Everest Foothills Camping Trek

Trek Duration
7 Days

Max Trekking Altitude
4050m

Trek Grade
Easy-Moderate

Accommodation
Camping

Hours of Walking
4-6 Hours per day

Area
Lower Solu Khumbu

Group Size
4-10 people

Best time to go
September-November & March- May

Highlights


  • Spectacular East-West views of the Himalayan range in Nepal
  • View of Mount Everest, Mount Numbur, Mount Lhotse and many more from Pikey Peak
  • Visiting local Buddhist monasteries –Thupten Choling Monastery and local monasteries
  • Walking on secluded trails far from tourist crowds
  • A luxury camping experience with first-class service
Everest foothill camping trek

The Everest foothills camping trek takes you on a 6 days adventure in the green foothills below Mount Everest. If it is your first time trekking in Nepal, this is a great opportunity to do an easy trek with spectacular views of the entire Himalayan range from East to West in Nepal. Though famous for offering the best view of Mount Everest according to Sir Edmund Hillary, this off the beaten track route is little used by trekkers and you will have the trails to yourself. Nights will be spent in the comfort of our exclusive camp.

If you are planning a trip to Nepal then "Mountain Travel Nepal" is your go-to agency. We had an amazing experience with the company and Mr. Ashok. We track the Everest Base Camp in 10 days....

– Alessandro, Daniele, Claudio & Luca, Italy & Germany
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Trip Details

Everest Foothill
Camping Trek


The Everest Foothills Camping Trek begins with a meet in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, two days before departure to the mountains for introductions to the other team members and your guide. Here we will give you a briefing on trek preparations and we will answer any questions you may have. After the meeting, your guide will be available to help you with any last minute shopping or packing tips.

For your first days in Kathmandu, we will be happy to help you with your hotel booking, sightseeing arrangements or any activities you may be interested in. Let us know in advance and we will make sure that your stay is made as easy and comfortable as possible.

Everest foothill camping trek

On departure day our car will pick you up in the morning to take you to the domestic airport, from where we fly to Phaplu, a small village approximately 250km East of Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can drive to Phaplu by jeep, which is a scenic, yet strenuous 12 hour drive.

Arriving in the early afternoon or evening depending on the mode of transportation, we will spend the rest of the day exploring Phaplu, visiting the locals and its surroundings. We stay the night at a local guesthouse.

We start the trek early the following morning, where a steep descend through the pine forest and paddy fields awaits. After approximately one hour we reach the Solu Khola river. From here we follow the newly established road for a little bit, before turning off on a small trail up to the village Boldok. After a steep climb above Boldok, we enjoy a simple but filling lunch.

From here the trail continues steeply up through the pine forest. The occasional openings in the forest will reveal stunning views of the green Phaplu valley and Mount Numbur and Gauri Shankar to the north. After 3-4 hours from the river, we reach our camp site on the top of the ridge. From here we can get the first glimpse of the Everest massif.

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Next morning, get up early to catch the first morning rays on the Himalayas. Tea and coffee will be served in your tent and you can sit in comfort and take in the beauty. After a hearty breakfast we start the day with a gradual ascend along the ridge. We pass through more pine forest shifting with rhododendron and open meadows. After approximately two hours the trail flattens a bit, and the walking gets easier. As we keep following the ridge the landscape opens we have a view of the green foothills and valleys to the south and the great Himalayas to the North.

We reach the camp in the early afternoon. The camp site is used by local herders for their night shelter. There are a few dried out lakes in the area, which only contain water during the monsoon. Today we have lunch in camp. Light snacks will be provided on the way.

Spend the afternoon exploring the area, reading a book, or maybe you want to help preparing for the camp fire.

Everest foothill trek

The following morning of Everest foothills camping trek starts the ascend of Pikey Peak. The trail is wide and stone steps make it easy to walk, but you will most probably feel the effect of the altitude here which slows you down. We take plenty of small breaks on the way to catch our breath and enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, and Makalu and Kanchenjunga to the East among other iconic peaks. After enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas, we start the descend towards Yase Bhanjyang. It takes about an hour to reach this pass below us, where we find a small tea house.

Here we stop for a well deserved lunch, a cup of tea and a chat with the owner, before continuing along the trail which ascends steeply for a short while. The trail flattens shortly after leaving the tea house, and we can enjoy views down towards the valley of Lhoding towards Lukla. We follow the trail along the side of the mountain towards the North-East.

Our camp for the night is located at an altitude of 3500 meters on the side of the mountain, where a big meadow provides a beautiful space for our tents, surrounded by green forest protecting us from the wind. This is a great place to light up a campfire and share epic travel stories.

Everest foothill camping trek

The next morning offers a lovely walk down through the forest to the river. We continue through several small settlements along the trail East towards Junbesi. The land here is cultivated with maize, potato, apple, and wheat.

We reach our camp early, and after lunch we visit the village Junbesi. In Junbesi we enjoy our lunch and if you wish we can take look around, visit the local monastery and the Hillary School, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. If time and energy permit, we will make the hike to the famous Thubten Choeling Monastery.

On our final trek day we have a leisurely 3-4 hour walk ahead of us back to Phaplu. We follow the river Junbesi Khola for a couple of hours before making the final climb up to our guesthouse in Phaplu.

After a good rest and breakfast in Phaplu we fly or drive back to Kathmandu on the last morning.

Private Group Vs Fixed Departure


  • If you are a group of 6 or more people, we can arrange this trek on your convenient dates. This will be a private departure, just for your group.
  • If you are just 1-3 people traveling together, please sign up for one of our fixed departures, where you will be joining a small group of other trekkers. The maximum group size will be 6 people.
  • If you need any help or recommendation for arranging hotels, activities, transport, etc. for your trip in Nepal, please feel free to contact our team in Kathmandu at any time.

The Food


We focus on combining taste, healthiness and sustainability. Each meal has been thoughtfully crafted in order to give you the energy you need for an active day.

We cater to vegetarians and vegans, and will adapt the menu to any dietary restrictions you may have.

The Equipment


We will provide all communal equipment including sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet and shower tent, chairs and tables. We also provide your personal sleeping bag and camping bed. For your personal equipment we will provide a detailed list of required equipment.

Why Choose Mountain Travel Nepal?

Pioneering the industry since 1964, Mountain Travel Nepal has some of the most experienced guides in the country. We create bespoke treks for the discerning intrepid traveller. Our signature full-service camping treks and expeditions are curated to deliver on your dreams.

Our destinations are truly off-the-beaten-track, and our team serves you with the utmost pride and professionalism. Join us for an unparalleled Himalayan experience that allows for a deep connection with nature and authentic interactions with the world around you.

Everest camping trek

Itinerary

Day 1. Fly or drive to Phaplu. Explore the village. Overnight stay at local guesthouse.

Day 2. Start Trek to Tenkharka. 3000 meters, 4-5 hours walking.

Day 3. Trek to Suke Pokhari 3600 meters, 3-4 hours walking.

Day 4. Trek to Pamu Danda (morning ascend of Pikey Peak, 4000 meters) 3500 meters, 5 hours walking.

Day 5. Trek to River Camp 2700 meters, and hike to Thokten Choeling Monastery and back to camp. 3 hours/7 hours walking.

Day 6. Trek to Phaplu, 2500 meters 3-4 hours walking. Overnight at local guesthouse.

Day 7. Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

Deposit

All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details. We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price Increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.
This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.

Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.

Passport Copy

For the trekking permit we will need a copy of your passport

Payment conditions


Cost Includes
  • Service of one English speaking trekking guide
  • Service of two assistant guides
  • Service of one cook
  • Service of full porter team of 15+ porters
  • All meals on trek
  • All tea/coffees on trek
  • All communal camping equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, shower tent, toilet tent, etc.)
  • Personal equipment: sleeping bag, liner, camp cot
  • 2 nights at local guesthouse
  • Mountain Travel duffel bag (which you may keep after trek)
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Trek staff insurance
  • Applicable Government taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Transfer to and from trek (by plane or by jeep to and from Phaplu)
  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Any purchases of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, etc.
  • Personal insurance in case of emergency
  • Air travel to and from Nepal
  • Entry visas for Nepal
  • Personal clothing and trekking equipment
  • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure
  • Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff

Frequently Asked Questions


What level of fitness is required for trekking in Pikey Peak?

Pikey Peak trek requires you to walk almost 5-7 hours per day. In order to prepare for that it's essential to enhance your stamina and leg strength since the journey involves long hours of walking. Pikey Peak is a physically demanding trek so you would need to regularly engage in activities like walking, hiking, running, or cycling to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Don't forget to include leg exercises to strengthen your muscles. Be prepared mentally to handle the uneven paths and high altitudes during the trek.

What is the average duration of daily walking on the Pikey Peak trek?

On average you would require to walk almost 5-7 hours per day covering around 7-8km. The terrains can be uneven with some steep inclines and declines with jungles and mountainous views along the way.

Is it advisable to trek solo in Pikey Peak?

You would be able to travel solo however you would require a government licensed certified guide and team of support staffs to accompany you on the trek. Whether you are male or female, traveling solo raises concerns about safety, so having a certified experienced guide can provide support and assistance throughout the trek.

Where are accommodations arranged during the trek?

You can expect to camp out for most nights, with occasional stays at tea houses along the route. The Mountain Travel Nepal staff will handle the booking of rooms (at tea house) in advance, so you won't need to worry about accommodation arrangements during the trek.

For the camping part, our staff will be able to pitch in tents at suitable locations with great views. Your main focus can be on reaching the destination while enjoying the journey.

What kinds of meals are provided during the Pikey Peak trek?

We will be providing three meals a day, including hot water, tea and coffee. The menu is tailored to accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences you may have.

Do I need to bring my own water bottle?

It is recommended that you bring your own aluminum water bottle for the trek. If you don't already have one, you can purchase it in the capital before starting your trek.

Is local drinking water safe during the trek?

During the trek, our support staff will provide you with water, so there is no need to rely on local drinking water sources.

Do I need to arrange my own transportation?

You do not need to worry about arranging transportation, whether its land transfer or air transfer, as the MTN team will handle all the arrangements for you in advance.

Are there regular flights to Phaplu (starting point of the trek)?

Regular flights to Phaplu are not available. However, there are scheduled flights. There is also the option to drive from Kathmandu, which typically takes 9-10 hours.

Do we use a private vehicle or public transport?

We will arrange for a private vehicle to be available throughout the entirety of the trek for ease of access and convenience.

How many guides will accompany me during the Pikey Peak trek?

For every one or two trekkers, we generally provide 1 licensed - highly experienced guide and a team of support staff for the camping part.

Is it necessary to hire a porter to carry my bags?

It is advisable to take a porter with you to make your trekking easy during your trek.

What should be the weight limit of my bag?

It's crucial to prepare adequately for trekking and minimize the number of items carried. You should pack only the essentials for the trek, aiming for a weight of around 10-15 kg. Our porters can carry up to 20 kgs, so it's best to keep your pack light and focused on necessities.

What are the risks of altitude sickness during the Pikey Peak trek?

The risks of altitude sickness during the trek are significant due to the elevation gain. Altitude sickness can affect individuals who are not accustomed to staying at high altitudes. Symptoms typically start to manifest around 2,500 meters or 8,200 feet. Since the Pikey Peak trek reaches elevations of up to 4,000 meters or 13,000 feet, there is indeed a risk of altitude sickness associated with these heights.

While our itinerary is designed to facilitate acclimatization, it's crucial to be aware of the signs of altitude sickness and to take appropriate measures if symptoms arise. Make sure to inform your guide if you feel any discomfort so that actions can be taken before it's too late. It's always better to be on the side of caution when it comes to altitude sickness.

How safe is the Pikey Peak trekking route?

The Pikey Peak trekking route is considered to be very safe for travel. There are few roadblocks along the path, making it accessible in any season you choose to trek.

What is the best time of year for trekking in Pikey Peak?

The best time of year for trekking is from September to November (autumn season), which is considered the main peak trekking season. Additionally, March to May (spring season) is also a good time (shoulder season) to visit the region.

What is the visa process in Nepal?

You can get visa on arrival after filling the paper form (with passport copy and pp sized photo) in the airport. However, it is better to fill online form for visa through this link: Online Services (immigration.gov.np) and bring the print paper and pay (please have the exact change in US Dollars if possible) for the visa at the airport which will save the time in the crowd.

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

Are shower facilities available during the trek?

Since you will be camping outdoors, shower facilities will be limited however; the MTN team will pitch up a tent and provide hot water for showers, though not necessarily every day. Additionally, shower facilities are available at the tea houses (with an additional charge), but you would only be able to visit these tea houses on the first and last day of the trek.

Do I need a Nepali Sim card while in Nepal to communicate?

It is not necessary to get a Nepali SIM card for the trek. However, if you anticipate needing one for urgent calls or important matters, you can inform the MTN team, and they will arrange it for you before the trek begins.

Do we get internet access while on trek?

Internet access is generally available only in the city or before starting your trek. However, in the tea houses, the internet connection is often unreliable and slow which can equate to having no internet access during your trek.

What travel insurance do I require for the trek?

The majority of these trails are found in the remote Himalayan regions or in the jungle. Nepal is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for adventure trekking, spiritual tours, cultural and heritage tours, jungle experiences, peak climbing, and expeditions.

To ensure your safety, you must obtain insurance that will cover any medical costs incurred during trekking, peak climbing, expeditions, rafting, or other similar adventures, as well as coverage for illnesses and high altitude sickness, often known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Your travel insurance policy must cover all medical and travel-related costs, as well as any unforeseen accidents that may occur on the hiking trail. You can use the services like helicopter rescues, air ambulances, clinical care, and so on. The travel insurance providers that are suggested for each country's travelers are listed below.

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Will the company be able to arrange my permits?

The company will indeed be able to arrange any necessary permits for your trek. You can rest assured that the MTN team will handle all permit arrangements in advance, so you won't need to worry about them.

How should I tip my guide(s)?

Tipping is a personal matter. However, tipping is expected, and most clients do choose to do so and frequently ask for guidance. We hope the following notes will be useful.

Below, we have provided guidelines for how much is reasonable to tip, should you be in doubt.

Service USD per day Rupees per day
Trekking Guide/Cook $15 to $20 USD or above 1500-2000 NPR or above
Porter $10 to $15 USD or above 1000-1500 NPR or above
Tour Guide $15 to $20 USD or above 1500-2000 NPR or above
Driver $10 to $15 USD or above 1000-1500 NPR or above

Please note: These amounts apply to what your group gives communally, not individually.If you decide to tip, we suggest that you make your tips on the last night of the trek. We recommend that, before your presentation, you designate the amounts for the guide, cook, support Sherpas and porters and give your gratuity directly and personally to each individual. This also ensures that all are getting what you intend them to receive.

Is accommodation easily available during the high season for the Pikey Peak trek?

No, it is not easily available during the high season. The accommodations are limited in the trekking routes and needs to be booked prior due to the high flow of tourists as per the trekking routes. Mountain Travel staff will make sure that they are booked on time even during the high seasons.

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