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Combine the thrill of high-altitude hiking with the comfort of cosy Sherpa lodges, and a champagne breakfast in the shadow of Everest
Hike the Everest trail in Nepal
Hike the Everest Trail in the Himalayas
Stay in Sherpa accommodation surrounded by Himalayan peaks
Immerse yourself in meditation sessions overlooking the world’s highest mountains
Learn how to cook local dishes at a social enterprise in Kathmandu
Until recently, a Himalayas adventure meant camping or very basic teahouses. But it’s now possible to experience this region in a more upscale way.
Flash Pack’s escape to the stunning Khumbu Valley combines the thrill of high-altitude hiking with a string of creature comforts. We’ll tackle a series of spectacular snow-capped peaks while staying in cosy lodges with hot water, comfy beds and seasonal cuisine. There’ll even be (whispers) champagne breakfasts and impromptu yoga.
Jump on-board for an exhilarating ramble across hanging bridges and rugged river ravines, in the shadow of Everest and Lhotse. Tackle a remote and beautiful area beyond the reach of most hikers, with the support of an experienced porter crew. Climb to the Farak Ri viewpoint at 5,000 metres and stretch your limits in a land of ancient Sherpa culture and wild terrain.
The Himalayan giants await: come join us in the clouds.
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Flashpackers, welcome to Kathmandu! We’ll meet you at the airport and whisk you off to your hotel in the very heart of this mesmerizing city. Meet your guide and fellow Flashpackers at around 5pm for your first taste of Nepal’s lively mountain capital. Kathmandu is a hive of color and activity, surrounded by hazy skyline peaks. Wherever you go, a beeping chorus of scooters and rickshaws will follow. Vast shopping malls stand side-by-side with ancient squares, temples and crowded alleyways. We’ll mosey through the maze of narrow streets in Thamel, Nepal’s backpacker heartland, before stopping for a round of beers and a welcome meal in a local hot spot. Nepal is home to some excellent craft brews, so get those Khukuris in and toast to the adventure ahead.
Treat yourself to a lazy lie-in today before taking a visit to Nepal’s Seven Women foundation. Originally run by a handful of volunteers in a tin shed, this social enterprise has since become one of Nepal’s leading advocates for disadvantaged women, helping them to transform their lives with literacy classes, skills training and more. Meet the people behind the organization and see their greenhouse farm. Then it’s time to cook up a series of tasty traditional dishes, using family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Using a spicy flux of flavors, conjure up a lunch for everyone to share together. In the afternoon, we’ll head over to Bhaktapur, a 12th Century “City of Devotees” on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Wander your way around elaborate terracotta monuments, towering pagodas and gilded rooftops, as you step back in time in this ornate royal kingdom.
After breakfast, we’ll take a 45-minute flight to Lukla in the heart of the Everest trekking region (depending on the weather, this may be delayed). Lukla’s runway is short, so landing requires a sharp descent amid mountain peaks. But the James Bond-esque arrival is all part of the experience. Then, we’ll start hiking down to the pretty village of Monjo, at 2,850 metres. The four-hour route is steep in parts, and our trekking poles will come in handy. Some people find the descent more demanding, but the drop in altitude helps. As ever, there’ll be plenty of exhilarating views en-route. Pass by sun-dappled canyons, wild flower meadows filled with Himalayan butterflies and steep cliffs that drop away into a carpet of alpine trees and mountain streams. We’ll also be able to stop and meet villagers in remote Sherpa communities that remain a step removed from the tourist hordes. Towards the end of the hike, we’ll join up with the Everest trail, with fluttering prayer flags and brightly coloured tea houses signalling our arrival in Monjo. Settle into your welcoming lodge with cake and a hot mint tea, before getting the beers in with your Flash Pack crew.
We’re headed on a six-hour hike to the market town of Namche Bazaar today. Pass by colorful villages festooned with prayer flags and hanging walkways that stretch across deep ravines. Walking these feels precarious but it’s all part of the adventure and it’s perfectly safe. Keep an eye out for cinematic views of Thamserku en-route, framed by pine forest and alpine rivers. You’ll also spot prayer wheels and intricately carved prayer stones, along with more oxen and mules than you can count. We’re tackling an 800-meter hike in altitude on this trail, so expect steep climbs and notably thinner air. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of stops for hot mint tea and you can recharge with a hearty lunch. After a six-hour ramble, we’ll arrive at the upper slopes of Namche Bazaar, and your Khumbu-style guesthouse with magnificent views. Take advantage of the nearby bars filled with hikers from all over the world.
At 3,340 meters, Namche Bazaar is a great spot to pause as we acclimatize to the thinning air. We’ll begin today with an ancient tradition of covering the ground and greeting the morning sun at a viewpoint overlooking Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Your guide can lead you in a basic, improvised session of al fresco yoga. Then we’ll head into town and grab a tea in the mountain sunshine. Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu Valley and you can stock up on any last-minute hiking essentials at the Tibetan market here, along with colorful Sherpa handicraft. Later, we’ll take a six-hour ramble to Khumjung Valley and back, passing a monastery that is home to a yeti scalp and tucking into a picnic lunch. Back in Namche, make yourself at home in your mountain lodge. As evening draws in, don’t miss the super-bright stars.
Load up on pancakes today as we set off to Thame village, a five-hour trek away along remote river gorges and pathways framed by towering juniper trees. This trail is far less used by other hikers, and you’ll immediately notice the difference. We’ll walk the Nangpa La high mountain pass, an old trading route, with the mighty Cho Oyu (“Turquoise Goddess”) mountain on our shoulder. Around three hours in, we’ll stop for lunch at Thamo, the birthplace of Ang Rita Sherpa, “The Snow Leopard” who summited Everest ten times without supplemental oxygen. We’ll continue on, passing the thundering Bhote Koshi river, before reaching Thale. This is the homeplace of Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 20 times, and Tenzing Norgay, one of the first people to conquer Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Make your way to your lodge; a tucked-away retreat in the shadow of magnificent snowy peaks.
It’s another day of acclimatization today, as we hit pause in the lovely village of Thame. This remote Sherpa community lies on an old salt trading route, and it’s largely unchanged by the passing of time. Dial down to the rhythm of daily life in the Nepalese highlands, as you get a greater feel for Sherpa culture. We’ll start with some improvised yoga and meditation for those who fancy it, amid the mountain ranges. Then we’ll climb 200 meters or so above the village to explore the gilded grandeur of the Nyingmapa monastery. The oldest of its kind in the Khumbu region, this 16th Century masterpiece nestles on the slopes of Sunder mountain, and its intricate interiors are well worth the demanding ascent. To help acclimatize to the altitude we’ll then take a shorter hike up to a shoulder of the Sunder Peak, for a stirring triple-whammy view of Teng Kang Poche, Kongde and Everest mountains.
Today we’ll be hiking four hours to Kongde mountain, at 4,250 meters, on a tough but deeply rewarding route. You should be well into your stride by now, so free your mind amid the hidden paths and undulating valley peaks. We’ll trek beside Bhote Kosi river via the tiny hamlet of Pare, before ascending through remote stretches of rhododendron, pine and bamboo forest. You’re truly in the heart of the wilderness here – there aren’t even any villages – so drink in the serenity and spectacular views. We’ll stop for a scenic woodland lunch before continuing upwards via very steep ground, including a section where we use a cable handrail. A giant glacier at the foot of Kongde then leads up to Kongde lodge, a unique eagle’s nest and one of the highest hotels in the world. Settle into your extraordinary setting, surrounded by Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, Gyajung Khang and Ama Dablam.
Herald a new dawn with a high-altitude feast on the slopes overlooking Everest. We’ll toast to the world’s highest mountain with an alfresco banquet of croissants, eggs, coffee and, of course, a glass of champagne. We then have an optional trek to Farak Ri viewpoint, for those who want to tick off 5,000-meter badge of honour. This three-hour hike is weather dependent and it’ll begin early for the best views. At the summit awaits a shimmering bird’s eye window onto the entire Khumbu Valley. This includes four of the world’s six highest peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You’ll also see Kongde Lake appearing as a drop in the sea of mountains. This is a beautiful and moving view that people hiking the standard Everest route just don’t get to see. Plus, you can say hi to the globe’s most imposing mountains with zero call for the hardships such a feat normally involves. Win.
After getting our bearings, we’ll get a team briefing from our support crew of porters, who’ll be with us throughout our nine-day trek. Then we’ll begin, following in the footsteps of so many legendary explorers as we hike five hours into the snow-capped Himalayas to the village of Phakding. Lose yourself in a spectacular world of rolling green valleys, following narrow footpaths filled with yaks and yows. This is the only route into the Everest region, so it’ll feel pretty busy at first. But with each passing day, groups will peel off and the paths will become clearer. We’ll stop for lunch before reaching the peaceful hamlet of Phakding and our cozy riverside lodge.
Dust off your trusty boots one last time for this final step of the journey back to Lukla, at 2,860 meters. The five-hour hike is your last chance to bask in the beauty of the Himalayan foothills. It’s a busier route again but there’s plenty to see, from prayer wheels and golden stupas to intricate stone carvings. Follow narrow cliff-side pathways, passing bustling villages, swinging bridges and the obligatory traffic of donkeys, oxen and long-horned dzos. We’ll stop for lunch before arriving at our cozy Lukla inn, with a spa to soothe those weary muscles. Come evening, we’ll head into town for a farewell meal with our Himalayan support crew. Our Sherpas have been with us every step of this incredible journey; now we get to say a heartfelt thank you. Dig into Nepalese curry or spicy fried momos and raise a toast to your honorary family: it’s been one epic ride.
It’s back to the bright lights of the city, as we take a morning flight out of Lukla. Again this is prone to weather delays, so it’s important that you book an international flight out from Kathmandu tomorrow afternoon, at the earliest. That way, if we’re held back by a day, you won’t miss your connecting flight. Back in Kathmandu, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Wander the vast maze of street stalls and designer boutiques to stock up on last-minute gifts or pop over to pretty Patan in the capital’s suburbs for a showcase of ancient temples and palaces. In the evening, we’ll gather for a final hurrah in one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants, set in the city’s whimsical Garden of Dreams. It’s a suitably dreamy backdrop in which to toast your whirlwind Himalayan escape. Cocktails, ahoy: an urban oasis awaits.
Flashpackers, it’s time to say goodbye. After breakfast, spend a last few hours in the sunshine before making your own way to the airport. We recommended getting a late afternoon flight out, to make room for possible delays from Lukla. As you jet out over the peaks of Nepal, reflect on your soul-stirring escape. You’ve experienced the Himalayas in a whole new way, combining the thrill of high-altitude trekking with a ream of creature comforts. You’ve stayed in one of the world’s highest hotels and tested your limits with a series of epic hikes. You’ve savoured a champagne breakfast by Everest and climbed to Farak Ri, at a dazzling 5,000 metres. From oxen-filled pathway to pine forest picnics, from high-swinging bridges to high-altitude yoga: this has been one action-packed escape So, fly high on a flutter of prayer flag memories. Or, make like the Yeti, and disappear off into the Himalayan horizon… No judgements here.
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
The highest lodge in the brilliant Yeti Mountain Home collection, the 12-room Kongde sits at 4,250 meters and has views of five of the world’s highest mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyo and Gyajung Khang.
Electric blankets, hot showers, meals from the organic greenhouse garden and a fully stocked bar add a nice bit of comfort to your high-altitude adventure.
It’s worth leaving your cozy room (and hot showers, western bathrooms and electric blankets) to visit the local Tibetan market, which is full of interesting trinkets and crafts.
A happy hour involving drinks and popcorn, free wifi and an impressive restaurant are complemented by dreamy views.
Another star in the Yeti Mountain Home collection. This is a peaceful, colorful hotel in the Everest foothills, with big rooms, hot showers, electric blankets and a brilliant, friendly fireside dining room.
It’s off the beaten track, meaning quiet hiking routes free from the trekking hordes and tranquil views of the jagged snowy peaks.
"I can’t recommend this trip enough. My fellow Flashpackers made the best travel companions. We also had the most amazing guide, Dakman, and 3 assistant guides who kept us entertained and made us feel completely safe. And the team of porters were something else! How they carried all our bags on their backs up such steep ascents is beyond me!!"
"The local guides once in Nepal were fun, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and when itineraries had to be adjusted due to dangerous weather conditions our group were informed and involved in the decisions along the way which gave us the utmost trust in our fantastic local hosts. "
"I felt that Flash Pack provided something so incredible I'm still pinching myself that I was lucky enough to be a part of it. I expected a holiday seeing one of the most beautiful parts of the world that most people only dream of, and came home having also made 14 friends for life, with shared experiences that will stay with me forever. I'm made up (and a little teary just thinking about the trip!)."
"Good guides, and planning. An amazing experience."
Fly into and out of Kathmandu Airport (KTM).
Please note domestic flights in Nepal only allow 5kg of carry-on luggage and 10kg of checked luggage allowance. If you have more than that, you’ll need to leave what you don’t need back at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Please be aware, the mountain climate in Nepal is volatile and it’s common for flights here to be canceled due to poor weather conditions. If that happens en-route to Lukla or back, we’ll just have to kick our heels up and be patient/flexible.
Please book a late afternoon flight out from Kathmandu airport on Day 13, to make room for any delays that may affect flights in from Lukla the day before. Anytime after 4pm on Day 13 should be fine.
Daily treks will be preceded by a team briefing from your Flask Pack guide and assistant leader.
You will be expected to carry a small backpack with valuables, water, sun cream and other essentials. Your porters will carry the larger rucksacks from place to place. Each porter carries the luggage of two people, at a maximum of 20kg. Therefore, your own big bag should not weigh more than 10kg.
A very good level of fitness is required for this adventure. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking anywhere between 5-7 hours per day, on average about 6 hours a day. Altitude may exceed 5545 meters. Equally, distances and times will vary from group to group. It’s not a race and we’ll keep to a comfortable pace with lots of breaks along the way Please check with a Flash Pack team member if you’re unsure about any of this.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh
All foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet). Please bring two passport-sized photos for your visa and permit. For this trip we have included the most comfortable hotels in this region. They are comfortable for the area, and certainly offer more amenities than camping or very simple teahouses, but they are also quite basic properties. While they do have hot water, this can be in limited supply and can sometimes run out. In most of the hotels, only the communal areas are heated, with electric blankets provided in the rooms. WiFi is available in some of the hotels, but often only in the communal areas and the signal can be spotty. We do believe though that these hotels provide the most comfortable way to see this incredible and remote part of the world.
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