Exploring The Sorrento Peninsula
Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
A walk to the base of the world's highest mountain!
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 42370
Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.
Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.
Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.
Looking up at the Everest Range from Kala Pattar is an experience that stays with one. Here at 5555m the summit of Everest is still more than 3km vertically above. That’s nearly 2 miles in old money. The view is magnificent and just reward for the effort of reaching Base Camp.
On arrival in Kathmandu we will have time to go through aspects of the trek to make sure everybody is best prepared. We then set off and take a local flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Lukla is at 2800m. From here we trek upwards in carefully managed stages. Rest days are essential to minimise problems with altitude sickness.
The trek soon reaches the busy town of Namche, capital of the Sherpa ethic region and a great place to stock up before continuing. As we climb vegetation becomes thinner. Yaks replace buffalo as the beast of burden and settlements become fewer and further between.
We have another acclimatisation stop at Dinboche, apparently home of the world’s highest billiard room. We are in open country here with views of the high peaks all around us. The air is thinner and everything moves more slowly.
We climb further to reach Pheriche. We plan to arrive here at lunchtime and make a trip up and down to Base Camp staying the night at Pheriche. The next day we trek up to Kala Pattar (5555m) for the best view of the Everest range. This is the highest point we intend to reach on the holiday.
It is an easier journey to retrace our steps back down to Namche and Lukla but not one to be under estimated. Finally we have a day to recover and sight seeing in Kathmandu before returning to the UK doubtless fitter, leaner and with a renewed prospective on life.
We hope to arrange for groups to met with Kancha Sherpa, who went on the 1953 expedition to conquer Everest. Obviously Kancha is now an old man and may not be available.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
We depart the UK for our flights to Kathmandu.
Transfer Time = 30m
After arrival at Kathmandu airport we will transfer to Hotel Royal Singhi. We will go through important details of the trek ahead to make sure everybody is best prepared.
The journey begins with 30min flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), beautifully situated in front of the high peaks of the Everest region. There we meet our trekking team and begin our trek to Phakding for our first night in tea huts. 4 hrs, 5 miles.
After breakfast in Phakding we head towards Namche. The trail passes through beautiful pine forest and Sherpa villages of Chumong and Monjo, the entrance in the Everest National Park. We cross over the Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers and stop at Jorsalle for lunch. We then continue through Namche Bazaar (3440m) where we get to see the first glimpses of Mt Everest. 7hrs, 9 miles.
We spend a day in and around Namche to acclimatize to the high altitude. Namche is a fascinating town well worth exploring. Later we can hike to the Everest View Point to enjoy the Himalayan vistas.
After breakfast, we have an early start walking through narrow trails with great views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Tabuchi and Mt. Thamserku. Passing through rhododendron forest, we make it to the hilltop village of Tengboche (3680m). Tengboche is famous for the largest monastery of Khumbu region. 6hrs, 8 miles.
Today we pass through rhododendron forest and cross the Imja Khola with wonderful views of AmaDablam, Lhotse and Everest. At Pangboche village we get to enjoy the lunch with the locals. We then continue walking through the Sherpa villages with the picturesque views of fields with barley, potato and buck wheat to the village of Dingboche (4350m). 7 hrs, 6 miles.
This another rest day. It is essential to plan these days into our schedule to operate the hike in the safest and most enjoyable way. Dingboche is an interesting little place to while away the day.
Today we head for Lobuje (4910m), a small settlement near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region. Our trail follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We stop at Duglah village for lunch and a rest. We then continue on a winding uphill path through a memorial site decorated with prayer flags and cairn stones for those who passed away while climbing Mt Everest. After that the trail descends towards the Khumbu glacier moraine with brilliant vistas of the Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Peak. After a few hours of further walking we finally make it to Lobuje. 5hrs, 4miles.
This is going to be the longest trekking day on our journey. We follow the Khumbu Glacier northwards across some rough and rocky sections to Gorak Shep (5,184m). We will be stopping for lunch here. We continue to Base Camp to enjoy extraordinary views of the Himalayas. Base Camp (5365m) is one of the highest points in the world reachable on foot without technical equipment. After enjoying great views of Khumbutse, Pumori and Nuptse mountains, we head back towards Gorakshep to our tea hut and a well-earned dinner. 9hrs, 8 miles.
Today, we make our way to Kalapatthar (5555m), the highest point we reach on the holiday. It offers some of the best views of Everest. We start early in order to reach Kalapatthar for a spectacular sunrise, views of Mt Everest, Mt Pumori, Mt Lohtse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Thamserku, Mt Amadablam and other great Himalayan giants. We head back to Gorakshep for lunch and then continue to reach Periche (4200m).9hrs, 10 miles.
We leave the mountains and the base camp behind and descend through Imja Khola and Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape to Kyanjuma (3600m). 7 hrs, 8 miles.
We descend further crossing rivers and revisiting several Sherpa villages on our way like Jorsalle, Namche and Phakding to reach Monjo (2800m). 5 hrs, 7 miles.
This is the last day of our journey in the Himalaya. Passing through many Sherpa villages we return to our starting point of Lukla (2800m) where we spend the night and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu. 5hrs, 8 miles.
We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will transfer straight to our hotel for some much-needed rest and celebrations.
We have a day sightseeing in Kathmandu taking in Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square amongst other sights. We have a final celebratory dinner this evening.
We return to Kathmandu airport to take our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
24th Oct 2020 - 9th Nov 2020 (16 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.
Experience Nepal's historic capital city from the elevated comfort of Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu. Impeccably located in Thamel, Kathmandu's most vibrant and buzz-worthy area, the hotel offers everything travellers need for a relaxing stay. Free Wi-Fi is available through out. The coffee bar in the lobby serves an excellent cup of coffee.
We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information.
This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Nepal
A convenient place to change money is at the airport on arrival in Kathmandu. There is also a money-changing booth before immigration which offers reasonable rates. Money can also be changed on the first day's sightseeing.
Sterling cash is freely exchangeable, as are US dollars and euro. It is now becoming possible to change any money whilst on the trek, please discuss with your RWH Travel leader. Also, change is in short supply in the mountains so bring rupees in small denomination notes from the cities. Most hotel accept credit cards, check locally. There are ATM machines in towns and cities.
Nepalese Rupees can only be purchased once in Nepal and the export of Nepalese currency is illegal. You should remember to keep all exchange receipts as if you have any rupees left over when you get to Kathmandu Airport, you can change back up to 15% of the total amount you have changed during the holiday.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.
Ramblers Walking Holidays include a tipping kitty for this trip so you don't need to worry about this on a day to day basis. All local staff are included within this amount, excluding the main tour guide (Sirdar) who you may wish to tip as a group depending on how happy you were with their service.
A suggested amount given is £25 - £30 per person.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
We fly from London Heathrow to Kathmandu and vice versa by Turkish Airlines with a stop en route at Istanbul.
The transfer from the airport to our Kathmandu hotel is by road and takes approx. 30 mins.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Nepal
A passport is required plus a Nepalese entry visa for holders of British passports visiting Nepal. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.
Holders of non-British passports should check with the Nepalese Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding visa requirements.
Visas are also obtainable from the Nepalese embassy in London before you travel. They can be obtained by post or personal visit. The cost of the visa at present is £25, payable in by postal order or bankers draft by post or by cash in person.
For details of obtaining visas in London please consult the Nepalese embassy website:
Entry visas can be issued at the airport on arrival in Nepal, however this option involves excessive waiting delaying yourself and fellow party members. The visa issued is the same as the one you obtain in the UK. It can make passing through immigration at Kathmandu Airport stressful and time consuming if you do not have a visa. A passport size photograph and the correct amount of cash is required for the visa on arrival. Two passport photos as well as a photocopy of your passport details page for your trekking permit. We recommend you bring 4 passport photos. The price of your trekking permit is included in the holiday price and will be obtained on your behalf by our local agent.
Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
The following items of kit should be considered essential:
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Free Water to Go Bottle
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles. We have included a bottle for everyone who books on this trip to avoid the use of single use plastic bottles. Normally these bottles will be handed out in Nepal. Please use this water bottle any time you drink un-bottled water in Nepal. This will go a long way to help avoiding any issues with sickness.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Nepal
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Nepal. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisation is recommended. You might also like to consider immunisation against Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. Dengue fever exists in Nepal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.
Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m.
Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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