Discover the real Nepal through a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event, the marriage of rural villagers. Meet people who are far from the tourist part of Nepal and get to know their culture.
- Per Person Min 4 persons
- Private Tour Min 2 persons
Book this Nepal trek and get a complimentary one hour Trekker’s’ massage after the trek is over. The masseuses will be from a marginalized community. This is part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Note: You can pre-book a seat on a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return for an additional US$350 per person each way. You will avoid the 4-5 hours drive to or from Manthali. For example – if you decide to book a helicopter seat for both ways – US$700 extra needs to be added.
Trek through the villages of Legendary Sherpas of the Everest region
This trek has been designed to give you a meaningful and value-added experience by learning in-depth about the Sherpa people you will encounter, the villages you will stay at, and their famous residents. Our team will ensure that you are given the facts, the healthiest and most varied meals in the Himalayas, to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in culinary trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete Wellness adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitudes for our Wellness gourmet trekking adventures.
The trek will begin after a short, scenic flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region. This trek has been designed to take you through both the Everest region’s popular and less busy trails. We have selected lodges that are owned by interesting characters with stories that will enchant you. Likewise, we have picked less busy lodges.
Staying in locally run tea-houses along the way, you walk to the villages of Phakding and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of the world. Namche Bazaar is a bustling little town with numerous cafes, restaurants, shops with essentials for trekkers, bars, and even laundry service.
This trek’s numerous highlights are visiting villages that are home to World record-setting/breaking Sherpas. You will even stay and dine at the homes of two of these famous Sherpas. One of the spiritual highlights is the Tengboche monastery that offers an incredible panorama of Mount Nuptse 7901 meters, Lhotse 8501 meters, Ama Dablam 6812 meters, and of course, Mount Everest! This monastery was first built in 1916 and has been rebuilt twice. It was damaged by the 1923 earthquake and a fire in 1989. The current building was rebuilt after the fire. The renowned Abbot of the monastery, Lama Ngawang Tenzing Jangpo Rimpoche, passed away quietly on the 9th of October 2020.
You will encounter a variety of wildlife and birds that are both residents and migratory. The wildlife population has increased since the Sagarmatha National Park was established in 1976, and it was Nepal’s first national park to be inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1979.
Note: Flight to Lukla and back can be delayed or cancelled due to poor visibility. We ask you to have buffer days of few days in case your flight to Lukla is affected.
Arrive in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by our representative and brought to your hotel. You will be given a briefing for the trek by your trek leader.
In the morning, we have a walking tour of Ason (an old spice market) and walk through the busy streets of Kathmandu and a 4-5 hour drive To Manthali in the afternoon, to catch the flight to Lukla the next morning.
Note: You can pre-book a seat on a direct helicopter flight at an additional $350 per person to avoid the 4-5 hours drive to Manthali.
We fly to Lukla (2,800m) and start our trek. We aim to trek towards Monjo (5 hours trek) if our flight lands in the morning; otherwise, we stay at the village of Phakding (3 hours trek).
We follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing a suspension bridge on the Kyashar Khola, and pass through Jorsalle, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We have about one hour of trekking in a combination of flat, some short steep ascents, and descends to a high suspension bridge. There is a steep ascent of 2 hours after the bridge to Namche Bazaar. We stay in a lodge that is at the top of Namche Bazaar.
We rise early and climb for views of Mt. Everest and other peaks, with time to look through the Sherpa museum and cultural centre. In fact, the private museum and cultural centre are within the compound where we stay. This lodge owner is a conservationist and a photographer. You can buy scenic posters and postcards made by him.
We trek to the village of Thame (3,700m). You will encounter very few trekkers on the trail as this is away from the main route to Everest base camp (EBC). Instead, the course takes you through some small villages, forested areas, with Mount Kongde towering on the opposite side of the valley. We will stay in a lodge owned by Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record of 22 successful ascents of Everest.
We retrace our steps to the ‘fork’ on the trail and begin climbing towards the Shyanboche airstrip, where we stop for lunch. Then, we trek to the village of Khumjung (3,790m) via Khunde village. We will visit the hospital in Khunde village and the school at Khumjung, built by Sir Edmund Hillary. The villages of Khunde and Khumjung lie below the protector deity mountain Khumbila.
We start our trek by descending towards Kyangjuma, where we are back on the main trail to EBC. We might be able to see our national birds – Impeyan Pheasants feeding on the fields on our downhill hike. Next, we start descending to Phunki Tenga. We have a steep climb for the next two hours to the ridge where the famous Tengboche Monastery is located. We spend time here visiting the monastery, admiring the surrounding peaks (if the weather allows). This is a popular and bustling place. Finally, we trek downhill to Deboche at 3790 meters, which is less busy.
We have an excursion trek to the village of Pangboche (3,860m). We cross the Imja Khola on a suspension bridge, walk through rhododendron and pine forests, and passing many stone carved walls. Finally, we get very close to Mount Ama Dablam at 6812 meters.
We will either have early lunch at Pangboche, or our staff will arrange for a picnic lunch to be had on the trail to Phortse village. This village is off the busy Everest trail. We can go spotting Musk Deers and Impeyan Pheshants – our national birds.
Your trek leader will have interesting stories to tell while the Chef will prepare another one of his healthy and nourishing meals.
We head down to the Dudh Koshi river and climb up a steep hill to Tengboche Monastery. Then, we retrace our steps back towards Kyangjuma (3,700m). It is a tiny settlement of just three lodges. We will be staying in an inn owned by a two-time Everest summiteer. This place is busy in the mornings, with trekkers on the way to EBC. They stop for hot drinks to enjoy the stunning mountain views and do some souvenir shopping. Only a handful of other trekking companies book this lodge.
We will hike back to Namche on a trail we had bypassed while enjoying the panoramic views. We pass through Namche Bazaar and, after the long downhill stretch, we follow the turbulent Dudh Koshi River back to Monjo (2,840m), where we stop for lunch. Finally, we continue our walk to Phakding village for the night.
After enjoying a pleasant walk through the densely populated area between Phakding and Lukla, we finally relax over a drink or two to celebrate your achievement and absorb the beautiful experiences you’ve shared as a group.
Flight to Manthali and drive back to Kathmandu 4-5 hour drive.
Note: You pre-book a seat on a direct helicopter flight to Kathmandu for an additional $350 and avoid a 4-5 hour drive from Manthali.
In the morning, we have a walking tour of Ason (an old spice market) and walk through Kathmandu’s busy streets – this tour will take place if you did not do it on day 2.
You will be brought to the airport 3 hours before your departure time for your international flight.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Trekking Chef
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for staff and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (healthiest and varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalayas)
- Domestic airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
A Responsible promise
Despite the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves at the moment, we don’t want you to give up your holiday – and we want you to be able to book your trip without any worries.
To provide you with additional security for your booking, we have introduced a new rebooking and cancellation policy so that you can easily rebook or cancel your trip free of charge if the worst comes to the worst.
Free Cancellation With the Responsible Promise 100% Money-Back Guarantee
For new bookings made between 10th May 2021 and 31st December 2021, you may cancel your complete package (activities, hotels, tours, excl. flight) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure and get 100% of your money back. However, to stay flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Full flexibility on your booking
Stay flexible with our new rebooking service until shortly before your departure. For new bookings made between May 10th and December 31st, 2021, you may rebook your package (activities, hotels, tours) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure (subject to availability). Rebooking is only allowed once, and you must inform us 30 days before your planned departure. Any additional costs incurred due to changes in your schedule or upgrades, such as additional fees in high season or upgrades to your accommodation, will still apply. To remain flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
You are safe as long as you respect the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
Here are some helpful articles:
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What is the food like on the trek?
The Benefits of using trekking poles.
What do I need to know about high altitude?
High altitude myths.
How to trek safely?
For more articles, you can go to our blogs.