69 DaysKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:
Highest altitude: 8,848 m
Food: All meals included
Accommodation: Hotels, Tea-houses and Camps
Best season: March-May
Everest expedition is one of the ultimate adventures that most of the trevellers wish to achieve and conquer while they live. Mt. Everest (8,848 m) is the highest peaks in the world, located in Nepal and Tibet border. Mt. Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepali, while ‘Chomolungma’ in Tibetan language. Sagarmatha was named to be an Everest in 1865 in the honor of Sir George Everest, the British surveyor General (1790–1866, British surveyor, b. Breconshire, Wales, UK), who worked on the trigonometrically survey in India, so as he was the one, who measured its height for the first time from 1806 to 1843.
Mt. Everest was successfully climbed for the first time in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal. Following their successful triumph, the Mt. Everest expedition has been one of the most demanding and most popular trips among the travelers. And, Mt. Everest expedition trip has been an ultimate dream for achievements for many travelers from around the world. The government record shows that over 2000 people have done the successful summit climbing so far. Every year, a number of travelers come down to Nepal from around the world to scale the Everest.
Everest expedition trip begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and continues alongside the Namchhe Bazaar and finally to Everest base camp. The next route is from Tibet side. From Kathmandu to Lasha or Khasa and then to Nyelam and finally to Everest base camp, finally making an expedition, you will return back to Kathmandu.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m
Day 02:Preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 03:Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs
Day 05:Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion
Day 06:Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs
Day 07:Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs
Day 08:Till 11: Dingboche- Rest and acclimatize
Day 12:Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs
Day 13:Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,334 m
Day 14:Till 16: Rest, acclimatize and preparation
Day 17:Till 62: Mount Everest climbing
Day 63:Descend down to Everest base camp and pack up.
Day 64:Till 67: Trek down to Lukla
Day 68:Flight to Kathmandu
Day 69:International departure
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu 1350mOn arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, Nepal Adventure Team staffs will receive you with a warm welcome and then transfer to respective hotel in the hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. After refreshment, our guide /leader will brief you regarding hotels, Nepalese customs, culture, traditions and about breathtaking expedition to Everest. You can look forward to the surprising welcome dinner.
Day 02Preparation day in Kathmandu We separate this day for the preparation of the entire journey. You will be informed of all the trekking plans and the packing lists, what you can expect and how it can be more interesting. This day can be important to most of the people before beginning the journey. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is optional when if intended, you can visit a number of world heritage listed places .
Day 03Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs After having breakfast early on, head towards the domestic airport for a short scenic flight to Lukla. 35 mins is for the incredible views of snow capped mountains range with glimpse of Everest. From Lukla, after a refreshing break, follow your guide as the walk leads downhill and on gradual winding passes through several nice Sherpa traditional villages with cheerful smiles welcoming you. Your first overnight is at Phakding village by the glacial river Dudh Kosi.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs This morning walk is pleasant through beautiful alpine woodland of pines and rhododendron trees with views of snow capped peaks. Walk follows the river upstream crossing several bridges and entering the Sagarmatha National Park. This park is listed as the highest National Park and one of the World Heritage Sites. As the walk progresses, go all the way to Namche Bazaar, a wonderful village,where the colorful houses serving as hotels and lodges built in 'U' shape. Namche Bazaar will be the last place with modern facilities of ATM, banks, post office, cyber cafe, bakeries, restaurants, various shops and stores.
Day 05Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion Namche Bazaar an ideal spot for rest day and acclimatization before heading higher. Morning after breakfast take a short walk to the top of Namche at National Park headquarter area with a museum full of informations regarding Khumbu / Everest area of Sherpa religions,history, mountaineering to flora and fauna. This place offers stunning views of Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kwangde, Khumbila,Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Head back to lodge for lunch and explore around the market later on.
Day 06Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs After a pleasant day in Namche, morning trek leads uphill for a short while following a nice winding trail into rhododendron and pine trees enjoying the fabulous views of Ama-Dablam (one of the most beautiful peaks in all Himalaya). This nice walk also offers great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde. The second half of the journey takes us through a pristine forest to Thyangboche Monastery. Here, the mountaineers get blessed from the high lama (priest) for better success and safe expedition.
Day 07Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs After breakfast, walk downhill through lovely rhododendron and pines forest to cross a bridge over Imja river. Make a moderate climb to reach at Pangboche village with houses built of stones (the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp). Leaving the tree lines behind, walk slowly to an exposed area with super views of Mt Ama-Dablam at close distance. Dingboche for overnight stop.
Day 08Till 11: Dingboche- Rest and acclimatize Another acclimatization time at Dingboche for safe and enjoyable trekking.As the altitude gains rapidly from here onwards, having a rest day helps to acclimatize well to reach Everest Base Camp and climb forward. Dingboche offers stunning views North Face of Ama-Dablam, Island or Imjatse Peak, Nuptse and Lhotse mountains. A short high climb on the ridge provides views of world’s 5th highest Mt Makalu and Amphu Labtsa peak.
Day 12Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs Morning walk follows an uphill path for an hour and then a nice pleasant walk to Thugla, located at the junction joining Pheriche valley, Dingboche and Cholatse pass, Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. After a lunch break at Thugla, climb up to the Khumbu Glacier with many memorials of unfortunate mountaineers and climbers. From here, a gradual walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 13Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,334 m Take the trail through once vast Gorakshep lake walking on Moraine and icy trails. Gorakshep with 4-5 nice lodges and the last place with lodge facilities before Everest Base Camp;continue your walk to the major highlight, the Everest Base Camp walking over Moraine overlooking at Khumbu Icefall. Even though the walk is strenuous, you get to view Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori and enjoy the incredible moment. This region will be our home for the next 6 weeks.
Day 14Till 16: Rest, acclimatize and preparation Before you venture out in the most spectacular and awe-inspiring journey, take the enough rest and prepare yourself for the soon-to-be ultimate achievement.
Day 64Till 67: Trek down to LuklaRetracing the way back to Lukla, descend all the way until you arrive at Lukla for the next day flight to Kathmandu.
Day 68Flight to Kathmandu The morning flight takes you to Kathmandu in 35 mins. After breakfast, our city guide will take you on a half day tour around Kathmandu at your places of interest. You can do souvenir shopping and exploring around. Farewell dinner for all of you in the night, successful cilmbers, whose name will go down to history and to the Sherpas who went through all the hardwork to make your journey a success.
Day 69International departure Your last day in the amazing Nepal. As per international flight time, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home or to next port of call after a lifetime adventure with utmost grand service of Nepal Adventure Team and its guides and porters.
Passport & Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees and valid passport.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100
For more information, please contact Department of Immigration.
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
Means of Transport
Airplane, bus or car and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.
Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.
We have arranged for the single traveller to climb as well though advised with a group. He will get a personal accommodation while he can also join the other groups.
Foods and Accommodations
Everything is arranged throughout so foods and accommodation will be the best suiting your needs. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, youll be staying in the best quality hotel basically on twin-sharing basis. On trekking,accommodations are simple yet comfortable on mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared while you have to pay for the hot water bath.
During the climbing days, hygienic fresh cooked food will be provided by our own expedition cooks. In addition, dry foods including chocolates, cheese, nuts and muesli items will also add up.
Health and Fitness required
Everest Expedition is categorized as very strenuous difficulty level. Previous experience is not compulsory but with past rock and ice climbing it will be easier for you to climb since this expedition needs high physical and mental fitness.
First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness
Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your own personal first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to a height above 4000 m within few days but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize on high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal. Hence, rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche is really necessary for the acclimatization.
Your Guide and Porter
The leader should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides(climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of trainings to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 30 kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well paid and well treated.
Best Time to Travel
The spring time from Match to May is the best time for the Everest Expedition. However, be known that the weather in Everest is not completely predictable. Temperatures can drop as low as minus 20C during the period. Theres the possibility of snow, wind and cloud too. As you get higher, the oxygen will deplete subsequently.
Equipment and Packing Lists
After booking with Nepal Adventure Team, please pack necessary items as listed:
1. Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 4)
2. Bank card or credit cards, travellers cheque, etc
3. Sleeping bags, expedition quality rated to at least -40°F and another to at least -20° F.
4. Large and small towels.
5. Toiletries and water bottle.
6. Self-inflating pads-2.
7. Sun /snow glass.
8. First Aid/medical kit.
9. Rucksack / backpack.
10. Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
11. Torch / Flashlights with plenty of spare batteries.
12. Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
13. Scarf / face mask(for dust and wind).
14. Personal hygiene stuffs; trash bags too.
15. Any other extras you feel is necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.
Trekking and climbing has been long established in Nepal,so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit more colder but you will get used to it.
Every traveller is different and they spend their own way. Some spend on food and drinks while other on souvenirs. Either way, consider your own spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund($200), etc before you pack up and leave.
Trip Specific Safety
Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have the safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.
A Couple of Rules
Possession or using of any illegal drugs is totally intolerable. Its because of the law that respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such case.
Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favour of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too, have an important role to
a. respect the local laws, custom and their beliefs
b. always ask for permission before doing something in the local or consult to the leader
c. keep the area same as you found it as, wherever you go and dispose of rubbish
d. support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.
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The groups safety is very important for us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Even though every effort is made to go as planned, a little change might occur in the itinerary because of weather conditions, health condition of a person, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The leader will try to ensure the trip runs as planned, but please be prepared to be flexible just in case.
In event of flight cancellation/delay in/out of Lukla: Due to bad weather conditions(might even happen in best season), it is very likely that the flight to/from Lukla could be delayed or cancelled so make sure you have a day or two extra in your plan and some spare budget too. Meanwhile, we could either get back to the hotel after booking another flight or hire a helicopter. This is when your travel insurance comes in handy to claim back the expense. Please note that there will be no refund at all.