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Pre-Trip Meeting:
We will have a Pre-Trip meeting when the participants of the team are arrived. Please advise us if you will be arriving late and unable to attend the meeting. We also supply the departure information for next day. You may join a cultural tour of Kathmandu should you have some spare days before or after the completion of the main trip. The city tour includes a private vehicle (car, van or bus as per the group size) and professional English speaking tour guide. Please note that the city tours are always optional apart from the customized trips.
There are a total of 7 World Heritage Sites in the city, including at least fifty important shrines and temples in the Durbar Square alone. They are Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Squares and Changunarayan Temple. Among them, 4 to 5 sites can be included in a day.

Swoyambhunath
The history of Kathmandu valley begins with the Swoyambhunath temple. The entire Kathmandu was supposed to be a Lake and later Manjushri cut a gorge from Chovar to drain the water out and made it possible for human settlement. The word ‘Swoyambhu’ means “the self-existent” in English. The Stupa offers a great opportunity to study the religious harmony in Nepal. Tibetan monks, Bhramin priests and the Newar nuns are the major worshippers in the temple. Most of the monasteries have prayer wheels ‘the Buddha’s wheels of life’ and has to be circled in clock-wise direction. This temple is also called ‘Monkey Temple’ by foreign tourists. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath
The 36 meter tall and one of the largest Stupas in the world is also known as the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Stupa is located about 6km east of the main city. No other Stupas in Nepal can be compared closely to Boudhanath for its grace and purity. There is a specific religious significance on every part of the Stupa. The Stupa is considered built after 600A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath temple is located at the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the banks of the holy river called Bagmati. Pashupatinath, which literally means ‘the Lord of Animals’, is one of the many forms of the Lord Shiva. Pilgrims from all over Nepal as well as India come to Pashupatinath to worship and pray to the deity on his birthday and wash away all the sins committed by them. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple and tourists are only permitted to observe the festival from across the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This is a Square of history and arts. From artistic monuments to erotic wood carvings can be seen on the Temples here. The area consists of the house of the living goddess – Kumari. The Kasthamandap temple is believed to have been built from the wood of a single tree and it is also said that the Kathmandu valley is named after the temple. The palaces and temples were built between 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is serving as the focal point of socio-religious city.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of arts and crafts. Patan is located only at 5 km south of Kathmandu. Most of the monuments in the Patan Durbar Square date back to the medieval Malla period between 16th to 18th centuries. Patan Durbar Square consists of the three main courtyards – Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Mani Keshab Narayan Chowk which houses the Patan Museum. Krishna Temple entirely made of stone and the three-storied golden temples are the major attractions of Patan Durbar Square. This area is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur means the city of devotees located at about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu city centre. There are many monuments including pagodas, palaces, courtyards and Buddhists shrines and monasteries. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to 18th centuries. Golden gate, 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola and Dattatreya temples are the masterpieces of Bhaktapur. The 55 Windows Palace is the supreme wooden architectural structure dominating the entire Bhaktpaur. Nyatapola in Newari means five-tiered temple symbolizing the five basic elements of nature. Dattatreya temple is the combined incarnation of the three supreme gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence Bhaktapur Durbar Square is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and importance.

Changunarayan
The Changu Narayan, the temple of Lord Vishnu is located 6 km north of Bhaktapur on a magnificent hill top delivering a fantastic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is full of magnificent art works in metal and wood proving as one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of Lichchhavi King Manadeva dating back to 464A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred place in the 3rd century. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. This temple is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Participation Statement:
Trekking Encounters recognizes that hiking, trekking, hill walking, climbing and mountaineering expeditions are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be fully aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. We strongly advise you to be fully covered by insurance in case of any emergency.

Group Size:
We operate small group travels and solo trips as per your demand. There are certain treks that require minimum two persons as per the government provision. All our treks and tours consist of maximum 12 people in a group as we have experienced this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if there are requests for a group of more than twelve people, we can arrange this too.

The Trek Leader and Crew:
For a lodge/teahouse based trek, there will be an English speaking and experienced trek leader supported with Sherpa porter(s) for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that the trip can still go ahead as planned if anybody in the group is sick. The staffs can play a vital role in order to make your trip successful, enjoyable and memorable. Our team consists of skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members who are capable of handling your holiday in the mountains smoothly. All our guides speak English fluently and carefully selected. Actually, most of our guides grew up in the mountains of Nepal. So, they're not only familiar with local communities and culture, they're a part of it and practice every day. They are also educated on potential medical issues during the trek, biodiversity and environmental issues on training programs. We provide training for all our staffs and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum:
- English Language
- Trekking Guide and Leader
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Eco-Trekking Workshop and Map Reading
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (available for expedition leaders)

A Typical Trekking Day:
You will be knocked on your door soon after the light enters your room. A small bowl of warm water will be offered for washing. When the freshening is finished, you pack your bags and make available to the porter. Your breakfast is ready now in the dining followed by a warm cup of tea. We set off for the trek after the breakfast while the porters have started already. We usually start our trek between 7:30 to 08:30AM. The pace on the trek will be unhurried with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and meet with the locals. We stop for lunch after approximately 2-3 hours of trek somewhere on the trail. Our lunch break is usually for one hour including the crew meal. After a relaxing lunch, you will typically spend another 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trek before reaching your stopping point. You will be allowed to take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountain views throughout the day. You can take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. You may take a village tour after having a brief rest and shower. The evenings can be spent reading, chatting with your fellow trekkers and crew about the trip, enjoying with some drinks or playing cards with the crew. Our crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learn new Western games. Finally, it's off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before you start the next day's trip again.

Accuracy of Itinerary:
Although it is our intention to operate this trip as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, local politics and limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience and understanding. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Meals on the Trek:
You can enjoy with typical Nepali food, varieties of ethnic and all sorts of international cuisine including Tibetan, Continental, Indian, Mexican etc. on your teahouse/lodge trek. Most teahouses/lodges can prepare a set of delicious meals including pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, noodles, daal-bhaat, variety of breads and soups etc. They can even cook pizza, chips and some desserts like apple pies, pancakes and custard. You can also get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon, soft drinks and snacks in many places. Generally, dinner and breakfast are provided from the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination. On our camping treks, you can enjoy with freshly cooked hygienic and nutritious meals on full board basis prepared by our experienced kitchen crew.  They prepare a typical set of Nepali food, varieties of ethnic and most type of international cuisines as per Trekking Encounters ‘trekking menu’. A complimentary welcome or farewell dinner with cultural dance will be offered in Kathmandu.

Accommodations on the Trek:
We provide standard accommodations in two/three stars hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with breakfast included. All accommodations on the teahouse/lodge trek are provided on twin sharing plan included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, quality of food, location and availability. The rooms are unheated with wooden beds, foam mattresses and quilt or blankets. We advise you to bring your own sleeping bag or are available in Kathmandu on rental. Most teahouses/lodges have only shared washing and toilet facilities; however we try our best to provide you with attached rooms. If you prefer a single room, please indicate that while booking a trip and a single supplement charge will be applied on top. Many places do not allow single accommodations in the Everest and Annapurna Base Camp regions. Your single room supplement will include a single room in Kathmandu and where available on the trek. Please expect occasional dormitory rooms at some places in high seasons. At our camping treks, accommodations are provided in comfortable two-man tent with foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. Single supplement is applied here if you prefer a single tent.

Transportation:
We use good condition tourist vehicles during your sightseeing tours, inter-city tours and airport transfers. The ground transportation we provide are mostly private but tourist buses can be provided on your request for some sectors like Kathmandu to Pokhara or Chitwan and vice-versa. Depending on the group size, we use car, minibus, van or land cruisers. There are some rough roads that require 4WD vehicles only. The small and light vehicles are more flexible and enable us to take you through the narrow and hilly roads of Nepal. The flights are organised where mentioned in the itinerary unless you prefer to change with alternatives.

Private Groups:
The trips featured on our websites and other advertising materials are just some outlines for many of our private group travellers. We can organize custom designed itineraries for solo travellers, groups of friends, clubs, charity’s, schools or even work colleagues. Our team will assist you the best way possible to design itineraries of your choice.

Trip Availability:
If you find any of our trip(s) suitable for you, we encourage you to contact us now to check the availability. There may be several reasons why you may not be able to join your preferred trip as there are limited numbers of spaces available and we operate small group departures and probably this could be one of them. We are receiving the demands increasingly each year making it difficult to join a trip at last moment. So, we ensure you to assist onto your adventure of a lifetime that we ask you to check the trip availability at your earliest convenience.

Acclimatisation:
All Our treks above 4,000m/13,123ft are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time for your body to acclimatise. The best way to avoid any problems is to do everything slowly, walk at a gentle steady pace and drink plenty of fluid. Going high too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We advise specially the trekkers with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before heading off for high altitude treks. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath.

Travel Insurance:
All members will require comprehensive travel insurance for personal injury, medical, evacuation, repatriation, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage. All members MUST have rescue insurance with helicopter evacuation. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you. We will make a copy of those for our records in case of emergency need.

Medical:
Advice on inoculations should be sought from your GP, travel clinic or online. CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu has excellent information on this, please visit CIWEC Clinic website. Medical assistance is available in Kathmandu at this international standard clinic. We advise specially the trekkers with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before heading off for high altitude treks.

Rescue and Evacuation:
There are provisions for rescue and evacuation by land/or air (helicopter) in Nepal. If anyone/or group becomes seriously ill and determined by the group that rescue is necessary, one of the staff (or group member) will rush to the nearest available place for communication to inform us in Kathmandu. We will immediately report the case to your insurance company and obtain clearance for evacuation. Rescue helicopter will be sent as immediately as possible. Usually, it can reach on asked place within 2 or 3 hours. However, rescue flights are very much technical and weather permitting depending on the places. We put our best efforts in order to save your life like your family does.

Porter Care Policy:
Nepal's entire trekking and expedition industry is built on the back of hard working local porters. They carry the logistics and baggage while trekking to the remote areas. We are very sorry to say that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights and we ensure that all our porters/staff are fully paid, insured and well-equipped. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as you would expect if this was you in case of any physical hazard while on a trek.

Competitive Price:
We guaranty you the most competitive prices on our all treks and tours. There are no hidden extras. The cost is prepared in view of suiting your needs and specified what this covers for.

Baggage and Packing:
Usually airlines in Nepal restrict baggage to 20kg and the Lukla flight 10kg. Just in case your main luggage goes missing en-route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn-in boots are more difficult to replace easily. Some items can be left at the hotel for your return. Most hotels offer free storage service including their safe deposit locker. Clothing and equipment not required on the expedition can be left safely at the hotel. It’s a good idea to leave travel clothes with the hotel laundry so that you have at least one set of clean clothes on your return to civilization.

Equipment List:
A detailed equipment list is provided on our website. Sleeping bag and down jacket can be hired with us in Kathmandu at a very reasonable price. Each item will cost about US $1 per day on rental. However, we advise you to purchase a good 4 season sleeping bag and jacket for winter treks and serious expeditions. Click here for our detailed equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions:
We have listed the most often asked questions on our website. Click here for FAQs.

Country Information - Nepal:
On the 28th May 2008, the constituent assembly voted in overwhelming favour of abolishing the Monarchy in Nepal. The last was the Shah dynasty who ruled in Nepal for 240 years. Nepal has been proclaimed a “Federal Republic State” to be known as the “Democratic Republic of Nepal”. Continue reading>>

General Travel Information:
Nepal is a landlocked country known for its beautiful and dramatic natural scenery. Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation ranges from 65 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, the Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters (29,028ft). Nepal has so much to offer including the scenic views, glaciers, lakes, majestic Himalayas, spectacular mountains, clear waterfalls, raging rivers, ancient cultures, temples, monasteries and traditional villages, etc. So, we are trying to supply you with the most current and updated information on Nepal and avoid worries planning a trip in this wonderful land. Continue reading>>

Tipping:
Tipping is generally expected and part of everyday life. The general amount to tip is from $3 to $5 per day per person to each guide and porter. There are no restrictions to tip more and note that tipping is always for better service.

Bookings and Payments:
To start a booking of any trip published by TEN on its marketing materials, we shall need a completed booking form along with 25% of deposit to the specified bank account. A complete booking form will be available to you by e-mail or fax. On completion, it needs to be sent us back by fax, e-mail scan copy or post to our office in Kathmandu along with the 25% of deposit. This will constitute your acceptance of all Terms and Conditions. We also require your copies of passport and insurance details. After we receive your 25% of trip cost as deposit amount, completed booking form, copies of passport and insurance details, we shall send you final confirmation of your booking and receipt.
Deposits are on per person and per trip based. Please contact us directly to get deposit instructions.
- If sending via wire transfer, a bank service charge may apply and should be borne by the Client.
- If paying by Credit Cards, a surcharge of 4% will be levied as card processing fee. For your information, we accept Visa and MasterCard only.
- Full payment is required minimum 21 days prior to the trip departure date.

Environmental Concern:
We are committed to reduce the impact to the natural environment from our clients and dedicated to sustainable eco-tourism. We request our customers to help in preserving our environment by conserving water, supporting the use of renewable resources, minimizing the use of plastic bottles, canned food and other things that pollute the environment. We supply our clients with safe and purified drinking water instead of bottled water.
We are also life member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project) and are working closely in association with KEEP in environmental preservation activities. KEEP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working to provide impartial and independent information to the travelers seeking for a trek. KEEP also ensures the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal. KEEP has been offering training courses on nature conservation, basic and intermediate English language courses for trekking guides, porters and lodge owners as well as first aid training and eco-trekking workshops. Our guides are trained by KEEP on environmental protection and preservation which enables them to understand the importance of the environment. We also give awareness messages in the conservation of natural resources to the local people through our staffs. A simple example is they can request local people not to cut down the trees for fuel and use kerosene or install a solar system.

Our CSR:
Social Responsibility is an ethical ideology that companies should contribute to the welfare of the society and not be devoted to maximizing profits only. Trekking Encounters Nepal is a business organization which has put an obligation to act to benefit society at large by avoiding engaging in socially harmful activities and performing acts that directly advance social goals. We are one of the Socially Responsible companies that act in a number of ways to benefit society; by giving donations to preserve the arts and culture, funding academic scholarships, supporting community-building initiatives and so on. We are also committed to reduce the pollution in the environment because of our customers' activities.
Since Nepal is one of the under developed countries in the world, the private sectors can play a vital role to support its people in many ways. We have been donating a certain percentage of our profits to local charities that work for environmental protection, education and health services in Nepal. We aim to find more opportunities in building up scholarship funds for the remote and underprivileged children of Nepal. The girls of indigenous casts and war victimized children also need support suffered from the 10-year long Maoists insurgency.

Please Contact Us if you are willing to sponsor a child in Nepal. Your small contribution may give lights to someone.

Terms and Conditions:
The Booking Terms and Conditions contain important information so that it is necessary for you to read them carefully and understand well. It also constitutes a legally binding contract between Trekking Encounters Nepal (TEN) referred as the 'Company' and 'Client' for the services to be provided by TEN and defines the legal obligations to either party. Continue reading>>

Additional Information:
We have provided as much information as possible about this trip on our website. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by e-mail. If you wish to speak to us directly, you may call us at: +977-98510-76388.


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