Everest Circuit – Three passes
Everest three passes, also called the Everest Circuit is a complete exploration of the Everest region. It includes the popular Everest Base Camp trek along with off beat treks which crosses over the three passes that connects the four main valleys on the region- Thame valley, Gokyo valley, Khumbu valley and Imja valley. These passes offers superb vistas of the different valleys and their mountains. 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 cross the Cho La and trek 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. After Everest Base Camp we cross over Kongma La to descend to the Imja valley and join the Everest Base Camp main trail to end this fantastic trek at Lukla. 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 past the Tyangboche Monastery, considered as a photographer’s favorite place.
- Mountain flight to Lukla
- Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu
- 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
- Gokyo Ri- 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)
- Cho la and Kongma la passes- Challenging and rewarding!
- 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.
- Amadablam Base Camp- most beautiful base camp of probably the most beautiful mountain in the world!
- Tyangboche monastery- Most important monastery for the Sherpas in a picturesque location- A photographer’s dream place!
- 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 (4380m)
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 Thangnag (4600m)
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4700m) via Cho La (5420m)
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m) and Back to Gorak Shep (5180m)
Day 14: Ascend Kala Pathar (5545m) and trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 15: Trek to Chukung (4700m) via Kongma La (5535m)
Day 16: Trek to Pangboche (3900m)
Day 17: Visit Amadablam Base Camp (4600m) and trek to Tyangboche (3870m)
Day 18: Trek to Namche (3440m)
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2830m)
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21: In Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure
Everest three passes
This is the ultimate in the Everest region! This trek not only covers all major valleys that constitutes the region, but also includes all the major landmarks with the most beautiful views. There are four major valleys in the Everest region viz. Thame Valley, Gokyo Valley, Khumbu Valley and Imja Valley. these valleys are connected by three passes viz. Reno La, Cho La and Kong La. Everest Three passes trek, or what many people call the Everest Circuit trek, takes you through all these valleys crossing the three amazingly beautiful passes.
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 acclimatise by walking in and around Namche as acclimatisation cannot be done in a hurry. A hike to Everest View Hotel, which is a 400m climb from Namche Bazaar will compliment our acclimatisation 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. From 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. The next morning climb Gokyo Ri. You will trek along the three lakes of Gokyo and turn east to cross over the Ngozumpa glacier. We leave the Gokyo valley and enter the Khumbu valley via Cho La to meet the popular Everest Base Camp trek. You will visit the historic landmark of Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar for a fantastic view of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. Next, we cross over the Khumbu Glacier and leave the Khumbu valley behind to enter the Chukung valley via Kongma La. This valley offer fantastic views of the famous South face of mighty Lhotse. We walk down this valley to meet the Everest Base Camp trail at Dingboche. A side walk to Amadablam Base Camp is well rewarding as Amadablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world its base camp is the most beautiful base camp in the Himalaya. On our return journey we will visit Tyangboche which is famous for its beautiful monastery, the most important monastery for the Sherpas. Tyangboche is also called a photographer’s favourite place as the surrounding views are just awe inspiring.
Grading: This expedition is graded Grade 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.
- Trek Distance: Approx. 210 km
- Maximum altitude: 5545m (18,192ft)
- In / Out: Kathmandu
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 of Lukla: 2850m
- Elevation of Benkar: 2750m
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 amazing view of Mt. Thamserku (6636m) right in front of you.
Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar
- Distance: 8 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation Namche Bazaar: 3440m
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 gain and loss on the hike: +/- 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
- Distance: 10 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation Thame: 3820m
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
- Distance: 9 kms
- Trekking: 5 hours
- Elevation Lungden: 4380m
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
- Distance- Hike to view point and back: 7 kms
- Trekking : 3 hours
- Elevation gain and loss on the hike: +/- 300m
We utilize this day for rest and acclimatization. We will do a short hike towards Nangpa La, to a small “village” called Ariya. 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
- Trek distance: 12 kms
- Trekking: 9 hours
- Elevation of Renjo La: 5347m
- Elevation of Gokyo: 4790m
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 spending some time at the pass, we continue down to Gokyo which takes about 3 hours from the pass.
Day 10 – Climb Gokyo Ri and trek to Thagnag
- Distance: 6 kms
- Trekking : 3 hours to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo and 2 hours to Thagnag
- Elevation of Gokyo Ri: 5352m
- Elevation of Thagnag: 4600m
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 lakes of Gokyo and then cross the Ngozumpa Glacier to the other side. The trail is undefined across morains. After crossing the glacier it is an easy walk along a beautiful meadow to Thagnag.
Day 11 – Trek to Dzongla via Cho La
- Distance: 10 kms
- Trekking : 8 hours
- Elevation of Cho La: 5420m
- Elevation of Dzongla: 4700m
An early start begins with a steep uphill for about an hour and a half. to reach an open meadow. From here we climbs on a moderately steep trail along a yak grazing pasture to the bottom of a steep rocky terrain. The trail climbs steeply on a rocky switch back path with stone stairs at places for a couple of hours to reach the top of the pass. We can spend some time enjoying the views here and then begin the descend. At the beginning of the descend, we cross a glacier about 200m across and then descend a steep rocky terrain to Dzongla. Dzongla is a Yak grazing pasture.
Day 12 – Trek to Lobuche
- Distance: 7 kms
- Trekking : 3 hours
- Elevation of Lobuche : 4930m
Todays walk is easy. From Dzongla the trail follows an undulating path around Lobuche Peak passing by Lobuche Peak base camp. After a couple of hours we meet the Everest Base Camp trail and then follow the main trail which is along side the Khumbu glacier, to Lobuche
Day 13- Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep
- 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 14- Climb Kalapathar and trek to Lobuche
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 5 hours
- Elevation of Kalapathar: 5545m
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 begin our trek back to Lobuche which takes another two hours.
Day 15 – Trek to Chukung via Kongma La
- Distance: 11 kms
- Trekking: 8 hours
- Elevation of Kongma La: 5535m
- Elevation of Chukung: 4700m
A big day today. We begin early and immediately the trail leads across the Khumbu glacier to the other side. From here it is roughly 500 m steady climb on switch back trail with loose gravel all the way to the top of Kongma La. Amazing view of Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen from here. After the pass we descend to the Imja valley along a narrow trail adjacent to a lake at first, and then on a meadow all the way to Chukung. Chukung is an important stop for people who climbs Island Peak.
Day 16- Trek to Pangboche
- Distance: 12 Kms
- TRekking: 3 hours
- Elevation of Pangboche: 3900m
The trail from Chukung to Dingboche is a gentle descend along a beautiful meadow with fantastic views of the Lhotse, Taweche, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. From Dingboche we continue to descend to cross Imja river and then continue to Pangboche. An easy walk today and we reach Pangboche early.
Day 17 – Visit to Amadablam Base Camp
- Distance: 4 kms
- Trekking: 3 hours
- Elevation of Amadablam Base Camp: 4700m
The trail pass through the Lower Pangboche village to the Imja Khola where we cross a small iron bridge. From the other side of the river the trail steady climbs steadily all the way to Amadablam Base Camp. Amadablam Base Camp is considered to be the most beautiful base Camp in Nepal. It is a flat pasture with a small stream flowing right from the middle of the pasture. The view of Mt. Amadablam towering more than 2 vertical kms above is simply awe inspiring. If it is during the climbing season, we will stay at a tented campsite along side the expedition group. It is absolutely fascinating to witness climbers approaching summit climb, which we can see from the comfort of our tents. When it is not climbing season, we can stay at a nearby lodge which has very good sleeping and eating facilities, just as any other lodges along the trail.
Overnight camp or tea house
Day 18- Trek to Namche Bazaar Via Tyangboche
- Distance: 16 kms
- Trekking: 6 hours
- Elevation of Tyangboche: 3830m
- Elevation of Namche: 3440m
We will have a relaxing morning enjoying the grandeur of the majestic Amadablam. If there is a group attempting for the summit, it will be a fantastic show to see tiny dots of climbers on the near vertical slopes leading to the summit. After breakfast, we will begin our return back journey. A steady descend of an hour and a half will bring us down to Pangboche. After Pangboche the trail begins to descend alongside the Imja Khola for about 30 mins where we cross a small metal bridge. 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. From here another hour and a half climb on gentle gradient through a fairy tale like forest will bring us to Tyangboche monastery. Look out for Musk deer and the colorful peacock like Danphe (Impeyan Pheasant) which is the national bird of Nepal. We will order lunch at a lodge and then go to visit the monastery. The monastery is about 200 years old. The walls of the monastery contains intricately beautiful Buddhist paintings. The building itself is perched on top of a ridge at a picture perfect location with Amadablam and Everest as a backdrop which makes it popular among photographers.
After lunch we will descend to Dudh Kosi for about an hour and a half. We will cross the river on suspension bridge and then a steady climb for about an hour and a half will bring us to Kyangjuma. After Kyangjuma it is an hour of easy walk to Namche Bazaar.
Day 19- Trek to Lukla.
- Distance: 19 kms
- Trekking: 7 hours
- Elevation of Lukla: 2850m
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 Ramechhap and drive to Kathmandu
- Flight: 15 mins
- Drive: 145 km, 5 hours
Weather permitting, we will fly early to Ramechhap and then drive 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
Sample of sunglasses you will need for the climb
- 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.
Health 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.