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Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

  • 14 Days
  • 12 People Max

    5 - 12 guests

  • 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 meters (Khumjung, 12,400 feet).

Trip Highlights

Everest region


Beneath Mt Everest and Ama Dablam


Explore Kathmandu

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Namche Bazaar

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Swayambhunath Temple

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Schools & monasteries

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Sherpa villages

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Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek ~ Itinerary

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

  • Day 2Visit Swayambhunath Temple

  • Day 3Journey to Lukla

  • Day 4Hike from Lukla to Jorsalle

  • Day 5Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar

  • Day 6Rest day/Acclimatization 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 9Explore 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


    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, colorful 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 flavor combinations. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Visit Swayambhunath Temple

    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 centerpiece 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. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 3

    Journey to Lukla


    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. Elevation: Lukla - 2860 meters (9,380 feet)

    Everest Eco Resort, Lukla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 5 kilometers (3 miles)

  • Day 4

    Hike from Lukla to Jorsalle


    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.  Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 meters (9,022 feet)

    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles), 6-8 hours, elevation - 110 meters (360 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar


    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 colorful 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. Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 meters (11,066 feet)

    Tea House, Namche Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation + 623 meters (2,043 feet)

  • Day 6

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


    With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 meters (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatization 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). Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 meters (11,066 feet)

    Tea House, Namche Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Optional hike: up to 5 kilometers (3 miles), 2-4 hours

  • Day 7

    Hike to Khumjung, visit Khunde Village


    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 meters (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 meters (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. Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 meters (12,400 feet)

    Hidden Valley Lodge, Khumjung (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 8 kilometers (5 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation + 407 meters (1,335 feet)

  • Day 8

    Visit Khumjung Monastery, hike to Thame


    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. Elevation: Thame - 3750 meters (12,303 feet)

    Tea House, Thame (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 6-8 hours, elevation - 30 meters (98 feet)

  • Day 9

    Explore Thame and the surroundings

    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. Elevation: Thame - 3750 meters (12,303 feet)

    Tea House, Thame (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Optional hike: up to 6 kilometers (4 miles), 2-4 hours

  • Day 10

    Hike from Thame to Jorsalle


    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. Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 meters (9,022 feet)

    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 13 kilometers (8 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation - 1000 meters (3,280 feet)

  • Day 11

    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. Elevation: Lukla - 2840 meters (9,320 feet)

    Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles), 6-8 hours, elevation + 90 meters (295 feet)

  • Day 12

    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 center 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. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • 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, colorful culture. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)

  • 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!

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $4999/per adult
10 Sep 2023
10 Sep23 Sep
Departure Full Full
1 Oct 2023
1 Oct14 Oct
Departure Full Full
15 Oct 2023
15 Oct28 Oct
Departure Filling Up Filling Up
17 Mar 2024
17 Mar30 Mar
Departure Open Open
31 Mar 2024
31 Mar13 Apr
Departure Open Open
8 Sep 2024
8 Sep21 Sep
Departure Open Open
29 Sep 2024
29 Sep12 Oct
Departure Open Open
20 Oct 2024
20 Oct2 Nov
Departure Open Open
16 Mar 2025
16 Mar29 Mar
Departure Open Open
6 Apr 2025
6 Apr19 Apr
Departure Open Open


  • An experienced Active Adventures Himalayas guide 
  • A team of local guides and porters (except Bhutan)  
  • 7:1 guest-to-guide ratio 
  • Our ‘Red Carpet’ pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions 
  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!
  • All accommodation for the duration of your trip 
  • All activities described in the itinerary 
  • All necessary gear where indicated in the itinerary 
  • Most meals (except where indicated, so you can sample the local cuisine independently!) 
  • All drinking water (including while trekking) 
  • Unlimited snacks 
  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip 
  • All ground transportation and flights (where indicated) during the trip 
  • All hiking and park entry fees and permits 

Not Included

  • International/Domestic Flights and transfers to and from the meeting point 
  • Accommodation before/after the trip (but we can organize this for you if required!) 
  • Optional extra activities 
  • Travel insurance (Mandatory for this destination)
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Gratuities for your guides at the end of your fabulous trip 

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What Our Guests Say About the Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

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Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - March 2023

One of the best trips ever ! (And that's compared to an Alaska road trip, an Antarctic cruise, Patagonia w AA, summiting Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mt Blanc, almost all of the "Great Walks" in NZ, etc).

"Big Picture: Excellent, exceeded expectations.

To many options in detailed tabs, so here is everything I… read more

"Big Picture: Excellent, exceeded expectations.

To many options in detailed tabs, so here is everything I want to say:

- The Eco Thamel Resort in Karthmandu was more than adequate.

- A little disappointed that there the chief guide (once we split from the ECB half of the team) was not a native English speaker. Occasionally shree's English was hard to understand. But he did a fine job.

- And apparently he (Shree) did NOT have a SAT phone, which we were told would be the case. At a few places where we were a distance from the closest village if something bad had happened , then there would have been a delay getting help.

- And the assistant guide's (Bidek?) English was not good at all. If something had happened to Shree, life might have been complicated.

- Food: Adequate options and definitely enough. We were told that there would be no meat once we left Kathmandu and that was the case. Perhaps recommending to us to bring some jerky would have been helpful, as the all vege diet got a little tiresome.

- Before we left home AA also recommended to NOT eat meat in Kathmandu (we arrived 2 days before the trip officially started). That was wrong. AA took us to some GREAT restaurants in Kathmandu and we hand some great meals;- Pizza with chicken and Australian lamb. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)


Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2019

Life Confirming

"Nepal and the Himalayas … how to describe this trip? Kathmandu- chaotic, but zen.… read more

"Nepal and the Himalayas … how to describe this trip? Kathmandu- chaotic, but zen. Third world with a twist. Lukla- quite the airport, both arrival and departure. Khumbu trek- a road of stones and stairs, animals, and people, dust, exotic smells, noise at all levels, but calm. As you trek and enter nature it all becomes part of you. Truly an experience of being one with the earth and all of her sentient beings. I found myself chanting and crying as I viewed Everest and the sister mountains. I trembled at my first of 12 suspension bridge s and overcame my fear by bridge # 10. The Nepalese are wonderful and welcoming; children's laughter and song always present somewhere. For me, this trip exceeded my expectations and has won its place to the top of my favorite trips list. Thank you to the wonderful guides- knowledgable and caring. Thank you to active adventures- always a pleasure to see what you have created. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Genie, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2019

Beyond Amazing

"I really did not know what to expect when this trip was booked other than… read more

"I really did not know what to expect when this trip was booked other than having the chance to see Nepal and trek the Himalayas. There was no way to anticipate what it was really like when we there from the moment we arrived in Kathmandu and experienced the traffic on the way from the airport to the hotel, to the heartstopping landing at Lukla airport, to seeing the mountains for the first time, to the actual trekking through the mountains, valleys and villages. There is something powerfully overwhelming and awe inspiring being among the steep peaks and deep river valleys in an area of the world where life has gone on and people have learned so survive for what seems forever. The trek and the adjustment to the Nepalese diet was, at times, demanding, but every day was worthwhile. There was something deeply moving and transformational about this trek compared to other outdoor adventures. Perhaps it is the holy mountains or the deeply spiritual nature that is everywhere on display walking among stupas, prayer flags and stones carved or painted with Sanskrit that makes Nepal and the trek so extraordinary. Even after almost two weeks back, I can still feel the energy of this trip in every moment. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Larry, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2019

The Amazing Nepal

"First time in Nepal, my partner has been there 4 times. I was overwhelmed when… read more

"First time in Nepal, my partner has been there 4 times. I was overwhelmed when arrived in Kathmandu, starting at the airport, traffic, noise! After a night sleep we ventured out and it was so beautiful to see this chaotic city, where everyone knows which one is going left, right or crossing without any accidents. I loved the beautiful colors worn by the women. It was great walking around Durbar Square and see temples and pagodas. We visited also Pashupatinath, we were happy to witness the cremations and Bhaktapur, the old city full of wooden curvings, temples and no traffic. On our flight to Luckla it was great to see the countryside with terraces and the steep valleys. In Luckla it was like we stepped in a different world. Our trek was perfect for my physical strength and I enjoyed walking and seeing the Himalayas, especially when I was able to see them all above Namche Bazar on our way to Khumjung. Elder and Gokool were always friendly and knowledgeable about the surroundings, mountains and customs. On this trip I though about my mother a lot (she passed away in March), she was from the mountains in Italy and it brought back memories of my childhood living in the mountain where there was no roads and cars. I loved the food and enjoyed the drinking tea wherever we stopped. I am hoping to go back one day not too far in the future. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Gilda, Australia

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2019

Khumbu Trek

"Good weather, great environment, and great leaders. Good group and a good challenge without going… read more

"Good weather, great environment, and great leaders. Good group and a good challenge without going to the extreme.
My 5th time in Nepal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. read less

4 Stars (34 reviews)

Rudi, Australia

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - October 2019

Trip of a Lifetime

"Wonderful trip, well organized with great guides, beautiful scenery and amazing people. It was… read more

"Wonderful trip, well organized with great guides, beautiful scenery and amazing people. It was very strenuous and best for very experienced hikers. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Helen, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - October 2019

Amazing Experience

"The Khumbu trip with Elder and Shree was an amazing experience. They took great… read more

"The Khumbu trip with Elder and Shree was an amazing experience. They took great care of the group from the beginning to the end. The Khumbu trek was definitely challenging, but with their support and encouragement totally doable. And the views of the mountains were so amazing. They seemed to get better at every turn. I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to hike in the Himalayas. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Sarah, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - August 2019

Rewarding Adventure Travel Must Be Challenging or it is not Rewarding

"We enjoyed this trip so much. We had never done anything like this before and… read more

"We enjoyed this trip so much. We had never done anything like this before and Wow! were we rewarded. Challenge, camaraderie, other worldly beauty and cultures of magnificent people are all words that surface when we attempt to recall this fantastic experience. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Rob, Canada

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - April 2019

Sharing a Family Adventure in the Himalayas

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5 Stars (34 reviews)

Paula, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - March 2019

Khumba- Nepal 2019

"Wonderful trip with incredible views and great people. Everything went well, the accommodations, guides and… read more

"Wonderful trip with incredible views and great people. Everything went well, the accommodations, guides and food were all great. Our fellow travelers all were fun to be with. Overall I don’t think it could have gone better. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Bob, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - March 2019

Do not wait!

"My recent Khumbu trip to Nepal was everything I dreamed & more. Majestic scenery, warm… read more

"My recent Khumbu trip to Nepal was everything I dreamed & more. Majestic scenery, warm people, good food all complemented by super excellent guides. I felt safe & well taken care off. Loved getting up in the mountains! read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Geri, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2018

Khumbu 2018

"I was just completely engaged with all my senses during the hike! I loved the… read more

"I was just completely engaged with all my senses during the hike! I loved the Himalayas and Mel was outstanding as were all of the porters! Kathmandu was not my favorite place but the experience was highlighted by Active Adventures exceptional knowledge of places to see and eat.
Overall I have no complaints and only 1 suggestion. Provide an alternative itinerary to those who cannot or choose not to hike such long distances but wish to savor the days with shorter hikes and longer tea house stays. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Patricia, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2018

Wonderful Time in Nepal Hiking

"Our trip guides and porters were outstanding, so supportive and helpful (and fun!). … read more

"Our trip guides and porters were outstanding, so supportive and helpful (and fun!). The hiking, the views and the accommodations and food were way beyond our expectations and it was so much fun! read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Sue, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - November 2018

A Bit of NYC in the Himalayas

"If you're looking for a peaceful, serene surrounding this is not the trip for you.… read more

"If you're looking for a peaceful, serene surrounding this is not the trip for you. The trails were filled with hundreds of people trekking from both directions, many herds of pack animals along with human mules, and considerable congestion at times. You will want your dust mask handy which will also protect your face from the wind, sun and cold. The trekking was different in that many of the trails were composed of irregular stones and I'm not sure how I would have done without my hiking poles - they are a must! Even at 13,000ft, you can find an Irish pub, a Swedish bakery, and Italian coffee...we have totally transformed the mountain economy and they completely cater to the Western appetite for material things, including western toilets, as well as food. The villages, communities and city of Namche were physically stunning from their use of rocks and stones and it was a beauty i had not ever seen in a third world country before. That was the mountains...The city of Kathmandu, however, was a dirt pit with narrow streets that had to accommodate hundreds of humans walking in both directions, cars and motorcycles in both directions, and very little room to safely walk from one place to the next. The hotel AA booked in Kathmandu is a paradise in the middle of all the chaos and a delightful place to stay. The guesthouses in the mountains were simple but adequate. Be prepared to share a bathroom with the group which will happen a few times on the trip and know that your hands will always be in your pocket to pay for internet, charging your phone or tablet, toilet paper, soap...the little but necessary things. Flexibility is the name of the game on this trip - if your plane is unable to leave Lukla due to weather, be prepared to pay $400 for helicopter service which should be reimbursed by your travel insurance company. It sounds awful, doesn't it, but it wasn't - the guides were great, the people in my group were fun, the culture was very different and the scenery was lovely. Would I go back?...no. Would I recommend this trip to a friend?...no. It was nothing like I envisioned yet, after all is said and done, I'm glad I went. read less

4 Stars (34 reviews)

Rita, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - April 2018

Incredible Himalayan Adventure!

"Hard to say what the best part was - every day was incredible with great… read more

"Hard to say what the best part was - every day was incredible with great guides, good food, challenging trekking and stunning scenery. After a lifetime of reading about the Himalayas and the exotic places - Lukla, Khumjung, Namche Bazaar - to finally experience it was a dream come true. Exotic, exciting, fun to the max! Loved the different foods, the smells, the sights, the people. The kids on the trail along the way were so curious and friendly. This was a great interface with a culture and lifestyle that is fast disappearing. read less

5 Stars (34 reviews)

Tom, United States

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek - April 2018

April 1 2018 Khumbu with Shree and Kim

"How to express the impression of our trip is a challenge because every possible positive… read more

"How to express the impression of our trip is a challenge because every possible positive adjective we could use can only compare to the majesty of the Himalayas themselves. Words can not describe how hard all our team members worked to make those of us feel special and to insure our trip was absolutely perfect! Their enthusiasm for every day was contagious and the beauty surrounding us each and every moment can not easily be described, unless you've been there and been there with a world class operation like Active Adventures! Every detail was attended to and communicated so well by Shree and Kim and of course our hard working (but always smiling) porters! We would travel anywhere with Active Adventures and will hold these memories near and dear forever. Thank you to our team and for making this trip one of a lifetime. read less

4 Stars (34 reviews)

Lisa, United States

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in on Day 1, or we'll meet you at the Hotel Thamel Eco Resort at 5pm. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at this hotel with us, or any other hotel in Kathmandu, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

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.

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 the 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 and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, for your Active Adventures trip leader and also your local Nepali guide and up to US$100 (10,000 Nepali rupees) to be shared amongst your Nepali porter team. 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.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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