Walking Holidays in Nepal - Nepal - Everest Foothills Higher Graded Hotels

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  • Encompasses the beautiful lower regions of the Himalayas through Sherpa villages
  • Become immersed in the rich Buddhist culture with much Tibetan influence. Pass waterfalls, towering peaks and cascading waterfalls with striking mountain views

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Walking in the Himalaya in Nepal is seen by most walkers as the ultimate trekking destination and few will leave Nepal having undertaken one of the treks we offer without agreeing with this statement. Walking in Trekking Himalaya Everest Foothills, Nepalthe lower regions of Everest you will have the opportunity to walk along good paths through Sherpa villages rich in their Buddhist Culture and with much Tibetan influence.  Trails go alongside glacier-sourced mountain streams with the highest mountains in the world as a constant backdrop. You will see outstanding physical features in the landscape, visit ancient monasteries, experience life without mechanisation as well as having the opportunity to interact with the local cultures of the people that have been farming this beautiful land for centuries.  The paths are generally well maintained as they are the ‘highways’ interlinking communities. Steeper sections are stepped for ease of use and only a few short sections could be considered vertiginous  by the most prone.  There are a number of metal suspension bridges to encounter, mostly fairly static unless a Yak convoy is in the process of crossing! Paths are all used by the local people for their everyday living as there are no roads in the Everest Khumbu Region. During every hike you will encounter porters carrying their huge loads and caravans of yaks or dopziu (part yak, part cow) packed with all the essentials of hillside living, as well as some non essentials for the tourists! Altitude has to be considered on our Everest Region Trek although it rises only to 3440m as opposed to the Base Camp Trek at 5364m.

Guided Walking

A guide is essential when trekking in the Himalaya. He will not only make sure that the correct paths are taken, but also ensure that you are looked after in the accommodation, manage the porters  and in addition he will explain the scenery, culture, flora and fauna as you walk in this exotic land. We operate on a maximum four clients to every guide, but you may find that there are only two clients per guide.  The guide will be Nepali and probably from the area in which you are walking so be prepared for him to stop and chat with friends. He will manage the porters who will carry your luggage. We go to great lengths to ensure that the guides and porters are suitably paid and looked after by our local walk managers. The guide will eat with you and in most cases stay in the same accommodation unless space determines he sleeps nearby. The porters sleep and eat in  porters’ lodges and eat with fellow porters as they prefer it that way.

Everest Region Trek –  Luxury Lodge

Trek includes guide and porter (1 per two persons), breakfast, lunch and dinner, internal flights and transfers, and all permits.   

Our programme is subject to changes en route due to weather conditions. Should the need arise enroute, because of your individual circumstances, the guide may be able to alter the programme to suit your needs.  

Day 1 Depart from the UK.

Day 2 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your 4* hotel. Our local representative will meet you at the hotel to go through the trek briefing. Dinner at leisure in your hotel, or in a nearby restaurant.

Day 3 Free day in Kathmandu for local sightseeing and shopping for bargain hiking gear in Thamel – the old town.

Day 4 Transfer to the domestic airport for a morning flight to Lukla (2840m). Here you will transfer to your Luxury lodge before meeting your guide and porter.  In the afternoon you will take a short local walk or be left free to relax in your hotel. Lukla has some good shops selling hiking gear and some pleasant coffee bars serving excellent pastries.

Day 5 After breakfast walk to Monjo passing through small villages such as pretty Phakding with its Gompa and viewpoint of Kongde Ri. The trails are mostly cobbled and stepped as they follow, ascending and descending, the Dudh Koshi river. Experience your first river crossings via suspension bridges over the glacial waters before arriving at your Luxury Lodge in Monjo. Ascent 270m Descent 270m 8 miles 5 hours

Day 6 Now enter the Sagarmarthar National Park and continue following the Dudh Koshi river crossing it high above via the Hilary suspension bridge before commencing the demanding 2-3 hour ascent  though  pine forest to Namche Bazar.  Hopefully, you catch your first sight of Everest part way up. (3440m).  Overnight in a Luxury lodge with superb views over Namche. Ascent 970m Descent 100m 5 miles 5 ½ hours

Day 7 Rest day and altitude acclimatisation day in Namche Bazar.  Namche is the largest settlement in the National Park with a surprisingly large range of shops considering everything you see is carried in. Today there are several hiking options: either a 3 hour circular walk to the Sherpa village and famous Hillary school of Khumjung or a full day walk to Thame in the Bhote Koshi Valley. Overnight Namche.

Day 8 Leaving Namche,  a wonderful contour walk starts the day with superb views ahead to Everest, Ama Dhablan and Lohtse.  The path runs high above the valley floor at a dizzying height before leaving the main Everest trail to descend to the pastoral, terraced plateau of Tashinga.  Here, in this wonderfully tranquil setting, enjoy the luxury of your lodge relaxing in the gardens with tea and a book or, after lunch, take a nature walk high above the lodge. Ascent 190m Descent 195m 3 hours

Day 9 Leaving Tashinga, descend steeply to the river before climbing up the other side for 2 hours to Thyangboche (3860m) where you can visit its famous, recently rebuilt monastery and small museum.   Continue on to Pangboche (3930m) and your Luxury lodge with its magnificent mountain and valley views. This is the maximum height you will climb to on this trek. Ascent 820m Descent 360m 5.5 hours

Day 10 Before retracing your steps (partly via a different route) down the valley, visit the Monastery of upper Pangboche housing a Yeti skull.  After the steep descent from Thyangboche, the trail offers a more relaxing walk down to the river crossing at Phungi Thanga (3250m) before ascending the wide, cobbled pathway leading up to the delightful settlement of Khumjung (3780m).  This is a delightful, prosperous place to witness the ever smiling Nepali hard at work in their fertile fields - neat plots of land surrounded by dry stone walls all surrounded by magnificent high peaks.

Note: accommodation here is in standard lodge. Ascent 690m Descent 860m 5.5 hours   

Day 11 Leaving Khumjung, a visit is made to the Tenzing Norgay hospital in Khunde before setting off on the trail to Mende – one of outstanding beauty and easy on the legs.  From Khunde, pass across the runway of Shyangboche airport before contouring through forest high above the Bhota Koshi Valley.  After lunch in Theso, a dramatic climb of 300m takes you to your luxury lodge perched high above the valley floor almost in the clouds! Ascent 650m Descent 340m 4 hours

Day 12 A wonderful, high level path continues along the Bhota Koshi Valley with your destination of Thame far ahead. Thundering waterfalls, towering peaks and swirling mist in the valley make the most superb walk imaginable!  Descending to cross the river, the path rises through more stunning landscapes to the village of Thame. After lunch in your luxury lodge, you take a circular walk incorporating the Monastery built into the cliffs 200m above the village.  Experience the remoteness of this region where the main trail leads to Tibet just a few hours walk away. Ascent 120m Descent 180m 3 1/2 hours

Day 13 Thame to Monjo is a long walk today and starts by retracing your steps along the valley to Namche Bazar which is reached after about 3.5 hours.  Here you take a long lunch break giving you time to do some shopping before starting the long descent from Namche.  It takes about 2 hours to reach Monjo and your luxury lodge for overnight. Ascent 40m Descent 1180m 5 1/2 hours

Day 14 Monjo to Lukla  Retrace your steps back to Lukla where you stay overnight in a luxury lodge. Ascent 270m Descent 270m 5 hours

Day 15 Depart  Lukla for an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Go sightseeing, shopping or simply relax by the hotel pool for the afternoon. Breakfast included.

Day 16 Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Luggage Transfer by Porter

Your luggage will be transferred by a (human) porter often referred to as a Sherpa. He will carry your luggage for the duration of the trek so you can just walk with a day rucksack.  Porters are limited to carry a maximum load of 30 kilos for tourist.  To make their load easier to carry this will be two 15Kgs soft duffel bags. We provide these, and they will be waiting for you in Nepal. We suggest you take up to your airline baggage allowance  on the flight and then re pack into your duffel bag while in Kathmandu all items  necessary for the trek.  The remaining luggage such as clothes more suitable for Kathmandu can be left in your suitcase, which we will take care of whilst you are trekking.

Travelling to Everest Region

The only way is to fly from Kathmandu into Lukla on the most spectacular 40 minute flight of your life!  The Himalaya are there to view in all their magnificent glory view before you land on an upward sloping  runway clinging perched on the side of a mountain.  We use the most reputable airlines on the route. This is the only gateway to the region and due to the mountainous terrain and weather patterns; flights are subject to delay and cancellation especially in and around the monsoon period.  For this reason the trekking programme is designed to be flexible so it is easy to catch up and we plan at least one night in Kathmandu on your return.


Nepal’s capital and largest city of 1 million people is located on a plateau at 1,400m and is a bustling, vibrant city rich in culture and heritage.  As soon as you leave the airport you are immediately consumed by the sights and smells of a way of life far removed from that of our own – it’s amazing! Most tourists stay and visit the oldest area of the city called Thamel, where the narrow streets are always bustling and every other shop is selling hiking gear at very reasonable prices.  There are also many restaurants in this area where you can sample some excellent Nepali and Tibetan food.  During your stay in the city it is worth taking a guided tour of the main attractions. Worth visiting is the great Durbar square full of ancient palaces, temples and artistic shrines where the Buddhist and Hindu religions predominate side by side.  Also take a trip to the Pashupatinath Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, renowned for its gold gilt roof and richly carved silver doors.

AMS –  Acute Mountain Sickness 

There is a risk when taking exercise above 2400m of AMS and all our treks to Nepal exceed this level. The higher you go the greater the effects but we ensure you receive a full briefing before you depart the UK and also your guide will monitor your health (as long as you let him know if you have any symptoms) during the ascending days. We have designed the treks to reduce the risks by insisting on acclimatisation days at critical levels.  

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Hotel Shanker 4* Katmandu - 4 Star

The  Hotel Shanker is truly a Heritage hotel being a 100-year –old converted palace, situated in the heart of the city, well placed for all the tourist sites and five minutes from the old part of the city - Thamel. The public areas and many of the rooms have intricate wood carvings giving an almost museum feel to the hotel. The 84 standard rooms have individual air conditioning, Wifi, cable TV, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. The 10 suites also have an adjoining lounge. Breakfast is excellent buffet served in the elegant restaurant, or by the 24 hour room service. In front of the hotel there are superb manicured gardens with an open air pool, showers and bar – perfect for relaxing in after a day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu.


Availability Information

It is possible to go to the Everest region at anytime from mid September when the Monsoon finishes, through to late May when the Monsoon starts. With today’s unpredictable weather patterns there is a possibility that May and September will be affected by Monsoon rains. In the mid December – February winter months it will become very cold as you climb higher and the walking may be affected by snow.  The best time to go is from October to December and during March and April. However, everyone has the same idea and although the weather may be at its best, the trails are busy which can detract from the experience. Travelling just out of season brings the rewards of empty accommodation and quiet trails.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.

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