This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will suggest to add some other necessary equipments at the place 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 head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
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, “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 sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
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)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
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 staff member 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) Sightseeing 9am 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-Lukla (flight) 2840m – Phakding (2610 m)2-3 hours
We are going to have exciting and adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla today. We can compare this flight with the Moutain Flight. The flight is supposed to be exciting due to the climatic conditions; especially visibility and wind that affect our flight most may cause to delay. In a little turboprop with the capacity of about 14 passengers, we fly in the altitude up to 3500 meters to Lukla. If the day is clear we are lucky to view in the north the ranges of snow peaks of the huge mountains bordering with Tibet. And to the south we can view the beautiful small villages and terraces of the fertile lands. After landing in Lukla, we walk downhill upto Chheplung then we walk uphill along the Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Wooden and suspension bridges in the several points welcome us to cross the river. We rest in Phakding this day. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m)5-6 hours
The path goes uphill and downhill to Namche Bazar. We reach Monjo, a village which is the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park too. This point is very popular place so the trekkers don’t miss the chance to take some pictures over here. This is the point where our permit and TIMS cards are checked. Then we walk downhill to Dudh Khosi. We walk along the Dudh Koshi crossing wooden and suspension bridges in several points. 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/need in this point. We have a camp here. 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 Bazzar) come for shopping here on those market days.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar Rest/ Acclimatization day Hiking Everest view hotel or khumjung village
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 Bazzar are the Sherpas in majority. We can experience somehow the life style of Sherpas who has close culture with the Tibetan. We can visit to the museum about the Himalayan people. This is the place with army camp, health post, school, police check post, bakeries, internet cafes, disco theque, 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 Bazzar) come for shopping here on those market days. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.
Day 06: Namche – Tengboche (3860 m)4-5 hours
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 amd Thamsherku on the way. Then we walk downhill to the Phungi Thanga Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and walk uphill to Tangboche. We can visit to Monastery in Tangboche which is the biggest monastery of Khumbu region. A 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 telephone, mobile overhere.
Day 07: Tengboche – Pangboche – Dingboche (4410 m)5-6 hours
We walk downhill in the beginning umtil 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.
Day 08: Dingboche – Chukung (4730 m)-Dingboche hiking /or resting day
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 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4910 m) 4-5 hours
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 10: Lobuche – Gorakshep (5140m)3-4 hours
Today we begin our trek from the route that goes to Everest Base Camp. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. Gorakh Shep is the highest campsite of this trek. So we trek slowly. 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 11:Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – Gorak Shep7-8 hours
After breakfast we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp we really appreciate the Everest climbers who braved the perilous route through the Khumbu icefall. We can view Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.
Day 12: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5550m)- Pheriche (4240 m)7-8 hoursToday is the day we walk to the highest point of our trip. We begin early in the morning to catch the spectacular views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day touch the peaks of the highest mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure is spite of severe cold weather. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. While climbing to Kala Patthar, we can have a break to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we rush up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and trek to Pheriche. In the beginning we walk the same path back upto Thukla that we walked previously. Then from Thukla we go downhill to Pheriche crossing Phulaji Kala. At Pheriche there is a clinic run by Tokyo Medical University. Telephone and internet service is available.
Day 13: Pheriche to Sanasa (3,600m)6-7 hours
Just after start of our trek we walk through the path in a big plain area. We cross a stream that emerges from the Chola Glacier and Khumba Glacier and named as Khumbu Khola (stream). Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through the villages of Orsho, Somare and reach Pangboche. We cross the bridge over Imja Khola and walk down to Deboche village and climb for an hour to Tengboche . We spend a short time at Tengboche monastery; observe its many prayer wheels. From Tengboche, a steep down to the first bridge over Dudh Koshi on our return trip at PhurkeTenga. Further, we pass the village of Tashinga and reach Sanasa. We spend the night at Sanasa.
Day 14: Sanasa- Namche Bazar – Phakding (2610m) 5-6 hours
The path to Namche Bazar goes flat in the beginning then hangs to the steep slope winding through several bends. We cross Kyangjuma on the way. We have enough time in Namche to shop and relax in a bakery that serves coffee and cakes, and provides Internet access. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards,and colourful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail. We cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle with security check post. After exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Phakding Village.Phakding is a quieter place to stay than Namche where we stay overnight today and we will have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.
Day 15: Phakding to Lukla (2840m) 2-3 hours
We walk downhill to Dudhkoshi River in the beginning then the path goes along the river almost for the whole trek today. We cross several wooden bridges over the small streams that finally go to Dudh Koshi. We cross Dudh Koshi River in every now and then through the suspension bridge. On the way we meet several mani walls, prayer wheels, prayer flags and stupas since we are trekking in the Buddhist area. From the place called Thado Koshigaon we can have the beautiful view of the peak called Kusum Khangkaru (6367m). Now, from Chauri Kharka the path goes uphill to Lukla. Since Lukla is a small city in the mountain region there is facility of bank too. A small hydro power station supplies electricity for the whole city here. Telephone, mobile and internet services are available here. Also bakery and café are here to enjoy western meals. Since our trekking is over today, we can have a party here. Every Thursday the local people around Lukla gather here for weekly fair for their marketing/business and get together.
Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu (2840m) flight 35 minutes to Kathmandu
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 for the day is common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.
Day 17: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur (1401m) 3-4 hours Sightseeing
This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to pay extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 18 :Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition representative will manage vehicle to drop our valuable guests at Tribhuvan International airport before 3 hours of departure and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye to you but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.