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The Ultimate Everest Trek

Nepal
20 reviews
Available Departures: Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov

20 days from

US$3,330

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
CHALLENGING CHALLENGING

A challenging trekking holiday in Nepal with the best Everest views and all meals included

Trip Code: EVL
Holiday Grades

Our Holiday Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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The Ultimate Everest Trek

Highlights
  • Trekking to the easy viewpoint peaks of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar
  • Cross the Cho La to reach Everest Basecamp 
  • One of the world`s finest trekking holidays
  • Excellent Kathmandu accommodation including the Hotel Shanker
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 16
  • 16 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5600 metres
  • Join In Kathmandu

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 16 nights Lodge
  • 3 nights Hotel with swimming pool
Overview

Nepal's Khumbu region boasts some of the most extraordinary high mountain scenery on earth and its popularity as a trekking destination is easy to understand. Hiking up to Everest Basecamp and having the chance to meet the famously friendly Sherpa people is high on the wish list of many adventure travellers. After flying in to Lukla, this exciting trek to Everest Basecamp takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and then up to the sacred lakes in the stunning Gokyo Valley. Here, we climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the finest vantage points for Mount Everest (8848m).


Continuing our journey to basecamp, we cross into the Khumbu Valley by way of the high and challenging Cho La (5420m). Then, from Lobuche, we trek up to Everest Basecamp and drop back to spend just a single night at the highest lodges in the Khumbu, at Gorak Shep (5140m). From here, we can ascend to the 'trekkers summit' of Kala Patar (5600m) for more superb views of Everest and of the astonishing Khumbu Icefall, before trekking out by way of the famous and recently restored monastery at Thyangboche. Staying in comfortable Sherpa lodges throughout, this circuit of the Everest National Park provides a comprehensive taste of the Khumbu that is hard to beat within a 3-week adventure holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with tea shops and lodges and the trails between these are well used. Climbing to cross the Cho La, the route offers more difficult trekking conditions, due to the relatively …

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with tea shops and lodges and the trails between these are well used. Climbing to cross the Cho La, the route offers more difficult trekking conditions, due to the relatively high altitude and the fact that the Cho La is glaciated and often snow-covered. Overall, this trekking itinerary is quite ambitious within a three-week schedule. To ensure that everyone is in good shape to complete the circuit trek, we have acclimatisation days at Namche Bazaar and at Machermo at the start of the trekking. The trekking grade takes into account the ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar, as well as the crossing of the Cho La. These ascents present no real difficulties and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hill-walkers. However, trekking at altitudes of over 5000 metres is always strenuous. This is a very worthwhile trip - offering outstanding viewpoints and providing interesting objectives for any first time or second time visitor to the Nepal Himalaya.

Why KE?

All meals included - the only way to go!
Including all meals within our holiday price means that you don't have to worry about the cost of food (at least £30 per day whether in Kathmandu or in lodges). And, you don't have the hassle, three times a day, of having to pay for your food. And, you don't have the extra concern of setting off on trek with a considerable amount of cash in your wallet.

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

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After an early breakfast, we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport (or transfer to Ramechhap) where we check in for the short flight to Lukla (2840m). Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to reach the Khumbu. Here, we meet our trekking crew and set off on the first stage of our trek to Everest Basecamp. Today's walk is very pleasant, leading down to the river, then northwards through a number of villages to our lodge in Phakding (2610m).

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

270 M

Descent

500 M

Time

3 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge section. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded and then drop down again to the river which we cross on a suspension bridge. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers, one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half long ascent to Namche Bazaar (3440m) on a wide switch-back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise quite gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trek. Just over halfway up this last hill to Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in the Sherpa capital, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. Namche has changed tremendously since trekking first became popular in Nepal. The Sherpa people are very adept at working out what visitors need. Many of the Sherpas that own lodges, cafes and shops in the town have visited cities in the USA and Europe and have brought back all sorts of concepts. Today you can find in Namche, German bakeries, Italian coffee, British pubs, pool halls, and hot tubs.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1100 M

Descent

310 M

Time

6 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Known as the Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatisation walks range from climbing the hill above the town for a visit to the Museum of Sherpa Culture, to a full day’s outing to Thame Monastery located in the Thame Valley - a round trip of approximately 8 hours from Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

A relatively easy day, though at this altitude the first leg climbing to the airstrip of Syangboche will feel anything but easy. The spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest however will certainly help alleviate the pain. Leaving the main trail out of Namche, we climb first to the tiny airstrip of Syangboche, tucked away on a level platform above the town. The great amphitheatre of Namche market becomes well defined below as we continue to the ridge crest where we are confronted with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kang Tega and Thamserku. A high level traverse now takes us to the famous Everest View Hotel where we can sit on the terrace and enjoy the usually clear morning views. After a short descent we arrive at the twin Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung. Whereas Namche is (and always has been) the centre of commerce for the Sherpas, this is their traditional home. Much quieter than the busy market town below, we take some time here in these peaceful villages before continuing our descent to rejoin the main trail close to our lodge at Kangjuma (3620m.). The porters will reach Kangjuma by an easier contour trail from Namche and anyone who at this stage is having difficulty with the altitude can take this route instead.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

530 M

Descent

370 M

Time

3 - 5 hrs trekking

Distance

10 KM

From Kangjuma the main Everest trail drops down to Phunki, whereas our trail now climbs to the prominent skyline chorten of the Mon La (3900m). The Mon La is not really a pass but rather a convenient point to turn the ridge into the Gokyo Valley. However, it will certainly feel like a real pass when we plunge almost 300 metres down to Phortse Tenga just above the river. Our route now begins to climb again through a dense rhododendron forest until after an hour the trees begin to thin and cresting a ridge, we are rewarded with our first view of Cho Oyo. A little way beyond we come to our overnight halt at the tiny settlement of Dole (4050m).

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1060 M

Descent

620 M

Time

4 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

We continue up the valley on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Kharka and a further 45 minutes to Luza Kharka, eventually skirting around a ridge to gain our first views of Machermo Village (4465m) spread out in the valley below. After checking into the lodge there are plenty of possibilities for exploration above the village. Just above our lodge there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyo (8210m) and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

450 M

Descent

90 M

Time

3 hrs trekking

Distance

5 KM

We spend an acclimatisation day at Machermo. There is the option of a walk above the village, on an excellent ridge, which offers tremendous panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks. This is also an opportunity to catch up on laundry, diary writing etc.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Today we head for the holy lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the meltwater rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumba Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to the Cho La - our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo (4791m). Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Our lodge here is close to the lake shore.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

470 M

Descent

100 M

Time

4 hrs trekking

Distance

7 KM

Gokyo Ri lies at the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari and is the first of our Everest viewpoint peaks. This is a walk-up peak requiring no technical expertise - merely resolution and the ability to keep going in the thinning air. We leave the lodge just after first light, crossing the ablation valley and following a zig zag path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself (5360m) we have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu - some say it is a finer view than that from Kala Patar (a similar peak which is much closer to Everest and one that we climb later in the trek). We return to the lodge for a breakfast or brunch before setting off on the next leg of our journey. Descending to the second lake, we then climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumba Glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked by cairns and takes around 45 minutes. We climb off the glacier at the place known as Dragnag (4700m) where we check into a simple lodge.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

600 M

Descent

700 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

An early start for the long day across the Cho La (5368m). Approaching the pass, we cross a large boulder field. Beyond this ancient moraine, the climb to the pass is steep in places, involving some easy scrambling over boulders and loose scree. The upper part of the route can be snow-covered, particularly after November. From the pass, there are excellent views including a completely different aspect of Ama Dablam, now seen from the north west. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (often snow-covered) which is fairly straightforward. As we descend to the grazing pastures below, the trail becomes more and more defined and walking beneath the impressive north face of Cho La Tse we reach the several lodges of our overnight halt at Dzongla (4830m).

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

810 M

Descent

720 M

Time

5 - 7 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

We have a reasonably short day today to set us up for the trek up to Everest Basecamp tomorrow. Leaving Dzongla, there's a short descent to a river, which we cross and then begin the traverse around above the lake of Chola Tso, with views across to two impressive 6000 metre peaks, Cholatse and Taboche. Crossing an open spur, we find ourselves in the Khumbu Valley and have views of the Khumbu Glacier as we arrive at the seasonal settlement of Lobuche (4910m). We reach our lodge accommodation here in the late morning and have the afternoon free to relax.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

300 M

Descent

200 M

Time

4 hrs trekking

Distance

7 KM

Lobuche is the traditional start point for the final day's trek all the way to Everest Basecamp. We begin by following a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier, gaining height steadily. At this point the glacier is still hidden from us by the moraine, but as we climb to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier, we can see the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and also up towards the area of basecamp. Beyond this tributary we reach an island of sparse grasses below the famous hill known as Kala Patar. This place is Gorak Shep (5140m), once a summer yak herding meadow in the middle of nowhere, this remote spot now boasts several of the highest lodges in Nepal. Above Gorak Shep, it is a steady trek to Everest Basecamp (5364m), walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so in this inspirational place, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before returning to our lodge accommodation at Gorak Shep. As might be expected at this altitude and in this remote spot, the lodges here are quite basic but they do have heated dining rooms and offer a degree of comfort.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

500 M

Descent

270 M

Time

8 - 9 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

Aiming to make the most of the usually fine morning weather, we have an early start for another highlight of our trip, the short ascent of Kala Patar (5550m). This is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. The climb is not particularly difficult and will take less time than the ascent of our previous viewpoint Peak of Gokyo Ri. We should also now be well acclimatised from our previous ascents. At the top we are rewarded with the classic view of Everest seen across the Khumbu glacier and in spring we can make out the tents of the climbing expeditions below. The view down the glacier towards the peaks of Ama Dablam and Kang Taiga is no less spectacular. Returning to Gorak Shep, we first retrace our steps to Lobuche before descending the Khumbu Valley on the main Everest trail. We pass several memorials to Sherpas and other climbers who have died on Everest. as we descend to the tea houses of Dugla. Here we have a choice of routes either directly down the main trail to Pheriche (4240m) or via a high level traverse to Dingboche. We will stay overnight in a lodge at one of these Sherpa settlements.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

500 M

Descent

1390 M

Time

7 - 8 hrs trekking

Distance

16 KM

A rather easier day today although still a long one as we walk through greener pastures beside the Imja Khola. First we trek mostly downhill to Pangboche, where we may make an optional climb to visit the monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu. From Pangboche, it is a short and pleasant walk down to a bridge slung spectacularly over a narrowing of the river as it plunges through a rocky gorge. Just beyond the bridge we enter a forest of rhododendron, birch and pine, the first trees we have seen for over a week. It is a short climb through the rhododendrons and pine trees to the top of the ridge and one of Nepal’s finest monasteries at Tyangboche. Here, we will take a tour of the main gompa and its visitor centre. Leaving Tyangboche we descend a steep path to the village of Phunki where there is a bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi. Climbing once again we meet our original path to Gokyo and a short way beyond this junction we have the welcome site of the lodges of Kangjuma where we stay overnight.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

550 M

Descent

1250 M

Time

6 - 7 hrs trekking

Distance

15 KM

An easy morning’s walk as we follow the contour trail around the hillside to reach Namche Bazaar. We will take lunch here and there is plenty of time for a second look round the town or to do some souvenir buying. Leaving Namche the trail drops steeply down to the river and then more gently as we follow the Dudh Kosi to Monjo and our overnight halt.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

420 M

Descent

1190 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs trekking

Distance

12 KM

We retrace our first day’s walk to Phakding before the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at this bustling airstrip settlement, we check in at our lodge and have some free time. In the evening we will no doubt have a party to celebrate the end of a great trek and to say goodbye to our trek crew.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

590 M

Descent

480 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

13 KM

After saying goodbye to our Sherpa crew, we board the flight back to Kathmandu (or to Ramechhap from where we transfer by road). The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping amongst the streets and bazaars of the Nepalese capital. This evening we will have a celebratory meal and reflect on our Everest adventure.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays this is another opportunity for independent exploration amongst the colourful streets and temples of Kathmandu.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Your holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. To extend your holiday in Nepal, why not pre-book a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. Contact our office for details.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The group will meet at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Transfers are provided from/to Kathmandu Airport for all clients arriving on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary and departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

The lodges in Khumbu offer a variety of dishes with both local and international cuisine featuring on the menu. In order that the group can take their evening meal together rather than waiting for individual orders to be served, your trip leader will order a set meal at each of the lodges. All dinners will start with a soup and end with a desert and your trip leader will make sure the main meal is varied from lodge to lodge. There will always be a vegetarian option available for anyone who requests this. Although this is not fine dining you will be amazed at what the lodges can prepare on wood burning stoves. A hot drink will be provided with your meal and further drinks including soft drinks, beer, spirits and occasionally wine, are available to purchase directly from the lodge. Breakfast will normally consist of porridge, bread & jam and toast & eggs with tea or coffee. Boiled water for your bottles will be made available each evening and again at breakfast. In Kathmandu we normally choose one of the excellent restaurants in the city for dinner. Just about every cuisine from around the world is represented and the restaurants have an international reputation.

In Kathmandu we use comfortable 4 and 5 star accommodation including the Hotel Shanker and the Shangri-La Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, these hotels offers a range of first-class facilities including pleasant tree-shaded garden areas complete with swimming pools. Whilst on trek there are 16 nights in lodges. Accommodation is generally arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will usually be paired up with someone of the same sex. Please note that at one or two of the higher lodges we may be forced to use multi-bedded rooms. Nepalese trekking lodges are simple, friendly and atmospheric. They generally have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms are, however, basic and unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $4 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. For the 3 nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. It is not possible to arrange single accommodation in lodges. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu can also be pre-booked.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the UK Air Safety List (ASL), and are banned from operating commercial air services to, from, and within the United Kingdom. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we are stakeholders in an annual independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators, most recently undertaken in February 2024. KE uses 5 airlines in Nepal which have been approved by this audit. These airlines are: Buddha Air, Summit Airlines, Shree, Tara and Yeti. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport (this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel). On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but an alternative trek will be provided if delays to internal flights mean the original itinerary (or a shortened version of it) is no longer feasible.

For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. In the extremely unlikely event that a delay to your internal flight causes you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs. We advise you to take out suitable travel insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader, assisted by an experienced team including Sherpa guides and porters.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

Approximately £200 to £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, beer, soft drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. Please note: Scottish and Northern Ireland bank notes are not accepted in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Nepali tour leader will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £80 (in rupees) to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your tour leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your tour leader separately (and additionally) during dinner on the final evening of the holiday.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of a long journey or travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffle bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. If you are picking up a sleeping bag and down jacket from KE in Kathmandu, you need to factor in the weight of these items (around 3kg) and allow space in your bag for them. You should also take on your holiday a daypack of approximately 30 litres capacity. For all flights to and from STOL airstrips in Nepal the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined is 15kg and you should make every effort to keep to this total weight. It is usually not a problem to check in a couple of kg more than this, but you may be required to pay a small excess luggage charge. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa process is partly automated and the fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days. The visa is FREE for children under 10 years. The visa allows multiple re-entry. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted.

Part of this on-arrival visa process involves filling in a ‘Tourist Visa Application Form’ and you can simplify the procedure at Kathmandu Airport by filling this form in online (within 15 days of travelling) at this link. This generates a receipt which you present (hard copy or saved on your phone) on arrival. This should allow you to go straight to the cashier to pay for your visa and has the potential to save you time in the visa queue.

Whilst these are not now needed for the visa process, we recommend that you travel with at least 2 spare passport photographs.



If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

TREKKING PERMITS – WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU ?

For treks in the Everest region – EBL, EVL, EHW, ELL - we need your passport details and we need you to take with you to Nepal 2 passport photographs. You will hand these over to your local leader on Day 1.

For treks in the Annapurna region – ASL, ACL, UAT, ANL and for the Gosainkund and Langtang Trek - GLT – we need your passport details and we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself. Please send this to us once your holiday is guaranteed.

For these Conservation Area treks and other treks requiring Special Permits – KAN, DLG, NAP – we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself and a scan of the information pages of your passport. Please send these to us once your holiday is guaranteed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will still be required to provide your passport (with your visa) for presentation at the Nepal Tourism Board. Your passport will be returned to you by your tour leader at dinner.

For those trips requiring Climbing Permits – MER, IPC, CTL, YAR - we need to send to Nepal ahead of your departure, a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself and a scan of the information pages of your passport. Please send these to us once your holiday is guaranteed. On arrival in Kathmandu, for YAR and for CTL, you will still be required to provide your passport (with your visa) for presentation at the Nepal Tourism Board. Your passport will be returned to you by your tour leader at dinner.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

It makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before coming on a trek like this you should have previous experience of hiking in mountain or hill country.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the main climbing season for Everest and at this time there will be many expeditions at the base camp. This is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your holiday. In October/November and April/May this will range from approximately 25C in Kathmandu to approximately 14C at 3000 metres, and approximately 3C at 5000 metres. From December to early April, temperatures will average around 5C lower than this but at any time of the year the real feel temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4000 metre. (above 3000 metres from mid December) and at our highest overnight stops, outside temperatures may drop as low as minus 15C. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short-lived storms can and do occur.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet

  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti

  • Everest: A Trekkers Guide. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone

  • Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer

  • The Climb. Anatoli Boukreev

  • The Ascent of Everest. John Hunt & Edmund Hillary

  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry B. Ortner

  • Everest the Old Way. John Driskell

Gokyo 1: 50,000 Nepa Maps

The best trekking maps are published in Nepal. Nepa are one of the oldest publishing houses in Kathmandu. This map covers the whole route from Lukla at a reasonable scale. Relief shading and spot heights represent the terrain and contours are at 40m. intervals. Villages, monasteries, passes, peaks etc are indicated. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (must be waterproof)
  • Trekking poles (see notes)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre x 2 (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Travel towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep your kit bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC)*
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters  and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers or similar for use in lodges
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes (Kahtoola) or similar footwear traction (see notes)
  • Shorts
  • Baselayer leggings
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillowcase
  • Scarf or buff
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not eh one snoring)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes

*FREE sleeping bag and down jacket hire is included in your KE holiday booking on request.

 Please make all requests at least 4 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your kit bag for these items.

Trekking Poles and Instep Crampons. For this trip you must bring a pair of trekking poles, even if you only use them as a safety measure during the crossing of the Cho La. In certain conditions, the trip leader may also issue Grivel Spider ‘instep’ crampons to group members for this crossing. These are small lightweight crampons, which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot. If you have brought your own footwear traction such as the excellent Kahtoola Microspikes you can use these instead.

Repect Nepalese Custom. The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. To avoid embarrassment on both sides, we recommend that you respect this, by not wearing revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

>> Click here to go to the PHD Gear Advisor for the Ultimate Everest Trek

  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre x 2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Travel towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
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Extensions

Extension Details

Chitwan Jungle Extension

3 Days

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep by boat and on foot. 



Extension Code: CHTL

Extension Itinerary

KE extension package services begin with a transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight to Bharatpur. You are met by a Tiger Tops representative and transfer to the lodge. After a welcome briefing, you head off for the first of your jungle activities which may be by jeep, on foot or by boat. We can enjoy an excellent meal from the Tharu kitchen before retiring.

Meals

L D

After an early wake-up call you will go out with your guide to catch the birds and animals at the watering hole. After breakfast at the lodge you will go out on safari again. As with yesterday your safaris can be by jeep, on foot or by boat. After a full day of wildlife viewing, you spend your final night at Tharu Lodge.

Meals

B L D

You have another opportunity this morning to observe the animals at the watering hole, then after breakfast at the lodge, you transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu where KE extension package services end.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return flights - Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Transfers to the lodge on arrival at Bharatpur Airport
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
  • Jungle activities including jeep rides / boat rides / nature walks and birdwatching
  • Airport departure tax
  • National park buffer zone fee
What's Not Included
  • Any additional hotel nights required in Kathmandu before or after the extension
  • Expenses of a personal nature - drinks and souvenirs etc.
Extension Details

Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

1 Day

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Extension Code: KTMV
Sharing Price from
US$175
Single Traveller Price from
US$270
Deposit Per Person from
US$125

Extension Itinerary

We have a long morning of sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley, beginning with a very early start (at around 0430). We drive for approximately 1 hour through the quiet streets to Nargakot on the valley rim to watch the sunrise light up the Himalayas. Dropping back down to the valley, you will then have a guided tour of medieval Bhaktapur before returning to your hotel towards midday.

Whats Included
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Vehicle transport and driver
  • Entrance fees
What's Not Included
  • Packed breakfast to be provided. Other meals and drinks are not included

Reviews

5.0 out of 5 from 20 reviews

Ultimate Everest Trek ★★★★★

The trip went very well, supported by an outstanding lead guide. Sonam was absolutely outstanding in every respect. I cannot praise him highly enough. He managed every aspect of the trip perfectly, with a calm, pleasant, helpful and friendly approach. The best guide I have ever had on any trip!!!

By John from Winchester | 11 May 2023

An exceptional Himalayan experience ★★★★★

I’ve been well impressed previously with KE’s thorough planning and delivery, so I was happy to trust them again. After this third outing with KE, my expectations of them are now sky high – well that’s their fault! What stood out this time was the excellence of our three Sherpa guides, led by Sonam, whose tireless diligence, patience, and dedication to his clients ensured that we all had an exceptional Himalayan experience. I was unlucky to get sick early on in the trek, and I had to be left behind for a few days. I really appreciated the flexibility and consideration shown by KE and their local agents - especially the guides, who went above and beyond to ensure that I was safe and comfortable, getting me back to the group as soon as I was able. And there was so much to enjoy in the Khumbu valley: snowfields, impossibly high, dazzling in early morning sunshine; a sense of prayer carried everywhere on flags, wall carvings and turning prayer wheels; the gentle humility and kindness of the Sherpa people; golden chortens amidst the mountains; rhododendrons and magnolias lighting up steep-sided, dark green valleys; deep calm in monastery prayer halls glowing with rich colours; encounters with yak and donkey caravans along the trails; coffee and mouth-watering cakes in the most surprising surroundings. I won’t hesitate to trust KE again!
By Giles from Plymouth | 08 May 2023

An adventure of a lifetime! ★★★★★

What can I say, all expectations were exceeded! This trip was stunning, right from the scenery, the culture and most importantly the people. We could not have been looked after any more, our guides were absolutely amazing. The trek had a good balance of being challenging and fun, just what you want. I really recommend this route, as the main path can get very busy. Highlights were scaling the Cho la pass. Something I will never forget as we trekked up to this wall of ice. I would massively recom mend using KE, everything was organised brilliantly. Thanks all! I will return.
By Luke from Horley | 27 April 2023

THE BEST GUIDE EVER, THE BEST TRIP EVER, THE BEST WEATHER EVER ★★★★★

Sonam and his team took this trip to another level. The care and dedication, the organised sunshine every day, the kindness from the team. The smooth running of every day down to meticulous planning. The knowledge of the mountains, the nature and the culture. EVERYTHING was on point. We even were welcomed in to his own home for tea. I have been screaming at everyone I know to book this trip and get out with KE ASAP. If I was allowed (got a 20 month year old toddler) I'd be back next season! Than ks so much. I will never forget!
By Abraham from London | 24 April 2023

A once in a lifetime bucket list challenge fulfilled ★★★★★

This trip exceeded all expectations. It truly has been a once in a lifetime trip that I will cherish. It has been tough, not helped by my body's reaction to high altitude with me being plagued by headaches in varying severity, pretty much the whole time at high altitude and occasional nausea, but the scenery has been staggeringly beautiful, and made up for any discomfort. I would highly recommend getting off the main EBC trail and avoiding the high numbers of trekkers. This Ultimate Everest Base Camp trip does just that and keeps you off the main trail other than on the return from EBC and forms a clockwise loop so you don't return on trails already hiked other than for a small part. However I would say, that as a very fit 62 year old, I did find some of the ascents to be a lot harder (eg Cho La Pass) (but doable) than I had envisaged from reading the website description. The local support team have been outstandingly good. We couldn't have been looked after by Sonam, Pura and Nima, our guides any better. They have been absolutely wonderful and MADE the trip special. They made sure we were safe at all times, fully supported on the trail and then ensured we had everything we needed at the lodges in terms of food, drink, and comfort. They are a credit to the Nepal based organisation. The lodges were as expected in terms of comfort but I was pleasantly surprised that the food offerings were better than expected. All in all a most wonderful experience.
By Crispin from Winchester | 18 April 2023

Traveller Reviews
5.0 out of 5 from 20 reviews

Ultimate Everest Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The trip went very well, supported by an outstanding lead guide. Sonam was absolutely outstanding in every respect. I cannot praise him highly enough. He managed every aspect of the trip perfectly, with a calm, pleasant, helpful and friendly approach. The best guide I have ever had on any trip!!!

By John from Winchester | 11 May 2023

An exceptional Himalayan experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I’ve been well impressed previously with KE’s thorough planning and delivery, so I was happy to trust them again. After this third outing with KE, my expectations of them are now sky high – well that’s their fault! What stood out this time was the excellence of our three Sherpa guides, led by Sonam, whose tireless diligence, patience, and dedication to his clients ensured that we all had an exceptional Himalayan experience. I was unlucky to get sick early on in the trek, and I had to be left behind for a few days. I really appreciated the flexibility and consideration shown by KE and their local agents - especially the guides, who went above and beyond to ensure that I was safe and comfortable, getting me back to the group as soon as I was able. And there was so much to enjoy in the Khumbu valley: snowfields, impossibly high, dazzling in early morning sunshine; a sense of prayer carried everywhere on flags, wall carvings and turning prayer wheels; the gentle humility and kindness of the Sherpa people; golden chortens amidst the mountains; rhododendrons and magnolias lighting up steep-sided, dark green valleys; deep calm in monastery prayer halls glowing with rich colours; encounters with yak and donkey caravans along the trails; coffee and mouth-watering cakes in the most surprising surroundings. I won’t hesitate to trust KE again!
By Giles from Plymouth | 08 May 2023

An adventure of a lifetime!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What can I say, all expectations were exceeded! This trip was stunning, right from the scenery, the culture and most importantly the people. We could not have been looked after any more, our guides were absolutely amazing. The trek had a good balance of being challenging and fun, just what you want. I really recommend this route, as the main path can get very busy. Highlights were scaling the Cho la pass. Something I will never forget as we trekked up to this wall of ice. I would massively recom mend using KE, everything was organised brilliantly. Thanks all! I will return.
By Luke from Horley | 27 April 2023

THE BEST GUIDE EVER, THE BEST TRIP EVER, THE BEST WEATHER EVER
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Sonam and his team took this trip to another level. The care and dedication, the organised sunshine every day, the kindness from the team. The smooth running of every day down to meticulous planning. The knowledge of the mountains, the nature and the culture. EVERYTHING was on point. We even were welcomed in to his own home for tea. I have been screaming at everyone I know to book this trip and get out with KE ASAP. If I was allowed (got a 20 month year old toddler) I'd be back next season! Than ks so much. I will never forget!
By Abraham from London | 24 April 2023

A once in a lifetime bucket list challenge fulfilled
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This trip exceeded all expectations. It truly has been a once in a lifetime trip that I will cherish. It has been tough, not helped by my body's reaction to high altitude with me being plagued by headaches in varying severity, pretty much the whole time at high altitude and occasional nausea, but the scenery has been staggeringly beautiful, and made up for any discomfort. I would highly recommend getting off the main EBC trail and avoiding the high numbers of trekkers. This Ultimate Everest Base Camp trip does just that and keeps you off the main trail other than on the return from EBC and forms a clockwise loop so you don't return on trails already hiked other than for a small part. However I would say, that as a very fit 62 year old, I did find some of the ascents to be a lot harder (eg Cho La Pass) (but doable) than I had envisaged from reading the website description. The local support team have been outstandingly good. We couldn't have been looked after by Sonam, Pura and Nima, our guides any better. They have been absolutely wonderful and MADE the trip special. They made sure we were safe at all times, fully supported on the trail and then ensured we had everything we needed at the lodges in terms of food, drink, and comfort. They are a credit to the Nepal based organisation. The lodges were as expected in terms of comfort but I was pleasantly surprised that the food offerings were better than expected. All in all a most wonderful experience.
By Crispin from Winchester | 18 April 2023

Ultimate Everest Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A little more expensive than other operators when their seasonal discounts are considered but you can totally rely on KE to sort out issues. I have been on perhaps 30 different organised trips and Bala was probably the best guide I have had. He has a huge amount of experience and dealt with difficult situations calmly and effectively and we always felt safe and well cared for. He reassured people about potential effects of altitude and monitored us to ensure there were no issues.

By Charles from Twickenham | 30 March 2023

Outstanding
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outstanding. Balak was simply THE BEST! In every way possible. Nothing was too much trouble. The Porters were the same. Our guide Balak had an incredible knowledge and mastery of English combined with his determination to show off his cultural and philosophical heritage. Fascinating and it provided the X factor ! Not just a case of a trek to Basecamp, but a far more inclusive tour where we were blessed by the Lama in Nepal's oldest monastery, amongst many other benefits. In a word, awesome!! The 15 kilo weight allowance was to include both the duvet jacket AND the sleeping bag. I was charged extra both ways on the KATH to Lukla flights... If I had known, I would have left more kit at Hotel Shanker to avoid such charges...
By Robin from Fife | 30 March 2023

Unforgettable moments
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If you want to go to EBC, take this quieter route. The itinerary is just amazing, letting you to feel the Nepali culture, help you acclimatize and challenge yourself everyday. The lodges are basic, yet we were amazed to have access to hot water in most of them. Be ready to have a lot of pasta, potatoes and eggs. We had the best guide - Dinesh - ever.. He always made us feel safe and comfortable to ensure we enjoy the full experience. He even arranged blue skies and sun for us.

By Pinar from St-Sulpice VD | 01 May 2022

Awesome, amazing, challenging, great scenery, lots of laughs, very well lead
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a "once in a lifetime" trip for my 65th birthday. Reaching this age meant that long-held ambitions just had to be sorted while I could. Just looking at the brochures from a couple of recommended companies was one thing, but wandering into the KE office one dark December morning and talking to Vanessa fired my enthusiasm. So I booked on the "Ultimate" trip to see a bit more on a circular route and also so I wouldn't feel as though I had missed a lot once I returned. Pre-trip information and booking was good and easy to follow. New kit was bought but the question remained, would I be fit enough ? On arrival our guide, Phurba, saw that getting from arrivals was smooth and I was pleased to find our group of 5, all of similar ages and experience, got on well instantly. Bob and Jan had flown in from India but Mark and son Andy only arrived really late but were still accommodated by the guide and hotel). The first night was comfortable in the Shankar hotel. Progress through to the flight to Lukla (AMAZING experience!) went smoothly despite the rescheduled itinerary. Initial trekking was straightforward but so interesting in Alpine scenery. The early Lodges were good and a gentle introduction into the cold sleeping arrangements, variable water supplies and sanitary conditions found later. Acclimatisation stops were also essential and a good chance to look deeper into the local facilities (who would guess we would find such superb Apple Pie in Macchermo !). The Down kit provided by KE started to come into its own above here as the temperatures dropped in the unseasonably wintery conditions. Gokyo resembled the bleak South Georgia Whaling station under snow and ice as we arrived, but the early morning slow tramp up Gokyo Ri was rewarded with the most spectacular views. What an incredible but lung-bursting experience ! The lodges and facilities became even more basic from here as we entered the hardest, longest days of the trek. The Cho La pass was epic and with soft snow on boulders and loose rocks was quite demanding. Probably better crampons would have helped. The pathway through the soft snow was precarious alone. But absolutely magnificent in the sunshine. Joining the main basecamp trail up to Lebouche made us realise how busy that was (said with a smug sense of satisfaction !). From there it was another rocky climb amongst the Sherpas and Yak trains plus other trekkers (going both ways) to Gorak Shep, then onto Basecamp. This would have been the highlight except for Bob who had been struggling with a heavy cold. Thankfully we had additional Guides to help him back to the Lodge. Looking over the site and surrounding mountains all brought the whole picture to life, with Phurba explaining how it all worked. The weather turned as we came back but that seemed to add to the atmosphere of the trek. Next day's trip up Kala Pattar was cut short by the early bad weather but thankfully, Bob (with Jan) made it to basecamp together. The views were still terrific. The revised schedule meant we had 3 long days to come down to Lukla, but that didn't matter: we saw new sights (Ama Dablam from all angles is magnificent) but had achieved our goals. Even in cloudy weather, the occasional view of the mountains peeking through was stunning. On return we could only be most thankful for our assistant guides, Pasang and Nima plus the Porters who had carried our kit with such smiles. We deserved our first cans of Sherpa beer that night! Return to Kathmandu started with the excitement of the flight from Lukla then the bus through the countryside into the extensive suburbs of Kathmadu. We enjoyed the hospitality of the excellent Shankar hotel before saying a final thankyou to Phurba. He had been brilliant. Not only guiding us but informing us of the features and culture of the mountains and Sherpa people, as well as caring for our well-being (oxygen levels, health etc.) plus all the organising (and reorganising) required. What a guy. Would I recommend it - YES ! The journey is amazing, the people great and experience out of this world. But you must be prepared for very basic lodge conditions, especially washing & sanitary arrangements. Good boots are essential. And yes, despite the effects of altitude (sleeplessness, headache, thin air) I was fit enough and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
By John from Beverley | 24 April 2019

Outstanding Holiday with views to die for!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our group was blessed with perfect weather (Nov) in the most glorious of locations. Kathmandu was a wonderful experience with the Yak & Yeti Hotel a perfect pick by KE. First off our trekking guides were excellent and were constantly monitoring our fitness and the acclimatization process. This trek was a good challenge so come physically prepared. Lodges or tea houses were quite adequate for trekking, but you may want to upgrade the food after a week or so as it gets a little tiring. I will admit that this 60 year old could have used a days rest after the Cho La Pass, as this day is everything that it is built up to be! To trek these valleys and take in the beautiful views, visit monasteries, explore all the little villages and stand at Everest Base Camp was my dream, and it has now come true thanks to keadventure. Wonderful job and will be using you again on my next trek.
By Shawn from Milton | 20 December 2017

Perfect experience, friendly and very professional staff
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I went on the Everest Base Camp in November 2017. I discovered KE upon a recommendation, and after a first call with one of their team member (Vanessa), I immediately got the feeling that KE was the right agency to go on this trek. Vanessa, and the whole KE staff, has always been extremely responsive to all my emails, random questions (e.g., shall I buy these shoes or these ones), made its best to give me the re-assurance I needed for this trek (i.e., I was travelling alone, and wanted to get a sense of the group and make sure I could give contact numbers to my parents so they would not worry). When I reached Kathmandu, I got easily picked up by our guide, and the whole trek has been a fantastic experience: friendly and professional staff, great experience, etc. I am confident that my next trek will be with KE, and would recommend everyone to consider KE for any trek.
By Anais from London | 28 November 2017

Adventures from the highest peaks to the lowest valleys
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
From start to finish our adventure of a lifetime was well organised and supported. We felt safe at all times even on the high wire bridges! The trip offers so much more than just a trek through the mountains, you learn the local culture, make new friends, experience a different lifestyle while waking up to breathtaking views everyday. You do need to be fit to take this trip as it is challenging, some of the climbs will push you to the limit. Tips - take some hand warmers, lots of snacks (cereal bars), buy chocolate and toilet roll lower down the mountains as the prices rise with the climb. Take a set of lounge clothes for the evenings. Enjoy your adventure!
By Claire from Carlisle | 11 November 2017

Incredible Himalayan Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This trip is a great way to see Everest Basecamp avoiding the busy main trail for much of the trip. As ever, KE had a great itinerary, a great crew, fantastic guide and a very professionally run trip. The views are simply incredible, absolutely unforgettable and the trekking is great. Most days the trekking is fairly easy however be prepared for the added complication of having to deal with the effects of altitude which can make even the easiest days difficult. The ascent rate however is very se nsible and most people should have only minor issues with altitude sickness. There are however a few very tough days, one that stands out is the crossing of the Cho La Pass which was tough given the ascent and the altitude that you are doing this at however the views from the top and the sense of achievement are more than worth it. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there in the end. The crew were very attentive and nobody is rushed while doing these harder days, go at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and keep drinking fluids! Overall this is a fantastic trip and I'd highly recommend!
By Scott from Newcastle upon Tyne | 28 April 2017

Fantastic trek with an amazing team
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We just came back from Nepal. This was an amazing trek through some breath-taking scenery. You will need a good fitness level to complete this trek - the trek is not technical at all but the altitude adds another level of difficulty. Some steps and treadmill training for a month pays off. Pasang Temba Sherpa (our team leader) and his team kept all spirits high and helped the whole group to complete the trek. All were very professional, caring and experienced guides. We only had to focus on walki ng and enjoy the Himalayas. The food on the trek was also really good and varied. The weather helped and we had clear skies and sunny days for most of our trip but I was happy to have some extra layers particularly when above the 4000m.
By Elsa from London | 24 April 2017

Our most memorable well managed 60th birthday adventure - with basic elements!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It was my 60th birthday year and this was the highlight. It was almost worth it just for the range of training walks we did together! Then we were off! From the amusing ridiculousness of Kathmandu domestic terminal onwards through landing at Lukla, prayer flags and wheels, yaks, stunning scenery, excellent Sherpa's led serenely and confidently by Phurbar, swaying bridges, energy giving plentiful boring food, woods, mountains, Everest, glaciers, passes, helicopter rescues (not our group), minor a ltitude sickness, endless stunning high peaks around us, the Sherpa memorials and the amazing difficulty of doing anything at over 5,000 m, this was the most memorable holiday we could have done. Sue found the toilets unimaginably disgusting and even from a blokes point of view they weren't good. Overall, we can't stop talking about it and we were pleased to have been in a group of 8 different and interesting personalities, 3 of us being 60 in 2016. Thanks KE, it probably couldn't have been better. Mike and Sue
By Michael from Altrincham | 10 January 2017

A Fantastic Himalayan Experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a wonderful experience all-around. A great combination of scenery, culture, challenge and comaraderie. I had a fantastic time, and I'm very grateful to our leader, Raj, and the team of Sherpa guides, not to mention the porters. All went way out of their way to make sure we had all the support we needed to accomplish our goals. The trip was a little bit tougher than I expected, but not much. I think the cumulative effect of daily dirt, cold, strain, altitude and more can wear you down a little over time. Lots of folks in the group had illnesses, mostly not serious. My recommendation to anyone doing this would be to train a fair bit in preparation, and do some research so you can come armed with whatever meds you might need. Overall, I could not recommend this trip more highly. I really like the way KE sets everything up so that participants don't have to worry about logistics, and can just enjoy the adventure. Well done!
By David from Port Washington | 23 November 2016

Trip of a lifetime.... up to now!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Brilliant trip following a cracking route. My first trip to Nepal and I was not disappointed. Blown away by the unbelievable mountain scenery. The trip really cranked up in the second week, with the ascent of Gokyo Ri, crossing Cho La and toping Kala Patar. The time I'd put in on the Lakes fells prior to departure paid dividends here. Thanks KE, particularly our fabulous guide Raj and his wonderful Sherpa team. I can't wait to go back.

By Michael from Workington | 23 November 2016

Amazing Trip - Perfectly Organized!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Just returned from 3 weeks in Nepal for the "Ultimate Everest" trek -- and ultimate it was. While I had underestimated the challenge (and the cold), it was an amazing adventure. The mountains, landscapes, and people of Nepal are impressive, and everything was perfectly organized by KE. It was my first KE trip but definitely won't be the last. Bracketed by a couple days in Kathmandu, we spent about 10-11 days making our way toward the Everest Base Camp, which was the official goal, but along the way we summited two peaks over 5000m and crossed the challenging Cho La pass. If one just wants to go to Base Camp, there are shorter, easier treks, but if you really want to experience the Khumbu area, with EBC and much more, then this is the trek. Everything was included and arranged, so no hassles or unexpected expenses. If I had any complaint at all, it would be that the suggested warmth level of the sleeping back and down jacket were underestimated. It gets cold at night and the lodges are not heated. This is no luxury trip, things are quite basic (especially the toilet facilities) but it is an authentic Himalayan experience that will not disappoint. While I'm happy to be back in my warm, comfortable house, I'm already thinking about the next trip, based on how well this one went...
By John from Wezembeek-Oppem | 21 November 2016

Hard work but rewarded with fantastic views of Everest
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Thanks KE - an excellent trip, great Sherpa's, great route with amazing views. Yes its hard work, yes 'simple and basic' lodges means that (!) but the effort is well rewarded. For me this was a return visit some 36 years after I first trekked to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and the Cho La. Much has changed: more trekkers, lodges not camping and glacier melt but Nepal was and remains the world's best place to walk. Nepal needs trekkers

By Peter from Harpenden | 07 November 2016

Just about perfect
★ ★ ★ ★
The organization and care shown by Prem, our KE group leader on the trek, was top class. The local guides however were poor but Prem went above and beyond to ensure they did not affect our enjoyment too much. None of the group suffered from altitude sickness. This was due to taking Diamox from Namche onwards on our outbound journey, and to the planned days off for acclimatization purposes. Take wet wipes for when the toilets/washing facilities are poor and something to do in the many afternoon h ours when trekking has stopped. DO NOT USE TURKISH AIRLINES - they cancelled my manchester/Istanbul flight and then Istanbul/Manchester without compensation and causing untold problems for me. KE (or more likely local agent) chose the best accommodation available on the whole. This trip is real value for money.
By Peter from HALIFAX | 17 May 2016

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Thank you for your review of your Ultimate Everest trip with KE. It's great to hear that the trip was 'just about perfect'. We were sorry to learn of the problem with the flights you booked for the holiday. For UK citizens, we recommend taking a flight inclusive package from KE so we can look after you all the way, including your journey out and back.


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  • Departure Reference: EVL /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 6 Oct and ends on Fri 25 Oct
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  • This trip begins on Sun 20 Oct and ends on Fri 8 Nov
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  • This trip begins on Sun 10 Nov and ends on Fri 29 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 2 Mar and ends on Fri 21 Mar
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  • The Ultimate Everest Trek
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 23 Mar and ends on Fri 11 Apr
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  • The Ultimate Everest Trek
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 13 Apr and ends on Fri 2 May
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 5 Oct and ends on Fri 24 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /05/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 19 Oct and ends on Fri 7 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /06/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 2 Nov and ends on Fri 21 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: EVL /07/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 9 Nov and ends on Fri 28 Nov
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  • Single Supplement Price: US$315 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges) - KTM - Lukla
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