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Price: USD 1960

Activities: 11 days trekking/climbing
Duration: 15     Days
Expedition Style: Active
Accommodation: 3 Nights Hotel stay in Kathmandu; 9 Nights in Guest House; 2 Nights in Tented Camps
Meals: All meals while climbing/trekking days and rest of the days breakfast only
Transportation:Private vehicles/Flights
Service Level:Standard
Altitude:6,189m (20,306ft) at Island Peak
Expedition Grading:5

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» Island Peak Aggressive Climb



At 6189m, Island Peak is one of the smaller but challenging trekking peaks that lie in the Everest region in Nepal. The reward for all this exertion is an unparalleled view of Ama Dablam and the south face of Lhotse. The peak sits at the end of Chhukung Valley, accessible from Dingboche taking a short route without proper acclimatization days. So the aggressive climb itinerary is designed for those who have good physical fitness with prior mountaineering experience but have the limited time frame

You will be given a practical rock climbing course in Kathmandu before taking an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley through series of Sherpa villages from Phakding, Namche, Tengboche and Dingboche to reach finally to Chhukung which we use as our base for making a challenge to the peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung along the Lhotse Glacier, passing the bloated waters of Imja Tsho, we reach the Base Camp to prepare for the challenge. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. We endeavor the summit (6189m/20306ft) after one night at the High Camp perched on the South West Ridge where magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen from the top.

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Day 1           Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2           Rock Climbing Course or Sightseeing
Day 3           Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft.); Trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft)
Day 4-7        Trek to CHHUKUNG & Prepare for the Expedition
Day 8-10       Climb to SUMMIT BASE CAMP (6189m/20306ft)
Day 11-13     Trek back LUKLA. Expedition Finish    
Day 14          Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 15          Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS

Start/End: KATHMANDU

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 2 ROCK CLIMBING COURSE or SIGHTSEEING

An expedition trip to Nepal involves slightly more preparation than average trips abroad. We take care that you should not be ill equipped, exhausted and unable to cope with the thought of climbing all the way. So we take you to Balaju, a natural rock climbing spot on a 3kms drive where you will be given the climbing course to provide you the opportunities to learn to use rope, harness, ice axe, crampons, although there is no snow. We return to Kathmandu for the night stay. Or you can opt for sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley if you feel you don’t need the course. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast


Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563 ft) 2-3 hours trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent

Early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks.  Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent

Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo,  we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent

From Namche we take the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chhorkung to reach the end of a bluff which is a viewpoint over a grand panorama of peaks, from Thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. From here we reach Kyangjuma (3550m) and a short walk from there takes us to an important trail junction at Sanasa (3600m) from where we take the trail to Tengboche that runs gently downhill towards the river.  This trail drops gradually to Lawichasa and on our descending way the thumb like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. From Lawichasa a narrow trail branches north to reach Tashinga (3380m) and now the trail drops down on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3250m) and then to a bridge. From the bridge the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. We might see musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees to eventually follow the path that reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche village which is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and rhododendrons. The focal point of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche monastery. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 Trek DINGBOCHE (4360m/14305ft) 3-5 hours; 70m descent, 580m ascent

From Tengboche we follow the trail through a forest of conifers and rhododendrons, keeping an eye out for monal pheasants and musk deer that leads us to a village of Debuche where we vsit Debuche Gompa which has some expressive old thangkas and murals painted on wooden panels. Debuche also has a small Buddhist nunnery on the east hillside. The trail continues through dense forest to reach Milinggo and then drops steeply to a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and climb the hillside opposite to a white stupa with Buddhist eyes and after a hundred yards we see a stupa that crowns an exposed bluff, mirroring the soaring tower of Ama Dablam at the end of the valley. East of the stupa is a footprint of Khumbu’s patron Saint Lama Sange Dorje. We soon reach Pangboche village that has the oldest monastery in Khumbu, Pangobche Gompa founded by Lama Sange Dorje. Following the Imja Khola the trial climbs towards the village of Shomare and crossing the treeline beyond this village we are walking up rolling arid stretch, an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures and fields and the yak grazing. Crossing through the yak pasture and herdsmen’s stone huts at Orsho and Tsuro Wog, we turn right where the trail descends to a point near the confluence of Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola. Finally climbing a low ridge we reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche which is a cold and windy place with sub-zero night temperatures even in summer. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 Trek to CHHUKUNG (4730m/15519ft)

On this day we follow an epic trail along the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement nestling among ridges of moraine. Mountains and glaciers surround Chhukung from all sides. It is here where we do final preparation for the challenge. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 Climb to ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP (4970m/16307ft) 3-4 hours

The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Stay over night in Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 Climb to ISLAND PEAK HIGH CAMP (5600m/18372ft) 2-3 hours

The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Stay overnight in Island Peak High Camp. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10 Climb to SUMMIT BASE CAMP (6189m/20305ft); Back to CHHUKUNG 8-10 hours

We start the climb to rocky gully early in the morning which is not much difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m (330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views we descend all the way to Chhukung for the night stay. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 5-6 hours

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja Khola, the trail climbs many carved mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12 Trek back NAMCHE BAZAAR

From Tengboche we move towards Phunki Tenga and now descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma and then finally to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13 Trek back LUKLA

Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14 Fly back KATHMANDU

We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Overnight at hotel.  Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 15 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.  Meals: Breakfast
Trip Cost Includes

01.  All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
02.  3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
03.  9 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
04.  2 Nights stay in Tented Camps during climbing days.
05.  Rock Climbing Course in Kathmandu.
06.  All costs for Alpine Club Leader, Sherpa, Assistant Trek Leader and porters.
07.  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trekking and climbing days.
08.  Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu
09.  Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu with departure taxes.
10.  National Park permits and TIMS Fees.
11.  Island Peak Permit fees.
12.  Garbage Deposit Fee.
13.  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags and General Climbing equipments that need to be returned to office after trek completion.
14.  ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you


Trip Cost Excludes
1.  Nepal entry visa fees.
2.  International airfare and airport departure tax.
3.  Bar bills and laundry.
4.  Travel insurance including evacuation.
5.  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals.
6.  Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
7.  Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.


Trip Highlights

The panoramic views of snow capped mountains in our flight to/from Lukla; insight into the Sherpa culture and their lifestyle; Island Peak Summit Base Camp (6189m/20306ft); close up views of mountains.


Trip style

This trip follows through the classical route to the SUMMIT BASE CAMP (6189m/20306ft)  where we will be staying at tented camps. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.


Service level

This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.


Dossier Disclaimer

The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.


Itinerary Disclaimer

Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Important Notes to know

This trip operates at altitudes over 2780m (maximum altitude 6189m). Whilst we travel slowly allowing plenty of time to acclimatize we may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one's tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too.  This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only and if you do want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM please let us know while you book the trip.


Group Leader Description

All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Group Size Notes

Max 14 & Min 2


Your Fellow Travelers

When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.


Meals Included

Yes! All meals are included except breakfast in Kathmandu.


Meals

Travelling with Alpine Club in this trip covers 3 meals a day while on camping expedition. Fresh cooked meals on full board basis will be provided by our experienced and trained cooks specially taking care that you get hygienic balance diet.  All three meals will be provided from the camp according to Alpine Club Menu.  Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the camp you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant location.


Transport

Private Bus, Car and van


Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.


Single Travelers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Accommodation

Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain


My Own Room

Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.


Joining Hotel

Kathmandu – Hotel Encounter Nepal

(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu.

Nepal

Tel: +977-1-4440476, 4440534

Fax: +977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com       email:encnepal@mail.com.np


Joining information

Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport in Kathmandu you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.


Arrival Information

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.


Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts

Personal

Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile

Pramod +977 98510 55970 Mobile

Office 9.00 am -5.00 pm Nepal Time +5.45 hrs +977 1

Hotel Encounter 24/7 (Kathmandu Hotel) +977 1 4440534, 4440476

Fax: +977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com      email: encnepal@mail.com.np


What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.


Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)

Photos for Nepal visa on arrival

Travel insurance (with photocopies)

Airline tickets (with photocopies)

USD cash and travelers cheques

Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)

Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and  Travel dossier

Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Day pack for daily personal items

Wet wipes / Moist towelettes

Hand sanitizing lotion

Alarm clock

Flashlight

Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses

Moisturizer, Lip balm

Insect Repellent

Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery

Tampons

Ear plugs for light sleepers

Small towel and swim wear (optional)

Toiletries (biodegradable)

Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals

Money belt

Shorts for summer months (June – September)

Long trousers

Hiking pants/track pants

Shirts/T-shirts

Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.

Umbrella or waterproof jacket.

Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.

Camera and film

Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.

Binoculars

Pocketknife

First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.

Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.


Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.


Visas

CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.


NEPAL - All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:

Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40

And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.


Destination Travel Guide

For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.


Extra Spending Money

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.


Money Exchange

American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.


Local payment if any

There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.


Departure Tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.

Tipping Custom

Tips are expected but not compulsory.  It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.


Tips while travelling

Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.

Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group

Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group

Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group


Must have Good Health

You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.


Safety and Security

Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.


Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice

We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.


Must Have Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


Responsible Travel

Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike.  We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by "Take a photograph & leave zero foot print" and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.


We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.


-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.


-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.


Associated Children Education Project

Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.


How you can help?

There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.


Respect Local Dress

In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.


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