EBC to Gokyo via Kalapatthar and Cho La

Welcome to the world of wilderness in Everest region. This trek takes you to EBC from Jiri and onto Gokyo Ri and fantastic pass at Cho La where you could see Cho Oyo mountain.

Come and explore Everest region trek with us.

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Overview

The Everest to Gokyo Trek via Cho La, another great memorable and rewarding land of high altitude lakes and icy glaciers reaching the peak of Gokyo Ri at altitude of 5,350 meter offers you awesome views of four among the eight highest mountains on the earth within single range of panorama. From the Gokyo Ri we can see Everest Mountain (8,848m), and three more Himalyan giants; Cho Oyu at altitude of 8,153m, Lhotse peak at altitude of 8,501m, and Mount Makalu at altitude of 8,463m and great Glacier Ngozumpa.

The small herding settlement of Gokyo 4,750 meter lies on the bank of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo famous mountains above eight thousands are exposing towards you. Additionally, you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung 7,922m, considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region.

We crossCho La, a 5420m high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri. After reaching Gokyo Ri, on the way back you will return from the standard Gokyo trek as you will take the route back to Namche by crossing the Renjo La pass which stands at altitude of 5,340meter instead of trekking from backside of the Gokyo valley trails which makes our trek most exciting and challenging for all of us. As the mountains are magical and so are your counters with the Sherpa people, the famous mountains dwellers of this Himalayan wonderland.

As in the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, the warmth and hospitality extended by the local culture and local inhabitants of this region as well as Sherpas will add an additional dimension to your great experience of trek in this Khumbu region.  This moderate to difficult trek reaches a high of 5000 meters and makes your trek memorable.

Itinerary

Duration     : 26 days. 25 Nights  Kathmandu – Kathmandu
Difficulty Level   :Moderate to Difficult

Best time to visit : April – June ; Sept – Nov

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by Red Rose Travels, Tours & Trek’s Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Activities
This morning after breakfast  our team will pick you up at your hotel and take you for your first day cultural tours in Kathmandu valley which is followed by “Durbar Square” and “Swayambhunath”, Boudhnath & Pashupatinath temple. The meaning of Durbar Square is place of palaces. In total; there are three preserved Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley and one unpreserved in Kirtipur which is just 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu city. During your sightseeing in Durbar Square; you will be exploring Kasthmandap, a three storied temple enshrining the deity of Goraknath, Kumari House, a building where resides Kumari ( living goddess ), Hanuman Dhoka, Kalo Bhairaw, Seto Bhairaw and finally we will ahead towards Swayambhunath which is also known as Monkey temple, the Boudhanath a Buddhist stupa; one of the holiest Buddhist and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu. After the full day sightseeing activities your memory is full not only in terms of camera but also lot to write in your diary and unwind the day in memories. We reach hotel by early evening and remaining time is there to explore Kathmandu on your own. Maybe purchase items required for your trek. Kathmandu is good place for all kind of mountain and trekking gear.

Day 03: Early morning drive to Jiri and trek to Shivalaya (1800m).

Day 04: Shivalaya to Kenja (1640m).
A usual town giving you the chance to meet various ethnic groups.

Day 05: Kenja to Sete (2575m).
You may need a rest so we plan to stop here (no other reason), but if you are fit enough we can go on to Junbesi.

Day 06: Sete to Junbesi (2700m).
An interesting town with some very good lodges and Tea Houses.

Day 07: Junbesi to Trakshindo (2930m).
The views are amazing from this tiny place, so make sure you get up early and leave enough time to stand and be amazed.

Day 08: Trakshindo to Phakding (2815m).
We go through Phakding and on to Monjo, in the hope of dinding a quiet place for the night (we are now in the most popular section of the trail)

Day 09: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).
We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.

Days 10 & 11: In Namche Bazaar to acclimatise.
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

Days 12 & 13: Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3800m).
A very spectacular day in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads north to Everest. Following this trail, a short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse, whilst nearer at hand our route is a Yak trail, contouring around the hillside. The way to Gokyo is via Phortse Tenga and follows this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicraft, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). The main trail to Everest drops down the hill to Phunki, whereas our trail climbs to cross the Mon La to reach Phortse Tenga. The Nepal Kingdom Foundation is involved with various projects in this area. An extra night is spent here to see how the community lives and also to further acclimatize.

Day 14: Phortse to Machermo (4410m).
From Phortse we drop down a little and then climb steadily along the side of the valley, Rhododendron forests giving way to scrub juniper as altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements (yersa), used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Kang Taiga and Thamserku, both over 21,500ft. / 7481m.

Day 15: Rest day in Machermo.
We plan is to stay at Machermo for an extra day to acclimatise. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration above the camp. Just above the village there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyu (8210m) and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 16: Machermo to Gokyo (4794m).
Rested, we head for the holy lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka (4548m) and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path that heads across the glacier to the Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo (4791m). Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. There are several dwellings, including two lodges that boast solar shower and heating.

Day 17: Excursion to Gokyo Ri (5483m).
We leave camp just after first light, crossing the ablation valley and following a zig zag path up the hillside. As we climb, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view. From the summit of Gokyo Ri we have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu. Some say it is a finer view than that from Kala Pattar, but you will be able to judge for yourself. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views to be had by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo.

Day 18: Gokyo to Thagna (4690m).
Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked by cairns and in places; the path is actually quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thagna and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small Kharka.

Day 19: Thagna to Lobuche (4928m)
An early start is necessary as not only do we have to cross the Cho La, but we also have to make the long descent to reach Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we follow a ridge to our right, at approximately 5000 metres and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views westwards across to Rowaling and of Ama Dablam to the south-east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (often snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Everest and Nuptse as we descend to the grazing pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes of Chola Tso to join up with the main Everest trail from Dugla. On route we pass a memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. The trail flattens out and follows the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.

Day 20: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5184m).
To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail at first follows the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colours begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints for Everest, the hill known as Kala Pattar (5549m). As the light begins to fade we stroll back to Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 21: Excursion to Everest B.C (5357m).
For the trek to Everest Base Camp a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier to reach the traditional base camp site. On the return leg we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and of the route to the south Col. Returning to Lobuche for our nights camp.

Day 22: Lobuche to Pangboche (3985m).
Down hill most of the way, past Duglha and descending to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue, Association has a trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 23: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar(3450m).
We continue to follow the river and after crossing, climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Tengboche (“Great High Place”) sits magnificently. This site is the spiritual and social centre for the people of the surrounding area. From here are marvellous views of most of the giant peaks in the area. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels, then climb and contour around the hillside to Namche.

Day 24: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m).
From Namche Bazaar the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we reach Chaunrikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. We will camp on the lawn of a lodge at Lukla.

Day 25: Early morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to shopping in Kathmandu.

Day 26: Final Departure from Kathmandu.

 

 

Price

*Cost: Call us for Group discount applicable for Group size 9-10 people -Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Cost Includes:
•    Airport-Hotel-Airport transportation
•    All domestic necessary land transportation
•    3 Nights 3* Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB (Bed & Breakfast) Basis
•    One full day Kathmandu City Sightseeing
•    23 Days Jiri/EBC/Kalapatthar/Cho-La/Gokyo treks
•    Lukla-Kathmandu  one way Airfare
•    One professional Trekking Guide During treks
•    Daily Guest house/ Tea House accommodation During treks
•    Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea/Coffee during treks
•    TIMS + National Park Permit fees.
•    Necessary Porter and Staffs

Cost Does Not Include:
Personal expenses, Insurance, Airfare and Camera Fees  tipping and porterage, changes due to bad weather, equipments like sleeping bags, walking pole, warm clothing etc.,

Meals on the trek:

Breakfast:
Bread/Butter/Jam/Eggs/Tibetan Bread/Honey/Tea Momo + Egg,   Corn, Veg Soup/Baked Beans/Tea/Coffee/Fruits or Porridge with fruits. Drinking Chocolate at bedtime. Tea / Coffee at early morning.

Meals:
Soup/Rice/Dal/Vegetables/Salad/Non-Veg/Dessert (Indian Meals)
Soup/Chowmein/Fried Rice /Tea Momo/Momos/Noodle Soup (Tibetan)

100%-Boiled water will be supplied before the trek every morning and refilled at lunch break. Please bring your own purifying agents for personal safety and satisfaction. Packaged drinking water (bottled water) is not allowed on Himalayas.

T&C

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Himalayan Fantasy always strives for cost effectiveness and better coordination by having a maximum team size of 9-10 participants. Thus initial fees collected assume a group size of 9-10 people. However, in case the group size is smaller than expected, Himalayan Fantasy representative would inform participants a month in advance of the departure date, the group size of the program. The participants would be requested to pay “the difference amount as applicable” reflecting the current size of group.

Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. You would appreciate that this time is required for us to arrange for logistics in these remote regions.

All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Himalayan Fantasy would not be responsible for the weather changes or your personal health issues.

Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. However, our policy on cancellation would be as under:

  1. Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
  2. Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
  3.  Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
  4. No Show : No Refund

FAQ

What is trekking?
A trek is a mountain walk from place to place, rather than just rambling or day walking from a fixed base. A trek is not necessarily more arduous or uncomfortable than centre-based sojourns; we believe they are more interesting and rewarding. Trekking appeals to different people for different reasons. Most are drawn to the healthy exercise and magnificent mountain scenery, both of which are fully guaranteed. Because of the type of treks we operate, Himalayan Fantasy particularly appeals to those who are seeking unspoiled areas and an opportunity to experience the indigenous culture, history and traditions of a region. For some- certainly not everyone the lure of trekking is the desire to take on a strenuous, testing high-altitude route. Trekking is a way of life in the mountains-one needs to walk to live.

How long is the trek and how far each day walking?
Generally the trek duration depends on your interest and location of trek. Your trek can last anywhere from 2-3 days to an entire month or longer if you wish. We can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The decision is up to you. It is difficult to reply you when you ask how far each day walking but it is best answered in terms of time rather than distance, as mileage is dictated by altitude and terrain. Walking time, including rests, ranges from four to eight hours but there is no hard and fast rule.

How difficult are the treks?
The difficulty of our treks depends on where you want to trek and how long you want to go. The shorter Treks tend to be easier while the longer ones require some physical fitness. Be prepared for some steep trails leading to amazing views. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have friendly and dependable porters to assist you with your personal gear.

Where do we stay on trek?
Where acceptable Trekkers Huts facilities exist, we normally use them. Tea houses are a way of life for almost all trekkers. They are the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. We encourage all trekkers along the Dzongri, Goechala, Jholomolari, Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna treks to try our routine treks and tea house treks. Our many years of experience along these routes have helped us find the friendliest, cleanest, and most enjoyable camps/huts and tea houses with the best views.. Many have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood fires due to lack of firewood in most villages and Himalayas. Deforestation is a big environmental concern in OUR HIMALAYAS. These are also great way help support local villages. In remote terrain, we camp in tents. Even if you’ve never camped before, you don’t need to worry: the tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/mattresses are comfortable. On all of our treks there is a bathroom tent and a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.

Where and what type of food is served?
If you are on a tea house trek you will eat breakfast and dinner at your tea house. We will stop for lunch at one of the various trail side for mid lunch prepared by our cooks. If you are on a camping trek we will prepare all meals and snacks. Almost every tea house serves the traditional meal, Dal Bhat (rice and curried lentils).. Some have versions of western food such as pizza and French fries too. The choice is yours.

How safe is the food?
Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. This is why we do our best to choose tea houses and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens . On our lodge treks, we provide a cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe. Our cooks have undergone high altitude diet preparations trainings to minimise the usage of excess fuel and combined cooking.

Where do we get water during the trip?
All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. In a camping trek, we boil water in the morning and you will have enough boiled water in your bottle (Highly practiced in Sikkim).

Is the water safe to drink?
Your guide will be in charge of all your water needs. He will make sure all water is boiled and treated with iodine. Iodine is 100% effective in killing the bacteria in water. We recommend you get your own water cleaning tablets if you feel so about it.

What equipment and clothing should I bring including medicines?

Personal belongings for trek:

1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
If required,  Daypack (20L) in optional.

2.Trekking shoes –A good trekking shoes with rubber sole or PVC sole required. Please don’t wear leather or sports shoes like Nike, Rebok, Adidas etc., These shoes will not support in snow.
Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a shoe. Quechua Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women.

3.  Sleeping bags. They are required to be brought by you due to hygiene reasons.

Personal belongings for trek

1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
If required,  Daypack (20L) in optional.

2.Trekking shoes –A good trekking shoes with rubber sole or PVC sole required. Please don’t wear leather or sports shoes like Nike, Rebok, Adidas etc., These shoes will not support in snow.
Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a shoe. Quechua Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women.

3.  Sleeping bags. They are required to be brought by you due to hygiene reasons.

Trousers & Other dresses

a. 3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic (quick-dry) kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and would be better.  Also bring thermals where you can wear the pants on top of thermals. No Jeans pants or any other type of pants.

b. 3-4 cotton tees with collar. No bright colours like reds and fluorescents. Stick with lighter tones. There are plenty of birds to be seen on the trek and you don’t want to scare them with your sense of dress.
Avoid loose fitting clothes. They restrict your movement. Plus you are going to lose weight while on the trek. Full sleeve light sweater. A light fleece jacket would be ideal.

A full sleeve feather jacket or something similar.

c. 2-3 pairs of cotton inners (optional)

d. 1 pair of thermal inners. Best to tolerate temperature when we pitch tents on snow.

e. 3-4 pair of usual sports socks, at least one woolen pair.

f. A pair of trekking pole is mandatory.

g. Wind cheater (to escape a quick burst of rain). Or a light rain coat.

h. Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof) – if you have one.

i. Sun glasses – curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness.Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.

People who wear spectacles, choose one of these:
a. Use contact lenses.
b. Photochromatic glasses
c. If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.

j. Woolen monkey cap/balaclava.
k.Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).
l.Chapstick or lip balm.
m.Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
n. 2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not get any packaged water bottle like Bisleri, Aquafina and others.
o. Torch with 2 extra set of cells. Buy LED torches. They last longer, are more durable and give good light.
p. Personal toilet kit (minimal) & toilet paper.
q. Personal medicine kit containing:

Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 8 tablets
Brufen 400 – 5 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Digene – 10 tablets
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Betadine cream
Moov spray

r. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry lots of dry fruit combinations as snacks.
s. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, thread and needle and a string is good idea to carry.
t.  Camera, spare films/memory-cards, batteries etc.
u. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
v. Slippers/sports sandals (for walking around campsite).
x.  Sun cap and/or head-scarf.

MISCELLANEOUS BUT IMPORTANT TO NOTE;

A. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
B. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food.
C. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
D. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-9 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
E. carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days). Do not plan for “if” situations. The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
F. Dressing in layers is the mantra. So two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T shirt that is thick. This is just a guideline. Mileage vary based on your physical condition, threshold to cold etc.

Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents

1. An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.
2. A passport size photo.

What happens if there is an emergency?
Himalayan Fantasy prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. But if a serious emergency occurs, then outside help is needed. Every client should have their own insurance before coming to Himalayas in-case an emergency occurs.

Is there a doctor on the trek?
We can’t guarantee a doctor on every trek, but we do try to encourage suitably experienced medical personnel to join our high altitude treks by offering a discount in return for looking after the medical needs of a group. In addition to trek doctors, our group leaders are trained in first aid.

Could you tell me how much money do I need?
This is bit of difficult to explain to you without knowing your proper holiday plan. But you can make always easy with explaining about your interest- that you like to do tour, trekking, rafting, wildlife safari, shopping etc. or with explaining about the categories of hotel that you’re going to accommodate and nature of tour you’re going to do, and total days for HIMALAYAS. We will tell you want cost for what! Then you will know the how much money should have to bring with you! Be sure while you’re in trekking or in tour- we have a safe in our office where plane tickets and money can be kept and other stuffs on our store.

What sort of experience do your guides have?
Himalayan Fantasy has some of the most dependable and experienced guides in Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and Darjeeling. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and countryside of Our Himalayas. All guides speak English and have a deep knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to react in any situation. And most importantly our guides are friendly and enjoyable and want to share with you the true beauty of Our Himalayas.

What would be when I am single or with my family?
On your interest, we do the both single guided trek/ tour and group tour. If you are alone and willing join with other people, this is always possible. On your request we will give all the details of the member and size of the groups that you’re joining. People traveling with us may be of any nationality, either sex, alone or accompanied, experienced travelers or complete beginners. Groups are always small (in general 10 or less). English is the common language, and there can be a wide age-range. We apply no upper age limit, though we ask those over 70 for their doctor’s confirmation of their fitness to participate. Generally speaking, we regard our trips as being for adults: unaccompanied minors are not accepted, but of course we will accept accompanied minors. Our family Trek is designed to accommodate younger children.

Will we have private rooms and bathrooms?
Private rooms are available in most tea houses except for those at very high altitudes in Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Darjeeling, toilet tents will be used. Most bathrooms are shared. On our lodge treks we also provide someone to clean all bathroom facilities for our groups. Our lodge treks also include bed and pillow covers.

How difficult is the trek?
We can absolutely assure you that you do not have to be young, very experienced, or super fit to enjoy most of our treks. Our trekkers range from 17 to 70. Previous walking experience, though useful, is not essential: the great majority of our treks could be undertaken by anyone who is in good health, enjoys outdoor life, and is reasonably fit. Many of our guests casually participate in a sport such as swimming, cycling, tennis or golf.

What we do every day in trekking?
A trek day begins around 6 a.m. with a mug of coffee or tea served through your tent flap. Hot water is provided for washing and shaving, followed by breakfast. Water is provided for your water containers. We strike camp and begin walking in the pleasant cool of the morning for 3-4 hours before stopping for lunch. This two-hour break offers an opportunity to write in your diary, read and relax. The full meal typically includes fresh fruit, tinned meat, cheese, rice chapatis or biscuits, cooked vegetables, and tea or coffee. We usually reach our campsite by 4 p.m. and have tea and biscuits shortly afterwards. There is time to rest or explore before our evening meal at 6 p.m. This is the social event of the day. It begins with an appetizer and soup, followed by the main course and dessert with tea or coffee. The variety and quality of our “camp” food will delight you. Guests keep threatening to take our cooks home with them! As we mainly camp near villages, there is usually plenty of time to visit with the locals before or after dinner and sample their home brews. As night approaches, most people retire to their warm sleeping bags and are fast asleep by 9:30 p.m.

Environmental awareness?
Our approach is to raise environmental awareness in visitors to Our Himalayas. We also give information to our valuable customers on how to minimize the negative effects that their ignorance may have on Our Himalayas. We guide and help them how to trek gently and to support positive effects at culture and environmental conservation. We are also trying to protect the fragile environment and indigenous cultures of the Himalayas. We cook food by kerosene stoves, suggest you to stay in lodges that use kerosene or fuel efficient stoves/LPG’s and advise you to take hot showers when the water is heated with solar energy or hydroelectricity or black coal stove etc. We always take one extra porter to carry and manage all the garbage that our groups make in their campsite. Yearly we invest 20% of our net profit for above purpose and further more social work in the different approach of Our Himalayas. We always hearty welcome and enchant your comments and suggestions for a better way to serve our customers, environment and nature.

Why should I travel with Himalayan Fantasy and Treks?
There are many reasons. In a nutshell, we go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one, there will be no negative impact on the region we are visiting: after all, we live here. We give you more for your money than anyone else. And our safety record is unsurpassed. We also provide warm clothes, good walking shoes and other necessary trekking equipment for our Guide and Porters. They will get good accommodations along the way and food same as you are having on the way. All our trekking staffs are insured.

What is Altitude Sickness (AMS)?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
1. Nausea,
2. vomiting
3. Loss of appetite
4. Insomnia/sleeplessness
5. Persistent headache
6. Dizziness,
7. light headedness,
8. confusion Disorientation,
9. Drunken gait Weakness,
10. fatigue,
11. lassitude,
12. Heavy legs Slight swelling of hands and face
13. Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity

Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious, even life-threatening problems can occur. The only cure for Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters, and the proper amount of rest and re hydration are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
If you follow the simple advice of our trained guides, you won’t have to worry about complications from mountain sickness. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

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