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DURATION:
22Days
Spirit:
Mountain hiking, cultural encounters, ethnic, scenic landscapes
Effort Level:
3
Comfort Level:
3
Accomodation:
Mountain lodges, guesthouses, hotels
Ways to travel:
ACMG Mountain Guide with a local sherpas sirdar, local team
Group:
5 to 12 persons
TYPE:
Great Adventures
Great Adventures

These trips are done mainly in moderate altitudes, except for a few passes that can reach up to 5,500 meters. Hikers can travel independently for up to one week; nights are spent in a “lodge” or tent. Travellers carry only a day backpack, while a team on site transports the rest of the equipment. These journeys are relatively comfortable, considering the remoteness of the destinations.

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THE VOYAGE

A trek in the Himalayas on a quest for their eternal majesty, besides the great challenge that is, can be a pilgrimage for the soul, a personal milestone to reach. A trek in Nepal is the ultimate, the sublime, still the most beautiful hymn there is to the magnificence of the planet, an unending collection of images that will never leave us.

This is what you will realize when you reach the Mount Everest base camp, when you travel through two valleys in the Solu Khumbu region connected by the Cho La at more than 5,000 metres of altitude. Seeing Sagarmatha, Mount Everest, the highest summit in the world, from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, which is already at more than 5,500 metres of altitude, is a unique moment that stands tall among your finest memories!

This trip also means going to Kathmandu, meeting the Nepalese people and experiencing the rich culture of this mountainous country.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A long and magnificent trek in the Solu Khumbu area allowing you to observe Everest and the other giants of eastern Nepal by going through the Cho La and discovering two gorgeous glacial valleys.
• Trekking to the foot of the highest mountain on our planet, Mount Everest.
• Experiencing the culture of the Sherpa and other peoples of the Nepalese Himalayas.
• A Himalayan trek with the comfort of Khumbu mountain lodges.
• The medieval-looking city of Kathmandu nestled in the heart of a magnificent valley.
• Visiting the four major sites of the Kathmandu Valley: the Pashupatinath Temple, the huge Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and the old capital city, Bakhtapur.

THE TERRA ULTIMA DIFFERENCE

• Trip accompanied by certified and qualified guides who have made many high-summit climbs.
• We offer the traditional itinerary on the way there but with the variation of returning via the Goyko Valley and the Cho La.
• The nights are spent in comfortable well-equipped lodges.
• Carefully supervised acclimatization process.
• Cultural visit in the village of Khumjung.
• ECharming four-star hotel and quality dining experience in Kathmandu: your effort should be rewarded with comfort!

EFFORT LEVEL 3 +

• Route demanding major physical effort and solid altitude adjustment capacity.
• Several days at high altitude with the associated discomfort (headache, lethargy and nausea).
• Several days of trekking and climbing passes between 3,000 and 5,500 metres.
• Several nights in shelters in temperatures that can be below freezing.
• Few creature comforts (no shower for days, for example).
• Transportation on trails and difficult roads.

DATES & PRICES

DATES & PRICES

HOW TO BOOK?

Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES

• International flight (when mentioned) and local flight
• In-country land transportation
• Experienced Québécois Terra Ultima guide
• All hotel accommodations (four nights) in four-star hotel
• All meals in the city and during the trek
• Entry fees for locations visited during the trip
• Access and trekking permits
• Baggage transport (porters and/or yaks)
• All shared equipment for the trek
• Local support team (porters, cook, kitchen helpers, Sherpa guides, their Sirdar (lead guide) and the team’s insurance
• Contribution to Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (province of Quebec) (0.1% of the price)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Beverages (alcoholic or not)
• Nepalese visa ($40 for 30 days)
• Tips for the Terra Ultima guide and local team
• Insurance
• Vaccinations
• Personal items (backpack, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.)
• Anything not indicated under THE PRICE INCLUDES

VALIDITY OF OFFER

Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFOS

SUPERVISION

• Small group of 6 to 13 travellers.
• All-inclusive.
• A qualified Terra Ultima guide supervises all travel, ensuring things go as planned on the route, the technical aspects of trekking and the quality of services, besides sharing his or her knowledge of Nepal with the travellers.
• The presence of numerous locals: guides, drivers, mule wranglers, etc. They proudly represent the Himalayan region !
• Information and preparation meetings with your group before departure.

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

Our team and our guide will take good care of you. We will use the services of porters to carry baggage, food and shared equipment, and your bags will be waiting for you in the lodges at the end of each day.

*You will only be able to take what you need for one day when trekking. Your porter will carry up to 12 kg for you.

TRANSPORTATION

Because it is trekking, walking is the primary means of transportation in the Everest and Gokyo valleys. Other travel, such as transfers to the airport and visiting historic sites in the Kathmandu Valley, will be done in a private minibus. There will also be a short but spectacular flight between the capital and the village of Lukla, where the trek begins.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will stay in a four-star hotel in Kathmandu, double occupancy. All nights while trekking will be spent in mountain lodges, the comfort of which can be surprising. The dining rooms are usually heated for the evening meal. We will have enjoyable evenings throughout the trek. You will be in a room with one other person, with a common bathroom most of the time except for a few highly appreciated exceptions!
* Single occupancy is possible for the part of the trip spent in Kathmandu.

EATING & DRINKING

Terra Ultima takes care of all meals in the city in restaurants, during climbs, trekking and transfers. We do our best to make sure they are good because they are one of the pleasures that make the trip a success !

WEATHER

We will be trekking at the best time in the Mount Everest area. The spring and fall, before and after the monsoon season, are the most stable and comfortable seasons. The weather is relatively warm and dry except at altitude (3,500 metres and above). Nights can be cold starting with Namche Bazaar. There may be snow at Cho La and going to Gorak Shep and Kala Patthar.

Temperatures :
Kathmandu: between 15° and 30° C
While trekking: 10° to 25° C during the day and 0° to 5° C at night
At high altitude: 5° to 10° C during the day and -10° to -5° C at night

CURRENCY AND CASH

The Nepalese rupee is the country’s currency. Credit cards, especially Visa, are accepted in Kathmandu souvenir shops and restaurants. A mix of Canadian and American dollars are most convenient.

TIPPING

You should plan on approximately $5 per day per person per Terra Ultima guide. It is up to you, but you can consider this information as an indicator of the industry standard. Of course, you can increase it based on your appreciation !

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We would like to remind you how important it is to have medical insurance to avoid ending up with a large bill for hospitalization abroad or for repatriation and to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable part of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage with or without cancellation insurance.

Contact us if you would like a bid. If you get cancellation insurance through us, you can do so when you make your final payment, but if you go elsewhere for that insurance, we remind you that you might have to have it when you make your initial deposit. Furthermore, if you have insurance through your credit card service, it is imperative that you make your initial deposit using that card.

Furthermore, you must have coverage that includes mountaineering because we will be trekking with crampons on our feet and carrying ice axes. Contact us if you would like to know more about the specialized insurer.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes (the one for this trip is in bold) :
Currently, the system divides all hikes and climbs into five classes :
• Class 1: hiking (Attention: +5,000 metres)
• Class 2: possible use of hands required for balance
• Class 3: requires use of hands for climbing; rope may be used.
• Class 4: simple climbing, with exposure; a rope is often used.
• Class 5: technical free climbing

VISAS/FORMALITIES

You will have to get a visa for Nepal. It costs $40 US for 30 days. It is easy to get once you arrive by filling out a form right in the airport. Plan to pay in cash and have a passport size photo in your possession. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months following your planned departure date from Nepal.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS/SAFETY

We advise you to consult the travel clinic or community health department nearest you to find out which vaccinations may be required for the various regions to be visited.

ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET

230 V/50 Hz outlets are used in Nepal. Please consult this site (https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ca/nepal/) to find out more about the outlets. Internet access is generally easy to get in Nepal. There are wi-fi networks in most hotels and some restaurants, sometimes for free, sometimes for a fee.

EQUIPMENT AND LUGGAGE

You will need a bag big enough to carry what you need for a day (day bag). This is the bag you will have with you and that you could use as a carry-on. Your main baggage can be a backpack or a duffel bag, some of which have handles and/or even wheels. A rigid bag, especially a large one, is not recommended because it is not flexible and takes up a lot of space on smaller means of transportation like minibuses. Don’t forget to identify your bags with your name and address.

You will receive a complete list of equipment when you register for the trip (see attachment).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: