- duration 30 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 15+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 6135 meters
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- Cross three mountain passes: Ice Col, Mt Baruntse South Col & Amphu Laptsa
- Spend one month trekking in Nepal's Himalayas. Up your mountaineering skill
- Enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayas
- Discover Makalu & Everest regions
Cross the Khongma Pass (3,090m) as you enter into the region of craggy, snowy mountains. The trail climbs all the way to Neghe Kharka and crosses Barun Khola, which flows down from Mount Makalu. The route to Sherpani Col (6,135m) involves a sustained period at high elevations with some steep slopes but rewards you with wonderful views of Mount Makalu (8,463m) to the north and the aptly named Island Peak (6,160m) to the west. This is the realm of ice and glaciers, inhabited by some of the world's mightiest mountains.
Hike through West Col and traverse the wide Hongu Glacier. Cross the Amphu Laptsa Pass and descend to the skirt of Amphu Peak (5,335m). See the elegant cones of Island Peak as you continue to the village of Chhukhung.
Nestled at an elevation of 4,730 metres, Chhukhung lies above the junction of five major glacial valleys and is a typical low-walled, grey-stone village. Tumbling down to the Khumbu Valley, the heartland of the Sherpa people, and past the village of Dingboche, we continue via Pheriche (4,252m) and Tengboche to reach Namche Bazar.
The airstrip at Lukla serves as our final destination in the Everest region. The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla surpasses all expectations: It is as if the mountains are marching westward, giving way to gentle, terraced hills that rise up and guide us back into the modern world.
Day 1: Kathmandu arrival & transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Khadbari (1,040m)
Day 4: Khadbari – Chihila (1,830m)
Day 5: Chihila – Num (1,490m)
Day 6: Num – Sedua (1,460m)
Day 7: Sedua – Tashi Gaon (2,070m)
Day 8: Tashi Gaon – Kauma (3,470m)
Day 9: Acclimatisation day in Kauma
Day 10: Kauma – Mumbuk (3,570m)
Day 11: Mumbuk – Nhe Kharka (3,000m)
Day 12: Nhe Kharka – Sherson (4,615m)
Day 13: Sherson – Makalu Base Camp (5,000m)
Day 14: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 15: Makalu Base Camp – Hillary Base Camp
Day 16: Hillary Base Camp – High Camp
Day 17: Extra day at High Camp
Day 18: High Camp – Sherpani Col, Baruntse Base Camp
Day 19: Trek to West Col
Day 20: Trek to Panche Pokhari
Day 21: Cross the Amphu Lapcha (5,845m)
Day 22: Trek to Chhukhung (4,730m)
Day 23: Chhukhung – Dingboche (4,380m)
Day 24: Dingboche – Tengboche (3,860m)
Day 25: Tengboche – Namche Bazar (3,440m)
Day 26: Free day in Namche
Day 27: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2,840m)
Day 28: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 29: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 30: Kathmandu departure
- Meals as per the itinerary. Please note that our cook will prepare meals during the trek
- A complimentary welcome dinner with live Nepalese cultural program
- Twin-room accommodation at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu. Camping accommodation during the trek
- Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city as per the itinerary (including all entrance fees)
- Pickup and drop-off on the first and the last days of this trip. All ground transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle
- Domestic airfare (Kathmandu – Tumlingtar & Lukla – Kathmandu)
- An experienced high-altitude crew including porters and a Sherpa trekking guide
- Portable altitude chamber (PAC) for emergency use
- National park and conservation area permit fees for Sagarmatha National Park & Makalu Barun Conservation Area
- Organized camping trek arrangement, including high-quality camping equipment like two-men tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, mattresses, hot water bags, inner sheet, etc
- Four litres of bottled oxygen for emergency purpose as well as oxygen masks and a regulator
- A satellite phone for emergencies (you can use this on a pay-per-call basis)
- International airline tickets
- Travel insurance that includes high-altitude rescue and evacuation
- Nepal visa charges
- Expenses that are personal in nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, laundry, internet, etc
- Any rescue and evacuation charges if applicable
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Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the company. The date on which a cancellation request is received by us will determine the cancellation charge applicable which are as follow:
The cancellation charges are expressed herein as a percentage of the total tour price per person and not of the deposit amount the client has sent as a deposit when booking the trip.
Upon 3 months prior notice: 5 % Cancellation fee is applicable
Upon 2 months prior notice: 10 % Cancellation fee is applicable
Upon 1 month prior notice: 25 % Cancellation fee is applicable
Upon 15 days prior notice: 50 % Cancellation fee is applicable
Less than 15 days prior notice: 100 % Cancellation fee is applicable
Cancellation of a tour by the company: We strongly encourage clients to purchase trip cancellation insurance. This low-cost insurance protects all deposits and payments should they have to cancel their trip due to personal or family illness/circumstance etc. Baggage and accident insurance is also available.
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.