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Experience Kathmandu and Trek to Everest Base Camp

PRIVATE TOUR - 18 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3979

Private Tour Highlights

  • See the colorful memorial to the Hindu God of Destruction, the Kal Brairab shrine
  • Visit the Taleju Temple, Kathmandu most magnificent temple
  • See the Krishna Mandir while strolling through Patan, the City of Fine Arts
  • Visit Pashupatinath, Nepals oldest Buddhist temple
  • View old homes and temples dating back to the 13th century in Bhaktapur
  • See the huge guarding lion statues at the Lion’s Gate
  • Visit Namche, the most prosperous and largest town in the Khumbu
  • See the most beautiful of all the Himalayan Peaks, Ama Dablam
  • View the famous Yeti scalp held within the Pangboche Monastery
  • See the stone monuments honoring the climbers that have not returned from Everest
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Tour Overview

Explore Nepal’s capital city and spiritual center before embarking on one of the country’s most prestigious treks to the base of the world’s tallest mountain. In addition to the temples and shrines of Kathmandu, trek to stunning attractions including spectacular scenery and the outgoing Sherpas of Solu Khumbu.

The village houses are usually small basic lodges offering accommodation and food for travelers. The treks rely on these village houses for food and shelter and thus require minimal equipment. Experienced guides will select the best accommodation in the villages, and if required, will go ahead to find shelter for clients. Tea houses are also a meeting point for trekkers from various parts of the world.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip domestic airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodations in Kathmandu with continental breakfasts, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle for excursions, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Air Strip, accommodation in a single/twin share room in village houses during trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek, services of English speaking tour guide, services of porters during the trek, all currently applicable taxes

Notes:
* Trek requires a minimum of two people to operate.

* Treks do not operate during the months of June, July and August
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Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Kathmandu

Overnight international flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight international flight to Kathmandu.

Day
2

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Tour of Kathmandu City

Enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu City beginning with Kumari Ghar – home to Nepal’s most important living goddess, and the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Then, proceed to the Kal Brairab shrine, a colorful memorial to the Hindu God of destruction, followed by a visit to Taleju Temple, the city’s most magnificent temple.

Afterwards, embark on a sightseeing tour of the Swayambhunath Stupa. Celebrated as one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, this majestic structure sits highly on a nearby hilltop overlooking Kathmandu Valley (The April 2015 earthquake caused major damage to this Heritage Site and reconstruction is currently taking place). In the afternoon, travel through Patan, the “City of Fine Arts”. Stroll through the famous Durbar Square, where Krishna Mandir, a temple built in honor of Lord Krishna that is considered to be the world’s finest example of stone architecture, can be seen. While walking around, enjoy the many traditional artists and sculptors throughout the streets (Due to the April 2015 earthquake, some of the temples here have been damaged and reconstruction is under process.)

Note: Yampu recommends an optional one hour mountain flight for unforgettable aerial views of the Himalayas. Experience the thrill of seeing Mount Everest up close, as the plane flies two aeronautical miles in front of the Natural Wonder. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Visit to Pashupatinath & Bhaktapur

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Morning visit to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s oldest and most holy Hindu temple. Situated upon the banks of the Bagmati River, this is an important ritual and cremation site, as the water flows into the Ganges. Proceed to Bouddhanath, one of Asia’s largest stupas that has earned the nickname of “Little Tibet”, as it has become a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism. Standing tall at thirty-six meters (118 ft), this white mandala-shaped structure is a symbol of the universe that facilitates meditation for the local Tibetan Buddhists (The top portion of the Stupa was slightly damaged by the April 2015 earthquake. Currently renovation is under process.)

In the afternoon, go on an excursion to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, located about an hour’s drive outside of Kathmandu. In this “City of Devotees”, wander through the winding lanes lined with old homes and temples that date back to the 13th century. Beginning in the city’s Durbar Square, marvel at the intricately carved deities and monsters of the richly molded Golden Gate before entering the Palace of 55 Windows that incorporates exquisite wood carvings into its medieval design. (Bhaktapur is one of the most affected areas of the April 2015 earthquake. Renovation is currently under process.)

Then, see the Lion’s Gate, with its huge guarding lion statues, before continuing to the Nyatpola Temple, a beautiful five-storied, 17th century pagoda. The last stop of the day will lead to the splendorous Bhairab Temple, which is dedicated to the Lord Buddha. Before returning to Kathmandu, take some time to watch the skill of the traditional potters as they work at the Pottery Centre and the Dattratraya Temple.
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5

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

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Kathmandu – Lukla - Phakding (2652 m, total 3 hour walk)

Transfer to the airport from the hotel in Kathmandu to board a flight to Lukla (2880m), the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runaway for casualties brought to the Trust's hospital at nearby Khunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding 2652. Overnight at a village house.
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Phakding – Namche

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Phakding - Namche (3440 m, total 5 hour walk)

If the weather is clear the top of the south-west face of Mt Everest will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The goods on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku 6648m, Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Overnight at a village house.
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Arrival in Namche

Spend the day at leisure to get acclimatized to the altitude at Namche. Overnight at a village house.

Spend the day at leisure to get acclimatized to the altitude at Namche. Overnight at a village house.

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Day
8

Namche – Tengboche

Namche - Tengboche (3860 m, total 6 hour walk)

The trail goes up through rhododendron trees and there is always good chance of seeing pheasants in this area. The emerging trail contours across the slope offering magnificent views eastwards to Tengboche and its surrounding mountains. Ahead lies Ama Dablam (6856m) the most beautiful of all Himalayan peaks and a great expedition favorite. To the east above the classically located Tengboche are the flutings and razor sharp ridges of Thamserku (6808m). Overnight at a village house.
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Tengboche – Pangboche

Tengboche - Pangboche (3985 m, total 3.5 hour / 4 hour walk)

Today, continue on gradual upwards slope through alpine meadow and sherpa villages to Pangboche. Pangboche Monastery has the famed Yeti scalp that was the cause of so much interest and controversy in the past years. Overnight at a village house.

Tengboche - Pangboche (3985 m, total 3.5 hour / 4 hour walk)

Today, continue on gradual upwards slope through alpine meadow and sherpa villages to Pangboche. Pangboche Monastery has the famed Yeti scalp that was the cause of so much interest and controversy in the past years. Overnight at a village house.

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10

Pangboche – Dingboche

Pangboche - Dingboche (4530 m total 4.5 hour / 5 hour walk)

Get beautiful views of unclimbed Cholatse (6440m) across the valley. Continuing onward, the trail will be a steep uphill walk with several rough parts. Hiking upon ridge-lines offer the opportunity to get close up views of Ama Dablam. Overnight at a village house.

Pangboche - Dingboche (4530 m total 4.5 hour / 5 hour walk)

Get beautiful views of unclimbed Cholatse (6440m) across the valley. Continuing onward, the trail will be a steep uphill walk with several rough parts. Hiking upon ridge-lines offer the opportunity to get close up views of Ama Dablam. Overnight at a village house.

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Dingboche – Lobuche

Dingboche - Lobuche (4930 m, total 6 hour walk)

Climb up to the nearby ridge and stay high, mesmerized by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until reaching the village houses at Lobuche. A steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome. Overnight at a village house.

Dingboche - Lobuche (4930 m, total 6 hour walk)

Climb up to the nearby ridge and stay high, mesmerized by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until reaching the village houses at Lobuche. A steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome. Overnight at a village house.

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12

Lobuche – Kala Pattar

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Lobuche - Kala Pattar (5545 m) – Lobuche (total 3 hour / 4 hour walk)

Today will be a long day and will start early. Trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep (5160m). Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs the trek's summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point. A trip to the actual Base Camp (BC) of Everest is usually omitted as the Khumbu Icefall blocks all view of the mountain and even when expeditions are on the mountain, a route to Base Camp is difficult to find. Return to Lobuch. Overnight at a village house.
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Day
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Lobuche – Pheriche

Lobuche-Pheriche (4243m, total 6 hour walk)

Today, scoot back across and down the moraine to Dughla, and then stay along the ridge, high above Periche. Then enjoy a gradual descent. There are great views here of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, the Amphu Laptsa and Cho Polu. Island Peak (6139 m) is a pretty pyramid peak and the most popular of the "Trekking Peaks'. It stands by itself at the east end of the valley. Overnight at a village house.

Lobuche-Pheriche (4243m, total 6 hour walk)

Today, scoot back across and down the moraine to Dughla, and then stay along the ridge, high above Periche. Then enjoy a gradual descent. There are great views here of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, the Amphu Laptsa and Cho Polu. Island Peak (6139 m) is a pretty pyramid peak and the most popular of the "Trekking Peaks'. It stands by itself at the east end of the valley. Overnight at a village house.

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Day
14

Tour of Pheriche

Pheriche (4243 m)

Spend the day at leisure at Pheriche. Overnight at a village house.

Pheriche (4243 m)

Spend the day at leisure at Pheriche. Overnight at a village house.

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Day
15

Pheriche – Tengboche

Pheriche-Tengboche (3860 m, total 6 hour walk)

After an early breakfast, head off down the valley to Tengboche. The walk is mostly through the rhododendron forest and sherpa villages. Overnight at a village house.

Pheriche-Tengboche (3860 m, total 6 hour walk)

After an early breakfast, head off down the valley to Tengboche. The walk is mostly through the rhododendron forest and sherpa villages. Overnight at a village house.

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Tengboche – Namche

Tengboche – Namche (3445 m)

From Tengboche trek down some steps followed by an enjoyable climb that leads up the side of the valley and around to Namche Bazaar, the most well-known and written-about valley in the Khumbu. After the last few days, Namche appears to offer many of life's luxuries. Overnight at a village house.

Tengboche – Namche (3445 m)

From Tengboche trek down some steps followed by an enjoyable climb that leads up the side of the valley and around to Namche Bazaar, the most well-known and written-about valley in the Khumbu. After the last few days, Namche appears to offer many of life's luxuries. Overnight at a village house.

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Namche – Lukla

Namche – Lukla (2880 m, total 6 hour walk)

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys. The campsite is well located and offers a good final resting spot for the one night stay before the early morning departure. Overnight at a village house.

Namche – Lukla (2880 m, total 6 hour walk)

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys. The campsite is well located and offers a good final resting spot for the one night stay before the early morning departure. Overnight at a village house.

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International flight home via Kathmandu

Transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that the staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Upon arrival, international flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that the staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Upon arrival, international flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal

Places You'll See

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    Kathmandu

    As the largest city and capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a great place for exciting adventures and amazing sightseeing opportunities. Visit the Monkey Temple, a sacred Buddhist site, or the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, once a royal palace. Or simply roam the streets, mingling with the locals.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Kathmandu : Hotel Himalaya

5 Star Properties

Kathmandu : Hotel Yak & Yeti

Kathmandu : Hotel Dwarika

Testimonials

Joel P.

Traveled November, 2014

We really enjoyed Nepal

Our trip was really great overall. We really enjoyed Nepal and the folks up there were terrific! The Radisson in India was splendid I am very glad we bothered to make the switch. Thanks for all your help especially the last minute changes! Will definitely use your company in the future! Happy Holidays!

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Karen Z

Traveled February, 2013

I had an absolutely wonderful trip!

I had an absolutely wonderful trip! Thank you so much for all of your help and planning. The packet of information that you sent me was extremely helpful and gave me some great tips for the area I was visiting. My flights were perfect- thank you for the window seats and the brief layovers! My guide, Tika, was waiting for me at the airport when I arrived and she got me settled in my hotel and briefed me about our plan for the next day. The hotel was amazing too, it was very comfortable and relaxing. The itinerary that was set for my trek was detailed and accurate. The tea houses that we stayed at were nice, and everyone was very friendly. My guide was always attentive and made sure that I was taken care of, and that we were prepared for each day. We had a lot of interaction with other guides and trekkers along the way, which made this trip even better. All who involved with my trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, did an amazing job. I always felt safe and taken care of, and that everything was going according to plan. And when our flight to Lukla was delayed that first day due to weather, arrangements were immediately made for me for another night at the hotel. I am so glad that Yampu Tours helped planned my trip. I had a wonderful time, and would love to use your travel assistance again in the future.

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Barbara

Traveled December, 2014

The trip was fantastic

From a travel agent: They were thrilled with the trip, so thank you very much for taking such good care of them. From the client: The trip was fantastic. The one comment which we all repeated over and over was how well it was planned and that everything was perfection.

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