Similarly, another old village is Upper Pangboche that is also not commercial. The trek provides an opportunity to collect the knowledge of Sherpa, their lifestyle, and culture.
Furthermore, the combined view of treeline, Himalayan peaks and Sherpa villages makes the trip excellent. It covers all major destinations of Everest Himalayas, so it is also known as the Everest Circuit Trek. The journey starts and ends at Lukla. Lukla is a tiny touristic city of Solukhumbu with Tenzing-Hillary airport. The first camp is in Phakding which is in the lower altitude than Lukla at the bank of Dudh Koshi river. Next day check in at Namche Bazaar (3441m) is the main gateway to Everest, and also the main trading town in the region. Visiting Sherpa villages, hiking in high altitudes and revelling in stunning views of some of the world’s highest mountains are highlights of the trek.
Gokyo (4790m) and Gokyo Ri (5383m) are amazing viewpoints of the Himalayas, glaciers, and glacial lakes. Gokyo is a valley of lakes, and Gokyo Ri gives a panoramic view of the surroundings. The next adventure Chola Pass (5360m) is a thrilling pass, which bridges Everest Base Camp (5365m) and Gokyo Valley. Everest Base Camp is the main destination of this trek, which we reach after crossing Chola Pass. We climb up to Kalapatthar to get a gorgeous view of the mountains, including Mt. Everest. Of course, these mountains are a lot higher but appear at eye level. The trip concludes after EBC once we head back down to Namche, then onwards to Lukla and a flight back to Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu City Tour- Sightseeing
- Expereice of landing and taking off in Lukla airport
- Scenic Mountain Flight to Lukla
- Panoramic view of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
- Visting the Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
- Crossing the Chola Pass and Exploring the Gokyo
|Kathmandu City Tour||Easy||1 Day|
|Trekking in Himalaya||Difficult||14 Days|
- Day 1 Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you the airport and transport you to hotel.
- Day 2 Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
The day beings with a meeting and introducing with your trek and tour leader. After breakfast, we organize a short meeting at the hotel lobby. The meeting finalizes the preparation of the trek. In the meeting, you need to bring three copies of passport copy size photos, and travel insurance copy. Soon, the day tour will starts and on the tour visit most highlighted places of Kathmandu.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most visited and sacred places of Hindu. According to Hindu mythology, Pashupatinath is one of four Dham. It is not only a religious place also the cremation place. The dead body is burning with firewood in the bank of holy river Bagmati.
Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. While touring in Buddha you can meet the monks, learn Buddhism, gather the information about Thankas, and its significants.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a royal palace built in centuries ago when Nepal had 22 and 24 state kingdom. The palace is famous with the name of fifty-five windows durbar, Nyatapol Mandir the tallest temple in Nepal. The Lion Gate, Golden Gates, The statue of King BhupatindraMalla and the pottery where the potter makes are the main attractions of Bhaktapur.
After finished the tour, the evening time is to review the luggage for the trek. If you interested you can walk around Thamel, choose the restaurant for dinner.
- Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,840m) and trek to Manjo (2,800m)
The trek starts from today after an early morning flight to Lukla. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to airport. After a short flight of 30mins we reach Lukla. After introduction with trekking porters we head off to Manjo. Following the Dudhkosi river, we cross Phakding and reach Manjo, which has a checkpost and entry point for Everest National Park. It is a small town so in the evening we can take a small stroll around.
- Day 4 Trek to Namche (3,441m). Walk around the Namche.
Following Dudh Koshi River and then a climb to reach Namche takes approximately 4 hours. We cross the river several times, encountering yaks and mules along the trail. Finally, the trail on the banks finish and we start ascending on steep gradient up, crossing the highest suspension bridge of Everest Region. The climb is steep, so we walk with a comfortable pace. Finally we reach Namche, the biggest town in the region.
- Day 5 Trek to Khumjung (3,790m) and walk around the Khumjung Village.
We leave Namche today to get to Khumjung village, the Sherpa capital. Following the contour of the hill above Namche in two hours, we reach Khumjung and Khunde. Khunde is the place where the first hospital in the region is located. The village Khumjung is an attractive village and most houses have the same color roof. Mt. Ama Dablam towers above you and Buddhist chants like Om Mani Padme Hum painted prayers walls. Additionally, we can explore one of the oldest monasteries and Hillary School.
- Day 6 Trek to Dole (4,038m) via Mongla Danda and Phorste Thanga (3,680m)
After breakfast, we follow Dudhkoshi valley and then head off to the Mong La Dada (3900m). The steep climb enters a forest which has some teahouses on top of the pass, allowing for refreshments and lunch before descending to Phortse Thanga. Again climb uphill for about 2-3 hours through the forest to reach Dole, a small settlement. We come out the forest just before reaching Dole (4200 meters). This is the first night in altitude above 4000 meters.
- Day 7 Trek to Machherma (4,470m) and hike up to the hill.
Walking distance is relatively short but we take easy strides because of the altitude, so timewise it is comparable. We will be able the treeline and can clearly see Cho Oyu (8201m) in front of us. On the other side of the valley we can see Mt. Cholatse and Tawache. We enjoy the splendid views of the landscape and reach Maccherma, a small settlement that is also the rescue post of the region. Doctors with extensive knowledge about AMS and altitude-related illnesses give free talks here.
- Day 8 Trek to Gokyo (4790m) and walk around the lakes.
Today we head off to Gokyo, the valley of Lakes. Following the path of Phanga (4,548m), then walk along the meltwater river which flows from the west side of Ngozumba Glacier. Spectacular views of the iceface of rocky trails incline into the ablation valley and finally reach the first lake. After a short walk we reach the second lake. The magnificent view of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang always impress and make the trek relaxing and enjoyable. Once we reach Gokyo, we have lunch and walk around the lakes.
- Day 9 Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5,383m) and trek to Thagna (4,700m).
An early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri (5383m) takes us to an amazing view point to see the mountains from. After, about 2.5-3 hrs hiking you will be on the top of Gokyo Ri, one of the highlights of the trip. From here, you can see a panoramic view of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Nuptse, Gyachung Khang, Numbur, Thamsherku, Cholatse and Tawoche in addition to Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Valley and the lake by the side.We head back down to Gokyo and after a short break, a delicious and hot lunch will be well served. After a short break, you will have a delicious hot lunch in Gokyo and continue trek to Thagna 4700m via crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier, which takes 2.5-3 hrs for the overnight stay.
- Day 10 Trek to Dzongla (4,710m) via Chola Pass (5,360m).
Today the trip will start early in the morning before sunrise because we cross the Cho La Pass (5360m). It is highly recommended to cross the pass around 8am before the sun and the wind get too strong. The trip will start steeply up through rocky path. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded by the astonishing views of the Himalayas. We head down from the pass on to Zongla, situated on the lap of Cholatse.
- Day 11 Trek to Lobuche (4,910m), visit Khumbu glacier
After breakfast in Dzongla, the journey to Lobuche begins at around 7am. The trail today is easier than in previous days as it is on grassland. The view of Himalayas, Khumbu Valley, Cholatse Glacier Lakes, Thukla Pass and so froth make the walk really enjoyable. Crossing the base camp of Lobuche east, we reach the tiny Lobuche village. After lunch and a short rest, we walk up to the Khumbu glacier.
- Day 12 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365m) via Gorakshep (5,170m).
Today we walk to the main destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The rocky walk by the Khumbu glacier is quite rough and precarious on some bits, so do be careful. The first village we reach is Gorakshep where we have our lunch and continue to Everest Base Camp. On the way to Base Camp it is important to bring some snacks and water. Explore the Base Camp and return to the guesthouse which is about 5 hours up and down.
- Day 13 Early morning hike up to Kalapathar (5,555m) and Trek to Pheriche (4,270m).
This is also a challenging day. Early morning we hike up the Kalapathar to catch the sunrise. As we climb up the mountains come to an eye level. We get a panoramic view of the Khumbu mountains from the top. This is also the highest point of the trek, from where we can see Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse and many others peaks. You make an easy descent to Gorakshep and have breakfast before trekking down to Pheriche, a tiny hamlet at the base of Taboche mountain.
- Day 14 Trek to Tengboche (3,880m), explore the Tengboche Monastery.
The descending trail continues from Pheriche after breakfast. We leave the large valley of Pheriche and head off to the hill of Tengboche Monastery. It is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries at high elevation. In between Pheriche and Tengboche there is a town called Pangboche where we can see the oldest gompa. We continue to descend until we cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola to reach Debuche and start a small climb up with thick rhododendron forest and arrive at Tengboche.
- Day 15 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m).
Our journey to Namche from Tengboche starts after breakfast on steep slopes to reach Phungi Thanga by a river. The trails start climbing up to the small village of Sanasa after which undulating trails take us to Namche Bazaar.
- Day 16 Trek down to Lukla (2,840m)
After trekking for 15 days in the region, we make our way to Lukla which will be our final stop in the Solukhumbu region. For lunch, we stop at Phakding, a village that lies on the banks of Dudhkoshi River.
- Day 17 Morning flight back to Kathmandu
This morning you will flight out from Lukla to Kathmandu, and upon arrival your guide transfers you to the hotel. A good rest after a long trek will be crucial. In the evening, you have leisure time to stroll around Thamel and do any souvenir shopping if you like.
- Day 18 Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Today is a leisure day, and you have the option of doing extra activities if you feel it. You can get more information in our Activities Page. And in the evening you will be served a farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with Nepali folk music and dance. It is also the time of reviewing the trip with your guide.
- Day 19 Trip Conculde
Finally, the entire trip is over.
Standard Itinerary and Private TripIt is the notice about Standard Itinerary and Private Trip. The provided itinerary is standard, and if you want to customize it, you can do it. OR you can go through our Plan Your Holidays page.
Travel Insurance and CoversWe strongly recommend you to have travel insurance that covers the adventure activities such as trekking/hiking above 15,000feets. And must include flights delayed/canceled by bad weather, accidents, evacuations, etc.
Keep in MindSometimes, the unusual weather change, natural disasters, flight delays and cancellations, government rules, local political situation, health conditions of trekkers may change your itinerary. At that point, our leading guide will decide and try to minimize the impacts and run the trip smoothly, but we are not liable for any additional costs if needed.
Always options for UpgradePlease you can upgrade your accommodation and transportation service than regular. We can provide you with 5Star hotel accommodation and the best available private car/ jeep services. And also domestic flights including the Helicopter Charter.
All we know is that the Lukla flight is sensitive in the case of weather. Instantly it may be delayed and canceled as well. A tiny Himalayan airport has difficulty facing heavy traffic that is why sometimes the flight may be delayed. So, we suggest, if you are trekking in Everest, please make sure at least you have two days additional in the program.
In the case of a weather cancellation, the best alternative to get Lukla is to charter a helicopter because the copter can fly in lower visibility of 1,500 meters. However, Twin Otter and Dornier aircraft need a minimum visibility of 5,000 meters.
What about the Helicopter cost? Is it getting instant or needs to be in the queue?A helicopter charges US $ 2500 per flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. And the US $ 500 per person on the sharing basis. Except for the emergency, during the high season and extreme weather of Lukla, you may not get a helicopter instantly or need to be in the queue. Also, if you have requested the Helicopter less than 24hrs, you may need to wait because of the limited number of helicopters, and they’re using various activities in the mountains.
Lukla flight from Manthli Airport, Ramechhap [Halted for Now]
Due to the air traffic in Kathmandu during the peak months (March, April, May, September, October, and November), CAAN has promulgated the notice that the flight has been shifted to Manthali from Kathmandu to Lukla. If there are changes will update you ASAP.
- Fixed Departures
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What Includes & Excludes
- From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle
- Four Nights Hotel Accommodation in a Standard Hote in BB Plan in Kathmandu
- Fullday guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic airfare
- Full Board Meals during the trip as per itinerary
- From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle
- Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment, and medicine for field staffs.
- Trekking/tour permits, entrance fees.
- All ground transportion as per itinerary
- Farewell dinner one night before the client’s final departure in a typical Nepali Restaurant with culture dance. Your guide will accompany you.
- All government taxes and official expenses.
- International airfare to and from Nepal.
- Visa fees and travel insurance.
- All drinks including bottled/boiled water along the trekking route
- Lunch and dinner in the city.
- Personal trekking gears/equipment.
- Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected).
- Anything not mentioned in the price includes.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?
We operate this trip with aiming:
- To improve the lifestyle of local people
- To protect the environment
- To respect and promote the culture of the local community
- To create the Volunteering Opportunities
- To donate 5% of each trip cost to the COSD Nepal organization
We hire the local people as trekking staff, which creates the opportunity to learn and share the cultures, get exposure to local traditions. You can enjoy the local product feasts in the teahouses and lodges that directly help their business.
- Namaste [Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest] is the respectful greetings in Nepal.
- Walk-in clockwise direction around temples, monuments, MANE Stone, MANE-wall is the culture of Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Enter temples and with removing shoes and also leather.
- Ask permission to take any portrait of locals.
- Use right while giving and receiving food, eating, wiping mouth, etc.
- Please dress in loose-fitting clothes while entering temples and monasteries.
A small group of travelers led by the local trek leader, we try to minimize the impacts on natural resources and the environment during the trips. We emphasize reducing waste. Encourage travelers to use a refillable water bottle instead of a single-use bottle.
We are also a supporter of the Community Organization for Sustainable Development Nepal (COSD Nepal). And, we collect 5% of the total payment of each trek to contribute to the organization.
We have a volunteer trip operating in a local school in Gorkha. Through this trip, you can directly support the children also the teachers’ educational status.
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Linda Nguyen Australia
I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepal and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2014, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like me, he explained and shared with us his cultural heritage, his faith and his respect for the mountains.
Gyanu and his team always look out for our safety and comfort first. He was always humbled and considerate and would never push us beyond our limitations. I am thankful to the team, the porters and the guide that has made the trip so enjoyable and allowed myself to experience a magnificent place that they are proud to call home. I am looking forward to visiting Nepal again and I would gladly choose to organize my trip with Gyanu, this time, onto the Annapurna circuit.
Here you will get a basic idea of the equipment and items of clothing that you need to carry on the trip. Apex Asia Holidays provide you with a gratis duffel bag in Kathmandu to pack your trekking luggage.
- Non- trekking items can store at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
- If you are trekking in Everest Region: Kathmandu- Lukla Flight only allows the 15KG including hand-carry bag.
- You must have to carry a down jacket from above 4000 meters to keep warms. You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag for USD 30 with us.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- A cap to protect your ear and neck from sunlight
- Warm wool or synthetic hat
- Neck Warmer
- UV protective glaciers sunglasses - better to have side shield.
- A pair liner woolen gloves for mild days and heavy for morning and evening
- Three cotton t-shirts
- Three synthetic t-shirt
- Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days.
- A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. The full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
- For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton.
- Two pairs of nylon hiking shorts.
- Underwear, stay away from cotton.
- Two pairs lightweight long underwear.
- Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
- At least four pairs of liner socks, synthetic. And three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- A pair of lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
- A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
- A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge.
- Small Day Pack
Medicine and First Aid
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
- Airline tickets
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
In Nepal, there are two kinds of transport, public and private. We mostly recommend you to use the private than the public because the roads two ways that make traffic, and the private vehicle can avoid the traffic by choosing the proper time for less traffic.
In Nepal, you will get the extensive food menu. From the international food menu to local foods. Dal Bhat is the main course of Nepal. Your guide will help you to choose the suitable food, on the trek and tour.
- ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Trekking is the popular trekking ventures in Nepal, which is always in the High Himalaya and where we have the chance to get altitude sickness. So, it is highly recommended to learn more about the High Altitude Sickness before you start the trek. Hurry can be deadly in Nepal Himalaya. Walk slow, and give enough time to your body to fit in the high altitude. Drinking more water and stepping slowly with rest is the best protection against altitude sickness.
It is necessary to have travel insurance before you embark on any trip. The insurance policy should include the cost of medical expenses, any damage or loss of your luggage, and cancellation.
Nepal is one of the safe and more peaceful countries around the world. Even though you must have your Travel Insurance and the should cover the area which is on your itinerary.
- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Traveling is the way of getting in touch with the local peoples. It is important to recognize what is acceptable in the society, such as dresses, behaviors, and language. There might be different than your own country. Most of the people can communicate in English in the cities and also some touristy towns but if you have learned a few words Nepali, like greetings “Namaste” that make a huge difference.
- HEALTH & SAFETY
Apex Asia Holidays always concern about the health and safety of the clients. Our guide carries a first aid kit with the directed medicine by the doctors. We also recommend you to discuss with your doctor about your visit at least a month ago. In case of severe or emergency, we transfer you to the nearest hospital. Safety is the first important for us as a responsible tour agency, so we do not take unnecessary risk.
Why travel with apex asia holidays
Since 2015, we have operated unique itineraries and happy trips that are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We focused on the fun factor and challenged you aptly to reach that great feeling of personal accomplishment while enjoying the company of like-minded travelers.
Make your journey fruitful by choosing to travel with a local company. We know each holiday is different. With the guidance of our travel experts and first-hand experience, we can customize every element of your holiday. We create travel packages that transcend our clients’ expectations. We invite you to discover what you’ve been missing. These are some of the difference that makes All-Travel unique.Explore More
Join a small group of like-minded travelers that, like you, are eager to safely and confidently experience all the things that make our world worth exploring.
While traveling in a small group of up to 15 people gives an opportunity of making lifelong friendships. We can appreciate more intimate, personal connections, share experiences, and cherish memories.
We employ all local guides and porters because of their local knowledge expertise. They can deliver first-hand information to our valuable clients. And trekking in High Himalayas, the local guides and porters can lead you even in the extreme weather and conditions. In addition, we aim to employ the local guides to enhance their skill and empowerment them. We are always concerned about the local community to improve and support them through tourism.
Health and Saftey
Your safety is our top priority. Our trained and experienced team is always concerned with providing fresh and hygienic food, keeping First Aid, 24/7 communication services, and more. Before commencing the trek or tour, we always make sure whether the clients have good enough equipment, clothes or not.
Responsible for Tourism
Responsible tourism is significantly important because it becomes the responsibility of each individual in the tourism industry. Our dependency is on the existing environment we talk about business or livelihood. We focused on our policy to organize outdoor packages that leave less carbon footprint as possible.