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Nepal, a landlocked country (between 80° 4' and 88° 12' East longitude and 26° 22' and 30° 27' North latitude) is bounded on the North by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, the East-South and West by India.
With its ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop, landlocked Nepal has long been the destination of choice for travelers in search of adventure. Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The wilderness in Nepal fosters an incredible variety of ecosystem, the greatest mountain range on earth, thick tropical jungle, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys.

Tibet, the name itself evokes feelings of awe and mystery. Spread over a vast expanse of high altitude desert beyond the Himalayas this ancient kingdom is often refereed as Shangri-La, The forbidden Land, The Roof of the World, and by many more the mysterious Buddhist Kingdom. Tibet is not only the geographical and natural enchants but also a long historical culture and religion that appeal the foreigners to visit Tibet at least once in their lifetime.

Bhutan, a tiny, remote and impoverished Buddhist kingdom nestling in the eastern Himalayas is hemmed by China (Tibet) in the north and northwest, the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim in the east, south and west respectively and has and area of about 38,364 square km. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon" and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s. Bhutan's ancient Buddhist culture and breathtaking scenery make it a natural tourist attraction.

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. October and November are considered the best times of the year. Nepal Himalaya is governed by the Southerly Monsoon which brings heavy precipitation between the months of Mid June and mid September, i.e. it rains a lot. There are great treks available in the rain shadow area during these months but if you are planning a more popular trek it is best to avoid the monsoon months. Autumn through to spring is the best time to fully experience Nepal. The main festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Hindu equivalent of Christmas in terms of festivity) fall during these months. However, this is also the busiest tourist season, and the main tourist centers and trekking trails tend to be crowded with travelers like you. In short, plan to visit Nepal between October and May, keeping in mind that October-November and February-March are the best times (but crowded with other travelers).

The best time to visit Tibet and Bhutan is April to November and that of India is Dec - April and August to November.

If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you can easily find a trek in the brochure or website to suit you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whereas the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. All treks in the brochure, website have been graded systematically. It is also worthy to remember if we are tailoring your tour, you can choose the pace and direction of your experience.
Wear a smile and have a positive attitude, then you are ready for any hills. Prefer trekking in a group; go with guide and porters. Load your luggage, porters carry it, then walk and explore the Himalayas easily & comfortably. Take a rest whenever you want, let the porters cook your meal while you relax for an hour or two, and then walk again to Tent and sleep. Wake up the next day to do it again or roll down the hills. Everyone can do trekking and everyone can find a hill waiting to be explored in Nepal as well as in other countries.

Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

In the more popular trails (Such as Trekking in the Annapurna region, Everest region, Langtang area) there are well-established Mountain lodges providing accommodation and meals (called Tea house trekking). Nowadays almost all the lodges provide private rooms and many also have solar showers and clean toilet facilities. You can of course choose camping trek in these regions but as many campsites are connected to lodges it is debatable whether there is real benefit being under canvas.
But in case of fully organized camping trek you have to sleep in the tent. There are many rural and remote trek destinations, which offer an unforgettable journey in the rich Himalayan wilderness, and through traditional and virtually unchanged Nepalese villages and communities. A fully organized camping trek requires the arrangement of all camping gears including sleeping tents, kitchen and mess tents, toilet tents, dinning tables and chairs, mattresses, kitchen crews with all kitchen gears and food stuff.

Journeys of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. are not conventional group tours, travel or trekking. You will be traveling or trekking with a maximum of fifteen travelers (most of our journeys have less than ten!) They are designed to provide you with a good balance of personal discovery and group activity with like-minded travelers – and an enjoyable holiday. We shun mass tourism and all its trappings – and we believe our style of travel, tour or trek will give you the best experience of your chosen destination.

In Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd., travelers are of all ages and from all parts of the world. They share a passion for travel, tour, trekking and expedition in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan– a desire to savor the cuisine, meet the people and connect with the lives and cultures of these extraordinary places.

The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which you have. Generally your trek can range from 3-4 days to month time or longer periods depending on your wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on exploring the cultural, natural beauty, Himalayas etc.

You need to have enough gear to be warm and comfortable but avoid overloading. Usually you will experience warm days and cold nights depending on altitude and the time of year. Most of our treks go to around 3000 - 5000 meter. Please visit our link what to Bring or contact us for the list of items to bring. You can easily rent needed equipment for reasonable price in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the trekking but it's always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara in one of the many outdoor gear shops.

Altitude sickness is a serious problem. Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally at an altitude of over 3000 m. It is common that most people feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. Descending to a lower altitude will generally be enough to prevent any further problems.
Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem organizes treks very carefully. Extra days for acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.

Most of tour, travel, trekking and expedition programs of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. are suited to anybody of normal fitness and mobility with a desire to get out and experience all the countries where we organize variety of travels, tours, trekking & Expedition program. Walking and optional leisurely cycling are common in all of our itineraries. Trekking, Expedition and more adventurous activities are reserved for our journeys with an Adventurous grading and this will be clearly marked on the tour page in this brochure. Some of our trips feature long drives or more basic accommodation. This will be clearly marked as well. The most important thing is that you pack a positive attitude and a desire to experience the place where you are going to make tour or travel or trek and its people first hand.

You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That's why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. pays big attention to weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before trek.

Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. is prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur during trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for case of emergency. In the event of an emergency. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

Groups of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd are a mix of single travelers, trekker, couples, families and friends. Single travelers or trekker can choose between paying a supplement for a single room, or paying the twin price and sharing with another traveler or trekker of the same sex. If we can't match you with another traveler and you're willing to share, you will travel in a single room without paying a supplement. You will not be pushed into a cumbersome triple share arrangement!

In short – yes! Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. also organizes family tours and travel. Nepal is an ideal destination for family travel and tour with amazing historical sites and a range of unique, exciting activities like elephant riding, trekking, river-rafting and kite-flying (to name a few) on offer. There's never been a better time to introduce your children to a region that will assume ever-increasing importance in their lifetimes.

Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. would like to think that if you had the time to find the accommodations offering the best of location, cleanliness, atmosphere and value, you would make the same choices as us. Hotels of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. are both comfortable spaces to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day and great bases for exploration of the places you are visiting. A typical hotel will feature clean comfortable rooms, private facilities and air-conditioning as well as great extras like a swimming pool and restaurants. On more adventurous tours, travel, trek or expedition of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd., basic accommodation is used in remote areas and this will be clearly marked.

Nepal (especially Kathmandu) is home to some of the world's most beautiful and historic hotels. With this in mind, Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. designed its range of Deluxe journeys. The emphasis by day is unchanged – small groups and an authentic experience of Nepal. At night however, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ambience of these specially selected hotels. These are not luxury holidays. While staying in some of the finest hotels in the world, your focus will be on meeting the people, eating the food and getting amongst the history and culture of your chosen destination. That's the way Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. does things on all its tour, travel, trekking or expedition programs.

Please note that in most places, deluxe accommodation is not available. In these cases Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. uses the best available hotels. This will be clearly marked in your itinerary. Single supplements apply to deluxe options.

The tour, travel, trekking or expedition in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India and Pakistan itself is very much a part of the experience of traveling with Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. Local transport provides for great experiences in cities and towns and you will find that Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. includes everything from Trekking in the Himalayas, elephants in Chitwan, to cycling in Nepal, Tibet and India and jeep safari in all parts as well as tours and travel and trekking in all above countries. On longer tours and travels, Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. uses modern, comfortable vans, jeeps and buses. Some travel companies bring together a collection of local bus tickets and a rigid local bus timetable as a means of minimizing the cost of their tours, travel, trekking or expedition. Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. believes this minimizes the experience as well. There is nothing more rewarding than a spontaneous stop in a village to mix with the locals – or to catch that magic photo in the fields. You may also be flying in plane.

Food safety is always a big concern and Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd takes it very seriously. Hygiene when trekking generally has improved considerably over the last ten years; our guides have the enough local knowledge to choose the lodges which maintain a high standard of hygiene. If you are under camping trek all meals are prepared with high standards. Similarly fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe. We suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons.

Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. doesn't know of any company that offers the combination of well thought out itineraries, tasteful accommodation, value for money and a base in the region to ensure. Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. always knows what is going on. If you're shopping around, ask about your accommodation, transport and the tour, travel, trek or expedition leaders and guides who will take care of you on the ground. It may also be worth looking at the number of nights spent in hill tribe villages when checking out the value of your holiday. We don't cut any corners!

Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. has many years of guiding experience in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan. Most of them have been spending years exploring the countries. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak English fluently and are happy to share their deep knowledge of the countries and beauty of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it's not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained. Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. pays its main concern to make your trip in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan safe, memorable and fun!
By not including meals Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. lets you choose what you want to eat and give you the freedom to explore on your own – should you choose to do so. Eating is one of the highlights of traveling in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India, which is why Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. makes meal times as flexible as possible. Many of travelers, trekkers & expedition members of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. comment on the unexpected variety, quality and value of the food they enjoy on tour, travel, trekking & expedition and Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. believes this is the result of its ability to offer its traveler's or trekkers' local cuisine and restaurant choices rather than often-repetitive hotel buffets.
Prices for cultural sites in Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan, and Pakistan are forever changing. In recent times prices have been falling. By collecting entrance fees at the start of the tour or travel, travelers will pay the correct amount. Many of travelers of Mountain Leaders Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. undertake some independent exploration while traveling and do not participate in all sightseeing. You will only pay for sightseeing you actually undertake.

A number of mornings or afternoons have been set aside for free time on each tour and travel. Shorter tours and travels, in general, will not have as much free time as longer tours. Nights are usually free (as dinners are typically not included, travelers have the choice of joining the group or exploring on their own) and you may wish to deviate from some organized touring during the tour and travels. And there are also reasonable days for acclimatization while doing trekking or expedition.
No, there are no hidden costs. Your tour or travel or trekking or expedition cost covers everything except lunches and dinner, entrance fees and personal expenses. If you are satisfied with your guides, drivers & tour or trekking leader then a small gratuity is an appropriate way in which to show appreciation. Your tour or trekking leader will be able to advise you further, but an amount of around US$3 per day should be budgeted for your guides and drivers. Tipping of porters would be extra.
We have developed a trip grading system to help you match your level of fitness and aspirations with a trip that will complement both. If you've never trekked before, we recommend that you not be overly ambitious. Try a short trek and see if you enjoy it. That said, we acknowledge that trekking experience counts less than your motivation and physical condition. If you really want to get to Everest Base Came, and are fit enough to do so you'll get there. Good health and a spirit of adventure will carry you far. A complete dossier on your trek will sent after we receive your initial deposit and booking confirmation. If you are uncertain which trek is best for you, we strongly recommend requesting complete trek dossiers before you book.
The descriptions below are meant to serve as a rough guide only. Trip grades are based on length, altitude, and remoteness, walking conditions, weather and other factors. It is impossible to be precise about how hard a trek is: grading provides a way for you to compare different treks. Remember that all trekking makes some physical demands. Don't expect that because a trek is graded easy you will never feel tired.

Easy:
We do hiking sightseeing and always stay in hotels.

Moderate:
In this case the trekking itinerary is of greater than nine days. Some previous hiking experienced is preferable. A maximum elevation is up to 15,000+ feet but may be more or less than it.

Adventurous:
You need to be familiar with mountain walking and possess a fair degree of stamina to do adventurous trekking. These trips include difficult trekking conditions; covering long distance and high pass (A doctor's certificate may be required).

Expeditionary:
If you are going to take part in expeditionary activities then climbing experience is required. You must be familiar with the use of mountaineering equipment. This grade is reserved for our most demanding treks, involving long days, often in isolated areas, at elevations above 18,000 feet etc.

Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help them protect local culture and maintain local pride.
Respect privacy when taking photographs
Respect holy places
Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging
Respect for the local etiquette earns you respect
Let the Himalayas change you - Do not change them
Protect the natural environment
Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it
Limit deforestation - make no open fires
Burn dry paper and packets in a safe place
Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment