Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Moderate
12 Days 11 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Langtang
  • Type:
    Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    4,380m
  • Activity:
    Lodge Trek
  • Group size:
    2 - 8
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge
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  • Trekking in Langtang region is one of the nearest destinations from Kathmandu which is situated at 132 km north of Kathmandu and offers the great panoramic views of Himalayas with its rich biodiversity in flora & fauna. The main habitants: Tamang with their rich culture and people of Tibetan origin is another attraction of this region. It is accessible without flights. Tea house trek along the trail gives us an opportunity to experience the great views of the mountains not to be found elsewhere. The area is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range in the north and with the chain of gigantic peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung Langtang (7246m), Thrimzhung Gang (6388m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Yala peak (5700m) and Dorji Lhakpa (6966m).

    Trip Highlights

    • Panoramic views of some of the gigantic peaks: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare
    • Enjoy the warm welcome along with local hospitality
    • Experience 20minutes of helicopter flight from Kyanjin Gompa to Kathmandu with magnificent views of the Himalayas which are the unique specialty of this trip.

    What is included

    • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Private transportation to Syabrubesi and back to Kathmandu
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
      Meals: B
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 2

      Drive to Syabrubesi – 7 hrs drive

      Meals: B
      We will be leaving Kathmandu in the early morning for Syabrubesi by bus, a village which is a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. We will moving via Trisuli bazar and Dhunche. We will witness magnificent scene of various mountains which includes a range of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks are visible from Kakani. The way goes uphill and downhill on bus. As the weather changes, so does the culture and the people as well. On the arrival at the Dhunche this is the major town of the Langtang area of Rasuwa district. We will also be encountering the Headquarter of the Langtang National park office.
      Meals: B
    • Day 3

      Trek to Lama hotel – 6 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      Today we will be trekking towards the famous Lama Hotel. While on the movement towards the destination, we will find a suspension bridge on the very 1st of our today's journey. Our trail continues to climb up the valley along with Langtang Khola. We will also seeing Rhododendron forest on the way.
      Meals: B
    • Day 4

      Trek to Langtang village – 6/7 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      At the early morning today our journey starts passing pine forest which is slowly up hill, and the trail gradually move upwards to Ghora Tabela. After Ghora Tabela, the land become terrain and with the spectacular view of forest and glimpses of Mt. Langtang we follow the Langtang Khola advancing steadily up to the Langtang Village. On the way, if we got lucky we might see Red Panda as well.
      Meals: B
    • Day 5

      Trek to Kyangjin gompa – 6 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      From the Langtang village our journey today leads through the gradual path for a short while and then path winds up uphill for few hours through the Burberry and high alpine shrubs. As our walks goes further east, the valley opens up and then walking on the grassy meadow with views of snowcapped peaks in the distance. Afterwards, a principal monastery of the region appears passing water mills, prayer wheels and largest Mani in Nepal which is made up of stone with prayers written on them. After the trek, we rest exploring the Buddhist shrine and surrounding areas.
      Meals: B
    • Day 6

      Trek to Thulo Syabru – 8 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      We begin our trek today after the breakfast and retracing our steps to the lama hotel and then to Thulo Syabru. Today most of the trekking will be downhill as we pass through forests and amazing tamang villages. Later on after the lama hotel we climb up to the Rimche village and continue our easy trail.
      Meals: B
    • Day 7

      Trek to Chandanbari – 6 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      Today trek will be gaining more height with amazing view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna Range as we reach higher ground. The walk from here advances the winding uphill trail above the monastery continuing an hour uphill from the farmlands into cool shades of alpine forest. When we reach Sing Gompa, the first few houses make up a cheese processing factory.
      Meals: B
    • Day 8

      Trek to Gosaikunda – 6 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      Today will be the day to enjoy magnificent panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges. We will follow the ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The lake Gosaikunda is of Particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is of Nepal's most sought after pilgrimage sites. The lake itself is encloses by mountains on almost all sides and harmonize nine other lakes to accompany it. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Lord Shiva Shrine. According to legend, Gosaikunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that was threatened to destroy the world.
      Meals: B
    • Day 9

      Trek to Sing Gompa – 5 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      The trail descend passing Lauribanayak which will gives you an exotic feeling. Passing few huts in the high pasture of Lauribanayak, we move downhill retracing our path towards Sing Gompa.
      Meals: B
    • Day 10

      Trek to Dhunche - 6 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      The initial part of the trails descend through pine silver oak and rhododendrons forests crossing suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa stream. Secondly, path stretches at flat level through some settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche.
      Meals: B
    • Day 11

      Driveback to Kathmandu. - 7 hrs trek

      Meals: B
      We will return to the capital for one last taste of Kathmandu city life via bus.
      Meals: B
    • Day 12

      Final departure

      Meals: B
      Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
      Meals: B
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
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  • Overview

    Trekking in Langtang region is one of the nearest destinations from Kathmandu which is situated at 132 km north of Kathmandu and offers the great panoramic views of Himalayas with its rich biodiversity in flora & fauna. The main habitants: Tamang with their rich culture and people of Tibetan origin is another attraction of this region. It is accessible without flights. Tea house trek along the trail gives us an opportunity to experience the great views of the mountains not to be found elsewhere. The area is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range in the north and with the chain of gigantic peaks to the south. Langtang Lirung Langtang (7246m), Thrimzhung Gang (6388m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Yala peak (5700m) and Dorji Lhakpa (6966m).

    Trip Highlights

    • Panoramic views of some of the gigantic peaks: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare
    • Enjoy the warm welcome along with local hospitality
    • Experience 20minutes of helicopter flight from Kyanjin Gompa to Kathmandu with magnificent views of the Himalayas which are the unique specialty of this trip.

    What is included

    • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Private transportation to Syabrubesi and back to Kathmandu
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
    Meals: B
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 2 : Drive to Syabrubesi – 7 hrs drive

    We will be leaving Kathmandu in the early morning for Syabrubesi by bus, a village which is a starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. We will moving via Trisuli bazar and Dhunche. We will witness magnificent scene of various mountains which includes a range of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks are visible from Kakani. The way goes uphill and downhill on bus. As the weather changes, so does the culture and the people as well. On the arrival at the Dhunche this is the major town of the Langtang area of Rasuwa district. We will also be encountering the Headquarter of the Langtang National park office.
    Meals: B

    Day 3 : Trek to Lama hotel – 6 hrs trek

    Today we will be trekking towards the famous Lama Hotel. While on the movement towards the destination, we will find a suspension bridge on the very 1st of our today's journey. Our trail continues to climb up the valley along with Langtang Khola. We will also seeing Rhododendron forest on the way.
    Meals: B

    Day 4 : Trek to Langtang village – 6/7 hrs trek

    At the early morning today our journey starts passing pine forest which is slowly up hill, and the trail gradually move upwards to Ghora Tabela. After Ghora Tabela, the land become terrain and with the spectacular view of forest and glimpses of Mt. Langtang we follow the Langtang Khola advancing steadily up to the Langtang Village. On the way, if we got lucky we might see Red Panda as well.
    Meals: B

    Day 5 : Trek to Kyangjin gompa – 6 hrs trek

    From the Langtang village our journey today leads through the gradual path for a short while and then path winds up uphill for few hours through the Burberry and high alpine shrubs. As our walks goes further east, the valley opens up and then walking on the grassy meadow with views of snowcapped peaks in the distance. Afterwards, a principal monastery of the region appears passing water mills, prayer wheels and largest Mani in Nepal which is made up of stone with prayers written on them. After the trek, we rest exploring the Buddhist shrine and surrounding areas.
    Meals: B

    Day 6 : Trek to Thulo Syabru – 8 hrs trek

    We begin our trek today after the breakfast and retracing our steps to the lama hotel and then to Thulo Syabru. Today most of the trekking will be downhill as we pass through forests and amazing tamang villages. Later on after the lama hotel we climb up to the Rimche village and continue our easy trail.
    Meals: B

    Day 7 : Trek to Chandanbari – 6 hrs trek

    Today trek will be gaining more height with amazing view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna Range as we reach higher ground. The walk from here advances the winding uphill trail above the monastery continuing an hour uphill from the farmlands into cool shades of alpine forest. When we reach Sing Gompa, the first few houses make up a cheese processing factory.
    Meals: B

    Day 8 : Trek to Gosaikunda – 6 hrs trek

    Today will be the day to enjoy magnificent panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges. We will follow the ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The lake Gosaikunda is of Particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is of Nepal's most sought after pilgrimage sites. The lake itself is encloses by mountains on almost all sides and harmonize nine other lakes to accompany it. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Lord Shiva Shrine. According to legend, Gosaikunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that was threatened to destroy the world.
    Meals: B

    Day 9 : Trek to Sing Gompa – 5 hrs trek

    The trail descend passing Lauribanayak which will gives you an exotic feeling. Passing few huts in the high pasture of Lauribanayak, we move downhill retracing our path towards Sing Gompa.
    Meals: B

    Day 10 : Trek to Dhunche - 6 hrs trek

    The initial part of the trails descend through pine silver oak and rhododendrons forests crossing suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa stream. Secondly, path stretches at flat level through some settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche.
    Meals: B

    Day 11 : Driveback to Kathmandu. - 7 hrs trek

    We will return to the capital for one last taste of Kathmandu city life via bus.
    Meals: B

    Day 12 : Final departure

    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport checks in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
    Meals: B
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
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