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Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

Khumbu

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  • 14 Days - US$3,799
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Trip Introduction

The Everest Lodge to Lodge trek is our hiking journey through the dramatic mountains of the Himalayas, avoiding the higher altitudes and trekking distances of our other trips. We’ll take you deep into the Everest/Khumbu region, home to the world’s highest peaks, massive glaciers, remote mountain villages and intriguing ancient cultures. The Everest region has captured the imagination of adventurers since the first maps of the area were drawn and it’s easy to see why. Every day of this dramatic and varied multi-day hike differs from the one before. We’ll descend into long fertile valleys, wind our way around mountain passes and stand at the foot of the highest mountains in the world. We won’t have to climb to higher elevations to do it either – we’ll do it all without hiking above 3860 metres (Tengboche, 12,665 feet).

Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu
  • Trekking in the Everest region
  • Hike to spectacular views of Mt Everest and Ama Dablam
  • Explore Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Swayambhunath Temple
  • Hike to Tengboche Monastery
  • Visit Sherpa villages
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What's included on our Khumbu trip?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. One of our local Nepalese guides and an experienced Kiwi trip leader, as well as a team of local porters.
  • All accommodations
    - Local tea houses chosen for their comfort, cleanliness and charm.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rest assured you'll be well fed and well hydrated.
  • All activities
    - Trekking, trekking permits, Nepalese government royalty fees, temple visits (Tengboche and Swayambhunath), local markets and maybe even cricket with the locals! 
  • All domestic transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - Domestic flights to and from Lukla.
  • Hiking poles, down sleeping bag and puffer jacket
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Daily itinerary

Sunday — Arrive Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu. You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city’s labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, we'll take you out for dinner at a local restaurant, for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really delicious flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Monday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple

Today we’ll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning ‘self-arisen’), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Journey to Lukla, hike to Phakding

This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail, hiking down to the village of Phakding on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. The local tea house where we stay in Phakding has wonderful views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports.
Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

This morning, we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Kosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snowcapped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (part of the pheasant family with the largest unbroken band of iridescence of any bird in the world) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a camera handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highes marketplace and incredible 360° views.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 Kilometres (7.5 miles), 7 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Thursday — Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar (Sherpa capital), hike to view Mt Everest

With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying about getting lost. This place was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we'll hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It’s a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are jaw-dropping and make the effort thoroughly worth it! Look out for Himalayan tahr and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Friday — Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

This morning, we’ll set off early with fantastic views of Everest and head back down to the Dudh Kosi River. We’ll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, taking a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along up the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we’ll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we’ll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We’ll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 7-8 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3820 metres (12,532 feet)

Saturday — Hike to Khumjung, Sherpa Villages

This morning we’ll make our way back down towards the Dudh Kosi river, before heading upwards to the Sherpa village of Khumjung to the west. The first school in the Khumbu region was built here by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with Tenzing Norgay, made the first successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1953. He makes us proud to be Kiwis! Along with other projects in the region, Hillary built the Khumbu region’s first school in 1961 as part of the Himalayan Trust he set up soon after climbing Mt Everest. The school now provides education for more than 350 children of all ages from surrounding villages. From Khumjung, we’ll continue for a short time on the trail just outside the village to our lodge where we’ll spend the night.
Hidden Valley Lodge, Khumjung (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Sunday — Hike to Thame

Today we’ll head off the beaten track to the village of Thame, passing isolated Sherpa villages, the narrowest gorge of the Bhote Kosi river, and massive rock formations along the way – there’s amazing scenery everywhere you look! When we reach the head of the river valley we’ll begin a short, steep ascent to Thame village – the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay. This isolated settlement set among alpine meadows was once an important stopping point on the salt trade route between India, Nepal and Tibet, and is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the region. It looks like it’s been built straight out of the enormous rock wall that towers above it! We’ll have the afternoon and evening here largely to ourselves to take in the mountain views, the sound of the river below, and the chants coming from the town’s monastery.
Lodge, Thame (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Thame - 3800 metres (12,467 feet)

Monday — Hike from Thame to Namche Bazaar

The clear mountain views here in Thame are at their best in the morning as the sun hits the peaks and valley where the village lies. We’ll take our time to get going this morning before hitting the trail down to Namche Bazaar. En route we’ll descend through high alpine grassland divided by stone walls before making our way down through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests where we’re sure to hear the familiar sound of yak bells as they graze nearby. Keep an eye out for musk deer as we head through the forest as they’re often seen here too. We’ll stop for lunch at the village of Phurte where we’ll have the chance to visit a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. After arriving in Namche Bazaar, we’ll take a rest at the lodge before dinner.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Namche Bazaar to Jorsalle

We’ll retrace our steps along the Everest Khumbu trail today. The trail leads down towards the Dudh Kosi river and it’s fairly steep going for a little while. From here, the trail follows the river to Jorsalle. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.
Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles), 2.5-3 hours
Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it’s time to put our boots on one last time. We’ll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We’ll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.
Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 7 hours
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Thursday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we’ll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Friday — Free day in Kathmandu

Today you’re free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there’s a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Saturday — Depart Kathmandu

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal! (Breakfast)

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Itinerary

Sunday — Arrive Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu. You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city’s labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, we'll take you out for dinner at a local restaurant, for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really delicious flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Monday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple

Today we’ll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning ‘self-arisen’), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Journey to Lukla, hike to Phakding

This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail, hiking down to the village of Phakding on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. The local tea house where we stay in Phakding has wonderful views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports.
Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

This morning, we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Kosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snowcapped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (part of the pheasant family with the largest unbroken band of iridescence of any bird in the world) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a camera handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highes marketplace and incredible 360° views.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 Kilometres (7.5 miles), 7 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Thursday — Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar (Sherpa capital), hike to view Mt Everest

With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying about getting lost. This place was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we'll hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It’s a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are jaw-dropping and make the effort thoroughly worth it! Look out for Himalayan tahr and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Friday — Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

This morning, we’ll set off early with fantastic views of Everest and head back down to the Dudh Kosi River. We’ll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, taking a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along up the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we’ll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we’ll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We’ll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 7-8 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3820 metres (12,532 feet)

Saturday — Hike to Khumjung, Sherpa Villages

This morning we’ll make our way back down towards the Dudh Kosi river, before heading upwards to the Sherpa village of Khumjung to the west. The first school in the Khumbu region was built here by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with Tenzing Norgay, made the first successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1953. He makes us proud to be Kiwis! Along with other projects in the region, Hillary built the Khumbu region’s first school in 1961 as part of the Himalayan Trust he set up soon after climbing Mt Everest. The school now provides education for more than 350 children of all ages from surrounding villages. From Khumjung, we’ll continue for a short time on the trail just outside the village to our lodge where we’ll spend the night.
Hidden Valley Lodge, Khumjung (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Sunday — Hike to Thame

Today we’ll head off the beaten track to the village of Thame, passing isolated Sherpa villages, the narrowest gorge of the Bhote Kosi river, and massive rock formations along the way – there’s amazing scenery everywhere you look! When we reach the head of the river valley we’ll begin a short, steep ascent to Thame village – the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay. This isolated settlement set among alpine meadows was once an important stopping point on the salt trade route between India, Nepal and Tibet, and is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the region. It looks like it’s been built straight out of the enormous rock wall that towers above it! We’ll have the afternoon and evening here largely to ourselves to take in the mountain views, the sound of the river below, and the chants coming from the town’s monastery.
Lodge, Thame (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Thame - 3800 metres (12,467 feet)

Monday — Hike from Thame to Namche Bazaar

The clear mountain views here in Thame are at their best in the morning as the sun hits the peaks and valley where the village lies. We’ll take our time to get going this morning before hitting the trail down to Namche Bazaar. En route we’ll descend through high alpine grassland divided by stone walls before making our way down through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests where we’re sure to hear the familiar sound of yak bells as they graze nearby. Keep an eye out for musk deer as we head through the forest as they’re often seen here too. We’ll stop for lunch at the village of Phurte where we’ll have the chance to visit a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. After arriving in Namche Bazaar, we’ll take a rest at the lodge before dinner.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Namche Bazaar to Jorsalle

We’ll retrace our steps along the Everest Khumbu trail today. The trail leads down towards the Dudh Kosi river and it’s fairly steep going for a little while. From here, the trail follows the river to Jorsalle. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.
Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles), 2.5-3 hours
Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it’s time to put our boots on one last time. We’ll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We’ll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.
Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 7 hours
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Thursday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we’ll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Friday — Free day in Kathmandu

Today you’re free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there’s a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Saturday — Depart Kathmandu

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal! (Breakfast)

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Dates

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Mar 11 ’18 – Mar 24 ’18 US$3799 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 1 ’18 – Apr 14 ’18 US$3799 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 16 ’18 – Sep 29 ’18 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Oct 7 ’18 – Oct 20 ’18 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Oct 21 ’18 – Nov 3 ’18 US$3799 Great Check Availability
2019
Feb 24 ’19 – Mar 9 ’19 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Mar 24 ’19 – Apr 6 ’19 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Sep 15 ’19 – Sep 28 ’19 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Oct 6 ’19 – Oct 19 ’19 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Oct 20 ’19 – Nov 2 ’19 US$3799 Great Check Availability
2020
Feb 23 ’20 – Mar 7 ’20 US$3799 Great Check Availability
Mar 22 ’20 – Apr 4 ’20 US$3799 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee for the hotel nights in Kathmandu.

Trip Start

If you arrive on the first day of the trip, we will meet you at Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in, and take you to our hotel. If you’re already in Kathmandu, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of Hotel Thamel Eco Resort at 5pm.

Trip End

You’ll be in Kathmandu in time for flights departing at any time on the last day of your trip.

Recommended Flights

Keep in mind that flights to and from Lukla airport are weather dependent and can sometimes be delayed. You might want to book changeable flights just in case we’re in Lukla for a bit longer than expected. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out booking extra hotel accommodation.

Fitness

If you like hiking, are in reasonable shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy our trip. We recommend a little training for the trip – a few hikes before you leave home will help to get you in shape! Our experienced Active Adventures team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.

A Typical Day Hiking

A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, so after a hearty breakfast, it would be normal to be on the trail by about 7:30am to take advantage of the early morning views and drier weather. At around 11am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12pm until 3-3:30pm or until we reach the tea house. Generally you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and team of support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.

Accommodation

The Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek ‘Khumbu’ follows the famous Everest Base Camp route in the remote Nepal Himalayas. We’ll stay in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, and in local lodges (small guesthouses) selected for their comfort, cleanliness and style while on the trek. All the tea houses are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.

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Reviews

  • Peak Life Adventure

    “We had an incredible trip and our guides and porters were incredible.
    Gokul was such a great companion, trail guide, and all around friend.
    DK was amazing...dealt with all issues in a very professional manner...never a problem.
    Our team of young porters...simply GREAT.
    Cheers!
    Jon and Sherry”
    Jon Mahoney – British Columbia, CanadaDecember 2017
  • Another Great Active Trip!

    “This was my sixth trip with Active and my second one to Nepal. I was fortunate to have DK and Gokul again as our guides and between them and the porters who helped out along the way they made the trip one that I will look back on as one of the best I've ever done, and trust me when I say I have traveled a great deal in my time and this comes straight from my heart!”
    Paul Cassot – New York, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Trip #6

    “We've travelled the world with Active for 20 years now! There is a reason for that....just the best company to go on an adventure with. Our latest, the Khumbu with DK and Gokul, was another GREAT life affirming experience to connect with the natural beauty of Nepal, its culture and its people. I am in love with all three. I get a lump in my throat when I think about my trips with you to Nepal. To have DK and Gokul, who lead our Annapurna trek 4 years ago, as our guides and brothers again was truly the BEST. 2 finer guides and friends you will never find. You really have "no worries mate" when they lead you day by day on your journey. I cannot give enough praise to them and all the boys who made the adventure so great. Thank you all, I love you!”
    Ed Cassot – New York, United StatesNovember 2017
  • Kumbu, Nepal, 2017

    “A truly amazing adventure. You're at the top of the world, so there's a beautiful view around every corner. And you're guided by people who know and love the country. It's a workout, though. Be in shape.”
    Mark Karuzis – Massachusetts, United StatesNovember 2017
  • "Not your Average" Vacation

    “Our trip was exactly what we hoped for, with everything we expected from the Active Adventures crew (our second tour with them). We set out to experience a trip that was "not your average" vacation, something that would take us to places very different from our everyday life. Our trek was challenging, but left us with a great sense of satisfaction. Traveling with Nepali staff gave us a deep appreciation of the fortitude of the Nepali people.”
    Nancy Karuzis – Massachusetts, United StatesNovember 2017
  • A Wonderful Adventure

    “This was truly a trip of a lifetime. From the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to the peace and majesty of the Himalayas we were always seeing something new and beautiful. DK, Gokul and “the boys” looked after everything so capably. The route, food and accommodations were all excellent. Trekking was a new and challenging experience for us but left us with a real sense of accomplishment. What wonderful memories we have!”
    Heather Forbes – Nova Scotia, CanadaNovember 2017
  • Harder Than Expected, But Worth It!

    “Our Active guide, Mel, was awesome! She did everything possible to make sure each person in our group was taken care of and safe. Our local guide, Gokul, was amazing too. He kept a perfect pace for the people in front and was full of helpful information. The route itself was harder than we anticipated, and down right brutal in some stretches, but in the end it was worth the great experience & beautiful views. I felt really proud of myself for pushing myself beyond my physical limits some days. I can't imagine a better way to see this region than through this tour.”
    Laura Gorecki – Texas, United StatesMay 2017
  • Khumbu, April 2017

    “Active Adventures and its guides were incredible and made the trip well worth the experience.”
    Vicki Sisco – Texas, United StatesMay 2017
  • Do It.... Don't Wait

    “In total, the Khumbu trip was outstanding. We expected the trek to be physically challenging and several times, those expectations were achieved. Our guides were great, comfortable, never stressed and took care of all the coordination’s, all the details required, from the simple to the more complex. We were totally immersed, enjoyed so many extraordinary moments, were impressed often and in awe of the spectacular views. We were thankful for the ease and harmony that our guides, Mel and Gokul, instilled in us. Thank you two for watching over the flock and for being so tremendously skilled at your jobs. We totally enjoyed the experience, the environment and will hold these memories forever and perhaps even return for another trip in Nepal in the near future. It was great.”
    Jim Porter – New Jersey, United StatesApril 2017
  • BEST trip I've ever been on!

    “My 17-year old daughter and I went on the Khombu Trip March 12 - 26, 2017 and had the most memorable, amazing trip ever. I've had the privilege of seeing a lot of the world, and this trip to Nepal blew me away. Mel and Gokul were incredible guides who could answer every question we asked, knew all about the history of every place we visited, and you could tell they loved sharing the beauty of Nepal with us. Even our pre-planning was a breeze with the help of”
    Kristen Mehan – Colorado, United StatesApril 2017
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “I have been to some pretty far away places around the world like Cambodia, Tanzania, Norway and France. As unique and fun as they all were, none of them can top the amazing experience I had in Nepal with Active Adventures. Everything was incredible throughout the whole trip, the food was incredible, every lodge we stayed in was great. The people above all were so nice and caring. The sightseeing was mind blowing and beautiful. This trip was everything I expected it to be and more.”
    Brynn Mehan – Colorado, United StatesApril 2017
  • Khumbu Trip for Vaughts

    “Our Khumbu trip was spectacular. The Himalayas are absolutely breathtaking and our guides were phenomenal. We had a few unforeseen hiccups, some significant, but the guides handled every single one of them with grace and 110% effort to make the best of our situation. They were kind, patient and knowledgeable
    The hike is amazing; massive vertical walls of lush mountains piercing the sky. You hike into the clouds only to discover that those huge mountains were just the foothills of the snow-caps behind them. Unforgettable and worth every tiring step!”
    Dagmar Vaught – Georgia, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Really--The Trip of a Lifetime

    “Everything, from the experience of Kathmandu to the trekking, was inspiring. The exposure to a different culture, the food, the hospitality, the unbelievable views, and the guides combined to make my time in Nepal a total enjoyment.”
    Marcia Behrendt – Missouri, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Great trip

    “This trip was amazing and I learned a lot about trekking. It was my first trekking experience and I'm sure I'll do it again. Everything was organized well, guides and porters were great and I felt safe and sure of what is going on. I highly recommend this trek.”
    Maya Sarkisyan – Florida, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Khumbu September 2016

    “My high expectations for this trip were exceeded by our guides Kate and Gokul as well as all of the supporting staff. Our trip had some weather-related issues which required some adjustments to the itinerary, something that Kate and Gokul handled seamlessly. The food and accommodations throughout the trip were excellent. I'll never forget the scenery and experiences that I had and would highly recommend Active Adventures for a Himalayan trip. Thanks again to everyone!”
    Barbara Stamos – Massachusetts, United StatesOctober 2016

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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