Everest Adventure

Grade 1 2 3 4 5
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding treks, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000ft / 4,000m. Trails can be ill defined, narrow, steep, and rocky, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average walking is 6 - 7 hours a day.
Trek Difficulty Grading

Our treks vary from easy hikes in the foothills to challenging climbing adventures in the high Himalaya. More often than not, we use trails that have since ancient times been the only link between villages, settlements, and their inhabitants. The trails may take you through a well-inhabited area with many villages and tea-shops, or through a mountain wilderness without a single permanent settlement for days, but one thing is certain: there'll be lots of ups and downs as we walk from one Himalayan valley to another. Treks are graded on the basis of altitude, trails, walking hours per day, and length of trek.

Grade 1 – Easy
Treks in the foothills staying below 6,500ft / 2,000m. Trails are relatively gentle & wide, and average walking is 3 - 4 hours a day.
Grade 2 – Moderate
Treks in the foothills and the middle-hills going up to 10,000ft / 3,000m. Trails are mostly gentle and wide, but at times may involve more difficult stretches like a steep stone staircase. Average walking is 5 - 6 hours a day.
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding treks, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000ft / 4,000m. Trails can be ill defined, narrow, steep, and rocky, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average walking is 6 - 7 hours a day.
Grade 4 – Demanding
These treks require participants to be in excellent health. They take you into the high Himalaya, altitudes ranging from 9,000ft / 2,800m to often in excess of 16,500ft / 5,000m. Trails venture into sparsely populated or uninhabited high-mountain wilderness, and are often ill defined, occasionally on glacial moraines. Average walking is 6 - 9 hours a day.
Note on altitudes
The altitude definitions indicate elevations through the major part of the trek. Treks usually involve side-trips into elevations exceeding the altitude ranges defined for their grades. Grade 3 and grade 4 trek itineraries are designed to allow proper acclimatization, with acclimatization days when we take side trips to higher elevations where necessary.


15 days – Short lodge trek to see Everest and discover the Khumbu region
  • 9 days challenging trekking in the high Himalaya (maximum elevation 3,860m / 12,660′)
  • Spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, among other Himalayan summits
  • Walk through Himalayan wilderness and visit Sherpa settlements
  • Sightseeing and leisure in Kathmandu
everest-coffee-270x180If you wish to encounter Everest standing on terra firma but without the arduous trek to the Base Camp, this is the trip for you. Everest Adventure is our shortest recommended trip if “seeing Everest” weighs heavily on your first trip to Nepal. You see the highlights of the Kathmandu valley and trek nine days in Sherpa country underlying the world’s highest mountain. The trek begins with the scenic flight to Lukla and takes you up the beautiful Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar, the most important town in the region. Here you take a day for acclimatization, witnessing the traditional Saturday market and taking an excursion to Shyangboche. Continuing through less-visited Sherpa villages amidst breathtaking panoramas of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, you arrive at the beautiful Tengboche monastery, surrounded by forests considered sacred and abounding in wildlife. You then make your way back to Namche and finally retrace your steps to Lukla. A fascinating introduction to the world’s highest mountain, the legendary Sherpa people inhabiting its rugged terrain, and the Himalayan country of Nepal.
Trip Itinerarymap_ead

Day 1  Arrive Kathmandu. Orientation.
Day 2  Morning tour of Swayambhunath stupa and old Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3  Morning flight to Lukla  (2,800m / 9,180′). Trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi to Phakding (3,420m / 11,220′).
Days 4-5  Leave the Dudh Kosi valley to climb to Namche Bazaar (3,420m / 11,220′). Extra day for acclimatization: witness the Saturday Haat bazaar, excursion to Shyangboche (3,790m / 12,430′).
Days 6-8  Trek to Tengboche (3,860m / 12,660′) via Thame (3,750m / 12,300′) and Khumjung (3,780m / 12,400′).
Day 9  Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Days 10-11  Descend to the Dudh Kosi valley to finish trek at Lukla.
Day 12  Morning flight to Kathmandu. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 13  Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Patan.
Day 14  Morning tour of Bhaktapur. Afternoon tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
Day 15  Depart for onward destination.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 20 – Oct 4
Oct 4 – Oct 18
Oct 18 – Nov 1
Nov 1 – Nov 15
Nov 15 – Nov 29
Nov 29 – Dec 13
Dec 13 – Dec 27
Dec 27 – Jan 10
Jan 10 - Jan 24

Jan 24 - Feb 7
Feb 7 - Feb 21
Feb 21 - Mar 7
Mar 7 - Mar 21
Mar 21 - Apr 4
Apr 4 - Apr 18
Apr 18 - May 2
May 2 - May 16
May 16 - May 30

  Standard Hotels
2 - 5 personsUS$ 1,099
6 - 12 personsUS$ 1,004
Single room supplement US$ 159
Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla - KathmanduUS$ 358
Cost Information
Cost Information

The trip cost quoted is the cost per person, and includes:

  • Hotels: Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin / triple room-sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Tours: Sightseeing tours indicated with a certified English-speaking guide.
  • Transfers: All land transfers by car (Toyota Corolla or similar) or van (Toyota Hiace or similar).
  • Trekking: Room-sharing accommodation in local lodges, all meals, services of trek crew (guide, sherpa(s), and porter(s) to carry all luggage & equipment), applicable trekking / ACAP permit / National Park entry fees.
  • Permits, Fees, & Taxes: All applicable permits, entry fees, and taxes.
  • Trek leader: We provide a trek leader on groups of six or more. A tour leader can be provided upon request for smaller groups, upon additional cost.

Not included in the cost are:

  • Meals other than indicated.
  • Flights: All internal flights are extra. Internal airfares indicated are subject to change without notice.
  • Personal clothing & equipment (upon confirmation you’ll receive a clothing & necessity checklist of items we recommend you bring, items you can hire / purchase locally are indicated).
  • Personal expenses, bottled / alcoholic beverages, and tips to crew.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all trip participants be covered by their own personal insurance that also covers emergency evacuation.
  • Other unforeseeable expenses that may arise due to factors beyond our control, like bad weather or flight cancellations.
  • Nepal visa fee.


  Standard Hotels
KathmanduNirvana Garden Hotel
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