Day 01: ARRIVE – KATHMANDU
Meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: KATHMANDU – LUKLA – PHAKDING
In the morning, participants will take a spectacular 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – perched at 9400ft (2865m) in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal – providing unforgettable views of the terraced landscape and river valleys below, as well as up-close perspectives of some of the world’s highest mountains followed by a trip to Phakding (8700ft, 2650m). After an easy afternoon’s scenic walk, the group will camp near Phakding.
Day 03: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446m)
Voyage through the magnificent forest of rhododendron, ending your nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar (7 hrs from Phakding). While passing this long and often-steep passage, experience both the serenity and scenery of blue pine forests, firs, and junipers – all serving as the foreground to the beautiful backsplash that is Mount Everest.
Day 04: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Enjoy the beauty of Namche’s quaint village as well as the friendliness and hospitality of its local people. Trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.
Day 05: NAMCHE BAZAAR – TENGBOCHE (3887m)
From Namche Bazaar the trail climbs up and down to Sanasa where the trail descends gradually to Teshinga and then it drops steeply to Phunki Thanga. Climbing two hours from Phunki Thanga will reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a religious place for the Sherpa people and the entire Solukhumbu area. Here you will see the Tengboche Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. Maybe you can get a chance to see the monks chanting and singing. Tengboche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, located at 3,887 metres. Tengboche has a panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
Day 06: TENGBOCHE – PHERICHE (4252m)
From Tengboche, descend to Devuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb the stones depicting the Tibetan Buddhist chants to Pangboche, at an altitude of 3860 meters. The monastery at Pangboche is worth visiting and you can stop at the village for the lunch. Then the trail climbs to Pheriche, at an altitude of 4252 meters. At Pheriche, there is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) trekkers’ aid post where you can receive medical assistance. There are number of hotels and restaurants for accommodation and food.
Day 07: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN PHERICHE
After having breakfast a short hike to Chhukung valley (4730m) which is surrounded by mountains, it is a famous place for climbers making attempts at Island peak and Chhukung RI.
Day 08: PHERICHE – LOBUJE (4930m)
Continuation of ascent, climbing up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier – crossing the row of stone monuments: established in the memory of six Sherpas who perished as the result of an avalanche at Lobuje.
Day 09: LOBUJE – GORAK SHEP (5160m) – KALA PATTHAR – (5545m)
While enduring a climb of approximately two (2) hours and arriving at Gorak Shep, trekkers are treated to yet another beautiful view of Mt. Everest and Pumori – reaching Kala Patthar (within two hours of trekking). Once observing one of the most up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar, trekkers return back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
Day 10: GORAK SHEP LOBUJE
Walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to the Everest Base Camp (5380m) – the closest destination reachable without proper mountain-climbing equipment. Here, participants can enjoy the spectacular view of the Khumbu Icefall from the world-renowned Mount Everest Base Camp prior to descending to Lobuje for the evening.
Day 11: LOBUJE – DINGBOCHE (4110m)
A gentle, view-filled descent. The trek continues, descending to reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, which will be a convenient place for lunch. Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village relies heavily on tourists with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche. The Imja River flows directly east of the village.
Day 12: DINGBOCHE – NAMCHE BAZAAR
Further return-descent to Namche Bazaar – once again traversing the beautiful, prismatic forests of blue pine and rhododendron. Namche Bazaar is a village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Namche is populated at the sides of a hill. From the bridge over the Dudh Kosi, the trail winds its way up a “big” hill, finally cresting at a small building which also serves as an army/police check point. Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the hub of the Solu-Khumbu area. Trails to Lobuje, Gokyo, Chukung, and Jiri radiate outwards. Trekkers stop here to acclimatize, and Nepalis buy and sell housewares and farm produce at the weekly market. The peak sticking up on the skyline is Ama Dablam.
Day 13: REST AND EXPLORATION OF NAMCHE BAZAAR
Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the hub of the Solu-Khumbu area. Trails to Lobuje, Gokyo, Chukung, and Jiri radiate outwards. Trekkers stop here to acclimatize, and Nepalis buy and sell housewares and farm produce at the weekly market. The peak sticking up on the skyline is Ama Dablam.
Day 14: NAMCHE BAZAAR – LUKLA
An easy walk down to Lulka for the final night’s stay in the Khumbu region – participants can explore Lukla, a rapidly changing portion of the Himalayas.
Day 15: LUKLA – KATHMANDU
Take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu where participants can kick up their feet and relax at a hotel; taking time to reflect on the journey behind them.
Day 16: DEPART KATHMANDU