What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners, including a champagne breakfast
    12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners, including a champagne breakfast
  • 12 nights sharing twin rooms in a city-centre hotel & stylish mountain lodges
    12 nights sharing twin rooms in a city-centre hotel & stylish mountain lodges
  • All activities, from trekking to mountain yoga, included. Local Flash Pack guide, driver, support crew of porters <br />
    All activities, from trekking to mountain yoga, included. Local Flash Pack guide, driver, support crew of porters
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Private airport transfer on Day 1, internal flights to & from Lukla
    Private airport transfer on Day 1, internal flights to & from Lukla

Tuck into a champagne breakfast in the shadow of Everest and stay at one of the world’s highest-altitude hotels, in a sea of snow-capped giants. Combine the thrill of high-altitude trekking with the creature comforts of homely mountain lodges. Veer right off the beaten track and savour a spectacular view of Everest and four of the world’s six highest peaks at 5,000 feet that few hikers get to see. Unwind and unplug in a maze of foothills and fluttering prayer flags, with regular yoga and meditation sessions. Get an authentic feel for Sherpa culture, with colourful villages, monasteries and teahouses. Stretch your limits and experience the euphoria of mountain hiking, with a dedicated support crew of porters and daily briefings from your expedition leader

Since time began, mankind has been drawn to the hazy foothills of the Himalayas. Until recently, however, this adventure meant either camping or staying at some very basic teahouses. But now it’s possible to experience this region in a more upscale way. Flash Pack’s escape to the stunning Khumbu Valley combines all the thrills of high-altitude hiking with stylish accommodation and a string of creature comforts. We’ll tackle a series of spectacular snow-capped peaks, while staying in cosy lodges with heated beds, hot water and seasonal cuisine. There’ll even be (whispers) champagne breakfasts, mountain yoga sessions and a healing spa or two. This is the escape for you if you’re just itching to stretch your limits while taking advantage of the best accommodation in the region. Ramble along a maze of hanging bridges and steep alpine pathways, following in the footsteps of greats such as Sir Edmund Hillary and Ang Rita Sherpa. Experience the euphoria of an epic mountain expedition, with the support of a porter crew and daily briefings from your group leader. At a certain point, we’ll leave the standard Everest trail behind and trade bustling Nepalese hamlets for remote river gorges and rhododendron-covered slopes. This is wild territory, complete with steep climbs, glaciers and not a village to be seen. You’re venturing way beyond your average Himalayan hiker here, and the rewards are clear. You’ll stay at one of the world’s highest altitude lodges in the shadow of snow-capped giants. And you’ll climb to 5,000 metres, for a majestic window onto Everest and Lhotse from the viewpoint Farak Ri. This is the landscape of legends: of ancient Sherpa culture, fluttering prayer flags, and hidden monasteries. Of donkey-filled foothills, gilded stupas and vast mountain ravines. Of zero wi-fi and 100% real-world wilderness. So, throw your laptop to the wind and comes join us in the clouds.

  • Savour an al fresco champagne breakfast in the shadow of Everest
  • Stay in one of the world’s highest altitude hotels, surrounded by snow-capped peaks
  • Combine the thrill of high-altitude trekking with the comforts of stylish mountain lodges
  • Climb to 5,000 metres at Farak Ri, with spectacular views of the world’s biggest mountains
  • Tackle a region of the Himalayas that few hikers reach, far from hordes of selfie-snapping tourists around Base Camp
  • Unwind in a maze of foothills and fluttering prayer flags, with regular yoga sessions
  • Get a feel for age-old Sherpa culture, exploring colourful villages, teahouses and monasteries
  • Stretch your limits with the support of an expedition leader, porters and daily briefings

Itinerary

Day 1: SUNSET BEERS IN KATHMANDU

Take a private transfer from the airport to your city-centre hotel and get to know Kathmandu’s lively Thamel district. Bond with your fellow Flashpackers and guide over a welcome meal and ales in a local beer garden

 

Flashpackers, welcome to Kathmandu! Whatever time of day you arrive, we’ll meet you at the airport and whisk you off by private transfer to your hotel in the very heart of this mesmerising city. Settle in before meeting your fellow Flashpackers and guide at around 5pm for your first taste of Nepal’s lively mountain capital.

 

Kathmandu is a hive of colour and activity, and you can’t help but be swept up by the palpable sense of energy here. Vast shopping malls stand side-by-side with ancient squares, temples and crowded alleyways. Wherever you go, a beeping chorus of scooters and rickshaws will follow, weaving their way between tower blocks framed by hazy mountain peaks.

 

Thamel, Nepal’s shopping mecca and backpacker heartland, is just a short walk from the hotel. We’ll mosey on through this maze of narrow streets packed with stalls, bars and restaurants, 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.

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Arrive in temple-clad Kathmandu

Embrace the colour of the capital

Weave through the endless rickshaws

We'll hit a local hangout for some craft beers

Day 2: NEPALESE COOKING AND A MEDIEVAL KINGDOM

Visit one of Nepal’s leading social enterprises and learn how to cook a fleet of traditional Nepalese dishes. Tuck into hearty curries, dhals and chapati over lunch before exploring the ancient royal kingdom of Bhaktapur

 

Treat yourself to a lazy lie-in to shake off that jet lag before taking a visit to Nepal’s Seven Women foundation. Here at Flash Pack, we like to get under the skin of local culture and today’s unique cooking session is a good example of how we do this. As the name suggests, Seven Women was initially run by a handful of volunteers operating out of a tin shed and has since grown to become one of Nepal’s leading advocates for disadvantaged women. A social enterprise, it helps Nepalese women transform their lives with literacy classes, skills training and more.

 

Meet the people behind this empowering organisation and see their greenhouse farm, where you’ll learn all about seasonal Nepalese produce. Then it’s time to roll your sleeves up as you cook up a series of tasty traditional dishes, using family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Local women will guide you as you navigate your way through a spicy plethora of flavours, conjuring up a hearty lunch for everyone to share together.

 

In the afternoon, we’ll head over to Bhaktapur, an ancient “City of Devotees” on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This ornate royal kingdom was founded in 12th Century and is an extraordinary relic of old Nepal, untouched by rapid modernisation. Wander your way around elaborate terracotta monuments, towering pagodas and gilded rooftops, as you step back in time in this cultural gem of a city. Bhaktapur also lies on an old trading route from Nepal to Tibet, so take a moment to look out at the Himalayan peaks that you’ll conquer in the days ahead.

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Roll up your sleeves for a cooking class with the Seven Women foundation

This social enterprise helps Nepalese women transform their lives

Cook up tasty traditional dishes

Tuck into hearty curries, dhals and chapati over lunch

Wander through the ancient city of Bhaktapur

Step back in time in this cultural gem

Day 3: HIMALAYAS, HERE WE COME

Take a 45-minute flight to Lukla (2,860 metres) and meet with your support crew of porters and assistant leader. Begin your Everest trek by hiking four hours to a cosy riverside lodge in the village Phakding, stopping for lunch along the way

 

Flashpackers, look alive: today, we trade the hustle of the city for the vast blue horizons of the Himalayas. Yes, it’s time to channel your inner mountaineer. After breakfast, we’ll take a private transfer to the airport for a 45-minute flight to Lukla in the heart of the Everest trekking region. Please note, the mountain climate is volatile and it’s common for flights here to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. If that happens, we’ll just have to kick our heels up and be patient until the clouds decide to play ball.

 

If we do get the go-ahead to fly, prepare for an adventurous touch-down. Lukla’s runway sits at a dizzyingly high altitude and it’s also short, so landing here requires a sharp descent amid mountain peaks. But the James Bond-esque arrival is all part of the experience for anyone intent on trekking the Everest region. And there’s no mistaking the excitement when you step out into the snow-capped Himalayas, following in the footsteps of so many legendary explorers.

 

After getting our bearings, we’ll hook up with our support crew of porters, who’ll be with us for the duration of our nine-day trek. You’ll be expected to carry your own small backpack with cameras, drinking water, sun cream and other essentials on the expedition, while a team of Sherpa porters will take the larger rucksacks from base to base. Domestic flights in Nepal only allow 10kg of checked luggage allowance in any case, so if you have more than that, you’ll need to leave what you don’t need back at the hotel in Kathmandu.

 

After a team briefing, we’ll begin our Everest trek, hiking four to five hours from Lukla to the village of Phakding. Lose yourself in a spectacular world of rolling green valleys, following narrow footpaths filled with yaks and yows loaded with goods. 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 to follow their own trails and the paths will become clearer. We’ll stop for lunch before reaching the peaceful hamlet of Phakding to settle into our cosy riverside lodge.

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The mountains are calling

Hit the skies to Lukla

Touch down in the Himalayas

Get set to channel your inner mountaineer

Let the trekking commence

We'll hike from Lukla to Phakding

Settle in for your first night in the mountains

Important notes

Fly into and out of: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

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 should be fine

The mountain climate is volatile, meaning flights in and out of Lukla are often delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions: if this happens, we’ll need to be flexible with the itinerary

Please note internal flights only allow 5kg of carry-on luggage and 10kg of hold luggage. If your rucksack weighs more than this, you’ll need to leave excess luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu

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 metres. 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 bring two passport sized photos for your visa and permit

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 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.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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