Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
Arrive in Nepal (or meet with us if you’re there already). Relax at hotel, welcome meal & talk and enjoy our first night in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Let’s start by getting to know the city: we go on a sightseeing tour of bustling Kathmandu visiting Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas, and of course do a bit of shopping, picking up any last minute essentials for our trek. We end the day with Traditional Nepali cuisine & culture in evening.
Day 3: The Lukla Flight
We’re off to Everest! We fly on a twin-engine Otter to Lukla with incredible view of the Himalayas. At Lukla we meet the rest of our staff, Sherpas and porters and have a short briefing. Now we start our Everest trek! And two and a half hours later, with a delightfully easy initial downhill trek, we arrive at Phakding, spending the night in our first teahouse lodge near by the white, gushing Kosi river. Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles
Day 4: Wake up in the Himalayas
We wake up in the Himalayas! We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kos crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.
Elevation: 3,440 meters, Hiking Distance: 6 miles
Day 5: Acclimatization
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in beautiful Namche Bazaar village. Namche is a unique horse shoe shaped village (pictured above) with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, great food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, rewards us with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest.
Elevation: 3,440 meters
Day 6: Clean air
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region and take the opportunity of visiting the monks and watching their singing meditations.
Day 7: Breaking a sweat
From Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. This is where the training pays off and you can enjoy the trekking!
Elevation: 4,410 meters
Day 8: Dingboche
Today we take another rest and acclimatization day at the quiet Dingboche – a tiny village with a populcation of around 200. It’s here the Everest climbers can come for medical attention. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.
Elevation: 4,410 meters
Day 9: Footsteps of the great
Today’s trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. After a long and adrenalin inducing trek this day, we arrive at the Eco lodge for hot showers and well deserved warm meals.
Elevation: 4,910 meters, Hiking Distance: 5 miles
Day 10: Rise and shine
After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar mountain (18,450 feet) and enjoy unbelievable views of the Himalayas, without having to climb Everest! That evening we sleep beneath Kala Pattar at Gorak Shep.
Elevation: 17,000 feet / 5,182 meters
Day 11: Everest
Today we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We’ll spend the day at Everest Base Camp, giving you a chance to meet the climbers and thoroughly explore the area if weather allows us. We’ll return to Gorak Shep for the night.
Elevation: 5,357 meters, Hiking Distance: 2 miles
Day 12: Gorak shep
In the morning we will enjoy tea and breakfast before our parting view of Everest and our descent. We head down the glacier and reenter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, you may have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Aid Post.
Elevation: 4,252 meters, Hiking Distance: 7.5 miles
Day 13: Descend
We continue back down the valley, below the tree line and through the rhododendron forest to Debuce, a quiet and sparse village with a Tibetan nunnery. Today will be a short hiking day with an afternoon to relax, shower, do laundry and prepare for the final days hiking out.
Elevation: 3,820 meters
Day 14: Namche
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time. We stay at the Hotel with hot showers and a comfortable bed.
Elevation: 3,440 meters, Hiking Distance: 10 miles.
Day 15: Celebrate
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla where we spend the night at the Khumbu Lodge. Hot showers are available and celebratory night with all group and staff.
Elevation: 2,840 meters
Day 16: Back to the capital
If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains. We arrive in Kathmandu and we say goodbye to some staff.
Elevation: 1,336 meters
Day 17: Shopping
Free day for activities of your choice: rest & relax / shopping / city touring. Optional this day is visiting local charities. Evening dinner & meeting with member of West Nepal Development Trust.
Day 18: Sunrise
In the morning, we can watch Kathmandu rise in prayer along the banks of the holy river Bagmati at Pashupatinath, with burning ghats similar to the Ganges in India. Or we can visit the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath and explore the temples in the city of Patan. Final celebratory dinner!
Day 19: Home
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