The incredible experience of trekking in Nepal need not be purely for high level walkers and we have designed this trip to the Everest region with this in mind. We will have magnificent views of the world’s highest mountain from our trekking route and experience the splendor of this unique region as we follow the well-trodden path towards Everest. Our return will be via a quieter valley taking in some of the lovely villages along the way. There’ll be intricate terraced hillsides, steep stone steps that we’ll take as slowly as we need, and little villages dotting the hillsides where we’ll stop for tea. And overlooking it all, the bulk of Everest and its neighbouring mountain peaks – surly one of the most memorable and awe-inspiring panoramas in the world! The walks on this holiday are generally to the full limit of Intermediate height gain, but on some days shorter in distance. The trek is an 8-day circular walk.
During the holiday, we will also spend time in Kathmandu visiting the magnificent Hindu and Buddhist temples and the amazing medieval city of Bhaktapur. We will stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, and simple tea houses on the trek (basic accommodation usually with twin rooms and most with squat toilets). Luggage is transported for you – you carry a day pack only.
Price includes: 12 nights in Nepal & all costs except flight, visa, entrance fees to sites in Kathmandu, tips, and lunch and evening meals when not on trek, but these will be inexpensive.
Itinerary (subject to change)
DAY1: Depart UK on overnight flight.
DAY2: Arrive in Kathmandu. Settle into our simple ensuite twin rooms at the Mandala Boutique Hotel, situated off a small side street and with a lovely garden area. Unless there’s a flight time change, there won’t be much time to explore before dinner, but there are small shops and change bureaux near the hotel in the Thamel district if needed. You can also change money at reception. Early evening chat with your guide about the trip and the trek. Eat out at a good local restaurant.
DAY3: KATHMANDU Sightseeing in Kathmandu which may include Swayambunath Monastery, Pashaputinath temple (Hindu), Boudhanath Stupa (Tibetan Buddhist) and a short drive to the incredible city of Bakhtapur which has hardly changed in the last 1000 years although it was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake. Spend some time wandering through its narrow streets, visiting its Durbar Square where all the temples are. Return to Kathmandu. Eat out in local restaurant
DAY4: PHAKDING: (2600m) Today we fly to Lukla where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region walking from Lukla to Phakding. Hiking time: 3.5 hours
DAY5: NAMCHE BAZAAR:(3440m) We follow the Dudh Kosi valley that climbs up to Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers en-route to the mighty Mt. Everest. Hiking time: 5.5 hours
DAY6: NAMCHE BAZAAR Today is an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on the traditional Sherpa lifestyle. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another, Sherpa high altitude climbers.
DAY7: TENGBOCHE (3760m) From Namche, we trek along a high path where we have our first amazing views of Everest and then head towards Tenggboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb from Phungithanga . The monastery sits on a high ridge with commanding views of the Everest landscape. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. The view in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world Hiking Time: 5.5 hours
DAY8: PANGBOCHE (4040m) From Tenggboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses a bridge over the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Today we reach our highest point and fine views of the Everest high peaks. Hiking time: 3.5 hours
DAY9: PHORTSE (3800m) Today we begin our descent through spectacular scenery, veering away from the more populated trekking route. We end the day’s trek in a traditional Sherpa village with a gentle farming village feel to it. Hiking time: 3.5 hours
DAY10: MANJO (2835m) We continue our descent through the Khumbu region and along the Dudh Kosi valley where we reach the trekking village of Manjo just below the entrance to the National Park. Hiking time: 6 hours
DAY11: LUKLA:(2800m) Today is our last trekking day and our destination is the busy village of Lukla, a hugely important communication hub for the Everest region. We will enjoy a celebratory dinner, marking the end of our trek. Hiking time:5 hours
DAY12: KATHMANDU This morning we fly back to Kathmandu and have the afternoon free to rest, shop, explore. We gather in the evening for dinner in Thamel.
DAY13: KATHMANDU: Last day of leisure in Kathmandu. There is an option to do an early flight around Everest (weather permitting, not included – approx £150) or take time for present shopping, see Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, or just wander the narrow streets and shops of the Thamel district. We will meet for our final dinner in Kathmandu.
DAY14: DEPARTURE: Today we return to the airport for our flight home, arriving in the UK the same evening.