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Trekking Season

Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. There are four seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinct attractions to offer. The seasons are classified as follows:

Autumn (Sept-Nov) This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (Dec-Feb) This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters.

Spring (March-May) Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

Summer (June Aug) Summer months really continue up to mid-September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during summer months.

The best Trekking season in Nepal is during spring & autumn seasons February to May & September to November. Warm days make this season favorable for trekking & Expeditions. The monsoon seasons are June, July and August. During this period, trekking is possible in the Mustang, Dolpo, Humla, Jumla, Rara Lake of Nepal and some Trekking areas in Tibet.

Mountaineering Adventure for Non-Climbers

For the more adventurous traveler, there are 18 minor peaks open for Alpine climbing under the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The climbing of these peaks is controlled under the rules and regulations formulated by this Association. Detailed information and application for climbing permits are available from the Association's office or contact us. Please note that in most require snow and ice climbing experience we provide qualified and trained climbing guides to take non-climbers for convenience, safety and expected successes. By Himalayan standards, these are considered minor peaks, but in fact some of them provide relatively challenging snow and ice climbing of high standard, and more so in Winter. The royalty for these peaks ranges from US$ 350.00 to US$ 600.00 depending on the particular peak for up to 12 member climbing team.

 

Trekking permit:

Trekking permit is not essential for the general trekking areas such as the Annapurna, Everest and Langtang treks. However, conservation fees are required for these national parks. A valid permit is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below which we will obtain upon your arrival. We will require two working days and two passports size photographs.

Restricted areas which have been opened for Group Trekking

The following restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. And a trekking permit will not be issued to individual trekkers for such areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:

Area

Fee (per person)

Dolpa district

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50

a) Areas of lower Dolpa

b) Areas of Upper Dolpa

Taplejung District



Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Kanchanjanga Region

(Areas of Olangchunggola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin Village
Development Committee)

Mustang district.

For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50.

Upper Mustang

Gorkha District:

From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10.and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 /Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

A. (Manaslu Area)

B. (Chhekampar & Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas- Lokpa-Chumling- Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area)

From September to November per person US$ 35 for first 8 days and From December to August per person US$ 25 for first 8 days Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Dolakha District

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

(Gauri Shankar &
Lamabagar)

Humla District
(Simikot and Yari):-

For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee.

Trekking fee of other restricted areas imposed by Nepal government

Rasuwa District :-
Thuman and Timure

per week per person US$ 10, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Sankhuwasabha District

For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

(Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola Village Development Committee.

Solukhumbu District

For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

(Everest Region):-All north- west area way from Thame to Nangpala of Namche Village Development
Committee

Manang District:-

Areas of Nar, Phu, and Northern area of Tilche Village of Thochhe Village
Development Committee

From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

Mugu District:-

Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

Baihang District:-

Areas of Kanda, Saipal, Dhuli.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

Darchula District:-

Areas of Byas Village
Development Committee.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

  Medical Matters and Advice

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered a risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a thorough medical check p and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities, and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive First Aid Box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Various trekking guide books and the pamphlet published by the Himalayan Rescue Association give you detailed information on a complete list of medical supplies. These guide books are easily available in the bookshops of Kathmandu. In case of serious illness or injury, prompt evacuation to Kathmandu is the best remedy. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hills of Nepal, so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and at high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked.

Physical Fitness

All trekking demands a level of fitness that will enable one to put in a good day's walking, up hill and down. Most treks should not be taken to gain more than 500 meters in one day above 3,000 meters. There should be plenty of time during the day to cover this distance, so the physical exertion though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hills. Good physical conditioning will certainly help maximize your enjoyment of your treks.

  Rescue Service

Many helicopter companies can provide evacuation by Helicopter for severely injured or ill people. However, someone in Kathmandu must guarantee the payment of the flight before the rescue. If you send rescue request to us then we will arrange the flight. Almost it always takes at least twenty-four hours to arrange a rescue, including passing the message. Now days, there are many private airlines, which provide helicopter services to evacuate trekkers in an emergency.

  Rescue Service

If your country has an embassy/consulate in Kathmandu, register with them before you trek and record the details of rescue process. If your country does not have an embassy or consulate in Kathmandu and you are trekking on your own, you will have trouble getting rescued unless you arrange something in advance. Make sure to check this with your travel insurance scheme; you can now buy helicopter rescue insurance in Kathmandu

There are two Trekkers' Aid Posts operated by Himalayan Rescue Association as follows:

EVEREST AREA
At Pheriche on the main trail to Everest Base Camp, one day north of Thyanboche. This Aid Post is well equipped and staffed by two Western doctors during the main trekking season. Trekkers intending to go to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp are advised to contact the Pheriche Aid Post.

MANANG AREA
At Manang village in Manang. The Aid Post is well noticeable and has a sign posted. Regular talks on dangers of altitude sickness are given here every alternate day during trekking season. The Aid Post is staffed by a Western doctor. Trekkers intending to cross Thorong La Pass and visiting the surrounding areas are advised to contact the HRA aid post either at Chindi or at Manang.

Medical Rescue Transport and Communication Facilities

1. EVEREST AND KANCHENJUNGA TREKS
A small hospital and airstrip at Jiri, Phaplu and Khunde (Syangboche). Similarly a medical facility operated by Himalayan Rescue Association is situated at Pheriche. There are also radio station at Chainpur, Khandhari, Taplejung, Phidim, Bhojpur, Terhathum, Dhankuta, Dharan, Illam, Chandra-gadhi, Jiri, Namche Bazaar, Thayangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche and Salleri,

2. HELAMBU, GOSAIKUNDA AND LANGTANG
Modern medical facilities are not available in the Helambu area. For Gosaikunda and Langtang, there is a government hospital at Trishuli Bazaar and a dispensary at Dhunche. There is also radio and telephone link to Kathmandu at Trishuli Bazaar. An airstrip is located near Kyangjin in Langtang Valley. The other two radio stations are on the Bhote Koshi at Rasuwa Gadhi on the Tibetan Border and in Dhunche.

3. AROUND POKHARA, LAMJUNG, JOMSOM, MUKTINATH & MANANG
Pokhara has an all weather airport, telecommunication network and a modern hospital. District hospitals are located in Baglung, Besisahar, and Jomsom. There is a Trekker's Aid post run by the Himalayan Rescue Association in Manang. Additionally a small government dispensary at Hongde and Chame, the headquarter of Manang district also serve both foreigners and locals. Airstrips are located at Jomsom, Hongde and Balewa of Baglung. There are radio stations at Chame, Kusma, Baglung, Beni and Jomsom.

There are also radio stations at Gorkha and Besisahar. A government hospital is located in Gorkha. The united Mission to Nepal runs a hospital at Ampipal of Gorkha.

4. JUMLA & RARA
Airstrips are located in Dhorpatan, Jumla and Simikot. There is a government hospital and a radio station Jumla. A dispensary is run at Gumgadi.

Mountaineering Adventure for Non-Climbers
For the more adventurous traveler, there are 18 minor peaks open for Alpine climbing under the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The climbing of these peaks is controlled under the rules and regulations formulated by this Association. Detailed information and application for climbing permits are available from the Association's office or contact us. Please note that in most require snow and ice climbing experience we provide qualified and trained climbing guides to take non-climbers for convenience, safety and expected successes. By Himalayan standards, these are considered minor peaks, but in fact some of them provide relatively challenging snow and ice climbing of high standard, and more so in Winter. The royalty for these peaks ranges from US$ 350.00 to US$ 600.00 depending on the particular peak for up to 12 member climbing team.

Peaks currently open for trekking and other groups are as follows:

Name of the peaks and heights in meters

Group "A" NMA Expedition Peaks

S.N. Name of Mountain Height (m.) Himalayan Range District Caravan Route
1. Mt.Cholatse 6440 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-Pheriche-BC
2. Mt.Machermo 6237 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-Gokya-BC
3. Mt.Kyazo Ri 6186 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-gokya-Bc
4. Mt.Nirekha 6186 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-gokyo-BC
5. Mt.Langsisa Ri 6427 Jugal Rasuwa Dhunche-Lantang-Langshis-ABC
6. Mt.Ombigaichen 6340 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-Gokyo-BC
7. Mt.Bokta 6143 Kanchenjunga Dolakha Charikot-Simigaon-beding-BC
8. Mt.Chekijo 6257 Gaurishankar Dolakha Charikot-Simigaon-Beding-BC
9. Mt.Phari Lapcha 6017 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Namche-Machermo-BC
10. Mt.Lobuja West 6145 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Merala-BC
11. Mt.Larkya Peak 6249 Manaslu Gorkha Gorkha-Samagoun-Lamjung Bc
12. Mt.ABI 6097 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Lukla-Merala-BC
13. Mt.Yubra Himal 6035 Langtang Himal Rasuwa Dhunche-Legberi BC
14. Mt.Yala 5732 Langtang Rasuwa Ktm-Dhunche-Langtang-Bc
15. Mt.Chhukung Ri 5550 Mahalangur Solukhumbu Ktm-Lukla-Namche-BC

Fee Structure For Group "A" NMA Peaks
Royalty for up to seven members                                   U.S Dollars 500.00
Royalty for each additional member up to 12 person      U.S. Dollars 100.00  

Group "B" NMA Climbming Peaks

S.N. Name of Peaks Height (m.) Himal Region Route
1. Shigu Chuli(fluted peak) 6501 Annapurna Himal Gandaki Kathmandu - Pokhara-Tilkedhunga – Ghorepani -Tadhaani
2. Mera Peak 6654 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Jiri – Shivalaya –Bhandar – Sete – Junbasi –Nunthala – Khari Khola –Poyanbung – Chadrabu – Kothe –Thangna - Khar
3. Kusum Kangru 6367 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla –Namche – Thame – Khumjung - B.C.
4. Kwandge 6011 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla – Mera la –Randimng – Hunde - B.C.
5. Chulu West 6419 Manang Gandaki Kathmandu – Besisahar – Ngadi – Jagat - Dharapani
6. Imja-tse(Island Peak) 6160 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche –Tyangboche – Pangpoche –Dingboche – Chhukang - B.C.
7. Pharchamo 6187 Rolwaling Himal Janakpur Kathmandu – Dolkha – Siguti –Jagat – Simigaon –Chagebukharka – Beding - Na-B.C.
8. Lobuje 6119 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche –Thame – Rermo Pokhari – Gokya – Dzonghla - B.C.
9. Ramdung 5925 Rolwaling Himal Janakpur Kathmandu – Dolkha – Siguti –Gonger Doranangbu – Beding –Na – Kabung – Kydug – Kongma –Drolmaban - Tashi Lapcha - B.C.
10. Pisang 6091 Manang Gandaki Kathmandu – Beshisahar –Bahundanda – Chamja –Bagarchhap – Chame - Pisang B.C.
11. Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) 5663 Annapurna Himal Gandaki Kathmandu – Pokhara –Dhampus – Langdrung – Ghandrung –Chomoro – Kuldi - B.C.
12. Khongma-tse(Mehar Peak) 5849 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche –Dole – Mechermo – Gokyo –Dughala - B.C.
13. Ganja-la Chuli(Naya Kanga) 5844 Langtang Himal Bagmati Kathmandu – Dhunche - Sysbru Goan - Lama hotel - Kyanjin Gomba - Ganjala B.C.
14. Pokhalde 5806 Khumbu Himal Sagarmatha Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche –Dole – Gokya - Na - Thagna –Cholapass B.C.
15. Mardi Himal 5587 Annapurna Himal Gandaki Kathmandu – Pokhara – Hyangia – Dhiprang – Kharka - Mardi Basi Camp
16. Paldor 5896 Langtang Himal Bagmati Kathmandu – Dhading - Ankhu khola – Rigaon – Jaralang –Sertung – Krarka - Somdang


Fee Structure for Group "B" NMA Peaks

Group Size

Rate US$

Additional P/P US$

1-4 persons

350.00 only

 

5-8 persons

350.00 plus

40.00 (per person)

9-12 persons

510.00 plus

25.00 (per person)

Note: Maximum number of members in team is 12.

 

Garbage deposit for all 33 NMA Peaks

For all 33 NMA peaks an amount of USD 250.00 must be deposited with NMA as garbage deposit to acquire climbing permit.

The refund shall be made as per the provisions made by NMA.


Some Useful Suggestions

During your trekking sojourn in the hills and the mountains of Nepal you should be aware and remember that you are traveling back in time and into the wilderness not usually frequented by many foreigners and away from normal policing. Although the people of the hills of Nepal are exceptionally hospitable, honest and friendly by any standards, the possibilities of some trekkers encountering bad elements who take advantage of foreigners cannot be eliminated. It would be wise to exercise the following basic rules as regards. Security and safety during your trekking: Trekking organized through recognized Trekking Agent ensures comfort and convenience, safety and security and greatly affords the unique experience. This approach to trekking not only prevents you from any unforeseen hazards and accidents but also provide educational information and rewarding experiences on the mountains, people and in rural Nepal. All foreign nationals are required by law to pay their hotel, travel, and trekking agents' bill in foreign currency.

Exchange your money through authorized banks/money changers only. Insist on a receipt when exchanging your money and retain all exchange receipts with you. Littering mars the purity of environment. Avoid the use of non-biodegradable items as mush as possible. Your attempts to burn oddments and carry out the unburnable ones will be a great help in the efforts to conserve the environment. Avoid dispute with local people, most particularly when you are alone. Avoid drunkards and lunatics. Do not encourage beggars by giving them money or other articles. Be most economical with all fuel. Avoid hot showers which use firewood and discourage campfires. Avoid lodges using firewood and insist on use of kerosene for cooking to Trekking Agents. We strongly recommend that you take out a personal travel insurance to cover against illness, accidents, loss and theft of items and materials, travel alterations and deviations, rescues and evacuations.

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