Mountain Biking In Tibet

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Trip Highlights

  • Hugely rewarding mountain biking in Tibet via Everest Base Camp “the roof of the world”, in arguably some of the most serene environments imaginable
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Tasting exotic food like Yak cheese and butter tea in Tibet
  • Interacting with pilgrims and monks
  • Riding through high passes, including the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m)
  • Longest down hill biking (on paved road) in the world
  • Visiting the Everest Base Camp and base of the Everest North Face via Rongbuk Valley
  • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success

Trip Summary

One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa in Tibet, to Kathmandu in Nepal will quite possibly be a ‘life changing’ journey through time, scenery and physical demands. Our fully-supported mountain biking in Tibet tour takes us along the Friendship Highway to the ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp, and takes in the world’s 2nd longest descent, and the former home of the Dalai Lama.

Starting in Lhasa at 3,650m, we traverse 1,100km over 5 panoramic passes exceeding 4,500m, finishing in the Kathmandu Valley where the oxygen is rich and the lands fertile. Depending upon your individual tastes and strengths, we’ll average 70 km/day on our bikes. Our support vehicle is always available if you would rather take a day off the saddle. The terrain is 80% tarmac road and 20% non-technical off-road.

This expedition is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in Tibetan culture with a backdrop of ethereal views of the Tibetan plateau. On our journey through amazing Himalayan scenery, we visit some of the most significant monasteries of the region and come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the mountains.

Our mountain biking in Tibet tour includes an experienced bike guide cum mechanic fluent in English, equipment vehicle carrying all our personal equipment, cyclist support vehicle, and a bike mechanic with all the spares needed.

A THING TO BE NOTED: Before or during the trip, there are certain factors like weather and political situations that are unexpected barriers and out of our control, which will compel us to change your itinerary. In such a case, please try to understand these barriers, but our purpose will always be to follow the itinerary that has been listed in this website that you have gone through before booking the trip.

Mountain Ascend Treks For Social Causes
Mountain Ascend Treks works in cooperation with local porters and tea-houses by giving them jobs and using their services and in this way, it uplifts the economic conditions of the people.

Trip Itinerary

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an mountain ascend treks signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

(No meals included)

At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple – a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.

The rest of our day in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

We endorse Chinese visas on this day and you check bikes and equipments, after which we ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. It is one of the major attractions of the Kathmandu valley, and definitely not to be missed! From here we head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before Tibet tour. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

We descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where we will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. We lose elevation on the down hill tracks, which at some points require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

(Breakfast Included)

After breakfast, drive to the airport for an hour flight to Gonkar. You will be met at Gonkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3,660m. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

We will visit a few popular places such as Sera Monastery which is one of Lhasa’s great monasteries that survived the Cultural Revolution better than most. We can get up close and personal to a ‘Debate’ where the monks will try and outwit their colleagues with questions on religion. Have a peaceful time watching pilgrims circumambulate from the comfort of a café overlooking the Barkor. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

After a good breakfast we will start biking for Drepung Monastery cycling right in front and passing the Potala. The monastery is situated 25km to the west of Lhasa, this is to further acclimatize and adjust to the climate and altitude. Drepung Monastery the largest of the monasteries out of the great Gelugpa monasteries was home to around 10,000 monks during the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1951. Once we reach the entrance to the monastery, we leave our bikes at the car park and climb up the stairs into the monastery.

Visit the famous Potala Palace. This is the cardinal landmark and a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture and it looks best from a distance. It takes about 3 hours of sightseeing at the Potala so we would advise on wearing comfortable attire, esp. walking shoes. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

Biking towards Kathmandu starts on this day. After cycling through the busy roads for about 45 minutes we leave Lhasa behind. Please remember to always ride on the right side as there will be vehicles plying on this road. We follow the Brahmaputra River all the way down. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

Biking over the Khamba-la pass (4,794 m), approx. 24km climb passing the old road between Gyantse and Lhasa the dazzling Yamdrok-tso (also known as Scorpion Lake) can be seen from the summit of the Kambha-la pass. The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather the lake is seen as a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. We will have lunch beside the beautiful Yamdrok Lake. After lunch we cycle down to the town of Nagarze. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

Panoramic sight sweeping from the left hand side up to the front give great views of the Himalayas and glaciers upon reaching the summit of the Karo-La Pass. One can awe at the sight of the glacier which is approximately 50m below the pass. Bike over the Simi-La (4,330m), and then it’s a pleasant gradual ride to Gyangze town. Visit the monasteries and Stupas contained within this historical town. Overnight at a guesthouse.

(Breakfast Included)

Leaving Gyantse, we also leave behind our 2 days of off-road aches and pain as we find ourselves on a newly paved road which is a long day ride that will take us across vast stretches of flat agriculture land to Shigatse, Tibet’s second biggest town in the traditional capital of Tsang. The Tsang kings exercised their power from the towering heights of Shigatse turning this town in to an important trading town as well as an administrative center. We visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery on the way. Overnight at a guesthouse.

(Breakfast Included)

After a good breakfast, we’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery as we ride to Jidingzhen. We’ll call it a day as close to the base of the Tso-La pass as possible. This will be a good time to prepare physically and mentally for a couple of passes in the following days. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in a dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

Today will be a tough ride, with an occasional paved road making the rest of the road a dusty one. You can, of course, hitch a ride on the support vehicle if you don’t feel like riding the whole day. After we leave the Tso-La Pass (4,500m), we go down a long 9km descent and reach Lhatse, which is a small truck stop and is a dusty place but has some shops with well stocked shelves and few guesthouses. Overnight at a guesthouse.

(Breakfast Included)

In the morning after breakfast we cycle up to a 25km climbing towards the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m), the highest pass of our trip. The ride to Gyatso-La is an interesting one as we will be in the middle of a gorge during the start of this particular ride accompanied by a river on the right hand side. Approximately 7km before reaching the summit we come to an opening where we can once again see the great mountains, but it will be very windy at this point until we cross the pass and descent down to Xegar. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

Today we start our ride on a paved road up to the police check post. Here we would have to produce our passport to the authorities and after the check post we will turn off the Friendship Highway around 6km west of the Shegar checkpoint where our guide will sort out the permits for the Everest region. From here the path will be the toughest of bumpy roads. The road is very winding both up hill and down hill with sharp turns. On this particular road we would like to advise everyone to stay on the edge of the road at a safe pace because of heavy vehicle also using this road, which takes us to the Pang La pass (5200m), a rocky uphill. From here a superb panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen on a clear day. We will bike downhill towards the river where after crossing it we will face the windiest place of our tour. We will cycle to Tashi Zong village. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

After an hour ride from Rongbuk we take new route to Old Tingri via Long Jong La. Occasionally, the level of river gets high which will make us difficult to cross the river, in such case we will ride and drive to Tingri via Tashi Dzong and Pang La. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

Today the biking takes us over the pass of Lalung-la, which offers spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang. Please make sure that you check your brakes properly because we will be riding mostly downhill from here. Overnight at very basic Teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

We continue our descent southwards and after a few hours of biking we reach Nyalam which literary means ‘The Gateway to Hell’ in Tibetan. This is because the road drops from Nylam like a stone off the Tibetan plateau into a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades which during the monsoon creates a sea of clouds that submerges the road and thus giving the effect of an eerie scene out of a horror movie. Before reaching Nyalam just 10km off there is a place with the closest cultural sight which is Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple that is associated with the Cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs who lived during the late 11th to the early 12th century. Overnight at very basic teahouse or guesthouse in dormitory bedroom.

(Breakfast Included)

This is our last day in Tibet as we head towards the border Zhangmu which also is known as Khasa in Nepali and Dram in Tibetan, then entering Nepal through Kodari (which also happens to be the only bungee jumping spot in Nepal). We descend rapidly to Barabise on the longest downhill of our tour on muddy, rocky and slippery road with a big drop on the right hand side into the river Bhote Kosi. We will have lunch at Barabise (870m) a small town with shops and basic hotels. From here after lunch we have to option to either ascend to Dhulikhel (1,600m) or hop on the support van to the hotel in Dhulikhel. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast Included)

After 2.5 km ride from Dhulikhel, we leave the Arniko Highway behind. Follow the dirt road up to Bhaktapur. Continue the broken tarmac road to Thimi a popular town for handmade paper mask. Thimi is the major supplier of vegetables in the capital, Kathmandu city. Ride the last section of Valley rim through busy traffic and transfer to your hotel. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, Pokhara sight-seeing, trekking, rafting & bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

(Breakfast Included)

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Nagarkot, breakfast included.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle.
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Local Nepali expert guide (english speaking).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Free duffle bag and sun hat provided by Santosh.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa- You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying $40 and $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • Tips for biking staff and driver (you will absolutely want to show your gratitude to your biking staff and porters).
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQ

Why Choose Mountain Ascends Trek ?

We have an experienced team of guides on the mountain and great ground staff in Kathmandu to make sure you are well taken care of from the moment you arrive. You can always contact us 24/7 on our international helpline and all of our support team rotates through Nepal on a seasonal basis so you can be sure you are getting knowledgeable first hand advice.

All of our guides work for us full time and have on average 8+ year’s experience trekking in the Himalayas. We are one of the few companies in Nepal to get a Wilderness First Aid Certification for all of our trekking guides. Our guides have also attended a special course dealing with acclimatization issues on the mountain . (meet the team)

Where is Annapurna Base Camp located?

Annapurna Base Camp is located in Kaski District of Gandaki Province in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp is around 81 kilometers north of Pokhara. You can either take a bus from Pokhara to Kimchi and then start walking to Annapurna Base Camp, or hire a jeep and drive to Ghandruk and begin your Annapurna Base Camp expedition.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek open?

Yes! After the Covid-19 pandemic faded throughout Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is finally open to travelers. During Nepal’s lockdown, the trek was closed, leading to a decline in tourism. However, many tourists can now go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Is Annapurna Base Camp safe?

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is significantly safer than the Annapurna Mountains, which are quite risky. It is one of the most pleasant and enjoyable journeys that anyone can undertake in terms of altitudes, duration, adventure, and challenges.

How much does it cost to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Depending on the package, route, operator, and facility you choose, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek might cost anywhere from $400 to $700 per person. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most affordable treks, offering amazing adventure and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

WHO CAN GO? Are there any age limits for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

There’s no age limit for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, as long as trekkers are physically fit and determined! We have had families with kids as young as 7 years do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70s as well. However, children under the age of seven and seniors over the age of 70 are not suggested to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek due to the high altitudes and prolonged journey duration.

What permits are required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)  and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards are the mandatory permits required for trekking in the Annapurna Region. Both of these cards are available through the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. These permits can be obtained for less than 50 USD.

PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? US cash or credit card?

We accept all major currencies. You can pay the balance in cash or with a credit card. Please note we charge a 13% fee for credit card payments so it’s much better to pay your balance in cash.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit while trekking?

Generally, most places in Nepal don’t take credit cards so they are of limited use. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and you can get a good exchange rate withdrawing rupees. The ATMS in Kathmandu generally charge a $5 USD service fee in addition to any charges that you might incur from your bank. These ATMs also often have a limit of 25,000 rupees per day (about $215 USD).

What extra costs can I expect?

Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive from the time you arrive in Nepal. We generally suggest you plan on about $300 or $400 for extra expenses including tips. Extra expenses include items such as: Your Nepal Visa, sleeping bag or down jacket rental, showers, Wifi, snacks and charging electrical devices at tea houses along the way. We also suggest you plan on having extra funds available in cash or on a credit card in case your flight to Lukla is canceled and you decide to charter a helicopter.

What about extra hotel nights?

We can arrange extra hotel nights for you in Kathmandu before or after the trek at additional cost. Please let us know before you arrive in Nepal so we can make the arrangements as required. (Read our blog post.)

PHYSICAL FITNESS How difficult is trekking?

Trekking in the Everest Region is challenging, but it is a challenge which most people can rise to with some training and determination. The trek consists of 5 to 8 hours of walking a day. In general, we start trekking around 8 am and reach the destination for the day around 4 pm.

How fast do you go on the trek?

We encourage everyone in the group to keep a slow pace at our pre-trek briefings. It’s about enjoying the mountains and not a race to the next tea house. The head guide will normally stay at the back of the group with the slowest trekkers.

What is the Best Fitness Program to Prepare?

In terms of physical conditioning before the trek, it’s best if you can do some cardio related workouts like running and distance walking. It’s ideal if you can take the time to go on a few weekend hikes around your area too. We have a training guide for Everest Base Camp on our website that may have just the information you’re looking for. https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/secure-yourself/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/travel-basics/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/be-a-pro-traveller/

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip

PREPARATION & PACKING What are the next steps once I pay the deposit?

Once you have paid the deposit the next step is for you to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with arrival flight details. We can’t book your Lukla flight or get your trekking permit until we have the photo or scan of your passport so please send this to us as soon as possible .
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining it for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. Please email us your proof of insurance before arriving for the trek.

Do you rent sleeping bags or down jackets?

We can provide a -20C sleeping bag for a $20 rental fee during the trek and down jackets are $15 USD. These will be available at the briefing the night before your flight to Lukla and you can just let the team know that you need one.

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

We will provide a duffel bag for you in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be carried by the porters on the trek and will be your luggage item on the flight. Often the porters get ahead on the trail and your duffel will not be available until you reach the tea house in the evening so you will need to carry a day pack while hiking with the items you need during the day.

How big should my day pack be?

Generally, we recommend a day pack of about 40 L, or roughly the size of a school backpack to hold your extra layers as well as essentials for the day.

What about weight limits?

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10kg (22lbs) and another 5kg (11lbs) for a carry-on for a total of 15Kg or 33lbs.

What should I do with passports, medications and valuables?

Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don’t want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

Can I leave luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any luggage at the hotel during the trek.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so, how much extra will this cost?

We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (no extra cost) and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it’s generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you’re willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

Where will our drinking water come from?

We provide all the meals on the trek, but don’t provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or to use a steri pen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and you can also get along the trail but you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around $1 USD but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

What kind of meals are offered on the trek?

We let trekkers choose a meal and hot drink from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals include; omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?

This is not a problem and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.

Can I charge electric devices on the trek?

They have electricity at the tea houses in the common areas. They do charge an extra fee of $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

What type of adapter might I need?

A lot of the tea houses have the power strips with the American outlets. If not then either a C or D type outlet is good. You can check out all the details on the different outlets If you have time in Kathmandu you can buy at least the common adapters for just a couple of dollars.

What about wifi or phone calls?

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $3 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for both internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guide’s phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses have western style flush toilets and cold running water. In almost all cases the bathrooms are shared and not attached to the individual rooms. Some of the higher elevation tea houses have the Asian style toilets which consists of a ceramic basin on the ground

HEALTH AND SAFETY What about acclimatization and altitude?

The best way to avoid problems with altitude is to ascend slowly and all of our Everest treks are designed to average about 300m or 1000ft a day in elevation gain which helps to minimize any elevation problems and is the rate recommended by high altitude doctors. For a complete list of symptoms please review our Welcome to Nepal Brochure. All of the guides are well experienced at recognizing symptoms related to AMD and each carries a pulse oximeter and will monitor your blood oxygen level on a regular basis.

What about sun protection?

It may seem counterintuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun’s intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses it’s recommended that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses. It’s best to wear a hat and cover up while trekking.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

What happens if I have symptoms of altitude sickness on the trek?

Having minor symptoms of altitude sickness such as a headache are quite common and you can continue trekking. However, if you develop additional symptoms it’s critical that you don’t continue trekking to a higher elevation. We can often arrange to have you walk down to a lower elevation and wait several days for the symptoms to resolve before continuing with the next group. Note that additional charges apply for extra days on the trek.

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day of rest?

If you are sick and need to rest for a day we can often place you in the next trekking group coming up the mountain. We would rather see trekkers take extra time on the trail then risk altitude sickness by pushing themselves too fast. Please talk to your guide about this and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What safety measures are in place?

All of our guides are certified by the Red Cross and also have an international WAFA certification. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Our guides are all equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. In addition our guides carry a basic first aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency situation the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the office in Kathmandu where our team is available 24/7.

How cold does it get on the trek?

Temperatures vary quite a bit in the Everest Region depending on the season. Temperatures in Lukla at the start of the trek are actually quite warm from March to May and from September to November and trekkers often wear t-shirts and shorts. Everest Base Camp is cold year round and even during the warmer months you can expect lows at night below freezing. During the winter months it can reach -25C or colder at night and it’s important to have warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. Our packing list for Everest Base Camp should have you well prepared for even the coldest months

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Look for shoes with ankle support, and ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. It’s always best to break your boots in before you arrive and make sure they are comfortable. If you start to get a blister it’s best to stop immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

Is the food and water in Nepal safe?

All of the water in Nepal needs to be treated before drinking. If you want to avoid treating the water you can buy bottled water on the trek or in Kathmandu. Whether trekking or in Kathmandu its best to avoid uncooked vegetables. To be on the safe side make sure all your meals are cooked and avoid meat on the mountain.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $15 to $20 USD a day is reasonable for these extras although if you’re on a tight budget you can get by with less.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We don’t have extra fees for solo travelers who join an existing group. However, if you are the only one who signs up for a departure date we do charge an extra $20 per/day as a porter fee. If an extra fee applies our team will let you know about the extra fee before you book or the extra charge will be added automatically when you book the trek online. If additional guests do sign up and join your trek this fee will be waived when you arrive in Nepal.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we do not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek please ask us in advance on how this might be arranged and we will do our best to find a good solution.

Who else is in my trekking group?

If you’re concerned about the number of people signing up for a group or have questions about the other trekkers in the group please ask us. We never share personal data but we can give you a general idea on nationalities, sex and approximate age ranges.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

If you have extra days after the trek please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance with arranging day tours around the city. We also organize short 3 day trips to Chitwan for safari.

Altitude

5,220M / 17121.6 Ft

Trip Level

Tough

Best Season

March, April, May, September, October, November

Route

Kathmandu - Lasha - Potala Palace - Quxu - Gyangze - Lhatse - Nyalam - Kathmandu

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