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Everest Base Camp: Nepal's Ultimate Trek


17 days 16 nights

Code NTT19

Category Nepal Trekking

  • Group Size 2-16 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 4
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 5546m (18,192 ft.) at Kala Patthar
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation Hotels and lodges
  • Type Trekking
  • Destination Kathmandu Lukla Namche Khumjung Phortse Dingboche Dughla Lobuche Gorakshep Kala Patthar Tengboche
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Overview

The Everest Base Camp is the trekking world’s great prize, and its grandest and most beautiful destination. This adventure leads you through the region highlighted by four of the world's six tallest peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu – that crown the towering ridges of the forbidding Himalayas. The experience of walking among these giants and their purity and spirituality is something we will never forget in our lifetime.

Just as important, trekking to the Everest Base Camp is also to experience the daily life and culture of Buddhist Sherpa people, the region’s legendary mountaineers, and explore the Himalayan flora and fauna. We will see the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags and beautifully-carved mani stones along the trails and Sherpa villages. We will visit several Buddhist monasteries, including the most prominent at Tengboche.

Our Everest Base Camp trek is paced deliberately and is at times leisurely, allowing proper acclimatization and the highest chances for success.

Trip dates 2018

Mar 05, Mar 18, Apr 02, Apr 16, Apr 23, May 07, Oct 01, Oct 15, Oct 29 and Nov 05.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~In Kathmandu

If you are already in Kathmandu and staying somewhere else, please move into Hotel Holy Himalaya today. Reservation is booked by us for you. You can check in any time after 12 noon. It''s advisable that you arrive in Kathmandu 2-3 days before the trip in order to get the feel of the country. There are UNESCO recognized world heritage sites such as Durbar Squares, Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas etc.

If you are arriving in Kathmandu today, please take a taxi to the hotel (30 minutes) or we can book your arrival transfer for $10 per person.

Your trekking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 5 p.m. today for the briefing. Tonight, you will be invited for a Nepali welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.

Overnight Hotel Holy Himalaya.

Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (3 hrs. trekking, altitude 2,652m/8,700 ft.)

On the first day of our Everest Base Camp Trekking, we take 40 minutes long scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla - the gateway town to the Everest Base Camp. Here, we meet our other crew members; assemble our gears and commence trekking. After walking about 2-3 hours, we arrive at the village of Phakding where we stay overnight today.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (6 hrs. trekking, altitude 3440 m/11,280 ft.)

The second day of the Everest Base Camp trek is a bit tougher. The trail leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through several suspension bridges. We are greeted by the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m/21, 707 ft.). The trail passes through the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and enters Sagarmatha National Park and then climbs through the forests and several suspension bridges until we reach the confluence of two rivers - Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi.

The final steep ascent of about 2 hours rewards us with the first sight of Mount Everest looking over the ridges of Mount Lhotse and Nuptse. We stop briefly at Chautara to appreciate the view and continue further on the trail.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

It's very important to have proper acclimatization for higher chances of making to the Everest Base Camp. Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar is well spent on browsing the market or taking side trip to Thame. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. We will also visit Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (4 hrss trekking, altitude 3810 m/12500 ft.)

After two days stop in Namche Bazaar, we are ready to hit the Everest Base Camp trail. Following breakfast, we start our hike to Khumjung via Syangboche and the old airfield. We continue on to the Japanese established Everest View Hotel where we spend few moments on the terrace and enjoy the great views of Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest. We continue our hike to Khumjung and settle in our guesthouse and later, we visit the less touristy twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde of Sherpa people.

First, we visit the Khumjung Monastery that houses a statue of Guru Rinpoche and also proudly displays the so-called Yeti skull. We then stroll slightly uphill to Khunde through potato fields. We visit the Khunde Hospital and then we hike up to the Khunde Monastery. We stroll back down towards Khumjung through the fields. We stop many times and soak up the views and sights of the village life around us. Back in Khumjung, we visit the High School with the statue of Sir Edmund Hillary who is the founder of this school.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Trekking from Khumjung to Phortse Village (5-6 hrs. trekking, altitude 3800 m/12, 470 ft.)

The trail to Phortse Village is rather steep but boasts great views over to Phortse and to the spectacular river gorge below, including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. Starting on a level trail, we trek up through the stone steps and reach Mongla pass (3975 m/13,038 ft.) from where we can view Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. Mt. Khumbila is revered by Sherpa people as the patron god of the Khumbu area.

Descending to Doodh Koshi Khola (3250 m/10,660 ft.), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a habitat for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we reach to the walled fields of Phortse. Phortse is just under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here it's a short trek to Phortse village where we stay overnight.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Trekking from Phortse Village to Dingboche (6-7 hrs. trekking, 4,360 m/14,300 ft.)

The trail to the Everest Base Camp now narrows and descends by a monastery. The trail leads us through the verdant alpine forests to the village of Upper Pangboche, where we will get overwhelmed by the dramatic views of the mountains. We will also visit the monastery and take chance to meet the monks. Beyond Pangboche, we enter the region with alpine meadows. The trail climbs via the villages of Shomare, Orsho and Tsuro Wog and further up through the Khumbu River Valley to the hilltop from where we will be rewarded with the alluring views of the towering mountains of Tarboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lotse, Cholatse, etc. Imja River Valley to the east is also becomes visible on a clear weather day. From Pangboche, its 2.5 hours gentle walk to the village of Dingboche marked with chortens and fluttering prayer flags.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Acclimatization in Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft.)

We have our second acclimatization day in Dingboche that helps us getting properly acclimated for Everest Base Camp. We will have a relaxed morning to enjoy breakfast with stunning views of Mount Amadablam (6856m/ 22493 ft.) that looms to the south. After breakfast, we take an acclimatization climb to the ridge to the north behind the village and have even better views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and the numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche. From here we can see three of the world's six highest peaks- Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Yu. To the west tower the peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft.) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft.). As we turn our head to the northwest, we see an array of peaks rising above the Khumbu River valley.

Along with Lhotse (8,501m/27, 890 ft.) stand proudly the Lobuche West and Lobuche East peak. Looking down from the ridge top, we will enjoy a sweeping view of Imja River Valley and the picturesque fields and the pastures of Dingboche Village.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Trekking from Dingboche to Dughla (3-4 hrs, 4,600 m/15,090 ft.)

Today, the Everest Base Camp trail climbs through Khumbu Khola Valley to Duglha with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we approach Dusa - a yak herder's place, the valley begins to narrow. We will see a beautiful glacier lake - Chola Lake above Phulung Karpo. The superb Mount Pumori (7,138 m/ 23,418 ft.) comes into view as we continue on the trail.

Now the trail descends and curves and Mount Pumori vanishes from the scene. We cross the roaring stream on a small wooden bridge and the trail ascends to Dughla from where we can view the tip of Nuptse as well as Cholatse, Thamserku and several other majestic peaks. Although it's a short day today, we recommend a stay in Dughla for acclimatization reason.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Trekking from Dughla to Lobuche(2-4 hrs, 4940 m/16,207 ft.)

Beyond Dughla, the trail climbs up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail goes through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, a spine-chilling ridge top with dramatic views of the mountains. At the top of the ridge, we will see cairns with prayer flags which are a memorial to Scott Fischer - an American Mountaineer and Babu Chiri Sherpa - a Nepali mountain guide and 10 times Everest summiteer who perished on a mission to climb Everest.

The trail then drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves right "in front of" several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. It takes about 2 hrs. to reach Louche -also spelled as Lobuje. We are now very close to the Mount Everest but it still remains hidden. As we cross the Khumbu Glacier, we will see Nuptse towering to the right.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakhshep (2-4 hrs, 5160 m/16,925 ft.)

Gorakhshep has a strategic position in the Everest Base Camp trekking as it's in the junction of the trail to the Kala Patthar and the base camp. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep goes through the moraine of the Khumbu. We pass through the pyramid sign post and continue ahead on the trail; we see the crest of north ridge of Mount Everest along with Mount Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and other splendid peaks. A small climb would lead us to Thangma Riju from where we enjoy 360-degree vista of snowy mountains.

The trail, then climbs steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier and we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft.), a greyish green hill beneath the Mount Pumori. As we arrive at Gorakshep (2 hours) we will be overwhelmed by the snow-capped mountains including the top of the world - Mount Everest surrounding us.

We take our lunch in Gorakshep and we further continue through the Gorakshep Lake to Everest Base Camp. The hike is pretty easy, first along a ridge and then later going onto the Khumbu Glacier and takes about 3 hours. If you are trekking during spring, you will see the entire base camp ground covered by mountaineer’s tents. From the Everest Base Camp, we will have great views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori but Mount Everest! By now, we have attained our ultimate goal of the trip and we head back to Gorakhshep for a good night's rest.

The return trip to Gorakhshep takes about 2 hours. Time permitting and if weather is fine, it's worth hiking to Kala Patthar today rather than next day to enjoy the amazing sunset view. The reflection of setting sun’s rays from the snow-capped mountains creates very emotional and overwhelming scenery that trekkers shouldn’t miss.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Hike from Gorakhshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft.) and descend to Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft.), Total Trekking 7-8 hrs

Although Everest Base Camp is the main goal of this trekking, Kala Patthar is the climax of the trip. Kala Patthar offers the most spectacular views of Mount Everest and quite different than from any other points.

We have to begin early morning so that we reach the summit before sunrise. Be prepared to walk in the dark and very cold temperature, ranging from -10°C (14°F) to -14 °C (7°F). Moreover, usually there will be chilly winds which are quite expected. It takes about 2 ½ to 3 hours to reach the top, and 1- hour return trip down to Gorakhshep. We cross the beach and follow the path - steep at first and then gentler. The final portion of the trail is very steep. On the trail, we can pause on several outstanding points to catch our breath and capture the beautiful scenery on the camera. The summit is marked by cairns and loads of prayer flags offered by the trekkers. As the first light of the day shines on Mount Everest and other peaks, we will have overwhelmingly beautiful views of Mount Everest and Nuptse to the east are magnificent, at much closer range than at Gokyo Ri. We can see Everest Base Camp in the distance on the Khumbu Glacier. For many trekkers, Kala Patthar ascent is the lifetime achievement.

Depending on weather, we might spend 1 to 2 hrs. on the top enjoying the sceneries and taking the pictures. After having late morning breakfast in Kala Patthar, we head down to Pheriche for overnight. We return the way we come from. It takes about 1 ½ hrs. to reach to Lobuje, half an hour from Lobuje to Dughla and another 1 hour to Pheriche.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13~Descend from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860 m/12,660 ft.), 3-4 hrs.

Relatively, it’s a shorter and easier day of trekking today, as we trek down to the lower altitudes. We follow the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and follow the wide valley of Khumbu Khola River. The trail passes through the picturesque Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare brings us to Pangboche in about 2 hours. If you didn't visit the monastery on the way up and plan to visit now, then we take the alternative route from Shomare.

From Pangboche, we continue down to Imaja Khola and cross the bridge and walk through the forest to Debuche where we can visit a nunnery, a Nyingma-pa institution (3 hrs.). Tengboche Monastery is further 30 minutes descent from Debuche. Finally, we reach Tengboche Monastery, elegantly situated on a ridge in the forest with splendid views of mighty Everest and Ama Dablam. It's probably the best location on the whole trip!! Tengboche hosts a famous festival known as Mani Rimbu during the month of November.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14~Continue descending from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: (3440 m/11,280 ft.): 5-6 hrs. trek

This section of the trail is well defined. We walk past the large stupa to the south of Tengboche and walk down the steep path, lined with juniper and rhododendron trees. If we are trekking during spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga by the Dudh Kosi River. The trail follows the river gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa - a major trail junction in the region.

We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft.) and enjoy lunch in relaxed atmosphere with gorgeous views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese in every bite. After lunch, we follow the trail that clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma and zigzags down to Namche Bazaar. The trail is abundant with several wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants etc. and we will be on the lookout for them. We walk past a Chorten and arrive at army camp of Namche Bazaar from where we bid farewell to Lhotse, Mount Everest and Tengboche. Upon arrival at Namche Bazaar, we settle into our guesthouse.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15~Descend from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft.) (2,652m/8,700 ft.) - 6-7 hrs.

The last day of trekking of the Everest Base Camp trip! Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a long way down but by now we are very much accustomed to such trail. We just walk slowly and have control on our shaky legs battling against the rocky terrain.

The trail crosses several bridges over the fast following Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries the trail comes in level. Although we are travelling the same route down, we find out completely different views. It takes about 3 ½ hours to reach Phakding where we may stop for refreshment. It takes another 2 to 3 hours to reach Lukla. We will have time in Lukla to stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last two weeks. We will also reconfirm our flight ticket today.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16~Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is open for rest.

Overnight Hotel Holy Himalaya.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 17~Tour ends

After breakfast, service ends. You may consider extending trip to Chitwan National Park (2-3 nights) or Pokhara (2-3 nights). Our tour consultant will be more than happy to offer you extension tours.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • 13 Nights mountain lodges with basic facilities on twin sharing basis.
  • 3 meals a day in the lodges during trekking.
  • All ground transfers and sightseeing by a private coach in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare.
  • English speaking certified trekking Guide.
  • 1 porter for each two trekkers.
  • Trekking permits.
  • Trekking crew insurance.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Sleeping bag for the use during trekking.
  • A down jacket for the use during trekking.
  • A duffel bag for you to use during trekking or keep with you.

Cost Does Not Include

  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
  • Extra expenses or loss caused due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, civil unrest, illness, accident etc.
  • Emergency medical transportation and evacuation expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • International airfare to and out of Kathmandu.
  • Meals other than listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal trekking gears.

Trip Activity Level.

The Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp Trekking is a strenuous graded trekking, involving very high altitude that can pose serious risk to an unprepared traveler. Most of the camp stops are at 3500m (11, 480ft) or higher and we have at least 6 nights at the altitude of 4000m (13, 120 ft.) or higher. We attaint the highest altitude of 5416m/17769ft on the top of Kalapattar and our highest camp will be at Gorakshep at 5170 m/16,961ft. Everyone will experience some degree of altitude sickness when we reach at the elevation of 3000 m (9,840 ft.) or higher but our itinerary is planned for a gradual gain of altitude and allows proper acclimatization. You are recommended to begin preparation several months ahead of the trip. We advise you to do some jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics that helps build stamina in your body as well as increases your confidence level and of course minimizes the chances of getting acute mountain sickness. We have to avoid dehydrating and so we advise you to consume 3-4 liters of water daily and also liquid food in meals. Not sure if it has any medical grounds, but our Sherpa guides recommends garlic soup to treat the effects of the altitude. If you have any heart, lungs or blood diseases, please, do consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Besides the altitude, we have to be prepared for the harsh weather. While days are warm and sunny, temperatures during the morning, evening and nights can be very cold often below freezing point. We need protection against the strong ultraviolet rays as well as dry winds.
The trail has guesthouse accommodations with basic facilities with exception to some western standard hotels. Forget about the heating system of the western and developed countries. During the peak season, the guesthouses can be cramped with trekkers and you have to be ready to sleep anywhere- in the dining room or kitchen! A hot shower will be a luxury and if it exits, we have to pay extra. Normally, we don’t dare to take our cloths off, due to cold. Food and water quality will be low and it,s recommended to pack vitamin supplement, dry foods, energy bars etc. on your own to maintain your calorie requirement.

A typical trekking day

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us.

After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m onwards.

Accommodations and facilities during trekking

We will sleep in the local lodges and eat our meals in the kitchen. The lodges or guesthouses are basic and are provided with dorm style rooms with futon or foam mattress and quilt or blankets. We try to get private room for 2 persons as far as possible. Toilet will be squat style. Hot shower, if exists in the lodge, will be a luxury and is not included in the room rent. The guesthouses are run by local Sherpa families. Staying in guesthouses gives opportunity to befriend the locals and fellow international trekkers like you. We do not book the lodges in advance but our guide will chose the best lodge available. Places like Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar has recently some up market accommodation which costs from $150 to $250 a night. Those up market accommodations are not considered in costing of this trip.

The trip includes 2 nights 2 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Meals during trekking

Our trekking cost includes standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinners, followed by tea or coffee. Meals are cooked by the family. As individual order takes time for a group, our Guide will order a set menu. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks (extra cost) and in some areas you will find fresh fruits in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill up your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. Some lodges charge extra for filling up bottle for the cost of boiling the water.

Guide and support staff

You will have local English speaking certified Guide, accompanying you as from Kathmandu. All Far & High Guides are trained by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) on first aid, environment, conservation and biodiversity. As required by law, all our trekking guides are licensed by Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services.

Your guide escorts you along the trail, selects the lodge for accommodation or camping site and help you choosing your meal and deals with local bureaucracy whenever required. As you pay all trekking charges in advance, the guide will take care of all the purchases or charges on the way. We provide one porter for each two trekkers and he carries 15 kilograms (33 lb.). Porters are locally hired at the village where your trek begins from, if not hired from Kathmandu. The guide and porters will have good clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather of the mountains.

Packing Suggestions

  • Kitbag (provided locally by Far & High Adventure travel.
  • Radial compression sack (for down jacket and pile pants, etc.).
  • Down sleeping bag, 5 degree F (Available on rental in Kathmandu).
  • Walking stick, collapsible.
  • Cameras and film rolls.
  • Medical and first aid kit.
  • Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc.).
  • Repair kit (tape, glue, safety pins, sewing kit, batteries, etc.).
  • Water bottle (quart or liter).
  • Iodine (Polar-Pure) for water.
  • Boots (light-weight Gore-Tex).
  • Tennis shoes.
  • Shower thongs.
  • Wool socks (2 or 3 pairs).
  • Polypropylene  socks (2 pairs).
  • T-Shirts (2).
  • Supplex nylon pants/shorts (convertible: these are wonderful).
  • Nylon wind/rain suit (jacket and pants, breathable).
  • Polyester pile jacket and pants.
  • Down Jacket (available on rental in Kathmandu).
  • Wool/Polypropylene long underwear (shirt and pants).
  • Underpants (3 or 4).
  • Woolen gloves.
  • Woolen hat.
  • Belt.
  • Wrist watch.
  • Matches and lighter.
  • Swiss Army knife.
  • Comb.
  • Capilene shirt.
  • Bandana.
  • Pack towel.
  • Gator Aid (for rehydration).
  • Flashlight with headband and batteries.
  • Spare glasses.
  • Clip-on sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen and lip guards.
  • Lonely Planet: Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (guide book).
  • Notebook and pens.
  • Padlocks and cable (for private room doors, securing pack).
  • Luggage locks.
  • Extra zip-lock bags.

Vaccinations

There is no mandatory vaccination unless you have traveled to the countries infected by Yellow Fever within the past 6 months. It's very important that you consult your physician for the official advice. Most travelers consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. As the trip involves high altitude, participants with heart and lungs issues, diabetic issues must consult with their physician before you sign up for this trip. You are responsible to determine that you are fit for the travel.

For general travel health advice and information on vaccinations, please, visit the site of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

International and Internal Flights

You need to book your return international airfare to Kathmandu on you own or we are also able to help you with that. This trip involves a return domestic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu which will be taken care of by us. The internal airfare is quoted separately in the trip cost section.

Passport Visa and Permits

Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Make sure you have at least one blank visa page. Please, provide us a color scans of your passport and headshot photo so that we can ready your trekking permit before your arrival in Kathmandu.

Booking and payment schedule

US$ 300 deposit is request along with the completed booking form. You can charge credit card. Balance payment is due 90 days prior the trip date. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. For detailed information, please, visit Booking Terms and Conditions.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation or missed connection, loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions. We strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance for the protection of your travel investment and cover the expenses due to unforeseen events.

Add Ons

Chitwan Jungle Safari

US$ 170

Chitwan Jungle Safari

A 2 nights and 3 days jungle safari package in Chitwan National Park proves great scope of jungle safari rides and its worthy taking this trip as an add on to your trekking or cultural tour of Nepal Himalayas.

Ride on elephant back or drive your four-wheeler to view wild animals in their natural habitat or you might escape for a canoe rides on the jungle rivers. One can also have a memorable nature walks, bird watching excursions, village and cultural tours.

Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. The park covers a pristine area of 932 sq. km and rich in flora and fauna. Situated about 160 km (100 miles) Southwest from Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1984. The national park is home to the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, 4 species of deer and many other mammal, reptiles and birds.

Package Price

River View Jungle Camp or similar: US$ 180 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Jungle Villa Resort or similar: US$ 250 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package

Barahi Jungle Camp: US$ 550 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Package includes:

2 nights' accommodation on double occupancy basis, full board, national park fee and jungle safari activities.

Package does not include:

Transportation, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.

 

Kali Gandaki River Rafting

US$ 175

Kali Gandaki River Rafting

Kali Gandaki River-named after Hindu goddess Kali is deservedly a popular and medium length river trip that combines exhilarating white water with fine scenery. Kali Gandaki has its source in Mustang-a lost Tibetan Kingdom in the Trans Himalaya. As it tumbles down between the majestic Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges, it creates one of the world's deepest gorges. The explorer Michael Peissel ran this stretch of the river in a small hovercraft in 1973 and at least two other groups have rafted and kayaked in this section.

All day you have to continuously keep paddlers busy against all technical rapids on the Kali Gandaki River. Both experienced and novice rafters love this. Nowhere else is it possible to find such diversity on a 3 day raft trip. Nice drops, sparkling chutes and turbulent rapids provide class III to IV+ runs during the fall and spring seasons.

1 After your exhilarating white water trip you have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu or to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park or again you can go for the trekking trip in the popular area of Annapurna region for few days.

Bhote Koshi River Rafting

US$ 100

Bhote Koshi River Rafting

The Bhote Koshi means Tibetan River and actually this River originates in the plateau of Tibet. Tibet. Kathmandu-Lhasa highway follows the bank of Bhote Koshi River. You can run a day trip or do a two-day expedition and run parts of the river twice. It's a great beginner river for rafters and fun for kayakers at all levels. It has upper sections of grade 5+ but most of commercially rafted sections are an overall grade of 4 with a couple or so harder rapids that warrant a 4+ or 5-.

Bhote Koshi is the beautiful for adventure trip with very steep and basically non-stop mountain river only 3 hours drives from Kathmandu offering two days of intense and challenging river activity. You are beginning to understand what this great trip in Nepal offers you nothing less than the ride of a lifetime. If you have never rafted before and if you have limited time but desire an adrenaline overload, then this is a perfect introductory trip package for you because of the Bhote Koshi is probably the most exciting short rafting trip in Nepal and best white water adventure in the world.

Trishuli River Rafting

US$ 70

Trishuli River Rafting

Trishuli River is the first choice of a rafting enthusiast and is also suitable for family adventures. It’s 3+ and 4-graded river and can be run throughout the year. The rafting put in and take out locations are in convenient distance from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. Rafting trip in Trishuli can be made for a varied duration, depending upon the availability of time and interest. Scenic valleys and impressive gorges, exhilarating rapids and easier sections as well as the right amount of time all make it the perfect trip for first-time as well as experienced rafters. Rafting trip down Trishuli River provides an excellent opportunity to observe the diversity of demography, landscapes, and cultural heritage and the flora and fauna. We can experience the thrills of white-water on the course of three days trip. The river trip is best done in two days and traveler with time constraint can also do a day trip.

During the monsoon, Trishuli River promises a more challenging ride, with powerful rapids and whirlpools. When the river is running high and wild, there are hardly any rafters around, and rafting on the Trishuli River is without a doubt the most exciting thing you can do in Nepal during monsoon and quite possibly one of the best two days big water rafting trips offered anywhere. There are numerous exciting rapids as the name of Snail's nose, Teendevi, Malekhu rapid, Monkey rapid, Upset, Surprise, Monsoon, Cotton Pony, Ladies Delight, S-Bend, Highway, Monsoon and Pinball Rapid. This makes your fun more challenging during high flows with a good mixture of continuous rapids and pleasant calm water.

Kuringhat, a small and picturesque village is an ending spot from where you can drive to Kathmandu or Royal Chitwan National Park or Pokhara to continue your adventure in the Himalayas.

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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