Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Sherpani Col Pass (6135m)

Highlights

  • The three high passes: Sherpani Col, West Col, and Amphu Lapcha Pass.
  • Small and quaint villages at several places on the trek.
  • Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Makalu Base Camp.
  • Different glaciers.
  • Arun river valley.
  • Namche Bazar, capital of Khumbu region.
  • Short thrilling flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Description

You walk for several days, and you find yourself far away from where you were. In a beautiful world where the only noises are sound of birds, splashing rivers, and cascading waterfalls. How would it feel like?
 
If you want to experience something like this, try out the Sherpani Col pass trek. Walking through the rugged trails and through quaint villages feels terrific! The main motive of Makalu Sherpani Col pass trek is to reach the base camp of Mt. Makalu. Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world.
 
This trek has three different high passes: Sherpani Col (6150 meters), West Col (6143 meters), and Amphu Labtsa Pass (5800 meters). These passes are among the highest passes in the Nepalese Himalayas. The top of the passes are the best viewpoints. You will see the snowy Himalayas so real and so close. You will see the most spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6814m), Chonku Peak (6830m), Cho Polu (6734m), Island Peak (6189m), Kang Tega West, and Kang Tega East.
 
Emerging through the lowlands of Khandbari, the trail passes to tranquil highland pastures. We will also walk to the hidden Arun River valley to the kingdom of glaciers at Makalu base camp. After visiting the Makalu base camp, we will make a trip to the Everest region.
 
The Makalu Barun region is also a highlight of Sherpani Col pass trek via Makalu Base Camp. The region is a home of more than 3,000 flowering plant species, 440 bird species, and 75 mammal species.
 
The best time for doing Sherpani Col pass trek is from mid-March to May and from September to Mid-December. During these times, the weather condition remains highly stable. You will have a beautiful time trekking. In winter, the high passes remain covered in snow. Also, there are chances of snowfall, avalanche, and harsh winds. Winter isn’t a good time to trek.
 
Sherpani Col pass is a hard graded remote trek in Nepal. Doing this trek demands a certain level of physical fitness. The passes aren’t easy. They are from the toughest high passes in Nepal. So, this trek is definitely not a good option for beginners. To those who love adventures and have done adventurous high altitudes, Sherpani Col pass trekking should be on their to-do list.
 
Contact us if you want to trek with us. Mount Mania is a popular trekking agency that has been organizing treks and tours around Nepal for many years.

24 Days Sherpani Col Pass Trek Itinerary

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On this day, you can buy your trekking gears, if you have anything left to buy. We will hold a meeting and discussions on the trek. You can stroll around the streets in Kathmandu. If you want, you can visit some historic sights around Kathmandu. Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, etc are some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

  • Altitude: 1320m

We begin our trek with a flight via Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight. We will board on a domestic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We will fly for nearly half an hour over the splendid valleys, rivers, and diverse landscapes. After landing at Tumlingtar, we will meet the rest of our team, if any.

The flight duration between Kathmandu to Tumlingtar is 25 to 30 minutes. Tumlingtar is a beautiful city in eastern Nepal. From Tumlingtar, we will take a bus or a jeep to Khadbari. Taking the Khandbari Bharabise road, we will ride towards Khadbari. The bus ride will take us another half an hour.

After reaching Khadbari, we will have lunch and will explore around. Overnight in a hotel in Khadbari.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1040m

From Khandbari, we will walk through many uphills and downhill towards the village at a place called Mani Bhanjyang. On our way, we will pass across many villages. The small and beautiful valleys are wonderful.

Most of the trail today goes through bamboo and Rhododendron forests. We will walk uphill through scenic trail before reaching Chinchilla. On the way, you will see the cultivated lands, beautiful forests, and large fern plants.

Chinchilla is a beautiful Gurung settlement. It is more like a farm village. From there you will see astounding views of Mt. Makalu, 8463 meters and the Kumbakarna range.

Overnight at Chichila in a tent house.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 1830m

We will have breakfast in our tent kitchen. Then, we will start to trek towards Num. Today, we will walk with admirable views of the Himalayas far away. We will do several ups and downs through quiet forests, serene and scenic. Walking through the forests of Rhododendron, Oaks, and Hemlocks, we will take an ascend. The trail climbs to reach the ridge top.

After an ascend, there is a downhill trail and vice versa. This holds true for most of the trek routes in Nepal. We will enjoy the views from the ridge and will start to descend down. After doing the downhill trail for nearly two hours, we will reach Num. Num is a small village with few houses. Here, you will see a primary school also.

At the campsite in Num, we will set our camps. Overnight there. 

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 1490m

We will begin to trek after having breakfast. The trail descends steeply over the rocky path to the cornfields of Lumbang. We will trek through the tough trail towards Arun river. Descending around 800 meters, we will meet the Arun river.

While walking down the trail, you should be careful. The paths are slippery. On reaching the bottom, we will cross the Arun river over a suspension bridge. It’s again a tough climb to Runruma. We will have lunch at Runruma. After lunch, we will take a steep to ascend to Seduwa.

Overnight at a camp in Seduwa.

Trek Duration: 5 to 7 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 1460m

Today, we will trek to Tashi Gaon from Seduwa. We will have a short, easy, and pleasant trek today. Walking through the remote villages, tiny and beautiful, we will walk. The trek route passes through scenic surroundings. You can see several farm fields and terraces.

Before reaching Tashi Gaon, there is an uphill trail. It will take you around an hour to do the uphill trail. The trail climbs with splendid views of millet and rice fields.

Finally, we will reach the Tashi Gaun, the last village. From this village, we will enter the Makalu-Barun National Park. Inside the national park boundary, there are no settlements.

We will set our tents at the campsite in Tashi Gaun. Overnight there

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 2070m

Today, we will walk into the boundary of Makalu Barun National Park. We will begin the trek by walking into a dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak. After climbing through the forest for around one and a half hours, we will walk out of the forest.

Now, the trail takes us towards the wide summer pastures. There are some stone huts in the grassland. Here, the shepherds stay while they graze their cattle during summer. From here, we will climb the uphill trail towards Kauma ridge. The climb is tough. Along the trail, you’ll see bushes of Juniper and Rhododendron trees.

From Tashi ridge, we will descend a little to the campsite in Kauma. Overnight at Camp.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3470m

Today is your rest day. On this day, you can explore around Kauma. The place is beautiful with beautiful views of the snowy peaks. You can take good sleep inside your tent. Overnight in Kauma.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3470m

After a rest day in Kauma, we will make our way towards Mumbuk. With amazing mountain views, we will start to trek. The trail is easy with few ups and downs. We will walk past two ponds: Thulo Pokhari and Sano Pokhari.

We will now walk further to cross Tutu La (4075m). Now the trail descends to a small place inside the woods. The forests of pine, hemlock, birch, and rhododendrons are amazing. Overnight in a tent.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3570m

From Mumbuk, we will walk to Nehe Kharka today. Exploring the amazing views around us, we will trek. The trail is joyous. The trail passes uphill and downhill, and flat somewhere. We will visit the exotic Barun valley. This is one of the most beautiful valleys. The lush alpine valley is home of several wildlife plant species. The walk is pleasant. The flat uphill trail is enjoyable.

We will follow Barun River upstream and will walk towards Nehe Kharka. There is a summer settlement at this place. AT the campsite, we will set our tents. Overnight in a tent.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3000m

We will cross the splashing Barun river on a wooden bridge. Now, we will walk through the boulders to Ramara. At Ramara, you will see a large Buddhist prayer wall. From Ramara, we will walk for several hours (2 to 3) to reach Sherson.

On the trail, you will see some Rhododendron and Juniper bushes. As you trek, you will see fewer trees and more rocky cliffs.

After reaching Sherson, we will get amazing views of the Barun glacier, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Baruntse. Sherson is the lower Makalu base camp. There is a wide pasture with some big rocks. We will set our camp and stay there overnight.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 4615m

Today, we will continue towards the Makalu base camp. From the lower base camp, Sherson, it will take 2 to 3 hours to reach higher base camp. The base camp lies near the Barun glacier’s glacial pond. A base camp is a beautiful place. You will see astounding Himalayan views from here. We will stay there overnight today.

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5000m

There are lots of things to explore around the Makalu base camp. The Barun glacier and its fellow glacial pond are amazing. We will climb to a moraine ridge. This place is a spectacular viewpoint. We can see beautiful views of Mt.Makalu along with the eastern sides of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5000m

From Makalu base camp, we will make our way towards the Swiss base camp. Be careful, you are at very high altitude. Also, the trail is rocky and tough. You must take care of your health and body. After reaching the Swiss base camp, we will set our tents for overnight. 

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5150m

Making our way towards the west pillar of Makalu. Walking westwards of the Barun glacier, we will climb the trail. We will make our way through tough trails. Though the trail is very hard, it displays the best views of Lhotse and Kangshung face of Everest.

Overnight at high camp in a tent.

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5688m

Today is a rest day. You are at a very high altitude. Tomorrow, you will be going in high altitude. So, it is absolutely necessary that you take a rest day. On this rest day, we will walk around to help our body acclimatize with the thinning mountain air. Explore the enthralling views of the Himalayan peaks. Fill your lungs with Himalayan air. We will stay in a tent overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5688m

And finally, it’s the Sherpani Col Pass (5180m) day. We will start to trek early in the morning. If it gets late, the pass becomes windy. So, we target to reach the top before 10 am. We climb through the iced rocks. The Sherpani Glacier is an amazing one. We will see the glacier spreading its icy fingers. Climbing the pass is very tough. There are difficult slopes where we should use the back-up of the fixed ropes. The top is amazing. Covered with snow and ice with great views of the adorable Himalayas around.

From the Sherpani Col, we will trek to west col. This is a dangerous section. You should be very careful. We will trek through the icy ridges of Baruntse. Also, we will be doing the tough steep trails of Mt. Makalu. Towards the south, there is Chamlang. And to the west, we will see Mt. Amadablam.

You should be very careful. More important, you should follow the instructions of your guides. They will help you get down to West Col safe and sound. They know the safer routes. Now, we will walk to the Hongu glacier. Walking further, we will reach a campsite in Honku Basin where we will stay overnight in our tents.

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5500m

So, before heading towards the Everest base camp trekking trail, we will do one more destination today. The journey traverses over Amphu Laptsa follows the upper Hongu Basin towards Panch Pokhari. At Panch Pokhari, there are five ponds. This is a place of religious importance. Yearly, many Hindu devotees visit these ponds for a holy purpose. Trekking through the largest pond, we will walk towards the final pass on this journey, the Amphu Labtsa pass. 

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 5527m

Today, we will cross the pass, Amphu Lapcha. The trek is hard, yet rewarding. From the pinnacle, you will see amazing views of Paanch Pokhari and Himalayas. We will see Mt. Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Island.

Reaching down the pass is so important. You should get the guidance of your guides. Using ropes and ice axes, we will slowly and safely descend down. 

Now, we will walk through the Imja valley to Chukhung. Chukjung is a small settlement in Everest with very few houses. There are few lodges also. At the campsite there, we will set our tents. Overnight in a tent.

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 4730m

Today is your rest day. On this day, you can explore around Chhukhung. The place is beautiful with beautiful views of the snowy peaks. You can take good sleep inside your tent. Overnight in Chhukhung.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4730m

From Chhukung, we will trek to Tengboche. This day is an easy day. We will do a pleasant walk on the downhill slope as we trek towards Dingboche. The trail is beautiful with amazing mountain views.

Dingboche is a beautiful village. Here, people cultivate potatoes and millets inside fields protected by stone walls. from all sides. This is not a big village, yet, there are around ten teahouses here. At Dingboche, there are chances that you might meet the trekkers to Everest base camp.

We will set off on the trekking trail towards Tengboche. The trail is busy with Everest trekkers trekking up and down the trail. We will also meet herds of Yaks on the way. Walking through the beautiful trail, we will trek back. At a lodge in Solmari, we will have lunch. We will cross a river and will walk towards Pangboche.

From Pangboche, the trail ascends through a dusty trail to Tengboche. AT Tengboche, there is a wide flat meadow with a beautiful monastery and a few teahouses. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in the region. You can see the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Ama Dablam Himalayas on all sides from there. Overnight in Tengboche.

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3860m

Today, we will trek to the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. We will descend a steep trail to Pungi Kharka. There is a suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi there. After crossing the bridge, we will start to walk uphill. After the uphill climb ends, the trek is flat.

We will see beautiful Himalayan views while walking. After 2 to 3 hours, we will see the clustered houses in Namche Bazar. We will walk down through stone steps for around 5 minutes. We will stay overnight in a cozy hotel in Namche.

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3440m

Today is a long day and is the last day of trekking. We will descend down the trail from Namche Bazar to Tenzing Hillary bridge. From there, we will take ascend followed by a descend to cross Dudh Kosi river over a suspension bridge again.

After crossing the bridge, the trail is flat. After some time, we will climb the trail to meet a flat trail and cross the same river over a suspension bridge again. Today’s day is popular among the trekkers as “day of crossing suspension bridges”.

At the Sagarmatha National park entry gate, we will check out showing our permits. From there, we will walk through villages like Monjo, Jhorsale, and others. We will have lunch at one of these villages and will walk to Phakding.

From Phakding, the trail is easy. We will finally reach Lukla. Lukla is a small town with hotels, shops, cafes, and an airport. Overnight at a hotel in Lukla.

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2840m

We will check in at the airport in Lukla after having breakfast at the hotel. We will then fly on a domestic plane to Kathmandu airport. Trust me, the take off is nerve-shaking. The flight is thrilling. You will fly so close to the mountains and hills.

You can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas ahead. Also, you’ll see beautiful valleys, rivers, and deforming landscapes while flying. Finally, we will land at the airport in Kathmandu. We will escort you into your hotel in a private vehicle.

Flight Duration: 25 to 30 minutes 

  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Camping and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Flight Ticket (Kathmandu to Tumlingtar)
  • Local Bus Ticket (Tumlingtar to Khadbari)
  • Flight Ticket (Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
  • Cooking Staff and Helper 
  • All Camping equipment like Tents and Kitchen equipment
  • All Necessary Trekking Permits (Makalu Conservation Area Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS Card, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee)
  • Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Helpers

Optional

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Twin Sharing on BB USD 60$ Per Night 

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
30 May, 2024 - 22 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUS$3900

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

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

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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