Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Evening time can be spent taking a tour in busy Thamel Street or just enjoying your beer in the hotel garden.
Day 2 : Free Day in Kathmandu
Your free day in Kathmandu today can be used relaxing in the hotel or taking an optional day sightseeing to the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2860m) and Trek to Phakding (2651m) – 3 Hrs Walk
The first flight to Lukla takes place very early in the morning. Depending on the time, you will have your breakfast either in the hotel or upon arrival in Lukla. You will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport from where you take your flight to Lukla which is about 40 minutes landing on the narrow, sleeping runway high above the Dudh Koshi River. Your porters and support staff will be waiting at the airport to help you with your luggage to start your trek to Phakding.
The trek to Phakding is easy walk for the first day with mostly downhill leg. The trek will take you through pastoral lands through several small villages and farms. Approximately after 3 hours we reach Phakding where we spend our overnight in the tea houses that are probably run by Sherpas.
Day 4 : Trek to Namche (3438m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek
An easy walk today through Monjo will take us through the pine trees and glimpses of distant snowcapped peaks. We will encounter few impressive waterfalls and yaks along the way taking necessary foods and other essentials for the trekkers as well as the locals. We will pass through the checkpoint before reaching Monjo where the officials check our permits. All trekkers to this region require National Park Entry Fee. Our guide will sort out the paper works while you can stroll around for a bit. After this you officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park and a little way up the trail, you will arrive in Monjo where you will stop for lunch.
After Lunch, you start your trek through the wooded valley on a good trail crossing the river through high suspension bridge. Right after the bridge is the upward climb towards Namche. An hour and half long ascent to Namche is famous among the locals as “Namche Ko Ukalo” meaning the uphill of Namche. It’s all uphill till you reach Namche, and about an hour before reaching Namche your hard work will be rewarded by your first view of Everest. Your guide will walk you to the lodge you will be staying overnight.
Day 5 : Acclimatization Day in Namche
Situated at high altitude, Namche Bazaar serves as an acclimatization stop for climbers to avoid altitude sickness. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Khumbu region and is facilitates with government offices, internet, ATM’s, restaurants and a colorful market. You can also take a half day excursion to the internationally known Museum of Sherpa Culture and the traditional villages of Khunde and Khumjung. The location of our lodge is superb giving us a bird’s eye view over Namche and across the Valley to the serrated ridges of the Kongde range, while the magnificent peak of Thamserku (6623m) rises as a backdrop. Just a short walk away is a classic view of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in all Nepal and of Lhotse and Everest. This is an ideal place to spend the day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading further up-valley to Thame.
Day 6 : Trek to Deboche (3820m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek
Today we will ascend towards the biggest monastery of the Everest region located at Tengboche. It encloses within Sagarmatha National Park which is listed in a UNESCO world heritage site. The trek to Phunki will be easy, but soon the ascending will start becoming challenging. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from the monastery shows us a divine universe built under the same range. We can observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. A descend for about 20 minutes from Tengboche brings us to Deboche we spend our overnight.
Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche (4360m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek
With a magnificent view of a rhododendron forest followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola (River), we ascend towards Dingboche. We’ll pass the valley wall and then the plain to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of the Sherpa in the region. This can be a great opportunity to have a lunch with the Sherpa locals and talk about their life in the Himalayas.
Overnight in Lodge
Day 8 : Acclimatisation in Dingboche
Before advancing forward, today we’ll rest our legs and settle our body with the increasing altitude. Optional trek to the valley will pay off with rewarding views, but taking it easy for today is the important thing. Although, we can climb a ridge located behind the village and see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
Overnight in Lodge
Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche (4600m) – 5/6 Hrs
From here on forth, trek will become more challenging due to the high altitude. By trekking steep to the top of a high hill, we will pass Dughla (Thukla). Before reaching Dughla, we trek across a wide pass which is much needed change from walking in a straight line. The company of Himalayas will be on all sides on our trek. After crossing Dughla, the trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing great peaks.
Overnight in Lodge
Day 10 : Trek to Gorakshepe (5170m). Visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Back. – 4 Hrs Trek
For further advancement, we take the trail through the once vast Gorakshepe Lake. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams. You head out on narrow tracks which are of few feet wide and few hundred meters above the ground. The distance between Lobuche and Gorakshepe is of 4.5km and will take approximately 2 hours to reach.
From Gorakshepe, It is approximately 3.4km to the Base Camp. As you walk across the rocks towards the many prayer flags that mark the spot, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp. During the expedition season, many of the groups are settled here in their respective camps awaiting their climb to the highest mountain in the world. You can even interact with some of them. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorakshepe.
After taking photographs and enjoying the moment, we head back towards Gorakshepe for the overnight.
Overnight in Lodge
Day 11 : Visit Kalapatthar (5545m) and Back to Lobuche – 5 Hrs Trek – Fly Back to Kathmandu
Kalapatthar altitude is often given as 5550m but the hill, further along, is a little bit higher. One fact is that you do not see the top of Kalapatthar from Gorakshepe, only a false summit which is much lower. It is a fairly tiring walk up there unless you are well acclimatized. The views from the summit are memorable. Everest views are the best you can get from this place. Descent from Kalapatthar is easy, just a quick straight down walk to. We have our breakfast here and trek down to Lobuche from where we fly back to Lukla in helicopter arriving in Lukla in 15 minutes where we stop to take a regular flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 12 : Free Day in Kathmandu
You can spend your free day in Kathmandu relaxing at the garden of the hotel sipping chilled beer or enjoying the spa or just swimming in the heated swimming pool of the hotel.
Day 13 : International Departure
Depending upon your flight time, you will be transferred from Hotel to airport. The airport time is 3 hours prior to departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12:00PM. In case you are flying late evening and require a half day use of the hotel, you can let us know in order to confirm the room for you.