My Kailash Yatra Planning

 

How important to you is the Success, Safety and Comfort of your Kailash Yatra?

 

This is a yatra of life-time.

 

The desired outcome of this yatra is too important – it is larger than life – it is to get Shakti, Bhakti, shanti and ultimately the Mukti.

 

Does a stressful mind leads you to the MUKTI or a stress free mind?

 

On your journey to MUKTI, would you choose to bear sadness or joy and appreciation?

 

If you choose stress less mind, joy and appreciation, then how important it is to have a right plan, preparation and support in place?

 

If you are overwhelmed, let me make it simple.

 

‘How you plan, how much you prepare and who you get support from is ultimate key to your liberating yatra.’

 

The good news is there is a structured and simplified way to plan and prepare so it is effective for your successful yatra, safety and comfort.

 

Top 5 secrets of planning and preparing for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra so you can complete this holy journey successfully, safely and as comfortably as possible.

 

How this article is intended to HELP you?

Planning anything as big as Kailash yatra can be overwhelming and confusing. The whole process of planning and preparation can be made very simple, enjoyable and easy if a structured step-by-step guidance is provided and a process is put in place. This is what we do so well – we make planning, preparation and whole journey easy to follow, enjoyable and as safe as possible for all our clients.

 

Your expected outcome from reading this article

  • Get unbiased detail and super helpful information provided with clarity making it easy for you to quickly get planning with confidence

 

Most of the following information will help you in your pre-booking research and planning so that you can make your yatra decision as simply and quickly as possible and commit with confidence, then put all your focus on yatra and also start to visualise it happening very soon.

 

1. Initial planning and decision making – selection of route & travel

    date

 

For your decision making, you need to have a good idea about the yatra package at the research stage for your budgeting and travel-duration estimation so you can apply for your leave etc. Do not rush to decide on which company to book with.

 

Take a good time to research, then validate all the findings, and then decide because not only your level of experience and how you feel in the yatra but your probability of successfully completing yatra also depends heavily on who you go with. Properly think, what are you trying to get out of the yatra, what is your expected outcomes, how you want to experience it, how important for you is the peace of mind, easiness, comfort, and feeling special vs being in a large group of say 70 yatries.

 

Once you have clarity of your expectation, then it works as your decision-criteria for deciding which company and their package fits best with your expectation.

  • Companies will have group departure dates – check if these dates are guaranteed departures?
  • If you have your own group of say more than 6 people, ask the company if they allow you to choose your own date?
  • Once you review all route options provided in 1st page, and decide on it, and verify all details with the company you want to book with, then you lock in your travel dates.
  • While researching on travel route by reviewing itineraries, you will come across few different operators of Kailash Yatra. You will need to compare their service and package offer.

 

We’re assuming you are in western country living in this lifestyle for a long time and like to put level of service standard, security and trustworthiness in high priority and have prepared our information and checklist accordingly. For people in India and elsewhere most of the points in the list still applies and will help.

 

Once you know all the basics and know your priority on level of service, security and peace of mind you want, and you also work out your budget estimates then you are in a position to choose a company that fits your requirements.

 

2. Estimation of total Yatra expenses

You get what you pay for’, as people say, always stands true and will apply to your yatra as well.

Below are different options that are available for anyone to do yatra with. A general guideline of pros and cons are provided alongside. A due diligence must be carried out in researching and making decision to avoid traps that are reported by many yatries about their poor experience or even about cheats from yatra operators. Be careful.

 

organised by Indian government

  • Low cost option
  • Larger groups
  • High reliability but low level of personalised care & service
  • Low level of customer experience

organised by tour company based in India or Nepal

  • Lower cost option
  • Varying level of service standards depending on price charged
  • Thorough screening recommended to find reliable company
  • Normally large groups of 20 to 70 yatries
  • Low level of personalised service
  • Lower to medium level of customer experience

Promoted by agents based in western country

  • Some are established and others just do one group a year to get side income
  • May not be registered as a company and hence lacking any legal liability
  • Thorough screening recommended to find reliable company
  • Lower to high level of customer experience (depending on how sophisticated is the agent)

Organised by travel and tour company based in western countries

  • High level of reliability but still pre-caution required in screening a good company
  • Legal liability as a registered company in western country
  • Recommended to check what level of personalised care provided
  • Expected service level to be of western standards but also depends on price charged
  • Medium to high level of customer experience (if a good company picked)

 

If you include an estimates of your total yatra expenses in your research and initial planning stage, it may help you to make right decision and commit to the yatra confidently. This information will also lead you to comfortably managing your yatra budget and deciding which company to book with.

 

Apart from yatra package price, following will be your additional extra expenses:

  1. International Flight – if not included in your tour package, then consider this expense
  2. Travel insurance – you must buy a travel insurance that covers for your travel to Nepal & Tibet as an adventure activity – U$200 to $350
  3. Nepal visa fee – assuming that China visa/Tibet permit fee are included in the package
  4. Some tours mention additional extra expense if a doctor/photographer is arranged to go with the group
  5. Optional tour in Kathmandu or in any parts of Nepal you intend to do, particularly to religious sites
  6. Purchasing Hawan and puja items in Kathmandu
  7. Trekking gear and clothes that you need to purchase/hire – U$100 to $500
  8. Vaccine that you need to take for travel to Nepal and Tibet
  9. Soft/hard drinks that you may consume during the yatra
  10. Any other personal expenses
  11. Gifts that you may wish to purchase in Nepal/Tibet
  12. Pony ride in Parikrama if you wish to use it – U$300 to $400
  13. Tipping to staff – U$50 to $200
  14. Miscellaneous U$100 – 200 – for things you may not have thought of
  15. Emergency cash U$500 – it is a good idea to keep some cash aside with you all the times. Also take a credit card with balance of $5000 or more if needed to be used in emergency. With your proper travel insurance, such expenses are claimable. We prepare  and provide documentation and evidence to make a claim.

 

Note: All these extra costs are at comprehensive estimates but you can obviously travel on cheap by ignoring multiple items at your own discretion. Always verify with the company you are going with.

 

3. Essential travel arrangements – Visa/flight/travel insurance/yatra booking

  1. International flight

     

    • From Australia, options of Singapore, Thai or Cathy Pacific airline may be better in terms of quality of service and price. Stopping over in South East Asian countries may be convenient. Cheaper options may include China Southern, Malaysian, Air India or Air Asia. You can also travel via Middle East if required.
    • From US/UK, option of Emirates air may be best bet in terms of quality of service, duration and price. 
  2. Travel Insurance – make sure to buy a proper travel insurance that fits with the type of travel you are undertaking. You must get cover for:

     

    • Travel to Nepal and Tibet
    • Adventure travel to remote area and high altitude
    • Emergency evacuation

 

It is very important that you obtain cover from a company with track record of claims serviceability. As part of our Service Excellence model, we will provide our clients some recommendations.

  1. China Visa and Tibet permit – normally this is included in the yatra package and you do not have to worry about it. The application process is arduous and will go through stringent processing by Chinese authorities. Some companies have track record of obtaining visa/permit. Check with the company you are going with.
  2. Nepal visa – if you have foreign passport, you will need to obtain Nepal visa. You can apply:

     

    • At Nepalese Embassy/consulate near you or
    • Online application or
    • At Kathmandu airport upon arrival

 

In our step-by-step guidance, we will provide pros/cons of each visa option so you can easily make up your mind about which options suits you best.

 

Once you work out all of the above points, you are in a good position to decide which company to book with. Below information are for preparation post booking but you should read it now to have a good understanding of it all.

 

4. Physical/mental preparation

Mindset

To enjoy the most of this yatra and to complete it physically in comfort, you need to have an open mind to modern way of doing things – keep an eye on your health, understand and follow best practices, do some easy and basic exercises which can be done at home and include walking as an exercise to your preparation.

 

Think of it this way – how nice it would be being able to complete the yatra – feeling spiritual and ecstatic and connecting to God. See exercises and awareness to health & wellbeing as something that will increase the probability of your completing the yatra. This should motivate you to open your mind about exercise, yoga and other preparation we suggest to bring it into regular preparation regime.

 

We give you general guidance here but a concise and comprehensive guidance will be provided to our clients as soon as booking is made, as part of our personalised care provided to each individual client to ensure that you have enough time to be fully prepared mentally and physically.

 

Aclimatisation to high altitude

Travelling to high altitude is something that needs to be taken seriously and be well prepared. You need to be aware of what it means to you.

 

There are some best practices adopted by top trekkers in the world which you can do to effectively prepare for your parikrama walk.

 

There are certain exercises and walking and breathing techniques you can practice which will:

  1. increase your body capability to adjust and cope with high altitude
  2. increase flexibility of your lower body parts including key muscles which play a vital role when we walk particularly on natural trails of high hills
  3. increase strength of these lower body muscles helping you to effectively walk

 

Some simple exercises done at your home for 20 to 30 min x 3 times a week for x 3 months

         Will effectively prepare you if you do it properly and also combine some walking as instructed.

 

All these exercises and techniques require a proper guidance so you can follow it effectively. To help yatris we have put together a Service Excellence Model in place and as part of this model, we provide the detailed instruction and guidance on all effective exercises to our clients as soon as you make the booking so you have enough time to be fully prepared both mentally and physically.

 

 

5. Weather wise

Being weatherwise is 1st being aware, 2nd keeping open mind to getting access to proper clothing (of course without overspending and we will share with you the tricks) and enjoy the yatra.

 

Once you are in the Saga in Tibet and further towards Mansarovar, you start to feel the chill in the air. In Mansarovar area it will be much colder in morning and night and also during the day cooler if the sun is out, but if not, then will be cold. On the parikrama it will be even colder where it will require you keep bennie on head, jacket on body, covering ears, nose and hand.

 

If it rains or snows, which it can, you need to be prepared for such adverse weather condition too. This region is known for strong wind which gets the cold breeze make you suffer more.

 

This is the end of 5 points planning information. As mentioned in previous page, we have a comprehensive 10 points planning pack.

 

If you decide to book with us, we will give you our full 10 points PLANNING info Pack for your successful and enjoyable yatra.

 

So it is fair to everyone, you get free information and yatries who show faith in us and take step to commit, we provide extra awareness help as part of our committment in return.

 

Yatra Detail & Discount Offer

Now is the time for our Yatra detail and exclusive discount offer.

 

Please click below link to go through it.

 

<< Our Kailash Yatra Detail and Discount Offer >>

 

PS.

  • The Exclusive Offer provides lots of extra values to everyone who likes to take our offer
  • It also provides BONUS to first few bookings
  • The yatra detail provides visual representation of our excellent service to our clients
  • We have guaranteed departures for 2019.

 

 

Some interesting videos

 

Beautiful Chanting  – 'Nirvana Shatakam' by Isha Brahmacharis on Maha Shivaratri.

What actually YOU are NOT, thus you think What actually YOU are!

 

 

Mantras for Deep Inner Peace | 8 Powerful Mantras

Committ to listen for first 5 minutes then you get soaked into the inner peace. Its really good.

 

 

 

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My Successful Kailash Yatra and Mukti


 

Do you imagine about your future Kailash Yatra?

 

How do you imagine it? How do you see it happening?

 

Do you see that you got a clear darshan of Kailash? Do you see taking bath at Mansarovar Lake? Do you imagine completing the Parikrama?

 

I am pretty sure you agree with me that the success of this yatra is very important to you. This is a yatra of life-time. The desired outcome of this yatra is too important – it is larger than life – it is to get Shakti, Bhakti, shanti and ultimately the Mukti.

 

What does Mukti mean to you? What do you think need to happen so you can feel mukti? What should the path to mukti look like?

 

When talking about feeling of Mukti, let me tell you a fascinating story of two yatries who completed their Kaialash yatra last year. The story is about two different people who booked with two different companies – not my clients – just to clarify.

 

After their return, their friends ask them a question – same question was asked to both of them. The question was – ‘how was your Kailash yatra?’

 

A simple straight forward question. Can you think that the answers could be different? Yes, the answers were different. And this leads to an eye-opening lesson for us.

 

Person A said, “oh! It was divine; Absolutely blissful! There is nothing more majestic than Kailash. Nothing!!! Lord Shiva was very graceful to us – he kept the weather clear, we got clear darshan of the Kailash Parbat, we did puja as intended. The people were great. All the staff from the company were very caring. They looked after us very well. There are no superlatives that can justify the magnificence of this place. The energy in this place is palpable. The peace is so overwhelming. I felt liberated. You must go there once to experience this and to connect with Lord Shiva.”

 

Person B said,”Oh! It was great, it was blissful. Lord Shiva was very graceful to us – he kept the weather clear, we got clear darshan of the Kailash Parbat, but we had so many problems from the company. We could not enjoy. They were lying to us about the inner kora permit, they kept us in substandard hotels, the staff did not care about us when serving the food or water or during other difficult situations. I was so angry that I became mad with the head guide. So many people in our group were feeling tensed and angry all the way in the parikrama. I could not believe they cheated us instead of serving us on a such holy thing….” And so on and on.

 

Asked again,"Oh that was terrible. But tell me more about Kailash experience. How did you feel?". Person B replied, "It is like heaven, it is very beautiful, but we just did not enjoy the yatra, there were too much tension. The company was very bad. The owners were very greedy…" and so on.

 

Which person do you think must have felt more bhakti and hence connected with God – person A or person B?

 

Person A was in a mental state of feeling happy, appreciative, focused, devoted etc – all the positive feelings. He was in positive energy, positive vibe.

 

Person B was in mental state of stress, anger and fear. He was feeling disturbed and unappreciative. He had all the negative energy. No wonder he was talking about the misfortune more than his spiritual and divine experience.

 

Do you think Person A had better spiritual experience? I personally think he had better spiritual experience. I am sure you would like to connect with God the same way as this person did.

 

From religious point of view, this yatra is done for the Mukti of your soul. A stress free soul, a peaceful soul is a source to Mukti. A disturbed mind, doubtful mind or stressed mind will struggle to see the path to Mukti.

 

So, our goal is to help you feel happy, feel grateful, feel loved and feel spiritual even before your journey starts. And we do this by showing our relentless heartily support to you all the through the whole yatra.

 

We want the chances of your feeling of Shakti, Bhakti, Shanti and Mukti be enhanced. We want it enhanced as much as possible, at least from what we could do from our part.

 

So how do you feel stress-free in planning for your Kailash yatra?

 

Will the time saved on vast amount of research take your stress away? We think that You should not have to spend time in researching, and verifying right from wrong information, analysing incomplete information etc.

 

Most of your planning should be done for you. You should be spending more of your valuable time on preparing for the yatra. You should be spending less time in planning compared to preparing. Most of your time should be spent focusing on connecting with God.

 

After reading this, do you believe planning can be done easily and with fun? One good news is that all our clients agree that planning can be easy and fun when simplified and structured.

 

We are good at simplifying things. With our help, You will simply follow our step by step process. This will fully prepare you for the challenges of the yatra. This preparation is very effective. This preparation will give you confidence. It will also give you peace of mind.

 

Please click following link to learn about Top 5 secrets of planning and preparing for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

 

These tips will help you complete this holy journey successfully, safely and as comfortably as possible.

 

<<  Top 5 secrets of planning and preparing for successful Kailash Yatra  >>

 

PS

 

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is not a simple day to day travel – it is once-in-life journey and needs lots of thinking, understanding, planning, and preparation. Support from a professional team with high standards is the final thing you need for a successful completion of the yatra.

 

Finally, the NEXT page on above link gives you aceess to our yatra detail and discount offer

Please go through it by clicking the above link.

 

 

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My Kailash Yatra Success

 

Timing to decide to go to Kailash.

 

When is it the right time?

 

Hundreds of my clients say that until the signal comes, they will not go. They believe that no matter how much you try, it will not happen until GOD wants it to happen.

 

This is a great belief that is in perfect sync with the law of the universe. But there is something to think with a creative mind. The thought creates a question in my mind.

 

Question – If you have been waiting for LORD SHIVA’s bulawa, how important is it for you to be able to recognize when a great help shows up.

 

It would be unfortunate if you missed the opportunity, right? So, how can you enable yourself to recognize any such opportunity?

 

Can you guess the answer at all? How would you know if a great opportunity FOR KAILASH YATRA has showed up in front of you?

 

Think about it for a minute in the context of Kailash Yatra. Let me give you a hint – it is one very simple thing that you need which will empower you to recognize an opportunity.

 

I will provide the answer further below. First, lets look at the success factor of yatra.

 

What makes your yatra Successful?

 

The factual truth about Kailash Yatra that you won’t hear from agents or find on internet are very important for you to know to make your decision and to commit to the yatra.

 

This factual truth we have prepared will save you plenty of time and make you stress free. Factual information helps you for your yatra success too.

 

Instead of doing hours of research on internet and getting contridicting and confusing information, please go through this article first. We believe that this will help you to quickly and easily become aware with factual and unbiased information.

 

I will provide 5 points factual information further below. First, let me talk about three secret ingredients which have most impact on your successful yatra. They are:

  1.  The critical 10 points AWARENESS
  2.  The 10 points PREPARATION and
  3.  High altitude trekking EXERCISE & YOGA

 

There is one more element that is even more important but I did not mention it for a reason. Can you guess what it is?

 

I did not mention it because it is obvious. It is – a company – a team of supporters who make the whole thing happen for you just the way you want.

 

We will look at the above mentioned awareness facts in this page and planning tips in next page.

 

How magical would it be if you can:

  1.  complete your yatra successfully;
  2.  safely; and
  3.  as comfortably as possible.

 

Now, you may not have thought that the top three elements of your successful yatra are so simple. It may almost not make sense to you.

 

You may ask me, if this is so simple then how come so many people never get this yatra done despite their life time desire?

 

This is a very good question and I worked very hard to find the answer. The answer sounds too simple to believe but it is true. I have looked at it and tested and verified it from every angle with so many people.

 

Thousands of people want to do Kailash Yatra. Its hard to imagine that majority of them can never decide or take action to go to Kailash. It is simply because they:

  1.  can’t find the factual information; or
  2.  get confused from the contradicting information they find; or
  3.  they don’t find proper and reliable information which gives them 100% confidence to attempt this difficult yatra

 

Obviously, exception applies to health or unsolvable family/personal reasons.

 

The people who could not decide would have heard that the yatra is difficult. But they don’t know how difficult it is. Neither they know what are the difficulties and why these difficulties are there?

 

It is hard to believe that a simple thing like ‘information’ is hard to find in today’s time. This information should be easily available. This information must also be factual and unbiased. People should be informed and made capable to take decisions and actions.

 

Now, did you get the clue or even the answer to my question asked earlier? The question was what will empower you to recognize when an opportunity shows up.

 

The answer is ‘Awareness. The awareness from knowing factual information in detail will enable you to:

  1.  know your timing for the yatra;
  2.  empower you to make decision and commit;
  3.  make you feel peace of mind and stress free which leads to you feel Shakti, Bhakti and Shanti and ultimately the Mukti

 

The awareness is everything – almost, right?. Its your inner power. And it is very important for your Kailash Yatra.

 

And this is why we put so much effort selflessly to make you informed with factual, unbiased and honest information.

 

As promised on first page of this article, let me provide you 5 facts about Kailash you must know before making your decision.

 

Please click below link to read valuable Kailash information.

ENjoy…. 🙂

 

<< Top 5 facts about Kailash Yatra you must know before making your decision >>

 

Next in sequential order, as promised, I will also provide a link to 5 critical planning tips followed by our yatra detail + discount offer.

 

 

PS.

  1. If you can, then please watch the following videos on Mukti before reading 5 points awareness tips or 5 points planning tips.
  2. Please do not skip the awareness facts to read the planning tips. The sequence and structure has been put in place for faster and easier results of 

 

What is MUKTI

 

Please listen in same sequential order. Sadguru on Mukti.

 

 

Sadguru – Mukti is the goal, NOT GOD

 

 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – How to get Mukti Every sentence is very deep. Please listen carefully.

 

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My kailash Yatra

 

How long have you been wanting to do Kailash Yatra for?

 

What If?

You are overlooking most common elements which is unnecessarily delaying your yatra dream!!!

 

I would not know your case, but my clients answer this differently. For some, it is two years and for others, it is since their early adulthood. It is incredible that some people were fascinated with LORD SHIVA since early childhood.

 

Talking about this fascination with LORD SHIVA, I never forget the story of two of my clients – Padmini ji and Sivakumar ji.

 

Before I tell you this interesting story, let me ask a quick question – do you know three secret ingredients which have most impact to make your yatra successful?

 

Before I answer that, let me make a promise that through this article, I will provide you:

i) top 5 FACTS about Kailash you must know before making decision;

ii) top 5 points of PLANNING secrets for your successful yatra;

iii) our yatra detail; and

iv) our current discount offer. 

 

Let me start by sharing you this short story of Padmini ji and Sivakumar ji.

 

Padmini ji is a great devotee of Lord Shiva. She crys in tears of joy when she talks about her Kailash dream which she kept since her early adulthood.

 

Despite this devotion, she never planned for the yatra. What could be the reason?

 

I was very surprised. I wanted to help her but I did not know how.

 

I kept thinking – how will her BHAKTI be transformed into a SHAKTI for her to decide to go to Kailash?

 

Padmini did not know how to overcome her 3 biggest concerns about Kailash Yatra. She did not know how to plan. She lacked awareness

 

Sivakumar is different from Padmini. He values high quality information but instead of seeking details, he likes to plan out quickly. He loves to get into action.

 

Again, there were some problems. Sivakumar ji was critic of all things – one minute he would become concerned about the level of comfort in the hotels and lodges, next minute about the transport arrangement, and so on.

 

I realised that my only hope to help them was to use whole lot of factual information as a weapon to open their inner eyes.

 

For them, three things happened in the process and only at the end they both became confident that they could do the yatra and should do it sooner rather than later.

 

They went through stages of

  1.  Awareness – the longest process – to understand, to absorbe the information and think through
  2.  Being open minded – was a huge exercise which helped to take suggestions and guidance from spiritual gurus and experts;
  3.  Self enablement  – digest the information and self-empower to make the decision, then commit to take series of actions to prepare for the yatra.

 

They both are now having so much fun going through the shopping list, packing list and regular exercise regime that we teach – all that we provide to all our clients.

 

The profound discussion and the most critical information from the discussion with Sivakumar and Padmini are now structurally captured in our:

i)   10 points AWARENESS pack; and

ii)  10 points PREPARATION pack.

 

In the next pages, I will provide you with Top 5 Points of each pack in this article. I hope this will greatly help your research and planning of your Yatra.

 


How this transformation from BHAKTI to SHAKTI took place for Padmini and Sivakumar?

 

 

They did not have any confidence but now they are having fun, they are very committed to the yatra. They are focused on it and are happy. They feel very much connected with GOD.

 

How did this happen? Well, I have put this knowledge into a structured process below for anyone to follow and get same results.

 

Click below for the answer and to progress to the top 5 awareness points and to get yatra details and discount offer.

 

<<  Continue to My Kailash Yatra AWARENESS   >>


PS.

 

Read this short and easy to read article to:

1. Save number of hours you would otherwise spend on Internet to do research;

2. Save headache from confusing and contridicting information; 

3. Be patient and go through the whole article to get unabiased, factual and highly helpful information in a structured way;

4. Have a clear conscience about Lord Shiva. 

 

 

Who is Shiva!

 

Please watch these short videos to understand who is Shiva

 

1.  Sadhguru on who is Shiva
 

 

2.   Devdutt Patnaik on Lord Shiva’s story

 


 

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Top 10 questions to ask an Everest base camp trek operator to identify the best company to book with

 

Struggling to compare apple to apple when it comes to selecting the Everest base camp trek package provided by different trekking companies in Australia or Nepal?

 

Well, you can use following checklist to shortlist or select your best Everest base camp trekking company to book with.

Keep in mind to add your personal preferences of budget and service quality related questions apart from this checklist when finalizing your booking decision.

  1. Check reviews/testimonials of each trekking operator in your short list
  2. Ensure that they have affiliation with AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents)
  3. Is their price quoted in Australian or American dollar?
  4. How many days is the actual trekking in the planned itinerary? How well is acclimatisation planned in the itinerary? Is there any contingency plan to tackle cancellation of Lukla return flight?
  5. Is their base camp trek operator in Nepal a licensed tour operator registered with Nepal Tourism Ministry and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal
  6. Are there local experts available in Australian operators office who can provide guidance on place, culture, language and food in Nepal
  7. Does Australian company provide guidance on all types of preparation including training, gear purchase and packing list for your Everest adventure
  8. Your loved ones from home being able to enquire your whereabouts 7 days a week during odd hours in case of emergency in Nepal/Everest
  9. How are the local crews including guide and porters looked after during the Everest trek
  10. Can you choose to travel in your small private group and/or choose your own dates without a surcharge?
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Everest base camp trek travel agents in Australia

Everest base camp trek travel agents in Australia and comparison of their packages/services

 

See who are the top Everest base camp trek travel agents in Australia offering best value to Australian adventure and thrill seekers. Market comparison based on size, cost, service etc.

 

Travel/Tour Agents Specialisation Everest Tour Packages
Sherpa Tours Australia

 

 

Office in Melbourne

 

Partnering Travel Agency Office

Adelaide

 

·   Boutique Australian owned company travel agency/tour operator

 

·   Specialist in Nepal tour and extension to Bhutan, India or Tibet

·   Local Nepal-Trek Managers at Australian office

·   One of the Best-Value providers and direct competitor with large companies on quality and local Nepali trekking operators on cost

·   Provide package design and personalization to any extend

www.sherpatours.com.au

http://sherpatours.com.au/sherpa-tours/testimonials

 

·   Everest base camp trek on budget

 

Excludes meals on trek

 

PRICE – AUD1450 or less

 

·   Everest base camp trek with comfort+ – 16 days

Fully inclusive except international flights (includes 3* Kathmandu hotels, Kathmandu tour and all meals on trek)

 

FROM AUD 2300

 

·   Everest base camp trek Premium

Fully inclusive with added luxury except international flights

 

FROM AUD 2800

 

Intrepid

 

Headoffice – Melbourne

 

Large corporate style group tour/trek company specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

FROM AUD 1600

 

G Adventures Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

 

FROM AUD 1740

 

Geko adventure Large corporate style group tour/trek company specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world. Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

 

FROM AUD1850

 

Peregrine

 

Headoffice – Melbourne

Large corporate style group travel and tour operator specializing in basic tour packages around the world with comfort of

 

3* accommodations in city areas. Previously it used to exclude pick-ups, local tours and meals on Everest trek and now has increased price to include meals on trek.

Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

Previously excluded basic elements like airport pick-ups, local tours, meals on trek etc and now includes meals on trek.

 

FROM AUD 3700

World Expeditions

 

Headoffice – Melbourne

 

Large corporate style group trekking operator specializing in premium trekking packages around the world. Everest base camp trek – 17 days

 

 

FROM AUD 2980

Trek Climb Ski

 

Office in Melbourne

Boutique company specializing in premium trekking packages to several different countries. Everest base camp trek – 18 days

 

 

FROM AUD 3390

Also read

Everest basecamp trek cost

Top 10 questions to ask a Everest base camp trek operator and select the best company

 

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10 to 13 days Everest base camp trek itinerary

 

10 to 13 days daily walking itinerary to Everest base camp trek.

 

Itineraries

1.      9 to 10 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Please note that you will see below short Everest base camp itinerary on internet provided by some Nepal based trekking companies but Sherpa Tours Australia would not recommend this and we want to make you aware of risks associated with this itinerary.

Day 1 Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km

 

 

 

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 4 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 5 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 6 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 7 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 8 Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 9 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 10 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

Description:       This is the shortest possible itinerary in operation from some of the Nepal based companies for tourists. The cut in number of days means cost comes down on the trek. Also, this itinerary may grab attention of trekkers who are pressed of time, however, is very ambitious and Sherpa Tours Australia would not recommend this. Please keep reading to know why.

 

Where does it compromise?

The negative is that this is fast paced and may not be for everybody. It completely omits two  acclimatisation days, one at Namche and other at Dinboche compared to standard itinerary from Sherpa Tours Australia. Trekkers need to take extreme pre-causion when committing to such a short itinerary to the base camp. The risk includes falling victim of high altitude sickness which can become deadly within a very quickly.

Another factor is about unpredictable weather condition in Everest region which causes cancellation of Everest flights. If this happens, tourists have to wait until next day to try luck again. This applies for flights both outbound and inbound from/to Lukla.

 

To know more about altitude and risk management, please click here Everest base camp trek altitude and risk management.

 

2.      11 to 12 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Day 1

Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km.

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 4 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 5 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 6 Dingboche rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 7 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 8 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 9 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 10 Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 11 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 12 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

This itinerary is doable because it considers all acclimatisation rules and cuts a day short while coming down from Pheriche. Sherpa Tours Australia operates this itinerary as well as more relaxed itinerary adding one more day on trek and if considering itinerary from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, then we would have one contingency day in Kathmandu both before outbound and after inbound from/to Kathmandu. This covers for a day’s flight delay if occurs on any side, inbound or outbound while these contingency days can be used for rest or self-exploration should there be no flight cancellation. This is more practical we believe.

 

Again, the reason to follow this itinerary rather than more relaxed 12 to 13 days is when travellers are pressed of time or budget and feel that their health and fitness are at a good level.

 

4       12 to 13 days Lukla to Luka Everest base camp trek itinerary

Day 1 Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3 to 4 hrs; 8 km

 

 

 

Note:

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla this day in the morning to start the trek.

Day 2 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs;10 km
Day 3 Namche Bazzar rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 4 Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 10 km
Day 5 Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs; 8km
Day 6 Dingboche rest day for acclimatisation.
Day 7 Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 4 to 5 hrs; 7 km
Day 8 Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): Gorak Shep : 7 to 8 hrs; 15 km
Day 9 Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft)  Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft): 15km; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 10 Pheriche – Tenboche; 5 to 6 hrs
Day 11 Tenboche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 15km; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 12 Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft): 18km; 6 to 7 hrs

 

 

 

Note: Next day morning, you will fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu. Scheudled flights only operate in the morning subject to weather condition.

Day 13 Fly out to Kathmandu early morning.

 

This is more relaxed itinerary. Sherpa Tours Australia operates this tour too.

 

5       23 days Lukla to Luka Everest circuit trek including base camp and Gokyo lakes

Gokyo Lakes trek in Everest region is NOT TO MISS if you can spare extra few days and several hundrend dollars. The view of the whole mountain range in the region is seen much much better from a ridge in Gokyo area than from Kalapattar or Everest base camp.

To read more about this itinerary, please click here.

 

Please click here to review Everest base camp trek itinerary Kathmandu to Kathmandu in operation from Sherpa tours Australia.

To read about some acclimatisation facts, please click here.

To understand the difficulty level of Everest base camp trek in most simplest and practical terms, please click here.

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Everest base camp trek cost–budget or premium price from Australia

 

Everest base camp trek cost – budget, comfort and premium tour from Australia

 

Are you finding it difficult to plan your epic Everest base camp trek without reliable information on cost? Read on to know different level of services available, their associated cost and different operators, so that you can confidently design your package, choose the right service level and decide which operator to go with.

 

Company Packages Price Comments
Sherpa Tours Australia

Excludes meals on trek

Fully inclusive except international flights (includes 3* Kathmandu hotels, Kathmandu tour and all meals on trek)

Fully inclusive with added luxury except international flights.

  • AUD 1450 or less
  • From AUD 2300
  • From AUD 2800

(Check current deals for most competitive cost)

  • Boutique Australian owned company
  • Specialist in Nepal tour and extension to Bhutan, India or Tibet
  • Local Nepal-Trek Managers at Australian office
  • One of the Best-Value providers and direct competitor with large companies on quality and local Nepali trekking operators on cost
  • Provide package design and personalization to any extend

www.sherpatours.com.au

http://sherpatours.com.au/sherpa-tours/testimonials

Geko adventure Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1850 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
G Adventures Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1749 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
Intrepid Everest base camp trek – 15 days

 

 

 

Excludes basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc

From AUD 1600 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in grass-root package and backpacker experience around the world.
Peregrine Everest base camp trek – 16 days

 

 

 

Previously excluded basic elements like airport pick ups, local tours, meals on trek etc and now includes meals on trek.

From AUD 3735 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in basic tour packages around the world with comfort of

 

 

 

3* accommodations in city areas. Previously it used to exclude pick-ups, local tours and meals on Everest trek and now has increased price to include meals on trek.

World Expeditions Everest base camp trek – 17 days AUD 2980 Large corporate style group tour operator specializing in premium trekking packages around the world.
Trek Climb Ski Everest base camp trek – 18 days AUD 3390 Boutique company specializing in premium trekking packages to several different countries.

Sherpa Tours advises that below information are guidance only and aren’t updated regularly. Readers are to do their own research to validate information provided before making decisions.

 

Everest base camp trek packages from different companies and their cost

Still unsure which operator to book your Everest base camp trek with and whether to look for a known corporate brand and accept their higher charges, or look for cheap operators or boutique companies instead, or even wondered if there are any such boutique local operators in Australia for Everest Adventure tours?

From the below table, you will see a breakdown of Everest packages into multiple service elements which will help you understand the cost-to-service relationship of your Everest Adventure. This will help you to:

  • compare apple to apple
  • design your Everest TREK adventure tour the way you want
  • have control on cost, value for money and overall experience
  • select the company which can package the tour you designed and provide best cost and value for money.

 

Breakdown of Everest base camp trek package elements and their cost guidance

Service Elements Category Cost guidance Recommendation
Airport pick up/drop off
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Non A/C private vehicle
  • From AUD 20
  • From AUD 35
  Mostly A/C not required as weather won’t get too hot in Kathmandu. This service can be considered for need of extra comfort.
Accommodation types in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Hostels
  • 3 star hotels in prime areas
  • 4 star hotels in prime areas
  • 5 star hotels in prime areas
  • Luxury hotels or resorts

     

     

    • From AUD15
    • From AUD55
    • From AUD80
    • From AUD150
    • From AUD210
   
Kathmandu cultural day tour or local hike Led by a Licensed guide with limited to high experience From AUD40 Tour may/may not include Guide, private car (AC or non-AC), entrance fee etc).

 

 

 

You can organize this in Kathmandu however by including this on your package usually makes this tour cost effective.

Alternatively, you can explore Kathmandu on your own. Except for experiencing bit of hassle and confusion, self-exploration is doable.

Kathmandu – Lukla, Everest two way domestic flights   From AUD500 Mostly, flights are included in tour package as a standard.
Guide
  • Licensed and Highly experienced Everest climber guides
  • Licensed and Experienced Everest guides
  • Licensed and Limited experience guides
   
Porter
  • Level of care to porters
   
Equipment Hire in Kathmandu

 

 

 

Purchase in Kathmandu

Hire from AUD2 per day Can take your own, or hire in Kathmandu at low cost or buy in Kathmandu at much cheaper price compared to home. You get basic to good quality products.
Meals on Everest Trek
  • Included on package
  • Excluded on package
From AUD30 per day  
Accommodation on Everest Trek
  • Tea houses
  • Everest trail Luxury resorts
  • Tents at basecamp
   

To design your Everest Tour and obtain a competitively valued quote, please visit www.sherpatours.com.au or call 1300 660 226 now.

 

What is the single most important factor in designing/planning your Everest adventure trip?

That would be your safety undoubtedly. In our view, this is MORE IMPORTANT than the COST of the trip.

 

It is highly recommended to ensure the following as a minimum:

  • book with a trusted Australian owned company
  • make sure you have the trekking permit, travel insurance and vaccinated
  • you or your loved ones can contact the trekking company after hours to track your where-about specially in case of emergency
  • be well-informed about altitude sickness and management, and well prepared mentally and physically.

 

Analysis of bundled services that come with Everest packages

Bundled services Description Which companies
Face to face, email or phone enquiry   All
Customise a trip to any extend without any surprise on cost   Sherpa Tours Australia
Help on finding most suitable itinerary, package, tour operator and cost per your budget.   Sherpa Tours Australia
One stop shop for any price category from backpacker to luxury   Sherpa Tours Australia
Guidance on local knowledge, language and culture   Sherpa Tours Australia
Tour extension options Everest Gokyo circuit trek, Kathmandu/Pokhara/Chitwan tour Most of the companies
Other Everest Adventures Skydive, Mera or Island peak climb, Chartered Heli Flight…

 

 

 

Everest View short trek

Everest lower altitude cultural trek

Sherpa Tours Australia offers all of these adventures whereas some of the other companies offer some combination of these adventures.

 

When you want to hike Everest base camp in budget, use following checklist to select an Everest tour operator:

  1. Are you a registered with AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents)? AFTA is now the governing body for the travel industry, after abolition of Travel compensation fund and Travel Agency license in 2015.
  2. Is your ground operator in Nepal a licensed tour operator registered with Nepal Tourism Ministry and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal
  3. Are there local experts available in Australian operators office who can provide guidance on place, culture, language and food
  4. Does Australian company provide guidance on all types of preparation including training, gear purchase and packing list
  5. Check reviews/testimonials of the company
  6. Your loved ones from home being able to enquire your whereabouts 7 days a week during odd hours in case of emergency
  7. Local crews including guide and porter are looked after
  8. Local Nepali staff and rural economy are benefited
  9. Local culture, environment and wildlife are appreciated and footprint minimized
  10. Can you choose to travel in your small private group and/or choose your own dates without a surcharge?
  11. Replies to your phone calls and/or emails promptly and provides valuable information to your questions.
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Earthquake Memorial Trip to Langtang Valley, Nepal in 2016

An Expedition to Cherish for a Lifetime

2016 Memorial Trip to Langtang Valley, Nepal

Sherpa Tours Aust Pty Ltd is promoting an Earthquake Memorial Trek to Langtang Valley, Nepal, to be held on 25th April at Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang valley, Nepal, on the same day when the devastating earthquake destroyed the place last year.

Oscar Olea and Kat Heldman of Just Breathe and Keep Climbing were on a month-long hiking expedition in the Langtang region when tragedy struck.

The principal idea is to do a memorial ceremony in Kyanjin Gompa on the same day the devastating earthquake (25th April 2015) shook Nepal, to commemorate all of those who lost their lives in that terrible event.

This is the area which was hit the most by the earthquake and the organizers believe that the re-entry of tourism will help immensely improve the livelihood of the locals.

There are three different alternatives for participants:

1.         Those who just want to participate in the ceremony and then come back.

2.         Those who would like to climb 5,637m Yala Peak and participate in the ceremony.

This is relatively easy peak that does not require much skills other than a good physical condition.

3.         Those who want to do a challenging climb of Ganchempo Peak which is 6,387m high and participate     in the ceremony. Ganchempo Peak, a technical peak that requires climbing skills and mountaineering            experience.

Please contact Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd for further information.

Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd

Phone Number: 1300 660 226

Email: info@sherpatours.com.au

For full details, please visit http://sherpatours.com.au/trip/earthquake-memorial-trip-to-langtang-valley-nepal

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NUWAKOT LOCAL APPRECIATION TRIP

This Nuwakot trip is for those wanting an authentic experience of local Nepali village life. The trip will take you through villages of Nuwakot and Samari; here you will enjoy accommodation in traditional village houses with authentic local Nepali hospitality and experience sustainable tourism that is positive for the whole local community.  You are offered the chance to interact with local villagers, enjoy nature tours and short hikes. You will discover that their simplicity, warmth and friendliness are as appreciable as the beautiful countryside they live in.

The lifestyle of this area follows an agrarian way, where the Nepali villagers are still following the old practices and traditions. The working life of these villagers on the rural outposts involve farming and rearing livestock, their day begins at sunrise and continues well after dark depending on the seasons. Although much of the area is considered to live below the poverty line, the genuine friendliness and welcome of the local villagers is something you will not forget.

Both retreats at Samari and Nuwakot are run on sustainable tourism/eco-friendly principles and offer tourists the chance to experience local culture and history. Both retreats are traditional old buildings that have been restored and slightly renovated for the convenience of travellers. The renovations have used local materials and workers, and the daily upkeep and produce used is all locally sourced.

Samari House- A traditional Magar-house built in the 19th century. The restoration here has kept the house to the original design with mud walls and clay tile roofing. New additions include a kitchen and dining area, windows and clean bathroom facilities in a separate building, creating a relaxing and surprisingly modern space to enjoy and unwind. The sleeping quarters are in the 2nd story of the house; this area is partitioned into 2 rooms, each sleeping 3.  Beautiful gardens and terrace fields surround the house showing you where the fresh, organic produce prepared for your meals is coming from.  Views from the courtyard and verandah are magnificent, stretching over the green, mountainous landscape giving you a sense of being away from it all in peace and quiet.

Nuwakot House- This old house which had fallen to disrepair now has a new lease on life. The beautiful mix of traditional architecture is still seen with the mud bricks and ornate wooden door and window framings. The lower story of the house contains the lobby, kitchen and verandah for you to relax. Upstairs are the bedrooms, providing comfortable beds and spanning views of the surrounding mountains.

The villages of Samari and Nuwakot are in the Nuwakot district, just a few hours out of Kathmandu. This is where you can escape the city pace of Kathmandu and unwind and enjoy the slow pace of traditional village life similar to villages in the mid-hill regions. This unspoilt village area is filled with working farmlands and traditional housing, for the tourist you are given the unique opportunity to explore, volunteer and interact with out the company of tourist groups.

Nuwakot is a small thriving village on the way to Langtang Valley. Seeped in history this village was the starting point for King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s unification campaign of Nepal in 1767. The Nuwakot Palace built by the same king between 1818-1825 is now a public museum. Surrounding the old Palace are historical pagoda temples and ancient buildings.

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