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Price: USD 1799

Activities: Trekking in Everest and Annapurna; and Wildlife
Duration: 19     Days
Holiday Style:
Accommodation: 7 Nights stay in Hotels and 11 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals:All Meals during Trekking Days and in Chitwan; Rest of the days Breakfasts only + Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Transportation:Private Car/Van/Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Holiday Grading:2

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Combining the two most famous treks of Nepal with Nepal's premier wildlife habitat, the Chitwan National Park, this trip offers a huge variety of scenery, flora, fauna and culture. The colourful villages, rich forests and rushing mountain streams of the Annapurna region offer an interesting contrast to the higher starker Everest region, home to the Buddhist culture of the Sherpas and the highest mountain on earth. In this trip we see some of the world’s highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

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Day 1          Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2          Trip orientation and full day sightseeing around KATHMANDU
Day 3          Fly to LUKLA
Day 4-9       EVEREST REGION
Day 10        Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 11        Drive to POKHARA
Day 12-15   ANNAPURNA REGION
Day 16        Drive to CHITWAN
Day 17        CHITWAN
Day 18        Drive back KATHMANDU
Day 19        Fly back HOME or extend your 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 transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO

Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU
In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a full day  tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour we will see the glorious Newari architecture of old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Last minute shopping can also be done this day. Welcome dinner in the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft) 2-3 hours trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla and set off on the first short trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi and then downwards into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding where we spend our first night. 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. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Acclimatize at NAMCHE; Trek to KHUMJUNG (3780m/12402ft); back to NAMCHE
We have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. To help our body better adapt to the high altitude, we can take short walks or climb few hundred feet during the day to have a look in the villages, houses, terraced fields and snowy mountains of Kwangde, Khumbu peak, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and the village’s big weekly event, the Saturday market to have fun mingling with the crowds and watching men and women in traditional attire.  This day, we start the climb through the U shaped hillside above Namche from beside the Gompa. In the way we see several snowy peaks of Kwangde, Khumbila and Thamserku and Tagi Tau and Pharchamo, Tip of Ama Dablam and Taboche and we reach a sign posted intersection from where we move towards right hand for Khumjung. Walking past a large chorten and a long mani wall, we reach a viewpoint to Everest “THE EVEREST VIEW HOTEL” for lunch, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar ( East ) peak, besides Thamserku , Ama Dablam and Taboche and then path drops to Khumjung past the Hillary School. Khumjung is famous for its gompa that stands in a grove of cedar in the upper part of the village where there is an image of the Guru Padmasambhawa, who helped establish Buddhism in Tibet, flanked by his two consorts. Inside the gompa is preserved a skull that lamas believe is that of the yeti, but was disapproved by scientists in US. We return back to Namche for night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek KHUMJUNG (3780m/12402ft)
This day, we start the climb through the U shaped hillside above Namche from beside the Gompa. In the way we see several snowy peaks of Kwangde, Khumbila and Thamserku and Tagi Tau and Pharchamo, Tip of Ama Dablam and Taboche and we reach a sign posted intersection from where we move towards right hand for Khumjung. Walking past a large chorten and a long mani wall, we reach a viewpoint to Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar (East) peak, besides Thamserku , Ama Dablam and Taboche and then path drops to Khumjung past the Hillary School. Khumjung is famous for its gompa that stands in a grove of cedar in the upper part of the village where there is an image of the Guru Padmasambhawa, who helped establish Buddhism in Tibet, flanked by his two consorts. Inside the gompa is preserved a skull that lamas believe is that of the yeti, but was disapproved by scientists in US. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft
As we head out of Khumjung, we can see Tengboche with its great monastery perched on a ridge, straight ahead. We climb rapidly down the stepped Tengboche path, descending through a forest of rhododendron and birch trees. The path eventually reaches Sanasa (3650m/12,045ft), a major trail junction where the Khumjung road meets the main Namche-Tengboche trail. The region is rich in wildlife: trekkers often spot musk deer, herds of blue sheep and the taur (Himalayan goat).The trail now begins a long and zigzag descend from Tashinga that finally brings us level with Dudh Koshi at a small settlement of Phunki Tenga. This ascend to Tengboche from here is surely the toughest climb on the trail so far taking about 2-3 hours. Finally after a bend, we can view the peak of Kangtegaa(6783m/22,383ft). As we climb further, a kaani gateway suddenly appears that means we have reached Tengboche. The Tengboche meadow is dominated by its monastery, one of Nepal’s largest. Tengboche’s fabled scenic beauty will take our breath away. The mountain panorama includes the entire gamut of lower and middle Khumbu peaks-Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, and Tengkangboche-besides the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge on the northeast with Everest just visible. This place can be best visited during Mani rimbu Festival in autumn when mask dances are held in front of the monastery for three days. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek back NAMCHE
From Tengboche, we retrace our steps down to Phunki Tenga, and then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek back LUKLA
Descending through Namche Bazaar, we pick up the trail again, following the Dudh Kosi south through rhododendron and pine forests, past Jorsale, Monzo and Benkar to Chaunrikhara. Here we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Fly back KATHMANDU
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.  Meals: Breakfast


Day 11 Drive to POKHARA; Drive to NAYAPUL & Walk to BIRETHANTI
We depart Kathmandu early in the morning and head towards Pokhara. After leaving The Kathmandu valley we head westwards along the Trisuli Valley. We get superb views of the mountains as we follow the river to Mugling. Continuing we stop for lunch in one of the roadside cafes before reaching Pokhara. A short drive brings us to the road head at Naya Pul, from where it is a short walk to Birethanthi, a large prosperous village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to GHOREPANI (2750m/9023ft)
Following the trail through main streets of Birethanti, winding through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole we reach Sudami beyond a pasture used by caravans. We climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille and about 15 minutes above Hille is the Tikhedhunga. Crossing the Tikhedhunga Khola on a suspension bridge, the trail drops and crosses the Bhurungdi Khola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps which continue to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m) and climbing gently through the pastures and cultivated fields the trail makes its way to deep forests to reach a hamlet of Banthanti. Crossing the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests the trail passes through two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream before making final climb to another Magar village of Nangathanti (2460m). About an hour past this village we reach Ghorepani where we can see eight different species of Nepal’s national flower rhododendron in the hillsides below Ghorepani. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek to POON HILL (3210m/10532ft); Trek to TADAPANI (2710m/8892ft)
After about an hours climb in the morning we reach Poon Hill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I ( 8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke  Kang (7193m). Climbing just a little further beyond the viewpoint, the trail descends a bit and then goes through series of ups and downs through the forest of bamboo, rhododendron and birch to reach a hamlet of Deurali which also has a viewpoint tower some 200m/660ft above the hamlet. Beyond Deurali, crossing through the slippery stretches we reach a stream and taking the path above the stream. Crossing the bridge over the stream we climb steep stone steps with iron railings and reach the hamlet of Banthanti. The path drops steeply down now through the dense forests and crossing the bridge in the stream climb steep stone steps to reach Tadapani which offers an excellent ringside view of the entire region with a ring of mountains.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to GHANDRUK (1970m/6464ft); 2-3 hours, 720m descent
The Ghandruk trail descends steeply through forests to Bhaisi Kharka from where we take the right hand trail that makes a short steep descent among rocks to a stream crossing, and then leads out on a ridge towards Ghandruk. The trail reaches the top of top of Ghandruk and descends on stone steps into the maze of the village itself. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal framed by outstanding views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to NAYAPUL 3-4 hours; 1000m descent; Drive to POKHARA
We take the main trail that leads to south dropping at first on a staircase, and then traversing high above the river on a stone paved trail. We cross a stream at Chane (1690m) and continue to Kimche (1640m) and follow the ridge downhill to join the Modi Khola at Syauli bazaar (1140m). From here on the walking is flat and following the river valley through a lovely birch forest and rice terraces we reach Birethanti. Now walking 30 minutes on a rough and rocky road takes us to Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Drive to CHITWAN
After breakfast we head west to Chitwan National park, one of the best managed parks in the world, which is approximately 160km and takes 4-5 hours from Pokhara. We enjoy lunch at a lodge and participate in various jungle activities such as an elephant safari, jungle drive and a nature walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 CHITWAN
For watching wildlife, birds and the rare species of flora and fauna we can either go for Jungle Safari deep into the park in a four wheel jeep or on walk or choose an altogether relaxing way on a canoeing trip on the Rapti or Narayani Rivers or by elephant riding which is much thrilling rather than comfortable. Moreover, we can head for exploring surrounding Tharu villages.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Drive back KATHMANDU
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu arriving in the afternoon. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 19 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.     4 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.

03.     7 Nights in Lodge/Guest House during Everest Trek.

04.     4 Nights in Lodge/Guest House during Annapurna Trek.

05.     1 Nights in a Hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.

06.     2 Nights in a Hotel in Chitwan including breakfast.

07.     Airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu with departure taxes.

08.     All ground transportation in private Car/Van

09.     All meals, accomodation and all activities in Chitwan.

10.     An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.

11.     Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
12.     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trek.
13.     Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
14.     National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest and Annapurna Region
15.     Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
16.     ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you


Trip Cost Excludes


01.    Nepal entry visa fees.
02.    International airfare and departure tax.
03.    Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
04.    Travel insurance including evacuation.
05.    Lunch and dinners except welcome and farewell meals.

06.    Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.

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

Palaces, temples and stupas in Kathmandu Valley; Breathtaking views of High mountains in Everest region, Monasteries and Tibetan Culture, Sarangkot Hiking; three days trek to Poon Hill viewpoint and Gurung villages, Wildlife in Chitwan National Park


Trip style

This trip starts from the sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. We make a trip in Everest region and then Annapurnas and drive to Chitwan and finally back to Kathmandu. We will be staying at night in hotels and lodges all in the way. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with great views.


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.


Group Leader Description

All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our 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

All Breakfasts, welcome and farewell Dinners and all meals while in Chitwan.

Meals

Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. There are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.


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.


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.


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

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

Tipping  Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for 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.


Feedback

We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback


Newsletter

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We Want Your Photos

Every travelers have fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection


Departure

Everest, Annapurna & Chitwan– Date and Prices

www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/dates & Prices


THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!