Trek to Mount Everest and the Himalaya
The Everest Base Camp Trek leads to the foothills of the mightiest mountains in the world. You will travel from temperate regions up to snow line through rhododendron and pine forests, traversing rivers and touring Buddhist monasteries en route to a new teahouse every day. Regarded as the best view of the Himalaya, this trek traces the main route through Khumbu Valley from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Trekkers get an up-close, unobstructed view of world’s greatest mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Tawache and more.
Climb for a cause
If you choose, you may give your trek more meaning by fundraising for the Discover Outdoors Foundation or a local orphanage through our charity partner, Kids of Kathmandu. To learn more, see the “Fundraise” tab above.
- Transport between airport and hotel
- Hotel accomodations in Kathmandu
- Airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla
- Teahouse accommodations during the trek
- Three quality meals a day during the trek
- Sagarmatha National Park fees
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
- Licensed and experienced mountain guides
- Licensed assistant guides and porters
Does Not Include
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa (available at Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinners)
- Comprehensive travel insurance and any incidental rescue fees
- Personal gear or clothing for the climb is not provided
- Tips for your guides and porters
Hotel in Kathmandu
Your stay in Kathmandu will be at the Hotel Yak & Yeti.
On the Trek
Porters will carry your second bag, which will contain extra clothes and gear. You should only carry a day pack with your camera, valuables, water, sunscreen, etc. Temperatures along the trek range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 75 degrees during the day. As you near Everest Base Camp and gain elevation, temperatures will gradually drop, ranging from 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meals and Water on the Trek
Three meals a day are provided, including delicious vegetarian options. We provide a variety of foods to accommodate various diets. Breakfasts will include eggs, sausage, toast or pancakes, hot cereal, fruit and juice, tea and coffee. Dinners will include meat dishes of beef, chicken or fish, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta, rice, potatoes, homemade soups, fresh fruits, desserts, juice, tea, and coffee. Three liters of water per day are also included.
Arrive and Prepare for Climb
DAY 1, September 27: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU (4,400 feet)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our local staff who will transfer you to your hotel. There will be welcome refreshments followed by room check-in assistance. Shortly afterwards, a briefing about the trip is given in the hotel lobby. Spare time before this evening’s welcoming dinner may be used to sort your gear and explore your surroundings. We will dine together at an authentic Nepali restaurant and enjoy a presentation on local cultural before returning to the hotel.
DAY 2, September 28: TOUR KATHMANDU
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your tour of Kathmandu. Visit Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Tour the inside of one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa. Next visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and enjoy lunch at the museum garden, housed in a royal palace of the former Malla kings. We will stay the night again at our hotel in Kathmandu. This evening you should make time to sort your belongings, separating the items you and your porter will be carrying.
Trek from Lukla to Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- Lukla Elevation 9,449 feet
- Phakding Elevation 8,701 feet
- Namche Bazaar Elevation 11,306 feet
- Elevation Loss: 748 feet
- Elevation Gain: 2,608 feet
- Hiking Time: 3 hours from Lukla to Phakding; 6.5 hours from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- Distance: 4 miles from Lukla to Phakding; 6.4 miles from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
DAY 03 - September 29: FLY TO LUKLA (9,449 feet) AND TREK TO PHAKDING (8,701 feet) – 3 hours
We provide an early morning transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport to board a scenic 45-minute flight to Lukla. This flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. One of the most spectacular flights in the world, it highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north.
Upon arrival in Lukla, you will meet the Sherpa team while they distribute the equipment to the porters and jhopke (a hybrid of a cow and a yak used to carry loads). There will be a short lunch break during which guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining cobbled streets.
After lunch we will begin the trek by following the trail northwest through narrow streets, immediately descending from the end of the village through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to trekkers. This day’s trek is a very easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (8,701 feet), where will have a hot meal and comfortable beds for the night.
DAY 04 - September 30: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (11,306 feet) – 6-7 hours
After breakfast you will leave the main village and follow the trail on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is a pleasant walk as we pass through agricultural countryside, small wayside villages and a monastery.
After lunch, you will trek up to the park permit checkpoint and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. From there you will descend for ten minutes, then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (9,186 feet). This is a busy trail with plenty of sights. Our first good views are of the west ridge of Kusum Kangru (20,797 feet). You will follow the Dudh Kosi River, crossing a rustic suspension bridge, then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar. Near the halfway point, you will enjoy your first views of Mt. Everest (29,029 feet), Nuptse (25,850 feet), and Lhotse (27,503 feet), the big three. The climb is nearly three hours as we gain altitude. After arriving at a gate with a sign saying, “Welcome to Namche Bazaar” you will hike another 20 minutes to our lodgings in the heart of Namche Bazaar (11,309 feet).
Namche is a prosperous town and the largest in Khumbu. Thamserku (21,811 feet) and Kwangde Ri (21,732 feet) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (18,724 feet) dominates the skyline along the west. Dinner and overnight accommodations are provided at our lodge in Namche.
DAY 05 - October 1: REST DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
You will rest for a day in Namche Bazaar to aid with acclimatization. You may go for an optional side trip to Syangboche and visit the world famous Everest View Hotel, or visit Thame (the birthplace of famed Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who completed the first summit bid of Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in May 1953). This evening you will have dinner at your lodge in Namche again and prepare to continue trekking again.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche
- Thyangboche Elevation 12,674 feet
- Elevation Gain: 1,368 feet
- Hiking Time: 5 hours
- Distance: 5.8 miles
DAY 06 - October 2: TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (12,674 feet) - 5 hours
You will start the day by first going to the checkpoint to check our permits, then walk uphill for about ten minutes after which the path is level for the next two hours. On the way we get a dramatic view of Ama Dablam (22,349 feet) and Kang Taiga (22,241 feet) flanked by the towering view of the Everest (Sagarmatha), Lhotse and Nuptse. You will descend through a beautiful rhododendron forest, watching for the Blood Pheasant and Imphayan Pheasant in the undergrowth.
You will then descend to the Imja Khola River for a lunch stop at Phunki (10,499 feet) next to several large water-driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Khumbu Region. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kang Taiga and is a classic setting with superb views across the valley to Ama Dablam. Everest peeks its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and Lhotse. To the south is the beautiful west face of the Thamserku (21,680 feet) and Kang Taiga. Dinner is served this evening at our overnight lodging in Thyangboche.
The Thyangboche Monastery is one of the most important monasteries of the Khumbu Region, and the late afternoon can be spent visiting this ancient house of worship. It is the traditional place where all the Everest climbers receive their blessings as they walk in towards the base camp.
Trek from Thyangboche to Pheriche
- Pheriche Elevation 13,845 feet
- Elevation Gain: 1,171 feet
- Hiking Time: 5 hours
- Distance: 6 miles
DAY 07 - October 3: TREK TO PHERICHE (13,845 feet) - 5 hours
After breakfast you will embark on the trail with a short, steep, and muddy decent through a forest of birch, conifer and rhododendron to the meadows of Devouche. From there you will continue on a level trail through forests to arrive at a suspension bridge high above the rushing Dudh Kosi River, and take in the view of Ama Dablam. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will continue to climb to the village of Pangboche, which also has a monastery. The monastery lies more on the route to Phortse and is not easily reached from the lower trail, but for those who desire to visit the monastery, the trail bifurcates just before the village after the pass, and a hard 30-minute climb up the ridge brings one to this fabled monastery, which houses the Scalp of the Yeti.
After lunch the landscape becomes very interesting as the vista opens before us and we can see the river flowing far down below. Following the trail that has been cut out along sheer cliffs and descending to Khumbu Khola, we cross a wooden bridge and press forward to the windswept valley of Pheriche. Dinner and overnight accommodations await us there.
DAY 08 - October 4: REST DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION AT PHERICHE
Most people who struggle with the elevation will present symptoms from the altitude of 14,000 feet. Thus it is highly recommended to have a rest day to acclimatize at this altitude before continuing our ascent. Tonight we will take it easy at our overnight lodging in Pheriche.
Trek from Pheriche to Thugla to Lobuche
- Thugla Elevation 15,026 feet
- Lobuche Elevation 16,178 feet
- Elevation Gain: 1,181 feet from Pheriche to Thugla; 1,052 feet from Thugla to Lobuche
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours from Pheriche to Thugla; 5-6 hours from Thugla to Lobuche
- Distance: 2.8 miles from Pheriche to Thugla; 2 miles from Thugla to Lobuche
DAY 09 - October 5: TREK TO THUGLA (15,026 feet) – 5-6 hours
On the way from Dingboche, you can admire the beautiful view of the Cholatese (20,784 feet) on the west side of the route and Ama Dablam to the rear. After arrival at the ridge, descend for about ten minutes, you will cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for rest and acclimatization.
DAY 10 - October 6: TREK TO LOBUCHE (16,178 feet) – 5-6 hours
You will begin the day’s trek with a steep, hour-long ascent to a ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial to the brave mountaineers from past expeditions. Chortens dot the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. The moraine of the Khumbu Glacier lies farther down the trail with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and rugged beauty create almost a moonscape environment. Steadily trekking through the moraine for another hour, our overnight lodging and dinner await us in Lobuche, cradled in a windswept valley with enchanting views of the Tawatse (21,329 feet) and Nuptse (25,771 feet).
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Climb Kala Patthar
- Gorak Shep Elevation 16,929 feet
- Kala Patthar Elevation 18,192 feet
- Elevation Gain: 751 feet from Lobuche to Gorak Shep; 1,263 feet from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar
- Hiking Time: 8 hours from Lobuche to Kala Patthar and back to Gorak Shep
- Distance: 2.8 miles from Lobuche to Gorak Shep; 2.4 miles from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back
DAY 11 - October 7: TREK TO GORAK SHEP (16,929 feet) & CLIMB KALA PATTHAR (18,192 feet) – 8 hours
You will make an early morning trek to Gorak Shep from Lobuche, following the contour of the open landscape along the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. On a clear day Mount Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. From a ridge above Gorak Shep, or “graveyard of the crows,” we descend to the alpine settlement where we will stay overnight at one of the two teahouses. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Over the years, several monuments have been erected to memorialize climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions.
After lunch you will continue toward Kala Patthar (18,192 feet). The hour-long trek to the summit is challenging, but well worth it for the breathtaking sunrise views that frame Everest. The giants of the earth loom all around: Pumori (23,442 feet), Everest (29,029 feet), China’s peak, Changtse (24,780 feet), Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and many others. You will return to Gorak Shep for dinner and overnight lodging having reached our highest altitude of our trek.
Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and Trek Back to Pheriche
- Everest Base Camp Elevation 17,585 feet
- Pheriche Elevation 13,845 feet
- Elevation Gain: 656 feet from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
- Elevation Loss: 3,740 feet from Everest Base Camp to Pheriche
- Hiking Time: 10-12 hours
- Distance: 2 miles from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp; 10 miles from Everest Base Camp to Pheriche
DAY 12 - October 8: TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (17,585 feet) AND TREK BACK TO PHERICHE
After breakfast you will travel along jumbled moraines and erratic boulders, passing by the memorials of Rob Hall, Yasuko Namba, and others who perished during the Everest disaster of 1996. The trail continues on a ridge, where a glimpse of Everest can be seen. At the end of the ridge, a scrambling descent gives way to the entry of the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camps of Lhotse and Nuptse. Various expeditions have selected different locations in this vicinity for semi-permanent tent cities during their assaults on the mountain. Some of the sites that expeditions have used as base camps are identifiable from debris on the glacier. The highlight of the day is the sight of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, the trek along which can be both exhilarating and intimidating for its volatility. In the evening, you will dine and stay in Pheriche.
Backtrack to Lukla
DAY 13 - October 9: BACKTRACK TO KYENGIMA OR NAMCHE BAZAAR – 6-8 hours
Your travel over the next few days will be surprisingly rapid. After spending nearly two weeks at high altitude, you will cherish the euphoria of descending into oxygen-rich climes. Still surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, you will admire the majesty of this region from a different perspective. Dinner is provided and overnight accommodations await us at a teahouse lodge in Kyengima or Namche Bazaar. If there is spare time when we have reached the village, take the opportunity to shop for souvenirs to remember your trek.
DAY 14 - October 10: BACKTRACK TO MONJO OR PHAKDING - 6-8 hours
Today you will continue the descent, leaving Sagarmatha National Park before arriving at Monjo, home to the Uche Chholing monastery. You will be in agricultural countryside again, but views of the now-familiar mountains still amaze. You will eat dinner and stay overnight at a teahouse lodge in Monjo or Phakding.
DAY 15 - October 11: BACKTRACK TO LUKLA – 3-5 hours
This is your last day on the trail, and it is a short distance to go after breakfast. There will be spare time when we arrive in Lukla, and you may wish to find a place to reflect on the sights you have beheld and the friends you have made. There will be dinner and overnight lodging at a teahouse in Lukla. Before bed, take a moment to re-sort your gear so you are ready to hit the ground running in Kathmandu tomorrow.
Fly back to Kathmandu and depart for home
DAY 16 - October 12: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU – 45 minutes
You and your team will take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in a Twin Otter plane. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel where you may deposit your belongings and freshen up. The remainder of the day is free for well earned rest or for an optional sightseeing tour.
DAY 17 - October 13: REST DAY IN KATHMANDU
What you choose to do today is completely up to you. One option is to visit the Eco Farm Home for homeless children near Panauti. It is also a good time to shop for keepsakes for friends, family, and yourself. We will meet this evening for the farewell dinner with our Sherpas, guides, and porters.
DAY 18 - October 14: FINAL DEPARTURE
Today we say goodbye, or “namaste.” Depending on your flight schedule, ideal activities include last-minute packing and shopping until your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport.
This event or trip is Intensity Level 4 - 5.
ADVENTURES AT ALL SKILL LEVELS
We offer adventures for everyone, no matter what your skill level. This guide will help you decide which trip is right for you.
How long (in hours) you may be active every day during the trip.
You should feel confident that you would be able to complete these distances every day of your trip.
What types of terrain you may encounter and should be prepared for on your trip.
The largest elevation change you may encounter on your trip.
The highest elevation you may reach on your trip.
LAID-BACK, UNHURRIED, RESTFUL
Welcome to the outdoors! These trips are designed to introduce you to new challenges and new adventurers. Take in the scenery, tackle moderate elevation, experience some local flavor, and enjoy your day out of the office.
You can expect to be active for one to two hours. To prepare, walk around your neighborhood for at least one hour to make sure you’re comfortable being outdoors and active.
For our Level 1 trips, you’ll be walking or hiking less than three miles. This is the equivalent of up to twelve laps around a quarter-mile track.
You’ll be walking on flat terrain. This means there will be limited rocks and a few tree roots.
There will be little or no elevation change on this trip. To simulate the change in elevation, try walking up and down three flights of stairs.
From sea level to 3,000 feet.
Level 2 trips complement introductory activities you would encounter on Level 1 trips and will whet the appetite of anybody looking to explore outdoor sports. Your group may stop occasionally to learn about the natural surroundings and their local lore.
You can expect to be active for two to three hours. Take a long walk around your local park for at least two hours to prepare.
Level 2 trips range from two to four miles. This is approximately eight to sixteen laps around a quarter-mile track.
You’ll be walking on mostly flat terrain and may encounter some rocks and tree roots.
There will be minimal elevation change on this trip. We will gain no more than 500 vertical feet.
From sea level to 3,000 feet.
EASY ACTIVE — PERFECT FOR ACTIVE FIRST-TIMERS
Level 3 trips will give you a broad sense of what hiking is all about. Test yourself on intermediate terrain, including light rock scrambles and ascending multiple peaks. The trips will invigorate you and inspire you to continue strengthening your hiking skills.
Three to five hours is standard. Prepare for the trip by jogging three miles or exercising two or three days a week.
Plan on getting starter miles under your belt. You’ll be hiking three to six miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long basketball game.
You’ll be hiking on rolling terrain with bare rock surfaces, steeps, roots and small boulders.
There could be up to 1,000 feet per day.
Up to 4,500 feet.
IDEAL FOR ACTIVE BEGINNERS AND FORMER PARTICIPANTS
Level 4 trips balance physical and aesthetic components of the day. Get your heart pumping on intermediate terrain with some rock scrambles and multiple peaks, then enjoy a well-earned break with a stunning view. These trips are effective preparation for even more challenging weekend-long trips.
Trail time ranges from for four to six hours. You should be in good physical shape and exercise at least three times a week to get the most out of the day.
You’ll be traveling five to eight miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long soccer game.
You’ll be hiking on steadily rising terrain with loose rock surfaces, switchbacks, roots and small boulders.
Up to 1,500 feet per day.
Up to 6,000 feet.
MODERATE — FOR SKILLED BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS
Level 5 trips place greater emphasis challenging you physically. Whether you’re still new to the scene or have some experience, you’ll appreciate a more deliberate pace with a capable group.
We’ll be out on the trails for five to seven hours. Prepare for this trip by doing cardio and strength exercise at least three days a week.
Be ready to cover six to nine miles today before heading home.
We’ll be hiking on moderate mountainous terrain, which may require navigating various rock faces and trail conditions including steep inclines and uneven ground.
Up to 1,800 feet per day.
Up to 8,000 feet.
MODERATE — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS AND ABOVE
Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.
We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.
Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to eleven miles today, nearly a half-marathon.
We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating various rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.
Up to 2,000 feet per day.
Up to 10,000 feet.
VIGOROUS — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS WITH BASIC SKILLS
On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.
You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.
Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.
We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.
Up to 2,500 feet per day.
Up to 12,000 feet.
VIGOROUS — RECOMMENDED FOR FIT TRAVELERS WITH EXPERIENCE
On Level 8 trips you’ll be challenged by some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available on the east coast. These trips are for endurance athletes and those who wish to truly test themselves. These are our hardest day trips and our weekend trips that prepare you for international adventure.
We will be active for six to nine hours. You can best prepare for a Level 8 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below seven minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.
Level 8 hikes range from twelve to fourteen miles.
We will hike and scramble up numerous peaks with exposed, uneven surfaces, large boulders, and steep ascents/descents. Hiking boots, poles and headlamps are recommended.
There could be elevation change of up to 3,000 feet per day and possible altitude.
Up to 14,000 feet.
STRENUOUS — ADVANCED OR VERY FIT TRAVELERS
If you yearn to touch the sky and think the rewards outweigh the risks and extreme conditions, a Level 9 trip is what you’re looking for. Over the course of multiple days you will be called upon to prove you belong among the best. Only inner fortitude and perseverance will get you and your team to the top and back safely.
You should be ready for at least eight to ten hours a day of pain, challenge, and constant small victories. Prepare for this by racing in triathlons, training for a marathon and keeping up your hiking skills.
You should expect to be hiking twelve to fifteen miles per day.
On Level 9 trips you will be trekking in remote mountains with exposed terrain and loose features.
There could be elevation change of 4,000 feet per day with some altitude travel likely.
Up to 17,000 feet.
STRENUOUS — EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS WITH EXPERT SKILLS
With the proper technique, experience, and a generous dose of luck, you and a team of the hardiest adventurers around will tackle extreme terrain, unrelenting elements, and improbable odds as you strive to conquer the ultimate outdoor challenge of our Level 10 trips.
You should be ready for a minimum of ten hours per day of excruciating hiking, scrambling, and climbing.
You should expect to be hiking for at least twelve miles per day. Prepare with an intense cardio and weight-lifting circuit training regimen to increase cardio output and endurance.
On Level 10 trips you will be trekking in the most highly exposed, remote terrain imaginable.
There could be elevation change of 5,000 feet per day and prolonged travel at altitude.
Up to 19,000 feet.
Travel Arrangements, Training, and Pack List
LANDING AT KATHMANDU’S TRIBHUVAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon your landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will need to pay for your visa for Nepal. Have US $40 on hand for a 30-day visa. Extra passport photos for visas and other such documents may be required, so bring a few extras. From there, you can proceed to pick up any bags you checked. Once you have your bags, you will be met by a shuttle service to transport you to your hotel. Here, your Discover Outdoors guide will be awaiting your arrival. Our staff will be monitoring your flight status, so if you are delayed we will make the necessary adjustments to your shuttle.
If you can afford the extra day off, we recommend building time into your travel plans and arrive a day early. This will give you a cushion should there be flight delays. Please forward your flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your stay in Kathmandu will be at the Hotel Yak & Yeti, located conveniently in the heart of Kathmandu. These accommodations were carefully selected and chosen based on its ideal location, cleanliness and excellent staff.
Cancellations within 45 days of departure are non-refundable. Cancellations before 45 days of departure will receive a full refund (minus transaction fees of 5%).
Temperatures along the trek range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night and up to 75 degrees during the day. As you near Everest Base Camp and gain elevation, temperatures will gradually drop, ranging from 20 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is infrequent in September and October, although a rain jacket is never a bad item to pack. With the many layers you will have for the rest of your journey, you will be well prepared for your time in Nepal.
Due to the great altitude in the Himalaya, the mountain create their own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. We choose to trek during peak season when clear, sunny days are the norm, but regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.
Engaging in long, challenging hikes is a great way to prepare for your trek. Look for hikes like The Great Escape, Fourteen Peaks, Breakneck Ridge, Storm King Mountain, Slide Mountain, Panther Mountain and Indian Head Mountain.
The thin air as you get into the higher elevation in the Himalaya may take some adjustment. The lower supply of oxygen at high elevations makes exercising more difficult, and you may experience shortness of breath during hikes. Bear in mind that predisposition to altitude sickness does not correlate to an individual’s level of fitness. The altitude in this area can prove challenging no matter what shape you’re in. If you’re not yet feeling acclimated when the trip begins, we suggest taking it easy, eating light meals, drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol. Usually, it takes no more than a day or two to feel comfortable at higher elevations.
The combination of high altitude and strenuous exercise greatly increases your body’s need for fluids. It is extremely important to drink lots of liquids to prevent heatstroke and dehydration. It’s a good idea to consume at least three liters of water per day and to drink as often as possible. Your guide will be constantly monitoring your status, asking questions and making sure you are consuming enough water and food.
It’s best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Diphtheria, tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Japanese B encephalitis, Meningococcal meningitis, Polio, rabies, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. You may need to see a Travel Medicine doctor; there are several in New York City. Many trekkers choose to also have medicine to alleviate altitude sickness, such as Diamox. We recommend making this decision with your doctor.
One of the most common health risks for visitors is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water. Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Nepal due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria. There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Kathmandu to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you.
It is usually risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot. However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating. For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Nepal, consult a travel medicine doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
Nepal is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards. Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit. In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft. To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.
The standard unit of currency in Nepal is the rupee. The rupee can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure. Credit cards are accepted in Kathmandu and ATM’s are available, however cash is king the further into the mountains you go.
Nepal is ten hours and 35 minutes ahead of New York.
To call Nepal from the United States, dial 011 (America’s international access code) +977 (Nepal’s country code) + the city code (1 in Kathmandu) + the local number. To place an international call from Kathmandu, first dial 00 (the international access code) and the appropriate country code. To call the United States, dial 00 + 1 (the U.S. country code) + area code + local number.
Electricity in Nepal is 220-240 Volts. There are two main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire. Outlets in Nepal generally accept two types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, or two parallel round pins.
A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Nepal. A visa can be purchased at the airport for US $40.
- Analgesics (painkillers); acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol), aspirin, ibuprofen, Vicodin*
- Anti-Allergy; hydrocortizone, diphenhydramine hydrochloride; epinephrine*
- Antibiotics; Bacitracin (ointment), erythromycin*, ciprofloxacin hydrochloride*
- Antacids; Bismuth sabsalicylate (ie. Pepto-Bismol)
- Anti-Diarrhea; Loperamide hydrochloride (ie. Immodium), Tinidazole*
- Anti-Emetics (anti-vomiting); Prochlorperazine*, Promethazine*
- Anti-Vertigo (anti-motion sickness); Meclizine*, Scopolamine*
- Altitude illness medicine ; Acetazolamide* (diamox), Dexamethazone*, Nifedipine*
- Anti-malarial prophylaxis medicine*
* Prescription medicines
- 2 Merino wool or polypro mid–weight long sleeve shirts (long enough to tuck in; snug fit and zip neck is best).
- 2 Merino wool or polypro T shirts
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking pants. Soft shell are best. You will spend most of the trip in these pants.
- Expedition-weight pants for around camp and the summit day
- 2 pair fleece or heavy long underwear
- 1 pair leg gaiters
- 1 pair socks for each day of trekking; 2 lightweight and 3 heavyweight. NO cotton! Wool or wool/synthetic are best.
- 1 pair underwear per day
- 1 warm fleece or softshell jacket
- 1 waterproof Gore-tex rain shell jacket
- 1 pair waterproof Gore-tex rain pants
- 1 expedition–weight top (fleece, etc.)
- 1 pair very warm ski or mountaineering gloves with fleece liner
- 1 pair windproof, lightweight gloves. You will wear these most of the time.
- 1 warm hat
- 1 sun hat
- 1 pair trekking boots (medium weight, waterproof)
- 1 pair comfortable walking/camp shoes
- 1 pair wrap–around, UV–blocking sunglasses or glacier glasses
- 1 soft duffel bag (NO hard frame or wheeled suitcases or bags). These will be carried by the porters and they must be soft.
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees
- 1 daypack which you will trek in every day. 30–50L is ideal.
- Plastic bags of different sizes (to protect clothes in your bags against the rain.
- Pair of trekking poles–strongly recommended for everyone
- 1 head lamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
- 1 emergency heat blanket (reflective foil)
- 1 pocket knife
- 3 One–liter water bottles, or equivalent hydration bladder for your pack
- Sunscreen. Highest possible SPF rating.
- Water purification tablets
- Blister bandages or moleskin
- Small and large band aids
- Kleenex (a lot of them)
- Wet wipes. We recommend one large container for your camp duffle and a couple travel packs for your backpack.
- Saline nasal spray for dryness and dust
- Elastic Ace bandage wrap
- Safety pins
- Small pair of scissors
- Airline tickets
- Medications and copies of prescriptions
- Sunscreen and lip ointment
- Hand and foot warmers for the high altitude days
- Travel alarm clock (watch)
- Camera with plenty of memory and extra batteries
- Current converter and outlet adapter
- Sport sandals
- Camelbak or similar hydration backpack
- Flora/fauna field guide
- Collapsible walking stick
- Leisure reading
Climb for a cause.
Make your effort more rewarding by raising funds for the Discover Outdoors Foundation or your favorite charity. When you give your adventure a purpose beyond personal goals, your experience becomes more fulfilling, helping you reach the summit.
HOW IT WORKS
When you register with the “Fundraise for a cause” option, we will ask you by email what charity you would like to support. If you choose the Discover Outdoors Foundation, your fundraising commitment is $7,500. In exchange for your effort and commitment, the cost of the trip is covered at no cost, minus your airfare and personal expenses. You will receive a fundraising commitment letter, giving you the support and tools for reaching your goal. Please email email@example.com or call 212-579-4568 with any questions about the program.
DISCOVER OUTDOORS FOUNDATION
The Discover Outdoors Foundation began in 2012 with a singular focus: increasing graduation rates in our urban schools through education experienced in the outdoors. Inspired by the positive impact our for-profit business, Discover Outdoors, was making through our youth leadership program, we soon felt compelled to serve our entire community, not just those who could afford it. Since then, the path of students has taken a different course; one that leads to a diploma and a brighter future. To learn how you can make a difference, visit the Discover Outdoors Foundation website.
- September 27 Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu
- September 28 Explore Kathmandu's culture and temples
- September 29 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
- September 30 Trek to Namche Bazaar
- October 1 Short hike to Syangboche, return to Namche Bazaar
- October 2 Trek to Thyangboche
- October 3 Trek to Pheriche
- October 4 Rest day and explore Pheriche
- October 5 Trek to Thugla
- October 6 Trek to Lobuche
- October 7 Trek to Gorak Shep and climb Kala Patthar
- October 8 Trek to Everest Base Camp
- October 9 Trek to Namche Bazaar
- October 10 Trek to Phakding
- October 11 Trek to Lukla
- October 12 Fly to Kathmandu
- October 13 Final day in Nepal
- October 14 Final departure