Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
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
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
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
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 Dingboche
Following the trail down to Debuche, we cross the Imja River and then walk uphill to Pangboche. On the way you can enjoy innumerable mani stones before you finally reach Dingboche, which is a traditional Sherpa village and sports fabulous panoramic views of the Himalayas. Since we gain some altitude at this point, we walk at an easy speed.
Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche. Hike to Chhukung
Today is a rest day at Dinboche for acclimatization. We go for a hiking at Chhukung at a comfortable pace to prepare for higher altitude the following day.
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
As we walk away from Dingboche, the trails lead us along Khumbu Glacier’s lateral moraine and we can also see a memorial for mountaineers who lost their lives on expeditions. After some five hours of trekking, we get to Lobuche, which stands at 4,910m right next to the Lobuche peak.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep, via hike to Everest Base Camp
We carefully tread on the Khumbu Glacier up 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 your hard work. After EBC, we head back to GorakShep.
Day 11: Trek from GorakShep to Lobuche, via hike to Kalapatthar
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 back to GorakShep, then on to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Lobuche Base Camp
The trail to Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper as we approach our destination. We’ll be able to see AmaDablam, Cholatse, Pokalde among others. We’ll reach the camp in two hours and once we are there we will set the camp and make necessary preparations for our climbing days ahead.
Day 13: Trek from Lobuche Base Camp to Lobuche High Camp
After having some breakfast, we will make our way to Lobuche High Camp, situated at the altitude of 5,600 meters. To reach this spot, we traverse rocky moraines along rocky paths. We will set up the camp here and then we’ll do some more climbing preparation followed by some rest. Alternatively, you may choose to walk around to be more acclimatized.
Day 14: Summit Lobuche Peak and return to Base Camp
This is our big climbing day! We start very early in the morning and then we advance towards the peak, which is at 6,118 meters above sea level. As we get higher, the view gets all the more stunning as you can marvel in the sight of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse and many others. After reaching the peak, we will return back to the Base Camp.
Day 15: Rest day and contingency
There are various factors that may delay our ascent to the peak, including most notoriously, the weather. Also, there may be some members in the team who would need more acclimatization. Therefore, we have reserved this day to ensure that even if we miss a day of climbing, we will be able to catch up on this day.
Day 16: Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche
Following a hearty breakfast, we walk along descending trails to Pangboche. We will first reach Lobuche, which leads to Everest Base Camp. Then passing by Lobuche, we make our way through forests and enjoy wonderful views of AmaDablam, Pokalde, Thamsherku and others along the way. We will reach Pangboche in 6 to 7 hours, and once here you may choose to hike around and visit PangbocheMonatery.
Day 17: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
From Pangboche, we start our trek to Namche Bazaar early in the morning. En route, we see the oldest monastery in the region which houses alleged remains of a Yeti. Heading farther south descending down the trails takes us to Tengboche before we finally reach Namche Bazaar at 3,441m after a five-hour trek.
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.