Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, member of our team will meet you and drive to your hotel.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
- Elevation: From 1300 metres to 2800 metres to 2656 metres
Our journey starts with short flight to Lukla, and includes amazing aerial views of the Himalaya region, and a thriller landing on Lukla’s mountain runway. Here we meet the rest of our group at Lukla, and begin hiking up the Dudh Koshi valley en route to Phakding.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- Elevation: From 2656 metres to 3450 metres
Upon departing Phakding, we cross the Dudh Koshi river several times over high suspension bridges. After that, we will pass Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.
Inside the Park the trail becomes rather steep, rising to Namche. Namche Bazaar is the major trading village of whole region, and it’s a perfect place to indulge few last Western commodities, including automat coffee and some delicious brownies! On a clear day you can see mighty Everest from here.
Day 4: Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar
- Elevation: From 3450 metres to 3880 metres
Namche has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors making it one of the few places in the region where trekkers can access the modern communication facilities.
To make your acclimatization process easier, we can organize the trek to the Everest View Hotel (at 3880 metres). You can enjoy lunch with a world class view of the mountain from hotel’s patio.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
- Elevation: From 3450 metres to 3867 metres
Continue to follow the valley above the Dudh Koshi, and enjoy amazing views of Everest, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along the way. We will cross another high bridge at the village of Phunki Tenga, where we stop for lunch.
After a brief rest, there is a steep climb to Tengboche, the site of the largest gompa (Buddhist monastery) in the region.
Day 6: Tengboche to Pheriche
- Elevation: From 3867 metres to 4252 metres
Today we go back into the forest, and across the Imja Khola. After the forest, we climb up to Pangboche village and have some more stunning views of entire Himalaya range.
We will continue upwards to the HRA’s first aid post at Pheriche, and attend the lecture on how to avoid altitude sickness.
Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Pheriche
Today, we will arrange an excursion to see Tshola Lake and the Tawache and Cholatse Walls, to help with your acclimatization and prepare you for the later stages of the trek.
This short trek will take you up the ridge over Dingboche, from where you will be able to see the Imja Valley laying beneath, and the south side of Lhotse in the distance.
Day 8: Pheriche to Lobuche
- Elevation: From 4252 metres to 4930 metres
Today the main trek begins, climbing the steep Khumbu Glacier, which represents the main route for climbers on the Nepalese side of Everest. Crevasses and collapsing séracs are a constant threat, and many people have lost their lives here.
At the top of the glacier, the path leads further to a very gentle climb to Lobuche.
Day 9: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, descent to Gorak Shep
- Elevation: From 4930 metres to 5164 metres
- Highest point: 5364 metres (Everest Base Camp)
Today the path leads along the Khumbu Glacier, revealing magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks nearby. After the lunch, we will continue the trek for a few hours until we reach Everest Base Camp. We will pass lesser glaciers, ice pinnacles, and the sometimes dangerous crevasses of the Khumbu along the way.
The return trip to Gorak Shep leads across the higher path, overlooking the Khumbu icefall and the South Col route.
Day 10: Ascent of Kala Pattar, descent to Dingboche
- Elevation: From 5164 metres to 4410 metres
- Highest point: 5554 metres (Kala Pattar)
Very early departure today to make for the peak of Kala Pattar, one of the most breathtaking views in the area. Clear view spreads before us, from mighty Everest to the Khumbu ice field.
After a short break, lunch and photographs, we begin the descent back to Dingboche.
Day 11: Descent from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar
- Elevation: From 4410 metres to 3450 metres
By following the river path again, we descent and make our walk through rhododendron and birch woods, all the way to Tengboche.
By leaving Tengboche, we will cross the Dudh Koshi and return to Namche.
Day 12: Descent from Namche to Lukla
- Elevation: 3450 metres to 2800 metres
The last day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi valley into Lukla.
Usually, there is a farewell party in Lukla for climbers, guides and porters, celebrating another successful trek. You should try traditional Sherpa dances and taste chang, which is a bit like beer but served hot.
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
After early breakfast, you will be taken to Lukla airstrip for flight back to Kathmandu, and your hotel.
Day 14: Departure
Member of our crew will take you to Kathmandu Airport, where you will take return flight home.