Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight.
Sightseeing in the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square or Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (temple of Shiva), Boudhnath or Swoyambhunath.
Kathmandu to Phakding (2610m). Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes about 30 minutes. From Lukla we will head north to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420m). From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants.
Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m). The route climbs to Khumjung and descends to the valley of Dudh Koshi. The trail to Goyko heads north, climbing above the more frequented trails to Tengboche and Everest base camp. It climbs gently to a ridge top at 3973m and from here we descend down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi river. After crossing this river by a suspension bridge we arrive in Phortse Thanga..
Phortse Thanga to Dole (4090m). To help with acclimatization, the time spent trekking today is short. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through beautiful rhododendron forests. We then pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole. From here the daytime views of Khumbila and Tawachee are tremendous and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even greater view of the valley.
Dole to Machhermo (4410m). The trail climbs steeply to a single lodge at Lhabarma (4330m). We pass the small settlement of Luza (4340m) and continue to climb along the side of the valley high above the river to Machhermo.
Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m). Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and upwards to Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail reaches the small village of Pangka (4390m). After passing Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk. After Nilibuk we climb steeply along a narrow, newly crafted staircase trail. The staircase trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun at 4710m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo. Gokyo is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari.
Gokyo – Gokyo Ri(5483m) – Gokyo. The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5483m). From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee before returning to Gokyo village for the night.
Gokyo – Thangna(4700m). We cross the Gokyo glacier making our way down to the village of Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Thangna - Dzongla (4830m.) via Chola pass(5420m). The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing and takes about 5 and half hours. There’s a slight ascent along the valley towards Chola pass which most of the time is covered in blue ice. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains before the trail descends all the way to Dzongla.
Dzongla to Lobuche(4930m). From this route both Pheriche and Dhugla are visible as well as good mountain views. It takes about 4 and half hours and on the way you can see Dughla Lake.
Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest base camp - Gorak Shep. The first section of today’s trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascends gently through meadows besides the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5545m), meaning 'black rock'. The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a 4 hours return walk from Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep -Kalapthar-Pheriche. Wake up early morning and walk up to Kalapattar for Sun rise Views of Everest, Nupse, Lohtse, Pumori and Khumbutse as well as beautiful views of the Khumbu Glacier. Return to lodge and walk down to Pheriche via Dhugla.
Pheriche – Phortse. We visit an old Monastery, walking alongside a steep with good views of Ama Dablam and the Tenboche monastery. Phortse is a good place to see the Musk dear and national birds of Dhaphe which have 9 colours.
Phortse –Khumjung – Namche. We walk through beautiful rhododendron, birch and willow forests and cross the Dudkosi River, up hill to Mong La (4020m). This is a good viewpoint then we walk to Khumjung village and down to Namche Bazaar for an over night.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla. It is a fairly long walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. From Namche, we will descend steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. The trail then continues back towards Lukla, where we will reconfirm our flight tickets for the next day and spend the night.
Lukla-Kathmandu. Today we fly back to Kathmandu. When the weather is clear, the early morning views from the plane are some of the most inspiring you'll ever experience. Drop off at hotel, rest of day to enjoy at leisure. In the evening, farewell meal and culture show.
Departure. Transfer to airport.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.
Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.
What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.
What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.
Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.
What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning
Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.
We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.