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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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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.

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Gosaikunda Trek

Nepal is considered one of the best trekking destinations globally because of its scenic beauty and magnificent mountain views. Located in the Langtang region of Nepal, the Gosaikunda Lake Trek allows you to explore this beautiful lake on a short and adventurous trek north of the capital Kathmandu. The Langtang Gosaikunda trek combines one of Nepal’s easiest and most picturesque treks with a scenic portion along the Gosaikunda trail.

You will witness the views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Annapurna, and many others on this Trek. However, the climb up Luaribina Pass is quite challenging.

The Gosaikunda trekking trails include long, steep, and descending climbs, a sub-alpine deep forest with blue gentians, epiphytic orchids, and primroses as beautiful vistas of glacial mountains and charming villages. This Trek takes place in a less-traveled area than the Annapurna and Everest regions, allowing you to enjoy silently getting into the Himalayan peaks.

The Gosainkunda lake trek offers breathtaking views of the Langtang Himalayan range, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal as well. Not to mention, Gosainkunda Lake is also the source of the Trisuli River.

About the Region

At 4,380 meters above sea level, Gosaikunda Lake is an important Hindu and Buddhist religious site. As a pilgrimage site, Gosaikunda is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year during Janai Purnima. Here, pilgrims pray for the well-being of their loved ones and take holy baths. A trek to the lake makes for an unforgettable experience.

Additionally, the Gosaikunda lake is considered sacred in Hindu religious belief. People believe that the god Mahadev drunkenly felt thirsty due to the grief of his deceased wife. The legend says that Gosaikunda lakes were naturally constructed when he struck the rocks with his holy stick, and water came out.

Pilgrims of all ages attend the festival, but mostly middle-aged and the elderly come to take holy dips; however, many young people and tourists visit the lake to experience the amazing Gosaikunda Trek.

Permits and Accommodations

TIMS Card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit are required for the Gosainkunda trek since you enter Langtang National Park and walk through the Langtang valley. These permits mostly determine Gosainkunda trek costs. You need them both for legal reasons as well as to ensure your safety while trekking.

Additionally, the revenue from these permits is used to maintain and rebuild the safer trails. You can obtain the permits at either of the Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, TIMS cards can be obtained at Trekkers’ Agencies Association of Nepal and also at Dhunche, the beginning of the Gosainkunda trek.

Regarding accommodations, you can choose from various lodges and tea houses en route to Gosaikunda. Most of them provide basic amenities, such as hot showers and bathrooms. Some of the lodges provide WiFi as well. 

Preparing For the Gosaikunda Trek

As you will ascend to high altitudes in a matter of days on the Gosaikunda Lake trek, it is very important to adapt your body to the altitude as you gain altitude. Furthermore, taking part in the Trek requires participants to walk for many hours daily.

Therefore, people with lung disorders or breathing problems should either stay away or take precautions before participating in such activities since high altitudes are difficult to adjust to. Not to mention that altitude sickness can be a big issue for some individuals.

The list mentioned below is the list of items for our group on the Gosaikunda trip. Because of the cold conditions at high altitudes, we recommend bringing these items with you on your Trek.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Tents if you plan to camp by the shore of Rara Lake
  • 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

We have designed the Gosaikunda Lake Trek itinerary to keep you away from altitude sickness with ample rest periods in between walks.

The Gosaikunda Trek Itinary

Leaving Kathmandu in the early morning, we get to the Machha Pokhari bus station and then head to Dhunche, which is 2,030m/6,660ft above sea level. On the way, we will see scenic settlements and meadows. We will reach Dhunche in about 5-6 hours through a beautiful scenic route and along the Trishuli River.

Dhunche is the headquarter of the district of Rasuwa. When we arrive in Dhunche, we can stroll around the village and meet locals. After a wonderful evening with locals, we can stay overnight at a homey teahouse.

On our second day of trekking, we will start from Dhunche and hike towards Chandanwari. After hiking for approximately two hours, we will reach Deurali (2,500 meters), a small village, on our way to Chandanbari. The trail leads us to Dhimsa (2,900m) after 3 hours of hiking.

From Dhimsa, the climb becomes more difficult as the trail climbs steeply uphill through pine forests. The climb to Chandanwari is the most challenging part of the hike.

We will spend the night in Chandanwari after eating a hearty meal with lots of cheese in the evening.

This morning we will hike uphill to Gosaikunda (4361m) following our hearty breakfast in Chandanwari. Today's hike will be more tiresome than yesterday's. From the beginning, the trail gradually ascends. We will hike on a rough and narrow trail all the way to Gosaikunda. As we ascend, you will have to walk through barren hills and be exposed to cold breezes. Make sure you bring warm clothes.

We will trek for about an hour to two hours and reach Cholangpaty (3500m), where there are clear and close views of Langtang Ri(7205m), Manaslu(8163m), Langtang Lirung(7234m), and Ganesh Himal(7422m).

A further 2 hours of walking will lead us to Lauribinayak (3900m). From here, we can see the beautiful Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Masalu and Langtang Ri. Our next stop will be Sakyamuni's Hindu temple, which carries Hindu and Buddhist values. Another half-hour of hiking will take us to our first lake, Saraswati Kunda, then Bhairav Kunda, and the Mighty Lake Gosaikunda.

Our morning will start with breakfast at our hotel, and then we'll explore Gosaikunda before proceeding downhill to Dhunche via Lauribinayak, Dhimsa, and Deurali. Today is our last trekking day, so let's enjoy the views of the mountains, pine forests, and the delicious cheese of Chandanwari.

As we descend, hiking will be more relaxed and enjoyable. Several protected species of birds are also along the trail, such as Wood Snipe, Snow Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, etc. Finally, after hiking for roughly 7 hours, we get back to Dhunche and stay here for the night.

Our journey ends today. We will have breakfast in Dhunche after enjoying a wonderful rest in one of the tea houses. After breakfast, we depart from Dhunche on a coach to Kathmandu and take the scenic route passing along the vast Trishuli River, through meadowlands, and through picturesque villages.

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.