Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude: 13,000ft Trip Grade: Easy
Total duration: 9 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Everest in Leisure Trek is designed for those who want to view Everest in a relaxed way without much walking. This trek takes us to Namche at 3,450 meters and Everest View Hotel at 3,880 meters, and is suitable for everyone. After sightseeing in Kathmandu we fly to Lukla, the entry point to Everest Region Trek and from here couple of hours of trek takes us to Phakding where we spend our first night in mountains. Next day we walk only upto Monjo and reach Namche on the 3rd day and here we rest for a day to let our body ge t used to altitude. Next day we walk to Syangboche and Everest View Hotel and walk downhill back to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu. You get amazing views of Everest from the Everest View Hotel.
- Scenic flight Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu to Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square
- 5 days liesurely trekking walking for 2 to 5 hours passing through Sherpa villages
- Trek upto Hotel Everest View, listed in the Guinness Book of Records where you catch the nice view of Everest
- Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 13,000ft at Everest View Hotel
- 1 Rest day in Namche to let your body get used to altitude
Trip Cost Includes:
- All ground transportation in private vehicles
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (3 Nights)
- Teathouses during trekking (5 Nights)
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- An English Speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Day 2
- An English Speaking Licensed and Well Experienced Trekking Guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for staff.
- All paperwork and permits for trekking.
- Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural dance
- All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and Personal Expenses(Laundry/phone/beverages/battery recharge/extra porter/bottle water/shower etc)
- Any extra cost not mentioned in inclusion
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 02: GUIDED KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING (1300 meters)
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: is one of three royal palac squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandapis the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.
Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana.The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms.Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2800m); TREK TO PHAKDING (2652m)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding
Day 04: PHAKDING ~ MONJO (2835 m)
Phakding to Monjo (approximately 5 kilometres: 3 hours’ walking)
After breakfast, you trek to the village of Monjo. Your route follows a level path along the right bank from the resort. Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m) looms skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, you arrive at Bengker. Continuing through a forest, you arrive at Chumow, where you can visit the vegetable farm. Walking along a path with numerous ups and downs, you cross a stream and enter the small village of Monjo. Weather permitting, it offers spectacular views of Thamserku. After lunch at the lodge, your guide will escort you on a local walk before returning to the lodge late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Lodge in Monjo
Day 05: MONJO ~ NAMCHE (3440 m)
Monjo to Namche (approximately 6 kilometres: 5 to 6 hours’ walking)
After breakfast, start your walk to Namche, which should take between five and six hours. Descending stone steps you come to a suspension bridge, and, after a short climb you reach Jorshale. This is the entrance to the National Park, and you must wait here while your guide pays the entrance fees. Walking beside the river, you reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. After crossing a high, winding path, you descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. The river forks here: the right stream is the DudhKoshi 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, you ascend to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight: Lodge in Namche
Day 06: ACCLIMATIZATION AND EXCURSION IN NAMCHE
Namche excursion (approximately 12 kilometres: 5 hours’ walking)
After breakfast, you have five hours’ walk ahead of you, taking you across Syangboche airfield and through a small forest to Khumjung Hillary High School. The village of Khumjung covers the largest area in Khumbu. After lunch at Khumjung, visit Khunde Hospital. Both the hospital and school were built with funds raised by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. From here you should be able to enjoy views of majestic mountains including Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Lhotse and Everest.
Overnight: Lodge in Namche
Day 07: NAMCHE ~ SYANGBOCHE ~ LUKLA
After an early breakfast, the route starts by climbing upto the Syangboche airstrip. Above the airstrip is the Hotel Everest View, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hotel on earth from where you catch the nice view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You trek back to Lukla.
Overnight: Lodge in Lukla
Day 08: FLY BACK KATHMANDU
In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 9 AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for this Trek
The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
Maximum Altitude in this trek: 13000ft
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to poor weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter can lift 4-5 persons per flight and will cost extra. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request.
In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip (of the same cost), such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund and all the costs incurred due to such situations will not be our responsibility. So please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is considered the best months for Everest in Leisure Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
Luggage Limit in Lukla Flight
Domestic flights to Lukla allows 10kg of check-in luggage and is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost.
In Kathmandu, farewell dinner is provided. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at teahouses where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
How to Book Trips ?
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
We look forward to arrange our next visit to Nepal through Eve Holidays soon. Simply the amazing country and nice friendly people.
Pamela and Martha