Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m). Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You will meet your group leader and a pre-trek briefing will be given in the afternoon at the hotel.
Day 2: Day at leisure in Kathmandu. After a gear check, any necessary items will be hired or purchased. Local sightseeing can be arranged by our office in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding. The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 metres, then up to another ridge, passing the path to Lukla airport, after which we climb on to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar. The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected. We continue along the trail, cross the Bhote Kosi River and climb steeply to Namche Bazaar 3500 m. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt.Everest early on the trail.
Day 5: Rest day for acclimatization. We have a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. This town, the hub of Sherpa society, is the administrative centre of the Khumbu region and has a police check post (we must all register there), the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, a bank, several shops selling items of every description and a proliferation of Sherpa inns. We spend the day relaxing or exploring the town.
Day 6: Namche - Tengboche. From Namche a steep an hour climb to Syangboche (3720 m) provides excellent views of EVEREST and Ama Dablam. From there we descend to Punki Thanka via Khumjung, then the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwangde (6187m,) Tawachhe (6542m) EVEREST (8848 m) Nuptse (7855m,) Lhotse (8618m,) Ama Dablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.
Day 7: Tengboche - Dingboche. It is a short, steep and muddy descent to Deboche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. We then cross the bridge and ascend through the forest, past magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche at 3860m. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching Dingboche at 4240m.
Day 8: Dingboche – Lobuche. The trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climbs steeply into the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers. It then crosses the bridge and climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments erected in memory of many Sherpas and foreign mountaineers who have died climbing Everest before reaching Lobuche (4930m.)
Day 9: Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar - Gorkshep. The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses a tributary glacier to reach the dry lake bed of Gorak Shep. We then climb the 5545m Kala Pattar for incredible views of Everest and Everest Base Camp.
Day 10: Return trek to Pheriche.
Day 11: Return trek to Tengboche.
Day 12: Return trek to Namche.
Day 14: Return trek to Phakding.
Day 15: Return trek to Lukla.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu.
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