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Get The Best Airline Seat

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1. Choosing at Booking: It might sound like a blatant first step, but numerous airlines let you to buy a ticket without choosing particular specific seat. While several airlines don’t let you to choose seats at booking, most give a chance to view the seat map at booking, letting you to just click on the available seat for confirming it beforehand.

2. Stay Away from the Middle: If the airline gives an option of advance seat selection, try choosing an aisle or a window seat. Typically, middle seats are the most uncomfortable. Besides, larger “wide-body” aircraft provide middle seats within the middle area — some even have 5 seats within the middle section, causing it very hard to get out of the middle seat. If there’s a passenger within 1 of these seats, it is safe to guess that they booked too late, or didn’t choose a seat at all till they reached at the airport. Try booking as early as possible, so you can avoid the uncomfortable middle seat.

3. Try Getting the Front: Typically, passengers who get the back seats of the aircraft have the chance to board first. However, those in the front seats are in most cases first to deplane, except if the aircraft uses air stairs to deplane simultaneously from the rear. It is particularly essential when going throughout immigration within a small airport — those seated in row five might be on the way out of airfield thirty minutes to 1 hour before people in row fifty, in some times.

When to Trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Breath taking view of ManasluThe answer to ‘when to trek to Manaslu Circuit’ or ‘best seasons to do Manaslu Circuit Trekking’are two- spring and autumn. Spring from March to May and autumn from September to November are the best time to tackle any trail in Nepal. Following are more detailson when to expect what kind of weather.


October is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit. The weather is clear. Rain stops completely giving you a clear view of the beautiful peaks. Terraced farms are golden with paddies and trees are full of sweet oranges. This is the busiest time in Manaslu region. However, in comparison to other treks, it sees lesser tourist meaning less crowded trails for you.

September and November

Autumn in Nepal lasts from September to November. October, mid-autumn, is the most preferred time but September and November are no lesscompetitive.

In early September, there is a possibility of some rain. The sky can be slightly clouded at times and in later weeks of November, it gets a little cold at higher altitude. But, because of the cold, air becomes clearer. Soboth these months are a very good time to do Manaslu Circuit.

March to May

March to May is spring, another good time to trek to the Himalayas. It is the second best season. But compared to autumn, there is much less trekkers around. Therefore, ifyou want a morequiet trekking experience, this is the time to go here.

March sees good weather. It is not very hot in lower regions and not very cold at higher grounds. Colorful rhododendron bloomscover the forest, a fine time to be in the Himalayas, really. If you are going early in the month, check with the agencies to see if lodges have opened.

It starts to get warmer in the lower area in April. But forests are cool and rhododendrons are now in full bloom. Fewer people, clear skies and beautiful colorful flowers; I’d rather trek in April.

Later weeks of May is less clear. It is not a big problem but the weather gets hot and it can be quite hazy. You can still see the last of rhododendron flowers in May.

June to August

June is the beginning of monsoon. Monsoon too is a time for green plants and colorful flowers. However, rain is a problem. In the beginning of April, though, trekkers can catch a view of the mountains early in the morning.

July- it rains almost everyday. Views can be blocked by layers of clouds. Heavy rains can cause landslides and flood. Then there are pesky little leeches you wouldn’t want to encounter. Monsoon is not a good time to do Manaslu Circuit. Instead, you can do treks to rain shadow areas like Mustang and Dolpo. August is the same. Rain stays around till few days into September.

December to February

It starts to get colder from the end time of September. By December it is getting colder still. The air is dry so you can get a crystal clear view but that is not a good enough reason. About two weeks into December, people in the upper villages head to somewhere less cold. So, lodges will be closed. It becomes risky to cross the Larke Pass as well.

In January, winter storms makes the Larke Pass dangerous to cross. It is very cold and icy. The locals have migrated somewhere else and camping would be required. Winter is just not the time to trek to Manaslu. But the views will be very beautiful. Cold, white and fresh. February is as cold. People will not have returned so camping becomes necessary. But at the end of the month, it starts to get a bit warmer.Lodges start to open from March.

There are people who have done Manaslu Circuit Trek in winter and monsoon but it is not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it becomes a lesson for us to stick to the popular seasons of spring and autumn.

Manaslu is a region that is steadily becoming more popular. Due to earthquake of 2015 that had affected the trails here, a part of the circuit trek has been re-routed. It is back to business though and just in time for the peak season of autumn.

Inca Jungle Trail

Inca Jungle Trail

There are several different ways to reach this unique place Machu Picchu. One of the most famous and by far the most varied (because of the combination of different activities) is the Inca Jungle Tour. This trail is not just a tour, it´s an amazing and unforgettable adventure during which you will experience a variety of activities on a completely new level. From descending over 3400 m.a.s.l. by mountain bikes, to staying with a local family in the jungle below 1500 m.a.s.l.; from zip lining to hiking through the Inca pathways. Finally ending in the unique Inca city, situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by the mountains and jungle.

Inca Jungle Trail: tour description

We are constantly striving to give our customers the best possible experience and so there are several unique aspects that make our Inka Jungle tour different from any other tour offered. The first is the bus that takes you from Huamanmarca to Santa Maria. Most companies have you walk this, but it is a tedious 3 hour hike along a motorway without much to see. We know your time is valuable so we take a bus and skip ahead so that you are able to actually experience the jungle on the first day. Another difference is the first day lodging, instead of a hostel in the unremarkable town of Santa Maria, we have a private lodge in the jungle run by a local family. Here you have a truly unique experience of the Andean jungle.

Day 1: Cusco – Huamanmarca – Pispitayoc (biking, rafting, treking)

The Inca Jungle tour starts very early, between 5:30 – 6:30 am with the gathering of participants from various hotels/hostels or central pickup location. After pickup we will go by private bus to Ollantaytambo (arrival around 8:30 am). Here we will stop for approximately 30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to have breakfast here as well as a chance to buy anything you might have forgotten to get earlier, like ponchos, snacks, repellents, etc. Then we will continue the trip by bus for the next hour and a half to the highest point of the journey – the mountain pass Abra Malaga to (4,330 m.a.s.l.). Along the way you will get to see picturesque villages and the beautiful landscapes of the sacred valley of the Incas. Throughout the journey you can enjoy the breathtaking Andean landscape. In Abra Malaga we will start the first part of the adventure – the biking tour. Here you will get all necessary equipment, like helmets, vests, bikes and after a while we will descend with bicycles approximately 3 hours towards the lower jungle to the town Huamanmarca (1250 m.a.s.l.). You will be accompanied by private transport in case of emergency. On the way we will pass through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams. You will be able to feel the climate change from high mountains, with snowy peaks, which you will see at the beginning in Abra Malaga, to the jungle full off fruit trees, varied fauna and flora, with a warm and humid climate. You will also probably feel the difference in the altitude (the difference will be more than 2000 m.a.s.l.).

In the village of Huamanmarca we will have a break for lunch (buffet) in the restaurant. Here you will taste typical local dishes. After a short break we will go by bus to the town of Santa Maria, where all participants will be divided into 2 groups: the ones who booked the rafting and the ones who didn’t.

The group who booked the rafting will be picked up and brought to the rafting camp, where they will receive instructions. The service includes equipment like helmets and life jackets. Depending on the season the river will have class III and III+ (medium risk) with exciting speed and some turbulence but all controlled and supervised by experienced guides (certified in extreme sports), who also have excellent knowledge of the geography, climate and local environment. We will be accompanied by a fleet of rafts and a professional kayak rescue raft. The rafting adventure will take approximately 2-2,5 hours. If the river has class IV or higher for security reasons we will cancel the rafting and refund your payment. Travelers who have not previously booked the rafting can buy this activity after arriving to Santa Maria, if it is available (sometimes it can be impossible, especially in high season, when a lot of tourists buy this activity). The travelers who didn’t book the rafting tour will go by private bus with a guide to the village of Santa Rosa (around 20 minutes), where they will start a hike for approximately 45 minutes until reaching eco lodge called “La Choza”. Here they will have a chance to gain some extra knowledge about coca leaves, coffee beans and other fruits or vegetables available depending on the season.

After the rafting adventure these participants will go by private bus to the village of Santa Rosa. From this point they will start the hike towards our jungle lodge “La Choza”. Here you will spend the first night of Inca Jungle Tour, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds. Staying in “La Choza”, which is run by the local family, will be a unique chance to enjoy the pure jungle in its best way.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hosting
Maximum altitude: 4,316 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.
Distance: approx 221 km
Optional: Rafting

Day 2: Pispitayoc – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa (trekking)

The second day of the Inca Jungle Tour will start around 7:00 am. After a delicious local breakfast with a nice cup of homegrown and homemade coffee – all of that in the middle of the jungle – we will start trekking around 8:00 am. After approximately 30-40 minutes you will continue the walk through the original Inca Trail. This section is a must. Along the way you will witness the diverse flora and fauna, of many fruit trees, like pineapple, papaya, banana and different species of birds fluttering around. This ecosystem belongs to the high forest and it is one of the richest biodiversity in the world.

After around 2,5 hours of walking we will arrive in the small village of Quellomayo, where we will have lunch and take a rest in hammocks. This will give you extra energy for the next part of the trip. After this break we will continue trekking around 3 hours more crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (one river you will get to cross with a cable car). At around 4 pm we will arrive to Cocalmayo – better known as the hot springs of Santa Teresa, where you will have the opportunity to take a relaxing, warm bath. Cocalmayo offers several relaxing hot springs, each with its own temperature. The sound of the river and the stars in the evening give for this place a unique atmosphere. You will have enough free time to relax and enjoy this incredible scenery and “charge the batteries” for the next day of your adventure.

After the break in the hot springs we will walk about 40 minutes more until reaching the town of Santa Teresa (you can also take a taxi, but this option is not included in the tour), where we will stay for a night. After the dinner you will have free time to explore the town, or just relax and take a nap. Santa Teresa also offers some local pubs, discotheques where you can taste typical Peruvian beverages and meet with the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hostel
Maximum altitude: 1,700 m.s.n.m.
Minimum altitude: 1,280 m.s.n.m.
Distance: approx. 12 km
Optional: hot springs in Cocalmayo

Day 3: Santa Teresa – Hidro Electrica – Aguas Calientes (zip line, trekking)

This day we will also start at around 7 am. After a breakfast we will get ready to continue exploring the roads that were followed by the first expeditionaries who discovered Machu Picchu and other important archaeological complexes.

In Santa Teresa there is a zip line and all participants will be divided into 2 groups – one who booked zip line and the other who did not. Those of you who reserved the zip line will be transported to the place where this activity is organized. This part will take around 2 hours. After the zip line this group will be taken by bus to the area known as the hydroelectric. The rest of the group will continue the trek for approx. 3 hours more through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric, where the entire group will come together again. Here we will all have lunch. After a break we will continue walking along the railway enjoying among other things the beautiful waterfalls, coca and coffee farms. This part will take approx. 3 hours. We will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo, around 4 pm. Here, in the hostel with hot water and wi-fi, you will spend the third and last night. In the evening we will meet together in the restaurant, where a delicious dinner will be waiting for you. Here the guide will give you a briefing about the fourth day and Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore the town on your own. In Aguas Calientes there are hot springs, so if you would like to rest in the warm water, you will have opportunity to visit them (the entrance ticket is not included in the tour).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hostel in Aguas Calientes
Maximum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
Distance: approx. 16 km
Optional: zip line
Optional: hot springs in Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (exploration of Machupicchu and return)

The last day of the Inca Jungle tour will start around 4:00 am. Thanks to this early start we will arrive to Machu Picchu, our final destination, very early, and have more time for exploration. First, we will walk through the high forest, climbing around 1500 stairs, till the control entrance, where we will arrive around 6:00 am. After crossing the gate our tour guide will lead you, for about 1,5 hours, through the spectacular ruins of Inca city. You will also have a lot of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. After visiting Machu Picchu you will go by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where you will be picked up and transferred to Cusco city by bus. The journey ends in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Note that from Machu Picchu ruins to the train station in Aguas Calientes you will descend on your own, because some of you will want to stay longer in the ruins, some shorter, and some will climb additional mountains, so some will book the train back at a different hour.

Important!!! Remember that you have to be at the train station in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before departure of your train. Your departure train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is at 9:50 pm, unless you booked other option. Remember to leave Machu Picchu with enough time to be at your train 30 minutes before departure. Usually it takes around 2 hours to come back on foot from Machu Picchu ruin to Aguas Calientes, but of course it depends on the person and their physical condition and may take longer.
The travelers that booked hiking up Huayna Picchu or Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) will be able to start trekking after the guided tour of Machu Picchu. Note that it will take around 45 minutes to reach the top. The way to the top is very steep and narrow, but it is worth the extra effort, the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. Climbing Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) will take about 2 hours, but the route is not as steep as Huayna Picchu, although this mountain is higher. Remember that entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu and Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) are for a specific time, so be in front of the entrance gate on time, otherwise you will lose the opportunity to explore these additional mountains.

Meals: Breakfast
Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.s.n.m.
Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.s.n.m.
Distance: approx. 1,5 km.

Flight to Lukla – Everest Region Trekking

Everest FlightTenzing Hillary Airport, famously called Lukla airport, is a small airport with an airstrip of 460m. It lies in Khumbu, Sagarmatha zone, eastern Nepal. It was named thus in 2008 in the honor of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who were the first to summit Mount Everest and also had hands in its construction.

In 2010, a program titled Most Extreme Airports rated this airport as ‘most dangerous’. It earned this title because of the short runway and its location at the height of 2,845m. The strip has a wall and a hairpin turn at one end and a steep drop into the valley at the other. The inclination is 12%. Because of this, people joke that even without a proper takeoff the aircraft has plenty of time to rise; that is while falling into the valley.

The runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed wing, short takeoff and landing aircrafts like Twin Otter, Dornier and Pilatus. These small crafts can carry only 16 to 18 people at a time. Due to this, the traffic is high.

Everest Base Camp TrekDespite its reputation, it is one of the busiest airports in Nepal. It is the gateway to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Every treks to Everest Region begin here. Therefore, dozens of people seeking adventure lands on Lukla every day during peak seasons. The other way is a long drive to Jiri and a 4-5 days hike to Lukla. Tourists prefer this short 30min flight instead.

The flight to Lukla is exciting in more than one way. Its reputation aside, it is one of the most scenic flight. It offers spectacular up-close view of the peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and others along with the lush green valley below. Then the small patch of a runway appears making everyone nervous. The fear is justified due to its precarious position and there have been few incidents. Most of the time people escaped with minor or no injuries.

Trekking in Everest Region in NepalThe major accident was that of 2008 when a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed and caught fire killing all aboard. Then on 2010, a Dornier crashed at Shikharpur when returning to Kathmandu. All fifteen people died. These accidents were unfortunate but considering the traffic, Lukla airport is only as dangerous as driving through any road. Only the best of Nepal’s pilots fly to Lukla and much precaution is taken.

There is a control tower manned by two or three air traffic controllers who keep constant radio contact with Kathmandu airport and the planes. The navigation is by sight alone and clouds are obstructions. Thus, the controllers in Lukla decide whether planes should leave Kathmandu. But days can turn cloudy so fast that the aircraft cleared to leave Kathmandu has to turn back even though the distance is only 30 minutes. This is also why the flights keep getting canceled. Once, about 3500 people were stranded in Lukla waiting for their flight.

Everyday many safe landing takes place. Yet, because of the risks, it has maintained its dubious title as the most extreme. Even now, after a 30min flight of excitement and anxiety, when the aircraft finally makes a successfully land, the passengers tend to clap in relief and with other tourists snapping pictures, every landing is like a walk through the Red Carpet.