Kandoo offers packages from a little as six to as many as 28 trekking days. No matter what scale of trek you want (or at least, can get away for) we can accommodate you.
You need to keep two things in mind when deciding how long you need: time for acclimatisation and the risk of flight delays or cancellations.
Everyone wants to get as much ‘real’ trekking in as possible right away, and we understand that. Nonetheless, you will need to get used to exerting yourself at high altitudes before you are going to be able to trek in the Himalaya, or do almost anything else up high.
All our itineraries have been tested to ensure that healthy people of average fitness can complete our treks within the listed times. For example, we offer both 12 and 13 day versions of our ‘classic’ Everest base camp trek in the Khumbu region, each of which already includes acclimatisation time but the longer trek allows an extra day for a slower, more relaxed descent back to Lukla.
If you are quite confident of your fitness and ability to acclimatise quickly, we can arrange a private trek with a substantially shortened itinerary. Alternatively, we can arrange private treks which include extra rest days if you are new to long-distance trekking or are less certain of your overall fitness.
Delays on flights
After fitness and acclimatisation, the most important factor to consider in trek duration is the possibility of travel delays. Airports in the Himalaya are vulnerable to closure due to adverse weather conditions, and this can cause you to miss your scheduled trek. For example, Lukla airport in Nepal has been closed by fog, for several days running, several times in the last year. Jomsom airport, used by trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit, is occasionally shut down due to high winds.
Kandoo’s trek itineraries do take acclimatisation days into account, but we do not allow for flight delays or cancellations. As a result, we strongly advise you to include as much flexibility as possible into your travel plans, and try to arrive early (and be prepared to leave late) so that delays won’t spoil your trek. The extra time can easily be spent sight-seeing in Kathmandu, which is something most travellers would want to do in any case.
We do, of course, provide as much assistance as we possibly can in the event of flight delays, but we cannot compensate you for any losses or expenses due to weather or flight problems. If there should be any flight issues which cause your trek itinerary to be delayed or shortened, any additional expenses are your responsibility and need to be paid locally. Where possible, we will re-arrange any pre-booked hotel rooms to alternative nights, but if you need to stay extra nights in Kathmandu while you wait for a flight to Lukla, these rooms will be an additional cost. We therefore recommend that you check your travel insurance terms carefully, as that can be a life saver if delays cause extra expenses.