High Passes to Everest Base Camp

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Trip code: 
TNG
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–16

The ultimate circuit of the Everest Region including Everest Base Camp

This is the ultimate trek of the Everest region. Starting from the famous Khumbu Valley, home of the Sherpas, we acclimatise before following the trail taken by many of the great Everest climbers and tackle some of the most incredible passes and summits one can trek in the Himalayas. During this circular trek we are constantly rewarded by amazing views of the highest mountains in the world, glacial lakes and quiet valleys. With most of the walking above 3600m this is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude.

Highlights

  • The ultimate circuit of the Everest Region including Everest Base Camp
  • Cross three passes: the Kongma La, Cho La and Renzo La with amazing views of Everest and other Himalayan giants 
  • Climb five summits: Nangkartshang, Chhukung Ri, Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri and Awi Peak
  • Enjoy trekking in the quiet Gokyo and Thame Valleys

Key information

  • 4 nights standard hotels and 18 nights teahouses
  • 18 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5546m, average 3900m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights 
  • Trekking experience at altitude required
  • Staff carry oxygen, a PAC bag, and a first aid kit on trek

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 18 nights teahouses
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag (UK and Eire addresses)
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire in advance from £55*)
  • Down jacket (hire in advance from £55*)
  • *Hire package incl. sleeping bag & down jacket from £77
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Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

18

Pace:

Approximately 10hrs walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain, snow and ice

Day by day breakdown
Day 36.0km/3.0miles
Day 416.0km/9.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles
Day 85.0km/3.0miles
Day 910.0km/6.0miles
Day 109.0km/5.0miles
Day 1113.0km/8.0miles
Day 128.0km/4.0miles
Day 136.0km/3.0miles
Day 149.0km/5.0miles
Day 154.0km/2.0miles
Day 166.0km/3.0miles
Day 1714.0km/8.0miles
Day 1813.0km/8.0miles
Day 1910.0km/6.0miles
Day 2013.0km/8.0miles

Itinerary

Kathmandu
to
Kathmandu
  • Day 1

    Start Kathmandu.

    The group flights usually arrive into Kathmandu in the afternoon - those travelling on them will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the group will join us at the hotel throughout the afternoon. There will be a welcome briefing tonight.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Free time to explore historic Kathmandu.

    Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. Various sightseeing tours can be booked and paid for locally. For more details of all of these optional activities please refer to the Optional Excursions section. There will also be a full trek briefing today.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding.

    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m), where we will spend our first night.

    Walk profile: 6km / 2.5-3hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

    We follow the Dudh Kosi north, crossing from one bank to the other throughout the day. Heading out of Phakding, we first cross to the west bank, climbing high above the river. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees. After Jorsale (2,800m) the trail climbs over a spur and alongside a moss-govered cliff, to cross the west fork of the river, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar (3,445m), headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park as well as a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre.

    Walk profile: 16km / 6hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

    We climb steeply out of Namche to the Everest View Hotel.This spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Continuing, we trek to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Kunde we can visit the Edmund Hillary hospital,and there should also be time to visit the monastery in Khumjumg, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma (3,600m).

    Walk profile: 13km / 6-7hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3,870m)

    From Kyanjuma the trail climbs eastwards and follows the Dudh Kosi again, high above the riverbed. We descend gradually to the village of Teshinga, after which the trail drops more steeply to the river, crossing it at Phunki Tenga at 3,250m. After a tea break we enter the forest and climb steeply all the way up to Thyangboche at 3,870m. From here we have a fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We will arrive by lunch time and there is time to acclimatise in the afternoon. We can visit the famous monastery and there is usually a prayer service, which we can attend.

    Walk profile: 9km/ 4-5hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland and Thyangboche Monastery to Dingboche.

    The trail from Thyangboche leads downhill through a forest of conifers, birch and rhododendrons. The trail passes the nunnery at Deboche to cross a bridge over the Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. The trail then enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. We are above the tree line now. A short climb brings us to Shomore, where we have lunch. After lunch we continue climbing to Dingboche, at 4,530m. Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawoche and Chalotse surround us.

    Walk profile: 9km/6.5hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Ascend Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) for views of Makalu.

    We spend this day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those who are adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m. From this hill the views are even more spectacular - Chalotse and Tawoche tower above us, Ama Dablam rears up across the valley and in the distance we can see Makalu.

    Walk profile: 5km / 5hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Trek to Chukkung and ascend Chukkung Ri (5546m).

    The trail ascends the valley gently towards Island Peak and Chhukung, a small settlement at 4,730m. From Chhukung we will ascend Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and from here we can look directly across the valley to the fantastic snow and ice formations on Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa.

    Walk profile: 5.5km to Chhukung + approx. 4km Chhukung Ri / approx. 3hrs to Chhukung (plus up and down Chhukung Ri)
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Cross the Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuje.

    An early start for a tough and very long day as we cross our first pass. We turn away from the main valley and head up a side valley towards the Kongma La. As we ascend the scenery becomes increasingly spectacular as the ridge of Nuptse appears above us. We can see the glaciers of Kongmatse ahead and the rocky peak of Pokalde is to our left. Finally we reach a small lake before the last steep scramble to the top of the pass. From the top (5,535m), we are surrounded by peaks and glaciers in all directions. The descent is long and steep and finally brings us to the Khumbu Glacier, a real sting in the tail as we must cross it at the end of the day to reach Lobuje (4,930m) a tiny yak pasture with a few teahouses in the summer. The sunset on Nuptse towering above us is not to be missed.

    Walk profile: 9km / 8-12hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m); return to Gorak Shep.

    Another long day so we start very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). The trail undulates by the side of the Khumbu Glacier on the rocky moraine. It will take us approx. 3hrs to reach Gorak Shep, where we have a rest and something to eat. We stock up on snacks and water as there are no tea houses from here to Base Camp. Leaving Gorak Shep we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where in spring, we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to summit the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.

    Walk profile: 13km / 9-12hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; return to Lobuche.

    This morning we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m, from where we can look down over the camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a most magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje. (Please note that due to bad weather we may change the order in which we do the walks to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar).

    Walk profile: 8km / 5.5-6hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Trek to Dzongla; optional trek up Awi Peak (5245m).

    Following the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier we head down the valley before turning off above the Chola Tso Lake towards our next pass, the Cho La. Above us are the twin peaks of Tawoche and Chalotse. We stay tonight in the small basic tea house at Dzongla (4,840m). For the energetic there will be a chance en route to ascend Awi Peak (5,245m), a little known viewpoint but well worth the effort for the views across to Everest Base Camp.

    Walk profile: 6km without Awi Peak/ 4hrs (Awi Peak will add approx. 3/4hrs and 4km)
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Cross the Cho La (5,420m) into the Gokyo Valley.

    The ascent of the Cho La is very steep and not easy, especially in heavy snow conditions. At the top of the pass (5,420m) we cross the icy sloping surface of the glacier - a true mountain experience - as snow peaks and glaciers now surround us. Initially the descent is very steep and can be icy as it zig zags down the moraine. The trail then becomes easier as we finally reach the lodges at Tangnak where we stay tonight.

    Walk profile: 9km / 8-9hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    A short walk across the Ngozumpo glacier to Gokyo Lake.

    An easy day today after the exertions of the last few days, as we climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier, which is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. A magnificent, but quite tough walk, across the glacier brings us to the walled meadows and lodge set next to the azure blue lake at Gokyo (4,750m). There is time this afternoon to rest and take in the views or the energetic may want to explore further up the Gokyo Valley.

    Walk profile: 4km / 3-4hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Ascend Gokyo Peak (5360m).

    A day to explore the magnificent scenery at Gokyo. There is a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri (5,360m.) which is set above the lake and enjoys probably the most magnificent mountain panorama in the Khumbu. Mountains surround us and include four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In the afternoon it is also possible to visit the fourth glacial lake.

    Walk profile: 6km / 5hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Cross the Renzo La (5,345m) to Lungden.

    Leaving this wonderful desolate mountain arena we climb up the steep barren rocky path to our last pass, the Renzo La (5,345m). From the top the views are truly magnificent. We can still see Everest in all its glory surrounded by Nupste, Lhotse and Makalu. Gokyo Lake is a tiny pinprick way below us and, looking over the pass are the peaks of Rolwaling. We pass Rermo Lake and continue on down to Lungden for the night.

    Walk profile: 14km / 6-7hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    Descend through Thame to Namche.

    We descend to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Kosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery. From Thame we follow the valley down to Namche.

    Walk profile: 13km / 6-7hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 19

    An easy day down to Phakding.

    A very easy and short day. We spend the morning in Namche and after lunch we leave and retrace our steps down through Jorsale to Monzo.

    Walk profile: 10km / 3-4hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 20

    Return to Lukla via Monzo.

    We retrace our steps back through Phakding with a final climb to Lukla.

    Walk profile: 13km / 5hrs
    Teahouse (Basic Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Free day in Kathmandu.

    Today is free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing or shopping.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 23

    End Kathmandu.

    The trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the Trip Notes suggest.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10º C at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are usually above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Daytime temperatures will range from 10ºC at 3600m to much lower the higher we go. The days crossing the passes can be very cold. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 15ºC or lower at the higher altitudes in November.

Pre Monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. There can be snow on the passes in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes and often in spring. There will always be snow/ice on the top of the Cho La as it is a glacier. If a pass is closed due to snow an alternative route will be chosen by your leader.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Is this trip for you?

The High Passes of Everest trek is graded 'tough' (activity level 7) and involves 18 days point-to point walking with full porterage throughout. This trek is mostly at high altitude in remote areas. The maximum altitude we reach is 5546m and the average is 3900m - we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. This trek is recommended for those who have previously walked at high altitude, are physically fit and have plenty of stamina. The rewards include the best views possible of the world's highest mountains.

Most of the trails are good, but some scrambling and walking on rock, scree, ice and snow should be expected. There are also some steep ascents and descents and long days when crossing the passes. The trail crosses a few modern suspension bridges, all of which have mesh sides but anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult. The nights will be cold, often well below freezing. The Cho La crosses a glacier so this will always be on ice and snow. It should be noted that in very bad conditions, for example when there has been heavy snowfall, it might not be possible to cross a pass, in which case a lower route will be taken.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• 100% of clients who did this trek with Exodus in 2016 would recommend us.
• ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen, a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC bag) and first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.
• Established protocol for Lukla flight delays – see below.

Internal Flight Delays

Please note that adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport occasionally mean that flights to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. We include an additional day at the end of the itinerary to allow for this, but on occasion persistent bad weather may delay the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu.

Should there be a lengthy delay at the start of a trip we will aim to provide a shortened Everest trek, but if adverse weather conditions continue and the main objective of the trek become impossible to reach, an alternative trek to another region of Nepal will be offered. When fixed-wing planes are unable to fly, but helicopters to Lukla are available, clients may choose to travel by helicopter; in this event the price per person will be approximately US$500-600 per person, of which Exodus will cover half.

Should there be a significant delay at the end of your trek, we will endeavour to get you on the first fixed-wing flights to Kathmandu available. Should helicopters be able to fly, we will consider paying for these on a case by case basis to enable clients to meet their international flights. In the case of persistent adverse weather, Exodus will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs.

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Accommodation

Hotel & Lodges

This tour spends four nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu and eighteen nights on trek in lodges (teahouses).

In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings.

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities. 

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have hot 'showers' (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.
Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the four nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis.

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Experts

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    Lee Harrison

    HIGH PASSES TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (TNG)

    I though I would be the only one finishing this trip, what with some bad food and respiratory issues, only 2 out of seven of us finished this trip. Apart from the points I have mentioned earlier I would like to stress that this trip is marked "TOUGH" that means you have to put some training in or you will struggle to complete this trip, your weekend country walks are not going to cut it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The inspirational moment for me was summiting the first pass, I then new I would be able to complete the trip fully and of course the Blue lake at Tokyo Ri summit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I found Gele B to be helpful and straight forward, his English is a little difficult to understand sometimes but overall he was good toward with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Careful what you eat, get some training in and importantly bring a good dust mask for the smog in Kathmando and the dust out on the mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Apart from my traveling companions I enjoy the trip very much and would defiantly try something similar.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Elizabeth Lyle

    Everest High Passes

    What an amazing trip something I'll never forget.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the passes and peaks and I loved getting to Everest Base Camp

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was Gele, he's inspiring and knowledgable of the area. We felt completely safe in his care. His English was excellent and he genuinely cares about our success. He is a credit to exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a steripen to sterilise your water it will save you a lot of money. Be fit as this trip is not for the faint hearted and to be fit means you will enjoy the experience all the better.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip for me was simply wonderful, Nepal is an amazing country and the beauty of the Himalayas will stay with me forever. The organisation of the trek from tea house to tea house was flawless and it meant we never had to worry about anything. Loved every minute of it.
  • Reviewed December 2014
    Shona Marshall

    The trip that delivered on all fronts!

    The High Passes of Everest trek was the first trip of this kind that I have done and was my 50th birthday treat to myself. Although I had never experienced altitude before, and had limited walking experience, I felt that I was fit enough and determined enough to take on the challenge of what is described as a 'tough' trek. Our guides stressed the need for a steady pace in order for us to acclimatise properly and be able to cope with many hard days spent at over 5000m. I never felt any of the symptoms of altitude sickness due mainly, I believe, to proper hydration. Along with the other 14 in the group (average age 51.9), I made base camp. Only 6 of us (ave. age 56.8) managed all 5 peaks and 3 passes, so I am justly proud of accomplishing that! The main reason that so few of the group managed all peaks and passes was down to illness, although 2 in the group weren't really fit enough and seemed to want to use the trek as a weight-loss exercise! I also went to Chitwan for 2 nights at the end of the trek. This was a thoroughly relaxing way to end my holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the Kongma La pass was a very emotional moment for me. There were a couple of steep scrambles up to the top, something which I had never experienced before. The feeling of accomplishment was incredible, a very empowering moment, and this being the hardest pass, I knew that I would be able to complete the whole trek. At Chitwan, bathing the elephants was fantastic, a childhood dream come true!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shailesh Tamang was great! His enthusiasm for the mountains and his pride in his country and people was something very special. His priorities for the group was safety and being able to complete as much of the trek as possible. He coped very well with the few cases of illness (chest infections and sickness/diarrhoea) and with a couple of the group who were much slower than the rest. The rest of his team showed great patience with us all and were always cheerful and positive.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes thoroughly. There are many long, hard days of trekking and you will enjoy the trip far more if you are fit. Drink plenty of water to help with acclimatisation (3-4 litres per day) and avoid tea/coffee.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Reaching base camp was something that I have always wanted to do, but this trip offered so much more. If you enjoy a challenge and being pushed out of your comfort zone, then spend a bit of time getting in good shape before you go and you will really get a great sense of achievement from this trek.
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    This was an extremely tough but hugely rewarding trip. I had trained hard before I left which meant that I actually enjoyed every step, now matter how tough it was. My head was up all the time, which is important with the amazing views on offer. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each summit was a personal achievement and the views incredible, each one inspiring me on to the next. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was good fun but occasionally the constant "ha ha" was inappropriate and somewhat false. He was very young and with experience will grow in maturity I think.However, he guided us well over the difficult passes. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train hard - you either suffer before you go, or you suffer on the trail! A bit dramatic? Not really. Because I had got a great level of fitness before I left, it meant that even when I had a throat infection thru one the High Passes I was able to continue and enjoy the day, something I would not have been able to do if I was out of shape. I was training 6 days a week in the last 6 weeks before departure (my normal training was 3-4 days a week before that). And I variety of running/circuits/High Intensity and endurance training. Well worth the effort. Age is not an issue - fitness is. Don't turn up unfit or you could ruin it for everyone else.I wore calf recovery sleeves every day when we'd finished. They really work. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take a water bottle that can withstand boiling water. I had a water system that didnt so I had to buy bottled water. Take your Nalgene bottles (dont leave behind like I did!).I was advised by a reputable retailer that my -5 comfort level sleeping bag would be sufficient for a tea-house trek. It was NOT, I had to beg blankets every night. make sure you have a warmer bag with you.Smart wool socks can last up to 6 days - dont take too many.Bamboo clothing is amazing too - the tops also last many many days, so do the knickers but I'll keep those details to myself. This is really helpful when you have a 10kg weight limit.I took loads of chocolate etc but you can buy this everywhere, i wouldnt take it all again if I went back.Take your book, there is quite a lot of down time, I sacrificed my kindle for weight and wish I hadnt.I took Yaktrax Extreme, which are slightly more expensive, but we had so much snow and ice on the trail but mixed with rocks. the traditional Yaktrax (coils) couldnt take the rocks and broke. The Extreme handled it all really well.   
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    It was an excellent trip, incredible beauty around and the whole scenery but it was incredibly tough. No matter who you are and how do you feel prepared, all the fat and energy in the body gets burnt first few days and you are left always hungry in between each meal since the food can hardly cover the energy outcome. Its not just the walks but also the constant frost (when starting early mornings well in the teens ...) only with the exception of day light (we had an ideal weather with blue sky all the time though), lack of running water and most likely also oxygen ...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The High Passes are definitely the most fabulous place to walk ...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    All our leaders were excellent and always on guard to make sure everybody was alright (which wasn't often quite easy to achieve - everybody of us had his difficult moment during the trip)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take this trip only after several much shorter stays in comparable altitudes - what is probably most difficult is the length of the trip with basically fortnight stay between 4800 and 5200 metres above the sea level.
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    A tough expedition although conditions can alter the toughness considerably! Also a fairly high level of fitness is required although this will not help with the altitude sickness which the majority of people will suffer with in various severities. Do not believe exodus account of " experience of hill walking in Scotland" this is a massive undersell as we had 5 out of 8 people who have regularly done this and we all agreed that there is no comparison between them. I am a very fit guy who trains approx 10 hrs a week running and weights and although physically not the hardest thing I have done mentally it is. Do not attempt this trip without considering the risks and if you have any doubts about your fitness as you do not want to be a burden on the rest of the group. Ps yak tracks are a necessity not as trip notes say possible extras.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Most inspirational time was reaching the bunk house after being the first group this season to cross the kongma la and then the glacier after 10hrs of walking sometimes in thigh high snow. .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent with a thorough knowledge of the terrain and was quick to spot signs of sickness. Without him less people would have succeeded.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not assume that altitude will not affect you as you have done kilimanjero etc as people did on our trip. You are trekking at over 5000 m for over a week not just a few hours and then coming down! Start with diamox at 4000m and stpp taking after the last pass this is approximately 11 days worth so side effects should be minimised.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic experience but not without risks which exodus don't mention but your guide will emphasise to you!
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    A great trek into the khumbu valley, Everest Base camp and Gokyo. Fantastic scenery both above and below the snowline view views that are out of this world. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We had a very difficult trip due to the heavy snowfall and lowlevel clouds at Lukla. The high passes were closed and the peaks very slippy due to the snowfall and avalanches. However, the views from Kala Patter were great. But for me the views to and from Gokyo and Gokyo Ri of the lakes and glacier were out of this world and made the trip. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prem & Hari were both very good leaders who made sure we were always well fed and are needs met. They are fun to be around and set a good pace for the groups abilities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take to much as you can buy lots of gear and supplies in Namche Bazaar. However, certain items are exspensive the higher you get so its best to get supplies like chocolate in Namche, where the cost is around 70 rupee's, by the time you get to the villages around the peaks you pay 300 rupees. The same goes for medicines. Water is the biggest headache, plastic bottles or prurification tablets....there are arguments for both. I would be happy for the tours to collect waste and pay porters to bring bck down as it removes the problem and keeps the local people in work.....Take ear plugs and a thin bed roll / mat for the mattresses as they get damp from the cold and condensation. Getting to and from Lukla is a major problem due to the low clouds. Think about the helicopter option early if you don't have much spare time. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Its a great trek, but unfortunately we didn't get to see all of it. Its tough but with a good pace you don't get exhausted. I strained my shin splint on the 4-5th day so it was quite a painful trek, but luckily I had a good pair of walking sticks and lots of Ibrufen!! Enjoy and Good luck! James (41) Hampshire .
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    An unforgettable trip, for all the right reasons.  Travelling through the world's highest mountains, having to dig deep into my mental and physical reserves, all with a great group and leader (Pasang). This is the trek to do.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the peaks and passes we climbed. Particularly the passes, as then the sense of journey became real, looking back from where we had come and looking forward to where we were about to go. Also our group, all very different, but with a common purpose.  Lastly, the the the people who lived and worked in the mountains.  Their self reliance and work ethic and a ready smile are an example to all.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang had a real love and enthusiasm for the mountains.  His briefing talks each evening were delivered with eloquence and humour, and gave a real feel for what the following day would bring.  He was also an effective motivator during the tough times and helped make them a little easier.  Probably one of the most importatnt factors in a trip such as this is how everyone acclimatises and stays healthy.  Pasang was key in this respect constantly ensuring that we were given advice on how to avoid altitude sickness and stomach bugs. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will need plenty of determination, stamina and lungpower.  There are 18 days of trekking where for 9 days you are sleeping between 4500 and 5200m, and each day climbing to well above 5000m.  Make sure that you're fit enough not to wake up each morning feeling muscle stiffness, fatigue or with sore feet.  Eat and drink as much as you can.You will probably need more money than you think on trek.  Water is expensive  at high altitude and you can be spending around £7 per day just on this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have the time and are fit this by far the best trek that Exodus offer in Nepal.  This was my first trek, and although I found it hard, it is an extremely satisfying trip, as apart from the Namche to Lukla section, it doesn't repeat any of the route.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    What a fantastic adventure in an unbelievably beautiful part of the world.  The weather was amazing, the scenery was stunning, the group got on so well, the leader was superb, the food was excellent, and the accomodation was way better than expected. I feel very privileged to have been able to experience this place.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

     A small local girl (max 3 years) on first day of trek standing next to side of path we were on.  With no prompting, as I walked past she stretched her hand out and handed me a small wild flower, smiled and waved me on. She was looking for nothing in return.Barry, the oldest guy in our group (65), who was unfortunately ill for most of the trip (probably 14/18 days) and did not look well for much of that time, managed to the top of every peak and every pass. He was an inspiration for the rest of the group. The emotion of being at Everest Base Camp on the 6th anniversary of my dads death and building a stone cairn there, realising that his love of the outdoors when I was little had a large part to play in me being there.Local porters carrying up to 20 sheets of plywood on their individual backs and walking uphill in a bent over position.  One guy had 120kg of wood.  They get paid 'well' but an unbelievably tough way to earn a living.On the way down through Phakding, a young boy (maybe 5) who was standing outside a building with a glass window, steaming it up with his breath, turned round and walked across towards me. At the other side of the wall between us, he bent down and picked up an old rucksack and then walked round the end of the wall onto the main path I was on. He proceeded to hold out the rucksack for me to take, and turned round and held his arms out for me to put the rucksack on his back.  He then marched off down the path in front of me with a rucksack that was way too big for him, much to the amusement of the watching locals. What is he dreaming of?Taking a photo of the top of Ama Dablam with 20x optical zoom camera and zooming in to photo to see two guys and the shadow there bodies were casting, at the top of the mountain. It was amazing. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

     Psang was the best group leader that we have had on any trip we have done with either Exodus or Explore. His organisational skills were great, he kept things simple and clear, he had a great sense of humour, and he successfully got everybody in the group round the complete trek.He did such a great job of keeping an eye on all members of the group, noticing when people were not drinking enough, or maybe struggling a bit on a particular day.  He didn't force his opinions on you, rather suggested things that he would do, leaving it for you to decide, and it was great testament to him that everybody took his recommendations on board.He also slept like a banana :) 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

     You do NOT need to take that many changes of clothes with you.  My wife and I spent so long prior to travelling out to Nepal and then subsequently at Kathmandu before flying to Lukla, trying to work out many items we needed to take on the trek.  After getting rid of more and more, we still ended up taking too many items. The pace is slow and most of the trek is at high altitude, so you dont really sweat. You do need a few layers.10 / 11 people took Diamox on advice from the tour leader for most of the time at or above 4000m. I didn't and I was fine. My wife did and she was fine!Use the shower at Hotel Zongla Inn (if you stay there of course!) . The floor was padded, the water was hot, and most importantly the plastic frosted glass floor to ceiling window faced the sun in the afternoon, so it was actually warm when you finished having your shower.  Most people in the group needed more money that had been recommended to take with you on the trek. Once above Namche Bazaar, you have nowhere to access money unless either your fellow travellers will lend you some or your group leader does cash advances. Your guide and assistant guide may not travel back with you to Kathmandu.  You need to ensure you have enough additional money to tip them before flying back to the city. Take a metal drinking bottle and use it  as a hot water bottle.Camel pac was the easiest method of drinking, although high up and early morning, the hose often froze up, so it is good to have an alternative.Amazingly we were actually recommended to use plastic bottles of mineral water. (or boiled water) rather than treating the local water with iodine etc.  Turns out there are a number of plastic bottle recycling plants in the area we were trekking (really!)).  Only one person out of the 11 in our group chose to use treated water. Do not have any concern about the food.  It was, almost without exception, very good.  Even in the highest camp at Gorak Shep (5180m), they had a comprehensive menu (8 breakfast choices, 8 soups, 6 noodle dishes, 4 rice dishes, and even pizzas (really).  The availability of meat higher up was more limited, although chicken was still available at 5180m.  It does get more expensive the higher you get as does the water.  If you eat more than others you pay more than others! You will love the Sherpa Stew!You don't actually need to take any chocolate bars with you.  Almost every tea house had mars, snickers, some had bounty bars, most had packets of Macvities Digestive Biscuits and Pringles (or equivalent).  Many tea houses also did big plates of popcorn.Some tea houses are warmer than others, even when some have their yak dung burning stoves in operation they were still fairly cold, and I am talking about the dining areas and not the rooms.We both had Rab Expedition jackets with us, but for most of the trip didn't really need them.  In November there was no rain,  so a smaller standard down jacket would probably have done.  They were great first thing in the early morning starts, but got too warm to wear for too long when the sun was out. They were good as an extra blanket on a couple of occasions.The rooms are in the main comfortable, but do make sure you take a pillow case with you.  Above about 4500m it is very cold at night.  We had between -10C and -15C in a couple of the tea houses. I don't generally notice the cold so much but for a number of nights had 4/5 season sleeping bag, thermal liner bag inside, two layers on top half, thermal bottoms, socks and a woolly hat.  My wife had hot water bottle most nights above 3000m.The accommodation was much cleaner than expected. We deliberately went late in the year after being told there were less people in general trekking at this time, meaning less throughput for the tea houses. Battery charging is available at almost all tea houses, with prices going up with the altitude. Many people on the trekking route had fancy cameras with them.  Because of the weight I only  took a Panasonic TZ30 compact.   I had three batteries with me, and they needed recharging probably 3 times each for the 2200+ photos.   The batteries for the DSLR's seemed to last better than the compact batteries. Put your batteries inside your sleeping bag to keep them warm. I took a one hour charger for 4*AA (or 4*AAA) batteries with me. That proved great for GPS batteries.Yak Traks were ideal for crossing Ngozumpo glacier. Some people had crampons.  We only needed them for around 40 minutes on a single part of the whole trip. The Yak Traks have since been used back home!Make sure you have buff(s) with you if you are walking late in the year (Oct/Nov). Many of the paths were very dry and dusty, and walking in a line there was a lot of dust kicked up. Many people spent quite a lot of time with buffs over their noses.There were a couple of opportunities to have clothes washed by the porters. Be warned. They will NOT wash your underwear. Do not underestimate how much liquid you need to drink.  Stick to the advice given and DO NOT drink less that that amount.  Otherwise you WILL regret it.  Your pee should be 'clear and copious'.No matter how much you eat, you will lose weight because of the altitude. Putting on a few extra pounds before the trip would not be a bad thing.Take up Geocaching before you go.  www.geocaching.com.  There are a few to be found around the trek!   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

     The pace was pretty slow at times which was probably ideal for the slowest members of the group.  For the early parts it also helped greatly with the acclimatisation.   Our group did resemble a herd of sheep occasionally with people in single file, one person close in behind the other. If that didn't suit you could hang back.It was amazing to see Yaks crossing mountain passes at 5500m. Everybody in our group had either done one or more of G20, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc.  Some had also done other Himalayan treks, but they said this one bettered the others.  It was a tough trek, but perhaps not as hard as some of the group expected.  The acclimatisation period probably helped considerably, and where several people had suffered fairly badly with altitude on Kilimanjaro (including my wife), the same problems did not arise on this trip.The weather we had for the trip was unbelievable.   There was only really one afternoon that the clouds came in and the view disappeared and the temperature dropped significantly. That made for spectacular landscapes and helped create some outstanding photos, and I am sure helped with everybody's enjoyment of this wonderful journey.Do it now. Don't wait. You wont regret it for a single second. 
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous

    HIGH PASSES OF EVEREST

    An amazing experience which totally superseded my (pretty) high expectations. Great group, fantastic leadership team and a very rewarding itinerary- felt we really got to see places most people wouldn't get to explore

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without doubt the whole holiday was inspirational- whether it was the cultural experience of the commotion of Kathmandu, the sense of remoteness and wilderness or the sense of achievement in completing the High Passes and summiting the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was very clear from the start that Pasang was well connected and respected- from his colleagues who also provided excellent support, to the hotel staff in Kathmandu and the other leaders we met whilst on the trek. He provided timely, accurate and essential advice and recommendations each evening so that when we got up the next day, we knew what we'd be getting up to! He also had a great sense of humour (particularly as he liked to mock my Norn' Irish accent) and it felt like he never took a break the whole trip. He was simply, outstanding. Exodus is lucky to have him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do bring reserve Bank of England notes to change in Namche on the way back down- I think we were all running a bit tight close to the end.Be prepared to be hungry!! It's amazing how much your body needs when you are at altitude for so long- we were constantly wolfing food down!!! And this is against the principle that you loose your appetite with altitude.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A brilliant itinerary, at times tough but uber rewarding. Sign up and you'll have a ball!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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