Everest, Mountains & Monasteries

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Trip code: 
TNO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point Trips
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

The Everest region has been a magnet for trekkers for decades, but physically getting there has traditionally been a long and tiring journey. This trip offers the opportunity to enjoy some gentle trekking, taking in the incredible mountain scenery, wildlife and Sherpa culture. Namche Bazaar on market day is a fantastic experience, as mountain traders buy and sell their wares as they have done for centuries. Our highpoint, literally, is colourful Thyangboche Monastery; straddling a ridge with breathtaking views of Everest, it is the most holy place in the region.

Highlights

  • Trek to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital
  • Walk to Thyangboche Monastery with great views of Everest
  • Explore the valleys around Namche and the Sherpa heartland

Key information

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 7 nights teahouses
  • 7 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs.
  • Altitude maximum 3867m, average 3200m
  • Travelby private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • Between 4 and 6 hours walking per day

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts 
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights standard hotels and 7 nights teahouses
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag (UK and Eire addresses)
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire in advance from £25*)
  • Down jacket (hire in advance from £25*) 
  • *Hire package incl. down jacket and sleeping bag from £35

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Pace:

Between 4 and 6 hours walking per day.

Terrain:

Well-established trails, with some relatively steep climbs. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 36.0km/3.0miles
Day 416.0km/9.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles
Day 75.0km/3.0miles
Day 814.0km/8.0miles
Day 913.0km/8.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flights are overnight flights and depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kathmandu.

    The group flights arrive into Kathmandu this afternoon; you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel, where the tour starts. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding.

    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi river (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where we spend our first night.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 6 km, 3 hours walking.
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar (3440m), arriving on market day.

    Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards and walk through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. Passing through Benkar and Monzo, we stop for a light snack and continue on to the small village of Jorsale (2805m). We cross the river and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. During this ascent we should have our first glimpse of the summit of Everest, appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. There is a famous bustling market selling fresh foodstuffs brought up from lower villages.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 16km, 6.5 hours walking.
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Acclimatisation walk to the Sherpa villages of Kunde, where there's the chance to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and Khumjung.

    We climb steeply out of Namche, with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other magnificent peaks. We stop for tea at the spectacular Everest View Hotel, which was built by the Japanese and renowned for wonderful views of Everest. We continue our trek to the village of Kunde, where we have the opportunity to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital. Passing through the village of Khumjung, we visit the monastery where, for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail, we have excellent views of Ama Dablam and spend the night at Kyanjuma (3600m).

    Approximate walk profile: distance 13km, 6 hours walking
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m) and soak up the incredible views of Everest.

    This morning we descend to the river and cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha (3250m). After a tea break we enter the forest and start the long climb to the village of Thyangboche(3867m). We should arrive by lunchtime and have the afternoon to explore this wonderful place. We stay in a small but cosy lodge on the ridge with amazing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. When it’s clear, we have the best mountain views and a spectacular sunset and sunrise. The magnificent Thyangboche monastery is right next to our lodge, so we will have plenty of time to look around. There is usually a prayer service midafternoon, which we are allowed to join.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 9km, 4-5 hours walking
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Descend to Kyanjuma.

    We descend off the ridge down to Phunki Tenga and then climb through Teshinga to Kyanjuma, where we spend one night. From Kyanjuma we have great views across the valley to Ama Dablam, and the lodge has a fantastic bakery with fresh cakes and pies.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 5km, 4-5 hours walking.
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Trek to Monzo via Namche.

    We take the beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi river back to Namche Bazaar, where we have a couple of hours to relax and explore. After lunch we descend from Namche Bazaar back down to the river, through Jorsale to Monzo.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 14km, 5 hours walking.
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Follow the trail back to Lukla.

    We retrace our steps through Benkar and Phakding. At Chaunrikhara we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to the airstrip at Lukla.

    Approximate walk profile: distance 13km, 5 hours walking.
    Basic Hotel (Teahouse)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, where we have the rest of the day to relax or explore Kathmandu.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day in historic Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping.

    Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Alternatively you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to London.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport. The group flights depart in the morning and arrive into the UK the same day.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip.

On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge or muesli and toast and a hot drink. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking. The sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping to freezing at the highest altitudes.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 5ºC at the highest altitudes, but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but often a haze will build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people choose to trek in spring. Although unseasonable there could be some rain or snow at the top end of the trek (usually in spring season).

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Is this trip for you?

The Everest, Monasteries & Mountains trek is graded as Moderate (Activity Level 3) with 7 days point-to-point walking. The maximum altitude is 3867m and the average is 3000m - we ask you to refer to the altitude warning section within the Trip Notes.

We trek on well-established trails, with some relatively steep climbs. It is for those who want a short trek at relatively low altitudes, whilst experiencing the awe-inspiring views of the Everest Himalaya. We recommend that you walk regularly or follow our fitness plan before the trip (https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf). The trail crosses a couple of modern suspension bridges, both of which have mesh sides but some are quite long and high and as such anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• 96% of clients who trekked with Exodus in Nepal in 2016 would recommend us.
• ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen, a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC bag) and first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.
• Established protocol for Lukla flight delays – see below.

Internal Flight Delays

Please note that adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport occasionally mean that flights to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. We include an additional day at the end of the itinerary to allow for this, but on occasion, persistent bad weather may delay the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu.

Should there be a lengthy delay at the start of a trip, we will aim to provide a shortened Everest trek, but if adverse weather conditions continue and the main objective of the trek becomes impossible to reach, an alternative trek to another region of Nepal will be offered. When fixed-wing planes are unable to fly, but helicopters to Lukla are available, clients may choose to travel by helicopter; in this event the price per person will be approximately US$500-600 per person, of which Exodus will cover half.

Should there be a significant delay at the end of your trek, we will endeavour to get you on the first fixed-wing flights to Kathmandu available. Should helicopters be able to fly, we will consider paying for these on a case by case basis to enable clients to meet their international flights. In the case of persistent adverse weather, Exodus will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs.

Accommodation

Hotels & Teahouses

The seven nights on trek are spent in lodges and the three nights in Kathmandu are in the Hotel Royal Singi.

Trekkers, guides and Sherpa's congregate in the tea-houses sipping hot drinks, exchanging stories and playing cards. Although Exodus pre-book the best available lodges, the mountain tea-houses are fairly basic owing to their remote locations.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek - rooms will be cold at night. Most lodges have only one or two basic shared toilets (usually Asian ‘squat’ style, sometimes Western style seated ones). The majority of tea-houses have running water and some offer hot 'showers' for a fee (sometimes this is just a bucket of hot water). Standards of cleanliness vary. Most lodges have electricity and even WiFi but it is not wholly reliable.

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the three nights in Kathmandu only, from £95 (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis.

Expert Blog Entries

It’s hard to choose ten highlights in a land so full of wonders, but we did our best…

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Janet Dryden

    Glorious Himalayas- Everest, Mountains and Monasteries

    Having never been to Nepal and having a Base Camp trip cancelled in 2015, we knew we wanted to go but decided to take the pressure off and do a trek without a big self-pressured goal and therefore a bit of sightseeing thrown in with quite a heavy duty trek was a win win result for us. This was the perfect decision.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Though the trip is labelled Everest, mountains and monasteries, for me the Himalayas are truly magnificent and yes we were lucky enough to see Everest but I think the others i.e Ama Dablam, Seven Sisters etc are just as worthy. In addition it has to be said Nepalese people have a very hard life and I was blown away by how hard working they are and how little they have. All very humbling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Lakpa Tsheten Sherpa was lovely, he was warm and friendly, he looked after us every step of the way, from asking the chef what was in the Sherpa stew to sorting the bills for dinner to chasing a lost piece of jewellery left behind by a member of our group. On our first night in Kathmandu we went to a restaurant with Nepalese food and cultural dancing which was a great way to get to know other people in our group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect early starts, not many showers and take UK pounds - I took US dollars and of course lost twice when changing money in and out of Nepalese Rupees - you cannot get Rupees in the U.K. and you cannot take them out of the country. We travelled in .March and the tea houses do not have heating anywhere other than the common room where you eat. The bedrooms were very cold and necessitated a woolly hat and lip balm in bed. The higher we went the colder it was. Fill your drinking water bottle with hot water before bed and put it in your sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It really was an experience and I am so pleased I went.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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