Panoramic Everest Mini Trek
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2012 6:30 AM Last Post By: anpijola
Nov 5, 2012 3:08 AM
Panoramic Everest Mini TrekDear all,
What are your thoughts on this Everest Mini Trek? http://www.greatholidaysnepal.com/everest-mini-trek.html
Unfortunately we only have a week to explore the area.
The detailed tour includes:
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 02 Flight to Lukla early morning ( 45 mins ) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 03 Phakding to Namchebazzar (3440m)
Day 04 Namche to Syangboche and Back to Namche
Day 05 Namche to Lukla (2840m)
Day 06 Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Rest .
Day 07 Short tour of Kathmandu including Swoyambhunath and
Kathmandu Durbar square.
The cost is USD 850 per person.
Thanks for your feedback in advance!
Nov 5, 2012 3:32 AM
1Personnaly I wouldn't spend $850 for this trip. Maybe take a Everest flight (if you're goal is to see Everest) and look for other tours in KTM valley. Or go for a shorter trek from KTM. Others might be more informative about shorter treks.
If you're only goal is to see Everest in you're timeframe I would take a mountain flight. But this is my humble opinion.
Nov 5, 2012 3:52 AM
As Treabeard said; if you want to see Everest consider a mountain flight and a shorter trek.
If you do want to do this trek it can be done much cheaper than $850 by negotiating or finding a different company. The cheapest way would be to trek independently. More info on this and the costs if you wish...
A Sundarijal, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel trek might be as rewarding and without the $280 per person flight costs.
Whatever you do, enjoy he trip.
Nov 5, 2012 5:13 AM
3Good Info already posted by treabeard and scoodly
My own views are if this is the timescale that you have to operate in and you do want to see Everest then it’s a great little trek – If it were me then I would still want to build in a couple of buffer days just in cse of flight de;ays at Lukla – You nwouldn’t want to miss your flight home !!
Also agree with scoodly about the price you have quoted – Definitely on the High Side – You could Just hire out one porter/guide and he will both guide you as well as carry 15k, so this saves you packing most of your gear, costs are around $20 per day including his food and accommodation as well as his insurance but not transportation to and from the trail-head or tip + you will need to pay around $25 /$30 each for your own food and accommodation, $37.50 National Park Entry and $10 each TIMS ($20 if you organise this in advance through an agent) – This will work out a Lot cheaper than joining a group + you can walk at your own pace, stay where you want and eat where, what and when you want.
You would also have to add the cost of your Lukla Flights - Prices are around $140 each way for trekkers and around $55 each way for any Nepali Trekking Staff you might take
Take your best guess at when you will want your return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and book an open return for that date, then when you are about to leave Namche Bazaar if you are either ahead or behind schedule you can ring the airline office from there and book seats on the next available flight (In busy time and especially when backlogs occur during spells of poor weather it won’t harm to also ring the airline office from Namche Bazaar and confirm your flight date)
This is a Much better option than hanging around Lukla for a day or so awaiting your flight as Namche and the surrounding area as a lot more to offer.
Aim to arrive back in Lukla early afternoon the day before you fly back to Kathmandu and stay in “The Sunrise Lodge” The owner of this lodge has “Power” with the airlines and will accompany you to the office, which opens around 3 to confirm your flight, and help ensure your name is on the list
Nov 5, 2012 7:55 AM
4If you have any jet lag at all ,you are going too high too fast to enjoy any part of it.What altitude will you be acclimated to when you get off the plane in Kathmandu ?
Nov 5, 2012 9:14 AM
5To me not worth it, too expensive, and too dependent on all going well as far as flights. However if it is really what you want to do and you have no other options (consider mtn flight) then up to you...you will certainly get a feel for the area, the people, the views etc....a taste for the future when you can set aside a month to do it right.
Nov 6, 2012 2:48 AM
Nov 6, 2012 6:30 AM
7As others said, the price is on the high side compared to trekking independently. Have you made comparison with prices from other trekking companies?
To me, if you want to see and "feel" Everest, and enjoy trekking, then nothing beats trekking up there to see Everest. Mountain flight experience is just not as exhilarating to me.
As others have posted, be aware that there is always the possibility of flight delays.
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