Welcome to Nepal, the Land of the Himalayas! You will be guided to the hotel by a Great Nepal representative once you arrive at the airport. You will have the rest of the day to do whatever you wish to do: get some sleep, stroll around or party hard. Well, do whatever that suits you. Later, you will participate in a gathering of other trekkers and guides and also be handed over the equipment necessary for the trek.
Overnight at hotel
A heavy breakfast will prepare you for the day and you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla gateway destination from where your trek begins. At the end of an exciting 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, you will land at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. During the flight, if the weather is clear, you can gaze across in astonishment at the phenomenal white peaks of the snow-clad mountains. Now your trek will begin through the prosperous village of Lukla after a short break at airport until you reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, you will only have a short hike today; additionally for refreshment activities you can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. You will have plenty of time to discuss with the guide for the next day's trip.
Overnight in Phakding (trekking lodge)
Though it will be quite difficult to throw away the warm blanket, the beautiful morning will slowly whisper in your ears and encourage you to start your trek through a beautiful pine forest, along the bank of "Dudh Koshi River" through many suspension bridges. One of these famous bridges is Hillary Suspension Bridge. Before you will have even taken your mind out from the bridge you will catch wonderful prospects of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, you come to the check post and entrance to 'Sagarmatha National Park.' Gradually you pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until you reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A final steep ascent of about two hours and you will get the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. That moment is so overwhelming that you will realize you simply have to stop for a second and capture it. Chautara can be an ideal place for that. You still need to hike for about one and a half hour to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of this region. You stay overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar reviewing and smiling at the past moments of the whole day from your memory card.
Today is scheduled as acclimatization day for this trek. You will either spend the day hiking to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) Region. If you trek a few kilometers during the day, it will help you for proper acclimatization. Your guide will escort you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animals life in the Everest region. You also take an interesting trip up to Khumjung. You further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip, you will view the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila hosts a well known monastery that houses a Yeti scalp (Yeti traditionally is believed as a snowman in Nepali culture). You will also visit Hilary School which is located at the same site. After taking delicious lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, you walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar (trekking lodge)
The dawn calls for a delicious breakfast and you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Your trek follows on the gradual trail with a few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, you can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track will then penetrate you through the pine forests and crossing the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. A tongue twisting lunch at Phunki Thenga will be your fuel for the tough little climb steep up through the pine forests before approaching Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu Region. Late afternoon, we can visit the monastery and pray for success.
Overnight at Tengboche (trekking lodge)
With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this very moment, you can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and start your journey as usual. You choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. You pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, you walk north to Pheriche or take the Eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. You descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Relax your painful body inside the warm blanket with the melody of Dingboche.
Overnight at Dingboche (trekking lodge)
Dingboche is the famous point or stop over during the trek in Everest region. Today is your acclimatization day and either you can choose to rest and prepare or go for nearby hikes to have a great view of different high mountains.
Overnight at Dingboche (trekking lodge)
You climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. At the top of the ridge, you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter, Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you will find yourself facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. You are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacierbehind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.
Overnight at Lobuche (trekking lodge)
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You will pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail, you see crest of north ridge of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take you to Thangma Riju from where you perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, You catch your first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As you reach Gorak Shep, you will find snow-capped mountains looming all around you including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. You probably will have worn out by now so you take some rest and have your lunch and embark on the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, you come through the Indian army mountaineers memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you really appreciate the Everest climbers who bravely stepped the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineers tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori is the mountains you can view from the Base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. You have to ascend more till Kala Patthar to snap the beauty of Mt Everest. Return back to Gorak Shep for overnight.
Overnight at Gorak Shep (trekking lodge)
Today is the climax of your trip. Stretch your both legs early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, you need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential for chilly wind which is quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse tower to the East even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the West shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, you can pause to catch your breath at several outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures. Ascending for several hours, you reach Kala Patthar. From this juncture, you scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As you approach the top, you sit on the Kala Patthar where rocks your eyes taking unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. Capture as many pictures as you can and take the in view with our minds eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, you have breakfast and wait other participants to return back.
Overnight at Pheriche (trekking lodge)
Today, you trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red Rhododendron flowers ablaze your surroundings. Depending on your hunger and condition, you either have your lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga for breakfast. Crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. You stop at Kayangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kayangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc, while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, you reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. At this point, you would like to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. Upon reaching your lodge, enjoy a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in your cozy room in Namche Bazaar. Though you will have some pain around your thigh due to continuous descend, the memories that are stuck in your mind and heart slowly cover the pain.
Overnight at Namche Bazaar (trekking lodge)
The cold morning will slowly pinch your ears and knock your head to wake up for journey. Though it will be difficult to wrap up the warm blanket, you must say goodbye to Namche today. Stretch your body for a moment and fill your stomach with warm and delicious breakfast to petrol down the trail descends steeply downward. You need to walk slowly and under control as your shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. Crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing "Dudh Koshi River" and its tributaries, the trail becomes more leveled and natural. By today you will start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will slowly vanish from today as you pass through this charming mountain air. Although you are travelling the same route down, you feel completely different. You just snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. You will be exposed through the Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while you walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. You experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile on their faces! Lots of memories wriggle around your mind and heart. You will feel that you have touched the feet of the Highest Mountain Peak of the world, Mount Everest and it is leaning down to grace you for your happy and prosperous life. Slowly your eyebrows get heavy due to tiredness and you will be lost in the lap of Lukla waiting the day to say goodbye Lukla.
Overnight at Lukla
The warm morning slowly shake your blanket to wake you up. Your both eyes will be open but you don't desire to leave the bed because the memories of your journey still pull you back towards Kala Patthar. Even then you have to depart with the nature, so you have to pack your belongings and rush towards the airport to catch the engine sky bird for flying back to Kathmandu. The dronier drops you following the morning clouds in TIA of Kathmandu. Our representative from Great Nepal will be waiting you to welcome you with your smiling and cheerful faces. They will pick up you and drop to hotel .You can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. If you get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, you can visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel Street for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Great Nepal’s guides or you can perform it yourselves too. If you want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, you have to manage time for today as well! In the evening, you will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together with typical Nepali sets and cultural program. You can share your experiences there with us and suggest us the best way to serve other guest as well for the next time. We will congratulate for successfully completing your trek to Everest Base Camp hosted by Great Nepal with a certificate. You will be transferred to your hotel for last night to Nepal.
Spending 13 nights with us in Nepal and giving us the opportunity to serve you as your travel partner, we would like to thank you for your visit with us hoping you had a great time with Great Nepal Travels Team. Our representative will drop you to the airport on scheduled time for your further destination.