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Everest Base Camp island peak climbing

Overview

Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing is one of the fantastic trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience in mountain expedition. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the most daring, impressive and highly glaciated West face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Because of the very little technical aspects, Island peak does not cause difficulties for a beginner climber who wish to enter the outstanding world of peak climbing. Many climbers enter Nepal to get a permit for Island Peak Climbing. Our trip provides us opportunity to witness Sherpa Culture and also takes us to the heartland of Khumbu Valley. We visit to one of the most popular trekking destination in the world, Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) (shortly known as EBC) and Kala Patthar for close up views of Mount Everest and other high mountains. Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing combines two dramatic aspect of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with a climb to Island Peak.

This trek starts with a short 35 minute flight to Lukla, from where our trek begins. Our trekking path guides us through ethnic Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and many more. From here on you will be surrounded by panoramic views of the Mount Everest massif, as you walk towards destination clearer and closer views can be obtained. We hike to the stance at Kalapatthar. A visit to Everest View Hotel (highest altitude hotel of the world) where we can enjoy a closer sight to the mighty Everest. We light the butter-lamps in the Tengboche monastery and enjoy the mesmerizing view of mountain peaks like Ama Dablam, Kongdi RI, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mount Everest. Then praise yourself to set foot on the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak.

Finally, after reaching to the base camp, we climb to the summit of the Island Peak. The peak looks like Island as it is surrounded by glaciers. The views of the surrounding Himalayas from the peak are mesmerizing. The Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing lets you capture true beauty and natural aspects of the Khumbu region.

Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu! We heartly welcome you on this trip to Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing from all of us at Nepal Village. Our representative will be there to receive you and drop you to your hotel. You will be fresh and further detail for this trip is discussed either in hotel or in the Nepal Village office. You will rest in hotel for the night after dinner. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 02 - Kathmandu – Lukla - Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Second Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. We hope you are ready. We take early 35 minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. As soon as we arrive at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, we start our trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,699ft) which take 3 hours to reach there from Lukla. On the trail, you will be able to see beautiful views and culture of the legendary Sherpa community. Views of Everest mountain range gets closer. We spend the night at Phakding. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 03 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Third Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After first tiring trek to Phakding, we trelk towards Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft). Namche Bazaar is the gateway of the Everest and also a place with shop, café, hotel, restaurants, and many colorful markets. Necessary tools can be bought here. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 04 - Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel (13,000ft) – Namche

Good Morning! Today is the Fourth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After some rest at Namche, we trek to Everest View Hotel (Highest placed hotel in the world), offers 360 degree view of Mount Everest. And capture beauty from there and return back to Namche. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 05 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Fifth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. We ascend from an altitude of 3,440m to 3,860m from Namche to Tengboche. Tengboche is a village with well-known monastery that is named as Tengboche Monastery. We light butter-lamps on the Tengboche monastery. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 06 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Sixth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After a good night sleep in Tengboche, we start our trek after breakfast. We trek uphill to Dingboche (4410m) from Tengboche. On our way, we find different type flowers. The path is rocky. As soon as we arrive at Dengboche, we get a chance to witness Sherpa culture and how they welcome us. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 07 - Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, Duration: 6 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Seventh Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. Early morning breakfast and we continue our trek to Nagerjun (5,100m). On this day, we trek from Dingboche (4410m) to Nagerjun (5100m). Capture panoramic views and closer view of Mount Everest and return back to Dingboche. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 08 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Eighth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After such tiring previous day, we start our trek to Lobuche (4910m). As we are moving uphill we may experience some change in air as the air gets thinner but no need to worry our guide will take care of everything. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 09 - Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Ninth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. Another tiring day awaits your arrival. We trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and capture a mesmerizing closer view of the Mount Everest. Praise yourself as you have accomplished one of your objective to set foot on Mighty Everest. We descent from Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep at 5181m. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 10 - Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18187ft) - Gorekshep – Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 7 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Tenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After some good rest at Gorakshep, we leave early in the morning after breakfast to Kalapatthar. We hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m). From Kalapatthar we trek back to Gorakshep and from there to Dingboche. We spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 11 - Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m/17187ft), Duration: 6 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Eleventh Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After a great and long trek to Dingboche. We trek from Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp. It is a very long trek of 830m which takes up to 7 hours. After we arrive at Island Peak Base Camp, we spend the night here. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 12 - Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Twelfth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After a good night rest, we start our trek early in the morning as today is the longest day of this whole trek. We trek from Island Peak Base Camp to the summit of the peak at 6,189m. We capture closer views of the mountains from the summit.  We trek downhill to Chhukung from the summit. We spend the night at Chhukung. Good Night Sleep Well!

Day 13 - Reserve Day for Contingency

Good Morning! Today is the Thirteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. Today is the day for some rest and to explore your surrounding and to capture photograph of the closer views of the mountains. We stay at Chhukung for the night. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 14 - Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Fourteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. After a day rest in Chhukung, we trek back to Namche (3440m) for the night as we are at the end of our outstanding trip. We spend the night at Namche. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 15 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours

Good Morning! Today is the Fifteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. Today is the last day in the mountains. We trek back to Lukla from Namche. We stay at Lukla for the night. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 16 - Lukla to Kathmandu

Good Morning! Today is the Sixteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing. Remember your journey from first day to the last day. Praise yourself, you have accomplished something memorable for lifetime. We take 35 minute flight to Kathmandu. If arrived early, be fresh and you can explore near your hotel for a bit. Good Night! Sleep Well!

Day 17Farewell

Good Morning! Today is the Last day of the overall journey. We hope you had a wonderful time with us throughout your journey. Thank you for remembering us in your memorable trip. We hope you will remember us next time you visit Nepal. You will be dropped to airport 3 hours before you departure time. Have a safe journey. Good Bye! Hope to see you again!

Cost Info

Cost Include

  • Pick & Drop to Airport/Hotel by our Private Car/ Van / Bus
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with English speaking tour guide by car/van
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek
  • Accommodation of Lodges, Guest houses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Guides(Government Licensed holder) and Porters with good English during the trek
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Everest(Sagarmatha) National Park permit fees
  • Guide airfare Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance for Nepali staff during trekking period
  •  TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) Card
  •  Seasonal fresh fruits like (orange, apple, banana, mango and grape and other Nepali local fruits etc)
  • All administrative works (If necessary) related to government body
  • Government Taxes, legal expenses

Cost Exclude                                                                                                  

  •  Meals in Kathmandu
  •  International flights
  •  Nepal entry visa fee
  •  Flights to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax required for the Domestic / International flights
  •  All alcoholic drinks, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet
  •  Extra Tea and Coffee. 
  •  Personal trekking equipment, medical and travel insurance
  •  Any extra transportation except itinerary (we can arrange if request) 
  •  Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue due to cause of out of our control.
  •  Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusive price 
  • Some extra assistance like (if you cannot walk properly our guide will arrange you horse, to came back, if applicable this you have to pay them directly)
  • Tips to trekking staffs ( Amount depends upon you)

Major Highlights during this trek

Sagarmatha National Park

  • Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m).
  • Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park.
  • The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.
  • National Park Fee : Rs 1000
  • TIMS Permit require for every foreigner trekkers Cost : $20

Mount Everest

Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) world heritage side of Nepal

The Sagarmatha National Park includes the highest point of the Earth's surface, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha). The park is also of major religious and cultural significance in Nepal as it abounds in holy places such as the Thyangboche and also is the homeland of the Sherpas whose way of life is unique, compared with other high-altitude dwellers.

The park encompasses the upper catchments of the Dudh Kosi River system, which is fan-shaped and forms a distinct geographical unit enclosed on all sides by high mountain ranges. The northern boundary is defined by the main divide of the Great Himalayan Range, which follows the international border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. In the south, the boundary extends almost as far as Monjo.

This is a dramatic area of high, geologically young mountains and glaciers. The deeply-incised valleys cut through sedimentary rocks and underlying granites to drain southwards into the Dudh Kosi and its tributaries, which form part of the Ganges River system. The upper catchments of these rivers are fed by glaciers at the head of four main valleys, Chhukhung, Khumbu, Gokyo and Nangpa La. Lakes occur in the upper reaches, notably in the Gokyo Valley, where a number are impounded by the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier (at 20 km the longest glacier in the park). There are seven peaks over 7,000 m. The mountains have a granite core flanked by metamorphosed sediments and owe their dominating height to two consecutive phases of upthrust. The main uplift occurred during human history, some 500,000-800,000 years ago. Evidence indicates that the uplift is still continuing at a slower rate, but natural erosion processes counteract this to an unknown degree.

In the region there are six altitudinal vegetation classed, from oak forests at the lowest elevations to lichens and mosses at the highest elevations. The Himalayan zone provides the barrier between the Palaearctic realm and the Indomalayan realm.

Most of the park (69%) comprises barren land above 5,000 m, 28% is grazing land and about 3% is forested. Six of the 11 vegetation zones in the Nepal Himalaya are represented in the park: lower subalpine; upper subalpine; lower alpine; upper alpine; and subnival zone. Oak used to be the dominant species in the upper montane zone but former stands of this species.

In common with the rest of the Nepal Himalaya, the park has a comparatively low number of mammalian species, apparently due to the geologically recent origin of the Himalaya and other evolutionary factors. The low density of mammal populations is almost certainly the result of human activities. Larger mammals include common langur, jackal, a small number of wolf, Himalayan black bear, red panda, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan weasel, masked palm civet, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Indian muntjac, serow, Himalayan tahr and goral. Sambar has also been recorded. Smaller mammals include short-tailed mol, Tibetan water shrew, Himalayan water shrew; marmot, woolly hare, rat and house mouse.

Inskipp lists 152 species of bird, 36 of which are breeding species for which Nepal may hold internationally significant populations. The park is important for a number of species breeding at high altitudes. The park's small lakes, especially those at Gokyo, are used as staging points for migrants. A total of six amphibians and seven reptiles occur or probably occur in the park.

There are approximately 2,500 Sherpa people living within the park. The people are primarily Tibetan Buddhists. Their activities are primarily agricultural or trade based. Their properties have been excluded from the park by legal definition. There is and will continue to be an influence on the people by the park and vice versa. The Sherpas are of great cultural interest, having originated from Salmo Gang in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham, some 2,000 km from their present homeland. They probably left their original home in the late 1400s or early 1500s, to escape political and military pressures, and later crossed the Nangpa La into Nepal in the early 1530s. They separated into two groups, some settling in Khumbu and others proceeding to Solu. The two clans (Minyagpa and Thimmi) remaining in Khumbu are divided into 12 subclans. Both the population and the growth of the monasteries took a dramatic upturn soon after that time. The Sherpas belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which was founded by the revered Guru Rimpoche who was legendarily born of a lotus in the middle of a lake. There are several monasteries in the park, the most important being Tengpoche.

Popular trekking package is Sagarmatha (Everest area)

Tengboche Monastery

  • The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet.

Mount Everest

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery (or Thyangboche Monastery), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance.

Tengboche monastery located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value", is draped with a panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Tengboche is also the terminus site of the "Sacred Sites Trail Project" of the Sagarmatha National Park that attracts large number of tourists for trekking and mountaineering. It is a circular trail that covers 10 monasteries in a clockwise direction terminating in the Tengboche Monastery.

Everest trekking Fee and Permit

  • Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest trekking) - 1000RS
  • Bring Passport and Passport size Photograph
  • Saturday generally Government and Office are close so if you arriving Friday Evening and want to departure for trekking Next day , let us know
  • Trekkers’ management system (TIMS) also required Fee: $ 20

  Mount Everest Tengboche Monastery

 

The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers as ever. A hair-raising flight lands you at the airstrip of Lukla (2,850 m) from where you begin walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche monastery with the mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of a lifetime. Maximum elevation 5,546m

 

Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest trekking) fee- 1000RS

Responsible Tourism

Actual Adventure, the environment and responsible tourism

As tourism becomes a truly global industry, we recognize our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this not only as an environmental issue but an economic and social one as well. Above all we are committed to the well-being of the communities that are our hosts and the natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide a more rewarding and interesting experience to our clients.

The following are the key points in our philosophy:

  • Small groups have less impact on local communities and environments.
  • Where possible we believe in direct contribution on local communities, we visit by using locally owned and run accommodation and eating locally produced food.
  • We are careful to ensure that local staff and operators receive a fair rate for their services. We want workers welfare and we know properly law of international labor organization
  • We encourage our own staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies into practice.
  • We endeavour to ensure that our practices help in the environmental conservation of the areas we visit.
  • We provide our clients with advice and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural and religious beliefs of local communities.
  • we respect all our valuable clients
  • we  respect all kinds of language, religions
  • we never just teach you our culture we want to learn from you too
  • we would like to established good and familiar relation with you forever during the life
  • If possible, we request you for not use plastics materials

 

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is Government License Holder Company and we are an Authorized Holder’s Company we have Authorization from Nepal Tourism board. We help you to find Tims Permit. the Government of Nepal has made some changes in existing Trekkers’ Management Information System (TIMS) provisions from April 1, 2010. As per the government decision, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will jointly implement the TIMS. NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system under a new format from April 1, 2010. As per the MoU, they have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those traveling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service with us can pay fee for TIM’s card in US dollar. If you take package service with us Tims Card Permit is include with Price.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet).[1][2] It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of 'flu, carbon monoxide poisoning or a hangover.[3]. It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude-sickness, as there are no specific factors that compare with this susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can climb up to 2500 meters (8000 ft) normally.

What causes it?

The body's muscles and organs need an adequate supply of oxygen to function properly. As altitude increases, the percentage of oxygen in the air remains constant but the pressure decreases, meaning we breathe in fewer oxygen molecules with each breath.

This leaves the body short of its requirements and causes altitude sickness.

Who's affected?

It's well known that mountaineers may be affected by altitude sickness, but anyone at high altitudes can experience symptoms. This includes people who fly to high-altitude destinations and those who go on walking and trekking trips.

What are the symptoms?

How severely someone is affected by altitude sickness depends on how high they go and how quickly they ascend. It's unusual for altitude sickness to occur below 2,400m (8,000ft).

When altitude sickness occurs because the body is not getting enough oxygen, mild symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Unsteadiness

For most people, symptoms start after about six hours of being at high altitude. As long as the person remains at the same altitude, the symptoms will usually disappear within one or two days.

Vomiting, chest pains and shortness of breath are signs that someone is affected more severely. These symptoms may take a day or two to appear.

Coughing up frothy sputum is a sign that fluid is collecting in the lungs, while clumsiness and difficulty walking can occur if the brain swells.

If severe cases of altitude sickness aren't treated, fits, confusion and coma may follow.

What's the treatment?

It's important not to ignore altitude sickness. If symptoms are mild, rest, fluids, a light diet and painkillers will enable the body to acclimatise. No further ascent should be attempted until all the symptoms have disappeared.

Descending to a lower altitude is often necessary when symptoms are more severe. If this fails to resolve symptoms, hospital treatment is needed. Any swelling of the brain will be treated with oxygen, rest and drugs.

Most people who are treated correctly for altitude sickness make a full recovery, usually within a few days. However, when the condition is more severe, treatment over a longer period may be necessary.

Can it be prevented?

Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Climbers, in particular, are all too aware of the importance of:

  • Good physical fitness
  • Staged ascents that allow time to acclimatise
  • Drinking plenty of liquid
  • Being aware of the possibility and the symptoms of altitude sickness
  • Not ignoring symptoms of altitude sickness if they occur

Q. What type of physical condition is necessary for this trip?

A. Everest base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you go on your journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or disease must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall of TIA, he/she will be displaying an Actual Adventure sign board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Q. What is the best season for this trekking?

A. Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.

Q. What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

A. Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Q. What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

A. 11 night’s Trekking Guesthouse, 4 nights three/four star hotels in Kathmandu. We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the Everest base camp trekking routes teahouses/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Actual Adventure sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. We usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.

Q. What kind of food can I eat in trekking?

A. In Everest base camp trek most teahouses (lodges) cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Q. What sort of transportation you use?

A. Actual Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure, with that in mind, where we think you will get more out of your holiday by using different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalaya tours and enhances the experience! We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or land cruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

Q. Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

A. These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring your adapters!

For the internal flights from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu, the airlines we use are Yeti, Sita, and Tara

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

Q. Can I use credit cards in the places visit in trekking?

A. In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave those cities behind, all you need is cash.

Q. How much additional money do I need per day?

A. In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 10 - 15 for a lunch / dinner. It’s all depends on your spending habits. US$8 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and few drinks in trekking.

Q. Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

A. This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from 20USD to 1000 USD per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

Q. Is the dring water safe to drink?

A. In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

Q. What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?

A. *Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.

*Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy 

*Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate

*Flight tickets

*Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Q. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A. A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Q. Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

A. Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Q. What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

A. In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Q. Do you know about how many total miles the trek is?

A. Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Q. What immunizations will I need?

A. No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We also recommend: - A dental check-up prior to travelling. - That you know your blood group in case of emergency. That if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Actual Adventureat the time of your booking.