Your itinerary in more useful detail:
Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu 1350m and transfer to the Hotel.
Flying to Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. The panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below is worth a sight. At the airport, our office team will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Refresh and get familiar with your surroundings; in the evening, your senior guide will meet you at your hotel to give you an orientation about the entire details of your trek. Have supper and go to bed. This is your first night in the valley of the gods, or so they say.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley sightseeing.
Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities bear a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the most famous Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in the city BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. Return to the hotel for your overnight.
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Lukla-Phakding 2850m
a flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3450m
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Day 05 - Rest at Namche Bazaar 3450m & look around Khumjung
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 06 - Trek to Tyangboche 3860m, 5 hours walk, overnight at Guesthouse.
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tyangboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku.
Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tyangboche. Tyangboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Tyangboche
Day 07 - Trek Tyangboche to Dingboche 4410m 5 hours walk overnight at Guesthouse.
With the Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tyangboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We snap pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche
Day 08 - Dingboche acclimatization day up to 5616m 5 hours walk, overnight at Guesthouse.
This is a free day for us to get acclimatized to the altitude in Dingboche; we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We can also do some washing or explore the lovely landscapes in our immediate surroundings. Overnight in Dingboche at a local lodge
Day 09 - Dingboche-Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3-4 hrs
The walk is pleasant as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We take the trial from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to land raven by glacier moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. We walk leisurely as our schedule for today is only 3-4 hours trek. While walking through the valley, Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking about 3 km, we reach at yak herdsman’s place called Bibre. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung in about half an hour from Bibre. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place.
We might choose to hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri which offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse. Overnight in Chhukung
Day 10: Chhukung – Lobuche via Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] - [4940m/16,210ft]: 6-7 hrs
We start at the break of day from Chhukung as we have to capture the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!!
We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of he Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the toughest stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which culminates at Lobuche. We do an overnight in Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep, Explore Everest base camp 5364m and head back to Gorakshep.
The trail to Gorakshep proceeds by the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorakshep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp, we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers those take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.
However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate your hike to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorakshep at a local lodge
Day 12: Gorakshep to Dzongla 4830m
Trek today is very short compared to previous or next days walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream as it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is also visible down in the distance. Visible also is the mound in Chukpi Lhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla
Day 13: Dzongla to Tragnak 4700m via Chola Pass at 5420m
After an early morning b/fast, we get out of our lodge & wonderfully welcomed by the gripping sight of Cholatse looming over us in mighty display. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on Cho - La. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the Cho - La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Tragnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Tragnak, a rather more considerable hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get grandstand sights of the second of the Gokyo lakes among a series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Village of Gokyo where we finally give rest to our weary body and aching knees. Overnight in Gokyo
Day 14: Tragnak to Gokyo at 4790m
Today is quite a short day of trekking compared to other trek days because we need some rest also to get our bodies in tandem with the heights we reach as we move further on the trail above the tree-lines. We will trek to Gokyo today which takes about three and half hours for our overnight and a good night’s sleep after supper.
Day 15: Gokyo - to Gokyo Ri and explore for a day at 5483m
Today we hold up for a good breather and acclimatize at Gokyo while exploring the fifth lake as we pass & look around the forth lake. At this stage, we enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri rewards breathtaking views of sunrise over the Himalayas. After a good look around the Gokyo Ri area, we get back to the camp for some important rest. We truly revel in our surroundings of the majestic mountains that include Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori before we retire for the night at Gokyo village.
Day 16: Gokyo- Lungden 4370m via Renjo La Pass at 5360m
We leave our Gokyo camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. You can visit Nakpa Valley which falls on the old trade route of Tibet. Another attraction is to hike to Darkyachhulung peak. You can also visit Marlung, the sacred site of Warfield. Yet another hike can be done to Lake Cho Relmo. We Trek from Lungden to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass which will take quite a hike with some rest in-between. On the way we can observe local activities like yak herding which is an important chore hereabouts. The views of the mountains and the chance to experience wildlife add excitement to our trekking. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 17: Lungden to Thame 3820m
We walk for about an hour from Lungden and then climb a small raised hillock before we go down to cross a stream. Upon crossing the water stream we trek 2 to 3 hours to reach Thame. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north, Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 18: Thame to – Monjo - 2835m
From Thame village we head down to a pretty quiet trail that overlooks the valley before we pass Thame Gompa and make our way to the sleepy little village of Monjo as we view some lovely landscapes on the way before we crash out for the night in Monjo. Overnight at a guest house
Day 19: Monjo to Lukla.2840m
Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner followed by a few celebratory drinks with our crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the years.
Day 20: Lukla and flight to Kathmandu.
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu
On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Day 21: Rest/ or shopping day in Kathmandu
This is entirely your day to do your own things; perhaps you can do some last minute shopping for the loved ones at home or pen out a few post cards to the family telling them about the wonders of your trip. Overnight at your hotel
Day 22: final departure back to home sweet home
Our office team will have a vehicle on standby to take you to the airport for your flight home. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours that could be a game drive at National parks, or wild water rafting, maybe a Tibet tour, or even a thrilling mountain bike ride through some of Nepal’s urban trails etc.