Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the best wilderness & adventure trekking in Nepal.  This remarkable trek offers an opportunity to experience the hidden life of highlander and to explore the isolated areas of North Kanchenjunga which is situated on route close to Tibet frontier.

The scenic trail goes over the pass to Lumba Sumba-la (5,160 m-16,929 ft) with 360 views including biggest Glaciers in the down valley that are just unbelievable.  The beautiful villages at Lungthang , Holung - Walungchung - Gola are awesome where Bhotias & Sherpa people live, both evidencing in their daily life the strong influence of impressive Tibetan culture and it's traditions.

The North of Kanchenjunga offers breathe taking views of the world's high mountains from Mt. Kanchenjunga massive range (8,586 m-28,169 ft), the world's 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m-27, 766 ft), Baruntse (7,160 m-23,491 ft), the highest Mt. Everest (8,848m-29,028 ft), the 4th highest Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft)  -- whole range of Khumbakarna Himalaya range with many other adjoining smaller peaks in the far horizon.

Trexmount Ventures has designed the itinerary to suit the people for average level of fitness. This amazing Kanchenjunga Trek starts with a sweeping short scenic flight to the low warm area south east of Nepal. Drive to the starting point  Sukhetar in the Taplejung area.  Sukhetar is the gateway to Kanchenjunga, Khumbukarna Himalaya range, and Walungchun-Gola near Eastern Tibet border. Drive past the charming villages of Ilam with a sea of tea plantations. Ilam is closer to border of Darjeeling in North East India.

From Sukhetar walk starts in the least visited area by other trekkers. Experience diverse climates from Mediterranean-like of the mid hills to the arctic landscapes. These fascinating and dramatic changes in temperature, vegetation and landscapes may be found only in the high Nepal Himalaya around Eastern Nepal with mind blowing beautiful scenery on daily walk.

The adventure leads through many traditional Rai, Limbu, Bhotias and Sherpa villages, each offering warm welcomes and hospitality. The walk moves into a higher area, crosses many streams and opens into an enchanting forest of rhododendron (Nepal national flower), pines, firs and oak trees with other exotic vegetation.

After several days of an enjoyable and scenic hard trek, enter the nice typical hill village of Mitlung, Chirwa. Walk higher and reach the North of Kanchenjunga area at  Lungthang 1,576 m-5,170 ft, Holung / Walungchung - Gola at 3,200 m-10,499 ft. Rest here with a free day to explore these remote and isolated villages. Take-in the awesome views of Khumbukarna, Makalu and Kanchenjunga snow capped mountain range.

This is the closest village on route to the Eastern Tibet province. The people are known as Bhotias with their close roots and origin with the Tibetan people in all walks of life from culture, religion and practice with similar customs.

The return journey via an alternative offers offers an even more scenic route. It crosses the high Lumb–Sumba-la pass with tremendous views of surrounding green landscapes and a close-up view range of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Khumbukarna Himalaya and the rare East Face of Mt. Everest, the Khansung Face.

The journey continues towards the Makalu area concluding this great walk at Num. After passing through Gola, Gadhi-Danda, from Num enter into a warmer region as the altitude drops to sub-tropical climate. See rice paddies and farm terraces. Take a  local jeep or similar vehicle to reach at Tumlingtar.  Pass the large town of Khadbari, the headquarters of Sankha Sabuwa and Makalu area. Reach Tumlingtar which is  located on a plateau and shelf above the Arun River.

After remarkable, cultural and adventurous journey in the high land Around North of Kanchenjunga area, this amazing trip concludes with another scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar to the hustle bustle of city life of Kathmandu with great service of Trexmount Ventures.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu welcomed by our staff and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Free day for Trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur (3000 m-9,842 ft) and drive to Ilam town (3636 m-11,929 ft)- 04 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar (1,441 m -4,730  ft) -04 hrs trek to Mitlung (921 m -3,021 ft)- 04 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270 m-4,166 ft) – 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lungthang (1,576 m-5,170 ft) – 06 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Holung / Walungchung – Gola (3,200 m-10,499 ft)- 06 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Walangchung – Gola.
Day 09: Trek to Lumba Sumba (4,450 m-14,600 ft) – 08 hrs.
Day 10: Cross over the Lumba Sumba la (5,160 m-16,929 ft) – 08 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Thudam (3,600 m-11,811 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to a Kharka at about (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 05 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Chyamtang (2,190 m-7,185 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Hongoan (2,320 m-7,611 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Hatiya (1,585 m-5,200 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Gola (1,128 m-3,700 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Gadhi-Danda (1,180 m-3,871 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Num (1,560 m-3,871 ft) – 03 hrs.
Day 19: Drive back to Tumlingtar (518 m-1,699 ft) – 04 hours.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 22: 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 meeting will cover trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

Day 02:   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 Square ( 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. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur (240 m-787 ft) and drive to Ilam (1,460 m-4,790 ft) – 04 hrs.
Morning depart hotel for the most adventurous trip to Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Kathmandu domestic airport, board on the plane for a super scenic flight towards Far South East of Nepal near India border at Bhadrapur, overwhelming views of mountains from Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal Himal to Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga range, after 45 minutes of pleasant flight reaching the warm sub-tropical area at Bhadrapur and then an interesting drive towards mid hill around cooler area at Ilam town for overnight stop in local simple hotel / lodge, this area is famous for tea and its plantations. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar and trek to Mitlung (921 m-3,021 ft) – 04 hrs.
Another good drive leads in the morning from Ilam town to begin this adventure at Sukhetar in Taplejung area. This interesting and scenic drive leads over hills and through valley on a rough dirt road following the Kabeli River all the way to Sukhetar after a 3-4 hour drive.

Sukhetar a small village of Taplejung area with a small airstrip. With 2-3 a week flights from Kathmandu via Biratangar city the flight schedule is quite unreliable due low passenger demand  and weather.  An alternate mode of transportation  – legs –  is recommended for this trek.

From Suketar, the first day walk starts heading downhill with short ups in between to reach a small farm village of Mitlung at 921 m-3,021 ft. Here the temperature is quite warm with rice paddies growning st this low altitude. Experience excellent views of Kanchenjunga. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa (1,270 m-4,166 ft) – 06 hrs.
Our morning walk leads to a long descend along Tamor River with few ups and down to reach Sinwa village. Continue descent to Tawa village. Cross a few smaller streams to reach a green valley. Pass through spread-out farm villages to conclude the second day of walk at Chirwa. Chirwa is a moderate size village inhabited by Rai, Limbu known as Kirat and a few Magar, Tamang, Chettries, Brahmins and Dalits. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 06: Trek to Lungthang (1,576 m-5,170 ft) – 06 hrs.
After a nice overnight stop at Chirwa, morning walk heads towards Sukathum village. Walk by the river bank through a small patch of forest. See mix landscapes around this area such as a nice cultivation of cardamom in the shade of trees.  Cardamom is one of the main products and trading in this area fetches good price and income for the villagers. Walk continues leading to downhill to reach Lungthang for overnight camp. Lungthang is a small farm village. From here the air starts getting cooler. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 07: Trek to Holung / Walangchung-Gola (3,200 m-10,499 ft) – 06 hrs.
Our morning walk leads higher to reach Holung and Walangchung Gola,  one of the many highlights of this beautiful cultural journey. The villages are located on route to Tibet. Walk leads through mixed variations of terrain with a gentle downhill slope followed by a  steep up to reach a serene alpine woodland with exotic rhododendron, oaks and pine trees.

The walk progresses heading downstream to Yangma Khola. Our route diverts heading North following Tamar Khola at 2,800 m-9,186 ft. Follow a wide trail  winding up to reach Walangchung – Gola also known as Holung. This is an ancient caravan route to Tibet or Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route. In this nice and impressive villages with a two night over stop, explore this fascinating remote and isolated village and its area. The villagers exhibit an old culture, with religion having a strong connection to the Tibetans across the border. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 08: Rest day at Walangchung – Gola.
A wonderful and ideal place for rest to explore this least visited area by other trekkers and foreigners. The houses are built of stones. The people are of the Bhotias tribe with main occupations being farming, cattle breeding, raising live stock. They are also good traders since old time between Nepal and Tibet.

This old route to Tibet is still active with trade exchanging goods on both sides of the border. Trading commodities include rock salts, Tibetan / Chinese goods, rice, spices and other food stuffs from Nepal. Visit the village and its old monastery. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 09: Trek to Lumba Sumba (4,450 m-14,599 ft) – 08 hrs.
After a great time with rest and exploring this remote, cultural village, the morning trek heads towards the  junction of the Tamor Khola and the Dinsangba river. Here they join with big Tamor River. Way downstream, after crossing a wooden bridge, climb for 3-4 hours to Lumba Sumba. This is a high hill ridge heavily wooded with rhododendron, pines, oaks and magnolia trees. Head back with downhill to Dinsangba Khola. Following the same river upstream for sometimes into woodlands. Come to an uphill trail and pass yak grazing fields and pasture, kharka in Nepali. Reach a wide green valley. The walk continues over a black rock band then enter another valley to complete this hard and interesting walk to camp on the beautiful meadows. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 10: Cross over Lumba Sumba la (5,160 m-16,929 ft) – 08 hrs.
Getting ready, for Big Day! of this adventure by crossing over the highest point of this tip at Lumba Sumba-La at 5,160 m-16,929 ft.

In early morning start for a long day trek on a vague path leading towards the North West near an icy stream flowing from a high rocky cliff edge. After few hours of good trekking, reach a frozen pond. Climb to a plateau ridge top at Lumba Sumba-la pass of 5,135 m-16,847 ft high, the highest place. This high point  offers a grand vista of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Khumbakarna Himal with huge and massif Mt. Kanchenjunga range with adjoining peaks.

After a great achievement reaching the highest point of this adventure, the walk to encounter another adjoining ridge.  Encounter the Lumba Sumba La ridges with views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu Himal and Mt. Makalu at close distance.

This long walk finally heads downhill (600 m-1,968 ft). Come to a open wide valley to camp at about 4,500 m-14,764 ft, this will be the highest camp of this trip. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 11: Trek to Thudam (3,600 m-11,811 ft) – 06 hrs.
Feeling fresh in this complete wilderness, isolated from villages and human settlement for many days, walk to a warmer area with gradual downhill with few ups and then back onto a normal path. Heading though alpine woodland and finally compete this walk at  Thudam with Tibetan culture and religion similar that of Holung and Gola.  Thudam is a moderate size village of  20 houses or so  built with stone and fine pine woods. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 12: Trek to Kharka (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 05 hrs
Upon leaving this interesting and remote traditional mountain village, our morning walk leads into thick forested area to camp at Kharka, a Sheppard place. The trail follows through tall tree lines. Walk downhill to a river and take a small uphill. Then walk downhill to reach an isolated yak pasture at Kharka for overnight camp. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 13: Trek to Chyamtang (2,190 m-7,185 ft) – 07 hrs.
Today a long walk of nearly seven hours to reach at Chyatang for overnight stop. Starting  a climb to a small village above Arun Rive. Climb for another three hours to reach a small pass. Proceed on a downhill path walking through muddy and wet areas to reach the Arun River. The Arun River flows from Makalu and Barun valley area. Walking into a dense vegetation of bamboo stalks and bushes. Cross a bridge leading on a long steep-up climb to reach our overnight camp at Lhomi and and Chyamtang, both adjoining villages. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 14: Trek to Hongoan (2,320 m-7,611 ft) – 06 hrs.
Take a gradual walk with short ups and downs. Upon a main path pass  through scattered several farm villages near a big landslide. In monsoon time around 2012, this landslide caused damaged to many houses in this area including a primary school.  After a good trek of nearly six hour, reach at Hongaon for overnight camp. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 15: Trek to Hatiya (1,585 m-5,200 ft) – 06 hrs.
From here head downhill to a warmer area as the walk continues following the raging Arun River down stream all the way below Tumlingtar. The Arun River joins in big Sun Kosi River. Walk through Terai area (Nepal’s flat land). Walk continues passing through farm lands and villages.  Day ends at  Hatiya village for overnight camp, a popular village with markets on route Tibet. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 16: Trek to Gola (1,128 m-3,700 ft) – 05 hrs.
After a nice stop at Hatiya village, morning walk heads to a much warmer climate. Walk through small farm villages with cultivated farm fields growing rice. Walk continues following a gradual path for five hours. Take a downhill slope to reach at Gola for an overnight stop in this small nice farm village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 17: Trek to Gadhi-Danda (1,180 m-3,871 ft) – 06 hrs.
Morning trek leads towards more villages as the altitude drops rapidly. These villages are inhabited by a mixture people with Kirat Rais, Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahmins and Dalits.  The walk gets interesting as the villagers often see few foreigners passing this way. With a slowly and steady, concludes for the day at Gadhi-danda village for overnight camp, with super views of Jaljala and other snow peaks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 18: Trek to Num (1,560 m-5,118 ft) – 03hrs.
Walk today comes to an end at Num village which is on route Makalu area. Upon leaving Gadhi-Danda village start with a long descend through farm fields and terraces for few hours. Reach a mid hills at Num village, where the motor able road has reached, and this small village slowly developing into town after the construction of motor road past few years.

Num a pretty large village perched on a ridge with views of hills of Makalu area and Jaljala Himal towards north. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 19: Drive to Tumlingtar (518 m-1,699 ft) via Khadbari (1055 m-3,461
ft) 3-4 hours.

After a great experience and enjoyable time in the high hills North of Kanchenjunga, take a morning  drive on the country dirt road. Drive uphill to reach ridge near Chichelle village and then downhill towards a more warmer area leading past big town of Khadbari and to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is a moderate place located on the shelf of the Arun River. Tumlingtar is of moderate size plateau with sub tropical climate.

Here in Tumlingtar, the end to the camping and relax in the comfort of nice simple local lodge for last overnight in this interesting town with an air field close by. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities.
Take a short morning walk to the air terminal for the scenic flight of 40 minute back to Kathmandu and  transfer to hotels after an overwhelming time high up in the mountains. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 21: Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 22: Departure:
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for  departure towards your next destination. Meals included: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

Price : USD 2050 Per Person
Includes:
Transport: 

–        Airport Pick up and drop transfer by car, van or bus depend on group size.
–        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
–        Return Flight Ktm|Bhadrapur|Tumling tar Kathmandu
Accommodations:
 –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
–        Private room during the trekking (Tea House section).
Food: 
–       Breakfast in the Hotel while at Kathmandu. And Meal on full boards basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.

Permit:
–        National Park entry permits.
–        TIMS Permit.
–        Permits
Staffs: 
–        An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
Equipments:
–        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
–        Trek bag

Excludes:
–       Meals as Mention in the details itinerary. 
–        Tips to staff or any donations.
–        Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu.
–        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
–        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
–        All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.

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 & camping on route trek
Trek grade:                       Moderate to Adventurous
Highest altitude gain:  5,160 m at Lumba Sumba la
Total Trip:                      20 / 21days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                         April to June and September / November.

Trip Highlights

“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green hills, pristine forest of various species of rhododendron flowering trees,, amazing landscapes and high mountains, standing at the shade of world’s 3rd h highest Mt. Kanchenjunga at 8,586 m, visiting villages and monasteries enrich with old culture, customs are the main attraction and highlights of this trek and the warm hospitality of the highlanders the Sherpa and Bhotias of Nepal far east Himalaya close to Tibet frontier”

Trip Information's

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.

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