- Embrace the epic sensory overload of Delhi on a flavour-packed street food safari
- Trek the Himalayan foothills, and stay in a lodge by the Annapurna peaks
- Paddle past the jungle lowlands of the River Seti, and sleep beneath the stars in a riverside camp
- Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- Stay in an ornate Jaipur palace, and a boutique Kathmandu hotel with a rooftop infinity pool
- Witness a moving temple ritual and uncover the delights of Amber Fort
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 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) a champagne breakfast, 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. Explore 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
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 tasty welcome meal
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.More +
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.More +
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.More +
Day 4: THE PATH TO NAMCHE
Hike seven hours up to the market town of Namche Bazaar (3,340 metres), passing colourful villages, swinging bridges and footpaths filled with donkeys and oxen. Settle into your homely retreat in the upper slopes of the Sherpa capital, with spectacular mountain views
Fuel up on a hearty breakfast ahead of our first full day of trekking the Everest trail. We’re headed on a seven-hour hike to the thriving market town of Namche Bazaar today: more than enough time to get a feel for your new Himalayan homeland. Pass by colourful villages festooned with colourful prayer flags, stopping to chat to groups of curious local children along the way. Every now and again, you’ll come across hanging walkways that stretch across ravines between various villages. Walking across them feels somewhat precious but it’s all part of the adventure and it’s perfectly safe. Keep an eye out for the cinematic views of Thamserku en-route, framed by a lush canopy of pine forest and gushing alpine rivers. You’ll also spot prayer wheels and intricately carved prayer stones, along with more oxen, mules and donkeys than you could possibly keep track of.
We’re tackling an 800-metre hike in altitude on this trek, so you can expect some steep climbs and notably thinner air. Don’t worry though, there’ll be plenty of stops for hot mint tea (a Himalayan favourite) along the way, and you can re-charge with one of Nepal’s famously filling lentil dhals for lunch. After a six-hour ramble, your first glimpse of Namche Bazaar looming up on the horizon will be a welcome sight. Rest up in your warming Khumbu-style sanctuary, perched in the upper slopes of the town with magnificent mountain views all around. Later on, you can take advantage of the nearby bars filled with hikers from all over the world.More +
Day 5: CHILL-TIME IN THE MOUNTAINS
Take a day to acclimatise in Namche Bazaar. Unwind in a yoga and meditation session by the peaks, visit the thriving Tibetan market and take a three-four hour steep hike up to Khumjing Valley and back. Book a massage at the lodge spa and watch the night sky come alive with stars
Namche Bazaar is also known as the capital of the Khumbu Valley, and is one of the oldest towns in the region. Located 3,340 metres above sea level, it’s a great spot to pause and take stock as we acclimatise to the thinning mountain air. This is a day of down-time, and we’ll kick off in style with a nod to the tranquil spirit of the mountains. Climbing just 10 minutes or so to a gorgeous panorama overlooking Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, we’ll follow ancient tradition by covering the ground and greeting the morning sun. Your guide has some knowledge of yoga and meditation, so this is a great opportunity for an impromptu session in the cool Himalayan air. True yogis should note that this is not an actual lesson; more of a guided improvisation.
Heads suitably cleared, we will head back to town and grab a tea in the late afternoon mountain sunshine (the Everest Bakery is well worth a visit). There’s a daily Tibetan market here, where you can browse colourful handicraft from local Sherpa communities, as well as goods from traders all over the region. This is also your last chance to check your equipment and stock up on any hiking essentials you may have forgotten or lost. Later on, we’ll test our stamina with a six-hour ramble to Khumjung Valley and back. After the feats you’ve already completed, this round walk won’t feel too strenuous but it’s a nice way of stretching your lungs a little. Along the way, we’ll pass a monastery that is the fabled home of a yeti scalp and tuck into a picnic lunch in the rolling hillsides. You’ll get a real sense of local Sherpa culture with traditional villages here, as well as insight into the legacy of mountaineer great Sir Edmund Hillary, who founded a hospital in the region. Back in Namche, you might want to grab a massage at the lodge’s Himalayan Healers spa. As evening draws in, don’t miss the multitude of stars that light up the high-altitude skies.More +
Day 6: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEGENDS
Get off the beaten track with a five-hour hike to the village of Thame (3,800 metres), passing along an old pilgrimage route in the shadow of Cho Oyu mountain. Relish the wilderness as you pass through the villages of mountaineering greats such as Ang Rita Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay
Load up on pancakes this morning before we venture out once more into the vast wilderness. Our trek to the village of Thame is around five hours long, leading us through remote river gorges and pathways framed by towering spruce and juniper trees. This particular trail is far less used by other hikers, and you’ll immediately notice the difference. Our trek leads us along the Nangpa La high mountain pass, an old trading and pilgrimage route that connected Nepal to Tibet, with the mighty Cho Oyu (“Turquoise Goddess”) mountain on our shoulder.
Talking of giants, we’ll be walking in the shadow of some true mountaineering legends today, starting with the hamlet of Thamo. This colourful village is the birthplace of Ang Rita Sherpa – aka “The Snow Leopard” – who made history by summiting Everest ten times without the use of supplemental oxygen. Stop for lunch at this midway point (around three hours in), and soak in the ambiance of the village with its prayer flags, stupas and an intricate monastery that’s home to a group of Tibetan nuns. Then we continue onwards along a balcony path that descends to a deep gorge, where the Bhote Koshi river thunders its way through the narrow ravine. We’ll cross a hanging bridge with epic views before continuing upwards to the village of Thame, another hot spot for mountaineering legends. This is the homeplace of Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest a whopping 20 times, and Tenzing Norgay, who was one of the first men to ever conquer Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Make your way to your lodge for the night; a delightful tucked-away retreat framed by magnificent snowy peaks.More +
Day 7: SAVOUR THE SNOWY PEAKS
Take another day to acclimatise in the small Sherpa community of Thame. Begin by climbing up 200 metres to explore the 16th Century Nyingmapa monastery. Take an optional walk to the shoulder of Sunder Peak, for magnificent mountain views
It’s another day of acclimatisation today, as we hit pause in the lovely high altitude village of Thame. This remote Sherpa community lies on an old salt trading route, and is largely unchanged by the passing of time. City living will feel a million miles off, as you dial down to the rhythm of daily life in the Nepalese highlands, and get a greater feel for Sherpa culture. Optional yoga will be available if you want it, but with the looming peaks adding fuel to our musings we will climb 200 metres or so above the village to explore the gilded grandeur of the Nyingmapa monastery. The oldest of its kind in the Khumbu region, this 16th Century masterpiece nestles on the slopes of Sunder mountain, and its intricate interiors are well worth the demanding ascent. Those who fancy it can then take an additional acclimatisation walk up to a shoulder of the Sunder Peak, for a stirring triple whammy view of Teng Kang Poche, Kongde and Everest mountains. Drink it in, Flashpackers: this is soup for your soul.More +
Day 8: HIKE AMID THE GIANTS
Prepare for the most challenging – and rewarding – part of the hike as you leave Sherpa villages behind for a four-hour hike to Kongde mountain (4,250 metres). Climb through steep cliff-side trails and remote stretches of forest, with no other hikers around. Stop for a picnic lunch before arriving at the one of the world’s highest hotels, amid a sea of spectacular snow-capped peaks
Get a fair heft of Nepalese coffee in you this morning, ahead of the most challenging part of the trail yet. We’re hiking roughly four hours to Kongde mountain, high in the Himalayan peaks at 4,250 metres. It’s a tough but deeply rewarding journey, as we veer far from the standard trekking route into a labyrinth of foothills and hidden mountain pathways. You should be well into your stride by now, so take advantage of the lack of crowds to free your mind amid a soothing landscape of undulating valleys and peaks. There’s no-one but you, your Flash Pack crew and perhaps the odd mythical snowman around (this is Yeti territory, after all).
Our route takes us along the south side of Bhote Kosi river, and through the tiny riverside hamlet of Pare. We’ll then begin a gradual but marked ascent through remote stretches of rhododendron, pine and bamboo forest. You’re truly in the heart of the wilderness here – there aren’t even any villages – so drink in the serenity with each new step and keep an eye out for spectacular views of the wild valley terrain. At certain points, you’ll see the town of Namche Bazaar lingering far on the horizon (it feels so long ago now!). We’ll find a scenic patch for a woodland lunch before continuing upwards to Kongde peak. Prepare to give your quads a workout: this trail covers some very steep ground and there’s one section that requires the use of a cable as a hand rail. But fret not, your destination is more than worth the sweat. A giant glacier at the foot of Kongde is the first sign of our finishing line, offering a dramatic window onto Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Then we continue upwards to our Kongde lodge; the highest of all Yeti Mountain Homes. This unique eagle’s nest is one of the highest hotels in the world, and its setting is quite extraordinary. Settle into your cosy mountain rooms amid a spell-binding wonderland of peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, Gyajung Khang and Ama Dablam. Two nights here, amid the powerful might of snow-dusted giants, will stay with you forever.More +
Day 9: CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AND THE VIEW AT FARAK RI
This morning you can opt to raise early, to hike three hours to the Farak Ri viewpoint at 5,000 metres (weather dependent). Here, you have an incredible bird’s eye view of the whole of Khumbu Valley, including four of the world’s six highest mountains, returning to your hotel to celebrate in style with a champagne breakfast in the shadow of Everest. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge with its evocative mountain landscape
If you’re hungry for further adventure – and, at these heights, who isn’t? – we have an optional trek to the Farak Ri viewpoint, at a dizzying 5000 metres. This three-hour hike is weather dependent and it’ll begin early, to ensure we catch the best views. At the summit awaits a shimmering bird’s eye view of the entire Khumbu Valley. This includes four of the world’s six highest peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You’ll also spy out Kongde Lake appearing like a drop in the sea of mountains, and the town of Namche far in the distance. This is a dazzling panorama that people hiking the standard Everest route just don’t get to see. A beautiful and moving experience, it’ll also mean you can tick off that 5,000 metre badge of honour. Plus, you get to say hi to the globe’s most imposing mountains with zero call for the hardships such a feat normally involves. Sweet.
Seeing as we’re in the company of some serious legends today, what better way to celebrate than with a champagne brunch? Join us for a spectacular high-altitude feast on the slopes (weather dependent) overlooking Everest. We’ll toast to the world’s highest mountain by laying on a banquet of croissants, eggs, coffee and, of course, a glass of the bubbly stuff. Trust us, Flashpackers, there’s no finer way to herald a new dawn. Sit back in the glare of the dazzling white terrain and cheers to the delights of being alive. Then, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. You could simply chill at your high-flying hideaway, and catch up on your reading list in the most epic landscape on earth. The restaurant, with its cosy sealed chimney and mountain views, is a great nook to settle down in. Or you could embrace the evocative setting with a bit more yoga and meditation.More +
Day 10: ON THE TRAIL TO EVEREST
Begin the challenging four-hour descent back down to the village of Monjo (2,850 metres), passing through remote Sherpa communities along the way. Join up with the bustling Everest trail on the approach to Monjo and make yourself at home with cakes and tea in your friendly alpine lodge
It’s another day in the clouds for us Flashpackers, but this time we’re heading downwards from our sky-high perch. Our destination is the pretty village of Monjo, sitting on the Everest trail at an altitude of 2,850 metres. The four-hour route downwards is pretty steep in parts, and our trekking poles will come in handy. Some people find the descent more physically demanding than climbing upwards, but the drop in altitude will certainly power you along the way. And, as ever, there’ll be plenty of exhilarating views to keep you pumped up and full of the joys of life. Look out onto sun-dappled canyons, wild flower meadows filled with Himalayan butterflies and steep cliffs that drop away into a lush carpet of alpine trees and mountain streams. Solitude is the name of the game here: think wild and remote landscapes that will make your very soul sing. Before hitting the Everest trail, we’ll pass by a number of Sherpa communities that remain tucked away from the tourist hordes. We’re in no rush, so there’s plenty of time to meet the villagers here, and get a taste for the vibrant local culture. Towards the end of the hike, we’ll join up with the Everest trail. Streams of fluttering prayer flags and brightly coloured tea houses will signal our arrival in Monjo. Settle into your welcoming lodge with cake and a hot mint tea, before later getting the beers in with your Flash Pack crew.More +
Day 11: ONE LAST PUSH TO LUKLA
Savour your last few hours in the beauty of the Himalayan foothills, with a five-hour hike back to Lukla. Pass through lively villages and stop for a mountain lunch before hitting Lukla in the early evening. Freshen up in the stylish lodge before heading out for a celebratory meal with your Everest support crew
It’s time to dust off your trusty mountain boots one last time, for this final step of the journey back to Lukla, at 2,860 metres. This five-hour hike is your last chance to bask in the beauty of the Himalayan foothills. It’s a busier route once again but there’s plenty to see, from prayer wheels and golden stupas to intricate stone carvings. Make your way along narrow cliff-side pathways, passing bustling villages, swinging bridges and the obligatory traffic of donkeys, oxen and long-horned dzos. We’ll stop for the last in a rousing string of mountain lunches, before arriving in Lukla to settle into our cosy digs. The Lukla branch of Yeti Mountain Homes comes with a Himalayan Healing spa to soothe those weary muscles, as well as beautiful Buddhist artwork. Come evening, we’ll head out into town for a farewell meal at a local restaurant with our Himalayan support crew. Your Sherpas and expedition leader have been with you every step of the way on this incredible journey, so now’s your time to say a heartfelt thank you. Whether it’s Nepalese curry you’re after or some spicy fried momos, the choice is yours. Get the beers in and raise a toast to your honorary family: it’s been one epic ride.More +
Day 12: KATHMANDU CALLING
Take a morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu (weather dependent) and spend a day of free time in the buzzing capital. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants in the Garden of Dreams
It’s back to the bright lights of the city, as we take a morning flight out of Lukla. Again, this is weather-dependent and there’s a fair chance we’ll be delayed in Lukla if fate is not on our side. This may well put our schedule back by 24 hours or more. So, it’s important that you book an international flight out from Kathmandu tomorrow *afternoon*, at the earliest. That way, if we’re held back by a day, you won’t miss your onwards flight. If we do manage to get a flight out, you can expect a somewhat sudden take-off from this tiny mountain airport.
Back in Kathmandu, the rest of the day is yours to do exactly as you please. The vast stretch of street stalls and designer boutiques here offer amble stomping ground for those who fancy stocking up on gifts. Or you could pop over to pretty Patan, in the suburbs of Kathmandu. The spectacular showcase of ancient temples and palaces here offer a final layer of polish for your epic photo album. Alternatively, you could just get lost in the capital’s frenetic maze of alleyways, soaking up the contrast from the serene mountain peaks.
In the evening, we’ll gather for a final hurrah in one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurants. Set in the city’s whimsical Garden of Dreams, it’s a suitably dreamy setting in which to toast your hazy Himalayan escape. Cocktails, ahoy: an urban oasis awaits.More +
Day 13: ‘TIL NEXT TIME, NEPAL
It’s time to bid adieu to lovely Nepal! Make sure you book an afternoon flight out at the earliest, to allow for any delays flying in from Lukla yesterday
Flashpackers, we’ve reached the final chapter of our Nepalese adventure and it’s time to say goodbye. After breakfast, you can spend a few more hours in the sunshine before making your own way to the airport. It’s highly recommended that you get a late afternoon flight out from Kathmandu, due to the possibility of having to fly in from Lukla this morning because of weather-related delays.
As you jet out over the peaks of Nepal, take a moment to reflect on your soul-stirring escape. You’ve experienced the Himalayas in a whole new way, combining the thrill of high-altitude trekking with a ream of creature comforts. Hot water, heated beds, seasonal cuisine, healing spas: all of this was unheard of in the Everest region until recently, but you’ve savoured it to the max. You’ve stayed in one of the world’s highest mountain lodges in a sea of snow-capped giants and tested your limits with a series of epic hikes. You’ve savoured a champagne breakfast in the shadow of the Everest and marvelled at the world’s mightiest mountains from Farak Ri, at a thrilling 5,000 metres. You’ve veered right off the tourist trail, following in the footsteps of fabled mountaineers amid vast and moving Khumbu Valley views. You’ve enjoyed a window onto age-old Sherpa culture in remote highland villages and found solace in the rolling valleys and peaks (with the odd spot of yoga providing an extra slice of nirvana). From steep mountain ridges to pine forest picnics, from oxen-filled paths to gilded monasteries, from high-swinging bridges to high-altitude mint tea: this has been one action-packed chorus of colour and awe. So, fly high on a flutter of prayer flag memories. Or, make like the Yeti, and disappear off into the Himalayan horizon… No judgements here.More +
Fly into and out of: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas and each year a significant number of trips have flights to or from Lukla delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. We advise staying longer in Nepal because of this however, if this is not possible, 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
Please bring an emergency fund of 500 USD in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights. There may be the possibility of taking a helicopter flight however, you must be covered for this under your insurance and you will be required to pay for it upfront should you decide to take this option.
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.
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