Ramdung and Parchemo
Nepal, Climbing, 24 days - from £2,295 (land only) - from €2,755 (land only) - from $3,785 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We have a day in Kathmandu which is necessary to arrange the special permits required for this area. In the morning there is a complimentary guided tour of some of the city's main sights. The afternoon is free for further sightseeing or for last minute purchases of equipment. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 3: We drive on the 'Friendship Highway' to Lamosangu and from there follow the Jiri road as far as Charikot where we turn north, following the Bhote Kosi Valley as far as Jagat where we make our first camp. 7 to 8 hours' drive.
Day 4: We start our trek initially along the road as far as Chetchet where the gorge narrows as we approach a beautiful waterfall. Shortly afterwards we cross the Bhote Kosi to begin the steep climb up to the village of Simigaon (1996m).
Day 5: Following a ridge above the town, we drop down on its north side, traversing the Rolwaling Gorge and trekking through dense forest to reach our camp in a clearing at Douan (2850m).
Day 6: We cross the Rolwaling River and trek on through the villages of Nyimare and Ramding to the main village in this valley, Beding (3694m). We camp by the school above the village.
Day 7: A day for acclimatisation day in Beding, with a chance to visit the local monastery and meet the resident monks.
Day 8: We make the slow trek up to the summer grazing area of Na Gaon (4183m). We camp by a large boulder which marks the beginning of the southern route to the Yalung La.
Day 9: A rest and acclimatisation day at Na Gaon. There is the option for those who are acclimatising well to walk up to the glacial lake of Tsho Rolpa.
Day 10: Heading south, we climb out of the upper Rolwaling Valley, gradually ascending to Ramdung Basecamp at 5040 metres.
Day 11: Another acclimatisation day. We will walk up to a viewpoint, where we can check out the route to our high camp on Ramdung. We spend a second night at basecamp.
Day 12: This is a snow skills training day. We have the option to make an ascent of nearby Yalung Peak (5650m).
Day 13: Today, we trek up onto the Ramdung Glacier and establish a high camp at around 5350 metres.
Day 14: Roping up as we leave camp, we make an early start for the long ascent to the summit of Ramdung. After admiring the views, we descend all the way to basecamp.
Day 15: A relatively easy day, descending to Na Gaon and then trekking beyond the lake of Tsho Rolpa to our camp.
Day 16: Trek to the foot of the Drolambu Icefall which lies beneath the Tesi Lapcha pass. Camp is at around 4800 metres.
Day 17: We climb to top of the Tesi Lapcha and gain our first views of the Khumbu region. We camp just after the pass at an altitude of 5700 metres.
Day 18: We make the short and direct climb to Parchemo's summit, where the views include Mount Everest. We then descend to a camp at Tengpo in the upper Thame valley.
Day 19: This is an important contingency day in case of delays to our programme. This day will be used either as an additional rest day or to split part of the trek into alternative stages at the leader's discretion.
Day 20: We trek down the valley to the Sherpa village of Thame. After lunch we can continue on an ever-improving trail to Namche Bazaar. Here we check into a lodge and have some time to look around the thriving Sherpa capital.
Day 21: We follow the fall of the Dudh Kosi along the main Everest Trail with a final 'sting in the tail' as we climb to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. Again, we use a lodge in Lukla and here we say goodbye to our crew.
Day 22: We fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, where we transfer to the group hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping.
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 24: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.