From Jiri to Namche Bazaar

Trek through the unspoilt Solu Khumbu region to Namche Bazaar




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Holiday Overview


  • Inspirational views of Everest and Ama Dablam from above Namche
  • Visit timeless villages of the Sherpa homeland
  • Take the breath-taking flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • A simply superb Himalayan foothills trekking holiday

Until the airstrip was built at Lukla in 1964, all treks into the Khumbu passed through the village of Jiri (1950m) in the Dolakha region of east Nepal. Our classic trekking holiday begins with a jeep road transfer from Kathmandu, via Jiri, to the roadhead at Shivalaya (1810m). From here, we set off on a stunning 8-day trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, on a walking trail which has been beautifully quiet for decades. Starting out at a modest altitude, and staying in simple lodge accommodation each evening, this short gem of a trek accumulates lots of up and down as it heads eastwards across the grain of the country, crossing a succession of rivers and forested ridges. With its picturesque terraced fields, charming villages, colourful monasteries and friendly people, this trekking holiday provides an unforgettable taste of Nepal's unspoiled Himalayan foothills. Finally, reaching the Khumbu Valley, we are rewarded by inspiring views of snow-capped peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mount Everest itself. The memorable flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla is a great way to end this classic experience. This is the perfect trekking holiday for those who want to experience a quieter side of Nepal at lower altitudes while still offering exceptional views of Everest.

If you wish to extend your trek to include Everest Basecamp, this trip can be connected to departures of the Classic Everest Basecamp Trek. The result is a 24-day itinerary that costs just £1645 Land Only.

For some fantastic ideas to extend your holiday in Nepal, from riding elephants in Chitwan to tours in Bhutan or Tibet - check out extensions. 

Is this holiday for you?

This Nepal trekking holiday follows well established walking trails throughout. Travelling east across the 'grain' of the country means that you will have a fair amount of accumulated ascent and descent on the holiday with several high passes to cross on the way to the Dudh Kosi, including the Lamjura Pass at 3530 metres, which is higher than Namche! The actual high point of the trip is the Everest View Hotel above Namche at 3800 metres. By Himalayan standards, these are not excessively high altitudes and the gradual increase in sleeping altitude throughout the trip means you are unlikely to experience any problem with acclimatisation. Because of the relatively modest altitudes attained on the holiday the trip does not merit our highest grading, but make no mistake, this is a sustained trekking holiday requiring a good level of fitness and you should take this carefully into account when assessing the suitability of this trip for you. This is a challenging trek for its grade but should be within the capabilities of all regular hikers and hill-walkers.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Drive through the foothills of the Himalaya and via Jiri to the remote village of Shivalaya (1810m).
  • Trek to the Deorali Pass (2730m) and then make the steep descent to Bhandar (2110m).
  • Descend to the Likhu Khola. Cross the river at a bridge and trek up to Sete (2520m).
  • Trek to the Lamjura Pass (3530m) and descend through forest to the Sherpa village of Junbesi (2580m).
  • There is a first glimpse of Mount Everest today. Trek via Ringmo to Nhuntala (2220m).
  • Trek to the Dudh Khosi River, cross a bridge and continue northwards to Bupsa (2360m).
  • Follow a trail high above the river, passing several side valleys, to Surkhe (2290m), below Lukla.
  • At Chheplung, join the main Everest Trail and trek through many farms and villages to Monjo (2835m).
  • Trek up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.
  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest.
  • Trek back down the valley of the Dudh Kosi 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.
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Map & Itinerary

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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.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals d

  • Drive through the foothills of the Himalaya and via Jiri to the remote village of Shivalaya (1810m).

    After breakfast we depart for the spectacular drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. Leaving the Kathmandu Valley we pass through Dhulikhel and follow the Arnikho Highway which links Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet. At Lamosangu we cross the Sun Kosi River and turn east onto the Swiss built road to Jiri, where the first Everest expeditions started their walk-in to the Khumbu. The road now twists and turns crossing several passes and travels along high ridges giving tremendous views of the valley and glimpses of snow clad giants until it crosses the Hanumante Pass at 2555 metres. Passing through the bazaar town of Jiri (1950m), we continue our descent into the valley of the Kimti Khola and reach the effective roadhead at Shivalaya (1810m) where we check in at a simple lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to the Deorali Pass (2730m) and then make the steep descent to Bhandar (2110m).

    We cross the river on a suspension bridge and start the ascent to our next pass. There are several bhattis or tea shops and we have plenty of time to stop and chat with the local people. The majority of visitors to Khumbu fly in to Lukla and of the thousands who come every year to view Everest, very few get to see this side of Nepal. We have the option today to extend the trek with a visit to Thodung Cheese factory. This enterprise which was developed by a Swiss project in the 1950s, is now a major supplier of all things dairy including Yak cheese (though technically speaking it is really Nak cheese since a Yak is the male of the species). As well as delicious yoghurt and cheese, the reward for the extra climb will be a boost for your acclimatisation (Thodung is at 3090metres). The detour to Thodung adds an hour or two onto the day’s trek. By either route, we reach the Deorali Pass (2730m) decorated with prayer flags and ‘mani’ walls of carved prayer stones signifying that we are entering a region of Tibetan culture. From the pass, we make a steep descent on stone steps to Bhandar (2110m) which we enter between two impressive chortens to reach the flagstone-paved village square.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Descend to the Likhu Khola. Cross the river at a bridge and trek up to Sete (2520m).

    We drop down through terracing to a covered bridge across the Ghatta Khola. The descent continues through thick forest to the valley of the Likhu Kola (1480m) which we now follow upstream to the large Newari and Magar village of Kenja. Beyond Kenja, we begin the long climb to the Lamjura Pass. Initially the ascent is quite steep but the gradient eases as we gain height. There are several tea houses along the way with tempting shade and refreshment. After three to four hours of climbing we reach Sete (2520m) situated approximately half way up the ridge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1050m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Lamjura Pass (3530m) and descend through forest to the Sherpa village of Junbesi (2580m).

    We continue to climb the ridge to the Lamjura Pass. This is one of the few sections of this trek where we do not pass through any villages, though there are still teahouses along the way. The upper part of the ridge is heavily forested with maple, birch, magnolia and rhododendrons which make this section a riot of colour during the spring trip. This is also a very good day for bird watchers. At around 3400 metres, the trail leaves the ridge crest and follows a relatively level course through more forest and then out into open country until reaching a collection of tea shops around a flagstone square, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we have a further climb of around 30 minutes to reach the crest of the pass at 3530 metres. This is the highest point on the trek from Jiri to Namche Bazaar and it is possible to encounter snow here at any time of the year. From this point on, we are in Sherpa country and the summit of the pass is festooned with hundreds of prayer flags and lines of mani stones. We now descend through forests of fir and hemlock and then open hillside and finally fields and pastures before climbing a ridge to reveal the settlement of Junbesi below. This is the major settlement of the northern Solu and its collection of houses and lodges, below the yellow roofed gompa and in such a beautiful setting, makes a striking image. The trail drops gradually down through the terraces and we will check in at one of the lodges just below the town. Altitude at Junbesi is 2580 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1280m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1220m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • There is a first glimpse of Mount Everest today. Trek via Ringmo to Nhuntala (2220m).

    Leaving Junbesi, we cross the river and climb through forest and across several side ridges as we head up valley. After around an hour and a half we reach some teahouses at Kurtang and here we get our first distant view of Mount Everest. We continue to climb for a while before dropping down through Salung to the wide Ringmo Khola, a rushing white-water river, which we cross on a suspension bridge. In ascent mode once more, we climb to Ringmo Village which is famous for its orchards of apple and peaches. We can stop here at the Apple House to sample the countless fruit-based products available. The apple cider is highly recommended but be careful – there is still a pass to cross before the day’s end. Tearing ourselves away from the Apple House, we follow an excellent trail which climbs through forest to the Traksindo La (3071m). Below the pass is a splendid looking yellow-roofed monastery which is worth a visit. We continue our descent through forests alive with birdsong and then through fields before reaching our lodge close to Nhuntala (2220m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1250m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Dudh Khosi River, cross a bridge and continue northwards to Bupsa (2360m).

    Shortly after leaving Nhuntala we reach the Dudh Kosi. This is the main drainage for the great glaciers of Everest and its neighbours and the biggest river we have seen since crossing the Sun Kosi at Lamasangu on our way to Jiri. Dudh is the Nepali for milk and so this is the ‘Milk River’, and the reason it got this name will be obvious as we look down on the white foaming torrent below us on crossing the suspension bridge to the eastern bank. At this point we are at an altitude of just 1510 metres – more than 400 metres lower than our start point, despite having accumulated more than 4000 metres of ascent during our eastward track across Nepal. For the early expeditions to Everest it must have been a great moment when they finally reached this valley and could turn north towards their goal. We will certainly be well acclimatised, as we now follow in their footsteps and begin the gradual ascent beside the ‘Milk River’. We pass through the Rai village of Jubing and the Sherpa villages of Chokha and then Khari Khola, a pretty little village located in a deep side valley. There is a short sting in the tail, as we make the 400 metre climb to the lodges at Bupsa, on a ridge above Khari Khola at around 2360 metres elevation.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 900m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Follow a trail high above the river, passing several side valleys, to Surkhe (2290m), below Lukla.

    Beyond Bupsa, the ascent continues though more gently than yesterday. From now on the overall trend of our trekking will be upward but we still have several ascents and descents to make as we cross the ridges and side valley tributaries of this tremendous valley. The scenery is very varied today as we pass through heavy forest where we catch glimpses of monkeys, terraced fields of millet and barley, and more open craggy hillside. The trail is well engineered taking us safely through some otherwise near-vertiginous terrain. We pass the villages of Khate, Khari and Puiyan, before reaching Surkhe. There is a major junction here with one trail climbing steeply for almost 500 metres to the airstrip at Lukla. Overnight in Surkhe (2290m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 700m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • At Chheplung, join the main Everest Trail and trek through many farms and villages to Monjo (2835m).

    Our route continues beside the river through fields and villages to Chheplung (2660m) where we meet the main Everest Trail coming down from Lukla. From this point on, as the terrain becomes increasingly alpine, we will find ourselves sharing the trail with more trekkers than has been the case during our first week of trekking. Unlike those trekkers who have flown in to Lukla, we are fit and well-acclimatised and can enjoy a very pleasant walk beside the river. We cross a suspension bridge at Phakding and traverse a section of pine forest, leading to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge. Crossing a tributary of the main river, we reach our overnight stop at Monjo (2835m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 800m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

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

    Immediately on leaving Monjo, we reach Jorsale and the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded. We cross the river again on another suspension bridge and continue up the wooded valley on a good trail, gaining height steadily. We make a final river crossing at the confluence of the Dudh Khosi and the Imja Khola. This last bridge is quite spectacular being suspended high above the water across a gorge. On the other side we begin a one and a half hour ascent to Namche on a wide switchback trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s short stage and our week of trekking up to this point will pay dividends. About an hour below Namche, we gain a view of Everest, much closer now than the last sighting. On arrival in Namche, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. Altitude in Namche is 3400 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 650m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional day-walk to Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest.

    Namche Bazaar lies in a natural amphitheatre formed by two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Though today is entirely optional, we will all wish to make the 1 hour hike up the ridge behind Namche to the classic viewpoint for Everest at approximately 3800 metres. A further option is to then visit the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde, before returning to our lodge. Namche boasts an abundance of lodges, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars - there is even a German Bakery and a hot tub!. Just above the town is the ‘Museum of Sherpa Culture’ which provides a valuable insight into the lives of these very special people. We have our second night in a lodge at Namche.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek back down the valley of the Dudh Kosi with a short final climb to Lukla.

    After breakfast we retrace our route down the Dudh Khosi as far as the trail junction at Chuplung. Here we begin the final climb of the trip, a 45-minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at the now bustling town, we check into a lodge and tonight we will no doubt celebrate the end of a great trek with our porters and crew.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1450m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

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

    We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. This evening we will have a farewell 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.

    A free day in Kathmandu. There is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. This evening we will visit one of the city’s excellent restaurants for our final dinner of the trip.

    • 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.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

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

The holiday includes 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 11 nights in lodges/tea houses. Although the accommodation is generally arranged on a twin sharing basis, in one or two of the lodges there may only be dormitory rooms. 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. For the 3 nights in Kathmandu, single rooms are available at 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

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 15. Whilst staying in Kathmandu, meals will be taken in the hotel or at a local restaurant. On trek the group will take their meals in the 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.

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 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 your booking confirmation.

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 taking dinner. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 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 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 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. Whilst trekking, the group will be assisted by Sherpa staff and porters will carry the group's baggage.

Approximately £250 - £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, beer, soft drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried in, these items are more expensive in the more remote lodges and villages.

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. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. 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 (in rupees) 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 Sherpa 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 in Kathmandu.

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 moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you 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.

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. 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
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof over 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) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Travel towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
  • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag* (rated down to – 20ºC)
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • 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:

  • Trekking poles
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for camp use
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Gaiters
  • 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)


  • *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 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.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

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

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 very 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: 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 is the main climbing season for Everest and at this time there will be lots of expeditions in the Khumbu. This is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your holiday. In October/November and April/May this will range from approximately 25C in Kathmandu to approximately 15C at 3000 metres. In the middle of the day, in the sun, it can feel warmer than this. Low down on the trek, the night-time temperature may be as high as 10 or even 15C, whilst at 3000 metres night-time temperatures will dip to 0C. Extended periods of rain or snow are unlikely outside of the monsoon period, although 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

Jiri to Everest. 1: 100,000 Nepa Maps - Himalayan Maphouse

Shows the route from Jiri to Everest Basecamp, at 1:100,000 scale. Provides extensive coverage of trekking areas of Nepal on detailed contoured maps with trekking routes and hiking trails, huts and camp sites, local places of interest and other tourist information. 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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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

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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