Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Warm welcome in airport / transfer to the Hotel / then introductory briefing about the trip
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (1905m), approx., 8-10 hrs.
Morning drive along with Kathmandu/Kodari (overland Tibet entry point) highway in the beginning 3 hours and cross Sun Koshi river toward Mude(3540 m) following crumble ascended bumpy road . It’s a scenic drive along with terraced field, typical villages and panoramic view of eastern Himalayan including Ganesh Himal, Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and many more snow-capped ranges. Overnight in Jiri
Day 03: Trek to Shivalaya (1770m), approx.,
It’s a scenic trek offering magnificient views of mountains and beautiful landscapes
Overnight in Shivalaya
Day 04: Shivalaya – Bhandar(2,200m): approx, 5-6 hrs trek.
From Shivalaya the route crosses a stream, then starts a steep climb toward the next pass Sangbadanda at 2150m) Climb continue less steeply pass several isolated , but large and prosperous houses. The trail climbs steeply in the forest to another tea shop at Mabhir, cross another stream and final climb to pass at 2705m Deurali. This pass signifies now we are entering an area donated by Tibetan culture because of an impressive array of long mani wall including beautiful mountain range though on distance. There is sweeping view of the Likhu Khola valley and Bhandar, a large Sherpa settlement far below in a hanging valley. Trail drops about two hours to arrive our day destination Bhandar. Overnight at Hotel in Bhandar.
Day 05: Bhandar – Sete (2,520m): approx., 5-6 hrs.
From the village square of Bhandar the trail descends through the lower fields of village, then follows a small stream. It cross the stream and descends through deep forest. Leaving the forest, the trail drops into a canyon, passing Barandas, where local kids sell walking sticks to help you out on the steep descent toward another riverbank little Sherpa town Kenja. (1570m) Trail ascends steeply toward Lamjura pass , the first part of ascend is very steep, then it become less severe as you gain elevation. After about two hours of climbing you reach Chimbu, at 2140m. There is a trail junction, take right hand fork to Sete. Overdnight stay at Hotel in Sete.
Day 06: Sete – Junbesi (2,680m): approx., 6-7 hrs.
Gradual climb although in spots it gets steep from Sete to the top of Lamjura Pass (3530m) the way is scenic and varied through the rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch forest long ranges of Himalayas on the background. In spring the ridge is alive with blooming rhododendron – white, red and pink blooms over the entire hillside. The day also delightful for bird lover, some of most colorful ones are found in this zone. Since you probably be crossing the pass about noon or early afternoon, it will be cloudy, cold and windy. The route descends down steeply eastern side of the pass about 400 m through fragrant fir and hemlock forest to the stream and small wooden Hotel. Trail climbs again to the huge painted mani wall at the head of the valley, then climbs over the ridge to a vintage point overlooking Junbesi a splendid Sherpa village amidst beautiful surroundings at 2680m.
Day 07: Junbesi – Nunthala (2,250m): approx., 5-6 hrs.
The trail cross the Junbes Khola on the wooden bridge at 2610m. The route to Nunthala follows the left hand trail that leads steeply in the trees looping in and out of side ridge to Khurtang at 2980m which has first view of Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608m) and Mera Peak (6461m). Everest seems like dwarfed by its much lower neighbors. The trail turns north, still climbing, then descend down to suspension bridge over the Ringmo Khola and ascends to Ringmo village toward Takshindo La at 3071m. marked by large chorten. A few minutes below the pass, on the eastern side, the trail passes the isolated monastery of Takshindo., a superb example of Sherpa monastic architecture at 2900m. The trail descends through conifer and rhododendron forest alive with birds through dense forest. Trail crosses many picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before it reaches Nunthala (Manidingma) at 2250. Overnight in Nunthala.
Day 08: Nhuntala to Kharikhola (2050m), approx; 6/7 hrs. trek
The amazing views of Karyolong (to the north), Kusum Kanguru, Kyachung Kang, Khumbila and many more peaks with rapidly descending to Dudh Koshi River and crossing suspension bridge and experienced densely populated by Rai and Sherpa villages.
Day 09: Kharikhola to Surkhe (2300m) approx., 7/8 hrs. trek
The trail descends to cross suspension bridge over a stream and then climbs very steeply for an hour to Bupsa. The trail rises through forested stretch alive with monkeys and birds.
Day 10: Surkhe to Phakding (2,610m), approx., 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we start to climb to north to Chaurikharka(2,713m/8898ft) a large scattered village with monastery and high school. Chaurikharka is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area because the land is very fertile for barley, wheat and enough green vegetables. Today our trail joins from Lukla towards Phakding, making the path quite busy with more trekkers, porters and pack animals and few hours of good scenic walk brings you at Phakding for the overnight.
Day 11: Phakding – Namche Bazaar(3440m): approx., 4-5 hour trekking
Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu Valley / a bazaar is held here every Saturday / meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots / Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche rests in / halfway up the hill / a gap in the trees allows us to see Everest for the first time.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
We take the day to acclimatise / off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere / side treks possible / or just relax around Namche.
Day 13: Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m): approx., 5-6 hrs. trek
The trail leads moderately flat with superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The trail continues wild lives spot of musk deer (a herd of Himalayan Thar) colorful pheasant (Danphe, National bird) Trail descend to Dudh Koshi river where few lodges and series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring you to Tenboche. The famous Gomba (Tengboche Monastery) with the background of Ama Dablam, Nupte, Mt. Everest and many more peaks. During October/November in full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with masked dancing and Tibetan opera in the monastery courtyard.
Day 14: Tengboche-Dingboche (4410m): 4-5 hours
There’s a slight descent early today through lush forest / before a gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m) / continue ascending in the afternoon / through alpine meadows and yak herds / eventually reaching Dingboche.
Day 15 : Dingboche-Lobuche(4910m): 5-6 hour
Today is a climb to Duglha (4,620m) / from here there are stunning views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6440m) / the trail goes up to the Khumbu Glacier for an hour then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lobuche. (4,930m) / by this stage the effects of altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.
Day 16: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160m/17,000ft) – Everest Base Camp (5,364 m): – Gorak Shep, 15km, 8-10 hrs
The trail follows windy and rocky path with crest of north ridge to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. Trail continues along side of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. Check in to Hotel, Lunch and afternoon set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. Base Camp has no view of Mt. Everest but fantastic view of Khumbu Icefall and colorful camp site of Everest expedition during expedition season. Trek back to Gorakshep for overnight.
Day 17: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192 ft) – Pangboche (3985m): approx.,
The trail climbs 2/3 hrs. up to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18192 ft) early in the morning to see first day sun light from top of the world (Mt. Everest) This is milestone of the trek to inspect panoramic view with the fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After accomplish Kala Patthar, trek down to Gorakshep and retrace down to Pheriche to the warmer and better night sleep. Overnight in Pangboche
Day 18: Pangboche – Namche Bazaar (3440m): approx., 6-7 hours
The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga / near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. There is an opportunity to visit one of its monasteries / the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp / from Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings us to the village of Khunde /’ visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings us to Namche
Day 19 : Namche Bazaar- Lukla: approx., 5-6 hour
Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge / continues on an easy natural trail / back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)/ relax at leisure
Day 20 : Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning flight to Kathmandu / pick up / transfer hotel
Day 21 : Transfer to airport / fly to your next destination.
Trip Cost: USD 2495 per person for an entire trip