Nepal 7-Day Hiking Adventure

Overview

A world of thrilling adventure awaits on this great introduction to Nepal's mighty Himalaya, ideal for trekkers with limited time. Kick off the journey in vibrant Kathmandu, then jump into the splendor of the Himalaya for a lodge-to-lodge trek of a lifetime. Discover peaceful Sherpa villages, soak up the solitude of sacred Buddhist monasteries, and behold the stunning Mt. Everest and other Himalayan icons on a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. Wrap up in the swirl of color that is Kathmandu, exploring its labyrinthine streets strewn with sacred stupas and shrines.

  • Trek through high mountain villages, visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, and experience warm Sherpa hospitality

  • Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring Himalaya above on trek and on a thrilling helicopter ride

  • Dive into the colorful swirl of Kathmandu, exploring its sacred stupas and shrines

  • Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size:
  • Minimum Age: 11 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Nepal

    Welcome to Kathmandu! Meet your trip leader or an MTS representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, receive a briefing including information on trekking, altitude acclimatization, areas you will visit, and culture within the region, and an orientation to Kathmandu.

  • Day02

    Fly to the Khumbu

    Transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla. The short but spectacular flight leaves the Kathmandu Valley and heads into the Himalaya, home to the world's highest mountains. Make an unforgettable landing on Lukla's 1,729-foot-long, 65-foot-wide runway, perched high on a mountainside above the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). Collect your gear and walk to your lodge. If the flight is on time, fit in a warm-up hike to Kharka, on a trail that leads to Mera Peak, passing small hamlets and resident shepherds along the way.

    • Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Lukla
    • Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking
    • Transportation: 30-minute flight
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Hike Lukla to Monjo

    Begin trek from Lukla with a descent to the Dudh Kosi. Follow the trail to Phakding, passing mani walls (boulders inscribed with Buddhist prayers), small villages, and well-terraced hillsides. Meet Khumbu locals who, unlike the majority of Kathmandu residents, are Sherpas - people who migrated from Tibet over 500 years ago and still dress traditionally and practice evolved forms of Tibetan Buddhism. With Khumbila (18,800'), sacred peak of the Sherpas, looming above, arrive at the lodge in Monjo (9,317') in the early afternoon. Relax and enjoy free time while you acclimatize.

    • Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Monjo
    • Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 865' elevation gain & 819' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Experience Namche Bazaar

    Head north into UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, established in 1976 to protect an area of great environmental, religious, and cultural importance. Cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb up "Namche Hill" amidst lovely rhododendron, fir, and magnolia forests. As you ascend, catch your first glimpse of majestic Everest (29,028')! Arrive in the vibrant Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Khumbu capital beautifully situated in a terraced amphitheater facing the hanging glacier below Kwangde (20,293'). Check into the lodge, then spend the afternoon exploring Namche Bazaar.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Namche
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,858' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Trek to Mende

    Visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitors' center and museum, and revel in the fine views of Everest and Ama Dablam (22,349'). Then head up the valley and admire Kwangde (20,293') and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. Continue on a high, contouring trail through rhododendron forest, looking out for colorful Impeyan pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Climb steeply up to the hamlet of Mende and stunning views from the lodge - your effort was well worth it! In the afternoon, visit the Lawudo monastery, an internationally renowned meditation center.

    • Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Mende
    • Activity: 3-4 hours hiking/2.5 miles hiking with 1,445' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Soar Above the Himalaya to Kathmandu

    Board a helicopter for a scenic ride that takes you across the Rinjo-La pass, the spectacular Gokyo Valley, and face to face with majestic Everest and its surrounding peaks. The bird's-eye views are truly spectacular! On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, simply relax - or explore Kathmandu's many sights, shrines, and markets. Don't miss Asan Tole bazaar, Durbar Square, the Thamel district, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple - try to catch the sunset here!), and King's Palace. Meet the group for a farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel
    • Transportation: 90-minute helicopter flight
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day07

    Depart for Home

    After breakfast, bid farewell to the group and Nepal as you transfer from the hotel to the airport, and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Please note that most flights require an overnight en route to your destination.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in Nepal, offering pioneering adventures in the Himalayas since 1969.

Reason #02

Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience in the Khumbu.

Reason #03

Hikers with limited time will love this carefully crafted adventure that blends awe-inspiring trekking with a scenic helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Moderate to strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 2.5 to 8 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 13,000 feet.

  • Lodging

    Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodation in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus two nights at Kathmandu's legendary Yak & Yeti Hotel.

  • Climate

    Autumn day time temperatures: 45°F - 65°F; autumn nighttime temperatures 10°F - 35°F. Rain or snow possible. Spring temperatures 5°F-10°F warmer than autumn.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    Your MT Sobek trip leader will meet you at the Kathmandu Airport.

  • What happens if my flights are delayed in Lukla?

    Flights to and from Lukla are commonly delayed or cancelled due to Khumbu's unpredictable weather. If we are delayed, lodging and meals at Lukla are at your expense. We do everything possible to obtain replacement reservations or try to book a helicopter flight, when Lukla flights are cancelled, but delays are always possible.

  • Do I need a visa for Nepal?

    Yes, and you can get a 15-day visa on arrival for $25.

  • Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for this trip?

    You don't need a sleeping bag - quilts and blankets are provided at the lodges. You may want to bring a sleeping bag liner for extra insulation at night.

  • Will I have cell coverage on this trip?

    It's best not to count on it, as coverage is spotty.

  • Are there any baggage weight restrictions on the flight to Lukla?

    Yes. You can bring 15 kg (33 lb) luggage per person-including checked and hand-carry luggage. It's not possible to pay for overweight luggage.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

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2019
$5,095.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $550.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 6
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

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  • "I have taken 12 trips with MT Sobek. Each has left a positive imprint on me-widening my view of the world and its peoples."

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