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Everest Base Camp Trek including

Tigers of Ranthambore


Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Ranthambore
  • Delhi
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £659pp

Tour Highlights
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Two Jungle Safaris
  • Farewell Dinner and Cultural Dance Show
  • Trek across mountainous terrain to reach Everest Base Camp
  • Experience a dramatic flight and landing into Lukla airport before the Trek begins
  • Marvel at the incredible views of some of the world's tallest mountains from Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore the Tengboche Gompa, a traditional Buddhist monastery
  • Climb to the stunning Khumbu Glacier after one of the most difficult but rewarding sections of the trek.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise from Kala Patthar, which overlooks the mountain peaks of the Himalayas

Extension from £659pp

Tour + Extension from £2398pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Visit the Tigers of Ranthambore

Once a famous hunting ground for the gallant rulers of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is spread over 1,344km2 and is one of the biggest national parks in India. Choose this extension to experience a variety of wildlife including tigers, leopards, deer and much more.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Kathmandu via Dubai

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kathmandu via Dubai.

2
Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Be met by the tour manager and transferred to the hotel for a welcome dinner and a full briefing on the adventure to come.

  • Dinner
3
Kathmandu - Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft) - Phakding (2,562m/8,700ft), average 3-4 hours of walking including breaks, covering 8km

After an early breakfast head to the airport for a spectacular forty-minute flight to the mountainous airstrip at Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu/Everest region. Meet the trekking team who will be your guides and porters for the whole journey. The trek starts gently with a descent to the Sherpa settlement of Cheplung, then winds up the valley of Eastern Nepal's highest river, the Dudh Khosi ('Milk River'). Along the way, there are memorable views as the trail winds its way through Ghat village before reaching Phakdang and the first overnight lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft), average 6-7 hours of walking including breaks, covering 10km

This morning begins with a pleasant meander through beautiful pine forests and Sherpa villages, crossing several suspension bridges before reaching Jorsale, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Admire the mighty peak of Thamserku towering above the village before continuing to the powerful confluence of the Bhote and Dudh Khosi Rivers. From here, ascend to the spectacular Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge and take in the incredible views of Mount Everest rising behind the Nuptse Lhotse Ridge. The trail now steepens for the final climb up to Namche Bazaar, a bustling high-altitude town and gateway to the Himalayas. Unwind and settle in for a two-night lodge stay in Namche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day

A day to become acclimatised to the altitude, with plenty to do. Namche Bazaar is a delight in itself, with an abundance of local bakeries, bars, traditional restaurants and souvenir shops. There is also the fascinating and informative Sagarmatha Park Visitor Centre, well worth a visit for an insight into Sherpa culture and regional flora and fauna. Another option, recommended to aid acclimatisation, is a walk to the higher village of Khumjung. The stunning views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest provide more than ample reward.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 8km

Depart Namche Bazaar and make the ascent towards Sansa where the trail forks to the village of Gokyo. Along the way, look out for local Himalayan wildlife, including Nepal's national bird, the Danphe pheasant and Himalayan Tahrs. Cross the Dudh Khosi near Phunki Thenga and pass Tibetan Buddhist water driven prayer wheels. Traditionally it is believed water that passes the prayer wheel becomes blessed and purified, cleansing the onward path. Begin to ascend through the stunning conifer and rhododendron forest which leads to the picturesque village of Tengboche, showcasing an incredible panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. Having reached tonight's destination, spend the afternoon visiting Tengboche Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery established in the early 20th century by Lama Gulu. This spiritual centre is perched on a ridge at 12,687 ft, with Mount Ama Dablam forming a riveting backdrop.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 10km

Today's trek towards Dingboche begins by crisscrossing the Imja Khola River and making a steady ascent up its valley to Pangboche and on to Shomore for a rest and lunch. The trail continues with a climb out of the tree line to a wooden bridge where the icy rapids of the Imja Khola and Khumbu Rivers meet. Cross the bridge and it's a short ascent to the picturesque Sherpa village of Dingboche. From here there are striking views of the peak Ama Dablam, which rises above the local villagers' terraced fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The fields are walled to protect crops from icy winds during the short growing season. Spend the evening at a lodge in Dingboche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Dingboche - Lobuche (4, 940m/16,207ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 7km

This morning's trail starts with a picturesque trek out of Dingboche, rewarded by beautiful views of the Taboche and Cholatse summits. Journey through Yak pastures before arriving at the hamlet of Duglha where you will proceed up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Chukpu Lari. Here there is poignancy in the stone memorials to the Sherpas and climbers who have lost their lives on Everest, mixed with wonder at the breathtaking views of Khumbuste, Lingttren and Pumori peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. Follow the valley upstream for an hour to an overnight lodge in the hamlet of Lobuche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,930ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), average 8-10 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

A long but hugely rewarding day begins with an early start, following an undulating trail along the icy moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorak Shep - the last stop before Everest Base Camp. After a rest and lunch refuel, it's time to hit the trail towards the ultimate goal, the highest basecamp in the world and a place of mountaineering legend. During peak climbing season the trail is busy with porters carrying supplies, the ice seracs becoming a riot of colourful tents. This is a time and a place to celebrate, contemplate, take pictures to treasure and share the moment with your fellow travellers. Marvel at the sublime view of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall, one of the most treacherous sections of an Everest ascent. Gaze from west to east to take in the peaks of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Nuptse. Retrace the path back to Gorak Shep for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545m,18,192ft) - Pheriche (4,280m/14,070ft), average 8-10 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

Set off early this morning to summit Kala Patthar peak in time to catch the majestic sunrise over Everest, seen here in astonishing close-up. On the horizon can also be seen the summits of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse and Nuptse. Head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast then onwards back to Lobuche. After lunch, continue descending the valley towards tonight's destination of Pheriche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Pheriche - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft), average 8-9 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

This morning the trail returns through rhododendron forest on the way back towards Phunki Thengavia via Tengboche. A climb to Sansa will take you to the trail which forked at Gokyo, and then a walk along a broader trail will lead back to Namche Bazaar, the stop for tonight. This is nearly the end of the journey, and a great place to cherish the experience, perhaps shopping for a memento before enjoying a drink in a bar.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), average 7-8 hours of walking including breaks covering 18km

After breakfast, depart Namche Bazaar and descend towards the villages of Jorsale and Cheplung. Complete the trek with a final 35-minute ascent to Lukla, where the journey began. Bid farewell to your porters and enjoy a celebratory evening at the overnight lodging near the little airstrip.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Lukla - Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 40 min flight

An early start will begin the return journey to Kathmandu on a 40-minute flight from Lukla. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a day at leisure to relax.

  • Breakfast
14
Kathmandu

Ample time to unwind and enjoy the sights of Kathmandu. Explore ancient Durbar Square a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, amble through Thamel's fascinating maze of narrow streets lined with many shops, restaurants and bars or wander in the grounds of Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple.

  • Breakfast
15
Kathmandu

Enjoy a day at leisure in Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast
16
Kathmandu to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey.

  • Breakfast
17
Delhi/Ranthambore

After a morning at leisure, proceed to Ranthambore National Park for a wildlife experience of a lifetime, giving you the chance to see the majestic tigers of India.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Ranthambore

Enjoy an early morning jungle safari followed by breakfast back at your hotel and some leisure time when you can take advantage of the hotel's outdoor pool. A second safari trip will follow after lunch to visit further areas of the park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Ranthambore/Delhi

After breakfast take the scenic journey back to Delhi during which a packed lunch will be served. You will be transferred to your hotel followed by a farewell dinner including a cultural dance show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Delhi/UK

Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure. A Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu; you will need to download a form from the Nepal Embassy website and present this completed form on arrival at immigration together with a passport sized photograph (we recommend taking a couple spare) and payment (currently USD $30). When applying for the visa on arrival you will need to ensure you apply for a multiple entry visa. We recommend you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice, requirements and any changes http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 24 days cover£48£94£146
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Flights are operated with Emirates, departing London Heathrow via Dubai. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 55cm/38cm/ 20cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check- in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.

Physical Accessibility

For this trekking holiday previous experience and a high level of fitness & stamina is required. Trekking will be along well-worn trails with different levels of pace, you will need to be prepared to negotiate steep inclines and uphill treks climbing stone steps. Your treks will be between mountain lodges and daily distances will vary from 7 to 18 kilometres. Please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities within the group. It is important to note altitudes vary with most treks between 2642m and 5545m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 5545m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tour's suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour extension, meaning that you will have the services of a local guide during each of your excursions.

Currency Information

The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
08 Nov 201927 Nov 2019£659£2129£2788Book Now
2020 DATES
21 Feb 202011 Mar 2020£709£1839£2548Book Now
13 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£709£1969£2678Book Now
24 Apr 202013 May 2020£709£1929£2638Book Now
29 May 202017 Jun 2020£659£1889£2548Book Now
11 Sep 202030 Sep 2020£669£1739£2408Book Now
16 Oct 202004 Nov 2020£699£2229£2928Book Now
06 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£699£2169£2868Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Nepalese Rupee

Average Flying time

11 hours

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug multi-adapter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle and Chlorine Dioxide to sterilise
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Lightweight towel or sarong
  • Trail mix/nuts/muesli bars (bring zip lock bags from home)
  • Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended
  • Rucksack to use during treks, we recommend 30-35 litres
  • Long Trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton or linen trousers are the most suitable. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances
  • Warm clothing - A thick fleece or sweater is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude
  • Down Jacket - After sunset, temperatures can fall below freezing
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Hat and gloves - thermal type is most appropriate
  • Tracksuit or fleece pants for evenings
  • High-quality hiking socks
  • Walking boots - we recommend you bring boots with ankle support that are worn-in and comfortable before you start your trekking
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