Baruntse Expeditions

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating mountaineering expeditions to Mt. Baruntse, one of the technical and grand climb visiting least explored area, on the other side Everest and Khumbu region around deep forested Hongu Valley, on the route to Mera Peak and towards east Baruntse and Makalu area, where you can experience an adventure of a life time, trekking within World Heritage Sites Sagarmatha National Park” which covers Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Amadablam, Thermasharkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang, The Sagarmatha Park limit ends, where Makalu Barun National Park & Conservation starts from Mera-la onwards towards east.

Mt. Baruntse at 7,129 m / 23,389 ft high stands proudly above the rim of Hongu (Hinku) valley in Khumbu and east to Makalu Barun area, above summer settlement of Imjatse valley on south east areas. Mt. Baruntse at 27 52 19 Latitude & 86 58 55 Longitude, a full scale Mountaineering Expedition Mountain, taking minimum a month with trek and climb, although we have reserved 14 days for the climb, it can be done within 10 days in good weather condition from Base Camp. Since last decades getting popular among hardy and professional climbers as it is one of the most technical mountains to scale, from whichever side of climb, perched above Panch Pokhari region at the rim of Hongu valley. Mt. Baruntse a tough and beautiful mountain close to the ridge of 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east, it has been climbed frequently and by many different routes.

Trexmount Ventures will take the route by the original South East Ridge, this provides excellent climb, persistent with reasonable level of technical difficulty and with good camp platforms at strategic points along the route. Apart from few short sections it is impartially safe; this climb is taken after enough practice and acclimatization, at first trekking the route around hidden areas of picturesque Hongu valley, with acclimatization and stunning panorama of surrounding mountains along the walk and camping on route to Mt. Baruntse base camp.

Mt. Baruntse Climb and on trek and climb offers fabulous views of
of Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,349 ft), Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 029ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,771ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22,250 ft) Tharmarsarku ( 6,623 m / 21,729 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m /19,721 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 20,909 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with trekking peaks Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,210ft) as far to 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,516 m /27,940 ft towards far east with 6th highest Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m-26906 ft) on north western horizon.

Trexmount Ventures adventure to Mt. Baruntse climbing expedition’s starts with a sweeping short scenic flight to Lukla at 2,820 meters high, the gateway to Upper Khumbu and Everest area, as well to Hongu valley, a popular place with a unique airstrip in whole Himalaya.

Mt. Baruntse Climb includes trek towards Nau lekh (meaning nine ridges) mountains and over the high passes of Zatrwa Og 4,450 meters and again to Zatrwa-La at 4,600 meters, with views across Dudh Kosi river valley and of Karyolung and Lumding Himal, and then descend to camp around beautiful Hongu (Hinku) Valley around Tuli Kharka, a summer pasture area to reach at Mera-la and to Baruntse base camp for the great climb and adventure of a lifetime experience.

From Luka walk follows over the ridge of Nau Lekh ridge and passes to reach the hidden Hongu Valley with enchanting forested area of rhododendron (Nepal national flower), oaks, pines and firs trees, after Lukla leaving the villages and human settlement for pure wilderness in the harmony of mountains and high hills with only the sound of cool winds. On leaving the tree lines reaching towards our highlight and destination at Baruntse base camp after a climb over Mera-la at 5,415 meters high close to Mera Peak, one of the highest trekking peaks around Khumbu area, walk leads past Panch Pokhari near Amphu Labtsa peak, with enough experience around this high altitude and in complete wilderness reaching at Baruntse base camp.

Baruntse peak with ridges forms the icy wall between the Barun Valley, Hongu Valley and the Imjatse valley of the` Khumbu area. Most of the Ascent is done via Sherpani and West Col and it is technically tough in most places.
The higher camp leads at the foot of the Barun Glacier, from where most of the climbing is done. Baruntse lies hidden behind the Peak 4 and in between the East and West Col. of Makalu. The traverse to Everest region via Sherpani Col and Amphu Laptsa is done through up the rocky slopes of the Barun's West Bank. After a great strenuous climb reaching our main high light of this adventure, return journey on the same route , walk leads downhill most of the way to Lukla for scenic flight back to Kathmandu, in the hustle bustle of city life, after a wonderful and remarkable adventure with great service of Trexmount Ventures and its friendly camping staff and expert guides.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu received by our Representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02|03: Kathmandu free day for trek preparations or Sightseeing tour on your interest, pay locally for sightseeing.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,800m-9,186 ft and trek to Chutanga 3,430m-11,253 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300 m-14,108 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430 m-11,253 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Tagnag 4,360 m-14,304 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek near Mera – la 5,415 m-17,766 ft and camp – 05 hrs
Day 10:  Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m-16,404 ft via Mera la 5,415 m-17,766 ft – 04 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Hongu Pokhari (Panch Pokharai) 5,000m-16,404 f – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Hongu Pokhari.
Day 13: Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m-17,388 ft.
Day 14: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 15-28: (14 days) Climbing and preparation for the summit of Baruntse.
Day 29: Back at Base Camp clean up and packing for return journey.
Day 30: Trek back to Hongu Pokhari.
Day 31:  Trek on route near Khare – 07 hrs.
Day 32: Trek to Khotey 3,600-11,811 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 33: Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,200 m-13780 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 34: Trek back to Lukla 2,860 m-9,383 ft – 07 hrs.
Day 35: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels,
Day 36-37: Kathmandu free time and to submit reports to respective department.
Day 38: Departure from Nepal.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

Day 02|03:   Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing)
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.

Day 04:   Fly to Lukla 2,800m-9,186 ft and trek to Chutanga 3,430m-11,253 ft – 04 hrs.
Early morning depart from the hotel for the flight to Lukla on reaching Kathmandu domestic airport board in a small plane Dornier or Twin Otter, flight offers great views array of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest as the plane touches down after 30 minutes of scenic flight to Lukla, a unique airstrip with a runway with uphill slope, Lukla airport at present named after legendry climber Tenzing & Hillary Airport. After a time here for a while then start the walk towards to our first night camp on the outskirt of Lukla at Chutanga, from Lukla following our guide above Lukla and heading into wooded area of pines, firs and rhododendron to reach our campsite in a nice grassy filed at Chutanga a small settlement with few shades and huts, a cattle herders summer pasture.

Day 05:   Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,300 m-14,108 ft – 06 hrs.
From here our real adventure begins leaving the last human settlement for a week or more, heading towards complete wilderness with a steep climb across Kalo Himal of Nau Lekh rocky ridge range, separating Khumbu and Hongu valley and beyon east towards Makalu area, after a tough climb reaching top ridge adorned with prayer flags at 4,450 meters high, this pass is called Zatrwa Og, walk continues to cross over Zatrwa-La at 4,600 m, offering tremendous views of Dudh Kosi river valley, Karyolung and Lumding Himal, as the walk leads downhill to Tuli Kharka on a summer pasture field for overnight camp, after a great trek of the day.

Day 06:   Trek to Mousum Kharka 3,430m-11,253 ft – 04 hrs.
After a wonderful overnight stop at Tuli Kharka, morning walk leads downhill with super view of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, after few hours of pleasant walk through alpine forest reaching into hidden valley of Khumbu at Hongu (Hinku) area, overlooking magnificent views of Mera Peak, after a nice break walk continues on this lovely valley and through thick rhododendron and pine tree forested area to reach another summer pasture at Mosum Kharka for overnight camp.

Day 07:   Trek to Tagnag 4,360-14,304 ft – 05 hrs.
From this lovely campsite walk continues closer to our destination at first to stop at a wonderful place in Tangnag, morning walk carries on this pleasant valley in woodlands surrounding, as the walk leads on a wide open valley with a grazing countryside with several spread out Sheppard huts and shelter and then reaching at Gondishung 4,350 meters close to Tagnag. Gondishung an interesting place with 200 year old small Gompa (monastery) located on boulders in a shade with other prayer monuments and flags, after this impressive place a few hours of good walk brings at our overnight camp at Tagnag, camping close to several small huts serving as temporary stores and lodge for the trekkers and staff walking this route to Mera area around Hongu valley.

Day 08: Rest day at Tagnag for acclimatization.
After several days of good and hard trek, a free and rest day here at Tagang a wonderful place to be for leisure walk and hike, most important for acclimatization before heading higher area for the climb of Mera Peak, around here several high hills for vista of surrounding snow capped peaks.

Day 09:   Trek near Mera-la 5,415 m-17,766 ft  and camp – 05 hrs.
With a pleasant stop at Tagnag , morning heading tour main highlight of this trip towards upper Hongu valley for overnight camp at the base of Mera -la pass at 5, 415 meters high, morning trek leads with few ups and downs along with wonderful scenery of surrounding landscapes and hills of Hongu valley, as the walk heads to Charpatti Tal (lake) dammed with rocks and moraine, after going by the icy lake a short climb and then downhill to Dig Kharka also called as Khare for overnight camp before Mera-la pass.

Day 10:   Trek to Upper Hongu Valley 5,000m-16,404 ft -05 hrs.
On completing first part of lower Hongu / Hinku valley trekking, adventure continues to cross over main areas of Upper Hongu Valley, passing a small col with super vista of Chamling, Makalu and Baruntse. From here on the downhill for two hours to reach a nice spot for rest and lunch beside the Hongu Drangka, beneath west face of Chamlang, after a break here trekking below Chamlang, and gradually climbing into Upper Hongu Valley the walk from here with complete views of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest, after two hours of good strong walk leading to a grassy flat slope for overnight camp.

Day 11:   Trek to Hongu Pokhari 5,000m-16,404 ft – 05 hrs.
Today compared to other past days walk is much shorter to reach at Hongu or Panch Pokhari, a small icy pond fed from the glacier of Amphu and Mingbo peaks, Morning walk follows a gradual climb, and then on more steeply over moraine and rocky glacier, then leading towards an old and recent moraine deposits, to reach at Hongu Pokhari for overnight camp on this lovely spot in the middle of nowhere in complete wilderness in the harmony of high surrounding peaks.

Day 12:   Rest day at Hongu (Panch) Pokhari.
Another rest day after Tagnag which is necessary to pull back the strength back for the final challenging climb to Mt. Baruntse, here relaxing or short hike exploring this least visited area, an opportunity to climb a small hill behind the camp for superb views of Hinku Glacier and the Mingbo-la.

Day 13:   Trek to Baruntse Base Camp 5,300m-17,388 ft – 04 hrs.
After a fine rest at the ponds, walk leads towards east on an ill define trail, past the Hongu glacier over moraine with awesome views of surrounding peaks, including north east face of Amadablam, Hongu and Amphu peaks. Trek follows to a climb above Baruntse Base Camp at over 5,300 meters high after a good strenuous walk of four hours, base camp by the Baruntse Glacier.

Day 14: Rest day for acclimatization.
Today, everyone will be engrossed with packing and reloading gears for climb of Baruntse, with time to acclimatize and rest.

Day 15-28: 14 days for climbing, preparation for summit of Baruntse.
Trexmount Ventures allowed minimum of 14 days for the final summit bid of Baruntse, on two weeks all should be perfectly physically fit and getting busy to make the trail and route to the summit, here our climbing guide will do all necessary job in assisting the group, packing and reloading the gear to further next high camps, probably 2 more camps will be adequate after base camp for the final bid to the summit. Our Sherpa guides with high altitude porters will ferry the necessary gear to the high camps, and assist in fixing ropes where necessary and making the best possible routes for the great climb to the summit of Baruntse. It is hard to predict exact day for the summit bid during these 14 days itinerary for the climb. While our guide and team member will make the route and fix ropes and carrying loads up to next camps. Route description as follows, from Base Camp following an old grassy moraine ridges roughly eastwards to a broad saddle from one can see a Mingbo-La and Makalu. From the saddle turn north and climb up rocky ground and finally through boulders to the ridge below Pt.5, 705 which is the site of camp I. There are four or five tents platforms. From Camp I: Cross a rocky bowl (tricky if snow covered) until below two rock fingers, then move on to a ridge proper. Climbing the ridge involves rock and ice climbing of severe standard with steps.

 Camp II: is on the last section at the edge from the summit on snow slopes which provides one of the hardest pitches on the climb at near 6, 630 meters high. Follow the ridge to a crevasse in the upper face, which offers another good resting site. Climb the snow/ Ice slope to reach the final ascent to the summit top at 7,129 m /23,389 ft high. Super Views! All need to be back at base camp by Day 28-29. At this point the porters will arrive for our walk out to Lukla.

Day 29:   Back at Base Camp.
An extra day to re-organize camping and climbing equipment, clean up the rubbish, picking up everything that has been brought leaving nothing except foot prints behind, collected rubbish to bring it back and to be handed to SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee) or to bring back to Kathmandu this is important to collect the garbage deposit money back.
Day 30:   Trek back to Hongu Pokhari.
The walk back will be more or less on the same path most of the way to Hongu Pokhari or beyond depending upon the time, availability of water and camping site.

Day 31:   Trek on route to Khare – 07 hrs.
The route back involves a climb over the Mere-la and slowly descending towards to the overnight camp at Khare.

Day 32:   Trek to Khotey 3,600 m-11,811 ft -06 hrs.
After a successful climb being on top of the world with awesome life time experience, return journey on the same route but feeling much better heading lower alpine and back into tree lines area, to camp at Khotey a small summer grazing filed.

Day 33:   Trek to Tuli Kharka 4,200 m-13,780 ft – 06 hrs.
Continue return journey as the walk leads through dense alpine woodland and summer pasture with a short steep climb to reach a hill top ridge and descend to a nice grassy meadow for last overnight camp of this adventure as next day sleeping in lodge at Lukla before Kathmandu.

Day 34:   Trek to Lukla 2,860 m-9,383 ft – 07 hrs.
Today, a long and hard walk of this adventure trekleads back to the high passes over Nualekh at Kalo Himal ridge and over Zatrwa Og, Zatrwa-La, after a steep haul descend towards Chutanga and forested area, after a short rest and then few hours walk reaches back to civilization at Lukla for last overnight stop in the high hills and mountains of Khumbu and Everest area, with last night dinner farewell to porters and camping staffs.

Day 35:   Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
At Lukla the flight operates from early morning to Kathmandu, sometimes the flight time can get delayed due to unfavorable and bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small Dornier or Twin Otter plane for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal Trexmount Ventures staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area.

Day 36 -37: In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This tow days reserved in case of flight delay in Lukla due to unfavorable weather conditions, on this two extra free day you can book for sightseeing tour, in our interesting cultural heritage tour around Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan this cities full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake, on this free day with time visiting ministry of tourism to submit the climbing report to respective government department.

Day 38:   Departure
Breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departing from Nepal.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:             Hotels & with camping on trek / climb
Trek grade:                                Adventurous
Climbing grade:                      Full fledge Mountaineering expeditions
Total Trip:                                37 / 38 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                                   April to June and September to November.

Trip Highlights

Great adventure with full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green hills, pristine forest, amazing landscapes and high mountains, trekking in complete wilderness in the harmony of high mountains and in the hidden Hongu valley, and climb of towering Mt. Baruntse at 7, 129 meters high, are the main attraction and highlights of this adventure with warm hospitality of the highlanders The Sherpa of Himalaya”

Trip Information's

Nepal the Land of Eight Thousander:
Nepal a unique country due to its different topography in just mere miles away from the low lands of tropical Terai, to the mid hills meditarrean climate of Churia to the alpine mid hills and arctic zone of High mountains, all these fascinating weather, sceneries varied tribes with different ancient culture only to be found in this Himalaya country Nepal.
Nepal captures 8th of the 14th Eight Thousander Mountains from Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586 m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Mt. Makalu 8,463 m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201 m, Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, Mt. Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m and world 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 meters high, all these great massive mountains are the life line of Nepal and beyond South East Asia which is the strong river source.
All the picturesque scenery makes Nepal one of the most sought destinations for any types of leisure holidays to extreme adventure, as Nepal is rich in culture, historical places and its old traditions in daily life.
Information for travelers while in Nepal with Trexmount Ventures:
While on booking with us we will provide with much essential information as per the trip chosen.

Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:  Before you depart for Nepal please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff and representative will have a sign-board with “Trexmount Ventures”, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal. Please note our phone numbers if in-case of flight delay and change in time & schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and don’t give any money who ever asks for it. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Passport: Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: You can either processed tourist visas from any Nepalese Embassy or via the web or you upon arrival in Nepal. Please note that once the visa is issued, it may not be amended or re-validated and visa fees will not be refunded. USD cash or Visa and Master Card credit cards are accepted for visa fees. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival, they can obtain into following arrival points in Nepal:
Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu| Kodari| Kakarbhitta| Birgunj| Belhiya Bhairahawa | Nepalgunj |Dhangadi | Mahendranagar.

REQUIREMENTS for Visa is as following:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash.
Visa fees at arrival points in Nepal: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal.

Note: Nigeria | Ghana | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Cameroon | Somalia | Liberia| Ethiopia| Iraq| Palestine and Afghanistan’s Travel Document holders (Passport holder) should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. Entry validity: The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal which is Six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Unique Path Travels does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Currency: The official currency in Nepal is Rupee. The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is NPR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa, a smaller unit.  There are coins  for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Nepal.

Money Exchange: Nepal Rastra Bank (National Bank)  sets the exchange rate and lists rate in daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity.  The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on. Where you can get cash (only Nepalese Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 NPR a day from your Card.

Accommodations: In Nepal most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Nepal trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trexmount Ventures .

Vaccinations: Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical center for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items: Band Aids / bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur if one does not acclimatize well while trekking in the high Himalayan region. Usually the symptom of AMS can be felt above 3,000 m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness:

  1.  AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness: 
    The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
  2. HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
    This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
  3. Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
    The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by heli-copter or by other possible arrangements.

Decision Making: All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation and in helicopter.

  1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 
  2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

Prevention is better than cure. A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

  • Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 
  • Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
    Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 
  • Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
    Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment: The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent, the best way of recovering. However, there are few medicine which maybe helpful when suffering: Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important: Go up slowly with take your own pace. Do not let your body get cold. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day). Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory. It is now a traditional way, asset by earlier visitors, to tip guides, porters and Tour Driver, who now expect a tip. Any gratuity for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is part of Nepalese culture, especially in markets when hiring the local vehicles, buying the jewelery and local clothing.

Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets are not common in Nepal but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:45 Hours).

Climate: Nowhere in the world is the climate so distinct and poles apart. The long stretch of the northern frontier, which is mostly rugged terrain, towered by the mighty Himalayas experiences arctic type of climate and a few hours down south at the fringes of the Indian borderlands the landscape and climate changes dramatically as the elevation decreases. With lush green tropical forests and vast stretches of plains one can encounter hot humid climate.

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn.
The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9,00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, to the arctic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck! Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya. As the Himalayan regions have low precipitations, the snow fall is limited depending upon the region, season and elevation. The main trekking area of Annapurna Region will be as follows.

From 800m-1200m quite subtropical climate with hot and humidity in summer and at end of spring till starting of autumn, however in winter the temperature drops down almost 0 degree Celsius with mild sunshine of 15-18 degree Celsius.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.

Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

From 3000m-4000m. minimum of 0-5 degree Celsius and maximum of 15-18 degree Celsius. Above 5000m it can snow even summer, while it rains below but the snow melts quickly as it reaches the ground at this time of the year in summer and monsoon. (The wind chill factor above 3000m-4000m can be quite freezing bringing the temperatures down. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m on-wards.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.
Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.
Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

In winter Dec to mid Feb this place can be very cold at sometimes in places like Loboche on-wards with minimum of -15-20 degree Celsius and maximum of 12-15 degree Celsius.

Above 3000m on-wards the afternoon sun will be brilliant with much glare and  strong UV (Ultra Violet Ray) while in the sun, however the temperatures drops down dramatically while in the shade.

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

                    1,330m                  850m                     200-300m (above sea level)

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan

                    max min                max min                max min

Jan               19     2                   20     8                    24   7
Feb              20      4                  21     8                    26   8                  
Mar              25      8                  27   11                   33   12       
Apr              30     11                 33   12                   35   18
May             30     16                 30   19                   35   20
Jun               30     20                 30   20                  35   23
Jul                29      21                30   21                   33   24
Aug              29      20                30   21                   33   24
Sep              27     19                29   20                   32   22
Oct               23      15                27   18                   31   18
Nov             23      4                 23     11                  29   12
Dec              20       2                  20     8                   24     8                           

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)                                 

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan                

Jan               25                         15                          10

Feb              25                         15                          10

Mar              75                         30                          10

Apr              50                         50                          15

May             100                         300                         200

Jun               225                         575                         300

Jul                375                         800                         500

Aug              360                         700                         450

Sep              175                         575                         400

Oct               50                         220                         100

Nov             10                         20                           5   

Dec              10                            5                            5                                

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

95%   91%   93%   85%   74%   54%   33%   37%   62%   88%   98%   99%

5:54    5:39    7:37    9:30    5:43    4:54    2:37    2:23    3:18    5:12    5:12    5:06

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

94%   94%   89%   80%   53%   5%     3%     3%     7%     64%   96%   99%

5:49    6:23    7:19    8:59    5:17    4:02    2:04    1:34    1:44    4:30    4:51    5:12

Voltage:  Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Photography: Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

Departure Dates

We will be able to organize operate this tour one month prior to the tour start. Please write to us for further informations: contact@nepalholidayinfo.com

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