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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 domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Excellent hotel accommodation (5-star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • Luxury lodges/tea houses on trek
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket on trek plus a sleeping bag for nights in tea houses.
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • A map of the Everest region
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

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Everest Base Camp in Style

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

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  20 days from the UK  
On trek: 15 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3,345,
Land only from £2,795

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Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, staying in the Khumbu’s very best lodges.


  • For ten nights on trek stay in luxury lodges with excellent facilities, food and service.
  • Five other nights are spent in the best tea houses available on the trail.
  • Visit the Base Camp of beautiful Ama Dablam and trek to both Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar to gain the most stunning views of Everest
  • Excellent acclimatisation and first rate leaders
  • Stay in Kathmandu's best hotel - the Dwarika’s Hotel - a 5-star heritage property


Can’t say enough about Jigme, our guide, he made the trip for all of us. His attention to health and details were amazing. Everest Summit Lodges staff were also first class. Overall very impressed with MK, will use again for sure.
Mr S, Canada

We wanted to let you know that we had the most fantastic experience on our trip to Everest Base Camp. The organisation, the surroundings and our guides were everything that we could have hoped for...and so much more!
Mrs R, Cornwall

The trip lived up to our expectations – and then some! It was a wonderful experience. I particularly liked the scenery, company, leadership and the friendliness of the Nepali people. The comfort of the en-suite facilities in the lodges were greatly appreciated, I would love to return to the area again.
Mrs R, Cornwall

We enjoyed everything! We felt that we were in safe hands. The whole experience was beyond our expectations. Overall a fantastic trip and life memories, thank you so much.
Ms J, Cheshire

Everything went well, the trip was enhanced by our guide; he really was flawless and had an excellent command of the English language.
Mr S, Cornwall

The trip to EBC was simply wonderful. We were in very good hands with our guide Jigme. He did everything thinkable to make this trip the experience of a lifetime. Staying in the lodges certainly makes a difference at the end of a trekking day and is well worth paying a little extra. I would recommend it to everyone who comes to visit the Khumbu region.
Mrs W, Austria

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We have designed this trek to take you to the heart of the Khumbu region,  with the ultimate objectives of visiting Everest Base Camp and standing on top of Kala Pattar for superb views of Everest and her surrounding peaks.

Staying in the same lodges as our two Luxury Lodges treks in the Everest region, this trip goes a few days further (and higher!) to reach Everest Base Camp itself. Your Everest adventure begins though with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu and the start of your trek through the heart of Sherpa country. Good acclimatisation is the key factor in ensuring that you reach and enjoy your trek objective. You will spend a night at Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital where you can enjoy wandering around the shops and even surf the internet. Our side trek to the lovely village of Thame then takes you off the beaten track and more importantly, builds in an additional acclimatisation day. Other companies offer the standard Base Camp route, but this diversion, which also takes you through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Kunde and Kumjung, is an added bonus. It is a much more interesting route and all importantly gives you so much better acclimatisation. As you trek ever closer to Everest you will also take a further ‘side trail’ to reach Ama Dablam Base Camp, the starting point for mountaineers attempting to summit this foreboding yet beautiful peak. Now, well-acclimatised, you make your way to Everest where you will step foot on the most iconic of all Base Camps and also climb the small peak of Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,188ft, giving you breathtaking, panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayan giants.

You spend ten nights in five ‘luxury’ properties, which far surpass anything else that exists in the Everest region and will enable you to trek in the shadow of Everest in relative comfort. The luxury lodges employ local staff, are ecologically sympathetic and have a high level of service. Bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets; there are landscaped gardens and a dining room/lounge/library for relaxation after your day’s walk. There are no luxury lodges beyond Pangboche, 3,985m/13,074ft, but we’ll stay at tea houses offering the very best facilities on the four days it will take us to reach and return from Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, and Everest Base Camp. Trekking back via Namche, we end our trip with time to relax and explore Kathmandu.

Private Departures

Everest Base Camp in Style Private Departure

Everest Base Camp in Style Private Departure
We can also offer this holiday as a private departure for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices start from £2,855 per person, land only. International flights available from £700. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.

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At a glance

Grade: Strenuous

Duration:  20 days from the UK  
On trek: 15 days

Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,188ft, Kala Pattar, Day 14

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 10

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Luxury Lodges, Tea Houses


Dwarika’s Hotel
Dwarika’s Hotel is built in Nepalese style and features many architectural relics rescued from palaces and temples in the valley as well as Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The building has a palace-like atmosphere and you really feel as if you are stepping back into Nepal's history. It is filled with fascinating original carvings and artefacts. Its elegant restaurant is one of the places to eat in Kathmandu. It also has a pleasant courtyard garden with swimming pool.
Luxury Lodges
In both the Annapurna foothills and the Everest region, there are high quality lodges that offer a greater level of comfort then the more traditional tea houses. The lodges have comfortable lounges, excellent food and service, and ensuite bedrooms with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. They are built in eco-friendly style with landscaped gardens and are situated to take full advantage of the beautiful surrounding scenery.

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
Fly to Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo. Acclimatisation day.
Trek to Namche Bazaar. Sightseeing and trek to Mende, 3,700m/12,139ft.
Trek to Thame and return to Mende.
Trek to Pangboche via Tashinga and Thyangboche.
Walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp, 4,576m/15,014ft, return to Pangboche
Trek to Dingboche and on to Lobuche.
Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,384ft. Descend to Gorak Shep.
Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,188ft and descend to Pheriche.
Trek to Namche and visit market. Trek back to Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing and time. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Everest
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.

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to Dwarika's Hotel, a luxurious and stylish 5* hotel filled with Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The hotel has a swimming pool and an elegant courtyard where it is a pleasure to relax. There is also a superb restaurant at Dwarika's which is renowned for its traditional Newari cuisine. It is a peaceful haven and an excellent place to unwind after the long flight from London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo, 2,850m/9,301ft - 5-6 hours.
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    You will be transferred from your Kathmandu hotel to the airport for the flight 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 one off experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which makes for an interesting landing. On arrival you can have a cup of tea while your baggage is being retrieved. From the airstrip you will head north-west, through the village of Lukla and descend to the Dudh Khosi River at Phakding. 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/8,997ft, a small and picturesque village of about 25 houses located below Thamserku Mountain, 6,618m, and close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Cross the Monjo Khola and shortly arrive in the village of Monjo for your overnight stop.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  4. Day 4 - Acclimatisation walk near Monjo.

    Monjo is a picturesque small village comprising about 25 houses and located at a small, narrow valley at the base of the peaks Thamserku, 6,608m/21,680ft, and Kaysaro. It is also at the junction between the Thamserku & Dudh Kosi kholas and is just on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park.

    Today, to help you acclimatise, your Sherpa sirdar will take you on a day walk to Thakcho Hill, which lies a little above 3,000m/9,843ft. From this vantage point the views of the Kongde Ri, Thamserku and the Numbur Himal are quite spectacular. The total excursion should take about 4 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,445m/11,300ft - 6 hours.

    Starting from Monjo today 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/21,713ft, and Kwangde, 6,224m/20,420ft, loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila, 5,707m/18,724ft, 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House- Namche Hotel Or Sherpaland
  6. Day 6 - Sightseeing in Namche. Trek to Mende, 3,700m/12,139ft - 3-4 hours.

    This morning you will walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the very interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here you will see the wonderful panorama and really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam. 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 take in the mountain scenery. Alternatively you can visit here on day 8.

    After lunch in Namche, 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 rhododendron forest that will provide a wealth of colour in the spring months. You should be on the lookout 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/21,806ft, and Kusum Kangru, 6,370m/20,896ft. Before you reach Thamo you take a path to the right which weaves steeply up the hillside for about 45 minutes to one hour until you reach the hamlet of Mende. The lodge has a commanding position and very fine views and once reached you will feel the effort has been worth it.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Thame, 3,801m/12,471ft, and return to Mende - 5 hours.

    From the lodge a small path contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Dramo and Thomde. After ½ to ¾ hour, you connect with the Tibetan trade route and may well in fact meet Tibetan people who come over the Nangpa La, 5,716m/18,754ft, to trade in Namche Bazaar. The path then becomes an airy traverse, with big dark cliffs above and large drops to the river below. The path, however, is well formed and wide, but do stand on the uphill side if there are trains of yaks passing through. The path then descends to a bridge over a narrow fissure with water roaring below. Here there are large wall paintings of Guru Padmasambhava. The path up to Thame requires a very determined final push - time to Thame about 2 hours.

    Zig-zagging across ancient moraine you come to a lovely stream with inviting pools on the left. Suddenly, you breast a slope and there is the village of Thame, one of the prettiest villages you will visit. It has scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. Rest and have a cup of tea in one of the lodges and if you have the energy the walk up to the monastery it is well worthwhile. The walk up to the monastery, 3,940m/12,927ft, which being over 600 years old is one of the four oldest in Sherpa country, takes about one hour. The main temple has a fantastic atmosphere, and, not surprisingly, the monks smile permanently. Incidentally, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house where he lived with his first wife is situated near the top of the village.

    The walk back to Mende in fact now only takes about 2-3 hours as it is mostly downhill.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Tashinga, 3,450m/11,023ft - 5 hours.
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    Today you descend back down the valley towards Namche. 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.

    You may visit the controversial Everest View Hotel (lots of good stories about it). Situated above the village of Khumjung in a spectacular position this is an extremely ugly, Alcatraz-like building and although out of keeping with its surroundings there are really superb views from its terrace. You can enjoy a cup of tea or a hot lemon while looking out at Everest and other Himalayan giants. It might also be possible to visit the clinic in Khunde and the Khumjung School (both projects supported by the Himalayan Trust). The picturesque little gompa in Khumjung, set in a grove of trees above the houses of the village, is also well worth a visit. On payment of a small donation to the caretaker you may be allowed to see the so-called head of a yeti which is kept there. The trail descends from Khumjung with chortens forming a dramatic frame to a view of Ama Dablam, 6,696m/21,968ft, and Kangtaiga, 6,779m/22,241ft, flanked by the towering heights of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. You descend from the village, first through walled fields and then through rhododendron and blue pine forest to the village of Tashinga

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Thyangboche and on to Pangboche, 3,860m/12,665ft - 4-5 hours.

    This morning, looking across the valley, you will be able to see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Thyangboche, but first you have to descend to the river. This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zig-zags to the Dudh Kosi River. Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff, 3,200m/10,499ft. A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga, where you could stop for a cup of tea. It is 2-3 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace. At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade, and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery.

    Emerging at the top, there is a mandala gateway and a huge chorten which you pass before your first sight of the gompa. The setting is nothing short of magic and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and was re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. There is a very good Visitors' Centre and in the afternoon it is possible to sit down inside the temple for afternoon prayers. Conch shells are blown, the monks arrive and visitors are expected to sit quietly on the right hand side of the temple. A small donation is appreciated.

    Then, 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 to pass, 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, possibly 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  10. Day 10 - Acclimatisation day - excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp, 4,576m/15,014ft - 6-7 hours.
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    Ama Dablam, 6,812m /22,349ft, is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka River, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its base and absorb the enormity of the mountain.

    Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m/15,013ft on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m almost straight up above. The climbing route follows the south-west ridge - the right hand skyline as you look at it - moving onto the face above the hanging glacier three-quarters of the way up. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kan Tega, 6,783m/22,254ft, Thamserku, 6,618m/21,712ft, and Tawoche, 6,542m/21,463ft.

    If your trek coincides with the main climbing season it is more than likely that you will find climbing groups at Base Camp either acclimatising, or fixing the route. With a pair of binoculars it may well be possible to see climbers descending the 50/60 degree ice-slopes from the summit. In 1998 an Austrian paraponted off the summit reaching base camp in less than 10 minutes; substantially quicker than the normal 2-day descent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Dingboche, 4,360m/14,305ft - 4 hours.

    You leave Pangboche on a path which 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, which is possibly the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. Depending on the time you arrive here and your energy levels, there may be time for an optional afternoon walk around Dingboche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,174ft - 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 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 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,384ft. Descend to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,941ft - 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 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. At this altitude the return to Gorak Shep will feel like quite a long way and will use up most of your remaining reserves of energy.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  14. Day 14 - Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,188ft, descend to Pheriche, 4,280m/14,042ft - 7-8 hours.
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    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/18,192ft and 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/23,442ft, the Tibetan peak Changtse, 4,501m/14,767ft, 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 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  15. Day 15 - Trek to Tashinga, 3,450m /11,023ft - 5-6 hours.

    This morning will seem much easier as you are descending and are at a lower altitude than you have been at for the last five days. From Pheriche you descend to join the valley of the Imja Khola and retrace your steps past Orsho and down the pleasant trail to Pangboche. If you did not have a chance to visit the gompa in Pangboche on the way up it would be worth a quick visit now.

    Leaving Pangboche you descend to cross a bridge over a terrifying gorge before making a short climb in forest to Thyangboche - watch out for musk deer and pheasants in the woods along here. From Thyangboche you descend to the river at Phungithanga and then make the final climb of the day up through pine forest to reach the Tibetan traders at Tashinga. It will seem delightfully warm at this altitude and the air positively packed with oxygen.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  16. Day 16 - Trek to Namche and visit Saturday market, continue to Monjo, 2,850m/9,301ft - 4-5 hours.

    From Kyanjuma you take a delightful undulating trail with some of your last high altitude mountain views of the trek, looking across to the summits of Thamserkhu and Kangtaiga. You reach a corner in the trail and then you will find Namche below you. You descend into Namche and have time to enjoy a bit of souvenir shopping at the lively and colourful Saturday market, before making 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  17. Day 17 - Trek to Lukla, 2,804m/9,336ft - 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 perhaps enjoy a celebratory beer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  18. Day 18 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    Today you leave the mountains behind and fly back to Kathmandu.

    Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable 'cushion' against missing your flight home to the UK should the Lukla flight be delayed.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  19. Day 19 - Sightseeing and time at leisure in Kathmandu.
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    There will be time today to relax and reflect on your adventures and for sightseeing and last-minute shopping. In the morning there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa then Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces. You will end your tour in Kathmandu's busy main bazaar, Thamel.

    In the afternoon you might like to visit the important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River. You could also take a taxi (hotel reception can help you organise this) to visit one of the two old towns of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur or Patan.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  20. Day 20 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.


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    From £185
  • Cover starts from £139
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Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

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 domestic hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Excellent hotel accommodation (5-star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • Luxury lodges/tea houses on trek
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket on trek plus a sleeping bag for nights in tea houses.
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • A map of the Everest region
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

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

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Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 11 reviews)

Everest Base Camp in Style          

Personal first class service from lovely people, well done everyone, we will be back and would not hesitate to recommend.The holiday was fantastic, I thought the itinerary and acclimatisation program was spot on. Our Guide deserves a special mention, he was outstanding and saw to our every need.

Xmas Holiday in Himalayas          

An amazing trip!!! MK took care of all the logistics, provided us an amazing hotel stay, and we were on our way to our trek. We were fortunate to have on of the most amazing guides, Kami T Sherpa, who made us feel very welcome and was always quick to provide us with anything we needed to make us feel comfortable during the trek. He was such a positive, and happy person. Travelling with him was a joy! Thank you MK for an amazing holiday.

It was a great trip          

It exceeded our expectations because of the knowledge of the Tour Guide. The hike was a journey during which we learned so much about the Nepalese culture, people, foods, plants, animals, etc. I am glad we did this trip, the Luxury Lodges were amazing and such a bonus compared to what other places people had to stay in.

Everest Base Camp in Style          

The Everest Base Camp in Style trek was outstanding, and made even more so by our excellent guide, Damber. The weather could not have been better - sunny days and blue skies - and although the nights were cold, we were very well looked after by lots of hot food, hot showers, electric blankets and hot water bottles - so truly spoiled. The "In Style" version is more expensive than the regular Base Camp trek also offered by Mountain Kingdoms but It is well worth paying a little more for these comforts, especially in December. We really looked forward to the Everest Summit Hotels along the way as they were superb with wonderful staff and fantastic food. The trail made for very good walking amidst spectacular scenery - the Himalayas are hard to beat - and the Everest region is unbelievably beautiful. December was a really good time to go with far fewer tourists on the path and more space in the lodges. We had a fabulous time with our guide, Damber, who looked after us and gave us all sorts of tips and advice, and I cannot recommend him more highly. Thanks to the steady "Damber plod", we all got to Base Camp in good health and high spirits. I really enjoyed this trek - one of the best I have done - and I will probably go back in a few years and do it again. I highly recommend this trek, especially out of season.

Everest Base Camp in Style          

All very well organised. A lot of thought and expertise had obviously gone into the planning of the trek.

Extend your holiday

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • 8203;Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Everest Flight - extension

Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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