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What’s included

  • This trip will be led by Pasang Sherpa a talented and successful climber with 7 summits of Everest to his credit
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • All meals on trek
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Best available tea houses booked in advance
  • All camping facilities for 3 nights on trek.
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft Trekking Peaks

Trekking Peak

Nepal, Everest Region | Trekking Peak

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft
Expedition Grade

Suitable for those with strenuous trekking experience in high mountain environments.

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Grade: Expedition Grade ? Expedition Grade
Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 17 days

Flight inclusive from £3,495,
Land only from £2,695

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A high altitude challenge! Combine a trek to Everest Base Camp with the ascent of Island Peak - the ultimate trekking peak.


  • Carefully planned route - best acclimatisation and stunning Himalayan scenery
  • Trek to Island Peak via the Everest Base Camp route
  • Highly experienced Leader supported by a Sherpa trek crew
  • The best tea houses available on the trek to Island Peak and top quality camping facilities for the summit ascent
  • Four star hotel in Kathmandu with time for rest and relaxation after the trek


It was an amazing experience to summit Island Peak.
Mr J, Cardiff

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Varied, interesting, challenging and stunning, Island Peak is the definitive Himalayan trekking peak. At 6,189m/20,305ft, it is not the highest trekking peak, but it provides more technical challenges than its near neighbour, Mera.

The acclimatisation trek towards Everest Base Camp is a world class trek in its own right.  Our route on this classic trek is a variation of the normal Everest trail to avoid the busier standard route and to see Sherpa villages that are less used to visitors. Starting with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you then trek through the heart of Sherpa country.  This exciting trek includes an early morning ascent of Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, or the long trek up to Everest Base camp. Kala Pattar looks down on the Khumbu glacier, where Base Camp is situated in expedition season, and offers superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Your next objective is to trek from Lobuche over the stunning Kongma La pass, 5,535m/18,159ft, to Chukhung. From the Kongma La you can see Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam.  From Chukung you trek up the Imje valley to Island Peak base camp.  Not only does this trek offer many a scenic wonder, but it also provides superb acclimatisation for Island Peak.

Island Peak is a demanding and inspiring proposition, including basic rock scrambling, roped glacier travel, a steep snow/ice wall on fixed ropes and exposed final summit ridge. It is graded Alpine PD. Anyone undertaking this trip should have some basic mountaineering experience which includes rock scrambling and walking on snow/ice with ice axe and crampons. It is highly desirable that you should have attended a winter skills course, or a basic alpine skills course covering crevasse rescue. A basic skills day will be included on the trip, but this is more intended to refresh knowledge.

Standing on the summit of Imje Tse, with its panoramic views of snow-capped summits including the dramatic Lhotse Shar and Ama Dablam, is an unforgettable experience, and one which will justifiably give you a huge feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement.

To help prepare for your Island Peak summit, why not try our Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering first?

At a glance

Grade: Expedition Grade
Expedition Grade

Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 17 days

Max. Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft, Island Peak, Day 16

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Tea Houses, Camping

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
Fly to Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo.
Trek to Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation day in Namche.
Trek to Thyangboche via Khunde.
Trek to Dingboche. Rest and acclimatisation.
Trek to Everest Base Camp. Ascend Kala Pattar.
Cross the Kongma La to reach Chukhung.
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp and on to High Camp.
Climb Island Peak, 6,189m/20,305ft, and return to Dingboche.
Return trek to Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu. Time at leisure. Overnight flight to London.
Leader: Pasang Sherpa
Pasang Sherpa

We are delighted to name Pasang Sherpa as our new leader for our Island Peak and Mera Peak trips. Pasang really does have an unrivalled C.V. He has summited Everest no less than seven times and made numerous ascents of many other Nepal mountains including both Island Peak and Mera Peak. He also has a wide experience of leading trekking groups all over Nepal. In addition he is a qualified UIAGM mountain guide and a member of the Nepal National Mountain Guides Association.

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Fly overnight to Kathmandu.

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

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure to adjust to the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu, with its bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines, temples and interesting architecture. In the evening, you can either eat in at your hotel, or venture out to one of the many restaurants in Thamel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Lukla, 2,743m/8,999ft. Trek to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft - 5-6 hours.

    The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and the landing at the small mountain airstrip is something you will be talking about for many years to come. The scenery is fantastic and as you fly like an insect up the vast valleys towards Lukla, the giants of the world appear on the horizon. After landing on the resurfaced airstrip, you will probably have a cup of tea in one of the lodges in Lukla before starting the trek. It is about 2 hours to Phakding, 2,652m/8,700ft, where you will probably stop for lunch. First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikhirka. You will encounter porters, sherpas, trekkers and the common beast of burden, the dzo. The path contours the mountainside, past lodges and the small hamlets of Ghat, 2,490m/8,169ft, and Chuthrawa, 2,591m/8,500ft, and then takes you past large stones carved and painted with prayers, a couple of large new suspension bridges and under large cliffs with trickling waterfalls. From Phakding it is another 2 or 3 hours to Monjo, 2835m/9,301ft, which lies just past Chumao. Memories of the day will include the sounds of porters with transistor radios, a cacophony of different languages, strange sounding birds, the sights of porters and loads resting on sticks outside tea houses, panting, sweating, tired Westerners on their way back to Lukla, prayer flag poles, the gaudy colours of the tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  4. Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,445m/11,303ft - 3-4 hours.
    island peak namche bazaar after dark r walls.

    Today's trek is full of interesting sights. Not least of these will be your first view of Everest as you get higher up the trail. From the lodge it is 15 minutes to the Everest National Park boundary and already the scenery is vastly impressive, with deep gorges, bare vertical rock faces, pine forests on some steep slopes and wispy waterfalls. Having completed the paperwork, it then takes 15 minutes following the right bank of the river to where it starts to climb to the Hillary Bridge, named after Sir Edmund of Everest fame. This is a tremendously impressive suspension bridge, spanning a deep chasm. The path zigzags through the forest where trees pack themselves in between giant boulders and cliffs. If you are lucky, you may well see small herds of thar, a small deer-like animal. Eventually, you walk into Namche Bazaar. Its Sherpa houses are built one above the other on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of cyber cafés, souvenir shops and places where you can rent or buy any piece of equipment under the sun.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  5. Day 5 - Acclimatisation day in Namche.

    'Climb high, sleep low' is the mantra for good acclimatisation. To aid acclimatisation it is a good idea today to, at the very least, walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here there are the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam - a wonderful panorama. If you are feeling energetic you might also make the worthwhile excursion to the Everest View Hotel, situated above the village of Khumjung. Although rather an ugly building and out of keeping with its surroundings, there are very good views from its terrace and you can have a cup of tea, or a glass of hot lemon there and enjoy the scenery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Khunde, 3,840m/12,599ft - 3-4 hours.
    island peak thame n morgan.

    You have a fairly short walk, good for acclimatisation, up out of the village and past the airstrip at Shyangboche to cross the ridge and descend the short way to Khunde village. If you are feeling energetic you could make a short excursion from Namche up the Thame valley to the village of Thamo and then return to Khunde by a different route. This is a lovely walk through beautiful forests.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Thyangboche, 3,863m/12,674ft - 5 hours.

    From Khunde you walk to Khumjung and then the trail descends from Khumjung with chortens forming a dramatic frame to a view of Ama Dablam, 6,696m/21,969ft, and Kangtaiga, 6,779m/22,242ft, flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (the Nepalese name for Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse. As you descend from the village first through walled fields and then through moss-covered rhododendron forest watch out for Blood pheasant and Impeyan pheasant scratching in the undergrowth.

    You then descend through forests of rhododendron and blue pine to the village of Trashinga; watch out here for the Tibetan traders selling their wares alongside the trail - they are very jolly ladies! You descend further to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phungithanga and then climb through beautiful forests to reach Thyangboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area, sited on a saddle of the forested ridge. Thyangboche lies on the ridge at the base of Kangtaiga and this position affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. It will probably be cloudy by the time you arrive in the early afternoon, but should normally be clear first thing in the morning, so it will be well worthwhile getting up early for the sensational views.

    Thyangboche is the most important monastery of the Khumbu and is the spiritual powerhouse of the region. Although it was burnt down years ago it has been fully rebuilt and is very impressive. There should be time this afternoon to visit the monastery, it is interesting to visit at the time of evening prayers. Remember that a small donation is normally expected when you visit monasteries.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Dingboche, 4,350m/14,272ft - 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. 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, possibility dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. From Pangboche the path ascends above the village, 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, at the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. For acclimatisation, you need to spend two nights around the 4,000m/14,000ft level and Dingboche, lying in a sheltered spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive for this than Pheriche, another settlement situated on the other side of the ridge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  9. Day 9 - Rest, exploration and acclimatisation.

    There are several opportunities for interesting acclimatisation walks in this region. It is possible to walk up the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Naga Dzong Ri. This is a steep, but not technically difficult ascent to a summit at 5,083m/16,677ft, from where there are stunning views of Makalu and Amphu Laptse. You can take in the small temple of Nagartsang Gompa on the way down - there is a nice sheltered terrace here from where you can enjoy the views. You will descend in time for lunch in the village. In the afternoon you might care to walk across to the village of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic. One of the doctors there often gives a talk about high altitude acclimatisation in the afternoon. If none of these appeal, it is possible to walk up the valley to the yak grazing pastures at Chukhung, 4,730m/15,519ft - a 4-5 hour round trip.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,179ft - 5-6 hours.

    You ascend the ridge to a large chorten above 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 terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend 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 Patar. 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
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Everest Base Camp - 5,300m/17,384ft, and return to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,941ft - 6-7 hours.
    island peak dengboche village.

    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 iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,188ft, and trek back to Lobuche - 8 hours.

    At Gorak Shep you will be ideally placed for an ascent of Kala Pattar in the clear of the morning before cloud comes in to obscure the summit of Everest. Although not far, this is a tough ascent of approximately 2-3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pattar at 5,545m - quite literally the high-point of your trek!

    From the summit of Kala Pattar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants - Pumori, 7,145m, the Tibetan peak Changtse, 4,501m, Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow fluted ridges. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where Base Camp is located.

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

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - Trek to Chukhung, 4,743m/15,562ft via the Kongma La, 5,535m/18,160ft - 8 hours.

    A demanding, but a rewarding day today. You begin walking uphill on a faint trail. After 15 minutes or so, you cross the Khumbu Glacier. You come to a rise and from here you can see your destination - the Kongma La - although the view is somewhat foreshortened. Some boulder-hopping brings you to an obvious path up towards the pass. If you have a look behind, you can see the Pyramid - the Italian Research Centre, at just over 5000m. Higher up you can see Lobuche. Stunning views of Cholatse 6,440m/21,123ft, Pokalde 5,794m/19,010ft, Nuptse 7,864m/25,801ft, Lhotse 8,501m/27,892ft, Makalu and Ama Dablam 6,814m/22,357ft can be had on the ascent. For the last ½ hour, or so up to the pass, you traverse under a large rock wall, and you have an excellent, close up view of Pokalde on your right. The pass is adorned with prayer flags, and the panoramic views of snow-capped summits are spectacular.

    The descent is steep to begin with but when you reach the large lake after about 20 minutes from the pass, the path eases. You have good views of Makalu and Ama Dablam on the descent. As you progress, you can see Island Peak and the valley of Chukhung below.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  14. Day 14 - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp, 5,100m/16,733ft - 4-5 hours.

    You leave Chukhung and begin gradually ascending on a moraine path. For most of the walk to base camp you have good views of Island Peak and Lhotse Shar, 8,386m/27,514ft. After a couple of hours the trail opens out into a wide, boulder-strewn valley. The going feels tough at this altitude but the trail is very gradual. After 4-5 hours you reach the base camp which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Here you are at the junction of the following 3 glaciers - Lhotse Shar, Imja, and Amphu Laptse.

    Depending on conditions, the itinerary over the next couple of days may change so that you make your summit ascent from here tomorrow, returning back to Base Camp. This will take around 12 hours. You would then have a relatively short trek to Dingboche on day 16. Your leader will discuss these options with you and make a decision in good time.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - Trek to High Camp, 5,400m/17,717ft - 2 hours.
    island peak base camp n morgan.

    Today is a short walk that goes steeply uphill on a rocky, zigzag trail.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Climb Island Peak, 6,189m/20,305ft, and return to Dingboche -14 hours.

    You begin today's big adventure at about 2am. You ascend, using a head torch light, on the zigzag trail for about a half to one hour before you reach a rock scramble. The way is marked with cairns, although these aren't always easy to spot in the dark. Care is needed with this section, especially if the rocks are covered in snow, or ice. Whilst scrambling, you are gradually traversing around to the right and this eases after ¾ hour or so to a zigzag trail, leading up to a ridge and a huge cairn. When you top out at the cairn, you have a snowy platform on which to don your crampons and rope up to cross the glacier.

    You ascend the snowy trail, until a left-ward turn brings you to an extremely impressive snow bridge, with huge, cavernous crevasses either side. Much vigilance is needed to walk across the narrow snow bridge, and it would be wise to ensure you are belayed with an ice axe in the snow by your trek leader or local guide. Another small snow bridge needs to be crossed almost immediately after. You can now see your objective; the steep snow/ice wall, followed by the summit ridge, all of which are on fixed ropes.

    You continue on a very gradually rising path in the snow, still roped up as there are possible crevasses. At the end of this section you switch to the fixed ropes and jumar your way up those. A jumar is a mechanical device which allows you to ascend a rope. The device is pushed upwards, but locks if you stop/fall, thereby providing safe ascent of fixed ropes. There may possibly be other climbing parties descending, so you will need to be courteous and vigilant when crossing over, ensuring you are clipped into the fixed rope at all times.

    After 6-8 hard hours of labour, you are amply rewarded by reaching the summit and enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayan giants, especially Lhotse Shar, which looks very dramatic. You descend the same way, and abseil down the fixed ropes. Summit day on Island Peak is very physically demanding, but a great achievement and has technical interest as soon as you begin scrambling all the way to the summit. It is a route with both variety and character. The memories and rewards will stay with you for a lifetime.

    You now have a long descent. First, you retrace your steps to Chukhung where you will probably have lunch. You then continue along the Imja Khola Valley on an undulating, but mainly downhill trail for 2-3 hours until you reach Dingboche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  17. Day 17 - Trek to Thyangboche, 3,867m/12,688ft - 4-5 hours.
    island peak island peak viewed from descent n morgan.

    From Dingboche, you walk down the valley and descend to cross a bridge over the Khumbu Khola. You then walk past several houses used by the Sherpas during the summer when they bring their yaks up to this area to graze. You pass the tea house at Orsho and then follow a beautiful high trail with wonderful views of Ama Dablam across the valley. You arrive at the picturesque village of Pangboche 3,860m/12,665ft. You then descend to cross a bridge over the Imja Khola, passing many chortens and mani walls as you descend. From the bridge the ascent to Thyangboche is a slight sting in the tail to an otherwise fairly easy day. You climb through beautiful forest; watch out for pheasant and musk deer along the route. Finally you arrive at the ridge top and back to the monastery of Thyangboche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  18. Day 18 - Trek to Phadking - 6-7 hours.

    From Thyangboche you descend a wide sandy trail, through forest, all the way to the river at the village of Phunki Drengka. This village is characterised by its water-driven prayer wheels which line the path. You cross the river by a long suspension bridge and then climb in pine forests to the houses of Trashingna. You then climb further, passing the Tibetan traders at Sanasa. These traders lay their wares out alongside the trail so you can combine a stop here for a cup of tea with a little souvenir shopping. You then take a roller coaster trail high above the river with fine views across to the peaks of Kangtega and Thamserku. Finally you arrive at a corner on the trail and then make the short descent to Namche. From Namche the steep descent back to the Dudh Kosi is a bit rough on the knees, but the warmer climate offers a good opportunity to finally shed down-filled jackets and woollen jumpers. You will still have wonderful views and the chance to relax in slightly warmer valley surroundings. Trek back down the Dudh Kosi valley past Jorsale and Chomoa to arrive at Phakding.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  19. Day 19 - Return trek to Lukla.

    The trail to Lukla follows the upward route as far as Chablung. Then it 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 tea houses 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 tea houses in Tamang Tole, a new settlement a short distance from the airport. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. Now you can finally relax and enjoy a celebratory beer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  20. Day 20 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m/9,187ft and as the runway is on a slope with a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends this makes for an interesting take off. You fly back to Kathmandu by scheduled flight. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Shangri La Hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  21. Day 21 - At leisure in Kathmandu. Transfer to airport. Depart Nepal.

    A free day today, to buy those all-important last-minute presents and a chance to sightsee too and reflect on achieving a lifetime's ambition.

    Late afternoon, there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.


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  • This trip will be led by Pasang Sherpa a talented and successful climber with 7 summits of Everest to his credit
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • All meals on trek
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag with liner on trek.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Best available tea houses booked in advance
  • All camping facilities for 3 nights on trek.
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

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  • 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.

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.

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
  • 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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