An Expedition Base representative will collect you from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. It’s then a free day to recover from your international flight. Later in the day, there will be a team briefing, gear check and welcome team dinner.
This is a free day for you to explore Kathmandu. Home to 5 World Heritage sites, Kathmandu is a stunning landscape of handcrafted wooden palaces (Durbar or palace squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and glorious Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and Boudhanath).
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs
Our day begins with an early morning 40 min or so flight to Lukla. Once in Lukla, we have a short break to organize porters and gear before starting our day’s walk, descending and ascending to Monjo. This region is Buddhist so remember to walk clockwise or to the left of mani walls and prayer flag poles (keeping them on your right) .
Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs
Before leaving Monjo, we’ll check into the Sagarmatha National Park Information Centre. On a clear day, you can catch your first view of Mt Everest from a lookout about mid-way up the hill to Namche. Once in Namche, you have the afternoon to rest, do last minute gear shopping or catch locals enjoying the Saturday market. There are lots of great cafes in which to relax and enjoy special treats.
Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs
We spend an extra day in Namche before trekking higher to allow our bodies to adjust to the increased altitude. In the morning, we will walk up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy panoramic and you can explore the villages of Khunde and/or Khumjung. The afternoon is free for exploring Namche, or relaxing, as you wish.
Trek Namche (3,440m) to Phortse (3,810m) ~ 5 hrs
We pass a chorten in memory of Tenzing Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing partner, before reaching Kyangjuma to break for morning tea. We soon take the high trail up to Mong for lunch enroute to Phortse, well known as a potato and buckwheat growing area.
Trek Phortse (3,810m) to Pangboche (3,930m) ~2.5 hrs
The trail to Pangboche is an easy day of traversing with views of Tengboche monastery just across the valley. Pangboche is the highest permanent settlement with the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. The horizon from here to Lobuche is dominated by Ama Dablam, (6,856m).
Trek Pangboche (3,930m) to Dingboche (4,410m) ~4 hrs
High altitude scrubs replace trees and formidable mountains suddenly appear within reach. Dingboche is the first of a series of settlements leading to EBC established to accommodate trekkers. Beautiful views towards Mt Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam – and more!
Acclimatisation in Dingboche ~5 hrs
It’s a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatise to our increased altitude gain. In the morning, we’ll walk up to a lookout to touch the 5,000m mark. It’s a steep climb but on a clear day expect views of giants Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,501m), Nuptse (7,861m) and
on clear days, Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Shishapangma (8,013m)
Trek Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m) ~5 hr
Just above Dingboche and along a plateau of yak herder shelters, we enter a serene sanctuary of panoramic mountains. You will pass Dughla, and it’s a 1 hr hike up to Thukla (4,830m) then onto Lobuche for the night.
Trek Lobuche (4,910m) to Gorak Shep (5,140m) and Kala Patar (5,550m) ~7 hrs
Gorak Shep is the last settlement before reaching EBC. From Lobuche, it’s a short trek of a couple of hours across a glacier moraine to reach there around mid morning. We then walk a trail up the large black hill behind our teahouse. The summit of Kala Patar or ‘Black Rock’ offers us our first real look at Mt Everest, an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world.
Trek Gorak Shep (5,140m) to Everest BC (5,300m) ~4 hrs
Today, we reach Everest BC! In the northern spring, expect to see many tents and much activity within the camp. You’ll have the opportunity of spending the night in tents at Everest BC. In the northern autumn, instead of staying at Everest BC, we’ll spend a day visiting Ama Dablam base camp or simply relaxing, as you wish.
Trek EBC (5,300m) to Pheriche (4,270m) ~7 hrs
As we trek the undulating glacier trail back to Thukla and Pheriche, we look back and around at the snow peaks within this wonderous valley. We continue the downhill trail to Pheriche.
Trek Pheriche (4,270m) to Tengboche (3,860m) ~4 hrs
With every step descending, you will feel rejuvenated with increasing oxygen in the air. We have lunch at Pangboche, cross the river and pass through Deboche to reach our destination of Tengboche for the night. Tengboche monastery is famous for hosting the major Buddhist festival, Mani Rimdu, in November.
Trek Tengboche (3,860m) to Monjo (2,840m) ~ 5 hrs
It’s a big descent from Tengboche to the Dudh koshi river crossing, followed by a 45 min hike up the other side heading back to Namche. The trail from here is an easy traverse with familiar sights of Thamserku and the Kongde range. We pause in Namche for lunch before making another big descent back to the valley floor, and you feel the temperatures starting to warm up as you descend.
Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Lukla (2,840m) ~ 3 hrs
Enjoy the sights of the mani walls around Ghat and other villages, as we make our way back to Lukla.
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu
Another early morning flight out of Lukla back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy a rest, shower or a massage!
Your last day to take in some sightseeing, shop, relax and prepare for departure. If you didn’t make it to Bhaktapur or the other durbar squares in Patan/Kathmandu, maybe add to your adventures for today.
Goodbye Kathmandu and Nepal... until next time. We will be sad to see you go. We hope to see you again soon!