Nepal is an ideal Himalayan holiday destination for those wishing to experience trekking in comfort. On our specially crafted luxury trekking packages, we have sought out the best trails of the world-famous Everest and Annapurna regions (Everest Luxury Trek). We want those to experience the spectacular mountain scenery, unique cultures and diverse flora and fauna with our professional guides who love to share knowledge about the natural wonders and entertain with many interesting local facts. While on the trip you enjoy a truly personalized and enriching luxury travel experience.
For the past few years, Trek Himalayan has been creating luxury travel experiences for the enthusiastic trekkers. If you are truly trekker and explorer by passion and prefer to be amongst the few to experience the real essence of Nepal – its nature and its rich culture, why don’t you try our well-crafted trip ‘Nepal Luxury Treks’. Join us on our luxury, escorted trek to Everest and Annapurna regions and discover the land with vast tracts of wild and untouched wilderness with the mesmerizing Himalayas.
Relaxed walk through countryside;Natural landscape… Natural landscape; Lots of ‘must-see’ attractions… Stunning mountain views;Stay in family-run comfy lodges… Enjoy superb meals; Lush flora and diverse fauna; The best of local & western cuisine…
This itinerary is a guideline pattern which we offer home Stay tour of this type. But, unforeseen events such as mountain weather, local politics, transportation etc., is beyond Trek Himalayan’s control could be resulted in a change of program. It is very unlikely to have such circumstances occurs but our effort is to minimize its effect, however Trek Himalayan is not responsible for the result of delays or changes.
Arrive at the (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Royal Singi [4 Stars Category Hotel]
This is an example of the hotel we may use in Kathmandu city. Your actual hotel will be specified when your booking is confirmed. Please check your email or booking confirmation.
After breakfast sightseeing tour begins which include all the religious, cultural & historical sites within the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in hotel
Pashupatinath (World Heritage Site): One of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, the temple of Pashupatinath is the focus of pilgrims from all over from Nepal and India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built in the familiar pagoda Style. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D. It lies 5 kms east of the city centre. This holy place is picturesque collection of temples and shrines. All the dying persons are brought to Pashupatinath for cremation. Only the Hindus are allowed to go inside the temple.
Bouddhanath (World Heritage Site): It is the world’s biggest stupa located about two km to the north of Pashupatinath temple. This colossal stupa is known by the name of Bouddhanath, the god of wisdom. It is difficult to assign a period to it as some believe that it was built during the reign of either Shiva Deva or Anshu Verma in the 17th century A.D. The design is much like the Swoyambhu stupa, except that the final consists of receding squares instead of circles. Bouddhanath attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.
Swoyambhunath, Monkey Temple (World heritage Site): The Swoyambhunath Stupa crowns a hillock to the west of Kathmandu. A massive white dome surrounded by a 13 stage spire, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is said to be 2000 years old. Its origins are linked to the founding of the Kathmandu Valley by draining the water of the lake by Bouddhisattva Manjushree. Swoyambhunath manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus, Manjushree let the water out of the valley paying homage to Swoyambhu, thus making the valley inhabitable.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): It is the nine-storied palace structure built around 1770 AD. This palace square was a residence to Nepal’s royal family. The house of the living goddess (Kumari), the ferocious Kal Bhairav, the red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the square. All woodcarvings, statues and architectures in this area are exceptionally fine. Most parts of the palace premises are open for tourist throughout the week during office hours.
A very early morning wake up and transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla. We reach to our destination after a 35 min- scenic mountain flight to Lukla. After a cup of tea at local Lodge in Lukla we walk through the alpine valley following the “Dudh Kosi” or milk river (named after its milky colour from glacial silt). We reach Phakding after few hours of walk and end our first day walk here. Overnight at Sherpa Farm House (Tea House/Lodge)
After breakfast we walk to Thachok Hill (Danda) which lies at 3000 m. From Thachok Hill we enjoy superb views of Kongde Ri, Thamserku and Numbur Himal and in the late afternoon we return to Monjo for overnight stay at comfortable tea house/lodge
Next day morning after breakfast we walk slowly through the alpine valleys and enter the Everest National Park. It will probably be the hardest day of the walk being hat falling steep hills path, but we will take it slowly enjoying the scenery as we climb gradually to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region. On a clear day you will be mesmerized with the views of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangru, Kwangde and Taweche while walking. Ovenight at comfortable tea house/lodge
From Namche Bazaar the trail to Tashinga follows the classical approach route to Everest. We follow the almost level winding trail for about 2½ hours before leaving the main trail to arrive at the comfortable tea house/lodge. This is also the day to view Mt. Everest in close for the first time.
After breakfast we follow the path up towards the famous Tengboche Monastery. This is the religious and cultural centre for the people of the Khumbu. We can see Ama Dablam in the east whilst glimpses of Everest lure us onward. As we walk, the trail is more open and wide and we can see the surrounding mountains. Then we descend to the Dudh Kosi River and stop for lunch at Phunki Tenga. From here we climb steeply through a beautiful rhododendron and birch forest for 2 hours that will take us to Tengboche. We will visit the monastery and watch the monks performing their rituals. We retrace our steps to Tashinga and stay at comfortable tea house/lodge
This morning we retrace our steps towards Namche Bazaar for about an hour until we take the detour to Khumjung village. The path leads gently up the valley and into Khumjung which is considered as the main education centre of the Khumbu area. If time permits, we can visit the Khumjung Monastery and the Kunde Hospital, Taking the high trail above Namche Bazaar we head north-west.
The valley ahead is extremely rugged but beautiful and as we walk along the forested track we may spot Monal pheasants or small herds of Thar. On reaching the small village of Tesho we turn off the main trail and make our way slowly up a closed valley. The last half hour of our climb will be breathtaking – literally – but this is where our past few days of walking and acclimatization helps. On reaching the comfortable tea house/lodge the views are awesome and well worth the effort of reaching here!
Half an hour from the lodge we join the old Tibetan Trade Route. The trail is well established and wide with easy walking all the way to Thame. This village is very original in many aspects and is perhaps one of the prettiest villages in the Khumbu. It has scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. We visit Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s house is situated near the top of the village where he lived with his first wife. In fact, Thame is also the home of more of Nepal’s famous mountaineers Ang Rita Sherpa who has summitted Everest 10 times and Apa Sherpa 15 times. We retrace our steps to our previous comfortable tea house/lodge
We complete our circular route by returning to Namche Bazaar and from there we keep continuing downhill walk on the main Everest trail. This is a short day walk, so we have time to visit the shops in Namche, before descending steeply to Monjo. The trail is easier now as we are losing altitude, and we can enjoy a gentle walk on the trail above the Dudh Kosi River until we reach Monjo. Overnight at comfortable tea house/lodge
We gently trek down to Lukla. After arrival in Lukla we take rest and wander around the local area to witness the local inhabitants and their lifestyle. Overnight in Lukla.
We take schedule morning flight to Kathmandu. Free whole day in Kathmandu.
Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey…
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the trek and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your trekking trip.
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the trek in family-run tea-house (lodge), with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag.
Trek Himalayan Nepal generally do not offer meals in the trip. There is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups can eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your trekking guide will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.
Most lodges/tea houses offer muesli, porridges, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner typical Nepalese dal, bhat, lentil soup and Sherpa/Tibetan cuisines and western food.
Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited.
Most lodges offer hot showers and a bucket of hot water with extra cost. Above Lukla we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 16 people. The minimum is 2 people.
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
At 6.30 am your guide wakes you up. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
Rhododendron and Magnolio give way to birch groves and conifers as you approach the tree line. At higher altitudes blue pine is usually more common than chir pine. You will see how the pines become shorter and stockier as you gain altitude. Junipers are also found in a dwarfed form in the sub-alpine region at altitudes to 4000m. Junipers in full sized tree form are found around Thame. Also, fleshy, berrylike fruit- Hemlock and silver fir are also found in the Everest region.
The Golden eagle, Eurasian Kestrel goshawk are the most common resident birds in the Everest region. Pheasants are probably the most spectacular birds seen on the ground while trekking. Around the Tengboche monastery you will see two different species of pheasants – Blood pheasant and the Impeyan pheasant digging for tubers in the stark winter fields in the Khumbu area. You can also spot the crimsonhorned pheasant with reddish legs. Tibetan snow cocks, hawk- sized raven are also visible on the ground around Gorakshep. The bark of Muntjak, a small, reddish mammal with short antlers is found at altitudes up to 2400m. The musk deer are sometimes visible in the areas between Phortse and Tengboche. The Himalayan tahr which look like a mountain goat are also visible in spring and autumn season.
During the trek Everest(8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7896m), Pumori (7145m), Amadablam (6812m.) Thamserku (6800m), Khumbila (5751m), Kwangde Ri (6187m), Cho Oyu(8201m), Tawache (6542), Kangtenga (6645m), Kusum Kanguru (6369), Makalu (8463m), Island Peak (6189m), Chhukungri (5845m), Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Khumbuste (6640m), Cholatse (6640m), Cha Kung (7020m), & many other attractive snow-capped peaks.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
If scheduled flight gets cancelled due to bad weather from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. In such situation, we need to send chartered helicopter. Helicopter cost has to be borne by the clients as per the prevailing cost.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you don’t need it while travelling. Many of hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage
Many trekking porters come from villages. They live hard and frugal lives and work to carry heavy loads using the traditional ‘doko’ (the bamboo latis basket supported from the forehead). Heights up to 3,500m are part of everyday life and they resist wearing what they consider to be unnecessary personal equipment.
Above that altitude, Trek Himalayan urges them the use of kit suited to the varying levels of more extreme conditions. It’s an incredible job that they do and we really appreciate their working nature and try to reward accordingly.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can turn if not treated upon recognizing the symptoms. AMS is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations of 3,000m or above. Early mountain sickness results in headache, loss of appetite and sleepiness. One can encounter such sickness no matter she/he looks physically young, strong and fit. Medicine itself can be on substitute unless patients suffering from such sickness are immediately rushed downhill. Doctor may provide temporary care with some medicines and oxygen but the patient must be brought down immediately in order to escape danger. For emergency purpose, one can contact doctors at Khunde and Pheriche hospitals in Khumbu trekking region.
The main trekking season in Nepal begins from early October to mid-May. During this period temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC above higher altitudes. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November
This is the main trekking season in Nepal. While trekking in mountains weather will be sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February
Even it is cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to negative 12ºC to negative 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year
Pre-monsoon/spring March to May
Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but cloudiness will be occurred up in the afternoons. Seasonal flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.
(Local guide and porter) Tipping is a tradition in tourism in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. We highly suggest you to allow some tips at your own discretion.