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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)
  • 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
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket, sleeping bag and liner (supplied in-country)
  • Best quality lodges booked in advance
  • Trek staff and full porterage and their insurance
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

Three High Passes to Everest

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Everest Region | Walking & Trekking

Three High Passes to Everest
Strenuous

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

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  23 days from the UK  
On trek: 18 days

Flight inclusive from £2,900,
Land only from £2,135

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The ultimate high altitude Everest trek in the world's most spectacular mountain terrain.

Highlights

  • Achieve five superb objectives all over 5,000 metres: the passes of Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La, and the summits of Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar
  • Trek in the more unspoilt valleys of the Khumbu approaching the Renjo La and Chukhung
  • View Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cholatse, the Himalayan giants, in their full glory
  • Stay at a four star hotel in Kathmandu with time to relax or take in the sights of the city

Reviews          

The confidence that comes from knowing that MK has lots of knowledge and local expertise. At all stages we felt we were getting 'VIP' treatment!
Mr W, Merseyside

As with my previous two trips to Nepal with MK, the standard of organisation was first-class. I also believe that your local partners deliver a 'best in class' level of service to your clients.
Mr I, Coventry

Sirdar Chande and three Sherpas all really first class - excellent team work, I felt really cared for.
Mr F, Leeds

This is my sixth trip with you. Your service and choice of local agent in Kathmandu would not allow me to choose any of your competitors.
Mr M, Devon

Very efficient service from the UK office and excellent support from the team in Kathmandu. The Sherpas were well chosen and gave outstanding support on trek. It was always reassuring to know that good support would always be available in the event of any problems.
Mr M, Leicestershire

The whole trip was well organised from start to finish, and the trek team could not do enough for us. First class.
Mr C, Arbroath

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Trekking in the Everest region is justifiably popular, but on this trek we go off-the-beaten-track through remote valleys and over high passes with superlative scenery every step of the way. For the first few days, we follow the main Everest trail but it is not long before we leave other trekkers behind as we head towards the Renjo La pass, 5,390m/17,684ft, via the tranquil beauty of the Bhote Khosi Valley. Once across the pass, we trek beside the turquoise Gokyo Lakes before crossing the snow-covered Cho La, 5,400m/17,700ft; our second high pass. This brings us close to the foot of Everest and we’ll enjoy stunning close-up views from the small peak of Kala Pattar. Our final challenge is to cross the Kongma La, 5,540m/18,176ft, where the scenery provides ample reward for our efforts with a breathtaking panorama of many of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

This really is the ultimate high altitude Everest trekking route, in the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It’s undoubtedly tough – but the scenery provides more than ample rewards. This is one of the finest mountain journeys you are ever likely to undertake in your lifetime.

Call us now on 01453 844 400 or enquire online for the ‘Three High Passes to Everest’ trek.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  23 days from the UK  
On trek: 18 days

Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,193ft, Kala Pattar, day 16

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Tea Houses

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

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-3
(This is the itinerary for our 2017 departures. Download our 2018 Detailed Itineraries below). Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Lukla and trek to Monjo.
4-5
Trek to Namche Bazaar. Rest day and acclimatisation.
6-9
Trek to Lungden via Thame. Alternate between trek days and rest days to aid acclimatisation.
10
Trek to Gokyo via the Renjo La, 5,340m/17,521ft.
11
Rest day in Gokyo or climb Gokyo Ri, 5,360m/17,585ft.
12
Trek to Dragnak.
13-14
Cross the Cho La, 5,420m/17,777ft. Trek to Lobuche.
15
Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft, and onto Gorak Shep.
16
Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, descend to Lobuche.
17
Cross the Kongma La, 5,545m/18,188ft, to Chukhung.
18-20
Trek to Lukla via Namche Bazaar.
21-23
Fly to Kathmandu. Time for sightseeing. Transfer to airport for flight 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: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

    You will be met and transferred to your hotel. 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 or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Lukla, 2,743m/9,000ft. 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 above the vast valleys towards Lukla, the giants of the world appear on the horizon. After landing on the airstrip, there may be time for a cup of tea in one of the lodges in Lukla before starting the trek. It is about 2 hours to lunch at Phakding, 2,652m/8,700ft. First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikharka. 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. The trail 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, 2,835m/9,301ft, which lies just past Chumoa. 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 with loads resting on sticks outside tea houses, tired trekkers 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/11,300ft - 3-4 hours.

    Today's path 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 then zigzags up 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 pull into Namche Bazaar, its Sherpa houses 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 anything under the sun.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  5. Day 5 - Rest day – acclimatisation.

    'Climb high, sleep low' is the mantra for good acclimatisation. To help acclimatisation it is a good idea to walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters from where 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 while you revel in the mountain views.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Thame, 3,820m/12,533ft - 5-6 hours.

    Climbing steeply out of the village you then head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). You walk through fine rhododendron forest with views across the valley, Kwangde, 6,343m/20,806ft, and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. You cross a tributary valley (Kyajo Kola) and look back down the valley for views of Thamserku, 6,648m/21,806ft, and Kusum Kangru, 6,370m/20,896ft. You then arrive at the village of Thamo and could visit its tiny gompa.

    From Thamo, the trail continues gradually uphill through scrubland. You may well spot Himalayan Thar (a type of mountain goat) on the hillside, although their numbers have dwindled recently due to attacks by snow leopards. As you progress further up the trail, you see the path which leads to the Tesi Lapche pass, which leads to the Rolwaling Valley and you can see Thame Gompa. After about an hour and a half's walking, you reach a huge rock wall painted with the Buddhist figures of Green Tara and Guru Rimpoche. The bridge over the Bhote Koshi, adorned with prayer flags, is crossed and then it is half an hour's gradual ascent to the village of Thame. Thame is an attractive village comprising a collection of lodges, houses and a gompa above it.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  7. Day 7 - Acclimatisation walk from Thame.

    Today you could walk up towards the Singdu-Ri, 4,571m/15,000 ft, from where you will get magnificent views of the Everest range including Makalu and Cho Oyu, depending, of course, on the weather conditions. The trip there and back to Thame will take about 4-6 hours and will give you good acclimatization.

    An easier option would be a two-three hour walk to Thengbo, on the way to the Tashi Lapcha pass, from where you can get good views of the lower Himalaya. This is a valley walk with gradual climbs. In the afternoon, the group will have the chance to visit Thame monastery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  8. Day 8 - Trek from Thame to Lungden, 4,350m /14,272ft - 4 hours.

    Leaving the main trail today, you will enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. You begin today's walk uphill for about 15 minutes. Rounding a bend you will see the attractive, moderately sized village of Tangmote. You descend to the village and pass a huge chorten as you continue along a very well-trodden, wide path. The trail is strewn with mani walls and a small chorten as you progress through the village. After about an hour, you walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi.

    The trail continues on a gentle, ascending path on the hillside above Bhote Koshi. After approximately two hours walking, you come to the village of Tharngga at 4,000m/13,100ft. You will start to feel the altitude here. Tharngga comprises a sprawling collection of stone houses, and you have superb views of Kongde Ri as you look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings you to Marlung, 4,200m/13,779ft, where you will probably stop for lunch. A rough, ascending, pebble-strewn path marked sporadically with red arrows, brings you in an hour to Lungden - 4,350m /14,271ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  9. Day 9 - Rest and acclimatisation day in Lungden.

    Today there will be an opportunity to walk and explore further up the valley. This will provide much needed acclimatisation for tomorrow's trek over the Renjo La.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Gokyo, 4,790m/15,716ft, over the Renjo La, 5,340m/17,521ft – 8 hours.

    This walk is challenging. You leave Lungden and a fairly stiff climb for an hour or so takes you to a lake. You continue ascending for a couple of hours until you reach Black Lake and the col. Here you can see your objective, the Renjo La, and its prayer flags some 250m/800ft above.

    The trail is now very good - stone steps almost all the way to the pass. It zigzags across the hillside and you will really feel the altitude here. It takes between five and six hours to reach the pass. The descent to Gokyo will take around three hours and the first part is often snow covered and moderately steep. It is marked with cairns. Eventually the path becomes a good trail which leads to the Dudh Pokhari Lake and Gokyo

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  11. Day 11 - Rest day in Gokyo/Gokyo Ri.

    Today, if clear, you will enjoy tremendous views from nearby Gokyo Ri. Unlike Kalar Pattar from Lobuche where you have a long walk in to make the climb, the foot of Gokyo Ri lies just five minutes away from the lodges at Gokyo, across the stream that feeds the lake. A two to three-hour 'huff and puff' on a zig-zagging trail leads to the summit from where the views are well worth all the effort involved. There are good views of Everest, 8,848m/29,028ft, which shows its summit and northern flank and Makalu, 8,475m/27,798ft, is seen further to the east. To the north is Cho Oyu, 8,153m/26,741ft, and all around snow, ice, glacial moraines and other giants can be seen. Below is the village of Gokyo, the picturesque Gokyo lakes and the debris littered surface of the huge Ngozumba Glacier. You'll descend to Gokyo for lunch. In the afternoon you may take a well-earned rest, or take a walk further north beside the glacier towards the Gokyo Valley's fourth and fifth lakes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Dragnak, 4,750m /15,420ft - 2 hours.

    From Gokyo you descend the valley a short way and then having passed a lower lake you head east to climb the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier. The crossing of the glacier is quite arduous; the path winds up and down and around through boulders and rubble and the trail changes from year to year as the glacier moves. You then continue to Dragnak.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  13. Day 13 - Cross Cho La, 5,420m /17,777ft, and descend to Dzongla, 4,843m/15,889ft - 8 hours.

    From Draknak you make a long ascent and cross a grassy saddle to descend a short way to Chyugima before starting the climb proper to the pass. The ascent is over steep scree, rocks and large boulders which can be very slippery and the going can be difficult in places depending on the conditions. The way becomes even steeper to reach the pass itself. The views when you reach the snow field at the top are stunning. Again care must be taken for the descent. The descent down the snowfield begins less steeply, but then, following cairns which mark the way the route becomes more difficult as you walk and scramble over large rocks and boulders. The final valley descent is more gradual and easier going to arrive at your stopping place for the night at Dzongla.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  14. Day 14 - Descend to Duglha and trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,175ft - 4-5 hours.

    An easier day today as you descend past the small lake of Cholatse Tso beneath Cholatse peak and then contour round to the jumble of rocks at the base of the Khumbu glacier which is reached at the tiny hamlet of Duglha. There is then a short sharp climb up the terminal moraine of the glacier to reach the top where there are memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. There is a real feel of being high in the mountains and the landscape is wild and rocky. Following a stream (often frozen) at one side of the moraine you soon reach the houses of Lobuche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  15. Day 15 - Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft, return to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,945ft - 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 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 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
  16. Day 16 - Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,193ft. Trek down to Lobuche - 7 hours.

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

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  17. Day 17 - Trek to Chukhung, 4,743m/15,562ft, via the Kongma La, 5,528m/18,137ft - 8 hours.

    A demanding, but rewarding day. 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 restricted. 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 5,000m. Higher up you can see Lobuche. Stunning views of Cholatse 6,440m, Pokalde 5,794m, Nuptse 7,864m, Lhotse 8,501m, Makalu and Ama Dablam 6,814m can be enjoyed on the ascent. For the last half 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 once you reach the large lake after about 20 minutes from the pass, it becomes easier. 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
  18. Day 18 - Trek to Pangboche, 4,000m /13,123ft - 5 hours.

    You descend gradually all day to Pangboche the highest all year round settlement in the valley. This is a pleasant walk with beautiful views of Ama Dablam and Taboche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  19. Day 19 - Trek to Namche, 3,445m/11,302ft - 7 hours.

    Staying high on the west bank of the river, you contour round to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawache, directly across the valley from Thyangboche. There are superb views here of Thamserku and Kangtaiga. You will stop for lunch here and then descend steeply through a forest to the Dudh Khosi. From the very pretty crossing point, you climb to a Chorten at Mong La where there are wonderful views back across the valley to Phortse, Thyangboche and the surrounding mountains. From Mong La you descend to Teshinga where you continue on an undulating trail to Namche.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  20. Day 20 - Trek to Lukla, 2,880m/9,449ft - 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 make the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House
  21. Day 21 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    Today there is another chance to enjoy the great flight from Lukla 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. Transfer to Shangri-La Hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  22. Day 22 - Day at leisure in Kathmandu.

    Today will be at leisure for some shopping, sightseeing or simply relaxing after your trek.

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

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  23. Day 23 - Transfer to the airport and fly to London.

    You will be taken to the airport for your flight back to 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)
  • 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
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket, sleeping bag and liner (supplied in-country)
  • Best quality lodges booked in advance
  • Trek staff and full porterage and their insurance
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Park fees
  • 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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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 9 reviews)

Three High Passes to Everest          

This was the toughest trip I have undertaken and enjoyed every minute of it! Would highly recommend it.

A truly memorable Nepal trek          

What we enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was everything - from the start being met at the airport, all the transfers went smoothly.The team in Kathmandu and Lukla were excellent.We could not have had any better guides, Chundi and Choomba were brilliant. Knowledgeable and informative, supportive and encouraging when needed. In the evenings they joined in the card games - they really made the holiday.The porters although their English was limited, had a great sense of humour and looked after us brilliantly.The tea houses were good, obviously some a lot better than others, but all were clean and the food was good.A truly memorable trek, the weather was fabulous, the scenery stunning and we even had snow and found snow leopard tracks!

Three High Passes to Everest          

From the beginning of my contact with the Mountain Kingdoms office to my return to the UK I cannot speak highly enough of the service I received. The support arrangements at Kathmandu were also faultless, from being met on arrival at the airport to our departure on the last day. In addition I was extremely impressed by the efficient, courteous and friendly service from all the hotel staff. We finished our trek with a great party with our guides and the unsung heroes, the porters, at out final tea house who laid on a special meal for us. What I enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the exceptional care that our guides took of us all, both on trek (always felt very safe, despite this being my first trek at high altitude) and when staying at the tea houses. Thanks for a great experience.

First class service          

The whole trip was well organised from start to finish, and the trek team could not do enough for us. First class.

Great service - trekking in the Everest region          

This is my sixth trip with you. Your service and choice of local agent in Kathmandu would not allow me to choose any of your competitors.


Extend your holiday

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.


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
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

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

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


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • 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
  • 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.


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.


Bhutan extension 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.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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.


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