Visa You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 25 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 40$ for a 30 days visa and USD 100$ for a 90 days Multiple visa, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 4 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.
Booking your International flight Since we do not arrange the International flight tickets, Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu International airport. So, if you do not have a regular travel agent then you can check for International flight options at one of these sites. Makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer we would recommend purchasing the same flight from a local travel agent. After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details for your smooth airport transfer.
Airport Condition: - Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival in the airport. Doesn't stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.
Which currencies are accepted in Nepal? Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
When and where should you arrive? You will arrive at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu on the trip starting day or earlier. You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal gate by our representatives holding a Bohemian Tours signboard and he will escort you to the Hotel.
Is there an Orientation program? Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after scheduled trip after the breakfast.
Where will I stay during the tour? During your Kathmandu stay, you will be staying at the three-star category hotel, Hotel Holy Himalaya. This hotel is Nepali standard, clean and are highly recommended by the previous guests. During the trekking days, you'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families with 6 nights attached bathrooms up to Namche Bazar.
Extra nights' Accommodations If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are joining the EBC luxury trek.
How large is each tour group? For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 12 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.
How many people in each room? The cost of our trip is based on the twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveler, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional USD 400 will be applicable as a Single Supplementary charge for the single room during the trip.
Who will be leading the tours/treks? Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project.You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English Speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.
Porters For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people or necessary Yaks as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, head light, gadgets etc.
Trekking Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Everest region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 KMS per day. Since the beginners can also join the trip, but it is recommended that you prepare for the trek by some suitable general training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek. If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people into their early 70's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks. The highest altitude we reach is 5545 meters at Kalapatthar which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning! Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, water bottles, and the rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.
Health Issues If you have health issues please consult your doctor about the advisability of going on the trek.
Altitude sickness a problem? To be honest you don't have to be a runner to enjoy the trek. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you to enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you'll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise to get more oxygen into your lungs? Watch for signs of altitude sickness: symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend. Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the trip for everyone as it is quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of climbs, you may get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average, travelers can do Everest Base Camp trek.
Travel Insurance? Travel insurance & rescue when traveling to the remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility.
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We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.
How much do I have to pay for Helicopter charter? The cost of the helicopter flight to Lukla is about US 2,500$. Usually, the helicopter takes only 5-6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of the helicopter is the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our office or official representative. USD/AUD cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance.
Refund policy in case of not completing the trek: Sometimes trekkers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the trek. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
What do we eat? All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant and farewell dinner on the second last day. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.
Is being Vegetarian, a Problem? There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Drinking Water There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per liter. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.
Toilet facilities in the guesthouses? Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilets. But in higher elevation, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground and it is situated outside the room.
Shower Facilities during Trek You will get the facilities of hot/cold water running with attached bathroom up-to Namche without any extra charges. But above Namche, you will be charged about USD 5$ per shower (depending upon guesthouse) for a hot water shower.
Laundry facility on the trek? There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.
Weight limit for Lukla flight? The maximum weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15kgs, which is equivalent to 33 pounds including your hand-carry (daypack). If your baggage exceeds the weight limits, additional costs of USD 1$ -2$ per kg will be applicable and the payment should be made at the airport counter itself.
What Clothes shall I bring? Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for -10 degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for -3 to 5 degrees Celsius, Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant.
Sleeping Bag Sleeping bag is necessary during the trekking days and if you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring it. Otherwise, We will provide you the sleeping bag during the trek (-10 to -15 degree).
Duffle Bag For trekking days, we will provide duffle bag to keep your things if you do not have your own backpack and it will be carried by our porters.
What is the weather like in Nepal? The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek? The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your trek.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking? There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.
Charging the digital camera or other equipment on the trip? These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges (US$ 3-$5). Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
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How much money for my personal expenses? It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.
Tips A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD50-80 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you to allocate minimum US$ 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.
What should I bring?
Backpack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-liter capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are traveling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
Well-worn Hiking boots or shoes
A pair of sandals
Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
A one - liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
Light-weight cotton clothing
Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide water purification tablet)
Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
Loose stomach and nausea medicine
Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)
Voluntarily/Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will arrange them to distribute through our proper channels. Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com