Everest North Col Expeditions

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating adventure to Mt. Everest North Col Expeditions to experience an adventure of a life time, within World Heritage Sites “Chomolungma National Park” which covers Mt. Chomolungma (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Changtse, Lakpa ri, the park boundaries extends from Everest, Cho Oyu to Shispangma area on the world’s highest and largest plateau of Tibet

Mt. Everest North Col Expedition and on route to base camp, offers breathe taking views of worlds high mountains of Everest (8,848m / 29, 029ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,771 ft) Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,803ft) Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 24,879 ft) Pumori (7,161 m / 23,494ft) Cho-Oyu (8,201 m / 26,906 ft) 14th highest Mt. Shispangma (8,013 m / 26,289 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) worlds 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m / 28,169 ft) and many other adjoining smaller unnamed peaks.

Mt. Everest at 8,848 m / 29, 029 ft, the North Face located around upper Rongbuk River Valley which straddles northern border and barrier between Nepal and Tibet, this mountains clearly visible from Tibet side on route Rongbuk and the huge North Face of Everest.

The North Face in Tibet, lies on south mid east Himalayan range linked with Lho la, Mt. Lhotse, to reach Everest base camp from Tibet is easy on the recently constructed motorable road all the way to the base camp at 5,200 meter high. The road diverts from the main Lhasa / Kathmandu highway near Shegar (New Tingri) heading east high above Pang-la pass at 5,200 meters high with complete panorama of all Himalayan range of mountains towards south from Tibet, starting from far east Kanchenjunga to Shisapangma a stretch of more than 800 k.m. wide range of snow capped peaks with Mt. Everest.

From here drive leads to base camp through the famous Rongbuk Monastery area, one of the remote and highest monasteries in whole Himalaya range.

Mt. Everest North Col, this route was first tried by many early British and Swiss climbers, where in 1924 AD; Irving and Mallory climbed this route and disappeared in thick blanket of snow.

After the conquest of Mt. Everest from South, Nepal side by Tenzing and Hillary in 29th May 1953 AD, however no climbers had reached from North Col, in 1960 AD 1st Chinese expeditions reached the top from Rongbuk and North side and since then it has become regular expeditions from this side.

As from this side where Yak can go up to Camp I at over 6,000 meters high and a truck can be driven all the way to base camp, this makes far easier in transporting the camping. Climbing much faster and making the expeditions days shorter.

Mt. Everest is also known as the ‘Third Pole’ because of its evergreen ice and snow with cold temperature of minus - 40 or more, beside high wind and chill factors.

This wonderful adventure to Mt. Everest North Col Expeditions with Trexmount Ventures starts with an interesting drive towards east of Kathmandu on the Lhasa / Kathmandu highway leading towards the frontier town of Zhangmu in Tibet / China side, from here to Nylam town with few days’ rest and acclimatization at 3,540 meters high, where the barren, windswept world’s highest and largest plateau starts.

From here with more rest days at Old Tingri with first views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu and then journey leads to Everest base camp after passing through scenic Pang-la pass and Rongbuk monastery.

From base camp to reach Camp I or High Camp, requires one more camp in between as interim camp. For the summit bid Trexmount Ventures allocates 20 days maximum starting from ABC / Camp I (advance base camp).

From ABC / Camp I climbing for about 3 k.m. buttress to reach the North Col summit to a shoulder, and then reaching the top summit with glorious panorama both side of mountains of Tibet / Nepal, after a great experience of mountaineering and climb of Mt. Everest North Col and feeling high, return back to base camp, with a day in base camp for packing and clean up of base camp, next day a scenic drive back to Kathmandu with overnight at Zhangmu before reaching to Kathmandu in the hustle bustle of city life, after a wonderful and remarkable adventure with great service of Trexmount Ventures and its friendly staff, guides.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03-04: In Kathmandu preparation for the climb and obtaining permits / Tibet visa.
Day 05: Drive to Nylam town 3, 630 m-11,909 ft via Kodari / Zhangmu.
Day 06: Rest day at Nylam for acclimatization and short hike.
Day 07:  Drive to Shegar 4,430 m-14,534 ft via Old Tingri 4,300m-14,108 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery 4,940 m-16,207 ft.
Day 09: Hike / drive to Everest base camp 5,200 m-17,060 ft – 03 hrs.
Day 10: At base camp rest and acclimatization day.
Day 11 -12: On route to Advance Base Camp / Camp I at 5,800m-19,029 ft.
Day 13: Trek to ABC / Camp I at 5, 800 meters high – 04 hrs.
Day 14-29: Allocated 16 days for ascent of Everest North Col.
Day 30: Trek towards Interim Camp before base camp.
Day 31: Trek to base camp – 05 hrs.
Day 32: At base clean up, preparation for drive to Kathmandu
Day 33: Drive to Zhangmu town 1,745 m-5,725 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 34: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 35 -36:In Kathmandu for individual activities, sightseeing tour.
Day 37: International departure for home ward bound.

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 02-03-04:  In Kathmandu necessary preparations.
These three days in Kathmandu free for individual activities preparations for Mt. Everest North Col expeditions, on these days options for short sightseeing tours at places of interest, and to purchase necessary last minute shopping for climbing equipment, while our guide and management look after logistic, Tibet Visa and climbing permits for Mt. Everest North Col Expedition.

Day 05: Drive to Nylam 3, 630 m-11,909 ft after Zhangmu 2,300m-7,545 ft-07 hrs.           
Early morning heading towards Kodari on the Kathmandu / Lhasa Friendship highway, after necessary visa formalities at Nepal border in Kodari and across the Friendship Bridge into Tibet a Zhangmu where our Tibetan guide from CTMA (China, Tibet Mountaineering Association) will receive with necessary papers for the entry into Tibetan soil. From here another 2 hours drive leading in a gorge following the Bhote Kosi river upstream through beautiful woodlands and waterfalls, and then climb up on the winding road to Nylam town for overnight and first night in Tibet. Overnight in a guesthouse or lodge and having meals across the road restaurant where there are Chinese, Nepali and Tibetan foods can be found.

Day 06: Rest day at Nylam for acclimatization and short hike.
After a long drive and hectic time through immigration on both side of the border, today at leisure and necessary spare and rest day for acclimatization in Nylam, where the tree lines disappears from here onwards, Nylam is the starting and end point of Tibetan plateau, which is world’s highest and largest windswept and arid plateau. In Nylam there are few places where one can take a short walk the best is visit the Milereppa cave and its monastery just an hour walk on route Laylung pass, Milereppa a11th Centaury saint known for his good preaching, poet, folk songs and miracles performance.

Day 07: Drive to Shegar 4,430 m-14,534 ft via Old Tingri 4,300m-14,108 ft – 05 hrs.
Morning after breakfast at Nylam, drive continues which will be shorter than other day but much higher elevation, leading past Tibetan villages and farms with Yaks, Sheep and goats grazing over the yonder. After an hour drive climbs to Laylung – la at 5,050 meters high pass with super panorama of mountains towards south, looking at Numbur, Gaurishanker, Melung tse, massive bulk of Mt. Shisapangma (last 14th world highest mountain) Dorji Lakpa with Langtang range all these peaks bordering with Nepal / Tibet. From heading downhill and on the level road reaching at Old Tingri,   gateways to Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu also, from here catch the views of Everest and Cho-Oyu, after a break here, another hour drive brings at Shigatse also called as New Tingri which is quite high and windy in afternoon, here just rest and relax in this high elevation.

Day 08: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery 4,940 m-16,207 ft.
Today our journey diverts from the main Lhasa / Kathmandu towards North Everest base camp, after a nice overnight at Shegar, drive leads away from the main road, as the ride continues reaching at Pang-la pass 5,200 meters high with spectacular views of snow capped mountain range from far east Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu towards Shisapangma with other array of peaks. After a fabulous moment heading towards Rongbuk River and the on the winding uphill reaching at Rongbuk Monastery for overnight stop with close and classic view of Mt. Everest (Chomolungma in Tibetan), here visit the small monastery, actually a nunnery in early days. In Rongbuk there are few lodge, guesthouse, stores and classy modern Chinese government hotel, which does not blend with the surrounding landscapes looking odd on this wild beautiful setting.

Day 09: Hike / drive to Everest base camp 5,200 m-17,060 ft – 03 hrs.
From Rongbuk, options hike for few hours or an hour drive to base camp, either way following the Rongbuk river to reach at base camp over rubble of rocks and moraine and crossing small icy fast streams. At base camp setting the 1st camping with separate kitchen units of cooks, helpers including guides and mother camping staff with Chinese Liaison officer it can be Chinese or Tibetans.

Day 10: At base camp rest and acclimatization day.
Here at base camp busy with repacking and reloading gears for the onward climb after preparation, relax and enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtrin, Changtse and Lho-la snow ridge line that connect with Everest.

Day 11 – 12: On Route to Advance Base Camp.
Morning packing loads for the yaks to reach advanced base camp, which is 22 km up the valley, which is two days to reach using interim camp between. The walk is easy on the gradual uphill but makes the difference with the high altitude rise as the walk progress to camp on route ABC / Camp I.

Day 13: Load the yaks and head to ABC 6.550m.
On the walk fantastic views of Everest North Face, after starting the journey from intermediate camp, as the walk progress leading to Advance Base Camp which is also a Camp I, form here towards North East another peak rises which is popular among hardy trekkers for the climb of Lakpa Ri at over 6,000 meters high. Final camp for the climb is set in a nice clearing among dunes of moraines, ice and streams after unpacking the Yaks and pitching tents on hard cold icy ground. Afternoon full preparation for the final ascent to achieve our goal and highlight of this great adventure, here our guide and leader will give final briefing regarding the climb with medical advice and climbing technique, lastly to be safe and secure if danger arises, like avalanche and rock falls.

Day 14-29: Ascent of Mt. Everest using several camps
16 days allocated as reserve for summit bid, from ABC and Camp I, route follows a moraine on 3 k.m. stretch to reach North Col, climb and cross glacier easily to the foot, about 300 m of fairly snow deep as the climb leads towards a Col at 7,066 m. The Col forms a fairly wide ridge which has ample room for tents. This will be Camp II or III. To the south, the Col rises to become the North Ridge. This is straight-forward snow climbing, eventually steeping into rocky shelves and short buttresses. Another camp will be placed at around 7,700 m. The route to the North East Ridge leading from the top of the North Ridge to the summit will depend on conditions prevailing at the time, following a North Ridge to the crest of North-North-East Ridge or taking a rising traverse towards right to reach the ridge at a higher point. Last and final camp will be established at 8,300 meters high. Early morning reaching a 3rd step at 8,700 m / 28,550 ft with broken rock at base of the pyramid summit, this section a Yellow Band of lime stone extends from 8,200 to 8,600 meters high. The final section climb leads to notorious first and second steps; these are short, but abrupt rises on the North-East Ridge, which offers a challenge and ability of climbing at extreme high altitude! It was on the second step that Mallory and Irvine were last seen before they disappeared in 1924. Once encountering this point the ascent is straight forward and can be easily climbed to the main summit top, 360 degree panorama of snow capped mountains await, after an experience of a life time reaching to our goal feeling high return back to ABC using camps on route descend.  

Day 30:  Trek towards interim Camp before base camp.
After a tiring and loss of energy on world’s highest point, slowly our route leads towards interim camp for overnight stop before base camp, here Yaks arrives at ABC to carry the camping and climbing gear to base camp, important that all loads must be carried down at this time including garbage.

Day 31:  Trek to base camp – 05 hrs. S
From interim camp cleaning and packing retrace the journey back to base camp as the walk leads to more descend through ice and moraines and finally reaching at base camp after long expeditions to Mt. Everest North col climb, at base reorganize all member guides and staff for final departure briefing before drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 32: At base camp cleanup and packing.
On this day busy packing and repacking gears and taking care of garbage which should be handed to Chinese authority, where our local Liaison officer will help you, final preparation and packing in the trucks.

Day 33: Drive back to Zhangmu 1,745m-5,725 ft – 6 hrs journey.
Goodbye to this wonderful spot and great Chomolungma / Everest, from here driving either on the same route towards Pang-la or taking a short rough road via Lungja village on route Cho Oyu peak, either way brings at Old Tingri with the last view of Mt. Everest and then on the Lhasa / Kathmandu highway all the way reaching frontier town in Zhangmu, as Nepali calls it Khasa and in Tibetan Dramu, this town busy with Chinese and Nepali merchants and traders with full of shops and restaurants, including bars, night club and discotheque.

Day 34: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After a great time in Tibet and climb of Mt. Everest North Col, morning after going through immigration and heading towards Friendship and farewell to our Tibetan guide and Liaison officer including land cruiser, truck drivers, at Kodari in Nepal check into immigration and then a scenic drive all the way back to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu.

Day 35 / 36: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
This two days reserved in case of delay on climb due to bad weather or on drive back to Kathmandu, on this extra days 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 37: 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 & Lodge, Guesthouse and camp on climb.
Trek grade:                              Adventurous
Climbing grade:                      Full fledge mountaineering expeditions.
Total Trip:                                36 / 37 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                                    April to June and September to November.

Trip Highlights

“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green hills, pristine forest, amazing landscapes and high mountains, standing on the top of the world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, on the footsteps of early pioneering mountaineers “Irving and Mallory”, visiting traditional Tibetan villages and monasteries enrich with old culture, customs are the main attraction and highlights of this mountaineering expeditions”

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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