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Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and briefing about the trekArrive at the Tribhuwan international airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will be no any organized activities. So, you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening and you will be introduced with your trekking guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to PhakdingAn early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight to Lukla. We take off to our destination on a 35 min scenic mountain flight. After a cup of tea at local Lodge in Lukla we are treading on the legendary “Everest Highway” which heads downwards through the alpine valley following the “Dudh Kosi” or milk river (named after its milky colour from glacial silt). We reach Phakding after 3hrs walk and end our first day here. Overnight at lodge.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)Today we walk mostly uphill through the alpine valleys. We cross Dudh Kosi River a few times before we reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day you get panaromic views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche on the way to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Rest/ Excursion to Khumjung Monastery & back to Namche BazaarWalk through the Everest view hotel to Khumjung village for day excursion & visit the monastery which is still preserving a yeti’s head. In the late afternoon get back down to Namche Bazaar by the side or Khumjung school or if you have time you may also visit Khunde village and then walk down to Namche bazaar from Khunde. Overnight at lodge.
Trek to Lukla (2840m, 4-5 hrs)You can walk at your own leisurely pace enjoying the lush green scenery and the amazing view of the surrounding mountains .Apart from a few short uphill stretches the only long climb will be from a place called Choplung just before reaching Lukla (40 minutes). At Lukla, we’ll have a merry dinner party at night with the whole Sherpa crew and porters.
Fly from Lukla to KathmanduThis morning you will transfer to Lukla airstrip for your flight back to Kathmandu. The 40 minute flight to Kathmandu usually leaves early from Lukla but this depends on the weather.
Transfer to Airport for your onward destination
- Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
- Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport tax
- Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park permit
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
- An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide
- Equipped & insured trekking porter (each porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.)
- Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew
- Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek
- Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
- Everest Region Trekking Map
- Nepal entry visa
- Your Travel/Medical insurance
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Hot shower while on trek (extra cost)
- Single supplement in hotel
- Bar bills and laundry
- Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost)
- Optional trips not specified in the itinerary
- Tipping to guide and porter
- Personal trekking equipment
- Emergency rescue by helicopter
- Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)
You should bring your personal wear like walking boots and sand shoes, sandal, a water-and wind-proof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, a thick pullover, shorts/skirts and trousers/track suits. Thermal underwear is necessary for high altitudes and cottons are best for lower and warmer altitudes. Also don’t forget a water bottle, sleeping bag, gloves, walking stick, knife and sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries, extra boot laces, sun glasses, sun cream, rain coat and personal medical supplies. Bring a duffel bag to put your clothing and equipments in. We provide you porter to carry your kit bag.
We will recommend you walking boots which is support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially high mountains. It is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals or using new boots or hiring boots prior to the trek.
You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package.
Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.
The best time for trekking in Nepal is from mid September to early December and from March to April.
Beside them in other months also you can do trekking in Nepal but in selected regions.
In January and February the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. For January and February, we suggest Langtang trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking.
Likewise June July August is the rainy season in Nepal. During this time here occurs heavy rain fall. Mountain views are not clear. For this period we recommend Upper Mustang, Dolpo trekking. These are rain shadow areas where rain falls very little.
To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks),
If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.
There is no government restriction on the age limit for the Nepal trekking. If the trekkers children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 70 years old. The Himalayan Smile Treks recommend to hire an extra porter(our package price including one porter for two people).