Day 1 ARRIVAL KATHMANDU: (1330M)
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There’s time to explore the city’s many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 2 KATHMANDU-LUKLA (2850M) -PHAKDING (2640M):
This morning we will be transferred from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for our domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will meet our localguides and porters. There will be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of 2850m (“luk la” = place of sheep). From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Our destination is the small village of Phakding where accommodation is provided in the form of Tea House Lodges.
Day 3 PHAKDING-NAMCHE BAZAAR(3440M) :
From Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail: porters from the lower Solu district in the south ferrying supplies to Namche, Sherpas with their Zopkio (half yak, half cow) taking trekking or climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku 6608m) along the way. We again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained acsent to Namche Bazar after crossing the arge suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have a fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Arna Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazar. Stay in the heart of the village. O/N in Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 REST DAY AT NAMCHE BAZAAR (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY)
Day 5 NAMCHE BAZAAR-KHUMJUNG – THENGBOCHE(THYANGBOCHE) (3860M):
Breakfast served in your Tea House Lodge. From Namche, we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible; behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m); across the valley to the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and to the east at the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nuptse wall, towering a full three and a half thousand metres above the valley at Dingboche. Everest looms above the ridge, a black, triangular rock; Sagarmatha, “Goddess Mother of Earth”, is a truly magnificent sight. On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a small speck against the gigantic mountain ground. We descend to Khumjung, and after staying in the more westernised town of Namche Bazar, these villages make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. It is possible to take the opportunity to sample the Sherpa speciality, Riki Kur – a type of potato fritter enriched with yak butter. In the afternoon we initially climb steeply before the trail levels out to ascend gradually towards Thyangboche. It is a steady ascent of approximately 2 ½ hours through pine fir, black juniper and rhododendron forest. Thyangboche is set in a beautiful meadow, high on a ridge surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. A peaceful, tranquil position, surely one of the wonders of the world and the Thyangboche Monastery is spectacularly situated. The monastery dominated by the gompa with its prayer flags and mani stones was founded in 1916 as a meditation centre. O/N in Thengboche.
Day 6 TENGBOCHE-DINGBOCHE (4410M):
From Thyangboche, we descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron, to the nunnery at Deboche. Keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant and high on the steep slopes of the valley, Himalayan Thar (wild goats). We cross the Imja Khola, ascending gradually, with the beautiful Ama Dablam dominating the skyline, to visit the monastery. The afternoon walk follows a trail high above the Imja Khola. A little further upstream we cross the tributary stream and ascend over glacial moraines to our lodge in the ‘summer settlement” of Dingboche. O/N in Dingboche
Day 7 REST DAY AT DINGBOCHE (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY)
Day 8 DINGBOCHE-LOBUCHE (4930M):
We are now well above the tree line and your journey todays brings you to Dusa from where you descend to a stream at 4850m. We begin our climb of the Khumbu Glacier en route to the tea shops at Dughla. Continue along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for your evening stay. This will be your last stop before your climb to the base camp tomorrow. Take time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day. O/N in Lobuche.
Day 9 LOBUCHE-GORKSHEP (5160M) -EBC (5410M) -BACK to GORKSHEP:
Early this morning you begin your trek, which will prove to be both mentally and physically demanding. Above Lobuche, we follow the path running through a trough alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Continuing on over rough ground we reach Gorak Shep, where a short break is offered to replentish fluids. A walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar, a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori – a slow, steady pace, once again being the best attack. Avoid rushing. Stop and turn around: the scenery is fantastic. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. Here you are directly below Pumo Ri’s light granite and slanted snow channel. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance. To the south, the Khumbu Glacier sweeps below you; northwards rise several border peaks including the vertical Lho La, reached from the Tibetan side in 1921, the first time foreigners had seen the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest rises above them all. Known as “Chomolungma” (Lady Goddess of the Wind) by the Nepalese, the mountain was initially called Peak XV. In 1852 it was recognised as the highest peak on earth and four years later was given the name Everest in honour of Sir George Everest, the early surveyor general. After some time out to contemplate this view, we return to Lobuche. O/n in Gorkshep
Day 10 GORKSHE to KALAPATTHAR (5545M) & TO PONGBUCHE/PHERICHE (4371M)
Day 11 PONGBUCHE/PHERICHE TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
Day 12 NAMACHE BAZAAR TO LUKLA
Day 13 FLIGTH TO KATHMANDU
DAY 14 INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
- Accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights in Hostel on Multiple sharing basis (Mixed)
- Accommodation during Trek for 11 nights in Teahouses on Twin sharing basis (Mixed)
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu). Domestic Airport transfer (for Lukla Flights)
- 1 English Speaking Trekking Guide for all groups. 1 Assistant Guide for group size above 6 pax.
- Porters to carry 10Kg maximum per person on the trek (Porter: Trekker = 1:3)
- Sagarmatha National Park Fee
- All permits, applicable local taxes required for itinerary and as per Nepali regulations at the time of the trek
- Wages, Accommodation, Food, Insurance of trekking guides and porters
- Adventure Travel Insurance with emergency Medical helicopter assistance and evacuation
- Medical oxygen if needed for emergency purpose
- Personal expenses of any nature, personal tips to guides & porters, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, mineral water/boiled water and hot showers during the trek.
- Meals in Kathmandu and on the Trek *Meal upgrades available on all packages
- International Airfare & Tourist visa for Nepal. Pick up & drop for International Arrival & Departure
- Any transportation needs outside of the itinerary inclusions.
- Any sightseeing outside of the itinerary inclusions
- Any kind of personal Gear, Clothing and Equipment
- Any Unforeseen Expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions, International or domestic flight delays/cancellations, political disturbance, natural disaster, deviation in programs and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Any extra night costs for rooms in case of domestic flight delays in both Lukla and Kathmandu
- Any filming permits of any kind. This includes any type of drone. The fee for drones is at $16,000 and permits take 45 days to obtain