Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Budget Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the world. It offers an adventurous walk within high Himalaya areas of Khumbu region of Nepal. You can have the first-hand experience of rich Sherpa culture & stunning views of Himalaya.
 Everest base camp trek starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla. Lukla 2,800m is a gateway to enter the Everest region. You should follow Dudh Koshi River most of the time in this trek. First night on the mountain will be at Fakding after a short walk. You have to climb up to Namche Bazar in your second-day trekking which brings you to the altitude of 3,440m above the sea level. Namche bazar is famous for local market too. Of course, most of the trekkers stay at least two nights here for acclimatization. You may have a wonderful sightseeing around Namche Bazar & Syangboche for a great view of Mt. Everest & others many higher mountains. You may visit the local market; the local market will be busy on Friday & Saturday. Hence you may visit all the time to see its many trekking gears shops, art shop, Cyber cafĂ©, departmental stores, Pub, bank etc.
 After acclimatization at Namche Bazar, now you climb a bit & walk on the mountain with a great view of the highest peak Mt. Everest, 4th highest peak Mt. Lhotse, beautiful Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Himal, Nuptse, Kongde, & many more. You should trek down to Fungi Thanga from Lausasa. Lausasa has two ways; one goes to Gokyo lake trek & other goes to Tyangboche. So you are on the way to Tyangboche now from here. A steep climb is waiting for you after lunch at Fungi Thanga. Approximately, two ours climb on this mountain
will bring you on top of the Tyangboche for overnight. Tyangboche is famous for its old monastery.
From Tyangboche, all the time you may have a stunning view of the beautiful mountain to Dingboche. Dingboche offers another acclimatization day for you. You may still climb on higher mountains in Dingboche day as well. After a rest day in Dingboche, you will be walking way to Lobuche. Lobuche is nearly 5,000m above the sea level so you have to be careful from acute mountain sickness. AMS can be dangerous for life sometimes. If you got problem AMS please stop to climb up to the mountain. Worse headache, dizziness, blur vision, vomiting, very tired, no appetite, short breaths are common symptoms of AMS.
 Now, you are very close to your ultimate destination Everest base camp. This was your dream to touch the highest base camp in the world. You will trek some very rough trails before Gorakshep & before base camp. Normally, we will bring you to base camp from Lobuche via Goraksep. You may take the photo on base camp, spend sometimes & back to Gorakshep for an overnight.  You may climb to Kalapathar for sun setting view as well or climb early in the morning for sun rising view. Sun setting view is recommended to see. After an amazing experience of Everest base camp & Kala Patthar now time to go back down to Lukla. Trek down to Pheriche, Namche Bazar, Lukla. You will fly back to Kathmandu with a short flight in the morning.
After all, we will drop you at the airport as per your international flight. We hope you will enjoy this trek for your life experience. And we always wish you will visit Nepal in future too.
  You may find many different prices for this trek. International travel agencies are very expensive. Nepal local trekking agencies are comparatively far cheaper. But some trekking agencies are offering unbelievably low & cheap price in Nepal. Our humble request is; do not buy that very cheap price. You will not get good service. And most important thing is that they will not give good salary to the workers. Guide & porters will not get a satisfactory salary. We hope you do not want to make them work with maximum lower price. Normally, Everest trek is expensive. You should pay a very high price for Lukla flight. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight retail cost is $356 for a foreigner. Food & accommodation also are very expensive in this region due to transportation. Three different types of trekking permit also making it expensive. But we still have very competitive and reasonable price.
It is medium to hard level. Almost, all the trekkers can do it. You need to climb up slowly. You need to drink a lot of water. You need the dedication to do it. If you have a regular physical exercise at home and fit, you will do it easily. But you have to climb to 5,364m above the sea level so you have to be mentally prepared too.
Normally, you will walk 11/12 days in Everest region, 8 days to climb to base camp from Lukla with two acclimatization days & 3 or 4 days to go back to Lukla from base camp. You need to come to Kathmandu first & preparation for trekking & at least one more extra day after trekking. You may say, it is back up day as well because Lukla flight is not that sure due to its weather sometimes. Let’s say you need at least 14/15 days altogether.
Mount Everest base camp is a popular & most important place for the Everest expedition. Now it is world famous for trekking. You need a lot of climbing gears & a long time to climb Mount Everest. But you are only interested to see the world’s highest peak & feel it. You would like to see famous Sherpa people in this region. And you want to touch Everest.  So when you come here for trekking; you will come to on lap of this big mountain. Basecamp is a starting point of the Everest expedition. There is a lot of ice & glacier on the bottom of Everest. All the expedition climbers fix their camp on this place. It is 5,364m above the sea level. Trekkers also can walk to this place to see Everest.
Outline Itinerary for Everest base camp trek
Day 01 : Picks up from arrival & drive to the hotel
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla 2,800m & trek to Phakding 2,660m – 4hrs
Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazar 3,440m – 6 hrs
Day 04 : Acclimatization day, visit Syangboche 3,800m
Day 05 : Trek to Tyangboche 3,810m – 6 hrs
Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche 4,450m – 6 hrs
Day 07 : Rest day at Dingboche (you may climb some higher peaks)
Day 08 : Trek to Lobuche 4,910m – 5 hrs
Day 09 : Trek to Basecamp 5,360m via Gorakshep & back to Gorakshep 5,180m for an overnight
Day 10 : Trek down to Pheriche 4,210m/ Pangboche 4,000m
Day 11 : Trek to Namche Bazar – 7 hrs
Day 12 : Trek to Lukla – 7 hrs
Day 13 : Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14 : Departure from Kathmandu

Thursday, November 16, 2017


A short Everest base camp trek

Private sightseeing tour Introduction:

Pristine Nepal Treks & Expedition presents Everest base camp trek as charity trek in Nepal. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world & its base camp is the highest base camp in the world. We organize the trek to base camp which is an amazing place. You may follow the footprint of legendary Sir Edmond Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. We are offering this trek as a short Everest trek. You will find here Sherpa live culture & mountains beauty. Thousands of travelers have a dream to touch this place so we are here to make their dream success.
Personally, I have been here more than 50 times within this 15 years back. I had started as a trekking porter 15 years ago. It made me guide & worked in this Himalaya region for a long time. Now we are a team with a deep experience & very professional. So we have that belief; we are the best trekking agency in Nepal.
Tour Duration: 8 Days
Minimum Number of People: 3
Tour Type: Trekking
Tour Price: Price Per Person USD $1,650.00

Group Size: 3+

Tour Highlights:

Scenic flight to Lukla
Trekking in world heritage site (Sagarmatha National Park)
Live Sherpa culture
Highest Peak Mt. Everest
Helicopter tour

Day 1: Received by a guide on arrival, transfer to hotel, & overnight stay
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) with a short & scenic flight, trek to Phakding (2,660m)
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m): You should climb up to the mountain
Day 4: Trek to Tyangboche (3,810m) : Visit the oldest monastery with a beautiful mountain view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, & much more
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4,450m) via Sherpa village Pangboche, Somare
Day 6: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) with beautiful mountains view
Day 7: Trek to your ultimate destination "Everest base camp 5,364m" & back to Gorakshep then fly back to Lukla by helicopter
Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning, free afternoon & departure at evening

Tour Inclusions:

Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle
One night hotel in Kathmandu
Flight tickets Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
A helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla
Meals: Three times meals during the trekking breakfast, lunch, & dinner
(7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 7 dinners)
Fresh fruits in dinner
Down jacket & sleeping bags for trekking
Lodge accommodation during the trekking
Sagarmatha National park entrance fee
Local rural municipality tax
Trekking guide (salary, insurance, flight ticket, food & accommodation)
Trekking porter (salary, insurance, food & accommodation)
Sterilizer for water purification
Coordination in emergency cases
All local & government taxes

Tour Exclusions:

Nepal visa fee
Travel insurance
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bill, WiFi charge, hot shower
All soft & hard drinks
Which is not mentioned in price included

Monday, September 11, 2017

Everest-Gokyo Trek Experiences

Everest trek is always interesting, new experiences, challenging, & hard as well. As a guide, I have been facing so many experiences. Sometimes, people get so excited & cry; sometime they can’t climb on this altitude & get sick then cry. There are always two different causes to cry on the mountain. One; they are happy, other; they can’t do it.

Here I am talking about Gokyo lake trek. I forgot the year, it should in 2010, I had Hungarian Doctors group for Gokyo lake trek. Actually, they had come to Nepal for a seminar in Tilganga Eye Hospital. I think they were an eye specialist. All they were women, they had booked Gokyo lake trek after their seminar.

We flew to Lukla, & started to trek. They were old women, we had slow & gentle pace. I had hired porters from Lukla. One of the Sherpa porters was very experienced, hardworking & helpful. We stopped two nights in Namche Bazar & climbed to Gokyo trail. This day became very interesting, terrible, & unforgettable as well. There is one point named Lausasa, from here; one trail to go EBC & one goes to Gokyo Lake. It is a steep climb from this place to Fungi Danda. Our porters were ahead than us on this uphill. We met them closed top, unluckily, Sherpa porter was vomiting frequently. We always fear vomiting in this altitude but it is not normal for him because he was okay in this morning & he is very experienced porter for this area. Of course, he was Sherpa from this region. It is not altitude sickness.

We stopped on the top of a hill. There are a couple of teahouses as well. We were in the doctors’ group, they tested blood pressure, eye pressure, and everything was perfect. They gave him some energy drinks. I was quite worried, I talked to my boss in Kathmandu. He asked me his name, age & address for insurance. I think there was no insurance till that time. I asked him to stop here or to go back to Namche Bazar. But he refused & said, I am not sick, I encountered to ghost in Lausasa. Ghost made me sick, down there is a witch doctor, he will make me okay. I was worried, there were others porters too but to send him back alone is not a good idea. If other porter goes with him, two porters baggage will be a problem for us. But Sherpa carried his bag pack & trekked down to Fortse Thanga.

We stopped in Fortse Thanga for lunch. There was a cook who was witch doctor too. We asked him to make Sherpa okay. I was a bit shy from our doctor's group because they were medical doctors & we are getting treatment from a witch doctor. It was a shame for us. No, one of the Hungarian doctors asked me to do the same thing what we were doing. She said, she also knows that idea & it works very easily too. He has everything okay, there should be something nature affection. She asked him lay down on the bench. She didn’t touch but did as like our witch doctor. She said he will be okay after 15 minutes.

Actually, I was surprised to see that an eye specialist doctor was practicing as a witch doctor. I stopped to Sherpa porter in lunch place. Other porters helped to carry his bag pack. I suggested to him stay an overnight at Fortse Thanga because he didn’t want to go back. We trekked to Dhole for the overnight. I was worried about Porter; it was hard to get a new porter in this remote area. This trail was not that busy otherwise sometimes we could meet some porters.

Sherpa porter came in next day early in the morning & he was quite okay.  It was surprised for us, he would believe in ghost & our doctor too then he became okay. It was coincident or what was?  He trekked all the way to Gokyo & on the top of the Gokyo Ri without any problem again.

One of the doctor/she was witch doctor too, she was crying on the way to Gokyo Ri. First I got confused & thought maybe she is sick or couldn’t walk. No! She was crying because it was too beautiful in the morning with Mt. Everest view & others gorgeous view. It was new for me someone is crying with nature’s beauty. It was unforgettable trip ever.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp trek is so special for me. It was my first trekking & unforgettable memory in this trip. It was in March 2006. I had gone as a porter. There was a couple, I forget who they were & from where. 

The guide was a drunkard; I also used drink lot in the early 20s. We would get free "Raksi” local alcohol in the most of the guesthouses. I think we didn't pay for Raksi. Most of the guides & porters would drink in this area. This trekking area is safe to drink. If you go Annapurna Circuit Trek, & Everest base camp trek, normally they don't drink. Guides & porters are very careful in Everest region but they drink in Annapurna region because here no high altitude risk. You should not trek in very high altitude area in Annapurna region.

So, we would drink every single evening, most of the guest houses, & lodges used to offer Raksi. I think it was their competition, & business policy too. There was an event in Chhomrong, we also went there & participated in the cultural program. We are rich in culture; we have our own singing, 7 dancing number. We have a duet song, especially, questioning, & answering by singing. We sang the song almost the whole night. You can imagine, you are trekking every day & singing for a whole night with alcohol & not sleeping.

It was a nice night but the next two days were absolutely not beautiful nights. After two days, we reached to Annapurna base camp. Unluckily, I got a worse headache in base camp & I couldn't eat anything, couldn't sleep the whole night. It was hangover then high altitude, & carrying a bag-pack. I was weak, tired, & sick on the way back till Pokhara. So this Annapurna base camp trek is memorable for me. I learned that we should not drink in trekking.

There was another story in Chhomrong before going to base camp; one of the Guide named Sange was sick, he was frequently vomiting, & not eating anything. I think he was sick before starting this trek. He was vomiting blood, guest house owner & local people rescued him by carrying in the next morning to Pokhara. It was sad news, he passed away when we came back to Chhomrong after Annapurna base camp. It made us upset. I always have that scene he is climbing up to Gurung hill after Ghorepani.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Everest Base Camp Trek


Everest is not only a mountain it is head of earth. Everest base camp is its one part. People want to go base camp because it is there.  I had a dream to touch it. I was born in a mountain area of Nepal and taught in school about Mt Everest. Usually, we would read it in Nepali name “Sagarmatha”. “Sagar” means sky & “ Matha” means head so it can be said sky-touching head. 

When I finished my school & came to Kathmandu for university it was a big challenge for me. My parents did not have any income to afford me so I should do something to survive in Kathmandu. I tried to get a job in Kathmandu but it was not easy. Many people were unemployed; if you have your own closed-one then there is a chance to get a job even in any sector in Nepal. I was from a very poor & uneducated family. One of my brothers was struggling in Kathmandu so he couldn’t support me. I had to work to live & study.  Four-years, I couldn’t find any things. One day I met one trekking guide, he offered me to go trekking as a porter.

It was in 2006, I started to carry trekker’s baggage on mountains. It was not easy but I was also from the mountain & grown up climbing on the mountain. Here’s one thing; I used to climb up almost two hours to reach in school & one & half hour to go back home every day in my 11 years school life. So I think I had that habit in blood. I had started to trek by carrying tourist’s bag in Langtang & Annapurna Himalaya area. Tourists would ask about Everest, I knew information about Everest, legendary Sir Edmond Hillary, Tenzing Sherpa & other much more but I had not gone in this majestic land.

In 2008, I got a job to go Everest base camp trek & Island peak climbing as well with two Canadian boys. It was not only base camp trek, we had to cross big pass before base camp named Chola pass. It was so nice, so beautiful, so amazing. I had almost 25 kg bag pack but so much excited to trek in this area. I saw Mt. Everest from the top of Namche bazaar first time in my life. We are Nepali & many others foreign people think we have seen it always but of course many of the Nepali die without seeing it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any camera, mobile anything in this time. Yes! We didn’t have a mobile phone; it was a very new thing in Nepal. Rich people would have a mobile phone but others would not afford. We trekked to Gokyo Lake Valley; Gokyo Ri 5,360m above sea level was amazing with a 360-degree view including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Choyu & higher mountain.

We had the plan to go Lobuche, Gorakshep, & Everest base camp after crossing the big Chola pass, unluckily one of our guests got altitude sickness while going to Lobuche from Pass. We changed the plan & trekked down to Thukla.  Thukla it was 4600m from sea level. It was better placed to stay overnight. I also had a bit headache after Chola pass but when we stopped in Thukla it went away. Next morning, we went to Everest base camp direct from Thukla. It was amazing, superb & picturesque. We were tired but so much excited. We forgot all the tiredness, sickness, hardness everything. It was my lifetime experienced, achievement. We stayed almost 30 minutes in base camp, it was not busy season so we didn’t see any tents in camp but it was beautiful. We had to go back to Thukla.

It was nice to sleep after base camp in Thukla. Next morning we trekked to Chhukung and prepared for Island Peak climbing. We had an old Sherpa climbing guide. He was a very interesting guide; I learned a lot of things from him. He is already passed away now. We trekked till Island peak high camp. This area was beautiful. I had brought local “Rakasi” alcohol from Chhukung to base camp. The weather was fantastic all the day.  I drank it two nights in base camp & high camp. It was so nice.

There was a big problem of drinking water in high camp. All water was frozen; one of the boys from our group had gone to the ice fall area to bring water. He had survived from an avalanche while bringing water. Whatever it was a nice area to see Mountain View. Our group submitted successfully and came back to camp in the afternoon.  

Then, we trekked down to Lukla within three days. Here we had a really boring last trekking day due to heavy drinking in Monjo. Our group was happy after a successful trekking & Island peak summit. So one day before Lukla we had big drinking party in the lodge which made one Canadian “Kaput”. We carried him on porters back to Lukla. Anyway, he became okay in Kathmandu for two days & we had indoor rock climbing again.

Now, I have been to Everest base camp more than 50s time. Off course, each & every time I am always excited, some of the things are quite different & changing very fast. Especially, Khumbu Icefall & glacier are disappearing very fast. I will write my experiences frequently what I have seen & felt at this amazing place.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Annapurna Poon Hill Panorama Trek

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna region is itself a massive, beautiful, and amazing Himalayan area in Midwest Nepal. Many different trekking trails can be done in this picturesque land. Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is one of the easiest, most popular, and short trek in Annapurna region.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is designed for those people who have an only short holiday from their work. It can trek within a couple of days. From Kathmandu, flight & ground both transportation are available to go Pokhara to start this trip. Pokhara is a most beautiful touristic city where all type of tourists loves to hang around. 42km from Pokhara after bus, car then it can be started to trek.

However, there is a bumpy road to Hile-Tikhedhunga nowadays. Tikhedhunga can be for the first night with local tradition in a simple lodge. The second day is really hard in starting due to a steep ascent to Ulleri village. There are two different suspension bridges just in Tikhedhunga & than vertical climb up with 3200 steps to Ulleri. After this village, the trail is gradual up into a forested area till to Ghorepani.

Ghorepani is the most beautiful mountain settlement on the top of the hill. It was cattle shed in past time for a local shepherd. Later on, it became a camping site for trekkers in 70s/80s. It was the popular campsite for tourists till 90s & local people started to build tea houses from late 90s. Now, it is full of nice lodges & guesthouses.

Poon Hill is famous for sun rising view. Three different highest mountains ranges are seen from this place including Mt. “Dhaulagiri” 8167m 7th highest, Mt. “Manaslu” 8163m 8th highest, and Mt. “Annapurna I” 8091m 10th highest in the world & other many more mountains with its 6000/7000m height.

Actually, “Poon” name is an ethnic group name from Magar ethnic, Poon people live around this mountain. The name of Poon Hill from this ethnic group, they are very gentle, honest, hardworking, and brave. They are popular in Gurkha army of British & Indian force.

Trekking to Ghandruk through all Rhododendron forest after stunning sun rising view from Poon Hill. Ghandruk, other village populated by Gurung ethnic who really famous for Gurkha soldier. They have their own language, dress code, culture, & custom.

Finally, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek ends Nayapul again where it is started but there is a road to ride bus nearby Ghandruk village. Bus/car drives to Pokhara & overnight, then another following day brings to you in Kathmandu by bus or flight.