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New! Nepal Quick Escape

Trip Length 7 days

From $4,695

  • Trek through high mountain villages, experience the warm hospitality of Sherpa people and soak up the serene beauty of ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring Himalaya—the greatest mountains in the world—on a thrilling helicopter ride, seeing its iconic peaks and passes from above
  • Dive into the colorful swirl of Kathmandu, exploring its sacred stupas and shrines

A world of thrilling adventure awaits you on this great introduction to Nepal’s mighty Himalayan heights that's ideal for trekkers with limited time to spare. We’ll kick off in vibrant Kathmandu, only to fly on to the splendor of the Himalaya for a lodge-to-lodge trek of a lifetime. We’ll discover quiet Sherpa villages where one hears the heartbeat of the Himalaya, soak up the solitude of ancient Buddhist monasteries and take in the stunning panorama of Mt. Everest and other soaring icons from a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. We’ll wrap up by diving right into the swirl of color that is Kathmandu, exploring the hustle and bustle of its labyrinthine streets strewn with sacred stupas and shrines.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to Nepal! Your trip leader or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, where he or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a briefing in the hotel this afternoon regarding trek arrangements and a general orientation to Kathmandu (4,445'). Kathmandu is one of three former medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will discuss acclimatization to altitude, areas we plan to visit and the culture of the region.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 2: Mountain Flight to Lukla (9,200')

Transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla airstrip (weather permitting). During the short but spectacular flight, we will leave the Kathmandu Valley and head into the Himalaya, the world’s highest mountains rising before us. Our destination is Lukla, perched high on a mountainside above the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk), where we make an unforgettable landing on its 1,729-ft-long, 65-ft-wide runway. After we disembark, we'll collect our gear and walk over to our lodge. If our flight is on time, we’ll have the option of a warm-up hike up to Kharka, on a trail that leads to Mera Peak. On the way, we’ll pass small hamlets and shepherds who live in the area.

(Hiking time: 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Lukla

Day 3: Trek to Monjo (9,317')

From Lukla, the trail descends 1,500 feet down to the Dudh Kosi. Here the local people look quite different than the people of Kathmandu. The inhabitants of the Khumbu are Sherpas, people who migrated from Tibet over 500 years ago but still practice evolved forms of Tibetan Buddhism and dress in much the same Tibetan style. As we follow the trail to the village of Phakding, we will pass mani walls (boulders with carved Buddhist prayer inscriptions), a number of small villages, and well-terraced hillsides. Looming above us, in the distance, is Khumbila (18,800'), the sacred peak of the Sherpa people, our sentinel to the spiritual and geographic heart of the Khumbu. Khumbila remains unclimbed (sacred peaks may not be climbed) and it represents the “protector” deity of Tibetan Buddhists. We’ll arrive at our lodge in Monjo (9,317') in the early afternoon, and enjoy free time to rest and relax while we acclimatize to our new altitude.

(Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours; Hiking distance: 8 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Monjo

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286')

Today, we’ll follow the forested trail north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where we officially enter UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, established in 1976 as the first national park in the Himalaya to help protect an area of great environmental, religious, and cultural importance. We’ll continue along the trail, crossing the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb up “Namche Hill,” amidst lovely forests of rhododendron, fir, and magnolia, to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar. As we climb the steep hillside, we’ll catch our first glimpse of Everest and the snowcapped panorama of Himalayan giants to come. Namche Bazaar is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu, the local center for trading and supplies. The town is filled with numerous homes, trekker's inns, shops, and a small monastery. It is beautifully situated in a terraced amphitheater facing the hanging glacier below Kwangde (20,293'). We’ll check in to our lodge and have the afternoon free to explore Namche Bazaar.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Namche or similar

Day 5: Trek to Mende (12,460')

This morning we’ll walk up the hill to the park headquarters and visit the fascinating Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here we’ll get the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam—a wonderful panorama. From Namche, we’ll head northwest up the valley and as we walk to our left we’ll have fine views of Kwangde (20,293') and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. We’ll continue high above the river on a contouring trail through rhododendron forest that showcases a wealth of color in spring months. We’ll be on the lookout for colorful Impeyan pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Before we reach Thamo, we’ll take a path to the right, weaving steeply up the hillside for about an hour, until we reach the hamlet of Mende. Once we reach the lodge, which has a commanding position and stunning views, we’ll see the effort has been worth it. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Laudo monastery, an internationally renowned center for meditation located just 20 minutes from the lodge.  

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Mende

Day 6: Helicopter Ride to Kathmandu

In the morning, we’ll be picked by helicopter and whisked off for a panoramic ride that will take us across the Rinjo-La pass, the spectacular Gokyo valley and to cap off the trip, the majestic Everest and its surrounding peaks. The mountain flight will take approximately 25 minutes, and then it’s another hour back to Kathmandu. On arrival to the airport, we’ll be met by our representative and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, Kathmandu is yours to explore—or you can relax at the hotel. By western standards, the city is intimate. You can visit the many interesting sights, shrines, and markets, or stroll in Kathmandu's fascinating Asan Tole bazaar. Don't miss Durbar Square, Thamel, Swayambhunath (the “Monkey Temple,” overlooking the entire Valley; go at sunrise or sunset!) and the King's Palace. Lunch will be on your own. In the evening, we’ll meet with the group for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 7: Bid Farewell to Nepal

This morning, transfer to Kathmandu airport for your homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Dec 03 - 09, 2018

pricing

$4,695 per person (4 – 10 members)

$600 single supplement

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Everest Summit Lodge - Lukla — Lukla, Nepal

This lodge lies at the very gateway to Mount Everest. Spacious, comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite facilities, a lovely sunny garden and traditional interiors make for a very warm welcome to arriving guests.

Everest Summit Lodge - Mende

Set in a beautiful location high above the Thame Valley, The Everest Summit Lodge at Mende offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains like Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kang Taiga, Kusum Kanguru and Khumbila. You'll see a white monastery in the far distance against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and enjoy warm hospitality from the friendly staff.

Everest Summit Lodge - Monjo — Monjo, Nepal

Located at an altitude of 2,850 meters in the quaintly picturesque valley of Monjo, this lodge overlooks the village and the narrow Dudh Koshi valley. Thamserku Himal rising high up behind the lodge serves as a dreamlike backdrop.

Hotel Namche or similar — Namche Bazaar

Yak & Yeti Hotel — Kathmandu, Nepal

A 5-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens, while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts and swimming pools.

  • Trek through high mountain villages, experience the warm hospitality of Sherpa people and soak up the serene beauty of ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring Himalaya—the greatest mountains in the world—on a thrilling helicopter ride, seeing its iconic peaks and passes from above
  • Dive into the colorful swirl of Kathmandu, exploring its sacred stupas and shrines

A world of thrilling adventure awaits you on this great introduction to Nepal’s mighty Himalayan heights that's ideal for trekkers with limited time to spare. We’ll kick off in vibrant Kathmandu, only to fly on to the splendor of the Himalaya for a lodge-to-lodge trek of a lifetime. We’ll discover quiet Sherpa villages where one hears the heartbeat of the Himalaya, soak up the solitude of ancient Buddhist monasteries and take in the stunning panorama of Mt. Everest and other soaring icons from a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. We’ll wrap up by diving right into the swirl of color that is Kathmandu, exploring the hustle and bustle of its labyrinthine streets strewn with sacred stupas and shrines.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to Nepal! Your trip leader or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, where he or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a briefing in the hotel this afternoon regarding trek arrangements and a general orientation to Kathmandu (4,445'). Kathmandu is one of three former medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will discuss acclimatization to altitude, areas we plan to visit and the culture of the region.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 2: Mountain Flight to Lukla (9,200')

Transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla airstrip (weather permitting). During the short but spectacular flight, we will leave the Kathmandu Valley and head into the Himalaya, the world’s highest mountains rising before us. Our destination is Lukla, perched high on a mountainside above the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk), where we make an unforgettable landing on its 1,729-ft-long, 65-ft-wide runway. After we disembark, we'll collect our gear and walk over to our lodge. If our flight is on time, we’ll have the option of a warm-up hike up to Kharka, on a trail that leads to Mera Peak. On the way, we’ll pass small hamlets and shepherds who live in the area.

(Hiking time: 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Lukla

Day 3: Trek to Monjo (9,317')

From Lukla, the trail descends 1,500 feet down to the Dudh Kosi. Here the local people look quite different than the people of Kathmandu. The inhabitants of the Khumbu are Sherpas, people who migrated from Tibet over 500 years ago but still practice evolved forms of Tibetan Buddhism and dress in much the same Tibetan style. As we follow the trail to the village of Phakding, we will pass mani walls (boulders with carved Buddhist prayer inscriptions), a number of small villages, and well-terraced hillsides. Looming above us, in the distance, is Khumbila (18,800'), the sacred peak of the Sherpa people, our sentinel to the spiritual and geographic heart of the Khumbu. Khumbila remains unclimbed (sacred peaks may not be climbed) and it represents the “protector” deity of Tibetan Buddhists. We’ll arrive at our lodge in Monjo (9,317') in the early afternoon, and enjoy free time to rest and relax while we acclimatize to our new altitude.

(Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours; Hiking distance: 8 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Monjo

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286')

Today, we’ll follow the forested trail north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where we officially enter UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, established in 1976 as the first national park in the Himalaya to help protect an area of great environmental, religious, and cultural importance. We’ll continue along the trail, crossing the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb up “Namche Hill,” amidst lovely forests of rhododendron, fir, and magnolia, to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar. As we climb the steep hillside, we’ll catch our first glimpse of Everest and the snowcapped panorama of Himalayan giants to come. Namche Bazaar is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu, the local center for trading and supplies. The town is filled with numerous homes, trekker's inns, shops, and a small monastery. It is beautifully situated in a terraced amphitheater facing the hanging glacier below Kwangde (20,293'). We’ll check in to our lodge and have the afternoon free to explore Namche Bazaar.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Namche or similar

Day 5: Trek to Mende (12,460')

This morning we’ll walk up the hill to the park headquarters and visit the fascinating Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here we’ll get the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam—a wonderful panorama. From Namche, we’ll head northwest up the valley and as we walk to our left we’ll have fine views of Kwangde (20,293') and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. We’ll continue high above the river on a contouring trail through rhododendron forest that showcases a wealth of color in spring months. We’ll be on the lookout for colorful Impeyan pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Before we reach Thamo, we’ll take a path to the right, weaving steeply up the hillside for about an hour, until we reach the hamlet of Mende. Once we reach the lodge, which has a commanding position and stunning views, we’ll see the effort has been worth it. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Laudo monastery, an internationally renowned center for meditation located just 20 minutes from the lodge.  

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Everest Summit Lodge - Mende

Day 6: Helicopter Ride to Kathmandu

In the morning, we’ll be picked by helicopter and whisked off for a panoramic ride that will take us across the Rinjo-La pass, the spectacular Gokyo valley and to cap off the trip, the majestic Everest and its surrounding peaks. The mountain flight will take approximately 25 minutes, and then it’s another hour back to Kathmandu. On arrival to the airport, we’ll be met by our representative and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, Kathmandu is yours to explore—or you can relax at the hotel. By western standards, the city is intimate. You can visit the many interesting sights, shrines, and markets, or stroll in Kathmandu's fascinating Asan Tole bazaar. Don't miss Durbar Square, Thamel, Swayambhunath (the “Monkey Temple,” overlooking the entire Valley; go at sunrise or sunset!) and the King's Palace. Lunch will be on your own. In the evening, we’ll meet with the group for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 7: Bid Farewell to Nepal

This morning, transfer to Kathmandu airport for your homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Everest Summit Lodge - Lukla — Lukla, Nepal

This lodge lies at the very gateway to Mount Everest. Spacious, comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite facilities, a lovely sunny garden and traditional interiors make for a very warm welcome to arriving guests.

Everest Summit Lodge - Mende

Set in a beautiful location high above the Thame Valley, The Everest Summit Lodge at Mende offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains like Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kang Taiga, Kusum Kanguru and Khumbila. You'll see a white monastery in the far distance against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and enjoy warm hospitality from the friendly staff.

Everest Summit Lodge - Monjo — Monjo, Nepal

Located at an altitude of 2,850 meters in the quaintly picturesque valley of Monjo, this lodge overlooks the village and the narrow Dudh Koshi valley. Thamserku Himal rising high up behind the lodge serves as a dreamlike backdrop.

Hotel Namche or similar — Namche Bazaar

Yak & Yeti Hotel — Kathmandu, Nepal

A 5-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens, while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts and swimming pools.

Dates and Pricing

Dec 03 - 09, 2018

pricing

$4,695 per person (4 – 10 members)

$600 single supplement

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