You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)9 am to4 pm
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Jiri Bazar (1995m) by bus
It is 215km from Kathmandu to Jiri. Hence we will drive almost for the whole day today i,e for about 8 hours. The road is metalized and comfortable. But it has a number of bends in several places. The bus runs smoothly. We take the Araniko highway in the beginning. After driving for 3 and a half hour, at the place called Khadichaur, the road splits. One leads to Khasa and the other, definitely, to Jiri. We cross the bridge over Bhotikoshi at Khadichaur. Then the road goes through the small and beautiful villages where the people of various tribes live together in peace and harmony. The view we can see through the window of the bus is spectacular: green hills, white Himalayas, beautiful villages. We cross Charikot, the headquarter of Dolakha Districts on the way. It’s a small city in the hilly region of Nepal. The earthquake that took place on May 12 has devastated this city recently. The path goes down from Charikot. Then we cross Tamakoshi and the path goes uphill for sometimes, then flat for sometimes and then finally again downhill to Jiri Bazar. Jiri is a small town in the Everest Region. We have camped here for the night. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take a report and give a briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Jiri Bazar- Shivalaya (1790 m)
The path goes flat in the beginning. Then we go uphill through the villages up to Mali, a Sherpa village. It is a small pass (2334m). Then the path goes down through the light forest and small villages again. We can witness the Himalayas of the Everest region from Mali Danda. We cross a couple big Rivers: Yalung Khola and Khimti Khola. We camp at the bank of Khimti Khola beside the bridge. Lodges and tea houses are found here. We cannot have communication facility at this point of trekking. There is a check post for the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area.
Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2190m)
Today we start climbing in the beginning then the path goes slightly flat and again uphill to Deurali. We cross a pass at Deurali that is of about 2600m. The view from the pass is, of course, beautiful since we are walking in the Everest Region. The stupas everywhere on the way to prove that the Buddhist people the Sherpa community reside in this area. From Deurali we go downhill up to Bhandar where we camp for the night. Bhandari is a beautiful village of Sherpas. Telephone facility is available at this point. Stupas and the school building are the views other than the small houses of Sherpas. Jiri to Bhandari has a rough road where Jeep service is available in dry season.
Day 06: Bhandar- Dakachu (2985m)
The path goes downhill at the beginning to Likhu Khola. Then we reach Kinja, a junction of 3 districts of hilly region of Nepal: Solu, Ramechhap, and Okhaldhunga. It is the big market place. The locals gather here every Sunday for shopping. After Kinja we walk uphill to Dakachu.
Day 07: Dakachu-Junbesi (2700m)
We climb the uphill through the light forest from Dakachu. No villages but teahouses (lodges) on the way. We cross a pass called Lamjura La (3530m). Then the path goes downhill through the light forest for about 2 hours. Then the path is flat up to Junbesi, a Sherpa village. In Junbesi, we camp in a lodge for the night. Internet, telephone facility is available here. We can visit the beautiful gompas over here.
Day 08: Junbesi- Nuntala (2194m)
We cross Junbesi Khola, a small stream in the beginning then in about one hour’s uphill walk we can get the first view of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, and Mera. So today is the special day. Then we walk a slightly flat path. We cross Dudhkunda Khola, a river, through a suspension bridge. After the bridge, the path goes uphill to a pass called Taksindu La (3870m). We can visit a beautiful gompa here. The stupas, chyortens in the several points are the normal scenery in this section of trekking. After the pass, the path goes downhill to Nuntala, again a Sherpa village which is called Manidingma also. A paper factory lies here that produces Local Nepali paper. Telephone facility is available here.
Day 09: Nuntala – Bupsa (2350m)
We walk through small and beautiful villages in the beginning. The path goes downhill to Dudhkoshi River. We cross a long suspension bridge (109m) over Dudhkoshi. The view from the bridge is spectacular. After the bridge, we climb gradually again through several villages. The surroundings are charming because of friendly village people, beautifully decorated houses, colorful flowers in the gardens and cultivated beautiful lands. We cross Kharikhola village where there are Mani walls, prayer wheels, health post, tea houses, and small hydropower. The route to Mera Peak, Makalu Barun National Park meets here. Finally, we camp at Bupsa, a small Sherpa village near the forest. We can visit Gompa here. Telephone facility is available here.
Day 10: Bupsa – Surkhe (2290 m)
Today first we have to make a quite steep climb to a pass the Khari La (3145m) then it is an easy trek for today because the path goes either flat or downhill. We walk in the shade of the forest for a long time. Small beautiful waterfalls, streams and wooden bridges are the common scenery in this area. We walk to Chutok La (2945mm) From the Chutok La; we can see the Lukla airport in a distant. Then we walk downhill to Surkhe where we spend the night for today.
Day 11: Surkhe-Monjo (2835 m)
Today our path goes both downhill and uphill. Small but beautiful Sherpa villages are attractive scenery for today. Chyortens, stupas, pray wheels on the way prove that we are in the place of Buddhist Culture. Shortly after we begin our trek we pass the Lukla airport, which lies about 300 meters above our path. We can view the big writing OM MANI PADME HUM on the rock face. We can see the cultivable terraced field over here. The yaks are seen in the village. This is the animal tamed for milk, meat and also for carriage in the high Himalayan region. We finally reached Monjo. There is a check post for Sagarmatha National Park here. We can visit Uche Chholing Monastery here. We spend the night in Monjo. Telephone, internet facility is available here.
Day 12: Monjo – Namche (3450 m)
Today we pass the entrance to the Sagar Matha National Park just in 10 minutes of our departure. Then the path slightly goes downhill up to a big suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi. Then we walk along the Bhote Koshi River. We cross the Larja bridge again over the Bhote Koshi River. The path goes uphill to Namche Bazar. After we cross Larja Bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we can view the panoramic glance of Mt. Everest in about one and half an hour’s walk. We head to Namche Bazar, the very famous village in the Everest Region. We can hire horse if wish/needs at this point. We have a camp here.
Day 13: Namche Rest/ Acclimatization day
Since we are in the Everest Region Trek, we can view the Mt Everest almost from everywhere. We rest in Namche Bazaar today, especially for the acclimatization. The tribes living in Namche Bazaar are the Sherpas in a majority. We can experience somehow the lifestyle of Sherpas who has a closed culture with the Tibetan. We can visit the museum about the Himalayan people. This is the place with army camp, health post, school, police check post, headquarter of Sagarmatha national park bakeries, internet cafes, discos, bars, snooker, pool, foreign money exchanger etc. We can have a taste of local wine, alcohol, food etc. Number of shops and lodges welcome the tourists over here. Many trekkers stay here at least one or for several days for acclimatization. Especially the Friday and Saturday markets are very famous here. People from far and near come to make their business. Various things (local and imported) are displayed for sale. Especially people from Khumbu area (upper Namche Bazaar) come for shopping here on those market days. We can have a view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtaiga and Thamsherku from here. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.
Day 14: Namche – Tengboche (3860 m)
The path goes slowly uphill in the beginning. We walk through almost barren lands; just a few small bushes in some places. We can have a view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtaiga and Thamsherku on the way. Then we walk downhill to the Phungi Thanga Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and walk uphill to Tengboche. We can visit Monastery in Tengboche which is the biggest monastery of Khumbu region. Big water-driven prayer wheel (Maane) is the matter of attraction in Tengboche. An army barrack is also set up here. Internet service is available in this campsite. We can use a telephone, mobile overhere.
Day 15: Tengboche – Dingboche (4410 m)
We walk downhill in the beginning until we Deboche. Then the path goes flat along the Imja Khola, a stream originated from a glacier. We have to cross the same stream in several places through the wooden and suspension bridges. We see some jungles too in some places on the way. In Pangboche we visit a monastery where the skull and bones of a hand of a yeti had been kept previously, this is what Lamas in the monastery and people in the village talk. But these have been already stolen by the smugglers so they are unfortunately no longer visible. The peaks of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobuche Peak, Pumori and many other peaks give us the feeling that we are walking in the area among the highest peaks of the world. We may see blue sheep also in this part of our trek. Dingboche which is the highest permanently inhabited place in the world is located at the altitude of 4400 meters. Feriche lies just opposite to Dingboche just 50 minutes walk from Dingboche. We can go to Feriche if any health problems occur while walking.
Day 16: Dingboche – Chukung hiking tour (4730 m) Dingboche
It’s a rest day today specially for acclimatization. So we can stay in one place and look around or we can visit to Chuking and come back. This day we find out about the dangers of altitude sickness by the doctor of the Himalayan Rescue Association team from Pheriche. In Chukung which is the last village in this valley, we can have lunch. From here we have a wonderful view of the Lothse, Makalu, Island Peak and Amphulaptcha-La, Ama Dablam Parchamo and the Tashi-Labtsa. After lunch at Chukung we walk back to Dingboche.
Day 17: Dingboche – Lobuche (4910 m)
The path goes slightly uphill. We walk slowly since we are walking in the high altitude. The view is spectacular from all the parts of this trek. We view the famous Khumbu glacier. We have to cross the glacier along the path through the wooden bridge. After Dhukla the route goes straight uphill for about an hour. Then we walk through the moraines of the Khumbu glacier. In Lobuche, there are some lodges where we spend the night. Telephone service is available here.
Day 18: Lobuche – Gorakshep (5140m)
Today we begin our trek from the route that goes to Everest Base Camp. Gorakh Shep is the highest campsite of this trek. So we trek slowly. We walk for a few hours through the glacier of the great Khumbu icefall. Very big rocks are seen on the path since we are in the lap of Himalaya. Gorak shep has internet and telephone facilities. This is the last site with the hotel facilities. There are only 3 hotels for the trekkers to spend the night in Gorak Shep.
Day 19: Gorakshep – Kala Pattar (5550m) – Dzongla BC (4830 m)
Today in the early morning first we climb Kala Pattar, grassy dark hill. This is the highest point of this trek. From the top, we view the Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Lhotse (8516m), Lhoptse shar (8400) near to Tibet and many other peaks, glaciers including Changrishar glacier, Pumo Ri Ridge etc. We spend about half an hour on the top of Kala Pattar. But it depends on the weather condition. Then we come down to Lobuche through the Memorial park of the ones who died on the Everest. Then from Lobuche, we head to Dzonglha. The path goes slightly uphill. Dzonglha is the place with just a couple of lodges. So during the trekking season, the lodges are always full. Day 20: Dzongla – Cho La Pass (5330m) – Dragnag (4700m)
The path we are going to walk today may be covered with snow in many places. Hence rope and crampon are recommended. We cross glaciers and the risk of crevasses is to face today. We walk to the top of Cho La Pass which is called Chhugyuma in the local tongue. The view of Ama Dablam and Chholhatse are spectacular from here. The path after the pass is risky since it is icy, slippery and the rocks may fall from time to time from a landslide. Finally, we camp at Dragnag.
Day 21: Dragnag – Gokyo (4790 m)
Today first we walk through the Ngozumba Glacier. No bridge over the glacier at all but moraines and ice everywhere. No need to worry because the path is not so difficult to cross through the glacier but must be careful. We meet the first small lake of Gokyo region called Longpogo. Then we meet the second lake called Tabache Tsho on the way. We head to Gokyo where there is the main lake called Dudh Pokhari, means, the pond of Milk. In this lake, the local people gather on the day of Full moon called Janai Purnima that falls in the month of August. Gokyo is the campsite with the internet and telephone facility.
Day 22: Gokyo Ri hiking (5360m)
We have a rest in Gokyo today. This is not acclimatization rest but a free day to entertainment. The entire day is on our own. You visit to the shore of a lake. But if we want then we can visit to Gokyo peak along with the trekking leader/guide. The view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu is spectacular from the Gokyo peak (5360m). Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.
Day 23: Gokyo – Kele (Gyele) (4110 m)
The path goes slightly downhill After we cross the first lake Longopongo we view several spectacular water falls on the way. We head to Kele via Machherma. After Machherma we walk to Luza and Lhabarma before we reach our campsite Kele.
Day 24: Kele – Sanasa (3520m)The path goes downhill upto Phortse Tenga. On the way, we walk through Dole where there are a few lodges. Then we cross the place called Tenga. After Tenga, we walk nearly along the Dudhkoshi River. On the way, we view power house, waterfalls and Rhododendron forest. Also, there is an army barrack on the way. After Phortse Tenga, we have to walk at least for one and a half hours. We cross a small pass called Mong Deurali which is the birth place of a famous Lama Sange Dorje. After Mong Deurali we walk downhill to Sanasa our campsite. The view we get today is definitely spectacular.
Day 25: Sanasa- Namche Bazar – Phakding (2610 m)
The route is flat and slightly downhill up to Namche Bazar. Yaks, horses, mules are seen on the path in great number now. We feel much warmer now compared to Lobuche. We head straight to Phakting instead of camping in Namche Bazzar.
Day 26: Phakding – Lukla (2880 m)
A short day. In a few hours, we walk to Lukla where we spend our last night of the trek. The village is not huge but there is a lot of activity on the airfield from where we fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 27: Lukla – Kathmandu (1350 m)Today we wait for the plane to fly Kathmandu. Who knows, we will come back to this region again or not in our life. So we may have look around for the last view of the Everest region. The flight depends on the weather condition. Flight delay or cancellation is a common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge USD250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.
Day 28: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu (1337m) Bhaktapur 4 hours Sightseeing
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 29 :Departure from Kathmandu(1337m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Accommodation in Lodge during the trek.
Welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Up to 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12kg capacity bag, and trekking map are yours to take
Lukla to Kathmandu domestic flight(14 seater)
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Domestic flights Lukla to Kathmandu
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
Nepalese visa fee
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trek
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Hiking shoes.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 12
Max Altitude: 5550 meters Best Season: March-November Difficulty Level: Hard
December, January, and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipment & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to ensure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
A Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under a sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
A cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.