Welcome to Kathmandu!
We will mark the start of your adventure with warm greetings at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After transferring to your hotel in Kathmandu, you can relax and explore the area at your own leisure.
Briefing and Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will spend a full day in Kathmandu to acclimatize. A briefing session will be held in the morning to go over details answer any queries you might have for the trek ahead.
After the briefing, we’ll be off to see the city proper. The sites we will visit include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders; Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the banks of the holy river; and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Lukla to Phakding
Board a small, fixed-winged aircraft today, and we are off on our adventure! Alight at the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of trek.
After about 4 hours of easy treking on a gentle downhill trail, we arrive in Phakding, a village that lies on the banks of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. Rest for the day here in the scenic little village.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, the trail climbs steeply up with breathtaking views of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.
The Namche Bazaar is a prosperous mountain trading town, considered as the capital of the Sherpa people. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the U-shaped bowl amphitheatre as you approach, dotted with a colourful panoply of lodges, houses and restaurants, surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides with an opening out to the Bhote Khosi on the other.
Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
We will spend a day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we prepare to go higher in the days to come. We will take a hiking trip to the Everest View point, right above Namche bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular view point shows us wonderful mountain views, including Mt. Everest.
Spend the rest of the day around this bustling town. Visit the Sherpa Museum to get information on the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, and its people. Explore interesting shops and haggle with vendors, or indulge in the delights offered by the local bakeries in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
We continue along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi flanked by magnificent views of the mountains. Pass through Sanasa, where the trail then drops to Phunki Thanga. Views of the Himalayan giants from here are deemed to be the most magnificent in the world.
Once we reach Tengboche village, we will be surrounded by peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Mt. Everest. After settling into our accommodation, we set out to explore the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. In the monastery itself, there is a 6-metre tall sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and displays of musical instruments and robes worn by the Lamas.
Tengboche to Dingboche
After a short and steep descent through a forest of birches, conifers, and rhododendrons, you will reach Debuche. Spot Nepal's national bird, the Impeyan Pheasant, here. After crossing the Imja Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, high above where a river rushes through a narrow cleft, the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche. The uphill trek continues, taking you to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam.
Dingboche Acclimatization Day
Today is another acclimatization day where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Take a short and relaxing walk through the beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak; or hike up to Chhukum, to take in panoramic views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche Peak among others. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Dingboche to Lobuche
On this day, the trail will traverse through meadows and farmland before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through the small village of Duglha before climbing up to a viewpoint, where stone memorials as set up as tributes to climbers who have perished on nearby summits. The trail drops slightly and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Lobuche to Gorakshep, with hike to Everest Base Camp
We are finally going to Everest Base Camp today! Before we hike to EBC, we will make a stop at Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed of the Everest region, and the highest overnight point of our trek.
Have lunch at our tea house, and we will set off for the Everest Base Camp. The walk on the moraine and boulder strewn path up to base camp will test our stamina. As the camp comes into sight, the feeling of exhilaration is indescribable as we stand up close and personal with the formidable Mt. Everest. After basking in the glory of Mt. Everest, we will return to Gorakshep for the day.
Gorekshep to Pheriche, with morning hike to Kala Patthar
Get up really early this morning for the hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest elevation on the trip, to catch a magical sunrise as dawn breaks over Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other mighty peaks.
After enjoying nature’s light show, we have to make our way back to Gorakshep for breakfast. The trek down today will bring us down a new path to Pheriche. It is the usual stopover place for many Everest trekkers on their way back down after the base camp.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
The journey today starts with quite a fair drop to the valley floor, after you cross the Dudh Kosi river on a suspension bridge. Walk in the shadow of pine trees and rhododendrons bushes that line the trails. Tonight you will be back in Namche Bazaar to stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Continue to walk down to Monjo and enjoy a night there. It’s an easy walk down through Phakding to Lukla for the final night's stay in the Khumbu region. You can explore Lukla, a rapidly changing area in the Himalayas.
Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu on an early flight, and transfer will be provided from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the colourful town with its narrow lanes and charming shops. We will meet again in the evening for a fine celebratory dinner, complete with a Nepali cultural show, to commemorate your conquest of the Himalayas.
See You Again!
All good things must end as we come to your final day in Nepal. You can squeeze in some last-minute shopping if time permits, before our transport arrives to send you to the airport for your flight home. We bid you farewell and may you leave with beautiful memories and a wonderful experience of the Himalayas.