Makalu Base Camp Trek

Region

Remote Area Trek

Duration

19 Days

Max Altitude

6143m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours trekking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

This trek takes you through isolated valleys and high mountain passes to the base of the world's fifth highest mountain Mt.Makalu. The majority of the trek route lies inside Makalu-Barun national park, famous for a beautiful and variant array of flora and fauna. Here you will find some of Nepal's most amazing scenery, ranging from the sweeping Arun river valley, over the Barun La (4200m), to the remorseless Ice fields surrounding Makalu (8463 m). Trekking through the Arun valley offers you the best opportunity to observe many of our country's bird species, including the Spiny Babbler, the only species of its kind in the world. Practically untouched, this region has much more to offer you besides birds and wildlife… find out for yourself!

Journey

The trek starts from the small hill town of Hile, accessible by road or air, or through Tumlingtar, the district headquarters of Sunkhwasabha. Makalu Base Camp Trek starts at Tumlingtar and goes up towards Sedua and Num up the Arun River valley and crosses Shipton La Pass (4210 meters) into the upper Barun river valley to take a closer view of Makalu and Himal Chamlang. This tour covers one of Nepal's farthest and most rare places. The valley of Barun is part of a large global protected area which contains 2330 sq. km of National Park and 830 sq. km of the protected territory in Nepal alone. The 8th largest national park in Nepal, Makalu Barun, is 2330 square metres. Km, and some of the uncommon flora and fauna, including  Red Panda, are in Nepal.

In your journey, you shall pass through the terraced land inhabited by the inhabitants of Rai, which was mainly found in the hills of eastern Nepal, has an ethnic group. As the path ascends, the Rhododendron trees are crossed (most daunting in the season, when Florent orange, violet, pink and white flowers bloom) and clouds through some of Nepal's last areas of pristine forests and alpine wetlands. You will encounter sheer granite peaks, glaciers and stunning waterfalls deeper in the mountains beyond Barun River Valley. The Sherpa community, an ethnically Tibetan tribe that resides mainly around Everest, dwell on the higher elevations. The scarcely viewed Kangshung Everest as well as Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga on the far east can be seen from Makalu Base Camp.

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trekking

  • Find out more about the great ride to Makalu Base Camp where just a few people went.
  • On one day of trekking, skip the Shipton La and three other high passes
  • Discover Makalu Base camp for a whole day
  • Reach complex ecosystems from 700 m to over 5 000 meters in various temperate zones
  • Stay in tea houses on the way to the village and directly contribute to the local economy.

Trip Grade: Three ( Strenuous)

A difficult trek or grade 3 from an altitude from 4000 m to 5550 m. The best of Nepal's trekking is category 3. You need some previous trekking activities and good health. Climbing and descending are quite common walking experiences and you may also need to cross little glaciers. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete this trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. This kind of trip gives you a lifetime experience, a breathtaking stroll around the mountains.

Outline Itinerary ( 19 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our representative and transported to the hotel. Upon check-in and some refreshments, our senior mountain guide will give you a quick briefing on the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)

    This after breakfast, the village of Tumlingtar will take you 50 minutes on the flight to Tumlingtar in the East, where we start from the Arun valley on a steep highway. While in aircraft we can take advantage of the panoramic sites of large Himalayas in Nepal such as the Everest Mountain (8,848 m), the Macalu Mountains (8,563 m), the Oyu Mountains (7,451 ft), the Lhotse Mt. and the Shar mountain (8,481 ft.), the Kanchenjunga mountain, the Gaurishanker mountain, the Ganesh mountain range, the Langtang mountain range etc. When you get off the plane, take 4 hours on the gravel road and cross Chichila to Num, where we stay overnight.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Fly 50 min and drive 4 Hours
    Altitude: 1560m

  • 3

    Trek to Seduwa (1,540m) -7 hrs walk

    Today we go down a track that steeply descends from the village of Num through the Lumbang country side, but which descends steeply through a jungle to the Arun River suspension bridge (660 m). We climb steeply from the bridge to the original tea shop. Often pretty hot – the forest offers some shade in the valleys. Along the rocky road with small terraces planted with maize and barley, the climb to Seduwa (1460 metres), is long, steep and rough. Makalu Barun National Park starts in this area.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 7 hrs
    Altitude: 1540m

  • 4

    Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,070m) – 5 hrs walk

    We will ascend over the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770 m) slowly from Seduwa. The walk to Hindrungma village and Rupisa is gentle through terraced fields and wooded areas. We pass by small fields of paddy, cross wild meadows and several rivers, then go up to the village of Sherpa in Tashi Gaon. Once here, the amazing Himalayan scenery surrounds us. Tashi Gaon overnight.

    Accommodation: lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 2070m

  • 5

    Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (rest day): camping

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: acclimatization
    Altitude: 2070m

  • 6

    Trek to Khongma (3,560m) – 6 hrs walk

    This will be a rough day because we will go on a steep climb uphill route. We'll climb up a river and then a ridge through the forests. The trail goes even steeper from here through a Kharka and finally takes a series of rough stairs of stone and small lakes up to the top of the ridge. It's a short route to Khongma Danda from here. The route extends through the desolate Barun Valley from Khongma. Khongma is near the La Pass ship. We 're going to live in Khongma overnight.

    Accommodation: lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 6 hrs
    Altitude: 3560m

  • 7

    Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3,520m): Camping

    Following steep turning points to 3840 meters, we ascend to Mumbuk for a time, where we see wonderful views of Chhamlang, Peak 6 and peak 7 of 6739 meters and6105 meters. We climb up the ridge to the first Ghungre pass between the three bridges to reach the Barun Khola by climbing up an escalator. We cross the first pass. From there we head up to Siffton La and down to Keke La (4150 m). This path crosses a valley lined with rhododendrons and eventually descends steeply into a tannin forest to Mumbuk.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 3520m

  • 8

    Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (4,320m): Camping

    We continue westward in the foggy forests at the bottom of the Barun Valley down 300 m from Mumbuk to a rocky gully. We pass several rivers, pass Barun and Yangle Kharka on the wooden bridge. Yangle Kharka is a wide meadow 3600 meters high, a fine place to camp. We make Yangle Kharka 's wide meadow our place to rest.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 4320m

  • 9

    Trek from Nehe Kharka to Shershon (4720m)

    Your trip today is a little rough relative to the previous ones, as there are many altitudes. A long walk to the valley of Shershon. The steep rocks you will have to climb, so be attentive. On your way to Jhark, Ramara, and Mera, you will also see numerous waterfalls and many small settlements. After 6-7 hours of trekking and hiking you will finally reach Sherson and finish the trek that day.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 4720m

  • 10

    Trek from Shershon to Makalu Base Camp (4853m)

    The route is just an hour and a half from Shershon to Makalu Base Camp. You will reach Makalu Base Camp on a short walk through the rocky mountain roads. You can enjoy the panorama and beauty of the Makalu Base Camp in enough time.

    You return to Nehe Kharka from Makalu Base Camp after a while of appreciation and enjoy the stunning view of the mountains and glacier. At the Nehe Kharka we'll spend the night.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 4853m

  • 11

    Trek to Yangle Kharka – 8 hrs walk

    Now our journey back home begins with our day trip to the Makalu Basic Camp. So we've started our trek after a heavy breakfast at Shersong. We walk back up to the Barun Valley to the lovely Yangle Kharka camp.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 8hrs
    Altitude: 3540m

  • 12

    Trek to Mumbuk – 6 hrs walk

    When we got down from Shersong to Yangle Kharka the day before, we continued to go down the rocky falls and then climb the rocky gully to the Mumbuk trees.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 6 hrs
    Altitude: 3520m

  • 13

    Trek to Khongma – 6 hrs walk

    We start the walk from Mumbuk with a steep climb. The road climbs slightly and passes through the woods of rhododendrons. Instead we pass the Keke La River, Tutu La River, and Kauma La River en route. Next, we 're going down again to Khongma Danda. Khongma Danda overnight.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 6 hrs
    Altitude: 3560m

  • 14

    Trek to Tashi Gaon – 6 hrs walk

    We are back to Tashi Gaon today on a long steep descent. The trek starts across the hillsides, with steep and sometimes long descents. The path continues to the ancestral Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon and takes us through thick forests. Six hours of easy walking takes us to Tashi Gaon, a culturally rich town where we will spend the night.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 6 hrs
    Altitude: 3520m

  • 15

    Trek to Num – 5 hrs walk

    The road climbs the hillside and goes through villages and cities when we eventually head down to Seduwa. We leave Seduwa further and walk along the lush forest in the direction of Num. The path goes up and down through thick woods and the villages of Sherpa as we walk down. Numbering overnight.

    Accommodation: Tented Camps
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 1560m

  • 16

    Drive to Tumlingtar

    We will take jeep that will drive us from Num to Tumlingtar. We will stay overnight at Tumlingtar.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
    Activity: Drive 4 Hours
    Altitude: 1000m

  • 17

    Back to Kathmandu

    After having breakfast we transfer to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. 50minutes of scenic flight will take us back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: 50 min Flight

  • 18

    Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

    Kathmandu sightseeing (Swoyambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square). Overnight at Hotel (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

  • 19

    International Departure or join other trip

    Our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home.

     

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • Three star catagory hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Holy Himalaya, or similar category) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Fooding, lodging and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Transportation by bus
  • All meals (B.L.D) and lodging for the clients in trek days
  • Necessary permit,and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Necessary equipments( Sleeping bag, Jacket and trekking pole) during the trek.
  • Insurance for all trekking staff.
  • 30 min full body Massage in Himalayan Suite Spa

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City sightseeing entry fee,Personal equipments and clothing
  • Airfare and your insurances
  • Cold and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips to the crew

Departures Dates

Trip Dates Trip Costs Actions
Opened
11 Jan, 2022 - 30 Jan, 2022
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Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By Air: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back is included in the total cost for this trip.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

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 over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

Difficulty level of this trek

This is a tough journey. The geographic isolation, unpredictable climate, high altitude passes and limited walking and hiking facilities render Makalu a less unique destination given its natural magnificence.

The altitude at Makalu Base camp varies from 430 m to over 4870 m. The trail is steep uphill or downhill, up to 1500 meters a day. Up to eight hours a day you need to exercise.

There is no shelter in tea houses, and no food settlements between two camps after Tashigaon. The convenience of this road is very limited, as there are a few lodges and tea houses unlike on common roads. So, carrying food and ample water for the trail is must.

Lodging and Fooding

Throughout the route there are basic homestay tea and lodges. Most tea rooms have twin beds, hard coats, and blankets. You are kept dry by holding sleeping bag, chilly nights with pillow and lining. In most camps, including at Makalu Base Camp, there are three tea houses. Yet only one tea house is in Mambuk. Just six to eight people will stay in a lodge every day. You have to break into tea houses or go camping with larger parties. When you stay at the tea houses, rooms are simple with communal toilets and bathrooms. Booking in advance helps to reserve the space for you. There are toilets in Nepali style. For shower, hot water can be arranged in bucket by tea houses for extra cost. 

In the same tea house, you'll eat and stay the night. Sleeping in one tea house is considered inappropriate and dining in another.

Both resting camps have tea houses that serve simple food so you don't have to go hungry. But you will not have a menu that you want to choose a variety of cuisines. Tea House serves simple foods such as 'Dal Bhat' and fried rice, chow mein, and eggs. Ask the owner of the tea house for a selection of food and you will have to pick a small option. You can bring frozen or dried foods if you have specific dietary requirements.

Phone communication on the trek

Telecommunication services on the Makalu Base Camp trek are limited. The connectivity is strong and reliable at lower altitudes. It gets rarer and weaker as you go higher.

GSM and CDMA connectivity of NTC and Ncell are available with an Internet connection. Wi-Fi connectivity is a distant wish. This is a wilderness trek, so enjoy a few days of your life away from the Internet connectivity.

Most of the area below 3,000m, the cell phone works partially. while satellite phones are available in camp once you reach the upper ground.

For any emergency situation, our guides are equipped with satellite phones. So you are a call away from emergency response. The absence of a telephone connection should not make you nervous.

Availability of drinking water on the trek

Drinking directly from natural sources is not of any issue for local residents and members of the team. Before drinking, we recommend using a water filter or purification tablets.

Bottled water is available to buy, but it is not eco safe and too costly. You can fill your bottle with plenty of water re-supplies.

We advise you to carry additional water bottle for cold and warm water. Daytime in the tea houses, you will fill your glass with cold or warm water. In both camps there are many places to replenish your drink.

Obtaining Trekking Permits

Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) card is required for the trekking in Makalu Base Camp. For the first 4 weeks an additional entry fee is USD 20 per person per week to Makalu Rural Municipality. After the fourth week, it costs USD 25 a week per user. At the entrance of Makalu Barun National Park TIMS is purchased in Kathmandu. The admission fee is collected by Makalu Barun National Park at the entrance. You can collect your permits from and on the trail from our guides.

Insuring your Security

All the participants in the tour should receive health insurance covering at least medical and emergency evacuation. In emergency situations, helicopter evacuation is provided but you must ensure that the evacuation cost is covered by your insurance. Of course, you also want cover for personal losses or damages, cancelation of flight or trip, etc.

For Solo travellers

Single rooms can be guaranteed only in Kathmandu. While in Tea Houses or treks, you may have to share as availability of rooms is scarce. Single Supplementary charge for Kathmandu would be $150. Please remember the trip is priced in twin sharing basis for all the accommodation.

Luggage limit per person

Often this depends on the trek and the maximum altitude gain. Each porter carries between 15 and 30 kg on average in the mountain region for trekking. There is up to 40 kg of a camping pack. We usually assign one porter to our two trekkers.  15 kg of luggage is allowed per person on the trek. The health of our porter crew is strictly guaranteed.

Best time for this trek

In autumn – September-November and in the spring-March-May, like any other route in Nepal, is the best time to walk to Makalu Base Camp. For both seasons the atmosphere is open sky and the temperatures are cool.

Spring is warm and sunny with sometimes high altitude snowfall. On high passes you would typically encounter snow and ice. And most of the sky is clear with amazing mountain views. As summer approaches, the temperature begins to increase. This season is enhanced with greenery, and the full bloom of wildflowers and rhododendron flowers comes with a myriad of colours.

List of Equipments you will need for trek

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, 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 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

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 at the airport. Do not 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.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas 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.

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 the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a 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 traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. 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.

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. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the 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 litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

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.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide 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 and Tour.

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 the 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. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

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.

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. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling 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-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • 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)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 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.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they 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. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

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 policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.