A. Itinerary in Detail (18 Days)
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrival Kathmandu, accord warm welcome/ Pick up and transfer to hotel / introduction to staff and briefing.
Day 02 : Kathmandu:sightseeing and trek preparation
Guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical and spiritual attractions taking in many of the important valley sites
Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla (40 min flight) – Phakding; 3-4 hours trek (Trekking times only; stops not included)
Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) / final preparations / trek starts / pass Chaurikharka village / make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) / overnight.
Day 04 : Phakding-Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours
The trail crosses Dudhkoshi River / long suspension bridge / along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge / trail climbs further from here to Namche Bazaar / overnight
Day 05 : Namche Bazaar: Rest day
This day is a rest day taken for the acclimatization / day hike to Thame / visiting Khunde / relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar known as the gateway to Mt. Everest / overnight
Day 06 : Namche Bazaar- Khumjung: 4 hours
Start / climb up to the Shyangboche airstrip / just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel / Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on earth. overnight (3,810m/12,500ft).
Day 07 : Khumjung-Tengboche: 4-5 hours
Trail descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m ‘/ steep ascent to famous Tengboche Gompa / stunning background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks / overnight
Day 08 : Tengboche-Dingboche: 5-6 hour
Slight descent early today through lush forest / gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft) / continue ascending in the afternoon / through alpine meadows / yak herds / eventually reaching Dingboche.
Day 09 : Dingboche: Rest Day
The second rest day is taken for the acclimatization at Dingboche. As at Namche Bazaar, there is a side-trip planned from Dingboche, or you can rest. The side trip will wind up the valley to Chhukung for sensational views.
Day 10 : Dingboche-Lobuche: 5-6 hours
Today climb to Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft) / stunning views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6440m) / trail goes up to Khumbu Glacier for an hour then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lobuche. (4,930m/12,894ft). By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.
Day 11 : Lobuche – Everest Base Camp – Gorakhshep 7-8 hours
The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep / then to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) / rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest/ trek back /overnight Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft).
Day 12 : Gorak Shep-Kalapatthar- Lobuche: 5-6 hours
Early morning hike to Kalapatthar/takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kalapatthar (Black Rock) 5,545m/18,192ft; small peak / best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing / return to Lobuje (4930m/12894ft)/overnight at Lobuche
Day 13 : Lobuche-Pangboche: 5-6 hours
The trek retraces halfway back and lunch at Pheriche. Finally the trek ends at Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft), which lies on the bank of Imja Khola.
Day 14 : Pangboche- Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Now the trail retraces the same way back, stopping at Tengboche. During the November-December full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with much singing and dancing. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,286ft).
Day 15 : Namche Bazaar- Phakding: 5-6 hours
Trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. overnight 2,652m/8,700ft).
Day 16 : Phakding-Lukla: 3-4 hours
Final day back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) / arrival in Lukla / time to relax.
Day 17 : Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning flight to Kathmandu / pick up from airport / transfer hotel / rest of the day is free for your shopping and relaxation.
Day 18 : Departure day
Transfer to airport as per your flight schedule / flight to onward destination.
Trip Cost: USD 2160 per person for an entire trip