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A chance to see the highest mountain in the world with a bit of comfort on the way.

At first light the cold air chills the bones in the Himalaya but the anticipation of one of the most beautiful sights in the world diverts the mind. The mountains become clearer and then suddenly the sun bursts through revealing snow clad peaks burning pink in the dawn light. A collective drawing of breath can be felt from all those lucky souls who share this unique experience

During the day our every step is accompanied by views of mountains towering another mile above our heads. The names may not be familiar, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, but the views are everything you hoped for and more. And then the first view of Everest, something to tell the grandchildren about. Fortunately the view can be enjoyed from the trail or from a café with beer in hand. It is great to have a choice.

If you can take your eyes away from the snowy peaks there is so much to be enjoyed. We walk through the heart of ethnic Sherpa country. The cadences of life are different from anything we know. Fields are ploughed with oxen, villagers rise and rest with the sun as they have always done. Buddhist temples rest on summits, prayer wheels and flags are seen beside the paths. Spirituality is important to the people who live their lives in these starkly beautiful but harsh surroundings. Enjoy the contrast between the mountains and the bustling city of Kathmandu. Vibrant, busy and a complete contrast to the mountains, it is an essential part of experiencing the best of Nepal. 


Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent. These walks are in more remote areas such as the Alps or northern Portugal. Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.


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    Everest Tea House Trek (Grade 6)
    13 Oct 2017
    GRADE 6
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  • Itinerary
    13 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Assemble at Heathrow for the overnight flight to Kathmandu.

    Day 2 - Kathmandu
    On arrival at Kathmandu Airport we transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu for two nights.

    Day 3 - Kathmandu
    We have a full day’s sightseeing around Kathmandu and in the Kathmandu valley. For this trip we use a small coach and a guide, so there is little walking, giving us a chance to gently acclimatize. Tonight we will arrange for the group to “eat Nepali” in a restaurant in Kathmandu including performances of Nepali folk dances.

    Day 4 - On trek
    After breakfast we go back to Kathmandu airport and fly to Lukla (2860m). Here we have lunch before trekking to Phakding (2400m) for our first night on trek.

    Day 5 - On Trek
    We continue along the Dudh Kosi River near Monjo for lunch then trek to Namche Bazaar (3420m). On the way up to Namche if the weather is clear we should get our first view of Everest. The south west face should just be visible behind the Lhotse-Nupste ridge.

    Day 6 - On Trek
    We have a day at Namche to acclimatize and explore the town and local area. Namche is the unofficial Sherpa capital and a bustling market town. It is a great place to sample mountain life. Today we will climb to the Panorama Hotel for our first stunning view of Everest (weather willing), the summit of which is still 5000m above us, returning to ‘sleep low’ at Namche.

    Day 7 - On Trek
    We walk to Thame, home of Sherpa Tenzing Norgey, the first Sherpa to climb Mt Everest. In the afternoon we walk up to the Thame Gompa (3880m)

    Day 8 - On Trek
    We trek to Dramo via the hydro power station, with lunch on the way and continue to Khumjung (3790m) via Syangboche.

    Day 9 - On Trek
    We continue to hike up the Imja Khola valley to Phortse (3840m).

    Day 10 - On Trek
    Today is the highpoint of the trek both figuratively and literally. We climb from Phortse, with views of Ama Dablam and Everest, to the high point of the trek. We plan to reach just over 4,100m above Pangboche then descend to Tengboche (3867m).

    Day 11 - On Trek
    We begin our descent down the valley to Monjo via Namche Bazaar, Punkitenga and Kiangjuma.

    Day 12 - On Trek
    We descend from Monjo down to Lukla for our final night in the tea huts.

    Day 13 - Kathmandu
    We are scheduled to take the morning flight back to Kathmandu but variable weather conditions can cause delays. On arriving we drive to our hotel for two nights.

    Day 14 - Kathmandu
    After breakfast we drive to Patan for lunch and a brief look at the city then back to Kathmandu.

    Day 15 - In flight
    We may have some free time before transferring to the airport for our flight home.

    Day 16 -
    We arrive back in the UK.

  • Accommodation
    Shangri-La Hotel

    Surrounded by the lush greenery of its award winning garden, the Shangri-La Hotel is a calm oasis in the heart of Kathmandu. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool next to the famous garden, a well equipped fitness centre, spa and tennis court. 

    All rooms are styled with contemporary furniture and hard wood floors, and come with an electric kettle, tea making facilities and a personal safe. En-suite bathrooms have a hairdryer, hot and cold showers and free toiletries. A comfortable seating area and cable TV are included and all rooms are fully air-conditioned. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi.

    There’s a relaxed bar, a coffee shop and an Asian restaurant.


    Tea huts, along the trail

    Tea huts are a classic Nepali institution that are effectively ‘B&B’s’ run by friendly locals. Staying in one arguably offers the chance to experience the area in a more connected way than can be found through hotel accommodation. They vary in standard, each with its own unique setting and offer ever improving accommodation, good food, warmth and shelter and there is always a great welcome. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the houses. Many have electricity but, in others, dinner will be by romantic candlelight!

    Twin and single rooms are available, but please be aware that the experience is much more like staying in somebody’s house rather than a hotel. We will generally have access to hot running water and flushing toilets, but please note that hot water supplies can be erratic. Most teahouses will have facilities for charging phones/cameras and typically charge about £1 per hour.

    Blankets are supplied in tea huts but the supply is limited so you may choose to bring a 2-3 season sleeping bag or hire one in Kathmandu on arrival if you prefer. 


  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • All transport for walks and excursions.
    • Full board en-suite accommodation.
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader
    • Services of an experienced local trek support team on all trekking days.
    • Entrance fees to all included highlights.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • The first view of Everest towering above you.
    • The last view of Everest as you return down the valley.
    • Namche Bazaar. The unofficial capital of the Sherpa tribe.
    • The flight to Lukla, some great flight seeing.
    • A cup of tea from the Everest View Hotel balcony. The best view in the world?
    • From Tengboche, stop and look around, the peak of Everest is another 3 vertical miles above you!

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights Heathrow-Kathmandu via Istanbul (c11hrs + stop), Turkish Airlines.
    • Regional airports may also be available.
    • Internal flights by Buddha Air or alternative.        
    • UK add-on flights and upgrades available, please contact us for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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