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16 Day Strenuous Horse Riding Trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Nepal Horse Riding Trek Holiday

This horse riding trek to the Everest Base Camp is a unique adventure in the lap of the Himalayas which allows travelers to have a thrilling experience of riding a horse and trekking amid breathtaking panorama. This horse riding experience provides an extraordinary opportunity for those who want to explore the enticing Khumbu Region but cannot trek for long days.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 242 pounds / 110 kilograms
  • Horses Height Range: 12 to 13 hands
  • Tack Type: Cushioned saddles made from cloth with traditional Tibetan designs
  • Horse Breed: Tibetan Horses

Highlights

  • 12 days with horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3-7 hours
  • 1 experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters, and one horseman
  • All transportation by private car/van during the tour are included
  • Roundtrip Kathmandu and Lukla domestic flights are included
  • All trek meals with tea, coffee, and water will be provided
  • Roundtrip airport and hotel transfers
  • 15 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be spending two nights in deluxe accommodation with daily breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu as per the program. During the trek, you will be staying in various teahouse accommodations. The trek accommodations will be in the very basic lodges and it will be on a twin sharing basis.

Due to most of the trekking routes being a hot spot for treks, you can find an abundance of teahouses and lodges. Teahouse trekking can give you the benefit of not having to worry about accommodation and dining. Trekkers can stop and rest at teahouses available at strategic locations on the trekking trail. As such, teahouse trekking is also the most famous trekking in Nepal.

However, you can also choose camping treks. These treks allow you to enjoy the originality of nature and Nepalese communities from afar. Most of the time, you will require a crew to help to set up tents, cook food, and carry your luggage. This may make camping trek more expensive than the famous teahouse treks.

As Kathmandu is the capital of the country, there are a variety of hotels available. Most of the big and spacious hotels are situated here. Even small hotels are well equipped with water, electricity, and internet facilities along with some even providing transportation. From one to five-star hotels, travelers have a number of options to choose from. The hotels in Kathmandu offer you the facility of storing your luggage.

Most of the tourists stay in the hotels for some days and then keep their extra luggage in the hotel they are staying in. The hotels generally keep the luggage for free or with a minimum charge but you need to stay in the same place after your return. If your hotel isn’t ready yet or you want to look around before searching for one then there are also separate luggage storage places available in Kathmandu. Swiss Family Treks and Expedition provides duffle bags to customers for storing their luggage.

Program

This horse riding trek to the Everest Base Camp allows travelers to have a chance to relish the stunning view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar viewpoint (5643 meters). Khumbu Glacier is another highlight of this trek. The journey starts with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla that features a jaw-dropping view of the Himalayas throughout the flight.

The travelers will also explore the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to numerous floras and faunas. The trek to the Everest Base Camp also allows trekkers to learn about the Sherpa lifestyle in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The travelers will be riding their horses alongside the beautiful Dudh Koshi River and ride towards the famous town of Namche Bazaar.

The trek also features a hike to Hotel Everest View (a hotel operating in the highest altitude). The travelers will come across many Buddhist monasteries (Gumbas), stupas, many Sherpa villages, and magnificent landscapes throughout the trek. Riding a horse towards Everest Base Camp will definitely be a way to spend the holidays in style.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition makes sure that your stay in Nepal is memorable. They hire a well-trained horseman who will walk alongside you throughout your horse ride trek. Also, you will be accommodated at the best places of the location during the trek and you will have the best chance to taste local foods.

Sample Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be picked up at the airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu and overnight there.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 meters) | Ride and Trek to Phakding (2610 meters) - 3 to 4 Hours of Riding

Early morning, you will be transferred to a domestic airport and you will relish the stunning view of the Himalayas throughout your flight before landing in Lukla. Upon landing in Lukla, you will meet with your guide, porter, horseman, and horse. Ride on your horse's back and pass the beautiful village of Cheplung. You can enjoy the alluring view of Mt. Karyolung (6511 meters) on your way to Phakding. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 3: Ride and Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - 5 to 6 Hours of Riding

Ride your horses along Dudh Koshi River and enter Sagarmatha National Park via Monjo village. Ride through beautiful lush forests of rhododendron, reach the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar after six hours. The vibrant town welcomes you with the ever-bustling Sherpa settlements, restaurants, and pubs. Overnight at a lodge in Namche.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day

To acclimatize at a high altitude, spend your day in Namche Bazaar. Explore the town and learn about the Sherpa culture by visiting the town. Later, you can hike up to the hotel operated at the highest altitude, Hotel Everest View (3962 meters), which hosts a magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8848 meters) and other snowy peaks. Overnight at a lodge in Namche.

Day 5: Ride and Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 meters) - 4 to 5 Hours of Riding

Ride along Dudh Koshi River with a beautiful view of Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Ama Dablam (6856 meters), and the other Himalayas in the background, you will pass several small Himalayan villages to reach Tengboche. Take a short tour of the ancient Tengboche Monastery which hosts an outstanding view of the mountains. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 6: Ride and Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters) - 5 to 6 Hours of Riding

Cross a couple of suspension bridges over Imja Khola and ride through dense rhododendron and pine forests on your way to Dingboche. You will also come across beautiful waterfalls, free-flowing water streams, and small Himalayan villages before reaching Dingboche. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day | Ride and Hike to Chhukhung - 5 Hours of Riding (Sidetrip)

You will take a day off to acclimatize at a high altitude. However, you can hike or ride up to Chhukhung which hosts a mesmerizing view of Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Taboche (6542 meters), Island Peak (6189 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lobuche (6145 meters), and other peaks. You will then return back to Dingboche and overnight at a lodge.

Day 8: Ride and Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) - 5 to 6 Hours of Riding

Ride along gentle trails and come across moraines of the beautiful Khumbu Glacier. You will then pass a few Chortens, ridges covered with Buddhist prayer flags, and monasteries before finally reaching Lobuche. You may encounter some problems due to the altitude. From Lobuche, relish the superb panorama of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Lingtren (6749 meters), Lobuche (6145 meters), Taboche (6542 meters), Ama Dablam (6856 meters), and the other Himalayas. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 9: Ride and Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140 meters) - 3 to 4 Hours of Riding

Ride your horses along the bank of Khumbu glacier, you have to ride on a steep climb uphill, till you reach Changri Glacier. From Changri Glacier, ride downhill till you reach Gorakshep. Overnight at a lodge in Gorakshep.

Day 10: Exploring the Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) - 4 to 5 Hours of Riding

Today, ride your horses to the Everest Base Camp which is the nearest to Mt. Everest (8848 meters) that a person without mountaineering gears can go to. The view of the Himalayas from the base camp is truly amazing. You will get to enjoy the beauty of Khumbu Icefall with the alluring panorama of Everest and the other Himalayas. After spending a short time at the camp, return to Gorakshep following the same steep and icy trail on the way back and overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar | Ride and Trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche (4240 meters) - 4 to 5 Hours of Riding

Head on an early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5555 meters) for the sunrise view over the Himalayas. Kala Patthar is the best viewpoint to relish the beauty of Mt. Everest (8848 meters) alongside Lhotse (8516 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), and many other Himalayas. The view looks even more enchanting during the sunrise. You will then go back to Gorakshep. Ride your horses on the way back downhill passing small villages of Lobuche and Thukla till you reach Pheriche where you will overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Ride and Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860 meters) - 4 to 5 Hours of Riding

Riding downhill, use the same route back to Tengboche. Ride along with pasture lands and cross a couple of bridges to reach Pangboche. You will then ride through dense forests of rhododendron to finally reach Tengboche where you will overnight at a lodge.

Day 13: Ride and Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - 4 to 5 Hours of Riding

Like before, use the same route back to Namche Bazaar. You will pass a couple of dense forests of rhododendron, pine, and juniper, and enter the small village of Kyangjuma. From Kyangjuma, ride for a couple of hours and reach Namche Bazaar where you will overnight at a lodge.

Day 14: Ride and Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840 meters) - 6 to 7 Hours of Riding

On the last day of your horse ride, ride along Dudh Koshi River to reach Jorsalle. You will then pass a couple of lush Himalayan forests until you reach Phakding. From Phakding, ride your horses for another couple of hours and reach Lukla where you will overnight at a hotel.

Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Take an early morning flight to the capital city of Kathmandu with the scenic beauty of the Himalayas throughout the flight. You will have leisure time relaxing in the hotel or shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Final Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be dropped off at the airport to connect you with your flight to home or other destination.

Customize Your Trek

This is a general itinerary that can always individually be “tailor-made”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, for more information please send Swiss Family Trek and Expedition an inquiry.

Emergency

In case of emergency during the trip, a Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.

Horse Riding Details

  • Trek Region: Everest Region
  • Type of Trek: Trekking, Riding. and Hiking
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Highest Elevation: 5550 meters
  • Meals: Full board during the trek and daily breakfast at the hotels
  • Accommodations: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and lodges during the trek
  • Best Season: Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • Transportations: Domestic flight and private vehicle
  • Grade: 4/5 (Strenuous)

Strenuous treks must be fully supported. Guests will climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000 meters and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000 meters. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Guide/Staff

Guides and porters of Swiss Family Treks and Expedition are well provided for and equipped with ample tools during the treks. They provide all the equipment and insurance to the staff beforehand. Moreover, they are also skilled in their respective fields to make your travel experience as pleasant as possible.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition ensures to provide you with experienced and trained guides and porters according to your needs. They are skilled and highly-experienced in terms of trekking. They are also fluent in English and promote teamwork during the treks. A small number of tips to drivers, hotels, restaurants, and teahouses or lodges are also, at all, necessary. However, you can tip more to the guide and porters as you wish.

Do you have to rent or buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu?

If your plan is to trek only once or twice then you can rent the equipment needed. Jackets, pants, and sleeping bags are available to be rented for a specific amount of time. It is less costly if your plan is to trek only for a short period of time. However, for long treks, you can buy your personal equipment in Kathmandu as well.

There are many branded stores for buying equipment in Kathmandu and they are available in various price ranges as well. Nepali branded products are also just as good for use. So, you can choose whether to buy or rent according to your needs.

Included excursions

The trek highlights the spectacular panorama of Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), Makalu (8481 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Khumbila (5761 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), and others while riding on the back of the carrier of the Himalayas.

  • Guided sightseeing tour in World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • Definitive Himalayan trek to the foot of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes
  • Spectacular touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya
  • Homeland of Sherpa people and their picturesque villages along the trail
  • Visit ancient Buddhist Monasteries where you can see the Yeti Skull in Khumjung
  • Mirror the towering landscape all around the stunning viewpoint at Kalapattar
  • Following in the footsteps of great mountaineers, smooth walking up and down through the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest
  • Scenic and outstanding mountain flight in and out of Lukla
  • Detouring off the main trail and exploring the excellent excursions from Chhukung Ri
  • Well-maintained trails and comfortable lodges but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher

Location

Everest Region

The trek to the Everest Region continues to be one of Swiss Family Trek's most rewarding programs and will prove to be your greatest journey. This unique blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration is a great way for you to experience the Himalayan region of Nepal. On this once in a lifetime trip, your first day begins with the chance to explore the exotic city of Kathmandu before flying into the mountain town of Lukla (9350 feet).

The trek begins in Lukla as you enter the famous Everest region of the Nepal Himalayas. The trek follows trails from here that are ancient trade routes that weave around remote valleys, through tiny villages, across high mountain passes and past isolated monasteries. As the trail continues, it now hugs the Dudhkoshi River and eventually takes you to the famous Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar as you enter Sagarmatha National Park, where you will be trekking throughout.

From Namche, the views are unending as the peaks glitter with brilliance around you. Namche Bazaar, also known as the "Gateway to Everest", opens up various trekking options in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp takes you to the foot of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848 meters), from where you can relish the widespread view of the Khumbu Himalayas.

One of the special features of a typical Everest Base Camp Trek is the hike to Kala Patthar (5550 meters), which allows you to have the most spectacular view of the mighty Everest (8848 meters) and the adjacent peaks while the beautiful rays of the rising sun touch the peaks. Another interesting trek in the Everest region is the trek to the pristine Gokyo Lakes.

Trekking through a less crowded trail and crossing a high mountain pass, you will arrive at the highest freshwater system of the world at Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo Lakes is a group of six lakes seated graciously in the lap of the Himalayas. The lakes themselves are amazing to look at but when the reflection of the surrounding mountains appears on the surface of the lakes, the view is surreal to look at.

An overnight stay at the Gokyo village will allow you to get to know the Sherpa people of Gokyo valley and their cultural practices as well as their lifestyle in the rural terrain. Apart from the mountain views, trekking in the Everest region takes you through alpine forests, small streams, waterfalls, gorges, moraines, and glaciers.

Along the way, you will cross many Sherpa villages with friendly and welcoming locals that allow you to bond with them and learn about their history, culture, tradition, and lifestyle. As you explore the region, you will pass many Chortens, Mani walls, prayer wheels, and monasteries that hold high spiritual value to the inhabitants of Khumbu. Trekking in the Everest region is the perfect blend of nature and culture, ideal for curious travelers around the globe.

What are the local customs and culture?

Nepal is a mix of several ethnic and indigenous groups united with the custom of treating guests like a god. You will meet people from all cultures during your trip. All these ethnic communities are welcoming in nature and offer great hospitality. Similarly, Nepalese societies are a mix of old-fashioned adults and the modern generation.

As such, societies still have conventional norms. Travelers should not wear clothing that shows too much skin except in city areas. Similarly, you should always respect the privacy of the people and abide by the instructions while visiting religious shrines.

Food

Food

While trekking, you need to be mindful not to eat raw vegetables and uncooked food. The risk of getting a gastrointestinal disease is quite high so you are advised to take care of what to eat. Eating heavily colored food and unwashed fruits should also be prohibited during the trek to avoid food poisoning.

Also, your main accommodation during the trip will be teahouses and lodges. These are comfortable and hygienic as well since they are run to serve the necessities of travelers. Here, most of the food you consume are mostly vegetarian or vegan food. You need to be extra careful while eating meats in the higher altitudes though as the meat may be uncooked or unhealthy. All in all, the food and accommodations are healthy and hygienic when you trek at a higher altitude.

Drinks

You are advised to drink boiled, filtered, and purified water instead of tap water or stream water while traveling. You can ask your accommodation to provide you with boiled or mineral water. It will be helpful having purification tablets or filters with you or you can use UV light treatments as well.

Carrying Life Straw can also be crucial to any trekking adventure. As Life Straw is portable and easily usable in any situation, you must have one in your backpack.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Nepal is filled with natural scenery and serenity so one of the best options would be to relax and sightseeing. You can travel around major cities like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur where you can enjoy the cultural monuments. You can also travel to other places for sightseeing like Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. If you are more of an adventurer who likes adventure sports, you can enjoy your time paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, or mountain biking.

What's included

  • 12 horse riding days
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels in Kathmandu
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea, coffee, and hot/cold filtered water during the trek.
  • 1 experienced, helpful, and friendly guide
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • 1 horseman
  • Roundtrip airport and hotel transfer by car, van, or bus.
  • Roundtrip Kathmandu and Lukla domestic flights
  • All the transportation during the tour by private car or van
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits and other necessary permits
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance of the guide, porters, and horseman
  • Use of a horse and tack
  • First Aid medical kit box
  • Government taxes.
  • Office Service charge.

What's not included

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu during hotel stays
  • Travel insurance (If you want Swiss Family Treks and Expedition to arrange your travel insurance, they would greatly be happy to assist.)
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal tourist visa fee
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks like Coke, laundry, phone call, and internet
  • Trekking equipment (Down sleeping bag and down jackets are available for hire or buy in Kathmandu)
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter rescue)
  • Additional porters used during the trek
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes, etc.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver, etc. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfers are included, Swiss Family Trek and Expedition will pick you up from this airport. This airport is the only entry and exit point by air in Nepal. The first thing to do when you reach here is to get your On-Arrival Visa or approve of your visa if you have it beforehand.

While taking the luggage, it is useful to keep your tags in your hand in case it is necessary as the airport is mostly busy and you might have to stand in a long queue for your luggage. There are exchange counters beside the arrival terminal where you can exchange some money to pay for the taxi which will take you to your destination. The journey back is also the same but you will have to go through immigration check while returning. There are numerous international flights that will bring you to Nepal.

Arrival by car

There are a number of land entry and exit points as well. Kakarvitta, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar are the land entry points at the Nepal-India border. Similarly, Kerung is the entry/exit point at the Nepal-Tibet border. The railway from Jayanagar in India to Raxaul in Nepal and bus routes also connect Nepal and India.

There are no other ways to enter/exit Nepal as it is a landlocked country. The best option for private transportation, after tourist buses, are Jeeps and Land Rovers. As the geography of Nepal is diverse and most of the roads are rough, it is more fruitful to use four-wheelers during the trek. They are used mainly to reach the starting point of the trek and are comfortable to travel around on. These vehicles also have ai-conditioners, which is great during the drive.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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