Everest Experience

Everest Experience

Everest Experience

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Everest
  • Type:
    Comfort treks
  • Max. Altitude:
    5545
  • Group size:
    2 - 8
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge
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  • Flying directly in to the high Khumbu, relish the fantastic trekking under the eyes of many of the world’s highest mountains including Sagamartha, Mother Goddess of the Earth (Everest) herself.

    The Everest Experience takes us from the tiny airstrip at Lukla to the lap of Everest following the the Classic route to Everest. From majestic Everest to the mystical valley of Kathmandu, Nepal really is an enchanted country. With trekking in the heart of the Himalaya plus plenty of time in our ancient capital city, the Everest Experience trip offers you the time and space to soak up the magic and enjoy the richness of the Nepal experience – all with a mixture of basic and comfort life in the wild.Starting and ending our holiday in Kathmandu we have opportunities to discover some of the world’s most important Hindu temples and palaces and to explore and shop in the maze of cobbled lanes and streets of the fabled Thamel area.

    Flying directly in to the high Khumbu, relish the fantastic trekking under the eyes of many of the world’s highest mountains including Sagamartha, Mother Goddess of the Earth (Everest) herself. The Everest Experience takes us from the tiny airstrip at Lukla to the lap of Everest following the the Classic route to Everest. Walking with the footsteps of some of our greatest Sherpas and climbers along the traditional expedition route we spend the mornings trekking with an experienced team of local guides and Sherpas reaching our Yeti Mountain Home luxury lodge & local lodges with time to chill out and relax or explore the locale. And what could be a marvellous experience than flying out from the lap of Everest to Lukla, on a privately chartered helicopter.

    What is included

     
    • 3 nights Gokarna Resort as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 1 day full sightseeing with sightseeing guide
    • 6 nights Yeti Mountain Home as per program on Full Board(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
    • 5 nights Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Flight: KTM-Lukla-KTM (Regular Flight) with airport taxes
    • Helicopter Shuttle: Lobuche to Lukla
    • Everest National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

     
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses ( Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs

    Trip Notes

    Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

    View Trip Notes
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Welcome to Kathmandu!

      Meals: D
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Welcome to Kathmandu (1300 m, 4265 ft).Hotel on BB plan.
      Meals: D
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 2

      Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Phakding
      Fly Kathmandu-Lukla (2,850m / 9,317ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m/ 8,562ft) 3 hrs trekking. YMH on AP
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Phakding
    • Day 3

      Trek to Monjo

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Monjo
      Trek to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft)3 hrs trekking. YMH on AP.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Monjo
    • Day 4

      Trek to Namche

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Namche
      Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)4 to 5hrs’ trekking. YMH on AP.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Namche
    • Day 5

      Namche Excursion

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Namche
      Namche Excursion. YMH on AP.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Namche
    • Day 6

      Trek to Thame

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Thame
      Trek to Thame (3,440m/11,286ft). 5 hrs trekking. YMH on AP.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Thame
    • Day 7

      Thame Excursion

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Thame
      Thame day excursion. YMH on AP.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: YMH Thame
    • Day 8

      Trek to Khumjung

      Meals: BLD
      Trek to Khumjung (3780m/12,401ft). 5-6 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Trek to Tengbohce to Debuche

      Meals: BLD
      Trek to Tengboche-Debuche (3734m/12,250ft). 5 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 10

      Trek to Dingboche

      Meals: BLD
      Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14,300ft). 5-6 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 11

      Trek to Lobuche

      Meals: BLD
      Trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft). 6-7 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 12

      Trek to Gorakshep-Kalapathar-Gorakshep

      Meals: BLD
      Trek to Gorakshep-Kalapathar(5545m/18,192ft)-Gorakshep (5170m/16,961ft). 7-8 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 13

      Heli shuttle to Lukla, Flight to Ktm

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      Heli Shuttle to Lukla, Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel on BB plan.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 14

      Sightseeing Day

      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
      A full day sightseeing. Hotel on BB plan.
      Meals: BLD
      Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Day 15

      Final Departure, transfer to International airport

      Final Departure, transfer to International airport

    Trip Notes

    Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

    View Trip Notes
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    Trip Notes

    Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

    View Trip Notes
    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high. 
  • Accommodation

    This tour spends four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, fourteen nights on trek in lodges (teahouses) and two nights on trek full-service camping.

    In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

    On the trek we will stay in tea houses for the most part. Some days there may be no tea house at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities: 

    Trip Notes

    Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

    View Trip Notes
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  • Overview

    Flying directly in to the high Khumbu, relish the fantastic trekking under the eyes of many of the world’s highest mountains including Sagamartha, Mother Goddess of the Earth (Everest) herself.

    The Everest Experience takes us from the tiny airstrip at Lukla to the lap of Everest following the the Classic route to Everest. From majestic Everest to the mystical valley of Kathmandu, Nepal really is an enchanted country. With trekking in the heart of the Himalaya plus plenty of time in our ancient capital city, the Everest Experience trip offers you the time and space to soak up the magic and enjoy the richness of the Nepal experience – all with a mixture of basic and comfort life in the wild.Starting and ending our holiday in Kathmandu we have opportunities to discover some of the world’s most important Hindu temples and palaces and to explore and shop in the maze of cobbled lanes and streets of the fabled Thamel area.

    Flying directly in to the high Khumbu, relish the fantastic trekking under the eyes of many of the world’s highest mountains including Sagamartha, Mother Goddess of the Earth (Everest) herself. The Everest Experience takes us from the tiny airstrip at Lukla to the lap of Everest following the the Classic route to Everest. Walking with the footsteps of some of our greatest Sherpas and climbers along the traditional expedition route we spend the mornings trekking with an experienced team of local guides and Sherpas reaching our Yeti Mountain Home luxury lodge & local lodges with time to chill out and relax or explore the locale. And what could be a marvellous experience than flying out from the lap of Everest to Lukla, on a privately chartered helicopter.

    What is included

     
    • 3 nights Gokarna Resort as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 1 day full sightseeing with sightseeing guide
    • 6 nights Yeti Mountain Home as per program on Full Board(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
    • 5 nights Local Lodge as per program on Full Board
    • Flight: KTM-Lukla-KTM (Regular Flight) with airport taxes
    • Helicopter Shuttle: Lobuche to Lukla
    • Everest National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

     
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses ( Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Welcome to Kathmandu!

    Welcome to Kathmandu (1300 m, 4265 ft).Hotel on BB plan.
    Meals: D
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 2 : Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

    Fly Kathmandu-Lukla (2,850m / 9,317ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m/ 8,562ft) 3 hrs trekking. YMH on AP
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Phakding

    Day 3 : Trek to Monjo

    Trek to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft)3 hrs trekking. YMH on AP.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Monjo

    Day 4 : Trek to Namche

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)4 to 5hrs’ trekking. YMH on AP.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Namche

    Day 5 : Namche Excursion

    Namche Excursion. YMH on AP.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Namche

    Day 6 : Trek to Thame

    Trek to Thame (3,440m/11,286ft). 5 hrs trekking. YMH on AP.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Thame

    Day 7 : Thame Excursion

    Thame day excursion. YMH on AP.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: YMH Thame

    Day 8 : Trek to Khumjung

    Trek to Khumjung (3780m/12,401ft). 5-6 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Trek to Tengbohce to Debuche

    Trek to Tengboche-Debuche (3734m/12,250ft). 5 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 10 : Trek to Dingboche

    Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14,300ft). 5-6 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 11 : Trek to Lobuche

    Trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft). 6-7 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 12 : Trek to Gorakshep-Kalapathar-Gorakshep

    Trek to Gorakshep-Kalapathar(5545m/18,192ft)-Gorakshep (5170m/16,961ft). 7-8 hrs trekking. Local Lodge on AP.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 13 : Heli shuttle to Lukla, Flight to Ktm

    Heli Shuttle to Lukla, Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel on BB plan.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 14 : Sightseeing Day

    A full day sightseeing. Hotel on BB plan.
    Meals: BLD
    Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort

    Day 15 : Final Departure, transfer to International airport

    Final Departure, transfer to International airport
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    Is this Trip for you?

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high. 
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This tour spends four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, fourteen nights on trek in lodges (teahouses) and two nights on trek full-service camping.

    In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

    On the trek we will stay in tea houses for the most part. Some days there may be no tea house at lunchtimes – on these days we carry a packed lunch. The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities: 

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Trip Notes

Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

View Trip Notes
Everest YMH Trek
13
Days

Everest YMH Trek

Nepal - Comfort Treks - Everest

Moderate to Hard
4/6
Annapurna Everest Spectacular
15
Days

Annapurna Everest Spectacular

Nepal - Comfort Treks - Annapurna

Moderate
3/6
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