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PRICE INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5545m
Duration: : 18 Days
Walking Days: : 15 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV

ACCOMMODATIONS
We will be staying at Hotel Manaslu, Moon Light hotel or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION REQUIREMENT
Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek is in spring (February to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

GUIDE & STAFF ARRANGEMENT
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

PORTER CARE
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s  trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENTS LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

SLEEPING BAG

  • 1 sleeping bag: -10° or -15° (*) 
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

 FROM HEAD TO TOE

  • A cap or sunhat
  • 2-pair of thermals
  • long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.
  • A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
  • A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*) 
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*) 
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers
  • Suitable shorts
  • Walking trousers
  • A pair of high rise walking boots
  • A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
  • Thick walking socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Hat and scarf

DAY BAGS/ SHOULDER BAG

  • 1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Female hygiene products
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

MEDICAL

  • Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

Booking Terms
Booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy  
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $60 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure date: your deposit, 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by deposit.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights : Kathmandu- Lukla –Kathmandu.
  • An experienced, English speaking guide, government-license holder.
  • Porter service : 2 participants-1 porter.
  • Assistant guide: 4 participants- 1 assistant guide.
  • Staff costs including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag : to be returned after your trip completion.
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Energy Supplies: Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty on your Trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits : National Park and TIMS.
  • Medical kit: carried by your trekking assistant guide.
  • Gamow Bag for your safety and security.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese team for your trekking.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charge.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower.
Date of departure Date of return
05/09/2019 22/09/2019
15/09/2019 02/10/2019
05/10/2019 22/10/2019
11/10/2019 28/10/2019
19/10/2019 05/11/2019
25/10/2019 11/11/2019
15/03/2020 01/04/2020
05/04/2020 22/04/2020
11/04/2020 28/04/2020
19/04/2020 06/05/2020
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  Everest Three Passes Trek takes you the three high passes in the Khumbu (and Everest) Region of Nepal. It is a popular trekking route preferred for high-altitude adventurous trek in the Everest Region. “La” in the local language means a pass. The three mountain passes you will be crossing in this trip are Renjo-La Pass (5,388 m), Cho-La Pass (5,380 m), and Kongma-La Pass (5,545 m). Passionate adventurers frequent these trails, who also visit Everest Base Camp and the vantage point of Kalapathar. In addition, you will see the emerald waters of Gokyo, a system of several lakes in the Everest Region.

The trip to the high passes begins with flight to Lukla, followed by a trek into Sagarmatha National Park. Trekking through the Dudh-Koshi river, you will reach Phakding, Lukla and beyond. An essential attraction on the trek is Kalapatthar – a Himalayan vantage point that no trekker to Everest should miss. Next up is the Everest Base Camp – a place of perpetual dreams for aspiring climbers. You will also trek through icy valleys and villages with unique culture, and stay in their hospitality.

As you trek up in altitude, in every significant stop you will notice the thinning of vegetation. However, at lower altitudes, you will go through rhododendron bushes and alpine forests. As for the fauna, you might encounter the musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and the elusive snow leopard. Albeit thin, at lower altitudes there’s still a chance of seeing the langurs, Himalayan Tahrs, and probably the Himalayan wolf. Apart from these, this region which lies in Sagarmatha National Park, is home to more than a hundred species of birds. So, make your camera ready as you might spot some beautiful avians here and there along the route.

This scenic trek requires good fitness levels and ability to walk on rough mountainous terrains. You will walk daily around six hours on average but you won’t need technical skills while crossing any of the three passes. All you need is stamina and a regular walking habit. For acclimatization purposes, we have included enough days for rest and rejuvenation. This trip is best taken in summer and autumn. This is one of the best-value treks from Discovery Mountain – for a memorable experience in Nepal.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL (1365M)

After your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, we will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the evening around Thamel.

DAY 2 :FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PAHKDING (2610M) 35M FLIGHT 3/4H TREK

After breakfast, get on a pre-booked 30-minute flight from Kathmandu. This scenic flight will take you to Lukla, where your trekking guides will receive you at the airport. An easy trek of around three hours will bring you to the village of Phakding at the banks of Dudh-Koshi river, where you will stop for the night.

DAY 3 : TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 10KM 5/6H TREK

Begin an early trek along Dudh-Koshi, criss-crossing it several times. Today the destination is Namche Bazaar, the fabled village in the heart of the mountains. The trail is initially lined by views of Mt. Thamserku, and on a really clear day, even Mt. Everest is visible in the distance. As you reach closer to Namche, you will find the trail winding up with approaching views of Everest-Nuptse Wall, Mt. Lhotse and several other peaks. Once at Namche, relax in a hot bath, surf the Internet, enjoy a cup of cappuccino and then call it day.

DAY 4 :ACCLIMATIZE AT NAMCHE BAZAAR

Take a day off at Namche and enjoy the quiet lifestyle in stark contrast to your regular routine. In the morning, have a hearty breakfast with views of magnificent peaks. Later in the day, take short hikes in and around the town – and savour the beauty that is Namche. This is an important day of rest as it will help you acclimatize at the altitude and help you warm up the muscles for an exciting expedition ahead.

DAY 5 : TREK FROM NAMCHE TO THAME (3825M) 5/6H TREK

Thame is a little valley that is less frequented by trekkers. We recommend traveling through Thame for unique views of the mountains as well for the serene environment it has. The trekking duration is around five hours through an easy trail. Walking along the river, we will pass some villages and hills before arriving at Thame for the night at an altitude of 3,800 meters. A side note: this is the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the partner of Edmund Hillary who jointly scaled Mount Everest for the first time.

DAY 6 : TREK FROM THAME TO LUNGDE (4350M) 5/6H TREK

The trek from Thame to Lungde takes around six hours at a normal pace. Starting early after breakfast, we will gradually ascend through the landscape. En route we will enjoy the views of the peaks nearby. In fact, they are so mesmerizing that you’ll feel like walking above a sea of mountains and clouds. The inspiring views will occupy a significant duration of the trek to Lungde. The yak-trail to Lungde is also the current trading route of Namche to Tibet. At an altitude of 4,350 meters, Lungde is where we will stay overnight.

DAY 7 : TREK FROM LUNGDE TO RENJO LA PASS (5360M) TO GOKYO (4790M) 8/9H TREK

Start early as it’s a long day of walk today. You will start from Lungde, cross the pass of Renjo-La and then reach Gokyo, our destination for tonight. Renjo-La is the first of the three mountain passes that we’ll be crossing during this trip. The ascent in the morning is an average climb until we reach Renjo-La pass where the panoramic views will entice you. After a break here, we cross the valley ahead through rough terrain; but with towering views of Everest, Makalu and other peaks. Later in the day we will reach Gokyo where we will call it a day.

DAY 8 :ACCLIMATIZE AT GOKYO

As we prepare to acclimatize on this day at Gokyo, we will first hike up to Gokyo-Ri in the morning. It’s just above two hours, so get up early for the wonderful views. The two hour climb is steep and might seem like it was totally wasted; until you arrive at the peak – and suddenly everything changes. You will wonder in awe and ask yourself – could it be this beautiful? The views of the the world’s highest peak seem lined up just for you. Take photographs as much as you like – your battery might drain but your happiness won’t. Guaranteed. Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and a lot of other peaks from one single point will seem almost surreal. And don’t forget to look down upon the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Period. Later, trek down to Gokyo and enjoy the day.

DAY 9 :TREK FROM GOKYO TO CHO LA PASS (5368M) TO DZONGLA (4810M) 7/8H TREK

It’s a relatively easy day of trek to begin with. Starting from Gokyo we will trek through Ngozumpa Glacier and reach to the mountain across the glacier. Along the way you will have views of Cholatse, Changatse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Taboche, Pumori, and Thamsherku mountains looming majestically over the head. After a break to replenish the energy levels, begin along the trail that can even get slippery due to the ice. Along the route, you will come across a frozen lake from where we will climb up to Cho-La Pass, the second of the three passes of this trip. Ama Dablam is the first peak visible at the front. From left to right you will have views of several other peaks. Take a stop here and enjoy the view before heading down to the village of Dzongla.

DAY 10 : TREK FROM DZONGLA TO LOBUCHE (4910M) 3/4H TREK

The village of Lobuche is at an altitude of 4,940 meters, right below the 5K mark. At this altitude you need to tread carefully and slowly so that we do not get low on energy levels. Starting off from Dzongla, we pass through a scenic trail of Lobuche peak. Next, we will cross a river bed and arrive at Lobuche. It’s around three hours of walking today with plenty of rest along the way. We stay at Lobuche for the night.

DAY 11 : TREK FROM LOBUCHE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TO GORAKSEP (5150M) 6/7H TREK

Start at a leisurely pace today. Have a leisurely breakfast, take some photos, and pack your bags. At a normal pace, it’s six to seven hours walking duration today. The terrain is mostly rough and rocky today, with a walk over glacial path. Once we reach the Base Camp at 5,360 meters, we take a break and enjoy the scenery and let the surrounding views pass into your long-term memory. Views of Pumori, Nuptse and other peaks are spellbinding! From there, get back to Gorakshep and stay at a lodge.

DAY 12 :TREK FROM GORAKSHEP TO KALAPATHER (5545M) TO LOBUCHE (4910M) 5/6H TREK

Get up before dawn so that you can catch one of the most amazing sunrises in the mountains. For that, you need to hike up to Kalapatthar located at 5,545 meters. Just before sunrise, arrive at Kalapatthar where you’ll see a mesmerizing and colourful sunrise. Try as you might, you can’t not take out your camera and click away till the battery drains. The panoramic views of Everest, Pumori and other giants will leave a mark on your memory. From Kalapatthar, return to Gorakshep, have a hearty breakfast and leave for Lobuche.

DAY 13 : TREK FROM LOBUCHE TO KONGMA-LA (5535M) TO DINGBOCHE (4450) 6/7H WALK.

We have a long trek today as we will be trekking from Lobuche all the way down to Dingboche. Begin the day by crossing the Khumbu Glacier and doing a challenging climb up to Kongma-La Pass, the third pass in this trip. The views from this pass are great, so take a break and enjoy the time. Later, descend to Dingboche where we will stay for the night.

DAY 14 : TREK FROM DINGBUCHE TO KYANGJUMA (3550M) 6/7H TREK

After a leisurely breakfast, we pack the bags and leave Dingboche headed to Kyangjuma. Kyangjuma is located at an altitude of 3,570 meters with wonderful close-up views of Mount Ama Dablam, Thamsherku, and Nuptse. Starting from Dingboche we first trek along a winding yak-trail and then through an alpine forest. As we descend further along the trail, vegetation begins to thicken. Including brief stops for tea and lunch, we then descend along several villages and later arrive at Kyangjuma for the night.

DAY 15 :TREK FROM KYANGJUMA TO PHAKDING (2610M) 5/6H WALK.

First we begin easy. Then we take a gradual ascent and then a gradual descent. This keeps on happening through the trail across the forest and the turns until we arrive at Namche Bazaar. After a stop here, we trek down to Phakding by crossing the Dudh Koshi River and pass through monasteries among Sherpa settlements. We finally arrive at Phakding where we stay for the night in a lodge.

DAY 16 : TREK FROM PHAKDING TO LUKLA (2840M) 3/4 H WALK

As we come near the end of trekking in this program, you will enjoy today’s trek more than before. The trail from Phakding to Lukla is an average one with gradual uphills and some level grounds. First you will cross a suspension bridge and then cross several colorful villages. The walk is joyous today with under four hours of trek. Later in the afternoon we arrive at Lukla. Spend the rest of the day sharing your stories in a bar, or enjoy as you see fit.

DAY 17 :FLY BACK FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

Go to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla in the morning, and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The scenic flight is around 40 minutes, a whisk that will bring you back to bustling Kathmandu. Later in the day we will go on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.

DAY 18 : DEPARTURE TO YOUR DESTINATION

According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.

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