Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this tiny mountain nation has had an irresistible mystical allure for travellers. Today, legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers.
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Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu:
On the first day, we depart from UK and fly to arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu:
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Explore the bustling streets of Thamel, head to a tea house, eat freshly-cooked momos or visit one of many Buddhist temples around the city at your leisure.
Day 3: Trek Lukla to Phakding:
After flying to Lukla, we will start the trek, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding, a further 3 hours to the North. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops on to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung.
From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding for the overnight stay.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar:
The trail heads beside the Dudh Kosi and continues upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazar where we will stop overnight.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche:
Today will be a rest day for acclimatization. Namache is famous for it’s market, so offers some brilliant opportunities to discover the local produce and culture.
If you rise early, those who go for a climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks.
Day 6: Namche to Dole:
Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, we climb high above the river valleys then drop steeply to a campsite below the village of Phortse (3872m).
Day 7: Dole to Machherma:
Today is a steep but beautiful morning climb through pine and rhododendron forests and then a long afternoon walk above the river below to reach Maccherma, where we will spend the night.
Day 8: Machherma to Gokyo:
This is an easy but slow day due to the altitude. We arrive at Gokyo, a Sherpa settlement beside a lake along the Ngozumpa glacier. Gokyo is typical of the high seasonal settlements used by Sherpas for farming.
Day 9: Acclimatisation day in Gokyo:
Today is an acclimatisation, which you can spend either relaxing or exploring the Gokyo Lakes.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dragnak:
A rigorous day hike up the ridge (5365m) above camp provides a spectacular view of the Everest trinity – Nupse (7881m), Lhotse (8503m) and Everset (8850m).
The Ngozumpa Glacier is visible 609 metres below and the Cho Oyu wall is close by to the left. We take the trail over the Chuguima Pass, making this one of the trek’s most memorable days.
Day 11: Dragnak to Dzonglha:
This is a challenging, but non-technical climb over rock, snow, and sometimes ice, with superb views, linking the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest.
Day 12: Dzonglha to Lobuche:
Today the aim is to trek around the base of the Khumbu glacier and have a light lunch at Dhugla, before a steep climb to Lobuche village.
Day 13: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp:
Today we trek to Everest Base Camp.
Once we reach the camp and have taken our time to take in the amazing atmosphere and surrounding views of EBC, we trek for another 15 minuted to Dingboche for lunch. The afternoon consists of 2-hour trek to reach Chhukung.
Day 14: Lobuche to Thyangboche:
We trek from Lobuche to Thyangboche, passing spectacular meadows and scenery of Everest and Ama Dablam.
Day 15: Thyanboche to Khumjung:
Trek from Thyanboche to Khumjung (3790m).
Day 16: Phakding to Lukla:
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2800m)
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu:
After an early breakfast at the lodge, we fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 18: Exploring Kathmandu:
Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu at your leisure.
Day 19: Exploring Kathmandu:
Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu at your leisure.
Day 20: Fly back to the UK:
Today we head to the airport for our return flights back to the UK.
No experience is needed, however we strongly recommend you practice and train well. You will require a reasonable amount of fitness and a strong will to succeed. Remember that you are walking between 4 and 8 hours a day, uphill to an altitude of 5300m.
Training should involve long uphill walks (with a daypack) to accustom yourself to long distance hiking. Once you have booked on the trip, you will be given an advice pack which will contain information on how to train and make sure you are prepared physically to make the trek.
Once you have booked your place on your bucket list trip, you will receive a kit list from us containing all the kit/equipment you will need to complete the adventure successfully. This will ensure you have everything you could possibly need ready for the big adventure.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trip or your suitability for it, please contact us on 01769 309002 or email email@example.com. We will be happy to help.
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When we guarantee a trip and you book it, we promise that:
- The trip will run.
- It will leave on the date advertised (unless, it is beyond our control, for example, the airline changes something).
- You will not be surcharged.
When you book adventure travel, you want to know how much the trip is going to cost you, without hidden, last-minute costs appearing afterwards. Our full-cost prices include international air fares – we do not advertise “prices from”, leaving you to guess what the final flight price might be. Instead, when booking with us, you know the flight is included, and at what price, from the moment you visit our website.
The price of every Bucket List Company adventure trip includes:
- All accommodation
- Our own UK leader who will accompany your group on the whole trip
- Meals on trek/experience
- Any permits
- Entry fees to any regions and sites visited as part of the itinerary
- Group equipment
- Safety equipment
- Our own expedition manager
- 24 UK operations and emergency cover whilst you are in the country
The price of this trip does not include:
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance
- Lunch & Evening Meals in Kathmandu
- Tips for local crew ($100 is the recommended rate)
- Personal spending money
It is a booking condition of The Bucket List Company that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. We will ask you for a copy of this before departure for our records. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact.
We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this trip if you wish – simply contact us to find out more.
Why choose us:
Quality and value
We believe that our trips are once in a lifetime experiences and we want you to be talking about them for the next 20 years! Our adventure travel tours have been developed with the best leaders, in-country team, equipment and extra excursions to make sure every customer has an unforgettable experience.
Expertise and support
Our team of trip leaders, in-country teams and office support staff live and breathe adventure travel. We are here to make sure you succeed in ticking off your bucket list goal, whether it’s summiting Kilimanjaro or learning to scuba dive. From the moment you book until you return, we have the all experience necessary to help with every aspect of your trip. If you have any questions, just contact us and one of the team will be on hand, ready to help.
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When you book a trip with us, we take all of the hassle away from you. We will book everything for you, all you need to worry about is getting yourself to the airport and getting yourself home again (however if you want us to organise this too, we can). We have the expertise and experience to ensure every aspect of your trip is planned to perfection, giving you complete peace of mind. All you have to do is book and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
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Our Bucket List travellers range from 18 years of age to 60+ years of age, but the special thing about our groups is that everyone gets on. One thing is guaranteed when joining an adventure trip or expedition – you are going to make new friends to last. At The Bucket List Company, we are passionate about building the community around adventure travel – and you could be a part of it.
We know that everyone has different plans, interests and requirements, so with our trips you can bolt on extras. Let the team know what you want to achieve out of your trip and let us plan your dream itinerary.
Adventure travel is priceless – but we all know that paying for that bucket list trip can sometimes be daunting. That’s why we offer monthly payments to allow you to spread the cost of your trip. You’ll barely see the money leaving your account, and each month you’ll know you’re that bit closer to fulfilling your dream!
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!