Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

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Dates: Mar-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 14

Activity Level: 3-4

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,999

Non-member: $3,200

2015

REI member: $3,199

Non-member: $3,599

Additional Fees

2014

Internal airfare: $375

Single supplement: $499

2015

Internal airfare: $399

Single supplement: $599

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 7–20
  • May 25 – Jun 7
  • Jun 12–25
  • Jun 21 – Jul 4
  • Sep 17–30
  • Sep 30 – Oct 13
  • Oct 13–26
  • Oct 30 – Nov 12
  • Nov 12–25
  • Nov 25 – Dec 8
  • Dec 4–17

2015

  • Mar 12–25
  • Mar 21 – Apr 3
  • Mar 30 – Apr 12
  • Apr 17–30
  • Apr 26 – May 9
  • May 5–18
  • May 14–27
  • May 23 – Jun 5
  • Jun 1–14
  • Jun 10–23
  • Sep 21 – Oct 4
  • Sep 30 – Oct 13
  • Oct 9–22
  • Oct 18–31
  • Oct 27 – Nov 9
  • Nov 5–18
  • Nov 14–27
  • Nov 23 – Dec 6
  • Dec 2–15
  • Dec 11–24
  • Dec 20 – Jan 2
  • Dec 29 – Jan 11

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Group Size: 2-15

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Trekking

Accommodations:

City hotel, 4 nights; Rustic mountain lodges or home-stays, 9 nights

Trip Highlights

Outside Magazine 2011 Trip of the Year — Everest Lodge to Lodge TrekTrip of the Year!

Our Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek was named one of the ten 2011 best trips of the year by Outside Magazine!

  • See stunning vistas of Everest and its surrounding peaks on a 14-day trek
  • Stay in simple, rustic lodge accommodations along the way
  • Explore the famous sites of Khumjung and Tengboche Monastery, rich in history
  • Follow local, expert guides along with a full support staff

The incomparable beauty of the Himalayas has long beckoned the world's adventurers to Nepal. Our classic route combines simple, rustic accommodations with must-see sites while still allowing time to venture to secluded villages seldom visited by most trekkers.

Explore Khumjung, whose monastery houses a mysterious relic said to be the skull of a Yeti. Trek onward to Thame, home to one of the region's oldest monasteries, seemingly growing out of the mountainside. We pass through vast rhododendron forests and enter Tengboche Monastery, the largest and most active in the region, where evening brings the strange and hypnotic sounds of the traditional chant, thundering drums, and resounding horns of the Buddhist monks who live here.

Throughout our trek we encounter spectacular views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks before returning to Kathmandu, where we have more time to discover the rich Buddhist and Hindu cultures of this ancient city. Soak in the magic of Nepal on this unique and unforgettable lodge to lodge trek with REI.

Extend your Everest adventure by experiencing more of Nepal's varied terrain and unique wildlife. Join our Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension—or explore even more of Asia on our Angkor Wat extension!

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Namaste and welcome to vibrant Kathmandu!
  • Day 2 - Explore Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, and Durbar Square.
  • Day 3 - Fly to Lukla where our trek begins and hike to Phakding village.
  • Day 4 - Journey along the Dudh Koshi River to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 5 - Day hike to our first spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.
  • Day 6 - Ascend further to Tengboche Monastery, with spectacular Everest views.
  • Day 7 - Descend to the historic and quaint Sherpa village of Khumjung.
  • Day 8 - Trek off the beaten path through remote villages to secluded Thame.
  • Day 9 - Explore Thame's hillside monastery and return to bustling Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 10 - Descend the Dudh Kosi River valley to Phakding through.
  • Day 11 - Complete the descent to Lukla and celebrate with your trekking crew.
  • Day 12 - Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.
  • Day 13 - Free day to explore more highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Day 14 - Our Everest lodge to lodge trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Namaste and welcome to vibrant Kathmandu!

    Our trip begins today in Kathmandu. After clearing immigration and customs, you are greeted by our outstanding staff. We transfer to the hotel and the afternoon is left open to rest and explore. Today, you'll have time to settle into the hotel, explore the bustling streets of Thamel on your own, or inquire with our host in Kathmandu about an optional walking tour. Meals are on your own.

  • Day 2 - Explore Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, and Durbar Square.

    On your first full day in Kathmandu, enjoy a day long guided tour of the ancient cities of the Kathmandu valley. Nepal is rich in religious diversity and exploring numerous significant Buddhist and Hindu shrines and temples is an excellent introduction to the area. At Swayambhunath (or "the Monkey Temple") gilded Buddhist and Hindu shrines perch atop cliffs overlooking the valley where monkeys and local dogs exchange chatter and pilgrims come to pay respect. Durbar Square in Patan boasts some of the most spectacular palace temples and pagodas in the valley and teems with significance to local Hindus. We'll also visit Boudhanath, the largest and perhaps most impressive Buddhist temple in Kathmandu, along with the adjoining monastery. Time allowing, we'll visit a very interesting Tibetan Refugee Carpet center in Jawalakhel before returning to our hotel in Thamel.There will be time for a short rest before dinner, which is on your own tonight, then look forward to a thorough orientation meeting this evening. Breakfast included.

  • Day 3 - Fly to Lukla where our trek begins and hike to Phakding village.

    Near or before dawn today (around 6:30 a.m.) your group will transfer together to the airport where we board a Twin Otter plane flight to Lukla (9,300'). While having lunch, gear and supplies for the next 10 days will be loaded onto our support animals. The trek begins with a leisurely and scenic three-hour hike down to the riverside village of Phakding. Along the route we enjoy our first views of ornate Mani stones, onto which devout Sherpas have inscribed prayers often accented in bright contrasting paint. Repeatedly reciting this prayer, "Om mani padme hum" is a virtuous deed believed by Sherpa people to positively influence the next life. Prayer flags stream in the breeze as we cross sturdy suspension bridges over the roaring Dudh Kosi river to arrive at our first lodge this evening in Phakding at around 8,600'. Our Phakding lodge rooms have large windows and attached baths. We also enjoy a spacious stove-heated dining room that floods with morning sunlight. Relax on the patio with a beverage and enjoy the sounds of the river below. All rooms on our trek are furnished with twin beds. All meals included on trek days 3-11.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours; about 4.5 miles. From Lukla (9,320'/2,840m) we lose 920'/280m over the first 3 miles of our hike, then hike a relatively flat final 1.5 miles to arrive in Phakding (8,560'/2,610m).

  • Day 4 - Journey along the Dudh Koshi River to Namche Bazaar.

    As we continue trekking today, expect the air to be cool and the trail to be shaded for a couple of hours before the sun reaches the bottom of the Dudh Kosi river valley. The trail occasionally wanders past farmhouses and crop fields, through small villages and past giant prayer wheels, and criss-crossing the river on sturdy suspension bridges. Long needle pine trees and stunning views of massive Himalayan peaks like Kangtega and Thamserku line the route as we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. An early lunch today prepares us for a steep ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, a good day's workout of about 6 hours. Namche is the world's highest marketplace, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu and the jumping-off point for many Everest expeditions. Our lodge rooms in Namche Bazaar have private bathrooms.

    Trekking: 6 hours; about 5.6 miles. We gradually gain 920'/280m over the first 4.2 miles, then quickly gain an addition 2,000'/610m in the final1.4 miles for a total of 2,920'/890m of gain to reach Namche Bazaar (11,285'/3,440m).

  • Day 5 - Day hike to our first spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.

    Awaken to yak bells and a sunrise illuminating the 20,000'/6,000m mountains that surround us! Our neighbors include Kwangde (20,930'/6,380m), Thamserku (21,680'/6,608m), and Kangtega (21,932'/6,685m). Though this is a layover day, excitement is in the air, as a slow-ascent day hike to the world's highest hotel, the Everest View, will help us acclimatize and provide our first breath-taking views of Mt. Everest (29,035'/8,850m) and other legendary Himalayan peaks, including Nuptse (25,790'/7,861m), Lhotse (27,605'/8,414m), Ama Dablam (22,493'/6,856m). We can enjoy afternoon tea and snacks at the hotel's outdoor patio as we gaze out at the panorama, then we'll return to Namche Bazaar for one more night before continuing higher into the Himalayas.

    Trekking: 4-5 hours; about 3-3.5 miles. Elevation gain and loss is 1,250'/380m.

  • Day 6 - Ascend further to Tengboche Monastery, with spectacular Everest views.

    Hiking out of Namche Bazaar, we traverse the lower slopes of Khumbi Yulha, a mountain held sacred by the Sherpa people. We'll descend to the river once again then ascend to Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche is surrounded by views of the snowy Himalayas and hosts the main and most impressive Tibetan Buddhist temple in the Khumbu region with an exceptional view of Everest's pyramid summit. Everyone living at the gompa is in some way associated with the operations of this very important religious center. Along the way, we'll keep an eye out for the Impeyan pheasant, Nepal's national bird, which is easily one of the most beautiful birds in the world with over two dozen different iridescent colors shining from its plumage. Tonight we visit the monastery for an opportunity to experience this unique and remote monastic life before retiring to our nearby simple lodge. While it is perhaps the most primitive of the lodges used on our trek, with shared bathroom facilities, this lodge is ideally situated adjacent to the monastery – an impressive and truly memorable high point on our trek that is not to be missed!

    Trekking: 5 hours; about 5 miles. From Namche Bazaar, we gradually ascend 360'/110m over 2 miles to reach Kyangjuma (11,645'/3,550m). Then we descend 985'/300m in 1.75 miles to the Imja Khola River (10,660'/3,250m) where we cross the river by bridge, then ascend 2,005'/610m in 1.25 miles from the river to reach Tengboche (12,665'/3,860m). Total elevation gain: 2,365'/720m. Total elevation loss: 985'/300m.

  • Day 7 - Descend to the historic and quaint Sherpa village of Khumjung.

    Relax around Tengboche in the early hours of day as the morning sun slowly creeps across the high ridgeline where our lodge and the monastery are situated, illuminating the ancient building and shrines along with the massive snow-covered peaks that surround us. After breakfast, we'll begin our descent of the route we followed here earlier as we return to the Dudh Kosi River, then climb again before heading west into the Sherpa village of Khumjung, nestled into the slopes of the sacred mountain Khumbi Yulha on a small but spacious plateau. Sir Edmund Hillary, credited with Everest's first ascent, helped build the first school in the Khumbu region in this picturesque Sherpa village and Khumjung's monastery houses a famed and mysterious relic of the Khumbu, a dome-shaped object covered in hair believed by some to be the skull of a Yeti. We'll spend one night at a small lodge here off the beaten path, where few other trekkers stay overnight. Here, Sherpa life endures as it has for ages beneath the picturesque green roofs and inside the white hand-carved stone walls of this very traditional village. Water conservation is critical in this remote settlement, so please use water wisely.

    Trekking: 3.5-4 hours; about 3.75 miles. From Tengboche (12,665'/3,860m), we descend 2,000'/610m in 1.25 miles to reach the river, then we cross by bridge and climb 1,735'/530m in 2.5 miles to reach Khumjung (12,400'/3,780m).

  • Day 8 - Trek off the beaten path through remote villages to secluded Thame.

    Leaving Khumjung, we travel west beneath the rock spires and massive boulders of Khumbi Yulha en route to the unspoilt hidden village of Thame. Thame is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the region which appears to grow directly out of the mountain behind it. This day is mostly a gentle uphill grade as we pass through a number of small villages rarely visited by trekkers, then cross the thundering Bhote Kosi river as it bursts through the narrow gorge. Our final hour of trekking is a steep uphill section. Jahrl or Tahr mountain goats are frequently spotted on the mountain slopes above the trail. Few trekkers stray far enough from the main trekking routes of the Khumbu to experience this picturesque place, an important waypoint on the former salt trade route between India, Nepal and Tibet and the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first ascent of Everest. We'll spend the night at a lodge in Thame, again off the standard trekking route where we'll see even fewer foreign visitors. In Thame our lodging is very basic, without private bathrooms.

    Trekking: 5-6 hours; 6 miles. From Khumjung (12,400'/3,780m), we descend 1,100'/335m to Thamu over 3.5 miles, then climb 815'/250m over the next 1.5 miles to reach the Bhote Koshi River. Crossing the river by bridge, our final mile of hiking gains 285'/85m to reach Thame (12,400'/3,780m). Total elevation gain and loss: 1,100'/335m.

  • Day 9 - Explore Thame's hillside monastery and return to bustling Namche Bazaar.

    We awake in Thame to glorious views of Thamserku and Kangtega. Thame offers very few services for trekkers aside from a few lodges and campgrounds; this provides a unique glimpse into life in the Khumbu region prior to the influx of adventure travelers that began decades ago. After exploring Thame's very old cliff-side monastery we begin trekking down to Namche Bazaar. Passing through the villages of Somde, Thamo, Tscheso, and Phurte, we'll arrive back in Namche Bazaar and stay at a lodge with private bathrooms.

    Trekking: 4-5 hours; 6 miles. From Thame (12,400'/3,780m) we descend 285'/85m to the Bhote Koshi River, then, crossing by bridge, we descend an additional 815'/250m over 1.5 miles of hiking to reach Thamu. From Thamu, we begin climbing again, gaining 350'/105m over 3 miles before our final half-mile descent of 365'/110m to reach Namche Bazaar (11,285'/3,440m). Total elevation gain: 350'/105m. Total elevation loss: 1,465'/445m. Optional morning hike to Thame Monastery adds about 1.5 hours round trip.

  • Day 10 - Descend the Dudh Kosi River valley to Phakding through.

    Departing Namche today, we retrace our route back to Phakding. We will descend more than 1,300' today, passing through small villages and fields along the way and enjoying our final views of the big peaks from the trail. The setting in Phakding is serene along the Dudh Koshi river, nestled beneath the cliffs with high rugged mountains rising from the valley floor. We'll rest by the warm stove in the dining room and enjoy another great dinner prepared fresh by our cooks. In our Phakding lodge we'll once again enjoy private bathrooms.

    Trekking: 4-5 hours; about 5.6 miles. We descend 2,000'/610m in the first 1.4 miles of today's hike, then gradually descend an additional 920'/280m over the final 4.2 miles to arrive in Phakding (8,560'/2,610m).

  • Day 11 - Complete the descent to Lukla and celebrate with your trekking crew.

    Our final day of trekking brings us to Lukla. Tonight we'll have a real celebration at our final lodge and enjoy music and dancing, great food, local drink and the companionship of our support staff, who by now have become familiar faces and friends as well. Our lodge here also has private bathrooms. Additionally, the bar/dining room is ideal for celebrating, dining and dancing. We'll bid farewell to our amazing trekking crew before turning in for a good night's sleep.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours; about 4.5 miles. From Phakding (8,560'/2,610m) we hike a relatively flat first 1.5 miles before ascending 920'/280m over the final 3 miles of our trek to reach Lukla (9,320'/2,840m).

  • Day 12 - Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.

    Very early this morning we will check out of our lodge and board a flight to Kathmandu. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we are met by our staff and transferred to our hotel in the Thamel District. The remainder of the day is free. There are many more opportunities for exploration, souvenir shopping and sightseeing. Breakfast is included.

    Note about flights: Most treks run during the best weather conditions of the year and there is an extra day at the end of the trek to allow for poor weather, sightseeing and shopping. Flights to and from Lukla are not always dependable; weather conditions may cause flight cancellations. Delays are possible any time of year but are more typical on the summer departures. Costs of any evacuation are in addition to any previously paid air/land costs and are billed to trip members upon return to the States; thus we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

  • Day 13 - Free day to explore more highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Enjoy a free day exploring on your own or join us for an optional city tour. The tour is likely to feature Kathmandu Durbar Square or the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The reminder of the day is at your leisure to shop or relax before your journey home. Breakfast included. (Note: Reserve day for return flight from Lukla in case of inclement weather).

  • Day 14 - Our Everest lodge to lodge trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.

    This morning we transfer to the airport for departures back to the US. Breakfast included.

Explore even more with an optional Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including unexpected weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

National Park fees, 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, meals as noted on the itinerary, guides and porters, cooks and commissary crew, rustic lodge accommodations or home-stays, community cooking gear, baggage portage, and airport transfers.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Nepal, flights within Nepal (mandatory internal flight), meals as noted on the itinerary, visas, any necessary emergency evacuation flight, optional tips to guides and staff, additional sightseeing options in Kathmandu, airport taxes, cost of obtaining a passport or medical immunizations, insurance, and items of a personal nature such as liquor or laundry fees.

Accommodations

Lodges in the Everest region are very basic stone structures with unheated rooms, two small beds with simple foam mattresses, a small window, primitive bathrooms (sometimes shared) and very little in the way of amenities. Hot showers are not typically available at our lodges, but are available in some villages along our route at a small additional cost. Our lodging is best described as very rustic and minimal, presenting an alternative to camping for those not wishing to stay in tents, not a luxury trekking experience.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Trekking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy hiking. Nepal has an "up and down" topography, there is very little level walking. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you should be comfortable hiking between 5-8 hours on most days over uneven, rocky and occasionally steep terrain with cumulative daily elevation gains/losses of 1,000-3,000 feet. We expect participants to be fit, experienced hikers in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by porters or yaks, leaving members free to carry only a daypack containing food, water, fleece jacket/raingear and camera (if desired). No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. However, each person should be equipped with a "spirit of adventure" and be familiar with the physical demands of trekking and travel in undeveloped areas. This trek spends considerable time at altitudes between 11,000' and 13,000'. The trails themselves are only moderate, but at these altitudes hiking will feel more strenuous. A good physical conditioning program should begin prior to departure.

Weather

There are two ideal "weather windows" for Nepal. In the spring (from the latter half of March until the first part of May) temperatures are relatively warm; 10° to 15° warmer than in the fall (the latter half of October to December). Spring mornings are bright and clear with the air slowly becoming hazier as the day progresses. The rhododendron forests in springtime are spectacular, with color displays that are "Himalayan" in beauty. May is warm and green with far fewer people – the sense of solitude is much greater than other seasons. However, it is more likely to include rain showers, wet trail conditions, and possible flight delays. The fall season is an ideal time for the best mountain views. The days are typically sunny and clear with moderate temperatures, and the evenings are usually quite cold. Most of our trek takes place between 11,000' and 13,000' in elevation, and we expect spring daytime temperatures from the mid-40s to mid-60s, with nighttime and early morning temperatures in the 30s. We expect fall daytime temperatures from the mid-30s to mid-40s, with nighttime and early morning temperatures below freezing. There is also a chance of snow occurring at high altitude. Your body is typically taking in much less than its normal supply of oxygen, so you might expect temperatures to feel colder than you are accustomed to at home. Also, because lodges in the Everest region are commonly very rustic, your lodging in some villages may only be 10-20° F warmer than the temperature outside. Please note seasonally specific suggestions on our gear list.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Flights to Lukla have a weight restriction of 30 pounds – please pack light and adhere to this list.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Trip leader first aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of first page of passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa form for Nepal (or obtain at Kathmandu airport)
  • 4 passport photos
Luggage
  • Duffel bag, extra-large (5,500 - 9,500 cu. in.)
  • Small soft-sided suitcase or duffel to store non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and locks, 2 sets
Sleeping Gear
  • Pillow (travel-size that can fit easily into your duffel)
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack rated for the season as follows: Spring departures: 35°F or less, Fall departures: 20°F or less
Travel Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Comfortable shoes
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket with hood, waterproof, breathable and with room for warm layers underneath
  • Rain pants (full side zips are convenient)
  • Insulated parka/ski jacket (REQUIRED), down or synthetic, able to fit over other warm layers
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken-in
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings at the lodges
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights (see "Optional Field Gear")
  • Thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool, appropriate for the season as follows...
  • Spring: midweight (1 set)
  • Fall: midweight (1 set) and expedition weight (1 set)
  • Hiking pants/skirt (1)
  • Hiking shorts (recommended for men only during Spring departures only)
  • Long-sleeve shirts (2)
  • T-shirts, synthetic are best
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks (5 pair), wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (covers ears)
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Snow gaiters (Fall departures only)
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or one 1-quart water bottle and a hydration system (such as a Camelback). You must bring at least one water bottle, even if you plan to primarily use a hydration pack.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with spare batteries/bulb)
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool (in your checked luggage)
  • Ear plugs
  • Small quantity of favorite energy snacks and electrolyte drink mix
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Sun block and lip balm – SPF 30+
  • Toiletry kit
  • Medium quick-dry towel
  • Personal first aid kit / personal medications
  • Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
  • Large, heavy duty plastic trash bags (2)
  • Trowel and a full roll of toilet paper in a Ziploc bag
  • Feminine health supplies (can be difficult to obtain in Nepal)
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, film/memory cards, spare batteries
  • Down or synthetic-filled pants (a wise addition for Fall treks)
  • Down booties (Fall treks at night)
  • Trekking poles (very highly recommended)
  • Knee supports
  • Altimeter
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Games and toys: Frisbee, cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
  • Neck pillow for travel

Things to Consider

  • Culturally sensitive dressing tips: For women, pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf) is recommended. Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advised unless worn under other clothing. For men, pants are best. Men may wear hiking shorts, but they should be longer, near the knees. Men should never go shirtless.
  • Your duffle bag should be able to accommodate all of your trekking gear and clothing. You may want to consider using an extra large duffel so that you have space to carry home all the great gifts and souvenirs you may be purchasing. Be sure to adhere to your airline's baggage size and weight restrictions. Additional charges may apply if you exceed their parameters.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • You may find that you will not use every piece of clothing that is on this gear list. However, the list has been created to provide for the full range of weather conditions that you MAY encounter during your trek. Should the weather be unseasonably cold or wet, you will appreciate having this gear and please not seasonally specific suggestions in relation to the departure date you've selected.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding or bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • It may be difficult to obtain feminine health supplies while in Nepal. Women are advised to bring these items from home.
  • Travel clothes, extra gear, and purchases will be left in a storage room at our Kathmandu hotel. Please bring a small bag, luggage tag, and a lock for this purpose.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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    4.0

    Beautiful Hike.

    By Vicky

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      Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

      The hike was wonderful as were the trek guides. It is cold, so bring all the cold weather gear they recommend.

      The three full days in Katmandu at the end of the trip is far too long and I recommend that REI plan more activities at the end if a hiker needs to spend all that time in the City.

      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me
      • Why did you choose this trip?:
      • Way to see the Everest area without the madness of base camp. This is easier than they make it out to be.
      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
      • The trek and the group.
      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
      • You spend way too much time in Katmandu (one day at the beginning and three at the end). Bring a book.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Trip

      By slowlion

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

            (continued from above) Tips are $300-$350 plus you'll need money for dining in Kathmandu and souvenirs and showers on the trek. Bring lots of small bills, lots of ones - US is accepted in most places and for tipping and showers, so small bills are handy. Hot water was not always available but it didn't bother me, others it did. You will need a fast drying towel as towels are not always provided. I wish I had brought something from home (lightweight) as gifts for all the staff, like socks or t-shirts. We had 13 staff who were all so attentive, helpful and nice. Tek was our lead guide - he is very experienced and knowledgeable. Madu cooked great meals for us. It was a wonderful experience and I'm so glad I went on this trip.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I wanted to experience Nepal and hike in the Himalaya.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • Seeing Everest and the whole hiking experience.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • REI needs to update the gear list. You won't need a trowel (that must have been for a tent trip); you won't need a sleep pad - the lodge beds were comfortable enough; the cook staff boils water for the guests and we could purchase bottled water everywhere so the water purification system wasn't necessary; you WILL need way more money than REI's recommended $550 (continued below).

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Great trip but could use improvements

            By Erin77

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Site Member

            Pros

            • Group Camaraderie
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience

            Cons

            • Accommodations
            • Fell Short of Expectations
            • Food
            • Poorly Organized Itinerary

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

              The itinery that is laid out is VERY different from what you get. REI needs to make some improvements with that. Hot showers are NOT available at all lodges and you have to pay for them... and the lodges are VERY rustic, pretty much like camping. The food was not that great as well. Each day of hiking, I felt very rushed and I think the guides could have given us a little more culture and history knowledge. I ended up spending alot more money then REI suggested. They will nickel and dime you for everything on the hike... showers, towels, etc. I kind of felt like these things should have been included with the cost of the trip.

              Overall, I did have a great time and it's a once of lifetime trip... but I probably wouldn't suggest it to friends.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • This trip looked different than the reg base camp trek. Rated in Outside magazine.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Seeing Everest. Wonderful weather. Meeting some great people in our group.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Even for older folks

              By Red Baron

              from Florida,NY,London

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Food

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                The trip ranked equal with walking up KILI and walking to Machu Pichu

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Seems more interesting than to go to Everest Base Camp
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • The congeniality of Namche Bazar and its people
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Be fit!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best trip of my life!

                By Traveling gal

                from Bloomington, MN

                About Me Casual Adventurer

                Site Member

                Pros

                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                    The trip was incredible! I did the adventure last November and I am still raving about it! From the bustle of Katmandu to the idyllic scenery of the mountains, this trip gives you the full flavor of Nepal.

                    Along the way, our guides and crew went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. We had a pleasant day viewing Mt Everest, but even when the clouds rolled in obstructing views on the other days, we all found the beauty in the misty air. It brought a mystic quality to the journey.

                    Traveling solo is no problem - the camaraderie is fabulous. And if you happen to spend your birthday on the trail, you may even get the best cake you've ever had!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Nepal has always been a dream of mine. REI provided everything I was looking for in a trek and I didn't have to do the planning.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The people -- from the crew, the guides, my fellow Trekkers, to the local people we met along the way, I was surrounded by smiles and warmth. As a single traveler, I felt as though I was among good friends.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Bring the down booties! I bought mine just before the trip and wouldn't have wanted to be without. Be prepared for the humidity - it feels much cooler than you expect. Shop in Namche - not only will you find some useful items like the fleece lined knit hats, you will be supporting the local community. The recommendations regarding funds to bring for the trip are on the low side.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wonderful!

                    By andykillian

                    from Amesbury, Ma

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Kodak moments
                    • Views
                    • Weather
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                      Loved our 17 helpers, with KC and Nima in the lead! We never wanted for anything! The food was amazing, even a birthday cake cooked on top of the stove! Our group was amazingly compatable even though our ages ranged from 30-69. The weather was the clearest I've ever experienced(no cars, no pollution) so our pics look professional! I'm looking forward to my next REI trip to Antartica in 2013!!!

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts, Wondreful past REI trip
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Trying to do all the continents before I die, Asia was next and what's better than seeing Mt Everest? I went to the Galapagoes with REI and loved it so I stayed with a sure thing.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Hard to pick just one, I think the first view of Mt Everest.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Bring lots of baby wipes, snacks and clean socks!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fabulous Trip

                      By KellyAnne

                      from Troy, Michigan

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

                      • Cold at night
                      • Limited hot showers

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                        It's cheesy, but the people were wonderful, both the group and the in-country staff. Tenzing and KC (tour guides) were extremely helpful and made it a fabulous trip without making it look hard. The porters and Sherpa guides were so hard-working and always had a smile, even when bringing tea at 6am. The food was AWESOME! Not only did we get tasty, healthy food, but we also got treats and a birthday cake.
                        I would have enjoyed a little more education while we were traveling, but anyone would answer questions whenever I asked.

                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • The entire trip was awesome. One highlight that stands out is our final day (or rather night) of hiking. Not only was it in the dark, which made it seem much more adventuresome, but I was able to make it up-hill at the same pace as the Sherpa guides and porters.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • I would add these items to the packing list: talcum powder, Febreeze, down booties, and hand/feet warmers (for night). Trekking poles are a must-have. The amount of money recommended by REI is low and should be a minimum. Also, you need to expect the unexpected; bring your sense of humor and patience.

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Amazing Trip

                          By VaTrekker

                          from Washington, DC

                          About Me Casual Adventurer

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                              The Nepalese people, especially our trip staff, were simply amazing. So kind, so helpful. Tenzing and KC, our trip leader and sirdar, were extraordinary. They truly cared about each person and made our trip the best it could possibly be. I loved the cultural interactions as much as the breathtaking scenery.

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Oddly, setting off at 4 in the morning on our (expected) last day to get to the airport in Lukla in the midst of a severe fog that closed the airport for days. The camraderie of the group and the adventure was awesome.
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • Make sure you are in good shape to hike steep inclines -- trekking poles are a MUST. Also bring lots of: tissues, warm layers, Starbucks instant coffee (if you are a coffee person), hand sanitizer, wet wipes or similar (hot showers are very hard to come by).

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Adventure

                              By Pat R

                              from Brooklyn, MI

                              About Me Avid Adventurer, Personal Trainer, Triathlete

                              Site Member

                              Pros

                              • Exceptional Mt Views
                              • Food
                              • Good challenge
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                              • Rating more a 4

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                                Nima and his Sherpa Crew made this one great adventure.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I've always wanted to travel to this area.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Visiting the monastery and seeing Mt. Everest.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Train for the terrain.

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                It's all about altitude!!!

                                By Tooth God

                                from Minnesota

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                • Food

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek:

                                  the tipping thing at the end of the trip became stressful. I am more than willing and happy to tip the great staff...but why not add or offer the extra tip $ in the trip cost..

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • the kindness of the people, seeing Everest, fellow Trekkers, hiking every day, the incredible size of the Himalayas!
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Premeditate for altitude sickness before you leave Katmandu. Check your rain gear, everyone's hi tech gear failed after a full day of rain. Bring trail snacks, Starbucks instant coffee, hot chocolate, schnapps, a good pillow, something to read to at night and some cool stuff to give the porters/Sherpas at the end of the trip.

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