World Expeditions Responds to Kathmandu Airport Closure
Himalayan trekking specialist, World Expeditions, has announced changes to all of its Everest region itineraries, in response to Nepal’s decision to close Kathmandu airport to flights to and from the country’s most popular trekking region.
In a bid to reduce congestion at Kathmandu airport, Nepali authorities have replaced Kathmandu with Ramechap as the departure and arrival point for all flights to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest trekking region.
There remains one operational flight from Kathmandu to Lukla each day, which is reserved for Nepali locals, and airlines are forbidden selling any tickets to agents or to individuals who are not Nepali citizens.
The new routing, which affects all tour operators in Nepal, is in place until end November 2019, with authorities assessing whether to continue after 1 December, 2019.
Unlike many tour operators whose clients will depart Kathmandu by vehicle at 2am, to reach Ramechap in time for the first morning flights to Lukla, World Expeditions’ clients will stay overnight in Ramechap to ensure they get a good nights’ rest before they begin trekking.
According to Kelvin Law, World Expeditions Himalayan Operations Manager, the company looked at many options including helicoptering clients to Lukla, before opting to have clients stay in the company’s comfortable and conveniently located campsites in Ramechap.
“Having clients stay in Ramechap is in line with World Expeditions’ policy of allowing plenty of time for acclimatisation,” Mr Law says. “We want our clients to be fresh and well rested when they start the trekking part of their holiday.”
“Instead of departing Kathmandu at 2am, World Expeditions clients will depart Kathmandu mid-morning, stopping for lunch and arriving into Ramechap around 4.30pm,” he said.
World Expeditions is the longest established and most experienced tour operator in Nepal and offers dozens of treks all over the country, including the exclusive 150 day traverse of Nepal, along the Great Himalaya Trail. Its network of permanent campsites ensures its travellers do not contribute to deforestation which is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the country.
Some of its most popular Everest region treks are:
The 17 day Gokyo and the Renjo La trek follows a trail in the adjacent valley to the Mt Everest route and is comparatively deserted. The trail passes a high-altitude lake, crosses a high pass, offers stunning views of Mt Everest and the chance to see Sherpa culture.
Any of the exploratory treks, escorted by world class mountaineers, such as Tim Macartney-Snape and Andrew Lock, which follow routes that have not been walked commercially before. Check the website for upcoming exclusive departures.
The 21 day Everest Circuit and the Cho La is a quality, all-inclusive trek in the Everest region. From Ramechap, travellers take a short scenic flight to Lukla, the start point of the trek. Ascending very gradually from Lukla, the trail passes through Sherpa villages and includes a trek up Kala Pattar, as well as Gokyo Ri and the Cho La.
The Great Himalaya Trail is a 150 day trek across the Nepalese Himalaya, made up of 7 individual treks, all of which cover comparatively remote regions of the country. The Great Himalaya Trail has been operated exclusively by World Expeditions since 2011.
More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.
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