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MERA PEAK CLIMBING 15 Days - from $4500

Mera Peak in the Himalayas. This peak is a trekking peak, no mountaineering experience is required. Experience the feeling of reaching the summit of a Himalayan Peak.

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Overview

Mera Peak is an impressive peak, at 6476m it soars up into the sky and guarantees impressive views for anyone who reaches its summit. This peak is considered a “trekking peak” as technical and climbing experience is not required to summit this peak. This peak summit is perfect as a first peak summit, it will give you a feel for mountaineering without needing the technical skills and experience required for other peaks. From Mera Meak you will have breathtaking views of 6 of the worlds highest mountains, the views of Mount Everest from Mera Peak are undisturbed. You really do get a sense of being on top of the world. This experience takes you from the pine forests of the lower Khumbu region before making ascending up towards rocky terrain, then on towards steep glaciers which meet stunning lakes. With a professional team of guides and porters everyone wishing to undertake this incredible experience will be safe and well supported. This Himalayan Peak is within your reach.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Sunrise over Mt Makalu
  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Bamboo Forests
  • Snow Climbing
  • DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: Fly to LUKLA, trek to PAIYA
  • DAY 3: PAIYA to PANGGOM
  • DAY 4: PANGGOM to RAMAILO DADA
  • DAY 5: RAMAILO DADA to KOTHE
  • DAY 6: KOTHE to THAGNAK
  • DAY 7: TAGNAK Acclimatisation Day
  • DAY 8: TAGNAK to KHARE
  • DAY 9: KHARE Climbing Training Day
  • DAY 10: KHARE to MERA BASE CAMP
  • DAY 11: MERA PEAK SUMMIT and back to KHARE
  • DAY 12: KHARE to KHOTE
  • DAY 13: KHOTE to THULE KHARKA (CHHATRA)
  • DAY 14: CHHATRA to LUKLA
  • DAY 15: LUKLA to KATHMANDU
  • DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: Fly to LUKLA, trek to PAIYA
  • DAY 3: PAIYA to PANGGOM
  • DAY 4: PANGGOM to RAMAILO DADA
  • DAY 5: RAMAILO DADA to KOTHE
  • DAY 6: KOTHE to THAGNAK
  • DAY 7: TAGNAK Acclimatisation Day
  • DAY 8: TAGNAK to KHARE
  • DAY 9: KHARE Climbing Training Day
  • DAY 10: KHARE to MERA BASE CAMP
  • DAY 11: MERA PEAK SUMMIT and back to KHARE
  • DAY 12: KHARE to KHOTE
  • DAY 13: KHOTE to THULE KHARKA (CHHATRA)
  • DAY 14: CHHATRA to LUKLA
  • DAY 15: LUKLA to KATHMANDU

Itinerary

DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL

DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL

Elevation: 1,400 m

Distance: 7 km Drive to Hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu! A friendly Take on Nepal team member will be waiting for you at the airport, keep an eye out for the “Take on Nepal” sign. The journey to your hotel in Kathmandu will take approximately 30 minutes. Our team member will be on hand to provide you with any support required, this may include purchasing a SIM card or sourcing trekking gear.  In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel and accompanied to a nearby restaurant for your welcome dinner and briefing. This is a very exciting day!

Included: Welcome Dinner

 

DAY 2: Fly to LUKLA, trek to PAIYA

DAY 2: Fly to LUKLA, trek to PAIYA

Elevation: 1,400 – 2,800 – 2,840 m

Distance: 10 km

It’s a very early start for you this morning, you will be transported from your hotel back to the airport for your exhilarating flight to Lukla airport, this short 35 minute flight will provide you with scenic views of the terraced landscape and river valleys below. After you arrive, your trek begins straight away with a lovely, gentle walk down to Paiya Village. Words cannot describe the feeling you will have when you are there, be prepared to be overwhelmed!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: PAIYA to PANGGOM

DAY 3: PAIYA to PANGGOM

Elevation: 2,840 – 2,930 m

Distance: 11.5 km

Today you will be walking on the main Khumbu trail, following in Edmund Hillary’s footsteps,  before Lukla airport mountaineers who were embarking on Himalayan Peaks would take this trail from the trading towns of Jiri and Phaplu. There are plenty of donkey’s on these trails bringing goods to the lodges. Today you will be walking through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PANGGOM to RAMAILO DADA

DAY 4: PANGGOM to RAMAILO DADA

Elevation: 2,930 – 3,460 m

Distance: 14 km

This is the day to walk away from the main trekking trails, you will be walking through bushy lands, further into the bamboo, Himalayan Pine and rhododendron forests. This trail is the only trail to Mera Peak and as such is much quieter than the Everest Base Camp Trail. Today will be a day of ups and downs, you will be passing beautiful fresh water springs.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: RAMAILO DADA to KOTHE

DAY 5: RAMAILO DADA to KOTHE

Elevation: 3,460 – 3,590 m

Distance: 13 km

After breakfast you will walk through forests down to the river. It’s a beautiful and peaceful trail. Much of the flora along these trails are edible, be sure to ask your guide about this. Kothe is a small settlement with a few trekking lodges. From here trekkers and mountaineers can go to 3 different locations to trek or summit mountains.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: KOTHE to THAGNAK

DAY 6: KOTHE to THAGNAK

Elevation: 3,590 – 4,350 m

Distance: 10 km

Today you will be walking on the left side of the river all day long. You will need to keep your senses about you today as you will be on rocky and gravelly trails. You won’t see much of the Himalayas today but your constant companion will be the river next to you as you trek. Thagnak has a checkpoint, it’s a peaceful little settlement.

ncluded: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TAGNAK Acclimatisation Day

DAY 7: TAGNAK Acclimatisation Day

Elevation: 4,350 m

Distance: Up to 5 km hiking

Today you will have a slow start to the day, we encourgae you to wash your clothes, and get organised for the coming days. Before lunchtime you will hike up some of the slopes close to Thagnak, this is to allow your body to adjust to pushing at low altitude. You will have spectacular views of Mera Peak before returning down to Tagnak for lunch. If you still have plenty of energy after lunch you will be guven the option to hike up mountains to look down upon what is left of lake Sabai Tsho after a large piece of glacial ice fell into the lake which caused it to burst it’s banks and cause enormous flooding to Tagnak in 1998.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TAGNAK to KHARE

DAY 8: TAGNAK to KHARE

Elevation: 4,350 – 4,930 m

Distance: 5.5 km

Today will start with a slow ascent up to Khare, you will cross the river and then continue upwards where you will see the Hinku Nup glacier. Before arriving into Khare you will have to make a slow to steep ascent. Today you will be at an elevation above 5000m, it is from here on wards that our team will be watching your condition closely to ensure that you are eating and drinking enough water.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: KHARE Climbing Training Day

DAY 9: KHARE Climbing Training Day

Elevation: 4,930 m

Distance: Up to 3 km hike

Today is both an acclimatisation day and a Mera Peak climb training day. Your qualified mountain leader will provide you with comprehensive information on how to use the gear provided, such as harness, crampons and the techniques used climbing with ropes. We recommend an early night and rest as tomorrow the ascent up to Mera Peak Base Camp will commence.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: KHARE to MERA BASE CAMP

DAY 10: KHARE to MERA BASE CAMP

Elevation: 4,930 – 5,788 m

Distance: 4.7 km

An exciting day today you begin the ascent up to Mera Peak High Camp, it won’t be an easy day as you will be pushing up to to 5800m. The difficult push will be worth it as the view from High Camp is breathtaking, from here you will see mountain giants such as Kanchenjunga, Ama Dablam and Makalu, along with many others. You will be sleeping in a tent tonight and also eating in the communal kitchen tent. It will be an early night for a 2am wake up call.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: MERA PEAK SUMMIT and back to KHARE

DAY 11: MERA PEAK SUMMIT and back to KHARE

Elevation: 5,788 – 6,476 Summit – 4,930 – m

Distance: 14.3 km

Summit Day! You will be woken up at 2am for your breakfast, after breakfast the summit push will commence. The day begins crossing the main glacier before heading up along the main glacier. For the final summit push you will follow your mountaineering guide along the fixed rope. Although it is not a technical climb you will need to be focused throughout. What a feeling it is when you reach the summit of Mera Peak, you will feel as though you are on top of the world, with spectacular views of many of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. After taking photos from the summit, it will be a steady descent back down to Khare where there will be a wonderful celebration.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: KHARE to KHOTE

DAY 12: KHARE to KHOTE

Elevation: 4,930 – 3,590 m

Distance: 15.5 km

Today it be a retracing of footsteps as you make your way back down to Khote. You will be relieved to be be heading down to lower altitudes. The trails will be rocky and unsteady as you make your way down to Khote, it will be important to watch your footing.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: KHOTE to THULE KHARKA (CHHATRA)

DAY 13: KHOTE to THULE KHARKA (CHHATRA)

Elevation: 3,590 – 4,135 m

Distance: 8.5 km

After breakfast you will make an ascent up towards Chhatra, today you will not be retracing footsteps, you will be walking on a different trail. You will have spectacular views of Mera Peak for much of today.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: CHHATRA to LUKLA

DAY 14: CHHATRA to LUKLA

Elevation: 4,135 – 4,670 (ZATRWA LA PASS) – 2,800m

Distance: 12 km

Today you will make your way back to Lukla, where it all began! You will cross the Zatrwa La Pass and walk over rocky terrain as you make your way down to Lukla. As you walk on these trails you will have great views of Mera Peak and the Hinku Valley. As you approach the Dudh Kosi river you will know that you are close to Lukla. You can reflect on and celebrate your achievement on your final night in Lukla.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: LUKLA to KATHMANDU

DAY 15: LUKLA to KATHMANDU

Elevation: 2,800 – 1,400 m

Distance: 30 Minutes flight

This morning you will be departing the Everest region as you make your way back to Kathmandu. After breakfast you will walk 2 minutes from your lodge to the airport. We’re sure that you will have a mixture of feelings leaving Lukla, it’s hard to leave the beautiful mountains but it’s also nice to have a feeling of accomplishment. After arriving back in Kathmandu your guide will take you back to your hotel, from there you can use your time as you choose, many trekkers enjoy going for a massage, ask your guide for recommendations of things to do and see in Kathmandu.

Included: Breakfast

NOTE:

Mountain weather is changeable. Be prepared for possible flight delays between Lukla to Kathmandu. We recommend you allow at least 2 additional days at the end of your trek before you leave Nepal.

Dates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
31 March 2020 - 13 April 2020 Available$4500
8 April 2020 - 22 April 2020 Available$4500
18 April 2020 - 2 May 2020 Available$4500
23 April 2020 - 7 May 2020 Available$4500
30 April 2020 - 14 May 2020 Available$4500
7 May 2020 - 21 May 2020 Available$4500

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic Transport
  • Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Peak Permits
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Climbing Guide
  • Climbing equipments
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All government and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking, 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

Your Mera Peak Climbing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$60 for each item for a period of 15 days.

FAQ's

About Take on Nepal

Who is the Take on Nepal team leader?

Our leader is Nepali born and raised and now an Australian citizen, Som Tamang. Som spent many years working as a guide in Nepal and has much experience guiding groups to the Everest and Annapurna Regions of Nepal. Som has all the local knowledge required to ensure you get to know the “Real Nepal”.

Som is passionate about providing help and support for the people of Nepal and believes that real change can happen through the skills of volunteers. Som is friendly, happy and has strong leadership skills.

Som is the founder and president of the charity “Friends of Himalayan Children” and has been awarded a Pride of Australia Medal for the outstanding charity work that he has undertaken in Nepal and in Australia. The team leader and guides are all qualified in First Aid.

When do I pay for my trip?

Payment of a nonrefundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your place. The easiest way is through PayPal or directly into our back account. Final payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure.

I have special dietary requirements, can you cater for that?

Not a problem! Please inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure and we will ensure that you are provided with suitable food options. During your time in the village, you will be eating as the villagers do, which is mainly vegetarian. Meat is a luxury the majority of Nepali people only enjoy on a rare occasion.

What if there is an emergency?

You will always be in the company of someone who is trained in first aid. In the case of serious health concerns, you will be transported back to Kathmandu, where you will be treated in a Western Hospital. During your time in the village, there is the option of 4WD or helicopter back to Kathmandu in the case of an emergency. All medical costs incurred should be covered by your health insurance. When booking your travel insurance it is important to enquire about the extent of your coverage, ensure that travel from remote areas is covered. We also encourage you to seek advice from your doctor prior to departure about the vaccinations required for visiting Nepal.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.

Will I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute

Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.

Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What will the weather be like?

Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.

Will I need to speak the local language?

You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.

Will I be able to phone home?

You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.

In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.

How do I book my flight?

You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

What should I bring?

Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.

Will I have clean drinking water?

The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.

Trekking and Volunteering

How do I book or reserve a place on one of your treks?

You can make a booking by clicking this link.

When do your treks depart?

Treks depart each month, throughout the year. Dates vary depending on the arrival date of a particular group. We can accommodate different departure dates in the same month if required.

When trekking, do we have to travel as part of a group?

No. If you are a couple or small group, and you wish to travel alone, we can accommodate you. We try to bring trekkers together into groups as we find it’s a more enjoyable experience for all, but if you wish a more individual trek for yourself or your companions, we’d be happy to arrange this.

About Volunteering

How do I apply to become a volunteer?

You can apply by clicking this link.

How much spending money will I need as a volunteer?

You will have access to ATMs in Kathmandu. We recommend that you carry a minimum of $100 cash with you, make sure this is in $10s and $20s, as you will be paying for your visa at the airport and it safeguards against any issues when you have the correct money.

Some people have asked how much extra money they should take with them. Most of your expenses are covered by the money you have paid, but if you enjoy shopping (and the shopping in Kathmandu is fantastic!), we recommend that you budget around $350 for your stay.

All volunteers should have access to an emergency fund, in the event they decide volunteer life is not for them, or they decide to take a break from village life for a few days. In circumstances such as these, the volunteer would need to cover the costs of transport when departing the village early, and the costs of any extra stays in hotels. For this reason, we recommend that volunteers carry an ATM card so that they can access emergency funds from home if required.

Where will I be staying during my volunteer program?

Your accommodation in Kathmandu and Chitwan will be in a hotel with ensuite facilities. You will share your room with someone of the same sex. In the village you will be housed in hostel type accommodation. You will share your room with a maximum of 3 other people and the facilities are shared. Village accommodation is basic but comfortable, and the rooms are clean.

I want to volunteer with my friends? Can we work and stay together?

We are very happy for you to share the experience with your friends and we will work with you to ensure that you can be accommodated together during your time in Nepal.

I’m only 17, can I still volunteer?

You must be 18 by the date of departure. We do provide the option for a parent/guardian to sign paperwork that grants permission for you to join the program if you are under 18. We would also encourage you to consider inviting an older family member to accompany you on the program to Nepal.

I’m not a university student. Can I still volunteer?

Yes! As long as you are willing to volunteer and improve the lives of the villagers in Nepal, we are more than happy for you to join the program.

I’m ready to go but my parents are worried!

We strongly encourage your parents to contact us, as we welcome parental involvement. We will answer any questions your parents may have through email or telephone contact.

What if I need to cancel?

Once we have accepted your application, we begin to incur costs for you, as we book accommodation, internal travel, reserve your spot in the game park and so on. So your deposit is non-refundable.

Everest Base Camp Trek Questions

Is it scary?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on personality. Some people love the thrill of flying into Lukla and crossing high suspension bridges, but others have to overcome many fears to make this experience a reality.

From my own personal experiences, I tend to be the latter. I’m not a risk taker and I worry a lot. Having flown into Lukla airport and trekked the Everest Base Camp Trail, I can say my fears were unfounded. I enjoyed the flight and found the trek to be the most incredible experience of my life. After crossing the first suspension bridge the rest did not bother me, in fact, I started to look forward to them!

Whenever you trek with us, you will be surrounded by a team of professionals who know what to look out for and will constantly be keeping your wellbeing at the forefront of their minds. Our guides will always put your mind at ease and will act quickly in a situation where you may be feeling uncertain. You’re in safe hands!

Will I be giving back to the people of Nepal?

When you trek with us, you are most definitely helping the people of Nepal. As one of the only companies hiring young women, you will be supporting our very important work of ending early marriages and human trafficking. We pay above award wages and treat all our team members as family members, we want a happy and productive team and we believe we have achieved that.

We enrol and fund the costs of training for our team members, we also provide our team with accommodation in Kathmandu in order for them to continue their education, we constantly encourage and support our young team to continually advance forwards in life. Our porters are all guides in training, we want them to strive for better and we do our best to assist our team to reach their goals. This is not done by any other trekking company in Nepal.

Our team will share the culture and traditions of Nepal with you, leaving you feeling connected to not only the spectacular mountains, but also to the people of Nepal, who will leave an imprint on your heart. Take on Nepal co-founder Som Tamang, is the founder and president of the not for profit organisation, Friends of Himalayan Children Inc. (FHC). FHC works in remote villages to provide educational opportunities to thousands of children and a safe and nurturing home to 50 young children. Take on Nepal is committed to giving back to Nepal on many different levels. By choosing us as your preferred trekking company, you will be too.

What cultural traditions should I be aware of?

The most important one to be aware of, when trekking to Everest Base Camp, is the many Stupa’s. A Stupa is a Buddhist shrine. Your guide will point them out to you. You must always walk on the right side of the Stupas; in Buddhism it’s considered important to go clockwise, this relates to always moving forward in life, not having regrets or going backwards (anti-clockwise).

Nepal is a developing country, many people live in poverty. It is considered polite to finish all the food on your plate. If you are simply too full to finish your meal, please offer the food to a friend or guide.

It is considered disrespectful to shout in the mountains of the Everest region. Always use a normal speaking voice and refrain from yelling out, unless you absolutely must!

Your guide will make you aware of any other cultural traditions you need to know, during your trek. Please do not hesitate to ask your guide lots of questions. Our guides appreciate you showing an interest in their country and you will leave Nepal full of interesting information.

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

Lukla has been described as the “most dangerous airport in the world”, is this really the case?

We feel this is an unfair title. When researching statistics related to the airport, it’s easy to see why this is an exaggeration. Over the past 40 years, there has been only one fatal plane crash. During peak season, up to 30 flights take off and land to/from Lukla, on a daily basis. The airlines are very careful not to fly, unless the conditions are perfect. For this reason, we recommend you always allow a minimum of 2 days free at the end of your trek, before returning to your home country. This will ensure you do not miss your return flight.

The title “most dangerous airport” was given due to the altitude at which the planes land, the surrounding mountains and also because of the length of the runway. It is a short runway, with a steep gradient to allow for flights to land safely. We are sure that you will find it to be an exciting and exhilarating experience!

Do I need to be super fit to be reach Everest Base Camp?

No, you do not need to be super fit to undertake this trek. However, the fitter you are, the easier and more enjoyable the experience will be. To get prepared, we recommend you stick with the training plan we will provide to you, to ensure the best possible outcome for you for the trek.

We have seen people of all ages and sizes successfully reach Everest Base Camp, fitness is not dependent on size, it is strength that matters most. Strength of mind and self-belief is also another crucial factor, in achieving your goal to reach Everest Base Camp.

Are my porters treated well?

We go above and beyond to ensure our porters are treated with respect. We do not allow our male porters to carry more than 20kg and our female porters 15kg. This is much less than other companies. Our porters are paid fair wages and tips are divided amongst guides and porters. We view our porters as an integral part of our team and treat them with the respect that is deserved.

How much money should I tip my guide and porter?

Although our team are paid wages for the work they do, tipping is a way of showing gratitude for a job well done. As a general rule, the average tips given to your team (guides and porters) are 10% of the cost of your trek. For example, if you paid $2,000 for your trekking experience, $200 would be a kind and respectful amount to pay to your team.

We also want to stress that in the unlikely event that you are unhappy with the level of service received from your team, you are not obligated to tip.

Keep in mind that tips make a big difference to the lives of our guides and porters, this money always goes to good use, generally towards caring for their families. Your generosity has a wonderful roll on effect in Nepal. Generous tips result in happiness all round. You will leave Nepal knowing you have rewarded the people who have made your experience what it was and your team will feel gratitude for your kindness.

I can only get time off to do the trek in December/January. This is off season, is it too cold to trek during this time?

We understand many trekkers can only get time off work during the Christmas period, this also happens to be the off season in Nepal. From my personal experience of trekking in Nepal, I must say this is my favourite time of year to trek. Although the temperatures are lower, especially once you reach an altitude of above 4,000m, the skies are always clear and blue and the views are second to none. The trails are much quieter and the trekking lodges are less busy, which raises the level of service you receive. Also, flights in and out of Lukla are more reliable, as the weather tends to be predictably clear. Finally, and most importantly, you’re just about guaranteed a great view of Mount Everest!

If you follow our packing list, you will be warm enough at night and cool enough during the day.

Am I guaranteed to see Mount Everest?

You are sure to see Mount Everest at some stage during your trek to Everest Base Camp, the best views of the mountains are between September and May. The only months of the year when you may not get to see Mount Everest are June, July and August; these are the Summer monsoon months but you will certainly know you’re amongst the giant mountains of the world, and will often be walking above the clouds, an incredible feeling!

Do I need to trek in a group? I would like to undertake the trek with my partner or on my own.

Our treks can be customised for large groups, small groups, couples and also individuals. The costs outlined on our website are based around groups. If you are trekking as an individual or couple, there may be a small additional cost.

What is the food like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

When you trek with Take on Nepal, all main meals are included in the cost of the trek. At each tea house and trekking lodge, you’ll be provided with a menu to choose your meal from. Feedback in relation to the food on the trek is always positive, the menu caters for all tastes!

It is our strong recommendation that you order the traditional Nepalese meal of Dahl Baht for at least 1 or 2 of your daily meals. Dahl Baht consists of rice, vegetable curry and lentil soup. It is a meal that will meet most of your nutritional needs, whilst also being filling and tasty. The people of Nepal have a saying “Dahl Baht Power, 24 Hour!” meaning it provide the energy required for 24 hours.

What is the accommodation like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Accommodation is always on a twin share basis, in cozy lodges along the trekking route. The rooms are basic, they are small with two single beds. You’re provided with a blanket and pillow, but you need to have a sleeping bag to be comfortable and warm at night.

When staying in the lodges, most of your time (other than sleeping) will be spent in the dining room. These Tibetan-style timber dining rooms are an oasis after a day of trekking. They are warm, homely and filled with happy trekkers and guides chatting contently to one another.

Is the itinerary flexible?

Yes! We’re more than happy to adjust the itinerary to make your dream trek a reality. Some people choose to have additional days trekking, while other people are short on time and the itinerary needs to be adjusted to fit in with the time frame allowed. Our expert team can provide you with advice. If you have additional days to spare, we recommend that you join one of our city tours. Kathmandu has a lot to offer!

What should I bring with me?

This is itemized on each tour page. Please note, we highly recommend that you purchase as much as you can in Kathmandu, by purchasing quality goods in Nepal, you will be supporting the local economy.

Will I have internet and mobile phone reception during the trek?

This is your choice. You will have the option of purchasing internet (Everest Link).

Are there shops for me to buy essentials during the trek?

There are small tea houses and lodges along the trails, that sell some necessities. We highly recommend that you have everything you need, before commencing the trek, that way, everything you purchase along the trail will be additional luxuries (such as fruit, biscuits, pringles and soft drink). Prices along the trail are very high and this is out of necessity. We fully encourage you to buy luxury items along the way, in order to support the local economy.

Is it possible for me to have a woman guide?

Take on Nepal are very proud to be one of the only companies hiring and training a team of women. We work alongside some of the most vulnerable women in Nepal, providing them with opportunities that are unheard of within Nepal. Our young women guides are trailblazers, paving the way for other young women who wish to break free from the cycle of early marriage and poverty.

When we first started bringing young women along as trainee guides and porters, lodge owners and trekking guides were shocked, and would sometimes disapprove of what we were doing. Attitudes are slowly shifting and now if a woman guide/porter is not working with our group, we are asked about their whereabouts.

Nepal is a male dominated country. Female education is not valued and the expectation is early and more often than not, pre-arranged marriage. Our work with young women in Nepal begins in our co-founder Som Tamang’s home village of Batase. Through the humanitarian not for profit organisation “Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.” we ensure the girls in the village are given every opportunity to attend school. We break down barriers that stop young village girls from achieving their full potential. If the girls attend school and show motivation towards work opportunities, we support them to continue their education in Kathmandu, whilst also providing employment as trainee guides and porters with Take on Nepal. Hiring young village women is something that as a company we are most proud of.

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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