Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mt. Everest - More details (Part -II)

[Category: Personal]

We've started getting queries for more details and below are some of the things to ponder about. I'm adding as much information as possible but trying to avoid the uninterested reader to be bored or hijack this blog for my trek :)

The costs are maximum expected costs, but yet they’re just estimates. I expect the actual expenses to be below this. There may be one or two days of variation in the estimates.

1 a) Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek through Nepal (EBCN henceforth): 14 days, including a day in Kathmandu and one day rest (optional and depending upon consensus) in trek up hill.

Estimated Cost: $500 + transportation/Visa (Visa is only for non-Indians/Nepalese) into and out of Kathmandu.

1 b) Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek through Tibet (EBCT henceforth): 19 days, including 2-5 days in Kathmandu to get the Tibetan Visa, 1 day in Lhase and one day rest (optional and depending upon consensus) in trek up hill.

Estimated Cost: $1000 + transportation/Visa (Visa is only for non-Indians/Nepalese) into and out of Nepal.


2 a) Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek through Nepal (KBCN henceforth): 24 days, including a day in Kathmandu and one day rest (optional and depending upon consensus) in trek up hill. This trek will cover both North and South base camp and is the toughest among all the options.

Estimated Cost: $800 + transportation/Visa (Visa is only for non-Indians/Nepalese) into and out of Kathmandu.

2 b) Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek through India (KBCI henceforth): 14 days, including a day in Gangtok, a day in Darjeeling and one day rest (optional and depending upon consensus) in trek up hill.

Estimated Cost: $500 + transportation/Visa (Visa is only for non-Indians/Nepalese) into and out of Gangtok. Flights go upto Bagdogra followed by a 4-5 hours journey by bus to Gangtok.

Foreigners will have to take trekking permits in India, Nepal and Tibet.

Special Note for KBCI:

If you're an Indian, and going to KBCI, permit is not necessary. For foreigners, it is best to travel to Delhi/Calcutta (en route to Bagdogra) and take the permit. More info on http://www.sikkiminfo.net/trekking.htm

With last 4 days of advice from people who have contacted us, many forums searches and what not, we've come to know that 2A is ruled out because of being too time consuming and arduous in the end, without that fun. 2B may be ruled out thanks to the heavy monsoons in India this season. Now 1A and 1B are most viable options, though I still stay open for some adventure :)

2 Comments:

wow man sounds really interesting.. how will u manage 24 days holidays man :-/ I wont get that many in one full yr :(

Would love to do it sometime in my life though..
on 8/04/2005 05:45:00 AM  
mbablogger, the trip just got jinxed :( Back from the vacations, sans the Mt. EBC trek! on 8/21/2005 02:12:00 PM  

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