Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Region
Remote Area Trek
Duration
19 Days
Grade
3 Strenous
Transportation
Tourist Bus, Private Car
Activity Per Day
5-6 Hours trekking
Max Altitude
6143m
Best Season
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

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.

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 

  • 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.

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Outline Itinerary ( 19 Days ) Expand all +

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Num (1,560 m)
Duration
Fly- 50 mins, Drive-4 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Seduwa (1,540 m)
Duration
7 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

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Max Altitude
Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
Duration
5 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Today, we have a acclimatization day at Tashi Gaun and we are going to camp.

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Max Altitude
Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Khongma (3,560 m)
Duration
6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Mumbuk (3,520m)
Duration
4-5hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Nehe Kharka (4,320m)
Duration
5-6hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Shershon (4720m)
Duration
6-7 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Makalu Base Camp (4,853 m)
Duration
4-5hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Yangle Kharka (3,540 m)
Duration
8hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Mumbuk (3,520 m)
Duration
6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Khongma (3,560 m)
Duration
6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

 

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Max Altitude
Tashi Gaon (3,520 m)
Duration
6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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.

 

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Max Altitude
Num (1,560 m)
Duration
4-5hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tented Camps
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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

 

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Max Altitude
Tumlingtar (1,000 m)
Duration
Drive 4 Hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

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. 

 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
Flight (50 min)
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

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

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
4-5 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

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

 

 

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Meal
Breakfast included

Departures & Availability

Personal Information

Additional information

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. The personal information you provide will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party.

Include / Exclude

  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • Three star catagory hotel in Kathmandu(Himalaya Suite Hotel, 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
  • 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

Additional Information

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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There are three ways to get a visa for Nepal

  • Visa on arrival: You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points. The visa fee is USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, or USD 125 for 90 days.
  • Online application: You can apply for a visa online through the Nepal Immigration website. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np .The visa fee is the same as for visa on arrival.
  • Nepalese Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The visa fee may be different, so check with the embassy or consulate.

Visa requirements

  • Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date into Nepal.
  • Visa application form.
  • Passport-sized photo (Bring 4 )

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years except US citizens
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen - Bangladesh , Bhutan, India , Maldives , Pakistan , Sri-Lanka  (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals for 150 days

Nationals of following countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

  1. NigeriaGhana
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Swaziland
  4. Cameroon
  5. Somalia
  6. Liberia
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Iraq
  9. Palestine
  10. Afghanistan
  11. Syria
  12. Refugees with travel document

If your passport is not valid for at least six months, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Nepal. You can renew your passport at your local passport office. The process of renewing your passport can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.

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By air:

Nepal has Three international airports: Kathmandu, Bhairawa, and Pokhara. Currently, Pokhara airport does not handle international flights. However, there are a few flights to Bhairawa from few countries. The main international airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), located in Kathmandu. You can search TIA airport to book your International flight.

By land: There are multiple land entry points along the borders of Nepal, India, and China. These entry points include Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Kerung(china boarder)

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If you've booked a multiday tour or trekking package with Himalayan Social Journey, we'll pick you up from the airport. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet you with a sign displaying your name and our company's name. We'll then take you to your pre-booked hotel.

To make the pick-up process smooth, kindly share your flight details, including flight number and arrival time. If there are any changes to your arrival plans, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange your pick-up accordingly. Travel with us for a hassle-free experience!

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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.

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The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). Major foreign currencies such as USD, AUD, and EURO are accepted for VISA.

There are plenty of ATMs in these major cities, so you can easily withdraw cash from your foreign currency bank account. Credit cards are also accepted in some shops and restaurants, but they are not as widely accepted as cash.

On the trek, you will only need to use Nepali rupees. You can exchange your foreign currency for Nepali rupees at your hotel, money exchanges, or the airport. Himalayan Social Journey representatives will also be happy to help you exchange money.

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If you have booked a trekking or multi-day tour with Himalayan Social Journey, the orientation meeting usually happens at your Kathmandu hotel around 4 or 5 pm. Our team will provide you with the specific details upon your arrival.

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If you're arriving early or leaving late, please ensure to arrange extra hotel accommodations by contacting reser[email protected]. Let us know if you'll be extending your stay in Nepal, and we'll book your additional nights. Also, kindly share your flight details with us to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop process.

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When you book a trip with us, the standard accommodation arrangement is on a twin-sharing basis. This means two people will be staying in each room throughout the trip. However, if you prefer to have a room to yourself or if you're traveling alone, you can choose the "single supplement" option. By selecting this option, you'll have a private room during the trip, but please note that there will be an additional cost for the single room arrangement according to tour / trek.

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For each tour date, there will be several separate groups, each with a maximum of 14 people and their own experienced English-speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters available to carry your luggage. Additionally, if you prefer to do a private tour or trek with your own group, that is also possible. 

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Nepal has five main seasons: summer, monsoon, spring, autumn, and winter. Each season offers unique experiences and weather conditions.

Winter (Late Dec - Feb): Cold temperatures, great for festival tours and special highlights.

Spring (Mar - May): Magical rhododendron blooms, ideal for trekking and peak climbing.

Monsoon (Jun - Aug): Low season with rain, but perfect for nature lovers and discounts on hotels.

Autumn (Sep - Nov): Peak season, clear weather, and popular trekking regions fill up fast.

You can check the live weather condition via this website https://www.accuweather.com

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The hotel in Kathmandu where you'll stay during the trip offers complimentary storage services. You can leave your luggage and extra clothing that you won't need for the trekking / tour. Rest assured, you can collect them once the trek and tour are over.

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Don't forget to bring both TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! If you don't have them, you can purchase them at supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide will be there to assist you if needed. You can get information about plug and voltage in below link.

https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/nepal/

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Most places in Nepal are covered by mobile network providers, especially Ncell and Nepal Telecom. You can use data services for communication. You can buy a SIM card at the airport counter. There are also free and paid Wi-Fi services in most tea houses in Nepal during trek.

Here are some tips for staying connected while you are in Nepal:

  • Buy a SIM card as soon as you arrive in Nepal. This will give you access to data services and allow you to make calls and send text messages.
  • Check the coverage map of your mobile network provider before you travel. This will help you to know where you can expect to have good reception.
  • If you are planning on visiting remote areas and need to be in connected on Internet , you may want to consider renting a satellite phone. This will give you access to communication even in areas with no mobile network coverage.
  • There are many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in Nepal. You can find these at hotels, tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and even some temples.
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If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding, Bungy jump, Mountain flight, Heli Tour , Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can find updated price and program detail in this link: https://hsj.com.np/tourtype/daytours. 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]

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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

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A typical suggestion for tipping is to allocate around USD 50-60 for the guide and porter if you're happy with their service. However, the amount you decide to tip is entirely up to you, and you can give whatever you feel is appropriate based on the excellent service they provided during your tour / trek

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Packing List for Tour:

Pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions during your visit. Include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Don't forget essential travel documents, a camera, and any necessary medications.

Packing List for Trekking

Hiking

  • Trekking Poles - 1
  • Daypack - 1
  • Backpack - 1
  • Packcover
  • Water Reservoir - 1

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag - HSJ will provide
  • sleeping bag liner

Clothes

  • Underwear - 3
  • Socks - 3
  • Bra - 3
  • base Layers pant - 1
  • Trekking Tshirt - 3
  • Trekking Pants - 2
  • Rain Pants - 1
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots - 1
  • Gloves - 1
  • Hat - 1
  • Down Jacket - 1
  • Wind Breaker - 1
  • Sandles -1

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses - 1
  • Books or E-reader (optional)

Hygene/Saftey

  • Microfiber towel - 1
  • Toothbrush - 1
  • Toothpaste - 1
  • First aid kit - 1
  • Medicine kit -1
  • sunscreen -1
  • sewing kit -1
  • Soap/shampoo - 1
  • Comb or brush - 1
  • Period supplies - 1
  • Toilet paper - 1
  • sanitising gel - 1

Electronices

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Extranel Hardrive (optional )
  • Head touch
  • Power bank for charging Phone

Packing List for Climbing:

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 and tampons
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Band-aids
  • Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Solar Chargers
  • Hot water thermos

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits

Peak climbing gears (HSJ will provide)

  • Climbing Helmet: Choose a good-quality climbing helmet. Make sure your warm cap fits under your helmet.
  • Climbing Boots: High-altitude, insulated, stiff-soled climbing boots.
  • Crampons: C2 crampons that fit the climbing boots.
  • Climbing Harness: Good-quality climbing harness.
  • Ascending device or Jumar
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape sling: UIAA tested a 220cm open tape sling or a 2 x 120 cm closed tape sling.
  • Carabiners: 2 x lockable carabiners. 2 x non-locking carabiners
  • Prusik loop: Best quality Prusik loop
  • Ice ax: An ice ax with a wrist strap for climbing

 

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If you cancel the trip for any reason, the 20% deposit amount will not be refunded. If you have paid the full trip amount and need to cancel, you will receive your money back, but a cancellation charge of 20% will still apply.

For voucher holders who purchased vouchers from deal companies, we must adhere to their cancellation policy. However, under both circumstances, we are flexible and can reschedule your trip for a later date. To cancel any trip, please make sure to provide written notification of your cancellation.

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Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek/tour 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. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides , porters, drivers for the time they have committed.

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Our commitment is to offer you an unforgettable journey with the best services. We take our responsibilities seriously and conduct all programs in Nepal according to the rules and regulations of Nepal Goverement. If needed, we can provide alternative itineraries for a delightful holiday experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!

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