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Region : Everest
Trip Duration : 19 Days
Max Altitude : 5,550m / 18,209ft
Starts at : Kathmandu
Ends At : Kathmandu
Trip Grade : Challenging
Meals : B|L|D on Trek, |B| in Kathmandu
Accommodation : Teahouse & Hotel
Transportation : Private Vehicle & Flight
Details

Everest Three Passes trek provides with astounding views of entire mountain ranges in the Everest region. During these 19 days trek, we uncover 3 major viewpoints in the Everest region i.e. Cho La pass, Kongma La pass and Renjo La Pass. All three passes are high altitude regions situated at around more than 5000 meters from the sea level. We also explore the infamous Everest Base Camp; which significance is well known among all the adventure lovers around the globe. Everest Three Passes trek is certainly one of the toughest treks around, but if you’re into extreme hikes and have taste for wanderlust, we welcome you to the land of Himalayas.

The trek shoots up with a panoramic mountain flight to Lukla. After spending our first night at Phakding, we move onwards to Namche Bazaar. After acclimatizing, we uncover many remote villages namely Tengboche, Dingboche, Chukkung, Lobuche, Thagnak, Marlung along with three of major passes and infamous Gokyo Lake. As the trek’s grade is considered tough and challenging, frequent exercises are a must from at least 3-4 months prior to the journey. Brace yourself with all the trekking gears required and you’re ready to embark on this challenging Everest Three Passes trek.

Trip Highlights
  • Renjo La (5,360 meters), Cho La (5,420 meters), and KongmaLa (5,535 meters) are three treacherous crossings that must be crossed.
  • Climbing Gokyo Ri (5,360 m) for panoramic views of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, as well as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, and one of the six lakes.
  • Climbing Chukkung Ri (5,550m), which offers views of the magnificent Amadablam, Makalu (the world's fifth-highest mountain), Baruntse, and other peaks.
  • Kalapatthar (5,550m): One of the best vantage locations in Nepal, with a 360-degree panorama of the entire range of peaks, including the largest glacier and icefall in Nepal as well as Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and Lobuche.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by a representative from the Blissful Nepal Trekking and Tour. They’ll assist with the transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax, explore Kathmandu, and adjust to the time zone. Later in the evening or the following day, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you’ll meet your trek leader, receive additional information about the journey, and have any queries addressed. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: Airport pickup, Accommodation in Kathmandu hotel

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2860m / 9383ft), ~30 min; Trek to Phakding (2610m / 8563ft), 3 to 4 hours

Transfer to the domestic airport in the morning. You take a quick flight to the airport in Lukla and then climb toward Phakding. Today’s trek will be short, i.e. around 3-4 hours. Spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11286ft), 5 to 6 hours

After morning breakfast, we begin the hike towards Namche. Also known as the “getaway to Everest” this place provides you with some of the facilities like internet and banking that you might not be getting in the destinations ahead. Spend the night in Namche in a local lodge.

Day 4Acclimatization and Exploration Day at Namche Bazaar with a short hike

As a standard procedure, we’ll be taking a rest day and acclimatize our body with the altitude. Go for a quick trek to one of the nearby sites to take in the mountain scenery. In the evening, meander through Namche’s streets. In Namche, stay the night.

Day 5Trek to Tengboche (3870m / 12697ft), 4 to 5 hours

After morning breakfast, we head towards Tengboche. Hiking through the rugged terrain, small hills and hillocks, the adrenaline will keep flowing through with the most serene beauty of the Himalayas. You’ll also be able to visit Tengboche Monastery, which is one of the major destinations of the journey. Spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m / 14469), 5 to 6 hours

We head towards Dingboche, a small remote village in the Everest region. You can enjoy local foods with mesmerizing mountain views. Sleep well in your warm and cozy room in a local lodge at Dingboche.

Day 7 Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m / 14469ft) with a short hike

We’ll take another rest day at Dingboche. As the altitude is more than 4000 meters, it is necessary to take enough rest and acclimatize. We’ll take a short hike around the nearest viewpoints and spend the night in Dingboche.

Day 8Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 15518ft), 5 to 6 hours

Early morning, we head towards a small and beautiful village of Khumjung. Located at an altitude of 3780 meters, Khumjung village provides with incredible views of mountains, hills and forests. Stay for the night at Khumjung.

Day 9Trek from Chhukung to Lobuche (4,910m) via Kongma La pass (5,535m), 6 to7 hours

Today, after early breakfast we head towards Lobuche. Along the way we cross Kongma La Pass (5,535m), one of three high passes of Everest region. Stay the night at a local lodge.

Day 10Trek to Gorakshep (5164m / 16942ft) to EBC (5364m / 17598ft) and back to Gorakshep, 6 to 7 hours

Finally, today is the day. The hike will be slightly longer but surely worth a lifetime. We continue to Everest Base Camp, which is 5364 meters above sea level. You’ll take part in an activity that the majority of explorers hope to do at least once in their lifetimes. Take pictures, take the views all in and create a memory to tell the future generations. We’ll head back to Gorakshep and spend our night in a local lodge.

Day 11Trek to Kalapatthar (5,550 m) and then to Dzongla (4,830m), 7 to 8 hours

After breakfast we hike towards Kalapatthar (5,550m), meaning “Black Rock”, this viewpoint provides the best, unobstructed view of the entire range of peaks, including the Khumbu glacier and Icefall, the biggest in Nepal, as well as the Pumori (7,161m), Lingtren, Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), Amadablam (6,812m), Khantega, and Taboche peaks. We head towards Dzongla to spend our night.

Day 12Trek to Thangnak (Dragnag) 4700m / 15,420ft via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17808ft), 6 to 7 hours

Early morning, we head towards Thangnak. Along the way we uncover second high pass among the three passes i.e. Cho La Pass. Stay the night at a local lodge at Dragnag.

Day 13Trek to Gokyo (4790m / 15715ft), 2 to 3 hours. Afternoon exploration in Gokyo and the lakes

Afternoon exploration in Gokyo and the lakes We move onwards to Gokyo region early in the morning. In the afternoon we explore the Gokyo lakes. Surrounded by the mountains, Gokyo lake presents with an outstanding view that you’ll keep in heart for ages.

Day 14Trek from Gokyo to Marlung (4210m / 13812ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m / 17585ft), 7 to 8 hours

Today, we complete covering all of three passes by crossing Renjo La Pass on the way to Marlung. With this you finally complete a challenge that is Everest Three Pass trek. Stay the night at Marlung.

Day 15Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11286ft), 5 to 6 hours

After morning breakfast, we descend towards Namche. Enjoy the facilities of internet, warm water and local restaurants. Local stores also offer shopping for mementos to bring home. In Namche Bazaar, spend the night.

Day 16Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m / 9383ft), 6 to 7 hours

Today is the last day of our Everest Base Camp Trek, and we will return to Lukla. Due to its landscape, Lukla airport is also considered as one of the most fascinating airports in the world. Stay in Lukla for the night.

Day 17Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4593ft)

Finally, after long days of hike we’ll take a short flight back to Kathmandu via Lukla airport. You’ll be transferred to your accommodation via a private vehicle. You’ll have the rest of the day free for packing or strolling through the streets of Kathmandu. Stay the night at the hotel of your preference.

Day 18Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Today, we visit some of the major UNESCO world heritage sights of Kathmandu. The locations of cultural and historical significance offer various opportunities to learn about items with Nepalese origins. Be sure to ask your guides as many questions as possible and fill your hearts with knowledge.

Day 19Departure from Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

The journey finally comes to an end. We’ll drop you off three hours before to takeoff at the airport. Hope the journey was fruitful and you’ve created the memories of a lifetime. We’ll meet up when you return to this quaint, stunning, and wonder-filled nation. Farewell.

Include / Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 3 nights accommodation at Apsara Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu or similar (Breakfast Included)
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets with airport transfers
  • 15 nights accommodation at the mountain lodges during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
  • Accompany of Licensed, English-speaking, well experienced trekking guide with salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • One porter for every two clients (13 Kg luggage per person) - salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • Attached bathrooms and hot showers on trek (5 nights)
  • A cup of tea/coffee (three times a day) and seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek
  • Everest National Park entry permit, TIMS, trekking permit and relevant paperwork
  • A day of cultural sightseeing tour: 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Private AC vehicle during the sightseeing tour
  • Accompany of Licensed, English-speaking, well experienced city tour guide with salary and personal expenses covered during the sightseeing tour
  • All applicable government charges

Complimentaries

  • Farewell dinner at a fine restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Certificate of Adventure after the completion of the trek
  • Chlorine solution/tablets for water purification on the trek
  • Free service of borrowing Down Jacket and Sleeping bags, (rated up to - 20 degrees Celsius)
  • Arrangements for Emergency Helicopter evacuation services (paid by your Travel insurance company)

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa and International airfare
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory) - must cover helicopter evacuation, medical expenses, and Trip Cancellation charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast and farewell dinner
  • Personal equipment and other personal expenses such as beverages, confectionaries, laundries, etc.
  • Monument Entrance fees during the sightseeing tour
  • Extra meals, extra porterage service, Wi-Fi, charging of your electronic devices, etc.
  • Tips to your guide, porters, driver and other field staff as a token of appreciation
  • Any other expenses or charges not mentioned in the 'Trip Includes' list
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Basic

What Sets Blissful Nepal Apart?

Choosing for Blissful Nepal means securing an adept team of mountain guides and a stellar support crew in Kathmandu, ensuring your seamless care right from your arrival. Our round-the-clock international helpline guarantees constant support, and our team, regularly present in Nepal, offers firsthand and informed assistance. Our full-time guides, with over 8 years of average trekking experience in the Himalayas, exclusively work with us. Notably, we are among the select few companies in Nepal to equip all our trekking guides with Wilderness First Aid Certification. Furthermore, our guides have undergone specialized training addressing altitude acclimatization concerns (Meet the Team).

When is the Optimal Trekking Season?

The prime trekking periods in Nepal span from March to Early May and from September to November. While December to February allows for trekking, be prepared for colder conditions albeit with fewer crowds. June to August marks the monsoon season, generally unsuitable for trekking. However, if this timeframe is your sole option, drop us an email for tailored suggestions.

Are Departures Guaranteed to Commence?

Absolutely! Our peak season departures typically sell out, but during off-peak periods, smaller groups prevail. Rest assured, once you secure your deposit, we guarantee the trek’s commencement for you.

Do I Require a Guide? Can't I Self-Guide if I've Prior Trekking Experience?

Our dedicated guides, with their extensive successful trekking history and our guests’ commendations, have earned our trust repeatedly. Time and again, clients laud the trip’s excellence owing to their guide’s invaluable contribution, making it an unforgettable experience.

Will the Guide Be Fluent in English?

All our guides boast exceptional fluency in English. With years of experience hosting guests worldwide, they excel in building connections and ensuring seamless communication.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Are there specific age restrictions for trekking in the Himalayas?

There’s no strict age limit on our expeditions – it’s more about good health and enthusiasm! We’ve welcomed families with children as young as 7 years old on the Everest Base Camp Trek, while our older trekkers have been in their late 70s. For families, we recommend arranging a private trek and allowing a few extra days. Feel free to inquire about tailored arrangements.

Is prior trekking experience a must?

We often have first-time trekkers join our groups, so even without experience, you’ll find yourself among like-minded individuals. Your fitness level should comfortably support full-day walking. While previous hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory.

Are solo female travelers secure during Himalayan treks?

We prioritize the safety of all our trekking participants, irrespective of gender. Nepal, overall, is a safe and hospitable destination for foreign visitors. We maintain enduring relationships with the lodges we use, ensuring they are safe and trustworthy. Additionally, our guides consistently keep track of all guests’ whereabouts during treks. Traveling in small groups enhances our ability to maintain regular communication for added safety.”

 

 
 
 
PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS

How do you prefer the remaining payment upon arrival in Kathmandu - in US cash or via credit card?

We gladly accept various major currencies. You have the flexibility to settle the balance either in cash or through credit card payment. However, it’s important to note that for credit card transactions, we levy a 13% fee. Hence, paying in cash is highly recommended to avoid additional charges.

Can I rely on credit cards during my trekking journey?

In most instances throughout Nepal, credit card usage is limited. While there are ATMs available in Kathmandu offering favorable currency exchange rates when withdrawing rupees, please be aware that these ATMs typically impose a $5 USD service fee alongside potential bank charges. Moreover, these ATMs often enforce a daily withdrawal limit of 25,000 rupees (approximately $215 USD).

What incidental expenses should I anticipate?

Our trekking packages are comprehensive, covering most expenses from your arrival in Nepal. We advise budgeting approximately $300 to $400 for incidental costs, which may include tips and additional expenses like the Nepal Visa, rental charges for items such as sleeping bags or down jackets, showers, Wi-Fi, snacks, and charging facilities for electronic devices at tea houses along the trekking route. Furthermore, it’s prudent to have extra funds available, either in cash or on a credit card, in case of flight cancellations to Lukla, where you might opt for a chartered helicopter. (Terms of Service – Additional Expenses)

 

 
 
 

What about additional hotel stays?

Should you require extra hotel nights in Kathmandu before or after the trek, we can arrange accommodations at an extra cost. Kindly inform us of your requirements before your arrival in Nepal, allowing us to make the necessary arrangements as per your needs. (Read our blog post: Booking Additional Hotel Nights)

 

 
 
 
PHYSICAL FITNESS

Is trekking difficult?

We gladly accept various major currencies. You have the flexibility to settle the balance either in cash or through credit card payment. However, it’s important to note that for credit card transactions, we levy a 13% fee. Hence, paying in cash is highly recommended to avoid additional charges.

What's the pace during the trek?

At our pre-trek briefings, we advocate for a leisurely pace for everyone in the group. It’s more about relishing the mountainous terrain than rushing to the next tea house. Generally, the lead guide stays toward the rear of the group, accompanying the slower-paced trekkers.

What's the recommended Fitness Regimen for Preparation?

In terms of physical readiness before embarking on the trek, engaging in cardio-based exercises such as running and long-distance walking is beneficial. If feasible, undertaking several weekend hikes in your vicinity can also aid preparation. Our website offers a training guide tailored for the Everest Base Camp that might provide valuable insights: Training for Everest Base Camp.

 

What physical conditions indicate sufficient trekking fitness?

Individuals with acute or chronic health issues affecting stamina, flexibility, coordination, or balance might face challenges completing the trek. If uncertain about your physical preparedness, it’s advisable to consult a physician well ahead of booking your trip.

 
 
 
PREPARATION & PACKING

What happens after I make the deposit?

After your deposit is received, the next step is to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with your arrival flight details. We’re unable to book your Lukla flight or obtain your trekking permit until we have a copy of your passport, so please send this information to us promptly.

What insurance is necessary? Where can I get it?

Travel insurance is mandatory for the trekking period and is your responsibility to arrange. Kindly email us proof of your insurance before your trek. For detailed insurance requirements, refer to our Terms of Service – Insurance.

What should I pack for the trip?

We offer a downloadable packing list or you can explore our blog post on packing for Everest Base Camp for further insights. Notably, most trekking clothing and equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu upon your arrival.

 

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

A duffel bag will be supplied to you in Kathmandu. Porters will carry this bag during the trek, and it will serve as your luggage for the flight. Often, porters advance ahead on the trail, so your duffel might not be accessible until you reach the evening tea house. Hence, it’s advisable to carry a day pack with your daily essentials during hiking.

What size should my day pack be?

Typically, we recommend a day pack of approximately 40 liters, similar to a standard school backpack, to accommodate extra layers and daily essentials.

Are there weight limits?

The primary weight constraint is the luggage limit for the Kathmandu to Lukla flight, set at 10kg (22lbs), along with an additional 5kg (11lbs) for carry-on, totaling 15kg (33lbs).

What about passports, medications, and valuables?

During the flight, keep these items in your carry-on. It’s crucial to have important documents and medications accessible, especially if your luggage faces delays. Similarly, during the trek, carry them in your day pack.

Can I store luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Certainly, you can leave any excess luggage at the hotel during your trekking period.

 
ARRIVAL & VISAS

Will there be someone to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Absolutely, our airport representative will be present to greet you as you exit the airport. Look for our driver holding a signboard displaying “Blissful Nepal.” For further guidance on airport arrival, you can watch a short video here (click here to see on YouTube).

Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

Most guests are eligible to acquire a visa upon arrival, a process typically taking between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the crowd. It’s essential for guests to independently verify all visa requirements before arrival. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from your entry date into Nepal. Verify this information as soon as you confirm your trek. Detailed visa fees and related information can be found here: Terms of Service – Visas.

What type of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu?

We partner with Hotel Address and Hotel Jampa, both conveniently situated in Thamel, close to our office.

 

Can I arrange additional hotel nights in Kathmandu?

Our trekking packages cover 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, and we can organize extra nights upon request (refer to our blog – Booking Extra Hotel Nights). Kindly inform us beforehand to secure reservations. Payment for extra nights can be settled directly at the hotel upon your arrival. While you might find cheaper rates online, the advantage of our arrangements lies in our flexibility to adjust or cancel reservations without extra charges if your Lukla flight faces delays.

ROOM AND BOARD

What kind of lodging is available during the trek?

We utilize tea houses for accommodation, a popular method involving shifting from one teahouse to another. These teahouses, essentially small local hotels in villages, provide both lodging and homemade meals. Rooms usually accommodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

Is it possible to secure separate rooms during the trip? If yes, what's the additional cost?

In Kathmandu, we can arrange private rooms. While private rooms might be feasible in some trekking villages at no extra charge, availability could be scarce during peak periods due to high demand. Even with additional payment, teahouse owners may not provide private rooms to ensure fair lodging for all guests.

Where does our drinking water come from?

While meals are included, water isn’t provided during the trek. Treating local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a steri pen is recommended. Teahouses offer complimentary quality water, but it requires treatment. Mineral water can be purchased along the trail, ranging from $1 USD at lower elevations to $4 at higher altitudes.

 

What meal options are available during the trek?

Trekkers select meals and hot drinks from teahouse menus, including choices like omelets, noodle soup, fried rice, momo, and the traditional Nepali Dal Bhat. For hygiene reasons regarding mountain meat, we suggest opting for vegetarian options.

Can you accommodate specific diets?

Absolutely, we can cater to vegetarian or special dietary requirements. It’s advised for all trekkers to opt for a vegetarian diet due to preservation concerns with local meat. Notify us of any dietary needs, and we’ll make suitable arrangements.

Are there electricity and charging options?

Teahouses have electricity in common areas, charging $1 to $4 per hour for device charging. American outlets are common, while adapters (C or D type) can be bought in Kathmandu.

Is Wi-Fi available or can I make phone calls?

Some lower elevation teahouses offer Wi-Fi for an extra $3 to $10 charge. Alternatively, consider purchasing a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for internet and calls, mainly usable at lower elevation teahouses.

What are the restroom and shower facilities like?

Most teahouses offer Western-style flush toilets with cold running water. Shared bathrooms are common and not attached to individual rooms. Hot showers are available at lower elevations (often gas-powered) and provided by bucket at higher altitudes for an extra fee.

Can I do laundry during the trek?

Limited laundry services are available at certain teahouses. While washing clothes during acclimation days might be possible, it’s advisable to plan ahead by ensuring sufficient clothing and handling laundry in Kathmandu post-trek.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

How do you address altitude-related issues during the Everest treks?

Our treks involve a gradual ascent, averaging around 300m or 1000ft in elevation gain per day—a rate recommended by high altitude specialists to minimize altitude problems. Our experienced guides recognize symptoms related to acute mountain sickness (AMS) and monitor your blood oxygen levels regularly using a pulse oximeter. (Learn more on our blog).mmodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

What measures should I take for sun protection during the trek?

Surprisingly, skin faces greater sun damage in mountain settings than at the beach due to increased altitude and snow reflecting UV rays. Shield your skin with appropriate clothing and sunblock, preferably for mountain conditions. Consider getting prescription sunglasses fitted with your eyeglass prescription and wear a hat for added protection.

What if I fall sick or get injured during the trek?

Our guides are trained to handle emergencies, and in case of severe situations, they’ll use your travel insurance to arrange a rescue helicopter to fly you to Kathmandu for medical attention.

 

If I feel altitude sickness symptoms, what are the protocols?

Mild symptoms like headaches might be common and manageable while continuing the trek. However, if symptoms worsen, it’s crucial not to ascend further. We can arrange for you to descend to lower altitudes and wait for symptoms to subside before rejoining the group, though additional charges for extra trek days apply.

If I rest for a day due to illness, can I continue the trek the following day?

We prioritize trekkers’ health and safety over pushing limits. If necessary, we can often place you in the next trekking group ascending the mountain after a day of rest. Additional charges for extra trek days may apply.

What safety precautions do you have in place?

Our guides are Red Cross certified and hold international WAFA certifications, equipped with pulse oximeters for regular blood oxygen saturation readings. They carry basic first aid kits and mobile phones, coordinating rescue efforts with our 24/7 available Kathmandu team in emergency situations.

How cold does it get on the trek, and what clothing is necessary?

Temperatures vary—while Lukla can be warm from March to May and September to November, Everest Base Camp remains cold year-round, with freezing nighttime lows even during warmer months. Winter temperatures can plummet to -25C or below at night. Adequate warm clothing and a good sleeping bag are essential. Refer to our Everest Base Camp packing list for preparation (packing for Everest Base Camp).

What footwear do you recommend for the trek?

Sturdy trekking shoes or boots with ankle support and a Gore-Tex lining are vital. Break them in before the trek to ensure comfort. Should a blister develop, halt immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

Are the food and water in Nepal safe?

 All water in Nepal needs treatment before consumption. Bottled water is available in Kathmandu or on the trek. It’s advisable to consume cooked meals and avoid uncooked vegetables for safety. Avoiding mountain meat is recommended for precaution.

What immunizations are recommended for the trip?

We generally suggest standard CDC-recommended vaccinations (See link). If you have pre-existing medical conditions, kindly inform us while making your deposit.

PRACTICAL MATTERS

What if my flight from Lukla or Kathmandu gets delayed?

Although Kathmandu-Lukla flights are usually reliable, inclement weather may lead to cancellations for the entire day. Our 14-day package includes a buffer day for such delays, but we advise adding extra days after your trek. For Kathmandu delays, we’ll reschedule your flight for the next day or offer a chartered helicopter option (additional cost). For Lukla delays, you’re responsible for extra expenses (around $30) for accommodation and meals. Additional hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu are not covered during flight delays, but we’ll assist in making arrangements.

Will I fly from Ramechhap or Kathmandu to reach Lukla?

Since April 2019, most Lukla flights have been redirected to Ramechhap due to Kathmandu Airport construction and congestion. Ramechhap, a smaller airport, is approximately a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu. Please refer to our blog post for current updates (Ramechhap Flight Updates).

Is tipping customary? How much should I bring?

Tipping isn’t obligatory but appreciated in Nepal and during our treks. A tip of around 10% of the trek cost split between the guide and porter is generally suggested. While our treks are all-inclusive, carrying a small amount (about $15 to $20 USD per day) covers extra expenses like water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, or donations.

 

Are there extra charges for solo travelers? Can I get a refund if I end the trek early?

We don’t impose additional fees for solo travelers in our group treks. Unfortunately, we can’t offer refunds for unused trek days if you finish early due to personal or health reasons. Our expenses remain constant, and we’re committed to compensating our guides and porters for their dedicated time.

What's your cancellation policy? Can I extend my trek?

Changing trek dates incurs no fees with advance notice. Check our terms of service for detailed policies or contact us for further information. Adding extra days is feasible for private treks, and for group treks, inquire in advance, and we’ll try to arrange a suitable solution.

Can I know more about my trekking group?

We respect privacy but can offer general details regarding group demographics such as nationalities, genders, and approximate age ranges upon request, ensuring your comfort in the trekking group.

Any recommendations for extending my holiday after the trek?

After the trek, if you have additional days, seek assistance from our Kathmandu ground team for city day tours or consider a 3-day safari trip to Chitwan for an added adventure.

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star ratingTook great care of me from start to finish. Everyone so friendly, I never felt alone. Would join this company before any other.

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March 1, 2024

star ratingWalking Amongst Magnifecent Monster Mountains - I was guided on the Everest Base Camp trek by Jhalak. He is a highly experienced guide who pays attention to safety and shows patience, kindness and good humour. I... read more

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March 1, 2024

star ratingExperienced and friendly - Mr Jhalak is a very experienced guide who can spell all the names of the peaks. He knows almost more than half the people living along the EBC trekking. 😉

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February 23, 2024

star ratingThe best experience of Nepal - We have had the best time trekking with Jhalak! He is so kind, funny and knowledgeable. He was very considerate of our wellbeing and always checked in to see if... read more

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star ratingEverest Base Camp (EBC) - Amazing Trek, Amazing Guide - Jhalak ji was our guide on the EBC trek that we did in Sep, 2023. Jhalak ji is a great guide who is very experienced but still humble, helpful and... read more

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February 8, 2024

star ratingA safe EBC Trek with senior-citizen parents - Jhalak Ji was our guide for the EBC trek in Sep 2022. It was a family trek with my parents and fiance (now wife). My parents are both senior citizens... read more

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