Lodge-Based Trek Among the Highest Mountains in the World

Everest Private Journey

Nepal

14 Days

From $4,695

Level 5

Strenuous

Overview

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    Overview

    Magnificent Mount Everest is known in Tibetan as Chomolungma, Mother Goddess of the Snows. On this Private Journey, set out with your Sherpa guide for a 9-day trek, hiking each day among the most amazing mountains on earth, exploring fascinating Sherpa villages, and sleeping at night in spectacularly located lodges. The trek brings you to Tengboche, a thriving Tibetan Buddhist monastery and spiritual heart of the Khumbu region, from which Everest's triangular diamond summit is unmistakable amid a cirque of breathtaking peaks. The joys of this mountain adventure include getting to know the Sherpa people, visiting Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and lively tea houses, and learning how Buddhism influences every aspect of Sherpa life.

    Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Highlights

    • Alpenglow on Everest, seen from Tengboche Monastery
    • Sherpa culture, with its Tibetan Buddhist heritage and mountaineering legacy
    • Kathmandu's captivating medieval bazaars, Buddhist stupas, and Hindu temples
    • Optional hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400')

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      From Kathmandu, travel to Lukla—the “airstrip in the air” at 9,350 feet, and hike to your lodge, set along the Dudh Kosi River. Hike further the next day to Namche Bazaar, the charming Sherpa trading center, with two nights to acclimatize. Dramatically set in a horseshoe-shaped bowl, the town is headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park. Glorious mountain vistas surround you on your day hike up to the twin villages of Khunde (12,600') and Khumjung (12,400'). In Khumjung, you may visit the Hillary School and the village monastery, with its purported yeti scalp.
      A hike past mani (prayer) walls brings you to Tengboche Monastery, festooned with Tibetan prayer flags and always humming with activity. Tengboche is surrounded by dramatic mountains, including Kangtega and Thamserku. From Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the region, your optional day hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') gives you phenomenal panoramas of stunning Ama Dablam.
      Traverse the Imja Khola Valley, enjoying views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as you make your way to tranquil Phortse, a town set off the main Everest route. After a last view of Everest's distant summit, fly to Kathmandu on Day 12. Depart on Day 14, or extend for a spectacular Everest overflight, game viewing at Tharu Lodge near Chitwan National Park, or a stay at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge for stunning Annapurna views.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: October to late-May. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $500 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
      • All accommodations at the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu and in lodges as noted in the Everest region
      • Services of a guide on trek
      • Trekking permits and national park fees
      • Airport transfers and guided sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 5, Strenuous. Most hiking is between 9,000 and 12,000 feet, and the maximum sleeping elevation reached is 12,660 feet (at Pangboche, we will visit the monastery located at 13,000 feet and there is an opportunity to hike even higher). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day to cover a normal maximum of 8 to 10 miles per day (3-6 hours of hiking). Trip members carry only a daypack with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities. Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition. Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are steep ascents and descents, so for your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day to cover a normal maximum of 8 to 10 miles per day (3-6 hours of hiking). Trip members carry only a daypack with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities.
      Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are steep ascents and descents, so for your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
      Nepal has four seasons: spring (March to May), summer (June to August—monsoon season), winter (December and February) and fall (late September through November). The most popular trekking seasons are spring and fall. Nepal lies at the same latitude as Florida, but altitude is the main factor governing temperatures. In the semitropical lowlands of Kathmandu (altitude 4,000 feet), daytime temperatures can be quite warm, in the 70s and 80s, with cool, misty nights. It rarely snows below 7,000 feet. At altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, daytime temperatures can be in the 50s and 60s for fall trips and 60s and 70s for spring trips. Nights are cool to cold, often in the 40s. Skies are generally clear, although the spring has more precipitation (but Nepal's famous rhododendron forests are in full bloom in the spring). Clouds often form in the afternoons, disappearing at night to reveal brilliantly starry skies. At altitudes over 10,000 feet, weather is unpredictable and the wind chill factor comes into play. Daytime temperatures at these heights can be in the 60Fs, but also as low as the 30s and 40s, especially if it is windy. Temperatures drop very quickly when the sun goes down, and evening/nighttime temperatures at high altitudes often drop to around 15F and sometimes lower. Snow is not uncommon at higher elevations, and rain is always a possibility.

      Client Testimonials

      "Our Nepal adventure was magical! The trip and itinerary were perfect. The Sherpa people were marvelous and the festival at Tengboche was special. Even now, as I look through the photos, I am still smiling. Looking forward to many more trips through Wilderness Travel."

      Jeff P.

      Paradise Valley, AZ

      "Wilderness Travel did a great job creating a fantastic trip. Our journey to Nepal was amazing and we still keep in touch with our Sherpa guide."

      M. and R. Hilley

      Great Falls VA

      "The trekking was fantastic!"

      Mark S.

      North Oaks, MN

      "I'll never forget this trip. It had a spiritual nature that could only be found in this area of Nepal."

      Mary Lynn P.

      Houston, TX

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Nepal. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"<strong>Nepal Visa:<\/strong> US citizens need a visa for Nepal. Nepal issues 15-day, 30-day, and 90-day visas, depending on your length of stay. <br><br>A 15-day visa is required for this trip and can be obtained upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. In order to obtain this visa, $30 and one passport photo are currently required (and must be presented to the Nepali Immigration officials upon arrival). <br><br>If you plan to stay longer than 15 days (e.g. you are doing an extension or staying extra nights in Kathmandu), you will need a 30-day visa, which currently costs $50 and requires one passport photo. <br><br>If you are staying longer than 30 days, a 90-day visa will be necessary. It is currently $125, with one passport photo needed. <br><br>We recommend bringing at least one photo with you (or two to be safe). Typically, you will be able to take a photo at the electronic immigration kiosks, meaning that you will not need an actual passport photo. However, if the machines are not working, you will need a physical photo.<br><strong><br>India Visa:<\/strong> If you are planning to visit India before or after your trip, a visa must be obtained prior to your departure from the US. Please call or email us for further details, even if you are just planning to transit through an India city. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements. <br><br>Please note that all visa requirements and regulations are subject to change.","Custom_Money":"We suggest you bring US cash and one or two major credit cards for any shopping and extra expenses on your trip. Having US cash is typically easiest and always best for minor expenses <br><br>The currency in Nepal is the <em>rupee<\/em>. You can easily change money at the Kathmandu airport, the group hotel, or stores in Kathmandu. Please remember to keep all currency exchange receipts. You may need them to change any remaining rupees back into US dollars upon departure. You can usually reconvert only 15% of the exchange receipts you have, so try to use up all your rupees before leaving Nepal. <br><br>Shops, hotels, and restaurants may add a service charge of 3% or 4% when you use your credit card (Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express). If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. There are ATM machines in many locations in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. They accept most international ATM and credit cards. Please note there are sometimes restrictions on the amount you can withdraw per transaction or per day. While on trek, ATMs are only available in Lukla and Namche and tend to have low maximum withdrawals. To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. Check with your bank before leaving to make sure your card and PIN number will work in Nepal. If you are withdrawing larger amounts for tips, etc. we recommend withdrawing cash while in Kathmandu. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals not included in the trip itinerary (approximately $10-$20 each for lunches and $15-$35 each for dinners) and for personal items such as beverages, snacks, etc. A taxi from the hotel to downtown costs about $5, but should be paid in Nepali rupees. Taxis usually have meters, but they are often not used and you might have to bargain with the driver before departure. Tipping is not expected for taxi drivers.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be: <br><br>In Kathmandu <br><br><ul><li>Kathmandu Sightseeing Guide: $12-$16 per trip member, for a full-day tour; $6-$8 per trip member, for a half-day tour<\/li><li>Drivers: $8-$10 per trip member, for a full-day tour; $4-$5 per trip member, for a half-day tour; $1-2 per trip member for a one-way airport transfers<\/li><li>Local Agents (assisting with airport transfers) in each area: $5-$8 per agent for full-day service (please use your discretion otherwise)<\/li><li>Hotel Porters: $1 per bag<\/li><li>Restaurant Meals: A service charge is already included in all restaurant bills in Kathmandu, so tipping is not necessary<\/li><\/ul> <br><br>On Trek <br><br><ul><li>Trek Leader: $150-$200 per trip member<\/li><li>Assistant Trek Leader(s): $100-$150 per trip member (an assistant guide is only sent with groups of 4 or more)<\/li><li>Trekking Crew (porters): $150-$200 per trip member (this is a pooled tip that will be divided among all of the crew members)<\/li><li><br><\/li><li>Please Note: It is customary to award your Trek Leader and crew with a gratuity at the end of the trek, before you depart back to Kathmandu.<\/li><li>All tips can be given in US dollar, if you do not have Nepali rupee on hand.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Nepal is 977. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>SAT (Satelite) Phones<\/strong><br>Currently, SAT phones are allowed in Nepal, but must be declared upon arrival. A Customs duty will most likely be charged (rates vary, but can be expensive). In addition, Nepali authorities require that you register the SAT phone with a Nepali SIM card through an authorized company in Nepal. It is illegal to use an international SIM card (from the US) in the phone. Obtaining a Nepali SIM card can be very expensive ($250-$450 or more for 25-100 minutes of talking - exact rates cannot be guaranteed by Wilderness Travel).<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Wi-Fi is available in the Everest region, but connection can be unreliable. Some lodges offer complimentary internet, while others will charge a small fee (please remember to bring rupees with you on trek for this purpose). Currently, there is an internet service provider that allows you to purchase a card in order to access the internet at higher elevations. This card can be recharged for amounts of $3-$10, which allows for a limited amount of data\/internet connection throughout the trek.","Custom_Electricity":"Nepal has 230-volt current. Plugs usually have three round pins in a triangular configuration or two round pins. Bring a plug adapter kit for appliance use. Please check your appliances to see if a converter is also necessary. You can recharge batteries at the hotel in Kathmandu, and while on trek, you can recharge camera batteries at various Sherpa lodges. Please note that the lodges may require a small fee for you to charge your electronic items (to be paid in rupees).","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry service is available at the hotel in Kathmandu and Namche.<br>","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician: <br><br><strong>Polio: <\/strong>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals). <br><br><strong>Hepatitis: <\/strong>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries. <br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster: <\/strong>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years). <br><br><strong>Typhoid: <\/strong>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention). <br><br>","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no risk of malaria in Kathmandu or Pokhara or at altitudes encountered on the trek, but all travelers visiting the terai areas of Nepal (such as Royal Chitwan National Park, Royal Bardia Wildlife Preserve, or Biratnagar, which are below 2,000 feet in altitude), or India or rural areas of Thailand are urged take anti-malarial precautions unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br>\r\r<br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228. <br><br>","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"While on trek, our crew is well trained in hygienic practices. Boiled drinking water is provided and is safe to use at the lodges and during the trek. In hotels, do not brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. 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Since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. The greatest protection is avoiding rapid ascents and allowing time for acclimatization. Normal physiological changes at altitude include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, irregular breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the ankles and eyelids. <br>\r<br>It is not uncommon to experience some of these symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude and then have them decrease in severity within a few days. It is important that you inform your Trip Leader immediately of any symptoms or discomfort, however minor, so that he or she can help you monitor the situation. While acclimatizing, avoid pushing yourself too hard, however physically fit you may be or feel. Pace yourself comfortably, rest often. You may find that you walk more slowly than others in the group, or slower than you are used to. <br><br>Proper hydration is essential at high altitude. You need to drink much more fluid than you are used to. Try to drink even if you're not feeling thirsty. Avoid caffeine, which is a diuretic, and avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating. Cut down on salt. Your appetite will probably decrease, but it is still important to eat well (especially carbohydrates), even if you're not feeling well. Sleeping pills and narcotic painkillers (such as codeine) should not be used at altitude because they depress respiration. <br><br>Severe progressions of AMS are high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Symptoms of HAPE include breathlessness that continues at rest, severe cough with watery or bloody sputum, and noisy, bubbling breath. Symptoms of HACE include extreme weariness, vomiting, severe headache, staggering walk, and changes in behavior. If any such symptoms develop, you must notify the Trek Leader immediately and descend to a lower altitude at once. <br><br><strong>Diamox (Acetazolamide)<\/strong><br>Diamox (Acetazolamide) The prescription drug Diamox can be used as a prophylactic against the early symptoms of altitude sickness. Consult with your physician for proper dosage. It is usually recommended above 14,000 feet, but for anyone not sleeping well, Diamox can be started before reaching that elevation. Some cautionary notes: Diamox can severely dehydrate you; be sure to drink the minimum 3-4 quarts of water daily if you take it. Diamox is a sulfa drug and should not be taken by sulfa-allergic travelers. It is not effective in dealing with more serious symptoms of altitude sickness. If you are taking Diamox, it is essential that you advise the Trip Leader. You can also read more about it at the <a href=\"https:\/\/www.himalayanrescue.org\/altitude\">Himalayan Rescue Association's website<\/a>.","Custom_Covid-19":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-everest\">\rfollowing the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.<br>","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"Wilderness Travel strongly supports the concept of responsible tourism, and encourages all of our groups to be sensitive to their role in the changing, fragile environment of the Himalaya. We also believe it is our responsibility to give something back to the people who so hospitably welcome us into their villages and monasteries. <br><br>As part of this effort, we are pleased to support 50% of the annual operating budget of the Namche Dental Clinic, a project of the American Himalayan Foundation. This is one of the first dental clinics in rural Nepal, and the only one serving the Sherpa population of the Khumbu area, which has been impacted by tourism and modernization, resulting in changing diets and increased dental problems. The clinic is locally run and managed by Sherpa dental therapists who were trained in Canada, and offers basic dental care as well as an outreach program to teach school children how to care for their teeth. Members of our Everest-area treks have the opportunity to visit the clinic while staying in Namche Bazaar; ask your Trek Leader if you are interested. We also support the efforts of the American Himalayan Foundation throughout the Himalayan region.","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"There is an undeniable fragility to our planet, and tourism can have an impact either as a positive force for increased awareness and change, or as a contributor to cultural and environmental exploitation. At Wilderness Travel, we want to see the positive benefits of travel outweigh or even cancel out the negative impacts of tourism. We have instituted a number of policies designed to reduce the impact our groups have on the areas through which we trek. <br><br><strong>Bathing and Washing<\/strong><br>Please use biodegradable shampoo and soap. Dr. Bronner's Castille soap is a popular multi-purpose, biodegradable soap <br><br><strong>Toilet Facilities<\/strong><br>On the trail, you will locate quiet spots for toilet purposes. Try to be at least 100 feet from any water source and bury or cover waste. Basic squat toilets are often available at teahouses along the trek. You will need to carry your own toilet paper for use at most of these toilets. <br><br><strong>Garbage<\/strong><br>Please carry a small plastic bag in your daypack to store your garbage throughout the day. Bring all tissues, wrappers, and other garbage with you to the lodge where the staff can bury or burn them. We ask that you carry your own non-burnable garbage, especially used batteries and plastic products, back home for proper disposal since there are limited facilities in Nepal. <br><br><strong>Be a Vocal Environmentalist<\/strong><br>Do not hesitate to express your conservationist concerns and help explain these guidelines to other Westerners. Let our Trek Leader know if you have any additional suggestions.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"Souvenirs and handicrafts in Nepal are numerous and quite inexpensive. Good Tibetan hand-knotted wool carpets can be bought for about $100. More expensive rugs are also available. Other popular items include gems, wool blankets and sweaters, brass and copper ware, woodcarvings, paintings, and other artwork. There is good shopping in Thamel, Durbar Marg, and the shops at Bodhnath (Tibetan handicrafts in particular). Carpets are found in Thamel and at the Tibetan Handicraft Center. <br><br>Currently US citizens can import $800 worth of goods duty-free on your return to the US. If you decide to let a shipping company in Kathmandu handle shipping, they can pack items, take them to the Department of Archaeology for approval (if necessary), check them through Customs, and send them. We do not recommend shipping items home, however, as shipping can be complicated and unreliable. The safest thing to do is bring an extra roll-up duffel bag with you and carry your souvenirs home. 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It is essential that you have a sturdy duffel.<\/li><li>Daypack, large enough for a fleece jacket, rain gear, water bottle, camera, and other items you want on the trail. It should be a shoulder pack (not a fanny pack) with a supporting waist belt. Packs with a capacity of 1450-2000 cubic inches are recommended.<\/li><li>Small extra roll-up duffel if you are an avid shopper.<\/li><\/ul> <br><br><strong>Weight Limits<\/strong> <br><br>All Nepal internal (domestic) flights have a <strong><em>total<\/em> weight limit of 15 kgs per person (approximately 33 lbs)<\/strong> - this includes both checked and carry-on baggage. You can have more than one checked bag as long as your total weight does not exceed 33 lbs <br><br>While you are on the trek, a small amount of baggage can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu for your convenience (with your non-trekking clothes and souvenirs).","Custom_Clothing":"Dress on the trip is very informal, with the exception of city dinners for which you may want to dress up a little (jackets are not required for men). You should carry or wear your hiking boots on your flights to make sure they arrive with you. <br><br><strong>For Women<\/strong>: In Nepal's culture, women typically wear long skirts and do not show their legs. Tight, revealing clothes are generally frowned upon. Outside of Kathmandu, however, loose-fitting shorts are acceptable. Some women trekkers will want to hike in knee-length hiking shorts (as long as it is warm enough) while others will prefer long pants or a below-the-knee hiking skirt (skirts also provide some privacy on the trail for toilet purposes). Use your own judgment and hiking experience. <br><br><strong>For Men:<\/strong> Wearing tight running shorts or hiking shirtless is not appropriate. Knee-length hiking shorts are fine but shouldn't be worn inside temples or monasteries <br><br><strong>Fabrics<\/strong><br>An insulating base layer (top and bottom) beneath your hiking clothes will keep you warm and comfortable. Capilene, fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are excellent, as are lightweight wool insulating layers by Patagonia, Icebreakers, and SmartWool. Cotton is not a good insulator, especially as a first layer next to the skin. Once it gets wet from perspiration, it stays wet and keeps you cold. <br><br><strong>Shell Clothing<\/strong><br>Shell clothing includes jackets and pants that protect from rain and wind. Gore-Tex and equivalent fabrics are waterproof and breathable, so they are the best choice. Shell clothing should be roomy enough to fit over other layers of clothing. <br><br><strong>Please note:<\/strong> lodges cannot support central heating at high altitude, so most travelers find them colder than expected in mornings and evenings! (Beds are kept warm with heating pads or hot water bottles, and common rooms have stove heaters.) During the day and at different altitudes, temperatures can fluctuate; you might find yourself adding and removing jackets multiple times throughout the day. We recommend wearing multiple layers rather than one heavy coat. 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Full-grain leather is extremely water-resistant and durable and is preferable to split-grain leather or nylon. Remember that full-grain leather boots tend to be stiffer and will need a break-in period. If you are shopping for new boots, ask your store about boots with built-in Gore-Tex-type waterproof barriers that enhance water-resistance. If you have old full-grain leather boots, coat them with silicon waterproofing material to increase their water resistance. Waterproofing materials wear off over time and need to be re-applied. Gore-Tex boots are considered waterproof for one year unless the membrane is punctured. <br><br><br>If you're buying a new pair of boots, make sure a qualified salesperson gives you proper guidance in determining fit. Don't buy any boots that you are not permitted to return after wearing for several hours around the house. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $500 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}