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What’s included

  • Pertemba Sherpa as trek leader
  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin...

Everest Base Camp 70th Anniversary Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Kathmandu, Nepal, Lukla, Everest Region | Walking & Trekking

Everest Base Camp 70th Anniversary Trek Special Trek
  • Grade:
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      Strenuous

      Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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    Strenuous

  • Duration: 19 days from the UK
  • On trek: 14 days

Flight inclusive from £3700, Land only from £2750

The trip of a lifetime joining three times Everest summiteer, Pertemba Sherpa, on a celebratory trek to reach Everest Base Camp on the 70th anniversary of the first ascent.

Highlights

  • Stand at Everest Base Camp on the 70th Anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing's summit success
  • Led by a celebrated three times summiteer who made his first successful ascent with Sir Chris Bonnington
  • Learn about life on an Everest expedition and hear Pertemba Sherpa's tales from the top of the world
  • Excellent acclimatisation to ensure you enjoy your time at base camp and the ascent of Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft
  • Stay in a four star hotel in Kathmandu - time to celebrate!
  • Take home a commemorative t-shirt to mark this special occasion

Reviews

I had an amazing trip of a lifetime which was fantastically organised. The routes and free days were superbly balanced which was geared to getting us to almost the top of the world. Mountain Kingdoms' route scored head and shoulders above its competitors, we loved going to Thame and Khunde. Our guide, was superb; patient and very attentive.

Ms E, Exeter

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I had a fantastic time that I will remember for the rest of my life! The guides and the porters were excellent. Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed every moment!

Mr B, Buckinghamshire

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An experience never to be forgotten. So glad I made the trip. All credit to Mountain Kingdoms for this marvellous holiday.

Mr E, Cornwall

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The holiday was an amazing experience - everything we hoped for and more. From the moment we first booked our trip to the end of our trek we were incredibly well looked after both by the Mountain Kingdoms staff and by their partners in Nepal. We trekked to Everest Base Camp over the Christmas period so it was very cold, especially at higher altitudes, but we had free hire of a duvet jacket,...

Mrs Parsons, South Glos

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The trek to Everest Base Camp is probably the best known trek in the world. It follows in the footsteps of climbers and mountaineers who have been making the same journey to reach the base of the world’s highest mountain since Nepal opened its doors to visitors in 1950. Three years later it was the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay as they set out on their summit attempt as part of the British Mount Everest Expedition led by John Hunt.

Hillary and Tenzing famously stepped foot on the summit of Everest on the 29th May 1953, receiving worldwide acclaim and a lifetime of mountaineering superstardom. To mark their historic achievement we have arranged this special anniversary departure to arrive at Everest Base Camp exactly 70 years later – the 29th May 2023. During your day at base camp you will meet any expedition members who are still in residence as the climbing season draws to a close, and perhaps hear enthralling stories of their adventures over a mug of tea. You will no doubt pose for a group picture at one of the most iconic places on the planet – perhaps wearing your Mountain Kingdoms commemorative t-shirts - to mark the momentous occasion!

We are delighted that this special anniversary trek will be led by Pertemba Sherpa - a three times Everest summiteer, as well as an expedition adviser, professional trek leader and a native of the Solokhumbu. Pertemba has received many awards and accolades for his remarkable achievements, and his incomparable experience and knowledge will add another dimension to the trek and give you a unique insight into life on Everest.

This once-in-a-lifetime adventure begins with a spectacular flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, then winds its way gradually from the sparkling waters of the Dudh Khosi River to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of the Everest region. Here you will spend two nights and visit the Sagarmartha National Park Museum with Pertemba for an in-depth tour. Our side trek to the lovely villages of Thame, Kunde and Khumjung, diverts you from the main trail and builds in additional acclimatisation, before continuing to Thyangboche Monastery with its impressive views of Everest and Ama Dablam. Past Thyangboche the scenery gets ever more stark and dramatic until, finally, you reach base camp itself. Although the climbing season will be nearly over at the end of May there will hopefully be a few expedition teams still around who Pertemba will introduce you to, either in situ or as you pass them on their descent back to Lukla. There will also be plenty of excitement and activity due to the annual Everest Marathon race which is being held on the same day and also departs from Base Camp. After time to explore the area, you trek back to Gorak Shep.

The following day you will climb from Gorak Shep to the top of the small nearby peak of Kala Pattar that overlooks the Base Camp area and offers superb, panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding peaks – cloud permitting. Returning to Lukla, you can celebrate your achievement and say a fond farewell to Pertemba Sherpa and your trek crew who will have made your trip so memorable.

En route, you stay in traditional tea houses offering simple accommodation and excellent nourishing food. By staying in tea houses you are also contributing to the local community and giving something back to the people you meet as your make your own way to the foot of the world’s highest mountain.


At a glance

Grade:

Strenuous

Duration: 19 days from the UK

On trek: 14 days

Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft, Kala Pattar, Day 13

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotel, Tea Houses

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals on trek.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3 Fly to Kathmandu.Fly to Lukla and begin the trek.
4-5 Trek to Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation and visit to Sagamartha National Park Museum.
6-7 Trek up the Nangpo Drangpo Valley to Thame. Visit the Thame Monastery before trekking to Khunde.
8-9 Trek to Thyangboche monastery for panoramic views. Trek to the village of Dingboche.
10-11 Acclimatisation day before trekking to Lobuche.
12 Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft – meet any remaining expeditions and explore area. Return to Gorak Shep.
13 Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft. Descend to Pheriche.
14-15 Descend to Monjo and warmer climates. There are still wonderful mountain views.
16 Trek to Lukla and finish the trek. On arrival you can relax and enjoy a celebratory beer.
17-19 Fly to Kathmandu. At leisure. Fly to London.
Leader: Pertemba Sherpa

A three times Everest summiteer, trek leader for many decades and professional expedition adviser, Pertemba Sherpa has exceptional credentials for leading our special anniversary trek.

Born in 1948 in the Solokhumbu, he began his climbing career as a high-altitude expedition porter before going on to make his first successful summit of Everest in 1975 as Chris Bonnington’s Sirdar. They climbed via the South West Face – the first ever to achieve this feat. Pertemba then summited again in 1979 via the South East Ridge and again, five years later, on the South Col Route. He finished climbing in 1995 and started an equally successful career with his own company as a trek leader and adviser/co-ordinator for other Himalayan climbing expeditions. He even led Prince Charles on trek in the Annapurnas – one of his career highlights.

Pertemba has been awarded many medals and accolades for his achievements and he is also an active member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Himalayan Rescue Association and the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). He continues leading treks in Nepal, although on a very selective basis, and we are absolutely delighted he has agreed to lead ours.

Pertemba Sherpa

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Kathmandu

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

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Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 3 - Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft - 5-6 hours.

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north, will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m and arriving there is a unique experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing.

On arrival you can have a cup of tea while the trek staff collect your baggage. From the airstrip you will head north-west, through the village of Lukla and descend to the Dudh Khosi River at Phakding, 2,652m. The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chumoa, 2,743m, a small and picturesque village of about 25 houses located below Thamserku Mountain,and close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just after leaving Chomoa you cross the Monjo Khola and shortly arrive in the spread out village of Monjo for your overnight stop.

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Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,445m/11,302ft - 6 hours.

A principal benefit of walking as far as Monjo on the first day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche when fit and fresh in the early morning. You leave Monjo and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmartha National Park at Jorsale where you complete entry formalities. You then walk on alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo, which combine to form the Dudh Khosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche.

Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku, 6,618m, and Kwangde, 6,224m, loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila, 5,707m, dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Don't be surprised if, after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-achey. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest.

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Day 5 - Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar including a visit to thh Sagarmartha National Park Museum.

'Climb high, sleep low' is the mantra for good acclimatisation. To aid acclimatisation it is a good idea today to, at the very least, walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. With his incredible climbing career and in-depth knowledge of the region, Pertemba Sherpa will guide you through the museum's exhibits and add a fascinating dimension to your visit - there may well be a photo or two of him in the museum.

From here there are the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam - a wonderful panorama. If you are feeling energetic you might also make the worthwhile excursion to the Everest View Hotel, situated above the village of Khumjung. Although rather an ugly building and out of keeping with its surroundings, there are very good views from its terrace and you can have a cup of tea, or a glass of hot lemon there and enjoy the scenery.

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Day 6 - Trek to Thame, 3,800m/12,467ft - 6 hours.

Today you head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). As you walk up the valley, to your left you have fine views of Kwangde, 6,343m, and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. You continue high above the river, on a contouring trail through fine rhododendron forest. Watch out along here for colourful Impeyan Pheasant, the Nepalese national bird, and small deer. Just before the village of Thamo you cross a side valley (Kyajo Kola) and from there you can look back for fine views of Thamserku, 6,648m and Kusum Kangru, 6,370m. You might choose to visit the little nunnery passed just as you leave the village. Leaving Thamo you continue up the valley, still staying high above the river before descending to cross the river near some rock paintings of Buddhist figures. For the final part of the walk you climb alongside a small stream to arrive at the cultivated fields in front of Thame village. This is where Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa ever to climb Mt. Everest, lived for many years with his first wife.

If you are still feeling energetic on arrival, you could make the short climb of about 1 hour to Thame monastery clinging to the cliff side above the village in a truly spectacular location. The monks here have a Mani Rimdu festival every year in the late spring. To reach the monastery you climb to the top of the ridge above the village and then ascend left to the monastery. From the monastery terrace there are fantastic views back down the valley of the mountains beyond Namche. As you descend from the monastery it is worthwhile walking to the end of the ridge to look up the valley towards the Nangpa La, a pass leading to Tibet and a principal trade route between Nepal and Tibet for many hundreds of years.

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Day 7 - Trek to Khunde, 3,840m/12,599ft - 6 hours.

In the morning, if you did not have time yesterday, you may visit Thame gompa. You then descend back down the valley. Crossing back over the Kyajo Khola you will take a high, scenic trail up to the left which by-passes Namche and ascends past the high airstrip at Syangboche and continues over the top of the ridge before descending to Khunde.

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Day 8 - Trek to Thyangboche, 3,863m/12,674ft - 5 hours.

The trail descends from Khunde and through Khumjung with chortens forming a dramatic frame to a view of Ama Dablam, 6,696m, and Kangtaiga, 6,779m, flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (the Nepalese name for Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse. You might have time on the way to visit the ancient gompa situated in a grove of trees near Khumjung. This is where they keep the scalp of a Yeti locked in a case. As you descend from the village, first through walled fields and then through moss-covered rhododendron forest, watch out for blood pheasant and beautiful Impeyan pheasant scratching in the undergrowth. You then descend through forests of rhododendron and blue pine to the village of Trashinga and on down to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phungithanga, 3,250m/10,663ft, with its water driven prayer wheels. Finally, you climb through beautiful forests to reach Thyangboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area, situated on a high saddle.

Thyangboche lies on the forested ridge at the base of Kangtaiga and this position affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. It will probably be cloudy by the time you arrive in the early afternoon, but should normally be clear first thing in the morning, so it will be well worthwhile getting up early tomorrow morning for the sensational views. There should be time this afternoon to visit the monastery. Remember that a small donation is expected when you visit monasteries.

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Day 9 - Trek to Dingboche, 4,350m/14,271ft - 6 hours.

You will probably be woken in the early hours, while it is still dark, by the sound of horns and cymbals as the monks have their first prayers of the day. You will have time to visit the monastery in the morning if you did not go yesterday.

Leaving Thyangboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and 'mani' walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees. After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls are passed, as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very picturesque village with stone-walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibility dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. There used to be a 'yeti' scalp and claw kept here, but they were stolen some years ago. You continue from Pangboche and the path ascends above the village with the sparse landscape now reflecting the height.

You pass some yak herders' cottages and walled fields at Orsho before crossing a stream and making a final steep ascent to Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is set in a stunning position, surrounded by high peaks. In summer months they grow barley here - possibly the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. For acclimatisation you need to spend two nights around the 4,000m level and Dingboche, lying in a sheltered spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive for this than Pheriche, another settlement at similar altitude situated on the other side of the ridge.

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Day 10 - Acclimatisation day, Dingboche.

There are several opportunities for interesting acclimatisation walks from Dingboche. It is possible to walk up the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Naga Dzong Ri. This is a steep, but not technically difficult ascent to a summit at 5,083 metres, from where there are stunning views of Makalu and Amphu Laptse. You can take in the small temple of Nagartsang Gompa on the way down - there is a nice sheltered terrace here from where you can enjoy the views. You will descend in time for lunch in the village.

In the afternoon you might care to walk across to the village of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic; one of the doctors there often gives a talk about high altitude acclimatisation in the afternoon. If these options don't appeal, it is possible to walk up the valley to the yak grazing pastures at Chukhung, 4,730m - a 4-5 hour round trip.

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Day 11 - Trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,178ft - 5-6 hours.

This morning you ascend the ridge to a large chorten above Dingboche village and it is then an easy walk up a wide, grassy plateau. The peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse tower above you and it is possible to see Pheriche village in the valley below to your left. At the tiny hamlet of Duglha you reach a jumble of rocks which marks the terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend steeply up this moraine to reach the top where there are many memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains.

Following the stream (often frozen) at one side of the moraine you soon reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. This rather bleak spot was once a yak grazing settlement and was then inhabited only during the summer months, but now it is open throughout the winter serving trekkers and climbers and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Sunset over Nuptse is particularly spectacular from here. It is worth walking over to the moraine to view the moraine covered glacier behind it.

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Day 12 - Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft, return to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,945ft. 6-7 hours.

This is a special day as you will be standing at Everest Base Camp exactly 70 years after the first ascent of the world's highest mountain on the 29th May 1953.

An early start is essential to get there before any cloud comes down and it will probably be very cold when you set off. Make sure to have something for breakfast even if you don't feel like it as you will need the energy. You are at high altitude, so take some snacks to keep you going along the way and be sure to have your water bottle filled when you set off.

Leaving Lobuche you head north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. There is almost no vegetation here. Even so, small coveys of the delightful Tibetan Snow Cock can often be seen along the way or heard calling from the hillsides. You make several energetic ups and downs across the moraine and descend to Gorak Shep where it is worth having a reviving cup of tea and a snack.

From Gorak Shep it is still a long, fairly arduous trek to base camp, initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier. In the climbing season you may follow mountaineering groups, or yaks carrying supplies, but at other times there are just a series of small cairns along the route.

After a couple of hours you reach the base camp area from where, although you do not have views of the actual summit of Everest, there are sensational close-up views of the terrifying Khumbu ice-fall and the surrounding scenery of ice seracs and tumbled rocks. Hopefully there will still be some climbers and their teams camped at base camp, although as the climbing season is almost over there probably won't be too many still in situ. You'll have time to look around, take plenty of photos and perhaps and have a chat to any of the expedition crew who have time to spare, they may even be able to share a brew and a bite to eat with you. This is definitely the moment for a group picture - ideally wearing your commemorative trek t-shirts - as you stand at one of the most iconic places on the planet on this incredibly auspicous day

Even if there are not many climbers at base camp, the place should be a hive of activity as the annual Everest Marathon starts from here this morning.

After the excitement and altitude, your return to Gorak Shep will feel like quite a long way and will use up your remaining reserves of energy.

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Day 13 - Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, trek down to Pheriche, 4,371m/14,340ft - 7 hours.

At Gorak Shep you will be ideally placed for an ascent of Kala Pattar in the clear of the morning before cloud comes in to obscure the summit of Everest. Although not far this is a tough ascent of approximately 2-3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pattar at 5,545m - quite literally the high-point of your trek. From the summit of Kala Pattar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants - Pumori, 7,145m, the Tibetan peak Changtse (4,501m), Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow fluted ridges. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where base camp is located during the climbing season in late spring.

You will then descend to Gorak Shep and take the trail back down to Lobuche. From Lobuche you follow the path down as far as Dughla and then instead of taking the trail back to Dingboche you descend to the flat valley bottom. It is then quite a short distance on the flat to reach Pheriche where you will stay for the night.

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Day 14 - Trek from Pheriche to Pangboche and on to Phortse, 3,810m/12,500ft - 5-6 hours.

Today will seem more relaxed than the past few days as you will be descending! You descend to Pangboche for lunch. If you did not have time to visit the gompa on your way up you should have time now. After lunch, from Pangboche you take a wonderful high trail above the Imja Drengkha River. This trail undulates along the valley side and you have fabulous views across to the mountains and Thyangboche perched on its ridge. As you walk look out for Himalayan thar grazing among the boulders and lammergeyer vultures, Himalayan griffon vultures and Golden eagles, flying overhead. Finally after about 2-3 hours you round a corner and the isolated village of Phortse lies below you, situated in a spectacular spot on a promontory overlooking the Dudh Kosi in one direction and the Imja Drengka in the other.

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Day 15 - Trek to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft - 6-7 hours.

From Phortse village you descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forest to the river (look out for musk deer and pheasants in these lovely quiet woods). You cross the river and then passing a couple of isolated houses there is an hour's ascent to the Mong La, 13,035ft/3,973m, a small pass marked by a chorten, birth place of Lama Sagwa Dorje. Mong La looks down on the junction of the Dudh River coming down from the Ngozumpa Glacier up in the Gokyo Valley and the Imja Drengka which comes down from Everest. At the pass there is a large chorten and prayer flags. The views from here are absolutely magical, particularly of Ama Dablam, 22,355ft/6,814m.

From Mong La you traverse across the hillside and then descend on steep stone steps to Tashinga (last chances for souvenir shopping with the Tibetan ladies!). You then climb to Kangzhuma and take a wonderful high trail which roller coasters round the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. Again you have fabulous views of the mountains across the valley - principally Thamserkhu and Kang Taiga. You descend into Namche for lunch. After lunch you start the knee crunching descent back down to the valley. The warmer climate should offer a good opportunity to finally shed a layer or two. You will still have wonderful views, and the chance to relax in slightly warmer valley surroundings. Trek back down the Dudh Kosi valley for a short way past the checkpoint at Jorsale to Monjo.

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Day 16 - Trek to Lukla, 2,880m/9,450ft - 6-7 hours.

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla.

The trail to Lukla follows the main trail as far as Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. There are signs beyond the stream at Chablung pointing you in the direction of Lukla. The broad trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few bhattis and the school, then through scrub forests above the school and houses of Chaunrikharka. After a steep final climb there is a collection of houses and bhattis in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer.

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Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Time at leisure.

You fly back to Kathmandu by scheduled flight. Sometimes these flights are delayed by bad weather; Nepalese pilots say they don't fly in cloud because their clouds have big rocks in them! In recent years though these delays are much less frequent than they used to be and people are not very often delayed. If you are delayed, we do ask that you are patient. Our local agents will be doing their best to get you a flight to Kathmandu.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time to celebrate the successful completion of your special trek, perhaps with an evening at the Rum Doodle Restaurant, a place frequented by trekkers and climbers alike, with pride of place given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers - just the place to reflect on your achievements and those of the pioneers and adventurers who came before.

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Day 18 - Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Group transfer to airport. Depart Nepal.

Today will be at leisure for some shopping, sightseeing or simply relaxing after your trek. If sightseeing, you might like to visit the important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River or the magnificent stupas of Swayambhunath or Boudhanath. You could also take a taxi in the morning (hotel reception can help you organise this) to visit one of the two old towns of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur or Patan.

Later in the afternoon there will be a transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London

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Day 19 - Arrive London

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What’s included

  • Pertemba Sherpa as trek leader
  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • An evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Bedding pack: sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag and fleece liner, (hot water bottle in winter)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • 4 solar showers while on trek
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  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu
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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.

Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal

Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Relax in a tranquil haven with indulgent facilities and first rate service
  • Discover a heritage property that echoes Kathmandu's Newari history and culture
  • Enjoy superb dining in the renowned Krishparnan restaurant
  • Indulge yourself in Dwarika's Aururvedic spa and pool
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Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu is based on a vision that embraces the region’s great history and artisan craftsmanship in order to create an environment ‘with a sensation of the original’. This vision has been realised in the materials, style and artifacts that make Dwarika’s such a unique property and reflect Nepal’s ancient Newari heritage.

Dwarika’s though is so much more than a living museum. Large, luxurious rooms come complete with every comfort and the hotel has a library, fitness centre, Ayurvedic spa and free Wi-Fi throughout. Outside, it has a delightful courtyard and an enticing swimming pool that offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Dwarika’s has several bars and dining options including the renowned Krishparnan restaurant. Here you can enjoy a true feast of traditional Newari cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients.

Lumbini Extension, Nepal

Lumbini Extension, Nepal
  • Visit one of Nepal's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel next to Lumbini
  • Spend a full day touring the site with an expert local guide
  • Flights and transfers to/from Kathmandu included
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Enjoy a three day extension to the birthplace of Buddha, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Take the short flight from Kathmandu, and spend two nights in a comfortable 3* hotel, just steps from the Lumbini temple complex, with a full day to explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site in the company of an expert local guide.

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly
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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara. We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa. From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide
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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.

Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal

Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Relax in luxuriously furnished accommodation with stunning Himalayan views
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Enjoy locally sourced organic food at the resort's restaurant
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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads
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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.

Bardia National Park extension

Bardia National Park extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park
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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip? The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!

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