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The Everest Three Pass Trek 

As the ultimate Everest experience, the Three Pass trek includes all the highlights-both from a mountain view and a cultural perspective-into into a truly unforgettable journey. Additionally, this trek is one of Nepal’s most challenging tea house treks, as this is a challenging yet physically and spiritually satisfying journey that isn’t often discussed.

The Everest Region is one of Nepal’s top trekking destinations, and the Three Passes Trek, Nepal’s ultimate trekking adventure, crosses three passes over 5,000m, providing incredible scenery and photos. Additionally, this popular trekking trail is located in the Khumbu region of the eastern side of Nepal, with a magnificent natural setting and several trekking trails to explore. 

About the Region

In the three passes trek, you are linked to all corners of the Everest region, high mountain landscape, lush meadows, and high passes alpine plateau. The three passes trek is 148 kilometers / 92 miles long, and it requires around three weeks of hiking for the round trip. However, solo independent travelers and small groups who trek in small groups have found the three-pass trek a more popular and desirable trek.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

TIMS permits and Sagarmatha National Park permits are required for treks in the Everest region. For those arranging their own trek, you’ll need to pick up their TIMS permit in Kathmandu and their Sagarmatha National Park permits in Monjo village (a checkpoint on the first day of their trek).

You will spend most of your time during the trek in small tea houses along the three-pass route as a trekker. They offer quite basic services and facilities, but the hospitality of the locals is exceptionally impressive.

Preparing For the Three Pass Trek

It is important to be aware that this trek starts at the height of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters or 18,192 feet. This high elevation can cause some individuals altitude sickness or difficulty breathing. Therefore, people with lung or other similar problems should refrain from participating in such an adventure or take necessary precautions.

Additionally, this trek requires you to walk regularly in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

There is no requirement for all of these materials for the journey mentioned above, but they make the journey much easier. The three-pass trek is quite popular among frequent travelers; many hotels, trek shops, and homestays provide these materials.

Three Pass Trek Itinerary

For foreigners, this trek starts from Lukla and ends in Lukla, so they need first to obtain a Nepali visa and arrive in Kathmandu. Then, once in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, they need to book flights to Solukhumbu’s Lukla Airport.

Today you enter the Sagarmatha National Park World Heritage site with spectacular views of high mountains, including the majestic Mount Everest.

On the next day's morning, we walk to Everest View Hotel for an acclimatization hike. In the afternoon, we visit the Sherpa Museum, explore Namche Bazar's local market, and spend the night there.

The trail now separates from the popular Everest base camp route and leads northwest towards the gorgeous village of Thame, where you will be staying that night. While you are there, learn about some of the local traditions and their connection with this mountain.

Today we will be returning to higher altitudes, climbing up to Lungden. Make sure you have your camera with you because as you go higher and higher, you will be able to see more and more of the snow-capped peaks in the region.

As we approach the end of our climb to Renjo La, we will encounter the first of the Three Passes - Renjo La. The route is gentle at the outset but will soon become a strenuous ascent. We get to an altitude of 5,388 meters on this day. Thus, you can use the magnificent views you will get at the top to motivate you. After the pass, we will descend to Gokyo Lake Number Three and then trek to Gokyo Village for the night.

Your first summit today is Gokyo Ri, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Cho Oyu. We start the climb early and then take the rest of the day to acclimatize. If you have more energy left, you might want to hike up some of the surrounding moraine ridges.

Gokyo is the starting point for the journey across the Ngozumpa Glacier. After reaching the second lake, we descend onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked with cairns, and the route is generally well defined. Finally, we climb off the glacier and descend into Tragnag Valley.

In order to cross the Cho La Pass and descend to Dzongla today, we must get up early. After climbing a ridge and crossing an old moraine, we begin the rocky scramble up to the pass. On the way down, we cross a small glacier that is fairly straightforward. We can also see more excellent views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse once we reach the river.

Leaving Pheriche and Tengboche, the Lobuche trail follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier, contouring above the Tshola Tsho lake to connect with the main Everest trail.

As we approach Everest Base Camp, we follow the Khumbu Glacier, which offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains, especially at the crossing of a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at Gorak Shep before continuing our trek to Base Camp.

To reach the trekking peak of Kala Pattar - the iconic view of Everest - we have to get up early in the morning. Then, after snapping some pictures, we head back to Gorak Shep for a quick meal and descend to Lobuche.

We hike for eight to nine hours on this day. Today, we leave the classic base camp route, reaching Kongma La, the third and final pass on the trip. At 5,535m, this pass is the highest among the three. We descend to the Chukhung Valley from here after a tiring climb.

The most difficult of the three peaks on our trek is Chukhung Ri, which we will climb today. There is a little easy scrambling near the summit and the excellent views. We descend to Dingboche.

Now that we have returned to the main Everest trail, we descend to Pangboche and climb to Tengboche. After Tengboche, we make a steep descent before climbing back up to Kyangjuma. There, we will spend the night in a lodge.

After traversing Namche Bazaar, descending Namche Hill, and crossing the Dudh Koshi, we will trek back to the village of Phakding, where we will spend the night during our return from the trek.

On the final day of the three-pass trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi down to Lukla on our final day of hiking. This will be the perfect time for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can reflect on a memorable hiking experience.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. However, the above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

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Tour of the Tsum Valley

Located high up in the Manaslu region of Nepal, near the Tibetan border, the Tsum Valley is one of the unknown and most isolated valleys in Nepal. It has an extremely Tibetan Buddhist feel, quite different from the surrounding countryside. It is a difficult trek to Tsum valley because of the difficult terrain. While visiting the valley, you will be surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Mt. Ganesh, which includes Mt. Sringi and Mt. Boudha. Unfortunately, the valley does not receive many tourists since it is so difficult to access.

Few outsiders have managed to reach this Promised Land in terms of trekking to the valley, and so many things about this valley remain a mystery. However, the off-the-beaten track to the Tsum valley offers you the opportunity to take an extraordinary hike on one of the most challenging trails in the world.

About the Region

Arughat is the starting point for this beautiful Trek, which follows the trail alongside the majestic Budhi Gandaki River, passing through dense forest and gorgeous villages to reach the hidden valley of Tsum. The small hotels in the region offer basic services and facilities, but the beauty of the wide landscapes and small villages is exceptional.

Buddhist traditions believe that the Tsum Valley is one of the sacred hidden valleys of Buddhism, a place of spiritual progress and old monasteries that remain active today. Historically, people in this valley have subsisted on agriculture and yak herds, traded with Tibet, and raised barley and tended yaks. The trails lead past square chortens and walls of stones hand-carved with Buddhist prayers.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

Mandatory permits are required for the Tsum Valley trek. The permit fee is imposed to protect the delicate ecosystem and culture of the region. MCAPs and ACAPs are also vital to the Trek. 

At the beginning of the Trek, the accommodation options consist of well-run hotels and lodges. As the Trek progresses, well-equipped hotels become more difficult to come by. These paths mainly consist of small teahouses and homestays.

Preparing for the Trek

The tallest point on the Tsum Valley trek is at an altitude of 3,700 meters. This may not be much elevation for frequent travelers, but it is still quite a change for newcomers. In addition, the Trek requires the explorers to walk for multiple days. In addition, people with lung diseases should refrain from engaging in such activities or take precautions before doing so, as the high altitudes at such altitudes are extremely difficult to adapt to. Further, altitude sickness may occur at such high altitudes.

We recommend that you bring the following items to your Trek due to the cold at high altitudes for the Trek. Our group of mates brought these things on our first trip to Tsum Valley.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

These items can be quite useful during the Trek. You can, however, easily purchase these items at the starting point of the Trek if you forgot any of them, though the price will likely be higher than usual.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary 

In order to begin the Trek, we need to get to Arughat Bazaar. For foreigners, it’d be better if you get to Kathmandu after acquiring your Nepali visa. From Kathmandu, the road is paved till Dhading Besi, and then a gravel road takes you to Arughat. Furthermore, you pass the Trishuli River and the Rakhu River on your way.

From Soti Khola, you make a steep climb uphill, passing rural settlements like Armala, Lapubesi, and Khani Besi. These settlements are populated by the Gurung people, who live a unique lifestyle. As you travel through the route, you can also observe the unique landscapes and the unique flora and fauna. Finally, we stayed overnight at Machha Khola.

Today, the trail leads you across the Machha Khola and upstream along the river's edge. After crossing Tatopani, the trail leads to Dovan through a wooded area. As you continue along, you will have views of Ganesh Himal at 7,429 m and Himalchuli at 7,893 m. We stay overnight after we reach Jagat after five to six hours of hiking.

On the fourth day, the crisp morning breeze greets you as you make your way to Sirdibas and enjoy the landscape's views. As you continue up the winding trail, you pass the Gurung and Magar settlements in Philim on your way to Chisopani. The Trek follows the Budhi Gandaki River during the day and ends at Chisopani.

From Chisopani, you cross a gorge and travel through a forest of rhododendron and pine trees before heading down to Tsum Valley. Up ahead, beautiful Lokpa village can be seen, and from here, you descend to Lungwa Khola. Further along the way, the trail leads you along the serene Siyar Khola to Chumling. You spend the night there.

From Chumling, the trail passes Rainjam to reach Sarpu Khola and then descends into the hidden valley of Tsum. Ganesh Himal (7,429 m) is visible from the suspension bridge across the river. At the end of the steep climb, you will arrive at the village of Chhokang Paro. Before arriving at Chhokang Paro, you can visit a micro hydropower plant. Finally, we stayed at Chhokang Paro for the night.

We hike from Chhokang Paro on the seventh day, to Lamagau, before walking to Rachen Gompa. We continue through several villages, passing Chhule village and crossing towards the Nile.

We head towards the highest point on the Trek on this day. First, we cross close to the Tibetan border in today's trail while walking through a valley. Then, we go to the Dhepu Doma Gompa (monastery) before continuing to their overnight accommodation at Mu Gompa.

In today's 7 to 8-hour Trek, we head to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, where we are rewarded with fantastic views of the enormous Ganesh Himal. We then are driven back to Mu Gompa for the night.

Our Trek today is about 5 to 6 hours through a greener part of the country. First, we descend through the lower Tsum valley to Chumling, where we spend the night.

Today, we travel toward Lokpa, passing the beautiful Samba Falls. After that, you will find yourself on a flat trail leading off from Lokpa. Then, if you like, you can enjoy the sights of the diverse flora and fauna in the Manaslu Conservation Area. Finally, we arrive at the destination of our journey, Philim Village, where we will stay the night.

You descend the trail to Sirdibas and reach Jagat. Then, you descend even further to Yaruphant and continue on to Dovan. Soon, you get to arrive at the natural hot springs of Tatopani, where you rejuvenate yourself by enjoying a bath in the hot springs. This water is also believed to have healing properties. Then you hike on a zigzag path to Khorlabesi. Finally, we spent the night at Khorlabesi.

On this day, as you cross the Thado Khola, you descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. You walk alongside the river until you reach Lapu Besi. As you trek on, you admire the untouched beauty of waterfalls on either side. Continuing along the Budi Gandaki ridge, we pass through Khani Besi, Liding, and Soti Khola before arriving at Soti Khola, where we spend the night.

The last day of trekking takes you over the ridge of Kuerepani and down to a waterfall. Then, you pass through the Magar and Gurung villages of Kokhetar and Dhodehi as you continue trekking to Arkhet. Following the bridge crossing Arkhet Khola, the walk ends in Arughat, passing by the hydroelectricity plant.

In the end, we can follow our steps back home from Arughat. First, do not forget to acknowledge and cherish all the beautiful moments and gorgeous sceneries you experienced during the Trek as you return home.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. I hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting!

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Ghale Gaun Trekking and Homestay Tour

Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience.

Therefore, a large fraction of the thousands of people are faced with choosing which trekking destination to explore in Nepal every year. Although it sounds strange, choosing your favorite Trek may actually be easier done in your home country than in the bustling trekking and tourist areas in Nepal, where dozens of trekking agencies are bound to give you different opinions about what Trek is the perfect one for you. And, if you were in such a problem, we’ve got your back. 

Would you like to explore beautiful places, experience the homestay, and take the less traveled route? At the foot of Lamjung Himal (6932m) in north-central Nepal, Ghale gaun Homestay Trek offers the best trekking experiences. It is one of the best trekking areas in Nepal.

About Ghale Gaun

Visitors who want a taste of Nepal’s culture can stay at Homestays Ghale Gaun Village. Located near the foot of the Lamjung Himal in north-central Nepal, Ghale Gaun is a pretty village dominated by Gurung communities. There is a very famous trekking route and a very scenic beautiful village called Ghale Gaun, where around two hundred local houses are situated.

There is a museum that shares the history and tradition of the people and the Village. From the British Army or currently in the British Army, many former Gurkha soldiers are known as Ghale Gaun members.

This Trek is not only about discovering the local lives of Nepalese people but also provides breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna I, Himalchuli, Mahhapuchhare, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Buddha Himal, and more. Villagers greeted the tourists with warm greetings, wearing their traditional costumes.

Attractions

The main attractions of the Ghale Gaun Village Homestay Tour include local food, handicrafts, the Gurung Museum, Gurung Culture, and scenic mountain views.

As part of the ‘Ghale Village Homestay’ program, tourists are given an opportunity to live in villages such as Nandighar, Pasagaun, and Ghalegaun and get a glimpse of village life in Nepal. As well as observing and participating in their day-to-day activities, we visit another village near Ghale Gaun, Ghanpokhara, which is staying at home.

‘You will walk an hour to reach Ghale Gaun. Tourists have historically trekked to the Annapurna region. However, the stormy season streets around Ghalegaun are not ideal. Tourists are, however, encouraged to explore contemporary provincial life every season.

Ghalegaun Trek Itinerary

We here at Pokhara Info strive to make your Nepal experience the best possible. We have a great package for the GhaleGaun trekking trip as well. The Trek lasts for six to eight days depending upon your wish. However, our general itinerary is illustrated below.

There are many monuments in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, showing the excellence of Nepalese art and culture from ancient times. These monuments include the famous Durbar, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Swayambhunath stupa.

The number of locations to see in Kathmandu is so great that you will not be able to see them all in one day. However, we'll make sure that you don't miss the most popular attractions.

We will be going by bus to Pokhara early in the morning after breakfast. It will take approximately 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara, which is a beautiful city on a lake. While you are traveling by road, you can enjoy seeing Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and more.

A visitor may also enjoy the seven other lakes of the region, including Begnas, as they arrive in the afternoon. In comparison to the easy underlying Trek, Nangidhar and Pakhrikot now have an extreme climb. You will see beautiful Gurung communities at an altitude of around 1900 meters. You will also see Serga's charming culture.

After breakfast the next day, the hike starts with a few hours of walking and travels through wildernesses, waterfalls, bird chirpings, and after a slide for 2 hours for lunch at a point marked Garden.

We constantly try to get to Pasagaun town as soon as lunch is over. It differs enormously from Nangidhar or Pakhrikot. Moreover, even the nutrition is better here, and the beds are also more comfortable.

In the morning, you will descend approximately three hours to Bhujung and ascend another two hours. You can stop for snacks, lunch, or even spend the night there if you like. Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara is about 2 hours after Bhujung. The city has minimal infrastructure and a dense population, making it very interesting from the bottom up. Located around 2,016 to 2,050 meters above sea level, this charming city of Gurung is magnificent.

Not to mention, the picturesque mountains can be appreciated from here, especially in the morning when the sky is clear. While in the Village, after dinner, you can enjoy a cultural performance by the local dancing group, which includes mountain dance, music, and songs, which make your visit memorable. Be sure to take in all the charm of the Village and the performances as well.

The downhill portion of the hike takes about four hours to complete. Lunch is consumed at Khudi after the downhill portion of the hike. If you're fortunate enough, you'll also be able to see untouched nature in this area, which is a birdwatcher's paradise.

The path leads through delightful timberland, which can also be a paradise for birdwatchers. Then, as we conclude the trip, we return back to Kathmandu, unless you decide to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. While you are here, you will enjoy the cultural show of Nepal in Kathmandu in the evening, relax in your hotel, and explore nearby places. You can also wander around Thamel at night, which is an ideal place for evening strolling.

After completing the Trek, rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you encountered during the Trek while on your trip back home. It certainly deserves its reputation for its rich culture, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to the Ghalegaun an unforgettable experience.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, When you are ready to start adventures in Nepal, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. I hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting!

 

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A trek to the Everest Base Camp

One of the best activities to partake in to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful hills and mountains can be planning a trek with your friends or family. In addition, a trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest peak is just as wonderful as it sounds. As far as you might be concerned, Everest is more than just a mountain; similarly, the journey to the mountain’s base camp is more than just a mere trek.

Why should I Trek to the Everest Base Camp?

It’s no wonder why Nepal is one of the top traveling destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The enthralling beauty of Nepal lets travelers experience heavenly experiences without having to travel to heaven itself.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to travel to Nepal in the near future or are originally from there, you may be surprised to learn about all the places you can travel to get the best out-of-doors experience.

For regular people, a wonderful trek to the Gokyo Lake or Annapurna base camp or hike the Shivapuri national park might be a good escape from week to week workdays.

However, the Everest Base Camp trek allows a traveler of any experience level to experience a challenging yet physically and spiritually fulfilling journey that’s not easily available in our time. Not to mention, you’d be able to physically spectate the gorgeous hills, villages, and mountains along the way.

How do I prepare for the Everest base camp trek?

Before you embark on this journey, you need to consider that this trek starts at an elevation of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and ends at an elevation of 5,364 meters or 17,598 feats. This extreme elevation might cause altitude sickness or breathlessness.

Thus, people with lung problems or other similar problems should avoid or take all the necessary precautions before taking on such an adventure.

Additionally, this trek requires you to walk continuously in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

Though all of these are quite necessary for the journey, as mentioned above, not all of them are a must. Everest base camp trek is quite famous among frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays provide these materials for a higher price than the usual price. Similarly, you can opt to get your food at any place during your stay there as per your liking.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

The Everest base camp starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla. Thus, for foreigners, you need to acquire a traveling visa from the Nepal government and get to Kathmandu initially. Now, if you’re in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, book a flight to the Lukla Airport in Lukla, Solukhumbu.

Now, after you reach Lukla, your trek starts. About a 12/14 day’s journey would be enough for an average healthy person to complete the trek. And during the end of the day, stay at multiple homestays available in the areas mentioned below as per your liking.

From Phakding, start the hike to the beautiful Namche Bazar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. After reaching there, booking a hotel or a homestay for two days would be ideal. During those days, your body can adapt to the weather and altitude of the area.

During the second day in Namche Bazaar, a trip to the green village of Khumjung and Thame would be a great use of your time.

A trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche takes approximately 6 to 8 hours. Plan your day accordingly and enjoy the beautiful view of forests full of rhododendron trees along the way.

The trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche consists of rivers, bridges, and long paths with a mind-blowing view of the Himalayas. Similar to Namche Bazaar, it'd be easier for your body to stay at Dingboche for two days to adapt to the area's conditions. Do enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Dingboche while there.

During the second day in Dingboche, an excursion to the village of Chhukung and Nagarzhang would be a great use of your rest day. After this day, you can continue your trek.

The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche leads through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. This path offers stunning views of Nuptse on clear days. Be sure to take in every moment of your hike.

On day eight, you need to reach Nuptse via a difficult climb Khumbu Glacier. Furthermore, get past the Changri Glacier towards Gorakshep. Finally, you'll reach Everest Base Camp on the eighth day of the trek. Then, feel a sense of fulfillment and enjoy the day at Everest Base Camp.

When you wake up, a morning trek to Kala Patthar will allow you to view the stunning sunrise, Everest, and its surrounding areas. Later on, Start your descent back to Lukla via Pheriche.

After spending the ninth night in Pheriche, take a rest at Kyangjuma at the end of day ten.

On our way back to Lukla, we trek down from Kyangjuma to the small village of Monjo. Stay at Monjo for the night.

If everything goes as planned, the twelfth day will be your final day in the Solukhumbu district. After you leave Monjo, you'll reach Lukla. Since it's time to leave, be sure to take in the atmosphere of Lukla and the journey as a whole. Sightseeing, shopping, and relaxing can be a great way to finish off such a great adventure.

 

After an exciting couple of weeks, go back to your daily life with a memory that’ll last your lifetime.

About Everest Base Camp Trek

  • As one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal, the Everest base camp trek requires a good fitness level and activeness.
  • A small group of around 5 to 15 people would be preferable for the trek.
  • The minimum age requirement for the trek is 12 years.
  • This trek is of Teahouse style with simple hotels, hostels, or homestays available. 

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, a trek to the Everest Base can be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event for you. Due to its history, great views, and Sherpa culture, the trek certainly deserves its reputation. However, since the trek is so popular, the main trails are often quite crowded.

Even so, despite its popularity, Everest Base Camp deserves to be listed among the top treks in Nepal. If you decide to take on the journey, I wish you a pleasant trip through the forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills on the way to the Everest Base Camp.

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Street Food of Nepal

Every travel experience is all about the destination, the culture, the journey, activities, and most importantly, the food. No trip is totally complete without trying the local delicacies that a given place has to offer. Nepal is one such country that has lots to offer in terms of street food and local cuisine. Kathmandu’s street food is renowned for its diverse flavors, so savor them while wandering around the streets.

For interested travelers looking into planning a trip to Nepal, The following are some of the top food items a foodie can find in Kathmandu’s streets. On your next visit, be sure to try all of these mouthwatering dishes:

Momo

The most popular street food in Kathmandu is momos. Known by many names today, including dim sums and dumplings, momos are our own version of Nepalese food in Kathmandu. Street vendors, restaurants, hotels, and roadside carts sell these steamed dumplings filled with meat and flour.

The average Nepali consumes four plates each week. Besides the vegetarian variety, pork, chicken, and buff momos are available with equally tasty sauce or chutney. They can be consumed steamed, fried, or in a soup.

As the country’s most recognized dish, the momo is a dish that should not be missed when you find yourself in Nepal. You can find this staple food of the country in every house in Kathmandu. The red chili chutney served alongside makes this Kathmandu food stand out from the rest.

Chatamari

Chatamari is a dish made from rice, also known as Newari pizza. Previously made during festivals and special occasions, Chatamari is now a popular snack among Kathmandu’s Newar population. You can find mouthwatering Chatamari with egg or ricotta cheese toppings in a variety of small eateries and stalls.

Bara

Traditional Newari snacks such as Bara are healthy alternatives to other fast foods. They are made from yellow or black lentils and are fried to make them look like pancakes. They can be both deep fried or fried in the pan. Although it is a vegetarian dish, you can also add eggs and meat to it.

Thukpa

You will be craving something warm and satisfying when it is cold outside in Kathmandu. A hot bowl of thukpa is the answer. It is a Tibetan noodle soup with boiled noodles, broth, meat, and vegetables. Garam masala in thupka adds a little bit of spice and flavor.

However, there’s no special occasion necessary to savor this bowl of delight. It’s a portion of comfort food that can fill you up and give you a full meal by itself. You can find it in the local shacks of Kathmandu’s streets and in the city’s food trucks.

Sel Roti

Sel Roti is a sweet street snack available in Kathmandu. It resembles a slim doughnut and is usually made with rice flour, rendering the exterior as crispy and tender as the interior. With this dish and your morning milk tea, you’ll have the energy to begin your day to the fullest.

Although Sel Roti can be found on street vendors, it is usually prepared during the Hindu holidays Dashain and Tihar. Sel Roti is now the most popular sweet street food in Kathmandu. It is made from rice flour and can be flavor customized.

Sekuwa

When you love barbequed meat, going to a restaurant that serves Sekuwa is a wonderful option. You can easily find one place which has a grill outside its door. With so many spices, this food has a distinct Nepali flavor.

Roasted in a natural wood fire, Sekuwa is originally the traditional snack of the Limbu people in Nepal. Today, it is popular street food in Kathmandu, finding its way to the local stalls. Spices and herbs are mainly used in seasoning this meat dish.

Lakhamari

If you have a love for sweets, you will be delighted to find the Lakhamari on the streets of Kathmandu. It is soft, crispy bread made of flour, butter, and sugar. The Newar culture considers it an important sweet and presents it at their weddings. The treat is popular among all Nepalese ethnic groups nowadays.

Samosa

Similar to the samosa found in India, a takeaway snack is common on the streets of Kathmandu. The potato filling is usually tantalizing as the outer layer, which is flour-based, is crisp. Onions, ginger, peas, and chilis can usually be added to the stuffing. Samosa is commonly served in Kathmandu valley with chutney.

Pani Puri

You can find the most popular street food in Kathmandu in the form of pani puri. It’s essentially two elements- pani and puri. Pani is heavily seasoned water, while puri is a crisp, puffed, deep-fried bread. Before serving, the puri is dipped into pani and stuffed with potatoes, chili, and onion.

However, it can be very spicy. It is found in almost every part of the Asian subcontinent. Aside from Pani Puri, Dahi Puri is another popular street food in Kathmandu that is similar to Pani Puri, although it is filled with curd rather than water.

Alu Chop

It is a delicious Nepalese croquette made from potatoes that you can easily find at Nepalese shacks. It is served with tamarind chutney and is a popular street snack among locals and tourists.

Khajuri

Khajuri is a popular sweet available in different parts of Nepal and, of course, Kathmandu. Although they are made of wheat flour, ghee, and sugar, they are not overly sweet or oily. They are available in most bakeries all the time in Nepal.

Lassi

Despite its origin in India, Lassi is popular in Kathmandu. It is made of sweetened yogurt and topped with pistachio, raisins, and cashew nuts.

Samosa Chat

Kathmandu’s Samosa Chaat is a popular Indian snack. Samosas are split open and topped with tomato, onion, yellow peas, curd, and coriander. Spices such as chili powder, Himalayan salt, and cumin powder enhance the flavor.

Choila

Choila is traditional Newari street food in Kathmandu. It consists of a spicy grilled buffalo meal eaten with onion flakes and chiura and is hot and spicy. It is served with chicken, mutton, or duck and is mostly available in local restaurants.

Sadeko Gundruk

It is known as gundruk ko achar, a pickle made of fermented green vegetables. Gundruk is popular Nepalese street food and goes well with dal bhat and curries. Gundruk is made by fermenting green vegetables.

Yomari

In Nepal, Yomari is a special food celebrated with a festival named Yomari Punhi. It marks the finishing of the rice harvest season, and sweet yomari is consumed on this day. The fish-shaped sweet dumplings are made from rice flour and stuffed with sweet molasses or coconut.

Finally, while in Kathmandu on holidays during the winter season, you should definitely try Aloo Chop and Samosas while they’re hot, which are more affordable and can be obtained from street vendors.

Furthermore, It is possible to eat pure vegetarian food from many street food vendors and restaurants in Nepal, including Khas, Newars, and Thakali cuisine, all of which are popular.

Regardless of your preference, check out the variety of street food at local restaurants, street carts, and stalls in Nepal, especially Kathmandu. We do not know about every one of them, but you’ll certainly enjoy most of these amazing cuisines, and you might even want to take some home with you.

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Visiting Patan: Cultural Hub with Unique Options

The one thing most people think of doing in Patan, Nepal, is visiting every temple in the famous Durbar Square. Yes, there are some fantastic temples there, but there is much more to do here. The city of Patan is to the southeast of Kathmandu and can be reached by either a $4 taxi ride or a bus. We have visited Patan countless times and explored and experienced much more in this quaint little city.

If you have a few days remaining to spare, I recommend spending some time there. There are so many things to do and see, from art studios to archery classes. Here are some of my favorite things that’ll make you love this city as much as we do.

Furthermore, after a trekking trip in the Himalayas or while preparing for such a trip, you can enjoy your time in Nepal while strolling through the street of Patan and visiting the locations mentioned below.

Patan Durbar Square

Despite the fact that Durbar square is one of the main attractions of Patan, it surely deserves its fame. In addition to being one of the three Durbar Squares in Nepal, Patan Durbar Square is best known for its Newari architecture that dates back to 1637 and features intricate wood carvings and brickwork. You could easily pass many hours looking at them.

An important temple and a former king’s residence are located in the area, undergoing extensive construction after the earthquake of 2015. Although some buildings have scaffolding, you can also observe the rebuilding effort, which will feel fascinating.

The Golden Temple

In the twelfth century, the Golden Temple was built in praise of its golden color, hence its name. However, it’s also a monastery, so you’ll see lots of monks coming and going from here. Throughout Kathmandu, I’ve seen Hanuman depicted in many places, including within the temple’s courtyard and around its prayer wheels. In Hindu culture, Hanuman is the monkey god, so you can enjoy seeing monkey statues throughout the city.

Patan Museum

If you present your Durbar Square entry ticket, you do not need to pay to enter the Patan Museum. It is a fascinating and interesting place to explore, and you might as well adore the little garden behind the museum. You’ll enjoy the serene atmosphere, and a cute little cafe is also there. It’s a nice change of pace from the city’s sweltering heat, dust, motorbikes, and noise.

Seeing Hands Clinic

Seeing Hands is a social enterprise that helps blind people in Nepal become masseuses. I visited the location in Jawalakhel without an appointment and walked in. The sports massage I chose was amazing. My masseuse found and massaged every single sore muscle until I forgot it even existed.

Even though the massage was a real challenge, I could tell the masseuse knew what she was doing, and by the time I stood up, a lot of the pain in my shoulders and back had disappeared. You, too, will appreciate this detour you can choose while in Patan.

Strolling Around

When wandering around Kathmandu, it’s easy to stumble upon areas that are littered with garbage and devoid of beauty, but in Patan, it’s almost impossible to stumble upon a bad place. You can discover small beautiful squares with small places of worship in these little streets just off the main road.

You’ll love getting off the main road and going down tiny alleyways barely wide enough for a motorbike. You can get lost in these streets for hours on end without ever getting bored. Some lead you to little parks; others only lead you to turn after turn until you stay on the main road.

The Local Project Nepal

The emphasis at The Local Project Nepal is shopping from local companies with a conscience. I entered the store intending to take a few photos but bought three items. The items available there are reasonably priced considering the high quality.

House of Palates

In the next building to the Local Project Nepal, you will find the House of Palettes. A little art studio is open daily from 12 pm to 7 pm. The best thing about House of Palettes is that you can buy any size canvas (starting at 800 rupees) and use the space free of charge.

The studio is attached to Evoke restro (a restaurant and bar), so you can indulge in snacks and drinks while you work on your masterpiece. You can come back multiple times to finish your work without a time limit.

The Pimbahal Pokhari

There’s a pond off the beaten track called Pimbahal, and the temple behind it, Chandeswari temple, dates back to 1663. It’s a great place to relax and watch ducks swimming in the pond. You can also watch people at the temple as locals come and go.

If you visit in the morning, before it gets too hot outside, you’ll be able to sit and relax while you observe the daily life of Patan. I recommend you try the different flavored chips available in a shop near Pokhara.

Jawalakhel Handicraft Center

You can watch the rugs being woven by hand at Jawalakhel Handicraft Center. The center is attached to the Tibetan Refugee camp. The collection includes Tibetan rugs you can purchase if you wish.

Besides a community building with small handmade knickknacks, there is also a section with yak wool shawls and beautiful scarves. I bought a small jewelry box from the community building for 200 rupees, roughly $2. As the money goes to refugees, it’s a good place to buy souvenirs, and even small donations make a difference.

Mangal Bazaar

There is a street on the southeast corner of Patan Durbar Square, which sells a variety of local goods. You will find everything from metal dining sets to spices and traditional clothing. It’s a vibrant, beautiful street that’s bustling with people as locals buy everything they need for their homes.

Besides having these really interesting items, it is also a great place to find interesting items like Buddha statues, genie lamps, and bright fabrics. And the prices aren’t as high as the tourist shopping areas.

Labim Mall

You might wonder why to visit a mall. They’re available everywhere. Visiting a mall in another country may seem strange to you, but if you’ve traveled the world for so long, sometimes it’s nice to feel at home again. Additionally, it’s less intimidating than looking for something in Kathmandu or Patan’s narrow streets.

Perhaps you need a haircut from someone who speaks fluent English to avoid a bang disaster. Sometimes you need an ordinary pair of sneakers or a T-shirt that won’t lose its shape after a couple of washings. There’s always a time when a mall comes in handy.

Gallery Mcube

A cute little art gallery in a residential neighborhood near Patan Dhoka (the entrance to Patan), Gallery Mcube showcases local artists from Nepal. On arrival at the exhibition, most of the art on display was modern art, which provided a nice change from the typical street art one usually finds in tourist areas.

Artwork is available for sale, so if you want something unique and a bit less traditional to take home, this would be an ideal place.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Finally, the trip to Patan can be an extraordinary experience because of the stunning scenery, stellar views, thrilling Journey, and the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.

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Trek to the Dhaulagiri Circuit

Trekking in Nepal offers innumerable adventures, but perhaps the most challenging experience is the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek situated in the Annapurna Region, which takes the trekkers to the base of the world’s seventh-highest peak, Mount Dhaulagiri.

This trekking route offers the feeling of walking through a winter wonderland that includes snow-covered slopes, ice glaciers, and lateral moraines while enjoying scenic views of the majestic Dhaulagiri massif well as more than 100 peaks that are above 7000m.

Trekking along the Dhaulagiri Circuit passes through high alpine pastures, windswept peaks, unpopulated valleys, forests, and terraced hills. A circuit route around Dhaulagiri provides breathtaking views of the entire range and the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki.

About the Region

With an elevation of 8,167m, Dhaulagiri was once thought to be the highest mountain in the world until Kanchenjunga took that title 30 years later.

However, as everyone knows, Mount Everest subsequently took that title away! Similarly, in the late 1950s, a French team discovered the Dhaulagiri Circuit route; thus, the French Pass that leads into the Hidden Valley was branded.

During the circuit trail, you will pass through villages, terraced farming lands, rivers and gorges, glaciers, and steep moraines. You will have time to acclimate before crossing the high passes, enjoying the magnificent mountain scenery.

With its remote location and physical demands, Dhaulagiri is best suited to experienced trekkers with a sense of adventure and the necessary fitness level to enjoy the prospect of one of the most spectacular treks in Nepal. In spite of this, trekking can be much more thrilling for first-time trekkers.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

The entire Dhaulagiri Circuit is included in this permit-free trekking area, so you don’t need a trekker’s permit or guide. However, you’ll need a TIMS card and an ACAP permit, similar to every trekking destination around Annapurna.

Hotels and lodges are available at the start of the Trek, but there are much fewer well-equipped lodges further along. The majority of accommodations along these paths include teahouses and homestays. Furthermore, it would also be highly suggestible to bring along tents to set up tented camps throughout the Trek.

Preparing for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

During the Dhaulagiri trek, the highest point reaches 5,200 meters in altitude. This may not be much elevation for experienced trekkers, but it is still quite a change for those who have never trekked before. In addition, the Trek is lengthy and requires explorers to walk for a significant amount of time.

In this case, people with lung disease or breathing problems should avoid such activities or consider taking precautions before doing so, as such high altitudes are very difficult to adjust to. Furthermore, those at such high altitudes may suffer from altitude sickness.

Considering the cold, you may experience at Dhaulagiri due to the altitude. We recommend you bring along the following items with you to your Trek. These are the items our group of friends brought along with us on our first trip there and also helped a lot.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wear
  • Water bottles and thermoses
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

Although these materials are necessary for this Trek, they are not mandatory. However, due to the popularity of this Trek, many hotels and homestays do offer these materials, though at a higher price.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

The Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp can take from 12 to 20 days, depending on how fast you’re willing to hike each day. If you are not from Nepal, you must first obtain a Nepalese visa and visit Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you can either book a flight or travel to Pokhara by bus or private vehicle.

Pokhara is the point where you start the Trek, and it takes you along the Myagdi River on its journey past the dramatic landscape of the Kali Gandaki gorge.

The Trek today takes us through the villages of Takum and Sibang. These are prosperous areas with much-terraced land, which grows rice and wheat. We will see many traditional villages framed by mountain views during the hike.

Next, we continue our journey to the village of Muri after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dhara Khola, which is home to mostly Magars. Finally, we rest for the night in Muri.

We walk from Muri to the bridge crossing over the Muri Khola. We walk through forest clearings, fields, and farmhouses along the way. A little further north, the hill slopes steeply, and some sections of the trail are steep. Then, we camp at the Boghara village.

From Boghara, the trail follows the west shore of Myagdi Khola. We hike through a forest along an undulating trail. Watch out for large bee nests where the locals collect honey above the trail. After lunch, we walk in the forest until we can see several teahouses and campsites in a clearing at Dobang.

From Dobang, we hike through dense, lush vegetation, passing through ferns, bamboo, and rhododendrons. Finally, we travel over a cantilever bridge to the east bank of the Myagdi Khola, where we camp in a clearing called Sallaghari. The fifth day consists of about five hours of total hike.

After leaving Sallaghari, we walk through a forest of pine trees, rhododendrons, and birch trees. Above the tree line, we see heather, juniper, and azaleas before ascending to Italian Base Camp.

From the high above camp, you can see the impressive west face of Dhaulagiri. To the east is Tsaurabong Peak. At 3,660 meters of elevation, the altitude might get to you. So, we suggest you take a day off to acclimatize and adapt to the area.

The hike descends steeply from Italian Base Camp to the glacier, where in the past, we would set up a rope for the group and trek crew, although the trail has recently been improved.

We reach the glacier camp at 4,200 meters on the eighth day of the Trek. Due to this altitude difference, we need to take the ninth day off to acclimatize.

After climbing up a rough trail along the moraine-covered glacier, we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The view from the base camp is impressive, with Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and Little Eiger. Further to the west, we get to see the stunning Dhaulagiri II (7651m) and IV (7620m). In spring, good numbers of mountaineers are likely to climb Dhaulagiri.

As we ascend to high altitude at a slow pace, we allow time for the body to adjust for another extra day. Your group must acclimate to camping at Hidden Valley at 5,000 meters.

Leaving Base Camp, we walk along the moraine strip, crossing the upper Chonbarden glacier on our left. Then, we follow a moraine ridge towards French Pass. From here, we can see Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche peak.

As you descend from the pass, we descend the steep snow slopes into Hidden Valley. Finally, after a long descent, we arrive at the camp beside the river not far from Dhampus Peak.

Around Hidden Valley, several options for day hikes are available. One of the best options is hiking up the ridge on the northwestern side of the valley. At the highest point on the ridge, you can see the amazing mountain views, including Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiris, and the Annapurnas.

The fourteenth day of the Trek is going to be a tough one. We hike for nearly nine hours to descend to Alu Bari. First, however, we enjoy a fine afternoon near the Dhampus pass.

Today, there is a long walk down to the village of Marpha located within the Kali Gandaki valley. Marpha is famous for its Buddhist monasteries, whitewashed houses, and paved streets. While there, one can enjoy a drink of apple juice in one of the lodges and get to Jomsom at the end of the day. We will stay at a lodge near the airport in Jomsom.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so. Finally, we will fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara before returning home. During the Trek and once you are home, make sure to cherish the memories you make along the trip.

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Visiting Bandipur: Underrated Gem in Nepal

Experiencing Nepal is a wonderful experience. It might be tiring, yet enjoyable to experience the real Nepal. There can be many things we might not know about the gorgeous nation before actually visiting Nepal. Taking bumpy roads over gravel or dirt, riding on motorbikes to avoid crowds in Kathmandu’s temples, and climbing high altitudes in the Himalayas are all part of the real thrilling experience.

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with traditional culture and a serene, pleasant day filled with rural walks, wildlife, and spectacular mountain vistas, Bandipur is a great choice. It is no wonder that we consider it one of the most beautiful destinations in Nepal.

About Bandipur

If you haven’t heard of this place, you will be surprised to learn it represents one of the most underrated cities in Nepal. It is a tiny town that is reached by climbing a particular road on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway.

Take time to relax, enjoy a cup of tea, and learn why Bandipur is one of Nepal’s top tourist destinations. It’s a visitor’s dream; it’s the perfect place to relax after trekking in Nepal, and it’s almost like it was built just for visitors! After becoming a trading post in the 1700s, it became a commercial hub for Tibetans and British Indians traders, a position it held until the Pokhara-Kathmandu route bypassed it one hundred years later. To tourists’ benefit, it has steadily become a center of Newari culture as well as a retreat from the city.

Bandipur is a perfect place to take a break since it is easily accessible from Pokhara and is one of the best places to visit in the Kathmandu Valley. Stopping here to escape those bumpy roads is a great way to break up long journeys.

Do not be fooled by the distance. Although it may appear short on the map, the road conditions and traffic will make travel time longer. The distance between Kathmandu and Bandipur is approximately 140 kilometers (it should take 5 to 7 hours), 73 kilometers to Pokhara (3-4 hours by bus), and 2.5 to 3.5 hours from Chitwan to Bandipur.

Draw of Bandipur

Bandipur is known as Nepal’s warm heart. It’s because of the wonderful hospitality as well as the relaxing location of the hilltop. Furthermore, there are several reasons why you should visit Bandipur during your trip to Nepal.

  • It is peaceful to see Buddhist and Hindu temples coexist. With no crowds, you can easily explore many temples.
  • Those who miss out on Kathmandu’s greenery, mountains, and pure air should plan a trip to Bandipur to refresh their lungs and spirits.
  • In addition to the wooden balconies and magnificent Bougainvillea trees characteristic of traditional Newari architecture, there are also a lot of cafés, restaurants, and places to stay.
  • You won’t have to haggle or wheel and deal with shopkeepers here, so you can roam around at your convenience during your free time without any pressure from them. The prices aren’t exaggerated here. You can eat, stay, and drink here for much less than in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • It is prohibited to drive on the main streets, including motorcycles. Thus, you can stroll down stunning cobblestone streets while admiring the traditional wooden and brick houses that are characteristic of the Newari culture.

Enjoying Bandipur

Bandipur has plenty to offer. While in Bandipur, initially, you can relax and appreciate the relief from Nepal’s hustle and bustle. The second category includes the following enjoyable activities:

Wander around the Temples: 

Numerous Hindu temples are located throughout the town of Bandipur, such as Bindebasini temple, at the north end of the Main Street or market. You can even find these temples on your own, even if you’re a first-time visitor. The temple is said to be dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Furthermore, you’ll appreciate the temple and the old wooden entrance that are decorated with intricate stone carvings.

Explore Siddha Guffa: 

You will need a guide to accompany you through the cave, which is 437 meters deep and 50 meters high and is one of Nepal’s largest caves. Start hiking halfway down Bandipur village hill for the Siddha Cave. The tour guide, who charges a modest fee, carries a lantern and guides you down ladders and along rope swings into the cave. The cave is decorated with stalactite formations, and whistling bats are often heard above the gloomy walls.

You can observe native prayer places and meditate at the swimming pool in the rainy season. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a headlight. However, this is not a trip for people with weak hearts.

Getting to Thani Mai Temple:

The stairway that leads to the hill above the town has a well-marked path and handrails. It is a beautiful walk when the sun rises in the morning or when it sets late in the afternoon. At the summit, there is a tiny Hindu temple of Thani Mai that is an excellent place for enjoying the views, although it isn’t a major attraction as others.

As you hike over the mountain range to Gurungche Hill, you will have a full 360-degree view of the entire area. The journey takes about 30 minutes, but it is a gradual, slightly strenuous climb yet mentally fulfilling.

Visit the Boudha Sadan Shakyamuni Monastery:

Also known as Bandipur Monastery, you can have some of the best times visiting the monks and Buddhist people in the monastery. Walking up the stairs past the main square would take you near the monastery; however, traveling up to the monastery is equally relaxing and enjoyable.

As we walked around during our visit to Bandipur, a monk living there invited us in for tea and informed us of plans for the monastery’s temple extension, and as a result, we ended up spending almost the whole day there. While meditating on the temple steps, he left us to gaze out at the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas beyond the horizon. The visit turned out to be a peaceful and spiritually fulfilling experience.

Hiking and Shopping at Bandipur Bazaar:

While hiking around the countryside in Bandipur, you’ll come across interesting houses and temples in any direction. Additionally, T-shirts, Newari presents, and refreshments are for sale. Since there is no haggling, you can roam as much as you want.

Enjoy Local Delicacy:

Bandipur has many tasty and fresh local places to eat. There are no fast food franchises here; instead, there are small eateries run by local families that are delightful.

Nepal’s most famous dish is Momos, and there is no shortage of them in this town. As you walk around, you’ll find a variety of fried and steamed dumplings. The most frequent and common dishes here are chicken, buffs, and vegetables. However, they are rarely offered by default and are typically requested ahead of time. Dhal Bhat is a tasty and filling traditional Nepali dish that includes rice, beans, lentil soup, pickles, and generally unlimited refills. 

While there, you can visit local restaurants such as Loving Spoon or Hill’s Heaven. Located a few blocks north of Bandipur village resort, Loving Spoon is a charming little eatery designed by its owner. The traditional Dhal, Bhat as well as momos here are delicious.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Finally, the trip to Bandipipur can be an extraordinary experience because of the stunning scenery, stellar views, thrilling Journey, and the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.

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Trip to the Sikles Village

Nepal offers heavenly experiences without visiting heaven, making it a top destination for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. Additionally, the district of Kaski in Nepal, along with its Pokhara valley and the nearby hills and villages, offers some amazing places to explore. Furthermore, would you like to experience an exciting journey on a short and easy trek in the Himalayas? Then the Sikles village might be the one for you.

As you trek through the Sikles trek area, you’ll see rhododendron forests, beautiful mountain ranges, and diverse landscapes. Sikles trek is one of the more interesting trekking destinations in the Annapurna area and quite unpopular compared to similar destinations. On the Trek, you will probably get to see Annapurna and Lamjung Himal up close after crossing 2,000 meters. You will also learn about the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and handicraft production of Huwu village and Khapuche Lake.

About the Region

Located in the Kaski district, Sikles village is a well-conserved village that lies on a hill at the height of 3,000 meters. It is one of the region’s earliest and largest ‘Gurung’ settlements. Furthermore, the villagers of Sikles village are mainly of Gurung ethnicity and consider themselves to be Nepal’s second-largest Gurung village.

During the Dashain and Tihar festival, the local youth are not allowed to play Nepali drums, perform folk songs, or dance until the festival is over. If not, it is believed that the god will get angry, avalanches will thunder down from the mountainsides, and something terrible will happen to the village.

And the Trek to this beautiful place takes you to the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is located above Madi Khola at an altitude of 1,981 meters. It is roughly a 5-hour bus trip from Pokhara.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

A permit is not mandatory for the Trek to Sikles village in northern Kaski. Still, the Trekkers Information Management System or TIMS card can be very useful on similar treks in Nepal.

Compared to other trekking destinations, the Trek to Sikles is relatively short. So, even on an exciting adventure like this, you will not be away from your own bed for too long. You will stay in small homestays and tea houses while on the Trek.

Favorable Time for the Trek

Despite the lack of altitude in the Sikles Trek, trekking is possible throughout the year. However, trekkers prefer to visit the village during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Sikles Trek is best enjoyed during the spring and autumn seasons. The spring season begins in March and lasts until May, whereas the autumn season begins in September and ends in November. There isn’t a lot of heat or cold during these months. Instead, the days are sunny and hot, and the nights are chilly. The skies are also clear, so you can see the best scenery.

The Sikles trek is least popular during the off-season from December to February. Similarly, visitors prefer to avoid the monsoon season as well.

Preparing for the Sikles Village Trek

As described earlier, the Trek to Sikles Village is quite short compared to other trekking routes in Nepal. Moreover, it reaches a height of 2000m, which may not seem like much to experienced travelers, but it is quite a change for first-time trekkers.

Additionally, explorers taking part in the Trek often walk for several hours daily. Thus, people with lung diseases should either avoid such activities or take precautions before taking part in them since high altitudes can be difficult to adapt to. Furthermore, these high altitudes may cause people to experience altitude sickness.

We recommend bringing the items listed below with you on your Trek for mild to cold weather at high altitudes. We brought these items with us on our first Trek to Sikles Village.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Backpack
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • First aid kit
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Energy bars

However, do not worry if you forget the items mentioned above. They provide great assistance during the Trek, but they’re not mandatory. And, if you decide to take them along with you at the last moment, trek shops with these items are available at the starting point of the Trek, though they are likely to cost more than usual there.

Itinerary and the Trek itself

The Sikles village trek can be done in two to six days, depending on how fast you and your group hike. Now, if you are not from Nepal, you must apply for a Nepali visa and travel to Kathmandu. After traveling to Kathmandu, you can then travel to Pokhara via a tourist bus or flight. From there, we can begin our trip.

The second day of the Trek requires you to hike for 6 to 7 hours altogether. You will make your way today from Kalikasthan to Lama Khet. First, you will start the journey with a slight climb on the trail. Then, we will pass through a small village home with mixed ethnic people until we reach Mardi Khola.

Next, we follow the path along the riverbanks as you cross Bhaise and Nawaldanda. After traversing these two small villages, you reach Lama Khet. Lama Khet is a gorgeous village surrounded by green hills where you'll stay for the night.

The fourth day is set for you to reach Sikles from Lama Khet. Today's hike will take you to the major attraction of this trip. You walk through flat terrain along the river bank as you leave the village.

You then reach Khilan Gaon and do a gentle climb. After passing through Parju Village, we can reach Sikles. You can rest overnight in one of the friendly lodges or homestays available here.

Today marks the fourth day of the Trek. We now head towards Neuli Kharka. This is a couple of hours away. First, we walk through forests filled with oak and rhododendron trees.

Furthermore, we reach Neuli Kharka or forest camp after passing through flatlands. This would be the place where we take rest for the night.

As you begin your walk, you find yourself in a beautiful forest of Rhododendrons. After crossing one high pass, you would descend to the town of Ghale Gaon. This is the second to the last day of the Trek, and you'll probably hike for five hours on this penultimate day.

This is the last day of the Trek. Today you drive towards Pokhara from Ghale Gaon right after making your way down the trails to Hyamgya. From Pokhara, we hope you have a pleasant trip back home, and remember to cherish your memories.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trekk(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies, and other factors that make traveling to a new place potentially nerve-wracking, no matter how many times you’ve done it. But remember to enjoy the Trek to the beautiful village of Sikles despite the difficulties you might face.

 

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Trek of the Kanchenjunga Circuit

Heaven remains a dream for many, but Nepal, a nation known for its beauty, is not far from being a very close second. Wandering through luscious green forests and trekking through beautiful rivers and gorgeous mountain circuits of Nepal can be a godsend for many adventurers and hikers alike. In addition, if you’re seeking out excellent treks in Nepal that you’ll look back on with pride at any stage of your life, then I’ve got the place for you. As one of my personal favorites, I could not endorse more highly the Kanchenjunga Trek for my fellow adventurers.

About

The summit, first climbed by George Band and Joe Band in 1955, has an elevation of 8,586 meters and is the third-highest mountain in the world. And the trekking route of one of Nepal’s finest Himalayas, Kanchenjunga, follows Nepal’s mountainous border with India and Tibet.

Our group of close friends took on this mountain of a task with almost no information about the place and stopped along the circuit trek. However, we made a guide based on our experiences and mistakes that will help you along your trek. Hopefully, when you decide to do the trek yourself, you won’t face similar problems we faced.

How do I prepare for the trek of the Kanchenjunga Circuit

The Kanchenjunga Trek includes places with aesthetic landscapes, beautiful yak pastures, and glaciers. Technically, the trip throughout the trek contains locations from an altitude of 91 meters to 5,143 meters. So, adapting to this difference might be a bit difficult for some people. 

Altitude sickness and breathlessness can result from this extreme elevation. Therefore, people with lung ailments should avoid such activities or take all precautions necessary before attempting such adventures.

Since this trek is around the third highest mountain in the world, the temperature can be a factor and a feature of the expedition. However, proper preparation in this cold climate is imperative. So, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Energy bar
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

The materials mentioned above are all quite necessary; however, they are not all a must. Kanchenjunga Trek is quite popular among frequent travelers, so many hotels and home stays supply these materials but at a higher price than normal. Similarly, you can opt to get your food at any place during your stay there as per your liking.

The Kanchenjunga Trek

Initially, foreigners need a Nepali visa and need to arrive in Kathmandu. Once you arrive there, or even if you are already in Kathmandu, you must book a flight to Bhadrapur Airport in Jhapa.

Upon arriving in Jhapa, we drive or take a bus to Ilam. After visiting the famous tea gardens of Ilam, we rest for the night. Afterward, we drive four hours to Taplejung, where your trek will begin. There are the same steps our own group prefers during the trek.

On the second day, we would hike for more than five hours. Trek to Chirwa contains big upward and downward trails, so be ready for it.

The trek goes through the Tamur River with several villages and rice, millet, and potatoes farms along the way. Finally, the village of Chirwa would provide a great resting place for the night.

Today would be the day we arrive at Taplechowk. When we check in with our Trekking Permit at the park gate of the suspension bridge, we can hike for the next four hours until we get lunch at Phembu.

Our camp is at Sekathum, where your first glimpse of the high Himalayas can be seen.

After the night at Sekathum, we pass through a thick forest along the way through a steep path towards Solima. There, we get our lunch. Walking through a narrow path up above a gorge, we reach Amjilossa, where we take a rest for the night.

Enjoy the walk through oak, bamboo, and rhododendron forest on your fifth day while ascending towards a place called Thyanyani. On the way, there is a walk downwards near Ghunsa Khola. Furthermore, after passing through a waterfall and a steep path for about four hours, I reached the destination of the day, Kyabla.

About a five-hour hike along the forest and the rocky paths would take you to Ghynsa village from Dybala. Located at three thousand meters in height, you need to adapt your body to the conditions of Ghunsa and the rest of the trek. Thus, you need to take a rest for the seventh day.

During your rest day, you can visit Tibetan villages near Ghunsa. Similarly, treks to a few local villages would be a great way to spend the day.

Leaving Ghunsa means we'll get to see Ghunsa Khola as well as chortens along the way to Rampuk Kharka at an altitude of 3,720 meters. The next road might be dangerous due to its susceptibility to landslides near Khambachen. When we finally reach Khambachen, the trek for the day ends.

As earlier, the ninth day is another rest day at an altitude of 4,100 meters. However, you can opt to hike to Jannu Shrine, which is a five-hour walk there and back.

Enjoy the view along the way to Lhonak, which is about five hours walk from Khambachen.

On the eleventh day, you'll reach the highest point on your circuit at 5,143 meters in Pangpema. You'll have to walk for about 7 to 8 hours on this day and finally reach Khonak passing through the north side base camp of Kanchenjunga. You'll rest at Lhonak for the night but be sure to enjoy the view during the day.

On this day, our trek will be mostly on our way back from the summit. At the end of an 8-hour trek, we will reach Ghunsa village mostly by hiking downwards.

We continue our Journey through a rocky forest near Sele La Pass at 4,290 meters. Furthermore, we'll reach High Camp at the end of the hike to view Mount Makalu in the distance.

On this day, the trek passes through places such as High Camp, Sinon LaMirgin La Pass, and Sinelapche La Pass at an altitude of 4,840 meters. Finally, a 1,000-meter walk downwards takes you to a village near Simba River, Tseram.

After enjoying the gorgeous view of Yalung Glacier, hike along the India-Nepal border and watch the peaks of Koktang, Rathong, and Kabrus. After a long day, you need to camp at Ramche.

Our Journey back to Tseram continues as we follow the trail along the river, passing through rhododendron forests to Tortoni. We stay at Tortong for the night.

On this day, you'll get to experience the mixed culture of Yamphudin. The diverse community of Limbu, Gurung, Rai, and Sherpa would provide you with exceptional hospitality that's surely rare anywhere else.

On our way to Mamankhe, we take a path high above Yamphudin.

We hike from Mamanke towards many small villages leading to Kande Bajhang to rest for the night.

We'll traverse a mountain ridge to Khunjari before descending to Pha Khola. We'll climb through Pokhara and Shimu villages to Thenbewa and then through the forest to Lali Kharka, where we'll spend the night.

Our trek of the Kanchenjunga circuit will conclude on the twenty-first day when we reach the Suketar airfield. From there, we will drive back to Bhadrapur, where we will fly to Kathmandu or your home city.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trekk(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, the trek to the Kanchenjunga circuit can be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience because of the stunning scenery and stellar views as well as the thrilling Journey, along with the warm hospitality of the locals. We hope you enjoy and take in every moment that you spend there.