Nepal tends to be very different from other parts of the world that you may have traveled to. Nepal is an extraordinary place to visit but western instincts and expectations should be left at home. Let your better understanding and sense of adventure is your ultimate guide throughout this journey.
Morning and nighttime as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 3,000 m.
Other months from September to November another great times for treks around Kanchenjunga base camp and other areas of Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.
March to May is lovely time with enough day lights and sunshine. When high hills with forest of tall trees and bush of rhododendron will be in full bloom with other wildflowers, make this trek more interesting and special.
Most days are clear from morning till late afternoon, can get cloudy sometimes with chance of snows around higher elevation, cold in the morning and nighttime (not adding extra wind-chill factors).
Mid-September to December during autumn / fall season where most days are crystal clear from morning till midafternoon but with short day lights, much colder and freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades, away from sun lights (not adding extra wind-chill factors).
Some people might be interested to trek during low season of wet monsoon. Most days are cloudy that obstructs views of peaks, encountering less and few numbers of trekkers during rainy season of Mid June till Mid-September, but very lush and greens with enough moistures that supports with more oxygen to help acclimatization, days are longer with sunlight due to summer and monsoon season around Nepal and other Himalayan destinations much warmer than other seasons of spring and autumn.
Way back more than 400 years of history, the Sherpa normally are farmers and livestock herding like cows and yaks interwoven with strong Buddhism religion and fascinating cultures that you can witness walking around villages.
In every Sherpa villages, one can find a monastery, some are older of more than 500 years like the “monastery of Thame and Pangboche villages”, whereas the famous monastery of Thyangboche was much older which was destroyed by huge fire in 1991 and been built to its original shapes.
As you walk from a village to another, you will come across many prayer walls and religious monuments of Stupas (dome), with rows of spinning prayer wheels.
Sherpa men-folks were the earlier pioneers as mountain and trekking guides and still held the post till present.
Whilst all our hikes, trekking, tour programs with itineraries where accommodation are all set in respective Hotels / Lodge / Home Stay, Guest House and Resorts even camping in some remote area as per the set program itinerary. Some days could be longer or could be shorter depending upon the fitness of the clients, availability of vehicle on time, flight delay, cancellation, unfavorable bad weather and roads or trail condition. Trekking Planner request Clients on booking to acquire Travel and Medical Insurance is compulsory undertaking any tour and treks. It should include adequate protection for tour / treks duration to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation expenses in any means of transportation on emergency evacuation such as helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.
In this situation your selected and chosen tour destination may differ from the program itineraries. In rare cases we might even have to reroute or cancel the trips as per the political, riot, bad weather, broken road or trail condition and porter's situation and condition. The company has the right to cancel the trips due to unavoidable condition and beyond our control including if the volume of travelers is less than expected as per the trips selected. In this case, please bear with us we will try our best to adjust the itinerary trips as best as possible for your convenience.
Prevention for this is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink plenty of water, eat well, and walk slowly. It is a good idea to climb higher than you sleep. Keep hydrated and make sure you avoid alcohol.
Toilets are mainly Asian style squat toilets. Toilets are outside of your room. You are in the mountains: Cleanliness will vary. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet. Instead use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet room.
You’ll be received at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by a representative of Nepal Trekking Planner and escorted to the hotel for your stay after you shall complete the necessary formalities at the customs. Dinner and enjoy the warm hospitality of the hotel staffs. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
The exploration of this culturally rich capital city of Nepal and its heritages in a guided sightseeing shall be the main attraction of today’s itinerary. Star attractions of this sightseeing are the ancient Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, known for its unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism besides the beautiful view of Kathmandu city from its premises. We then head on to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world, which has the Tibetan community, Sherpas and tourists circumambulating around it alike every day. Get immersed in the peaceful Buddhist mantras and observe the pilgrims paying their respect to Lord Buddha. We shall then visit the Hindu sacred pilgrimage of Pashupatinath Temple, in the complex of which you shall find several small temples, statues and ancient heritages. People find the meaning of life when they observe the open cremation at the bank of holy Bagmati River, get blessings from the sadhus draped in saffron and holding trident, and feel the positivity. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Briefing: Later in the afternoon, the whole group is briefed about the trekking. We are checking all the equipment for the trek. If something it’s not appropriate enough we can provide, rent or help to buy it here.
Once all the equipment is checked and we are sure you go up there well dressed, we have the well-come dinner with the whole group.
Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The view from the plane is amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing at Lukla airport, we walk 3 hours to phakding with few up and down along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, from larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay over night at the tea house.
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above a town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay overnight at the tea house.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Tengbuche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today after wonder morning in the Tengbuche, from Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola through the rhododendron forest and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingbuche with its exciting views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today we take another rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.
From Dingboche the trail diverts towards the north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is begin gentle, with the nice view of Pheriche village. Today's walk offers the beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains. Thugla is the only place with teahouses before Loboche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is a good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Finally, reach Lobuche for overnight.
After an early morning start, we ascend through the glacier to the Gorek Shep. After meals with some time rest trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. Back to Gorakshep and say overnight at the tea house.
Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Kala Pattar, best viewpoint of this trip from where you will be able to see dramatic panoramic view of the Mt Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more mountains. Re-trace back to Lobuche than take the gradual trek to Dzonglha which takes about 3 hrs. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today an early morning after breakfast you will start your trek with slow uphill until the Pass from where you will see a magnificent view of the different mountain. This will be the difficult morning in this trek, goes through the glacier and rocky trail. After the Pass, the trail descends all the way to Thangan. There is no tea house, noting available between Thangan and Dzonglha so that we must have to bring pack lunch. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today after breakfast, the trek star with few up and down, cross the Ngozumpa glacier. After some time walk, you will get to the other side of the Glacier than the trail goes along the second lake with a nice view of the Mountain. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m) for sunrise view. From here you will have the chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. Stay overnight at the tea house.
After a wonderful time in the pass and Gokyo, the trail descends all the way to dole via Machhermo. Today's walk offers you a wonderful view of the mountain. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today after breakfast the trail star with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where the trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the international airport for next destination flight.
I was travelling solo and seeked a unique experience. After browsing a couple of options, I chose the Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes Yoga Trek with Trekking Planner. Looking back, I am glad I made this decision. It turned out to be one of the most memorable trips I have had to date. Dipak was helpful and communicated well in the emails we exchanged, addressing my queries patiently. Eventually there was some miscommunication and I had to fly out of Kathmandu to Lukla the very next morning instead of the following morning. I took it in my stride as I was after an adventure wasn’t I? Nothing shall dampen my spirits! My guide cum yoga teacher is Anil. He was knowledgeable and attentive to my needs, guiding me to breathtaking views throughout the trek. I especially enjoyed every yoga session with him. We did not do what the usual yoga classes in studios did. We went deeper into yoga, beyond the stretches and poses, into self realization. Anish was the assistant guide and he played a wonderful supporting role to Anil, always keeping a lookout and even carrying extra loads to help tiring trekkers. By the way, they both spoke good english which is important as we’re spending pretty much 12 hours or more daily together. So communication was clear and meaningful. I have to give a shoutout to my 16 year old porter, Ganesh. So young yet so strong and agile. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have completed my trek. Truly a “Bahadur”! The trek was full of awe inspiring moments. If I had to choose, these are the 3 main highlights for me: 1. That sense of achievement and triumph when I reached Everest Base Camp together with my newfound buddies. 2. Putting on my spare socks over my trekking boots and precariously crossing the glacier atop Chola Pass. 3. Staring at the spellbinding turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes as a sense of peace and wonderment washed through me. I would also like to commend Dipak for getting me a replacement Sitar Air flight within an hour when my original flight with Summit Air from Lukla to Kathmandu got cancelled. The day tour was also enjoyable as I explored famous sights in Kathmandu and enjoyed some local cuisine. And I was recommended places to buy my trekking gear and souvenirs by some of Dipak’s staff. I am looking forward to my next trek with Trekking Planner. This time likely with some friends and partners :)
I have evaluated several agencies before I choose Trekking Planner and my decisions was definitely the best! Mr. Dipak is great organiser and answered many of my mails and questions promptly, friendly and in all necessary details. The price for the trip was reasonable and one of the Best as well as all conditions of the contract. I made the trip by myself and was very happy with Trekking Planner. Everything was great organized from the picking up on the airport until my return from Lukla. My Guide Suman made my trip in the mountains safe, funny, comfortable, memorable and supported me always when I needed. I could hard imagine better Buddy for the trip. I was impressed how he professionally and friendly deals with other people, how good he knows the region and conditions in the mountains. He was also able to change the route as the weather was not on our side so I could visit all desired places safely and enjoy the whole trip. I could relied on him along the whole way and in all situations. The Porter was also great and tried to help me as much as possible. I could also honestly say that we didn’t meet on our trek similar so good organized team. Dipak and Suman asked me several times for the feedback about trip and service so they could make my experience even better. This was very professional. The hotel in Kathmandu is also cozy, well furnished, has great Wifi and roof terrace and staff is very friendly and ready to help in all cases + breakfast is great! I am sure this was not my last time in Nepal and I would book the trip with Trekking Planner again without any doubts! Highly recommend for solo travelers and groups!
I had such an incredible experience with Trekking Planner. I booked in advanced and Dipak was very quick to respond to all of my emails and answer any queries that I had prior to arrival. The trek itself was a fantastic experience with incredible views and our guide Suman was happy, energetic and shared a lot of knowledge about Nepal and the mountains with us. I would definitely recommend to anyone considering trekking in Nepal.
We did the 16 Day - EBC/Gorkyo Ri Trek and it was an amazing experience. Our guide, Suman, was knowledgeable, energetic and just a great guy to be around. We were a bit nervous about the altitude (since we never been anywhere close to 5600m before), but Suman checked on us frequently and advised us not to skip our acclimation day when we were feeling confident and wanted to include the Renjo-La Pass. Food/accommodation was also as great. The organizer, Dipak, was very accommodating with our stay in Kathmandu and helped us with our travels to Pokhara, afterwards. He answered all our questions and also managed to get us the option of a flight or helicopter out of Kathmandu Airport, during a time when flights are rare due to construction. Highly recommend!!