Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.
Our trekking packages are all inclusive but we suggest that you budget between $300 and $400 for extra expenditures on your trip. These include:
The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.
We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping a trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
We require a deposit on all treks before you arrive and the remaining balance will be paid at the HimalayanWonder office in Kathmandu at the time of your arrival. You can expect to receive an updated invoice from us within 24 hours of making an online payment. For Bank Transfers, Your invoice confirmation will be sent once we verify that we received the funds. Online Credit Card payments are subjected to a 2.8% fee. We suggest you pay with a major currency in Nepal. If you pay with a credit card in Nepal we are required to charge a fee of 13% to cover local transaction fees.
All trip costs are shown in USD. If you pay online your credit card company will determine the actual exchange rate. If you are paying a remaining balance in local currency we will calculate the amount based on current exchange rates as per the website - xe.com.
The following are applicable visa fees upon entering Nepal. Ensure that you carry the funds with you before entering the country. A blank passport page and a passport size photo is also required for the application at time of entry. We suggest you bring the photo with you although they can be obtained on arrival for a small fee.
If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask us or you can reference the official publication from the Nepal Visa Office.
We want to help. If you are facing any difficulties either before you arrive or once you are on your trek please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide a solution. Our goal is to make sure you have the best trip possible and leave the headaches at home!