Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Along a route dubbed by some as "the steps to heaven," every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity â" beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills. For active adventurers not afraid to break a sweat, our full trekking support staff will bring you close to local cultures before opening a window to the top of the world. Our carefully devised itinerary reflects our proven track record, with time for safe acclimatization - the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. Our trail leads through the famous villages of Namche and Khumjung as well as Thyangboche monastery that reflect the renowned Sherpa culture. We include ascents to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where our guides will point out the classic climbing routes to the summit. A trek also includes Everest Base Camp from where expeditions prepare to climb the world's highest peak. Our nights are spent in a tea- houses operated by local people of the Khumbu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at the Tribhuban International Airport and transfer to the hotel (1350m).Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Day tour in Kathmandu valley
After breakfast , we will leave for sightseeing around the UNESCO world heritage site of Kathmandu valley. The major places to visit today are Swyambhunath,Buddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath.The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight hotel.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2804m)and trek to Phakding (2610m)
We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya. Our crew assembles and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. After around four hour trek we reach Phakding village.
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river with suspention bridges. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trek - gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. After the lunch at Jorsalle we follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05:Rest in Namche Bazaar (3440m)
After breakfast we will move for Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just 30 minute above our hotel offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information of the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the sea level, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre next to our hotel has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. For those feeling well acclimatized there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his âSchoolhouse In the Cloudsâ and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the âscalp of a yetiâ. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06:Trek to ThyÄngboche (3860m)
The walk to Tyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Everest Trek. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer or pheasants in the forest and around our Guesthouse. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery for praying and puja. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07:Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
An acclimatization day here can be used to hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung or Nagarzhang Peak, a small summer settlement from where stunning views of Island Peak, Lhotse,Makalu, Ama Dablam, and the fluted ice walls flanking the Ama Lapcha pass can be seen. These views are one of the highlights of the entire trek. Included Activities: Acclimatization Day
Day 08:trek to Lobuche (4900m)
We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. The temperatures drop here as we are more exposed amongst this glacial moraine. We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse.Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 09:Trek to Gorak Shep (5110m) and Everest Base Camp (5360m)
We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp. In the pre monsoon season many expeditions can be seen at base camp and this excursion is one of the highlights of the trek. Overnight Guesthouse.
Day 10:Trek back to Pheriche(4210m)
Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to "black rock". From these black rocks atop the hill the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately before us. Many of the famous ascent routes are quite clear. We can see the area where expeditions set their base camp but the original site was at Lake Camp, now known as Gorak Shep. Take a look in every direction and soak it in. The view south and our route out, is particularly beautiful. In the afternoon we make the return trek to Pheriche.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11 :Trek Back to ThyÄngboche(3860m)
There can be a tendency now to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see. We descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery, thought to be the oldest in the Everest region. Continue trek down to the tyangboche. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12:Trek Back to Namchebazar (3440m)
Continue our descent, staying in the small village of Namche bazaar for the evening. Included If the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery early in the morning - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It's a pleasant walk down to Namche. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13Trek Back to Lukla (2804m)
The final day of our trek takes us back to Lukla, where we have a chance to relax after the rigorous adventure we just undertook. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for the group.
Day 14 Fly back to Kathmandu
We take the short flight back to Kathmandu,where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing, or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafĂ©s. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 Kathmandu
Departure to your onward destination at your convenient time.