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  • A trekking to the Everest Base Camp

    by imtrekking Written Feb 27, 2014

    My experience of trekking to the Everest Base Camp

    It was in October of 2013 and we were planning for a holiday. It was my daughter’s idea that we should go for a trekking to the Everest Base Camp. She and my wife were all excited as they like trekking and I was little worried as I am not of the same fitness level as theirs and I am 46 years old. However, they managed to convince me and we decided to take this challenge and go for it.
    We wanted to go for the straight route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and return. This is the most famous trekking route and considered to be the best one. We searched and managed to get a very attractive deal for the package from Kathmandu to Kathmandu with porter –guide, all permits and accommodation. It had cost us Indian Rupees.90, 000/- only for 3 adults (30k each).
    We reached Kathmandu and our hotel was booked in the Thamel area. We purchased some jackets, trekking poles and few other accessories. They are very economically priced over there and have more options to choose from.
    Tomorrow our trekking expedition will start, for easier reading I will list them day wise.

    Day 2- Kathmandu to Lukla then to Phakding
    We took a 10 am flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is a very short journey of about 40 minutes. We were flying above mountain peaks and the views were spectacular. The airport at Lukla is a tabletop one has small run way and which is why the small size flights fly in this area. One flight accommodates about 16 passengers. We came out of the airport and met our porter-guides. They were 2 of them and carried our luggage. We only kept our back-pack, water bottle and cameras, phones with us. Then we walked to Phakding, it took us 3 hours to reach over there. It was actually a very simple walk and was not difficult at all. Phakding is at an altitude level of 2610 meters. There is a nice river flowing near the village. I am unable to recollect the name of the river. The area is full of green mountains. We checked into a hotel at Phakding. It was a nice and small hotel.
    One can get good accommodation options in this region throughout the trekking route. They are small, will have a restaurant and mostly with common toilets, especially as you go higher in altitude. But the hygiene level that they maintain is remarkable and every person / guest who uses the washrooms is well mannered and the washrooms stay perfectly clean. There are some accommodations with all possible facility but they charge huge moneys and not worth it. One more thing, over here it is expected that you will eat at the same hotel where you are staying. All hotels have the same verity of food and they sell at the same price. I also found the taste of food was very similar. It is only fair that you have your food in the same hotel you stay as running this facility in one of world’s most remote areas is the only job they do for a living. The price of food goes up as the altitude level goes up. You will have to pay for hot water bath and charging of mobile phones. We were using the natural stream waters and purified them with chlorine tablets and water purifier drops. We had purchased those at Kathmandu. We did not want to buy water bottles as they are expensive and also it does a bit of help to the nature by not dumping the bottles over there.

    Day 3 -Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
    We started our trek early around 8 am. For the most part of this path, there was a river flowing down the mountain and the mountains had thick green forests. We stopped at Monjo for rest and food. This is the last place where you can get food before Namche. From Monjo till Namche, the track goes amidst dense forest. We got a stiff incline in between Monjo and Namche, it was really a bit tough. I went slow, took my time and managed to do it. If you are an overweight person like me then it is better to begin your trek early in the morning so you have the entire day with you to trek in your own speed. Just before Namche, we saw a glimpse of the Everest and Lhotse. We reached Namche and checked into our hotel. It took me a little above than 6 hours to reach Namche. Namche is at an altitude level of 3440 meters. It is really nice place and has everything to offer.

    Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
    The day was a rest day. We had walked a bit to go the museum. It is a nice place and saw a better view of Everest from here. We roamed around the streets of Namche Bazaar. We went to a cafe and a restaurant. This day was completely for rest and acclimatization. It is very important to acclimatize in higher altitudes before you ascend further.

    Day 5: Namche to Tengboche
    Today, I dint have to hurry my wife and daughter to start early morning. By now, they know that I am slow and I really need time. We had an early breakfast and began our trek a little before 8am. However, today I took less time to trek. The trail was an inclining one so it was a little tough. By now I am used to trek a little better and managing it well. It took us 6 hours to reach Tengboche. It is at an altitude level of 3860 meters. We went to monastery over here, it was really beautiful and worth the visit. We saw Mt Everest, Lohtse and Amma Dabalam. The view of these high peaks of the world was amazing.

    Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche
    This was also a similar route like yesterday, in fact the distance is little longer than yesterday. It had taken us about 7 hours to reach Dingboche. We saw many high peaks on our way. We had crossed the Lobuche River and passed the famous Imja Valley. Dingboche is at an altitude level of 4360 meters.

    Day 7: Rest day at Dingboche
    It was a rest day for acclimatization. We took complete rest and just stepped out to get some views. Some of the others guests in the hotel went for some hike to see good views of the high peaks like Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Yu. In fact there so many mountains and high peaks that are visible from the hotel.

    Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche
    This is the entry into glacier region. We saw many mountains like Pumuri, Lohtse, Mahalangur and Khumbutse. It took almost 7 hours to reach Lobuche. All of these peaks are around the Mt.Everest but it is not possible to get a view of Everest from here. Lobuche is at an altitude level of 4940 meter.

    Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakhshep and Everest Base Camp.
    This took us almost the same amount of time to reach base camp but the excitement was high as we were going to the base camp today. We started at 7 am today and reached Gorakh shep a little before 11 and kept our luggage in the hotel. We had little snacks and then trekked to Everest Base Camp. On our right were Mt.Everest and the Khumbu Glacier. It took us 2.5 hours to reach the Base Camp. We will descend to the right and come on to the Khumbu glacier, there after a walk of 200 meters and we reached the Base camp. It was crowded and there lot of Buddhist flags and flags of other countries. We spent about 30 minutes there and took lot of photos. It was not possible to get complete view of the Everest peak from base camp. We then returned to Gorakh shep to our Hotel. It took us the same time to come back to Gorakhshep. While returning we got that sign board of everest camp and we had to literally wait for 10 mins for others to take photo and managed to take a photo with my family. The Base camp is at an altitude of 5364 meter and Gorakh shep is at 5170 meter.

    Day 10: Gorakhshep to Kalapathar and return to Lobuche
    We left juts around 7am and hiked to Kala patthar. It is at an altitude of 5545 meter. It took about 3 hours to reach Kala patthar. Over here, we got to see the Everest clearly. It offered us full view. We even saw many mountain peaks from here. This was worth the hike. We then started our descend, we had to be careful of descend at Kala ptthar as it is little slope kind. After that it was all easy descend all the way to Lobuche. We reached in 5 hours from Kala ptthar. From now on, things were easy till we reach Lukla. I am listing the estimate of time and points covered for the remaining days of the trek as it is the same route.

    Day 11: Lobuche to Pangboche
    It took us about 6 hours and we reached Pangboche, which is at an altitude level of 3930 meters.

    Day 12: Pangboche to Namche
    It took us 6 hours to reach Namche. I remember, we had one patch which was a very moderate incline.

    Day 13: Namche to Lukla
    It took us 6 hours to reach Lukla. The hotel in Lukla was nice.

    Day 14:Lukla to Kathmandu
    We got up a little late had breakfast and we then took the flight to Kathmandu at about 11am and landed at 11:45 and before 1pm we were at hotel. We went to the Pashupatinath Temple, Darbar Sqaure and Evening we had dinner in Thamel at a restaurant. We did some shopping

    Day 15: We checked out and took 12noon flight to Delhi from Kathmandu. It was a wonderful trip. We were together for 15 days amidst the nature. The experience of seeing nature from this close and spending such a wonderful time together with my family is really amazing. Sharing the fear, anxiety and doing an activity with my loved ones was an experience of life time. We have gone on many vacations together all of it has given so many memories, but this one will remain as something really special. In our busy life all of us hardly manage to spend so much time with each other and getting that amidst the nature without any noise made it special. Above all, we all lost significant weight. I lost 8 KGs, now that is even more special.

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    The Shortened Helambu Circuit

    by into-thin-air Updated Jan 10, 2014

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    If you are looking for a short trek close to Kathmandu then I can recommend the Shortened Helambu Circuit.
    This trek takes 5 days + ½ day by bus from Melamchi Bazaar (End Point) back to Kathmandu by bus.
    It is a Teahouse Trek so you can either do it entirely independently or take along a Porter Guide (As I did), there are no Large National Park Fees to pay to this trek is ideally suited to the Budget Trekker on a tight timeframe.

    Day 1) Taxi or Local Bus to the starting point at Sundarijal (1463m). Then a full days walking to Chisapani (2194m), The trail is well defined and passes through The Shivapuri Watershed Wildlife reserve (Small entrance fee payable at the park gate)
    The day is mainly up with a height gain of about 1.000m crossing Borlang Bhanjyang (2438m)) but there are plenty of small villages en-route to buy refreshments.

    Day2) From Chisapani the trail drops steeply down to Patibhanjyang (1768m) before heading steadily back up to Gul Bhanjyang (2141m)
    You have a great variety of terraces with small sections of jungle on this day; again there are plenty of small villages en-route to buy refreshments.

    Day 3) From Gul Bhanjyang it is up again crossing Jogini Danda (2667m and the highest point of the trek) before a gentle decent to Kutumsang (2471m).
    Again a lot of variety of scenery during the day with more terraces and small sections of jungle, only a few small Bhati’s en-route but sufficient for you to get snacks to keep you going

    Day4) Here I departed form the main Helambu Circuit Route and descended through terraces all the way down into the valley of the Melamchi Kola and found a lodge near Mahankal (Aprox 1,000m) to spend the night.
    A Beautiful days trekking on small paths descending though terraces all day with no facilities en-route.

    Day 5) Not the most exciting day as you follow a dirt road from near Mahankal to Melamchi Bazaar (846m). But there is very little traffic to contend with and as you are following the river it also make for quite a pleasant days trekking – From Melamchi Bazaar we caught the bus back to Kathmandu the next day, but if your timeframe is really tight then you could pick up an afternoon bus.

    We Really enjoyed our trek so I have no hesitation of recommending it to anyone, either as an introduction to trekking in Nepal or if you just can’t do a longer trek for whatever reason.
    Good Luck and Happy Trekking
    Rob

    Wild Orchids in the Jungle sections Mountain Panorama from Kutumsang Marianne on Day 4 Beautiful Terraces Our Favourite Lodge at Gul Bhanjyang
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    Alternative route to ABC

    by into-thin-air Written Mar 27, 2013

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    Alternative route to ABC – This makes it a round trip as you return from Chomrong on the opposite side of the valley to that which you trek in + by trekking in from Kande, you avoid the crowds

    1)From Pokhara to Kande by bus of private car (The latter should be about 1000 NPR)
    Then trek via Australian camp to Deurali (Up at first then fairly level – About 4 hours trekking)
    2) Then the next day to Jhino – Down in the morning and a little up in the afternoon – Jhino has an excellent hot spring so don’t miss this
    3) Jhino to Sinua - about ¾ days trek, Steeply uphill and then downhill on steps, the steeply uphill to Real Sinua
    4) Sinua to Himalaya – about ½ day, down at first to Bamboo, trough Dovan and then steadily up
    5 Himalaya to Deurali -- ½ day steadily up
    6) Deurali to MBC - -- ½ day steadily up
    7) MBC – ABC – Dovan - Full day, up early, breakfast at ABC then return downhill all the way to Dovan picking your pack up at MBC when passing
    8) Dovan to Chomrong -- ¾ day with one up and over and a pull up to Chomrong
    9) Chomrong to Ghandruk – ¾ days trekking, first steeply down then up a bit, then more or less contouring – You pass through the old Garung Village of Ghandruk and come to the better lodges about 10 minutes later.
    11) Only one hours walking downhill to the village of Chane where the road now ends – Negotiate a jeep to Pokhara (2013 this cost me 900NPR for myself and my guide) then 1 ¼ hours on a rough road to Naya Pul and a further hour on a better road back to Pokhara – In time for lunch !!

    Good Luck
    Rob

    Leaving Kande Trail-Head at Kande Morning view from Deurali Ghandruk Morning's are best at Hot Springs, Jhino
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    Trip Report on my Arun Valley Trek

    by into-thin-air Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    Trek report one–The Arun Valley Trek

    Planning

    Most of the “Bones” of the trek were put together before leaving UK, using the same agent that I have used for all my treks in Nepal (Now 9 over the last 18 years)

    The trek starts at Tumlingtar & usually people fly there, but I really wanted to travel overland (In Comfort) so to be able to see some of Nepal that I hadn’t yet visited. Nirmal found the solution, an almost new Toyota Landcruiser, this took us as far as Hille where we spent the night in a nice hotel, then continued to Tumlingtar the next day in a Landrover.
    Nirmal also organised our trekking staff, there were 4 trekkers in our group so the staff comprised One “Guide/Cook” who also carried around 10k of supplementary food (Tinned Tuna and Sardines, Dried meat, salami, Papad, noodles, cheese, muesli, peanut butter, tang, salt & sweet biscuits etc) and 2 porter/guides
    Please Click Here to see the accommodation that we chose in Hille
    Please Click Here to see the accommodation that we chose in Tumlingtar

    The Arun Valley Trek
    Day 1 – Tumlingtar (Aprox 450m) to Marduna (Aprox 1200m)– Leaving Tumlingtar on a little used dirt track (We met one tractor in 2 hours trekking) we followed the Arun River north, crossing it on a long suspension bridge at Balwa Besi which was our lunch stop (Simple accommodation also available). Then we started quite a long climb through forest to our overnight destination at Marduna. The Lodge was called the Sagarmatha” It was a recommended lodge (Internet) but was a little run down – Never-the-les it served its purpose and was run by a nice old man and his granddaughter
    Walking time, Aprox 6 hours
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    Day 2 – Marduna to Dobani (975m)
    First of all we continued uphill until we crested the ridge near Charlissay & then it was down until we reached the Chikhuwa Khola (Tributary to the run river) which we followed to our overnight destination of Dobani. Our lunch stop was Ghote Bazaar (Simple accommodation also available. Our lodge in Dobani (Nepali for where river divides) was unnamed and set high above the river, simple but adequate.
    Walking time, Aprox 5 hours
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    Day 3 Dobani to Salpa Phedi (17000m)(Phedi in Nepali means bottom of hill / below pass)
    This day is all uphill, undulating up at first to Tallophedi (Very bottom of hill) – This was our lunch stop & again simple accommodation is available here. Then more uphill to Salpa Phedi. The teahouse in Salpa Phedi was the best yet, “Irkhowa”, they have one very nice room with 3 beds designed for trekkers & vacate one family room when necessary to accommodate more trekkers
    Walking time, Aprox 4 hours
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    Day 4 Salpa Phedi to Guranse (2920m)
    This is quite a tough day, Uphill all day mainly on stone steps so an early start is a good idea so you get at least so far up before the sun gets too hot. There are a few small villages en-route so plenty of opportunities for tea and lunch. Jara Bari also has simple accommodation available. Guranse is just a cluster of shacks, there was a new teahouse just before the start of the village but it wasn’t really finished & only had 2 beds so we made our way up to the village proper where there is another very simple teahouse, only one room with about 8 beds, very draughty but at least a bed for the night.
    Walking time, Aprox 5 hours
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    Day 5 Guranse to Sanam (2650m)
    From Guranse is not so far to the top of Salpa La pass (3350m) & then downhill through forest, at first on stone steps, then slowly levelling out at Dhaka (Also known as Orkobug) where there is a teahouse for lunch, but no accommodation currently available , from here it is undulating and then slightly up to Sanam where there is an excellent lodge just to the left of the Gompa (Lodge owner also has the key of the Gompa which is worth visiting) The lodge is un-named and has several nice rooms overlooking the valley, This was also where we met our first other trekkers, two Americans coming the other way.
    Walking time, Aprox 5 hours
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    Day 6 Sanam to Bung (1700m)
    Great days trekking - Downhill at first to Guidel (Lunch stop, simple accommodation also available) then steeply downhill to cross Hongu Khola & then up a little and through terraces into Bung. Bung is a Rai large village - Bung in Rai means “Beautiful Flower)
    Simple lodges in the centre of the village called “Pumori Lodge” – Two rooms with two beds so we take them both, simple but adequate.
    Bung is also the point that you are officially supposed to pay the Makalu National Park entry fee – My own personal views are that as The Arun Valley route only passes through the very edge of The Makalu National Park then if no one directly asks for the permit then why pay – As no one directly asked us, we didn’t pay – Whether other trekkers choose to pay is entirely their own affair but purely for info this fee can either be paid in Bung or in advance in Kathmandu
    We were also fortunate enough to be there the same day as the local market, so as we had arrived reasonably early we had the opportunity to have a look around and all of us found it very interesting seeing the local people going about their shopping
    Walking time, Aprox 5 hours
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    Day 7 Bung to Boskam Gompa (Also known as Karauni Gompa) Aprox 2500m
    Very short days trekking (Only ½ day as we arrive at 11.30) but all uphill – Steep at first then more gently – There was a government school en-route so I stopped here to leave some school supplies that I had brought with me as a gift, I gave these to the head teacher who was very pleased and introduced me to the rest of his teaching staff)
    The lodge at Boskam Gompa is very good if a little expensive in Nepali terms compared to the previous ones that we had stayed – But it is very nice. The actual Gompa is only a few metres away so we visited and chatted to a man from Bhutan who was painting the images of the Gods – He was very skilled, in fact his next job was going to be in southern India so he was certainly in great demand !!
    Walking time, Aprox 3 ½ hours
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    Day 8 Boskam Gompa to a small lodge next to The Imhuku Khola (1850m)
    Another excellent days trekking, steeply up at first to the stupa overlooking the Gompa, then more gently for a while to a cluster of teahouses where the route splits, we took the left turn and this was again steep up to the summit of Surkie La (3085m)
    From the summit the route goes down some Very steep vertigo inducing stone steps, then eventually levels out a little as we lost height, then levelling out as we approached Najindingma where simple teahouse accommodation is also available. I found the people here very hard and took a bit of a dislike to the place, this partly because we were charged 750NPR for a large pot of black tea – That’s more than I would expect to pay at Gorak Shep !! So we kept on trekking steeply downhill to the Imhuku Khola which we crossed on a long and impressive suspension bridge. Just after this bridge is a small simple teahouse/lodge where we stayed – Tragedy had struck this lodge 6 weeks earlier when the lodge owners wife had died in childbirth leaving him with a 6 week old daughter to look after on his own, he seemed to be coping surprisingly well but the grief of losing his wife was still fresh – So it had been a good decision to continue there as the money we spent would be very useful to him – We also considerably rounded our bill up so as to help as much as we could.
    Walking time, Aprox 6 hours
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    Day 9 Lodge next to The Imhuku Khola to Pangom (2850m)
    Yet another wonderful days trekking, very steeply up at first, narrow path through forest but sometime exposed so some care is needed, the trail then levels off and widens and we soon arrived in Shibuche (lunch stop where simple accommodation is also available)
    From Shibuche the route is again steep for a while then levels off a little before reaching the summit of Pangkoma La (3173m) then it’s a fairly short walk down to Pangom where we chose “The Himalayan Trekkers Lodge”, a superb lodge offering all facilities, nice dining room with fire, good food from the first menu we saw on the trek and bucket shower available.
    Walking time, Aprox 5 hours
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    Day 10 Pangom to Paiya (2730m) (This is where the Arun Valley route joins the route from Jiri)
    Final days trekking before joining the main route from Jiri – Also crossing the final La of the Arun valley trek. Downhill at first & then up and over Kari La (3145m) – There is a small teahouse on the top of the pass where we took lunch – Then downhill, quite steeply in the end to where the Arun Valley path joins the route from Jiri just before Paiya.
    Paiya is a nice village overlooking a small tributary of the Dhud Kosi. We chose “The Beehive Lodge” which can only be described as delightful – Here I took my first proper hot shower since leaving Kathmandu (100NPR and worth every rupee) – OK – I Really needed it ;-)
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    Mera Peek from Surkie La The Arun Valley Start of the climb up Salpa La Stupa at Sanam To Old to be Cool ??
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    Trekking to Tilicho lake

    by into-thin-air Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    Start off your trek as per The Annapurna Circuit as far as Manang where you will spend an extra night to acclimatise – Then the next night at Khangsar and from there to Tilicho base camp lodge (There are 2 possible routes, High and Low level so make enquiries at Khangsar to which one is the best as landslides keep changing the paths)
    Then spend two nights at to Tilicho base camp lodge and visit Tilicho Lake on the day in between.
    Then you have two options
    1) Trek to Yak Kharka / Letdar and pick up the route to cross Thorung La
    2) Return the way you came

    If you wanted to cross over then passes form Tilicho lake to Jomsosm you would need a fully supported camping trek as this takes at least 3 days from Tilicho base camp lodge with no further accommodation available,
    One other thing is to be aware that a lot of the paths in the Tilicho lake area shown on trekking maps don’t actually exist on the ground ;-)

    Good Luck and Happy Safe Trekking
    Rob
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    Tilicho lake
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    Trek Report – Everst Base Camp Trek, Spring 2012

    by into-thin-air Updated May 10, 2012

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    My Trek report on my recent trek to Everest Base Camp was just too long to fit it in as a Tip, So I wrote it as a travelogue, but now that I have several of these I thought it would be beneficial to add a link Here so as to make it easer to find.
    Best Regards and Happy safe Trekking to One and All
    Rob

    Very Cold water flowing under the bridge at Dhugla Tej and Rob at EBC Tej, Dipendra and Shambhu at Lobuje Sunrise at Lobuje ? Lhotse Early Morning skies at Dhugla
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    Tips for trekking Arun Valley

    by into-thin-air Written Apr 17, 2012

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    Tips for trekking Arun Valley
    Choose your trek mate(s) with great care – On this trek I out a small group of 4 trekkers together & alas I was unable to get along with one of them and this did detract somewhat from the enjoyment of my trek.

    We might well have invented a whole new job description for this trek – This being Cook/Guide. I was fortunate enough to have trekked with Tej (our Cook / Guide) when I trekked Upper Mustang 4 years ago and Tej was our cook – besides being a good cook he also seemed more knowledgeable about Upper Mustang than our guide !! So when I was organising the trek I asked Nirmal if Tej had also trekked the Arun Valley Trek & he said yes – So I then suggested that if he was willing to carry about 12kg of supplementary food would he like the position, to which he said Yes. This turned out to be an excellent idea as the food available locally was very simple and without Tej our diet would have been a bit mundane.
    Also Tej kept an eye on things in the kitchen when the lodge staff were cooking our meals, all I can say is that I trekked for 22 days in total and never once had any stomach / bowel problems which as regular visors to Nepal will realise is very rare indeed !!
    Our two porter/guides were also really Superb, their names are Dipendra and Shambhu, so if you are looking for Excellent Porter/Guides with a good knowledge of the Arun Valley / EBC trek and who both speak really good English then ask for them by name !!!!!

    As my timescale wasn’t tight, the two day overland trip to Tumlingtar worked out very well and I can also recommend this to others – But for those on a tight timeframe there is always the option of flying

    Agents to organise this trek – For me this was simple as I have used the same chap since 1994 & he has always looked after me well, this being my 9th visit, I again used Nirmal and am again very happy with how everything went. Nirmal obtained our trekking permits, organised our road and air transport, our trekking staff & regularly telephoned me to check on our progress – If you want his contact details then please feel free to email / PM me
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    Also if anyone has further questions about the Arun Valley trek the same applies
    Best Regards
    Rob

    Didi inside a local Rai Kitchen Local people thatching a new roof Dipendra (Porter/Guide) with his dependable smile Tej (Cook/Guide) Happy in his work Shanbhu (Porter / Guide)showing us local dried fis
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    Into the wild Nepal !!!

    by Intothewild113 Written Feb 22, 2012

    Most of tourist come in nepal to see its natural beauty & himalays of Nepal,there are lot of place from where they can see natural beauty of nepal but now all the trekking routes in nepal are popular & crowed many people go on the same route, yea those all routes are amazing and very nice but for those people who like to have treak on wild out of crowd following a beautifull green mountains with nice views of himalays,on this treak u can find only few small village on the way and what those few people do for living.
    A total 12 days of trekking Including 2 night stay on lodge and all the other time slepping on tent, a campining trekking where maximum 6 people can treak at once and trekkers would have porter,cook & guide.
    Its a virging trekking route which is unknown to all the trekkers that have travelled in nepal.
    This trekking can be good for all those natur lover who like peace on their travel.

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    suggested ski tour for march/april

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dear MrBill,

    Namaste!

    How are you? I hope you are well there and I am also fine here in kathmandu. How days are going on please keep in touch and here am sending itinerary for you as fellows:

    Thank you.

    Yours’ friend,

    Pasand Dawa sherpa



    Day 01: Arrival kathmandu hotel

    Day 02: Kathmandu rest

    Day 03: Kathmanud – Lukla – Ghat

    Day 04: Ghat – Namche

    Day 05: Namche – Lukla ( for high altitude sickness)

    Day 06: Lukla – Chhuthanga

    Day 07: Chhuthanga – Chhtre

    Day 08: Chhtre – Kothe

    Day 09: Kothe – Thaknag

    Day 10: Thaknag rest

    Day 11: Thaknag – Khare

    Day 12: Khare – High camp

    Day 13: High camp – Mera peak summit and sky back up to Mera la

    Day 14: Mera – Khare

    Day 15: Khare – Thaknag

    Day 16: Thaknag – Kothe

    Day 17: Kothe – Chhetre

    Day 18: Chhtre – Lukla

    Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu

    Day 20: Kathmanud rest

    Day 21: Departure to country

    good guide, great friend, Pasand Dawa sherpa namche bazaar lhotse photo by robert lessmann (not copyright material)
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    the super Everest comfort trip program - part 1.

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ten days of hiking. Fifteen days total. Approximately of 180-200 kms trekking. Level of technical difficulty: easy to moderate. Level of recommended fitness: good to excellent. Drop-out rate: 25% due to altitude sickness and related health problems. Non-participation rate for some of the peaks: 50% due to lack of fitness or the symptoms of altitude. Chances of diahhrea or other stomach problems: almost certain. Cost of evacuation helicopter flight back to Kathmandu: $US6000. Summary: Doable for most experienced hikers that are in good physical condition, but must not be under-estimated.

    Sample itinerary

    Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu. Elevation 1400m. Local luxury hotel such as the Park Village Resort.

    Day 02

    Shopping and sightseeing around Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath as well as Durbar Square. Buy any outdoor gear or clothing you may be needing for the mountains.

    Day 03

    Fly to Lukla. Elevation 2840m. A 4 hour walk to Farakpa Resort in Phakding.

    Day 04

    A 4 or 5 hour trek to Namche Bazar. Elevation 3440m. Stay overnight in the Khumba Lodge. Your last chance to buy any outdoor gear or clothing you may have forgotten.

    Day 05

    Based in the Khumba Lodge in Namche Bazar a day hike to Khumjung and Kunde through the Syangboche.

    Day 06

    A 4 hour trek to Thame. Elevation 3900m. Cross several hanging bridges for those afraid of heights. Stay overnight in the Thamo Hotel.

    continued....

    Kongde Lodge on Kongde Ri in the Sherpa room of Kongde Lodge your hostess - Kanchi Phuti Sherpa Farakpa Resort at Phakding view of Namche Bazar
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    the super Everest comfort trip program - part 2.

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sample Itineary ..... continued.

    Day 07

    From Thame climb the Sumdur Peak. Elevation 4800m. Overnight in the Thamo Hotel.

    Day 08

    Depending on time of year and weather conditions a 5 to 6 hour hike from Thame to Kongde Lodge. Elevation 4200m. If too much snow and ice then fly in by helicopter. The alternative hiking route is back to Phakding, which is down 1000m and back up 1300m and takes approximately 9 – 10 hours depending on your level of fitness. Some may not be able to make this alternative route at all.

    Day 09

    From Kongde Lodge climb to the top of Pharak Peak which is 4900m at its summit. Excellent views of Namche Bazar below you and Mount Everest and Makalu to the east. Total time 5 – 6 hours.

    Day 10

    From Kongde Lodge climb to the summit of Sherpa Peak at 5050m. Total time 3 – 4 hours. Overnight again in Kongde Lodge with its 5 star celebrity chef direct from Kathmandu.

    Day 11

    Starting down from Kongde Lodge a 1300m descent back to Phakding and another night at the Farakpa Resort. Quite steep, but good views all the way back to Lukla.

    Day 12

    From Phakding it is an easy 4 hour walk back to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla at the Khumba Resort.

    Day 13

    Fly back to Kathmandu in a Canadian built Twin Otter aircraft. Marvel at the runway built into the side of a mountain that literally drops out from under the aircraft as it clears the end of the runway at the edge of a cliff. Great views of the Himilayan Mountains as well as the terraced slopes and fields below. Overnight in either the Hotel Annapurna or the Park Village Resort again.

    Day 14

    Another day of sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu or a side trip to Phaktapur and its fabled temples. Would suggest buying all your souvenirs on the way back from Kathmandu.

    Day 15

    Transfer to Kathmandu international airport and departure.

    Farakpa Resort - Phakding typical bedroom - Farakpa Resort typical bathroom - Thamel Hotel, Thame view of namche bazar from Syangboche in the Sherpa room at Khumba Resort
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    the super Everest comfort trip program - part 3.

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sample trekking package - prices as of November 2006 - subject to change

    14 nights package to and from Kathmandu - Lukla
    Price per person for full pension based on double occupancy
    High season $1500 per person
    Low season $1400 per person
    Single supplement $225

    Is that a fair price? You can definitely get better prices if you take a trekking tour where you stay in basic lodges and/or tents. Anecdotally, I did see lodges along the trail that were advertised for as little as $2-10 per night. I assume that is for spartan living conditions, but including hot & cold running water and not much else. Definately not your own bathroom. Meals as well as food and beverage in general are quite inexpensive. Therefore, the difference between a la carte and full pension is not that much of a big deal.

    On the other hand, if you're not one to rough it and want everything taken care of then I can recommend Himalayan Sherpa Adventure and Kongde Hotel as being one of the best tour operators and chain of lodges in the whole Everest region.

    Guide outside Thamel Hotel in Thame Buddhist temples above Thame Village Park Hotel in Kathmandu Sherpas and porters outside Khumba Lodge kongde lodge
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    Trek to a "trekking peak"!

    by Saagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are several lesser peaks in Nepal that are accessible for ascents. Some are fairly well known such as Pisang in Manang and Island Peak in the Khumbu. The peaks above a certain altitude cannot legally be climbed unless you have paid a fee and gotten a liason officer, the right insurances and what not.

    At the same time, these peaks are not that difficult and a well-equipped and well trained and acclimatized trekking crew can do it. The highest trekking peaks area about 6500 meters, most are in the 5500 range. The best and safest bet is to join an established trekking peak tour and leave the bureaucracy to others. On the other hand, there are some very nice, remote spots in Nepal that have fantastic legal peaks, but not any commercial tours to take you there. The solution is to get it organised by yourself.

    You first step will be to check if you are physically ready for something like that. Second, you check the web site of Nepal Mountaineering Association (see below) and scan for all the regulations and options. NMA administers the trekking peaks and live off the fees and proceeds, so they are very interested in seeing you off on one of "their" peaks. So, if interested, start off from this VT page!

    Nearly there... at 5145 meters A trekking peak in the Ganesh Himal massif Mardi Himal (left of Machhapucchare), trek peak
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    Keeping clean when trekking

    by into-thin-air Written Mar 24, 2011

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    The main thing here is cleanliness with regard to personal
    hygiene !! Toilet facilities are often Basic or worse, so I always take along a small bottle of alcohol spray to use after toileting as there isn’t always running water available nearby and you definitely don’t want to increase the risk of stomach problems that can be caused by a lack of personal cleanliness !!
    Showers are available in the larger lodges but these can get expensive, especially at altitude and although the lodge owners will tell you “Yes – Plenty Hot water” you will be lucky to get better than lukewarm ;-)
    Bowls of hot water are also available – Again these can get a bit pricy at altitude.
    Don’t expect to maintain the same standards that you would at home would be my Best advice ;-)

    Below Ghasa pre-road Annapurna
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    Short write-up on my Langtang Trek

    by into-thin-air Updated Jan 10, 2011

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    We set off from Dunche and spent the1st night about ½ trekking from the town at a place called Yunglang, There is only one simple teahouse there but as it is so close to Dunche not many people use it, But I think to be away from the road noise is better than staying in the town.
    Then we had a hard day up to Singh Gompa, There is a height gain of over a thousand meters so you are pushing the limits on the AMS rules but the path is good and there are two places en-route for lunch / tea.
    Singh Gompa is Beautiful with Awesome views towards Gosiakund and there is a cheese factory there so a good place to stock up !!
    From there we dropped all the way back down into the Langtang Valley staying at the small hamlet of Pahre.
    From there we just walked a short day up to Lama Hotel which is one of the main trekking villages in the valley, it can get a bit crowded but the lodges are comfortable with all facilities.
    From Lama Hotel we trekked up to Ghoda Tabela – We could have gone further this day but my trek-mate, Mike decided that he didn’t want to go higher so we spent two nights there and I took Joan (Mikes wife) on a day walk to Langtang.
    Then from Ghoda Tabela we trekked down to Sherpagon – This is on the high level route and to get there you have to turn right at Rimche (The hamlet below Lama Hotel) I would Highly Recommend this section of the trek as hardly anyone goes this way and both the views looking towards Ganesh Himal and looking back towards Langtang are Amazing.
    From Sherpagon the path continues high up before dropping steeply down to the road at Syapru Besi wherewe caught the bus back to Kathmandu.

    Views from Singh Gompa Approaching Yunglang Views looking up the Langtang Valley Views looking down the Langtang Valley On the high level route towards Sherpagon
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