Challenging Everest region trekking holiday in Nepal

“Not for novices, this guided and fully portered trek is the ultimate Everest region circuit, with high passes, epic peaks and Base Camp.”

Highlights

Free day in Kathmandu at start and finish | fly to Lukla | Namche Bazaar | Dingboche acclimatisation day | Everest Base Camp | cross three passes | climb five summits | Khumbu Glacier | Ngozumpo Glacier | Gokyo Valley | Thame Valley

Description of Challenging Everest region trekking holiday in Nepal

This challenging trekking holiday in Nepal takes in some of the most dramatic passes and summits in the Himalayas. Beginning in the Khumbu Valley, the famous Sherpa homeland, there is time to acclimatise to the altitude before hitting the trail, following a route trodden by climbers off to attempt the summit of the world’s highest mountain. This is a circular trek, with 18 days point-to-point walking. We’ll cross three passes – the Kongma La, Cho La and Renzo La – and climb five summits: Nangkartshang, Chhukung Ri, Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri and Awi Peak. We’ll enjoy close up views of Everest and other Himalayan giants, see Everest Base Camp and walk through the quiet Gokyo and Thame Valleys.

This trek is ideal for anyone who is physically fit, with experience of trekking at altitude. Most of the walking takes place above 3,600m, with maximum altitude of 5,546m, so this isn’t for the novice. Groups typically consist of between two and 12 trekkers, plus a tour leader and local staff and full porterage is included, with accommodation in teahouses.

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Challenging Everest region trekking holiday in Nepal

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 4 nights in standard hotels and 18 nights in locally owned teahouses. Most of the teahouses are owned by families who are from the Khumbu region. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos) or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).

Local Craft and Culture:
Although we spend much of this tour trekking in the teahouses and along the trail, there are many opportunities to engage with locals, learn about regional customs and in Kathmandu there is time to do some sightseeing. Whilst trekking, we stop at Namche, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region with a weekly market selling fresh produce and souvenirs. In Kathmandu there will also be traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, handwoven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft. In terms of cultural sights, we can visit World Heritage sites in Kathamadu. On trek we visit the monasteries in Thyangboche and Khumjumg.

Charity:
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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