Details about this tour
Would you like to visit the Himalayas and the most popular route in Nepal? This dream can come true. You should not hesitate, when there is a chance to see the highest mountain of the world, Everest, with your own eyes!
This route has many shelters, convenient equipped trails and there is even an opportunity to hire special porters. All this will allow us to make a trip at altitude of about 5000 m comfortable. We will walk from Lukla to Everest, which is only 50 km, with practically no severe ascents. To acclimatize better, we will extend this journey for 9 days. Back we will go down faster – the way back will take only 3 days.
It is best to get to Kathmandu by the following airlines with a transfer in the UAE: AirArabia, FlyDubai. The downside is that the transfer between planes can take a whole night. So it’s worth taking your sleeping bag to comfortably spend the night in airport.
Arrival to Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will need to purchase a visa. For this you need 25 dollars and 1 photo. It is also better to buy a local SIM card for mobile Internet, which, surprisingly, works even on part of our high-mountain way.
Then there is a check-in to the hotel we booked in advance. If you do not have all the equipment, the guide will help you to buy it here. Kathmandu is a popular place to start trekking, so it will not be difficult to buy any hiking equipment.
In the evening, get ready for the general meeting of all participants of the trip, acquaintance and discussion of plans for the next day. We go to bed early to wake up with new strength in the morning.
Flight to Lukla, Phakding (2652 m)
We wake up, pack up things and go to the airport. By the way, if you want you may leave park of your belongings in the storage in hotel; we will come back here after the tour. We go to Lukla on a small plane. There are strict requirements for the weight of baggage. You can only take 10 kg for basic luggage and 5 kg for hand luggage.
We are waiting for our plane and hope that weather will allow us to get to the destination, because in case of bad weather the planes do not fly there. Here the runway is the first thing that surprises. It ends with one end in the rock, and the other ends with the abyss.
We will be met by crowds of local porters and sunburned mountain tourists. We will give the porters some of our belongings and go to the village Phakding, located at 2,652 meters. Approaching, we will see rice fields and picturesque small local houses.
Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Our route goes along the DudhKosi River crossed by original suspension bridges. A couple of hours after we start the route this day, we will reach the village of Mongo; this is where the gate to Everest is located. This is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park (one of the names of the world’s tallest mountain). We will get our passes and have lunch here.
After that, we will go up to Namche Bazaar. The path runs through a picturesque pine forest, where rare Nepalese pheasants live. At the end of forest, there is another checkpoint. The final point of this day is Namche-Bazaar, located at 3440 meters. This is a large settlement; there are hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops there.
Acclimatization walk to Khumjung (3,780 m), the yeti scalp.
Today we will walk without any things at all. The main task of this day is to adapt to the high-mountainous climate. Overcoming the symptoms of mountain sickness, we will climb the plateau. To make this process faster, you need to move as much as possible. We enjoy beautiful mountain views, took photographs and rested.
We cross beautiful hills with amazing views and come to the village of Khumjung at 3780 meters. Here we will see the longest in all Nepal prayer wall. Also we will visit a small high-altitude Nepali monastery. Here, in a small box, tourists can see the scalp of the snowman – yeti!
On the next hillside we will see and visit the farm where they breed stunning animals – yaks. Their funny hairy cubs will not leave anyone indifferent. On the way down we pass the Syangboche runway. It is used to send cargo to the base camp near Mount Everest.
Tengboche (3860 m), Deboche (3,710 m)
Immediately after Namche Bazaar we will go to a unique beautiful trail. It has minor elevations. Yet, it offers the viewers wonderful landscapes. In the distance we will see high mountains of about 6 thousand meters high. This is Tamersu and AmaDablam. On a sunny day, you can even see a small piece of Everest from the trail.
We stop for lunch in the village of PhunkiTenga. After this, we walk a little bit more to the next checkpoint and begin to climb to the village of Tengboche. To relax after the climb we will visit a restaurant near the biggest in this region Buddhist temple. After a short rest, we will also visit this unique attraction to enjoy its beauty and grandeur.
After that, we walk down to the village of Deboche, where we stay for the night.
Pangboche (3930 m), base camp of AmaDablam (4500 m).
In the morning we continue our journey near the river ImjaKhola to get to the great Khumbu glacier. We will reach the place of our overnight stay rather quickly – before lunch. To get there, we will have to walk up a little to the village of Pangboche. However, we should not relax. This day we will walk to the base camp of AmaDablam, which is located at 4,500 meters.
After dinner we start to climb. On our way we will see a camp of the shepherds RalaKharka and later one more – Lhabarma, located at 4200 meters. We climb a little more and finally get to the base camp. After that, we slowly return to our overnight stay. Don’t forget to our headlamps with you – by the time we go down, it will be totally dark.
Dingboche (4360 m), walking up without backpacks to Nagartsang (5000 m).
We pass a place where two rivers flow together: ImjaKhola and Khumbu Khola. Having crossed the bridge, we begin the ascent. We will stop for the night in the village of Dingboche at 4360 meters. It will not take too long to get there. We enjoy our lunch and without our backpacks go to the Nagartsang River. However, we will also see how the members of the group feel by this time. The height we need to walk up to is approximately 5000m.
Walking up without backpacks to Chukhung (4750 m), the ascent to Chukhung-ri or the base camp of the Island peak (ImjaTse).
Now you need to let the body get used to the height. So today we will also walk up without backpacks to acclimatize. We will go to the village of Chukhung, located near the very beginning of the glacier Lhotse.
After lunch, if you still have the energy, we can walk along the path that leads to ChukhungRi Mount with a height of 5559 meters or go to the base camp of the Island peak.
Duhla (4600 m), Lobuche (4940 m)
Today we make the next move on the scenic Nepalese paths, this time with our backpacks. We reach the village of Duhla, which consists of as much as three houses. Here we have lunch and have a rest before the coming climb. We had to walk up only 300 meters to get to the edge of the Khumbu glacier.
Near the Thekla Pass we will see a memorial to tourists who died in the mountains. The memorial is stones arranged into pyramids and decorated with bright flags and plaques. Since there is a snow further, we changed our shoes and continued our journey.
About an hour later we will get to the village where we will spend the night. Having left our belongings, we will walk around the evening mountains. In the upcoming days we will reach the spur of Lobuche East Peak at 6,119 meters.
At this altitude, mountain sickness most often begins. It can be a headache, lack of appetite, lack of air. As soon as you feel anything like this, make sure to inform the guide. After all, in such situations human body becomes very vulnerable to any diseases.
Gorakshep (5170 m), Kala Patthar (5550 m)
Today one of the most difficult stages of our trip begins. We approach the base camp of Everest. The path is comfortable and level. But acclimatization is making its own adjustments. It will be difficult to walk; you may feel like all you want to do is just sit or lie on the rocks and not move anywhere, it is difficult to move. But we continue to walk along the rocks and snow along the Khumbu glacier, enjoying its views.
We stop for lunch at Gorakshep at 5170 meters. We leave our belongings there and dress warmly for our decisive walk up. It may be very windy at the top, so even the mittens will be very useful. We will go to the mountain of Kala Patthar, a height of 5550 meters. From the ground it may seem it is not very difficult to reach its peak but it is not so easy to climb it.
This mountain offers stunning views of Everest and its surroundings, including small tents in the distance. Actually, that is the base camp of Everest, and it is waiting for us
After that, we walk down and rest.
Walk up to 5316 m, Feriche (4270 m)
Today we go to the base camp of Everest without our backpacks. For this purpose we wake up very early. Be sure to pack your things before we leave so that it did not cause any inconveniences for new tourists who may want to stop here.
The way to the base camp will not be easy. The morning air is still cold, so it’s better to breathe through a scarf or a buff. We will walk along the glacier, admiring its unique views. The camp does not always look the same. There are seasons when there are very few mountaineers and tents. In any case, here you can see the glacier and walk on it.
We return to our belongings and eat. After that we start going down to the Feriche, where we will spend the night. We’ll have dinner in village Duhla. The abundance of oxygen and descent will energize you and when your appetite.
Descent to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Today we continue to walk down. After a couple of days of rocks and ice, we finally see the trees and grass. Here there is an alternative: either to walk the way you already know (through Tengboche) or choose a longer, but more picturesque road through Phortse.
These places are famous with the fog that may appear in the evening time. But this will not keep us from finding the right road and getting to overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
Lukla (2800 m)
We go down into the forest zone, where there is a lot of oxygen. However, such a rapid change in altitude can also cause fatigue. But you will be pleasantly surprised by abundant animal and vegetable world. We will get to know about the weather in Lukla, confirm the tickets and stay here for the night.
Flight to Kathmandu.
In the morning we leave for the airport and wait for our flight to Kathmandu. If the weather is good, in thirty minutes we will be in a noisy and hot city full of tourists and attractions. If the weather gets worse, then we’ll change the tickets for the next day. We have one more extra day for such case.
Excursion around Kathmandu
Today we will devote our time to various interesting places in Kathmandu. Believe us, there are many of them here. Usually the tour takes place this way: in the morning we visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, then the big stupa of Boudhanath. After that, you can go to the observation platform from Swayambhunath hill, where the so-called Monkey Temple is located. At the end, we will visit Durbar Square.
Today you can buy souvenirs and in the evening go to the airport to return home. Do not think at this trip to Nepal can be considered complete. Usually one time is not enough to feel all the charm of these mountains and enjoy the scenery. So, in just a couple of weeks you will again feel unbearable desire to go to the mountains. And these mountains will be the Himalayas.
If you want, you can stay here for a couple more days and take excursion to the Chitwan jungle (at a cost of approximately $150). There you can ride elephants, see crocodiles, swim in canoe and get a lot of impressions. In this case, you need to plan a return flight on day 19.
- All necessary permits: admission to Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card;
- Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights, one room for two people);
- Accommodation in lodges on the route;
- Advice on preparing for hiking;
- Assistance with the purchase of air tickets;
- Meeting in Kathmandu airport;
- Services of English-speaking guide (and also Russian-speaking guide);
- Services of Nepalese guide;
- Group first-aid kit;
- Land transfers along the route.
- Flight to Katmabdu;
- Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (about $300);
- Nepalese visa ($40);
- Meals (about $15-25 per day);
- Services of porters (optional);
- Other expenses not indicated in the program.