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No, there is no way without hiking from base camp at least. I have had extensive talks with three people who went up there either as a tourist or even as a professional Sherpa. The one and only helicopter landing that is cited on Wikipedia was an extreme stunt and not something that is done in any kind of routine for tourists. The helicopter neither touched ...


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It really depends on where you hire the porter, your bargain skills and what kind of porter you want. A price between $10-20 is probably ok, but remember that if you do this using an agency the porter will get very little himself (maybe $4-8 a day) because all the profit goes to the middlemen. Therefore, please bargain hard with the agency and rather give ...


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This is a well-trod trail on the backpacker circuit, and Seat 61 has the full scoop, but here's the outline: Train from Delhi to the end of the line at Gorakhpur, overnight, US$10-50 depending on class of sleeper Bus to border at Sunauli, one and half hours, ~$2 Cross border on foot Bus to Kathmandu, 9-12 hours (overnight buses available), ~$6 So it's ...


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What I did for my three months long backpacking trip is that I brought 500 Euros in cash and exchanged it on my first, second day. I probably shouldn't have done that as the exchange rate got significantly better in the next few weeks. I also had rest of my money on my (Croatian) bank account and had my Visa debit card with me. Along with this card, I have ...


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My first reaction on reading this question was to wonder if it was a joke or an attempt to satirize the concept of "extreme tourism." If so, then well done. If not, then I would like to correct an apparent misconception stated in the question. "Hiking too far" is not a good description of what it takes to climb a mountain that's over 8000 m high. Climbing ...


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Trekking around the general area is possible around the year, but the weather is of course something to be worried about. Here is a monthly temperature chart of the base camp. This should give you an idea, minus 36 degrees celsius is surely something to write home about. The issue however will be the snow rather than the temperature. According to ...


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Just came back from my trekking vacation in Nepal. It's possible (and simple) to get to the lake without camping, using local guesthouses. It requires no special means like helicopters, and it even helps with acclimatization before the Thorung La Pass.


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I would have advised you to buy your outdoor clothes in Delhi but your trip timing could be crucial to whether you get a good deal or not. Branded sports / outdoor clothing stores have sales of autumn clothes in autumn and spring, i.e., when they are about to bring in fresh stock and when demand drops off, respectively. Right now, by Indian standards, Delhi ...


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UPDATE: As of November 30, 2012 the "2 month" rule has been removed for nationals of all countries EXCEPT Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan and Stateless persons. Until a few years ago an Indian Multiple Entry Tourist Visa allowed you to exit and re-enter the country with no time restrictions, which made what you're ...


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Where there's tourism there's likely to be beggars - especially in poorer countries. Sometimes these beggars will be "real" - people who are homeless and in need of help from others to survive. Sometimes they are simply trying to swindle money from tourists, often as part of a larger ring - especially when children are involved. Some people claim that the ...


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I don't have any experience on the Eastern side of the Himalaya, but I did some travelling on the Western side in China, in areas with high numbers of Tibetan people. As usually I did not plan or book anything but mostly stayed in hotels in towns, but a few times I also just walked in the mountains through some villages and when I asked people for a place ...


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When I travelled India -> Nepal -> India I had a single entry visa for India. When I got to Nepal, I had to apply for new visa. The Indian embassy in Kathmandu cancelled the one I had (which was still valid for a short time) and issued me a new one. In fact, the only reason I went to Nepal was to stay longer in India. Getting an Indian visa in Nepal was ...


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From Wikitravel: While trekking is possible in this area the whole year round, the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. So I guarantee that those are going to be the busiest times, as people go for the best weather, conditions and not-too-freezing temperatures. So if ...


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It is possible to land with an helicopter on top of the mountain, even though this is very uncommon and also a little bit dangerous. Additionally, there are no commercial flights. So you would have to find a suitable helicopter, and adventurous pilot, and obviously also the permissions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HckQcNNoJc The only other way I could ...


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THere are two base camps - North and South. South is what is usually meant by the term. North is accessed from China / Tibet and you can, all going well / luck holding / YMMV / ... , drive there. Without using a helicopter (as you specified) that's probably as close as you'd get without "hiking".


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I didn't hire a porter by myself, but did some research for you. As you already mentioned, Wikitravel says Rs 1200 - 1600 a day, this is 24 to 32 USD. Another site that I found says that it can be anywhere between USD 7 and 15. I couldn't find other useful resources. So I would say calculate USD 20 per day and you're on the save side. If you want to ...


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Answering from search results since this question has gone unanswered for so long. It seems that most organised tours are 18-20 day trekking tours, and yes, there are options to stay in guest houses as this itinerary seems to suggest. You could also see it without trekking on helicopter tours of the region (such as this one, same details show up on multiple ...


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If you want to visit mountainous region in Nepal and like to buy some warmer clothes and boots then you'll get it in Kathmandu. Normally but I suggest you to visit Thamel in Kathmandu. There you will get as you prefer for the really region.


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The amount you can withdraw from an ATM depends on the bank in Nepal. Some (usually old) ATMs only allow 10K, but if you ask around you can find ATMs that you can withdraw 20K and I found one in Pokhara which also allowed 30K. The Nepal banks doesn't charge any fee when you withdraw so the only thing you pay is to your own bank. It's best to have a card ...


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Darter Photography conducts a photography tour in Lahaul-Spiti region. There is one tour planned in July 13 - 20, 2013 PS: I'm not affiliated to this group. One of the co-founders of Darters is a friend.


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A quick search shows that a few people have found travel agencies in Kathmandu. For example, there's Kailash International Travels and Tours. Their contact phone is +977-1-4414696, 4425456 if you want to see if they can help you, before you go down to their offices.


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I haven't been in northern India yet. But my experience of shopping in Nepal has been good so far. Thamel in Kathmandu is a good place to start shopping for trekking gears. You can find cheap copies as well as authentic expensive gear. If you are looking for authentic stuffs, tell the storekeeper upfront. They will take you straight to the authentic items if ...


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I wouldn't worry too much about it - for example, Dharamsala is chock full of shops selling cheap outdoor clothing. However, while perfectly functional, they are mostly off-label or pirated Chinese copies, not necessarily the real thing, so I'm not sure if the "quality" will suffice for you. You're unlikely to find authentic branded clothing outside the ...


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When are you leaving for India? I have a trip planned as well and will also be visiting both southern regions and mountainous regions in North India. Perhaps I'll be of some help if I visit it before you start your India trip. I believe that you should buy jacket, hiking boots and similar stuff at an established shop since you will most likely keep those. ...


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Yes, a form of ID is still required, otherwise how would you prove that you're an Indian citizen? A Kiwi could rock up and say 'hi I'm Indian, I don't need a visa'. However, it doesn't need to be a passport. From the Nepalese Embassy in India: Visa for Indian Nationals: Effective from 1st October 2000 an Indian citizen over the age of 10 years ...


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How do we determine whether or not it's important? Obviously if you know you're going to get sick, getting it is essential, but with something that's not guaranteed, just highly likely, you can't put a figure on 'really important' or not. However, we can listen to experts and see what they say. CDC (Center for Disease Control) - Hep A is recommended for ...


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Although this year (2013) at the time of writing it appears that Nepal is raining heavily each and every day, virtually all day, my research shows that this is not typical. Typically during the monsoon season, it appears to rain for several hours each afternoon/evening and in fact if trekking is not your goal this seems to have the benefit of reducing ...


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I ended up buying a NCELL card because they seemed easier available in Thamel. The coverage in the mountain I visited was not as good as Namaste or Nepal Telecom. There is a NCELL center in Thamel where you can get a card for 100rs (it's a little above Pilgrim guesthouse). They are also available through some kind of re-sellers, like photocopytores, but they ...


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Some mini marts have sim card and recharge card, usually they advertise it. The best is to get to the company store directly. To get your sim card as a foreigner you will need your passport, passport sized photo and you'll even have to give your finger prints (thumbs)! Sources: Travel Like a Boss


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http://photographyonthemove.com conducts pretty good photography workshops in small groups. Eg: http://photographyonthemove.com/photography-workshop-spiti-valley-himachal-tourism-lahaul-treks/ This was a 11 day tour in the Tibet region.



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