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Holiday Overview


  • A community project day at a school in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking flight to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla
  • An easy trek through the Sherpa villages of the Khumbu
  • Views of Everest and Ama Dablam from Tyangboche

With its fantastic mountain landscapes and colourful mix of religions and cultures, Nepal makes the perfect destination for a school group adventure. This itinerary offers a short trek through the heartland of the Sherpas to the famous Tyangboche monastery. After a memorable flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region, this superb school adventure begins by trekking through several Sherpa villages to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. We spend a day in this famous place in mountaineering history and visit the Sherpa Museum of Culture and Everest Exhibition  before trekking through the villages of Kunde and Kumjung where we visit the Hillary School. The final part of the trek takes us to the famous ridge-top monastery of Thyangboche where many climbing expeditions come to receive the lama's blessing for their climb. The views from here of the dominating Ama Dablam and of Everest itself are legendary. This popular schools itinerary which also allows time for community project work in the Kathmandu area, offers the opportunity to trek in the Everest region but without the extremes of altitude necessary from a visit to Base Camp and staying in comfortable lodges run by the local Sherpa people. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this trip are straightforward following good paths throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with tea shops, lodges and medical facilities. The trails are well used and present easy walking conditions. This trip includes only a short trek, with relatively short trekking days, and our route does not reach extreme altitudes. We allow two days to reach Namche Bazaar from Lukla and have allowed a rest day on arrival at Namche Bazaar. Flying into Lukla we anticipate that some people will feel the altitude but our easy-paced itinerary will allow them to acclimatise quickly. This is an excellent choice for a first trek to the Nepal Himalaya. We recommend a minimum age of 15 years

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 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).
  • A rest day at Thyangboche. Visit the impressive monastery and optional day hike to Pangboche.
  • 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.

Land Only

The price of our trips does not include international air travel to the start location in the destination city and country. The start location for joining the trip is identified for each trip. It's usually a centrally located hotel. KE can easily arrange all airport transfers for you.

International Air Travel

Please contact us at KE for air travel advice. We will be happy to discuss the flight arrangement which best suits your group.

2 teachers FREE

The Guide Price assumes that 2 teachers will accompany the group. Their Land Only costs are covered by the group's payment.

Guide Price $2,420*
Park Fees/permits N/A
Other Charges N/A

* We give a price estimate for all of our school trips. This is based on 12-16 pupils and includes two free teacher places. If you are interested in a specific trip, we will send you a quote letter. You may wish to take extra teachers or add on additional days and this can all be included into your quote, on request.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    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 rarely used today. 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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • A rest day at Thyangboche. Visit the impressive monastery and optional day hike to Pangboche.

    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 1980`s. 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 to 6 hours.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • A qualified UK KE Schools leader
  • Free Trek Bags for all group members (approx 80L)
  • Professional English-speaking local guide
  • Kathmandu airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service trek including porters
  • 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 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. IBoiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and mineral water. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants and here there is a wide variety of cuisines and dishes to choose from.
All meals are included in the price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 12
Kathmandu Airport transfers are included on arrival and departure. The KE School Group Leader or KE representative will meet you on arrival and assist with the transfers to the group hotel. Full joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 8 nights in lodges/tea houses. 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 a pleasant sitting / dining area which is often attractively decorated and usually there is a wood burner to warm the room. Bedrooms are generally unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The majority of lodges have twin rooms but occasionally accommodation will be in dormitories. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at £2 or £3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Hotel rooms are normally on a twin basis and you will be paired up with another group member of the same sex.

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

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your trekbag 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 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 afternoon's walk to be shorter than the morning session. Arriving at the lodge, the leader will sort out rooms for the group while we explore or relax with a soft drink on the terrace. After the sun goes down the temperature drops sharply in the thin Himalayan air and we will all soon be inside in the warmth of the lodge sitting room. Dinner is normally served between 6 and 7pm. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising or playing games. By 9 pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10 pm the whole lodge will be asleep.

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: 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 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.

All KE School Adventures are led by a specialist UK KE Schools leader. During the trip the leader will be assisted by an English-speaking local guide and on trek will be supported by a trek crew including a cook, camp staff and porters or baggage animals and their handlers.
Approximately £130 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, 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. 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. It is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks etc on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you get further from the nearest road and may be more expensive than you are used to at home.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. Most groups will want to show their appreciation to the local staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Normally, 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 student contributes £30 (in rupees) to these tips. Your KE School Adventure leader will help you make arrangements for a fair distribution of tips 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). 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 itinerary 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 trip 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.

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./33 lbs.

You must bring the following items:

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Warm jacket (down)* - mandatory for trips between December and March
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for evening use
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Gaiters
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Scarf or buff
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera and batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


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

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 for each country that you visit.

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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: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: 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 through to May is the best time for trekking in Nepal. These months outside of the summer monsoon season offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon from March to May as the middle hills become warm after winter is one of the main trekking seasons and this is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. In the post-monsoon months of October and November it is still warm in the middle hills with bright clear skies, particularly in the mornings. From December through to February, it can be cold in the middle hills with night-time temperatures well below freezing but these months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At any time of the yaer you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during the expedition. In October/November and April/May this will range from approximately 25C in Kathmandu to approximately 14C at 3000 metres and approximately 3C at 5000m. 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 and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m. (above 3000m 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.
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 / N.G. 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.

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