Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and accompany you to the Hotel. There will be time to rest and take in this vibrant city’s energy, before a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant.
||Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing :
The day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddha Nath, one of the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your trek leader and other team members, as well as ask any questions you may have about the upcoming adventure.
||Kathmandu – Lukla (40 min flight) – Phakding; 3-4 hour trek (Trekking times only; stops not included)
After an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) and final preparations, the trekking starts. From Lukla you’ll pass Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. To assist acclimatization, this first day is short.
|| Phakding-Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hour trekking
The trail crosses Dudhkoshi River over a long suspension bridge and then leads you along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge. Then the trail climbs further from here to Namche Bazaar.
||Namche Bazaar: Rest day
This is the first of the two scheduled ‘acclimatization’ days. You can spend it taking a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. It’s the main centre of the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Saturday.
||Namche Bazaar- Khumjung: 4 hour trekking
Today’s route starts by climbing up to the Shyangboche airstrip. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Overnight in Khumjung (3,810m/12,500ft).
||Khumjung –Tengboche: 4-5 hour
From here the trail will descend slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m. Then a steep ascent will bring you to the famous Tengboche Gompa, with its stunning background of Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest and other peaks.
||Tengboche-Dingboche: 5-6 hour
There’s a slight descent early today through lush forest, before the gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). Continue ascending in the afternoon through alpine meadows and yak herds, eventually reaching Dingboche.
||Dingboche: Rest Day
The second acclimatization day will be spent at Dingboche. As at Namche Bazaar, there is a side-trip planned from Dingboche, or you can rest. The side trip will wind up the valley to Chhukung for sensational views.
||Dingboche-Duglha: 3-4 hour
Today is a climb to Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft) where we will stay overnight to complete acclimatization. From here there are stunning views of Tawachee and Cholatse (64440m).
||Duglha – Lubuche: 2-4 hour
The trail goes from Duglha directly up to the Khumbu Glacier for an hour, then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lubuche (4,930m/12,894ft). By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.
||Lubuche-Gorak Shep: 2-4 hour
The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep. It takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam you can get without climbing. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft).
||Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp- Lubuche: 6-7 hour
This day leads you finally to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) walking through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest. Continuing the trek we’ll return to Lobuje (4930m/12894ft) for overnight.
||Lubuche-Pangboche: 5-6 hour
The trek retraces halfway back and lunch at Pheriche. Finally the trek ends at Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft), which lies on the bank of Imja Khola.
Pangboche- Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hour
Now the trail retraces the same way back, stopping at Tengboche. During the November-December full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with much singing and dancing. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,286ft).
||Namche Bazaar- Phakding: 5-6 hour
Today the trail steeply descends to the HillarySuspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. Overnight in Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft).
||Phakding-Lukla: 3-4 hour
And finally today the trail will lead you back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek.
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll head to your hotel. Today is a well-earned day to put up your weary feet and gratefully rediscover all of civilization’s perks. You could catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Finally there will be an evening celebration dinner together.
Today the journey comes to an end. There’s nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal.