Trekking & Rafting Adventure in Nepal
What is the number one place everyone wants to visit in Nepal? It's Mt. Everest. Rising 8,848 meters, it is the highest mountain in the world. The mountain itself is surrounded by several other 8,000 meter high peaks, forming a ring of supporting mountains that seem to bow and honor the giant Everest.
Nepal is becoming a popular place to do rafting. The white water rafting in this country is second to none. The fast flowing mountain rivers create some wonderful rafting opportunities that are fun and exciting.
The Everest Short Adventure Trek combines a short trek in the Everest region along with a two day rafting trip on the Trishuli River outside of Kathmandu. It is an ultimate adventure for anyone as they come to enjoy all Nepal has to offer.
The trek is a good beginner's trek, which does not compromise scenery as you gaze up at the highest mountain in the world. The white water rafting will give you some challenges as you tackle Class II and Class III rapids which are ideal for any novice.
This trip will give you the ultimate taste of Nepal. From the high mountain vistas to rapidly flowing rivers, it is all here. Be sure to discuss this adventure with your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. It is the ultimate experience designed for the entire family. The adventure of a lifetime starts with an e-mail or phone call to Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
DAY 2 – Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekking to Phakding (elev. 2635 m), 3 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m) 6 hours
DAY 5 – Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
DAY 6 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3870 m) 5 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m) 5 hours
DAY 8 – Trek to Lukla – 6 hours
DAY 9 – Early Morning Flight to Kathmandu
DAY 10 – Drive to Charaudi (15 km) to start rafting trip.
DAY 11 – Return to Kathmandu.
DAY 12 – Departure.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu: You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will greet you and take you to your Three Star Hotel by private car. You will enjoy a welcome drink as well as an evening orientation about your trip as well as equipment check. Spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: There is plenty to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, and with our private vehicle and your own personal guide, you will spend the day seeing the highlights of the Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus a chance to see experience local culture and taste local foods.
DAY 3 – Flight to Lukla (elev. 2840 m), Trek to Phakding (elev. 2610 m): After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to Lukla where we begin our trek in the Everest region. It is just a 45 minute flight, and what a flight it is! We literally follow the backbone of the Himalayas eastward. On the flight you will see not only Mt. Everest, but also the peaks of Kanchenjunga III, Mt. Lhotse IV, and Makalu V. Each of these peaks is over 8,000 meters, literally forming the roof of the world. We land in Lukla village where we begin our trek. There are no roads to Lukla, so this village is only accessible by air or a seven day trek from Jiri village. We will be heading toward Phakding village. We actually go downhill from Lukla as we travel through the rugged foothills of the Everest region. Trekking time is around three hours and we will stay in a local lodge at Phakding.
DAY 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m): Our walk begins early in the morning. It is a fairly easy trek, even starting out rather level as we follow the Dudh Koshi River. The land will start to move uphill gradually as we make our way toward the main district city of Namche Bazaar. We will cross the Hillary suspension bridge, and until we finally come to the steepest part of today's trek that leads us to Namche Bazar. There are plenty of views of the high mountains along the way, as well as becoming immersed in the local Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people. We will check into a local guesthouse for the night.
DAY 5 – Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar: It is important to spend a day acclimatizing to the higher elevation as altitude sickness can be quite serious. The day will not be spent just lying around, but we will hike to Everest Viewpoint for a magnificent view of Mt. Everest. From here, you will see the spectacular peaks of Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse and many more. It is only a two hour hike to Everest Viewpoint and we will spend a few hours there enjoying the view as well as having lunch. We will return to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the afternoon exploring the village. There is a lot to see here. We will spend the night in our local guest house.
DAY 6 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3860 m): Today's trek will lead us to the famed monastery of Tengboche. It is the highest monastery in the world at 3,860 meters. This monastery features the footprint of the Buddhist lama St. Milarepa. This monastery is famed for its incredible views of Mt. Everest and the 8,000+m peaks in the area. It is a pleasant trek to this place, taking around seven hours. There is some steep climbing just before reaching Tengboche, but otherwise the trail is relatively level. We will spend the night at a mountain lodge.
DAY 7 – Trek to Namche Bazaar: We start the return trip, trekking downhill to the district capital of Namche Bazaar. Trekking time is around 6 – 7 hours. The trail zig-zags downhill, then we find stone steps for an easier time in walking. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and then climb back upwards to reach the village of Kyangjuma. From there, it is relatively level to Namche Bazaar.
DAY 8 – Trek to Lukla: This is the final day of trekking as we make our way back to Lukwa so we can catch the flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. We follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it at the village of Jorsalle. From here is a short climb to the village of Monjo where we exit the Sagarmatha National Park. We will follow the Dudh Koshi River downstream, taking lunch at Phakding and then on to Lukwa where we will spend the night in a local mountain lodge.
DAY 9 – Fly to Kathmandu: We catch an early morning flight back to the capital, checking back into our Three Star Hotel in the city. The rest of the day is on your own to relax, do some shopping in Thamel or do further exploration of the Valley.
DAY 10 – Rafting: We travel in the morning 85 km to our starting point of Charaudi. We spend the day rafting down the Trisuli River, who's waters come from the Tibetan Plateau. There are plenty of rapids to shoot on your raft, all the while under the care of an experienced river guide. We take on a few rapids, then stop along the river for lunch. After lunch, shoot some more rapids with dinner being at our camping site.
DAY 11 – Rafting, Return to Kathmandu: We wake up early and start rafting after breakfast. There are plenty more rapids as the Trisuli River boils its way toward the Terai region where it will become a slow-paced river. We will not encounter its slow phase as here it is a wild river giving plenty of excitement. We pass over rapids locally known as bijili rapids and tea pot. We stop for lunch on the river, then wrap up our experience and return to Kathmandu. There is a final departure dinner in the evening where we will enjoy local dancing and food.
DAY 12 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all-around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please not that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any safety concern. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling to remote areas of the Himalayas, we can't guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes in our plans. Factors enter into these decisions include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health concerns of any of our group members, etc., can all contribute to the necessity of make unexpected changes. Your SNFT trip leader will try to insure that the trip runs as planned, but we kindly request that you please be accommodating if such changes do occur.
Please note that the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight often gets delayed by a few hours or even cancelled due to critical weather conditions. The Lukla airport is notorious for fog which we have no control over. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking will do everything it can to avoid such a situations. Mr. Kishan Gurung, the managing director of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition has developed a strong relationship with the manager of the Lukla airport as well as with local helicopter companies. Mr. Gurung will try to arrange alternative flights if necessary if flights are cancelled. We have a 99% success rate for arranging such flights for our valued clients in case of flight delays and cancellations. For the successful flight in rescue or cargo helicopters, the cost is around USD 200 to $250 per person additional cost. If we must charter a helicopter, then the cost is around USD 3500 for up to five people. It is advisable to always be able to stay an extra day should weather conditions require. Normally, we can usually fly out the same day, but it is a good idea to be prepared.
If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few of your buffer days left, you can arrange alternative activities to participate in with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition upon your request. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In case of flight delays or cancellations at the start of the trip, you can also choose an alternative trip, which includes trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manaslu, Langtang, Mustang or any other region in Nepal. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can offer you some really wonderful trekking opportunities in a variety of great locations. You can also choose to spend the time in Kathmandu exploring the Valley and all it has to offer. There is no need to be stuck in a hotel room; we can provide some great experiences as you wait for the weather to clear so you can fly to Lukla.
It is recommended that you set aside two to three days as "buffer days" at the end of your trip before having to depart Nepal when trekking in the Everest region. This is just good planning and will make for a much more pleasant trip. We apologize in advance for any difficulty the weather may contribute to. It is just part of being at the roof of the world.
ADDITIONAL NOTE FOR FAMILY TREKKERS:
For the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight, you will have to leave early in the morning, reporting to the airport before 5 am and the first flight leaving at 6 am from the domestic airport. You will need to wake up early. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will prepare and pack a breakfast for you. Again, the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed for several hours because of the fog in Lukla. Those traveling with children should bring things like chocolate and small toys to entertain children and passing the time as you wait for the flights. While flights are not cancelled and delayed all the time, the Lukla airport does have the most problems with weather. So plan ahead and be prepared.
THE TREKKING GROUP:
For this trip, there will be a Trek Leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking can run this trek for the group of any size. Generally, the maximum number of trekkers that the company has found optimum is 12.
All accommodations for the Everest Short Adventure are on twin-sharing basis with inclusive costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene and standard of food, services, locations, etc. There will be two styles of accommodations during this trek. We will spend four nights at a Three-Star Hotel in Kathmandu and one night in River Rafting camp. During the trek, we will spend six nights at standard tea houses or lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We can provide you with attached bath in some major towns; however, tea houses and lodges in some places have only shared washing and toilet facilities. We share a room with someone else of the same sex of our group if you are a solo traveler. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preferences and obtain a single room for an additional fee. Please understand that single rooms are not always possible at tea houses and mountain lodges. We will do our best to try and make the appropriate arrangements.
During this trek, you can enjoy the typical Nepali food along with different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) with items from pizza to chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, a variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house or lodge where we spend the night. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination with dinner served where we are spending the night. During your stay in Kathmandu, a farewell dinner along with breakfasts will be served.