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.
Day 2: Flight: Kathmandu – Lukla (2850m) - trek to Phakding (2610m) – 25 minutes flight / 3 hrs walk
After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 30-minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway high above the Dudh Koshi River in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. We will be staying 2 nights in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. After meeting our porters we will take lunch at the Yeti Mountain Home Lodge and then start our trek with an easy, mostly downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding. This trek takes us through pastoral lands of the Sherpas and we pass several small villages and individual farms. Many Sherpas now make their living exclusively from trekking and there are also many tea houses and basic lodges where it's possible to stop for a drink or a chat. We will also pass by many stones intricately carved with prayers in the evocative Tibetan script, and prayer wheels of all sizes. Everywhere in the valley colourful strings of prayer flags flutter from high points and bridges. After 2-3 hours of trekking, we finally meet the river and reach our first lodge at Phakding located beside the tumbling Dudh Koshi. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower
than Lukla at 2610m.
Day 3: Trek to Namche (3440m) – 5 hrs trek
After breakfast, we trek to the village of Monjo. The gently undulating trail follows the right bank of the Dudh Koshi through Phakding village before the first of several river crossings today on wire suspension bridges. Continuing through pine forest and small villages we come to a break in the trees to catch sight of the mighty Thamserku (6623m) towering way above. A couple more hours of woodland trails and swaying bridges brings us to the small village of Monjo.
We stop to have a look at the interesting 3D map and information boards whilst our guide sorts out our permits and entry. From here we’ve another 40 minutes or so along the sides of the Dudh Khosi before crossing the Bhote Khosi and beginning our climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. The trail zigzags up away from the river, gradually ascending to the tree line opening out
into a high mountain bowl and the vibrant village of Namche. We pass through the many tiny shops and colourful stalls picking our way slowly up hand cut stone steps to our wonderful Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. This is our first night above 3000m so it’s important to take it easy and let your body adjust. Relax with a tea or coffee and maybe even take a massage in our spa.
Day 4: Excursion day in Namche (3440m)
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 colourful 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, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading further up-valley to Thame.
Day 5: Trek to Thame (3820m) – 5 hrs trek
After breakfast at our lodge, we start the day with a 2 to 3-hour walk through the forest of spruce, juniper and pine to the village of Thame. This trail is much less used by trekkers and we will immediately notice the difference. It is, however, an important trail which leads all the way to Tibet via the Nangpa La on the shoulder of Cho Oyu (8012m). On today’s trek, we are likely to see few other trekkers. We stop for our lunch in Thame which is the home village of the Ang Rita Sherpa, who has summited Everest 10 times without oxygen. After lunch, we continue walking for another 2 hours to arrive at a deep gorge where the Bhote Koshi River thunders through the narrow defile. We cross a sturdy bridge spanning the gorge to reach Thame (3800m). This important village is the home of many famous mountaineers including Tensing Norgay the first man to reach the summit of Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Apa Sherpa who has reached the summit at least 18 times lives here now. The village is very picturesque and also has a magnificent 16th-century Nyingmapa Gompa (monastery) built by Lama Rolwa Dorje. We check into our deluxe rooms with breathtaking views of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.
Day 6: Trek to Lungden (4610m)
A strenuous walk to Lungden for about 4 hours will go through the stunning landscapes through the route that was used to trade for Tibetan taking us to the valley of. As you head into the wild country with few villages, you will meet few trekkers going along this way.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4750m) – 4/5 hrs trek
Trekking towards Pangka, you will take the trail that drop slightly to a large cave area known as Nilibuk. Climbing a steep rocky incline into the valley by side of the glacier and passing the holy lakes. Arriving second lake you cross the path leading to the glacier to Cho La that leads towards Lobuche. Dudh Pokhari is the 3rd lake you see as you head towards Gokyo walking by the side of the lake enjoying the panorama of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.
Day 8: Trek to Dragnag (4700m) – 2/3 hrs trek
After breakfast you continue your trek from Gokyo Lake with the ascending trail through up and down of the glacier reaching Dragnag also popularly known as the base camp of Cho La Pass where you will spend an overnight. With limited lodges and basic facilities, however the trip to Dragnag is a memorable one with its amazing view of the mountains.
Day 9: Trek to Dzongla via Cho la pass – 6/7 hrs trek
A strenuous day today you will trek through vertical trails and the rocks glazed by ice. You have to be very careful today as the trail may be slippery. The rocky trails climbs through the narrow valley as you climb up towards Phedi. Trekking through the side of the frozen lake going to the top of Cho La pass that lies at the elevation of 5468m is a place with decorated prayer flags. After enjoying the views from here, you take the trail that descends steeply towards Dzongla (4830m) where you can see some basic tea house lodges scattered.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshepe (5170m) – 4 hrs trek
As you trek up to Gorak Shepe leaving Dzongla. You walk further towards Lobuche through the trail that descends and ascends gradually until you reach Lobuche providing great views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest, Pumori and Lobuche peak.
You head out on narrow tracks that are at times a few feet wide and few hundred meters above the ground. You also walk through the wide valleys as well. You arrive at Gorakshepe with few lodges available. You check in and rest for your walk to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.
Day 11: Visit Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak shepe (5170m) – 5 hrs trek
An exciting day today as you visit the Everest 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.
After taking photographs and enjoying the moment, we head back towards Gorakshepe.
Day 12: Hike upto Kalapatthar and trek back to Lobuche.
An early morning hike to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise along with Everest. We retrace our steps back to our lodge where we have our breakfast and continue our trek back to Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek to Chukkung via Kongma la pass (5528m): 7 hrs trek
Many of the trekkers do not take this route to arrive in Chukkung giving it a super off trail experience mainly due to the strenuous nature. The trail goes uphill towards the southeast direction Khumbu glacier with a great view of Lobuche and Pumori along with the other surrounding mountains. Kala Patthar looks stunningly beautiful.
As you continue the sloping trail you can enjoy more and more panoramic views of Lobuche village along with other peaks.
Day 14: Trek to Tengboche (9870m) – 5 hrs trek
The trail goes down the valley, continuously passing picturesque mani walls and chortens. After a short descent, it meets the main trail, descends gradually then steeply to Phunki on the banks of the Dudh Koshi. From there it climbs steeply at first, then makes a gradual ascent through forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill up to the saddle on which Tengboche Monastery sits.
Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2835m) – 5 hrs trek
The trek today takes you back to the same trail giving you great views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam as you descent down the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, you take an uphill again till the balcony path taking you around to Namche. A long descent and you arrive at Monjo where you spend an overnight.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2850m)
Your last day of the trek today on the trek will take you through the pine and rhododendron forests with few hours of a steady climb to Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Bidding goodbye to your porters and staff, you fly back to Kathmandu where our representative will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel where you can enjoy your chilled beer and warm shower.
Day 18: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you tour guide for today will meet you at the lobby for a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu – a culturally rich city with many touristic sites listed as heritage sites. You will be visiting Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Bhaktapur all of which are important heritage sites in Kathmandu.
These heritage sites were affected by the earthquake. Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest stupa in Nepal is fully restored and Swoyambhunath and Bhaktapur are undergoing the restoration process. Your experienced tour guide will share interesting facts and stories about these heritage sites.
After the sightseeing, you will be transferred back to the hotel.
Day 19: International departure
Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred from Hotel to the airport. The airport time is 3 hours prior to departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM. 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.