- duration 8 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 20
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 3850 meters
- Enjoy a trek along with historical and cultural exploration
- Amazing Himalayan views, including Mt. Everest
- Visit Sherpa villages Namche, Khumjung and Khunde
- Visit the biggest and oldest monastery of the region, Tengboche
The trek takes you through the land of legendary Sherpa community, where you can enjoy the unique culture, traditions and ancient heritage of the Sherpa people. Immerse yourself in the breath-taking mountain scenery and marvelous landscape and witness the glorious and ever-enchanting Himalayas.
This trip begins with a short exploration of Kathmandu, Nepal’s cultural and historical hub, before heading out to Lukla on a short but scenic mountain flight. From Lukla, the trek begins and over the remaining days, trekkers will pass through the village of Phakding, Namche Bazar – the unofficial Sherpa capital, Sagarmatha National Park, and Tengboche Monastery, among other places, before heading back to Kathmandu.
Along the way, we traverse through the forests adorned with rhododendron, lush vegetation and cross many suspension bridges over the torrential Dudh Koshi River. We will also encounter the unique culture of the region, marvelous views of the Himalaya, and a few challenging climbs!
Join us for this enriching trek in the Everest region with professional service and carefully planned itineraries that ensure your safety and comfort.
The day before our trek, we met the Trekking Planner owner, Dipak, to go over some points and so he could answer any queries we had. He was attentive and also gave us some good advice on what to expect during the trek. We since learnt that Dipak was a porter and then guide himself for 15 years, so his knowledge and expertise is great.
We had to take a four hour bus journey to Ramechhap at 2.30am the next morning. This was a little frustrating as we had hoped to fly out of Kathmandu, and the roads to Ramechhap airport were bumpy (as well as a little dangerous at night as the driver weaves through the thin mountain roads quite quickly) therefore, sleep was impossible. Having to fly from Ramechhap was out of Trekking Planners hands and everybody we met had done the same - just forewarning that it is not the nicest journey!
Once we got to Lukla Airport, we began our short day 1 walk. We had a temporary guide for this day as our trip guide was finishing off a previous trip. He didnt speak great English but as it was only for a few hours it didnt really matter.
That evening we met our guide and the next morning the trek really began. Our guide was Ananta and he was really great. We had such a fun time with him and it was like being with a friend most of the time. His knowledge of the areas was unparalleled, and he was extremely attentive in making sure everybody was feeling okay. We often had a laugh and a joke with Ananta during the walks as well as in the evenings, and there was a real team spirit by the end of the trip which was lovely.
On the day we were supposed to depart back to Kathmandu, we heard bad weather was rolling in due to a cyclone from India and flights back would likely be cancelled that day. It was urgent we got back because we had our international flight home early the next morning. Both Ananta as well as the flight lady at the Lukla teahouse were amazing. We got to the airport 4 hours before our scheduled flight time to see if they could squeeze us on an earlier flight (we knew all flights would be cancelled by the time we were due to depart). Both the flight lady and Ananta were relentless with airport staff to get us on a plane and it was immensely appreciated. We did indeed get a flight back to Kathmandu (well, Ramechhap), and learnt that our flight was the second to last to depart, and all were cancelled after that - so very lucky!!
Once back in Kathmandu, we had a good rest and then met Ananta, the other lady in our group and Dipak for a farewell meal of authentic Chinese food - which was fantastic. Dipak was genuinely interested in obtaining feedback on how to be better and clearly appreciates what is important to people when doing a trip such as this.
Overall such a great, memorable trip!”
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2828m) & trek to Phakding (2780m)
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 3: Rest day at Namche Bazar
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3850m)
Day 5: Trek to Khumjung (3753m)
Day 6: Trek to Monjo (2835m)
Day 7: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2828m)
Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m)
- All airport pick-ups & drop offs by private vehicle
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight including airport tax
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
- English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
- Accommodation during the trek
- Three meals a day during the trek: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- First aid kit
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- Sleeping bag and down jackets (if you don't have your own), t-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps
- All necessery government taxes and service charges
- Nepal visa
- International airfare from and to Kathmandu
- All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and meals during the traveling time
- Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
- Tips for the trekking crew
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.