Laya Gasa Trek Bhutan offers a diverse landscapes and culture of Bhutan. There is no doubt that Laya Gasa trekking in Bhutan is the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas of Bhutan. Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek route has a great variety of trekking condition from picturesque farmland to forest and alpine pastureland.
Trip Name: Bhutan Laya Gasa Treking
Trip Duration: 19 Days
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Modiam
Trip Season: Sep to Mar,Jan to June
Trip Altitude: 1350m- 3950m
Trip Cost: USD 3960
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trip Package: Budget/Standard/Deluxe
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu /Kathmandu
The Laya Gasa Trek starts near Paro crosses four Himalayan mountain passes to arrive at the village of Laya and then descend to the hot spring at Ghasa. The first part of the Laya Gasa Trek of Bhutan goes along the same route as the Jhomolhari Trek first part till Lingshi.
Laya Gasa Trekking in Bhutan is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day 217 km trek begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.
The first five days of Laya Gasa Trek follow the same route as the Chomolhari Trek through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.
Along the trail you'll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You'll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps, people of Laya, a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. The trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you. This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro(2,280m)
Our Bhutan tour guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. After lunch visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro's main shopping district. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing Tour
Day excursion and sightseeing at the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger's Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, in a way also a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to monastery's view point takes about 5 hrs for round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03: Paro to Sharna Zampa (2850m, 17km, 5/6 hours)
You will drive 12km north of Paro valley to start your trek. Your trekking crew will be waiting here for you. After a brief meeting, you will walk downhill on a wide trail following the Pachhu (river), which then climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Soon the valley widens and the route enters an area of apple orchards, traditional farmhouses and the tiny settlements of Mitshi Zampa and Sangatan. You reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810 after walking for a while through blue pine forest. Here your trekking permit will be checked and stamped. This is the last stop before Tibet and border close to it. You will then cross Pachu River on a wooden bridge and then climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,870m. Just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several meadows surrounded by trees where you will camp for tonight.
Day 04: Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha (3750m, 22km, 7/8 hours)
The trail again follows Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After 2 hours of continuous hiking and crossing several streams, you will reach at Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. A hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. Little ahead is the trail junction – left an old trade route and invasion from Tibet and right leading to the wooden bridge (we follow the right). After climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, we reach our camp at 3750m, which is amidst beautiful meadows.
Day 05: Soi Thangkha to Jangothang base camp (4050m, 19km, 5/6 hours)
Although today's is not a long trekking day, a significant height gain will take place as your trail goes above tree line. From the camp, your path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. We walk through a very muddy section of trail, pass a mani wall and enter yak country. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. After lunch, we walk past yak herder settlements of Soe and Takethang. Common crops that people grow here are barley, potatoes and turnips. We walk our final approach across a plateau and up a stream bed and Dangochang village to the awesome campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 06: Jangothang acclimatization and exploration
Today, you will spend a day by doing four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your camp. There is practically no trail but you will climb on a open and endless slope till you see the view of Mt Jichu Drakye (6989m). You can scramble further up till 4895m (higher than Mount Blanc) to see amazing view of Mount Jumolhari. You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles and the remarkable blue poppy.
Jangothang base is a flat grassy land with an old ruined fortress on a hillock in the foreground, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and its neighbour Jitchu Drake. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. If you do not wish to hike but simply wish to just relax in camp, whichever option you choose, its certainly going to be a memorable day.
Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi(4010m, 19km, 6/7 hours)
The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshering Gang (6789m). Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until you climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4010m.
Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa (3850m, 12km, 5/6 hours)
Visit the Lingshi Dzong, perched on the hilltop with a commanding view of green hills, the winding river and magnificent peaks. For centuries, Lingzhi Dzong was a way station for weary Buddhist pilgrims and defense fort against Tibetan and Mongol invaders. It is an easy day and pleasant walk through villages and yak herders camp. After lunch, a short walk will take you to Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful crystal clear waterfall. Camp by the side of stream at an altitude of 3,850m.
Day 09: Chebisa to Shoumuthang (4130m, 17km, 6/7 hours)
Begin your trek with a stiff climb up a ridge to Gogu La pass (4,500m) taking nearly four hours. The sights of rare blue sheep is common on the rocks near the top of this pass. After the pass, descend through rhododendron bushes to a lunch stop. Afternoon continue along the trail with intermittent ascents and descents and after crossing the stream, through rhododendron forests and yak herders camp we arrive at Shakepasa at 3980m. From there, we walked down through a thick rhododendron forest until our next camp in Shakshepasa at 3980m. Climbing steeply up to the northern side of the valley and passing by a couple of yak herder's camp, we arrive at our camp, which is beside a stream at an altitude 4,250m.
Day 10: Shoumuthang to Rogluthang (4130m, 17km, 6/7 hours)
The trek starts by walking through edelweiss bound trail with a climb to Jari La pass at altitude 4,700m. The snow capped peak visible to the south-east is Kangbum at 6526m. Then descend to Tsarijathang valley, the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takins (national animal of Bhutan). From here we may have to cross the stream as most of the time the footbridge is washed away. After crossing the stream towards the left, the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang, a rocky meadow camp at an altitude of 4,200m.
Day 11: Robluthang to Lingmithang (4140m, 19km, 7/8 hours)
Today, you will cross the highest pass in our entire trek. Climb all way up through boggy patches crossing stream, traversing marmot holes and moraine, you will reach at the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m). The view of snow-covered Gangchenta or the Tiger Mountain (6,840m) filling the northern horizon is simply stunning. After the pass, descend through rough rocky trail following moraine river valley to Kango Chhu River. The path is quite narrow and you may have to cross a stream again and get wet. After walking through cedar forests we arrive Lingmethang (4,140m), which is a beautiful scattered meadow by the river with Tiger Mountain towering behind your campsite.
Day 12: Lingmithang to Laya (3850m,10km, 3/4 hours)
In the morning you wake up with a superb view of Gangchenta peak in front of you. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at altitude of 3,800m.
Day 13: Rest day at Laya
Explore around Laya village. You can go and visit any of the houses around. Even to a perfect stranger, traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended and a cup of tea and Chang (local, wine) is always offered. The people in this valley are very interesting especially the women. They wear conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments.
Day 14: Laya to Chamsa (3800m, 19km, 6/7 hours)
Descend to the army camp and join the Mo Chhu (Mother River of Punakha). Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forests until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,800m.
Day 15: Chamsa to Gasa Tshachu (2900m, 19km, 6/7 hours)
Walk for about half an hour over flat land till you reach the Bari La pass. Its downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. On the way, you may spot Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, and Blood Pheasants. Camp at Gasa village at an altitude of 2,700m.
Day 16: Gasa Tshachu rest day
After a long trek, this is the place to relax. Visit the village and Dzong. The Dzong was built in 17th century by the first religious Kin, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. After visiting the Dzong, descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) to enjoy the hot bath in one of the pools. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan.
Day 17: Gasa Tshachu via Damji and Tashithang to Punakha
After breakfast, you will drive un-tarmac road descending through heavily forested areas rich with wild orchids to arrive at Damji Village (2,400m). Continue downhill through the high agricultural benches and lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees and creepers. Follow the Mo Chhu river through thick forest till you reach Tashithang at an altitude of 1,620m and further down for 15km to Punakha.
Day 18: Punakha to Paro
Sightseeing of Punakha and continue drive to Paro via Thimpu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Paro Airport
After breakfast your guide will drop you at Paro Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
Further Answer Question Section
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You can enter into Nepal both by land and flight. Several Airlines have direct flights to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa and Varanasi.
All foreign nationals except Indian require a visa to enter Nepal. Please, keep in mind that all countries
The Immigration department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the tourist visa. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In City like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot we do
provide star hotel as per your request and during the trekking, we will provide
tea house accommodation. A Tea House is the combination of guest house,
restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea
Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The
lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little
additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are
shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the
Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available
for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day’s weather. But we
discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in
most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry
wet wipes as an alternative
There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.
Yes, most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek. It costs US$ 2-3 per hour for charging while you are doing Trek in Everest region.
Yes, it is ok and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves in print. So if you take photographs, please take copies and post them back that will make sure they get delivered back to the people on one of your treks. But it is better to take permission from them before taking photographs. Sometimes they may angry in taking photos without asking them.
Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers you use. Recommendations for tipping guides/porter would range from 5 -7 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.
We provide one porter for every two travelers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10 Kg per passenger. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only allows for a personal weight limit of 5 Kg for hand luggage. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu
Definitely not. If you can afford a personal porter it is highly recommended. It gives wages to the people who earn a living for trekking. This is the terrain where they grew up. Hence they make walking up and down mountain look easy.
You don’t to be a marathon runner or training for the Olympics. But you do have to be healthy fit and mentally prepared for trekking in Nepal. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day on a trek, and no mountaineering skills needed for Nepal trekking.
You will have trek briefing, and meeting with fellow travelers before departure of Trek.
You can book trekking with us from anywhere in the world. Booking can easily be made online using our secure booking engine accessed from each tour page on this website. You can contact our office by phone, fax or by email. Please email us for further information if you are unsure how to book with us.
Mission Eco Trek has been the clear "Mission and Vision" on eco tourism and green tourism since decade long. Through green tourism, we have the experience and the commitment to provide you with the trip of lifetime. We can offer you a quality holiday at an affordable price and we will show you places you could not see while traveling alone.
No, there is any age restriction. We can design trek for children/teenager/ pensioner. For children and pensioner, we offer short and easy trek around Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. For adult and teenager, we offer moderate to hard trek to Everest Base Camp/ Manaslu/ Dolpo/ Mustang/ Annapurna/ Langtang etc.
Don't worry, we make it easy! Most of our first time clients actually grow to love sleeping in the great outdoors. You will sleep in good quality, two men tent which you share with only one other trekkers of same sex. We provide all Trekkers with a thermal sleeping mat. For those who want added comfort, you can bring your own mattress. On lodge/Teahouse Trek, normally single trekkers share rooms with only one other of same sex.
Of course, we arrange all domestic and international flight tickets.
Yes. Insurance is compulsory on all trek regions for your safety. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We have listed a few essentials that you will
have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full
list of essentials. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance,
air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 1)
Pocket hand warmers (for winters)
Hand sanitizing lotion
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking, Chlorine Dioxide (water purification tablet for water sterilization).
Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased at Kathmandu.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Health requirements arranged
Money: cash/credit card
Swiss army knife
Whistle to attract attention in the event of an emergency.
Spare Boot Laces
Sleeping Bag/Sleep sheet - Four season bag is recommended for high altitude trekking in summers and -20 degrees sleeping bag in winters. Sleeping Bags can be rented in Kathmandu at reasonable rate.
Light weight Towel
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
Ear plugs & eye mask can assist light sleepers
Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best
Nepali phrase book
Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore tex
Sarong a multitude of uses
Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
Running shoes or sandals for evening
Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter. Down jackets can be hired in Kathmandu.
T Shirts 2 or 3
Shirt - Long Sleeved
Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
Thermals upper and lower
Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.
08.30 Start Walking
11.00 Tea/Coffee Break
01.00 Lunch Break
04.00 Reach to Guesthouse.
07.00 Evening Meal.
08.00 Briefing for the Next Day
The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early Dec, then March to mid June, even though you can trek all round the year. June/August is better to do trek in rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpa in Nepal and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
There are telephone and internet in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. We inform daily trekking report to your relatives to home.
other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal, must hold a valid
passport prior to apply for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months
validity from the date of arrival. Travelers can obtain a Nepalese visa upon
arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent
copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to
Nepal. The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on arrival at
any border are as follows:
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40 payable only in USD dollars
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable only in USD dollars
use a mixture of local buses and taxis, private mini buses or cars for city
sightseeing and airport pickups and sometimes land cruisers for journeys into
the mountains, to and from trekking points. The choice of vehicle will also
depend on the size of your group. See the “Price Includes” section for your
trek’s options. All vehicles are maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take
you through the narrow roads of Nepal. We carefully omit to talk about the
crazy, exciting, heart thumping driving that whips you from place to place. Should
you have special transport requests, please contact us.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and while trekking?
We use standard rooms, as per our “Price Includes” section, in Kathmandu. We serve you lodge double room available in the route in sharing basis with other fellow travelers of same se. This service provide as per trekking plan you purchased with us. Lodges are mostly in village which allows you to buy sweets and drinks that we do not carry with us. For Tea House (lodge) trekking you will get a double room, on shared basis, as per your trekking plan.
Most treks are suitable for anyone who is moderately fit. No previous experience is required. To make fit for trekking in Nepal, some physical fitness programs such as regular walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering a trek. Whilst on a trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before you become fully acclimatized to altitude.
Lunch & Dinner each day as per itinerary is included. If you have any
special dietary requirements please inform us beforehand.
Are there any opportunities to shower on trekking in Himalaya?
Hot showers will be available in some lodges at your own expense.
Electricity will not always be available, especially in more remote areas. Carry a second set of charged batteries with you – and don’t forget your adapters! Your guide will know where you will be able to charge your batteries next. But most of the places in Langtang, Annapurna and Everest Trek, you can charge battery but need to pay extra cost.
There are telephones in a few villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Cell phone reception is not reliable on in the mountains and in many regions not at all. If required, we can supply a satellite phone service. Please inform us if you need this service, which must be at your expense.
In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave the cities behind, you can only use cash. Make sure that you take sufficient Nepalese rupees for your needs in small denominations. In some places, Dollars, Euros and Pounds will be accepted.
It all depends on your spending habits. 15 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, souvenir shopping of local crafts when available and a few drinks. You can buy these things only in certain villages.
Tips are always expected. It is good to tip trekking staff at the end of a trek. The standard recommendation for tipping is for each person in a group of 10 or more persons, tip to the guide US$ 10 per day and each porter US$ 3 per day. For groups of one or two persons and above USD$ 12 per day for guide and USD$ 5 per day for porter is recommended.
Please bring a water bottle to fill with purified water. We will provide you with purified water to each day. So you don’t need anything unless you want to bring your own water purifier (If so, please inform us beforehand). You can also buy mineral water in some villages along the trail.
All stuff what you have, not necessary to take to trekking as this makes your porter extra heavy and things can be lost and damaged during the trek. You can leave such stuff at your Hotel in Kathmandu or our office store. Luggage storage facility is absolutely free of cost.
We plan each trek to depart at our customer’s convenience. Usually, a day or two after you fly into Kathmandu; spend a day or two in the capital, meeting the team, checking on all the gear and then departing after breakfast on the pre-arranged day.
must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from your tour. It needs
to contain few blank pages. Bring minimum five copies of passport size photos
to issue your Nepal visa on arrival which is payable only on USD cash and
trekking permit. Travel insurance; keep a separate photocopy with Mountain Mart
Trek and into your main baggage, Cash, Flight tickets, Emergency contact
numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts, Passport photos: One Nepal
visa at the airport and four for your trekking permit and more photos for a
multiple entry visa for onward trips to your next port.
Visa fees are: US$ 25/40/100 for 15 days/30 days/90 days multiple entry that is payable only in USD cash. Maximum number of days should be included in the section about extending a trek. Departure taxes are included in flight tickets to any destination since 2005.
Yes, our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters.
On a trekking, our porters will take care of your luggage as per the “Price Includes” section. Your porter may carry a maximum of 12kg of luggage per person in a soft bag. A porter carries two trekkers’ bags (25kg). All you need to carry is your small day bag with important personal belongings like camera, water, sun cream, sufficient warm and rain clothing for the day.
Weather in the Himalayas is difficult to predict: expect the unexpected. Nights are generally much cooler than the day. In winter (December to February) nights can be cold when the sun is out while days are beautiful and warm. Snow can fall at any time of the year. Temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C above 5000m. It is important to stay warm and dry in any conditions – so carry sufficient gear in your pack each day.
providing your group size meets tour agreed minimum, we include a free place
for a leader, company representative and teacher.
16 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for one leader.
25 participants in a group – get free trekking package for two persons.
40 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for three persons.
safety and well-being of our clients is our first priority. Acknowledging that
there are inherent risks in all travel that can never be totally eliminated, we
endeavor to minimize any risks or dangers that have the potential to lead to
any more than reasonable level of physical or emotional distress for our
clients, staff and partners. We aim to do this by:
Ensuring the chosen itinerary is appropriate for your group.
Seeking medical assurance from you that medical advisor prior to trekking departure to ensure all travelers are suitable for the challenge ahead.
Ensuring that our guides are all first aid trained, carries a comprehensive first-aid kit and are fully competent in handling emergency evacuation procedures.
Ensuring that our guides carry mobile or satellite phones: Mobile or satellite phone communication is available on most trekking routes which provide direct access to our company.
Providing a doctor to escort all school trekking groups and on request for charity challenges. Insisting that a complete risk assessment be provided prior travel and trek.
Requiring each client to complete and sign our risk assessment form prior to departure for a trek. Insisting that travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers and trekkers. Insurance documentation to be provided prior to any trek.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along the route we can add days at your request at additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if given sufficient time to make the arrangements.
there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your
main trek. Please browse our trip extension on home page and the following
suggestions offer a few possibilities. Everest Flight: A one hour early
morning flight to see Mt Everest and its surrounding peaks. A ticket includes
the flight plus transfers to and from the airport weather permitting. Trisuli River Rafting: A one or two
day package, including return road transport.
Chitwan Jungle Safari Package:
2 nights 3 days. Longer trips are also available, Kathmandu City Tour, Meditation Tour- 2/3 days, Tibet Tour, Bhutan Tour, India Tour, Volunteering at a School in a Village.
Our cultural tour guides are pretty proficient. The trekking guide (Sirdar) and his assistants speak a reasonable amount of English are good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes or is of interest to you.
We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply
All our trekking programs are classified into three different categories according to the level of altitude & terrain of the trek. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to walk for around 4 - 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. It's definitely not for beginners. Basically, any trek can be challenging. You need to know your body & probably take a medical examination before doing any trek above 5000 meters and/or before doing strenuous treks.
Security of our clients is of foremost & vital importance for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping treks' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Prevention is always the best kind of cure.
On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, a dining tent and toilet tent; and all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.
In the event of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we surely believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the event of your having to be evacuated; please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or u must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office about the requirements of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send a name of the sick person and always give the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift you. Our guides will help you on this; do not leave your stationed point even if you are getting better once you have called in the helicopter.
Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than a decade. We enjoy our work.
Yes, we do. If you prefer to travel independently, or with your friends, families and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe suiting your convenience. The number could range from a group of people that could be minimum 1 and maximum 100 at a time. Costs for private trips can be fixed on the basis of group size, trek area; duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange Trek for single women if required. However, if none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you; you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a solo trip. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life.
This is an abbreviation for 'Guide Accommodation and Porters' (GAP). This trek option is for those who only want basic support services from us. This is the most economical way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters and trekkers who pay for their meals directly to the local lodge owner. This option works only on certain routes in the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions where trekking routes are served by the local folks in their tea house or lodges. You pay for your own meals. We take care of all the expenses of our staff.
camping trek we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with
a variety of local and western dishes. Your first meal of the day starts with a
king size breakfast that consists of a choice of porridge, muesli or a cereal
followed by eggs done to your style; it can be an omelet, fried or scrambled
eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked
vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course
meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes
and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is also
provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special
diets are regularly catered for. The cooking crew leaders are able to maintain
very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to
general cleanliness and food preparation. The head cook makes sure that all
food is prepared with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked
and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is
served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are
provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.
On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help you with the menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium or iodine. On GAP treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend that you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.
In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek, accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are deciding for a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the tea houses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during peak or busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in a dormitory; however, the feel of adventure is always there.
You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. Living up to a physical challenge is always good for you, no matter what. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body's needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.
The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.
Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking it over with your guide, provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity.
We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.
Our airport representative and a vehicle will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport; in his hand will be a plaque board holding your name clearly written on the board or paper. You can’t lose us.
Obtaining a Nepalese visa on arrival is easier except that you may have to spend some precious time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue. Also, don’t forget to bring cash as ATMs are not available at the airport. Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to arrange a visa for 30 days.
You can get your money exchanged at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you can get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu, visit us for further information.
The weight limit for the trek is 15 kg per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended which we provide. The lighter you are the better for the trails.
You can keep your luggage and valuable items in a locker at the hotel in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Most of the tea houses have electricity facilities during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices on the trail.
You will only have to carry a daypack, which should be a reasonable size to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, etc. Your other packs are carried by porters. Again we stress on the wisdom of always ‘travel light’.
You can get hot shower services throughout the trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things.
Altitude mountain sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in the Khumbu region. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! When trekking, its vital to realize that you must always hike at a pace that is convenient to your body…& not to anyone else’s, make sure you feel comfortable when trekking and listen to your body…always. These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
My guide was very kind and had a positive view on everything. He was helpful and knew a lot about the local people and the trekking areas. I highly recommend taking a trekking trip with Mission Eco Trek.