Everest Monasteries Trek

A moderate level trekking holiday through the homeland of the Sherpas in sight of Mount Everest

12

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Views of Everest and Ama Dablam from Thyangboche Monastery
  • Visit Thame Monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu
  • Spend a day in Namche Bazaar, capital of the Sherpas
  • Trekking on good trails at relatively low altitude (sub 4000 metres)
This easy Nepal trekking holiday through the heartland of the Sherpas of Mount Everest, begins with the spectacular flight to Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu. Here, accompanied by our cheerful Sherpa team, we start our trek into a region of high valleys, remote settlements and ancient monasteries, overshadowed by the world's greatest peaks. During 8 days of trekking, we can experience the unrivalled mountain scenery of the Khumbu, enjoying classic mountain views including Mount Everest and Ama Dablam. Beyond the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar we take a quiet trail to the lesser visited village of Thame. Known as the 'second city’ of the Sherpas, here we can absorb the tranquillity of the oldest monastery in the region. We will visit the immaculate Thyangboche Monastery, where successive Everest Expeditions have received blessings for their climbs from the local Lama. Visiting a succession of Sherpa villages and monasteries overlooked by the snow peaks of the mighty Himalaya, the popular myth of 'Shangri La' will seem all-too-real. On our return to Kathmandu, we have a free day and a city tour, with the option of taking an early morning 'Mountain Flight' for a dramatic finale. Suitable for any weekend hillwalker, this short trek offers an excellent introduction to the delights of trekking in the Himalayas, including those all-important views of Mount Everest.
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Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are easy, following good paths throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well used and present easy walking conditions. This is part of the classic walk-in of expeditions to Everest. As this trek does not go above 4000 metres it should be within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person, though it should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres requires a slower pace than you may be used to.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).
  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.
  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to the Sherpa Museum and to a viewpoint for Everest and Ama Dablam.
  • Trek via Phurte and Thamo to the Sherpa village of Thame (3820m).
  • Trek via the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde to Kangjuma (3620m)
  • Traverse above the Imja Khola, cross the river at Phunki Tenga and trek up to Thyangboche (3860m).
  • Trek back to Namche and then descend as far as the tiny hamlet of Monjo (2835m).
  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
2016
Mon 10 Oct - Fri 21 Oct Code EVP /07/16/ Adult$2,100 Status Available Book now
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  • This tour begins on Mon 10 Oct and departs on Fri 21 Oct
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  • This tour begins on Mon 17 Oct and departs on Fri 28 Oct
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  • This tour begins on Mon 07 Nov and departs on Fri 18 Nov
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  • This tour begins on Mon 21 Nov and departs on Fri 02 Dec
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Mon 19 Dec - Fri 30 Dec Code EVP /11/16/ Adult$2,100 Status Available Book now
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  • This tour begins on Mon 19 Dec and departs on Fri 30 Dec
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2017
Mon 27 Mar - Fri 07 Apr Code EVP /03/17/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • This tour begins on Mon 27 Mar and departs on Fri 07 Apr
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 03 Apr and departs on Fri 14 Apr
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Mon 17 Apr - Fri 28 Apr Code EVP /05/17/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /05/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 17 Apr and departs on Fri 28 Apr
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  • This tour begins on Mon 01 May and departs on Fri 12 May
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  • This tour begins on Mon 09 Oct and departs on Fri 20 Oct
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /08/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 16 Oct and departs on Fri 27 Oct
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  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /09/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 06 Nov and departs on Fri 17 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
Mon 20 Nov - Fri 01 Dec Code EVP /10/17/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /10/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 20 Nov and departs on Fri 01 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
Sat 23 Dec - Wed 03 Jan Code EVP /11/17/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /11/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 23 Dec and departs on Wed 03 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
2018
Mon 26 Feb - Fri 09 Mar Code EVP /01/18/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Mon 26 Feb and departs on Fri 09 Mar
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Mon 12 Mar - Fri 23 Mar Code EVP /02/18/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /02/18/
  • This tour begins on Mon 12 Mar and departs on Fri 23 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
Mon 02 Apr - Fri 13 Apr Code EVP /03/18/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /03/18/
  • This tour begins on Mon 02 Apr and departs on Fri 13 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
Mon 30 Apr - Fri 11 May Code EVP /04/18/ Adult$2,260 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVP /04/18/
  • This tour begins on Mon 30 Apr and departs on Fri 11 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • internal flight

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group 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. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).

    After breakfast we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 40 minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. To assist with acclimatisation, we allow 2 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar and start our trek with an easy downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding beside the river. It is approximately 2 hours walking to our first overnight halt, where we check in at a basic but comfortable lodge. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower than Lukla, at 2610 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 630m

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.

    A pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to Jorsale and the entrance to the Khumbu National Park. Dropping to the river, a suspension bridge is crossed and a good path followed, passing numerous teahouses to cross the river once again on a plank bridge. About an hour and a half below Namche, we gain our first, distant glimpse of Mount Everest. We stay tonight in one of Namche’s many excellent lodges. Some of the finest tea shop food in Nepal can be found in this area. 5 hours of trekking. Altitude in Namche is 3400 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to the Sherpa Museum and to a viewpoint for Everest and Ama Dablam.

    Namche Bazaar lies in a natural amphitheatre formed by two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. The town boasts an abundance of lodges, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars - there is even a German Bakery!. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. There is the option to complete a pleasant acclimatisation hike that will take us up above Namche to the ‘Museum of Sherpa Culture’ which provides a valuable insight into the lives of these very special people. Near the museum is a fantastic viewpoint for Everest. We spend a second night at our Namche lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek via Phurte and Thamo to the Sherpa village of Thame (3820m).

    We first climb up to the gompa above the town and here we pick up a trail which contours the bounding ridge of Namche and then follows the Bhote Khosi river through the villages of Phunte, Thamo, Thomde and Somde. The walk takes us through woods of oak, birch and juniper and we pass several impressive mani walls built from tablets of stone intricately carved with prayers in Tibetan script. What will be very noticeable today after the trek from Lukla is the lack of other trekkers in this quiet valley. After approximately 3 or 4 hours walking we reach a suspension bridge slung high across the river and on the other side the trail climbs to Thame. This 'second city' of the Sherpas occupies a strategic location at the junction of routes from the Rolwalling via the Tesi Labcha and from Tibet via the Nangpa La. A little way above the town is a splendid gompa which rewards the effort spent climbing to it and from here there are tremendous views of Ama Dablam, Kangtega and of the nearby Teng Kangpoche and the north side of Kwangde Ri. We stay overnight in Thame.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Trek via the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde to Kangjuma (3620m)

    We retrace our steps of the previous day part way down the Bhote Khosi. Before reaching Namche we turn off the trail and begin a long steady climb to the airstrip at Syangboche. Above here, there is a low col which leads to another major Sherpa settlement, Khunde. The Hillary Hospital is located here and there is an important monastery. Almost conjoined with Kunde is the village of Khumjung and between the two is found the Hillary School. We will pass through both villages before making a short descent to Kangjuma and our overnight halt.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 850m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Traverse above the Imja Khola, cross the river at Phunki Tenga and trek up to Thyangboche (3860m).

    From just outside our lodge we have a wonderful view towards Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam and across to the day’s objective, Thyangboche Monastery, which can be clearly seen atop the wooded ridge below Kang Taiga. We start the day with a long traversing descent to the bridge across the Imja River at Phunki Tenga. Beyond the river, we climb the wooded ridge to reach Thyangboche, one of Nepal’s finest monasteries, where many potential summiteers on Everest have visited to gain the blessing of the llama for their attempt. Thyangboche is situated on the crest of an extension of the north-west ridge of Kangtega (6685m) which towers above the monastery. From this ridge there is a classic view of the Everest/Lhotse massif and of the stunning Ama Dablam. We stay in a lodge below the monastery. Altitude at Thyangboche is 3860 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs walking

  • Trek back to Namche and then descend as far as the tiny hamlet of Monjo (2835m).

    We begin our return trek to Lukla descending to the tiny hamlet of Phunki with its line of water-operated prayer wheels, before climbing the hill to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after 4 to 5 hours. There is time for sightseeing, souvenir buying and lunch, before we make the big descent to the Dudh Kosi River and follow this downstream to Monjo, where we check in at a lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1600m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.

    From Monjo the trail descends steeply, passing through Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka, where the trail cuts up to the airstrip. This is the final climb of the trek and its always a relief when we reach the first houses of Lukla. We check into our lodge above the runway after 5 hours of trekking.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing

    We take the flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at the group hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in one of Kathmandu’s popular restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.

    This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays, this is an opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. In the morning, there is an optional guided tour of some of the city’s most important sites, including the giant stupa at Bodhnath and the outlying medieval settlement of Bhaktapur. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or for shopping in the colourful bazaars.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and lodges on trek
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • All meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 12.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay at the prestigious Yak & Yeti Hotel, situated in the heart of the city close to the former Royal Palace. Kathmandu's oldest and most famous hotel provides a touch of history combined with luxury and is an excellent place to relax pre and post trek. Whilst on trek there are 8 nights spent in lodges. These establishments owned and run by local people are simple mountain lodges. We use only quality lodges, which offer twin room accommodation and have comfortable dining rooms often decorated with traditional art and textiles. The central feature on chilly nights is the wood-burning stove, which creates a cosy communal atmosphere. Though several lodges do have simple shower rooms, please note that these will not necessarily be of a Western or even Kathmandu standard and that some facilities we take for granted such as en-suite bathrooms simply do not exist in many places. All accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis, (note that in one or two of the lodges there may only be dormitory rooms). If you are travelling by yourself you will join other single clients of the same sex in twin or occasionally, triple rooms. It is not possible to arrange single accommodation in lodges. It is not normally possible to pre-arrange single rooms in lodges, though it may be possible to request a single room on arrival depending on availability, and pay the difference to the trek leader. For the 3 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The day begins with a hot breakfast taken in your lodge. We will generally reach our lunch stop by 11 a.m. and this is a leisurely affair generally taken at a lodge with outdoor tables, and this is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. During the day you are free to walk at your own pace and to take as many photographs as you wish, something our leaders are keen to promote. The many excellent lodges in the Khumbu provide lots of opportunity to take a break and to buy a bottle of coca cola or a cup of tea. On arrival at the day’s destination the Sherpas will make all arrangements for checking in to the lodge while you relax, perhaps enjoying the view from the terrace or sitting beside the fire, with a beer or hot drink. We will normally take dinner around 6.00pm. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising.

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 European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. 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 at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only four airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and Simrik Airlines. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) - a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx. 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 and 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 alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. 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. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage and local Sherpa guides

Approximately £250 - £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £50 (in equivalent Nepali rupees) for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange 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, beer, tea, coffee etc. on all days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items can be quite expensive (more than you may be used to back home). It is also possible to buy souvenirs on trek including jewellery and thankas (fine detail religious paintings), and if you intend to make a lot of purchases, you should budget accordingly.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £50 (in rupees) to these tips. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be sent with your joining instructions. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). For all flights to and from STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. This weight allowance is normally strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged. Please be aware that you will have to pay for this at check-in. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. 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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

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 trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x1

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Daypack 25 litres

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5°C) for December to Febuary departures - comfort rated -10°C*

  • 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.

The following items are optional:

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Notes

*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

 

 

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear 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.

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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Transit via India

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.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

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.

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general we recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis ‘A’. Malarial prophylaxis is not recommended for this trip unless you intend to visit the Terrai region of Nepal (such as during an extension to Chitwan National Park). A very good online resource is the UK National Health Travellers website at fitfortravel.nhs.uk

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although the trekking on this trip is not difficult or sustained, hiking at altitude is more demanding than similar terrain at lower elevations. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but any regular exercise such as jogging, squash and swimming is also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before coming on the trip we recommend that you make time for some longer walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the culture of Nepal and of the Sherpa people who live in the Everest region. There are many books on this subject and some are listed opposite.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October-December and March-May are usually considered the best times to visit Nepal. These months either side of the monsoon are neither too hot nor too cold, offering the best conditions for trekking. At these times you can expect daytime temperatures in the range of 15 - 20 degrees C and feeling quite hot in the mid-day sun. Nightime temperatures outside the lodges may drop to around freezing especially higher up. From January to early April the Everest region is much quieter and although a little colder during the evening and with the possibility of encountering snow, this is a great time to be in the Khumbu if you want to get away from the crowds. Skies are usually clear and bright at this time of the year and it remains warm in the middle of the day. It should always be noted that this is a mountain environment and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

  • 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 Ortner

  • A History of Nepal. John Whelpton

  • Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram Grewal

  • Everest the Old Way. John Driskell

Everest Base Camp. 1: 50,000 Nepa / National Geographic Maps

This map which is a collaboration between National Geographic and the long established Nepal publisher, Nepa Maps, is probably the best for this trek showing the trekking routes from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. It has relief shading and a 40m. contour interval. Khumbu Himal. 1: 50,000 Schneider Maps. Nelles Verlag This is a high quality map with a 40 metre contour interval and relief shading which also distinguishes between ice-walls, rock, scree and moraine. This map, once the best available, has been largely superseded by the NG/Nepa map, but it is still a beautiful map to own. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Chitwan Jungle Extension

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. 



Chitwan Jungle Extension

From $1110 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

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. 

 

Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

From $135 per person

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

From $950 per person

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Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Yak & Yeti

From $152 per room per night

The Yak and Yeti, is a luxury 4/5-star hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the grounds of the 100-year-old Rana palace that the hotel is built around. Find refuge amongst its antique fountains, gilded temples and quiet gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the shops and adventure of Durbar Marg. This iconic hotel has a shopping arcade, 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and all amenities. At the hotel’s centre is the meticulously restored, Lal Durbar, with 2 historic restaurants, a grand ballroom and casino. 

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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