Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our company representatives to be taken to your hotel. You can choose to rest or explore the city for the rest of the day.
Climbing preparation and Kathmandu sightseeing
You have a day to get all your gears and equipment ready for the venture. After you are prepared for the climb, you explore the main highlights of the city of Kathmandu. This includes the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. These destinations resemble the culture and have shaped the lifestyle of the people in the valley.
Fly to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m)| 30 min flight, 3 - 4 hours trek
Taking a flight from Kathmandu, you land in the small Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Landing at the airstrip is quite thrilling due to the short runway and its location. From there the village of Phakding is just a short trek away. Phakding is a small village in the Khumbu region that lies in the Dudh Koshi river valley.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)| 5 – 6 hours
After breakfast, next comes the trek to the famous Namche Bazaar. To get to Namche Bazaar, you have to go through the Sagarmatha National Park. Here, you are likely to come across some rare wildlife. As you approach Namche, you pass herds of yaks and their shepherds. It is a small uphill walk to arrive at the pleasant village of Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar (3,440m): Acclimatization
Namche is a major tourist and trade point in the Solukhumbu district. Here, you can find fairly good cafes, restaurants and bars. There are plenty of shops for you to buy gears, restock your supplies and buy local souvenirs in the village. A day of acclimatization to the altitude is necessary and you can also spend your time visiting the Syanboche Airstrip, the photo gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum.
Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3,820m)| 5 - 6 hours
On the trail from Namche to Debuche, you pass numerous stupas and small monasteries. As you walk along the Dudh Koshi River, the trail isn’t much demanding initially, but it does ascend on the latter part. Getting closer to your destination, you will come across the Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. After exploring the Buddhist monastery you will walk downhill to arrive at the village of Debuche.
Debuche to Dingboche (4,410m)| 5 – 6 hours
As you move up towards Dingboche, the trek crosses the tree line and thrives on short bushes and sparse trees. You come across the Imja Khola which is a tributary of the Dudh Koshi River. The path gets steep after you pass the Pangboche Gompa, which is a 300 year old monastery and the oldest one in the region. Shortly after, you arrive at the lively village of Dingboche.
You have a day to acclimatize to the altitude, allowing your body to get accustomed to the exertion. You go through some acclimatization drills and then you can hike up the rocky terrain to reach Chhukung valley. Or you can go hike to Nangkartshang to enjoy the view of Lobuche East (6119m), Kangtega (6685 m), Taboche Peak (6367 m),and Ama Dablam (6856m). After the hike, you return to Dingboche.
Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)| 5 -6 hours
Walking towards Lobuche accompanied by the Khumbu River you pass small monasteries before reaching Thukla. Thukla has an amazing view of mountains such as Lingtren (6749m), Lobuche (6119m), Pumo Ri (7165m), and Cholatse (6335m). Walking further, you cross a ravine that marks the end of the Khumbu glacier. From here, you reach Lobuche in a couple of hours.
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m)| 7 – 8 hours
Leaving Lobuche, walking along the bank of Khumbu Glacier, you go through some rough ridges to reach the Everest Base Camp. The climb to the base camp isn’t long or intense, but the lack of oxygen makes it quite challenging. the Khumbu Glacier will offer you company as you trek towards the base camp. Here, you will be standing at the foot of the highest mountain on the surface of the Earth. After exploring the basecamp you now walk towards Gorakshep which is a steady downhill trek.
Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4,910m)| 7 – 8 hours
Gorakshep is surrounded by Himalayan scenery. From here is a morning walk to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is a popular landmark in the region which is at a slightly higher altitude than the base camp. This allows you to relish the sunrise over the highest mountain on Earth, the Mt. Everest (8848m) and numerous other Himalayas. After that, it is a relatively easier gradual descent towards Lobuche.
Lobuche to High Camp (5,400m)| 4 hours
From Lobuche, you trek to the Lobuche Base Camp. The path is smooth at the beginning but gets steep and rocky very quickly. The trek takes you along the Lobuche Glacier for the better part of the journey. Upon reaching the base camp, you can take a short break. Continuing the trek, you walk along rocky paths to reach the high camp. Here, you will have a short pre climbing training.
Lobuche High Camp to Summit (6,119m) and back to High Camp | 8 – 10 hours
The day begins early as you begin the climb before sunrise. It is best to summit the mountain before noon as the winds are strong in the afternoon making it dangerous to venture the terrain. Using ropes and other equipment, you pass over crevasses and climb the ice to reach the summit. The view from the Lobuche East Peak is stunning, providing a panorama of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), Cholatse (6335m), and many other peaks. After enjoying your time at the summit, you head back to the high camp.
Lobuche High Camp to Pangboche (3,930m)
You will re-join the Everest Base Camp route after trekking downhill from the Lobuche high camp. Getting back to Lobuche for lunch, you take the path back to Pheriche. From Pheriche it is a convenient trek towards Pangboche, steadily walking downwards through the beautiful forests. You will spend the night in Pangboche giving you the opportunity to explore the 300 year old Pangboche Gompa.
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)| 4 – 5 hours
From Pangboche to Namche Bazaar is a convenient walk with gradual descents. Retracing the steps down to the Imja Khola and crossing the Dudh Koshi River. On the way you cross a suspension bridge and pass through vividly alive forests of rhododendron and juniper trees. Upon getting back to Namche Bazaar, you will rest and spend the night.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)| 6 – 7 hours
As you descend from Namche to Lukla, you will once again have an opportunity to walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Passing a suspension bridge to reach Jorsalle, then reaching Phakding and finally reaching your destination Lukla. Here, you will depart with the Sherpas and the porters who helped you complete the trek. You will be spending a restful night at a hotel in Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu| 30 minutes
You will have a morning flight back to the capital where you can catch a last glimpse of the Himalayas from the aerial view. In the capital, you can explore the famous attractions of the city. You can also choose to savor Newari dishes and observe the Newari lifestyle.
You have a reserve day in Lukla, as the weather isn’t always favorable for takeoffs. Thick fog and rainfall can cause flight delays and even cancellations. If such case occurs, you will spend the night in Lukla.
Our trip comes to an end and we will take you to the airport at the scheduled time bidding you farewell from the land of the Himalayas. You are always welcome for another visit.