Island Peak Summit Adventure 17 days

Trip detail at-a-glance

strenuous

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Style: Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

Max. Altitude: 6,187 m /20,298 ft

Activity Per Day: Approx/Avrg 5h walking/day

Cost: From US$2240.00

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Overview

Island Peak is 6187 meters (20,298 ft.) high and one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Also known as Imja Tse, it lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and serious climber can dream of. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards a peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you.

Our professionally designed itinerary offers you a couple of days extra at beautiful mountain villages to get acclimatized as well as enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of this amazing mountainous region. We head for the Island Peak summit after the essential climbing practice course, which is briefed and instructed by our Climbing Sherpa on various aspects of climbing techniques.

Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with the famous Hillary school.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters) Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included)

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. In the morning, after breakfast, at around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your local leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square include the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries and the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last minute shopping in Thamel near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding. (Approx. 3-4 hrs) An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). With spectacular views of the towering Himalaya Mountains the flight is a truly amazing start to the trek. After landing there we explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our day’s trek (approx. 3-4 hrs.) by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding (2610m) is just a short walk. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar. (Approx. 5.30 hrs) We begin todays trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags including the highest suspension bridge in the region! After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, Internet cafes and even a couple of bakeries to enjoy a fresh coffee and cake after the day of trekking. Namche (3441m) is the largest village along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5

Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Today will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We will go on a short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people and will also hike to the Syangboche Airport and around to Everest View Hotel. From this point we are rewarded with amazing views of the Himalaya with stunning panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6

Trek to Tengboche Monastery. (Approx. 5.30 hrs) The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After about five hours we reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. This monastery is the oldest in the region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7

Trek to Dingboche. (Approx. 5.30 hrs) From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8

Trek to Chhukung. (Approx. 4 hrs) From Dingboche we have four hours of steady/slow walking to Chhukung (4710m), as it is very important to adjust to the high altitude in order to climb Island Peak. With towering peaks on both sides of the valley today’s walk is a photographers dream. Our guide will provide important information about climbing Island Peak and the next day’s activities. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9

Trek to Island Peak base camp. (Approx. 4 hrs) Today is another short trek of four hours to Island Peak base camp (5450 m). Beginning today, accommodation will be a tented camp for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef. As we settle into our Base Camp surroundings the thoughts of our upcoming climb build the excitement! Overnight at tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10

Acclimatization day.
We will spend a day here in adjusting to the thinning of the air. We’ll also make a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6000 meter adventure tomorrow morning as well as practicing our rope work. Overnight at tented camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11

Summit Island Peak (6187 m) & return to Chhukung (Approx. 9 to 12 hrs.) Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start very early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6187m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. We then climb ascend the last two parts of the climb, the rope wall and then the summit ridge and arrive at our goal! The summit of Island Peak! After our safe summit, we make our way back down the same descent path and return to Chhukung. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12

Trek to Tengboche. (Approx. 6 hours) Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3860m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13

Trek to Namche Bazaar. (Approx. 5 hrs) Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us from Tengboche Monastery to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a five-hour walk. We’ll enjoy an evening of reflecting with follow trekkers over a delicious meal. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14

Trek to Lukla. (Approx. 5 hrs) Finally we make the five hour return to Lukla (2804m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and on the personal achievements of all who took part. Overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 15

Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 16

Leisure day in Kathmandu. There’s much to see and do in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. You may want to just relax, do some last minute shopping or even enjoy the last chance to take in the sights and sounds of Kathmandu. This is also a spare day in the event of bad weather in Lukla. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 17

Transfer to airport for flight departure. An Unforgettable Adventures representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays. Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla: Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case our support company can charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our support companies Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$1000 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

Prices and departures

PRICE PER PERSON:
Price from:US$2240.00

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
(Applicable to Kathmandu accom only)
Cost: US$180.00

The Fine Print:
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a booking. The remaining balance is payable 60 days prior to departure. A medical assessment is required no more than 30 days from departure, stating that you have no medical condition that could endanger your life on the track. Travel Insurance is mandatory and must include helicopter evacuation. Training is necessary. This trek is challenging and you will require a high level of fitness. We can offer you support in this area. Please contact us for details. Australian Led Treks Minimum numbers of 10 required. Please contact us for information regarding availability in the departure of your choice.

Inclusions and exclusions

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (4 nights).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and camping including one hot drink with each meal. (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).
  • Local licensed English speaking trekking guide.
  • Climbing Sherpa from Island peak base camp for the summit and back to base camp.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipment).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Free Unforgettable Adventures duffel/kit bag and T-shirt (yours to keep). Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost does not include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which needs to cover emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment (See the trekking equipment in our client information booklet).
  • Tips for trekking staff, temple guide and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQs

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Everest base camp standard trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking or stairs involving relatively steep ascents and descents.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Unforgettable Adventures sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a potbelly fire in teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I HAVE to pay deposit at booking/reservation?

Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and $500 deposit payment. The balance is payable 30 days prior to departure.

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

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. The additional cost is USD 70 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for four nights when booking for groups of two or more than two people.

Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

YES all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatisation. It is good to eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per litre. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Unforgettable Adventures is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Agni Air -popular domestic airlines.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season.

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November.

Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

I’m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Do you know about how many miles the trek is?

Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

Yes, you need to book your own International flights.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

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

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 200 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is expected. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Are Unforgettable Adventures staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Where do we toilet along the trail? Is it similar to Kilimanjaro and just wherever we can find privacy?

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you guys have a PAC Portable Altitude Chamber?

Yes, we do have PAC but we dont use it for Everest Base camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What immunizations will I need?

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

A dental check-up prior to travelling and that you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Unforgettable Adventures at the time of your booking.

Chitwan National Park

Trip detail at-a-glance

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Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Style: Guided tours

Activity: Sightseeing

Max. Altitude: 815m

Activity Per Day: Guided tours

From US$630.00

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Overview

2 NIGHTS/3 DAYS

Highlights of this Tour:
– Canoe Ride
– Bird Watching
– Cultural program
– Jungle walk
– Village tours
– Scenic return flight to Kathmandu

Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife. The tranquility and remoteness of the park is one not to be missed. It was declared a National Park in 1973.

In 1984, UNESCO designated it as a Natural World Heritage Site. The park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gang tic dolphin and wild bison. There are many species of birds, 126 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park.

This is a fantastic extension to trekking or many of the other activities available in Nepal.

The park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one horned rhinoceros, bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gang tic dolphin and wild bison.

Detailed itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival to National Park via tourist vehicle, 6 hours. We drive to Chitwan National park in a private tourist vehicle from Kathmandu. During our transport you will come across picturesque Hills and Rivers as we drive through this all inspiring landscape. The drive takes around six hours from Kathmandu. On reaching the resort, you will be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After lunch you will enjoy the excitement of a jungle Safari/ Jungle Walk/ Nature Walk with Boat Ride. Meanwhile your dinner will be ready by the time you return to the resort. Overnight at Resort. (All meals included).

DAY 2

Activities inside the Chitwan National Park. After morning tea/coffee we head for a morning tour, which will provide you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with a jungle Safari/Jungle Walk.

Then after breakfast we head for a walk through the grasslands and forest upstream of Narayani River. We then take local boats to watch crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp where we will have lunch. Late afternoon you will be guided for a jungle Safari/Jungle Walk/visit observation Tower/Nature Walk with Boat Ride and finally back to the resort for dinner. Overnight at Resort. (All meals included)

DAY 3

Early morning activities and same day Departure to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle, 6 hours. Today is the last day of the trip so after a morning tea we go for a bird watching tour as Chitwan is very famous also for it’s different species of birds, which is another attracting factor for the parks visitors. After the tour we head back to the resort, have breakfast and get ready for our scenic flight back to Kathmandu. (Breakfast included).

Prices and departures

From US$630.00 per person

Inclusions and exclusions

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the resort in twin sharing/double basis
  • Hotel / pick up & drop by tourist vehicle
  • Transfer from Kathmandu (private vehicle) – Chitwan – Kathmandu (scenic flight)
  • Guided tours and activities inside the Chitwan National Park
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot drinks
  • A government licensed English speaking safari guide during the trip
  • All local permits and entrance fees
  • All government taxes / tourist services charges / vat / official expenses

Cost Excludes

  • ravel insurance (recommended)
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (A tourist visa with multiple entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes’ -section

FAQs

Chitiwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to enjoy the experience of the regions wildlife. The remoteness of the park is one not to be missed. It was declared a National park in 1973. The park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the One Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger,Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Elephant, Striped Hyena, Gang Tic Dolphin and Wild Bison. There are many species of birds, 126 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park. This is a fantastic extension to trekking or many of the other activities available in Nepal.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 16 Days

Trip detail at-a-glance

Demanding

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Style: Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

Max. Altitude: 4,130 m /13546.4 ft

Activity Per Day: Approximately 5h walking/day

From US$1825.00

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Overview

Annapurna Base Camp Trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, providing a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal. This Unforgettable Adventure unique trek along local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery, surrounded by enormous glaciers giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture.

16 Days

The trek to Annapurna base camp follows the Modi River and passes through dense stands of rhododendron and bamboo. By the time you reach the large rock over hanging, known as Hinku Cave, you will have noticed that the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide. Steep snow-clad ridges falling from Hiunchuli on the left and Machhapuchhre on the right from the entrance to the Sanctuary. As we pass through the "gate" and enter to the Sanctuary, you find yourself in a huge amphitheatre enclosed by a solid wall of snow capped peaks.

Annapurna base camp trek starts and ends in Pokhara or it can be tailored as part of the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom / Miktinath trek, by trekking from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main Sanctuary trails at Chommrong. Private treks can be arranged at any time. View our selected departure dates on our website.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included)

Day 02

Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 03

Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 hrs. Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 04

Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) – 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 3 hrs. We begin our trek at Nayapul after a 1-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05

Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 5 hrs. We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06

Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m); and trek to Tadapani (2,610m). Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07

Trek to Chommrong (2,140m) – 5 hrs. The day starts with a steep downhill through rhododendron forests. Leaving Tadapani, we descend through the forests and then the trail eases as we reach Gurjung which is the village of Gurung people, with an easy walk to Chommrong at an elevation of 2,140 m. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08

Trek to Dovan (2,500m) – 5.5 hrs. Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2,380m where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bambooat the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09

Trek to Deurali (3,200m) – 4 hrs. It’s a short walking day today because of altitude and risk of snow avalanches in the area that we need to cross the next morning. Our day begins with the climb through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to the Himalayan Hotel and on to Hinko cave. The accommodation will be in Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko is the stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) – 5 hrs. Today the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) at elevation of 4,130m. There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11

Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 hrs. We follow the same trail down today the trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12

Trek to Jhinu hot spring (1,780m) – 5 hrs. We follow the same trail until Chommrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar there is an experimental sheep farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong the trail descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in natural hot springs. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13

Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) – 4.5 hrs. Drive to Pokhara – 1 hr. From Jhinu hot springs we walk at the right side of Modi Khola for 4.5 hrs to Birethanti which can be considered one of the best and the most relaxing walks of the entire trek. We reach Nayapul then an hour drive will take us back to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 14

Pokhara City tour. Your sightseeing trip will start at 9am after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 15

Flight back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast and farewell dinner Included)

Day 16

Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Prices and departures

From US$1825.00
For departure dates and private group treks availability, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Inclusions and exclusions

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (4 nights).
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tea, coffee, hot dink at B/L/D (one per meal).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (9 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Local Unforgettable Adventures licensed English-speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara (On Day 2nd and 14th).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 15).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost does not include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQs

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp standard trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking or stairs involving relatively steep ascents and descents.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Unforgettable Adventures sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a potbelly fire in teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I HAVE to pay deposit at booking/reservation?

Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and $500 deposit payment. The balance is payable 30 days prior to departure.

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

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. The additional cost is USD 70 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for four nights when booking for groups of two or more than two people.

Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

YES all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatisation. It is good to eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per litre. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Unforgettable Adventures is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Agni Air -popular domestic airlines.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season.

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November.

Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

I’m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Do you know about how many miles the trek is?

Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

Yes, you need to book your own International flights.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

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

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 200 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is expected. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Are Unforgettable Adventures staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Where do we toilet along the trail? Is it similar to Kilimanjaro and just wherever we can find privacy?

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you guys have a PAC Portable Altitude Chamber?

Yes, we do have PAC but we dont use it for Everest Base camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What immunizations will I need?

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

A dental check-up prior to travelling and that you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Unforgettable Adventures at the time of your booking.

Kokoda Trail / Track 10 Days

Trip detail at-a-glance

strenuous

Best Season: March through to November

Trip Style: Trekking. Tents and Village Guest House

Activity: Sightseeing, Jungle and Mountain Trekking

Max. Altitude: 2200m

Activity Per Day: Approximately 5-7 hr walking

COST 10 Day fully escorted trek starting from just $2,850.00 (AUD) per person local led

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Overview

Join us on this emotional journey commemorating the heroic feats of Australias young soldiers during the Kokoda Campaign of the 2nd World War. As you trek the 96 kilometres of mountainous trail over the Maguli and Owen Stanley ranges, you will go beyond the history books and experience the terrain and perhaps the conditions in which the Australian and Japanese fought.

We begin our journey with a visit to Bomana Cemetery, before trekking from Owers Corner north along the track to finish at Kokoda. En route we will pass several historic sites including Imita Ridge the site of the Australian’s last stand and Ioribaiwa, the furthest point reached by the Japanese. We will recall the bravery of the young Australian soldiers at Brigade Hill, where vastly outnumbered,we suffered heavy casualties.

For many, the highlight of the trek will be participation in the Dawn Service at Isurava Memorial. Here you will have the opportunity to join with your fellow trekkers and our wonderful carriers in thanks and gratitude for the achievements of those young men and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, the Papuan Carriers who were vital to the success of the campaign.
After reaching Kokoda, we travel to Popondetta and the return flight to Port Moresby.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01

Arrive in Port Moresby-Bomana Cemetery & Owers Corner (L,D)

On arrival you will be picked up at the airport by an Unforgettable Adventures representative and taken to our post trek hotel to drop off your non-trekking equipment. We then travel by road to Owers Corner, visiting Bomana Cemetery enroute. The cemetery contains 3,823 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 700 of them unidentified. Perched high up on the Sogeri Plateau is the point where The Kokoda Track commences. At Owers Corner we will pause for some photos, before commencing our trek with a downhill to the Goldie River. After crossing the river, we will continue to Uberi – also known as Goodwater Camp – for our first night on the track. As our meal is prepared, we will gather together for a briefing to discuss the upcoming activities, a chance to meet your fellow trekkers and some of the carriers. We enjoy our first meal together as a group. Overnight: Goodwater Camp.

Day 02

Ioribaiwa Camp – (B,L,D)

This morning we will set off early for our first full day. We will travel past “Dump 66” and other staging points before climbing up the “Golden Staircase”, which leads us up to Imita Ridge. It is here that the Australian soldiers retreated to make their last stand. Photographs of this section from the war show the staircase as a seemingly endless series of muddy clay steps cut into the mountainside.

The north side of Imita Ridge takes us along a winding track through many creek crossings. A deep canyon with encroaching jungle foliage makes this a fascinating experience. We will pause to enjoy the pretty village of Ua-Ule before continuing with a climb up Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here, within sight of Port Moresby, that the Japanese soldiers, having run out of supply, were ordered by their command to ‘advance to the rear’. Overnight: Ioribaiwa Camp.

Day 03

Nauro (B,L,D)

An early climb will get the heart pumping as we make our way to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge where we will see many Japanese trenches. We will pause at Ofi Creek, perched on terraces above the intersection of several cascading mountain streams.

Crossing Ofi Creek, we encounter the steep mountain climb and false peaks of the Maguli Range. As we approach the summit, the “Japanese Ladder” provides us with our last steep climb for the day. This is followed by a long downhill walk to the village of Nauro, our camp for the night. Overnight: Nauro.

Day 04

Menari (B,L,D)

One of the most beautiful vistas along the track is best-viewed early morning, and as we leave Nauro, we look out over mountain ranges that still hold mist and cloud not yet touched by the day’s heat. Our challenges today include what can be a slippery swampland track and the fast flowing Brown River.

After crossing the Brown, we hit “The Wall”, a steep ridge line which leads us up to the Manari gap. One of the last few Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels resides here and we will take the opportunity to meet a living legend (health permitting).

Day 05

Efogi 2 (B,L,D)

Today we commence a steep climb up to Brigade Hill, towards the village of Efogi. Brigade Hill was the focus of a major 4-day battle, which saw the Japanese outflank and cut the Australian positions in two.

Look in awe at the steep easterly slope where 300 Australians escaped the onslaught of a well-planned Japanese attack. Three weeks later, gaunt, exhausted & malaria-riddled soldiers were filtering into friendly villages still carrying 120 of their wounded mates on stretchers. After lunch at Efogi, which has a small museum and is well worth the visit, we continue with another 3 hours of hard trekking. Overnight: Efogi 2 or Naduri

Day 06

Templetons 1 (B,L,D)

After descending into the gorge and crossing the Efogi River, we climb up through the village of Naduri and over the main spine of the Owen Stanley Range. As we continue on, we reach our highest altitude as we cross Mt Bellamy at just on 2,190 metres above sea level (Mount Kosciusko is 2,228 mts). Antarctic Beech forest, phosphorescent fungi and giant Pandanus line the track as we wind our way through to “Diggers Rest” camp.

The next section of the track was one many ‘diggers’ believed was the most difficult section of the track. They were exhausted from continual fighting, lack of sleep and often wounded. A break at Kokoda Gap gives an insight into the lack of understanding that General MacArthur and Blamey had of the conditions our men were fighting in. The command to “blow the Gap” was ridiculous in the extreme! A short downhill will take us into our camp for the night. Overnight: Templetons 1

Day 07

Alola (B,L,D)

We commence our trek today to Templetons 2, before moving on to Eora Creek, the site of a major battle where many lives from both side were lost. During the Australian advance track, Eora Creek was the scene of bitter fighting when the Australians sought to overcome a strong Japanese defensive position. Ninety-nine Australians were killed in the battle of Eora Creek and another 192 were wounded.

We then begin a steady climb through numerous valleys to Alola, where we are rewarded with magnificent views of the valley. From here we trek the final distance to Isurava Battlefield, our home for the evening. Overnight: Isurava Battlefield

Day 08

Kokoda (B,L,D)

This day commences with the emotion of our Day Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial. This is a moving experience, and a wonderful opportunity to recognise the deeds and sacrifices of our soldiers and their support, the loyal Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

Following some reflection time, we commence a long downhill to the beautiful village of Hoi. The cool waters of the creek are your reward for a long day and will provide relief for aching muscles. The remainder of the walk is characterised by a long flat walk through palm oil and rubber tree plantations. The rubber plantation was the scene of a remarkable retreat. Here, friend and foe were indistinguishable due to heavy fog and the confusion of battle. Several soldiers of the 39th battalion were caught behind the advancing Japanese lines. Bravely and stealthily, they made their way through the Japanese lines to re-join their mates and continue the fight.

As we reach our traditional finishing point at the Kokoda Memorial Arch, take pride in your achievement over the last 8 or so days, and reflect on the accomplishment of our soldiers and the hardships they had to endure. Overnight: Kokoda

Day 09

Port Moresby (B)

After breakfast, we board a PMV for Popondetta for your return flight to Port Moresby. It will take 25 minutes to fly over what took us eight and a half days to walk. Your evening meal at the hotel (not included in tour price) is an opportunity to swap tales, reflect on your journey, and celebrate the achievement of completing one of the great treks of the World. Overnight: Port Moresby

Day 10

Tour ends (meals not included in Hotel)

Transfer to Jackson’s airport for return flight.

Prices and departures

Prices start from just $2850.00 (AUS) per person (local led)
We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more. Private treks are available so please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Private departure dates are available for groups of 8 or more.

2018 Departure dates;

ANZAC 2019 Trek; April 18th-27th
39th Battalion Commemorative Trek; July 31st-Aug 9th (full)
November Sth -Nth Departs 21st Nov

Inclusions and exclusions

Cost Includes

  • Australian Tour Leader (with group size of 8 or more)
  • Local PNG Trek Master & Trek Leader
  • Domestic Flights (PNG)
  • Accommodation in Port Moresby (1 night)
  • Guest house accommodation on track
  • All village tariffs
  • Carriers for food and equipment
  • All meals on track including nutritionally balanced food
  • Detailed Risk Management Plan including river-crossing protocols.
  • Proven group management with responsible ecological practices
  • Village cultural activities
  • Detailed historical narration
  • Participation in Dawn Service at Isurava Memorial
  • Emergency equipment including Satellite Phone
  • KTA Trekking Permit (value $200 Aus)
  • Bus/PMV transport in PNG
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • All food, accommodation & home transport for carriers
  • Free UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURES walking Shirt
  • Opportunity to join regular training sessions and /or a copy of our Professionally designed training program.
  • Public Liability Insurance

Cost does not include

  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International and Australian domestic airfares
  • Passport & Visa costs
  • Vaccinations and anti-malarial medicines
  • Personal expenditure including alcohol
  • Personal carrier (highly recommended)
  • Meals not included in Itinerary and at Hotel
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQs

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Unforgettable Adventures is a stand alone company when it comes to developing the fitness and preparation of our trekkers.
We are proud of the success rate of our trekkers and have never had a retirement from the track due to poor fitness
from anyone who has adhered to our program!
Physical and mental preparation are by far the most important prerequisites for any kind of trekking
activity. You do not have to be super fit to complete Kokoda, Everest Base Camp, or indeed any of our tours. We will assist and monitor you to ensure you have the required fitness to complete the trek.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes. Our staff and/or the Hotel representative will meet and greet you at the airport.

Will I be safe?

Your Adventure should be unforgettable for all the right reasons. Safety of our clients, staff and support communities are paramount, and we adhere to strict guidelines developed over many years of operations in remote, isolated areas and often, in developing countries.
Our leaders are First aid qualified to International Standards and are highly experienced in what they are doing and in the countries we operate in.

Is it dangerous?

Everything you do has some inherent level of Risk. To minimize the hazards of Risk, we have developed comprehensive Risk assessment and management strategies for every destination. If the circumstance arises where we need assistance, we have a reliable and competent support network in the areas we operate in.

The Spectacular Kimberley 10 Days

Trip detail at-a-glance

strenuous

Best Season: March, April, May, June, September, October.

Trip Style:Trekking, tent accommodation, boat transport and canoeing

Activity: Trekking, Canoeing,Magnificent Sightseeing

Max Altitude; Not applicable

Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hr walking

From AUD $3595.00

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Overview

The Kimberley region is one of the most remarkable yet least explored parts of Australia. Occupying an immense area of the North West part of Australia, the Kimberley is remote, sparsely populated and contains unparalleled biodiversity.It is a hiddenworld of deep gorges, rugged escarpments and plateaus, interspersed with cascading waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.

Home to an extraordinary array of vegetation and wildlife, the area has sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years. From its scorched Desert fringes and vast Eucalypt forests, remnant rainforest, wild rivers and coastal mangrove communities, the Kimberley is one of the Worlds last wild places.

Your Experience will take you into the heart of this most magnificent of remote areas. Our vast trekking experience coupled with our ability to take you into those “special” places, will ensure your journey is one that provides you with long lasting memories.

After an awe inspiring helicopter ride to our start point, we walk through ancient riverbedsand swim in the crystal clear waterholes: you will marvel at the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape. Our 4-daytrek takes us through areas seldom seen. We are picked up on the shores of Lake Argyle and taken to a special place for an overnight camp. The sunset is breathtaking as we sit around our camp and take in the panoramic view of the surrounding Kimberley.

An early boat pick up the next morning takes us on a pictures’ ride to the Lake Argyle dam wall where we transport to the start of the majestic Ord Riverto begin our canoe journey.

We then enjoy a slow,easy paddle through the magnificent Carlton Gorge along the waters of the Ord Rivertaking in a magnificent array of top end bird lifewith overnight camps on sandy beaches. Our final day is enjoyed with a site seeing trip by boat that will thentake us back to Kununurra.

We will provide you with a safe, eco-friendly and culturally sensitive experience in one of the world’s best-keptsecrets.

This is truly an Unforgettable Adventure…

Detailed itinerary

Day 1

Kununurra

Arrive in Kununurra; Airport pick up and transfers to accommodation. Join your fellow adventurers tonight for an evening meet and greet and a program brief.Early arrivals can try their luck at catching a Barramundi at Ivanhoe crossing on the Ord River.
Overnight: Kununurra.

Day 2

Trekking (B,L,D)

Today will be your first taste of the magnificence of the Kimberley. After breakfastwe willtransfer to our Helicopterfor our flightinto the Carr Boyd Ranges. As we fly across the plains and escarpments below enroute to our starting point you will be in awe of the scenery and ruggedness of the environment we are about to enter. We set up camp on a majestic waterhole surrounded by towering red cliffs and the iconic Boab Trees. As the evening approaches we climb to a nearby ridgeline to view the panorama of a Kimberley sunset and to acclimatize to the difficult terrain we will be encountering.
Overnight: Camping

Day 3

Trekking (B,L,D)

An early morning start to experience the changing colorsof the rugged gorges as the sun’s rays creep over the high cliffs and enter the valley in which we walk. Our journey begins with waterproofing our packs in preparation for the swim through our campsite waterhole (250m) to our starting point at the other end of the gorge. We then follow a dry riverbedthat will eventually lead us to its headwaters. We will set up our overnight camp alongside a small waterhole that will provide fishing opportunities for those so inclined. We take a side trip up one of the many gorges in this area and explore an environment that that few people have ever seen.
Overnight: Camping

Day 4

Trekking (B,L,D)

Abundant birdlife will greet us as we wake to start our day. Our trek continues along the riverbeduntil we climb over the range.This is a tough day and a daybreak start is required. The initial climb to the top of the escarpment is rewarded with views of the surrounding ranges and are a photographers dream. Spectacular gorges and ragged mountain ranges appear around every corner. The long winding descent will test nerve and fitness. Tonight we camp by a small freshwater creek surrounded by towering Paper barktrees and Pandanus plants.
Overnight: Camping

Day 5

Trekking (B,L,D)

Today’s trek encompasses ancient Cycads and a climb to a spectacular geological feature that we have named “Unforgettable Arch” Those who have the energy will climb to the top this feature and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Argyle. We then complete todays trek with a steep traverse to a creek line, which leads to a hidden gorge featuring unique ecosystems shaded,from the Kimberley sun. On return to our campsite we spend another night under a million star canopy.
Overnight: Camping

Day 6

Lake Argyle (B,L,D)

Today we complete the trekking component of our trip and make our way to the shores of Lake Argyle to await our boat pick up. We will be greeted with lunch and a welcome cold drink. Our staff are avid birdwatchers and fisherman and will point out many points of interest as they transport us to our overnight destination. Tonight’s camp is on the shores of Lake Argyle; sit back enjoy our BBQ and watch the magnificent sunset from our own private beach.
Overnight: Camping

Day 7

Lake Argyle and commence canoe leg (B,L,D)

This morning we will be collected from our island and taken to our canoe start at the dam wallat Argyle Tourist Village. We will spend some time participating in a skills demonstration and getting some practice for our canoeing leg. Some time for a safety brief and to ensure our gear is securely water proofed and tied in to our canoes. The Ord River is slowly moving and as we paddle along we pass Pandanus and Melaleuca stands which often house thousands of fruit bats. As we paddle through the many Ord River gorges, we will appreciate the beauty ofour overnight camp on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Overnight: Camping

Day 8

Canoe on Ord River (B,L,D)

Once again we will be woken by the sounds of the abundant water birds surrounding our camp. During our full day of paddlingdown the Ord; we will be awed by the spectacular Carlton Gorge with its towering cliffs and splendid ever changing colors.We will enjoy looking up at majestic clifffaces and beautiful cascading waterfalls.A short walk into a secret waterfall for an icy cold swim helps make this a day to remember. We also have the opportunity to see the only Bradshaw artwork in a secluded and secret rock overhang before arriving at our next campsite to reflect on the day’sactivities.
Overnight: Camping

Day 9

Complete canoe leg and return to Kununurra (B,L)

The following morningwe are picked up by boat and enjoy a scenic trip back to kununurra.We are transferred back to our hotel to enjoy a hot shower and cold drink! Tonight wecan relax around the pool and recount our recent adventures before enjoying a well-deservedmeal in the Hotels restaurant. (Own expense)
Overnight: Kununurra

Day 10

Depart Kununurra (B)

Transfer to airport for onward journey.

COST

Land component: $3,595 AUS
10 Day fully escorted tour; Minimum group size 6

Group discount available

THE FINE PRINT

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a booking. The remaining monies are payable 60 days prior to departure.
  • You are required to complete a medical questionnaire providing us with information about any condition you may have that is relevant to this activity.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory.
  • Training is necessary. This trek is challenging and you will require a mediumlevel of fitness. We can offer you support in this area. Please contact us for details.
  • Breakfast at the hotel is a continental buffet. You have the option to upgrade to a cooked breakfast at your own cost if you wish.

Minimum group size: 8

BOOKING YOUR TREK

Email:info@unforgettableadventures.com
Phone:+66 428 536 162

Email:danny@unforgettableadventures.com
Phone:+61 412 299 152

Inclusions and exclusions

INCLUSIONS

  • 10 day fully escorted tour ex Kununurra, West Australia
  • Airport pick up and overnight accommodation in Kununurra
  • Helicopter charter to trek start point, including scenic tour over ranges
  • Kimberley experienced leader
  • All food whilst on trek (supplemented with freshly caught fish)
  • Boat pick up and transfer to island and Canoe start point
  • Canoe(Canadian canoe) hire and associated equipment
  • Qualified and experienced canoeing instructor(s)
  • Mosquito dome

EXCLUSIONS

  • International and Australian domestic flights
  • Passport & Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days

Trip detail at-a-glance

strenuous

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Style: Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

Max. Altitude: 5555 m /18220.4 ft.

Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hr walking

From US$1680.00 per person

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Overview

Following the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing to the Greatest Mountain in the world! The ultimate challenge of Everest base camp trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas, if you like to walk, this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it.

Our Everest base standard camp trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the LhotseNuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location, surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world.

While passing Buddhist monasteries, views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits both, Everest base camp and KalaPatthar (5555m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many dventurous walkers in the Himalayas. After trekking to base camp and Kalapatthar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

For the more adventurous trekkers you have the option of returning over the Cho La pass to the Gokyo valley, and then ascending Gokyo Ri. Or if you are really fit, you can attempt the summit of Island peak.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Note: If you arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting would be done on that very day at your hotel During your pre trip meeting we would introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included)

Day 02

Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit the heritage listed areas below:

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world

Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: A Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple,Bhairavnath temple,Duttatraya temple,Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast Included).

Day 03

Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610meters.

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06

Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07

Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 08

Trek to Chhukung (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4.30 hours.

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09

Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche, which are really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours.

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11

Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200 meters). 7 hours.

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. KalaPatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft., 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent back to Gorak Shep, and then trek down to Periche. Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho, then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region, which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a ‘Yeti’, or the abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13

Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours.

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago; enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14

Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Enjoy your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently trekked over on the 35-minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 15

Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Its also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour you can start today. Please read our trip note about Lukla flight below. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 16

Transfer for your final flight departure.

The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Unforgettable Adventures will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

Prices and departures

From US$1680.00 per person
Australian led tours (min 10 people)

For departure dates and private group trips, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Inclusions and exclusions

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (4 nights).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tea, coffee, hot dink at B/L/D (one per meal).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Local Unforgettable Adventures licensed English-speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 15).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost does not include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQs

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Everest base camp standard trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking or stairs involving relatively steep ascents and descents.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Unforgettable Adventures signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Unforgettable Adventures sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a potbelly fire in teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I HAVE to pay deposit at booking/reservation?

Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and $500 deposit payment. The balance is payable 30 days prior to departure.

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

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms in Kathmandu for your portion of the trip. During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. The additional cost is USD 70 per person for booking a single room in Kathmandu for four nights when booking for groups of two or more than two people.

Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

YES all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatisation. It is good to eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per litre. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Unforgettable Adventures is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Agni Air -popular domestic airlines.

What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season.

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November.

Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

I’m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Do you know about how many miles the trek is?

Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

Yes, you need to book your own International flights.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

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

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 200 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is expected. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Are Unforgettable Adventures staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Where do we toilet along the trail? Is it similar to Kilimanjaro and just wherever we can find privacy?

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you guys have a PAC Portable Altitude Chamber?

Yes, we do have PAC but we dont use it for Everest Base camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What immunizations will I need?

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

A dental check-up prior to travelling and that you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Unforgettable Adventures at the time of your booking.