- DAY 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu transport to the hotel
Welcome to the home of Mt Everest! After arriving in Tribhuvan International Airport, and clearing immigration one of our representatives will warmly welcome you to Kathmandu outside the terminal. We will then transport you to your hotel where the reception will complete your check-in. The evening is for you to rest and relax after your journey.
- Day 02
Check trekking gear, and shopping for the trek
The next morning, wake up refreshed and ready to take the day to check through your gear, and purchase any last minute item you would like for the trek. Our staff is available to assist with any questions or details you may need to be clarified prior to the next day’s departure.
Walking through the small streets of Thamel, the tourist hub, give the feel of the exotic as crafts from every corner of Nepal are on display for any who wish to have a treasure of their time in Nepal.
- Day 03
Fly to Lukla, and trek to Phakding and a 3-hour walk to the lodge
This is the day you have been waiting for. The exciting flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, to Lukla airstrip (2840m), will take your breath away. Not only is the scenery amazing, but the landing is an adventure unto itself. From here, we will hike roughly 3 hours to Phakding (2610m) where we will spend the night. Along the way, we get a spectacular view of mountains such as Mt. Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) and Mt. Thamserku (6608m).
- Day 04
: Trek to Namche Bazar, a 7-hour walk to the lodge
Prepare to hike to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar at 3440 meters following the Dudh Koshi river valley. On this day, you will pass Monjo village which is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Our guide will take care of your entry permits. An exciting suspension bridge leads the trail over the Dudh Koshi River and up to this mountainside village of the Sherpa culture.
- Day 05
Acclimatize in Namche Bazar
The second day in Namche Bazaar is necessary to allow the body to get acclimatized the change in altitude. However, Namche Bazaar is a great place to spend an extra day. All of the modern amenities are available here so one can fully enjoy these facilities. There is a museum dedicated to the Sherpa culture and tradition known as Sherpa Cultural Museum as well as a wonderful market to see all the products from the landscape. If you want to take a small day hike, there is Khumjung village (3,780 m) which lies at the base of Khumbila Peak a few hours walk above Namche Bazaar and offers a fresh perspective on the surrounding mountains. Also, there is famous Khumjung Gompa which shows the arts and culture related to Sherpa people. Then you will return back to Namche and have a nice dinner.
- Day 06
Trek to Deboche (3820m), a 7-hour walk to the lodge
On day six the hiking will take roughly seven hours. The first half will be a fairly easy walk until Phunke Tenga where we cross another exciting suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola valley with great views of Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m) mountains. After the valley, the climb becomes steeper until reaching Tengboche (3860 m), and its famous monastery Tengboche Monastery which is the largest monasteries in the whole Khumbu Region. Then walking ahead through stone steps we finally arrive at Deboche. Ama Dablam (6856 m) looms large over Deboche, and you are now in the fabled Khumbu region of Nepal.
- Day 07
Trek to Dingboche, a 6-hour walk to the lodge
From Deboche the trek ascends through Pangboche, another Sherpa settlement where the people are always welcoming and greet you with warm smiles. Beautiful forests of birch, conifer, and rhododendron trees, and wonderful views of Mt Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are all part of the spectacular hike to Dingboche (4410 m). This lovely village displays all the agrarian life of the Sherpa with fields of barley and buckwheat as grazing animals dot the landscape.
- Day 08
This will be resting and acclimatization day in Dingboche
Day eight we will take another important day to acclimate in Dingboche. Rest and rejuvenate your mind and body here is the picturesque village, and possibly take a short day hike to Chhukhung Village. From here we will hike towards Chukhung Ri (5550m) which gives wonderful views of Lhotse (8,414m), Makalu (8,463m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m). These are some of the peaks that surround here and having an extra day here will allow for your inner photographer to shine. Then return back to the hotel in Dingboche and have some rest.
- Day 09
Trek to Lobuche which will take around 6 hours to the lodge
After a day of acclimatizing and some needed rest, the trek will again ascend to Lobuche (4910m). It is a good day of hiking with all the magnificence of the Himalayas to help take your mind off the rigors of the climb. Along the way, we will pass the very first campsite of the successful 1953 Everest Expedition, and views of Mt Pumo Ri (7165m). Leaving behind Mt Pumo Ri (7165m) and the campsite we cross a lovely stream and move upwards to Dughla. Beyond that, the trail heads towards the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and we are now fully into the alpine ecosystem. Once up and over the moraine the amphitheater of mountains continues with new views of Khumbutse (6665m), Lingtren (6749m), Pumo Ri (7165m) and Mahalangur Himal. We will overnight in Lobuche.
- Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep 3 hours to lodge. After lunch hike to Everest Base Camp with a 4-hour return to the lodge
Though the trek to Everest Base Camp isn’t difficult we will have some very uneven terrain to contend with. But it is well worth it to firstly reach Gorakshep (5140m), one of the highest inhabited settlements in the world, and then, after lunch, take the exciting walk to the Everest Base Camp (5364m). Behold the vast Khumbu glacier of lore with its giant ice towers. Among views of Mt Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Khumbutse (6665m), and Pumo Ri (7165m) are proudly featured as well. After soaking up all the majesty of Everest Base Camp, we will head back to Gorakshep where we will spend the night.
- Day 11
Climbing to Kalapatthar and trek to Pheriche: an 8-hour walk to the lodge
An early start today as we get ready to climb the small but impressive Kalapatthar (5550m) If we keep a slow but steady pace, the climb will be somewhat comfortable on this steep climb. Here the best view of Mt. Everest Range (8848m) can be seen which is so beautiful. After summiting Kalapatthar, and returning to Gorakshep for breakfast, we will then descend for the rest of the day to Pheriche (4240m) where we will spend the night
- Day 12
Trek to Phortse: a 6-hour walk
A new Sherpa village will be our destination for the day’s trek, Phortse, which sits at 3680 meters in the Khumbu Valley. Here we will leave behind the high, dry, alpine environment, and head back into the forested valley. This village is off of the main trekking route, so it has a more authentic feel to it, but the Sherpa people are as welcoming as ever and happy to share their village life with all who visit.
- Day 13
Trek to Namche Bazar: a 6-hour walk back to the lodge
The trek back to Namche Bazaar is filled with forests of juniper, and rhododendron as we descend and cross back over the Dudh Koshi River. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, pheasants and other wildlife common to this area. The trail winds around and we will still have Ama Dablam (6856m) and Nuptse (7861m) in our sights as we meander back into Namche Bazaar for the night. After your adventures in the alpine, Namche will feel like an old friend greeting you after a life-changing journey, and the warmth of the café’s and bustle of the village will welcome you in.
- Day 14
Trek to Lukla an 8-hour walk to the lodge
Our final day of trekking and the return to Lukla will have a nicely different view as we return on a mostly downhill trek. The Dudh Koshi keeps us company and we will enjoy passing over several more suspension bridges and pass solitary Buddhist monasteries along the way. We will overnight in Lukla for our final night in the mountains.
- Day 15
: Flight to Kathmandu transport to the hotel: rest day
The flight out of Lukla will be an early one, and once back at the hotel the day is yours to unwind and relax after your incredible mountain adventure. Enjoy many different options for your evening meal, as Kathmandu has no shortage of international options.
- Day 16
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with city guide and personal shopping.
After a restful night’s sleep and leisurely breakfast, our city guide will greet you and take you on a sightseeing adventure of the urban kind. Today you will visit Swayambhunath Temple, or commonly referred to as monkey temple because of all the monkeys that call this Buddhist Stupa home. It is also a place of Hindu worship, and you will see both worshipping sides by side.
Another incredible stupa is the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest in all of Nepal and one of the most important Stupas to Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal. Later you will have the opportunity to marvel at the architectural craftsmanship of the buildings in Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu and wonder the streets of Thamel in search of that perfect souvenir from your time in Nepal.
- Day 17
Final departure to home or your next destination
One of our representatives will escort you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport where we will say goodbye.