A moderated graded trekking
This is a moderate graded trekking, with a maximum altitude of 3900 m (12, 792 ft.) at Tengboche Monastery, suitable for people of all ages with normal health conditions. The third day of the trek from Monjo to Namche Bazzar is the toughest part of the trekking; it's steep uphill walking. Every day, we need to walk 2-4 hrs. on an even terrain with frequent ascents and descents. Some days are longer. As we approach Namche Bazaar at the altitude of 3450m (11,316ft), we are likely to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness that includes headache, dizziness, breathlessness, disorientation which are mild symptoms but with prior preparation and proper acclimatization, the chances of getting sick can be minimized. The itinerary is carefully planned and tested by our experienced guides.
The fitter you are, the better you enjoy the trip.
If we are not optimally conditioned, it’s advisable to begin preparation several weeks ahead of the trip. We advise you to do some jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics that helps build stamina in your body as well as increases your confidence level and of course minimizes the chances of getting acute mountain sickness. We have to avoid dehydrating and so we advise you to consume 3-4 liters of water daily and also liquid food in meals. Not sure if it has any medical grounds, but our Sherpa guides recommends garlic soup to treat the effects of the altitude. Porters or pack animals will carry all gear and camp supplies (if you are taking camping trip), leaving members free to carry only a light day pack, No technical climbing or other special abilities are required.
What a typical trekking day is like?
Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us. After walking for 2-3 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Temperatures and weather conditions vary throughout the day. It's sunny and very warm during the day and you can trek with T-shirts but at the ridge top, it can be suddenly windy and you may need the windproof jackets. When you are in mountainside and don't get the direct sunlight, then it's cool and you may take the fleece out from your backpack. It's quite cool after the sundown. End of September/October/November and the monsoon is usually over by the end of September but sometime post monsoon shower might continue until the first week of October. As the fall begins, the skies are clear, the days become warmer and even hot during the day.
Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards the end of November. Highs in the 80°s F/25°C during the day, lows in the 30°sF/0°C at night. December/January/February This is a particularly dry season for the Everest region with again clear skies, frosty mornings, warm days but again cold at night. Highs during the day around 60-70°F, lows at night of around 32-20°F/0 to-10°C. NOTE that the monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and finishes by mid-September.
Equipment and Clothing
You need to bring your personal equipment and clothing on your own. You do not need any specialist equipment or clothing for this trek. Basically you need similar clothing to what you would bring on autumn or winter hikes in the American Hills or European hills. A detailed equipment list is provided on booking. We also provide a spacious kit bag, which will be given to you before your trek and is yours to keep.
Kathmandu Dwarika Hotel
Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, the Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage. The hotel houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the 13th century onwards, and the buildings and courtyards house some of Nepal’s best craftsmanship – capturing the beauty and spirit of an ancient city. With 79 meticulously designed rooms and suites, the Dwarika's Kathmandu offers a regal experience comparable to the royal suites of the 14th century Malla Kings of Nepal. Each room has been individually designed to immaculately mesh a contemporary lifestyle with a flavor of Newari motifs and stylistic living. Remaining true to the earthy living that symbolized traditional life in the valley, the rooms capture the essence of such a lifestyle without compromise. The linen is organically produced and hand woven. The furniture is custom designed and handmade. The amenities rival the best luxury hotels. The attention to detail and personal service guarantee to make you feel at home.
Everest Summit Lodges and the best available lodges in the mountain.
In this trip, we use the up market luxury accommodation of Everest Summit Lodge chains and the best available lodges where Everest Summit Lodge does not exist. At every lodge, comfortably furnished rooms with en suite facilities, traditional style and local hospitality await you. Solar-power provides hot and eco-friendly showers, warm electric blankets, while colonially conveniences such as hot water bottles in comfortable beds revitalize you for the next day. The personnel are hardy boys and girls, native to the region, at home with the surroundings and always ready to serve with a traditionally warm Nepali smile. Despite often harsh conditions, our kitchen staffs churn out a creative range of delicacies to suit the most discerning palate! All lodges have been constructed with a strong awareness for protection of the environment, local culture and people. Exceptional locations offer fantastic mountain scenery all keep close to our concept of avoiding crowded trails, yet lie close to the natural beauty of their environment.
Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu
Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla
Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo
Hotel Sherpa Land, Namche Bazaar
Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
Everest Summit Lodge, Mende
While you are in Kathmandu, you will have full buffet breakfast daily at your hotel. We will have one welcome dinner on the day of arrival and one farewell dinner the last night. Welcome dinner will be in a typical Nepali restaurant amidst a local cultural dancing. Farewell dinner will be in Rum Doodle Restaurant which is quite famous among the mountaineers and trekkers.
During trekking, we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinners, followed by tea or coffee. While we have our breakfast and dinner at our lodge, we will have our lunch in the trail side inns or lodges or we will be provided with cold lunch pack from our lodge. Most lodges offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.
There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks (extra cost) and in some areas you will find fresh fruits in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill up your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. Some lodges charge extra for filling up bottle for the cost of boiling the water. Besides, you are advised to bring some extra food supplements that includes energy bars, vitamins etc.
Guide and support staff
You will have local English speaking certified Guide, accompanying you as from Kathmandu. All Far & High Guides are trained by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) on first aid, environment, conservation and biodiversity. As required by law, all our trekking guides are licensed by Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services. Your guide escorts you along the trail, help you choosing your meal and deals with local bureaucracy whenever required. As you pay all trekking charges in advance, the guide will take care of the bills. For your personal gears and clothing, we will provide one porter for each two trekkers with limitation of 15 kg/33 pounds of pack per porter, in compliance with the standards set by International Porters Progress Group (http://ippg.net/) and we strongly stand on porters' rights and discourage any forms of exploitation. Porters are locally hired at the village where your trek begins from, if not hired from Kathmandu. The guide and porters will have good clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather of the mountains.
All of our guides and support crews are trained in safety and first aid techniques. On adventurous trips, our guides and crews use modern equipment. Our itineraries involving high altitude allow enough time for acclimatization. We constantly keep eyes on the political and social conditions in the countries we visit and we do not operate trips in politically and socially disturbed areas. It's your responsibility to determine if you are physically fit and in sound health condition to undertake our trips.
Low impact of tourism
As you go through our trips, you will very quickly feel the important need for preserving the local culture and environment. We do our best to leave a minimum impact on the culture, environment and biodiversity of remote highlands. This plays an essential role in helping to increase awareness to the outside world, as well to the local people of the need to preserve these areas for future generations, rather than exploit them now for short term economic gain. We do our very best to ensure that local populations in the areas we visit benefit directly from our tours. We use local produce and supplies as far as possible. At campsites, we properly dispose of garbage, recycle cans and bottles, and discourage the use of firewood for cooking in order to help prevent deforestation. In short, we respect local culture and tradition and abide by local social etiquette, giving something back for local development.
Far & High supports local non-profit organizations working in community development and environmental conservation. A portion of your tour payment goes directly for such activities. So by traveling with us, you are helping in the community development and environmental conservation of the highland you visit. Far & High supports Association of Nepalese in Minnesota and Empower Nepal Foundation. Currently, we are helping Helpless and Orphanage Home that houses about 10 helpless children who lost their parents and relatives during the 12 year insurgency in Nepal. If you are interested, we can visit the orphanage home we support.
The price is valid for minimum group size 4 persons. If the group size falls below 4 persons, the tour will still go but there will be small group supplements $200 per person. The trip is guaranteed to run with minimum 02 participants. Our maximum group size will be 16 travelers.
Single Room Supplement
If you are a single person booking this holiday you do not have to pay single supplements, if you are happy to share and if we can find someone of the same gender to pair with you. However your booking is accepted only on the understanding that if no roommate is available then you accept a single supplement will be levied. Single supplements are payable if you specifically request to have a room to yourself. If you have requested single accommodation we will do our best to secure this although we may not guarantee it everywhere.
You can obtain Nepal visa beforehand from any Nepali embassies or consulates abroad or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport or any other port of entry to Nepal. You will need to complete visa application form and attach a passport size photograph. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15 days and $40 for 30 days multiple entries. Some travelers prefer obtaining visa beforehand to avoid waiting in the long visa line upon arrival.
US$ 300 per person initial deposit is requested along with completed trip registration form. You can pay by major credit cards or personal check. Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment on credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee.