|Group size:||1-12 people||Max-Altitude:||3,985m/13,070ft|
|Arrival on:||Kathmandu, Nepal||Departure from:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals:||Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek|
|Accommodation:||3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek|
‘Introduction to Sherpa Culture’ is a great short trek that gives us a chance to relish hiking in the astounding Himalayan trails of the Everest region while also exploring Buddhist monasteries and rich cultural traditions of the Sherpas who are inhabitants of the Nepalese Himalayas.
Our Everest adventure begins in Kathmandu with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The actual trek begins from Lukla and along the trails we admire the exquisite Himalayan landscape and unearth local legends that talk about Everest’s greatest climbers who are Sherpas, artists and even the elusive Yeti!On our ‘Introduction to Sherpa Culture’ trek, we also visit the very famous Tengboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Everest region of Nepal. The monastery also hosts the Mani Rimdu festival which is the biggest festival of the Sherpas. It falls on the tenth lunar month of Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the months of October and November, which is coincidentally during the best trekking season in Nepal.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Himalayan Glacier upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
We will be staying at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu for three nights and at teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 310. Himalayan Glacier will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
The gears in the list below with an asterisk (*) are also served by Himalayan Glacier inclusively in the service. But if we prefer to choose or like to use our own private piece, Himalayan Glacier encourages to bring our own. Many of the personal climbing gears can be hired in the base camp as well, however the quality of equipments at base camp can be not as high as those found in Kathmandu to hire. Further it will be better to remember that at the start of the trek, apart from our day pack, our luggage that will be carried by porters. Since, luggage have weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.Head: