Everest the hard way trek

Everest the Hard Way Trek

Traverse four high passes in Rolwaling & Khumbu Valley

28 days 5,755m/18,882ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 28 days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 5,755m/18,882ft Best TimeApr-May
Oct-Nov
Trip ModeCamping Group SizeMin 1 Max 14
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Four high mountainous passes
  • Rolwaling and Khumbu region
  • Thrilling adventure in the Himalaya
  • Guided trek with Sherpa support

Trip Overview

Everest Three Pass Trek could no longer satiate the hunger for challenging Everest Trek. So, we have come up with most difficult Everest Trekking route through Everest the Hard Way trip. This trek is for only those who are professionals and who have enough stamina, will power and determination to accept the challenges proposed by nature. This is not for the light-hearted.

Everest the Hard Way begins from remote Rolwaling Region. Tashi Lapcha Pass links Rolwaling region with Khumbu region where you will complete Khumbu circuit by crossing three major high passes in Everest including Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La Passes. You will pass through Thame, Gokyo and Khumbu valleys. Ngozumpa Glacier adds charm to this trek. Ngozumpa is the longest glacial system in Nepal.

What Makes Everest the Hard Way Trek different?

Everest the Hard Way offers challenges in Everest Khumbu Region as well as in remote Rolwaling region. Trekking expert from Highland Expeditions has come up with this trekking route to respect your needs of extra thrill. Although you will be left tired to the bone, there are spirituality, wilderness and culture to be explored that will leave you a changed person forever. We take extreme care of our guests. We will have our own cook that is experienced in high altitude food as we completely understand the role of nutritious meal in high altitude trekking. Enough rest days have been included in the itinerary to ensure pleasant trekking experience. Let the expert handle your logistics and enjoy hassle free Everest trek at affordable cost.

Trip Profile

- Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
- Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks
- Satellite phone for emergency purpose
- Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
- Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
- Reasonable price with no hidden cost
- High staff to client ratio on all trips
- Higher success ratio

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Drive to Gongor Khola [1,440m/4,726ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]
  • Day 08 : Rest and Acclimatization day [4,200m/13,783ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Chukima
  • Day 10 : Trek to Tolomban (Zabuwa) [5,410m/17,753ft]
  • Day 11 : Traverse Tashi Lapcha pass [5,755m/18,882ft] and trek to Tashi Phuk
  • Day 12 : Trek to Thame [3,800m/12,468ft]
  • Day 13 : Rest and contingency day
  • Day 14 : Trek to Lungde [4,500m/14,764ft]
  • Day 15 : Traverse Renjo-La [5,340m/17,520ft] and trek to Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]
  • Day 16 : At Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]
  • Day 17 : Hike to Gokyo Ri [5,357m/17,575ft] and trek to Thangnak [4,750m/15,584ft]
  • Day 18 : Traverse Chola pass [5,420m/17,783ft] and trek to Dzongla [4820m/15,814ft]
  • Day 19 : Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]
  • Day 20 : Trek to E.B.C [5,364m/17,559ft] and trek back to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]
  • Day 21 : Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and trek back to Lobuche
  • Day 22 : Traverse Kongma la [5,535m/18,1260ft] and trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,518ft)
  • Day 23 : Trek to Tengboche [3,800m/12,468ft]
  • Day 24 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 25 : Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]
  • Day 26 : Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 27 : In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 28 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be given your trek departure orientation in the evening by your trek leader at hotel lobby.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 03 - Drive to Gongor Khola [1,440m/4,726ft]

    We will leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to Dolakha. The route is scenic with views of GauriShankar and other Mountains and peaks. From Dolakha, we will continue to drive towards Charikot where we can get close observation into the life of locals. We will reach Gongar Khola in about 8hrs. Gongor River is the starting point for Four High Passes trek in Everest.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 04 - Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    We will prepare ourselves for trekking early in the morning. We will leave Gongar and follow the rugged path along the western edge of Tama Koshi River. After almost an hour of descend, we will pass through gorge to reach Chetchet that greets us with picturesque waterfall. We will descend to lower elevation where we can feel humid climate. We will cross Tama Koshi River and climb all the way to Simgaon village. We will set our camp near to the Gompa which is located about 20minutes above village.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    Leaving our camp in Simigaon, we will head northeast and take the moderate climb through the green forest of blooming rhododendron and other alpine flowers. The path is scenic with views that stretch from Tama Koshi Valley to Rolwaling Valley. We will follow the normal route and follow the escalating path to Sambur Danda and kyalche. Crossing the wooden bridge, we will reach Dhonkhang where we will set our camp in the clearing area in forest.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    After breakfast, we will leave our camp and walk to the Rolwaling River. Crossing the river, we will follow the path that takes us to the forest on the northern side. Taking slow climb, we will pass through the clearing area and arrive at the dispersed tea house in Nyimare. Moving further through farmland in Ramding, we will reach the Sherpa village of Beding which is located in a narrow gorge.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]

    The path takes us into bit higher altitude on this day where we will experience cold climate. Leaving the Sherpa village of Beding, we will take long and slow walk along Rolwaling River for better acclimatization. We will be blessed with close-up views of surrounding mountains and peaks and awe-inspiring natural scenery. We will reach to our campsite in Na. This is a temporary settlement used by locals for cattle grazing. We can get stunning view of Chobutse Peak (6689m) that rises above Tsho Rolpa.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,200m/13,783ft]

    It is strongly recommended that you take rest in Na before continuing the trek for acclimatization
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Chukima

    There is no settlement after Na until we traverse the pass and enter Thame valley. We will cross the pass at Chukima and reach the famous glacier lake of Tsho Rolpa. Following the trail through moraine valley, we will we will reach to the area near sandy area that exists in between Tsho Rolpa Lake and Trakarding glacier where we will stay overnight in a camp.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Tolomban (Zabuwa) [5,410m/17,753ft]

    From Chukima, we will head towards Tolomban on this day. This is a short yet tiring walk as we need to follow the escalating trail for most of the day. The journey continues through the eroded valley where there is no trace of habitat. Experience the sheer wilderness of being in a distant land on this day.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 11 - Traverse Tashi Lapcha pass [5,755m/18,882ft] and trek to Tashi Phuk

    We need to start our trek quite early in the morning before sunrise. Walking through the glacier, we will pass through spur that allows easy access to upper section of glaciated region. We might need use of ropes to climb Tashi Lapcha Pass. After 4hrs of strenuous climbing, we will reach to the top of Tashi Lapcha which rewards us with views of awe-inspiring sceneries. The summit is marked with cairn and prayer flags. We will lower down to the other side and walk along glaciated pond to Tashi Phuk where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 8-9 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Thame [3,800m/12,468ft]

    Leaving our campsite, we will head east over snow slopes. The trail lowers down to Thame River and then to Thengpo. The path is scenic with views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks and mountains that rise high above Thame River. We will pass along dispersed temporary settlement to Thengpo. Moving along pasture field, we will follow the trail to Thame.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13 - Rest and contingency day

    This is a contingency day. Disturbance may arise in itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances and in such case, our schedule might get affected. This contingency day will help us to make sure that our schedule will go on smoothly without interruption even if there occur complications while crossing pass.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
  • Day 14 - Trek to Lungde [4,500m/14,764ft]

    After breakfast, we will leave Thame and walk along the remote and desolate territory. In about an hour, we will reach Yellajung village that is located near Bhotekoshi River. In an hour, we will arrive at another pretty tiny village of Marlung. Lungde is located couple of hours of trek far from Marlung.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 15 - Traverse Renjo-La [5,340m/17,520ft] and trek to Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]

    This is going to be the challenging day. We will climb the first among famous Everest Three High Passes on this day. From Lungde, we will take short hike to the base of Renjo La Pass (5411m). The summit of Renjo La rewards us with gratifying views of Kyajo Ri and other peaks and mountains in Nepal and Tibet. From the summit, we will descend to the other end of Renjo La and reach Gokyo Valley where we will set our camp and stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 8-9 hrs
  • Day 16 - At Gokyo [4,800m/15,750ft]

    It is wise to take a day of rest in Gokyo. The valley is home to six glacier lakes and Gokyo Ri peak. We need to save our energy to climb other two high passes. Upon your interest, we can take short hike to Gokyo Ri which allows mesmerizing views of surrounding peaks and mountains. Side trip can also be arranged to fourth and fifth lakes.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 17 - Hike to Gokyo Ri [5,357m/17,575ft] and trek to Thangnak [4,750m/15,584ft]

    Weather plays decisive role in climbing Gokyo Ri. We will visit Gokyo Ri early in the morning. After breakfast, we will leave Gokyo village and follow the path through Nepal’s largest glaciated system of Ngazumpa Glacier to the other edge of mountain. From the edge of mountain, we will follow the rugged trail to Thangnak where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 18 - Traverse Chola pass [5,420m/17,783ft] and trek to Dzongla [4820m/15,814ft]

    This is going to be another challenging day. Although not a technical climb, we need to proceed through the slopes and glaciated route to conquer Chola Pass. Extreme caution is required as the route is slippery. Once we reach Phedi (foot of Chola Pass), we will follow the rock strewn path. Walking along the frozen lake, we will arrive at the top of Chola Pass. The summit is marked with cairns and prayer flag. We will enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam to the south while we can view Cholatse to the west and Lobuche to the East. Walking through tapered crevasses, we will make it to Dzongla where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 19 - Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    Dzongla is a scenic place that allows picturesque views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Lobuche Peak while the view of Pheriche Village located below Dzongla is simply stunning. We will lower down from Dzongla and reach the pasture field. Brief walk along river will take us to Lobuche where we will stay overnight. We can get view of Lobuche peak from most of the point on this day.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 20 - Trek to E.B.C [5,364m/17,559ft] and trek back to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]

    From Lobuche, we will follow the meandering path to Gorakshep Lake. After spending some time in the beautiful Gorakshep Lake, we will make it to Everest Base Camp. Walking further through rocky dunes and moraine, we will reach the Everest Base Camp. The camp site greets us with views of Nuptse Mountain, Khumbuste Mountain and Pumori Mountain. We will return to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 21 - Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and trek back to Lobuche

    Be prepared to tackle thin air at this high altitude. We will leave our camp in Gorakshep pretty early in the morning as our target will be to get sunrise view over Everest from Kalapattar. The route offers us the views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse peaks. Once we arrive at Kalapattar, we will get unobstructed views of Mount Everest. After spending memorable time at Kalapattar and capturing the memories in photographs, we will return to Lobuche where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 22 - Traverse Kongma la [5,535m/18,1260ft] and trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

    We will cross the last High Pass of the trek on this day. We will wake up early in the morning. After breakfast, we will leave Lobuche and reach the foothill of Kongma La. The summit greets us with views of Amphu Lapcha and Island Peak Valley. We will descend from the other side of Kongma La Pass to reach Chukung where we will set our camp in the clear area for overnight stay.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 23 - Trek to Tengboche [3,800m/12,468ft]

    Passing through the village of Dingboche, we will cross river and pass through the path decorated with Mani wall to the tiny village of Pangboche. From Pangboche, we will descend further to Tengboche. We will visit Khumbu’s largest Tengboche monastery and stay overnight in Tengboche.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 24 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will follow the trail through forest of blooming rhododendron to the bridge. We will cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and move through Dudh Koshi gorge and pine forest to Sansa village. The region is rich in Himalayan wildlife like mountain goats, Thars and local birds. We will pass through the chorten to the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 25 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Fully tented camping
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 26 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from difficult trekking.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 27 - In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Everest the Hard Way.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 28 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Cost Inclusion

  • Fully organized Camping trek
  • All meals (B,L,D) on trek including hot water and tea.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • All required permits for trek
  • Internal flights (LUA-KTM)
  • Private transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • An English speaking local leader with full support crew 1:4 sherpa guide to client ratio
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu including guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses and tips

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek to the Everest region are Autumn (from mid-September till end of November) and Spring (beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow.

March, April, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

TRIP GRADE – Strenuous

Treks of this grade will ascend to the high mountainous country, to some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps and over high passes are located.   Physically very strenuous which involves   approximately   6-8 hours of   trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.  Previous experience of trekking is highly recommended and should be moderately fit and the ability enjoy walking and adapting to high altitude conditions.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek.  You will be served a hot cup of tea/coffee at your tent followed by a small basin of hot water to wash up. Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter during  breakfast. We will have our lunch break after few hours of trek and  ample time to rest and perhaps some reading during that break. Trek after lunch will be generally shorter enabling us to reach camp. Tea and coffee awaits you at the campsite and your tents will be set up before you arrive.  Hot water will be given for wash up before dinner is served usually at 6.00 pm. Please bring your flask and/or water bottles for refill of hot water/drinking water for personal use at night. After dinner, the evening is free to play cards and recall the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. Our Chef will prepare exceptional meals and ensure its quality preparation. He will be with us and is responsible for all meals during our trekking days. You can and is encouraged to bring along comfort food which you enjoy eating - chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Accommodation

Kathmandu: In Kathmandu we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.

Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

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On Camping Trek

On Camping trek: For every 2 persons, a tent is provided together with a sleeping bag, mattress, pillow and other for comfort.  You may consider to bring along an extra mattress or inflatable mat

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 14 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 14 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Gongor Khola, which is connected by an 8-9 hrs drive from Kathmandu. We will arrange transfer for you to your trek starting point and from airport (Kathmandu) to your hotel after completion of trek.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.   A suggestion of an allocation of USD 6.00-8.00 per day per person for camping treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

On remote trek like this, we always provide satellite phone for emergency purpose. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications.   But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

People And Culture

Sherpas live in the upper regions of Rolwaling and Everest.  They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

Personal Expenses

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods has to be air-flown and then laboriously carried to their final destination by porters. You need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear                                                                                                         

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves (Down) and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes (Full)
  • Snow Gaiter
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Additional gears:

  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
  • Helmet (Optional)
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Ascender/Jumar
  • Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
  • Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
  • Prusik loop

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours. If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighbouring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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