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Everest Kalapatthar Trekking
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Everest Kalapatthar Trekking is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Everest region. It offers panoramic views of the mountains stretching across the entire region, including the world’s highest mountain—the Mt. Everest. Everest region is a viewpoint of the whole Solukhumbu region; it is the heartland of the Sherpa community. The trekking in the area is mostly designed for those who want to explore the rural village. This is one of the trekking areas that the clients of the Himalayas on foot often love to visit.

The Everest Kalapatthar Trekking requires a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek then commences from Lukla to reach Namche Bazaar, a beautiful Sherpa Town. The trail passes through the patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the rare wildlife such as musk deer and mountain goats can sometimes be seen. Trekkers will also be visiting several Buddhist monasteries along the way, which is a wonderful way to explore the unique Buddhist culture of the Everest Region.

The Everest Kalapatthar Trekking trail passes through several Sherpa village to reach the Everest Base Camp. Everest Basecamp is a great place feel the thrill of adventure as you will meet many mountaineers looking to summit the great Mount Everest. Everest Base Camp may be a great place to be but it doesn’t offer a great viewpoint for the Everest.  For a great view of the Everest, trekkers will then walk to Kalapatthar.

Kalapather is a small hill from where we can have a great view of the Everest. Kalapatthar is considered to be one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Mount Everest. It is a contrasting experience to the one you get from its short-lived luxurious counterpart. From there we can capture the scenic views of Himalayan, including the four the highest peaks in the world above 8000 m, namely, Mt. Cho OyU (8,201 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and the Mt. Everest 8,848 m and other breathtaking mountain vistas. Once we make it to the Kalapathar making a trip around, finally we return back to Lukla airport and we catch the place and fly back to Kathmandu .

If you have less time and want to reach to Everest base camp or see its beauty, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a perfect fit for you.

Everest Kalapatthar Trekking Highlight

  • Closest to Mt. Everest you have ever been
  • Trek up to 5545m through spectacular scenery
  • Explore the Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
  • Breathtaking views of the Everest region
  • Experience the hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point
  • Visit market town Namche Bazaar

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu1,400 m-
Day 02Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding2,800m3-4 hrs
Day 03Phakding-Namche Bazaar3,440 m5-6 hrs
Day 04Namche Bazaar-Rest day3,440 m5 hrs
Day 05Namche-Tengboche3,860 m5-6 hrs
Day 06Tengboche-Dingboche4,410 m5 hrs
Day 07Dingboche: Rest Day4,410 m5 hrs
Day 08Dingboche-Duglha-Lobuche4,940 m4-5 hrs
Day 09Lobuche-Gorak Shep-Kala Patthar5,545 m3-4 hrs
Day 10Gorak Shep-Lobuche-Pangboche5,164 m6-7 hrs
Day 11Pangboche-Namche Bazaar3,985 m5-6 hrs
Day 12Namche Bazaar-Phakding-Lukla3,440 m6-7 hrs
Day 13Lukla-Kathmandu2,860 m45 min
Day 14Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport--

Day 13
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal, the Himalayan kingdom!

You’ll receive by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Maya Boutique Hotel. You’ll be given some time for rest and then you’ll attend small team meeting, where you’ll be briefed about the trip. Overnight stay at Maya Boutique Hotel.

Day 1
Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla (40 min flight) - Phakding

Walking Hours: 3-4 hours

Max Altitude: 2,800 m, Lukla

Early in this morning, we will head towards the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to board the flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) - a gateway destination from where our trek starts.

The 40 min long flight has amazing views of silver glistening mountain peaks peeking through the clouds to offer.

Once we reach Lukla, we will start our trek towards Phakding. It will take us about 3-4hrs to reach Phakding. We will spend the night in a hotel in Phakding.

Day 2
Day 03: Phakding-Namche Bazaar

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 3,440 m, Namche Bazaar

We will begin our journey towards Namche Bazaar through a beautiful pine forest followed by the Dudh Koshi River across numerous suspension bridges.

We can catch a wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). After walking through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo we will come to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.

The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. It will take us about 5-6hrs to reach Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

Day 3
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Rest day

Walking Hours: 5 hours

Max Altitude: 3,440 m, Namche Bazaar

The rest day at Namche Bazaar is crucial for acclimatization. It is advisable to stay active instead of being idle for this day. We could hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or explore Namche Bazaar itself.

Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region that houses government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market on every Friday evening and Saturday.

We could also pay a visit to the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various botanical and wildlife of the this region.

We can also take a trip to Khumjung valley that is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Day 05: Namche-Tengboche

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 3,860 m, Tengboche

We start our trek towards the village of Tengboche. The trail offers superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

We might spot some of the wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail heads through Kayangjuma towards Sansa and a Pine Forest. We will then come across a small settlement amidst the alpine woods.

The journey toward Tengboche is through another Pine forest. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it houses the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We will spend the night in a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 5
Day 06: Tengboche-Dingboche

Walking Hours: 5 hours

Max Altitude: 4,410 m, Dingboche

On this day we will trek for about 6-7 hours to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trail passes through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We will also catch a glimpse of Ama-Dablam.

The walk becomes fairly moderate as we reach the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. A steep climb across the river will bring us to Dingboche, We will spend the night in Dingboche.

Day 6
Day 07: Dingboche: Rest Day

Walking Hours: 5 hours

Max Altitude: 4,410 m, Dingboche

We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks are visible from Dingboche.

We can also see three of the world's six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse and Taboche.

As we look northwest, we see an array of peaks, the Lobuche West and Lobuche East is the most dominating ones, rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. We will spend the night at Dingboche.

Day 7
Day 08: Dingboche-Duglha-Labuche

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

Max Altitude: 4,940 m, Lobuche

We will move towards Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. As we come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow. We continue through Phulung Karpo and come across a majestic view of Mt. Pumori.

As the trail descends after crossing a small wooden bridge over a roaring stream, we ascend to Dugla. We can see Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks from here.

Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal will be towering right above us. We will spend the night in Labuche.

Day 8
Day 09: Lubuche-Gorak Shep- Kala patthar

Walking Hours: 3-4 hours

Max Altitude: 5,545 m, Kala Patthar

Our journey towards Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. View of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse, will come into sight as we get closer to Gorak Shep.

A slightly ascending scent trail will take us to Thangma before we reach Gorak Shep. We will continue our journey towards Kala Patthar to witness the first light of day shining on Mount Everest.

Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags.

Day 9
Day 10: Gorak Shep- Lubuche- Pangboche

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 5,164 m, Gorak Shep

The trail to Lubuche passes along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and a stone memorial built for those climbers who lost their lives in their attempt to make it to the summit.

The climb will eventually get steeper and reach an altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche. It will take us about 6-7hrs to reach Lubuche. The altitude will make this climb highly uneasy for almost everyone.

The 5-6 hours walk to Pangboche provides and amazing view of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. We will spend the night in a hotel in Pangboche.

Day 10
Day 11: Pangboche to Namche Bazar

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 3,985 m, Pangboche

On this day we will begin our journey towards Namche Bazaar. It will take us about 4-5hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail passes through several forests and bridges. We might also spot some of the wildlife inhabitants of the region.

The entire region is rich in flora and fauna of rich diversity. As we descend further down the trail, we will reach Namche Bazaar and spend the night here in a local lodge.

Day 11
Day 12: Namche Bazaar- Phakding-Lukla

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 3,440 m, Namche Bazaar

We will begin our journey towards Phakding through the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We will then pass through several forests and brides.

We can catch a wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). The route then heads across several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing a pine forest, we will finally enter Phakding.

It will take us about 3-4 hours to reach Lukla from here. We will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 12
Day 13: Lukla- Kathmandu

Flight Hours: 45 min

Max Altitude: 2,800 m, Lukla

On this day we will extend our final good-byes to the Khumbu region.  You will be transferred to the airport and other airport formalities will be taken care of by the guides. Once the aircraft arrives, you can directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu.

Our representatives will be waiting for you at the Kathmandu airport. You will be transferred to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to yourself to explore the city as you please.

Day 14
Day 14: Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport

Officially the trip end. Our representative will transfer to the International Airport, for your final departure flight to your home country.

Send us an email at himalayasonfoot@gmail.com or directly call, viber and whatsapp at +9779851060902 to book this trek or for any queries you may have.

Cost Includes

  • Basic Tea Houses Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
  • Domestic Flights.
  • English speaking guides and climber during the trek.
  • Porters
  • Down jacket and sleeping (only for the duration of the trek)\
  • Medical Kit
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Tips for Guides and Porters.

This trip can also be customized as per your need. Tell us about your requirements and what you expect from the trip, and we will help you design a trip with comfortable itinerary to best meet your needs.

Please contact us here or on +977 9851-060902 (WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Wechat, IMO). We will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult or easy?

Generally, the trek is not as hard as it sounds. It is rated as a moderate level hike. To get to Everest Base Camp, the trail traverse through many different Sherpa settlements. Also, the trail traverse through a huge variety of the terrain.

There are easy flat trails and difficult steep climbs but overall it is manageable for someone with little or no trekking experience. Also, the itinerary is designed with enough extra days for acclimatization. If you need, you can even spend extra days.

Q2. How much fit do I need to be to complete the Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. You will get enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude.

During the trek, you have to walk for 7-8 hours per day. Even slow walkers can manage comfortably, walking at own pace. But for this, a reasonable fitness is required.

However, if you train your body before the trek, it’ll help to build endurance level. The more fit you are, the trekking will be more enjoyable. You can go for a day hike in your home country. You can do daily exercise like jogging, running, and cycling.

But if you have heart and lungs problem you should consult with your doctor. Be aware, that the medical facilities on the trail are very hard to find and if you find by chance it’s very basic.

Also, due to the steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and some moraine walking, Everest Base Camp trek is hostile to anyone with knee problems.

Q3. Am I prone to altitude sickness?

During the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a high risk of altitude sickness (read: how to prevent altitude sickness in EBC). It is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). No matter how fit you are altitude sickness can hit you. Careful! it can be fatal.

The effect of altitude is likely to come once you’re above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • A persistent headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness, fatigue, heavy legs
  • Slight swelling of hands and face
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Insomnia
The above symptoms of AMS need to be taken seriously. The only cure for altitude sickness is to descend to the lower elevation immediately. Although there is no way to train your body against altitudes, there are some ways you can prevent it :
  • Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take plenty of rest
  • Do not smoke, drink alcoholic and high caffeinated drinks
  • Eat high-calorie food

Q4. How long does the Everest Base Camp Trek take?

This depends upon the route you take and the number of days you spend in acclimatization.

Normally, Everest Base Camp trek can be done in 12-16 days. You can also extend the itinerary from 19-22 days and opt Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. If you want to explore more of the Everest region then these places are worth to visit!

Q5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trekking route?

During the trek, you’ll spend most of the nights in tea houses. Tea houses is a synonym of guesthouses. The rooms are very simple but comfortable to sleep. In some places, you might have to use the squatting toilets. On the Everest trekking route till Namche Bazaar, there are many luxurious lodges and hotels. Here you’ll find a luxurious room with attached bathroom and hot shower. As you move to higher altitudes “don’t expect luxurious accommodation”! Check: Everest Base Camp Accommodation Guide

Q6. What kind of food is available?

There are a variety of foods in Nepal you can try. During the trekking period, you’ll spend a lot of time in tea houses. Almost all the tea houses have the same food menu.

For breakfast, you’ll get boiled or cooked eggs, bread-butter-jam, pancakes, boiled potatoes, cereals and many more.

For meals, the most preferred dish is Nepalese traditional food “Dal-Bhat”. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentil, chutney, salad, and meat (optional) cooked in Nepalese style.

Q7. Is drinking water easily available?

Yes, throughout the trail you’ll get mineral, boiled or tap water. Mineral water is safe but it is costly especially at higher elevation. The cost of mineral water per liter ranges from USD 1-3.5 from start to the end of the trek.

Another alternative is to carry a spare water bottle and get them filled in teahouses. The tea houses will sell boiled water at a relatively cheaper rate.

Although, you can save money by using reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It’s cheaper,also controls environment pollution. On the trail, there are enough water taps, you can use purifying tablets and drink.

Q8. Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp?

Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers altitude upto 6,000 meters. Everest Base Camp trek goes above 5,000 m above sea level. Most of the travel insurance policies will not cover you over 3,000 m.

Medical treatment at high altitude can be expensive as it often involves a helicopter airlift rescue. So, a general insurance is not enough for this trek. Before purchasing the packages you must read terms and condition very carefully.

Besides altitude, you may fall sick in the new surrounding, make sure to have all necessary vaccinations prior to going abroad.

Similarly, while traveling your luggage might get lost or stolen or damaged. You may have to loose expensive trekking equipment. Thus, make sure your travel insurance covers for lost, stolen and damaged luggage.

Also, if you’re doing side trips to Island Peak, then it’s best to get the travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 m.

Q9. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). October is the most popular time for this trek. The views are good and the weather conditions is moderate.

During March and April, expect warm and sunny days. There will be very little or no rainfall. The skies are clear with an amazing view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.

Since May is the expedition month, you’ll see Base Camp full of colorful tents and climbers. Especially in the month of April and May, you’ll walk through the blossoming Rhododendron forests.

Besides, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are the great time to do it. But it solely depends on how well you cope with the extreme weather conditions.

Also, while trekking during this time, you need to prepare yourself for flight delays and cancellations. Be aware the trail conditions can be difficult. Compared to the winter season, the visibility can be poor during monsoon.

So, if you go trek in winter you need to be prepared with the right clothing for challenging temperatures. Winter trek can be rewarding though. It could be an exciting way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.

Although the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn, the trail is overcrowded. During this time, the tea houses are often packed by trekkers. You have to pre-book for accommodation and flight.

Q10. Do I need a guide/a porter/ a porter-guide?

Although hiring a guide or porter while trekking in Everest region is not mandatory, trekking with a guide or a porter is more safe and enjoyable. A guide is a person who will look after all aspects of your trek. They’ll arrange flight tickets, rooms, meals and camping gears. They’ll also brief you about the history of the village, monastery, the local culture, and traditions.

A porter is someone who’ll carry your baggage for you. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks comfortably. But at the same time, they may not know the trekking route well and may not speak English.

A poter-guide will speak some English, carry loads and do some basic guiding. They’ll help you to get the room, communicate with the locals, show the way, and explain the local culture and traditions.

Besides, if you want to enjoy the solitude, you can do a solo trek. The trekking route is well-marked and busy, so you may not need a guide to find the way.

However, to cross less crowded and difficult trail like the Cho-La Pass and Renjo La Pass a guide, a porter or a porter-guides are recommended.

Q11. Can I charge my electronic devices?

Along the route most of the tea houses have electricity powered by solar. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially at the higher elevation.

During the trek, to save some money, you can carry spare batteries for your camera, iPod.

Also, during the peak trekking season, teahouses are packed  with trekkers. So, you may not get free space for charging your devices. In that case, you can charge your devices after paying few dollars to the lodge owners.

Q12. Is trekking permit required for Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are needed.

For TIMS card, you can apply in Nepal Tourism Board office in Thamel. There are three different types of TIMS card. Each card is different in color and cost.

The first one is organized TIMS card is blue in color cost USD 10. The second one is freelance individual trekkers card is green in color cost USD 20. The third one is SAARC Country TIMS card is red in color cost USD 3.

Note: You do not need TIMS card to trek to EBC. A local permit costing USD20 works for this trek

Sagarmatha National Park Permit can be issued either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost of this permit is USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax. The cost is same for individual trekker and organized trekkers.

While trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp you need Gaurishankar National Park entry permits. The cost of permits is USD 20 and it’s same for both individual and organized trekkers.

Q13. Is tipping the guide or porter mandatory?

No, tipping the guide or porter is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. But it’s always appreciated. At the end of the trek, if you’re really satisfied with their job you can show your appreciation through a small gratitude.

Q14. Do I need to bring camping gear?

No, you don’t have to bring unless you want to camp. Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek. There are a lot of tea houses along the entire trekking route.

Q15. Is there are any alternative way to see a close-up view of Mt. Everest without walking for longer days?

If you don’t have an ample of time for the Everest Base Camp trek, you can take a day’s Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around the Everest region to get a close-up view of the Himalayan ranges.

Q16. Do I need to bring all the necessary gears or can I get in Nepal?

This is totally optional. There are plenty of shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking gears. You’ll find few other shops in some places along the trek route too.

Apart from high quality and popular branded stores, you’ll also find many other shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively cheap price.

Apart from this, you can also rent most of the trekking gears and equipments from Kathmandu. The rental cost is quite cheap, it doesn’t exceed more than $3-4 per day.

Right trekking gear can make or break your entire journey. So, it is not advisable to compromise on the quality especially when it comes to down jacket, sleeping bags, and hiking boots. Check this Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek to get more idea.

Send us an email at himalayasonfoot@gmail.com or directly call, viber and WhatsApp at +9779851060902 to book this trek or for any queries you may have.

During the Everest Base Camp trek, weather changes drastically as you ascend from low to high altitude. You’ll notice huge temperature difference between day and night time.

Thus, while trekking in higher altitudes clothing in layers is the best option. If you dress in layers, with the changing weather you can adjust your body temperature by taking off or putting on extra clothes.

The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is a combined weight of both duffel bag and the daypack. If your luggage exceeds this weight boundary, you’ll have to pay an additional charges.

You can purchase or rent trekking equipments in stores of Kathmandu at reasonable prices.

The checklist of gear and equipment below is a general guideline, use this list as a reference.

General

  • 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece, after trek it must be returned)
  • Duffel Bag
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)

Upper Body

  • Full and half sleeve T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Hiking shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Windproof trousers
  • Casual Pants

Head

  • Sun Hat
  • Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck Warmer
  • Scarf / Balaclava

Hand

  • Fleece / woolen gloves
  • Waterproof gloves

Feet

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Camp Sandals / Sneakers
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Light hiking socks
  • Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
  • Sock liners

Personal Equipment

  • Water Bottle / Bladder
  • Water Purification Iodine Tablets
  • Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
  • Lip balm (SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
  • Pee Funnel

Other Travel Accessories

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Diamox for altitude sickness
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, memory card, and spare batteries
Besides, you can use your personal judgement to choose what to take with yourself.

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Trip Facts

  • 2-12
  • 5500 m
  • Moderate
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