Everest area trek in June

  Traveler visited Nepal in June 2016

“I'm hoping for a trekking trip around Nepal to see the culture and landscapes. And hopefully a glimpse of Everest. I haven't got like camping gear or anything, was wondering if there was a group that would provide some of the stuff.”


Amanda Delecca, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal.

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Traveler
I only have ten days off work for the trip.

Traveler
Tibet seems too hard to get into, so I figure Nepal would be just as good, would love to get some views of Everest mostly, but obviously not climb it.

Traveler
And just see what Nepal has to offer in regards to landscapes and such, within an affordable price. I'm prepared to walk/trek/camp a lot also.

Joost Schreve
I've invited Amanda, one of our Kathmandu based local experts, to join this convo. I think she will have some great ideas for you.

Traveler
Wonderful

Joost Schreve
It may take a little while for her to jump in. I think she has a wedding to go to tomorrow in Kathmandu.... So expect a slight delay.

Traveler
No worries, would it be ok I leave my email and we can rearrange a time for tomorrow?

Joost Schreve
No problem

Traveler
Thanks bud, need to sleep early tonight.

Traveler
Looking forward to book a trip :)

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], (thanks for the intro Joost), great to e-meet you! :)

Traveler
Hey! I'm back!

Amanda Delecca
ah great timing!

Traveler
:)

Amanda Delecca
I was at a wedding of one of my colleagues this morning, apologies for taking so long to get into the convo

Traveler
No worries

Amanda Delecca
So I wanted to check, are you wanting mainly a trekking trip with a bit of other stuff around it?

Amanda Delecca
The reason I ask is that to get views of Everest, you're looking at around 8 days trek

Traveler
That's fine. I have about 10 to 11 days off work

Amanda Delecca
do you need to allow international travel time in that too?

Traveler
I live in Beijing at the moment. Maybe just few hours of difference I think

Amanda Delecca
ah cool, that shouldn't take too long

Traveler
I'm hoping for a trekking trip around Nepal to see the culture and landscapes. And hopefully a glimpse of Everest. I haven't got like camping gear or anything, was wondering if there was a group that would provide some of the stuff.

Traveler
This is a trip I should have started planning a little more in advance but life gets in the way sometimes haha

Amanda Delecca
Next thing, the monsoon will start in June... we obviously don't know exactly when, but the rains could come while you're here. It's not a super torrential monsoon in Nepal, but I want to make sure you're comfortable with some rain. Views are also not at their best during this time because of the extra clouds that bring the rain.

Amanda Delecca
yeah no worries, I know how it can be :) and it's no problem for us to plan it on your timeline :)

Amanda Delecca
most treks utilise tea house accommodation, they're small guest houses that are simple but clean

Amanda Delecca
As a starting point, I would recommend this trek: http://himalayan-trails.com/nepal/short-treks-in-nepal/a-week-below-everest

Traveler
Ah rain, I see.... Feck it. Rain doesn't bother me, but missing the views would. As for accommodation, a couch or a cushion on the floor keeps me happy :)

Amanda Delecca
It's always tricky with that time of year the weather isn't something we can guarantee

Amanda Delecca
if the monsoon started early, it would be in the 'starting phase', so not too bad yet

Amanda Delecca
you're not going to miss views completely and you do have several chances to see it from this trek

Traveler
Sounds great! Wonder how much this trip'll cost, one sec

Traveler
Ah right it's asking me to book and give further info, do you know by chance how much it is?

Traveler
Filling out this info is no problem otherwise.

Amanda Delecca
yes I do!

Amanda Delecca
for 1 person it's US$1135

Amanda Delecca
If you like, I can put together a trip dossier with the full details so that you know what you're getting for this price

Traveler
Sent them a message and that number is in my budget I think :D

Traveler
Let me just do a currency rate thingy, the Chinese yuan hasn't been great lately....

Amanda Delecca
no worries

Traveler
Meanwhile....did you hear Prince died? :(

Amanda Delecca
sorry, I didn't quite get your previous message... what do you mean by 'send them a message'?

Amanda Delecca
so sad!!!!!

Traveler
People are dropping by the second this year :(

Traveler
I sent the site my interest in the hike. Unless, can I book it through you?

Amanda Delecca
yes, this is my website (Himalayan trails) and we can do the whole booking thing here on kimkim!!

Traveler
Fantastic! Ok, so yeah I can afford this, what does the cost cover? We talking everything? (flights accom etc) if not what else needs consideration?

Amanda Delecca
it doesn't include you getting to Nepal, but includes your flight to and from Lukla

Amanda Delecca
I'll put the info in a doc for you as a proposal and send it through shortly

Amanda Delecca
that way it's clear exactly what you're getting :)

Traveler
Ok, wonderful. Given the high altitudes, is there a fitness test or anything necessary?

Amanda Delecca
no, not a fitness test. We do recommend that you're somewhat fit, but you don't have to be a olympic athlete for this trek

Traveler
Great, I'm in a wheelchair.

Traveler
Joke

Amanda Delecca
LOL

Traveler
Bad taste really

Traveler
Do you need my email?

Amanda Delecca
actually I can see your email above, and once Ive got the details together I'll send you a PDF right here :)

Amanda Delecca
we have run a unicycling trek around Annapurna... surely wheelchairs can't be so different?!

Traveler
XD

Amanda Delecca
the part where you have to carry them might be a bit difficult though

Traveler
Are you sending the email now or later?

Traveler
Want to get started on sorting this out. Do I need a visa? Or insurance?

Amanda Delecca
I'm getting the info organised now and will drop it here very shortly

Traveler
Cheers!

Amanda Delecca
yes you will need a visa (on arrival at the airport) and travel insurance - the info I send you will give you some more details about what you insurance should cover you for

Traveler
Grand, are there any insurance companies you could recommend? And is the visa process a nice simple one or a nightmare scenario?

Amanda Delecca
Here's your full trip info - please have a look and let me know if you have any questions1

Amanda Delecca
I don't recommend an insurance company, not something we get into as it depends on where you're from, as per the dossier exclusions, you need: "Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover); Rescue/evacuation costs (to be covered by your insurance)"

Amanda Delecca
visa process is super simple, bring a passport sized photo and US$25 (USD is easiest, I find) to pay for it, fill our a couple of forms and you're in

Amanda Delecca
Heres a little more info: http://himalayan-trails.com/nepal/[Traveler]ral-information/visa-for-nepal

Traveler
Grand, visa looks easy. :)

Traveler
I'm going to quickly check with Nomads insurance one sec.

Amanda Delecca
sure!

Amanda Delecca
Is there anything else you need while you're here? Sightseeing in Kathmandu, international airport pickups, hotels in Kathmandu?

Traveler
Uhm.. does some one meet me at the airport, and am I accommodated for the 8 days?

Traveler
Haven't read the whole PDF yet, just checking the money issues first with insurance etc

Amanda Delecca
what i've given you so far is for the trek only, so starts when we pick you up on the morning of the first day of trek to take you to the airport

Amanda Delecca
it doesn't include any additional sightseeing, hotels or international airport transfers

Traveler
But I'm more or less in your hands for the 8 days right?

Amanda Delecca
as a minimum you would need to arrive in Kathmandu the day before your trek and as a small buffer I would suggest you depart the day after your trek finishes

Traveler
Will do.

Amanda Delecca
yeah for the 8 days we've got everything organised for you including meals, accommodation, domestic airport transfers, return domestic flights, etc

Traveler
Grand, yeah I guess just a hostel for the arrival and departure times I guess :)

Traveler
I can search for those no problem, but if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Amanda Delecca
depends what you're looking for...?

Amanda Delecca
what standard of hotel do you prefer?

Traveler
Cheap and decent

Traveler
I have a random question, is this the company Rob Hall used to work for?

Amanda Delecca
nope

Traveler
Do you get that a lot?

Amanda Delecca
you're the first, actually :)

Traveler
Yeah, terrible shame 96. :(

Traveler
'Repatriation by air ambulance where medically necessary' does this qualify as the minimum for rescue evacuation.

Amanda Delecca
I'm not sure how different insurance companies word the PSDs... maybe check with the company if it includes if you're stuck somewhere? So you would need to be evacuated, but it's not necessarily a medical emergency

Traveler
Ok, most Irish companies only insure you if you've been resident in ireland for the past six months, which I haven't. So Nomads is usually my main option when it comes to this kinda stuff.

Amanda Delecca
ok. yeah just check it out with them if you're not sure

Amanda Delecca
Hey I'm about to go offline for the night

Amanda Delecca
any last questions for now or shall we pick it up tomorrow?

Traveler
Ok, thanks for everything, can I usually contact you through this?

Traveler
I'll run over everything and hopefully get back to you before the weekend is out :)

Amanda Delecca
yes I'm often around, even on weekends, although less on weeekdns than during the week

Amanda Delecca
great, chat soon! Have a great weekend :)

Traveler
No worries, thanks again and I'll be in touch :)

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], Just checking in to see how your trip planning is coming along. Is there anything else you need from me at the moment?

Traveler
Hey Amanda, I found insurance that will cover me, so i'm more or less sold on this trip!

Traveler
Will the entire trek just be me and one guide or is it usually a group of people?

Traveler
Is it suitable I arrive on the 31st May, spend the night in a hostel, then meet you guys the next morning starting the 1st of June?

Amanda Delecca
Hi [Traveler], that's great!

Amanda Delecca
Yes those dates are fine for us. It will be you and your porter/guide trekking together, but you'll have plenty of people around on the trails and tea houses if you feel like being social.

Amanda Delecca
Your flight on day 1 will be very early in the morning, just so you know :)

Traveler
Grand, yeah i'll book the flight tomorrow and then book the trip soon after :)

Traveler
Does the price stay the same irregardless of timing?

Traveler
I'm booking the flight today, looking to arrive in Kathmandu 31st at 22:15. Then up early next morning to start the trek on the 1st June. All good?

Traveler
My departure flight will be on the 9th June. Is this all ok?

Amanda Delecca
Hi [Traveler], sounds good!

Amanda Delecca
Yes the price will stay the same regardless of timing and your dates looks good!

Amanda Delecca
So when you're ready, here's the link for payment and confirmation of your trip: https://www.kimkim.com/charges/trip/75g3o3gz

Amanda Delecca
let me know if you have any questions on anything at all!

Traveler
Wonderful! I'll get the insurance and hostel out of the way first. What hostel would you recommend?

Joost Schreve
Hi [Traveler], I added an article about some hotels we recommend... Amanda will likely also have some suggestions, but this is a good starting point with prices ranging from $25 (for home stay) to very expensive.

Traveler
Ok, great, thank you. I will pay for the whole trip next week, I'm away for the weekend so I won't be online again till Monday. Talk soon!

Traveler
I am 100% dedicated to this trip, please don't change any of the dates or cancel my plan, I will be paying next week :)

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], that's great! Your trip is technically guaranteed once you've paid, I don't foresee anythign that would change that between now and next week though. I'm also going to be offline for a few days from tomorrow-ish. I'm not exactly sure when i'll have internet and when I won't, so I'll leave you with Joost (for any questions or queries) until maximum next Wednesday when i'm back in Kathmandu. Have a great weekend :)

Traveler
I need to wait until I get paid again, the 10th of May, is that ok? Again I already have the flight booked, so i'm still game :)

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], that should be fine. If it looks like our plans are going to change before your trip is confirmed with payment I will let you know.

Traveler
Thank you!

Traveler
Got paid today, my shit Chinese card is very limited in what it can do(more or less nothing), so I'm currently arranging a friend to help me get this paid online today.

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], thanks for the update! We'll keep an eye out for it. Looking forward to seeing you here soon!

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], thanks for the update! We'll keep an eye out for it. Looking forward to seeing you here soon!

Traveler
Hey, just paid for the trip, what happens now? :)

Joost Schreve
Hi [Traveler], we received your payment. Thanks! So your trip is now confirmed.
All that's left to do is to get ready for your trip and have an awesome time in Nepal :)

Joost Schreve
Amanda may have some pre-departure info such as packing list etc. and I'll be standby in case you have any questions as well.

Amanda Delecca
Thanks for the booking [Traveler]! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! I will have some questions for you to get some further information, shortly.

Amanda Delecca
Here's our suggested packing list:

Amanda Delecca
talk soon!

Traveler
1 : I would like to rent a thermal jacket and sleeping bag. 2 : What kind of season should I expect in regards to packing clothes? 3 : Do I need two bags? One to carry stuff during the day, and the other larger one the porters bring to the next tea house? 4: I am an asthmatic but not a bad one, like I barely need my inhalers but thought I should let you know. I'll be bringing them anyway just in case. 5 : Any tips to help me be as ready as I can for this trip?

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler],

Here's some extra info for you:
1. There are 2 stores I recommend for hiring gear: Sherpa Trekking Equipment Store https://www.facebook.com/Sherpa-Trekking-Equipment-Shop-103510199993675/?ref=br_rs and Shona's Alpine https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shona's+Alpine/@27.713315,85.3122219,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x955f83687236a9f7!8m2!3d27.713315!4d85.3122219
2. The days will likely be warm and sunny and the nights will be cold once the sun goes down and you're at altitude.
3. Yes 2 bags... a small backpack as your day pack and either a hiking pack or duffel bag for your main luggage. Note that suitcases are not suitable.
4. Thanks for letting me know about your Asthma - any allergies or dietary restrictions we should know about?
5. Yes - take your time, it's not a race and enjoy the trail!!

Do let me know what other questions come up in the next couple of weeks. I'll have some pre-trek info for you during the week.
Cheers!

Traveler
Are both stores open 24/7? I will be arriving late at night. Can you rent absolutely anything from them? All I need is a heavy warm jacket, sleeping bag and UV sunglasses. Are the prices really bad or decent? Could you give me an estimate if possible? Thanks :)

Amanda Delecca
Hey [Traveler], no these stores aren't (an no stores are) open 24/7. You will either need to bring a sleeping bag and down jacket with you or hire them once you get to Lukla. I've just checked and they are available up there. They will be around Rs150 each per day to hire in Lukla and they may also request some kind of a deposit to be left. The other thing that is really useful if it rains is an umbrella! Because it's quite warm when you're walking, a rain jacket can be uncomfortable if it does rain because you just end up sweaty on the inside. Cheers :)

Traveler
Ok, do most stores accept both dollars and Nepalese rupees?

Traveler
At 4000 ft, do I need to get maximum protection level 4 sunglasses or will level 3's do?

Traveler
Oh and I got insurance! Do you want me to email the doc's to you?

Amanda Delecca
You're safest with Nepali Rupees - hotels and larger stores will accept US Dollars but smaller stores accept only Nepali Rupees. The maximum altitude of your trek is 4000 metres (note, not feet - just to clarify) and you don't need any special eyewear unless you have eye problems, in which case you should speak to your optometrist.

Amanda Delecca
Can I please have the following information for your insurance (just as much info as you have)





Traveler
Can't find any info on an assistance company.

Traveler
Is that ok?

Amanda Delecca
Yes that's fine!! :) Thanks!!

Traveler
Hey Amanda, hope all is well, been reading about a few deaths around Everest lately. Reckon that's only an issue when above the 8000m mark right? Haha hope so! Anyway when I arrive on the 31st May I'll be staying in the Fireflies Hostel (Fireflies Hostel, Pakanjol Marg House 159 Ward No 16) so who will I meet and where the next morning? Also do I need to print out all the terms and conditions of my insurance or is the information I provided you enough? Cheers! :)

Amanda Delecca
Hi [Traveler], I'm heading to Bhutan for a week from Thursday so I'm sorry I won't be here to meet you myself before you head out on your trek. I'll be back by the time you get back though so I look forward to hearing all about it when you're back in Kathmandu, maybe over a beer :) I'll check with the guys in the office who is going to come meet you and let you know tomorrow how your schedule is looking. We will pick you up from your hostel (it will be early, likely around 5 or 6am), then you'll meet you guide, Kajee, over at the Lukla Airport as he's already over there.

Yes the Everest problems have been for climbers, not trekkers. Always sad.

I have everything I need from your insurance - no problems.

Because I'm not in town when you get here I'll also give you the contact details of your contact for your time here, just in case, for any reason at all, you need to speak to someone. You'll be in good hands :)

Talk tomorrow! :)

Traveler
Ok, cheers :)

Amanda Delecca
Hi [Traveler],

So in my absence our Office Manager, Raj, will be your contact. You can reach him on email journeys@himalayan-trails.com or his mobile phone +977 9841 960 442. Would you mind sending both Raj and I an email so that he is able to contact your directly? My email address is amanda@himalayan-trails.com.

We're still trying to get you on an earlier flight, at the moment your flight time is 7.45am. Earlier is better because you've got more chance of flying - bad weather sometimes comes in later in the morning. Raj will email you to let you know of your final flight time a couple of days before your departure so you can be ready to go early in the morning. Currently your departure from your hostel is 6.15am. We will pick you up and escort you to the domestic airport.

Amanda Delecca
Some other last items before you depart:

1. We will need one passport sized photos from each of you to finalise your trekking permits. Please have this ready to give to us the morning you start your trek. You won't have time to get them here so please bring it with you. Your visa on arrival at the airport will also require one passport style photo so you'll need 2 in total.

2. On your flight to Lukla and back the baggage limit is 10kg in check in baggage and 5kg in hand baggage.

3. You will need to take photo ID to the domestic airport to use as ID at check in. I think your passport is the easiest thing to use as ID as you will no doubt be carrying it with you anyway.

4. On trek your baggage limit is 15kg.

6. Kajee (your guide) will help you with renting those couple of things in Lukla

7. One thing that you will find useful will be a dust mask, very simple ones are cheaply available here and will help with the traffic dust/fumes in Kathmandu. For busy trails on trek (eg the stretch up to Namche bazaar) or for enfield riding, a ‘buff’ or stretchy scarf to wrap over your nose and mouth combines well with your sunglasses and a hat! Masks and buffs are available here, but you may want to consider bringing a more high tech mask from home if you have sensitive sinus, or possibly a respiratory condition/asthma. Even getting a mild cold (often happens on trek) will aggravate your sinus, as will the cold dry air at altitude... and the dust will only make it worse.


Amanda Delecca
I will have internet for the next week, but I'm not sure how often so please do email both Raj and I for any last minute questions. And super lastly, have an awesome trek! I look forward to hearing about it when you're back in Kathmandu!

Joost Schreve
Hi [Traveler],
Wanted to send you a quick note to wish you a great trip to Nepal! Let me know if you have any last minute questions. We look forward to hear your stories!
Best,
Joost
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