Down jacket Two pairs of loose-fitting long skirts
  • Two pairs of cotton T-shirt
  • Sun glass and sun hat
  • One pairs of sandals
  • Two pairs of thin and two pairs of thick woolen socks
  • First aids kits
  • Flash light
  • Sunblock cream
  • Water bottle
  • Chlorine for the water purification
  • Some dry food and candy as well

Note:

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).

  • 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).

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.

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