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Everest Base camp Trekking

Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route, Chaurikharka, Nepal

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Everest Base Camp & Kalapthar Trekking is the best trail for those who want to see best view of Mt. Everest. Everest Base Camp & Kalapthar Treks starts from Lukla and Namche, Tengpoche, Dingbuche and Lobuche then heads toward Mt. Everest Base Camp and return same way back. The word “Kala Patthar” means black rock. The trail begins from near the lake bed in Gorakshep close to the helipad. It is a hill behind Gorakshep which offers the great views of the Mount Everest Panorama. It takes about 2 hours to climb Kala Patthar.

Arrival location:

Kathmandu

Departure Location:

Kathmandu

Included in your experience:

• Pick & Drop to Airport/Hotel by our Private Car

• Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu 3 star level hotel with BB

• 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek

• Accommodation of Lodges, Guest houses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek

• Trekking Guides(Government Licensed holder) and Porters with good English during the trek 2 guest : 1 porter

• Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.

• First Aid medical kit

• Everest(Sagarmatha) National Park permit fees

• Guide airfare Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.

• Travel insurance for Nepali staff during trekking period

• TIMS(Trekker's Information Management System) Card

• Seasonal fresh fruits like (orange, apple, banana, mango and grape and other Nepali local fruits etc.)

• All administrative works (If necessary) related to government body

• Government Taxes, legal expenses

• Kathmandu –Lukla- Kathmandu flight ticket

Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Not included in your experience:

• Meals in Kathmandu

• International flights

• Nepal entry visa fee

• All alcoholic drinks, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet

• Extra Tea and Coffee.

• Personal trekking equipment, medical and travel insurance

• Any extra transportation except itinerary (we can arrange if request)

• Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue due to cause of out of our control.

• Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusive price

• Some extra assistance like (if you cannot walk properly our guide will arrange you horse, to came back, if applicable this you have to pay them directly)

• Tips to trekking staffs ( Amount depends upon you)

Required Equipment:

Important Note:

1. Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

2. Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Actual Adventure upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.

3. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

Some useful information about trip

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek suggest Back pack

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Flights to Lukla have a weight restriction of 15 KG– please pack light and adhere to this list.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers

• Valid passport or National identity card for flight

• Copy of first page of passport

• Airline tickets

• Visa form for Nepal (or obtain at Kathmandu airport for Indian nationality no need visa.)

• 4 passport photos

Luggage

• Duffel bag, extra-large (5,500 - 9,500 cu. in.)

• Small soft-sided suitcase or duffel to store non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu

• Daypack to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing

• Luggage tags and locks, 2 sets

Sleeping Gear

• Pillow (travel-size that can fit easily into your duffel)

• Sleeping bag with stuff sack rated for the season as follows: Spring departures: 35°F or less, Fall departures: 20°F or less

Travel Clothing

• Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear

• Comfortable shoes

Outerwear

• Rain jacket with hood, waterproof, breathable and with room for warm layers underneath

• Rain pants (full side zips are convenient)

• Insulated parka/ski jacket (REQUIRED), down or synthetic, able to fit over other warm layers

Footwear

• Hiking boots, sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken-in

• Comfortable shoes for evenings at the lodges

Clothing

• Midweight fleece or wool sweater

• Fleece pants or tights (see "Optional Field Gear")

• Thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool, appropriate for the season as follows...

• Spring: midweight (1 set)

• Fall: midweight (1 set) and expedition weight (1 set)

• Hiking pants/skirt (1)

• Hiking shorts (recommended for men only during Spring departures only)

• Long-sleeve shirts (2)

• T-shirts, synthetic are best

• Underwear

• Hiking socks (5 pair), wool or synthetic

• Liner socks

Clothing Accessories

• Sun hat

• Wool or fleece hat (covers ears)

• Bandana

• Wool or fleece gloves

• Thin liner gloves

• Snow gaiters (Fall departures only)

Travel Accessories

• Two 1-quart water bottles or one 1-quart water bottle and a hydration system (such as a Camelback). You must bring at least one water bottle, even if you plan to primarily use a hydration pack.

• Flashlight or headlamp (with spare batteries/bulb)

• Pocket knife or multi-tool (in your checked luggage)

• Ear plugs

• Small quantity of favorite energy snacks and electrolyte drink mix

• Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)

• Sun block and lip balm – SPF 30+

• Toiletry kit

• Medium quick-dry towel

• Personal first aid kit / personal medications

• Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes

• Several Ziploc plastic bags

• Large, heavy duty plastic trash bags (2)

• Trowel and a full roll of toilet paper in a Ziploc bag

• Feminine health supplies (can be difficult to obtain in Nepal)

Optional Field Gear

• Camera, film/memory cards, spare batteries

• Down or synthetic-filled pants (a wise addition for Fall treks)

• Down booties (Fall treks at night)

• Trekking poles (very highly recommended)

• Knee supports

• Altimeter

• Spare contact lenses or glasses

• Games and toys: Frisbee, cards, etc.

• Reading and writing materials

• Passport pouch or money pouch

• Neck pillow for travel

Things to Consider

• Culturally sensitive dressing tips: For women, pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf) is recommended. Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advised unless worn under other clothing. For men, pants are best. Men may wear hiking shorts, but they should be longer, near the knees. Men should never go shirtless.

• Your duffle bag should be able to accommodate all of your trekking gear and clothing. You may want to consider using an extra large duffel so that you have space to carry home all the great gifts and souvenirs you may be purchasing. Be sure to adhere to your airline's baggage size and weight restrictions. Additional charges may apply if you exceed their parameters.

• Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.

• You may find that you will not use every piece of clothing that is on this gear list. However, the list has been created to provide for the full range of weather conditions that you MAY encounter during your trek. Should the weather be unseasonably cold or wet, you will appreciate having this gear and please not seasonally specific suggestions in relation to the departure date you've selected.

• Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding or bunching up.

• Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.

• It may be difficult to obtain feminine health supplies while in Nepal. Women are advised to bring these items from home.

• Travel clothes, extra gear, and purchases will be left in a storage room at our Kathmandu hotel. Please bring a small bag, luggage tag, and a lock for this purpose.

• Accommodations

Hotels

For our standard Walking and Trekking holidays we use comfortable mid range hotels usually two or three star rated and for our Luxury treks we use four or five star rated hotels. Please note that many hotels in the developing world are not at the same level or standard as in Western countries. Please refer to the Trip Dossier for details of the hotels used for your itinerary.

If you are a single person booking on our standard Walking and Trekking holidays you do not have to pay the single room supplement, this is only payable if you specifically request to have a room to yourself. You will not have to pay this for this option if you happen to end up with a single room due to odd numbers on the trip.

Trekking Lodges

Tea house lodges are the standard accommodation used for Everest, Annapurna and Langtang treks in Nepal. These are locally run guesthouses so by using these establishments we are supporting the local community. The facilities are quite basic although improving every year. The rooms are private with twin beds and many now offer hot showers for a small extra charge. There is a main dining area heated during the evenings, you can choose your breakfast and evening meal from the lodge menu.

If you would like to explore Everest regions in style then you could consider staying in the new Luxury Lodges that have been built recently. These are at a standard far better than anything else available in the area. The lodges provide the highest level of service with landscaped gardens, good food, comfortable bedrooms as well as hot showers and western toilets.

Trekking Preparation

 When to go: The best seasons for trekking are either side of the monsoon season, Feb-June and September-November. During this time the weather is generally fine and the skies clear. It is possible to trek out of season, but expect lots of rain (and leeches) during the monsoon and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months. See also the Nepal Climate section.

 Experience & Fitness - there are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness, for age 5 to 85. An easy teahouse trek with Nepali support (guide/porter) is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably walking fit - if you can walk for a few hours each day for a week and are not averse to the occasional (frequent!) hill climb then you can trek in Nepal. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions do tend to demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks it is usually desirable but not necessarily essential to have some alpine climbing experience.

 Equipment: the main essentials are sturdy and comfortable hiking boot, a sleeping bag and a few clothes (be prepared for a range of weather). It is best to travel light, take only what you need and leave the rest behind. If you have the services of a porter then you will need a day-pack for your essentials and the rest goes in a kit-bag or duffel to be conveyed to your next stop. It is possible to buy everything in Kathmandu and Pokhara but it is all copies.

 Hiring support: Whether to join a group, trek with other independent travelers or to hire your own guide and/or porter is a personal decision to be based on the difficulty of the trek and available budget. When signing up with an agency you should speak with several and make detailed enquiries about the differences in service besides just the base cost. If hiring staff independently the be mindful of your responsibilities to ensure that your man is suitably equipped for the job and stays safe.

 Permits and TIMS: "Trekking permits" are not required for the main teahouse treks. Recent rule brought in by the Trekking Associations in Nepal require that all trekkers register with TIMS ("Trekking Information Management System"), this can be done via official trekking agencies or the Nepal Tourism Board . Trekking to remote areas and climbing the designated "Trekking peaks" require extra permits, these are generally obtained by the agent/guide who will be arranging your trek.

 Arriving mid-travel: If you arrive in Kathmandu part way tour of Asia and decide to go trekking then you can easily get equipped in Kathmandu. Plenty of shops in Thamel sell (or rent) any trekking gear that may be required. The local copies of brand name goods are not good quality, but good bargains can be had on fleeces and down jackets. Whilst walking boots are readily available it would be advisable not to be breaking on Nepali made boots along the trail, comfortable and reliable footwear is essential. Permits and (if required) guides can be arranged in a day or two.

 Rescue insurance: Before the departure check that your insurance covers trekking activities and the conditions. It would be very costly to pay a helicopter rescue at 5000 meters.

• Food and health

The food provided on our treks is simple yet tasty, incorporating a mixture of local and western cuisine and there is always lots of it. For breakfast you will get porridge or cereal, toast or chapattis, cooked eggs and a range of hot drinks. On our camping treks in Nepal we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine. On arrival to the camp or lodge in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits followed by a three course meal in the evening. We cater for vegetarians or other diets - please notify us of any requirements on booking.

Every care and consideration is taken to ensure a high level of hygiene in the kitchen tent and around camp. The local staff are trained in this area and will always ensure there is boiled water for drinking and water for washing your hands in the evenings. It is a good idea to bring with you a bottle of hand sanitizer for use when there are no washing facilities available such as when walking during the day.

While staying at hotels in towns and cities before or after the trek our services include only bed and breakfast so you will have purchase your other meals. After booking with us we send you our Nepal Pre Departure notes that include information on our recommendation for good, hygienic local restaurants.

Stay safe

 Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2500m. Be familiar with the symptoms and do not ignore them. People who keep to a conservative ascent schedule and drink plenty of fluids should acclimatise OK. If you or anyone in your party begins to experience symptoms of AMS then do not ascend any further, and if they do not improve then descent to a lower altitude is the only option.

 Water - The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem. Have some means to purify water, iodine and/or a fine ceramic filter are the best options.

 Lone travelers - arriving in Kathmandu it is usually easy to find other like minded people with similar travel plans and trek together. Even if you start at the trailhead alone you are likely to meet the same people along the trail and share lodges at night. It is not wise to trek alone (this is true not just in Nepal but anywhere). In the unlikely event that you should encounter trouble or become ill then it is far easier and safer to have some companion to help out.

• Altitude and acclimatization

Our itineraries are carefully planned to ensure there is a gradual ascent in height over a number of days to allow for the necessary time for your body to acclimatise to high altitude. Most people can ascend to 2,500m without a problem however it is impossible to determine who might be more susceptible to altitude sickness at higher elevations. No single factor such as age, sex or fitness will affect your likelihood of being affected.

The Cause of Altitude Sickness

As the altitude increases the partial pressure of oxygen is reduced, for example at 3,600 there is about 40% less oxygen than at sea level. The body must adjust to having less oxygen.

Acclimatisation

The human body can adapt to the decrease of oxygen at altitude however this process takes time; this is known as acclimatisation. The cause of altitude sickness is a result of going too high too fast. The body adjusts to less oxygen by several mechanisms, the main ones being an increasing rate and depth of breathing followed by the slower process of producing more red blood cells.

Mild Acute Mountain Sickness

There is a spectrum of altitude sickness starting starting at mild acute mountain sickness (AMS). Many people will experience mild AMS during the acclimatisation process. The symptoms of mild AMS include:

• nausea & dizziness

• headache

• loss of appetite

• fatigue

• shortness of breath

• disturbed sleep

Symptoms tend to be worse at night when your breathing rate decreases. As long as symptoms are mild and only a nuisance your ascent can continue at a moderate rate. It is essential that you communicate any symptoms of illness to the Leader of your trip.

Moderate AMS

The best test for Moderate AMS is get the person to walk in a straight line heel to toe, if they are unable to do this then an immediate descent is required. Often only a small decrease in altitude of 300m will relieve the symptoms.

The signs and symptoms of Moderate AMS include:

• severe headache that is not relieved by medication

• nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue

• shortness of breath

• decreased co-ordination (ataxia)

Severe AMS

Severe AMS has two serious conditions one being high altitude cerebral oedema and the other high altitude pulmonary oedema. These should not occur if a sensible acclimatisation schedule has been adhered to and usually happens due to people going too high too fast. In both cases the lack of oxygen results in leakage of fluid through the capillary walls into either the lungs or the brain.

Symptoms of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE):

• shortness of breath at rest

• tightness in the chest, and a persistent cough bringing up white, watery, or frothy fluid

• fatigue and weakness

• confusion, and irrational behaviour

• Symptoms of High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE):

• headache

• disorientation

• loss of co-ordination

• confusion and irrational behaviour

• decreasing levels of consciousness

• loss of memory

• hallucinations

• coma

Immediate descent is essential for someone with HACE and/or HAPE. There is also medication that may be used for treatment.

Guidelines for the prevention of AMS

The guidelines state that when you get above 3,000 metres, you should increase your altitude by approx. 300 metres per day, and for every 900 metres of elevation gained take a rest day.

• if you have symptoms of moderate AMS do not go higher until symptoms decrease.

• if symptoms increase, descend immediately!

• remember that people acclimatise at different rates.

• make sure you are properly hydrated by drinking at least four litres per day. Urine should be copious and clear to pale yellow

• do not over exert yourself at altitude

Electricity in Nepal

The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle, but some have been retrofitted to accept US and European plugs. Simple adapters can be purchased inexpensively, around 80NRs, in Kathmandu to change the shape of the plug (but not the voltage of the electricity!); some have fuses built in. Try shopping in Kumari Arcade at Mahaboudha near Bir Hospital of Kathmandu for cheap electrical alternative. Be sure to decrease the price by about 25-30% before buying.

Electricity on treks outside of major cities can become scares. Expect to pay 100 - 800Nrs per hour to charge goods on many tea-house treks, including the Everest base camp trek. One alternative is to buy a bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, however these only work while voltage remains high (they often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains).

Tipping

At the end of the trip if you feel that the local trek crew have done an exceptional job then it is customary for members of the group to give a tip. The amount depends on the number of days on trek, the size of the team and the type of trek (camping v teahouse). It is a good idea to pool the contributions and hand out to the crew on the last night of the trek.

Of course, tipping is entirely voluntary and it is often the case team members give different amounts into the tip fund. After booking with us we will send our Nepal Pre Departure notes that include our suggestions for range of appropriate amounts allocated to each crew member.

How to Pay?

Option 01: Bank Account for the payment to wire transfer

Beneficiary Name: Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

A/C No : Currency General Account (USD) 016-010 100 23199

Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd

Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal

SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT

• Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

• Please send us swift copy when you deposit amount and make be sure when it will arrive in our account

Option 02: pay by credit card (master card and visa only)

• If you want to make a payment by credit card, 4% extra charge will be taken as a card processing fee. To download the Credit Card Payment Form, please click here and fill up the form and send the form via email

• We also need the both side copy of your credit card and a Payment authorization paper with your signature, please download the paper at Credit card Form and fax or scan these two document to us by Email.

Option 3: Payment by WESTERN UNION or other money transfer agencies

(more details: WESTERN UNION http://www.westernunion.com/)

Please find the Western Union Agent location nearby, fill in the money order.

Mail to the Country: Nepal

City: Thamel ,Kathmandu

Payee's Name:

First Name: Kedar

Last Name: Neupane

Telephone: +977-1-4417579,

Mobile: +977 9851012358

Send the money transfer form scan or fax the Transfer Control Number to us.

Usually it only takes about 30 minutes to receive the money after you transfer it. After we get it will send you email back confirm it soon.

Hope above flight information and payment details will help you to book your Trip in Nepal. Domestic flights in Nepal are less frequent and ticket may not available for longer. Make your decision in right time.

Please feel free to ask If you have any further queries regarding the trip in Nepal . I will always happy to answer you as soon as possible.

Looking forward to hearing very soon from you. Thank you for your business. Hope to see you soon in Kathmandu,.

Faithfully yours

Kedar Neupane (00977-9851012358 )

Managing Director

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

info@nepalvillagetrek.com

http://www.nepalvillagetrek.com/

* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
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