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EVEREST EXPERIENCE TREK

EVEREST EXPERIENCE TREK

Experience Mt Everest on this 8 day trek

Highlights

  • Great views of Everest’s summit from Namche and Tengbouche
  • Experience the Sherpa way of life
  • Exhilarating flight up to Lukla
  • Spare day in Kathmandu

You will buzz with excitement as the small plane takes off from Kathmandu bound for the isolated mountain airpstrip of Lukla. It is one of the most exciting flights you’ll ever experience! You’ll then trek along the classic Everest trail through the classic villages, seeing life as these rugged people really live.

This trek goes as far as Tengbouche (3900m). With the acclimatisation given, this is low enough not to cause any discomfort due to the altitude and yet high enough to see many of the world’s top 10 peaks that constantly surround you. To get to Tengbouche, you will spend a few days in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. A bustling community, from where you will expand your horizons by trekking out (and higher) to other places to assist acclimatisation. The scenery all around is glorious.

This is a fantastic trek for those not wishing to experience a full blown Everest Base Camp trek and the harsher, high altitude conditions that come with it. It is also suitable for the more adventurous children, I would suggest of around 12 years upwards unaided.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1800
Land Only, from £1150
Trip Duration 13 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 8 Days
Max Altitude 3900m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Experience Mt Everest on this 8 day trek

Highlights

  • Great views of Everest’s summit from Namche and Tengbouche
  • Experience the Sherpa way of life
  • Exhilarating flight up to Lukla
  • Spare day in Kathmandu

After the buzz of excitement of the flight to Lukla, you will head off on the Everest trekking trail.

This trekking experience takes you as far as Tengbouche (3900m), via the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. With the acclimatisation given, this is low enough not to cause any discomfort due to the altitude and yet high enough to see many of the world’s top 10 peaks that constantly surround you.

This is a fantastic trek for those not wishing to experience a full blown Everest Base Camp trek and the harsher, high altitude conditions that come with it. It is also suitable for the more adventurous children, I would suggest of around 12 years upwards unaided.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1800
Land Only, from £1150
Trip Duration 13 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 8 Days
Max Altitude 3900m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

See Mt Everest

All Meals On Trek

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m

Day 4 – Monjo – Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar (3500m) (acclimatisation)

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar (3500m) (acclimatisation)

Day 7 – Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m)

Day 8 – Tengbouche – Namche Bazaar

Day 9 – Namche Bazaar – Pfadking

Day 10 – Pfadking – Lukla

Day 11 – Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 12 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day

Day 13 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London, bound for Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Representative and transferred to the hotel (~25 mins transfer). Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance as you settle in to your surroundings. The hotel as an excellent restuarant and bakery/coffee house.

You will meet your Guide at a pre-arranged time in hotel’s Reception. He will run through various aspects of the trek, making sure that you are prepared. He will also provide the timings for tomorrows departure to Lukla. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore and make final preparations.

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip. Begin trekking, Lukla (2840m) – Monjo (2835m).

Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking through the village of Phakding en route to Monjo where you will stay the night. BLD

Day 4 – Monjo – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
The entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is just on the outskirts of Monjo (checkpoint for Permits) and once through that, it is a steady hour following the river before you cross the final of 7 suspension bridges and begin the 90 min steep ascent up to Namche. This is the first of the ‘big’ hills so take it steady. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point (weather permitting). Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes. Expect to arrive around lunchtime. 4 hrs. BLD

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar (3500m) (acclimatisation)
Your Guide will take you out on a trek to a variety of places in the local region primarily to gain some additional altitude and assist your body in its acclimatisation process (trek high, sleep low) and to see more of the stunning surroundings. The Everest View Hotel high on the ridge is a favorite; great view of Everest. BLD

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar (3500m) (acclimatisation)
Another acclimatisation day out to the village of Thame on the old Tibetan trading route. This may change depending on conditions and your Guide. It is very flexible and varied. BLD

Day 7 – Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m)
A relatively easy trek out of Namche, contouring around the hillside with some superb views. There are a number of favoured rest stops either before or at the bottom of the long descent. The ascent up to Tengbouche takes about 90 mins. Famed for its hilltop Monastery (and perhaps the ‘German Bakery!), this village has one of the best views of Everest. The Monastery is certainly well worth a visit.

Depending on circumstances, you may trek for another 20 mins down to Debouche for the overnight stay. 5 – 6hrs, BLD

Day 8 – Tengbouche – Namche Bazaar
After a final early morning look at the summit of Everest, it is time to turn around and head back to Namche. Tackle the big valley first before the contour route back into Namche. 5 – 6 hrs. BLD

Day 9 – Namche Bazaar – Pfadking
The first few hours will be easy out of Namche back down the long hill to the high suspension bridge. The group will stop at some point prior to moving on to your overnight stop at Phakding. It may appear a short day but this also acts as a spare day should you need it. 4 – 5 hrs. BLD

Day 10 – Pfadking – Lukla
This final section is approx 3 hrs and you will be elated to reach your final destination; well done. Plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Lukla and watch the aircraft come and go from this unique airport. 3 hrs, BLD

Day 11 – Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. B

Day 12 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B

Day 13 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
24 Sep - 6 Oct 2018 £1960 £1260
29 Oct - 10 Nov 2018 £1960 £1260

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu, return, economy*
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 7 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

* Prices quoted rely on a reasonable time frame of 6 months prior to departure for international and domestic flight bookings. If the booking is less than 6 months, the flights may increase. Prices will be advised and confirmed prior to booking.

What the Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 7 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £90.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (unusual to do so on this trek). Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is it perfectly achievable. It has a great deal of flexibility and as the route returns along the same path, there is no commitment to go as far as Tengbouche if you didn’t want to. The max altitude is 3900m so it is low enough to stay under the serious altitude level when problems may begin to surface. You need a reasonable level of fitness to complete this trek comfortably.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C. As soon as the sun drops, the temperatures will fall and the night temperatures will drop to well below zero most of the time. You need a sleeping bag that will take you comfortably down to -5°C.

We have taken children to this sort of altitude and we would suggest it is suitable for children aged 12 and upwards (unaided). It’s possible for younger children, please ask for advice.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is it perfectly achievable. The altitude is highly likely to be more of a challenge than the hills. The maximum altitude is 5500m (Kala Patthar) although your max sleeping altitude is 5100m (Gorak Shep). We limit your stay to just 1 night here.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

High Altitude Trekkingmore information >>

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £90 (hotel only, see ‘Sole Occupation’ tab above).

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip are return domestic flights Kathmandu (KTM) – Lukla. The flight takes approx 25 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 18 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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