When Go Higher first visited the kingdom in 1992, we went there to explore the Himalayas and were surprised to discover that the mountains were just a part of the attraction.
The magic of Nepal comes from the warmth and the spirit of people - and Nepal has a lot of people. As mountainous as it is, it feels like every square inch of the country is tended by hand. The Nepalese people live along side the trail and feature in events every day. Porters trip up and down the trail under incredible loads, tea ladies wait at the end of many a long climb and in the evening we often stay in village lodges or simple tea houses.
On the trail we are accompanied by our own Nepalese staff of Sirdars, cooks, porters and climbing sherpas, some of whom may come from villages through which we pass. Our social encounters are an enjoyable, enlightening and an inextricable element of the Nepalese experience.
The weather of Nepal is governed by the monsoon, season and altitude. The monsoon system provides for windows of clear settled weather between October and May. The mid winter months of December through February are too cold to visit the higher elevations and so Nepal has two distinct trekking seasons sandwiched between the winter and the monsoon seasons: September to November and February to May.
A Nepalese trekking expedition may rise from 4000ft in Kathmandu up to 16000ft and possibly as high as 20000ft on the summit of trekking peaks.
During our approach we can expect to be baked by the lowland sun and drenched by afternoon storms. The temperature will fall quickly after sunset and sitting outside in the evenings will feel cold so bring a warm duvet and hat along.
At higher elevations we expect temperatures to fall as low as -20°C during the night, so good sleeping bags are essential. The sun is always strong in the mountains necessitating sun glasses, sunscreen and plenty of lip balm.
What we Provide
Our holidays begin and end in Nepal's captial, Kathmandu. In Kathmandu we will provide comfortable hotel accommodation (but each individual is responsible for paying for their own food).
Once we leave Kathmandu we will organise and provide all food and accommodation, either in hotels, lodges or tents.
Our team will comprise a Sirdar, cooks, porters and climbing sherpas. Under our direction, the Sirdar will act as the leader for the Nepalese members and is responsible for the well being of the porters, purchasing food en route and liasing with lodge owners, etc.
We will provide an exciting and entertaining itinerary for the expedition and will guide throughout.
The Go Higher team will also provide high altitude medical expertise and emergency high altitude medication in the unlikely event that it may be required.
What We Do Not Provide
You will need to provide:
Personal clothing, technical equipment as specified and a sleeping bag suitable for Himalayan trekking can be hired for the duration of your trek in Kathmandu. Go Higher can assist you in renting these items if required.
We require you to bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a suitcase, as a rucksack is infinitely easier for the porters to carry than a case.
We will encounter many tea houses along the way and we suggest that you allow for US$10 day spending money (note if you drink beer in the evenings you may want to allow for more).
At the end of the trip it is customary to tip the Nepalese staff at rates of Sirdar US$/day, Cook US$/day, Porters US$/day, Climbing Sherpas US$/day. Our fee does not include these tips for the Nepalese staff as staff numbers may not be known in advance. We will, however, co-ordinate the collection and distribution of Nepalese tips.
Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so always be prepared!
Scheduled Courses and Holidays
Below are the scheduled courses and holidays for this activity. For the full list of activites, courses and holidays please refer to the Tariff and Calendar.
Below are the scheduled courses and holidays for this destination. For the full list of activites, courses and holidays please refer to the Tariff and Calendar.
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