Namche Bazaar, Mount Everest National Park
Caption: Namche Bazaar, Mount Everest National Park
Caption: View from Namche bazaar trail to Everest Base camp for Ama Dablam
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Journey Price: $5,142
5,142 Points Applied: -$1,543
Cash Remainder: $3,599
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Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a cabin/room. Single room supplement $1,190.00.

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Journey Snapshot

Activity level: Physically demanding Involves a very high level of physical activity over an extended period. The activity will be at high altitude on terrain that will be uneven, slippery and steep. You would be expected to carry your own backpack and equipment. These activities require a high level of fitness and are not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Foothills of Everest Adventure
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Flight information: Please arrange your own flights to arrive into Katmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [KTM] on Day 1 and depart from there on Day 12
Pickup location: Katmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [KTM]

Overview

Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2022

Trek through the foothills of Mount Everest whilst experiencing culture, nature & incredible landscapes like nowhere else on Earth

Everest is more than a mountain and the journey around its foothills is more than just a trek. Every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity – beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills. For active adventurers not afraid to break a sweat, our full trekking support staff will bring you close to local cultures before opening a window to the top of the world.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Nepal (1,300m)
DAY 2 - Acclimatisation Day in Kathmandu
DAY 3 - Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
DAY 4 - Phakding to Namche (3440m)
DAY 5 - Namche (3,440m)
DAY 6 - Namche to Thame (3,800m)
DAY 7 - Thame Day Excursion (3,800m)
DAY 8 - Thame to Monjo (2,850m)
DAY 9 - Monjo to Lukla (2,850m)
DAY 10 - Lukla to Kathmandu (1,300m)
DAY 11 - Kathmandu City Tour
DAY 12 - Farewell to Kathmandu and Home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Nepal (1,300m)

It is an absolute thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you begin a whole chain of memorable experiences that will stay with you for a long, long time. Your Big Journey Company representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After check in, there will be a welcome meeting with your Big Journey Company Tour Director and the rest of the trekking group. Here you will be briefed further on this adventure and discuss the plan for the next 4 days.
Later in the afternoon you will head out on a tour of Boudhnath Stupa. Boudhnath, less than eight kilometres from central Kathmandu, is a sacred place home to a large number of Tibetan exiles. it is noted for its sixth-century Buddhist stupa, one of the largest in the world. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries, which attract pilgrims and devotees from all over the Indian subcontinent.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu 

DAY 2 - Acclimatisation Day in Kathmandu

Today will be a day spent at leisure in Kathmandu to recuperate from your flight and to acclimatise to the high altitude before exercise.

Take it easy and use the opportunity to explore your surroundings in a leisurely fashion. Your Big Journey Company Tour Director is on hand today to provide you with suggestions of things to do and see.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu 

DAY 3 - Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

After breakfast, this morning we transfer to Kathmandu Airport for a 45-minute flight to Lukla.

After lunch, we embark on a three-hour walk to Phakding. This starts with a gentle descent beside the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River, with distant views of the peaks of Nupla and Kusumkang.

Later, we will enjoy an hour’s walk to Rimijung Gompa, the monastery of Sano Gomila. This is home to a small idol made from the branches of a white tree that once grew here and housed in a metal casket. Reaching the village of Sano Gomila, you will enjoy views of Thamserku and Kusumkang, before returning to our Mountain Home for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 4 - Phakding to Namche (3440m)

Phakding to Monjo (approximately 5 kilometres: 3 hours’ walking)
After breakfast, we trek to the village of Monjo. The route follows a level path along the right bank of the river. The peak of Thamserku, 6,623 metres high, looms skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, our group will arrive at Banker.

Continuing through a forest, we arrive at Chumow, where we can visit the vegetable farm. Walking along a path with numerous ups and downs, we cross a stream and enter the small village of Monjo.

Monjo to Namche (approximately 6 kilometres: 4 to 5 hours’ walking)
After lunch, we will start the walk to Namche. Descending stone steps out of the village, the path comes to a suspension bridge, and, after a short climb we will reach Jorshale, the entrance to the National Park. Here the group will rejoin and our guide will pay the entrance fee as we enter.

Walking beside the river, we reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. After crossing a high, winding path, we will descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. The river forks here: the right stream is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing another suspension bridge and walking a short distance alongside the Bhote Koshi, we ascend to Namche Bazaar - our destination for this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 5 - Namche (3,440m)

After breakfast at the Mountain Home, we have five hours’ walking ahead of us, taking us across Syangboche airfield and through a small forest.

The village of Khumjung covers the largest area in Khumbu. After lunch at Khumjung, we make a short but very interesting stop at the Khunde Hospital. Both the hospital and school here were built with funds raised by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. From here, we should be able to enjoy views of majestic mountains including Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Lhotse and Everest itself.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 6 - Namche to Thame (3,800m)

After breakfast, our group begins the walk to Thame, which should take approximately two-and-a-half hours. This trail forms part of the entry route to Tibet, which passes near the 8,012-metre peak of Cho Oyu, first climbed in 1954.

We will stop for lunch in Thamo. Heading on afterwards, after a further two hours’ walking, we will reach the home village of Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for scaling Mt Everest ten times without oxygen. After crossing the Bhote Koshi River, we will reach Thame Village, our destination for today.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 7 - Thame Day Excursion (3,800m)

After breakfast, we will visit the unspoilt monastery of Thame and the fascinating Nangpa La Valley.

Here, the Tibetan traders bring their good for sale, carried on yaks. Lunch will be at the lodge. After lunch you can explore the village of Thame at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 8 - Thame to Monjo (2,850m)

After breakfast, we will start our desscent and trek down to Monjo, via Namche. The should take between 5-6 hours, stopping for lunch. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 9 - Monjo to Lukla (2,850m)

After breakfast, we begin our trek back to the town of Lukla. Today's walk should take the group about 4-5 hrs, again stopping for lunch as we walk, with dinner in the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home 

DAY 10 - Lukla to Kathmandu (1,300m)

Rising early this morning, we depart the high peaks and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel and check-in. The rest of today will be spent as a rest day for you to recuperate and follow your own interests.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu 

DAY 11 - Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast, we head out to explore Kathmandu and visit a host of iconic locations. Durbar Square is home to Hanuman Dhoka, a historic palace named after the monkey God, Hanuman. The Kings of Nepal are crowned here in the palace. Here you will also find a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on a stone pillar, as well as the medieval temple of Jagannath. Within walking distance, we will also find the tall temple of Taleju & Kumari, the residence of the Living Goddess.

We will also visit Swayambhunath, a 2,500 year old stupa situated on a hillock, about 77 m above the ground level and overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.

Lastly, we will also visit Patan, situated in the heart of the city. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

The rest of the day is to explore at leisure and soak up the sights one last time. 

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu 

DAY 12 - Farewell to Kathmandu and Home

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport in time for your flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: none 

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Return internal flights: Kathmandu [KTM] – Lukla [LUA]
  • Airport transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary – in lodges or during the treks
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Everest National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
  • A local English Speaking Sherpa Guide and necessary Porters to transport your baggage (10kg main bag and 5kg hand luggage - maximum 15kg per person - strict weight restrictions apply)
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size being reached.)

What's not included

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu International Airport [KTM]
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities 
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Visas, travel & medical insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered

Important information

  • N.B. - The altitude of Kathmandu is 1,370m and some guests may be adversely affected by the high altitude. Please discuss this with your doctor before departure.
  • You will need to arrange your flights to arrive into Kathmandu on Day 1 of the tour. This may mean that you depart your home airport in the days before the tour begins.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour. You will embark on several strenuous treks at very high altitude, so please consult us if you have any questions about whether this Journey is right for you.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. 
  • A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Full balance will be due 14 weeks prior to departure. Full cost of any flights purchased from us is required at the time of booking.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights.
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