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Trekking Nepal in 2014 For us at Back Track, trekking is our way of life. We always prepare well and are dedicated to ensuring that our trekkers have the holiday of a lifetime. Our trekking itineraries are arranged so we can meet each day’s objective in a leisurely fashion.

As well, a programme for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house. Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive Pre Departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ‘1300’ Trekkers Assist line, plus, the Clients Login section on our web site and Newsletters will keep you up to date with any important news relating to preparations for your holiday.

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LODGE STYLE

CAMP KIT

Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo  Lakes and Everest High Passes  treks are conducted in Lodge Style.

To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Camp Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.

The Khumbu area of Nepal, home to the Sherpa people, is where these treks takes place. The Sherpas have a long association with western trekkers providing guides and climbing crew for mountaineers way back to the early 1920’s. In their homelands they have built an infrastructure of clean and comfortable lodges in all the major villages and trekking locations. Therefore there is no need to camp on these treks – campsites on our Everest trek are usually in the grounds of a warm, comfortable lodge. Back Track utilises these lodges for accommodation. Rooms are usually twin share with comfortable beds.

FITNESS Both treks are graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3 month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.

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BACK TRACK ADVENTURES have operated small group guided adventure holidays worldwide since 1985. We commenced our first Nepal treks in that year with 2 groups completing the then, just opened Annapurna Circuit which has now become one of the classic Nepal treks. Back Track has for the last 30 years pioneered new remote trails and we are justifiably proud of our policy of continual research in new trekking areas. Our vast knowledge, our affection for Nepal and our deep commitment to seek the ultimate trekking experience has led us to develop new and exciting treks. Quality, not quantity is our policy when it comes to trekking. We have a vast file of unique trekking opportunities to tempt you with in the years to come. In this brochure we present the famous, Lodge Style trek, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and a new, more challenging adventure Everest High Passes. WARNING: trekking in Nepal is seriously addictive. Your first trek with Back Track could lead to a lifetime addiction to travel and trekking in exotic locations.

Everest High Passes Including Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar, the Gokyo Valley and Renjo La From Kathmandu 15 April – 07 May 2014 This is a brand new adventure for Back Track that celebrates our 30 years of Nepal treks. It includes many highlights from our classic Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes trek such as Base Camp, Kala Pattar, Cho La and the Gokyo Valley but includes time for additional exploration in the Khumbu Valley, a crossing of the 5417m Renjo La and a visit to the remote Bhote Kosi Valley; Be prepared for a thrilling, high altitude experience. This trek will suit experienced Nepal trekkers keen for an extreme adventure plus first time trekkers willing to test themselves in this most beautiful alpine environment.

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes From Kathmandu 10 November – 02 December 2014 If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest, most majestic mountains on earth then this is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous due to the exploits of mountaineers such as Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney-Snape. The Sherpa people who inhabit Khumbu, as the area is called, are well-known for their cheerful hospitality. This trek visits their villages and monastries and provides a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. The 5545m “hill” of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. You’ll stand in awe, inspired by breathtaking beauty. Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. The following day, we plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views from here up the rugged Khumbu Icefall are simply awe-inspiring.

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Everest High Passes Including Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar, the Gokyo Valley and Renjo La DAY 1: KATHMANDU 1300M Met on arrival and transferred to our hotel. Free time to explore Kathmandu. This evening dine out in the old city. DAY 2: KATHMANDU 1300M Time to walk through the old city and visit the famous temple complex of Durbar Square, or hire a taxi and visit the other cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan and Bhaktapur. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel at 4.00pm (B) DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA 2640M (35mins flying time, 3hrs walking) Begin the trek with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. After landing, we have two easy, leisurely days on a wide, level trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (BLD) DAY 4: MONDZO 2815M (3hrs) We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment. Rest stops are taken to sample refreshing cups of tea in the villages. The pine and rhododendron forests that surround the trail provide cooling shade. (BLD) DAY 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440M (3hrs) We reach the fascinating and legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Khumbu area. Our lodge is a short walk from the National Park headquarters and museum. (BLD) DAY 6: REST & ACCLIMATISATION IN NAMCHE BAZAAR We take a rest day in Namche to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. A number of impressive side treks are available. One favourite is to visit the Everest View Hotel, set high on a ridge, for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. (BLD) DAY 7: DEBOCHE 3770M (5hrs) The trail ascends steeply past the last houses of Namche then traverses high above the Dudh Kosi Valley. We get impressive mountain views along this section of trail before descending to a bridge that crosses the Dudh Kosi at the village of Phunki Tenga. A dusty trail winds up through alpine forest to a large clearing atop a ridge at 3860m. Here we find the most important

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Buddhist monastery in the Everest area, Tengboche. There is ample time to rest here and also visit the monastery. The trail then descends through rhododendron and juniper forest to the lovely hamlet of Deboche where we stay overnight. (BLD) DAY 8: DINGBOCHE 4350M (4hrs) A shorter day to assist in acclimatisation. Descend on a gentle slope through a rhododendron forest passing numerous mani walls. Be alert for wildlife; you mays see Nepal’s National Bird, the Danphe pheasant plus musk deer. The trail crosses over the deep, narrow gorge of the Imja Khola before commencing the long, gradual incline to the villages of Lower Pangboche and Upper Pangboche. To the right, on the other side of the valley, looms the distinct, towering shape of Ama Dablam (6860m). The gradient eases and the vegetation thins out as we approach Dingboche. (BLD) DAY 9: REST & ACCLIMATISATION IN DINGBOCHE There are numerous opportunities for acclimatising side treks from here. We can either make a steep, 3 hour ascent to Nangkartshang Peak (5100m), visit high lakes (4700m) at the base of Ama Dablam or trek up to the village of Chukhung (4750m). Each of these excursions gives outstanding views. In most cases we would do the walk in the morning and return to Dingboche by early afternoon then spend the remainder of the day resting. (BLD) DAY 10: LOBUCHE 4940M (4.5hrs) The trail follows a long shelf of land on the Eastern side of the Khumbu Valley then cross a stream coming from the snout of the Khumbu Glacier. It’s then a short ascent on the main trail to Dughla (4600m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then climbs steeply through boulders to reach a number of rock cairns bedecked with prayer flags - memorials to climbers who lost their lives on Mt Everest. From here the elevation eases and crosses to the west side of the valley between a high ridge and the moraine wall of the Khumbu Glacier. Reach our overnight stop at Lobuche by mid afternoon (BLD) DAY 11: GORAK SHEP 5170M & EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m (8hrs) From Lobuche we trek for 2 hours on a rough, rock strewn trail to Gorak Shep. We’ll have lunch here and a short rest before crossing over the

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Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360). There are no views of Everest’s summit from here but there are fine views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and the large seracs of ice on the glacier beside base camp. We retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep. (BLD). DAY 12: DZONGLA 4850M (4hrs) Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5554 meters. Kala  Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing South Face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel “On Top of the World”. Making it to the top of Kala Pattar is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We depart Gorak Shep well before dawn, walking by the beam of our headlamps. The return walk, plus rest times from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. After returning to Gorak Shep for breakfast, we then retrace our steps past Lobuje before ascending a ridge on the west side of the Khumbu Valley. We reach a high valley at the foot of the magnificent, sheer wall of the north face of Cholatse (6440m). The trail crosses a small stream before ascending gradually to our lodge at Dzongla. (BLD) DAY 13: GOKYO 4750M via CHO LA 5420M (7hrs) Today we prepare to cross Cho La (pass). Depart early for a tough 4 hour climb to the top of Cho La. We pause for a snack and some fantastic photo opportunities. Then it’s a long, slow descent to reach the cluster of hotels at Tagnag (4700m). The trail crosses the lower section of the Ngozumba Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal, to reach the lodges at Gokyo. (BLD) Note: Crossing Cho La will only be attempted if weather and trail conditions are ideal. There is an alternative trail available if necessary. DAY 14: REST DAY IN GOKYO We take an optional pre-breakfast trek up to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak. The views from here rank with any that trekkers may encounter in Nepal. We get memorable views of four 8,000m peaks—Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu plus the 3 sacred lakes to the south. We return to our lodge for breakfast. Later in the day, there’s an option to trek further up the Gokyo Valley and enjoy magnificent high altitude lakes and enthralling mountain views. (BLD). DAY 15: MARULUNG 4200M via RENJO LA 5417M (7.5hrs) We’ll make another early start due to the long day ahead. The trail skirts the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari then ascends steeply over gullies and past rock cairns. It will take about 3 hours to reach Rejo La. The glorious views from the pass include Mt Everest. Descend on stone steps to a lake before coming to a wide trail that heads south down the Bhote Kosi Valley. Pass yak grazing areas and small settlements to reach our lodge at Marulung. (BLD) DAY 16: THAME 3800M (2.5hrs) After the previous days exertions we have planned a short, easy day. The trail continues to descend the Bhote Kosi Valley. After spending the previous 8 days at altitudes exceeding 4000m, we’ll appreciate the warmer conditions and increased oxygen. After reaching Thame lodge for lunch, we can relax in the afternoon or visit the nearby Buddhist Monastery.(BLD) DAY 17: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440M (3hrs) Another short day on the trail. Pass through small Sherpa settlements on a well-used trail. Reach Namche by lunch time and spend the afternoon exploring Namche. There are numerous things to do here - shopping,

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Mt Everest Kala Patar Base Camp

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Everest High Passes visiting the bakery for delicious cakes and pastries, visiting the Sherpa Museum and National Park HQ, watching a movie or playing pool.(BLD) DAY 18: SPARE DAY. A spare day is always in our Everest itineraries in case of delays. If the trek goes according plan we take a rest day in Namche. If you have the energy, a side trek to the Sherpa Villages of Kunde and Khumjung is highly recommended. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous Kunde Hospital, built and funded by the Himalayan Trust, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. (BLD) DAY 19: PHAKDING 2640 (4hrs) The going is easier and more relaxed as we enter the lower altitudes. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the Dudh Kosi Valley and our lodge at Phakding. (BLD) DAY 20: LUKLA (2.5hrs) Our last trekking day and it’s quite easy. The trail is mostly along the floor of the valley before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving mid morning. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew. (BLD) DAY 21: KATHMANDU (35mins flying time) Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. (BLD) DAY 22: KATHMANDU Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B) DAY 23 You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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ITINERARY

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Day 6: REST & ACCLIMATISATION IN NAMCHE BAZAAR We take a rest day in Namche to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. A number of impressive side treks are available. One favourite is to visit the Everest View Hotel, set high on a ridge, for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. (BLD) Day 7: PHORTSE TENGA 3680m (4hrs) As part of our gradual acclimatisation, today’s walk is short with minimal altitude gain. From Khumjung monastery (purported to contain a genuine Yeti skull), the trail ascends to our lodge near the Dudh Kosi River that flows from the foot of Mt Everest. (BLD) Day 8: DOLE 4090m (3hrs) Another short day to assist in acclimatisation. The trail climbs through impressive rhododendron forests before reaching yak grazing pastures and the small settlement of Dole in time for lunch. Afternoon free to relax or explore. (BLD) Day 1: KATHMANDU 1300m Met on arrival and transferred to our hotel. Free time to explore Kathmandu. This evening dine out in the old city. Day 2: KATHMANDU 1300m Time to walk through the old city and visit the famous temple complex of Durbar Square, or hire a taxi and visit the other cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan and Bhaktapur. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel at 4.00pm (B) Day 3: PHAKDINGMA 2640m (35mins flying time, 3hrs walking) Begin the trek with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. After landing, we have two easy, leisurely days on a wide, level trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (BLD) Day 4: MONDZO 2815m (3hrs) We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment. Rest stops are taken to sample refreshing cups of tea in the villages. The pine and rhododendron forests that surround the trail provide cooling shade. (BLD) Day 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (3hrs) We reach the fascinating and legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Khumbu area. Our lodge is a short walk from the National Park headquarters and museum. (BLD)

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DAY 9: MACHHERMO 4410m (2.5hrs) The trail proceeds up the Gokyo Valley with stunning scenery on both sides of the valley. Machhermo Village is reached late in the morning. We have another afternoon acclimatising. (BLD) DAY 10: GOKYO 4750m (4hrs) The valley widens as we approach the snout of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Our lodge is on the shore of a beautiful lake called Dudh Pokhari. (BLD) DAY 11: GOKYO 4750m We take a pre-breakfast trek up to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak affording memorable views of four 8,000m peaks—Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu. We return to our lodge for breakfast. We trek further up the Gokyo Valley and enjoy magnificent high altitude lakes and enthralling mountain views. (BLD). DAY 12: TAGNAG 4600m (2hrs) Today we prepare to cross Cho La (pass). The trail crosses the lower section of the Ngozumba Glacier to reach Tagnag. We stay in a rough lodge with basic facilities. (BLD) DAY 13: DZONGLA 4910m. via CHO LA 5420m (7hrs) Depart early for a tough 4 hour climb to the top of Cho La. We pause for a snack and some fantastic photo opportunities. Then it’s a long, slow descent

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to the single stone lodge at Dzongla and the finish to an exciting day. (BLD) Note: Crossing Cho La will only be attempted if weather and trail conditions are ideal. There is an alternative trail available if necessary.

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DAY 14: LOBUCHE 4930m (3hrs) Today’s trail follows a ridge high above the Khumbu valley before descending to the Khumbu Glacier. An easy trail takes us to the cluster of lodges at Lobuje. (BLD) DAY 15: GORAK SHEP 5140m (3hrs) Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5554 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing South Face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel “On Top of the World”. Tonight we stay at the base of Kala Pattar at Gorak Shep. The return walk from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. (BLD) DAY 16: PHERICHE 4240m via EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m (9hrs) From Gorak Shep we trek for 3 hours on a rough trail to Everest Base Camp (5360). Making it to the top of Kala Pattar and on to Everest Base Camp is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We retrace our steps past Gorak Shep and Lobuje descending to our lodge on the wide plain at Pheriche village. (BLD) DAY 17: DEBOCHE 3757m (3hrs) A shorter day after the previous day’s exertions. The views down the trail ahead of the snow peaks arrayed before us are magnificent. We stop for lunch and a night at the pleasant settlement of Deboche. Relax or take an afternoon stroll to visit the impressive Tengboche monastery. (BLD) DAY 18: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (4hrs) Today’s walk is always enjoyable. The spectacular mountain views continue as the trail passes through Tengboche before descending via a forested path to cross the Dudh Kosi. We stop for the night at our favourite lodge above Namche Bazaar. (BLD) DAY 19: PHAKDING 2640 (4hrs) The going is easier and more relaxed as we enter the lower altitudes. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the Dudh Kosi Valley and our lodge at Phakding. (BLD) DAY 20: LUKLA (2.5hrs) Our last trekking day and it’s quite easy. The trail is mostly along the floor

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Gokyo Ri

Mt Everest Kala Patar Base Camp

Gokyo

Thyangboche < Kathmandu

Namche Bazaar Lukla

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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes of the valley before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving mid morning. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew. (BLD) DAY 21: KATHMANDU (35mins flying time) Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. (BLD) DAY 22: KATHMANDU Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B) DAY 23 You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Pricing and Dates Everest High Passes

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Sherpa Lodge Trek

Sherpa Lodge Trek

Trip Duration: 23 days from Kathmandu

Trip Duration: 23 days from Kathmandu

Dates

15 April - 07 May 2014

Dates

10 November - 02 December 2014

Cost from Kathmandu

AUD

$3495

Cost from Kathmandu

AUD

$3795

Domestic flights

AUD

$300

Domestic flights

AUD

$300

TOTAL

AUD

$3795

TOTAL

AUD

$4095

International flights from Australia

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Extra accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast)

International flights from Australia

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Extra accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast)

Single

AUD $85 per person per night

Single

AUD $85 per person per night

Twin share

AUD $50 per person per night

Twin share

AUD $50 per person per night

Trek details

Trek details

Ex-Kathmandu cost includes: arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu •First night welcome dinner in Kathmandu •Last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu • Back Track Adventures leader from Kathmandu • all land and air transport required for the trek • all accommodation - 4 nights comfortable hotel with daily breakfast in Kathmandu and 18 nights lodge accommodation on the trek • 22 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 20 dinners • loan of sleeping bag and kit bag • trek crew consisting of guides and porters • trek permit fees • National Park entrance fees tips for trekking crew.

Ex-Kathmandu cost includes: arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu •First night welcome dinner in Kathmandu •Last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu • Back Track Adventures leader from Kathmandu • all land and air transport required for the trek • all accommodation - 4 nights comfortable hotel with daily breakfast in Kathmandu and 18 nights lodge accommodation on the trek • 22 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 20 dinners • loan of sleeping bag and kit bag • trek crew consisting of guides and porters • trek permit fees • National Park entrance fees tips for trekking crew.

Not included: Visa and any passport costs • personal clothing • medical expenses • travel insurance (compulsory) • all items of a personal nature.

Not included: Visa and any passport costs • personal clothing • medical expenses • travel insurance (compulsory) • all items of a personal nature.

Group size: minimum 8, maximum 14 people, plus trek leader.

Group size: minimum 8, maximum 14 people, plus trek leader. * All prices are per person and subject to change without notice at anytime.

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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM So what is responsible tourism? In a nutshell it is a company’s commitment to ensure that their impact on the environment and the local culture is as low as possible, whilst helping to generate income and employment for the local people. WHAT: Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries where some of the top holiday destinations are amongst the poorest on the planet. These countries rely heavily on tourism but often the benefits bypass the needy and go straight back into the pockets of westerners. By using a company that is dedicated towards implementing responsible values you can succeed in having a positive impact on the destination you visit. HOW: As a traveller, you have an important role to play in travelling responsibly. Often travellers want to be responsible but are not aware of the issues and the appropriate codes of conduct. These guidelines we have provided are not intended be exhaustive but to highlight a number of issues and provide advice that will help you to: 1. Ensure your own personal safety. 2. Show respect to the local communities, customs and values. If you are unsure or concerned about anything ask your travel consultant, tour leader, guide or local hosts and respect their advice at all times. They are experienced professionals and are there to ensure you enjoy your experience but not at the expense of others or the wildlife you have come to enjoy. ABOUT US: Back Track Adventures has been leading trekking groups to Nepal since 1985. Our commitment to the tenets of responsible tourism is unwavering and we are deeply passionate about people and nature! Keeping our passions close to our heart, we tailor make extraordinary trips to suit extraordinary people. Combine our well-designed trips with responsible travel practices and you have the most irresistible holiday package. We aim to exceed your expectations, with the utmost regard for your safety, minimising the impact on our environment and at the same time maximising contribution to the local economy.

ENVIRONMENT WATER: Minimise your water usage by reporting dripping taps, never leave the tap running and turn off tightly after use. Think before requesting clean bath towels. Never contaminate natural water sources with litter, chemicals or human waste. Remember this could be someone else’s drinking water. ENERGY REDUCTION: Take hot showers only when the water is heated by renewable energy sources. An average shower heated by a wood-burning stove contributes to the destruction of local forest. When lodge trekking, order the same meal at the same time as other trekkers. The Nepalese national dish of dal bhat is a good option. WASTE MANAGEMENT: Where possible remove all unnecessary packaging before you leave. Trekkers leave behind approximately 100,000kg of water bottles per year. Plastic bottles CANNOT be recycled in Nepal. Instead use a canteen, iodine purification tablets, a Steripen or alternatively fill up at one of the drinking water stations for a small fee. Pick up your litter as you would at home. Not only is it unsightly, it can be deadly to wild animals.

Our Nepal Crew Back Track Adventures is one of the few Australian trekking companies to have an office in Nepal. This allows us to manage our own ground operations more effectively. When you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our staff and from that point until we place you back on the plane to return home, you will be in the safe hands of our trekking team. Back Track Adventures is one of the most experienced Nepal trekking operators.

Ray Baker, Trek Leader and Back Track Director

Ian Arnold, Trek Leader

Kylie Gilbert, Trek Leader

Damian Caniglia, Trek Leader

Raj Gyawali, Owner Social Treks, Back Track’s partner in Nepal

GENERAL ETIQUETTE: On the whole the Nepalese are a relaxed nation, however, there are a few general etiquette points to be aware of. • Pointing the soles of your feet at someone or touching someone’s head or cap is offensive • Take off your shoes before entering someone’s home. • Public displays of affection, such as kissing and hugging, are considered offensive • Do not handle anybody else’s food, eat off another’s plate or drink from another’s glass RELIGIOUS ETIQUETTE: Always ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple, taking photos of the temple or its surroundings. Take off your shoes before entering and always pass a prayer wall on your right or walk around it in a clockwise direction. DRESS CODE: Many of the people of Kathmandu are becoming more westernised in the way that they dress; however many are still fairly conservative, especially in the villages. Dress as not to attract attention to yourself. PHOTOGRAPHY: Always be polite and respectful to local people by asking before taking their picture. If people seem reluctant or look away then don’t take the photo. When photographing children, ask for their parents’ consent first. We strongly discourage payments being made for the privilege of taking a photograph, as this constitutes a form of begging.

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DONATIONS & GIFTS: The giving of money and sweets does not help in the long-term and only perpetuates an underlying problem. If you are able, make a donation to a local community development project in the area you have visited. Channel this through the trek leader or guide and it will go to the right hands and follow the correct process.

CULTURAL: Your trek leader, guide and/or local hosts will brief you on the cultural sensitivities specific to the area that you are visiting and how you can minimise potential negative impacts of your behaviour.

SOUVENIRS: Buy locally made crafts and support local skills.

WILDLIFE: Do not buy souvenirs made from endangered species, like ivory; doing so will only encourage the trade.

It is easy to appear an arrogant, rich foreigner in a small community, so be aware of the feelings of others. Learning even a little of the local language can help reduce these barriers. Try to avoid extravagant displays of wealth. This can be an incitement to robbery, as well as accentuating the gap between rich and poor. Everest High Passes | Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes 2014

ECONOMY BARGAINING: Bargaining for a lower price is often the accepted and expected custom, but don’t drive a hard bargain just for the sake of it. FOOD: Try the local food and specialties. Many rural areas are under threat from a reduction in the agricultural base. Eating locally produced goods helps the local farmers and economy. Back Track Adventures | Page 9


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Independent Trekking Any date, any day, minimum 2 trekkers, lots of inclusions, lots of support. If the departure dates for the Back Track group treks don’t suit you, or you wish to have a private trek, here’s a list of exciting alternatives. The costs are based on a minimum of 2 people. If there are more trekkers in your group please contact Back Track for the cost. INCLUSIONS: All airport/hotel/airport transfers • first night welcome dinner in Kathmandu • last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu • twin share bed and breakfast comfortable hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara • all domestic flights • all domestic flights for trek guide • all meals on trek • guide and porters wages insurance food and lodging • all trek permits and National Park entrance fees • twin share lodge accommodation on the treks • loan of Back Track kit bag • 5 season sleeping bag • porters clothing. EXCLUSIONS: International flights (we can arrange your International flights; please contact us for details) • any meals not shown on itinerary • tips • alcohol • items of a personal nature • laundry • visa fees • travel insurance. * All costs are per person, minimum 2 people per trek.

EVEREST BASE CAMP If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest mountains on earth, this is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous for the exploits of mountaineers and their attempts to climb the world’s highest mountain; this trek follows the same trail that Hillary and Tenzing walked when they went on to climb Mt Everest. The 5,554m “hill” of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. From here, Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. ITINERARY

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Arrive Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Fly to Lukla. Commence trek Trek ends. Fly to Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Depart Kathmandu

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You’ll have numerous opportunities to view Mt. Everest on this spectacular adventure. The trek pace is leisurely and the distances covered each day are easily achievable. Each night you’ll stay in a comfortable lodge. Amazing mountain scenery is an undoubted highlight of this adventure along with the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people.

By Himalayan standards, this is a low altitude trek not exceeding 3198m, but the mountain panorama viewed from the highest point is simply, brilliant. You get a spectacular view of the deepest valley in the world, the Kali Gandhaki Gorge and an unobstructed vista of the powerful mountain panorama of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Ranges. The trail then winds down through rhododendron forest to Ghandrung village. Wonderful mountain views accompany the last remaining days of the short but spectacular trek.

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Arrive Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Fly to Lukla. Commence trek Trek ends. Fly to Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Depart Kathmandu

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Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners Costs:* Sept 2013-May 2014 - $1890 Sept 2014-May 2015 - $2170

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP The wonderful mountain views, serene forests and the friendly villages make this region a superb place for trekking. Annapurna Base Camp is located in a gigantic, amphitheatre situated in the midst of towering peaks. You’ll trek along quiet trails through rice paddies, farms and picturesque villages. Once in the base camp area, a magnificent view unfolds. A circle of peaks surrounds you with uninterrupted views and a wellearned rest day can be spent exploring this wonderland. ITINERARY

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Arrive Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Fly to Pokhara. Commence trek Trek ends. Drive to Pokhara Free day in Pokhara Fly to Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Depart Kathmandu

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 8 DAY 9 DAY 10 DAY 11 DAY 12

Arrive Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Fly to Pokhara. Commence trek Trek ends. Drive to Pokhara Free day in Pokhara Fly to Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Depart Kathmandu

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners Costs:* Sept 2013-May 2014 - $1490 Sept 2014-May 2015 - $1695

ANNAPURNA ADVENTURE & EVEREST ADVENTURE This adventure has contrast and variety. It combines two the best short treks that Nepal has to offer and has an interesting mix of rural and city life plus interaction with differing cultures. Ample time is also given to relaxation with 5 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara. ITINERARY

Meals: 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners Costs:* Sept 2013-May 2014 - $2050 Sept 2014-May 2015 - $2320

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 8 DAY 9 DAY 10 DAY 11 DAY 20 DAY 21 DAY 22

Arrive Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Fly to Pokhara. Commence trek Trek ends. Drive to Pokhara Free day in Pokhara Fly to Kathmandu Fly to Lukla. Commence trek Trek ends. Fly to Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu Depart Kathmandu

Meals: 21 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 16 dinners Costs:* Sept 2013-May 2014 - $3090 Sept 2014-May 2015 - $3585

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Adventure Add-ons Nepal offers more than just trekking. Here’s a short list of some exciting options to add on to your trek. Contact us for more information.

Chitwan National Park is a protected area and can be explored on elephant back, 4WD, dugout canoe or on foot accompanied by a licensed guide. The Park is the home of the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, primates, various deer species and over 450 bird species. We offer two different properties to stay in. The package includes return transportation from Kathmandu, full board and game excursions. Hotel Parkside - situated outside the National Park. COST: from $190 Island Jungle Resort – situated inside the National Park. COST: from $295

HIDDEN TRAILS OF KATHMANDU CYCLING / DAY TOUR The Kathmandu Valley is built for mountain biking and has more trails than one can count, catering for bikers of all experience and expertise levels, ranging from gently cultural trails to downhill and extreme uphills. Fully customizable, we will carefully select the best route based on your interests and expertise. You ride with one or more of our team of expert bikers. This trip will give you an insight into the valley and its back roads plus an excellent workout! You will visit the hidden places only regular mountain bikers discover, giving you a unique perspective into this wonderful valley. COST: from $66.00

COOK LIKE A LOCAL | 3-4 HOURS Discovering the art of Nepali cooking is a perfect extension to any trip to Nepal. This interesting yet fun-filled class gives you an opportunity to learn how to cook like a Nepali. Each class starts with a tour of the bazaar to source ingredients, continues on to the actual cooking and ends in lunch. Learn to cook the Nepalese staple food, Dhal Bhat (lentil soup and curried vegetables or meat with rice), one of the most popular fast food dishes, momos (dumplings) or aloo paratha (potato stuffed flatbread). All classes are a maximum of six participants only. COST: $15.00

KUMARI TRAIL | 3 HOURS In Kathmandu, the Living Goddess Kumari, a young unmarried girl, comes out of her temple at Kathmandu Durbar Square only three times a year on specific routes. We follow one of these routes on an informative city walk, learning more about this tradition and discovering parts of old Kathmandu to get a true sense of history of the place with its courtyards and communities. COST: $50.00 CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE SAFARI / 3 DAYS EX KATHMANDU A trip to Nepal is incomplete if you have not been on a jungle safari. The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai region still preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the subcontinent.

You will spend a morning with these artisans learning about their skill. You will then try your hand at creating your own souvenir to take back home. For a relaxed afternoon we move on to an organic countryside farm for lunch. COST: $72.00

NEWAR VILLAGE TOUR | 4 HOURS The tour gives you an insider’s view of Nepal. The Newars are the original inhabitants of Kathmandu. Due to the fertility of Kathmandu Valley, they have a very rich cultural heritage, with highly developed art, architecture and cuisine. This is best experienced visiting the ancient Newar villages just outside Kathmandu. The tour is guided by well-trained local experts. COST: $66.00

POTTERY TOUR AND AN ORGANIC FARM | DAY TOUR The craftsmen in the small township of Thimi just east of Kathmandu are renowned for their pottery, which is exported worldwide.

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WALK WITH A LAMA – BUDDHISM DEMYSTIFIED/ DAY TOUR An enlightening stroll guided by a Lama (Tibetan monk) who will explain the significance of the holy sights visited on the walk. It starts from Kopan Monastery and continues to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. Explanations of Buddhist Philosophy and meditation will be delivered in an easy to understand manner. After lunch at Boudhanath, the walk concludes with a visit to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the most revered Shiva temple in the world. COST: $72.00 Back Track Adventures | Page 11


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How to Book: 1. CHECK AVAILABILITY: Call Back Track Adventures to check availability of your preferred trek. Treks book quickly so please book early. 2. ENSURE THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR BOOKING CONDITIONS: By paying your deposit you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions of Booking on page two (2) of this Booking Form and you agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. 3. COMPLETE THIS BOOKING FORM AND PAY APPLICABLE DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $600 per person is required or full payment if booking is within 65 days of your trek departure date. On receipt of your booking form and deposit your Confirmation Pack will be sent to you. The Pack contains all the information you need to prepare for your trek plus a Personal Details Booklet that must be completed and returned to us immediately. 4. TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY and it is recommended that you arrange this at time of booking. Visit our website: www.backtrackadventures.com.au/travel-insurance to arrange insurance online, or contact us for insurance information. Please complete ALL FIELDS in the form below to ensure accurate processing of your booking and deposit payment.

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Terms and Conditions of Booking: By paying your deposit you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms and Conditions of Booking as outlined below and you agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. Back Track Adventures (Travel agents Licence Numbers 177/178), ABN  23910991873, act as Travel Agents and Tour Operators contracting some services from other tour operators, Travel Agents, Airlines, Hotels and others, herein referred to as Service Providers. 1. GETTING STARTED: A  booking is made by completing the booking form and returning same with your deposit of $600 per person to Back Track Adventures. A Confirmation Pack will be sent to you as soon as possible after receipt of your booking form and deposit. It is a condition of booking that you arrange comprehensive travel insurance with emergency evacuation cover when you pay your deposit or within 7 days of receiving your Confirmation Pack. If travel insurance cover can not be obtained for a medical condition, or any reason, you must advise us immediately. PLEASE  NOTE THE DEPOSIT IS STRICTLY NON–REFUNDABLE. Payment: Final balance is due 65 days prior to your departure from Australia. If you book less then 65 days prior to departure then full payment must be made at time of booking. If payment is not made by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking. Your deposit is non-refundable. Trip Price: The trip price is based on costs and exchange rates current at time of printing this brochure. We reserve the right to adjust prices before or after your booking. If we receive any increase in prices for services, these increases may be passed on even after final balance has been received. Airfares quoted by Back Track are subject to change by the airlines. Any airfare increases will be passed on. Flight taxes are subject to increase at any time. 2. CANCELLATION BY YOU: If you cancel your trip, land and air cancellation fees apply. The fee is determined by the date that we receive written notification of your cancellation. Fees are as follows: Days before Departure: More than 65 days: loss of deposit, 65 days or less: 100% of total booking cost. Depending on your reason for cancelling, charges may be recoverable by you under your insurance policy. CANCELLATION BY  US: Our tour departures are subject to minimum numbers being obtained. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if minimum numbers are not achieved within 60 days of the scheduled departure date. We will advise anyone affected no later then 60 days prior to departure and in this case all monies paid to us by you will be refunded except any payment for travel insurance. No responsibility is taken by us for any costs incurred for goods or services purchased by you independently for this tour. These costs might include, but are not limited to, costs imposed by an airline on cancelled advance purchase airline tickets. 3. EVACUATION: In the unlikely event that you are evacuated from the trek for any reason, all costs associated with the evacuation are your expense. Costs include, but are not limited to, evacuation costs by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft, medical expenses, doctors fees, additional accommodation and transport in Kathmandu. From the moment you leave the trek itinerary, any meals, accommodation or services provided at the evacuation point are at your expense. No refunds are given for unused services.

Doctor and ensure that your health is sound and you are able to undertake a rigorous training programme as necessary. You must accept that you will be travelling through a remote area where outside assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our trek crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing this booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavourable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You agree that Back Track Staff have answered, in a forthright manner, all questions you may have asked regarding all aspects of the Trek, in particular, questions regarding Health, Fitness, Physical and Mental challenges and risks. 5.  LIABILITY RELEASE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Back Track Adventures will always act with due care and skill. Where Back Track Adventures utilise Services Providers, Back Track Adventures are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these Service Providers, including tour guides, for any loss, damage or expense, including loss of money paid in advance which you may incur as a consequence of the acts, omissions and negligence of others. As soon as possible on receipt of your completed booking form and deposit, you will be sent with your Confirmation Pack, an ‘Indemnity & Release Form’, This must be read, understood, signed and returned in the envelope provided within 7 days of receipt. 6. YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS: We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor immediately to determine if you have any health issues that may prevent you from participating in this holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. A ‘Medical Questionnaire and a Fitness Questionnaire’ will be sent to you with your Confirmation Pack which must be completed and returned within 7 days of receipt. On receipt of your completed Medical Questionnaire, some clients, in particular those with pre-existing medical conditions may be asked to obtain a clearance from their Doctor as to their ability to complete the trek. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to cancel any booking and refund any monies paid. During your tour you are under the authority of your tour leader who has authority to determine your suitability to continue with your tour. 7. MINORS: In general, minors (under 18 years) are not accepted on this trip. Acceptance of a minor on a trip is strictly at the discretion of Back Track Adventures. In most cases we are happy to accept minors. Please enquire. 8. USE OF PHOTOS: You agree that Back Track may use images of you taken during your trip without recourse to you and without compensation to you. The images will be for marketing and promotional purposes only and the selected medium will be at Back Track’s discretion.

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