trekkers in their Nepali traditional get up

10 Things Not to Miss in Nepal

Nepal often conjures up images of majestic mountain ranges that draws in trekkers and mountaineers. Pick up any travel guide to Nepal and it will undoubtedly mention Mount Everest and the Annapurna range. But the country is so much more than that. Nepal is also home to lush jungles, friendly people, bustling cities, quaint mountain villages and serene monasteries.

Nepal is a wonderful destination for those who want to experience a memorable and affordable adventure. If you need to be convinced some more, here are 10 things that you should not miss when you travel this country.


1. Join the Adventure of a Lifetime at an Everest Base Camp Trek

Everyone knows that the Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, and perhaps one of the most amazing too. This is definitely one of the best treks in Nepal because it features stunning mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest and several other giants.

Duration: 15 Days

Difficulty: Strenuous

Highest point: 5,364m

Engaging highlights: Not only will you experience a cultural immersion like no other – the rich Sherpa culture and their friendly nature –, you will also witness the impressive Khumbu glacier and the breath-taking views over Mt Everest from the viewpoint Kala Patthar. Plus the experience of being at Base Camp.


2. Walk Your Way Around Gokyo Valley Trek

If you think you’re not yet ready for the Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo Valley might be an excellent warm-up for you. It is a more peaceful trek and leaves room for you to appreciate the scenic mountain views and beautiful glacial lakes.

Duration: 15 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest point: 5,480m

Engaging highlights: Indulge in the luxurious Sherpa culture while travelling through the scenic trails leading to Gokyo village. Enjoy the steep but rewarding hike up to Gokyo Ri to admire the beauty of the largest glacier in the Himalayas – the Ngozumpa glacier – and Mt. Everest, as well as other mighty neighboring peaks.


3. Go Around the Anapurna Circuit Trek

Trek in the Himalayas and take on a scenic walk along the trails to enjoy an alpine exploration. The ring of beautiful mountains surrounding the path is enough to catch your attention. This is also among Nepal’s most popular trekking sites because of its accessibility and outstanding views.

Duration: 14 days

Difficulty: Strenuous

Highest point: 5,414m (Thorong La pass)

Engaging highlights: The Annapurna Circuit is incredibly varied and provides a combination of spectacular mountain scenery and a scenic snow-capped mountain view. This trek it boast of its dramatic deep gorges, high mountain passes (Thorong La pass), Buddhist temples and picturesque villages.


 4. Enjoy a Unique Vacation Courtesy of a Langtang Valley Trek

This trek requires some effort for you to get close to the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Nepal. The best part of it all, you can marvel at the beautiful sunrise over the Langtang range every morning.

Duration: 10 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest point:  4,773m (Kyanjin Ri)

Engaging highlights: Once you reach the valley, you will witness the Tibetan life and culture like no other, as this area is home to ethnically diverse people: the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias, who originated from Tibet. Indulge in the beauty of the mountain peaks and sunsets every night, especially at Langtang village and Kanjin Gompa.


5. Bask in the Light of the Tihar Festival in Kathmandu

The Tihar Festival is Nepal’s second biggest festival. Tihar is also known as the Festival of Light, or Diwali, as thousands of candles and lanterns are lit in honor of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Luck.

The festival typically falls between the middle of October to mid-November. Tihar lasts for five days and is an amazing look into Nepal’s culture. The first day of the festival is for worshipping crows while the second day is for honoring dogs. On the third day, Nepalis honor Laxmi by making their homes as bright as possible. Visitors will be dazzled by the numerous oil lamps and candles scattered on doorsteps and roofs. The fourth day of Tihar is for honoring cows. The fifth and last day of the festival sees men and boys receiving the Tihar Tika to ensure long life. Meanwhile, women and girls receive gifts from their brothers and promises of protection.


6. Peace Triumphs in the Tiji Festival in Mustang

Another Nepalese festival that should not be missed is the Tiji Festival of Upper Mustang. The three-day holiday celebrates Dorjee Sonnu’s victory over Man Tam Tu, a cruel creature that fed on man and caused droughts and storms. It is believed that Dorjee Sonnu is an incarnation of Lord Buddha.

Tiji comes from the word “Tempa Chirim,” or “Prayer for World Peace.” People from all over the world travel to Lo Manthang to see the monks of Choedhe monastery perform the festival’s ritual dances.


7. Celebrate Mani Rimdu for Long Life at Tengboche

 The best travel guide for Nepal will tell you that the search for the divine is alive and well in the country’s celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche. Mani Rimdu is 19 days of sacred ceremonies aimed to empower believers. The holiday culminates in a public festival that lasts three days. During Mani Rimdu, Tibetan communities and local Sherpas gather and celebrate the holiday with Nepal’s monastic community.

Mani Rimdu is celebrated on the first day of the Tibetan lunar calendar’s 10th month, so it usually falls sometime between mid-October to the middle of November. The festival commemorates the introduction of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche. Sand mandalas, fire offerings and dances dominate the celebrations, with the current Rinpoche bestowing empowerment and the sacred pills for long life to believers and visitors.


8. Island Peak Proves Anyone Can Climb Mountains

According to a travel guide of Nepal, the country caters not just to experienced mountain climbers but to novices as well. Beginners can also experience the heady thrill of scaling an impressive summit by climbing one of the country’s most popular trekking peaks, Island Peak. Also known as Imja Tse, Island Peak is located in the Everest and Khumbu region.

Duration: 20 days

Highest point: 6,189 m

Engaging highlights: The climb typically begins with a pre-climb trek starting from Lukla, the region’s gateway. Trekkers will follow a trail that goes through dense oak, pine and rhododendron forests to Namche Bazaar. This is a necessary stop to enable travelers to acclimatize gradually to the high altitudes whilst trekking up the Khumbu Valley, before reaching Island Peak. It combines very well with the Everest Base Camp trek.


9. View the Himalayan Vista at Mera Peak

This is Nepal’s highest trekking peak. For those with moderate mountain climbing experience, trekking to the top of Mera Peak can be just the thing to make your Nepal trip one of the best vacations of your life. The climb is a challenging one because of the elevation although the climbing is straightforward.

Duration: 19 days

Highest point: 6,476m

Engaging highlights: You will be amply rewarded once you have reached the summit and see the astounding views of the Himalayan Vista. From there, you can see the peaks of Cho Oyu, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. If that’s not incentive enough, the trek to the top would also have you passing through the breathtaking wilderness of Nepal and getting you immersed in local culture along the way.


10. Test Your Mettle in Mount Ama Dablam

Hardcore climbers can try pitting their skills against Mt Ama Dablam, one of the world’s most iconic mountains. Located in the heart of Everest’s Khumbu region and about south of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam is also one of the most stunningly beautiful mountains along the famous trekking paths towards the Everest Base Camp. Going on an expedition to Ama Dablam would require extensive planning and preparations.

Duration: 26 days

Highest point: 6,856m

Engaging highlights:  Ama Dablam lies directly above spectacular Tengboche Monastery and is mostly ascended through the southwest ridge path. Mountaineering purists would definitely enjoy the challenge of rock and ice climbing in order to reach Ama Dablam’s peak.






Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

We have taken hundreds of fit, regular weekend walkers to the base camp. You could be wondering if you can finish the trek as well. While it is a tough trek, we can help you get there too.

Looking after yourself is a crucial activity in this trek. It means walking slowly and not exhausting yourself. Over-exertion may cause altitude sickness. Looking after yourself also means eating well, staying hydrated, and managing your body temperature.There are two factors that make the trek difficult.

First, the duration of the trek takes about 5-6 hours a day for at least 12 days. It is necessary to have endurance and stamina throughout the trek to cope with the long hours of trekking.

Second, the extreme altitude will exert its effects on your body. By the time you reach the base camp, it is approximately 50% loss of the oxygen in the air. This condition contributes to the level of difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

To finish the trek, you need to train hard and proceed with the trek slowly. The trek will take a steep path as the trek progresses. The viewpoint from Kala Patthar is the highest point of the Everest Base Camp trek, standing at 5,554 metres.


Best time to Trek to Everest Base Camp

The best period for trekking to the base camp is during spring from February to late May, and during autumn from September to the end of November. The monsoon season is less accommodating as the wet condition of the path makes the trek dangerous during the summer months.

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp during winter poses less problem than the summer months. The most notable disadvantage during this season is the extremely cold weather. If you want to trek during the winter months, you need to bring lots of warm clothes.

There are other important factors to consider before embarking on the trek to the Everest Base Camp. You need to think about whether you want to sleep in the base camp or not. The spring season will be the best time for those who want to sleep in base camp and witness the climbers preparing for the Mt. Everest expeditions. Another consideration is engaging in the culture of the people of Nepal. You should take note of the timing of festivals too and anything else you wish to do while you are in Nepal. For more information, you may contact us here.


Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude

The trek to the Everest Base Camp often takes 12 days to complete on a 130km round-trip. The initial stage of going to the Base Camp takes eight days and the second stage of going down from the Base Camp takes four days.

Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)
– Lukla (2840m / 9317ft)
– Monjo (2835m / 9301ft)
– Namche bazaar (3440m / 11286ft)
Tengboche (3860m / 12664ft)
– Periche (4240m / 13910ft)
– Dingboche (4410m / 14468ft)
Lobuche (4930m / 16174ft)
– Gorak Shep (5140m / 16863ft)
Everest Base Camp (5360m / 17585ft)
– Kalapatthar (5550m / 18208ft)

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance

– Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – About 35 minutes
– Trek from Lukla to Phakding – 3 hours
– Trek from Lukla to Monjo – 4.5 hours
– Trek from Lukla to Namche – 7-8 hours
– Trek from Phakding to Monjo – 1.5 hours
– Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar – 5 hours
– Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar – 3 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phunke Tenga – 3 hours
– Trek from Phunke Tenga to Tengboche– 2 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche – 5 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche – 5.5 hours
– Trek from Phunke Tenga to Tengboche – 2 hours
– Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche – 6 hours
– Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche – 7 hours
– Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche – 2.5 hours
– Trek from Deboche to Dingboche – 5.5 hours
– Trek from Deboche to Pheriche – 6 hours
– Trek from Deboche to Pangboche – 2 hours
– Trek from Dingboche to Pheriche – 1.5 hour
– Trek from Dingboche to Thukla – 3-3.5 hours
– Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche – 5-6 hours
– Trek from Periche to Thukla – 1-1.5 hours
– Trek from Periche to Lobuche – 4-5 hours
– Trek from Thukla to Lobuche – 2-3 hours
– Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep – 3 hours
– Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC and back to Gorak Shep – 7-8 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp – 1.5-2 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar – 2 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and down to Lobuche – 5.5 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and down to Pheriche – 7 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep down to Lobuche – 2.5 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep down to Thukla – 3.5-4 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep down to Pheriche – 4.5-5 hours
– Trek from Gorak Shep down to Dingboche – 5.5-6 hours
– Trek from Pheriche down to Dingboche – 1 hour
– Trek from Pheriche down to Tengboche – 5 hours
– Trek from Pheriche down to Phunke Tenga – 5.5 hours
– Trek from Pheriche down to Namche Bazaar – 7.5-8 hours
– Trek from Dingboche down to Tengboche – 5 hours
– Trek from Dingboche down to Phunke Tenga – 5.5 hours
– Trek from Dingboche down to Namche Bazaar – 7.5-8 hours
– Trek from Tengboche down to Phunke Tenga – 45 minutes
– Trek from Tengboche down to Namche Bazaar – 4.5-5 hours
– Trek from Tengboche down to Monjo – 7 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar down to Monjo – 2 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar down to Phakding – 4 hours
– Trek from Namche Bazaar down to Lukla – 7 hours


Everest Base Camp Map


Everest Base Camp Route

Day 1

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, a member of the Himalayan Treks team will be waiting for you. The member will take you to your hotel.

Day 2

The Everest Base Camp trek starts with a panoramic flight to Lukla that includes majestic views of the Himalaya range. The trek will begin from the Dudh Koshi valley towards Monjo. After Phakding, we will follow and cross the river several times over high suspension bridges.

Day 3

After Monjo, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site. On this day we will see stupas, mani walls, and prayer wheels along the way.

Once we have entered the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail becomes a bit steep all the way to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region, with its bustling market. In Namche, you have a chance to find anything that you may have forgotten, like finding a bank or pharmacy. We may even catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest from here if the sky is clear.

Day 4

The acclimatisation process starts at this day while we are in Namche. We will trek up to the Everest View Hotel (at 3,880m) in the morning to help acclimatise and also enjoy the fabulous mountains views of Ama Dablam. We will have the first (or second) glimpse of Mt Everest. Afterwards, we will come back to Namche for lunch. You should remember again that Namche is the last piece of modern civilization in this trek.

Day 5

After Namche, we will continue following the valley above the Dudh Koshi.  We will witness awe-inspiring views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The trail goes gradually downwards until we spot a high suspension bridge. We will cross the bridge and have lunch at the village of Phunke Tenga.

After the lunch break at Phunke Tenga, there is a steep climb up to Tengboche. Tengboche holds the Tengboche monastery, one of the most important monasteries of Nepal and one of the highest monasteries in the world. It lays beneath the impressive backdrop of Everest (1,848m) and Ama Dablam (6,856m).

The best time to visit the Tengboche Monastery is during the Mani Rimdu festival, a yearly celebration taking place between the middle of October and November. This festival is the most important festivals in the region. It focuses on the events of empowerment and sacred ceremonies involving masked dances by the monks. The people of the Sherpa and Tibetan communities gather to celebrate the last three days of the festival, which are open to the public. Himalayan Treks organises an Everest Base Camp trek around the Mani Rimdu festival. If you wish to have more information about this festival, follow this link Mani Rimdu festival or contact us here.

Day 6

From Tengboche, the trail continues through the forest. We will cross the Imja Khola via another high suspension bridge. We get to enjoy the fabulous views of Ama Dablam while crossing the bridge. Then, the trail goes up via the village of Pangboche and continues until the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post at Pheriche.

Day 7

On this acclimatisation day, we will hike to Tshola lake. The short trek will take us to the ridge over Dingboche, where we’ll witness the Imja Valley spread below and the south face of Lhotse.

Day 8

Today, we start by trekking gentle until we reach Thukla where we’ll stop for lunch. After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to Thukla pass, where we’ll come across the Sherpa memorials. There are breath-taking views from here. Afterwards, the trail starts steeply up towards the glacier moraine. Then, it levels out and after a little while the trail eventually leads to the village of Lobuche.

Day 9

The trail now follows along the Khumbu Glacier, providing outstanding panoramic views of the nearby Himalayan peaks. Then, we continue the trek until we reach Everest Base Camp. Lunch will be served at Gorak Shep.

Day 10

We’ll set off very early on this day to reach the viewpoint of Kala Pattar (‘black rock’). The climb up should take around 2-3 hours and can be hard work towards the top. However, the effort is rewarded by the astonishing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and the Khumbu Icefall. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most spectacular mountains views you will ever see.

After a little for rest and food, we’ll commence the descent back to Dingboche.

Day 11

We’ll follow the river again for some time. Then, we will retrace our steps back to Tengboche through the rhododendron and birch woods.

This will take us approximately 3 hours. We’ll walk down to the same lunch spot than on the way up just before crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi. Then, we start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley and return to Namche.

Day 12

Our last day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi valley into Lukla.
At Lukla, there is usually a farewell party for guides and porters to celebrate another successful trek.

Day 13

We will have an early breakfast on this day. Afterwards, we will be headed for Lukla airstrip for our return flight to Kathmandu.

Day 14

Free time to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Some recommendations are to visit the temples of Swayambhunath (‘Monkey Temple’), Pashupatinath, Bouddha stupa, the Durbar Square of Kathamdu and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan to witness the rebuilding. Contact us here if you need help with organising the visits to some of the sites.

Day 15

Your Everest Base Camp Trek is over and it’s time to start planning your next adventure.
A member of the Himalayan Treks will come say farewell and send you off to the Kathmandu airport.



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