IMT ANNOUNCES

JUNE 25, 2023 ECO/MUSHROOM TOUR OF THE KHUMBU REGION IN THE HIMALAYAS

Join IMT on June 25 – July 12, 2023 during peak mushroom season to explore the grandeur of the Khumbu region and Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal on a scientifically guided mushroom and ecological trek to Everest Base Camp. The Khumbu region in Nepal is home to rugged forested terrain, deep river-carved gorges and multiple climate zones which support exceedingly rare and interesting mushrooms, plants and medicinal herbs. Shiva Devkota, Ph.D, Nepal’s foremost mycologist and conservation biologist, will provide IMT with his decades long experience into the mycology and biodiversity of the region.

The Khumbu is situated in the heart of the Himalayan Mountain arc which runs for over 2,414 kilometers through the center of the Eurasian continent. Our trek passes through localized microclimates which display an abundant fungal and floral diversity. Beginning in the forested temperate region in the Solukhumbu, we trek through forests of Birch, Juniper, Blue and Himalayan Pine, Bamboo and Rhododendron. As we steadily gain elevation, we pass through sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems culminating above tree line at Everest Base Camp. During the trek, we will have an opportunity to foray for fungi, lichen and flowering plants guided by Dr. Devkota. This region is also home to rare and endangered mammals such as  Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan Bear, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopard (spotted above Phortse Village) and over 118 bird species. Our trek will include a visit to the Buddhist monastery at Tenboche, a World Heritage Site.  When we visit Namche Bazar, we will be able to participate in the Buddhist Festival of Dumji.

IMT’s itinerary includes the unusual experience of entering the Everest region by the traditional overland route to and returning to Kathmandu by helicopter from the beautiful Sherpa village of Phortse. We have designed the trek to begin at lower elevations, which provide the best opportunity to discover more mushrooms and to see parts of Nepal that are not often experienced in a traditional trekking itinerary to Everest Base Camp. As we trek through the region and visit Sherpa villages along the way, we will also explore the ethnomycological relationships between the fungi of the region and the people of the Khumbu.

For those interested in adding an additional level of excitement, you have the option of adding a climb of Lobuche Peak (20,075 ft.) After visiting Everest Base Camp, those going on to Lobuche Peak will trek into a remote valley to Lobuche base camp. After a day of training , you start your climb of this beautiful 20,075 ft. peak. At Lobuche’s summit, weather permitting, you will have world-class views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and all across the Himalayas into China and Tibet. The climbing route involves a moderate climb to high camp and the following morning, your team departs for an early alpine start to the summit. Lobuche Peak is a perfect objective if you are physically fit and want to add a Himalayan climb to your adventure in the Khumbu. We can arrange rental of all of your necessary mountaineering equipment — climbing boots, crampons, ice axe and helmet. Afterward, you will trek out to Pheriche village where you will reunite with the trekking team for the trek to Phortse Village.

Please see the Lobuche climb page for more detailed information.

  • Kathmandu airport pick-up
  • 3 nights at 4-star Kathmandu Guest House hotel with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu city tour
  • Visit Tenboche Monastery with Puja Ceremony
  • Private Toyota Land Cruiser transportation from Kathmandu to the Solukhumbu region
  • Return by helicopter to Kathmandu from Phortse village
  • Accommodations in tea house lodges while on trek
  • All meals, beverages outside of Kathmandu
  • Licensed experienced Sherpa guides
  • IMT trekking duffle for each client
  • Porters
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Final celebratory dinner in Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature (personal trekking gear, telephone calls, alcohol, laundry, etc.)
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • 30-day Nepal tourist visa ($50)
  • Sherpa guide/porter gratuities ($300)
  • Non-scheduled meals and accommodations while in Kathmandu
  • Charging fees and bottled water in tea house lodges
  • Trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Medical rescue insurance (required)
  • Single room occupancy available (additional $460)
Cancellation in the event of Government Regulation due to COVID-19

In the event of Government imposed restrictions, quarantines or
other circumstances that prevent travel due to COVID-19 at the start of the
trek, IMT offers you two options:

Option A: Move your trek forward a year free of charge and incur no fees.

OR

Option B: Receive a full refund, minus administrative expenses of $500 incurred by IMT.

DAY 1: Arrive Kathmandu
June 25

Transfer from Tribhuvan Airport to Kathmandu Guest House. Explore the sights and sounds of Thamel, one of Kathmandu's most vibrant neighborhood.


DAY 2: TOUR KATHMANDU
June 26

We wake before dawn for an early morning visit to Kathmandu's holiest site, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple). After a tour of the temple grounds, we enjoy a comfortable guided walk back through Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu Guest House for breakfast. After breakfast, we explore historic Kathmandu with our private guide. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.


DAY 3: OVERLAND TRAVEL TO SALLERI
June 27

Early morning, we load up and into our private Toyota Land Cruisers for our overland entry into the Khumbu. After a long day on the road with stops along the way for cold beer and lunch, we arrive in the picturesque village of Salleri in the Solukhumbu. Overnight in Salleri.


DAY 4: BEGINNING OF THE TREK
June 28

Morning vehicle travel to Kharikhola, the end of the road and the beginning of our trek to the village of Bupsa (6,760 ft/2,060m). Overnight in Bupsa.


DAY 5: TREK TO SHURKE
June 29

Trek from Bupsa to Puiya for lunch, then on to Shurke (7,600ft/2,310m). Overnight in Shurke.


DAY 6: TREK TO PHAKDING
June 30

We cross the thundering Dudh Kosi river on a high suspension bridge to our lodge in Phakding Village (8,500ft/2600m). We will have an opportunity to foray the surrounding forests for rare and interesting mushrooms.


DAY 7: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR
July 1

A full day of trekking as we cross and re-cross the thundering Dudh Kosi river on suspension bridges and through forests of Himalayan Pine to Monjo and the entrance to Sagarmartha Park. We continue up and along the Dudh Kosi foraging for mushrooms along the trail. Then over another suspension bridge and up the long hill to Namche Bazaar (11,200ft/3440m). We will join the villagers of Namche in celebrating the festival of Dumji. Overnight in Namche.


DAY 8: ACCLIMITIZATION DAY; TREK TO SAGARMATHA NEXT
July 2

On this acclimatization day, we will trek above Namche and visit Sararmatha Next in Syangboche. Sagarmatha Next is an important and creative environmental project of the Himalayan Museum and Sustainability Park. We will tour the facilities, art gallery and grounds and enjoy watching videos about the project and climate change research in the Himalaya. Return to Namche and overnight.


DAY 9: TREK TO TENGBOCHE
July 3

Trek to Tengboche (12,700ft/3,867m) with a private visit to Tenboche monastery, afternoon prayer service and Puja ceremony. This UNESCO World Heritage site is in the heart of Sagarmatha National Park and offers views of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Overnight in Debouche.


DAY 10: TREK TO DINGBOCHE
July 4

From Deboche, we trek to Somare for lunch at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers. We then continue our trek to Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche (14,470/4410m).


DAY 11: ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO NANGHARSHANG
July 5

Acclimatization day. After breakfast we will hike above Dingboche to Nangkarshang Peak with extraordinary views of the world’s three highest mountains: Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,749m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) along with Island peak (6,189m), Amadablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m) and the Imja Glacier. Overnight in Dingboche.


DAY 12: TREK TO LOBUCHE AND THE ITALIAN PYRAMID
July 6

Trek to Lobuche and the Italian Research Pyramid. The trail leads into a wide grassland and then continues upwards and across a bridge to the village of Thukla where we will stop for lunch. Then up to Lobuche pass and into Lobuche village. We continue on a few kilometers outside of Lobuche to the Italian Pyramid research station and lodge. (16,200ft/4,930 m). Overnight at the research center's lodge.


DAY 13: TREK TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP
July 7

After breakfast, we will continue to gain altitude and trek to Gorakshep along the Pumori Bench with views of the Khumbu glacier and the world’s highest mountains. After arriving at Gorakshep, and a short break, we head to Everest Base Camp (17,600ft/5365m). Towering overhead will be views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse. Overnight in Gorakshep (17,000ft/5180m).


DAY 14: CLIMB KALA PATTHAR AND TREK TO PHERICHE
July 8

Early in the morning, we will hike up Kala Patthar (18,515ft/5,643m). From Kala Patthar, weather permitting, we will enjoy unobstructed views of Mt. Everest along with spectacular 360-degree views of the world’s highest peaks -- with views of Nuptse Peak (25,538ft/7784m), Mount Everest/Sagarmatha/Chomolungma (29,032ft/8849m), Khumbutse Peak (21,772ft/6636m), Mount Lingtren (22,028ft/6714m), and Mount Pumori (23494ft/7,161m). Trek down to Pheriche (14,300ft/4370m), with views of Thamserku (21,729ft/6623m) and Kangtega (22,254ft/6783m) to the south, Ama Dablam (22,493ft/6856m) and Amphu Gyabjen (18,527ft/5647m) to the east, and Taboche (21,309ft/6495m) and Cholatse (21,129ft/6440m) to the west. Continue to the village of Pheriche with visits along the trail with Yaks, Naks (female Yaks) and their newborns. Overnight in Pheriche Village (12,600ft/3840m).


DAY 15: TREK TO PHORTSE VILLAGE
July 9

Trek to Phortse Village. We will visit Phortse's Buddhist Monastery and participate in the community celebration of the holiday of Dumji. We will also visit the Alex Lowe Khumbu Climbing Center and have time for a mushroom foray in the woods surrounding the village. Celebratory dinner at the home of our guide Sonam Jangbu Sherpa.


DAY 16: HELI TO KATHMANDU; CONTINGENCY DAY IN PHORTSE
July 10

No Plans For This Day


DAY 17: HELI TO KATHMANDU
July 11

Helicopter to Kathmandu from Phortse and transfer back to the Kathmandu Guest House. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight.


DAY 18: DEPART KATHMANDU FOR HOME
July 12

Transfer from Kathmandu Guest House to Tribhuvan International Airport for your return flight home.

  • Kathmandu airport pick-up
  • 3 nights at 4-star Kathmandu Guest House hotel with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu city tour
  • Visit Tenboche Monastery with Puja Ceremony
  • Private Toyota Land Cruiser transportation from Kathmandu to the Solukhumbu region
  • Return by helicopter to Kathmandu from Phortse village
  • Accommodations in tea house lodges while on trek
  • All meals, beverages outside of Kathmandu
  • Licensed experienced Sherpa guides
  • IMT trekking duffle for each client
  • Porters
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Final celebratory dinner in Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature (personal trekking gear, telephone calls, alcohol, laundry, etc.)
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • 30-day Nepal tourist visa ($50)
  • Sherpa guide/porter gratuities ($300)
  • Non-scheduled meals and accommodations while in Kathmandu
  • Charging fees and bottled water in tea house lodges
  • Trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Medical rescue insurance (required)
  • Single room occupancy available (additional $460)
Cancellation in the event of Government Regulation due to COVID-19

In the event of Government imposed restrictions, quarantines or
other circumstances that prevent travel due to COVID-19 at the start of the
trek, IMT offers you two options:

Option A: Move your trek forward a year free of charge and incur no fees.

OR

Option B: Receive a full refund, minus administrative expenses of $500 incurred by IMT.

Essential Information for Participants

This information should answer many of your questions and is designed to guide you in preparing for your expedition to Everest Base Camp. First and foremost, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about your gear, training, inoculations, travel or trekking logistics. My mobile phone number is 202-255-1191 and my email address is: rsilber@imt-nepal.com.

We are excited you have chosen International Mountain Trekking to experience the spectacular Khumbu region located in the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. On an IMT trek, you will have the opportunity to visit Sherpa communities, enjoy traditional meals with Sherpa families, visit historic Buddhist monasteries and engage with the latest scientific discoveries in the region in a way not offered by other trekking companies.

This letter will address the details of the trek, including the safety and COVID-19 protocol during your time in Nepal. We have strong connections with Nepal’s Embassy here in Washington, and we are in regular contact with them to have the latest details on conditions in and traveling to Nepal.

1) PRE-TRIP PREPARATION AND TRAVEL

NEPAL ENTRY PROTOCOL:  Nepal has returned to its pre-Covid policy of issuing tourist visas at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport.  Therefore, you will obtain your 30-day tourist visa as you make your way through customs at Tribhuvan Airport. Here are the steps you will take upon entry to the airport:

  1. You will enter a line to have your passport checked and to verify that you are vaccinated for COVID-19 or that you have a negative PCR COVID test result. The COVID test is not required if you have proof of vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to entering Nepal).
  2. Upon exiting this line, you will begin the process of getting your 30-day tourist visa. After exiting the first line, go to the right side of the immigration room to fill out a form for a 30-day tourist visa on one of several visa kiosk machines. The machines are not connected to a printer, so once you have completed the form, use your phone to take a photo of your completed application.
  3. If you are able to connect to the airport wifi, you can also use your phone to fill in the form. When the form is completed, go to the payment counter at the left. Upon giving 50 dollars as payment, you will receive a receipt for your visa payment. Present that receipt with your passport and boarding pass to the immigration booths at the front of the room and you will pass through immigration control.
  4. Once passing immigration, go down one level to the baggage claim room. Collect your baggage at the baggage and head outside. You will be greeted for pickup outside of the airport’s main doors. Look for the IMT Banner. Your escort will be among the line of other individuals waiting to greet arrivals. Namaste! Welcome to Nepal!

  You are staying at the Kathmandu Guest House Saat Ghumti Marg 16, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Phone: +977 1-4700800

FLIGHT INFORMATION: We strongly encourage you to book your travel with IMT’s travel agent Pirjo Dehart at CTT Destinations. She and her staff are experienced in arranging travel to and from Nepal. Please contact her at 800-909-6647 or email: pirjo.dehart@CTTDestinations.com.  We are recommending that everyone stay one additional day at the conclusion of the trek to allow for sufficient time to obtain your Covid test results.

TRAINING: The trek requires participants to be in excellent physical shape. Your focus while training should be on building cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, core strength and stamina. 

BAGGAGE: We recommend that you use your daypack as a carry-on bag and that you check one rolling suitcase. When you arrive at the hotel, we will provide you with your own IMT duffel which you will use on the trek and is yours to take home. Please bring a few items of clothing in your carry-on day pack in the event your larger bag is delayed. Don’t forget your passport, cash and the medications you require during your travel.  Please take a photograph of your passport with and store it in your phone to have a record of it in the event of loss. Please check your luggage from your departing airport all the way through to Kathmandu. Use TSA-approved locks to secure your luggage so that they can be opened, if necessary, by airport security. 

EXTRA MONEY: How much additional cash to bring is an individual decision. We suggest that you have at least $800 to spend for gifts, tips for your guides and porters and any additional meals outside of the itinerary. In Kathmandu you can use your credit card and a debit card to obtain Nepali rupees. It is difficult to change money once the trek starts. 

IMT’s TIP POLICY:  We will collect a tip pool in U.S. currency. We ask IMT’s clients to each contribute $300. We will collect this tip pool in Kathmandu and distribute it at the conclusion of the trip as a thank you gift to the dedicated people who will be helping us along the way. This group will include our Sherpa guides, porters, and hotel staff.  You may also provide an additional tip to your guides, porters, drivers and hotel personnel if you so choose.

TRAVEL AND MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE:  IMT requires you to purchase trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage that includes coverage for medical evacuation, repatriation and medical expenses for the duration of your trek. Please contact Global Rescue, 617-459-4200. Let them know you are an IMT client as they are familiar with our insurance requirements.  

COVID VACCINATION: For the safety of yourself, other participants and the citizens of Nepal, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccination and appropriate booster). All IMT guides, porters, drivers, and hotel personnel that you will interact with on the trek are vaccinated against COVID-19.

IMMUNIZATION CHECKLIST: Along with your required Covid-19 vaccination and booster, please consult your physician or check the Center for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov. Consistent with the current CDC guidelines, you should obtain the following inoculations:

  • COVID-19 vaccination and booster vaccination (required).
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria – You should already have. Do you need a booster?
  • Polio -You should already have. Do you need a booster?
  • MMR -You should already have. Do you need a booster?
  • Meningitis – Recommended. Consult your physician.
  • Hepatitis A – Recommended. Consult your physician.
  • Hepatitis B – Recommended. Consult your physician.
  • Typhoid – Recommended. The tablet form, Vivotif, is good for five years.
  • Rabies — Recommended. There are two rabies vaccines available in the United States.

If you or your physician are uncertain, please check the Center for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov.

ALTITUDE PROTOCOL: The itinerary is carefully designed to include acclimation days in order for you to comfortably adjust to the increasing altitude on the trek. Our licensed guides are trained to recognize and treat varying forms of altitude sickness. Here is a link to an excellent article published by the Wilderness Medical Society with updated Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Altitude Illness. We suggest that you keep this article as a reference before the start of the trek.

REQUIRED MEDICATIONS: YOU SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING

  • Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems (Zithromax Z-Pak) 
  • Antibiotic for GI problems (Cipro and/or Z-Pak) 
  • Diamox (acetazolamide) for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended, enough for a week)
  • Sleep-aids for the first few days of jet lag 
  • Nifedipine (for pulmonary edema, the 30 mg time release x 2 tablets) and dexamethasone (for cerebral edema, 4 mg x 10 tablets)

NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS WE RECOMMEND

  • Several Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits
  • Imodium for diarrhea 
  • Pepto Bismol (tablets recommended)
  • Throat lozenges 
  • Wet wipes and personal body wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm 
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or more)

CLOTHING, TREKKING GEAR, EYEWEAR: Please review the clothing and trekking equipment list on IMT’s website. For much of the trek you will be above tree line, potentially on snow. During the approach to Everest Base Camp, you will be exposed to higher rates of UV light and glare from ice sheets. Good eyewear is important, therefore, to both protect your eyes and to enhance your visual experience of the Khumbu. There are several different brands for you to consider. For those in need of prescription sport eyewear, we recommend contacting Opticus in Lyons, Colorado to either swap out prescription lenses in your frames or to purchase frames and prescription lenses from them. 

COSTS INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE:

  • Transfers for international flights (airport-hotel-airport)
  • Transfers for domestic flights (hotel-airport-hotel)
  • Jeep travel
  • Hotel in Kathmandu for stated itinerary
  • All permit fees
  • Guides
  • Porters
  • Helicopter flight including 20kg per person
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the trek
  • Emergency oxygen

COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE:

  • Flights from home to and from Kathmandu, and travel expenses and hotels before or after the stated itinerary (we can assist you making reservations if you wish to stay longer)
  • Airport taxes, visas, and insurance policies (medical evacuation, trip interruption and cancellation)
  • Personal gear, personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for your guides and porters (see IMT’s Tip Policy)
  • Costs incurred because of delays or events beyond the control of IMT
  • Single room option ($360)

2) ENTRY PROTOCOLS FOR TREKKING IN NEPAL

KATHMANDU ENTRY AND VISA: Your most important responsibility is to show up healthy and with your bags. You can obtain your tourist visa at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. We will update you if there are any changes in protocols for arrival. Remember to carry a ballpoint pen and some cash. After collecting your luggage, we will find you when you emerge outside. Please look for our International Mountain Trekking banner!

KATHMANDU HOTEL: You will be staying at the Kathmandu Guest House. This is a beautiful, historic, and perfectly situated hotel in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu. A breakfast is included. You are responsible for all incidental charges to your room, including other meals, beverages, phone calls, and the like and must clear these charges before we leave the hotel to start our trek.

PREPARING YOUR GEAR FOR THE TREK: While on the trek, you will leave your extra clothing and belongings in your rolling suitcase at the hotel in Kathmandu, including your street/travel items that will not be needed until you return to Kathmandu. You will transfer your trekking clothes and gear to the IMT provided duffle that you will use on the trek. The maximum weight allowed on the helicopter is 15 kg (33 pounds) for your trekking duffle bag and 5 kg (11 pounds) for your trekking backpack. We will meet with each of you at the hotel to make sure you have all the right clothing and gear and to make sure you are not bringing unnecessary items. 

PASSPORT SECURITY AND TRAVEL: We recommend you carry a photocopy of your passport on the trek (and take a photo with your phone so you have a backup). Please make sure you have the contact information for your travel agent or airline in case you need to email or call to make any changes. You may choose to leave your passport with your luggage at the Kathmandu Guest House.

FIXED-WING, GROUND AND HELICOPTER TRAVEL:  We are traveling from Kathmandu to the Khumbu either by fixed-wing aircraft or by private Toyota Land Cruiser to the Tenzing–Hillary Airport in the village of Lukla for the start of the trek. Delays due to weather can occur. At the conclusion of the trek, depending on your specific trek’s itinerary, you will return to Kathmandu by private helicopter or aircraft from Lukla.

END OF THE TRIP LOGISTICS: When we return to Kathmandu, we will transport you back to the Kathmandu Guest House. We will have room reservations for you. IMT will cover the cost of your room for that last night and a celebratory dinner. In order to board your flight to the United States, you must present the airline officials at your flight’s gate with a negative COVID test. The test must be taken no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States (i.e. you can take it the day before your first connecting flight). You will be able to obtain a PCR COVID test at the Kathmandu Guest House, for 2000 NPR (approximately 16 US dollars).

When you are ready to depart the hotel for the airport, we will arrange transportation for you. Hold onto a few hundred rupees for the airport so you can buy a drink in the departure lounge and for tips for the baggage porters at the airport.

3) TREKKING LOGISTICS AND INFORMATION

ACCLIMATIZATION AND HEALTH: We anticipate that you will not have difficulty with acclimatization. We have an itinerary and proven schedule which will enable you to acclimatize successfully. We recommend 600-800 mg Ibuprofen prophylactically every 6 hours and staying well hydrated as a good overall strategy for handling the higher elevation. On the trek, you can also take Diamox (acetazolamide) if you desire, but we do not generally recommend it unless you are symptomatic for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Current protocol is 125mg in the morning and 125 mg in the evening, starting when you begin to experience symptoms. Taking the smallest possible dose is best to avoid potential side effects, such as dehydration and tingling in your extremities.

Personal hygiene is important, and we recommend that before meals, you wash your hands with soap and water followed by antibacterial hand sanitizer. We also recommend bringing wet wipes and body wipes which will be used in lieu of showers on parts of the trek. It would not be unusual for you to get a cold or some travelers’ diarrhea at some point on the trip. The combination of travel in a developing country along with new foods, other trekkers, mountain lodges etc. will increase the risk to you contracting a minor sickness. Should this occur, the likelihood is that you will recover fully within a few days without having to take medications. Current protocol for persistent diarrhea (≥3x days) is to start taking Cipro, but if there is no improvement after 24 hours, then start on the Zithromycin (Z-Pak). The Z-Pak also works well for bronchitis ailments, so make sure you have a course or two of Zithromycin.

FOOD & DRINKING WATER:  All meals on the trek are provided. You should bring sufficient additional snack foods and energy bars that you know you will enjoy eating for the duration of the trek. You should also consider supplementing your fluid intake with one of the many energy and endurance powders, such as those available from Hammer Nutrition. There are small grocery stores nearby the Kathmandu Guest House that sell an array of snack foods. On the trek, bottled water is available for purchase, or you can use water purification tablets or other purification methods.

MEDICAL SUPPORT: In case of any severe issues, we will call in a Global Rescue helicopter for evacuation to Kathmandu. It is important that you have your rescue insurance and personal health insurance information with you. There is also a small hospital in Lukla. 

POWER AND INTERNET: All the tea-house lodges where we are staying will have solar power available for charging your phone (normally at a rate of a couple hundred rupees/hour). Internet scratch cards are available in Namche Bazaar which you can use for wi-fi access with your smart phone. You may want to bring a small solar power charger.  

CANCELLATION IN THE EVENT OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19: IMT’s policy regarding the possible cancellation due to government restrictions is as follows: 

Option A) Move your trek forward one year and incur no additional fees.

Option B) Receive a full refund, minus administrative and out-of-pocket expenses of $500 incurred by IMT.

  • Kathmandu airport pick-up
  • 3 nights at 4-star Kathmandu Guest House hotel with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu city tour
  • Visit Tenboche Monastery with Puja Ceremony
  • Private Toyota Land Cruiser transportation from Kathmandu to the Solukhumbu region
  • Return by helicopter to Kathmandu from Phortse village
  • Accommodations in tea house lodges while on trek
  • All meals, beverages outside of Kathmandu
  • Licensed experienced Sherpa guides
  • IMT trekking duffle for each client
  • Porters
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Final celebratory dinner in Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature (personal trekking gear, telephone calls, alcohol, laundry, etc.)
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • 30-day Nepal tourist visa ($50)
  • Sherpa guide/porter gratuities ($300)
  • Non-scheduled meals and accommodations while in Kathmandu
  • Charging fees and bottled water in tea house lodges
  • Trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Medical rescue insurance (required)
  • Single room occupancy available (additional $460)
Cancellation in the event of Government Regulation due to COVID-19

In the event of Government imposed restrictions, quarantines or
other circumstances that prevent travel due to COVID-19 at the start of the
trek, IMT offers you two options:

Option A: Move your trek forward a year free of charge and incur no fees.

OR

Option B: Receive a full refund, minus administrative expenses of $500 incurred by IMT.