The trek commences with an early flight from Kathmandu to the air strip at Lukla in the heart of the Khumbu Region. The rest of the day is spent on an easy trek of around three hours to our first overnight at Phakding. We continue north up the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar. Namche was once a small village, but is now the major trading hub of the region. Tibetan people travel regularly here to sell their wares. We wil spend a day here to acclimatize – there will be good food and accommodation.
From Namche the trail follows the Imja Khola, on route there are some spectacular views of the Khumbu Himal, Thamserku and Kantega with Amadablam in the distance, dominating the skyline ahead are Everest and Lhotse.
We spend the night at Thyangboche, the site of one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region, which we will visit. The trail ascends, climbing gradually up the Imja Khola eventually emerging above the tree line before Dingboche. Here we take time to further acclimatize with a side trek to Chhukung Ri (peak).
From Chhukung there are some amazing views of the south-face of Lhotse to the north with a ring of smaller peaks surrounding it. Dingboche to Kalapatthar takes a further two days via the lateral moraine of the Everest glacier and Nuptse and Lhotse which tower above. A further five days are taken retracing to Lukla and the flight back to Kathmandu. An attainable trek for anyone who is reasonably fit with the itinerary set to minimize any affects of altitude.
Day XX: Upon arrival in Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel
Day XX: Trek preparation day
Day 1: Early morning, fly to Lukla (45-minute flight) then trek to Phakding (2652 m) – 3 hours
Day 2: Trek, Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446 m) – 7 hours
Day 3: Namche Bazaar; rest for acclimatization
Day 4: Trek, Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m) – 5 hours
Day 5: Trek, Tyangboche to Dingboche (4343 m) – 5 hours
Day 6: Trek, Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m) – 5 hours
Day 7: Trek, Lobuche to Gorak Shep. Evening trek to Everest Base Camp and return – 7 hours
Day 8: Trek to Kalapather (5545 m) – return to Gorekshep – trek Lobuche (4930 m) – 6 hours
Day 9: Trek, Lobuche to Dingboche (4343 m) – 3 hours
Day 10: Trek, Dingboche to Namche Bazaar (3460 m) – 7 hours
Day 11: Trek, Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652 m) – 5 hours
Day 12: Trek, Phakding to Lukla – 3 hours
Day 13: Early morning, fly back to Kathmandu
Day XX: Free time in Kathmandu
Day XX: Departure.