This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will suggest to add some other necessary equipments at the place where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Suketar (1hour flight) and walk to Lali Kharka (2266m) 2-3 hours
These days there is direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar thrice a week. Hence, after having breakfast, we have a flight to Suketar today for about an hour. Other trekking crews along with all the trekking gears will have been already in Suketar by bus except the trekking leader. The trekking leader (guide) will be flying along with the clients.
When we are flying in the aircraft we can enjoy the panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyu (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc. We stay in Biratnagar and make all the preparations for the forthcoming journey.
After getting Sukhetar we will hike around the Sukhetar village and after refreshment, we head to LaliKharka with the trekking team. On the trails, we walk by rich pastures and pristine settlements. After several descents for 2-3 hours, we will arrive at LaliKharka.
Day 04: Lalikharka to Khesewa (2125m) 4-5 hours
This morning, from our camp, we will see the entire day’s walk in front of us. After crossing the hillside for a short distance, we will descend to the village of Pokara on the Phawa Khola and cross a suspension bridge before beginning the steep climb towards Kunjari. The afternoon’s walk then takes us up over the crest of the ridge to our campsite at Keswa. From here, you get your first views of Mt Kanchenjunga along with Mt Yulung and other Himalayas.
Day 05: Khesewa to Mamangkhe (1786m) 4- 5 hours
Today we walk from Keswa through pleasurable terraced fields and cross a steep mountainside high above the Kabeli Khola and then we will cross several villages like Funfun and continue along a cool path to Apan. During today’s trekking we get our first distant views of Jannu (7710m), one of the most remarkable peaks in the region. Ultimately we reach the affluent village of Mamangkhe where we spend the night. We can visit to Limbu museum and culture centre here. Also we see a tourist information board.
Day 06: Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (1692m) 4 -5 hours
After having breakfast in the early morning at the camp, our trek begins with an easy climb towards to Yamphudin. The path goes through hillside above the Kabeli Khola, ridges and stream beds. Along the way, we can stop to bathe in one of the many clear pools in this beautiful river. It is a peaceful countryside. We then head to Yamphudin which is most remote human settlement in this region. This is village where the tribes like Rai, Limbu, Sherpa and Gurung live. The check post of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP) lies here.
Day 07: Yamphudin to Chitre (2925m) 5-6 hours
After Yamphudin, the path ascends to cross the Omje Khola. We will walk through a beautiful and dense forest and w have fine views of the valley beyond Yamphudin to the south and of the OmjeKhola Valley and Deorali Danda to the north. Then we head to Chetre our campsite.
Day 08: Chitre to Tortong (2980m) 6-7 hours
From Chitre, we cross Laslya (Lamite) Bhanjyang pass (3415m) and then we will ascend steeply for 3 hours through dense forest to the top of the Deorali Danda which is best destination for Mt. Jannu and then we descend to the valley of Simbua Khola and after crossing the bridge we will get Tortong.
Day 09: Tortong to Cheram (3868m) 6-7 hours
In the early morning after having breakfast at camp, we will follow the path along the river and the path passes through the pine and rhododendron forests then we have a steep climb to reach the Tseram where we can see astonishing views of snow capped Himalayas and huge muzzle of Yalung glacier. A helipad spot is here in Cheram for the emergency rescue.
Day 10: Cheram to Ramche (4610m) 4-5 hours
Today we have a short walk in comparison to other days. We will move ahead to our final destination at. As we ascend we have clear views of Yalung glaciers, series of ablation valley, Kokthan, Rothong and Kabru are the highlights of today’s walk. We can have luck to see blue sheep also in this area.
Day 11: Rest day in Ramche – Exploration
Today is a rest day at Ramche. We can hike around the Ramche. If we hike around the Ramche, we can see our first close encounter with Kanchenjunga, Khumbakarna Glacier flowing from the east face of Jannu and then we will return to our camp at Ramche.
Day 12: Ramche to Mirgin- La (4645m) 6-7hours
Leaving our Ramche campsite, we trek down the valley, passing the small settlement of Lapsang, before turning off towards the Mirgin La – the pass we must cross in order to reach Gunsa and the north side of Kanchenjunga. As we descend from the Mirgin- La, the view of Mt Jannu is simply outstanding.
Day 13: Mirgin- La to Ghunsa (3415m) 4-5 hours
Today we have a steep descent but easy from our campsite that brings us to Lamba Sumba Kharka where there are more fabulous views of the awesome southwest face of Jannu. Descending through an excellent trail in the midst of rhododendron forests finally we come at Ghunsa, a famous Buddhist village of the region that looks very different from the villages that we previously encountered. The wooden houses are inhabited by people with mongoloid appearance. The supplies for our trekking ahead are added here. We are now on the north side of the Kanchenjunga chain. Today it is only three hours walk after lunch so that we have time to look good in this remote village around. There is also a Buddhist monastery where we can go to visit. Check post and office of KCAP lies here.
Day14: Ghunsa to Kyapra (Gyabla) (2726m) 4-5 hours
From Gunsa, we will trek up to Kyapra that passes through the beautiful Gunsa and Tamur Kholas, spectacular forests of rhododendron, conifer, birch and oak. The valley sides here are steep and the trail follows the river as it flows downwards. We reach and stay at Kyapra, the last of the Tibetan villages. Gompa, Chyorten and temples are the places of interest here.
Day 15: Kyapra to Sekathum (1650m) 5-6 hours
Today for heading to the village of Sekathum, our route follows an undulating trail for the first couple of hours until we reach Amjilossa, a Sherpa village. From here, there is a long steep descent from which we can see the Gunsa Khola Valley stretched out before us. Helipad spot lies here too.
Day 16: Sekathum to Chirwa (1185m) 5-6 hours
Leaving Sakathum, we will head to Chirwa today; on the way to Chirwa we meet the confluence of two rivers, Simbua Khola and Gunsa Khola at Tamur Kosi. We walk on the trail along Tamur khola, many other small tributaries and streams comes on our way. After trekking for about 4-5 hours we enter the pristine village of Chirwa.
Day 17: Chirwa to Phurumba (890m) 6-7 hours
This day we follow the path to Phurumba by crossing the cultivated terraced land and rich pastures. Then our trail zigzags through the path of steep stones. After climbing for about 4 hours we come to the valley of Phurumba.
Day 18: Phurumba to Taplejung to Suketar (2420m) 5-6 hours
From Phurumba, we will move towards to Taplejung village through the ascending path for about 3 hours. After reaching Taplejung village we see village life, cultural richness, and custom and local people. Thereafter leisurely ascends of about 2 hours, we finally reach the airstrip at Suketar where we will conclude the trip of the day.
Day 19: Suketar to Kathmandu ( 1 hour flight)
In the early morning we fly to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu airport, Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff will receive and take us to the designed hotel. In the evening we have free time for refreshment and shopping.
To be noted: The flight from Suketar to Kathmandu takes place thrice a week and sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the adverse weather condition. In such cases we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-$350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.
Day 20 Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.