2015 Spring Trek – 28 March to 13 April 2015

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Trek spring 2015, 28th March to 13th April

Draft itinerary

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Objectives: to trek to villages in the higher reaches of the Arun river valley, visiting health posts and schools and to plan future charitable support in the area.

Sat 28th Mar      Fly London Heathrow to Kathmandu

Sun 29th              Arrive KTM, stay at Hotel Yambu two nights

Mon 30th            Acclimatisation and sightseeing

Tues 31st            Fly KTM to Tumlingtar and jeep to Num. Camping at Num

Wed 1st Apr      First day trek Num to Simma

Thurs 2nd           Trek to Gola

Fri 3rd                 Trek to Hatiya

Sat 4th                Rest day and explore locality

Sun 5th               Trek to Honggong and views of high peaks

Mon 6th             Trek to Hatiya

Tues 7th             Trek to Gola

Wed 8th             Trek to Dhodeni or Pepuwa

Thurs 9th           Trek to Num and jeep to Khandbari

Fri 10th              Jeep to Tumlingtar, fly to KTM, stay two nights at Hotel Yambu

Sat 11th             Shopping and relaxation

Sun 12th            Fly Kathmandu to London, arriving late evening or early morning Mon 13.

 

Estimated costs, subject to change

Sterling notes can be changed into Nepali Rupee at numerous kiosks in Kathmandu.

There are a few ATMs in Kathmandu and one in Khandbari. Current exchange rate 150 rupees/pound sterling.

£15      Visa entry on arrival at Kathmandu $25. Can be paid in sterling, euros or dollars.

£720    Cost of trek 12 days at £60/day includes all food, drink, trekking permits, tents, Sherpa guides, cooks and porters and sightseeing taxis.  To be given in £sterling to Gyaljen at beginning of trek.

£72      Tips for Sherpa guides/cooks and porters.

£200    Return flights to and from Tumlingtar $325. Pay to Gyaljen.

£60      Four nights at the Hotel Yambu, $25/night each. www.asmitarooms.com

Total  £ 1067 per person

Other costs:

Travel to and from Heathrow

Flights £600-750 return depending on route and timing.

Optional early morning flight over Everest £100

Occasional beer. Shopping in Kathmandu.

Travel insurance to cover trekking on established paths with guides, no climbing. Max altitude 2500m.

Immunisation as advised by your GP. Malaria prophylaxis not required.

 What to take with you?

Photocopy of passport to leave at office in KTM. Copy of insurance documents. Two passport photos for visa and trekking permit. Downloaded visa application form ready for arrival in KTM.

Average day temperature 20C but be prepared for hot weather in the river valleys and cold at altitude. You can leave travelling clothes in Kathmandu. Carry two sets of clothes and extra short and long sleeve tops/shirts.

Essentials are: day rucksack, 3 season sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow, walking poles if you use them, fleece, waterproofs, warm jumper, good walking socks and boots, shoes for around camp, sun hat, water bottle, head torch, mini first aid including insect repellant, blister plasters and Savlon. Sun screen. Any medications with back up.

Camera, diary, books/ebooks. Mobile phone, expect variable coverage and probably none on most days. (Solar powered or wind up phone/camera charger?)

Baggage allowance is 35kg long haul but only 20kg internal flight. It will be helpful to use your entire allowance by taking any unwanted warm clothing to give to villagers along the way.

Pack everything in a soft bag, not a suitcase which is difficult for porters to carry.