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I have not climbed mount Everest, but I just came back from Pokhara, Nepal after some treks. I also went to the Himalayan Mountain Institute in Darjeeling, which is possibly the nearest place for you to get some experience before going on your adventure. On a generous ballpark figure, I would say it will cost you about $50,000 (USD) for the entire trip. ...


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Climbing Everest from Nepal requires a special permit, and climbers who successfully summit the mountain receive a certificate of acknowledgment from the Nepalese government. The money gathered from the permits go towards cleaning up the mountain1, which is considered a holy place by some local populations. If Wang Jing did indeed use a helicopter to ...


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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 is not straightforward to fly a helicopter to these altitudes, land, and take off again. It's risky, and the results depend on the weather, which can change without warning. The helicopter is operating near the limit of the thinnest air in which it can fly, and it's less maneuverable than normal. The Nepalese army used to do helicopter rescues on Everest, ...


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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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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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India had tried to curb unauthorized trading between these countries by requesting they ban them. However, as of 2013, Nepal and India have agreed to allow 500, 1000 notes again. The Bhutan Monetary Authority also banned it for similar reasons. However, as of January 2015, the RBI has also allowed travelers to take these notes to Bhutan. So yes, that ...


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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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It costs a hefty amount of $30000 to $80000 but on average most people pay around $45000.It also depends on whether you take a tibetian route or the route from Nepal. But the expense largely depends on the cost of the following components. travel up to base camp $5000-$10000 permit & insurance $7000-$11000 climbing fee $10000-$15000 insurance, ...


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I've been asking similar questions myself as I had a week booked from 16th May, plus a short trip next week. It is hard to see how the itinerary you describe could be feasible by the date your parents travel. A magnitude 7.9 earthquake leaves widespread damage over a large area, and the areas your parents propose to visit are in the worst-hit area. Many ...


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I just asked my host here in Kathmandu and without hesitation he replied... CHOCOLATE! Not the local stuff but nice imported chocolate. Apparently it's a big hit.


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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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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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I imagine the new bus service would follow the Narayanghat Mugling Highway to get into the higher valleys and onto Kathmandu or Pokhara. Without knowing where you went within Nepal 20 years back, I would hazard a guess that maybe you went up either the Siddharta Highway (to Pokhara) or the Tribhuvan Highway (to Kathmandu). Both of these roads are still ...


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I visited the Annapurna range in Novemember/December. There was plenty of snow on the high mountains, it looked very picturesque. If you want to reach the snow line you will have to reach an altitude of at least 4000 metres. Do not attempt this without acclimatising first. You should be able to get a bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar. From there you should be ...


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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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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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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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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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This is an answer to the question almost posed in the title "What is the cost of hiring a porter for Everest base camp?" I won't talk about the money you would need to shell out, but I will argue that the costs are higher than you think. The main points are: There are more effective ways to use your money to improve Nepali lives There are possible ...


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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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Yes, an American, for example, need a visa to enter Nepal, which is not really what I would consider an "open border". Most countries allow some neighbors in without a visa (all the ASEAN countries, the US and Canada, the EU, etc.)


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There are three ways your parents can end up not losing the money they spent: If they have trip insurance it may cover this sort of thing and enable them to claim a full refund and not go If the tour operator can't provide what they paid for, the tour operator may give them a refund. Similarly if the airline can't actually transport them they may provide a ...


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I grew up in Nepal and I suggest you go to places like Dhulikhel, Banepa, Bandipur and Pokhara. These places are 3-4 hours of drive from Kathamandu and you can easily get into a bus from Kalanki, Kathamandu. The top places for snow would be Phulchowki. I have personally trekked there and I think you can get a bus to take you there as well. The view from the ...


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You can take a direct bus from New Delhi to Kathmandu from Ambedkar stadium bus terminus and goes up to Swaymbhu bus terminal at Kathmandu. It is a 30 hour journey and is a daily bus service both ways. Ticket from New Delhi to Kathmandu costs INR 2300. This has only started 2-3 days ago.


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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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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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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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