Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
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 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
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 3: Kathmandu to shivalaya, 5 or 6 hour’s Bus, Jeep 1800m
The beginning of your trek is a gentle ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it follows a gently descending path to Shivalaya at (1800m.) where you can take lunch and hang around. After your lunch, the trail turns steeply up before turning into a gentle ascent to Kenja. You can enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow-capped mountains at a far distance.
Day 4: Shivalaya to Kenja 5/6 hours, 1600m.
From Shivalaya, we then make a gentle descent to Kenja (1600m.) where you can enjoy your lunch. After your lunch, your trek is goes steeply up to your destination. En route, you can enjoy the agricultural farm scenery where locals are always found working hard. In addition to this, you pass through Sherpa villages with some beautiful mountain views.
Day 5: Kenja to Junbensi 4/5 hours 2700m
To begin your trek, you climb steeply for an early two hours passing through Dagchu and Goyem, small Sherpa settlements. Then your trek starts gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. After the pass, the rest of the trek is a gentle descent to your destination. On this route, you can enjoy viewing some of the snow capped mountains such as the "Goa of the Solu" along with spotting some wildlife such as monkeys and many species of birds. We finally reach Junbensi & halt for an overnight
Day 6: Junbensi to Nunthala 4/5 hours 2330m
The beginning of your trek is a gentle ascent for an early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). From this place, you can get your first views of Mount Everest, Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) Your trek is flat and a gentle descent to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail goes steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). From this point, you can see excellent mountain views. At the end of your trek is a steep descent to the town of Nunthala (2330m.) through a small Sherpa settlement and some green forest.
Day 7: Nunthala to Bupsa, 4/5 hours 2500m.
Your trek begins with a gentle descent to the Dudh Koshi River (River of Milk) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farm land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From the Dudh Koshi River, your trail is a gentle ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farming lands. From Kharikhola your trail follows a flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply goes up to the camp (Bupsa) where you can visit a Buddhist Monastery in a pretty ruined state.
Day 8: Bupsa to Chheplung/Lukla3/4 hours.2800m.
At the start of the day, you ascend steeply for the early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking you pass through rhododendron and oak forests, including a small Sherpa settlement and teashops. From this point, you can see excellent views of different mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). Now, your trail is a gentle descent and flat to Chaubar (2730m.) passing through Bamboo forests and Puiyan (2770m.) with views of the Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends to your destination of Lukla, where Surkey, a small Sherpa village lies at the bottom of Lukla, which is known for its famous airstrip, one of the highest in the world.
Day 9: Chheplung to Phakding, 3/4 hours.2610m
The first part of the trek is a gentle ascent for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, your trail is almost flat and gently descends before ascending again to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days on the trail. You can hang in and around Phakding village.
Day 10: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3446m) - 5 hours.
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 11: Namche Bazaar, one-day rest for acclimatization. (If needed)
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 12: Namche Bazar - Tengboche (3867m) - 5 hours.
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery.
Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
Day 13: Tengboche - Dingboche (4343m) - 6 hours.
From the lodge we head up through the village of Dingboche, following the Imja Khola Valley. The ascent is gradual, crossing small streams, through open alpine pastures with fine views of Island Peak at the head of the valley. We will reach the Chukhung lodge in time for lunch, with the afternoon free to rest and acclimatise. If you feel energetic enough, you can head up valley towards the old moraines that flow down from Lhotse. The views of the massive Lhotse Wall and Ama Dablam are particularly breathtaking.
Day 14: Acclimatization in Dingboche.
Today is a very important acclimatization day. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. We spend our night in Dingboche
Day 15: Dingboche - Lobuche (4930m) - 5 hours.
After a short break, continue (1 ½ to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche which is hidden and sheltered from the wind. After passing the teahouses of Duglha, we climb higher onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a row of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From here the trail drops and follows the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from here is quite amazing.
Day 16: Lobuche - Gorakhshep (5200m) Base camp & back to Gorakhshep
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail, we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive a 360-degree vista of the snowy mountains. Upon climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of the Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, 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 Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot help appreciating the Everest climbers that take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineers’ 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 this stage. By now we have met the ultimate reason for our trip. We spend our night in Gorak Shep at a local lodge
Day 17: Gorakhshep - Kalapattar back to Pheriche (4280m) Today is when our trek peaks to its best ever. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. On returning to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait for the other participants to return back. Those visitors who plan to visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest Base Camp hike takes longer (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon returning back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night rest. Overnight at a local lodge
Day 18: Gorakhshep Pheriche (4280) - 6 hours.
Enjoy an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many others.
Pheriche is a place where you can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can also see the mountain yaks in Pheriche, which are normally regarded as the porters in this area. Here is also located the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Day 19: Pheriche - Khumjung (3790m)/Khunde - 7 hours.
From Pheriche we head down for about 2 hours and then level off until we reach Khumjung village. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Khunde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village.
Day 20: Khumjung - Phakding (2600m)
The first part of the trek gently ascends for early 2 hours from Khumjung as our trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascends to Phakding we stay overnight at lodge and enjoy a hot shower.
Day 21: Phakding -Lukla (2860m) - 3 hours, reconfirm the flight tickets
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We sample some ‘chhang’ (local beer brewed from fermented rice) and try out some Sherpa jigs to a merry dance. This has been altogether an end to a truly memorable trip on a merry note.
Day 22: Lukla - Kathmandu, 35 minutes by flight.
After a sunny breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Please note, flights from this area are subject to clear weather and it’s not all smooth sailing all the time. As a trekker going to highly remote mountainous regions, we request that you always be adaptable to unpredictable situations and ‘hope for the best but expect the worst, and you’ll never be disappointed’.
Day 23 a day for leisure
This is entirely your day to use in any way to suits your convenience. Perhaps you can do some last minute shopping, catch up on your book or maybe pen a few post cards home telling the loved ones about how much you enjoyed your trip. Overnight at your hotel
Day 24 your departure - Back to home Sweet home.
Our support 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. Nepal Great Himalaya Treks was happy to know you & we look forward to meet you again some day!