Meeting the Mountains

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Indus Publishing, 1998 - Himalaya Mountains - 398 pages
It is a reference for trekkers and mountaineers. Included here are expeditions with Sir Chris Bonington to Punch Chuli and Rangrik Rang, the accident and rescue of Stephen Venables, climbing Manirang exploring Spiti and exploring passes in Garhwal.
 

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Everest Base Camp Trek Cost 2018 to 2020
1. Cost of booking online for Everest Base Camp Trek and Hiking
The prices range per person from USD$1,100 all the way to $3,000 for an average 12 – 15 day
trek.
Moreover, the prices generally include permits, round trip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation and meals.
A quick note: the prices won’t include travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment.
One of the best benefits of booking online is that if you are stuck for some time then everything will be pre-arranged for your arrival.
This means you can literally arrive in Kathmandu on the day one and head out trekking on the day two.
The disadvantages are that you’ll be paying a premium for this facility. And you won’t be able to meet or choose your guide beforehand.
If you are booking online with a private company, do ensure what’s included in your package because things like permits or Lukla flights are not mentioned and need to be clarified in writing.
Be aware of the fact that some prices are too good to be true.
2. Package tour with a Nepali trekking company Nepal Guide Info team
This is probably the second most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp.
The prices range per person from USD$1,100 up to $1,400 for an average 12 – 15 day trek.
Generally the prices include permits, round trip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation and meals.
And remember that the prices won’t include travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, drinking water.
The benefit of booking a package trekking tour to Everest Base Camp is that you don’t need to worry about anything because everything is taken care of for you.
Accommodation will be booked ahead of time and the meals will be paid for and arranged. And you get to meet your guide beforehand too.
3. Cost of a local Sherpa guide for Everest Base Camp Trek
This is the most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp and the costs are broken into two important choices.
The package tour is basically the same as the one listed above. But the guide only tour costs differ greatly.
The prices can go from USD$500 up to $700 with a little bargaining. The prices for guide only include the guide.
And the prices won’t include Kathmandu to Lukla flights, permits, meals, travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, and drinking water.
The benefit of arranging a guide only service from a trekking agency is that you can shop around at any local store.
If you’re interested, you can meet and interview several other trekking guides. The trekking agency will also help you book your Lukla flights if necessary.
You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation and meals when you’re out for trekking. This is actually not as hard as it seems as there’s plenty to choose from.
Generally speaking, your guide will also help you to get your trekking permits too. But you’ll need to pay for them obviously.
4. Cost of an independent Trekking guide for Everest Base Camp Trek and kalapather
This is one of the most economical and better options for arranging a trek but there are things you need to be aware of.
Arranging an independent trekking guide means not going through a trekking agency but it literally means hiring a guide from the street or through someone’s recommendation.
The prices range from USD$350-450, again with bargaining.
The prices for guide only include the guide only. And the price doesn’t include Kathmandu to Lukla flights, accommodation, permits, meals, travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, and drinking water.
The biggest negative is that your guide might not be qualified or have legitimate references regarding the trekking adventure. But you can question them in advance.
You will also need to arrange your own accommodation and meals when you’re out trekking.
5. Cost of a guide-porter for Everest Base Camp Trek and Hiking
This is the third cheapest method for arranging the trip to Everest Base Camp.
The prices range from USD$400-500 with bargaining and those prices for guide/porter
 

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must read for all wishing to explore the himalayas.

Contents

SIKKIMAND NEPAL Introduction
19
KUMAON
24
Introduction
39
ACCIDENT ON PANCH CHULI
62
CLIMBING IN MILAM
73
STORY OF THE NANDA DEVI SANCTUARY
86
THE WALLEY OF FRIENDS
99
Introduction
114
A MoUNTAIN OF SURPRISES
231
A CLIMBING Holiday AT MANALI
237
Shitidhar Peak
240
A VISIT TO SACH PASS
246
LADAKH AND EAST KARAKORAM
252
CHANGPAs ARE SMILING NANGPAS ARE FLYING
254
Roads in H P and Ladakh
259
THE SIACHEN GLACIER
266

Bhilangana Valley
139
Rupkund
145
HarkiDoon
153
LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY
162
MUKTINATH
167
HarkiDoon and Ruinsara 15455
168
ON THE TOURIST DRAIN TREK
174
Annapurna Sanctuary Trail
177
A TREK TO KALA PATHAR
180
KINNAUR
188
THE LANGUAGE OF THE MOUNTAINS
190
Rangrik range
195
A DAWN IN WINTER
197
Satluj Valley Rampur
198
WHAT DID YOU DO IN SORANG VALLEYP
206
A DECADE OF VISITs
209
Nachar Valley Kinnaur 202
215
KULLU SPITI
222
AT CROSSROADS IN SPITI
223
Kashmir Ladakh
267
Terong Valleys
271
Siachen Glacier
272
FOUNDATIONS
278
A CONTINUING TRADITION
280
Journey of THE JOURNAL
286
THE HIMALAYAN CLUB NEWSLETTER
296
42
300
Two EDITORS PAR ExcELLENCE
306
A MEETING WITH PROF ODELL
313
73
320
11
334
A SUMMARY OF ExPEDITIONS AND TREKs
338
B A NoTE ON CLIMBING IN INDIA
354
C REGIONS OF THE INDIAN HIMALAYA
360
D LIST OF PASSES IN THE HIMALAYA
368
E ExPEDITIONS AND TREKS IN THE HIMALAYA 19631997
382
Index
390
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About the author (1998)

Kapadia has been visiting the Himalaya for almost 40 years. He is an Honorary Member of the Alpine Club, London, and has served as vice president of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

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