High Passes of Everest is superb new trekking holiday which makes a complete high-level circuit of all the major valleys of the Khumbu. This trek includes three high passes (Renjo La (5,388m/17,513ft), Cho La (5,380m/17,650ft) and Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) which link the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Chukung. In each of these valleys we have the option to make an ascent of a walk-up peak for classic views of Everest and other Himalayan giants. Visiting the major sights of the Everest trail, villages and valleys which are off the beaten track, this trek goes way beyond the normal experience of an Everest base camp trek. For those who like a challenge and those who just have to see everything, this trek really does have it all. Come and explore with us High Passes of Everest Trek.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not to far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour 1-2$). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places we stay near the passes, there is a limited choice of accommodation and some of the lodges we use will have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and we do not charge a single supplement. We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the entire trip. If you prefer to have your own single room then you have to pay single supplement, however the single room is only possible in Kathmandu not on the trek.
Flight from Ramechhap
Flights to and from Lukla may be operated out of Ramechhap Airport, in an effort to alleviate congestion at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. In such case, any departures affected will need to wake up quite early on day 3 to drive the 130 kilometres (approximately 5-hours) from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport. A private vehicle transfers will be provided at no additional cost. Your local leader will give you the most up to date information regarding delays to flights on the spot.
Alternative itinerary during flight cancellation
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, which can result in the need for changes to be made to our intended itineraries. Flights throughout Nepal – particularly in high mountain areas – are often delayed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are particularly prone to these delays which has the potential to vary the itinerary of our tour departures. Our contingency plans in case of bad weather preventing the fixed wing aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla are as follows:
Day 3 – We will attempt to board our booked fixed-wing plane as per the itinerary. If this flight is cancelled, we will return to our hotel in Kathmandu for an additional night.
Day 4 – We will again attempt to board our booked fixed-wing plane. If this flight is cancelled we will endeavour to charter a helicopter to transport the group, provided helicopters are available and weather does not prevent them from flying to Lukla.
Travellers will need to use their emergency fund to cover the cost of the chartered helicopter. The exact cost will depend on how many travellers are in your group and could be up to US 500. If we reach Lukla on day 4 by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter we will then follow the same itinerary to Everest Base Camp but descend over one less day in order to take our return flight from Lukla on day 15.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks, desert & beverages are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$500-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 13kg. For the Lukla flight the limit of the weight is 10+5KG. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 5500m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
Here you can find further information about Altitude Sickness.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 13 kgs for the porter.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
Find more details about Equipment Checklist.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport details and we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself. Please make sure we have this one month ahead of your trip.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up.
Know more about how you can stay healthy in Nepal: Staying Healthy in Nepal.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -3ºC at Everest Base Camp. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo or Chola pass - the night time temperatures may reach –10ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Everest Base Camp. 1:50,000. Nepal Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 meters. This is the definitive map for the Everest High Passes or Everest Three passes.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humor and appetite of adventure and discovery.
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
Your first day begins with breakfast at your Hotel. You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
You will take stunning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. You will meet with the trekking crew upon arrival. Following a short tea break you will trek northwards up to the valley of Dudhkoshi. Descend from the small plateau into the forested valley. The trek is very easy and short today. However, the difference in altitude, in comparison with Kathmandu, can make you feel a bit difficult. After lunch you trek north towards Phakding. The trail crosses several streams and you finally reach to Phakding (2650m). You will spend your first night in this settlement from where you will have tantalizing views.
Hike to Namche Bazaar through farmland and settlements. You will follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes you through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees. You will cross the west fork of the river, the Bhote Kosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest Sherpa village which is called as Gateway to Mount Everest. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading center as well. Locals from various villages gather during the weekly bazaar and sell fresh foodstuffs.
You will start your trek from Namcha Bazar to Thame after breakfast. It is the settlement of Sherpas where most of the famous climbers and mountaineers were born. Thame is the largest village in the valley and it is better known as the home of Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa to scale Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Appa Sherpa, the man who holds the record for climbing Mount Everest most of the times (21), was also born here. You will meet Sherpa and try to know about them, their culture and traditional mores. You will spend time at the village of Thame with its spectacular Monastery.
From the Sherpa village of Thame, you will trek to Lumde. On the way you will see the spectacular view of Himalaya. You can enjoy and capture the beautiful scene or moment by the camera for the life time memory. Overnight at Lumde.
Crossing the Ranjo la pass will be exciting and challenging. Descend steep slope at first into a remote northern valley where the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance to meet Tibetan traders descending from the Nangpa La pass. This is an ancient trading route that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet. Renjo la pass is very popular and challenging trekking trail in the Everest region. Descend to Gokyo.
Early in the morning after breakfast ascend to Gokyo Ri. It is a peak in the Khumbu region. It is located on the western side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. You will explore the classic view of Everest, cross the Nogozumpa glacier to reach Dragnag.
Your day begins with the breakfast in the morning. You will start trekking early today to take advantage of the stable early morning weather pattern that prevails in the Himalayas. Depending on the snow conditions, it will take you approximately two hours to reach the saddle of the pass. Cho La is a summit pass located 5,420 meters above sea level in the Solukhumbu District in northeastern Nepal. It connects the village of Dzongla to the east and the village of Thagnak to the west. After visiting Cho la pass and its spectacular view, you will trek to Dzongla.
Today you will trek over rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal. It lies in a dry lake bed of the same name. There is no vegetation in Gorak Shep, The land is not suitable for any kind of cultivation. So it is named Gorak Shep which means ‘Dead Raven’. From Gorak Shep, most tours go for day excursions to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp is reach within about 3 hours from Gorak Shep. Camping there requires a special permission. Therefore most of the trekkers only go for a day trip to the camp. From here you can explore the highest Mt.Everest and view of spectacular himalayas with taking beautiful picture.
Your condition will be checked today before you move on. If the condition is found good then hike to Kala Patthar. Enjoy an early morning hike to an excellent viewpoint of the Everest region, with panoramic vistas of the front of Mt. Everest and Pumori. Kala Patthar is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori. After ascending Kala Patthar you will decent down to Lobuche and prepare for your next journey
You start the day very early as the day is long. The trail is challenging off the beaten trekking trail in the Everest region. The day offers you outstanding view of Mount Everest, Cho-oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Lobuche and many others. Among the three high passes of the Everest trek, Kongma La pass is one of the most picturesque areas. After crossing the pass, trek to Chukung which located in Sagarmatha National Park area.
Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of north eastern Nepal in the Chukkung Valley. Dingboche is a relatively large village in Khumbu, located between Pangboche and Chukhung. It is above the tree line, so lacks the greenery of the villages below. Then you will visit Pangboche to Deboche.
Tyangboche is a village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867 metres. There is an important Buddhist monastery, Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest gumba in the Khumbu region. You will trek down to Tyangboche and then Namcha to Jorsale.
Hike down a steep trail to the Dudh Kosi and trek down. You’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Lukla. Celebrate your trek at a local tea house and gaze back at the jagged peaks of the mountains you’ve just climbed. Bid adieu tonight to your trekking crew.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, enjoy panoramic mountain views. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants before spending the evening celebrating your achievements!
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before transferring to the airport for flight back.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Nov 06 2017
I've been trekking twice before to Nepal when I was much younger and didn't use a guide or porter back then. This time I did, and was lucky to have Birman as guide and Foure as porter. From beginning to end this was an excellent experience. Bir took good care of my friend and I, always finding a room at the lodges for us despite this being peak fall season. Bir made sure we ate well, had enough blankets, and were safe on the trail. Despite lots of competition for flights, we had no trouble arriving and leaving Lukla on the days intended. I had some trouble with the lack of oxygen on one day going over Cho La pass, and Bir made sure we stopped to rest--and breathe--as needed.
I liked the company's policy about responsible tourism and was happy not ordering bottled water. Bir used his steripen to purify every bottle of tap water and my friend and I never had any tummy trouble.
Shree was very helpful before and after the trek, and proved an excellent manager.
I would highly recommend Trekking Team Group to anyone going to Nepal.
Aug 21 2016
From start to finish an excellent trip, well organized and delivered by TTG. Their staffs are friendly and had everything in order. Shree was my contact in the office who organized the trip, I was kept well informed and any questions were answered quickly. Our guide on the trek was Lakpa who looked after us well on the trip and everything went off without a hitch. All in all a great experience, if you love mountainous regions this trek is worth undertaking and as long as you take it steady it is not a particularly difficult trek. I would recommend Trekking Team Group if you do decide to depart for Nepal. Although there is evidence of the recent earthquake (more so in Kathmandu) this should not put you off in the slightest.
Mar 11 2016
If professional, personalized service with a local flavor is a high priority, Arjun from TTG is the trekking company for you. Our trip started a year before we set foot in Nepal, searching for a good, reputable trekking company to handle all of the logistics of our trek. Our group of 5 friends had decided to tackle the challenging Everest High Pass Trek which, rather than following the main trail from Lukla up to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and back, follows a circuitous route off the beaten track to reach EBC. In the process, trekkers climb through three high passes (the Renjo la, Cho la and the Khongma la) with each topping out well over 17,000ft. Needless to say, finding a trustworthy company was a high priority for us.
After reading guidebooks and searching through countless websites, we had narrowed our search down to a handful of companies. E-mail exchanges and phone conversations were next … and after skyping with Shree, our decision was made. Trekking Tem Group offered favorable rates, experienced guides and porters, and the luxury of a private trek (which ensured the flexibility to change our trek as needed). We were not disappointed. Shree and his staff capably handled all of the logistics, from our arrival in Kathmandu to our departure 21 days later. Our guide, Arjun Rana, was tremendous … always cheerful, always helpful, he and our porters made the trip the experience of a lifetime. When a snowstorm closed the Cho la the day before we were supposed to cross, Arjun smoothly altered our itinerary without missing a beat and we still made EBC and Kala Pattar. He was an exceptional guide and, I think I can safely speak for all of five of us, a good friend.
We had a fantastic experience and I would recommend Trekking Team Group to anyone considering trekking in Nepal.
Feb 15 2016
After such an incredible previous experience trekking with my wife and Trekking Team Group in 2011 it was an easy decision to engage the professional team once again for a 19-day High Passes of Everest trek for a mate and I. As we had booked our trek post the heartbreaking earthquakes we were somewhat concerned about the extent of the devastation, us being a burden on the Nepalese people and of course our own safety. Thankfully our concerns were allayed. Yes, there was significant damage to many buildings on our trekking route but these are being repaired – the sound of hammers clinking continues from sunrise to sundown. The Nepalese people are getting on with their daily lives – the mountain people are very resilient. And, importantly, the Nepalese people are extremely happy to have tourists returning to the trails – many rely on the tourism industry to make a living.
In terms of safety, we couldn’t have been in safer hands with our knowledgeable guide Arjun, attentive porter Yokumar and the Trekking Team Group support crew back in Kathmandu. Given the impact of the earthquakes on the region and the reduced level of traffic on our selected route the team spent time each day chatting to the locals about the paths ahead and the possibility of accommodation – so we knew roughly what to expect and ensured our safe journey. For those aspects of the route the team considered unsafe we altered our trek and took an alternative route. The team truly regards safety as their paramount principle.
My mate and I had an amazing trek spending time with the beautiful Nepalese people, absorbing the breathtaking mountainous scenery, walking the tranquil forests and valleys and of course breaking ourselves over and over again as we made our way up the mountains… but it is so worth it.
If you are hesitant in travelling to Nepal post the earthquakes please for your own sanity and for the good of the Nepalese people please do make the journey. Like us you will not regret it. I also would highly recommend you engage Trekking Team Group to plan and guide your trek – they are knowledgeable, trustworthy and will ensure a safe, once in a lifetime experience.
Jan 15 2016
My wife and I planned a High passes trek of Everest through Trekking Team Group over the internet. The company was easy to deal with over email. The guide and driver greeted us at the Kathmandu airport and escorted us to the office where they briefed us on the trip. We then had dinner back at our Hotel which had good food. Four star hotel which was acceptable according to our standards. Our guide was Lakpa and he was top notch. He was polite, professional, quiet at times, but strong with his recommendations to keep us safe and healthy. For example, he explained that meat should not be eaten above Namche Bazaar. He would check for any symptoms of altitude sickness and had an emergency first aid kit on hand with medications commonly used to treat altitude sickness including Diamox and Ibuprofen. He was well versed in the culture and mountain environment based on his substantial experience leading trekking tours over the past 10+ years with over 100 trips under his belt.
After the trip was over and we were back in Kathmandu, he took my wife and I out to the Thamel streets for shopping. We became friends and exchanged contact information at the end of the trip. He was genuine and sincere; he gave us confidence to trust him with his decision making and recommendation. Our porter was Lal and he did an excellent job carrying our bags over the mountain terrain. He was always courteous, on time, and delivered our bags before we even reached our destination.
The trekking experience was more difficult than we initially imagined primarily due to the altitude related issues such as the cold temperature and 50% oxygen relative to sea level when we were 5500meters above sea level. Fortunately, we acclimatized by gradually ascending, and took a rested in Namche and Denboche. Our legs were sore by the end but the memory we had during this trek will last forever!
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.