A 16 day trip flying into Kathmandu, Nepal and taking a short flight to Lukla where the trek starts. Following the footsteps of incredible historical mountaineers, we enjoy the beauty and spirit of the Himalaya whilst staying in tea houses and letting the excitement and anticipation of seeing Mt. Everest build amongst the group. Not only do we trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) which is where summit expeditions try their bid to summit the highest mountain on earth, but we also trek higher to the peak of Kala Patthar (5,545m.) At Kala Patthar we get a very special view of the South face of Mt. Everest and its top along with the surround mountain range littered with giant peaks and huge glaciers. A very special iconic trip which is full of fun, beauty and a feeling of happiness being in the mountains.
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Grade 6 Trek (Strenuous): are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more in ascent or descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking|
|WEAR||Comfortable Clothing for the flight|
Kathmandu to Lukla
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche
Tyangboche to Pheriche
Pheriche to Lobuche
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Lukla to Kathmandu
Kathmandu – home
Introduction to the Himalaya
A few years ago most people who came to visit the Himalaya already had a lot of experience hiking in their home Countries. These people needed to be warned of the subtle hazard of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS,) but in general, they were aware of mountain safety. This fact is no longer true, as many people start into the high mountains of Nepal with very little thought for the difficulties they might encounter. This document is intended to serve as a brief reminder of several important points you should think about before you go trekking.
The trekking trails in Nepal vary from wide, road-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera. Sometimes your routes will become confusing and you may take a wrong path. If you are tired, as one often is at altitude or after a long day, there is a great temptation to try to climb up or down a steep hillside to regain the correct trail. Several people have died from a long fall while trying to do this and others have been painfully injured. Retrace your steps to find the correct path rather than moving cross-country. Never trek alone.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on Earth, from 200 meters in the Terai to 8,848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude will have it’s own weather problems, from tropical heat to arctic cold. It is often difficult to plan for bitter cold winds and snow while walking past banana trees in the hot sun. In the main trekking seasons in Spring and Autumn, the weather is often stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. Those trekkers who encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is a mistake! Sudden storms can occur at any time, dumping one or two meters of snow on the passes. At that point, anyone with simple running shoes will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days. Frostbite is a constant risk if one walks in snow at high altitude.
If you trek in the Winter, you must be prepared for cold and snow. If you trek in the monsoon you might be faced with slippery trails and difficult river crossings but there are much less people on the trail.
You are heading into the world’s highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes in temperature and weather!
Physical Fitness does not Prevent AMS
Do not expect everyone in your party to acclimatise at the same rate. You may have to wait an extra day for some members or be prepared to split the group. Children are more susceptible to AMS and need to be watched closely. It is risky to trek to high altitude with infants who cannot tell you when they are not feeling well. Sleeping pills, sedatives and alcohol should not be used at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. It seems that drinking 4-6ltrs of fluids (boiled water, iodinated water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatisation process. Consider use of the drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a treatment for mountain sickness. Talk to your Doctor about its use and side effects.
In addition, other drugs are Nifedipine which is used for HAPE and Dexamethasone which is used for HACE. But remember not to take medications indiscriminately. Sometimes the side effects can be lethal. You should also know about the Gamow bag which is used. When blown up, these bags simulate pressures of lower altitude and the patient inside benefits significantly. No special precautions are needed on descent.
Evacuation by helicopter these days has become more common due to the advent of private helicopter companies and easy access of communication. However, someone in Kathmandu must guarantee the payment of the flight before the rescue. If you are trekking with a Kathmandu based trekking agency, send a rescue request to them and they will arrange the flight. If you are trekking on your own, send a message to your embassy. Send your name, nationality, location and details of the injury or sickness (that is: altitude illness, frostbite, heart problem, fracture, dysetry etc.) It almost takes at least a few hours to twenty-four hours to arrange a rescue, including passing a message. Now-a-days, the private airlines provide effective helicopter services to evacuate trekkers in an emergency. Arranging helicopter rescues through private airlines may be prompt but the charges are a bit higher. One going trekking/mountaineering should have an insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation. If your Country has an embassy in Kathmandu register with them before you trek and record the details of insurance, if you have insurance it will speed up the rescue process
Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip
- Personal first aid kit including any medication needed
- Walking boots
- Walking socks
- Walking poles
- Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm and water proof gloves
- Warm and water proof hat
- Thick Sweater
- Warm jacket for the evening
- Sun glasses
- Sun protection for skin/head/hands
- Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack
- 4 Season Sleeping Bag & liner
- X2 1ltr water containers
- X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube
Personal medical and toiletry Kit
- Ear Plugs
- Eye Mask
- Toilet Paper
- Nose tissues
- Baby Wipes
- Hand sanitiser
- General first aid kit
- Foot first aid kit
- Men’s toiletry essentials
- Ladies toiletry essentials
You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at international airports whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few. Credit cards are generally not accepted.
Please note all illness, injuries and medication need to be disclosed to EDGE Travel Worldwide at time of booking – please seek advice from your Doctor to your suitability of participating on this trip.
You must make sure you have the right travel insurance for the trip personally and also make sure you have insurance to cover medical evacuation in case of emergency. An example company to arrange this is: ACE European Group Ltd (telephone) 0207 1737796
General local information
- Entry Visa – $25 from Kathmandu airport. (Take x2 passport photos with you.)
- Lukla trekking tax – $17 payable on leaving Lukla for the trek.
- Water on trek – buy bottled water en-route (price ranges from $1 to $5 per bottle) or purify tap water en-route: Chloride, Iodine, Steri-pen.
- Mobile Phone sim cards – buy in Kathmandu.
- Baggage to Lukla (internal flight): Day-sack must be no more than 5kg and main luggage must be no more than 10kg.
- Food on trek – varied but the rule is best to be vegetarian! (Use supplements if desired.) The main food is called ‘Dal bhat’ with rice (lental soup with rice.)
- Tips for local crew – $4 per day for each guide and porter. Tips given at the end when at Lukla waiting to fly back to Kathmandu.
- Currency in Nepal is Nepali rupees or USD
In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)
Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.
These maybe available, please contact us for further details.