Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu. Reception and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Guided City Tour of Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 m/9,318 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,563 ft). We set off early morning from our hotel to domestic airport for Lukla flights. After a 35 minute scenic mountain flight by a small aircraft, we land in Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport). Today’s trek from Lukla to Phakding is only about 3-4 hours. The trail from Lukla is seen broad and clear. Finally we arrive in the village separated in two parts with about a 10 minute trek between them, and a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. This village is called Phakding where we stay overnight.
Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m/11,306 ft). Today's trek is about 5-6 hours. After crossing the suspension bridge at Phakding, we trek for 2-3 hours following the climbs steeply up rough stone steps before reaching the long paved Monjo village on the edge of Sagarmatha National Park. In addition to the lodges, single-roofed houses and a few basic shops, there is a small gompa nearby. The trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar will take another 3-4 hours. This town is known as the Sherpa “Capital” and gateway to the Mt. Everest. We stay two overnights in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Today we stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Because of the altitude, it will be necessary for us to spend a minimum of two nights here. On this day, we have the choice of just relaxing and roaming round this interesting hill town, or alternatively trekking round a nearby 3-4 hour circuit with stunning views.
Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867 m/12,687 ft). On this day while climbing out of Namche Bazaar along the hillside to a point, we will have the stunning views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After waking through the rhododendrons and some small settlements, the trail continues on a steep descent to cross the Dudh Koshi on a suspension bridge. From the bridge, there is approximately a 2 hour steady climb up to Tengboche. Tengboche or Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m/12,687 ft), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community located in the Everest Base Camp trail of Nepal. We stay overnight in this beautiful Tengboche village. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,252 m/13,950 ft). The trail passes downhill from Tengboche through the pine and birch trees and tall rhododendrons. Heading for Pheriche the trail climbs steeply in places to reach a high point marked by cairns, manis and prayer flags. From here the path descends to the river, crosses a wooden bridge and soon enters our stop at Pheriche for overnight halt. We stay for two nights at Pheriche for acclimatisation. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day in Pheriche. Pheriche is an expanding cold and windy village and consists of lodges and tea-houses and most importantly it has a health post run by western volunteer doctors. We strongly recommended to attend one of the lectures (available every afternoon) on how to avoid AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). To aid acclimatization while relaxing in Pheriche, it is good to have a trek up the hillside to the crest of a ridge with a chorten at (4,412 m/14,475 ft).
Day 9: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109 ft). From Pheriche, We continue through the kharka (grazing pastureland) to cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge and then climb to Dughla (4620 m/15,157 ft) where there are a few lodges. From here the route heads up steep moraine (ridge of rocks) slopes, to a ridge with a number of large cairns, chortens, prayer flags and mani stones covered with Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. The trail now enters the Khumbu valley, crosses to the western side from which one gets a clear view of the massive Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft) and finally arrives at Lobuche. We stay overnight at Lobuche. It can be very cold overnight here. Trekking time 3-4 hours.
Day 10: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft), return trek to Gorakshep (5,140 m/16,864 ft). Today, we set off to the Everest Base Camp with the trail initially crossing a stream below Lobuche. Soon we will reach a point where a narrow side valley cuts off to the left. After about 200 m it takes us to the “Italian Pyramid”, a stone-built lodge and scientific station which collects meteorological and seismic (earthquake) data. The trail to Base Camp begins just beyond the Gorakshep Lake, runs for some way along the moraine crest and then appears to descend to the Khumbu glacier. Today we will get a real close-up of the impressive Khumbu ice fall. The Base Camp can be quite a bustling place with expeditions camping, porters, trekkers and yaks, etc. Having achieved our first goal, and after resting, we will return to Gorakshep for our overnight stay. Trekking time 7-8 hours.
Day 11: Trek/Climb Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) and return trek to Lobuche. Today’s trip is not only literally the “high point” of our entire trek but it also has the absolutely high point with unbelievable views from the summit of Kalapatthar. The long awaited trek starts around 5.00 am. The climb takes about 1-2 hours (depending upon the route chosen) to reach the summit. On the arrival at the summit, one can experience the most fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest. Although Everest is of course the main focus of attention, the ice cone of Nuptse which from this view point appears higher than Everest, has stunning beauty. We will return downhill to Gorakshep and then continue our trek to Lobuche after breakfast. We stay overnight at Lobuche. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 12: Trek Lobuche to Dingboche (4,410 m/14,469 ft). From Lobuche we start by trekking southward along part of the route already covered in the opposite direction on day 9. We pass through Dughla, re-cross the Khumbu Khola on the wooden bridge and shortly afterwards take the left-hand fork at the road junction and continue on to Dingboche, on the way passing yak-herders’ huts at Dusa. Dingboche has a number of lodges, spread among its stone-walled fields. On the western hillside adjacent to the village, there are two large chortens. Dingboche is dominated by the world’s fourth highest mountain, Lhotse (8,501 m/27,890 ft). We stay overnight at Dingboche. Trekking time 3-4 hours.
Day 13: Trek Dingboche to Tengboche. Here we have a choice of having an excursion to Chhukung valley. We then continue our trek southward down the west bank of the Imja Khola, cross a bridge over the Khumbu Khola close to where it is joined by the Imja Khola and proceed down the west bank through Pangboche to Tengboche. This last section of the trail is of course the one we covered on our northbound trek, but now facing in the opposite direction will have a totally different prospect. We stay overnight at Tengboche. Trekking time 3-4 hours.
Day 14: Return trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar. We retrace our route covered on day 6 and stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Day 15: Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Again we proceed southward, retracing the route trekked on day 3 and 4, crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Koshi at intervals. We stay overnight in Lukla. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Day 16: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. We take the 35 minute breathtaking flight from Lukla. Join for farewell dinner with live cultural show.
Day 17: Departure to home.
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