Everest Lodge Family Adventure Holiday

A real Himalayan holiday trek for families in Nepal







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Holiday Overview


  • Trek with your family up the Khumbu – the Everest Valley
  • Enjoy some of the finest Himalaya views
  • Explore the colourful capital, Kathmandu
  • Meet the monks at Thyangboche Monastery

This lodge-based trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail', and is a suitable Everest trekking holiday in Nepal for the family. This has got to be one of the most truly inspiring experiences for a teenage, to have the satisfaction and achievement of trekking in the Khumbu valley and seeing the mighty Everest. The itinerary has been designed for families and includes extra days on the trail so that we have shorter days with more time to acclimatise to ensure that the whole family enjoys the holiday. We fly to Lukla in the mountainous Khumbu district, and allow 3 days for the trek to Namche Bazaar, staying in comfortable lodges and accompanied by a Nepalese tour guide and team of Sherpas. With a day to explore the Sherpa capital, followed by 2 short days up to the monastery village of Thangboche, we enjoy fantastic mountain scenery, including views of Mount Everest and the striking Ama Dablam. During our easy-paced Everest trekking holiday with the family, we will have the chance to visit a number of pretty Sherpa villages and learn a little about the way of life of these hardy people. At the end of the holiday we have a day in Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour and some time to relax. If you are looking to introduce your children to the delights of real Himalayan trekking, this adventure holiday has been purpose-made for youngsters, with short trekking days, a good standard of accommodation and the back-up of KE's unrivalled experience in this part of the world. Pretty amazing as a family holiday goes!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 10 yrs old

This itinerary is aimed at families with older children who are used to doing some hillwalking. The trekking conditions on this holiday are relatively easy and designed to be within the capabilities of children of 10 years up. We will follow good paths and yak trails 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. It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000m makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation for you and your family, with an extra night in Namche Bazaar and splitting some of the standard trekking days into shorter sections. You will need to ensure you and your family are physically prepared for the trek and you should be comfortable with walking for 4 to 6 hours each day. Following the lower part of the classic walk-in to the south base camp of Everest should be within the capabilities of occasional hikers and fit, active children. An ideal holiday for Easter and October half term and a Christmas break.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Lukla. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610m).
  • Morning trek from Phakding (2610m) to Monjo (2835m).
  • Into the Khumbu National Park and trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m).
  • Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar.
  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma (3600m).
  • Trek from Kangjuma to Thyanboche (3860m), our highest overnight.
  • Rest day or optional return trek to Pangboche (3985m).
  • Return trek from Thyanboche to Namche Bazaar (3400m).
  • Continue descending from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2610m).
  • Final trekking day as return to Lukla (2860m).
  • Morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon free.
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining in Kathmandu on the dates shown above. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers', and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

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

    Arriving in Kathmandu you will be met by your KE guide, or a representative and transfer to the group’s hotel which is close to the central Thamel district. There will be a full briefing including guidelines on food and hygiene, and the cultures of Nepal and on the reaction that you and your children can expect from the local people. Children feature prominently in the Nepalese culture and you will find that you are welcome wherever you travel, to a greater extent than would be the case without the children! On this first evening, we will take it easy and choose one of the hotel’s restaurants for our evening meal. The likelihood is that we will arrange for a buffet dinner, which will include a wide choice of Nepalese and European food options. We should go to our beds early tonight as it’s an early start and a long day tomorrow.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Lukla. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610m).

    After an early breakfast we transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 40 minute flight to Lukla. To assist with acclimatisation, we allow 3 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar. And we start our trek with an easy downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding beside the river. This trek takes us through pastoral lands of the Sherpas and we pass several small villages and individual farms. Many Sherpas now make their living exclusively from trekking and there are also many tea houses and basic lodges where it’s possible to stop for a drink or a chat. We will also pass by mani stones intricately carved with prayers in the evocative Tibetan script, and prayer wheels of all sizes. Everywhere in the valley colourful strings of prayer flags flutter from high points and bridges. After 2-3 hours of trekking we finally meet the river and reach our first lodge at Phakding located beside the tumbling Dudh Koshi river. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower than Lukla at 2610 meters.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 550m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Morning trek from Phakding (2610m) to Monjo (2835m).

    Today we have a short walk to enable us to acclimatise to the altitude and also the pace and way of life. From Phakding it is about a 2 to 3 hour walk to Monjo at 2835m. Monjo lies just past Chumoa, and we may stop on the way at Benkar with its lovely lodge. Monjo is a small picturesque village at the base of a narrow valley with Thamserku Mountain towering 6,608m above. We have the afternoon to relax.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 250m

    • Distance 4km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Into the Khumbu National Park and trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m).

    We start by passing 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 on a wide switch back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trek. About an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in Namche, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. Some of the finest tea shop food in Nepal can be found in this area.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar.

    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 Thyangboche. Just above the town is the ‘Museum of Sherpa Culture’ which provides a valuable insight into the lives of these very special people and a little way beyond there is a fantastic viewpoint for Everest.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma (3600m).

    Before continuing our trek towards Everest we will make a short excursion into the Nangpo Tsangpo Valley heading west out of Namche below the Gompa. This valley leads eventually via the Sherpa settlement of Thame to the Nangpa La, a major route during the days of salt trade with Tibet. The route is still used today although the salt has been replaced by a variety of Chinese goods from clothing to calculators. Having entered the valley, we now turn east once more and begin a long climb to the airstrip at Syangboche. Above here there is a col which leads to another major Sherpa settlement at Kunde. The Hillary Hospital is located here and there is an important Gompa. Almost conjoined with Kunde are the villages of Kumjung 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 500m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek from Kangjuma to Thyanboche (3860m), our highest overnight.

    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. 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 NW ridge of Kangtega (6685m) which towers above the monastery. From this ridge there is a classic view of the Everest/Lhotse massif and the stunning Ama Dablam. We stay in a lodge below the monastery.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 4km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Rest day or optional return trek to Pangboche (3985m).

    A day for rest and relaxation in this magnificent setting. We have the chance to look around the monastery which has been rebuilt in recent times following a devastating fire in the 1980s. There is also a very interesting ‘visitor centre’ close by. For those of us with energy to spare there is the option of a day hike to visit the village of Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement in the Khumbu and the site of the oldest monastery in the Everest region. If this option is taken, the return trek takes 5-6 hours.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Return trek from Thyanboche to Namche Bazaar (3400m).

    We start our return to Lukla, by descending from the ridge-top perch of Phortse to the river, where we cross a simple plank bridge. We now begin a steady climb up to the Mon La. From here we descend to rejoin the main Everest trail and continue to Namche Bazaar. We arrive back in Namche in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day for relaxing or souvenir buying.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Continue descending from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2610m).

    Today continue our descent to the Dudh Kosi and follow this river to Monjo, which is easy walking mainly downhill and we are of course well acclimatise now. From here the valley becomes more enclosed until we reach the village of Phakding where we check into our lodge. Having departed from here a few days ago it feels great to be a little familiar with the route and the lodges.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1350m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Final trekking day as return to Lukla (2860m).

    From Phakding we descend to Chopling, and reach Chaumrikharka where the trail cuts up to the airstrip. This is the final climb of the trek and it’s always a relief when we reach the first houses of Lukla. We check into our lodge above the runway. Arriving at the bustling town we check into a lodge and tonight we will no doubt celebrate the end of a great trek with our porters.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon free.

    We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or just relaxing. Depending on the time of the year we can enjoy the hotel swimming pool, and maybe a drink in the gardens. Tonight we will certainly have a celebratory meal in one of the restaurants in Kathmandu. Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

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

    After breakfast we have a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. During the tour we will visit several of the major sights and attractions of the city in the company of a knowledgeable local guide who can explain the details and background of these places. Important sights in Kathmandu include Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple” and the Shiva temple at Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River. After lunch the afternoon is free for further sightseeing, shopping in the bazaar or just relaxing by the pool in the hotel garden. Alternative sightseeing options (not included) could be a trip to Boudhnath, the country’s largest and most impressive Bhuddist stupa, or a visit to Bhaktapur, a well-preserved ancient city in the Kathmandu Valley and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening we will have a final group dinner.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.

    Depending on flight schedules the morning is free for more sightseeing or last minute souvenir buying. KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

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    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English speaking local leader
  • Return flight to Lukla
  • Airport transfers and all transfers with the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals included
  • A full service on trek with Sherpa guides and porters for luggage carrying
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley including guide and entrance fees

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

Whilst on trek there are 10 nights in lodges/tea houses. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is not possible to arrange single accommodation in lodges. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms 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 $2 - $3 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.

The group will also spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel with outdoor swimming pool. We can make rooming arrangements to suit families throughout the holiday, with children sharing with parents where necessary.

Please contact the KE office if you would like to arrange family rooms or any extra nights. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

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

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14. While staying in Kathmandu meals will be taken in the hotel or at a local restaurant. On trek the group will take their meals at lodges. Normally this will be a set meal for the whole group. Boiled or purified water is available at all the lodges we stay at. Bottled water is also available to purchase (at additional cost) but we do not recommend this on grounds of environmental care.

The food during the trek is a mixture of local and Western. Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. In Kathmandu and Lukla there is a variety of restaurants which serve local and international dishes. As well as local dishes such as dal baht takari it is possible to order anything from steak and chips, to Hungarian goulash, and from cheeseburgers to pizzas. In all the restaurants we eat in on the trip there should be something on the menu to please all the family. All meals including those taken at restaurants in Lukla and Kathmandu are included in the trip price.

All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel.

Land only clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

If you have time, it may be worth considering arriving earlier in Kathmandu. This holidays is designed with minimal 'down time' in the city, but Kathmandu is a fascinating place and it is well worth spending extra time here. Arriving a day or two early will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your trek. This is probably worth more of a consideration when you are travelling with the family. We have a very early start on day 2 to catch the morning flight to Lukla. We can easily arrange for you to spend extra nights in the city and airport transfers are included for all flights.

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the lodge dining room we will be served with a hot breakfast before setting off on the days trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch taken at a teahouse along the route usually takes about an hour and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the evenings stop as we set off again. It is usual for the afternoons walk to be shorter than the morning session. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a cup of tea or a beer on the terrace of your lodge before having dinner. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10pm the whole lodge will be asleep.

Flights to Lukla

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 a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. 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 the flights to and from Lukla. If flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night in Kathmandu and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. There is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or even 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if your Lukla flights are cancelled for a third day. We have included 2 nights in Kathmandu at the end of the trip as a contingency against delay on the flight back from Lukla. 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 to Lukla 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 accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking local KE leader throughout the trip, and on trek will have the services of a Nepalese trek crew, including several Sherpas and porters.

Approximately £400 per family (2 adults and 2 children) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approx £50-60 per family member for porter and crew tips. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). 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. Sterling, Euros and US Dollars are equally acceptable in Nepal. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepalese rupees) prior to departure and changing money is easy. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATM’s in Kathmandu.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters 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 £50-60 to these tips. 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 local guides.

During the trek your luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals and on this section of the trip the packed weight of each family members’ trek bag should be no more than 15 kgs, including sleeping bag. We do ask you to limit your luggage to one bag per family member (plus a small day pack). It is possible to leave spare clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotels in Kathmandu and Lukla and we advise that you bring a second fold-away bag for this purpose. There will also be a luggage limit set by your international carrier.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

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 kg. 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 / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x1
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 25 to 35 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • 4 season sleeping bag* (rated down to – 5ºC)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Trekking poles
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for evening use
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Scarf or buff
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Toys / games / books etc


  • *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.

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 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 copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

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).

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.

You should contact your GP 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.

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It makes a lot of sense to do a bit of additional exercise before coming on a trekking trip. Even very fit youngsters will benefit from some kind of training and it can be great fun as you head toward your holiday. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also capable for walking 3 to 6 hours on successive trekking days. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

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.

The trekking season in Nepal is limited by the occurrence of the Monsoon to 2 periods, Pre-Monsoon and Post-Monsoon. In the spring, well before the onset of the rains, the climate is very favourable and the trekking is enhanced at lower elevations by the multitude of flowers in bloom and by the increased activity of the numerous songbirds. Post-Monsoon, from October onwards, the weather is very fair and stable, becoming progressively colder into December. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 15 to 25ºC in Kathmandu during the daytime to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately 8ºC at 3860m. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. On the December trips the typical temperatures can be around 5 degrees lower than the above. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

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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 route in its entirety from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. It has relief shading and a 40m. contour interval. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek

Extend Your Holiday

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. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the 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, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

From $980 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 the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

From $125 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

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.

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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