A Glimpse of Everest11 Days & 10 Nights 4.5 Read 2 reviews
- Panoramas of some of the world's highest mountains from Tengboche Monastery
- Experiencing the land of the Sherpas, the Solu Khumbu region
- Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
- Participating in a Buddhist prayer ceremony at Tengboche Monastery
- Trekking amongst the world's highest peaks, and a lifetime of memories
Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your tour.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Personal Growth
Activity Level & 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.
Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are 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 Himalayas. 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).
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.
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.
- All airport transfers
- 4 Nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis in Kathmandu
- 6 Nights twin share accommodation on full board basis
- Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including entrance fees
- Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla with 10kg hold baggage and 5kg hand baggage
- 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 porters insurance and wages
- City maps and trekking maps
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Detailed pre-departure information pack including guide book
- 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
When To Go
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 season.
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 to April, the temperatures will be about 5c lower. Nighttime temperatures are lower and will get to below freezing once above 3000m.
Getting to the Start
Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.
Getting from the End
Flights from Kathmandu are available daily to the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. North America and Australasia are also very well served from Kathmandu.
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 trousers, 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.
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.
Your guide will carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or oxygen for use in emergencies.
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 aircraft. 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 risk. 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
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.
Additional nights and extensions
Our treks are tailor made for you so if you wish to add trekking days, extra days in Kathmandu or extensions you can do so. If you have extra time we would recommend adding an extra night in Kathmandu at the start of your trip to better recover from your flight, an extra night in Tengboche on the way up to aid acclimatisation and perhaps an extra night in Kathmandu at the end of your trip to see more of the city.
You may also like to consider extending your trip to visit Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.
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. Trekking equipment is available to hire in Kathmandu.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Relax at your hotel, explore the bustling streets of Kathmandu and get ready for your trek.
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. Your trip ends with a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
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 three 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 Height: 2610 m
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 Height: 3440 m
Acclimatisation days are crucial for a successful trek to Everest Base Camp. 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 Height: 3440 m
As you continue high above the Dubh Kosi 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 Height: 3860 m
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 Height: 2840 m
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 Height: 2840 m
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.
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.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort.
Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the temperate Gokarna Forest, the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest, up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature.
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