Travel to Nepal and experience spectacular Everest.

Travel to Nepal and head to the Himalayan hills to get the full picture of Everest. Fly to Lukla then enjoy a four-day trek, staying in teahouses in the village of Phakding, the market town of Namche Bazaar and the small settlement of Monjo. Along the way, cross fast flowing rivers, climb to the highest hotel in the world and take in close up views of the mountain and the surrounding Himalayas.

ALTERNATE ITINERARY:
In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see Day 1 of the itinerary for more details.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Destination
Nepal
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Code
HNAD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • This is a great introduction to Everest: a shorter trek that still allows for stunning views of the world's highest mountain.

  • The flight into Lukla provides unparalleled views of the Himalaya and, if you're lucky, you may just spot Everest.

  • Stay in remote, authentic tea houses. The accommodation may be spartan, but the scenery is beautiful and the food delicious.

  • Enjoy walking along the famous route to Everest Base Camp and spend a night at altitude in Namche Bazaar (3440 metres).

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a join-in trip rather than a scheduled group trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities but you may also be lucky enough to have the trek to yourself.

  • As you will be trekking at altitude, please read these notes thoroughly, in particular the sections on health and physical fitness.

  • A duffel bag is provided on this trip, along with a porter. Your porter can carry up to 8kg per traveller. Other luggage can be left in Kathmandu.

  • Take note of the time of year you are trekking to know what to expect weather wise. While June-August is monsoon, weather conditions can be unpredictable at any time of the year including rain and fog which can make views cloudy and the ground muddy.

  • We have an alternative land itinerary in place for when we are not able to reach Lukla by air due to weather conditions. Please see Day 1 of your itinerary for details.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Please meet at our Kathmandu office listed in the trip notes the day prior to departure at 5pm for a pre departure meeting. At this meeting, the leader will reconfirm the flight times from Kathmandu to Lukla which are usually around 6.15am. This will require you to meet the leader 4.45am at your hotel on day 1. If you arrive after 5pm on the day prior to departure, please contact us for a briefing on:
+977 98412 31506 or
+977 98510 68827

Fly (approx. 45 min) to Lukla (2840m), the gateway of Everest region. If the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are spectacular! After a short safety briefing, we gear up and commence our trek. Today is a fairly gentle introduction, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to the small village of Phakding (2610m).

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, which frequently results in the need for changes to be made to our intended itineraries. Flights throughout Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are particularly prone to these delays which has the potential to vary the itinerary of all departures in the Everest region. Our contingency plans in case of bad weather preventing the fixed wing aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla are as follows:

Day 1 - We will attempt to board our booked fixed wing flight as per the itinerary. If this flight is cancelled but helicopters are available and permitted to fly to Lukla we will use our best endeavours to charter a helicopter to transport you. Travellers will need to use their emergency fund to cover the cost of this chartered helicopter. The exact cost will depend on how many travellers are in your group and could be up to US$500. If we reach Lukla on Day 1 by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter we will then continue on our trek, with adjustments made depending on arrival time and weather conditions.

Day 2 - If no flights (either plane or helicopter) are possible on the morning of Day 2, then we will follow an a trekking itinerary that includes Sundarijal, Chisapani, Nagarkot & Bhaktapur. A scenic Everest mountain flight will be included on Day 5, weather permitting.

We also advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information

We trek to Namche - the trek up to the half-way point Jorsale is relatively undemanding, crossing Dudh Koshi river several times. The later half involves walking right down to the river banks for a while before the challenging uphill climb all the way to the administrative headquarters and biggest settlement of the Everest region (approx. 6hrs, 9 kms). Weather permitting, the first view of Everest is possible an hour or so from the approach point to Namche.

We sleep overnight in Namche (3440m)
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Fortify yourself with a good breakfast for the steep 1.5hr climb for an unobstructed close-up view of Everest (weather dependent!) and the surrounding peaks. Return via the now-derelict Syangboche airstrip past Namche Bazaar mostly downhill to the tiny settlement of Monjo (approx. 4 hrs) (2840m).
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Retrace the route from your earlier part of your trek to Lukla (approx. 4 hrs) (2840m)
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we take a short early morning flight back to Kathmandu (approx 45 minutes) where our trip concludes. You will be transferred back to central Kathmandu and dropped off at your hotel, but no accommodation is included tonight.

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Note - If there is bad weather or low cloud conditions our flight back to Kathmandu may be delayed or sometimes even cancelled. So we suggest you keep at least a day between your return to Kathmandu and international flight.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Teahouse (3 nights)

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Important notes

1. Please meet at our Kathmandu office listed in the trip notes the day prior to departure at 5pm for a pre departure meeting. If arriving on departure day, please ensure you are there no later than 8am.
2. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities.
3. June to August is monsoon season. Please be aware how this may affect your itinerary.
4. Please bring 2 passport sized photos to your joining meeting for your trekking permits
5. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see Day 1 of the itinerary for more details.
6. You must bring an emergency fund of 500 USD in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights.
7. We advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions

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