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A Glimpse of Everest - Tengboche monastery


  • Panoramas of some of the world's highest mountains from Tengboche Monastery
  • Experiencing the land of the Sherpas, the Solu Khumbu region
  • Participating in a Buddhist prayer ceremony
  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
  • Trekking amongst the world's highest peaks, and a lifetime of memories

Experience the home of the Sherpa people, and the gateway to Mount Everest, on this trek into the spectacular Everest region of the Nepali Himalaya. This tour is ideal if you have limited time or don’t want to trek to extremely high altitude. You will enjoy traditional Sherpa hospitality and incredible views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.

Your adventure starts with one night in Kathmandu before you take the short flight to Lukla where your trek begins. Continue upwards following the classic route to Everest Base Camp via Phakding and Namche Bazaar to your high point of Tengboche Monastery (3867m). The panorama from here is out of this world, including views of some of the world’s highest mountains; Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), Thamserku (6,623m) and Kantega (6,779m).

Return via Monjo to Lukla where you will board a return flight to Kathmandu to enjoy a two night stay in this buzzing Nepali city.

DAY 1: Arrive Kathmandu

We will meet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. If time permits you will meet your guide and be able to relax and explore Kathmandu.

Overnight: Kathmandu Deluxe Hotel (B)

DAY 2: Discover Kathmandu Tour

Kathmandu is a fascinating city bursting with energy. Your guide will take you on a journey exploring the classic sights such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan as well as those hidden gems only the locals know.

Overnight: Kathmandu Deluxe Hotel (B)

DAY 3: Flight to Lukla (2804m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)

After a private transfer to the airport you will board the plane for a spectacular 30 minute flight to Lukla. Sit on the left hand side of the plane for the best views.

After a refreshing cup of tea in Lukla a 2-3 hour walk brings you to your first overnight lodge in the village of Phakding. An optional afternoon visit to a prayer ceremony at the local Buddhist monastery completes a perfect first day.  

Walk: 2-3 hours, 200m descent

Overnight: Phakding Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535m)

The snow capped mountains tower around you as you criss-cross the valley bottom on suspension bridges.  On your way to Namche Bazaar a final sustained climb brings the welcome sight of the village.

Walk: 5-6 hours, 1000m ascent, 100m descent

Overnight: Namche Bazaar Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 5: Namche Acclimatisation Day

Acclimatisation days are crucial for ensuring a successful trek. Your guide will take you on a delightful walk to Hotel Everest View and the Sherpa Villages of Khumbu including Khumjung and Khunde. The afternoon is free to relax, shop or perhaps visit the famous bakery. 

Walk: 4-5 hours, 460m ascent/descent

Overnight: Namche Bazaar Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3867m)

As you continue towards the high point of your trek at Tengboche Monastery, the views of Everest and Ama Dablam really start to open up. The walking is sublime and the views even better. 

Tengboche is the largest monastery in Nepal occupying a high ridge with views in all directions. You should be able to attend a prayer ceremony in the evening or morning.

Walk: 4-5 hours, 750m ascent, 350m descent

Overnight: Tengboche Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Trek to Monjo (2840m)

A lovely day of walking through colourful Sherpa villages takes you back down towards the agricultural village of Monjo. Trekking today will seem much easier compared to the previous days.

Walk: 5-6 hours, 1027m descent

Overnight: Monjo Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Trek to Lukla (2804)

Retract back to Lukla after breakfast passing through Banker and Phakding and following the trail to Lukla. You spend your final night in the Everest region here. This is also a good time to give your gratitude to your porter and trekking crew for their wonderful support and to bid them farewell.

Walk: 5-6 hours, 36m descent

Overnight: Lukla Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 9: Flight to Kathmandu

The early morning is the best time for flying back to Kathmandu and after a short transfer to your hotel you can enjoy a day of rest and relaxation.

Overnight: Kathmandu deluxe hotel (B)

DAY 10: Free Day in Kathmandu

Enjoy one final day in Kathmandu with some time to explore at leisure.Your trip ends with a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.

Overnight: Kathmandu Deluxe Hotel (B, D)

DAY 11: Depart Kathmandu

We will transfer you back the airport for your flight home or maybe you would like to tailor this trip by adding on one of our extensions such as Chitwan National Park?


In Kathmandu you will stay at either Hotel Annapurna, Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Shanker. All of these are deluxe properties and are conveniently located for Kathmandu attractions.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available on this tour, but a supplement is
applicable. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this trip to solo



Hotel & Yeti, Kathmandu

Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s Hotel Yak and Yeti is one of Kathmandu’s iconic 5 star hotels. Set in lush gardens only a 10 minute walk from Thamel the hotel has 270 rooms, several restaurants, a spa and swimming pool. It is always a hive of activity with trekking parties and expeditions coming and going.



Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu

Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu

The Annapurna Hotel sits in 5.5 acres of grounds in the centre of Kathmandu a 10 minute walk from Thamel, close to the Royal Palace. Built in 1965 it boasts comfortable modern rooms, a large pool, three restaurants and breakfast is served in the bright coffee shop overlooking the busy street.






Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker is a four star heritage hotel, housed in a converted 19th century palace in the heart of Kathmandu. The hotel has a charming old world elegance, comfortable rooms, lovely gardens, a pool and restaurant.


You may like to consider upgrading to Dwarika's Heritage Hotel.




Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

Dwarika’s is undoubtably Kathmandu’s finest heritage hotel. Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage. With 87 meticulously designed rooms and suites, The Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu offers a regal experience comparable to the royal suites of the 14th century Malla Kings of Nepal.
Each room has been individually designed to immaculately mesh a contemporary lifestyle with a flavor of Newari motifs and stylistic living.

Beautiful gardens, a luxurious pool and spa and impeccable service make a stay at Dwarika’s very special.



Whilst on trek you will stay at traditional trekking lodges.




Trekking Lodge

Trekking Lodge

Trekking lodges, operated by your Sherpa hosts, offer simple but comfortable accommodation on trail. The lodges have a comfortable central living and eating room which is heated and individual twin share bedrooms. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and hot showers may be available for an additional charge in some lodges. Food is simple but tasty and filling.



Kathmandu accommodation includes breakfast. A farewell dinner in Kathmandu is included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on trek as well as tea and coffee at meals. Food while on trek is simple but tasty. It does get more basic the higher you climb as fewer ingredients become available. Pancakes, bread and cereal form the basis for breakfast, lunch is normally a warming noodle soup at a convenient tea house on the trail and the evening staple dish while trekking is dal bhaat, this is a filling dish of lentil soup, rice and curried vegetables.




Availability & Time of Year

This trip is available to start on any day of the year from the end
of September through to May.  The most popular times to go trekking in
Nepal are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear
and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and
the rhododendrons bloom. You can start your trip on any date in the

Average daytime temperatures between October-November and April-May
range from approximately 25c in Kathmandu to approx. 14c at 3000m, and
approximately 3c at 5000m. From December through toApril, the
temperatures will be about 5c lower. Night time temperatures are lower
and willget to below freezing once above 3000m..

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate, and most days you will be trekking for between 5 and 7 hours. You will be trekking at high altitude and we recommend that you have a good level of physical fitness before tackling this trek.

The trails are generally well maintained and are on good walking surfaces.

Altitude Sickness & Trekking at Altitude

Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is a major concern when
trekking in Nepal and although our itinerary is designed to minimise the
chances of you suffering from AMS each individual is affected
differently by altitude. The majority of trekkers will suffer from at
least mild altitude sickness.

Your leaders are all  trained in dealing with AMS but your health is
your responsibility and you should educate yourself on AMS. If you have
any pre-existing health conditions that you think may make you more
susceptible to AMS we recommend that you consult your doctor before
booking this trip. You should also report any illness to your guide
right away.


While trekking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera. Your main bag will be moved by a porter. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu.

We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes.  

Your Guide & Porters

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an wonderful experience. Our Nepali guides are all qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak fluent English.

They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Himalaya.

Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of altitude sickness.

Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people).


Kathmandu accommodation includes breakfast. A farewell dinner in Kathmandu is included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on trek as well as tea and coffee at meals. Food while on trek is simple but tasty. It does get more basic the higher you climb as fewer ingredients become available. Pancakes, bread and cereal form the basis for breakfast, lunch is normally a warming noodle soup at a convenient tea house on the trail and the evening staple dish while trekking is dal bhaat, this is a filling dish of lentil soup, rice and curried vegetables.

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of our treks in Nepal, access to the start point is
often only possible by taking an internal flight. Flying in Nepal is an
acknowledged risk due to the changeable nature of mountain weather and
the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to
the same standards as those of the UK and other western nations.

However, we have taken steps to ensure that our customers travelling
to Nepal are as safe as they can possibly be by becoming stakeholders in
an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour
operators in 2015. This audit deemed several airlines as safe to fly to
with including Yeti Airlines and Tara Air, and our itineraries will only
include flights with these particular airlines. Tara and Yeti Airlines
have also fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) which is a
new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller

Whilst we have taken the above steps, you should be aware that flying
in mountainous areas like Nepal does carry with it a certain amount of

If you would like to find out further information on flying on Nepal
and the associated risks, you can read advice on the UK Foreign Office
Travel Advice page -

General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Please be aware that you need a tourist visa for Nepal to enter. You can get this upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, where a few forms need to be filled out before you can go through customs. You will need to make sure you have the right amount of USD with you and two passport photos in order to obtain your visa. Alternatively Nepali embassies will also issue visas.

Travel Information

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North American and Australasia.

Flights to Kathmandu

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.



  • All airport transfers
  • 4 Nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis in Kathmandu
  • 6 Nights twin share accommodation in standard lodges during the trek on full board basis
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including entrance fees
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla with 15kg luggage (10kg hold luggage and 5kg hand luggage)
  • All National Park fees, TIMS and trekking permit
  • 1 Trekking guide, 1 Sherpa helper for every 4 trekkers and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • All Nepali staff and porter's insurance and wages
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack including Trailblazer guide book: Trekking in the Everest Region


  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, hot showers, laundry
  • Excess baggage charges for internal flights
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory)


  • Additional nights in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation upgrade in Kathmandu
  • Additional nights on trek
  • Extension to Chitwan National Park
  • Single Supplement

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially over October/November and March/April. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How is my baggage transported on trek?

Your bags will be transported on trek by local porters. We have a strict porter protection policy and, for this reason, we ask you to keep your baggage weight to a maximum of 15kgs per person. If you do want more luggage than this for your trip it is possible to leave items you will only want for Kathmandu at your hotel, thus helping to decrease the weight of the bag your are taking on trek.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard trekking gear such as good walking shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

The trekking season in the Everest region runs from mid-September to May. The most popular times are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. Trekking is possible from December to February but it can be cold at night at high altitude.

Will I be affected by altitude sickness?

The affects of altitude vary between each individual; all our itineraries are designed to minimise the chances of you suffering from the symptoms of altitude sickness. We take rest days in order for your body to acclimatise, and our leaders are fully trained and experienced in dealing with issues related to altitude, should it affect you. 

Do I need any mountaineering experience?

No mountaineering experience is required as long as you're in your sound physical shape & have a sense of adventure you will enjoy this trek.

First time in Nepal


Kathmandu was a great experience of a chaotic developing city which unfortunately lacks basic infrastructure such as tarmac roads and has growing pollution problems, especially following the Earthquake in 2015. Our guide was great and took us around various areas of the city telling of its history and the many monuments, some sadly lying in ruin after the earthquake. We had logistical issues getting to Lukla due to the weather so bare that in mind. The flight itself once we were on was an experience in itself! Overall the trekking was a terrific experience, the lodges were very basic - bare in mind the remoteness of the location where there are no roads and everything you see has been brought up on porters backs! The trekking was great and also tiring given the effects of the high altitude so a good level of fitness beforehand is beneficial. The scenery was outstanding, especially the lower valley from Lukla up and down towards Monjo, and higher up from Namche to Tengboche where you get your first sights of Everest and surrounding mountains! My overall favourite day was actually trekking down from Tengboche (the highest point) - there's something morale boosting about coming down. That morning we woke early to see the sunrise over Everest - highly recommended. It had snowed the night before and the surrounding views in the morning were unbelievable. Overall a terrific experience which is not for someone looking for a 'relaxing' holiday. Pack warm clothes and take a sleeping bag as lodges don't have heating apart from the common/dining area where there is a central fire. Expect to feel some effects of altitude, everyone does, some more than others - there are tablets you can take and a medical centre at Namche if feeling poorly. The local food is amazing and recommended but too much can create discomfort from a complete change of diet, so eat at your discretion. There is plenty of shops selling water/food on the trails so don't worry about lack of water etc.

Graham, 22



Fantastic but hard work


trailblazers were excellent,we had our own guide and porter for the trip,our guide went beyond his duties to make sure we enjoyed our return to Kathmandu.We were not expecting to be so cold at night in the mountains,had to sleep in our hats.Toilet facilities were extremely basic but our guide found us accomodation with our own toilet and shower which was a real bonus.Food was good but menu did not change wherever you were.Trek was very dusty so masks/scarves are essential.Seeing Everest was wonderful and the scenery cannot be bettered,people are friendly and we always felt safe.It was a brilliant adventure and we are very glad we did it. Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu was excellent. We couldn't find fault with any of the organisation, Macs Adventures and Nepal Trailblazers were first class.




A Glimpse of Everest

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