DAY 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu -1,350m/4,428ft
DAY 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and final preparation
DAY 03: Fly to Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft]- Phakding [2,652 m/8,700 ft]: 35 min flight; 3-4 hrs trek
DAY 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5-6 hrs
DAY 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft
DAY 06: Trek Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) - 5 to 6 hrs walk
DAY 07: Trek Tengboche to Denboche [4,200m/13,776ft]:4-5 hrs
DAY 08: Rest and acclimatization at Denboche
DAY 09: Trek to Lobuche [4,930m/16,170ft]:5-6 hrs
DAY 10: Trek Lobuche- Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]: 6-7 hrs
DAY 11: Hike Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hrs
DAY 12: Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft)- Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft]: 6-7 hrs
DAY 13: Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hrs
DAY 14: Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp [5,600m/18,372ft]: 2-3 hrs
DAY 15: High camp-summit Island Peak-Base camp -Chhukung: 8-10 hrs
DAY 16: Reserve day for contingency
DAY 17: Chhukung to Namche Bazar: 8-9 hrs
DAY 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hrs
DAY 19: Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu
Day 20: Rest and Shopping Day in Kathmandu.
DAY 21: Depart from Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1345m)
On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our airport representatives will warmly greet you, after which you will be transferred to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle.
Day 2: Trip meeting followed by valley sightseeing
Early next morning following a hearty breakfast, Hike Himalaya Adventures will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel you’re staying in. During this meeting, we introduce your trip guide, and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. We provide you with important information about the trip, so do feel free to take notes if you want to. Also, please kindly bring three passport-size photos, passport and travel insurance policy. Legal formalities, including liability waiver, will be taken care of in this meeting.
Once the meeting concludes, we begin our sightseeing of the valley for which a private vehicle along with a professional guide. The valley is dotted with fantastic cultural heritages, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day-long sightseeing trip.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla flight, then Lukla to Phakding trekking(2610m)
After a pleasing half an hour flight from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla in Everest region, we start our trek to Phakding. Your guide and sherpa porters will make all the necessary arrangement of your luggage and equipment.
The first leg of the trek is a descent towards the river called DudhKoshi, from where we head to Phakding. At around 2,500m, the trekking on this day is very relaxed and we take an easy pace to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the surrounding.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
On this day, we trek uphill to Namche Bazaar, also called the Gateway to Everest. We crisscross DudhKoshi over several trail bridges that are beautifully decorated with Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We rest to learn about the SagarmathaNatinoal Park and how it has helped upkeep the region’s ecological and social integrity while promoting tourism. The climb to Namche is well rewarded with a bustling market and native culture, and of course the majestic views of the Himalayas up close.
Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
We need to keep up with the altitude gain and let our body adjust to the thinner air pressure, for which we rest at Namche Bazaar on this day to acclimatize. The town has lots to offer to its visitors, from the celebrated museum showcasing from the history of Everest expeditions to the lifestyle of Sherpas. We will explore the area and see how the locals, mostly Sherpas, go about their daily lives. If time permits, there is the option of hiking to the nearby (decommissioned) Syanboche Airport for stunning views of the Everest Panorama.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3860m)
When we have sufficiently acclimatized at Namche, we start trekking to Tengboche, the home to the immensely popular Tengboche Monastery. We reach the town by making our way up the trails and along the shores of DudhKoshi River. Photo-perfect views of the mountains mark this trail. At Tengboche, we will explore the monastery, which hosts a massive statue of Buddha amidst elaborately decorated interior. We’ll have a chance to observe monks dressed in traditional Buddhist clothes chanting prayers in exotic ceremonies. From Tengboche, we will also marvel in the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Everest region – the top of the world!
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Periche(4240m)
Walking through forests and along a river, we trek uphill and start to feel that the land becomes more arid and desert-like. Crossing Pangboche, we appreciate the lifestyle and daily activities of the people. We reach a small hill from where we head to Periche at 4,200m, a mountain valley on a riverside.
Day 8: Acclimatization at Periche
We acclimatize at Periche today and hike to DingbocheRi to see the jawdropping views of mountains. The south-face of Lobuche is most prominently seen from here.
Day 9: Trek from Periche to Lobuche (4910m)
As we follow the trails from Periche, we come across stone memorials for mountaineers who’ve lost their lives in expeditions. We continue to gain altitude, and after a five-hour trek, we reach Lobuche, situated next to the Lobuche Peak.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep (5140m), via hike to Kalapatthar(5545m)
On this day, we hike to the Kala Patthar (a small peak at 5,555m), which has arguably the best panoramic view of the Everest range. The climb is steep and rugged, but given our trekking accomplishment, we reach the peak in no time. From Kalapatthar, we see Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and several other peaks that make up the Everest range. We then head to GorakShep.
Day 11: Trek from GorakShep to Lobuche, via hike to Everest Base Camp(5364m)
We carefully tread to the Everest Base Camp at 5,365m. Note that this is the farthest you can get towards Everest summit without mountaineering gear. We spend some time to admire the Himalayas at its finest glory, a reward well earned for the tough trek up. After EBC, we go to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Chukkung (4730m)
From Lobuche, we head down to Dingboche and finally reach Chukkung after some six hours of trekking.
Day 13: Trek from Chukkung to Island Peak Base Camp (4970m)
We head off from Chukkung, making our way first to the Imja Valley which has amazing views of the AmaDablam peak. We trek for four hours today acclimatizing to the thin air. We stay in tented camps at the Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 14 and 15: Climb the Island Peak (6189m/20305ft)) and return to Chukkung
We set aside two days to climb the peak, including a spare one in case of inclement weather. The trek leader will determine the strategy to climb the peak, considering the weather, snow conditions and acclimatization. Early in the morning, we start our ascent and may take up to four to six hours, depending on several factors. The climb itself is not very technical, but still requires stamina and will power to cross steep snow slopes. Once you reach the peak, you get the most amazing feeling of accomplishment which makes for some lifetime incredible memories. From the peak at 6,187m, you can see AmaDablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse in the horizon. This is the highlight of this trekking trip. Weather and time permitting, we get back to Chukkung the same day.
Day 16: Trek from Chukkung to Tengboche
As we start our way back from Chukkung, we leave the mountains behind and walk across small village towns like Dingboche and Orsho. We cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River. There is a gradual climb that takes us to Tengboche, which is located at 3,800m. We explore the Tengboche Monastery and other attractions nearby.
Day 17: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
The trail drops steeply into a forest of rhododendron and fir, leading us to Phunkitenga, from where we head to Shanasa and then to our final destination for the day, Namche Bazaar.
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, via Phakding
We bid the mountains farewell as we head to Lukla via Phakding, our original starting point for trekking. We are able to cover more distance on our way back because the route is mostly a descent and at a relatively lower altitude, our lungs get more oxygen and hence, energy. Once in Lukla, the evening is free for leisure activities. We’ll celebrate our success with a few rounds of drinks and some traditional dancing with the locals.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, during which we get to enjoy birds-eye view of the marvelous mountains beneath. Once at the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by Hike Himalyaa staff on a private vehicle.
Day 20: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
This day is free for rest and relaxation, spending some reflecting on the trek. Leisure activities like souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city are definite options. You may also wish to extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, Everest mountain flight and so forth. Later in the evening, you will be invited for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant, which will host cultural shows.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
This is the last day of the trip. You will be transferred to the airport and we wish you safe journey back home.