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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes Festivals Great Treks of the world

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

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes
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  • Duration: 21 days from the UK
  • On trek: 16 or 17 days
  • Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3100, Land only from £2225

A longer variant of the classic Everest Base Camp trek which includes an ascent of Gokyo Ri.


  • Trek to both Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar
  • Cross the Cho La and ascend Gokyo Ri
  • Excellent acclimatisation and highly experienced Sherpa leaders
  • Four-star hotel and time to relax and take in the sights of Kathmandu


The itinerary is well thought out to ensure acclimatisation to altitude is likely to be successful whilst providing interesting walking on the acclimatisation days. The staff are always friendly and helpful to ensure the smooth running of the trip but clients need to be aware some days are long and hard although the views do provide a welcome respite.

Mr P W, London


The Trek was an outstanding experience! It is something I will never forget. The views were outstanding and leave a lasting impression on your mind. There were a number of challenges which push you but the rewards were amazing. The route was excellent and the extra Trek to the lakes were the 'icing on the cake'. I would recommend this adventure to those who love natural scenery and outstanding...

Alun, Merthyr Tydfil


A fantastic holiday. Service and organisation both before and during the trek were first class. Our Sherpas also spoke highly of your company and said that it was one of the few that actually looked after the needs of porters.

Mr McG, Sunderland


The organisation of the trip from beginning to end was outstanding. From the moment we were met in Nepal we never had to lift our bags again and they miraculously appeared in our room every day. The trekking staff were excellent, very attentive and always ready to lend a reassuring helping hand on any tricky bits. The right pace was set by our excellent leader with lots of rest stops. As the...

Mr & Mrs F, Hampshire


The scenery was superb, and the pace of the trek was well managed. The friendly response to queries beforehand by MK staff was also excellent.

Mr K, East Lothian


The trek was a real challenge for me, especially as I arrived in Nepal not feeling well. But the whole team - leader, guides, porters and the other participants - encouraged and supported me all the way. It was a truly amazing adventure. Thank you.

Mr M, Hertfordshire



Mr J Blogs


Best holiday ever

Mr J Blogs


What a trip! Stupendous Himalayan scenery, blue skies, warm welcome and good food when we arrived at our tea houses after a long and hard day’s trekking or a shorter and easier day. Two particular highlights for me - being at Everest base camp and imagining what it must have been like for the early mountaineers to climb from there with their unsophisticated equipment and having already walked...

Mrs Sarah Moore


From the time I first enquired about this trek I felt as if I was Mountain Kingdoms only customer. I mean that in a totally professional way. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff. I has lots of questions prior to the trek and they were all answered with enthusiasm and quality. The trek staff were outstanding at all times. The two young porters always had a smile on their faces. Our Sherpa...

Mr Christopher Noel Gowler


The itinerary is well thought out to ensure acclimatisation to altitude is likely to be successful whilst providing interesting walking on the acclimatisation days. The staff are always friendly and helpful to ensure the smooth running of the trip but clients need to be aware some days are long and hard although the views do provide a welcome respite.

Mr Anthony Peter Whitehead


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The Everest Base Camp trek is justifiably one of the world’s classic treks as it offers spectacular scenery from start to finish as well as giving superlative, close-up views of the world’s highest mountain. However, its very popularity does mean that the Everest Trail can get busy. We therefore wanted to create an itinerary that takes in all the must see views of the region but, by taking a circular route beyond the classic Everest Base Camp trail, you get a more rewarding, off-the-beaten-track experience. This trek offers the additional highlights of the beautiful Gokyo Lakes and the exciting and challenging Cho La Pass. Our carefully considered route means that, by trekking to Everest Base Camp before crossing the Cho La, you will have the best possible acclimatisation and greatest chance of successfully completing the trek.

Starting in Lukla, your trek will take you up the valley of the Dudh Kosi and on up to Namche Bazaar. You will have time to acclimatise here with the chance to explore the Thame valley before crossing to Khunde and then heading up to Thyangboche Monastery.

One departure of this trek in the autumn is timed to coincide with the annual Tibetan-Buddhist, Mani Rimdu Festival at Thyangboche Monastery. At this spellbinding event, 'black-hat' dancers dispel evil spirits to the low resonant notes produced by long Tibetan horns, the clashes of cymbals and beat of drums. From Thyangboche, the trek ascends past towering peaks and stunning scenery to one of the high points, Kala Pattar. From the summit of Kala Pattar you look across to the Western Cwm where Everest and other Himalayan giants provide one of the most spectacular views on the planet. Next you will follow in the footsteps of Everest summitteers and trek to Everest Base Camp, where you will undoubtedly feel dwarfed and humbled as you stand at the foot of the highest mountain in the world.

Then, just when you think things can't get any better, you cross the Cho La, an impressive high pass at 5,418m/17,777ft, and descend to the Gokyo Valley. Here three large lakes hang like a string of pearls in a high valley sanctuary, located one above the other. You will stay at the settlement of Gokyo set near the middle lake, Dudh Pokhari, at 4,750m/15,580ft. From here you can make the steep ascent of the easily climbable peak called Gokyo Ri from which an entire panorama of summits is visible towering above the great glaciers below - Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Kang Taiga, Thamserku, Khumbila, Tawoche and Cholatse. From the summit of Gokyo Ri you will also have unrivalled views over the Gokyo Lakes and the Ngozumba Glacier tumbling down from Cho Oyu. Finally, you trek back to Lukla and enjoy a well-earned beer to celebrate your fantastic achievement.

Call Mountain Kingdoms today on 01453 844 400 or enquire online to take the first step towards Everest Base Camp, the Gokyo Lakes, and beyond.

Private Departures

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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes - Private Departures

If you would prefer to travel just with your partner, friends or family, we can arrange a private departure of this holiday. You follow the same itinerary, but travel on dates that suit you. Alternatively we can include elements of this holiday in a bespoke Tailor Made itinerary. Contact our friendly team for details and prices, and to make a booking.

At a glance



Duration: 21 days from the UK

On trek: 16 or 17 days

Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,188ft, Kala Pattar, day 11

Private Departures Available

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Tea Houses


The 16th October departure attends the Mani Rimdu festival at Thyangboche Monastery.

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Fly to Kathmandu.
3 Fly to Lukla. Begin the trek.
4-5 Trek to Namche Bazaar. Explore the village and enjoy a short walk to aid acclimatisation.
6-9 Trek to Lobuche via Thyangboche and Dingboche. Attend the Mani Rimdu Festival at Thyangboche (16th Oct 2021 departure).
10 Trek to Everest Base Camp and see the Khumbu ice-fall.
11 Reach Kala Pattar, where there are fantastic views of Everest.
12-14 Cross the Cho La, 5,420m, and continue on to Gokyo and the lakes.
15-18 Climb Gokyo Ri, 5,483m, and trek back to Lukla via Namche and Phakding.
19-21 Fly to Kathmandu. Day at leisure. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Everest

Your Everest Base Camp trek will be led by one of our highly experienced Sherpa Sirdars, the majority of whom have climbed on, or summited, Everest. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal and will make your trip a memorable experience.

Local leader, Everest

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart London.

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel. This is a very comfortable hotel situated to the north of Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. It has a lovely garden with a swimming pool and several excellent restaurants. The bustle of Thamel with all its restaurants, shops and bars is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away.

Overnight icon Overnight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu

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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 4 - Trek to Namche, 3,445m/11,300ft - 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 near 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 - the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku, 21,713ft/6,618m, and Kwangde, 20,417ft/6,224m, loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila, 18,729ft/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, grains 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 5 - Rest day - acclimatisation.

‘Climb high, sleep low’ is the mantra for good acclimatisation. To aid acclimatisation it is a good idea, at the very least, to walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the very interesting Sagarmatha National Park 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 not entirely in 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 take in the mountain views.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 6 - Trek to Thyangboche, 3,873m/12,887ft – 5-6 hours. Attend Mani Rimdu Festival on selected October departures.

Today, you firstly have a steep pull up out of Namche village, past the Park HQ and Museum, to reach a corner of the trail turning north. You then follow a wonderful high trail which winds round the hillside high above the river. From this airy trail you have fabulous views of the mountains across the valley, principally Thamserkhu and Kang Taiga. You pass through the small settlement of Trashinga before dropping down to the river which you cross on a suspension bridge. You climb for a few minutes to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga, remarkable for its series of water driven prayer wheels. From here it is a further 2-3 hours to reach Thyangboche, climbing through beautiful forest to arrive at a large welcome gateway and a huge chorten, which you pass to arrive at the monastery. The setting of Thyangboche Monastery is magical, with the most amazing mountain views. It will probably be cloudy by the time you arrive in the early afternoon, but is normally clear first thing in the morning so it will be worthwhile getting up early for the sensational views of Everest and Ama Dablam.

There is a good visitors' centre at Thyangboche and you should also be able to visit inside the temple for the afternoon prayer ceremony. Visitors are welcome but you should sit quietly on the right hand side of the temple. A small donation is appreciated!

Mani Rimdu Festival: For those travelling on the 28th October 2020 or 16th October departure in 2021 you will arrive at Thyangboche Monastery in time to attend the Blessing Ceremony at the Mani Rimdu Festival. This Buddhist festival, the most important festival of the Sherpa people, celebrates the role of Guru Padma Sambhava in the founding of Tibetan Buddhism. The three days of the festival in Thyangboche begin on the first day with a special blessing ceremony by the re-incarnate lama of Thyangboche, followed on the second day by masked dances and celebration and concluding on the third day with the Fire Pooja Ceremony. The various mystical ceremonies and masked dances are performed to dispel evil spirits and to confer 'merit' to those attending. Long Tibetan horns blare, drums beat, black hat dancers twirl and the whole event has a magical ambiance. Each day of the festival is interesting in its own right and besides the masked dances, a sand mandala is created and butter tormas (symbolic offerings made of coloured butter and barley flour) are made. Please be aware that the 'running order' of the festival and even the dates can sometimes change with little notice.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche, 4,360m/14,268ft - 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. If you attended the Mani Rimdu Festival the previous day (16th October departure only) your departure will be delayed, so that you can enjoy the early morning festival rituals.

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 the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions and you pass frequent chortens and mani walls, 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. There used to be a yeti scalp and claw kept here but they were stolen some years ago. From Pangboche the path ascends up the valley, the sparse landscape now reflecting the gain in elevation. 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 8 - Rest and acclimatisation.

There are several opportunities for interesting acclimatisation walks in this area. It is possible to walk up the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Nagartsang Peak, 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 where there is a nice sheltered terrace from where you can enjoy the views. In the afternoon you might care to walk across to the village of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic; in the afternoon one of the doctors there often gives a talk about high altitude acclimatisation. If none of these options appeal it is possible to walk up the valley to the yak grazing pastures at Chukhung (a round trip of 4-5 hours).

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 9 - Trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,175ft - 6 hours.

You ascend the ridge behind Dingboche village and then it is an easy walk up a wide, grassy plateau. The peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse tower above and it is possible to see Pheriche in the valley below to your left. At the tiny hamlet of Duglha you reach a jumble of rocks which mark the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend this terminal 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 often frozen stream 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 and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kalar 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 10 - Trek to Everest Base Camp - 5,300m/17,384ft, and return to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,941ft - 6-7 hours.

This is the big day for the trek to Base Camp. 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 covoys 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 a surrounding scenery of ice seracs and tumbled rocks. At this altitude the return to Gorak Shep will feel like quite a long way and will use up your remaining reserves of energy.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 11 - Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,188ft, and trek back to Lobuche.

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.

You will then descend to Gorak Shep and take the trail back down to Lobuche.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 12 - Trek to Dzong La, 4,843m/15,880ft - 3-4 hours.

From Lobuche you follow the path down as far as Dughla. You then take a small path that contours around a steep and fairly exposed hillside. Again there are fabulous views and once the corner is reached it is possible to see a beautiful turquoise glacial lake, Cholatse Tso, far below. You gradually ascend to the small hamlet of Dzong La. This will be quite a short, easy day after the exertions of the last few days.

Note: If, due to snow or bad weather, a crossing of the pass is not possible you can go round to Gokyo by a lower path. In this event you may discuss possible options with your guide.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 13 - Cross the Cho La, 5,420m/17,777ft, trek to Dragnak, 4,700m/15,420ft - 5-6 hours.

To start the crossing of the pass you follow the wide valley, gradually climbing up towards the foot of the pass. Dependent on the time of year mixed snow and rock are encountered once the base of the pass is reached, and the ascent becomes much steeper on large blocks and boulders on a wide ramp that dissects the huge rock face of the pass. There are numerous small cairns to follow and the views when the snowfield is reached are amazing. The glacier gradually ascends through a stunning high valley until the high point of the pass is reached. The descent is initially steep and then flattens slightly on large boulders, which can be slippery. After climbing to cross a shallow grassy saddle you start the long descent to Dragnak.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 14 - Trek to Gokyo, 4,750m/15,580ft - 3 hours.

Today is a shorter, easier day after the rigours of crossing the Cho La yesterday. Dragnak is situated on the edge of moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier and this is crossed on a winding path. The terrain of the glacier is like a giant pile of rubble with heaps of sand glistening with snow and numerous small lakes and pools that change each year with the movement of the glacier. Once the far side is reached the path joins the main track up to Gokyo, and a beautiful small river is followed to reach the second lake. A short walk leads to the third lake, Dudh Pokhari and the small settlement of Gokyo, which seems like a metropolis after the isolation of the last few days. After lunch it is well worth walking up the valley towards Cho Oyu and the fourth and fifth lakes.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 15 - Rest or climb Gokyo Ri, 5,483m/17,984ft, continue trek to Machermo, 4,410m/14,468ft- 8 hours.

The foot of Gokyo Ri lies just five minutes away across a stream that feeds the lake and a two to three-hour 'huff and puff' leads to the summit where the views justify all the effort involved. Everest, 29,028ft/8,850m, is showing more of its northern flank than from Kala Pattar, with Makalu, 27,798ft/8,475m, further to the east. To the north Cho Oyu, 26,741ft/8,153m, and all round snows, ice, glacial moraines and the giants of the world can be seen. After descending you trek down past the lakes to the snout of the Ngozumpa glacier to rejoin the Dudh Kosi valley. The trail clings to the west side of the steep sided valley and gradually the terrain becomes gentler as you descend through Pangka to Machermo.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 16 - Trek down to Phortse Tenga, 3,675m/12,073ft, and then climb to Mong La - 5 hours.

The trail continues along the side of the valley with fantastic views of the small hamlets on the opposite side of the valley, and final views behind of Cho Oyu, which despite its distance still appears to dominate the valley. The high hamlets that you pass through used to be primarily summer herding villages, though now most also contain a few lodges. As you descend you have dramatic views of sacred Khumbila, 18,720ft/5,673m, Kang Taiga (‘The Yak Saddle’, 22,235ft/6,779m), and Thamserku, 21,674ft/6,608m. After Dole the path descends through forest, home to pheasant and deer. Spectacular ice waterfalls can often be seen in this shady spot. The river is reached at Phortse Tenga.

Then there is a bit of a sting in the tail to the day’s walking and the next section will seem like surprisingly hard work. Leaving the river there is a steep one hour ascent to the Mong La, 13,035ft/3,973m, a small settlement marked by a chorten. It was the birth place of Lama Sagwa Dorje. There are superb views from here of the village of Phortse and Thyangboche Monastery across the valley, with a stunning backdrop of big mountains.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 17 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,445m/11,300ft, and descend to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft - 5-6 hours.

Leaving the pass at Mong La you descend to Tashinga and then take the beautiful undulating trail along the valley side with its wonderful views of Kang Taiga and Thamserkhu. Rounding a corner you see Namche below you and descend there for lunch.

From Namche, the steep descent back to reach the Dudh Kosi is a bit rough on the knees, but you will feel all that oxygen in the air and will also be able to shed a few layers of clothing. You will still have wonderful views and the chance to relax in slightly warmer valley surroundings.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 18 - Return trek to Lukla - 5-6 hours.

Today is quite an easy day’s walking with a slight sting in the tail with the last climb back up to Lukla. You continue down the valley of the Dudh Kosi as far as Choplung, then turn off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. There are signs beyond the stream at Choplung pointing you in the right direction. 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, the last one of the trek, there is a collection of houses and bhattis in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport, and then as you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels begin to proliferate. Lukla will seem like a veritable metropolis. Now you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer.

Overnight icon Overnight: Tea House

Day 19 - Fly to Kathmandu.

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 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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu

Day 20 - Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Transfer to airport and depart Nepal.

You will have time at leisure in Kathmandu today when you may do some sightseeing or shopping or simply relax by the pool at your hotel.

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

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 21 - Arrive London


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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek plus tea and coffee
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water and morning ‘bed tea’ on trek
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket, down sleeping bag and fleece liner (supplied in-country)
  • Oxygen (to be administered by the trek guide in the rare case of a medical emergency)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Trek staff and full porterage
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • Option to join one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 12 reviews)

A trip to remember          


A trip to remember          

Best holiday ever

Brilliant and memorable trip to EBC and Gokyo          

What a trip! Stupendous Himalayan scenery, blue skies, warm welcome and good food when we arrived at our tea houses after a long and hard day’s trekking or a shorter and easier day. Two particular highlights for me - being at Everest base camp and imagining what it must have been like for the early mountaineers to climb from there with their unsophisticated equipment and having already walked from Kathmandu to get there - and standing on top of Gokyo Ri with the views of Everest and her surrounding peaks in the sunshine. The insight into Sherpa life and the experience of being without all of our Western life trappings was wonderful. The bond formed within our small trekking group was excellent as we supported and encouraged each other. Out of all the trees available I am so glad I picked this one for its challenge, huge sense of achievement and variety.

Absolutely Fantastic Adventure          

From the time I first enquired about this trek I felt as if I was Mountain Kingdoms only customer. I mean that in a totally professional way. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff. I has lots of questions prior to the trek and they were all answered with enthusiasm and quality. The trek staff were outstanding at all times. The two young porters always had a smile on their faces. Our Sherpa guide 'Mingma Temba Sherpa' was nothing short of fantastic. At all times he ensured that our safety was never compromised, that we always had general information about our current location on the trek and the relevant cultural experiences we found ourselves in. For me he added great quality to my adventure for which I shall remain always appreciative. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mountain Kingdoms to anyone. they made a dream come true.

Tough but doable          

The itinerary is well thought out to ensure acclimatisation to altitude is likely to be successful whilst providing interesting walking on the acclimatisation days. The staff are always friendly and helpful to ensure the smooth running of the trip but clients need to be aware some days are long and hard although the views do provide a welcome respite.

Extend your holiday

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!

Bhutan extensions from Nepal

Bhutan extensions from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu
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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese. Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.

Chitwan National Park extension

Chitwan National Park extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • 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.

Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension

Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee
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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.

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.

Tibet Extension

Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.
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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.

Koshi Tappu, Nepal

Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp
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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles. In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.

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.

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.

Lumbini Extension, Nepal

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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.

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