This adventure takes you through the Khumbu Valley, the home of Everest and the land of the Sherpas. A spectacular flight to Lukla begins your adventure in the Everest region. Trekking through high alpine valleys following the milky white rivers, you ascend to the astonishing pass Renjo La, famous for being one of the best vantage point in the region with breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding Himalayan giants. We continue to Gokyo, where you can see high alpine lakes and glaciers. From here we ascend towards Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pathar where you are surrounded 360 degrees by peaks over 7000 m tall along with 8000 m+ massifs of Everest and Lhotse, towering on the eastern side. With its alpine valleys and lakes, rugged mountainous landscape, glaciers and scores of gigantic mountains, this region is rated among the ‘five best’ region for trekking in the world. Your return back journey brings you pass the Tengboche Monastery, considered as a photographer’s favorite place.
- Mountain flight to Lukla
- Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu
- Views of 4 of the 6 highest mountains- Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510 m), Mt. Makalu (8467 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m)
- Tyangboche monastery- a 200 year old monastery situated on a ridge surrounded by massive mountains.
- Renjo la- the best vantage point of the Everest massif and its surrounding peaks
- Everest Base Camp- the base for climbing expeditions from the South side.
- Kalapathar- spectacular views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks along with the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Ice fall.
- Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m), welcome dinner
Day 2: Half day city tour, lunch and trek briefing
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2830m) and trek to Benkar (2630m)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5: Rest at Namche
Day 6: Trek to Thame (3820m)
Day 7: Trek to Lungden (44305m)
Day 8: Rest at Lungden
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) Via Renjo La pass (5347m)
Day 10: Ascend Gokyo Ri (5352m) and trek to Machherma (4400m)
Day 11: Trek to Phortse (3580m)
Day 12: Trek to Upper Pangboche (3980m)
Day 13: Trek to Pheriche (4300m)
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m) and Back to Gorak Shep (5180m)
Day 16: Ascend Kala Pathar (5545m) and back to Dingboche (4348m)
Day 17: Trek to Tengboche (3830m)
Day 18: Trek to Namche (3440m)
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2830m)
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21: In Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure
If you have a dream to trek in the Everest region and if you can afford to spend 3 weeks, we highly recommend you this trip over the Popular Everest Base Camp trek. Firstly, you get to see so much more- Renjola, unarguably is the best vantage point in whole of Everest region, the turquoise colored glacial lakes, and the beautiful Gokyo valley. Secondly, you get to get away from the crowded “Everest Highway” for 7 days, during which you meet relatively very few tourists compared to the main trail.
We begin our adventure with a spectacular flight to Lukla. The first couple of days we trek through alpine forests along the Dudh Koshi river to reach Namche. We take a couple of days halt here to acclimatize by walking in and around Namche as acclimatization cannot be done in a hurry. A hike to Everest View Hotel, which is a 400m climb from Namche Bazaar will compliment our acclimatization and also provide us with breathtaking vistas of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.
After Namche we leave the main “Everest Highway” and head west towards Thame valley. After a few days trek through this beautiful valley and fascinating villages we cross the Renjo La, form where you get the best view of Mt. Everest with Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and dozens of surrounding mountains. After Renjo La, you descend to Gokyo where you will stay near the beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, which along with the Ngozumpa glacier are the source of the Dudh Koshi. You will trek down the Gokyo valley and turn east to Phortse and Upper Pangboche to meet the main trail of the Everest Base Camp trek. From here we proceed to Lobuche, which sits on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. A roughly three hour hike leads us to the last settlement on the trail known as Gorak Shep. From Gorakhshep it is a 4 hours back and forth journey to Everest Base Camp. The following day we climb Kalapathar for astonishing views of Mt. Everest and the bird’s eye view of the Khumbu Glacier.
Grading: This expedition is graded D which is equivalent to physically demanding and challenging.
Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.We strongly recommend you to undergo extensive physical training at least 4 months prior to the expedition.
Trek Distance: Approx. 210 km
Maximum altitude: 5545m (18,192ft)
In / Out: Kathmandu
Day to day Activity
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to Hotel Manaslu/
Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the Hi On Life’s sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you.
When you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. We will also collect some documents from you. Please have the following things handy when arriving.
- Travel/ Medical Insurance (photo copy)
- 3 passport size photos
- Photocopy of your passport.
In the evening we will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant to end the day.
Day 2 – City tour and Trek briefing
After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some historical temples and monuments.
Places you will visit:
Boudhanath Stupa: It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Commonly called Basantapur Darbar is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Durbar Square was surrounded with spectacular architecture that showed the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries, but several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.
After sightseeing you will be return to your hotel and your Group leader will give you your trek briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket/or fleece sweater, sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag and rain poncho. Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your trek.
Day 3 – Fly to Lukla and trek to Benkar
- Flight: 30 mins
- Trek distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 4 hours
- Elevation difference: -140m Lukla to Benkar
A very early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board our flight which is a small 17 seated Twin Otter or Dornier aircraft. The flight times can be flexible because we need clear weather both in Kathmandu and Lukla to be able to fly. So this can sometimes involve waiting in the terminal for a long time. Once we get the all clear signal we take off to our destination on a 40 min scenic mountain flight to Lukla.
After a cup of tea at Paradise 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 color from glacial silt). We reach Benkar after a half a day walk and end our first day here. Benkar is situated at the bank of Dudh Kosi and the lodge that we will stay at, has a beautiful waterfall behind and an amzing view of Mt. Thamserku (6636m) right in front of you.
Day 4 – Trek to Namche (5-6 hrs)
- Distance: 8 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation difference: +700m
Today we have an easy walk in the morning following the Dudh Kosi crossing it several times on long suspension bridges. We reach Monjo after 2 hours walk which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Here we get your National Park Permits. 30 mins from here, we reach Jorsale where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we continue to trek along the Dudh Kosi for 45 mins to reach Larche Doban, which is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. Here we cross the famous suspension bridge which is about a hundred meters above the river and 113m long. After crossing this bridge, it is a steady climb for 1 ½ hours to reach Namche Bazaar, which is the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day you get views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche on the way to Namche.
Day 5 – Rest and acclimatization
- Distance- Hike to Everest view hotel and back: 6 kms
- Trekking : 3 hours
- Elevation difference: +400m & – 400m
As we will have gained about 700m that day, it demands a rest and acclimatization day for the following day. In the morning we will hike to Everest View Hotel where you will have breathtaking views over Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Peak 38, Taweche and Cholatse towards the North, and Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru to the East. Towards your west the 5 km ridge called the Skyline ridge which is the summit ridge of Mt Kwangde rises majestically along with Teng Kang Poche, Pachermo and Tengi Regi Taw. We will enjoy this fascinating view with warm drinks and biscuits.
You will be back at lunchtime and will have plenty of time to rest or look around the market and shop.
Day 6 – Trek to Thame (5-6 hrs)
The trail starts from the Namche Gompa and leads west past a large array of prayer flags, Mani stones and Chortens. The trail is quite easy and it takes about 3 hours to reach Thamo, where we will have lunch. From Thamo we will start to climb towards Thame. The carved Mani stones on the way are some of the most complex and picturesque in Khumbu. Thame is situated in a magnificent kettle surrounded with beautiful and dramatic mountains. Be prepared on awesome sunsets at clear weather!
Day 7 – Trek to Lungden (5-6 hrs)
After climbing the ridge above Thame we enter the Bhote Koshi Valley where the river Bhote Koshi runs in the middle. Just as the name reveals (Bothe = Tibetian, Koshi = River) this valley leads to Tibet and the famous pass Nangpa La . It takes about 4 hours to reach a village called Marlung, we stop here for lunch. After lunch, it is another one hour to Lungden. There are just four lodges and they are very basic with only 3 to 4 rooms in each of the lodge.
Day 8 – Rest and acclimatization
We utilize this day for rest and acclimatization. We will do a short hike towards Nangpa La, to a small “village” called Arie. Usually we meet a lot of Tibetan traders here. They are coming with their fully loaded yak caravans from Tibet to sell their gods in Namche. Before we head back to our lodge we get views of the worlds 6th highest mountain, Cho Oyu and many other beautiful peaks both in Nepal and Tibet. In the afternoon we relax and prepare for the next day.
Day 9 – Trek to Gokyo via Renjola
We start early in the morning, generally at 4 to 5 AM. The first one hour of the trek is quite steep. We reach a small dried out lake, from here the trail is a gentle climb for another 2 hrs and finally we reach a big turquoise green lake. From here, the trail is well trodden stony steps all the way to the top of the pass Renjo La which takes about 3-4 more hours. The view from the Pass is extremely beautiful. We get to see a panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and dozens of other mountains. The view of Everest is one of the best you can get, as you get to see more of Everest from here than from anywhere else in Nepal. After taking pictures, enjoying the stunning view and have a snack to eat we continue down to Gokyo. It takes about 3 hours.
Day 10 – Ascend Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo
We start early to get the best view. It takes roughly two to two and a half climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri. The trail climbs steeply from right beside the Gokyo Lake, which is also called the first lake, all the way to the summit. The views are more or less similar to that you saw from Renjo La the day before, except that you see Mt. Cho Oyu (8210m) to the North. It is an hour down to the Gokyo.
From Gokyo we walk past the beautiful second and third lakes of Gokyo and descend through narrow stone staircase to Lhabharma. From here it is an hour walk down to Machhermo.
Day 11 – Trek to Phortse
Day 12 – Trek to Upper Pangboche
- Distance: 4 kms
- Trekking: 3 to 4 hours
- Elevation difference: +580m
Today’s trail is dramatically beautiful. From the village we climb steeply for 20 mins to a small pass. From here you get the view of the famous Tyangboche Monastery with Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Kangtega as a back drop. The trail from here is undulating and follows the contour of the hillside with narrow exposed trail looking down on the main Everest trail and Imja Khola. Fantanstic views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega and the Lhotse face are seen with just the top of Mt. Everest peeing from behind. You will also get to see plenty of Thar, which is a mountain goat, and massive Himalayan Griffon vultures and Golden Eagle.
Day 13 – Trek to Pheriche
- Distance: 6 kms
- Trekking: 3 hours
- Elevation difference: +310m
The trail pass through the village and past a flat area where there are several memorials of the Sherpa climbers from Pangboche and the neighboring villages. There are also a few foreign climbers memorials here. The view of Mt. Amadablam is stunningly beautiful form here. We descend down along the side of the mountain to meet the main Everest trail right next to Lower Pangboche village.
After a 45 min walk from Pangboche we reach Shomare at 4060m. Here we are above the tree line and you will notice that now we are on high, barren and exposed alpine land. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we reach a flat exposed area called Orsho which is usually windy and the trail is relatively flat and continues for about an hour. After the end of this “flat trail”, we begin to climb steadily for about 40 mins to reach a pass. From here you will see the beautiful Pheriche valley with Lobuche Peak (6119) at the end of the valley and also Imja Tse (6189m) towards the East, both of which are famous trekking peaks in Nepal. From the pass we descend about 20 mins to the Khumbu Khola, corss the stream and walk another 20 mins to reach our lodge.
Day 14 – Trek to Lobuche (4-5 hrs)
- Distance: 9 kms
- Trekking: 5 hours
- Elevation difference: +580m
The trail follows the Khumbu khola upwards along the Pheriche valley. The trail is almost flat for about an hour and then starts to climb gently in the beginning and moderately steep towards the end for about an hour. It takes about 2 to 2 ½ hours from Pheriche to reach Thukla at 4620m where we stop for lunch. Just before reaching Thukla, we cross a stream of melted ice which flows just above us in the Khumbu Glacier. Thukla is situated on the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
After lunch we climb steeply up alongside the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After an hour climb we reach the top of the moraine, which is a flat ground dotted around with numerous graves and memorials of the climbers who lost their lives while climbing Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains. It is a spooky place yet breathtakingly beautiful with unimaginable views of Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taweche and Cholatse rising from below us to touch the skyline to the South. You can find memorials of some of the reknowned climbers of the world here. Right around the corner, you will get your first glimpse of the Khumbu Icefall, Kalapathar and part of Everest base Camp. From here it is an easy 40 mins, almost flat walk to Lobuche.
Day 15- Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep (8-9 hrs)
- Distance: 12 kms
- Trekking: 8/9 hours
- Elevation difference: +400m
We have an early breakfast and hit start today around 6 AM. In the beginning the trail is relatively flat alongside the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. An hour of the easy walk brings us to the bottom of the lateral moraine of Changri Glacier. It is a steep 20 mins climb and we are at the top overlooking the Lobuche valley below us towards the South and Mt. Nuptse and the Khumbu Glacier towards East. The trail leads across the Changri Nup and Changri Shar glacier with short steep ascends and decends through rough moraines of ice and rocks. After about 2 hours of walk through this glacier we reach Gorakhshep. At 5180m, Gorakhshep is the last settlement on the trail to Everest Base Camp, which is a group of tea houses.
We will have a quick lunch here and refill water and head off to our objective- Everest Base Camp. The trail is rough and endless short ascends and decends through rocky moraines alongside the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. About 2 to 2 ½ hours walk along the Khumbu glacier we reach Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is situated right on the top of the Khumbu Glacier. While you are here you will hear the sound of ice cracking below you and witness a few avalanches on the sides of the surrounding mountains. It gives you a sense of how unforgiving climbing mountains can be. After spending some time at the Base Camo and taking pics we head back the same way to Gorakhshep.
Day 16- Ascend to Kalapathar and trek back to Dingboche
- Distance: 15 kms
- Trekking: 8/9 hours
- Elevation difference: -1200m
Another early morning and we head towards the summit of Kalapathar. Kalapathar is famous for its view of Everest, and a bird’s eyes view of the Khumbu Glacier. The climb starts right on the other side of the dried lake across the lodge. It is a steady steep climb for about 2 to 2 ½ hours to reach the summit of Kalapathar. The views are simply fantastic. Right in front of you is Mt. Pumori 71 rising menacingly at 7161m. Magnificent views of Mt. Everest with Khumbu Icefall and the Western cwm, and the South Col connecting with Mt. Lhotse and Nuptse with the view of the entire Khumbu glacier below you makes an unforgettable memory.
After spending some time at the summit we head back to the lodge at Gorakhshep and start our journey back. A three hours walk from Gorakhshep will bring us to Dingboche.
Day 17- Trek to Tyangboche
- Distance: 9 kms
- Trekking: 4 hours
- Elevation difference: -600m
The trail begins to descend alongside the Imja Khola for about 30 mins where we cross a small metal bridge and climb up to the other side and meet the trail which we took to reach Pheriche. We trek back to via lower Pangboche and cross the Imja Khola. After the bridge you enter a beautiful rhododendron and birch forest where the trees are covered with mosses and lichens, giving it an enchanted forest feeling.
Day 18- Trek to Namche Bazaar
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation difference: -450m
We begin with a descend through rhododendron and birch forest to Dudh Kosi. If you have missed the Danphe and Musk deer before, then this is definitely the place to spot them. After crossing the Dudh Kosi, the trail climbs steeply for about an hour to reach Mong la, which is a pass with a few tea houses. From here we descend along a beautiful trail to Khumjung. Khumjung is the largest settlement of the Khumbu Valley with a high school and hospital both made by Sir Edmund Hillary. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we trek to Namche.
Day 19- Trek to Lukla.
- Distance: 19 kms
- Trekking: 7 hours
- Elevation difference: -585m
Today is the final day of your trek, back tracking the way we started this epic journey. On arriving Lukla you can check in to your rooms and then fix a meeting with the staff for the last night party. Your guide will arrange and fix a time for the evening. You can collect your group tipping and give it to your guide. He will put them in separate envelopes according to the names of the staff and their share and give them back to you. Usually our groups have a farewell speech and distribute the tips which will be followed with a few song and dances.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Usually it is an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free to take showers, spa, shopping etc.
Day 21: Free day
We have allowed this extra day as a buffer day in case of flight cancellation from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You can use this day to do some extra sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Your group leader can suggest and help organize sightseeing trip to some of the most famous sites around the valley.
Some suggestions: Bhaktapur, Swoyambunath.
Day 22: Departure
We will drive you to Tribhuwan International airport about 3 ½ hours before your departure time.
A Day on Your Trek
Although each day is different, considering the weather, general pace of the group and length of the days walk, in general your day begins with a wake up tea at around 6 to 6:30 in the morning. You will then be provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then you will need to pack your duffel bag and your daypack and come to the lodge’s diner for breakfast.
After breakfast we will hit the trail and usually walk for about 3 to 4 hours before we stop for lunch. We will give you about an hour and a half rest during lunch, which will also give enough time for the staff to have their lunch and pack. Usually after 3 to 4 hours of walking we finish the days walk by 4 PM. Tea/ Coffee and snacks will be served on arrival to the lodge. Your group Leader will often organize side trips in the afternoon. Your dinner will be served around 7 PM.
On this trek you will be going up to 5545m, so it is very important to understand the affects of altitude. The greatest provocation is going too high too fast. Hi On Life’s itinerary has been carefully designed to minimize the effects of altitude. We ascend slowly and surely allowing enough time for safe acclimatization.
Headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude which in itself is nothing to worry about. In rare cases, this may worsen to Acute Mountain sickness (AMS), so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the group leader who is trained to recognize the symptoms of AMS which are severe headaches, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite serious breathlessness even at rest. If any trekkers show such signs they will be descended to relatively lower and safer altitude. The Group Leader’s decision on evacuating such person to a safe altitude is final. Do not medicate yourself without first informing your group leader. Going to altitude slowly with adequate rest and adequate intake of fluid (3 to 4 litres per day), you will most likely have no problems apart from breathlessness on hills which is completely normal as the percentage of Oxygen in the air is relatively lower to that at sea level. The most important thing is not to worry about altitude because our team is there to take care of you.
Group leader: your most important member of your staff. Our Group leaders are highly trained in all aspects of the trek, conservation, first aid specializing on altitude sickness, emergency procedures and have extensive knowledge of the natural history of the area.
Sirdar: His job is to manage and organize staff duties. He is responsible for the actual operation of the trek.
Sherpas: Their job is to lead your way and distribute equal loads to the porters.
Porters: They are responsible to transport your duffle bags and their job finishes once they reach the designated lodge. Our porters are provided with Gore-Tex suits, trekking boots, gloves, hats, socks, snow gaiters and snow goggles. Most importantly, we regulate them on a 25 Kg carrying which no other company does. Our clients can therefore feel comfortable knowing that our porters are working in a good humane condition. During the trek you can see porters carrying 60-70 kg and sometimes even more than 100 kg!!)
Oct/Nov and March/April
On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 15C to 20C and the Min temp can be 0C to 5C
At higher altitude (3500m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between 5C to 10C and Min temp can be between -6C to OC
Please note: when there is an overcast sky, the day time temperature can get down to -2C during day time at altitudes above 4500m. Also the wind makes a big difference in the real feel of temperature.
Dec to end of Feb
On the trek at lower altitude (2500m to 3500m) during daytime the Max temp can be around 2C to 7C and the Min temp can be – 5C to 2C
At higher altitude (3500m to 5000m) the daytime Max temp can be between -5C to 5 C and Min temp can be between -8 C to -20C
Please note: when there is an overcast sky, the day time temperature can get down to -5C during day time at altitudes above 4500m. Also the wind makes a big difference in the real feel of temperature.
This is just general information and it could vary.
Recommendations for things you should bring:
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
- UV shield/ Category 2 sunglasses
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- 2 polypropylene or wool mix t-shirts
- 2 polypropylene or wool mix long sleeve t-shirts
- 2 long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, lightweight preferably woolen
- 1 polar fleece pullovers medium weight
- 1 polar fleece jacket, OR Primaloft/ Down light weight jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down jacket with hood (we provide this)
- 1 pair medium weight wind stopper gloves
- 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves
- 1 pair walking shorts
- 1 to 2 pair walking trousers for trekking
- 1 pair stretchable running trouser for evening wear at lodges
- 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, wind stopper
1 pair trekking /walking boots with good ankle support
1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in lodges;
2 pair med weight preferably wool socks
2 to 3 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
- 1 down sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 F )
- 1 polar fleece liner
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
- 1 medium rucksack (30-35 litres)
- We provide you 1 big duffle bags.
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit
- Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also
- 2 Water bottles (1 litre)
- 1 small folding knife
- Books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, games, small musical intruments
- Adequate amount of batteries, etc.
Healthy and trouble free holiday
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entering Nepal. However please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please through your agent, give us a list of what you can and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you.
If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including antimalarials have side effects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Kathmandu for the past couple of decades.
We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance before leaving home. This should cover for your loss of baggage, airline delays, sickness and accidents. And it should also cover you for Emergency Helicopter Evacuation.
In case of Lukla flight cancellation: Sometimes due to bad weather Lukla flights get cancelled. This may make it difficult for you to connect with international flights. In such an event and if the group as a whole wishes to charter a helicopter, which is an ideal solution to Lukla flight delays, we can arrange for it. Your will need to pay about 400 USD per person.
The ideal currency to bring with you is USD.
In Kathmandu: Each meal will cost around 4 to 6 USD. Plus 10 to 20 USD for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.
On trek: You will need around 6 to 10 USD per day. This money is for your hot showers, chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.
Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline
In Kathmandu: for bellboys, waiters and porters 30 to 50 Nepali Rupees
On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff.
- For Staff: 100-120 USD depending on group size. The group leader will collect the tip and then split it between the staff and put it in envelops so that the trekkers can give it to the staff during the “Farwell Ceremonies”. Your Group Leader is not included in this tip.
- For Group Leader: 30 to 50 USD per person
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Nepalese people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.
While in Nepal please observe the following:
- Full or partial nudity is not accepted
- Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged
- Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples
- Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine
- Many Hindu temples are closed to non-Hindus. Please ask before entering
- Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory
“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”
- All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
- Services of English-speaking guide, porter‟s and sherpa‟s assistance
- 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
- Welcome dinner.
- Half day guided city tour with lunch.
- Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, Tshirt, down jacket and sleeping bag.
- Both way air fare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with domestic terminal taxes.
- All meals while on trek.
- Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge
- Twin share accommodation in trekking lodges with shared bath and toilet facilities
- National Park fees,
- Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.
- Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
- Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times
- Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid
- Optional tips to guides & porters
- International airport departure taxes
- Visa costs
- Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary
- documents so that you can claim from your insurance.
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Our grading system for trekking:
There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade A: Leisure
These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.
Grade B: Easy to moderate
These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.
Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.
Grade C: Moderate
These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.
Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.
Grade D: Challenging
These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.
Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.
Grading system for Expeditions:
A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.
Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.
I Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.
II Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.
III Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.
IV Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.
V Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.
A Good basic fitness required. Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.
B Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.
C High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.
D Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.
E Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.
If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.
Booking terms and conditions
What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?
The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.
At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.
The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.
Cancellations & Refunds:
In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:
Days prior to trip Start date Cancellation Fee
31-45 days 50% of trip price
16-30 days 75% of trip price
0-15 days 100% of trip price
Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.
Grade: A- Leisure
Duration: 7 days
Grade: A- Leisure
Duration: As per package
Grade: A- Leisure
Duration: According to package