Trip Overview

Experience the majesty of Everest, the world’s highest peak, on an active 17-day Nepal trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp (17,598 ft) in April 2019. 

Ease into your challenging journey to Everest Basecamp with visits to several of Kathmandu’s most impressive shrines, including the festive Swyambunath, or “Monkey Temple,” the stately gold-topped dome of the Boudhanath shrine, and the multi-level Pashupathi Nath temple, Hinduism’s most popular pilgrimage site. Get to know your fellow adventurous travelers and marvel at the panoramic views of the Himalayas together on your flight to Lukla, where you’ll meet up with the Sherpa mountain staff (and the shaggy yaks who will be carrying your gear!). Marvel at the milky-white waters of the River Dudhkoshi on your first day of trekking.

From there, you’ll pass through picturesque Tibetan villages on foot, traversing mountain passes on narrow suspension bridges as you make your way into the foothills around Everest. An acclimatization day in Namche is a great chance to connect with the women making this journey with you as you prepare your bodies for your trek. A visit to Everest View Hotel (the name says it all) is perfect inspiration to get started!

The next day, you’ll ascend through lush forests on your way to the Tengboche Monastery, high in the foothills of Everest. Keep your eyes open for the mani stones lining the path, carved with the Avalokiteshvara mantra of Tibetan Buddhists. At the monastery you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Tibetan Buddhist monks, as well as jaw-dropping views of all the highest peaks of the Himalayas. You’ll have time to acclimatize to the altitude before picking your way across the frozen glacial river, Thukla, and up to Everest Base Camp. A visit to the black-rock slopes of the Kala Patthar will offer breathtaking views of Everest’s summit. Make sure to snap some photos with your new friends!

Catch one last glimpse of the jagged peaks of the Himalayas on your flight back to Kathmandu, where you’ll have time to explore Thamel, Kathmandu’s vibrant local market.

From start to finish, this April 2019 Nepal trekking journey to the foot of nature’s most spectacular creation, Mount Everest, will be unforgettable!

In 2017, our guest Brenda put together this fun video about what it’s like to walk through the streets of Kathmandu. Enjoy!

Main Attractions

  • Explore the shrines and vibrant markets of Kathmandu
  • Take in panoramic views on your scenic flight to Lukla
  • Traverse mountain passes on narrow suspension bridges in the foothills around Everest
  • Hike to the Tengboche Monastery to meet the Tibetan Buddhist monks
  • Celebrate all of your hard work when you arrive at Everest Base Camp

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Buddhism
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • UNESCO Site

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with your group in Kathmandu.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

Day 2

Monday, April 15, 2019 – Kathmandu
This morning, you’ll explore Kathmandu as a group. You’ll visit Swyambunath, a Buddhist shrine also called the monkey temple, Boudhanath, and Pashupathi Nath, a Hindu pilgrimage site. Soak in the hustle and bustle of this busy city.

Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many local restaurants.

Late this afternoon, meet your trekking guide for a briefing on the trip and a gear check.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Breakfast

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Elevation: 4,593 ft

 

Day 3

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Kathmandu to Lukla
Wake up early this morning and head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. During this short flight you’ll see panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

When you arrive in Lukla, you’ll meet your Sherpas for the trek, as well as your yaks which will carry your bags.

Start your trek today. Head to Phakding located near the river Dudhkoshi, which means “white like milk.”
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sunrise Lodge

Elevation: 8,695 ft

Trekking: 3 hours, 4.5 miles

Day 4

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Lukla to Namche
Continue trekking today along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Pass by many small mountain villages and cross several suspension bridges. You will trek slowly to help your body adjust to the altitude. Reach Namche this afternoon.

Once you arrive in Namche, take some time to kick your feet up at your lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Khumbu Lodge

Elevation: 11,286 ft

Trekking: 6 hours, 4.7 miles

Day 5

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Namche
Take a short hike today to help your body adapt to the elevation. Walk to Khumjung, passing the Syangboche airport. On the way, you’ll stop at Everest View Hotel for, you guessed it, a spectacular view of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, and more (weather permitting of course).

On the way back to Namche, visit Sir Edmund Hillary’s school and hospital at Khumjung and Khunde. Complete your walk down to Namche and rest up tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Khumbu Lodge

Elevation: 11,286 ft

Trekking: 3 hours, 1 mile

Day 6

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Namche to Tengboche
Head to Tengboche this morning. You’ll start by hiking downhill to the river, and crossing to the other side. Once you cross the river, the trail climbs steeply up at first, and then becomes a gradual ascent through forests and mani stones.

Arrive at the Tengboche Monastery, which boasts the most magnificent view of the Himalayan giants: Kwangde (20,299 feet), Twachee (21.463 feet), Amadablam (22,349 feet), Everest (29,029 feet), and Nuptse (25,850 feet).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 12,687 ft

Trekking: 5 hours, 3.7 miles

Day 7

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Tengboche to Dingboche
Leave Tengboche and descend to Debuche through a forest of birches, confiers, and rhododendrons.

Cross the Imja Kohla River on a steel bridge, and then the route begins to climb to Pangboche.

From Dingboche, you will be treated to views of Island Peak, Makalu, and another face of Amadablam.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Everest Lodge

Elevation: 14,862 ft

Trekking: 6 hours, 5.6 miles

Day 8

Sunday, April 21, 2019 – Dingboche
Head out for a short hike near the Nangakarshang Hill to continue acclimatizing. Enjoy beautiful views of Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, and admire Cholatse and Taboche peaks before returning to Dingboche.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Everest Lodge

Elevation: 14,862 ft

Trekking: 5 hours, 1.9 miles

Day 9

Monday, April 22, 2019 – Dingboche to Lobuche
Leave Dingboche and trek through the high alpine regions. Cross the frozen glacial river at Thukla and climb as you ener Lobuche, admiring the magnificent views of Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, and Nuptse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Mother Earth

Elevation: 16,175 ft

Trekking: 7 hours, 4 miles

Day 10

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Lobuche to Gorakshep via Everest Base Camp
Leave Lobuche and hike very slowly to Gorakshep. Along the way, you’ll see the Khumbu Glacier. Once you arrive in Gorakshep, you’ll see Mount Pumore and Mount Nuptse standing above you.

After taking a short break in Gorakshep, hike to Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet). You may get to have lunch in the camp at Everest Base Camp, depending on weather. Take some photos and head back down to Gorakshep for the night. Celebrate your accomplishment with a well-deserved good night’s sleep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 17,270 ft

Trekking: 7 hours, 4.7 miles

Day 11

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Gorakshep to Pheriche
Climb Kala Patthar this morning to take some photographs of the panoramic view of Mount Everest and its range.

Enjoy lunch in Gorakshep.

Start hiking down to Pheriche. You will move faster going downhill, and descending to lower elevations will feel great!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Himalayan Hotel

Elevation: 14,042 ft

Trekking: 7 hours, 10 miles

Day 12

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Pheriche to Tengboche
Keep trekking down from Pheriche to Tengboche today. You’ll be thankful for your trekking poles on these long, downhill days!
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 12,687 ft

Trekking: 5 hours, 7.5 miles

Day 13

Friday, April 26, 2019 – Tengboche to Monjo
Today is another long descent day to Monjo. You’ll have a great time celebrating your accomplishment with your fellow AdventureWomen trekkers along the way! Don’t forget to enjoy the views as you hike downhill.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Mt. Kailash Lodge

Elevation: 9,350 ft

Trekking: 6 hours, 10 miles

Day 14

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Monjo to Lukla
Enjoy your final hike in the Himalayas as you descend to Lukla. Celebrate this evening with your Sherpa friends as they share their culture with you.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Khumbu Resort

Elevation: 8,606 ft

Trekking: hours, 7.5 miles

Day 15

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Lukla to Kathmandu
Leave Lukla today and fly back to Kathmandu. You’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy some time to explore Kathmandu today. Have dinner at one of the many delicious local restaurants.
Breakfast

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

 

Day 16

Monday, April 29, 2019 – Kathmandu
Today is free to explore. Check out the markets and do some shopping, wander the streets, or just relax with a coffee and watch the hustle and bustle of daily life in this busy city.

Have a farewell dinner with your group this evening. Enjoy some traditional performances as you celebrate the end of a bucket-list adventure with your AdventureWomen group!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

 

Day 17

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Kathmandu and Depart
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

 

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Traveling to Nepal



Arrive: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on April 14, 2019 by 2:00pm.

Depart: Depart Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on April 30, 2019.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

You will need a tourist visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport for US$25. You must bring two passport photos for your visa.

If you choose, you can apply for your visa prior to your trip. For more details, please visit http://www.nepalembassyusa.org/tourist-visa/

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Challenging. Our Challenging adventures get your heart rate pumping, these are demanding yet deeply rewarding and designed for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. You should be in excellent physical condition, and be able to hike up to 10 miles, in steeper, more rugged terrain.

We strongly recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Nepal, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Nepal.

Money

The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. US Dollars are generally not accepted in Nepal except for gratuities. Credit cards are accepted in a few large hotels, where there is generally a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. ATMs are in larger towns only. You should plan on bringing cash and exchanging it for local currency.

Suggested Gratuities: We will advise the number of assistant guides and porters closer to departure.

  • Main guide: $10 per day
  • Assistant guide: $8 per day
  • Porters for the trek: $5 per day
  • Drivers: $5 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Supplemental Trekking Release
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before January 14, 2019.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking female guide throughout the trip
  • Services of local guides and porters
  • Boiled drinking water
  • All entrance fees
  • Domestic airfare
  • Duffel bag (provided upon arrival)
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for your guide and porters

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Yak & Yeti Hotel
The restored 19th-century palace houses two restaurants, several grand banquet halls, and the Casino Royale. In the lobby, granite floors, carved wood pillars, and gleaming brass and copper provide a suitably exotic feel, and through a wall of glass you can see the hotel’s extensive gardens. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. It is THE place to stay in Kathmandu!

Trekking Lodges
The lodges you will stay in on this trek are small, simple tea houses. At some lodges, you will have en suite bathrooms and showers, and at others, you will have shared bathrooms and no showers. All of the lodges provide comfortable, clean, and basic accommodations, plentiful food, and boiled water.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Temperatures on your trip tend to be quite cool in the morning and evening, and will warm up a bit at midday. You will experience temperatures as low as 10°F and highs of about 60°F during the day. You need to be prepared for all weather on this trek. Dress in layers.

Note: You MUST bring four passport photos with you to Nepal for your visa and your trekking permits.

You are allowed one 22 pound checked bag and one 11 pound carry-on bag on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. You can store extra luggage in Kathmandu while you are trekking.

Clothing and Gear

  • 1 day pack (30-40L)
  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 4-5 pairs wool hiking socks
  • 5-7 pairs underwear (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 sports bras
  • 2 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 long sleeve shirt (quick dry recommended)
  • 2 long underwear tops (1 medium weight, 1 heavy/expedition weight)
  • 2 pairs long underwear pants (1 medium weight, 1 heavy/expedition weight)
  • 1-2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 1 heavy fleece jacket
  • 1 pair fleece pants
  • 1 down parka
  • 1 shell jacket with hood, Gore-Tex or equivalent
  • 1 pair shell pants, Gore-Tex or equivalent
  • 1 pair fleece gloves
  • 1 pair warm gloves/mittens
  • 1 fleece/wool hat
  • 1 baseball cap
  • 1 camp towel
  • 1 pair collapsible trekking poles
  • 2 one-liter water bottles
  • 1 set of nicer clothes for dinner in Kathmandu
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686