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Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

  • 14 Days
  • 12 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 12 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and a team of local porters.

  • Activity Level 4
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

Hike up Khumbu valley towards Everest Base Camp while avoiding higher altitudes on our Everest Lodge to Lodge trek tour.

Our 14-day Everest Lodge to Lodge trek tour takes you into the heart of the Khumbu region whilst avoiding the higher altitudes. We'll explore the fertile valleys, get stunning views of Everest at Namche Bazaar, and meet the beautiful local people as we visit schools and monasteries. Starting and finishing in Kathmandu, 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 3780 metres (Khumjung, 12,400 feet).

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Day 1Arrive Kathmandu

  • Day 2 Visit Swayambhunath Temple

  • Day 3Journey to Lukla

  • Day 4Hike from Lukla to Jorsalle

  • Day 5Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar

  • Day 6Rest day/Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar (Sherpa capital), hike to view Mount Everest

  • Day 7Hike to Khumjung, visit Khunde village

  • Day 8Visit Khumjung Monastery, hike to Thame

  • Day 9 Explore Thame and the surroundings

  • Day 10Hike from Thame to Jorsalle

  • Day 11Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

  • Day 12Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 13Free day in Kathmandu

  • Day 14Depart Kathmandu

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

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    Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu. You’ll 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)

  • Day 2

    Visit Swayambhunath Temple

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    Today we’ll head a short distance across 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)

  • Day 3

    Journey to Lukla

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    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. Once we arrive we’ll meet our amazing porter team based in Lukla. This afternoon we may have a chance to visit the local school and monastery.
    Everest Eco Resort, Lukla (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: Up to 5 kilometres (3 miles)
    Elevation: Lukla - 2860 metres (9380 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike from Lukla to Jorsalle

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    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. Our lunch lodge in Phakding has wonderful views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports. After lunch, 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 snow-capped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with such as Thamserku and Kangtega. 
    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12 Kilometres (7.4 miles), 6-8 hours
    Elevation Loss: 110 metres (360 feet)
    Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 metres (9,022 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar

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    This morning we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views. If we’re lucky we’ll be treated to our first views of Mount Everest on this climb, it’s a decent slog to the top, but so worth it! We have the afternoon to relax and soak in our surroundings; 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) and Himalayan monals (an extremely colourful member of the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a camera handy if you’re a keen photographer.
    Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles), 3-5 hours
    Elevation Gain: 623 metres (2043 feet)
    Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

  • Day 6

    Rest day/Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar (Sherpa capital), hike to view Mount Everest

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    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. Those that
    feel up for it will have an opportunity this afternoon to 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).
    Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: Optional, up to 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-4 hours
    Elevation: Namche Bazaar- 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

  • Day 7

    Hike to Khumjung, visit Khunde village

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    This morning, we’ll set off early with fantastic views of Everest. As we traverse around the foothills we’ll have incredible views of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet). 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. 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. This afternoon you’ll have the option to explore Khunde village.
    Hidden Valley Lodge, Khumjung (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (5 miles), 4-6 hours
    Elevation Gain: 407 metres (1335 feet)
    Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

  • Day 8

    Visit Khumjung Monastery, hike to Thame

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    Today, for those that are keen, we’ll visit Khumjung Monastery before heading 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 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: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 6-8 hours
    Elevation Loss: 30 metres (98 feet)
    Elevation: Thame - 3750 metres (12,303 feet)

  • Day 9

    Explore Thame and the surroundings

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    Thame was one of the last year-round villages on the salt trading route that existed between Tibet, Nepal and India. It is the home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times. It was also a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who was (with Sir Edmund Hillary) one of the first men to climb Mt Everest. The monastery is one of the oldest and most spectacular in the region and an amazing place to catch a sunrise. This afternoon is a great chance to walk the 3 hour village loop - keep your eyes peeled for the information boards along the way.
    Lodge, Thame (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: Optional up to 6 kilometres (4 miles), 2-4 hours
    Elevation: Thame - 3750 metres (12,303 feet)

  • Day 10

    Hike from Thame to Jorsalle

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    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. 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. After arriving back in Namche Bazaar we’ll take lunch before retracing our steps down the Everest Khumbu trail. 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 back to Jorsalle.
    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All Meals)

    Hiking Distance: 13 kilometres (8 miles), 5-7 hours
    Elevation Loss: 1000 metres (3280 feet)
    Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 metres (9022 feet)

  • Day 11

    Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

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    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), 6-8 hours
    Elevation Gain: 90 metres (295 feet)
    Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

  • Day 12

    Return to Kathmandu

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    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)

  • Day 13

    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)

  • Day 14

    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)

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek Departure Dates

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What Our Guests Say About the Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

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- May 2022

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Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 12 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and a team of local porters.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Kathmandu airport (KTM) once your flight arrives and take you to our accommodation, or you’ll make your own way to our joining hotel to meet your trip leader and your group in the lobby at 5pm.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Kathmandu Airport in time for flights departing any time or anywhere in the Central Kathmandu downtown area after breakfast.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, you can fly into Kathmandu at any time.

Note: If you have booked your accommodation through your Travel details to stay at the Hotel Thamel Eco Resort prior to your trip starting, a friendly face from the Hotel Thamel Eco Resort will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the city.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can depart at any time too.

Note: Keep in mind though that flights to and from Lukla airport are weather dependent and can sometimes be delayed. Therefore 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.

What do I need to bring to the first night trip briefing?

Please bring along your passport, a photo copy of your passport and a copy of your travel insurance document. We need all of these to collect your trekking permits and your domestic flight tickets. Your passport will be returned to you once these permits are made.

What's a typical day like hiking on the trail?

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.

How fit do I need to be for this trek?

As an Activity Level 4 trips, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trek. This is classic trekking, at altitude. Hiking in altitude is hard work and so the more preparation you do the better – but not to the point of over exerting yourself or stressing your body especially a few days before the climb. Some might even call it ‘expedition-style’ You should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, regular hill walking and carrying a daypack. Nepal is famous for their “undulations” – these are the largest mountains in the world. There are lots of steps on this hike so we highly recommend you tackle many a steep hill or some stairs whenever you can: a step-master at the gym, or up and down the stairwells of a high-rise building. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve chosen local tea houses (small guest houses run by the local people) to stay in which are modest and homely with great service. For the most part the tea-houses will have an ensuite with your twin/double room though the further up you hike, the service becomes more simple so some tea-houses may have bathrooms down the hall from your room. Please note there is no heating in the bedrooms. There are bathrooms along the way each day, usually where you stop off to have tea and/or a break, some may be European while others may be more long-drop style. There will be some what of a shower available though there may only be warm water and the higher we get, the colder the water will become. However nothing is guaranteed!
All tea houses have a communal dining area where you can read, play cards or simply gaze out the window at your spectacular location with stunning views.

Please note; no single rooms are available in the teahouses and the single supplement price takes this into account.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry where necessary during your trek. While there may be opportunities to do laundry, they may not be convenient or efficient, so hand-washing technical or delicate fabrics yourself is recommended along with fast drying clothing while walking, as the cold mountain air makes it hard for things to dry. 

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

Included in your itinerary are return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla with he weight requirements on these flights a maximum 10 kilograms (22 pounds) for your porter bag/check in bag, and maximum 5 kilograms (11 pounds) for your daypack/carry on.

We’ll give you an Active Adventures Himalayas porter bag to put your gear into (in Kathmandu) to give to your porter (in Lukla).

Do you provide porters on this trip?

Yes included in your trip fare is the services of our group porters who carry your overnight gear, including your sleeping bag, leaving you to walk at your own pace with your day gear in your daypack. Porters will carry a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person, equivalent to around 50 litres of space.

We’ll give you an Active Adventures Himalayas porter bag to put your gear into (in Kathmandu) to give to your porter (in Lukla).

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is accepted in Nepal (and appreciated!). Your loose change (or 5%) is fine in cheaper places; around 10% in more expensive restaurants. Round up the fare for taxi drivers. Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides at the end of an awesome trip. Up to US$100 each for your Active Adventures trip leader and Nepali leader and up to US$100 (10,000 Nepali rupees) to be shared amongst your Nepali porter team seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too. Tips are gratefully accepted in either their local currency or US dollars.

Do you provide any gear on this trip?

Yes we can provide a good quality, custom made, 4 seasons ‘super-down’ jacket; a warm down sleeping bag with an inner sheet included, rated to -26°C (-14°F); and a set of hiking poles.

The jacket has 800 loft/fill which we know is suitable for conditions on the trail. We also recommend bringing along a lighter down jacket for use in the tea houses at nights.

If you prefer to bring your own gear please ensure it is of mountaineering standard with a minimum loft of 800 for the jacket, and a minimum rating of -26°C (-14°F) for the sleeping bag. 

Please select these items on your Travel Wallet so we know you require them.

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