Everest Region

Aap Ka Safar Trekking is a highly professional trekking agency in Nepal offering a wide range of trekking programs in the Himalaya. For nearly two decades, it has led thousands of trips all over the Himalayan region complying strictly with the eco-friendly norms and practices that it has embraced since its very inception. We help you to choose trekking routes based on your time schedule, your fitness level as well as your personal interest. Our professional and highly experienced guides provide you personalized service every step of the way to help make your trip most enjoyable. We strongly believe in giving our clients value for money by giving them what they seek.

Aap Ka Safar Tours & Travel Trekking organizes three types of treks – camping, lodge (tea house) and luxury treks. The type of trek depends largely on which part of the Himalaya you choose to undertake the trip.

Camping trek: A camping trek is a traditional style of trekking where trekkers are accompanied by a team comprising a guide, a cook and his kitchen entourage, and porters to carry your food, tents, cooking accessories and camping gear. You eat and sleep (in tents) under the sky amongst picturesque surroundings. We organize camping treks as per your need.

Lodge trek: In a lodge trek, trekkers are accompanied by a local guide who will arrange accommodation and meals in local lodges or tea houses that lie en route the trekking trail. It is an ideal way to experience the lifestyle, tradition and culture of rural Nepal. Lodge trekking provides you with a unique opportunity to taste typical local cuisine prepared hygienically by the villagers and also to make friends along the way. We normally organize lodge trekking to such popular trekking destinations as the Khumbu (Everest), Annapurna and Langtang regions.

TLuxury trek: A luxury trek is similar to a lodge trek except in that you have the choice of spending the nights in relatively luxurious hotels compared to lodges. These hotels have well appointed rooms with attached bathrooms, hot and cold running showers and hygienically prepared gastronomic delights. Aap Ka Safar operates one such hotel, Hotel Sherpaland, at Namche Bazaar, a bustling little mountain town that represents the heart of the Khumbu region. This type of trek offers something different from regular camping and lodge treks in that you not only get to trek in comfort and style, but also enjoy other "benefits" like being swooped off on a helicopter for a mountain flight right in the middle of the trek, a ride on the back of a horse or yak, which gives you the opportunity to take in the scenic beauty of the mountains and the surroundings without feeling tired and having to concentrate more on putting one foot in front of the other, receiving blessings from a high Buddhist monk in a private Lakhang or chapel and witnessing typical Sherpa culture and tradition through their songs and dance. This type of trek is for those who love to be pampered and indulged right in the heart of high country. You can undertake a luxury trek only in the Khumbu Valley.

Luxury Trek
 
Classic Everest Trek
Renjo-Gokyo-Cho Trek
 
Gokyo-Cho Trek
Renjo La-Cho Trek
 
Khumbi Ila Circuit Trek

Trip Details

A compilation of Nepal facts reveals the great human diversity of the country. The fact about Nepal is that the country exhibits a healthy variety of ethnicities in its population. The Hindu religion is followed by the majority of the Nepalese populace. 90% of the population is Hindu. Buddhists form a significant minority at 5%. There is a smattering of Muslims and persons following other religions. Nepali is the official language of the country. The local currency is the Nepali Rupee. Electricity supply is 230 volts at 50 Hertz or 230V 50Hz. The country dialling code by telephone is 977. The time is obtained by adding 5.75 to the Greenwich Mean Time or GMT. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal.

The elevation of the country ranges from a low of 60 meters above sea level to the extreme heights of Mount Everest-8,850 meters. The total area of Nepal is 140,800 square kilometers. The land area is 136,800 square kilometers. The area covered by various water bodies cover 4,000 square kilometers. The population of Nepal is more than 26 million people. Climatic variations exist in the country.

Location

Nepal is a landlocked country, situated in South Asia, bordering with the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China in the north and surrounded by India in the east, south and west. It contains eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest - on the border with Tibet.

Geography

Nepal a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of the Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breadth varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.

The country can be divided into three main geographic regions

Himalayan Region: The altitude of this region ranges between 4877 meters and 8848 meters with the snow line running around 48848(?) meters. It includes 8 of the existing 14 summits in the world which exceed an altitude of 8000 meters. They represent. (1) Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) 8848 m, (2) Kangchenjunga - 8586 m, (3) Lhotse - 8516m, Makalu - 8463m, (5) ChoOyo- 8201 m, (6) Dhaulagiri - 8167m, (7) Manaslu - 8163m, and (8) Annapurna- 8091 m.

Mountain Region: This region accounts for about 64 percent to total land area. It is formed by the Mahabharat range that soars upto 4877 meters. To its south lies the lower Churia range whose altitude varies from 610 meters to 1524 meters.

Terai Region:The lowland Terai region which has a width of about 26 to 32 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 305 meters, which occupies about 17% of total land area of the country. Kechanakawal the lowest point of the country with an altitude of 70 meters lies in Jhapa District of the eastern Terai.

The mountain ranges run parallel to each other and are intersected by various rivers.The majority of the lofty peaks are in the Himalayan Range. The Terai region in Nepal covers the largest land area. This region is home to many forests and wildlife species.

The climate in parts of Nepal is extreme. In the Himalayan areas, temperatures drop down to almost -40ºC in winter, and in the Terai region, temperatures reach to a high of 40ºC during summer. Monsoon in the country prevails from June-August. Geographical features of Nepal also include the vegetation of the country. Due to the rough mountainous terrain, vegetation is scarce in Nepal. There is some vegetation in the Terai region, where the land surface is somewhat fertile.

Nepal's geography is varied and has contributed greatly to the tourism industry of the country. Mountaineering and trekking are the favourite activities of tourists in the Great Himalayan Range in Nepal.

Gear List

Footwear:

Running shoes: For travel and easy walking
Hiking boots: Leather with a sturdy mid-sole and Vibram sole. Half or ¾ shank boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. Fit is much more important than brand. Take the time to select a pair that fits your foot, and break them in well (Asolo, Merrill, Scarpa, La Sportiva).
Gaiters: Short, simple gaiters are best. Gore-Tex gaiters are not necessary (Outdoor Research "Rocky Mountain Low").
Sport sandals: They are excellent during evenings when worn over wool socks and perfect for living in tea shops, Sherpa lodges, and for visiting monasteries (Teva, Chaco).
Booties: Down or synthetic. An optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended.
Light-weight socks: Three pairs of synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Wigwam, Fox River).
Heavy socks: Three pairs synthetic/wool blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Wigwam, Fox River).

Clothing:

Light-weight pants: Two pairs, any brand of Supplex or "stretch woven" pants
Light-weight long underwear top: (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Mid-weight long underwear top: Zip-T neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear).
Light-weight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Mid-weight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt (Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op). Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear.
Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work well. Shirt material should have vapor-wicking capabilities (North Face, Patagonia-Capilene).
Jacket synthetic or fleece: Synthetic jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended (Wild Things Primaloft, Patagonia Puff Jacket).
Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polargard HV. Full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants and Outdoor Research Neoplume Pants are examples. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavy and less versatile.
Down insulated jacket: We will provide you with a down-jacket. If you prefer to bring your own, it should be a medium-weight down fill jacket with a hood. The hood is optional but is highly recommended (Marmot, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia).
Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants: The jacket must have a hood and the pants must have full-length side zips (Arc'Teryx, Marmot, Mountain Equipment Co-op).

Head & Hand Gear

Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic (Patagonia Capilene).
Windstopper fleece gloves: Any brand of Windstopper fleece (Outdoor Research)
Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton style. This is an important item with many uses. Large sizes are best. You may also want a circular bandana like those made by Buff.
Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor.
Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over your ears
Balaclava: Should fit underneath your wool or fleece hat or be thick enough to be worn alone.

Accessories

Sunglasses #1: For high altitude. One pair of high quality 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction sunglasses. Side shields such as those found on "glacier glasses" are not required, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum coverage of the eyes to protect them from bright light on snow.
Sunglasses #2: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses. Headlamp with spare bulb: AA or AAA battery powered (Petzl or Black Diamond)
Spare Batteries: Bring plenty. Lithium batteries do better in cold environments.

Camping Gear

Backpack: 2,500 cubic inches (40L) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer's rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively (Gregory, ArcTeryx, Black Diamond).
Pack Cover: To protect from rain, snow, and dust.
Sleeping bag: We will provide this for you. If you prefer to bring your own, bring a minimum of a 700 down fill bag with a temperature rating of at least 0°F/-18C°. While we do not anticipate temperatures to drop that low, at high altitudes your body feels colder than normal and it is better to be too warm than too cold.
Water bottles: Two one-liter, leak-proof, wide-mouth (Nalgene or Lexan type bottle)
Pee bottle: This is optional. One-litre, leak-proof, wide-mouth (Nalgene or lexan bottle). Pee funnel for women: Optional (Freshette)
Pack towel: Small or medium size pack towel. Do not bring terrycloth as they are too bulky and difficult to dry. Bandanas work in a pinch (PackTowl).
Trekking poles: Recommended. Useful for going up and down trails of the Khumbu. Adjustable poles are better for packing (Leki, Black Diamond).
Swiss army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any flight.

Medical & Personal

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher (any brand)
Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shaving kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
First aid kit: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little bottle of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type salve, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
Large trash bags: For waterproofing some items inside your duffel.
Zip-loc bags: These are always useful.

Baby/Wet Wipes

Earplugs: Very useful for sleeping in tents and lodges. Available in most hardware stores.
Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Agua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup
purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water, in some rare cases, might not be available.

Travel Items

Expedition duffel bag: Important. Large size with strong zippers (Wild Things, The North Face, Black Diamond, Gregory).
Small travel bag: Can also use as a second duffel bag for storing travel clothes and personal items at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Nylon stuff sacks: Two or three, for organizing your gear and clothes. Lighter colors are preferable for easy labeling.
Clothes for Kathmandu and international travel: Two or three changes of comfortable simple travel clothes. Evenings in Kathmandu can be slightly cool in autumn and spring whereas Bangkok is very hot.
Work-out clothes and/or bathing suit: Simple and versatile, for hotels.

Passport belt/pouch

Small padlocks: For locking duffel bags

Books

Journal

Camera

Memory cards or film: Be sure to keep in your carry-on luggage, in clear zip-loc bags.

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